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timrew   - Apr 2, 2006 5:58 am (#2051 of 2983)

Hard luck on the flood, Mills. I can sympathise - Manchester, UK having pretty much the same weather as Honolulu..............NOT!!

Well, it rains all the time here, anyway, except when it's snowing...............

My pic shows me in a boat - right above our house...........


azi - Apr 2, 2006 6:13 am (#2052 of 2983)

Tim, you don't have much rain? Tsk, it's quite different on the other side of the Pennines! Rain, more rain and wind. Then again, you must be having the same weather, because I'm watching the clouds coming from Manchester. Hmm, I only just got the significance of the boat over the house thing...*smirk*

I had a dilemma on a walk the other day - cross the flooding stream and face my fear of falling in and drowning, or go back and face my fear of being mauled by a dog. I finally chose the stream. Now, if it hadn't been so full and fast flowing, there would not have been a problem.

Congratulations on the shooting success Kate!

Hope everything calms down in Hawaii!

Lovely, relaxing days all round!


kaykay1970 - Apr 2, 2006 6:23 am (#2053 of 2983)

Congratulations on your fine shooting, Kate!

Welcome to the forum Ungrateful Son!

Have a great time with your mom Madam Pince.

My children are really being nerve wrecking this week end. The 15 year old bought a new video game (Kingdom Hearts 2) so everyone is fussing over taking their turn.

My hubby is picking up TLTWATW on Tuesday. I am more excited about it coming to DVD than I was about GoF because I didn't make it to the theater to watch it. At least it will be something that the children will want to do together instead of fighting over...


Puck - Apr 2, 2006 8:48 am (#2054 of 2983)

Drying charms to Hawaii!

Healing charms for Mike's thumb!

Thanks for the daylight savings time reminders! Last night I found Jo's door, then Diva started vomiting, and the baby started crying, so I kind of forgot about the clocks. Glad I didn't turn up an hour late for church! (Done that before)

Thinking of you all as I read a comic about the fact that you can now hire someone to write your Thank-you notes for you.

Happy RotD, Kathy


Loopy Lupin - Apr 2, 2006 10:08 am (#2055 of 2983)

Also, just for Chemyst, Loopy, and other word-lovers... http://phrontistery.info/index.html. -- Finn

Cool deal Finn. Thanks. ***waves in Catherine's and Kim's general directions****


Loopy Lupin - Apr 2, 2006 10:52 am (#2056 of 2983)

I got to meet Lupin is Lupin! – Denise

Sorry for the double post. Wow, Denise! What was she like in person?! Did you get an autograph?! How about pictures ? We would love to see pictures!


Tazzygirl - Apr 2, 2006 10:54 am (#2057 of 2983)

Squid Mike- hope your thumb gets better soon!

ROFL, Tim!

Great Job on your shooting, Kate!!

**Making mental note to go pick up TLTWTW on Tuesday...**

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!!



haymoni - Apr 2, 2006 5:45 pm (#2058 of 2983)

Just got back from Applebee's. They have a Shrimp and Spinach Salad that is FANTASTIC!!

Of course I picked out all of the shrimp right away so it was more like Shrimp FOLLOWED BY a Spinach Salad, half of which I brought home for lunch tomorrow.

I just found out that if Florida wins, I get 5th place money in one of my pools! I'll take it!

Maybe I'll go get another salad!!

Happy Sunday all!


Steve Newton - Apr 2, 2006 6:17 pm (#2059 of 2983)

Baseball is back! Life returns.


haymoni - Apr 2, 2006 6:30 pm (#2060 of 2983)

Yes - I should get on the stick and watch my Indians play the White Sox tonight.

I guess Spring has really sprung!!


kaykay1970 - Apr 2, 2006 8:15 pm (#2061 of 2983)

It is going to be one long night. We are expecting 75 m.p.h. winds in my area! I brought the Little Guy's jeep in so that it won't become a missile and he is driving it in the living room. I forgot to unhook the battery...Oops!


Finn BV - Apr 2, 2006 8:40 pm (#2062 of 2983)

Surprisingly, I felt bummed for George Mason too. Have a great time with your mom, Madam P.

I believe Stephanie's sister is stuck in Hawaii on her spring break, even though we go back tomorrow. Best wishes to Mills and to Kristina, even though she's not there right now!!

But... there's no daylight savings time in Hawaii? Huh?

Mike, sorry to hear about your thumb! That does suck.

Who cares about the exclamation points! --Lina

I think that often too! So sometimes I try to let down on my emotions! But right now I'm not, or am I! LOL! :sillygrin!:

Kate, congratulations on your shooting! That's so wonderful! I wish you all the best in your next tourney (informal word for tournament here ). When is it?

My pic shows me in a boat - right above our house........... –Tim[

SPEW… not surprisingly…

*Making mental note to go pick up TLTWTW on Tuesday...* --Kristina

You bet!!! I've been hinting to my parents for ages!! I can't wait for deleted scenes and stuff… I'm obsessed with everything Narnia – books (I'm just picking up Voyage of the Dawn Treader now… reading them in publication order… though I've read Magician's Nephew already…), movie, soundtrack of course… Found this good fan site: http://www.narniafans.com/ I heard that they're changing the name of the ship (the Dawn Treader) for the movie to "Black Rock," because Disney owns the rights to ABC as well as the Narnia movies, and for all you Lost fans here (know that there are lots), apparently Black Rock is the island theyr'e on or something… anyway, look for a Lost episode called "The Lost Chronicles of Narnia" coming up soon.

Safety charms to kaykay's area!

So I've been really busy today. We did a college tour of Fordham University with my cousin who's a junior in High School (NO, to some of you, I am not touring myself ). Then we went to Little Italy in the Bronx for some goooood pizza. We followed up in Manhattan to see my cousin's apartment, then had dinner out here. But I just finally finished The Fire Next Time which I'm reading for school. It was endless, even though it was only about 106 pages. It was pretty boring in the beginning. It slightly made up for it in the last 15 pages, but still, I was quite disappointed with it.

Anyway, I promised myself I wouldn't come on the Forum until I finished, so here I am. Haven't been here all day! But now I'm going to take a nice long deserved shower, then hit the hay. I've been working or walking all day, and I need to get up early tomorrow.

Have a great RotD everybody!


Denise P. - Apr 2, 2006 8:51 pm (#2063 of 2983)

Thanks for the compliments on the pic, I think it is a nice photo. My hair doesn't look like that except perhaps in color unless it is "fixed"

Loopy, alas, no photos exisit of the meeting (so does that mean it didn't actually take place?) I did get one picture but Lupin is Lupin had a hissy fit asked me nicely to delete it.

I need to go back and catch up on things but I am home and everyone is doing well.


Herm oh ninny - Apr 2, 2006 11:05 pm (#2064 of 2983)

Hey guys! I've been so busy with school and the Christening that I haven't been able to post in months. Well the Christening was last Sunday and I finally have a little extra time....so here I am!

Finn, wow I'm tired just reading about your day!

Mike- Healing charms on the thumb. I've done that many a time, usually when a movie breaks and I'm rushing to re-start it! Splicers are my worst enemy.

Loopy- I was just watching that episode of the Simpsons today. It's one of my favorites

Well off to bed. Work tomorrow

EDIT: weird... the post says 10:05 but it is 1:15 am here! I still don't get how forum time works. Oh well, bed time.


Tazzygirl - Apr 2, 2006 11:40 pm (#2065 of 2983)

Finn- thanks for the thoughts! I go back to Hawaii on Tuesday, so I might need it! Hawaii doesn't do the time change, I guess since it is optional for states to do it (Arizona doesn't do the time change either), Hawaii voted not to. It would make it so much simpler if it did follow everyone else... Oh well.

Finn (again):I heard that they're changing the name of the ship (the Dawn Treader) for the movie to "Black Rock," because Disney owns the rights to ABC as well as the Narnia movies, and for all you Lost fans here (know that there are lots), apparently Black Rock is the island theyr'e on or something… anyway, look for a Lost episode called "The Lost Chronicles of Narnia" coming up soon.

LOL. The "Black Rock" is a ship that is shipwrecked in the middle of the island for LOST. I just realized that if I buy Narnia Tuesday, I will have a new movie to watch on the airplane, making the flight go by faster! Whoo-hoo!!!

Cute baby, Herm o ninny!!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!!



The giant squid - Apr 3, 2006 12:34 am (#2066 of 2983)

Just got back from Applebee's. They have a Shrimp and Spinach Salad that is FANTASTIC!!—haymoni

That sounds great, except for the shrimp...and the spinach... Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 1003735042

Herm oh ninny: the weird thing is, in 4 years of projectioning (a word I just made up) I've never hurt myself on a splicer. Not even during a mad rush to fix a brainwrap. Then, in one night--while cleaning the darn thing--I poked one thumb and sliced the other. Bleh.

Thankfully, tonight went much better. No blood, no shortages, no annoying customers (well, no more than usual). Tomorrow should be better; I have the day off.



Loopy Lupin - Apr 3, 2006 3:49 am (#2067 of 2983)

Thanks for the compliments on the pic, I think it is a nice photo. My hair doesn't look like that except perhaps in color unless it is "fixed" – Denise

Well, you look fabulous anyway.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 3, 2006 7:29 am (#2068 of 2983)

First of all, I did not have a hissy fit. It's just that my beauty doesn't translate well to film.

Secondly, it was great to hook up with Denise. She was exactly what I expected. Best of all, she had a very handsome and charming, if somewhat drooly, young man on her arm. ***waves to Rhys***

Thirdly, "Well, you look fabulous anyway"---I couldn't agree more.


Catherine - Apr 3, 2006 7:45 am (#2069 of 2983)

First of all, I did not have a hissy fit. It's just that my beauty doesn't translate well to film. --Lupin is Lupin

Funny, I feel the same way about photos of me.

It sounds as though Denise and Kim had a lovely time and shared some laughs. What I wouldn't give for a photo from this meeting!

**waves to Denise, Loopy, and Kim**


Thora - Apr 3, 2006 8:16 am (#2070 of 2983)

First of all, I did not have a hissy fit. It's just that my beauty doesn't translate well to film. --Lupin is Lupin

Now THAT is one of the universal truths.

I HATE having my picture taken. I've got this terrible nose, it hooks under. I also have a very square jaw so photographers have me tilt my head down so I have a chin line, and then my nose looks even longer because the hooked part overlaps so much of my lip in the picture.

I think I figured out how to avoid the problem though, if I open my mouth slightly I can keep my head up andhave both jaw line and a good nose angle. My drivers license photo is actually not that bad...



azi - Apr 3, 2006 8:45 am (#2071 of 2983)

I feel I am alone in loving having photos taken, even if I do look bad! It's fun! There are a few I cannot stand admittedly...but they aren't shown to anybody.

I actually took out my revision today! Wrote 2 lines and then decided writing my CV would be more productive. Took me so long to write all my qualifications out I gave in, although I am feeling pretty pleased I know so much...

Horizontal rain is visiting my house today, along with hail and the usual strong winds. Kaykay - I hope you are ok with the horrible winds you were predicted!

Happy charms to everybody!


Denise P. - Apr 3, 2006 8:58 am (#2072 of 2983)

Nope, Lupin is Lupin really didn't have a fit, she really did ask nicely that I delete the photo and I would also agree, the angle I took it from (with a cell phone camera) would not have been flattering on Brad Pitt.

It was fun meeting Kim. We met for lunch and finally left the restaurant as the dinner crowd was in full swing.

Personally, I don't think that photo to the left looks anything like me but it is a great photo.

Catherine, I am sure you are lovely and photograph well.

We had nasty storms all night with a tornado about 15 miles from here. No damage to our house but some neighbors are missing shutters...since they are in my front yard. There is also shingles missing and pieces of siding ripped off.


Loopy Lupin - Apr 3, 2006 9:02 am (#2073 of 2983)

First of all, I did not have a hissy fit. It's just that my beauty doesn't translate well to film. --Lupin is Lupin

Stupid film!

Denise, I know that you couldn't have really deleted your photo of Kim. You secretly tricked her and you will soon post her picture as your avatar, right?


Denise P. - Apr 3, 2006 9:10 am (#2074 of 2983)

Nope, it was really deleted but I will always have the memory of the photo. **music swells**

Oh, wouldn't that just be wrong to put up someone else's photo as your avatar? Can you imagine the shock of opening up a board and seeing your face everywhere? Hee hee...glad it has never happened to me but now that you have given me that idea...I may have to try it sometime but on a board where my face is not well known.


Catherine - Apr 3, 2006 9:26 am (#2075 of 2983)

Oh, wouldn't that just be wrong to put up someone else's photo as your avatar? Can you imagine the shock of opening up a board and seeing your face everywhere?—Denise


The shock would probably require a cold compress and a bottle of eyewash.


Denise P. - Apr 3, 2006 9:43 am (#2076 of 2983)

Catherine, do you think Alec would think that if he saw your avatar? I am sure someone could recommend a nice eyewash that would do the trick if it startled him Do you think he is a Harry Potter fan?

Okay, I really need to stop playing and go unload groceries.


Loopy Lupin - Apr 3, 2006 9:49 am (#2077 of 2983)

Oh, wouldn't that just be wrong to put up someone else's photo as your avatar?—Denise

Indeed it would!!! Who could have such unmitigated gall?


Catherine - Apr 3, 2006 10:20 am (#2078 of 2983)

Catherine, do you think Alec would think that if he saw your avatar? I am sure someone could recommend a nice eyewash that would do the trick if it startled him Do you think he is a Harry Potter fan? –Denise[

Oh, I like your latest avatar of Rhys.

I don't know about the Harry Potter/Alex Trebek question, but I can imagine that he would be quite startled to see his face on our boards.

As I haven't heard back about my test results (not that I think I passed, mind you), I doubt I'll get to ask him in person.

Alas, earwax.

Who could have such unmitigated gall? **waves to Loopy** Is "mitigated gall" better than the "unmitigated" kind? Does it cost more at the pump?


Tazzygirl - Apr 3, 2006 10:53 am (#2079 of 2983)

My, we are a talkative bunch this morning (or afternoon)! And very entertaining...

That is a cute picture of Rhys, Denise!

Cute avatar, Catherine!

I just read news reports of the tornados and such in the east- wow. I am thinking of all of you that live out in that area!! (Denise, glad to hear your neighbor didn't get hurt either, sorry about the house! At least it wasn't completely distroyed!)

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



Loopy Lupin - Apr 3, 2006 11:02 am (#2080 of 2983)

Is "mitigated gall" better than the "unmitigated" kind?—Catherine[

It is presumably a little less galling.

Cute avatar, Catherine! -- Tazzygirl

I agree! Basset hounds rule!


kaykay1970 - Apr 3, 2006 11:39 am (#2081 of 2983)

Thanks azi! Sorry I haven't posted yet. I went back to bed after the kids left for school. We had a tornado warning until 1:00 a.m. and then an extended watch until 4:00 a.m. We got really lucky. A tornado came straight through here but fortunately it didn't touch down anywhere close to us.


azi - Apr 3, 2006 12:40 pm (#2082 of 2983)

Glad to hear you're ok, Kaykay!


Finn BV - Apr 3, 2006 1:40 pm (#2083 of 2983)

Hi Herm oh ninny, nice to see you back! weird... the post says 10:05 but it is 1:15 am here! Your computer clock may be off. Forum time is Pacific time, so we Eastern coasters are 3 hours ahead. Forum time is exactly synched (well, 3 hours behind, that is, but to the minute it's synched) with my computer's time because I believe we are both synched to a central clock – mine is to time.apple.com.

That's so weird about the time change!! So Arizona, which is in Mountain Time, is actually in the same time zone as California now... weird...

LOL! I love having my photo taken!

I just read news reports of the tornados and such in the east --Kristina

I first read this and wondered, what? But then I saw kaykay's post... best to you and all others caught in this. It barely rained here today!


Herm oh ninny - Apr 3, 2006 2:49 pm (#2084 of 2983)

Thanks Finn! It's great to be back Aha, I'm a NJ girl so that would explain the time difference! Thanks!

I hate having my picture taken!

I was sitting in work today when one of the boys in my class said to me "Miss Kelly, there's a spider on your pants." Thinking he was kidding because he knows I am petrified of spiders, I said "Sure there is, now keep working on your math." I then looked down and saw that there was a spider sitting there right on my calf!! My reaction was not pretty!! For the rest of the day the kids kept asking me to do my "spider dance" again


boop - Apr 3, 2006 3:45 pm (#2085 of 2983)

Welcome back Herm oh ninny. You were missed.

Mike, glad you had a better day, glad your thumb is better. big hugs to you

Denise, your son is growing so fast. Great picture!!! I am glad that Kim and you finally got to meet. Glad the two of you had a great time.

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.

Have a good rest of the day.

hugs always



The giant squid - Apr 3, 2006 6:11 pm (#2086 of 2983)



Finn BV - Apr 4, 2006 5:58 pm (#2087 of 2983)

Yay! Everything's back!


kaykay1970 - Apr 4, 2006 6:19 pm (#2088 of 2983)

I'm so glad everything is up and running again!!!!

My brother-in-law got a call from his work place yesterday. They called to inform him that his friend/co-worker had been killed along with his wife and two children in those tornadoes that came through the other night. I am so glad that they called him because the story has been all over the news. It would have been a shock to find out that information from the t.v.

My hubby is in so much trouble. He did not bring home TLTWATW. He got home and asked if I want just the movie, movie/book combo or the movie/special features set. He should know I want special features and considering that I already have the book...


azi - Apr 5, 2006 9:51 am (#2089 of 2983)

Yey! **Dances**

Fingers crossed for the forum staying fine!

That's horrible news, Kaykay. And your husband should be in trouble, no initiative! Hope you get your DVD soon!


Steve Newton - Apr 5, 2006 10:49 am (#2090 of 2983)

Welcome back, everyone. I may not post a lot here but I do keep track.


Tazzygirl - Apr 5, 2006 11:50 am (#2091 of 2983)

YEAY!! **Does happy dance** The Forum is back! I was going through some serious withdrawals.

I am sorry to hear about your brother-in-law's friend, Kay! And your hubby not bringing back TLTWTW for you (without special features? ), that definitely wasn't very nice!

I picked TLTWTW up on my way to the airport. Made a special point to make sure the one I got had the special features. I don't think I could take it again if I bought a movie without the features...

I am back in Hawaii! I didn't manage to get any of my homework done over break- I think I am going to create a study schedule and stick to it. Four weeks left of class, so I am thinking I need it.

Hope you all have a wonderful RotD/N!



kaykay1970 - Apr 5, 2006 3:52 pm (#2092 of 2983)

I have a new niece! She is 6 lb.s 14 oz. "Snow White" (from a recent avatar) is very proud to have a new sister.


Finn BV - Apr 5, 2006 4:52 pm (#2093 of 2983)

Kaykay, I'm so sorry about your tragic news about your friends, but congrats about the new niece! I hope that's something to lighten your spirits!

I keep telling my parents, "We didn't go to the video store today. Oh well. Maaaaaybe tomorrow." I'm dying here! I heard it's one of the best DVDs to be made – very wholesome and complete. We'll have to see…

Funky weather here today. Snowed, then rained, then it was sunny. Weird! Have a great RotD everybody, and keep your fingers crossed that the forum stays alive!!


Gina R Snape - Apr 5, 2006 6:39 pm (#2094 of 2983)

Phew! Glad to see things back to normal (or our version of it... Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 1003735042 )


Herm oh ninny - Apr 5, 2006 8:18 pm (#2095 of 2983)

Should I be worried that the day after I put my first post in months, the whole site shuts down? LOL I'm sooo happy it's working now!

Kaykay- my heartfelt condolences to you about your friends. Congratulations on your new niece! May she bring you lots of smiles!

Gina- I love the avatar!

We got TLTWTW DVD yesterday, and wow, it is incredible! I love the cover for the special edition.


Tazzygirl - Apr 5, 2006 10:38 pm (#2096 of 2983)

Kay- CONGRATULATIONS on your new niece!

Haven't had time to watch TLTWTW yet- on the plane I ended up watching Nanny McPhee (It's all about Colin Firth!) . I think I will watch TLTWTW tonight, while LOST is being recorded... I am glad to hear all the good reviews over the movie and special features!



dizzy lizzy  - Apr 5, 2006 10:49 pm (#2097 of 2983)

YAY! the forum is back up!

It took me ages to work out what was wrong!. I tried going in through the lexicon and there was no note from Kip!!! Which was a bit puzzling because Kip is very good at leaving a message on the lexicon if there are problems with the forums. Anyway after sulking a bit I decided to refresh the screen and like magic! up came Kip's note **headdesk**

Hope everyone is OK!

a very dizzy lizzy


Snuffles - Apr 6, 2006 12:30 am (#2098 of 2983)

Oh welcome back Forum **sends healing charms to World Crossing**

Kaykay, sorry to hear about your brother in laws friend and his family, that is awful. On a lighter note, congratulations on your new niece. Has she got a name yet?

I haven't got TLTWTW yet, but I plan too very soon!

Your avatar is gorgeous Herm oh ninny!

Happy Thursday everyone



Tazzygirl - Apr 6, 2006 12:39 am (#2099 of 2983)

Olivia is SO cute, Snuffles!! My cousin does the moustache thing too- with chocolate milk!

Off to bed!



Snuffles - Apr 6, 2006 12:51 am (#2100 of 2983)

Thanks Tazzy. The picture was taken on xmas day. She got the moustache out of a cracker and refused to take it off!!! She only admitted defeat when it kept falling in the gravy of her xmas dinner

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Marie E. - Apr 6, 2006 5:18 am (#2101 of 2983)

One of my girls got a cracker with a similar type of moustache. I had to take it away when they started swapping it between the two of them. Didn't seem hygenic, you know.

I can't believe how the time has flown by this school year. My kindergarten class is doing a countdown to the end of the school year and it's 34 days! We get out of school on May 25th. I'm going to miss my little class of 7 students. I just know next year I'll have 22 or something.

We've had lovely, lovely spring weather this week so of course they're predicting snow for tomorrow. Snow in April is just depressing. I remember it snowed here on May 2, 1999. I remember because I was pregnant with Lexie and thought for sure I'd go into labor and get stuck in the snow. Last April we had a blizzard that knocked down our big pine tree in our front yard. The remains (of the tree) are still piled up in our back yard, waiting for Mr. E to find a wood chipper.



Thora - Apr 6, 2006 10:06 am (#2102 of 2983)

My husband watched TLTWATW last night, I got to catch scenes in between getting the kids down for the night. I loved what I saw of it.

I'm looking forward to Nanny McPhee too, sounds like my type of movie. Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, magic.... yup I'm sure to love it.



Good Evans - Apr 6, 2006 11:07 am (#2103 of 2983)

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I wasn't able to get her last night - so I have had major withdrawal symptoms... Welcome back my lovely lexicon forum **Big hugs to the lex**

Kaykay - cograts on your neice!! Sorry to hear about your friend though.

Julie - the picture is classic - one to pull out of the hat in a few years time!!! especially when she has a boyfriend!!!!

Marie E - I think that is so funy about the non hygenic swapping

have a good rest of Thursday folks, one more day to the weekend.


Marè - Apr 6, 2006 3:21 pm (#2104 of 2983)
Edited Apr 6, 2006 4:27 pm

Forum!! Hugs forum tightly!

Just when I decided to go on a HP shopping spree and wanted to come here and share it with you all, the forums go =:POOF:=.
Pffft, anyway, I bought myself a magazine that included the black tower from the first movie. It's plastic unfortunately (never seen such a flexible shield) and is magnetic. Came with a magnetic wand so you could move the tower "magically". I didn't care much for the wand (it's plastic AND smells that way) until I found out I could actually ACCIO my keys with it. I definitely had a few geeky HP moments after that.
Only problem is, if I want the entire game + board, I have to buy magazines for 47 weeks which will cost me somewhere between 230 and 280 euro's. I'd rather wait till I'm rich and wealthy (cough never) and buy the sinc (?) set from noblecollection (except I would have to fly to America to pick it up... and would have to find somebody to play chess with...)

O well, glad that the forum is back, I'll run around for a while and then I have to go find some paint. (My friend is moving, and we are painting nemo's on her toilet's walls, is looking good so far!)


Gina R Snape - Apr 6, 2006 4:55 pm (#2105 of 2983)

OMG, I am so jealous. I want one of those!!!!!!!!!


Finn BV - Apr 6, 2006 4:58 pm (#2106 of 2983)

LOL, Snuffles, I love Olivia's facial expression too!! The eyes!

Marè, lucky you!

I really shouldn't be here as I have a math test tomorrow and a history outline due tomorrow as well. I just wanted to pop in and once again say hi to the forum!


Herm oh ninny - Apr 6, 2006 5:09 pm (#2107 of 2983)

(Puts on best McGonagall voice) Finn, off the computer and back to your studies young man!! We'll ignore the fact that I am currently in my hydrology lab and instead of listening to the professor, I am posting here! LOL

Thanks Snuffles! And may I say that Olivia looks simply smashing in her new moustache!

Ahhhh, only one more day 'till the weekend! YAY


The giant squid - Apr 7, 2006 4:43 am (#2108 of 2983)

Well, it's nearly 12 hours later so hopefully Finn actually got some studying done & went to bed. If my own math is correct he's already in school (20 minutes to 8AM on the east coast) so I'll send some good luck charms his way for the math test.

Mare: 230 to 280 euros...times the conversion rate...hmm, that's a lot of cash! Besides, it sounds like you already got the coolest part of the deal--the magnetic wand. I'd actually leave my keys lying around just for the opportunity to accio them!



Puck - Apr 7, 2006 5:51 am (#2109 of 2983)

Hello! I haven't been here (busy rereading HBP), so I didn't realize it was missing. Glad the forum is here, now. (Of course, if it had been running write along it would have had another 100 messages on this thread.)

Baby update; the youngest Puck is now able to feed herself crackers and can sit by herself. She is quite impressed with Rhys and his ability to stand while leaning on the window. (I distinctly heard her say "Hubbahubba")

I bought TLTWATW on Tuesday (also careful to get the one with special features this time , but have been waiting for the weekend to watch with the family. My son is ready, but debating whether Diva can watch at 3 years old. Has Little Pince seen it? I also had to go to the shop next door. They had shoes the styles of which had the names of both my girls, they were calling to me! :Sillygrin:

Kaykay, condolences to your brother-in-law. Congrats on the new niece.

Wish me luck! Hoping to get a Darth Vader cake pan from ebay. My son wants a Star Wars birthday, and Darth is his favorite. (They haven't sold those pans in stores since the '80's. I hope to get one at a reasonable price, as for some reason some people are paying $40 or $50 for them. )

Cheers! Kathy


Loopy Lupin - Apr 7, 2006 6:34 am (#2110 of 2983)

...... and Darth is his favorite. – Puck

That doesn't bode well for the galaxy.  :sillygrini:

Hope everyone has a good weekend, especially World Crossing.


John Bumbledore - Apr 7, 2006 10:27 am (#2111 of 2983)

Nitwit, oddment, blubber, tweak!


Holly T. - Apr 7, 2006 10:59 am (#2112 of 2983)

Puck, my son embarrassed my daughter last year when he wore his Darth Vader voice changing mask when we went to pick her up at ballet. Good luck with the cake pan! I made an X-wing fighter cake the year my son turned 3. My sister has always liked Darth the best. I wonder what that says about her. Of course, I have always had the theory that the fact that she shares a birthday with Hitler says a lot about her too.

I haven't been able to get into World Crossing for days! Hope everyone is doing well!


haymoni - Apr 7, 2006 11:15 am (#2113 of 2983)

I wonder if you could make Darth without the pan.

I have a friend who can make all kinds of things by cutting 9 inch cakes into various shapes.

Where are you going to get black icing?


Holly T. - Apr 7, 2006 11:20 am (#2114 of 2983)

Ooh, you could make a volcano cake and put action figures of Anakin and Obi-wan fighting near it. Note to self: suggest this to son for his birthday, even though he has already requested a cake that looks like a shark biting someone.


kaykay1970 - Apr 7, 2006 3:58 pm (#2115 of 2983)

We've had another very scary day of storms here. A tornado touched down near here and caused some damage but no injuries at least. A church was torn to pieces, thankfully no one was inside. My sister's mother-in-law actually watched the tornado from her front porch as it passed her area. Talk about crazy! I headed for the basement as soon as the huge hail started falling. I have never seen anything like the size and amount of hail we received today. It was unbelievable! After the hail stopped we went out to take a look. The sun had come out and began melting the hail. This caused a fog so thick that you couldn't see anything. It was so weird!


Puck - Apr 7, 2006 4:53 pm (#2116 of 2983)

LOL, Holly! Those boys do have a violent streak! A couple of years ago Universal Studios was selling stuffed animal sharks that had a diver;s legs and flippers hanging out of it's mouth. Wonder if they still have them?

Wilton has all kinds of colors you can mix with icing. You get it at craft stores. All the kids will go home with black teeth. Perhaps I should try for R2-D2 instead...

Kaykay, hope the weather gets better soon!

I am once again sans car. Apparently the accident and repair of the bumper caused something to loosen within the Antilock Brake System. So now they are trying to find which of many wires is the problem. They thought they would find the problem today, but didn't, and won't be able to get to it until Monday. That means Diva misses swim class and Kitty needs her vet appointment rescheduled. I would love to call the woman who hit me and thank her for all the wonderful inconvenience.

Hope you all have a great weekend! Kathy


The giant squid - Apr 7, 2006 5:52 pm (#2117 of 2983)

Kathy, that's the downside to all the electronics in today's cars--they only take 3 minutes & a $0.35 part to fix, but it takes 15 hours (at outrageous hourly rates) to track down which part is the problem.

Hope everyone's weekend goes well (especially kaykay & her neighbors...I don't miss living in tornado country at all!).

I can't help with the Darth Vader cake pan, though the Mustaphar volcano idea sounds cool. It's always good to have a backup plan, right?



Tazzygirl - Apr 7, 2006 7:54 pm (#2118 of 2983)

Wow, Kay! Glad no one was hurt! **sending anti-tornado charms your way!**

I am sorry to hear about your car, Puck! Hope all is resolved soon! **Healing charms to your car!**

School is miserable at the moment. Had a debate today that went HORRIBLY. My partner didn't show up, so I had to the Pro side to Corporal Punishment in the Classroom. Let's just say that I am waaaaaaay against Corporal Punishment, and me against two Con people, it wasn't pretty. **insert horrified smiley here** I am soooo glad it is Friday!

Hope you all have a great weekend!!



Finn BV - Apr 7, 2006 8:27 pm (#2119 of 2983)

Thanks for the well wishes, Mike, but it was a TOUGH test.

Safety charms to all near kaykay!

I went to a friend's party tonight, at a club in New York. It was sort of similar to having a Bat Mitzvah, but she's not Jewish (or doesn't practice it) so they called it a "birthday" party -- but her birthday's in August, so I guess just an excuse to have a party. Anyway, we left the house at 6:55, just after I checked to see if I had gotten my WOMBAT scores. My friend left after 7 and he said the second it turned 7 he checked -- and they were there! I felt so cheated. And I got an Acceptable, too, after all that!

No wake up calls tomorrow! Have a great weekend all!


Denise P. - Apr 7, 2006 9:43 pm (#2120 of 2983)

Wow, it has been a wild afternoon and evening here, weather wise. We could hear tornado sirens going off around us but the one that alerts us was silent most of the night. It went off about 90 minutes ago and you could hear the roar. According to the weather radio, we had a touch down about 10 miles west of here. We didn't get any damage from it, just wind, hail and rain. Incredibly enough, we never lost power.

Mr. Rhys has a new lovey, it is a Peter Rabbit that has like a blanket for the body, thanks to Kim. I have been forcing a relationship with this because he is a hair puller when he is tired. Everytime I hold him and he is trying to go to sleep, I put the bunny under his arm. When he goes to bed, I tuck the bunny next to him. Today, when I was shopping, I put the bunny with him and he chewed on a paw. I think the forced relationship is working!

Just about 36 hours to my 5K race, I did my last run today before the race. Eeeek!

Puck good luck with the car


Snuffles - Apr 8, 2006 12:38 am (#2121 of 2983)

Kathy, sorry to hear about your car, I hope it's fixed soon. **hexes to the woman who hit you**

kaykay, Denise P, and anyone else in the tornado region, I hope you all stay safe.

You got your Wombat scores Finn?, I'm off to check to see if mine are in now!!

Have a good weekend everyone



Julie Aronson - Apr 8, 2006 5:02 am (#2122 of 2983)


Good luck with the 5K! I signed up for one on April 28. I'm embarrassingly slow right now (~57 minutes) and I'd like to try to shave off at least 10 more minutes before the main event. I guess it's an achievement just to finish, right?

I got an E on the Wombat. I can't wait for the next one!

Off to the treadmill...


kaykay1970 - Apr 8, 2006 5:17 am (#2123 of 2983)
Edited Apr 8, 2006 6:17 am

Thanks for the safety charms! With all the horrible weather we are receiving the warning sirens have not sounded the first time. They must be broken. That makes it frightening to even go to sleep during the calm! I definitely have to get a good weather radio! I haven't heard from my niece yet this morning that lives in the Nashville area (they were taking a beating from the storm yesterday.) When I last talked to my hubby's aunt in Monteagle last night the tornadoes were still upon them. I am very glad that Denise checked in as I was worried for her as well.

I had a child that pulled her hair every time she was tired or nervous or anything. She had bald spots until she was in first grade. I always found new and inventive ways to cover them up. Lots of barrettes and hair spray.

Sorry about your car Kathy. I hope you get it back soon...

Edit: I have heard from my family members and everyone is ok.


Julie Aronson - Apr 8, 2006 6:25 am (#2124 of 2983)

Glad all our Tennessee members are OK--I saw some pictures of the destruction this morning and it looks awful down there.

Stay safe,



Catherine - Apr 8, 2006 8:27 am (#2125 of 2983)

Yay! My W.OM.B.A.T. score was in this morning. I got an "Outstanding!"

Hope everyone has a good weekend. I will be grading papers all weekend.


Good Evans - Apr 8, 2006 9:43 am (#2126 of 2983)

Kaykay I thought of you as soon as I heard the news this morning - I am relieved to come here and see you have posted, glad you are all safe.

Sorry about your church though, what are you going to do tomorrow ?

oooohhhh wombat scores are out?????? Catherine thanks for the tip I will go now and check the site!!!!

edit - Exceeds Expectations (of course hermione like I am a little dissapointed hee hee), but wow how fabulous, and to be honest I am a little relieved!

have a great rest of day - we are out with friends for an Indian tonight. so whatever you are doing, enjoy!!

Julie X


kaykay1970 - Apr 8, 2006 10:24 am (#2127 of 2983)

My church is still intact. The church that was destroyed was in another small town about 5 miles from here. Hopefully the members will be invited to other area churches.


Finn BV - Apr 8, 2006 12:05 pm (#2128 of 2983)

Kathy, I'm sorry, I forgot in my last post to offer condolences about your car!

Good luck Denise! Hope the tornadoes aren't an obstacle! And again safety charms down to you and kaykay and all of you!

I just spent about half an hour writing a really bad riddle for the Potties. Go check it out.

Off to get some homework over with!


azi - Apr 8, 2006 12:11 pm (#2129 of 2983)

Safety charms to everyone affected by tornadoes!

Good luck with getting the car fixed, Puck!

Finn - I'm sure your riddle is great!

Hope everyone has a nice day!


Detail Seeker - Apr 8, 2006 12:27 pm (#2130 of 2983)

May all the tornadoes find their ways through uninhabited places and all houses hit, that are hit in spite of that, be strong enough to bear it.

Good luck to you all.

Maybe I missed something important, when I used the magic key on this thread after my longer break in Forum presence, so I am at loss, what "WOMBAT" results are about. Can anybody enlighten me ?

Just got the information, that my presentation at Patronus has been accepted. So, now I have to finish it and will actually be going there. So, let´s see, who else from the forum will be there. Perhaps, I can dig out Troels again...

Have a nice Sunday everybody !!


Nathan Zimmermann - Apr 8, 2006 1:07 pm (#2131 of 2983)

Detail Seeker, recently the almost always locked door on J.K. Rowling's website opened again, and the viewers of the website were given an opportunity to take an aptitude test concerning their knowledge of the wizarding world called the W.O.M.B.A.T which Stands for Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test. http://www.hp-lexicon.org/wizworld/wombat.html


Tazzygirl - Apr 8, 2006 1:10 pm (#2132 of 2983)

Catherine-I will be grading papers all weekend.

Just give out W.O.M.B.A.T. scores.

I have a bunch of papers that I have to get started on, only three weeks left until the end of school, so I guess I should get my homework mode into full gear. I have yet to hear if I got into the program or not up at the University... Sigh. Have to wait a couple more weeks for that too.

Hope you all have a great Weekend!!



Lina - Apr 8, 2006 1:51 pm (#2133 of 2983)

Congratulations on the Patronus Detail Seeker. I'm sure you'll do great there!

Some strong shield charms to Tennessee! Just in case that you need them again. But I hope you won't.

I can't think of anything else for the period that I wasn't posting, fortunately, I didn't have much to catch on through the time that the servers were down. I hope that everything will be functioning at least for a while...

I hope you did great on you 5K, Denise.

Congratulations and hugs to everyone who need them.


The giant squid - Apr 8, 2006 2:18 pm (#2134 of 2983)

Finn, I'm sure you did just fine on the math test.

Denise, good luck on your run. Maybe you'll get lucky & catch a tailwind.

Hope everyone's weekend goes well.



boop - Apr 8, 2006 5:00 pm (#2135 of 2983)

Kaykay, Glad everyone is alright and safe.

Kathy, hope they get your car fixed soon.

Denise, glad to hear you are all safe. Good Luck with your 5K run.

Julie A, good luck with your training.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

hugs always



Puck - Apr 8, 2006 6:44 pm (#2136 of 2983)

Hugs back to Boop!

Glad everyone is safe! I was thinking of my forum friends while watching the evening news, and was happy to see Denise and Kaykay had checked in!

Kristina, did you manage to find enough "pros" for your debate? Agreed, I would not have an easy time time with such an assignment. Glad you can now out it behind you.

My Mom came to visit today. She must be exhausted, as the kids were fighting for her attention the whole time. Of course, she loved it!

Of to read Finn's riddle!

Happy RotD, Kathy

ps- thanks for the well wishes for my van. I did at least get the fun of driving hubby's new car to work this morning.


Ydnam96 - Apr 8, 2006 10:40 pm (#2137 of 2983)

So at the beginning of the week I noticed that the Forum was down for a while and then my week got super crazy so I had to hit the magic button there were too many posts to read.

The week was very stressful; and when I get stressed I spend money (that I don't have). So I bought the LOST dvds, well actually I bought those last weekend.

Today, I bought a car. Well, I traded my current car in for a new one. Saturn VUE for a Saturn ION. The gas prices are killing me out here, it's $2.79 a gallon. With an SUV the price of gas was too much.

Anyway, I hope that everyone had a good week.

Night! (or day)


Elanor - Apr 8, 2006 10:47 pm (#2138 of 2983)

Detail Seeker: "Just got the information, that my presentation at Patronus has been accepted."

Congratulations!!!! I'm sure you'll be great! I hope you'll see Troels again there! He mailed me BTW and asked me to post a link for him, on the Time Travel thread (here: Professor Predicts Human Time Travel This Century) as a greeting from him.

**waving to everybody and wishing you all a wonderful Sunday**


Mrs. Sirius - Apr 8, 2006 11:12 pm (#2139 of 2983)

Wow, my girls have a birthday party tomorrow for a friend who is a real Pottie. We decided that one of the girls would give her a Harry Potter kite. We called toy stores with in a 25 mile radius and no one had them. We went to a Toyr-- store in desperation. They didn't have HP kites but did have a really nice brand name HP rains slickers. They were so reasonably priced that I bought a rain slicker for each of my girls too. Looking at the kites on the way out, I noticed they have some really nice animals so I rummaged through the box and found, a -snowy owl- kite!! We bought it even though it doesn't say HP.

I will be grading papers all weekend. After getting Outstanding on your W.O.M.A.T. I hope you aren't too hard on your students.


Lina - Apr 8, 2006 11:35 pm (#2140 of 2983)

Julie (Good Evans)! May you have a wonderful day!

Congrats Mandy on a new car!

Tazzy, there I thought of an example for your "pro"s: my friend has parents that never wanted to do the corporeal punishment to her. So, when she would do something wrong, they would call her and ask her to think about what she has done, what did she do wrong, what she was supposed to do and so on. She claims that it was a real torture for her and that she would much more prefer them to just spank her and live her alone.


Good Evans - Apr 9, 2006 3:18 am (#2141 of 2983)

Thank you Lina - the birthday Smilie is lovely!!!

wonderful family bought me the two disc GOF DVD (as requested) so will be watching HP this PM. Also got a Calloway golf viser and Death on the nile unabridged read by David Suchet on CD, fabulous!!!

actually nice sunny day here - lets hope it continues!!! And for those of you in the path of tornados, I hope that they dont do anymore damage!

have a great Sunday everyone - butter beer and birthday cake is one me!!


Tazzygirl - Apr 9, 2006 3:36 am (#2142 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Good Evans!! Hope you have a wonderful day!

As for my debate, I really didn't have enough 'good points'. I was really annoyed with my group, and by the time I got up to the front of the class, I was very annoyed with my teacher. I gave her the 'evil eye' and she shrunk back. I felt I needed to take it out on someone, she just ended up being my target. If she had given me the Con side, I would have been pretty happy. She ended up giving me a B, which is better than what it could have been!

LOL, Lina! Your poor friend!

Ok. I am off to bed, it is really late...



kaykay1970 - Apr 9, 2006 4:54 am (#2143 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Good Evans!!! Have a wonderful day!


azi - Apr 9, 2006 5:07 am (#2144 of 2983)

Happy birthday Good Evans! Looking forward to the party! Have an amazing day!

A 'B' is better than a C, D, E etc. right down to fail!

Hope the next week is less stressful for you, Mandy! Hope the car costs less as well!

Mrs Sirius - I hope your kids enjoy the party!

Tomorrow marks the start of Maths revision week for me. Not looking forward to that! Of my planned revision this week I got nothing done. That's my favourite topic of the year I was supposed to be revising!

Have a lovely day everyone!


Chemyst - Apr 9, 2006 6:48 am (#2145 of 2983)

...going back about a week to my last post on this thread, but--
Cool Phrontistery site, Finn. I was finally able to find the term for that grayish-whitish-greenish-waxy color that blushes on my blueberry bushes– glacous.

…and Scrabble™ has been discussed on this thread before. According to a page at The Phrontistery, the UK and most commonwealth countries allow a lot more three-letter words than the US rules do.

Happy birthday, Good Evans.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 9, 2006 7:20 am (#2146 of 2983)

…and Scrabble™ has been discussed on this thread before. According to a page at The Phrontistery, the UK and most commonwealth countries allow a lot more three-letter words than the US rules do.---Chemyst[

Speaking of which, my kids made me give up computer games for Lent. I shudder to think how much my Scrabble game has suffered. Why couldn't they have picked candy?

***wonders how Catherine is feeling and if she's given any thought to the $13 billion dollar question***

My daughter has her dance recital this weekend. She's a blue bird--she's got a feathered hat, wings and there's even a nest. It's da bomb. She had one show yesterday and another today. Before getting dressed for church this morning her father asked her if she was going to wear her blue bird costume to church. Quick as a flash, she asked, "Can I?" That would have been something to see at Mass.

As I'm still recovering from my run this morning, I'm wondering how Denise did in her 5K.


Finn BV - Apr 9, 2006 8:10 am (#2147 of 2983)

Detail Seeker, congrats on making Patronus! I'm sure we'll hear lots of good things from there about you!

Mandy, enjoy your new car! And hey, we had gas prices here reach $3.50 at one point, so no complaining!!

Nice sunny day here too Julie -- and have a fantastic birthday!!

A 'B' is better than a C, D, E –Azi

Do Brits have a grade 'E'? In America as I know it, we have A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, and F. There's no E, and never has been, so far as I know.

But hey, Tazzy, as azi said, it's better than nothing! Good job.

No problem Chemyst. If you'd like, when we play Scrabble, we can always fly to London.

So we bout TLTWTW, Deluxe Edition yesterday!! My dad hadn't seen it in theaters, and he sounded a bit pessimistic about watching it, but we did watch it (after my tennis last night – so from about 11:15 to 1:30 AM!! ) and he loved it, especially the music!! I'm so happy! But the bloopers are a bit of a disappointment… they go by too fast, and they're not really "bloopers" in my opinion… anyway, great DVD overall! Have a great RotD everybody!


Winky Woo - Apr 9, 2006 8:34 am (#2148 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Good Evans!

I'm glad you’re having good weather for you birthday down south, up here we are middle of a hail-storm! The dogs are looking at me pleadingly, and usually I quite happily wrap up against rain and wind. However hailstones, lightening and roaring thunder are in another league. I am telling myself that they wouldn't enjoy it....

Fin, G.C.S.E exams (Which O.W.L.S are based on) have Grades from A* through to G! at A-Level (NEWT) The grades are A to E. A to C are considered pass grades for both types of exam.

Have a great ROTD everyone

love Winky


boop - Apr 9, 2006 8:37 am (#2149 of 2983)


Mandy, congrats on the new car!!

Happy Birthday too Sirius daughters!! Enjoy your party girls.

hugs always



Finn BV - Apr 9, 2006 8:37 am (#2150 of 2983)

Thanks, Winky Woo. In the States only an F is a fail grade, that is, 59% and below.

Edit: I think I've wished everybody a happy birthday somewhere… Julie on this thread, geauxtigers on the YKYAHPLFW… thread and Stephanie in real life!! But happy birthday again everybody!! **hugs Boop**
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kaykay1970 - Apr 9, 2006 8:45 am (#2151 of 2983)

Hmm... In Tennessee an F is 69% or below.

Happy Birthday Stephanie and Geauxtigers!


Denise P. - Apr 9, 2006 8:54 am (#2152 of 2983)

My race doesn't start until 1 pm CDT. I will come back and post my time. I am also entered in a 5K next weekend. There is one on the 22nd as well but I am already committed to driving Brownies to camp that day.

Last night was the Boy Scout District Banquet and Awards dinner. My Pack made out like bandits. Out of 7 leader awards for excellence (from +800 people), we snagged three of them - Trailblazer Den Leader, Trailblazer Webelos Leader (me!) and Trailblazer Committee Chairman. We also got the following ribbons for our flag: Summertime Pack, Quality Unit, 100% Boy's Life and Unit of Excellence. We were thrilled since this is only our second year as a Pack.


Lina - Apr 9, 2006 9:33 am (#2153 of 2983)

Congratulations to your Pack Denise. And good luck with the race (never too many good lucks) that is about to start, I guess.

Wow, a very busy birthday day today! So to Stephanie, Virginiaelizabeth and Geauxtigers (Kate tells me they are twins )! May you really enjoy this day!

And in Croatia, failing is under 50%.


Finn BV - Apr 9, 2006 9:37 am (#2154 of 2983)

Congrats to Denise's Boy Scouts Pack!

Kaykay, it may depend on the grade level you're in. I remember in elementary school, there wasn't failing, and if you got a 69% or lower (including a 0) it was called a D, but they didn't start handing out Fs until 6th grade.

I guess it differs, across the USA, but we definitely don't have Es.


kaykay1970 - Apr 9, 2006 9:43 am (#2155 of 2983)

Wow! That is interesting... Our kids can definitely get an F from 1st grade on(based on the same grading system from 1st-12th). In Kindergarten they received S for satisfactory or U for Unsatisfactory. I always assumed it was the same across the U.S. I guess you learn something new every day!

Happy Birthday Virginia Elizabeth!! I hope I didn't miss anyone this time...


Finn BV - Apr 9, 2006 9:45 am (#2156 of 2983)

LOL Kaykay! Our grading system is only the same from 6th thru 12th. Fifth and younger they play easier on you.

Happy birthday Virginiaelizabeth! And anyone else who was born on April 9!!!


kaykay1970 - Apr 9, 2006 9:51 am (#2157 of 2983)
Edited Apr 9, 2006 10:22 am

Wow! You can't actually fail a year of school until 6th grade? Children down here can fail every grade except Kindergarten. Repeating Kindergarten is a parental choice.

It seems to me that without Fail grades children could be passed to a new grade level before they are fully prepared.


azi - Apr 9, 2006 10:13 am (#2158 of 2983)

Wow, all these birthdays and exam grades are getting me confused...

Happy birthday also to Stephanie, Geauxtigers and Virginiaelizabeth!

I think in the UK the grades A* to G at GCSE (OWLS) are all pass levels, because below that there is the 'U' fail grade! It's just that the government have decided everyone needs to be getting at least 5 A* to C's so anything below a C has become viewed as a fail (either that or we have *way* too many fail grades!). Pass levels for exams vary according to how everyone does so a hard exam will have a lower pass percentage. GCSE Higher Maths can be so difficult the pass level (straight in at grade C because if you're in that exam you shouldn't be any lower) can be around 25%. At A-level (NEWTS) exam marks are converted into a points system where 80% (or 480/600) is an A and 40% is grade E. I've never come across holding people back a year. We just don't do it.

Now I've confused everyone, I'll toddle off elsewhere!


Finn BV - Apr 9, 2006 10:38 am (#2159 of 2983)

**is confused by Azi **

kaykay, you can certainly be held back if the school administrators don't feel you're performing up to the standards of the school. At Horace Mann, a private school known for its academic rigor, the school prides itself in having excellent students. So, hypothetically, they shouldn't have to hold anybody back, but there are a few kids who aren't performing up to scratch.

Anyway, I have homework to do.


kaykay1970 - Apr 9, 2006 11:41 am (#2160 of 2983)

Ok. I got it now Finn. I took "there wasn't failing" to mean just that. And of course I didn't mean YOU personally. We all know you are a genius!


Finn BV - Apr 9, 2006 11:55 am (#2161 of 2983)

**looks around sheepishly **


Chemyst - Apr 9, 2006 12:38 pm (#2162 of 2983)

It seems to me that without Fail grades children could be passed to a new grade level before they are fully prepared. – kaykay

I suggest doing a search under 'social promotion' if you are interested. The topic quickly slides into politics as fallout from the "no child left behind" policy which would make a detailed discussion unsuitable for this forum. Briefly though, the pro-arguments are (a) repetition of a grade-level without changing instructional strategies is ineffective, (b) retention in grade-level increases the likelihood that a student will drop out of school. The con side should be obvious: they aren't fully prepared. A survey among American Federation of Teachers in the late 1990's indicated that more than half of the teachers had given social promotions that year, so the practice of giving social promotions was, and probably still is, widespread.

Happy birthday to Stephanie, Geauxtigers and Virginiaelizabeth.


Stephanie M. - Apr 9, 2006 12:44 pm (#2163 of 2983)


So I came back from Spring break, and there was about 170 posts to read through. I really wanted to read all of them, but I never got to go through all of the 170. School then started up, and I got very busy with all of the make-up that I still had to do from before we went on break (Dorr Make-up). So I hadn't really been on the Forum. THEN the forums where down when I actually had time to go on the forum! So I just read a ton of posts, over the past few days.

Happy Birthday to all that I have missed!

Happy (really) belated April Fools to everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well!

Thanks for the Birthday wishes everyone! I wish I had more time to enjoy it though! I have a ton of history to do.

And I wish Geauxtigers and Virginiaelizabeth a very happy Birthday! (April 9th is a very nice day to have a Birthday! )


Detail Seeker - Apr 9, 2006 1:19 pm (#2164 of 2983)

Thanks for the good wishes for my Patronus presentation and the heads up about WOMBATs. Quite an interesting combination of questions. Audrey, the time travel link seems interesting, though I wondered, if it was written on April 1st...

Discussing rating of school notes, I will tell you about the german way of doing it: We have a number system:
Classes 1 - 10: 1-4 are pass ratings, 5 and 6 are fail ratings. At the end of the school year, one 6 will lead to repeating the year, unless there is one rating of 2 or better to compensate. Two 6 ratings cannot be compensated. Up to two 5 ratings can be compensated by ratings better than 3 for each 5, else: da capo.

Classes 11 - 13: Pass grades are 15 - 4, with 15 being the best. 0 has the same effects as 6 in the lower classes, 1-3 are like 5 in the lower classes.

The rules for passing your final exam, that enables you to go to university (comparable to NEWTS in HP-World) involve some complicated calculations, using the ratings of the last school years and the ratings of the exams, that need not be laid out here. The main point is, that this honours continuous working insted of just being good (or bad) in the exam.

Happy birthday to all of you happy celebrants !


Tazzygirl - Apr 9, 2006 2:22 pm (#2165 of 2983)

Wow. I just read through 22 posts, awesome!!


Good Luck on your 5K, Denise!

Very interesting the different grading systems across the world...

I am off to complete 5 of my 18 papers today (2 are due in two weeks, the rest in 4!!). That is my goal. Let's see if I stick to it... My procrastinating self keeps telling me to do them all later, but my logical self is starting to override that feeling...

Have a great RotD/N everyone!!



Lina - Apr 9, 2006 2:56 pm (#2166 of 2983)

Well, Detail Seeker, it seems to me that those who manage to understand the grading system in Germany deserve to go to uni right away.

Good luck with the homework, Kristina!


Denise P. - Apr 9, 2006 4:57 pm (#2167 of 2983)

Wowie, it was a beautiful, sunny, clear, bright day....much warmer than we have had during training.

I don't know my official time yet, the clock said 36:40 when I crossed the line but since we use electronic timers, my time didn't actually start when the race began, it began when I crossed the starting mat. In any event, based on that time, I ran under a 12 minute mile. I am pretty pleased with my time. I have a 5K next weekend, I hope to be a bit faster. We are running that course blind (never having been on it before) so I have no idea what we may be facing as far as hills go.


Tazzygirl - Apr 9, 2006 6:18 pm (#2168 of 2983)

Glad to hear your 5K went well, Denise! Hope next week's goes just as well!

I am watching TLTWTW right now, with the commentary of the kids going on. Very interesting. And according to the actor who plays Edmund (the youngest brother) he had about 35 pieces of Turkish Delight by the time they were satisfied with the scene.



Nathan Zimmermann - Apr 9, 2006 8:24 pm (#2169 of 2983)

Tazzy, I watched same commentary on the film last night some of the exchanges are hillarious.


Tazzygirl - Apr 9, 2006 8:57 pm (#2170 of 2983)

Nathan, did you see the part where the kids all talk about being on the set? (It's on the second disc)- I thought the "Check the gate" song was pretty cute!


Nathan Zimmermann - Apr 9, 2006 10:00 pm (#2171 of 2983)

Tazzy, I haven't watched the second disc yet.

Did you watch the move through to extra scenes after the end credits?


Tazzygirl - Apr 9, 2006 10:15 pm (#2172 of 2983)
Edited Apr 9, 2006 10:56 pm

Nathan- Oh! No I haven't! I think I'll do that now... Or wait, is it the scene where Lucy goes back to the cabinet and the Professor says Narnia isn't there anymore? Because if that is it, I've seen it!



Nathan Zimmermann - Apr 9, 2006 10:53 pm (#2173 of 2983)

There is a scene where Lucy walks back to the wardrobe and led away by the Professor and the at the back of the wardrobe you see a light emanating from the wardrobe.


Tazzygirl - Apr 9, 2006 10:56 pm (#2174 of 2983)

Yup! I saw that scene! According to the commentary, that was the first scene of the movie that they shot. Very interesting!



The giant squid - Apr 9, 2006 11:00 pm (#2175 of 2983)

Throughout my school career the actual percentage required for each grade varied from teacher to teacher. They were all in the same general range, though--A was in the 90s, B 80s, C 70s D 60s and F below that. I actually had one teacher that went with that: 90/80/70/60. Made it easy to tell what you got. I won't get into the "social promotion" concept other than to say there's a reason that 16 year olds can't make change for a $20 bill without help...

Happy Birthday to Stephanie, Virginiaelizabeth and Geauxtigers!

Congrats on breaking the 12 minute mile, Denise, as well as for your scout troop's achievements. Good luck in next week's race!



Lina - Apr 9, 2006 11:00 pm (#2176 of 2983)

Congratulations Denise!


Ydnam96 - Apr 9, 2006 11:16 pm (#2177 of 2983)

Happy Birthdays to Stephanie, Virginiaelizabeth and Geauxtigers! I hope they went well.

Thanks for the well wishes for the new car. I really like it, but buying a car is always something harrowing, it will take a few weeks to get used to the new car payment and all the stuff that goes with a new car (including all the fun stuff...like the fact that gas mileage is much better).

Well, it's Spring Break, which means all the kiddies are gone. Hopefully this work week will be much quieter because of that. Next week I get to go on 'vacation' for two days. I'm very excited.

Mike, I agree with you about the 16 year olds who can't count...but I also agree that the discussion can get quite political. Can't anything though?

So the Peeps are taking over the stores! I'm thinking that there are more and more colors and shapes now. It's a strange phenonemon, but I'm not complaining.

Nice run Denise!

It's bed time! Night.


kaykay1970 - Apr 9, 2006 11:18 pm (#2178 of 2983)

Congratulations Denise!


dizzy lizzy  - Apr 9, 2006 11:32 pm (#2179 of 2983)

Happy Birthday to Stephanie, Virginiaelizabeth and Geauxtigers! Wasn't Good Evans celebrating a birthday as well???

Good to see everyone doing well. Congrats on the Scout awards and the run Denise!

No word on any new jobs yet, but I'm still trying...



Tazzygirl - Apr 9, 2006 11:38 pm (#2180 of 2983)

I thought I'd change my avatar (yet again!) to pay tribute to Peeps...

Good luck with the jobs, Lizzy!!



TwinklingBlueEyes - Apr 10, 2006 12:11 am (#2181 of 2983)

Happy belated Birthday to Julie ,Stephanie, Virginiaelizabeth and Geauxtigers! Sorry if I missed any, I have been up almost 72 hours now, just getting home. My newest grandson was born Fri., the 7th. Unfortunately, all the way across the state. Welcome our future Pottie, Tyler Daniel. Will try and post picture when I can see straight. Goodnight, good day, good whenever, good luck to all no matter if you need it or not.

...toddles off to bed...


Tazzygirl - Apr 10, 2006 12:24 am (#2182 of 2983)

Congratulations on a new grandson, TBE!! Cute name too! And when the time has come for him to join the Potties, we will welcome him with open arms! Hope you get a good night's sleep!



Snuffles - Apr 10, 2006 12:44 am (#2183 of 2983)

Happy belated birthdays to Julie, Stephanie, Virginiaelizabeth and Geauxtigers, hope you all had a great day!

Well done on you run Denise and good luck for your next one next weekend.

Congratulations on your new grandson TBE

Have a good Monday everyone



Lina - Apr 10, 2006 1:08 am (#2184 of 2983)

Congratulations on the new grandson TBE. May he always be happy and healthy!


kaykay1970 - Apr 10, 2006 4:44 am (#2185 of 2983)

Congratulations TBE!


Loopy Lupin - Apr 10, 2006 5:38 am (#2186 of 2983)

Do Brits have a grade 'E'? In America as I know it, we have A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, and F. There's no E, and never has been, so far as I know.

All the kids I know today have "E" as the lowest, nonpassing grade. In my day, (ahem) we had F's which meant FAILURE! I always assumed the the "E" phenomenon stemmed from some sort of desire to boost self-esteem. I'm glad to see some schools still use F's.


Catherine - Apr 10, 2006 11:10 am (#2187 of 2983)

Congrats to TBE! Ah, babies....

You know, I've never seen "E" as a grade before. I don't have anything against a good, old-fashioned "F," though.

I wish I could give "T" for troll for the students who never come to class, don't turn in work, and then have the audacity to whine when their grade is low.


haymoni - Apr 10, 2006 11:22 am (#2188 of 2983)

Catherine - I think you should post that on your syllabus at the beginning of each class term. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 464751818

T = Troll, granted only to those "special" students who cannot be troubled with coming to class, turning in assignments on time, turning off their cell phones or conducting themselves accordingly. See the collected works of J.K. Rowling for further explanation.


Madam Pince - Apr 10, 2006 12:19 pm (#2189 of 2983)
Edited Apr 10, 2006 12:54 pm

Hi everyone -- we're back from our little trip! ***waves*** We had weird weather there, too -- some days lovely, warm, and springy; some days dark and dreary and chilly; and one major thunderstorm with hail the size of pencil erasers. We needed the rain, though.

Wow, a lot of posts since I was here last -- let's see: Congrats to kaykay on the new niece and TBE on the new grandson; Congrats to Denise on the 5K race time and the Scouting awards; Happy Birthday to Stephenie, geauxtigers, virginiaelizabeth, and Good Evans; condolences to kaykay on the losses from the awful storms (glad you and yours and also Denise's family are OK!); sympathies to Puck on the aggravation of getting the car fixed; Yay! to ydnaM on the new car; congrats to everyone who finished up recent school tests; hmmmmmm... have I missed anything? Heck, how about just blanket good-wishes to all!

Denise, the new avatar of Rhys is adorable! I can't believe he is growing so fast! Also, there was a lot of "wink-wink/nudge-nudge" about your previous avatar which went over my head, and since it was around April Fool's Day... but at any rate, I think I can safely say that if that avatar was a photo of you, then I will eat my Easter bonnet.....

So, we had a good trip to my Mom's. There was an auction of some property that adjoined my mother's which we have been interested in for some time, and thankfully we were the successful bidders. I am alternating between being glad we got it, and being sick to my stomach at the price we had to pay (some... troll.... bid us up way higher than we had hoped.) Anyway, it's done and behind us and I am trying to concentrate on the bright side. If the other person had gotten it, we believe they were planning to build some type of business that would've entailed a lot of big trucks and heavy equipment and noisy stuff being garaged right in front of my mother's front door, so it would not have been nice, I'm sure. As it is now, all she will have to look at is mountains and trees, and all she will have to listen to is the birds singing. So, whew..... (I'm exhausted today, however -- I didn't sleep for two days prior to the auction for worrying, and then for two days afterwards for fretting. Tonight will be a Tylenol PM night!)

Puck, I haven't gotten the DVD for TLTWATW yet, so Little Pince hasn't seen it. I'm not sure if I'll let him -- I'm thinking probably yes, but I'll keep my thumb poised on the remote in case he starts backing away from the TV (his sign that something's too scary.) He has seen GoF and isn't fazed at all by any of it -- dragons, Voldemort, whatever. I have noticed that he wants to "wizards' duel" with me all the time now, however -- he wants me to be Voldemort, and then he points his wand at me and yells "Accio Firebolt!" or "Expecto Patronum!" (We still have some dueling lessons to do, apparently...) The other part he re-enacts is finding the dragon egg (made of Play-Doh here at our house), and he then holds it up and yells "Do you want me to open it?" (I hate it that he loves such a non-canon scene!) He gets quite tickled when I make the screeching mer-people noise when he opens the egg....

OK, better run now to finish unpacking and doing the laundry. Well, perhaps I will check quickly onto JKR's site to get my WOMBAT scores...... Enjoy the RotD, everyone!


Caius Iulius - Apr 10, 2006 12:27 pm (#2190 of 2983)

And TBE wrote his grandsons name down on the Lexicon list as soon as the boy was born. Now what does that remind me of? Harry and Hogwarts perhaps. LOL.


Finn BV - Apr 10, 2006 3:01 pm (#2191 of 2983)

Congrats Denise!

TBE, get some sleep and congrats about the grandson! That is fantastic!! Tyler Daniel -- I love both of those names!

LOL haymoni! I think the entire world should switch to the O, E, A, P, D, T system!!

Welcome back Madam P! Sorry about that troll! Give him a T in auction skills!

Have a goot RotD everybody!


boop - Apr 10, 2006 3:41 pm (#2192 of 2983)

Denise, congrats to your time at your 5K run. Good luck with the next one.

TBE, congrats on your new grandson.

Madame Pince, Glad to hear your trip was good. Welcome Back.

Have a good ROTD everybody

hugs always



The giant squid - Apr 10, 2006 10:41 pm (#2193 of 2983)

Welcome our future Pottie, Tyler Daniel.—TwinklingBlueEyes

Congrats, TBE. Now that's a name you can yell across the neighborhood!




Finn BV - Apr 11, 2006 5:09 am (#2194 of 2983)

LOL Mike.

Hugs to Betty!!

I just realized I didn't tell you guys we have our first tennis meet today, after school, at the Brunswick, CT campus (**waves to Mrs. Sirius**). Wish me luck!

Also, as I said on the YKYAHPLFW thread, my Forumversary is rapidly approaching on Saturday, but I probably won't be able to get to the forum on the day. I'll be visiting Buffalo for Easter weekend (and my uncle's 50th birthday) and with their slower-than-ever dial-up up there, I might not be able to make it on! But I'll try my best to get to an internet café or something… You can see my first post here. I know it says the 17th, but with the "admissions" process (sending the email, confirming the email, etc.) I didn't get 'round to posting until the 17th! So maybe I'll celebrate the official one-year posting day then, when I'll be home!

Have a great RotD everyone!


Loopy Lupin - Apr 11, 2006 5:53 am (#2195 of 2983)

Speaking of which, my kids made me give up computer games for Lent. I shudder to think how much my Scrabble game has suffered. Why couldn't they have picked candy? – Kim

Then you'd've missed all the Easter candy! I typically give up religion for Lent every year, so the season doesn't trouble me with sacrifice very much.

Finn, has it been a year? By the way are you 14 (or 51) yet? I do seem to remember you having a b-day soon after you starting posting regularly.


Mrs. Sirius - Apr 11, 2006 5:55 am (#2196 of 2983)

Hey Finn, good luck (**waving furiously and grinning back).

Woa, Denise you put us slacker moms to shame, Well at least I think "I will... one day...":-))

Congratulations TBE. Spoil that kid.

Edit: 'll be visiting Buffalo for Easter weekend (and my uncle's 50th birthday) Finn

Finn, has it been a year? By the way are you 14 (or 51) yet? I do seem to remember you having a b-day soon after you starting posting regularly. Loopy Uncle's?50th birthday, Finn, or is that your alter ego?


azi - Apr 11, 2006 8:36 am (#2197 of 2983)

Congratulations TBE!

Good luck wiith tennis, Finn (seems more than a year since you got here to me!)!

Lovely day to all!


Madam Pince - Apr 11, 2006 8:59 am (#2198 of 2983)

Beautiful avatar, azi! I don't know if you've had it awhile, but for some reason I just noticed it. What a great view!

Speaking of anniversaries, April 18th will be the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 -- just a little bit of trivia for any history buffs out there.


azi - Apr 11, 2006 10:01 am (#2199 of 2983)

Thank you Madam Pince! Yes, I've had it a while (actually, probably only a couple of weeks), but it's also quite nice!


Puck - Apr 11, 2006 10:06 am (#2200 of 2983)

Way to go, Denise!

Happy belated B-days to Julie, Stephanie, VirginiaElizabeth & Geauxtigers!

Congrats on new grandson, TBE!

I was shocked when I opened my son's 1st report card and saw a list of "D's", which I didn't expect in kindergarten! Then I found the grade key, which explained that "S" is for Secure, "D" is Developing, and "B" for Beginning. Who knew a D would be better than a B?

I gave up on the Darth Cake pan. Crazy collectors are driving up the prices. $50 is ridiculous! I found a bakery that will make the Darth cake for me for less.

Mike, you were right. They still haven't found the little pinched wire in my van.

Thanks Madam Pince. I just need to find a way to let my son watch Narnia without his sister. Most likely she will end up watching it.

Happy RotD, Kathy
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Tazzygirl - Apr 11, 2006 11:18 am (#2201 of 2983)

Good Luck with your tennis match, Finn!

Nothing much more for me to write, have school in about an hour and a half, still have tons of papers to write... sigh.

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!!



kaykay1970 - Apr 11, 2006 4:26 pm (#2202 of 2983)

Well, it is probably too late to wish you good luck, Finn. I hope your tennis match went well.

I was telling Lina in the chat room how badly the kids soccer match went yesterday. They lost 5 to 0. She wished them luck for today's match and said "I hope they don't lose." I can't believe the game stay tied most of the time. I thought well at least they are not losing. Our kids scored with only 3 minutes left and won 5-4! It was a most exciting game! Thanks, Lina!!


Finn BV - Apr 11, 2006 4:40 pm (#2203 of 2983)

Mrs. Sirius, some people think that I'm actually a 50-year-old man disguising himself as a teenager. The nerve……

Erm, Loopy, actually, my birthday's not till August. Here's boop's official message (though it's 2 days early – my bday is the 7th).

Congrats to Little Puck for the "developing" report card.

We won our matches today. Overall our school won 8 matches to 6, and I won my doubles match 8-2 (we were play what is called a pro set so it goes to eight)! I am very happy, I think we all are!

Congrats to kaykay's kids, tight game!!

Enjoy the RotD everybody!


boop - Apr 11, 2006 6:04 pm (#2204 of 2983)

Finn, congrats to your team for winning!!! Thanks for the hugs too!!!

Mike here are some hugs for you too!!!

Puck, glad you got a good report card, and here are hugs for you too!!!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

hugs always



dizzy lizzy  - Apr 11, 2006 6:14 pm (#2205 of 2983)

Hi all!

I'm still looking for work. And now I'm starting to get just a teensy weensy bit bored.

Having said that the weekend was a bit of a nightmare. My microwave, decided on Saturday night that it really didn't want to work any more. Fair enough I thought, it's 10 years old and was a cheapie to start with, I'll just live without one and get a new one when I get a job.

Then on Monday night I realised that my fridge wasn't working...The refrigeration mechanic seems to think the timer on the automatic defrost cycle decided to overheat and cut out. So for 3 days I had a fridge that had power, but it wasn't cooling or freezing, so I lost everything in my freezer and everything in the fridge that needed refrigeration.

The bizarre thing is that the 3 days it wasn't working allowed the components to cool down and when the mechanic moved the fridge to get behind it, it started working again... *headdesk*

So now I have a fridge that will die anytime soon, as no-one could work out quite what had gone wrong.

I'm not game enough to take any risks though and borrowed a bar fridge off some friends to keep my milk, etc. cold.

So now I'm back to looking for work and staving off boredom.



Finn BV - Apr 11, 2006 6:29 pm (#2206 of 2983)

Thanks boop! You're really good at giving those hugs!!

Lizzy, hugs for you too! Your week sounds like that of the Ministry's in the current Potty Five Words! (:does little spiel to campaign for more people to join Potty Five Words over on the FFF!!Smile


Tazzygirl - Apr 11, 2006 8:32 pm (#2207 of 2983)

((((HUGS)))) to Lizzy! Sending healing charms to your fridge, and good luck charms for your job!!! **Crossing fingers**

Congratulations, Finn, on winning the tennis match!

Yeay!! For Kaykay's kids!

My day was wonderful. Had class this morning, then when I came home I took 'Thaniel (1 year old cousin) out for a walk, ended up walking with him to pick his sister up from school, and then walked to the zoo. We just now got back. 'Thaniel LOVES the zoo. Which is wonderful, as that is where we are going to be spending the summer. I feel great knowing that I just walked about 4 miles for fun. Hopefully I get that into my weekly routine!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!


EDIT: I will add to Finn's spiel about Potty Five Words!! But as I don't know how to do the links yet, I'll point back up at Finn's post!!! It's loads of fun!!!


kaykay1970 - Apr 11, 2006 11:04 pm (#2208 of 2983)

Way to go Finn!

Good luck with the job hunt, Lizzy! What a week you are having! (((hugs)))

Tazzy, Nathaniel is lucky to have such a wonderful cousin. He must love living so near the zoo. Sounds like he is going to have a great summer. My children would love to spend so much time at the zoo.


Lina - Apr 11, 2006 11:24 pm (#2209 of 2983)

***********waving back to Madam Pince***********

Kathy, I'm wondering why are they looking for that wire for such a long time? Why don't they just say Accio broken wire! ? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 1003735042 I hope they find it soon.

Well, Kay, what can I say? You are welcome.

Congratulations, Finn, for the match.

Some good luck charms and hugs to you, Lizzy. I wish you a good and satisfying job very soon!

We had a wonderful afternoon yesterday. Usually I hate going downtown and I don't remember when was the last time I enjoyed doing it. Yesterday we went to buy some birthday presents for our cousins and ended up buying both GoF and TLTWTW, editions with the extra stuff and some paper to make the Easter cards. At the end we went to McDonald's and the girls were great, and we came home happy.


Tazzygirl - Apr 12, 2006 12:00 am (#2210 of 2983)

Thanks, Kay! I enjoy spending time with Nathaniel and Sydney too. I am not close to any of my other cousins, so being able to help raise this particular pair is amazing.

Sounds like you had a wonderful time, Lina! I knew GoF or TLTWTW wouldn't wait until June (I'm remembering the chat conversation!) I hope you and the girls enjoy them!



The giant squid - Apr 12, 2006 1:09 am (#2211 of 2983)

I typically give up religion for Lent every year, so the season doesn't trouble me with sacrifice very much.--Loopy Lupin

I took a similar tack--I gave up "giving things up for Lent" for Lent about 12 years ago, and it worked so well I've stuck with it.

Betty, I give you permission to not give out any hugs for a day or so, to allow your arms time to rest. Not everyone has 10 tentacles available for simultaneous hugs.

Kathy & Lizzy, it seems the gremlins are out in force this time of year. Lizzy's fridge problem sounds like most of the calls I make to our technician at the theater. I'll explain everything that's going wrong, he'll come out, look at it, flip a switch & it'll work perfectly. Can't really fix what doesn't act broken. Of course, since I became booth manager I've had it happen to me from the other side, so I know his pain...



Amilia Smith - Apr 12, 2006 4:14 am (#2212 of 2983)

Here's to hoping your week starts looking up, Lizzy. I guess it just goes to show, though, that some days are like that. Even in Australia.

Glad your trip went well, Mdm Pince.

It is raining a bit here tonight. But just a bit. All the drying charms you all sent a week or so ago really worked wonders. The sun has been shining, and the rain has limited itself, for the most part, to after sundown.



Good Evans - Apr 12, 2006 5:05 am (#2213 of 2983)

Wow - I go away from the forum for a couple of days and it goes crazy!!!

congratulations, belated happy birthdays and welcome back (delete whichever dont apply to you!!!!)

Many thanks for the birthday wishes - I had a lovely day - the Seder was particularly interesting ( a christian passover meal). woke up to Snow on monday - yep!!!!

had a wonderful evening at the Mansion House on Monday night - oh and I was sat opposite a statue of Hemione !!! couldn't help but notice that even the Mansion House had to have a HP reference!! I pointed it out to Hubby who said - you find a HP (no matter how tenuous) link in everything - yep, 150% obsessed!!!!

anyhow - back at work today - just today then I'm off until next wednesday - hooray!! Have a great day all

I found the chat about the grades very interesting, esp as I coasted my A levels and only scraped D's - mind you back then anything above an E was a pass!!!!! they even had an N - for nearmiss!?! I dont know what it really stood for - but it was possible to have an N at a level !!!

I loved the comment about the B being lower than a D Kathy (lol - now that takes some getting your head around!)

Well done on you 5 k time Denise - post your next weeks time and I'll see how I do against it when I run in July!!!

Lizzy - very best of luck with that job hunting

have a great day everyone - hugs and kisses all round... (gosh we are a friendly bunch )

Julie x


Julie Aronson - Apr 12, 2006 5:36 am (#2214 of 2983)

A Christian seder? I knew some Christians recognized Passover on some level, but I thought only we (Jews) had seders. How would the two compare?

(she asked wonderingly)

Have a great day!



Good Evans - Apr 12, 2006 5:44 am (#2215 of 2983)

I have no idea Julie, it was a first for me and I found it very instructive. Gave a lot of understanding to symbolism used and it commemorated various events; from the Hebrew exodus from Egypt through to the Last Supper (which obviously combines elements of both religions) . I dont want to say too much due to the rules of the lex so I will leave it there.


Chemyst - Apr 12, 2006 5:56 am (#2216 of 2983)

Julie, I am aware of two types of 'Christian' seders. One is the kind observed by Messianic Jews, Jewish people who believe Jesus is the messiah prophesied in the Old Testament; this seder is very much a religious observance. The other kind is more of an instructional/educational seder. All the traditional steps of the Jewish seder are explained in terms of how Christ fulfilled the symbolism; it is more of a 'living history' experience than a religious observance.
Edit to add - Good Evans seems to have attended the latter kind.


Julie Aronson - Apr 12, 2006 6:19 am (#2217 of 2983)

Thanks, Good Evans and Chemyst! I think you have managed to be very informative while remaining within the rules of the forum.




Finn BV - Apr 12, 2006 6:22 am (#2218 of 2983)

Welcome back to you, Good Evans.

I have to get Oral Surgery today guys! Four teeth pulled for braces…  See how that one goes…

Anyway, we have school off tomorrow and Friday so I hope to get to the forum a bit more as well!

Enjoy the RotD everybody!


Madam Pince - Apr 12, 2006 6:23 am (#2219 of 2983)

Oh Lizzy, what a pain about your 'fridge! So sorry to hear. It is such a bummer when that happens -- your "inner economist" doesn't want to get rid of it yet because technically it's still working, yet you know for a fact that it's too iffy to depend upon.... argh! And to lose all your foodstuffs....not good timing at all. Well, here's (****) some charms to help the job search go really well, and then you know where you will be spending your first paycheck -- at the appliance store!

Tazzy, Nathaniel is indeed lucky to have such a fun cousin to spend time with! Woo-hoo on your walking expedition! Great exercise!

Congrats on your tennis match, Finn, and also to kaykay on the kids' game! One a blowout and one an exciting finish -- both great ways to win!

****waves to Lina and Boop****

Today is the first day I feel somewhat rested and caught up on my sleep from the trip, so hopefully I will get a lot done today! I know Little Pince needs to burn some energy, so I'm thinking a trip on the bike path before the grocery store would be a good idea -- it's supposed to be another lovely day today. Everyone enjoy the RotD!

Oh, Tazzy -- I think tonight's Lost episode might be the one with the Rose/Bernard scene that you saw them filming! Anyway, the previews said it was supposed to have some backstory on them! I'll be looking for you in Niagara Falls! I missed last week's episode because my Mom's satellite dish wasn't working when we got to her house and it had to be re-programmed, but alas, too late for the show. Sigh....


Tazzygirl - Apr 12, 2006 11:34 am (#2220 of 2983)

Madam P.-Oh, Tazzy -- I think tonight's Lost episode might be the one with the Rose/Bernard scene that you saw them filming! Anyway, the previews said it was supposed to have some backstory on them! I'll be looking for you in Niagara Falls!

Oh! Maybe! But wouldn't it be too soon? If it is showing tonight, that was a pretty fast trip to the cutting room and such! This could be part one of the flashback scene, you know how they always have a first part, and then add to it over the season? Sorry you missed last week!

Good Luck with the teeth pulling, Finn! Hey, it gives you an excuse to eat a pint of ice cream! (Just make sure you have a napkin held underneath your chin, as the drooling is not very fun... )

Have a great RotD/N everyone!!



Catherine - Apr 12, 2006 12:37 pm (#2221 of 2983)

Finn, sadly, after today you will fully understand the phrase, "like pulling teeth."

Hope all goes well, and is as pain-free as possible.

**waves to Kim and Loopy just because**


Good Evans - Apr 12, 2006 1:00 pm (#2222 of 2983)

Best of luck with the dental surgery Finn!!

happy ROTD all


Puck - Apr 12, 2006 1:20 pm (#2223 of 2983)

Finn, hope you are healing well. Actually, I wasn't in much pain after my teeth were pulled, so it may not be that bad...

Lizzy, sorry about the fridge. When we were having trouble with ours we put a thermometer inside so we would notice if the temperature started to go up.

LOL, Mike. I had car like that in college. It would break down, I'd call for help, then it would start working again. One of my friends wouldn't believe me that it really hadn't been starting. He was convinced I was making a pass at him.

Enjoy the RotD! Kathy


Chemyst - Apr 12, 2006 5:20 pm (#2224 of 2983)

In the interest of not derailing the topic elsewhere, the following quote has been imported from the Questions for the Host(s) thread. It was posted by Kip:
Computer problems on my end have restricted some of my functions that most consider essential of existing; [...] I am presently and have been for the last few months using a web-based email client because my email client locks my system up. This limits me from all of my previous emails and addresses that I need to have at my disposal.

Bummer, dude.   Would you rather we send 'reparo' charms or some of those hugs made from a set of parentheses?


Kip Carter - Apr 12, 2006 6:05 pm (#2225 of 2983)

Chemyst, just knowing that you would like to send either makes me feel much better and proves that our Forum Family is, by far, the best on the web. Thanks for caring!


Finn BV - Apr 12, 2006 6:29 pm (#2226 of 2983)

(((hugs))) AND **sends reparo charms** AND **waves to Kip**

I know how you feel Kip, my computer's been a naughty menace for ages!! LOL

Hey, it gives you an excuse to eat a pint of ice cream! (Just make sure you have a napkin held underneath your chin, as the drooling is not very fun... ) –Kristina[

That sounds exactly like my day once I got home! I grabbed a napkin just in time though…

Thanks for all the thoughts, guys! I was put on novocaine and laughing gas (and got to listen to the Narnia soundtrack ) and then they pulled 4 teeth. It was a bit painful at certain times, and the last one was the worst, but finally they finished. Then I walked out of the buildilng looking completely stupid with gauze in my mouth and holding two ice packs to my cheeks!! LOL, but then I watched the extras from the Narnia DVD when I got home so all in all I had a fairly good day. And we don't have school until Monday, so I can sit back and relax! Yay!

And today we got a really nice warm-up suit (monogrammed jacket and sweat pants) for tennis! It's an attractive maroon (school color) with a swirly handwriting for my name. I like it a lot, and can't stop wearing it!

Enjoy the RotD everybody! I'm just recovering from being really sleepy, and still think I should do an early-to-bed night, so I don't think I'll even try venturing to the thousands of posts awaiting me at Potty Five Words…


Tazzygirl - Apr 12, 2006 6:34 pm (#2227 of 2983)

Finn-...so I don't think I'll even try venturing to the thousands of posts awaiting me at Potty Five Words…


(That's all I have to say to that... ) Glad the teeth pulling went well!!



Finn BV - Apr 12, 2006 7:02 pm (#2228 of 2983)

Oh well, made it there anyway… **falls asleep instantly **


Eponine - Apr 12, 2006 8:19 pm (#2229 of 2983)

Finn, you're not the only one who had to go to the dentist today. I woke up this morning with painfully swollen gums. Unfortunately, the dentist doesn't know why they're swollen, so I get to see a periodontist. Lovely. I dislike people sticking things in my mouth.

I hope everyone is having a great day!


dizzy lizzy  - Apr 12, 2006 11:52 pm (#2230 of 2983)


I had another interview today! I just got back from it. The job was for an Advertising Sales representative with the local newspaper. Since my employment agency put the application in on my behalf, I went to the interview not knowing a thing. I walked out feeling like I could do the job, that it would be interesting and it would use skills I've learnt and want to keep.

Some good luck charms for Kip's email system and for getting the computer problems fixed up!

Some get well charms for Eponine and Finn's Gums!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!



Snuffles - Apr 13, 2006 12:35 am (#2231 of 2983)

Lizzy, hope your interview went ok and I will keep my fingers crossed!

Finn, well done on your tennis, and I hope your mouth and gums are starting to feel better. I know how you feel, I had to have teethed pulled out before my braces. Apparently I just had too many teeth for my tiny mouth!!!!

Puck, congrats on little Puck's report card.

Welcome back Julie, glad you had a great birthday.

My day was hectic yesterday. I had my Auntie's funeral. We had to set off at 6am yesterday to get to the funeral for 11.30am!! We spent 3 1/2 hours there then set off to come home. Finally made it back at 7.30pm! Oh well shouldn't moan, at least I am fit and healthy.

Hope everyone has a good day/night



The giant squid - Apr 13, 2006 12:36 am (#2232 of 2983)

Dental healing charms for Finn & Eponine, and a computus reparo! for Kip.

Tonight’s Lost did indeed feature Rose & Bernard eating in a restaurant, so I'd guess it was the one Lizzy saw being filmed. If not, we know they'll revisit that moment sometime in the next month (i.e. before the season ends). Speaking of Lost, there were some interesting revalations about the way the island seems to work. Just when you think it's one thing, they switch it up on you (It's mystical. It's scientific. It's mystical. It's...).

Kathy: in all fairness for your mechanic friend, most guys of college age are willing to believe a girl is hitting on them. The ability to "read into things" is probably more defined than any other, even being able to survive on nothing but Ramen noodles and Dr. Pepper.



Tazzygirl - Apr 13, 2006 1:28 am (#2233 of 2983)

Squid Mike-Tonights Lost did indeed feature Rose & Bernard eating in a restaurant, so I'd guess it was the one Lizzy saw being filmed.

ummmm... that would be me! (Tazzy, not Lizzy) And yes, tonight's episode was the one I got to watch being filmed, or at least a section of it. In white (just to be on the safe side!!): The scene where Rose and Bernard are sitting in front of huge bay windows, with a fantastic view of waterfalls in the background- I was standing to the right side of the screen shot, technically behind Rose. Yup!! I was there!! SQUEEEE!! So I think I will put the other picture I took up as my avatar. Notice the walls? Now I guess I should go finish the episode- I paused it when it got to that part so I could post right away! LOL

Sorry to hear about your Auntie, Snuffles! Cheering charms to you and your family!


EDIT: Ok, so the picture is tiny, and kind of hard to see, but at least you see the 'wall'... kind of. See the two palm trees in the middle? Bernard and Rose were sitting behind the window between the two trees.


Loopy Lupin - Apr 13, 2006 5:40 am (#2234 of 2983)

Then I walked out of the building looking completely stupid with gauze in my mouth and holding two ice packs to my cheeks!! – Finn

Owwwwww!!! This brings back painful memories of my own procedure at 16. Like Finn, I had 4 removed in one sitting. I did get laughing gas too. When I walked out of the dentist office, my mother looked at me and nearly passed out. Still under the influence of the nitrous oxide, I slurred "Everything's fine Mom." She told me to shut up and get in the car. Later, I was demanding double doses of the pain pills; unfortunately, the gas is only funny for a while.

And today we got a really nice warm-up suit (monogrammed jacket and sweat pants) for tennis! It's an attractive maroon (school color) with a swirly handwriting for my name. – Finn

Sounds absolutely fabulous. At least you've got new duds to lounge around in as you recover.

Lost Rules! ***waves to Kim, Catherine, and Denise***


Denise P. - Apr 13, 2006 6:00 am (#2235 of 2983)

I was out last night so have not been able to watch Lost yet but it is on my list of things to do today! I did see the last 5 minutes thought and said exactly what happened as soon as it began....I just knew that would be seen again finally.

Finn, I found it very helpful to take the medication given following teeth pulling...even if I didn't feel pain. It is better to head it off before it hurts than to have to wait for the hurt to stop.


Catherine - Apr 13, 2006 6:38 am (#2236 of 2983)

Denise, your avatar is just too amusing!

Hope the gums feel better, Eponine. I guess this means you won't be eating any Peeps.


Lina - Apr 13, 2006 7:14 am (#2237 of 2983)

Healing charms to everyone who need them!

Lizzy, fingers crossed for the job! I hope you get it and enjoy it!

Kristina, Kate continuously keeps being teased for having friends with the names Tazzy, Azi and Lizzy. So it is only natural to get confounded about all you ~zies.

Hugs to Snuffles.

Happy and joyful Easter to all that celebrate!


Finn BV - Apr 13, 2006 7:20 am (#2238 of 2983)

Eponine, best of luck at the periodontist. **looks up in one of the many English vocab sites what a periodontist is** I see, a dentist who specializes in gums.

Lizzy, good luck on the job interview!!

Snuffles, sorry about your aunt. Cheering charms to you and your family.

She told me to shut up and get in the car. –Loopy

You have such loving parents. Yes, I plan to be permanently fixed in these clothes until Monday.

Denise, yes, I'm taking the medication even though I don't have any pain. The good thing is it is a medicine that actually tastes good!! It is a sort of orange-ish fluid that's a bit thick, but tastes great anyway. As opposed to some other medicines out there…

Enjoy the RotD everybody!


azi - Apr 13, 2006 7:43 am (#2239 of 2983)

Laughing gas? I didn't get any laughing gas! Just good old novocaine (sp?). Guess I'm just more brave... But seriously, it hurts now the teeth are gone? Don't remember that. Hope the pain goes, Finn! **sends healing charms**

Good luck charms to Lizzy for the job! I hope your fridge/other electrical problems stop soon!

I agree with Lina, us '~zies' get confusing!

Gum healing charms to Eponine!

Hope everything gets better, Snuffles! (wow, 3 1/2 hours driving - you must have been at the other side of the country!)

Argh, I stay away from the forum, but still don't get any work done! What's the point? Might as well be here!

Have a nice day everybody!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 13, 2006 7:54 am (#2240 of 2983)

Denise, your avatar is just too amusing!---Catherine

And it has staying power! Even though she trots it out every year (I can't believe I've been here long enough to say that) I laugh every time I see it.

Speaking of amusing avatars, Catherine, I wonder what Wayne thinks of yours?

Anyone watch American Idol last night? All I can say is, "It's about time!"

Finn, your experience is bringing back very vivid memories for me. And not in a good way.


Denise P. - Apr 13, 2006 8:44 am (#2241 of 2983)

Yes, I dig this avatar out each spring. It is a classic, how can I not?

I really wanted (highlight)---->Ace and his hideous falsetto to leave. Bucky is marginally more talented but less pretty (except for his hair when it was Jessica Simpson like). I think Ace is there to be a pretty face and even then, I question it. Hopefully next week Ace will be axed <---- end highlight

We just had a guinea pig emergency. A friend of mine is raising her four grandchildren, all of them special needs. The lone girl in the bunch, Sarah, has decided she wants a guinea pig and we talked about it last night. Apparently this morning, Sarah threw the fit to end all fits about getting a guinea pig NOW. Her poor grandmother, at wits end for many reasons, was going to attempt to go out this morning, before she had to be at work at 10, to get a pig, cage and all accessories. I offered to loan one of our pigs (with cage and everything) until it was after payday and she could bring Sarah along to pick out one.

So, I packed up Regulus and his little piggy overnight bag and we went over to Sarah. She was waiting at the door for us and is totally in love with him. I got him all set up in his cage and went over care with Sarah. I think Wanda, grandma, is going to be surprised at the cage size (28x28) since I think she was expecting the normal shoebox they sell for guinea pig cages at the pet shops.

Now, I need to go rearrange the remaining guinea pigs since I moved everyone around while breaking down the cage that went over with Regulus.


haymoni - Apr 13, 2006 10:34 am (#2242 of 2983)

Um, Denise - Sarah does understand that you are LOANING the guinea pig, i.e. she doesn't get to KEEP Regulus - right????


Loopy Lupin - Apr 13, 2006 10:35 am (#2243 of 2983)

Speaking of amusing avatars, Catherine, I wonder what Wayne thinks of yours? –Kim

It's lovely! Basset Hounds rule!

Anyone watch American Idol last night? All I can say is, "It's about time!"-- Kim

I may have mentioned this before, but the Washington Post has a column called: "American Idol! We Watch So You Don't Have To." which recaps Idol from the night before. I find that this fills my Idol-viewing needs.

Finn, your experience is bringing back very vivid memories for me. And not in a good way. -- Kim

Indeed. And, yes, even with the teeth out, it does hurt afterward. (Don't remember who asked that.) Not to get too gross, but I don't think the procedure is really having the teeth "pulled." It is more accurate perhaps to say one is having them "cut out" from the gums, nerves and all.

I am giggling over Denise's avatar.


Tazzygirl - Apr 13, 2006 11:46 am (#2244 of 2983)

Denise P.- I think she was expecting the normal shoebox they sell for guinea pig cages at the pet shops.

Totally agree with you there- I can't stand seeing guinea pigs in those little cages at the pet store. I have to exercise major willpower not to buy all the guinea pigs when I see them is such horrible cages. The three guinea pigs I have are in a huge 'house', and are taken out and put in a bigger fenced area every day for exercise. I think it's perfect for Sarah to have Regulus for a short time- it will help her to realize the responsibility of taking care of an animal, and make sure she really wants to have a guinea pig!

Lina- Kate gets teased because of Tazzy, Lizzy, and Azi? Don't they know that we are all one of a kind? hehehehe... Her friends just don't know what they are missing out on!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!



Finn BV - Apr 13, 2006 12:26 pm (#2245 of 2983)

I sincerely apologize to Kim.

Wow, I finally got Denise's avatar!! It took me forever to get!!

**goes off muttering that those are bite marks**

Just took a great two-hour walk in this glorious weather. I hope that we're not the only place with this weather today – 77°! Go out and do something, it's so nice!


haymoni - Apr 13, 2006 12:37 pm (#2246 of 2983)

Don't worry, Finn. It's the drugs!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 13, 2006 2:28 pm (#2247 of 2983)

Don't worry, Finn. It's the drugs!---haymoni

Funny, I was thinking it was the lack of teeth. He'll probably have to melt his Easter bunny.


The giant squid - Apr 13, 2006 2:37 pm (#2248 of 2983)

Kristina, sorry about the confusion. **writes on board "Tazzy lives in Hawaii, Lizzy lives in Australia. Tazzy lives in Hawaii, Lizzy lives in Australia."**



TwinklingBlueEyes - Apr 13, 2006 2:47 pm (#2249 of 2983)

You had it half right Mike, both are surrounded by water!


boop - Apr 13, 2006 2:53 pm (#2250 of 2983)

Finn, glad everything went alright, hope you feel better soon.

Happy Birthday for April 14th : Madam Poppy, hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Thanks Mike, but I love giving and receiving Hugs!!!

Everyone have a great Friday!!!

hugs always

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Eponine - Apr 13, 2006 5:05 pm (#2251 of 2983)

I guess this means you won't be eating any Peeps.

Bah. Swollen gums cannot stop the Peeps!

When I got to work today, they were replacing one of the windows in the reference section. I went inside hoping for some major drama, but it was only a broken seal or something. However, I made up a story about a couple of patrons getting into an argument over reference books, and it escalating until one pushed the other out the window. I think that would have been much more exciting than just a broken seal.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Tazzygirl - Apr 13, 2006 5:08 pm (#2252 of 2983)

That's OK, Squid Mike! I have often wondered if anyone mixes the 'zzy' names up!

I was almost going to have a heart attack- I have been trying for the last hour or so to visit the forum, and my internet wouldn't let me. I thought the Forum was having another round of 'not available'... So glad it decided to finally work!!

Happy Birthday Madam Poppy!!



azi - Apr 13, 2006 5:12 pm (#2253 of 2983)

I had that too, Tazzy! Hence why it's 1am and I'm still here. (yeah, nothing compared to Kip and Squid Mike...)


Viola Intonada - Apr 13, 2006 7:24 pm (#2254 of 2983)

Have a Happy Birthday, Madame Poppy!


kaykay1970 - Apr 13, 2006 10:47 pm (#2255 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Madame Poppy!!


Good Evans - Apr 14, 2006 4:06 am (#2256 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Madam Poppy

Denise - yay !! thanks for the result - I won’t pick up IDOL until sunday night (but I always look up who went on the Thursday) - just haven't had a chance yet - I am so glad he has gone - and yes I want the other one you mentioned to go next week too!!!!! Then we will have talented finalists!!!!

Finn - hope the drugs have worn off somewhat

fingers crossed for the job Lizzy

have a peaceful Good Friday all - whatever it is you are doing!

Julie x


The giant squid - Apr 14, 2006 4:06 am (#2257 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Tazzy--er, Lizzy--I mean Poppy!

I just got done screening Scary Movie 4, and felt I should share this: those of you that...disliked (Forum friendly version) The Village might like to know that the Zuckers give it a thorough thrashing. The main plot follows War of the Worlds and The Grudge, but Village, Million Dollar Baby and Saw get a good working over as well.

Eponine, I like your version of the window replacement better. I've done similar things... I fell once & got a rug burn on the side of my face. When people asked what happened I told them I'd been attacked by rabid wolverines. Sadly, no one believed me. Maybe if I'd said guinea pigs?



Loopy Lupin - Apr 14, 2006 6:03 am (#2258 of 2983)

I just got done screening Scary Movie 4, and felt I should share this: those of you that...disliked (Forum friendly version) The Village might like to know that the Zuckers give it a thorough thrashing. --- Squid Mike

Hmmmmmmmm.......... Now I really have a Saw-like dilemma. On the one hand, I'd rather blind myself with a pencil than see Scary Movie 4. On the other hand, Scary Movie 4 thoroughly thrashes The Village . What to do, what to do?


Marie E. - Apr 14, 2006 6:07 am (#2259 of 2983)

How did they manage to get Million Dollar Baby in the movie? Very interesting.

It's hard to believe we had snow not too long ago. Yesterday it was 82. Absolutely gorgeous. If it wasn't for my allergies, it would be perfect.

I'm driving to see Nephew next week. I'll be spending the weekend in Missouri. I'm going alone, which is vacation enough. When my sister isn't around, I'll start reading him Sorcerer's Stone.

I'm so unprepared for Easter this year. I haven't even bought Peeps yet. Thank goodness I get paid today and can do the holiday properly.

Shayla's school choir is singing at the opening game of our AAA baseball team, the Sky Sox. Our whole family is going and we have bets on how long until Lexie gets bored and starts running around. I have 2 minutes. Shayla is lenient and says five minutes. Mr E says as soon as the National Anthem is over.

Happy Birthday Madam Poppy!


azi - Apr 14, 2006 8:47 am (#2260 of 2983)

Happy birthday Madam Poppy!

Beautiful day here too. Spring has started to appear, and now I need my anti-histamines! The sun is glorious! **wishes it was warm enough for sunbathing**

~Have a lovely sunny Friday everyone!


Holly T. - Apr 14, 2006 9:19 am (#2261 of 2983)

Happy birthday Madam Poppy!

Hope you are all doing well. I have been swamped at work and have hardly had time for the boards (why couldn't this have been the case when the boards were down?).

Sorry about the dental work, Finn! Ouch.

One of the joys of living in Texas is that I get to suffer from allergies all year! It very rarely gets cold enough to kill off all of the spores and whatnot that make it hard to breathe.

It is supposed to be 92 on Easter, which is why the committee in charge of the church Easter egg hunt always asks for no chocolate candy (nothing worse than melted chocolate on kids' Easter clothes). Of course, the past two years Easter has been cold and rainy so we could have had chocolate.

My daughter and I gave up sweets for Lent and my son gave up cookies. This is an improvement over last year when he gave up cleaning his room for Lent.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Apr 14, 2006 10:29 am (#2262 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Madam Poppy!


Ydnam96 - Apr 14, 2006 10:52 am (#2263 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Madame Poppy!!


Stephanie M. - Apr 14, 2006 10:57 am (#2264 of 2983)

Congratulations to everyone!!

Happy Birthday Madame Poppy!! I wish you many, many more happy and healthy years!!

Happy Passover to those of you who are celebrating (Use your self-control to keep kosher!), and Happy Good Friday to those who are celebrating! My keyboard is still messed up!

My return key and enter key still don't work. (I have to use the tab key to return, but then everything gets in a weird format!) But what can you do about it? I'll wait until I have no big projects coming up, and take my computer in for a new laptop keyboard.

The weather here yesterday, was soo beautiful! But today, it looks like it's about to rain. The skys are overcast, so it's not very pretty to look at.


Lina - Apr 14, 2006 2:32 pm (#2265 of 2983)

Happy birthday, Madam Poppy!

Happy Passover to all who celebrate!

And some Reparo charms to Stephanie's keyboard.


timrew   - Apr 14, 2006 3:47 pm (#2266 of 2983)

Marie E. Yesterday it was 82............

Yep, it was 82 here in Manchester, UK, too Marie. 41 in the morning, and 41 in the afternoon................

Oh, and Happy Birthday, Madam Poppy!


Eponine - Apr 14, 2006 7:12 pm (#2267 of 2983)

Are there any technologically inclined people here who can tell me why I still get pop-ups with Mozilla Firefox when I have my pop-up blocker on? I'd be eternally grateful if someone could help me out with that.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Madam Pince - Apr 15, 2006 8:24 am (#2268 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Madame Poppy!

Denise, love your avatar! I had some Easter cards from a few years ago that were just like it except without the "butt" part -- the first bunny just said "Happy Easter." I guess with a bit more time for thought, they came up with something even better!

Lovely day here today, but my "Weather Update" on my homepage says "Severe Alert!" in big red letters and calls for chances of major thunderstorms with large-sized hail. Let's hope not! It'll ruin the egg hunt later with the in-laws!

I noticed the Forum down the other day too, but I thought it was just me because my computer is all wonky. I spent all day yesterday working with Microsoft help desk (all very professional and helpful, by the way, unlike Dell who said they'd love to help me for the small fee of $239.)

Enjoy the RotD, everyone!


azi - Apr 15, 2006 10:08 am (#2269 of 2983)

Ouch, Madam Pince, that's a high price to pay! **hopes own Dell computer doesn't go 'caput' any time soon!** Hope you don't get that severe weather either!

Hehe, Tim!

Eponine, I'm afraid I can't help you! Only thing I could suggest is check the pop-up blocker is fully updated!

Computer healing charms to Stephanie!

Have a lovely day!


Tazzygirl - Apr 15, 2006 2:32 pm (#2270 of 2983)
Edited Apr 15, 2006 3:56 pm

Madam P.- (unlike Dell who said they'd love to help me for the small fee of $239.)

Really? Dell has been good to me for a while now- I don't have any of its service plans and I was on the phone with them a lot before I ended up throwing the old computer out the window. The only time they actually wanted money was when I was trying to strip that computer back down to the basics, and had lost the Windows 98 CD. Hope the bad weather skips your area! **crossing fingers**

Eponine- I sometimes get pop-ups, even though my pop-up blocker is on. The only thing I can suggest is what Azi suggested! Sorry!

I spent six hours yesterday at a coffee shop- attempting to write some of my papers. I don't know what I was doing, but I got nothing to show for those six hours. The one paper I did have halfway finished is now only a quarter finished. I looked up some research on the internet, but not enough to really write a paper... :frustrated: It's driving me nuts.

I also was wide awake last night all the way up to 5:30 this morning. Could not fall asleep for the life of me. I have never been up that late in my life- on purpose or not. Stress, I guess? (Hey! That rhymes! LOL)

Hope everyone has a fantastic RotD!! Enjoy the egg hunts!



Denise P. - Apr 15, 2006 5:31 pm (#2271 of 2983)

I know many people who adore Dell. I seem to have gotten one of the bum Dell computers. I hated it and you could not pay me to have another Dell.

Yesterday was spent in a doctors office. Kierynn has been coughing (not unusual this time of year) but when she complained of ear pain, we whisked her in. She has a double ear infection and bronchitis. After having to put her into a medieval torture devise to hold her still to get a chest x-ray, they decided she did not have pneumonia. I really liked the sticker she got, it had Pooh bear looking pouty and said "I pitched a fit!" We came out with a bag full of different medications and she has been really good about taking them. Mr. Denise is also doing the seal bark and Rhys started it today. Fun.

This morning I did another 5K run. I was marginally slower today, my pace was 12:03 but it was still fun. I liked that it had no HILLS! My running group is now aiming for a 10K in June here in town.

With several kidlets not feeling great, we may just skip coloring eggs until tomorrow.


Catherine - Apr 15, 2006 6:09 pm (#2272 of 2983)

I really liked the sticker she got, it had Pooh bear looking pouty and said "I pitched a fit!"[


Claire got one of those years ago when she had a "different" kind of seizure and had to go for a CT scan in the ER. She was so awful from the seizure and the unfamiliarity of the hospital that I actually did think she deserved the "I pitched a fit" sticker. I pitched a fit that afternoon too, but I did not get a sticker.

Maybe we mums who endure these things on behalf of our children should get a "I didn't bite anyone's head off" or "Rejoice ye that my mother's wrath fell not upon ye" sticker.

Happy Easter.


Choices - Apr 15, 2006 6:45 pm (#2273 of 2983)

Happy Easter to Everyone!!


timrew   - Apr 15, 2006 7:02 pm (#2274 of 2983)

I've just read Clare M. Jordan's essay on the location of Spinner's End on the Lexicon.

I wish to add a bit more. I think that Spinner's End runs parallel to Coronation Street, in Weatherfield, Salford.

After all, Snape answers the door to Bella, with a whippet tucked under his arm, and then offers both sisters tripe sandwiches, while uttering the words, "There's nowt wrong with owt, when mithering clutterbucks won't parley Grummitch!"

It's obvious Snape is an irascible Northener, who obviously has a scarf wrapped round his neck, and a pigeon-loft in his back-yard.

Sorry to all non-Northern UK fans who don't get the references, or the cliches.....................


TwinklingBlueEyes - Apr 15, 2006 7:16 pm (#2275 of 2983)

There's nowt wrong with owt, when mithering clutterbucks won't parley Grummitch!"

Tim, can you translate to American english?


timrew   - Apr 15, 2006 7:21 pm (#2276 of 2983)

TwinklingBlueEyes..........No, I can't translate that at all!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Apr 15, 2006 7:26 pm (#2277 of 2983)

Grr..., and English is a common language, right? LOL


Loopy Lupin - Apr 15, 2006 9:23 pm (#2278 of 2983)

America and England are two nations divided by a common language. ***waves to Oscar Wilde's Estate*****


TwinklingBlueEyes - Apr 15, 2006 9:30 pm (#2279 of 2983)

Now I understand... what we hear in English is correct, but how it is heard by anyone else is anyone's guess?


kaykay1970 - Apr 15, 2006 10:17 pm (#2280 of 2983)

Happy Easter!!!


Elanor - Apr 15, 2006 10:50 pm (#2281 of 2983)

Joyeuses Pâques! Happy Easter everybody!

Hope you'll have a wonderful day and will eat LOTS of chocolate!

Happy belated birthday wishes and congratulations too!



boop - Apr 16, 2006 7:39 am (#2282 of 2983)

Denise, I am sending healing charms your way. Good luck with your next run.

Happy Easter Everybody. I hope everyone has a wonderful day!!

hugs always



Ydnam96 - Apr 16, 2006 8:37 am (#2283 of 2983)

Well, the chat thread is slow this weekend! Must be a holiday

Happy Easter!

My brother called a little while ago to wish me a happy Easter, only it's 8:00am here in LA. I don't know if he forgets about the time difference or doesn't care...he said since he had to be up for Sunrise service that I should be up to...but my church doesn't start till 10:00!

Oh, my fingers hurt. I got acrylic nails a few weeks ago and I needed to take them off. It took hours and my fingers are so sore. I've never had them before (and won't again) so maybe I did something wrong...I soaked them in nail polish remover (with acetone) and then scraped or filed them. It took hours. Now my nails look horrible. Oh well, that's the price I pay for spending too much money on a manicure!

Denise I hope the family starts feeling better!



Lina - Apr 16, 2006 9:11 am (#2284 of 2983)

Healing charms to the Denise family!


azi - Apr 16, 2006 9:20 am (#2285 of 2983)

Haha Tim! I understood what you said completely! I also agree with the location for Spinners End. However, you forgot the flat cap!

Healing charms to Denise P's family!

Happy Easter! I got Cadbury's Mini Eggs, a Cadbury's Buttons egg, a Cadbury's Creme Egg egg, a Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate bar (waves to Good Evans!) and a Thornton's egg. Very Cadbury's this year! Mmmm, yummy!

Ouch, hope your nails feel better, Ydnam!


Catherine - Apr 16, 2006 10:02 am (#2286 of 2983)

Happy Easter, everyone!

**waves to Loopy Lupin for including an Oscar Wilde quote**


Tazzygirl - Apr 16, 2006 2:27 pm (#2287 of 2983)

Happy Easter Everyone!!

Healing charms to Denise's family!

Off to an Easter brunch- I slept in this morning and now have less then an hour to get ready and be at the restaurant...

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!



Finn BV - Apr 16, 2006 3:25 pm (#2288 of 2983)

Happy Belated Bday Madam Poppy!

Thankfully, Kim, I was able to eat in the front and back (but not sides) of my mouth to have some chocolate…

Eponine, sometimes what we think is a "pop-up" can be deceived by blockers if the web site calls it a related window, or something which it can fool the blockers by, like saying it's "essential" to navigating the site, but it's really just an ad. An example when it's not an ad but considered a pop-up is on Jo's site; the reverse is true as well (when it's an ad but not a pop-up). Unfortunately.

Healing charms to the P. (Denise) family!

Yes, I'm thankful this thread has been slow! Only 42 messages across 3 days! Woohoo!

We had a nice Easter weekend in Buffalo. It was also my uncle's 50th bday party, as I believe I told you guys, and it was a surprise, and we think he was thoroughly surprised when 70 people showed up on a nice, quiet Saturday evening!

Off to read through a zillion posts everywhere!

PS I looked through some old emails and found out I was wrong, the 17th is my Forumversary! So really I didn't miss anything, and will manage to get on tomorrow! Yippeeee!


Marè - Apr 16, 2006 3:34 pm (#2289 of 2983)


Now I need to go and find more chocolate!

In the meantime: Fijne Pasen to every-one.


timrew   - Apr 16, 2006 3:34 pm (#2290 of 2983)

Easter will be a bad time for Dementors - all that chocolate and everything. So, Happy Easter everybody! (unless you're a Dementor, that is).............

And I hope Kierynn is well soon, Denise!


Viola Intonada - Apr 16, 2006 3:50 pm (#2291 of 2983)

Happy Easter everyone!

There won't be any Dementor's in our house for a while, a few days at least!

Hope everyone finds all of their hidden Easter eggs (that none are left behind to fester)!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 16, 2006 5:28 pm (#2292 of 2983)

Thankfully, Kim, I was able to eat in the front and back (but not sides) of my mouth to have some chocolate…---Finn[

When it comes to one's mouth, I thought the sides were the back and vice versa.

Although the children found the Easter eggs in their shoes, they still haven't found the ones in the fridge or the cutlery drawer.

*****glad to be home and out of uncomfortable shoes*****


Finn BV - Apr 16, 2006 6:16 pm (#2293 of 2983)

Backs as in further back in my mouth than the no teeth area, though still on the sides.

We always used to have an Easter Egg hunt but we didn't do one this year! Suppose it was because we were in a car for seven hours……


kaykay1970 - Apr 16, 2006 7:41 pm (#2294 of 2983)

I hope everyone enjoyed Easter as much as my crew did. We hid 8 dozen boiled eggs and 150 plastic eggs at my sister's house. We found them all Viola, unless my sister miscalculated. After the egg hunt we had a very nice dinner at my husband's grandmother's house and another egg hunt!

The youngest received some late birthday gifts. My niece gave him a Thomas the Tank train so all in all he has had a good day...

Denise, I hope the children are feeling better soon!


Tazzygirl - Apr 17, 2006 12:53 am (#2295 of 2983)

Just got back from seeing Scary Movie 4. Reminded me why I haven't been able to sit through the first 3. Some parts were pretty good, definitely not a kiddie movie. I thought about you all though when The Village came up. And M. Night Shama-lama-dingdong even showed his face! At the very end they did a spoof on the Tom Cruise and Oprah scene- it was a little too much.

All right, off to bed. Need to recover from watching the train wreck.



jose043 - Apr 17, 2006 1:23 am (#2296 of 2983)

Hi to all the Harry Potter On Lexicon,

Happy Easter to you all

Denise P. Hope your daughter gets well soon.

Kip hope your computer is up & running properly or did the Easter Bunnie bring you a new one.

Happy belated Birhdays to all that have had them.


Josephine & Anne


Catherine - Apr 17, 2006 4:27 am (#2297 of 2983)

Although the children found the Easter eggs in their shoes, they still haven't found the ones in the fridge or the cutlery drawer.--Lupin is Lupin

I suppose you could hint to them that it is time to set the table!


Stephanie M. - Apr 17, 2006 4:28 am (#2298 of 2983)

Happy Forumversary Finn!!

I hope the Denise family gets better! And I hope no one else gets too sick, or suffer from bad allergies!

Happy Belated Easter! I hope you guys ate a tone of chocolate bunnies!

Have a good day everyone!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 17, 2006 4:32 am (#2299 of 2983)

I suppose you could hint to them that it is time to set the table!---Catherine

I could, but that implies I'd have cooked, doesn't it?


Catherine - Apr 17, 2006 4:37 am (#2300 of 2983)

I suppose you could hint to them that it is time to set the table!---Catherine

I could, but that implies I'd have cooked, doesn't it? --Lupin is Lupin

How silly of me.

EDIT: I took the Harry Potter IQ test at The Leaky Cauldron. That was a tough quiz! I thought I would share my score here, mostly because it's so amusing. Click on my name to get a laugh at my (and Percy's) expense.
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Madam Pince - Apr 17, 2006 5:12 am (#2301 of 2983)

Glad everyone had a nice Easter! Wow, that was a lot of eggs, kaykay! Great job on finding them all -- at our in-laws' we only hid about three dozen, and they are still missing two eggs. Oh well, as my father-in-law said, "We'll find 'em when we mow the grass!"

We had a busy weekend. Saturday was the Easter get-together with the in-laws, and they served a "wildlife buffet" -- we had goose (which wasn't so great because it was really tough), bear (excellent! I'd never had it before), deer (excellent as always), and rabbit (which I don't eat because they're just too cute, besides which I thought it was somewhat questionable to serve rabbit at an Easter gathering, but hey....I wasn't hosting.)

Then Sunday we visited relatives and planted some daffodils on Mr. Pince's mom's grave and went to see Ice Age 2. It was OK but we liked the first one much better. Little Pince got pretty upset at some of the scenes where the animals were threatened by the floodwaters -- he cried and everything. Probably partly due to not enough sleep and too much candy, but I'm thinking that he's just not too good with the whole "movie theatre experience." He does fine with almost any movie on video in the comfort of home, but the booming stereo surround-sound and the big screen is a bit too much for him, I think.

Denise, I hope your family all recovers from the epizootic they have. Poor Kierynn! "Fit-Pitching" is no fun for anyone involved, is it?

Ouch, Mandy, on the fingernails! Hope they're better soon! I only had "fake" nails once -- for my wedding -- because I was afraid that I'd break one on the big day, and I wanted the "ring hands" picture to be good. I'll never do them again, though. They ruined my "real" nails for a good month afterwards! (And the "ring hands" picture wasn't so hot anyway, sooooo not worth it!)

Timrew, I think I could almost understand your quote, if only I knew what Grummitch was!

Gotta share one funny tidbit -- at church Sunday they did Sacrament/Communion. After they'd taken the plates with the bread and water back to the front of the church, Little Pince asked loudly, "Is dinner over?" I almost choked to death laughing/trying not to laugh.


Marie E. - Apr 17, 2006 5:21 am (#2302 of 2983)

Yesterday we had a nice holiday. We didn't dye eggs this year because our neighbors told us they had 110 eggs for their egg hunt. Each child got to keep 14 eggs. We'll be having egg salad sandwiches for a while!

We had nice weather yesterday but we've got some nasty stuff coming in this afternoon, possibly snow tonight. We're definitely going to get high winds and rain. I'm guessing it'll arrive just as school gets out.

I'm leaving on Thursday to visit The Nephew and my sister. I'll be in Missouri for the weekend. I'm trying to prepare my hair for the humidity.

Have a great Monday!


Loopy Lupin - Apr 17, 2006 6:01 am (#2303 of 2983)

I could, but that implies I'd have cooked, doesn't it? – Kim

SPEW!!! Stop! Stop! You're killing me! Hmmmm. It's about 5 'til 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. Your kids are probably well into their schoolday, so I guess that means you're putting the Cheerios on the table right about now?

Saw the nieces and nephews this weekend and did Easter egg hunts and the like. I also took them to see Scary Movie 4. I understand why the movie wasn't screened for critics, but it does, as Mike says, make fun of The Village so that was worth the price of admission. Oh, and any parents out there who are on the fence, sorry to be a spoiler to your kids, but don't be fooled by the PG-13 rating. There is nothing in the film that is Forum friendly and quite a bit that, in my opinion, is a bit older than 13. I seem to remember-- when they first developed the PG-13 rating-- speculation that PG-13 would just become an excuse to sneak in more racy stuff into movies that would be targeted to kids under 13. They were right.


Catherine - Apr 17, 2006 8:10 am (#2304 of 2983)

Hmmmm. It's about 5 'til 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. Your kids are probably well into their schoolday, so I guess that means you're putting the Cheerios on the table right about now?--Loopy Lupin

Minus the spoons, I'll bet.


Good Evans - Apr 17, 2006 8:16 am (#2305 of 2983)

Happy Bank Holiday Monday to the UK residents.

Tim - ho ho - loved the oop north post. Azi is right you missed the flat cap - and maybe a half a mild????

have a great rest of the day folks - not at work tomorrow either as I'm off to the Dentist again - my sympathies are still with Finn for his recent visit and I hope mine will be ok, but I fear not, some pain has been experienced - ah well - pass the easter eggs lets get more chocolate on to those teeth today!!!


timrew   - Apr 17, 2006 8:35 am (#2306 of 2983)

Madam Pince:- Timrew, I think I could almost understand your quote, if only I knew what Grummitch was!

Madam Pince, I don't know what 'Grummitch' means, and I live in the UK; 'Oop North' even, as Good Evans would have it!

I got the quote from an old episode of 'The Goodies'. I don't know if it was shown in the USA. But in one of the episodes, set oop north, they had a 'Black Pudding Master' (or something like that), and the quote is attributable to him!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 17, 2006 8:48 am (#2307 of 2983)

Your kids are probably well into their school day, so I guess that means you're putting the Cheerios on the table right about now?--Loopy Lupin

We have April Vacation this week, so they're home. And I believe they ate around 8:30. As they had muffins, there was no need for spoons. But if it'll help you feel smug , it's 11:50 now and I'm just getting around to breakfast for myself.


Madam Pince - Apr 17, 2006 10:58 am (#2308 of 2983)

Black Pudding, one of the great creations of civilised society, is essentially congealed pig's blood in a length of intestine. There are many variations; in England, the pudding is usually bound with rusk and has bits of fat in it. The French have their boudin noir with nowt but blood in the casing, the Germans blotwürst, the Spanish morcilla which is often bound with rice. Can there be a finer sight in a shop window than a freshly cooked black pudding, still steaming slightly, looking like... er... a slimy coil of warm intestine filled with congealed blood? (Credit for definition comes from someone named Martin Phillips, obtained in a Google search.)

Bleah...... I had thought that was what it was, but I just had to check to be sure..... double-bleah.....

Mmmmmmm...whatever happened to our recipe thread?

So how about this: "grummitch" should be the onomatopoeic (had to look that one up) word for what one would do after eating a black pudding.... ( again....)


Loopy Lupin - Apr 17, 2006 11:25 am (#2309 of 2983)

And I believe they ate around 8:30.—Kim

You "believe"? Well, if you don't "know," then who would?

But if it'll help you feel smug , it's 11:50 now and I'm just getting around to breakfast for myself—Kim

Now, have you ever known me to need help feeling smug? Wheeeee!!! Call me "butter" baby, cuz I'm on a roll!!!

Black Pudding, one of the great creations of civilised society, is essentially congealed pig's blood in a length of intestine. -- Madame Pince

Mmmmmm.....congealed pig's blood.


 Catherine - Apr 17, 2006 11:49 am (#2310 of 2983)

Call me "butter" baby, cuz I'm on a roll!!! --Loopy Lupin

I think someone ate WAY too much Easter candy today.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 17, 2006 12:01 pm (#2311 of 2983)

Maybe Wayne should only get the sugar-free jelly beans.


Denise P. - Apr 17, 2006 1:16 pm (#2312 of 2983)

Perhaps there is a use for the leftover Peeps now...pad a room for Loopy to ping in since he apparently ate a load of Peeps yesterday.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 1003735042

Your healing charms worked, Miss Kierynn is back to her perky little self today but still willing to submit to the horrible tasting medication she still has to take for a week.

Sadly, my guinea pig Regulus has joined the other Regulus Black. I don't know what exactly happened but something did because he was gone this morning when I checked on him. (He came home the next day and had not been right since then). We had a vet appointment scheduled this morning. I am most unhappy and the family said nothing happened to Regulus while they had him. I feel horrible that I put him in the position where he was injured fatally. He is resting comfortably in a New Balance shoe box, lined with velour, in a large field near our house.


Finn BV - Apr 17, 2006 1:16 pm (#2313 of 2983)

So, it IS my Forumversary today! Yay me!

Sending calming down charms after all that sugar...

Enjoy the RotD everybody!

EDIT. Sorry about Regulus Denise! Cheering charms to your family!!

Off to take Leaky's IQ test...

EDIT 2. Take a look at my results of the IQ test in my profile! That was hard!!


azi - Apr 17, 2006 1:31 pm (#2314 of 2983)

Awww, Denise, poor Regulus! Hugs seem like a good idea at this time! *hugs*

Everyone has to get hyper on sugar once in a while...

I took the IQ test. Didn't like my score (ok, it was 115). I would have preferred it if you could skip back to previous sets of questions, because there were at least two I remembered after I'd finished the section they were in and moved on. I made up random answers for things I didn't know!


Tazzygirl - Apr 17, 2006 1:58 pm (#2315 of 2983)

(((((HUGS))))) to Denise and her family for the loss of Regulus the guinea pig. I'm so sorry!

As for the I.Q. Test... hahahaha... I got a whopping 55!!!! The third and fourth page of the test was hard!! I was a little annoyed though, because some of the questions I did get right, but they counted it as wrong because I added an extra word- for example, I put 3 times, and the correct answer was 3, but as I put the 'times', I got it wrong... I am thinking I'll study a bit more and then retake it... **goes off mumbling about a 55 score**

Hope you all have a wonderful RotD/N!!


EDIT: Happy Forumversary, Finn!


Madam Pince - Apr 17, 2006 2:00 pm (#2316 of 2983)

Happy Forum-versary, Finn! And many happy returns of the day!

Oh, poor Regulus piggy! ***pats Denise on the back and sends parentheses hugs (((hugs)))*** Try not to feel too badly -- perhaps it was just his time to go through the veil and it had nothing to do with Sarah or his little vacation. Here, you can borrow my rose-colored glasses and an oar for rowing up de Nile.... ***knows that this will not work...*** So sorry!


Loopy Lupin - Apr 17, 2006 2:08 pm (#2317 of 2983)

Perhaps there is a use for the leftover Peeps now...pad a room for Loopy to ping in since he apparently ate a load of Peeps yesterday. – Denise

Har! Har! Can't a fellow be in a good mood once in a while? A man can't live by snarky sarcasm alone! Oh wait, that's what put me in a good mood in the first place. Nevermind.

The "butter on a roll" comment reminds me of one of my favorite Simpsons quotes. The cops are trying to arrest Grandpa for his part in one of Homer's scams. As he is getting away on his little scooter thing he says: "Call me mint jelly, cuz I'm on the lamb!!"


Holly T. - Apr 17, 2006 3:24 pm (#2318 of 2983)

(((Denise and family))) Poor Regulus! Hope your family is all feeling better soon.

Happy Forum-versary Finn!

My daughter gave up sweets for Lent and my son cookies so they are on quite the sugar rush now. I got them those chocolate eggs that have a Peep in the middle. I got one for my niece last year and she liked the chocolate but thought the Peep was a toy and was upset when her daddy (my brother) ate it. This year I sent her confetti eggs and the suggestion that she crack them on her daddy's head. She thinks they are too pretty to break. Must speak to my brother and SIL about their parenting skills, says the person whose kids like to roast Peeps over a campfire and who have no qualms about cracking confetti eggs on their Sunday school teachers.

Talk about a sugar rush--I am having flashbacks to the week after Easter three years ago when I took off from work and wrote two chapters of my dissertation fueled by jelly beans and Diet Coke.

Have a great RotD everyone!


timrew   - Apr 17, 2006 3:58 pm (#2319 of 2983)

Your post on black-pudding was making me hungry Madam Pince.  

And I still don't know what 'grummitch' means. I have a dictionary with about 220,000 definitions in it - and it's not in there!

I think it must be one of those made-up words.....................


azi - Apr 17, 2006 4:06 pm (#2320 of 2983)

And I still don't know what 'grummitch' means[

Google tells me it's a cat name...plus a weird site says that having the first name of Grummitch yourself shows a desire to be self-expressive and happy (while limiting your versatility and scope?). I can't say I'd be happy if I had that for a name! Most sites say it's a pet name.


Catherine - Apr 17, 2006 4:25 pm (#2321 of 2983)

There is way too much "cute" on the Forum at present. I may perish via sugar, but, Hey, what a way to go.

Loopy Lupin should be "punished" with a room full o' peeps. I'd pay real money to see that fight. Keep in mind that I haven't paid real money for such entertainment since Claire ate baby food, and we paid my "little brother" to eat it as uncomplainingly (he failed SPECTACULARLY). Loopy always has my bet to top the entertainment factor, so take that in consideration.

Many thanks to members who gave me a laugh today. **wonders what the Lupin is Lupin family ate for dinner tonight...**


timrew   - Apr 17, 2006 4:33 pm (#2322 of 2983)

Catherine:- ......wonders what the Lupin is Lupin family ate for dinner tonight...

Probably, black pudding, tripe and grummitch, Catherine.............

..........and, do you know, I quite envy them.................


Holly T. - Apr 17, 2006 6:58 pm (#2323 of 2983)

Next time my kids complain about what we're having for supper, I'm going to mention tripe and black pudding.

My daughter spent several years trying to convince me that candy corn and jelly beans should count as vegetables until she was put in her place by her younger brother, who--I am not kidding--lists broccoli as one of his favorite foods.


Marie E. - Apr 18, 2006 5:12 am (#2324 of 2983)

Lexie lists broccoli as one of her favorites, too. Shayla claims to enjoy spinach, though I've only seen her eat it in a salad.

I'm so sorry about your Regulus, Denise.


kaykay1970 - Apr 18, 2006 5:22 am (#2325 of 2983)
Edited Apr 18, 2006 6:23 am

I'm so sorry to hear about Regulus, Denise.

My children all love broccoli, although if you asked any one of them they would probably say pizza is their favorite food.

I took the Leaky test. I missed alot of questions that were two part because I listed them in a different order. Example: the answer is Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley and I answered Ronald Weasley and Harry Potter, so got the answer wrong!!Note that this is only an example, not an actual test answer as some may want to take the test.


Viola Intonada - Apr 18, 2006 5:42 am (#2326 of 2983)

My sympathies, Denise. My youngest daughter came running to me a week ago Monday crying, "Ruby's dead!" Ruby, short for Rubeus Hagrid, is our largest hermit crab. It took us a while to confirm that Ruby was not dead, but had molted. He is so small right now, that you can't see him in his shell.

I did horribly on the quiz. Well, first time I attempted to take it, I ended up having to make dinner, so quit halfway through. The next time I sat down to take it I accidentally hit the return key and was forwarded a page, I tried to page back and ended up on the introduction page, when I reentered I was sent to page three. When I finished and received my results, I discovered that my first two pages of answers had been lost! Good news was that it said my user ID didn't register, so maybe I can try again!

Have a happy RotD everyone!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Apr 18, 2006 6:34 am (#2327 of 2983)

Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! I too took the test, and agree, the grading system isn't the greatest. Oh well. If anyone is interested they can click on my name to see the results. Have a great RoTD everyone

...Beware! There is a jinx upon anyone who laughs! ...


Good Evans - Apr 18, 2006 7:56 am (#2328 of 2983)

my sympathies Denise over Regulus, at least he is no longer in pain. .. big hugs to the whole family, and a prayer for the four legged one for you.

I managed a fabululous (?) 102 on the leaky quiz, I was miffed as several I got right but slightly misspelled (like Fabien and Gidion Prewitt I spelled Fabian and Gideon or Mcgonagall who I put an extra N in grrrrr ) I got a "Harry" but didnt copy the text over to my profile so no point in looking for it!!!!

have a good rotd - oh - dentist wants to do two fillings - boo hiss :sad:

better luck all ...


azi - Apr 18, 2006 9:56 am (#2329 of 2983)

Hmm, Julie, I could have sworn Fabian and Gideon were the right spellings of the names... Good luck at the dentist (next time I go I think I'll have to have two fillings, but since I'll be with a private dentist I think I'll put if off until I have money!)!

TBE, I think you did great on your Leaky test! Well done!

I love spinach, but hate broccoli (and cabbage, cawliflower (sp?), sprouts...)

Today I started stripping wallpaper from the living room walls. Not the most exciting of activities!

Hope everyone has a great day!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 18, 2006 10:52 am (#2330 of 2983)

Goodness, it's quiet. Loopy must have come down from his sugar high.


Loopy Lupin - Apr 18, 2006 11:49 am (#2331 of 2983)

Goodness, it's quiet. Loopy must have come down from his sugar high. -- Lupin is Lupin[

No, I was just in a deposition this morning. The very nice lady I was deposing broke down in tears a couple of times which always drags things out longer than they need to be.

Denise, I was so full of sugar yesterday that I forgot to extend my sympathies to Regulus and you. So sorry.


Catherine - Apr 18, 2006 12:11 pm (#2332 of 2983)

No, I was just in a deposition this morning. The very nice lady I was deposing broke down in tears a couple of times which always drags things out longer than they need to be.--Loopy Lupin

Maybe you should have offered her your Easter candy.

Denise, I'm sorry about the loss of your piggy, too.

The kiddies have been out of school for the second day now. When does school resume? I have tons of papers to grade, and I'm having to work at home with interruptions from the puppies and the kiddies. Somehow, I remember Spring Break being more fun when I was in college than it is now.


boop - Apr 18, 2006 2:07 pm (#2333 of 2983)

Denise sorry to hear about your loss.

Have a great rest of the day everyone!!

hugs always



Catherine - Apr 18, 2006 3:16 pm (#2334 of 2983)

Well, I just got some good news. I've been invited to audition for Jeopardy in Washington, D.C. next month!


**does happy know-it-all dance**


azi - Apr 18, 2006 3:22 pm (#2335 of 2983)

Congratulations Catherine! Good Luck!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 18, 2006 3:27 pm (#2336 of 2983)

Congratulations Catherine! Looks like you really are the biggest know-it-all after all. ***she said admiringly***


kaykay1970 - Apr 18, 2006 3:28 pm (#2337 of 2983)

Good luck, Catherine!!


 Tazzygirl - Apr 18, 2006 3:32 pm (#2338 of 2983)

Good luck, Catherine!!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!



Holly T. - Apr 18, 2006 3:44 pm (#2339 of 2983)

Wow, Catherine, good luck! How cool.

Well I went and stocked up on half price Easter candy for me and my husband as the children are being stingy with theirs. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 1242194059


Eponine - Apr 18, 2006 3:56 pm (#2340 of 2983)

Congratulations, Catherine! That's really cool.

Denise, I'm sorry about Regulus.

I hope everyone here had their taxes finished before last night. We had people running in the library almost all the way up until closing yelling for TAX FORMS! I can't imagine trying to fill out paper forms with that little time left. That's why I like the H & R Block online forms. They're pretty much idiot proof.

Holly, I was able to get half price Easter candy too. I love buying candy the day after the holiday.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


timrew   - Apr 18, 2006 4:18 pm (#2341 of 2983)

Congrarulations on Jeopardy, Catherine............Do well!


kaykay1970 - Apr 18, 2006 5:19 pm (#2342 of 2983)

I almost wish my 3 year old were as stingy as Holly's kids. He keeps bringing me two pieces of candy to open at a time. As I open the first piece he says, "Baby candy" then he says "Mommy candy" when he hands over the next piece. He is determined that I eat mine if I want it or not.

The burdens that we face as Mommies...  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 2752390508


Catherine - Apr 18, 2006 5:29 pm (#2343 of 2983)

The burdens that we face as Mommies... Kaykay

Ah, burdens....Ah...humanity...

In celebratory fashion, I admit to the purchase of Whoppers Robin Eggs . I quite adore them.

Is it wrong to enjoy such a realistically colored treat?


Denise P. - Apr 18, 2006 5:39 pm (#2344 of 2983)

Woo hoo Catherine!


Catherine - Apr 18, 2006 5:53 pm (#2345 of 2983)

Congratulations Catherine! Looks like you really are the biggest know-it-all after all. ***she said admiringly*** --Lupin is Lupin

Well, I've learned from the best, she said with a knowing glance to the Forum-at-large.


boop - Apr 18, 2006 5:57 pm (#2346 of 2983)

Congratulations and Good Luck Catherine!!!


Julie Aronson - Apr 18, 2006 6:23 pm (#2347 of 2983)

My condolences to the Denise family.

Congratulations, Catherine!!! Knock 'em dead!

Loopy, I guess you were doing something right if you made the nice lady cry (assuming, of course, that she's not your client!)

Have a great evening!



Viola Intonada - Apr 18, 2006 6:34 pm (#2348 of 2983)

*waves to Julie Aronson*

Congrats, Catherine! I'm sure you'll achieve an "Outstanding"!

I love "Whopper's Robin's eggs". I only bought them for the kids this year, I might have to steal a few.... I mean regulate my children's intake of unhealthy food and remove some of the temptation from them.


kaykay1970 - Apr 18, 2006 6:34 pm (#2349 of 2983)

I would be alot more willing to accept the baby's candy if it were Robin Eggs. I love those too. He has been force feeding me these marshmallow candies with jelly centers (nothing too special about them.) Anyway, I know I'm in big trouble for admitting this, but...I purchased these instead of Peeps because they are small and individually wrapped, so I figured it would be less likely that I would be scrubbing them off the sofa later.


Julie Aronson - Apr 18, 2006 6:42 pm (#2350 of 2983)

*waves back to Viola Intonada!*

I managed to avoid the Easter candy. However, I did splurge on some Passover treats--macaroons! I usually go crazy over the stuff, and by Monday, I'd have been in the store buying the leftover assortment of Cadbury's eggs.

I have an anxiety-inducing assignment due on Saturday, with a rehearsal tomorrow and Thursday. I think if I do OK on it, I'll need some chocolate to rebuilt my spirit.

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Puck - Apr 18, 2006 6:48 pm (#2351 of 2983)

Way to go Catherine!

Sorry to hear the sad news Denise.

I have to admit to skipping over many posts, as my hubby's parents are visiting for the week, and there were over 100 on this thread alone! Hope everyone who celebrated had a wonderful holiday.

So, after my van was gone for almost 4 days and cost over $100 in labor to tell me they had yet to find the problem, my hubby and his dad pull out the shop manual, and found the problem wire in half an hour and had it fixed after another hour or so of work. So, basically I paid the service department for days of inconvenience and a car wash. I can't wait until I get that call asking if I was satisfied with the service I received.

Peeps, by the way, are no fun when dropped, step on, and ground into the rug. Also, little boys do a fair amount of complaining when forced to help clean the peep they didn't bother to pick up after dropping. (Always color code the peeps so you know who is responsible for the one smashed into the rug. )

Cheers, Kathy


Finn BV - Apr 18, 2006 7:07 pm (#2352 of 2983)

Congrats Catherine! That's fantastic! When you make it on the show, wave to all of us! My mom's cousin was actually once on the show, long before I was born. It's cool though!

I have a TON of work – article, reading, and normal homework! So I'm off to Potty HQ and that's it! Good night all!


Chemyst - Apr 18, 2006 7:33 pm (#2353 of 2983)

Always color code the peeps so you know who is responsible... – Puck

You simply have to respect a person who can plan ahead like that!

W00T for Catherine!


rassannassar - Apr 18, 2006 8:09 pm (#2354 of 2983)

Howdy everyone!

I hope things haven't changed too much since the last time I was an active poster. Although one could hardly call that active. I posted a couple of times a few months ago, but it wasn't really anything. I posted a lot immediately following the release of Half-Blood Prince, and most--if not all--of my posts were in the Half-Blood Prince Spoilers section. Once those were integrated into the main page, I fell out of touch and I apologize (I'm sure nobody really noticed). But I'm back because I felt that I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as much as you deserve. At least, that's what Bilbo Baggins would say.

Anyway, how is everyone? I'm sure you're all just as eager to get your hands on that 7th book as I am. Too bad we have to wait at least a year for it. Let's hope it's not more than a year. But I have to say I'll be a little depressed when the 7th book comes out because I really don't want the series to end.


Tazzygirl - Apr 18, 2006 8:27 pm (#2355 of 2983)

Welcome back, rassannassar!



rassannassar - Apr 18, 2006 8:29 pm (#2356 of 2983)

Well I sure am glad someone was courteous enough to welcome me back.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Apr 18, 2006 9:11 pm (#2357 of 2983)

Well I sure am glad someone was courteous enough to welcome me back.

Maybe we just haven't had time to saw welcome back seeing was only 20 minutes from your previous post till that reply. At any rate, welcome back.

Am so sorry about your loss Denise. Congrats Catherine and best of luck!

...toddles off elsewhere...


Finn BV - Apr 19, 2006 4:19 am (#2358 of 2983)

Welcome back to rassannassar!

Enjoy the RotD all!


Loopy Lupin - Apr 19, 2006 5:36 am (#2359 of 2983)

Well, I just got some good news. I've been invited to audition for Jeopardy in Washington, D.C. next month! – Catherine[

Wow! I must bow to your know-it-allness. Oooh. How cool would it be to get on the show and have a Potter category. You would be outed to the world as a Potter geek, but who would care at that point.


haymoni - Apr 19, 2006 5:47 am (#2360 of 2983)

Catherine - congrats! You are definitely a sufferable know-it-all.

I like Cadbury Mini Eggs. I try to control myself, but I can't.

I've been exercising every morning for 30 minutes. Obviously with the added intake of Mini Eggs I will have to step things up a bit!

The phones are out here at work today - Whoo Hoo!!! I may actually get some work done if I stay off the Forum!

Have a great day all.


kaykay1970 - Apr 19, 2006 6:00 am (#2361 of 2983)

A Potter category could make for an interesting episode of Jeopardy. I have a mental picture of Catherine's avatar "barking" at the other contestants "Haven't you ever read Hogwart's A History?!!"

Welcome back, Rassannassar!


haymoni - Apr 19, 2006 6:18 am (#2362 of 2983)

I live near Kent, rassannassar.

Go Tribe!!!


Good Evans - Apr 19, 2006 10:19 am (#2363 of 2983)

Welcome back Rassanassar, Catherine have a great time in DC - best of luck with jeopardy!!!

Haymoni - I love mini eggs too - but have managed to resist!!

easter chocolate has definitely worked against Dementors, I was surprised with a payrise today - woohoo!!!!!!

have a great rotd - splurging on a chinese tonight to celebrate instead of going to fat club - naughty me!!!!!


Madam Pince - Apr 19, 2006 11:42 am (#2364 of 2983)

Congratulations and good luck, Catherine, on the Jeopardy tryouts! Have you started doing your thumb exercises yet? Gotta get "buzzer prepared," ya know.....

Good luck, Julie Aronson, on your upcoming assignment -- I'm sure you'll do great. And there might still be leftover Easter chocolate languishing around in stores somewhere, to help for when it's all over!

Congratulations on the salary raise, Good Evans! Woo-hoo! ***high-fives, butterbeers, and general congratulatory celebrations***

Puck, you are truly filled with Mom-Wisdom! That's pretty impressive to think of color-coding the Peeps so as to identify guilty parties. I always said that was the only problem with being an only child as I was -- there was never any doubt about "Who did it?" whenever something was lost/broken/messed up.

Welcome back, rassannassar!

Way to go, haymoni, on the exercising! I visited a Slim and Tone location yesterday and picked up a brochure. I feel ten pounds lighter already...... Pity that "thinking about possibly getting around to exercising" doesn't burn many calories...


Catherine - Apr 19, 2006 11:58 am (#2365 of 2983)

Thanks for the well wishes.

So much to do, so little time to prepare before May 22 tryouts. Ideally, I'd love to lose 25 pounds before auditions, but as "thinking about" exercising hasn't proven effective yet, it probably won't happen. Maybe I'll settle for a new outfit and a haircut.

The Whopper Robin Eggs are definitely not helping.

A Potter category could make for an interesting episode of Jeopardy. I have a mental picture of Catherine's avatar "barking" at the other contestants "Haven't you ever read Hogwart's A History?!!" Kaykay

LOL. I guess it would be amusing for me to be outed as an HP fan on national television. That also means that I would not be able to "hide" behind shih-tzu pictures, and everyone would know what I look like. EEK!

Hi everybody,

My name is Loue. –Rassannassar

Welcome back.


Holly T. - Apr 19, 2006 12:12 pm (#2366 of 2983)

I love Whopper Robin eggs. I managed to control myself and didn't buy any. The kids have some in their baskets but they aren't sharing.

Kaykay, when my daughter was three she was so offended that people were handing out "those M&M's with peanuts in them" (said in the same tone you would use for people handing out candy with poison or razor blades) at Halloween. She would sort the little packs out and say she didn't want to eat them. I generously volunteered to um, dispose of, the offending candy, for which she was very grateful, LOL. She'll eat peanut M&M's now.

My daughter always gets a white chocolate bunny and my son a dark chocolate one. I think color-coding the Peeps is an awesome idea.

Congrats on the raise Good Evans! (Somebody send some salary-increasing vibes to my boss!)


Lina - Apr 19, 2006 12:58 pm (#2367 of 2983)

Happy belated forumversary, Finn!
Sorry about Regulus, Denise.
Welcome back Rassannassar!
Good luck Julie Aronson!
Congratulations Catherine! And fingers crossed.
Congratulations Good Evans! Woohoo!
Salary increasing charms to Holly!

Too bad that there is no rhyme in the lines above...

But I finally went to work walking today! Woohoo for me too! I hope I will manage to do it again for a while...


kaykay1970 - Apr 19, 2006 1:46 pm (#2368 of 2983)

Puck, you are truly filled with Mom-Wisdom! That's pretty impressive to think of color-coding the Peeps so as to identify guilty parties. I always said that was the only problem with being an only child as I was -- there was never any doubt about "Who did it?" whenever something was lost/broken/messed up.--Madam Pince

I had 4 sisters but my parents were always pretty sure I had done it!!

M&M's Yum! My children love them. Of course I have to agree that the plain are the best!!

LOL. I guess it would be amusing for me to be outed as an HP fan on national television. That also means that I would not be able to "hide" behind shih-tzu pictures, and everyone would know what I look like. EEK!—Catherine

But no matter what happens you'll still be "Our new celebrity!!"


Madam Pince - Apr 19, 2006 2:42 pm (#2369 of 2983)

I can't believe some of you guys still have Easter candy in your houses! The only Easter leftover we still have is the green bean casserole. Alas, all the "good stuff" disappeared pretty quickly!

Mmmmmmm... Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs.....

Poor kaykay! ***pats on the back*** I'm sure the accusations were completely unjust.

Edit: Happy Birthday, Thora! (I just saw that on another thread...) Hope you had a great day!

Edit2: Tazzy, I snorkeled in Hanauma Bay once! It was so cool! I took an underwater camera and some fish food, and then panicked when all the fish swarmed me to get the food -- those parrotfish have funny-looking beaky mouths that look kinda scary when they're darting at your head! I'm probably the only diver who's been scared by a 6-inch fish....


kaykay1970 - Apr 19, 2006 3:00 pm (#2370 of 2983)

Poor kaykay! ***pats on the back*** I'm sure the accusations were completely unjust. -Madam Pince

Thanks for the vote of confidence, but I think I might just have to plead the fifth!

Happy birthday, Thora!!


Finn BV - Apr 19, 2006 4:14 pm (#2371 of 2983)

Good Evans, congrats! That's great news! And salary-increasing charms to Holly's boss too…

Happy birthday, Thora!

Enjoy the RotD all!


boop - Apr 19, 2006 4:59 pm (#2372 of 2983)

hAPPY Birthday to Thora!! I hope your day has been wonderful.

Welcome Back Rassannassar!!

Good Luck Julie A.

Congrats Julie.

Have a good RoTD!!!

hugs always



Tazzygirl - Apr 19, 2006 5:41 pm (#2373 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Thora!! Hope you have a great day!



Viola Intonada - Apr 19, 2006 6:31 pm (#2374 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Thora!

I'm lamenting when the day comes that there are no more Cadbury eggs left in the house or in the stores. Those really should be available year round. I will probably go through withdrawal.

I have always color coded my family's Peeps, otherwise they forget whose package is whose and someone will eat someone elses Peeps. So it is more of a territorial thing that a "whose to blame for the Peep smashed in the carpet" thing.

*waves to Rassannassar from across I-71*

TwinklingBlueEyes - Apr 19, 2006 7:16 pm (#2375 of 2983)

Congrats on the raise Good Evans! Happy Birthday, Thora!


Denise P. - Apr 19, 2006 7:28 pm (#2376 of 2983)

We added a new pet, at least temporarily, this evening. I had taken two of the kids to church for various youth activities and saw the Cubmaster of the church pack there coming towards me with her hands cupped. A few of the Cubs had found a parakeet outside and managed to capture it. We transferred it to a paper bag and since I happen to have cage, toys and seed, I offered to take it home.

He is a boy parakeet, yellow and green and over a year old. He was most unhappy about being in the paperbag and objected when I went to transfer him into the cage. He dove into the food bowl and didn't come out for some time so I don't think he had much left in him. That is probably why the boys caught him. He is currently asleep with his beak buried in his back. Tomorrow, when he has calmed down, I will clip his wings and see if he is banded. I doubt he is microchipped since he is so small.

We have decided to call him Errol, in honor of Ron's owl who probably gets lost while making deliveries. I am putting an ad in the paper tomorrow, calling the shelter etc in hopes of finding his owner. I am hoping he accidently escaped rather than someone was cruel enough to let him loose.

I wanted to name him Kingsley but was voted down. **:sigh**:


Puck - Apr 19, 2006 7:47 pm (#2377 of 2983)

Denise, so sweet to save the bird!

Welcome back rassannassar!

Woot! on Julie's raise!

Ji to chatroom buddies! I will make it back someday!

I went to Boston to see my "Be-still-my Heart" doctor today. *sigh* Even if he hadn't implanted that pace maker, my heart would beat a little faster...

**bows humbly and pretends it wasn't Mr. Puck who bought different color Peeps for each child**

Have a great RotD! kathy


Lina - Apr 19, 2006 10:27 pm (#2378 of 2983)


Errol seems to be quite a appropriate name for a bird that was captured so easily.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 20, 2006 4:04 am (#2379 of 2983)

We have decided to call him Errol, in honor of Ron's owl---Denise[

This probably shows a lamentable lack of HP focus, but my first thoughts were of Errol Flynn. Mmmmmmm, Captain Blood.

I have no doubt that Errol has fallen into good hands, Denise.

I went to Boston to see my "Be-still-my Heart" doctor today. *sigh* Even if he hadn't implanted that pace maker, my heart would beat a little faster...---Puck[

LOL I had an anesthesiologist (wow, I spelled that right on the first try) like that once. **:smiles dreamily**: I don't know if it was the sedative or his blue eyes but I felt no pain.


Catherine - Apr 20, 2006 4:46 am (#2380 of 2983)

I went to Boston to see my "Be-still-my Heart" doctor today. *sigh* Even if he hadn't implanted that pace maker, my heart would beat a little faster...---Puck

LOL I had an anesthesiologist (wow, I spelled that right on the first try) like that once.--Lupin is Lupin

How funny. One of my friends has a radiologist husband who is very handsome. The female medical students at our university med school call him "Dr. Yum-Yum" which embarrasses him.


Marè - Apr 20, 2006 5:13 am (#2381 of 2983)

This conversation reminds me of Gray's anatomy... Dr McDreamy any-one?

Unfortunately I only ever had a dokter that resembled Dr Snuggles:  INSERT PICTURE


haymoni - Apr 20, 2006 5:43 am (#2382 of 2983)

My cousin was referred to an OB/GYN by a friend.

Apparently this doctor was drop-dead gorgeous with incredible green eyes and a neat German accent.

Her friend answered the phone on the first ring.

Why didn't you tell me???!!!

Because I knew you wouldn't go!!!

I liked the "Dr. Yum Yum" - that's funny!

Reminds me of the good-looking priest, Father What-A-Waste.


Loopy Lupin - Apr 20, 2006 5:53 am (#2383 of 2983)

That also means that I would not be able to "hide" behind shih-tzu pictures, and everyone would know what I look like. EEK—Catherine

I'm sure this crowd would find you lovely if they ever got a gander at you.

This probably shows a lamentable lack of HP focus, but my first thoughts were of Errol Flynn. -- Lupin is Lupin

My first thoughts are often of Errol Flynn so don't feel too bad.

I hope Errol gets to stay with you Denise. Silly bird doesn't know how good he can have it.


Thora - Apr 20, 2006 6:05 am (#2384 of 2983)

Thanks for all the birthday wishes.

My husband has been working 12 to 14 hour days, so it was easy to forgive him for not recalling my birthday until he was driving home and discovered the date.

So then he took me for a steak dinner and a Sydney's Sinful Sundae at Outback Steakhouse. He discovered soon after our marriage that Outback is the best way to get on my good side... or back on my not-bad-side if the offence is particularly horrid. I'll take that particular dessert over roses any day of the week. MMMMMMMMMMmmmmmm.

My two natural sisters both called. However neither of my parental units phoned, nor did any of my three natural brothers. The 12 step-siblings never call....

So I was shameless and dropped a hint here. I knew I could count on the Lexicon.

I just got an email from Alivan's and they have the most adorable Hedwig t-shirt on sale. They only have girl sizes though, so I'm debating on not eating for a few weeks so I can fit in the girl's large. Perhaps if I split the side seam I could put in a white insert and then it would fit.... hmmmm. I might get to eat after all.

I was wondering if anyone knew of a place that sells HP  picture license plates. South Carolina doesn't require a plate on front of the car so I have a place to put one, at last. I saw hogwarts faculty license plate frames on ebay, but my frugal side almost had a heart attack at the $30 price.

Thanks for any information, and thanks again for the birthday cheer.


Edit: Our doctor in Ohio was D. D. Stone MD (medical doctor), I always teased him about being a DDS (dentist) and an MD.


Denise P. - Apr 20, 2006 6:11 am (#2385 of 2983)

Thora, check your local mall to see if there is an artist that would do a plate for you. Just bring in an example of what you are looking for.

Kim, I actually debated on Errol since I figured most people would immediately think of Errol Flynn. We looked on the Black Family Tree for inspiration too. I am open to a different HP name but was drawing a blank last night. Considered and discarded were: Kingsley, James, Lupin, Lucius, Hagrid, Bane, Ron and Arthur. I was going to run Tonks by my crowd later and just claim his name is Ted Tonks. No lost ad was in today's paper so I placed a found ad for him. Of course, the person has to tell me more since the ad simply says Found: Pet Bird 555-1234


kaykay1970 - Apr 20, 2006 6:14 am (#2386 of 2983)

Since it is a bird you are naming, how about Fawkes? That is if you don't go with Errol...


azi - Apr 20, 2006 6:36 am (#2387 of 2983)

Happy birthday, Thora! Sorry if I'm a bit late saying that!

I didn't immediately think Errol Flynn...

Nice pay rise, Good Evans!

Welcome back, Rassannassar!

Lovely day charms to all!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 20, 2006 7:17 am (#2388 of 2983)

I am open to a different HP name but was drawing a blank last night.---Denise[

I like Gideon.


John Bumbledore - Apr 20, 2006 7:42 am (#2389 of 2983)

Well, Thora, if you insist on claiming you had another birthday--though I doubt she has aged at all, since her typing looks just the same to me --then I wish you a Happy one! **Yep! I'm right! profile still says the same 20 something and in Ohio**

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

P.S. Since you mentioned natural siblings I was expecting a mention of un-natural sibs too--but though that may mean us! LOL


Madam Pince - Apr 20, 2006 10:59 am (#2390 of 2983)

...Father What-A-Waste... – Haymoni


Mare, I love your avatar. Such peaceful, calming colors!

Denise, you are amazing. You "just happened" to have a cage, toys, and seed appropriate for a found bird.... I would lay money that if someone came up to you in a parking lot and said they had just found a lost duck-billed platypus, you would have the appropriate housing, food, and entertainment somewhere in your home and would be able to rescue him and take him in! (And she raises umpteen kids, wins Den Mother awards, runs 5K races, and hosts a huge website, too, folks! ***insert applauding smiley here***) I saw an ad today in the paper for our local animal rescue place, and they had some guinea pigs and I was wondering how long it'd be before you had another piggy, but now here comes a birdy instead!

I'm not too creative with names, I'm afraid. Actually I like Errol because of the whole "getting lost" thing.

Speaking of which, no Lost episode last night. Sigh... and next week is a "catch-up" clip show....


Catherine - Apr 20, 2006 11:08 am (#2391 of 2983)

I like the name Errol for your "new" bird, Denise. Kim's suggesion of Gideon is good, too. I kind of like the idea of "Prewett" the parakeet, although I also think he looks like a "Merlin."

I will also second Madame Pince's comment about how Denise "just happened" to have the appropriate supplies to take care of this bird.

Happy Birthday, Thora. I'm glad Mr. Thora was able to treat you to a nice dinner out.

I finally fled my office and am at home now. This last week of classes before exams (and final papers) are due has the students in stress-out mode. I cannot wait for this semester to be done!


Good Evans - Apr 20, 2006 11:09 am (#2392 of 2983)

Haymoni - Father - what a waste  So funny - I "did a harry" with my coke, all over the keyboard!!!

Thanks for the congrats folks - still feeling really pleased with work and have redoubled my efforts (gosh, work ethic is good - hee hee)

Denise - I think that is sweet and Errol is such a good name - any second he will burst in to song – I believe in miracles, where you from you sexy thing ... (oh - not that errol??? )

happy day to all , I will be in chat room in a bit - I'm just waiting for Tesco to deliver the weekly shop!!

edit: Happy birthday Thora


Madam Pince - Apr 20, 2006 11:13 am (#2393 of 2983)

Just an FYI... (I posted it on the CoS Movie thread but it didn't make the thread "pop" back out from the group folder, so I thought it might get missed).... anyway, for what it's worth:

ABC Family channel is showing Chamber of Secrets this weekend -- Saturday the 22nd -- at 3:00pm and again at 7:00pm Eastern U.S. time. The ad said it will be the "extended" version, so I'm assuming it will have the deleted scenes inserted into the movie in their proper places. ABC Family did that before when they showed Sorceror's Stone, anyway, so let's hope!


Denise P. - Apr 20, 2006 11:33 am (#2394 of 2983)

I just "happened" to have the stuff since we started with a parakeet about 7 years ago. I still have the cage since I use it as an isolation cage if one of our cockatiels gets sick or needs to be transported somewhere. Since I have cockatiels currently, I also DO have bird food and toys. Platypus....give me an hour and I can see what I can come up with Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 1003735042

Errol was chirping a little while ago and Mr. Denise came out to see what was going on since he didn't recognize the sound (the 'tiels make a variety of noises but the parakeet sounds different). Errol is hopping around, chirping and looks healthy...he is not fluffed up and looking sickly.


Holly T. - Apr 20, 2006 11:50 am (#2395 of 2983)

I think Errol is a great name for the lost parakeet!

Update on the Easter candy: my son took one bite of a Robin Egg, then went and spit it in the sink, pronouncing it the nastiest candy he'd ever had. I graciously offered to eat the rest for him and made a mental note for the "Easter Bunny" to put those in his basket every year. (evil grin)


Catherine - Apr 20, 2006 11:53 am (#2396 of 2983)

I graciously offered to eat the rest for him and made a mental note for the "Easter Bunny" to put those in his basket every year.

That's what Moms are for.


Tazzygirl - Apr 20, 2006 12:29 pm (#2397 of 2983)

Errol does sound appropriate for the parakeet! I am glad you took him in, Denise. Poor thing!

My mom is also one of those people who are given the lost or injured pets. Over the past year, she has been given three rabbits, two guinea pigs, a hedgehog, a baby owl, and a baby hawk. That is on top of the two guinea pigs and the two dogs we already had. Luckily the local veterinarian took the owl and hawk (we really didn't know what to do with them).

Off to school!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!



Viola Intonada - Apr 20, 2006 1:00 pm (#2398 of 2983)

Boy, I'm so glad I wasn't drinking a coke or anything while reading this thread today. I would have had several spew moments!

*continues to shake with laughter*


Thora - Apr 20, 2006 1:04 pm (#2399 of 2983)

Okay John you called me out.... I'm not getting older, I'm getting younger, you see Slughorn is as partial to redheads as JKR is... (I'm sure you would know of a good wicked grin symbol to put here)

I do need to update my profile though, thanks for pointing that out to me.

Hey did you ever move to Pittsburg?



dizzy lizzy  - Apr 20, 2006 5:12 pm (#2400 of 2983)

Errol looks pretty good to me Denise. Except that in Australia he would be called a Budgerigar.

I had a quiet week. My job interview last week went well and I got called back in on Wednesday for the second interview. I'd be happy to get this job so I'm just crossing my fingers...

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Julie Aronson - Apr 20, 2006 5:19 pm (#2401 of 2983)

Happy birthday, good luck, and congrats wherever appropriate! By the time I get to the end of this thread I never remember what I meant to say.

Thanks for all the good wishes for my argument Saturday--I'll need them

(maybe I should have listened to Loopy about this whole law school thing)

Have a great evening!



Thora - Apr 20, 2006 5:32 pm (#2402 of 2983)

Errol looks pretty good to me Denise. Except that in Australia he would be called a Budgerigar. -dizzy lizzy

Ah-Ha! What was that name from OotP? Bungy the Budgy? You know the bird on the news that they put on water skies...

Man I hate having my books in the POD (that's the modern moving truck).



Denise P. - Apr 20, 2006 5:58 pm (#2403 of 2983)

They call them Budgies here too but most people refer to them as Parakeets.

Well, looks like he will remain Errol since no one can agree on what to change his name. LOL


Tazzygirl - Apr 20, 2006 6:05 pm (#2404 of 2983)

He's so cute, Denise!

Hope you get the job, Lizzy!

Good luck with your argument, Julie A.!



Emily - Apr 20, 2006 6:06 pm (#2405 of 2983)

I like Errol too, Denise. And by no-one, do you mean your family or the forum? Or Bungy would work, like Thora says.


boop - Apr 20, 2006 6:48 pm (#2406 of 2983)

Lizzy, good luck with the job. I hope you get it.

Julie A. good luck to you for Saturday.

Denise, glad you were able to help with the bird. He is a real cutie. Nice name too!!

hugs Always



Viola Intonada - Apr 20, 2006 6:48 pm (#2407 of 2983)

What, Thora?!?!?!?! You packed your HP books in the moving POD??? You should have to do detention with Umbridge for that, though you are probably being punished enough by not having your books available to you.

I like Errol as the name, Denise, though Bungy would work, too.

I hope you get the job, Lizzy.

Good luck on Sat., Julia.


azi - Apr 21, 2006 5:02 am (#2408 of 2983)

Budgies are the same as parakeets??? Never knew that, although Errol is extremely cute!

Good luck charms to Lizzy for the job, Julie for Saturday and Kate for Saturday as well!!

I'm going to have a walk, and then get down to revision!

Hope everyone has a great day!


Thora - Apr 21, 2006 5:12 am (#2409 of 2983)

I know!!!!! I'm horrible!!!!

In my defense, though, my sister packed them while I was home hunting for a weekend. I have no idea which box they are in. I have been absolutely lost without them. I want to just scream whenever I have a question I can't look up. Thankfully I've had the Lexicon to pull me through... and the audio files I have stashed away in I- Tunes. Every once in a while I'll listen to a chapter and think, "Jo really is the best author in the world..."



Loopy Lupin - Apr 21, 2006 5:32 am (#2410 of 2983)

Speaking of which, no Lost episode last night. Sigh... and next week is a "catch-up" clip show.... -- Madame Pince


Hope everyone has a great weekend.


Madam Pince - Apr 21, 2006 8:06 am (#2411 of 2983)

Good morning everyone!

Just read the latest news -- John Travolta and Jennifer Lopez are going to play J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing in the upcoming Dallas movie, based on the '80's TV series.

Something is soooo very wrong with that.... I just can't see someone who has at one time portrayed a character named "Vinny" as being J.R. Ewing.... If he can pull it off, he will win a well-deserved Oscar....


Denise P. - Apr 21, 2006 8:18 am (#2412 of 2983)

J-Lo as Sue Ellen??!! I am sure Miss Ellie would be turning in her grave...

A friend of mine showed me a cool online fitness journal. If you click on my avatar, you will see a map of my walk across America. I just started yesterday so it is pretty piddly so far.


Soul Mate for Sirius - Apr 21, 2006 8:29 am (#2413 of 2983)

Hey everyone!! I finally got some spare time so I figured I'd drop by and see how everyone's doing and all that.

I've finally gotten out of my restaurant job and back into an office job, so I'm going to have a lot more time for the Lex now!! YAY!!

Anyway, I obviously didn't have time to go through all the posts I've missed, so I had to be bad and hit the "mark as read" botton.

Well, I'm off to check out the threads, charms to everyone in need and happy belated birthday to those I missed!!



haymoni - Apr 21, 2006 9:14 am (#2414 of 2983)

How can J-Lo be Sue Ellen????

I could see her as Pam...


kaykay1970 - Apr 21, 2006 9:20 am (#2415 of 2983)

Welcome back, Soul Mate! It is nice to hear from you again!


Holly T. - Apr 21, 2006 9:39 am (#2416 of 2983)

Denise, that is a cool fitness journal!

If you saw Travolta in "Primary Colors" then you can see him as J.R. I can't figure out J-Lo as Sue Ellen, though. It's possibly as bad a casting decision as Jeanne Tripplehorn (not sure how to spell her name) as Tom Cruise's wife in the "The Firm."

We had golf ball-sized hail yesterday afternoon, then quarter-sized hail last night. Lots of wind too. All the yards look like the plants and trees were attacked with a salad shooter. I hope giants weren't involved.

I also hope this bad weather stays away for the rest of the weekend as I am taking my Girl Scouts camping. And yes I am supposed to be packing.


azi - Apr 21, 2006 10:11 am (#2417 of 2983)

Welcome back Jenn! Great to hear you've got a new job!

Good weather charms heading your way Holly!


Tazzygirl - Apr 21, 2006 10:58 am (#2418 of 2983)

Welcome back, Jenn!

Yeah- I was really bummed there wasn't a LOST this week either. I was all hyped up to stop doing homework to watch it... I guess it's good thing LOST didn't show then...

Today is the deadline for two of my papers, so I guess I should get in gear and finish them!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!!



Esther Rose - Apr 21, 2006 11:03 am (#2419 of 2983)

No Lost (even though I don't really watch the show.) Repeated Veronika Mars, Repeated Ghost Whisperer, Repeated Close to Home. This week has not achieved it's fullest potential I think.

Although Numbers has a new episode tonight. The Math Geek is cute.


Tazzygirl - Apr 21, 2006 11:11 am (#2420 of 2983)

There also was no Grey's Anatomy... sigh...



Good Evans - Apr 21, 2006 11:16 am (#2421 of 2983)

Shirley MacLaine is to play "mizzellie" so I suspect Barbara Bel Geddes is indeed turning in her grave (or is she still with us?)

Welcome back Jenn, we have missed you especially in the chat room!! Hope Aaron is well too and all is going strong with the two of you!

do you know I didnt realise that budgies and parakeets were the same thing at all! silly me - the instructive lexicon triumphs again!!

have a great ROTD - going in to the chat room shortly for a while


Catherine - Apr 21, 2006 11:30 am (#2422 of 2983)

And yes I am supposed to be packing. –Holly

Ah, I see we have another member of "Slacker Moms" and "Procrastinators Anonymous."

The more the merrier.

I have 100 papers to grade, which I hope to get to eventually today. EEEK!


Thora - Apr 21, 2006 2:28 pm (#2423 of 2983)

The Math Geek is cute. ~ Esther Rose

Oh yes, applied mathematics never looked so good. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 464751818

I think the DMV should have “head of the line” passes for mothers with young children in tow. I waited over two hours with three kids. The 5 and 3 year olds were very entertained by the lady next to us who gave them quarters. The lady's father taught them to spin the coins, well he spun them and the kids tried to emulate him. There was no hope for the 1 year old though. Luckily two of the people who held numbers before mine left before their numbers were called, so just as the loud yells erupted from the 1 year old my number was called and I got to go get my plates.

I now have two cars that could have harry potter plates on front and I still can't find a place that sells them.... sigh.

Thank goodness my husband is in the mood for Chinese, I'm soooo not up to cooking.


boop - Apr 21, 2006 3:57 pm (#2424 of 2983)

Welcome Back Jenn, you were missed. Glad you got a new job.

I hope everyone has a real nice weekend.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO POTTERMOM34!! I hope you are having a wonderful day.

hugs always



azi - Apr 21, 2006 3:59 pm (#2425 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Pottermom34!!!

Good luck with the Potter car plates, Thora!


Denise P. - Apr 21, 2006 4:04 pm (#2426 of 2983)

All budgies are parakeets but not all parakeets are budgies. I have no idea why in the US we call budgies Parakeets but that is what most people call them.

Last Errol update, I promise. He is a little escape artist. As soon as the cage door opens, he tries to dart out . . . . no wonder he managed to get loose. I had the last laugh since I clipped his wings yesterday and while he can still fly, he can't go very high, far or fast. He is a happy little dude, whistling and chirping.

Welcome back Jenn!


Madam Pince - Apr 21, 2006 4:49 pm (#2427 of 2983)

Hello Jenn!!! ****waves furiously**** We've missed you! Hope you're doing well!

Yeah, I wasn't even going to go into J.Lo as Sue Ellen. Maybe an older Lucy? That's the only "sex kitten" type I can think of from that show, really.... And Shirley MacLaine? Sheesh... Is this movie supposed to be a campy take-off or something? Surely it's not supposed to be drama...

Happy Birthday, PotterMom34! (Or does that now make you PotterMom35???? )

Poor Thora! As if the DMV isn't a miserable enough experience alone, I can't imagine it with unhappy little ones. You certainly earned your chocolate today!!!

Silly Errol -- thought he could outwit Denise???!!! What a bird-brain! Oh, I crack myself up......

Is it the weekend yet?


Viola Intonada - Apr 21, 2006 6:49 pm (#2428 of 2983)

Hi! Jenn, welcome back!

All right, Thora, since you didn't pack your books away yourself, you don't have to do detention with Umbridge. And my sympathies for having to wait so long in the DMV.

They are remaking "Dallas"? That in itself might be going a little too far, let alone the cast.

Hubby is back in town, I can go back to being my regular "morning slacker Mom" self. Getting up every morning to get my children off to school was killing me.


Tazzygirl - Apr 21, 2006 7:07 pm (#2429 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Pottermom34!! Hope you have a great day!!

I'm soooo tired... I think I'll take a nap.



Stephanie M. - Apr 21, 2006 9:04 pm (#2430 of 2983)

Happy belated Birthday, Thora!!

Welcome back, Soul Mate!! Glad to hear from you again, and I'm also glad that you have more time too!

I'm soooo tired... I think I'll take a nap.-Kristina

Okay this has reminded me of something I did today...*Random story time!!* Today after school, I decided to make myself a snack, and I thought that I would make something that I have never made before. I made peanut butter and jelly on matzah (we have a lot left over from Passover). Now, that wasn't the best idea for a snack. The matzah and peanut butter is very hard to swallow, and the jelly just made the matzah taste weird. But I ate all of it anyway... It was very interesting. Then I went into my bed to watch the end of Gilmore Girls on ABC Family, and the next thing I knew, my dad came into my room and asked me what I wanted for dinner. So I had a nice little nap. I wasn't even that tired... Maybe it was my weird snack. *end random story*

Have a good night/morning everyone!!


Finn BV - Apr 21, 2006 9:38 pm (#2431 of 2983)

Welcome back, Jenn! Good to see you! How's Aaron doing?

Happy birthday Pottermom! (Forum time says so, but I'm afraid I'm a bit late…)

I didn't have time to read the 50+ posts, guys; I've had a busy two days, what with writing a big article this week for school newspaper, a ton of homework, and two tennis meets (we won both overall, but I lost a match, and didn't play the second one since the other team had waaaay less people than us – oh well for me but yay for the team!). So, cheering charms, healing, etc. all around!!

So now it's to bed with me. It's nearly 20 to 1, but I've been doing Five Words statistsics all night () that I haven't really noticed the time fly by!

Enjoy the RotD everybody!


Lina - Apr 22, 2006 1:56 am (#2432 of 2983)

I really can not write too much because I need to have my fingers crossed - for Lizzy, Julie (Aronson), Catherine and everyone else who asks for that. I wish you all to succeed!

AZI! Pottermom!

Woo hoo for Jenn! I'm glad you came back. And I know someone who is looking forward to talk to you. I'm glad you're back in the office.

Good weather charms to Holly!

Stephanie, all good chefs have started like this! Just keep on experimenting!

Have a good time all!


Thora - Apr 22, 2006 5:44 am (#2433 of 2983)

Happy birthday Pottermom!



kaykay1970 - Apr 22, 2006 6:42 am (#2434 of 2983)

Happy birthday azi!! Have a wonderful day!

Happy birthday, PotterMom!


Julie Aronson - Apr 22, 2006 7:34 am (#2435 of 2983)

Happy birthday Azi and Pottermom!

Thanks to all the Forumers who sent me good wishes for my argument this morning. It's over, and I fell like I did an OK job. I guess I'll find out in about a month when my grade posts!

Thanks again--phew!



Winky Woo - Apr 22, 2006 7:44 am (#2436 of 2983)

H a p p y B i r t h d a y

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Butterbeers all round! I hope you have a fantastic day!

Winky X X X


Madam Pince - Apr 22, 2006 7:55 am (#2437 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Azi! Have a great, fantastic, wonderful day!

It's rainy here today, so we're bundled inside watching Goblet of Fire, per Little Pince's request. I fell asleep on the couch, and when I got awake, he had gotten out the Play-Doh and made a dragon egg for his dragon that he got for Christmas, and also made what he said was "Harry on his Firebolt." "Harry" is now zooming around the room trying to capture the egg....

We soooooo needed the rain, but now my tulips look all sad because the rain sort of beat them down. They have been so pretty this past week, too. Oh well, the rain will help everything else grow.

Hope everyone has a great RotD!

Edit: Oh wow, Amos Diggory's grief is so gut-wrenching!!! I cry every time. ***off to find a Kleenex***


Winky Woo - Apr 22, 2006 8:11 am (#2438 of 2983)
Edited Apr 22, 2006 8:41 am

That is so cute Madam Pince!

Hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised at how resilient your tulips can be! A nice soaking can sometimes perk them up....

We spent time at the garden centre this morning, we are a little late this year, because last year we were lulled into a false sense of security by a warm spell and lost all our bedding plants (not to mention hours of work) due to late frosts....


(Guess who just learnt to insert smilies! )


kaykay1970 - Apr 22, 2006 8:41 am (#2439 of 2983)

Awww! Little Pince is so cute...Besides at least Madam Pince will know "Who did it?" when the Play Doh ends up in the carpet!

I think I shall take a page from Holly T.'s book and start purchasing candy for the children that I like. Hershey bars with almonds all around!! The Little Guy has been offering candy from his Chicken Little Pez dispenser all morning. Yuck!


Puck - Apr 22, 2006 8:57 am (#2440 of 2983)

Winky, you learned to insert fancy smilies!

Happy birthday, Azi!

Thora, I feel your pain at the DMV, as my 3 are about those ages.

Went to the Science Museum yesterday to see the Star Wars exhibit. It was crowded, but we had fun. My son had a blast trying out a hover craft! Plus, we got to see many of the original costumes. During the Planetarium show they mentioned HP in connection with the dog star, Sirius. (with a chuckle, the host corrected the kids, informing them that the character was named for the star, not the other way around!)

I feel a bit jelly legged. I went to step aerobics this morning for the first time since baby Puck arrived. I made it through, but predict being in pain tomorrow.

Madame Pince, the idea of the kids getting into the playdough without my supervision is scary! I keep it up high with the glue and paint.

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! School vacation is almost at an end!


edited to ask Finn if we have to send a nickel to Petridge Farm every time we use his name!


Madam Pince - Apr 22, 2006 9:53 am (#2441 of 2983)

We've actually had pretty good luck with the Play-Doh. He mostly keeps it out of the living room except when he gets distracted by his imaginary play (as this morning with the dragon egg.) Our living room furniture and carpet is pretty much crapola anyway, as we decided not to upgrade until we're past the "mess" stage (I know, I know, you never get past it!) He would never think of getting it near the sofa (our one nice piece) because he knows he'd be skinned alive. But I've been pretty fortunate so far -- any that got on the carpet came up very easily once I let it dry out.

Now Silly Putty is an entirely different story.........hence, we no longer have that stuff in the house. And Rule #4 is: "Paints stay in the kitchen." So far, so good...

Love the smilies, Winky! You're getting so talented! And your bridge is so beautiful and inviting!

***Agrees with kaykay that Pez is pretty yuck***

****Wishing that I could go to a Star Wars exhibit...****


Catherine - Apr 22, 2006 10:04 am (#2442 of 2983)

Now Silly Putty is an entirely different story.........hence, we no longer have that stuff in the house.

Ditto. When I was out of town, Mr. Catherine allowed Hayley (then aged three years) to play with acid green Silly Putty on our red sofa. The result was most disturbing.

I had to call in a professional to get it removed. Silly Putty is now on Filch's list of banned items in the Catherine household...


Stephanie M. - Apr 22, 2006 10:09 am (#2443 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Pottermom!!!

Happy Birthday Azi!!! I wish you both a very happy day, and many more to come!

Madam P, I hope no one gets silly putty stuck in your furniture and carpeting! You'll probably be able to upgrade when all of your children are in college or married. We are upgrading our apartment now. You'll probably be able to in a few more years.

It's raining a lot, and it's a pretty icky day here, but I'm glad it's raining. Everything seemed to be starting to dry out. Plus, my allergies are getting bad, and it's pretty good today.


Viola Intonada - Apr 22, 2006 10:35 am (#2444 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Azi!!!!!

It rained a lot last night, so we get to spend the day drying out the carpet in the basement and removing the paneling so we can figure out exactly where our leak is and how we are going to fix it. Jolly fun!

Happy RotD, everyone!


Madam Pince - Apr 22, 2006 11:07 am (#2445 of 2983)

Ohhhh... sympathies, Viola! That is not fun.

I am currently looking up at a corner of the ceiling in our "new room" that we added on a couple years ago -- when we get heavy heavy rains, it gets this damp spot. We have had several roofers look at it, and they all go away shrugging their shoulders and say they can't find any problems. Mr. Pince subscribes to the belief that if we don't look at it, it will eventually go away.


Good Evans - Apr 22, 2006 11:09 am (#2446 of 2983)

Happy birthday Azi and Pottermom - hope you both have wonderful days

old fashioned but none the less a sincere smilie!!!!!

went for a run this morning and managed the route in 23.5 minutes, I am hopeful for a sub 30 mins 5k if I keep this up - absolutely dead tired though - hope you all have a great ROTD


azi - Apr 22, 2006 11:23 am (#2447 of 2983)

Thank you so much for the 'happy birthdays' everyone! They mean a lot, especially since many of my friends appear to have forgotten...(ah well, the favourites remembered, hehe! ) We had a laugh today, as my mum bought a frozen 'alabama fudge cake'. It looked lovely on the box, but inside it was 15 cm in diameter, followed by 1 cm in height! It's more of a pancake!

Congratulations Winky, on your new found discovery of smilies!

Well done on the running time, Good Evans!

Playdoh is horrible if it gets on the carpet...I got some on mine a couple of weeks ago (we never grow up, don't bother upgrading!)!

Sunshine charms to the people who have rain and don't want it!

Hope everyone has an amazing (Earth ) day! I found out my lifestyle is 2.8 hectares of whatever it is, compared to 5. something average in the UK...in one ear and out the other!


Finn BV - Apr 22, 2006 11:55 am (#2448 of 2983)

Happy Birthday azi, az promized on za Potty Five Wordz thread! (That was a little tribute to the ~zies. :zillygrin: )

LOL Madam Pince! That's so cute! And yes, the rain has beaten down on our enormous rhododendron bushes! But we needed it.

Kathy, if you don't want to send the nickel to Pepperidge Farm, you can always send it to me… Feel better after the aerobics workout!

Good luck Viola… leaks are not good friends! (Thankfully we've never had to deal with them up here…)

Happy Earth Day! We're doing a "Clean up the parks" day tomorrow all across our county, which is loaded with parks. I've done it before, it's a ton of fun! Yay!

Enjoy the RotED (Rest of the Earth Day)!

Hey, Earth day rhymes with Birthday! How cool??


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 22, 2006 12:04 pm (#2449 of 2983)

Went to the Science Museum yesterday to see the Star Wars exhibit.---Puck

Kathy, my husband and son went to the Harvard Museum of Natural History yesterday (after husband convinced son that the Science Museum would be too crowded). Have you been there? I'm always impressed with the "Exposition of Extinct Species" otherwise known as the "Hall of Mammals."

My husband looked around in vain for some stranger to be impressed as my son commented on some fossilized footprints, "Three-toed footprints. Must be a smaller dinosaur from the Triassic Period." It was.

Hey, Earth day rhymes with Birthday! How cool??—Finn

Cooler still, it happens to be my son's birthday. My nature/animal lover could not have been born on a more apt date. **:throws confetti**:


Finn BV - Apr 22, 2006 12:13 pm (#2450 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Lupin is Lupin Jr.! Yay for being born on a good day!

And happy belated birthday to the Queen!
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Puck - Apr 22, 2006 1:45 pm (#2451 of 2983)

Kim, Happy birthday to your son! I think I have been to that museum a couple of times in field trips when I was teaching. Is it the one with all the "stuffed" animals?

Oh, and your hubby was right. We arrived at 11am, had to wait almost half an hour to buy tickets. Our tickets for Star Wars were for 4:45, the earliest time available as of 11:30. (The exhibit was so popular they had to limit it to 100 people entering every 15 minutes.) So, instead of leaving around 3 and avoiding rush hour, we left at 5:30 and had to drive home through the thick of it.

Silly putty is particularly nasty when stuck in hair.

So if I decide to call you Seamus, can I keep the nickel?

Hey, where is the potty 5 words thread? I used your link to check it out once, but don't know how to get there on my own!

Happy Earth Day! Kathy


Catherine - Apr 22, 2006 1:56 pm (#2452 of 2983)

Cooler still, it happens to be my son's birthday. My nature/animal lover could not have been born on a more apt date.--Lupin is Lupin

Happy birthday to your son, Kim!

I must say that I have read at least eight papers about pirates today. Arr!


azi - Apr 22, 2006 2:00 pm (#2453 of 2983)

Happy birthday to Kim's son!

Puck, I'm not sure how to link properly straight to the Potty 5 Words thread, but I can probably link you to the general fanfiction area correctly... http://wc1.worldcrossing.com/WebX?14@@.1ddb941c

Just scroll down!


Chemyst - Apr 22, 2006 3:19 pm (#2454 of 2983)

Catherine, pirates? What are your students reading?

Happy Birthday Azi.

**wonders if she is missing something since Finn's fish has no fin— or if it is just the fish that is missing something.**

Hm… my kids are old enough that I was able to get my off-white carpet about five years ago, but I don’t remember play-doh as being all that hard to remove. (except for the brightly pink-dyed stuff, which would come up but leave its blush behind.) I almost want to test it out –in an inconspicuous spot, of course.  …no, better not.

Welcome back, Jenn.

Three-toed footprints. Must be a smaller dinosaur from the Triassic Period.
**thinks 'Triassic' sounds more like three-somethings-other-than-toes.**   Happy birthday to Kim’s son. Natch.


Tazzygirl - Apr 22, 2006 3:19 pm (#2455 of 2983)


Happy Birthday to Lupin is Lupin. Natch.'s son!

Madam P.- Everytime I watch Amos Diggory break down, or hear the song on the CD, I get that lump in the throat.

Sorry if I missed anyone or anything! I just read through about 25 posts!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!!



Finn BV - Apr 22, 2006 3:19 pm (#2456 of 2983)

Well, Kathy, then you might owe JK the nickel, as all Harry Potter whatevers are registered trademarks of Warner Brothers, which is in itself an entity of the JK Rowling Fund which is… wow. I really don't want to go into business.

Keep the nickel. We won't tell. :sillygrin;


Catherine - Apr 22, 2006 3:41 pm (#2457 of 2983)

Catherine, pirates? What are your students reading? –Chemyst

LOL, Chemyst. Unfortunately, they were not engaged in a Fred and George Daydream special. If only I were.....**smiles dreamily**

They had to choose a source from either the North Carolina Collection at ECU's Joyner Library, or a source from Special Collections at Joyner Library. As Blackbeard was from Bath, NC, which is just down the road from us, we have a lot of interesting archival information relating to Blackbeard and other pirates. There is speculation that his ship Queen Anne's Revenge has been found. We have many documents relating to those finds as well.

The parameters of this assignment means that I have also read a lot of papers about Pepsi (began in New Bern, NC) and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (began in Winston-Salem, NC). Mmmm...Pepsi and doughnuts....mmmm....Oh, and historical barbeque recipes. Mmm.....barbeque.....mmmm....

What is quite entertaining is that I have also read papers about "The History of the Duke and UNC Basketball Rivalry." Several of my students were outraged by my lack of knowledge about NASCAR, and vowed to find original sources in the library for their papers in order to educate me.

Overall, I have received positive feedback from my students. Many of them had NEVER visited the library "in person" before, and none of them had visited Special Collections or the NC Collections Departments. Even my reluctant students admitted that they had fun digging in "the restricted sections" and pulling up original documents relating to their topic.

Miles of papers before I sleep....


Stephanie M. - Apr 22, 2006 3:51 pm (#2458 of 2983)

Happy Birthday to Kim's son!!

Pepsi, doughnuts (Krispy Kreme no less. My favorite), and barbeque!!! Sounds delicious! I think that this will be fun to grade! Good luck on grading, Catherine!

Well, I guess it's very good to rain on Earth Day! I want it to be really warm this week so all of the trees will stop blooming, so I can finally stop tearing! My eyes have been driving me crazy!

Have a good rest of the day!


timrew   - Apr 22, 2006 3:52 pm (#2459 of 2983)

Azi and Pottermom, Happy Birthday!

Azi, your Alabama Fudge Cake sounds, er, very flat.

I hope it tasted better than it sounded. Anyway, any cake named after old Cornelius (Fudge), should look good to start with, and end up disappointing.........................


boop - Apr 22, 2006 5:19 pm (#2460 of 2983)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AZI, I hope you are having a wonderful day!!!

Kim, pass on Happy Birthday to your son for me.

As for the weather it has been raining off and on all night. I am not going to complain, because we need the rain. It maybe damp outside but makes good napping weather.

have a nice ROTD!!!

hugs always



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 22, 2006 7:45 pm (#2461 of 2983)

Hm… my kids are old enough that I was able to get my off-white carpet about five years ago---Chemyst

Was it off-white when you got it?
(For the record, I never pictured you as a white carpet sort of girl.)

**thinks 'Triassic' sounds more like three-somethings-other-than-toes.**---Chemyst

**:cocks eyebrow**: That would be a heck of fossil.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes for my son. I think he had a very nice day. Between Easter and his birthday, I don't want to see another gram of sugar for the next six months. **:slaps head with hand**: Tomorrow's Greek Easter. I have no willpower when they start passing around those powdered cookies. Oh, dear.

EDIT: Is it the one with all the "stuffed" animals?---Puck

I meant to respond to this before. Yes, Kathy it is. Honestly, how many taxidermied jaguars does any museum need?


Puck - Apr 22, 2006 7:52 pm (#2462 of 2983)

Well, since it's free, "Finn, Finn, Finn, Finn, Seamus, Finn"!

Chemyst, "Finn" is the name dubbed upon the Goldfish in Finn's avatar by the cracker company. As you pointed out, ironically, the fish actually lacks fins!

Catherine, have fun reading!

Boop, enjoy the rain! (and the nap)

Jenn, did I welcome you back? Missed you, hope you have more time to post!

One more day, then vacation is over! Monday morning Mr. Puck's parents leave for their home, and my boy returns to school. How do I make a happy dance smilie?

Happy RotD Kathy


Denise P. - Apr 22, 2006 8:42 pm (#2463 of 2983)

Happy Birthday to the young Master Lupin is Lupin!

I drove 10 Brownies down to camp this morning. There is one Brownie, who shall remain nameless, that I am less than fond of. She is just a pill and can't seem to speak in anything under a shout worthy of a lumberjack. Of course, she sat right behind me and shouted the entire 40 minutes to camp. She likes to pick on other girls and one of the others in the troop specifically (because she cries easily) Why, oh why, is that my Kaitlyn thinks this girl is the niftiest thing since sliced bread? Is there a nice way to say I don't want her to spend the night because she is an obnoxious brat? I get to go back and pick them up right before lunch tomorrow.


Ydnam96 - Apr 22, 2006 9:00 pm (#2464 of 2983)

I¡¦m back from camping and such and I just read through 168 posts...wow...

I took that HP test and I got a horrible score, I think it was like 62; it was impossibly hard.

Thanks Madame Pince, my nails are a mess; hopefully they grow out quickly.

Oh, Denise I'm sorry about Regulus, that's so sad. Sad And, I'm sorry about Ruby Viola. I have lost a pet and I know how horrible it feels.

Catherine, congrats on the Jeopardy audition, that's awesome!

Puck, that stinks about your car, but the color-coding of peeps is a great idea. That way there is no stealing as well!

Happy Belated Birthday Thora, Pottermom34, and Azi!

Oh, Denise, I hope that Errol gets to stay with you all!

Welcome back Jenn!! How is Aaron doing?

I too am sad about the lack of a new LOST, but hey there were two new Alias episodes and that made my month!! I'm so sad it is ending.

Sorry about the long annoying car ride Denise, I know how that is. I live in an apartment complex with around 300 college sophmores!! Of course, it is by choice.

Whew¡Kso I think I got everything. I'm sorry if I missed a birthday or any other major event.

My trip to Joshua Tree National Park was really fun. It was a LOT colder than I thought it would be and it was hard to sleep because I was freezing and I ended up having to take my sister to the Emergency Room because she got really dehydrated while we were hiking. She¡¦s fine, they gave her an IV and we went back to the campsite and slept, well, after I blew up an air mattress for her without a pump. That was not fun. But the park itself is amazing, you guys can click on my name and see a few of the pictures (just click the link to my photo album). I could have stayed all week (provided I had warmer PJs).

Well, I think that's it for me at the moment.



kaykay1970 - Apr 22, 2006 9:23 pm (#2465 of 2983)

Wow Mandy! I'm glad you had a good time! The photos are amazing!!! I'm glad your sister is ok.


Chemyst - Apr 23, 2006 5:30 am (#2466 of 2983)

Thanks for the explanation about the fish cracker, Puck. I guess the TV shows I watch don't have the right demographic appeal to run those ads. — rather disturbing, come to think of it, but the shows I watch all seem to be weighted with ads for big SUV's and prescription medicines and I haven't seen the fish cracker commercial.

(For the record, I never pictured you as a white carpet sort of girl.) –Lupin is Lupin
As you may recall here and here, it's not easy matching cat poo.

Those were great postcards pictures Mandy! Glad your sister is alright.

Catherine, the 'parameters of the assignment' seem pretty interesting, which is a very good thing since you get to read a hundred of them.


Catherine - Apr 23, 2006 6:14 am (#2467 of 2983)

LOL about the demographics appeal, Chemyst. I had a similar realization a few months ago. I was listening to the local "classic rock" radio station and realized that all my favorite songs in college were now old enough to be "classics."

Of course, this made me feel like a fossil.

I've also noticed that the magazines I read are loaded with ads for prescription medicines that I don't even know what they are for, but I find myself strangely intrigued.

Mandy, those pictures are beautiful. Also, congrats to Julie for finishing your argument.


Good Evans - Apr 23, 2006 6:16 am (#2468 of 2983)

Happy St Georges Day everyone, St George is Englands patron Saint and as such it is, all but completely ignored!! still I was sent a happy st george day card so maybe not this year??

What else can I tell you about our nation today? St George probably never set foot here (too busy killing dragons) our national anthem is Land of Hope and Glory our flag is white with a large red cross (the cross of St George, see Avatar) our national emblem is the red rose

and we are nation of tea drinkers, football fans and according to Napoloean "shopkeepers". So on that note I am off to buy some tea bags to brew a cuppa and settle down to watch the match (well maybe not the last part hee hee)

have a great ROTD folks no matter what you nationality!!!!

anyone got any good smilies for St George?


Finn BV - Apr 23, 2006 8:03 am (#2469 of 2983)

**insert St. George smiley here** Happy St. George's Day!

Mandy, I commented on a few of the photos. They look great!

Waah, it's pouring here so no park cleaning. I guess it'll be next weekend.

Enjoy the RotD!


Madam Pince - Apr 23, 2006 9:23 am (#2470 of 2983)

I was listening to the local "classic rock" radio station and realized that all my favorite songs in college were now old enough to be "classics." –Catherine

LOL! That is a very disconcerting feeling, isn't it? And the prescription ads, too -- they never say exactly what they're for, (I guess they're not allowed legally to make specific claims or something), but after waxing lyrically about how wonderful they are, the ads always say "Ask your doctor if X is right for you..." So what are we supposed to do? At our next appointment, we go in armed with a list of 85 different drug names and ask our doctor "Hey, what about this? Do I need this?"

Mandy, those photographs were beautiful -- thanks for sharing! Mother Nature sure is a talented sculptor! The rock shapes were lovely.

So, there have been lots of positive learning experiences for Little Pince from watching Harry Potter movies. Last night we experienced one of the negative ones. After dinner, I was in the living room and heard Little Pince crying in the kitchen. I came in to find him standing there looking at a balled-up dinner napkin, on fire, on the floor. After putting out the flames, ensuring that there were no burnt fingers, and blowing out the candle which I had so foolishly left burning after we finished eating, we had a serious discussion about how this had happened and why we never play with fire. (We've already had that discussion, but anyway...) So come to find out, he says "But Harry played with fire." I couldn't think of any such situation, but he reminded me "You know, when the dementors were there." I still didn't recall. "When Professor Lupin was there!!!!" Ahhhhh... now I remember Harry running his finger through one of those spine-candle flames while he was telling Lupin about his happy memory when they were practicing defeating dementors. So apparently Little Pince decided to try it, except he thought that rather than actually put his finger in the flame, he'd use a dinner napkin just to be on the safe side. When it burst into flame, it scared him and he dropped it. We were very lucky that it was just a tiny flame and that it dropped onto a linoleum surface rather than paper or fabric or something, so we were able to learn a valuable lesson and only suffer a tiny burnt spot on the linoleum to show for it. And of course, my hair appointment last week is now totally wasted because I know that more gray hairs sprouted immediately.... I am still kicking myself for being so stupid as to leave the room for even a second with that candle burning. We're never too old to learn, I guess! We were very fortunate.

Hope everyone has a nice RotD! Happy St. George's Day!


Finn BV - Apr 23, 2006 9:34 am (#2471 of 2983)

Oh dear, Madam P, at least it wasn't Little Pince's finger! Gosh! Hope it wasn't a nice napkin!


Good Evans - Apr 23, 2006 9:50 am (#2472 of 2983)

Oh Madam P - I am glad all went well in the end - but gosh how scared little P must have been. Still I guarantee this is now one of those lessons that has been well and truly learned!!!

Just watched the St Georges day service from Windsor - Camilla had a wonderful hat - but I didn’t like her outfit much. Still she would have looked odd in just the hat!!!


boop - Apr 23, 2006 10:09 am (#2473 of 2983)

Mandy your pictures are great! Glad your sister is ok.

Happy St Georgers Day!!!

Madam Pince, Glad everything turn out ok in the end.

Have good rest of the day everyone!

hugs always



Good Evans - Apr 23, 2006 10:17 am (#2474 of 2983)

hugs back to Betty!!


Madam Pince - Apr 23, 2006 11:31 am (#2475 of 2983)

Still she would have looked odd in just the hat!!! -- Good Evans

***Snort!!!*** Great mental picture, that!

(((hugs))) to Betty also!


Catherine - Apr 23, 2006 11:56 am (#2476 of 2983)

So, there have been lots of positive learning experiences for Little Pince from watching Harry Potter movies. Last night we experienced one of the negative ones. --Madame Pince

I'm glad Little Pince is in good health after the incident. **passes Madame Pince a cold compress**

We had a similar lesson with Mary Poppins. Claire learned that jumping off the top of her playset with only an umbrella to break her fall was unwise.

Denise, I meant to respond to your last post about the not-so-sweet Brownie. Our family actually had to stop socializing with another family because of how much we disliked the child. The last straw came when this child stomped Hayley's foot (keep in mind that the evil child in question was 10 years old at the time to Hayley's five years). The resulting bruise left Hayley unable to wear shoes comfortably for a month. I essentially "broke" with the mom after she failed to apologize for her daughter's actions and failed to show concern for Hayley's injuries.

I think the "bratty kid" syndrome happens all too often. In our situation, at least I don't feel like I have to grit my teeth and endure it anymore.


Finn BV - Apr 23, 2006 12:27 pm (#2477 of 2983)

Mmmm, we just had home-made pizza!

Sorry, had to share that. It was so good!

Hugs to Betty!

Enjoy the RotD all!


Denise P. - Apr 23, 2006 2:18 pm (#2478 of 2983)

Madam Pince, is Little Pince now under strict orders to ask before he attempts anything? I am glad it was not any more serious than it was, fire is some scary stuff!

Catherine, the Brat Brownie™️ rode in my van again this morning. She must have been tired because she was a lot more subdued...except when she found a tick on her arm, shrieked like it was taking her arm off and threw it off...in my van. I guess it was too much to expect her to calmly exit the van (the door a foot to her left) and throw it in the grass since we had not even started the van yet. After that, all the girls got the discussion on if they find a tick, remain calm, alert the driver and we would pull over but to NOT throw it off in the van. She did gibber the rest of the way about the miracle tick crawling back up onto her Yes, it is lovely tick season again. We do daily tick checks when the kids have been out because even though we don't get them (we spray), they get them from other places.


Stephanie M. - Apr 23, 2006 2:20 pm (#2479 of 2983)

Wow, I'm glad Little Pince is okay! Good thing it wasn't his little fingers! I'm sure he'll remember to never play with fire ever again!

Mandy, the pictures are so pretty! You must have had a great time!

Hugs to everyone!

Glad you like the home-made pizza, Finn! You should have told me that you were making pizza because I would have run all the way up to Westchester to eat it...

I have a good day after noon/night everyone!


azi - Apr 23, 2006 2:34 pm (#2480 of 2983)

Wow, Little Pince must have been shocked! I'm glad to hear he wasn't hurt!

I sympathise, Denise P, with you having to put up with that child. I always hated people like that in Brownies/Guides! Well done for keeping your patience!

Welcome back from your trip, Ydnam!

Today I moved back to uni! I'm *nearly* unpacked now (just things that make room look less depressing to do!). I ended up going to the sea-side as well, which was nice as I love the sea. Then we had a pub dinner (won't be able to eat for a few days!) which was lovely. So it was quite good, all in all. Unfortunately, the next 3 days should be constant revision so I may not be around so much...

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

P.S. Good Evans, this is the nearest smiley to St George's Day I have!


Finn BV - Apr 23, 2006 3:17 pm (#2481 of 2983)

Welcome back to school, azi! That was a fast five weeks, if I do say so myself!

Denise, I sympathize. And: the Brat Brownie™️ rode in my van again… Did Pepperidge Farm trademark that?

Sorry, Steph. You of course know how to take the train up here.


Catherine - Apr 23, 2006 5:17 pm (#2482 of 2983)

Today has been perfectly horrid **:Oxymoron alert**:

I graded (badly **waves to Loopy Lupin**) 100 NC essays. To quote daughter: "I'm done."

Mr. Catherine was invited to "eat smoked herring and smoke cigars and drink brandy" this evening. I declined, saying that I would always be "too tired" to do those things.

Off to bed....


Madam Pince - Apr 23, 2006 7:17 pm (#2483 of 2983)

Thanks for the cold compress, Catherine -- I needed it! It is truly a scary feeling to see fire on your kitchen floor. (Now, on top of the stove -- not that unusual. Nah, just kidding...) Congrats on finishing the papers!

Denise, he's been under strict orders to check with Mom or Dad always before trying something new -- fat lot of good that's done. I've taken so many toys and privileges away lately that the poor kid has almost nothing left to do -- maybe that's why he's getting into stuff he shouldn't! I am definitely turning my Mom-radar up a notch since the curiosity level seems to be increasing. I am mindful of Mr. Pince telling me about when he was a kid, and they went to the Army-Navy surplus store and got some of those little tiny parachutes that the military uses to drop boxes of supplies from planes, and he and his friends tied them around their waists and tried jumping off the roof. (#1 - the distance was not nearly enough for the parachute to open, and #2 - even if it had opened, it wasn't big enough to hold them up, so naturally they slammed into the ground like anvils. These are the genes I'm dealing with, so I must keep this in mind...

Tick season, ugh. I found one myself last week while raking leaves. Yuck, yuck, yuck. I hate bugs, period. We haven't sprayed yet -- we usually wait until May or so -- but I may call the guy next week.

Welcome back to school, Azi! Hope you get totally settled in soon and the return to schoolwork isn't too horrible!

We're watching CoS on the Family Channel with all the deleted scenes inserted in, and I must say it's much, much better that way!


Snuffles - Apr 24, 2006 12:43 am (#2484 of 2983)

Happy belated birthday to Pottermom, azi and Lupin is Lupin.Natch's son. Hope you all had a great day

Healing charms for your legs Kathy, I hope they feel better after you exercise class!

Madam P, I'm glad Little Pince wasn't hurt and you didn't get too many grey hairs! You would think that woman would have evolved enough to have an extra pair of eyes and arms on our body, we sure need them!

My weekend was one of the worst. We had our little dog, Twinx put to sleep on Friday. She was 15 years old, stone deaf, nearly blind and getting incontinent. Everyone has said we did the right thing and I know deep down we did, it's just at this moment in time it certainly doesn't feel that way. I'm not ashamed to admit I have cried buckets this weekend and keep expecting her to wander into the lounge to see us. We have explained to Livvy that she has gone to doggy heaven, she says "I know, and she was old mummy", then 10 minutes later she said "but will she be back for her tea?"

I'm just waiting for the dreaded call from the pet crematorium to say we can go and pick her up.

Hope everyone had a better weekend



Good Evans - Apr 24, 2006 4:41 am (#2485 of 2983)

Julie - massive hugs to you and all of your family.

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B]Julie Aronson[/B] - Apr 24, 2006 5:21 am (#2486 of 2983)

Julie (Snuffles),

Sorry for your loss...



Loopy Lupin - Apr 24, 2006 5:30 am (#2487 of 2983)

Sorry to hear about your dog Snuffles, but you did do the right thing.

Glad you got your papers done Catherine. I still say you should've taken my advice and just given everyone an "A." **waves to Catherine, Denise, and Little Pince****


Madam Pince - Apr 24, 2006 6:07 am (#2488 of 2983)

Oh Snuffles, I'm so sorry to hear about Twinx. The picture of her is adorable -- what a sweet expression! I hope your memories of her will all be happy ones. (((hugs))) to you and all your family; I know you will miss her. Maybe she will meet up with the real Snuffles in doggy heaven now!

LOL Loopy! Great... now I have one more thing to give me gray hair -- worrying that my son has/will become Beavis, or Butthead (I never can keep them straight, but I think either would be baaaaaaad...) Now you've got me thinking about pyros. Remember Phoebe's brother on Friends? Oh, this is too terrible to contemplate....


Thora - Apr 24, 2006 6:10 am (#2489 of 2983)

Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. That has got to be rough.

Madam Pince, I hope you have a fire extinguisher and a box of baking soda handy, from what I hear it gets worse before it gets better.



Julie Aronson - Apr 24, 2006 6:15 am (#2490 of 2983) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Apr 24, 2006 7:22 am


All I can say is...

Nope, not forum friendly Denise P.

(I hope that's forum-friendly)


Denise P. - Apr 24, 2006 7:30 am (#2491 of 2983)

Snuffles, it is never easy to lose a family pet, even when you know you are doing the right thing. They have been part of your family for so long that you miss them terribly.

We had one of our dogs, Scruffy, get cancer and had to be euthanized in 1995. At night, I still step over where she normally slept to avoid pinching her paws. Never mind she has been gone 11 years or that she never lived in this house...my mind firmly has her sleeping there still.

Argh! Mr. Denise went to work and took my wallet and cell phone with him. It was my own fault, I should have taken it out of his truck after my run last night. Now I am trapped home until he comes back. I had planned to go to the gym, pick up a birthday cake for my now teenager (Nicholas turns 13 today!) and get a book at the store...now I am going to clean a bathroom and mop a floor. Whee.

Speaking of running, Good Evans, you are doing awesome! My goal is to do 5K in under 35 minutes so if you are doing it sub 30, that is great! My running buddy and I are up to 4 miles now. Yesterday, when we completed it, we both agreed that it felt like we could have kept going and we recovered very quickly. We are discussing doing a half marathon come March....what are we thinking?? We are going to use the same training guide to help us prepare for it. The week after we do an 8K in November, we will start our training for the half. We follow the Jeff Galloway program.


azi - Apr 24, 2006 7:44 am (#2492 of 2983)

Condolences Snuffles (and *hugs* if it helps!).

Happy birthday to Nicholas!

Revision is going ok. I was doing well until I started eating sugar-coated jelly eggs. Hoping to get focus back!

Have a nice day everyone!


Holly T. - Apr 24, 2006 7:45 am (#2493 of 2983)

Julie, I'm so sorry about your dog. Hugs to you.

Yikes about the fire Madam Pince. My son set a drawing on fire once, same thing, with a candle. He says he just walked by and it caught on fire. I don't see how that could have happened.

Denise, BTDT with the Brat Brownie. Why is there always one in every troop? By the end of our campout this weekend some of my girls were discreetly suggesting that perhaps we should end it with a Survivor-style tribal council and vote a certain someone out of the troop. Now I am trying to figure out what you call a Brat Brownie when she is a Junior. But we had fabulous weather and the campout was great. We had the usual gamut of hurt feelings, she said this, she's not being my friend, etc. (but no crying--not even from me!--usually after I get them all in bed I have a moment) so I ended up on the phone with several of the girls in succession last night talking them through everything. My husband was rolling his eyes and saying he doesn't have to do this when he gets back from Boy Scout campouts. I mentioned that my Girl Scouts have neither tried to set a tree on fire nor thrown rocks at the bathroom while the camp director was in there, which are only two examples of things his boys have done in the past on campouts.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 1242194059

Catherine, I think there is a lot of work to be done with the history of NASCAR!

Here I am procrastinating again ... I leave tomorrow to go a convention the rest of the week. It's a library convention and sometimes some of the exhibitors have Harry Potter books, shirts, pins, etc.


Madam Pince - Apr 24, 2006 8:22 am (#2494 of 2983)

Holly, tee-hee about the Tribal Council! Clever girls! Wouldn't it be nice if we really could do that in life? I had a few on my former work team that I would've happily voted off the island...

Let's see... with boys you get tendencies towards arson; with girls you get endless tears and recriminations... Puts me in mind of the Calvin and Hobbes strip, where the Mom was gritting her teeth and saying to the Dad "I wanted to get a dog!"

Loopy, do you have any experience defending arsonists?


haymoni - Apr 24, 2006 8:36 am (#2495 of 2983)

Holly - I had an HP moment - "Your bird - it just caught fire!"

“Mom, my drawing! It just caught fire!”

You should be able to believe that, can't you???


kaykay1970 - Feb 7, 2006 8:09 pm (#2496 of 2983)

I have to say that I have 3 boys and have never had a fire (knock on wood.) Perhaps this is mainly due to the fact that I can't stand to be around a lit candle (swollen, watery eyes and sneezing are most unpleasant!) I have had one brilliant child get showered with glass when he shot a water gun at a hot light bulb. Very lucky that he didn't get a shock as well...Oh and I just remembered, The same child tried to roast a marshmallow on a stick using the pilot light on the gas heater! EEK!

Hugs and condolences to Snuffles...


Finn BV - Apr 24, 2006 9:20 am (#2497 of 2983)

Snuffles, cheering charms to your entire family! So sorry, but yes it was the right thing, as I know you're tired of hearing.

Can't say I'm in a good mood either. My science teacher (the one you've heard a bit about) is giving our entire class a detention for supposedly cutting class, which we did not do. He is feeding a few lies to the right authorities but everybody in the class is denying what he says. It's his word against ours, and at a school like this the administration can't snub a teacher. So, he's taking away our free which we have this Friday, which also happens to be a day called "Middle Mania," where the entire day is devoted to a friendly "color war" competition amongst the middle school. The period that we have class is the period where the school gets pepped up by their team captains, of which I am one. So, in addition to wrongly punishing us, he is taking away my captain responsibilities. I am so mad!! Ugh!! Sorry, it's made my Monday really bad. Most of the time the head of the division backs me on things but she felt that she had to side with the science teacher this time. ****double angry****


Denise P. - Apr 24, 2006 9:23 am (#2498 of 2983)

**:waves to Catherine and nods to my avatar****

Holly, how about Surly Scout®️?


haymoni - Apr 24, 2006 9:34 am (#2499 of 2983)

Finn - Obviously if you had cut class, you would have been posting on the Forum during that time!!!

Did only a few students cut, so he's punishing everyone for it?

I never understood why teachers do that. The kids that actually cut don't care that their classmates have to suffer. They are usually pretty smug about it.

How DARE this teacher accuse our Finn of such a thing!

It's an outrage! A scandal!

Tell your mom!!!


azi - Apr 24, 2006 9:38 am (#2500 of 2983)

Finn, that is so not fair! How can everyone cut class anyway? I bet you'll be glad when you get rid of that teacher!

Loving the new avatar, Denise!
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Esther Rose - Apr 24, 2006 9:48 am (#2501 of 2983)

What a Snape! So sorry to hear that Finn.


Loopy Lupin - Apr 24, 2006 9:49 am (#2502 of 2983)

Nope, not forum friendly -- Denise P.

Awwww. I didn't get to read that before Denise kipped it.

Sorry Pince, no experience with arsonists per se, but I have defended a few business owners who've fallen out of favor with the Fire Marshall. FIRE!!!!

Tough luck Finn. Sounds like your class needs a good lawyer; unfortunately, I don't know any. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 2775603007 Perhaps this would be a campaign item for your future run at the class presidency, i. e. the institution of a hearing system for issues of dispute between teachers and students. It would probably be too cumbersome for every dispute, but where, as here, there is a dispute between one teacher and many students, an arbitration system might be beneficial.


Nathan Zimmermann - Apr 24, 2006 10:07 am (#2503 of 2983)

Julie, I am sorry to hear about the death about your dog. I understand what your family is going through my dog is going to be put to sleep tomorrow afternoon.


Holly T. - Apr 24, 2006 10:12 am (#2504 of 2983)

Sorry about that Finn!

This should go in the "reasons why Finn isn't 50" column, for those of you who are keeping track.

Ack. I am working on exactly what wording to put on stickers that will go on packets of jellybeans to take to this convention in order to publicize a book we just published. The wording needs to be something other than "PLEASE PLEASE buy this book, the author is driving us crazy!"

Editing to add for Nathan--so sorry about your dog! Our beloved cat had to be put to sleep a few years ago and our daughter still cries about it. We told her the cat died in its sleep, though. When we found out our cat's cancer had returned, our son, sensitive guy that he is, asked "when [our cat] is dead, can we get a dog?" Which made our daughter burst into tears.


Tazzygirl - Apr 24, 2006 11:04 am (#2505 of 2983)

Cheering charms to Snuffles and Nathan- I am so sorry! (((((HUGS))))) I put one of my guinea pigs to sleep a couple years ago- it was not the best day of my life- and to top it off, when I was leaving the vet's office, my car decided it didn't want to work.

Happy Birthday to Kaykay's son!! Hope he has a great day!

Little Pince's fire episode reminds me of when I bought some corn on the cob popping corn for my hamster a looooooooong time ago. I wrapped it in a paper towel, closed the ends off with metal twist ties, and stuck it in the microwave. Needless to say, the fire alarm went off, and the flames were huge. But the microwave did survive. My parents still use it. And my hamster enjoyed a very nice meal of popcorn.

Sorry, Finn, that your teacher is being awful. Should we all send a dementor to him?

Off to the zoo with 'Thaniel!

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!!



kaykay1970 - Apr 24, 2006 11:38 am (#2506 of 2983)

Tazzy, the 3 year old's birthday was March 24, not April 24. But thanks for thinking of him just the same!!


Tazzygirl - Apr 24, 2006 11:50 am (#2507 of 2983)
Edited Apr 24, 2006 12:26 pm

I think I wished him a Happy Birthday then too- it can't hurt to say it a month after again, does it?

...my mind is not completely here at the moment, it's currently dwelling on the pile of papers I have yet to write...

WAIT! Didn't someone say that their son was turning 13?! Nicholas?? Or am I just really losing my mind?



kaykay1970 - Apr 24, 2006 11:56 am (#2508 of 2983)

You are definitely not losing your mind. Denise has a son turning 13.

Happy Birthday Nicholas!!


Good Evans - Apr 24, 2006 11:59 am (#2509 of 2983)

Denise - thanks for the praise, but when I get up to 4 miles non stop I will think that an accomplishment - so well done you!!!!And best of luck with that half marathon!!! I'm following the race for life training plan, we are up to 12 minutes running non stop which I suppose is just under a mile and a half, then we walk for a minute and then go off again.

and many happy returns to Nicholas too (13 wow, its a biggie!!)

Finn - cheering charms to you. Actually I am becoming a student again so I hope I dont have bad teacher days! Tomorrow I enroll at Kingston College for a Management Degree (or something!!!) its a Chartered Institute of Management course and I will go every other thursday for about 15 months - eek - Of course I have the obligatory HP lever arch file to use for my papers - well what else!!!!!!

have a great rest of the day folks

Julie x


Tazzygirl - Apr 24, 2006 12:32 pm (#2510 of 2983)

Ooops. I got Kay's and Denise's names mixed up. I am very sorry!! So- Happy Birthday to Denise's son, Nicholas!! Hope he has a great day!

There are so many mosquitos here at the moment!! I have four bites on my face at the moment, most unpleasant. Not to mention the fifty bites on my elbows and yet more on my ankles and legs. The poor kids wake up every morning with new bites everywhere. We even put the mosquito repellant stuff on at night. Because of the '40 Days of Rain' (that's what they are calling the almost two months of rain we had), the mosquitos have come back with a vengeance. They seem to be mutating into bigger mosquitos... I am thinking along the lines of creating a movie called "Attack of the Monster Mosquitos" or something...



Catherine - Apr 24, 2006 12:33 pm (#2511 of 2983)

Snuffles, I am truly sorry for the loss your your Twinx. I know how painful it is to lose a beloved pet.

Finn, it does seem quite unfair. I hope the situation can improve.

Denise, I love the new avatar. Most excellent. On that note, I also got a good laugh at Loopy Lupin's new avatar also. "Heh, heh, heh."

Off to crash at home. Mounds of exams to grade before I sleep....


Puck - Apr 24, 2006 12:57 pm (#2512 of 2983)

Julie, so sorry for your loss.

Madame Pince, if it makes you feel better my brother had a few incidents involving matches, but has recently joined the volunteer fire department in his town. He even took the course to get his paramedic's license.

Finn, I'm a bit confused to the gray area as to whether or not an entire class skipped science. Either you showed up or not.

My son returned to school, hubby to work, and in-laws to Illinois, so it is a good day here, despite the dreary weather. Though my son returned home with a message from my mother's helper that she is not coming (no mention of why). Well, I was looking forward to that time, but sure she has good reason. Funny that with my in-laws here to "help" the house is messier when they leave than when they arrived. (Though mum-in-law did take it upon herself to rearrange the bathroom closet.)

Oh, it is officially "Turn off the TV week". This includes DVD's and video games. (As the Lex is words, I've dubbed it was reading, and therefore not banned.) The hardest part is folding laundry, which I always do while watching, as it makes the task tolerable.

Happy RotD! Kathy


Tazzygirl - Apr 24, 2006 1:08 pm (#2513 of 2983)

Puck- Oh, it is officially "Turn off the TV week". This includes DVD's and video games.

So far so good for me!! I mentioned this over in the Potty Five Words thread, but when I was younger my mom made us observe this 'holiday' (lack of a better word). We kids thought she was making it up. Drove us nuts. Mom even went as far as taking the cables away from the TV... Good thing LOST this week is a recap show!!



Catherine - Apr 24, 2006 1:09 pm (#2514 of 2983)

The hardest part is folding laundry, which I always do while watching, as it makes the task tolerable. –Puck

Oh, the Slacker Mom in me says to just forget about folding the laundry until the TV comes back on.


Finn BV - Apr 24, 2006 2:41 pm (#2515 of 2983)

Forgot before (thanks to my mood) to wish a happy birthday to Nicholas P.! And great avatar Denise!

Thanks to all for the feel-good thoughts. (I've turned to .) Haymoni, we did not per se "cut," we left after fifteen minutes, which is school policy. And LOL, I have definitely told my mom. The policy is "apparently" (was never told this) just for teachers who forget to come to class. (How is the student supposed to know anyway??) The one twist is that our teacher was at the 6th grade egg drop, which ran a bit into our period. Apparently we should have waited for him to come up afterwards, but I watched the entire egg drop, then went to class, then waited 15 minutes, so I would assume he could take less than 15 minutes to get to class from there as well!

This should go in the "reasons why Finn isn't 50" column, for those of you who are keeping track. –Holly

Yeah. I couldn't have made that up. Ugh. And sorry, Holly, I'm not creative when it comes to what to put on campaign stickers…

Nathan, condolences to you and your family.

Julie, good luck back at school!

Enjoy the RotD!


boop - Apr 24, 2006 3:51 pm (#2516 of 2983)

Snuffles, Sorry to hear about your dog. I know it must have been real hard to do! (((HUGS)))

Denise, Happy Birthday to Nicholas!!

Finn, Sorry to hear you had a bad day. Wishes for the rest of the week to go great.

Nathan, Sorry to hear your dog is being put down. (((HUGS)))

Kathy, Good luck without your TV week!

Have a great RotD!

hugs always



Madam Pince - Apr 24, 2006 4:24 pm (#2517 of 2983)

Yes, big (((hugs))) to Nathan on the upcoming sad task tomorrow. I am so sorry. It is not easy. This has been a bad week for Forum pets.... sigh.... I got an e-mail today from somebody and it just seems to fit -- it's rather long, but here we go:

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker.The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very much attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family there were no miracles left for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for the four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience. The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why." Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life – like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The four-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

***sniff, sniff***

On a brighter note -- hope Sir Nicholas had a great day and feels muy importante now that he's a teenager!

Sorry about your school situation, Finn. That does sound very unfair. I completely understand your "taking up the gauntlet," as it were -- I would've done the same thing. Hope it all works out well. Good luck!


Finn BV - Apr 24, 2006 4:39 pm (#2518 of 2983)

Oh gosh, Madam P -- you're making me all teary!! **sniffs**


Puck - Apr 24, 2006 5:13 pm (#2519 of 2983)

Me too! *sniff* Here, Finn, have a kleenex. I'll leave the box for the rest of you.

My mom is going to love that story.

Finn, we had such a policy in college. Perhaps your teacher should get detention for being so tardy


boop - Apr 24, 2006 6:11 pm (#2520 of 2983)

Wow Madam Pince, that story was sad, I need a tissue too!!!

I don't normally ask for prayers, but I just found out one of my close co-workers has stage 4 cancer. They say there is nothing more they can do. They are going to give her treatments to give her more time.

Sorry for this sad story, I just don't know what to say or do other then let her know I care.

thanks for listening,

hugs always



Puck - Apr 24, 2006 6:21 pm (#2521 of 2983)


Nothing we can say or do either, so we also just let you know we care.

I guess it's been a rough day for the forum friends.



Finn BV - Apr 24, 2006 6:22 pm (#2522 of 2983)

Boop, hugs for you!!

Thanks Kathy, those Kleenex helped! I do think we all need them…


kaykay1970 - Apr 24, 2006 6:54 pm (#2523 of 2983)

More ((hugs)) for Boop.


Ydnam96 - Apr 24, 2006 8:04 pm (#2524 of 2983)

My sincere condolences go out to Julie and prayers for Boop's coworker.

Finn, that sounds very unfair. You have every right to be upset.


Tazzygirl - Apr 24, 2006 8:43 pm (#2525 of 2983)

((((HUGS)))) to Boop! I am so sorry!

**grabs a tissue** :sniff: It is a sad day/ couple of days here on the Forum...

Here's a cute little thing Syd said yesterday: I dropped my aunt off at a black tie function, the kids in the back seat. My uncle met us there. When my aunt and uncle started walking to the main doors, Syd remarks: "They look like they are married!" I thought it was too cute/funny!



Snuffles - Apr 25, 2006 12:29 am (#2526 of 2983)

Thanks for the kind words and thoughts, it means alot. The pet crematorium brought her back last night so she is home where she belongs.

(((hugs))) to Nathan, I will be thinking of you.

(((hugs))) back to Boop, so sorry to hear about you friend.

Madame P. that is such a nice story. *sniff*

Kristina, that was a cute thing Sydney said. I love the comments the little ones come out with

Hope everyone has a better Tuesday.



dizzy lizzy  - Apr 25, 2006 12:40 am (#2527 of 2983)

Well! It seems this week hasn't gotten off to a great start for a few of us! ((HUGS)) to all concerned! Here's hoping that this week will turn around to those who need it.

My week has been very quiet with no reply yet on my job applications and on my interview. I'm not all that fussed as I've managed to find some really great Fan-fic stories to keep myself amused for quite some hours.

Ok here's some good news! I recieved a very nice invitation to my brother's wedding. The wedding will be on the 1st July and I'm looking forward to it. My brother is 3 years younger than me and this is his second wedding. I'm pleased for him as he has had a tough couple of years and he's really shaping to be a lovely young man I can't wait!!!!!!



kaykay1970 - Apr 25, 2006 4:47 am (#2528 of 2983)

Congratulations and Good Luck to Lizzy's brother!!


Loopy Lupin - Apr 25, 2006 6:05 am (#2529 of 2983)

Haymoni, we did not per se "cut," we left after fifteen minutes, which is school policy. – Finn

For future reference, Finn, I'd avoid using the phrase "per se" in explanations. Experience has taught me that when I hear those words, I should check to make sure I've still got my wallet.

Happy Birthday (belated at this point I think) to Mr. Nicholas! Yay, Denise has a teenager in the house again. She only has 5 more to go!


Thora - Apr 25, 2006 6:16 am (#2530 of 2983)

Wow, what a rough time we are having, hugs and butterbeer to all.

I had a really great day yesterday, once I got the post that is.... my darling, thoughtful, lovely sister gave me a Molly clock for my birthday. It was definitely worth the wait, and such a surprise to get what I wanted but never asked for. I started crying and my kids were a little confused as to why I was sobbing over a box.

I feel so blessed to have a potterhead famliy.

Here is a link to a picture of my clock on Glowfoto.com.


Denise P. - Apr 25, 2006 6:25 am (#2531 of 2983)

Happy Birthday (belated at this point I think) to Mr. Nicholas! Yay, Denise has a teenager in the house again. She only has 5 more to go!

**:counts remaining children to be sure**: I have six more that I need to let live to the teenaged years

Nicholas is going through a goth phase so he was quite happy to see his cake....entirely black. Black frosting, black trim, black candles, black balloons on it. The bakery was worried that a mistake was made and I didn't really want it black. Cut it open to see white cake and raspberry filling LOL

Thora, what a cool clock! Does it actually tell time?


Finn BV - Apr 25, 2006 6:27 am (#2532 of 2983)

Quick update on the science teacher before I go to class. I wrote a nice polite note to him, signed by everybody in our class, and before I could give it to him, he told us we didn't have to come in this Friday, we would have to come in next Wednesday (our free period next week). This is exactly what I was campaigning for in my letter, and it was like he could read minds. I instantly thought he was an Occlumens!

Anyway, now this letter with 19 signatures on it that I worked for 2 hours on last night is useless, but I feel great!

Thanks for those dementors!

Thora, really cool clock! Now I want one! LOL.

Off to class!


Snuffles - Apr 25, 2006 6:32 am (#2533 of 2983)

Hooray that you don't have to come in this Friday Finn, but boo hiss that he is making you do it next Wednesday instead! You will have to be careful what you are thinking about next time you are near him, just in case.........

Thora, that is one cool clock

Love the avatar Denise.



Catherine - Apr 25, 2006 6:38 am (#2534 of 2983)

Nicholas is going through a goth phase so he was quite happy to see his cake....entirely black. Black frosting, black trim, black candles, black balloons on it.

That sounds like Nearly Headless Nick's Deathday Cake. I did laugh when you revealed the cake had red filling on the inside. That reminded me of Steel Magnolias and the armadillo red velvet cake.

To Loopy Lupin: "per se!" **waves and shows that I don't have your wallet**


Finn BV - Apr 25, 2006 7:06 am (#2535 of 2983)

Loopy, LOL, it took me a while to get "per se".

Snuffles, I knew that we couldn't overcome the administration, so wednesday is much better than Friday, since I don't have to miss Middle Mania! Horray!

EDIT: We're learning comparisons in Spanish right now using Harry Potter and Superman (Harry Potter (on a broomstick) is as fast as Superman; Harry is more popular than Superman ).


Thora - Apr 25, 2006 7:08 am (#2536 of 2983)


No it doesn't have a clock piece in the back. At least this way we are not in mortal peril while we eat lunch every day.... well, okay, with my cooking we may be....

The cake sounds really great, I can't wait for my daughter's birthday next month so I can draw carebears all over one. It's such fun to celebrate who they are, isn't it?



haymoni - Apr 25, 2006 9:31 am (#2537 of 2983)

Finn - I remember "The 15 Minute Rule" in college. If a professor failed to show after 15 minutes, we all could leave. I had one professor walk in at 10 minutes after. We were all very disappointed.

It's National County Government Week, which means I get to get up extra early so I can serve bagels, donuts and fruit to our ungrateful employees.

If one more person tells me that they only want strawberries, they will be wearing them!!!


azi - Apr 25, 2006 9:40 am (#2538 of 2983)

Ah, the 15 minute rule. I didn't have that until I went to college (age 16). Once, in high school, we had a music lesson where the teacher just didn't bother to turn up for the whole lesson, but obviously we weren't allowed to leave! (we don't have free periods until college, so kids aren't allowed on corridors during lesson times)

**Patience charms to Haymoni!**


Loopy Lupin - Apr 25, 2006 10:31 am (#2539 of 2983)

**:counts remaining children to be sure**: I have six more that I need to let live to the teenaged years – Denise

Whoops! Sorry, I can't keep up although I do notice that the Mom needed to do a head count herself!

Nicholas is going through a goth phase so he was quite happy to see his cake....entirely black. Black frosting, black trim, black candles, black balloons on it. – Denise

Oh dear. Well, let's hope this phase passes on soon, as it were. I wonder, were there black fingernails on the hands grabbing for a piece of cake? You might subtly point out to him that, all the black notwithstanding, a birthday cake with balloons isn't very "goth," per se .

P.S. I went to a website which I will not name and, unfortunately, Nicholas' "goth name" is not forum friendly. His brother Ryan's is "Synthetic Darkness" so, there you go, Happy Birthday.


Madam Pince - Apr 25, 2006 10:34 am (#2540 of 2983)

That sounds familiar to me, too, azi. We weren't allowed to roam around not in classes, prior to college. But I do understand that Finn and Stephanie's school is on a different level, so probably they can do stuff that we mere mortals undoubtedly would have taken outrageous advantage of. (See, I can't even finish a sentence so it doesn't end in a preposition -- how could I be expected to act responsibly if the teacher didn't show for class?) I think it actually only happened once in college, too, and we were all still somewhat scared to leave! Glad it worked out satisfactorily, Finn!

Wow, haymoni, what kind of fools are they -- there are donuts and they're asking for fruit? Sheesh....

Congratulations to Lizzy's brother! Isn't it fun to get ready for a wedding? Parties, fun, good food -- great all around!

Thora, I absolutely love your clock! It's perfect! Your sister is a dear to think of you like that. She should go into business and sell them!

Tazzy, that's so cute about the "married" comment!

(((hugs))) to boop for your friend -- we will be thinking of her, and you, too!

Hope everyone has a great RotD!


Denise P. - Apr 25, 2006 10:43 am (#2541 of 2983)

Actually, his fingernails are black. I figured black fingernail polish is fairly harmless compared to many other things. His friends think it is nifty that his mom not only knows he has black fingernail polish but that I actually paint his nails for him.

On a website that the two boys frequent, Nicholas was Gothichaos (spelled that way) and Ryan uses Toxic Waste. Ah, I raised sweet boys.. Nicholas actually uses dark_light now I know the password they use so I check at random moments to see what they are up to.


Loopy Lupin - Apr 25, 2006 10:58 am (#2542 of 2983)

His friends think it is nifty that his mom not only knows he has black fingernail polish but that I actually paint his nails for him—Denise

Well, at least you don't have to worry about fingernail polish getting everywhere.

Nicholas actually uses "dark_light" now—Denise

I guess it's never too late to learn about life's little paradoxes.


haymoni - Apr 25, 2006 11:02 am (#2543 of 2983)

Denise - I'm sure your boys are well-adjusted and maybe they just like black, but Goth kids scare me!

I love the slimming effect of black, don't get me wrong! But I need a HUGE splash of color to go with it!

Ungrateful Son is only 12, so maybe I just haven't hit that part of growing up yet. He has already been told no tattoos and no piercings until he is completely out of our home, but I think we forgot about the black nailpolish!


Viola Intonada - Apr 25, 2006 11:38 am (#2544 of 2983)

Thora, what a great birthday present! Is it from the same sister who packed your HP books in the POD?

I have to say that hubby paints fingernails far better than I do. He says it is from years of painting model cars.

Yesterday our dog caught a squirrel. Unfortunately the squirrel wasn't dead yet, but died several hours later. I need to communicate with my dog that if he is going to catch animals he has to finish the job, because I can't stand to watch the poor things suffer. Of course, the entire incident reminded me of the Forum's conversation of squirrel gravy. (My kids said I didn't need to get the recipe)


Tazzygirl - Apr 25, 2006 11:56 am (#2545 of 2983)

Congratulations to Lizzy's brother!! Hope you have a great time at the wedding, Lizzy!

I didn't have the 15 minute rule until I got to college. I soon realized they put the extra 15 minutes in the class time so the teacher could get a full 1 1/2 or 2 1/2 hours in of teaching. I have had several teachers show up 14 minutes late or 15 minutes late right on the dot. There was only one teacher who actually didn't show up, and we all were jumping for joy, as he was a horrible teacher.

I love the clock, Thora!!

Hope you all have a wonderful RotD/N!



Finn BV - Apr 25, 2006 12:43 pm (#2546 of 2983)

Lizzy, I didn't see your post before – hmm! I think my web browser quit or something at that time, so I didn't see it. Congrats to your brother!

Few goth kids at our school, it is a bit scary. But I'll say that in the nicest way. It's the piercings and the dyed hair and the chains and stuff – one kid even has odd looking eyelashes. I'm sure it'll pass over soon, Denise.

Enjoy the RotD.


The giant squid - Apr 25, 2006 1:26 pm (#2547 of 2983)

Gasp...I've finally reached the end... You know, for the last month or so I've seen 10-15 posts per day here. I go away for a week, and when I come back there are over 240 posts waiting for me. So, without further ado, my responses:

Catherine: congrats on the Jeopardy! gig (or at least opportunity for one). Also--"perfectly horrid" isn't an oxymoron, but "wonderfully horrid" would be.

Denise: my condolences on the loss of Regulus, but it sounds like Errol came along at just the right time. Extend my birthday wishes to Nicholas; I must say you're the most understanding "goth mom" I've come across. Most just shake their heads & say "I hope it passes soon".

Speaking of birthdays, happy wishes to (in alphabetical order) azi, pottermom34 and Thora.

Loopy: lawyers + sugar =

Finn: happy Forumversary, and it's a good thing your professor relented and let you have your Friday back. (as for the "proof he's not 50" thing, who's to say he's not in adult school? )

boop: many hugs to you, and to your coworker as well.

So, you may ask, where have I been for the last week? (Or you may not, but I'll tell you anyway.) By a strange connection of factors I went to Jamaica for vacation last week. One of my favorite bands (an unsigned group that by all rights should be making millions) is taking the first half of 2006 off--except for one show in Jamaica. The wife & I looked at our resources and determined that we could actually afford to go, so we did. The fact that she's been dying to go back since our honeymoon 2 years ago may have helped.

It wasn't the most glorious trip ever--some miscommunication caused us to miss out of a couple of excursions, for instance--but overall we had a great time. The band was in fantastic form, especially since they hadn't played together in 4 months. They're one of those groups that just gels...for instance, on Saturday night they decided on the spur of the moment to play Tool's song "Sober"...reggae style. It was surreal to say the least.

In an attempt to keep this post from getting too cumbersome (too late!) I'll just mention that the band's name is -Itis (with the hyphen) and that neither they nor their website are particularly Forum-friendly.

Now, I'm off to see how bad the rest of the forum is...I'm trying to avoid the Mark As Read button, but I may have to bite the bullet.



Denise P. - Apr 25, 2006 1:56 pm (#2548 of 2983)

Heh, I do hope it passes quickly. Right now, he is goth only in the sense that he has a monochromatic wardrobe and paints his fingernails black. He can't dye his hair because the only way he can is to find a professional to do it and no piercing of eyebrows, lips, nose or ears are permitted unless a more sensitive body part is done first. Since he is not willing to do that, I am scott free so far!

I just got a flier for Team in Training, the group that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Good golly, I would love to do it but they ask you to raise a whole lot of money in a short period of time!


Viola Intonada - Apr 25, 2006 3:30 pm (#2549 of 2983)

Welcome back, Mike! Glad you had a good vacation.

Denise, good idea about the piercings. I'll have to remember that.

Finn, I for one am still not convinced that you are not a 50 year-old man. I think you are the teacher describing things from the students point of view.


boop - Apr 25, 2006 3:31 pm (#2550 of 2983)

Lizzy, Congrats to your brother.

Thora, what a nice clock.

Finn, glad your teacher changed the day, but you should have to go at all.

Mike, Wow sounds like a real nice vacation! Also you were missed, and welcome back.

Thanks for all the hugs and the prayers.

hugs always

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Catherine - Apr 25, 2006 3:42 pm (#2551 of 2983)

I just got a flier for Team in Training, the group that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Good golly, I would love to do it but they ask you to raise a whole lot of money in a short period of time! –Denise

I will investigate this, and get back to you, Denise. I confess to being intrigued....

Recently, I gave extra credit to students who participated in a blood marrow drive for a seriously ill kindergarten teacher who has myelogenous leukemia. It was extra difficult because she is an ethnic minority, and that can mean trouble in finding a match. I am pleased to say that my efforts did help student groups to recognize this need (the gospel choir and some Greek organizations got involved).

Can you email me a link?


Finn BV - Apr 25, 2006 4:30 pm (#2552 of 2983)

Welcome back Mike! Glad you enjoyed (?) your time. (I suppose saying that is just out of habit. Glad you took some time off from work, I'll say.)

Finn, glad your teacher changed the day, but you should have to go at all. –boop

I suppose you mean that I shouldn't have to go at all, but yes, I'm happy anyway. ((HUGS))

In more school-related incidents, I found out my chorus teacher abruptly resigned last week, and I suppose he found another job, because so far as I know he was well-liked and he did not do anything unprofessional. Weird. Six weeks left (or less!) of school. Anyway.

Enjoy the RotD all.


The giant squid - Apr 25, 2006 4:35 pm (#2553 of 2983)

no piercing of eyebrows, lips, nose or ears are permitted unless a more sensitive body part is done first.--Denise P.[

Now that is good parenting! You don't say no, you just point out how it'd probably be a better idea not to. Frankly, if that option had been given to me back in the day I wouldn't have a closed-up hole in my earlobe now. It hurts just thinking about it...



Puck - Apr 25, 2006 5:14 pm (#2554 of 2983)

Welcome back Mike!

Congrats to Lizzy's brother!

Love Thora's clock! Do you put pictures of your family on it?

My babysitter offered to fold some laundry for when I went to teach ballet. Baby was napping, so I jumped at the offer. Well, little one awoke shortly after I left. The babysitter said she tried to get back to it, but never managed it. LOL, now she understands why my house looks the way it does!

Oh, so I was listening to XM kids on the radio (as we can't watch tv) and there was a song about Harry Potter! And yesterday there was a song about Anakin Skywalker to the tune of "American Pie".

Happy RotD, Kathy


Nathan Zimmermann - Apr 25, 2006 5:45 pm (#2555 of 2983)

To all those who healing charms and the like thank you they worked wonders. We took the dog to the vet today. and that was required was change in diet and an increase in her medications. The vet she said she was in relatively good health for a ten year old dog.


Madam Pince - Apr 25, 2006 6:08 pm (#2556 of 2983)

Yay, Nathan! Wow, that is such exciting news! I am so happy for you, that it turned out to be a great day after all!!! Phew...finally a forum pet got some good news!!!

Welcome back, Mike! Glad you had a good time!


Puck - Apr 25, 2006 6:08 pm (#2557 of 2983)

Nathan, what wonderful news! So happy for you!



Thora - Apr 25, 2006 6:13 pm (#2558 of 2983)

Thora, what a great birthday present! Is it from the same sister who packed your HP books in the POD? - Viola Intonada

No, that was the other sister, who was just trying to help me. I guess it didn't occur to either of us that I wouldn't see the contents of those boxes for six months. She likes HP too, but she can't quote it like the clock making sister. When she moved in with me she had to re-read the books so she could have a conversation with me.

The clock making sister is a bit more.... well like me. I'm still the heaviest potter-aholic in the family, but she holds second place by a long shot.


Edit: Oh and my sister put the pictures on, she resized the ones she had on file from her wedding, then put these scrap-booking bubbles on top of each. It's quite a nice effect.


Tazzygirl - Apr 25, 2006 6:25 pm (#2559 of 2983)

That is wonderful news, Nathan!! I'm happy for you and your family!



Denise P. - Apr 25, 2006 6:29 pm (#2560 of 2983)

Catherine, the site is www.teamintraining.org They ask each team member to raise $1500 in about 6 weeks


Finn BV - Apr 25, 2006 6:51 pm (#2561 of 2983)

Nathan, congrats! I love magic!! Those charms worked!!


The giant squid - Apr 26, 2006 12:36 am (#2562 of 2983)

And yesterday there was a song about Anakin Skywalker to the tune of "American Pie".—Puck

That was probably "The Saga Begins" by "Weird Al" Yankovic--one of my favorite musicians. I'm a big fan of the silly.


Catherine - Apr 26, 2006 4:44 am (#2563 of 2983)

I'm a big fan of the silly. --Squid Mike

You don't say. It's good to have you back, Mike.

Denise and Loopy, my curiosity led me to find out my Goth name on two different sites. One of them was most definitely Forum unfriendly (in the EWWW! range) but I rather liked the tamer "Vampyra Everdark." It almost sounded "Rowling-esque," like something on JKR's "Wizard of the Month" calendar on her official site.

** tries and fails to imagine self as a Goth **


Marie E. - Apr 26, 2006 5:24 am (#2564 of 2983)

**strongly suspects that her daughter is the Brat Brownie in her troop**

I can't remember if I posted after I got back from Missouri. Isn't that funny? They say the memory's the first to go, eh? Well, I had a uneventful, if boring, drive across Kansas. I checked the audio version of Order of the Phoenix out from the library and that helped out a lot. Nephew is very sweet and adorable. I can't tell right now who he looks like, though he reminds me a little of Lexie. He still sleeps quite a bit. I miss those days.

I have strong suspicions that Shayla will go through a Goth or Gothish phase. Mr E and I decided together that we will let the girls do anything they want to with their hair. We will just take pictures to torment them later. I do like Denise's piercings idea.


Loopy Lupin - Apr 26, 2006 6:20 am (#2565 of 2983)

It occurs to me that perhaps some people don't know what the hey we're talking about when we reference "goth" and kids "being goth." So, since wikipedia is the best site in the universe, here you go:


My goth name using my real first name wasn't forum friendly. My goth name using "Wayne" -- actually my middle name-- was "Beautifully Chaotic."

I must say that fads seem much more complicated for today's youth. Parachute pants and Members Only jackets were much easier to deal with and getting "an" earring ("an" as is ONE)was the height of rebellion.


Winky Woo - Apr 26, 2006 6:41 am (#2566 of 2983)

Loopy, that really took me back that link. I am now listening to Joy Division. People are surprised to see old photos of me when I was 15/16 with short bobbed jet-black hair and goth make-up and Doc Marten boots! I now have long blonde hair and I have turned out reasonable sane and respectable I think

Take heart Denise, Wikipedia quotes a recent study by Sussex University which suggests that goths are likely to grow up to be doctors, lawyers or architects, and that goths are usually intelligent, refined and sensitive, and keen on poetry and books.

How is Wednesday treating everyone?

Winky X


Gina R Snape - Apr 26, 2006 8:35 am (#2567 of 2983)

Denise, not to worry. I was a goth in my teenage years and that's how I met Severus and it's not the worst thing in the world. I agree with Winky Woo, most goth kids turn to that scene because they feel different, and are usually pretty bright articulate kids looking for an alternative outlet for peers beside sports.


azi - Apr 26, 2006 9:25 am (#2568 of 2983)

Hmm, in high school I was known as a mosher (semi-goth), goth and a hippy. Not sure how they work together! I would class myself as more hippyish than goth, as black isn't my thing. I much prefer tie-dye. Many of my friends were goths/moshers though. My mother encouraged it, especially after she heard some woman talking to her daughter in disgust at my clothes - 'Ewww, how can her mother allow her to wear such things!' - (a green tie-dye top and jeans, in fact) and the daughter replying, 'she's a freak.' Hmm, wonder why I didn't like high school...

They generally grow out of it anyway...most of my friends have. I'm still wearing tie-dye.

Weird Al Yankovitch does do some very funny songs...

Back to revision...


Puck - Apr 26, 2006 10:08 am (#2569 of 2983)

For Mike -and other fans of the silly- another great "kids" group is "Trout Fishing in America". I find their CD's hilarious.

My son has his first tee ball practice tonight. My adventures of driving to various fields in my mini van begins!

Maie, I'm sure yours is not the Brat Brownie, as, from what I remember, said usually come with a Brat mother. If you were that mom, I'm sure Mike would have told us!

I was a bit preppie, I'd say. I like pink too much to ever be goth. I did have a belly ring, though, as well as 5 piercings in my ears.

happy RotD, Kathy


The giant squid - Apr 26, 2006 12:05 pm (#2570 of 2983)

   If you were that mom, I'm sure Mike would have told us!

Well, in all fairness I haven't spent that much time with her lately... Actually, of my two sisters, the other one is more likely to be classed as "bratty". She's outgrown most of it, though.

While I was never quite "goth", I did wear a lot of black in high school and college. Since I lived in North Dakota that was mostly for heat retention, though. I never did get into bands like Joy Division & The Cure, either--pretty much required in the goth scene.



Thora - Apr 26, 2006 3:54 pm (#2571 of 2983)

At least Denise's kids have a group they identify with, I wore several different styles a week. It really bugged me back then that people tried to peg me as a "type." I didn't feel they had any right to judge me by my clothes, so I mixed it up. During my senior year I stuck with the cowgirl look for a few months, to match my current boyfriend, but both the style and the relationship were short lived.

Come to think of it, I still don't fit in any of the easily identifiable categories. I guess I'd get bored with the monotony of one style. What fun is life if you don't have a sari and big silver buckle sharing your closet?



boop - Apr 26, 2006 4:51 pm (#2572 of 2983)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR APRIL 27: SARCASTIC GINNY!! I hope you have a great day!!!

hugs always



Chemyst - Apr 26, 2006 4:52 pm (#2573 of 2983)

Nathan, that is news! Good doggie.

That was probably "The Saga Begins" by "Weird Al" Yankovic--one of my favorite musicians. I'm a big fan of the silly. –The Squid
You know, enjoying "Weird Al" Yankovic songs have been one of the fringe benefits of having kids—I don’t think I’d have discovered much of his genre on my own. I’m way not silly enough.

Thora, I like your style—at least one of them.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Apr 26, 2006 5:35 pm (#2574 of 2983)

Happy Birthday SARCASTIC GINNY! WOOT! My disaster loan finally came in, now trying to figure out how to spend and invest it! Decisions, decisions!

...toddles off doing the happy dance six inches off the floor...


Finn BV - Apr 26, 2006 5:40 pm (#2575 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Sarcastic Ginny!

TBE, that's great about your loan! Go out and buy some HP memorabilia!!

We have to write an essay on Dracula in English and guess what I'm doing… Dracula vs. Voldemort! I'm so excited! There are so many connections I noticed as I read through the book, including an exact description of what we know as Legilimency. If anybody's read Dracula and has some ideas, let me know – essay due next week!

Enjoy the RotD.


Snuffles - Apr 27, 2006 12:28 am (#2576 of 2983)

Nathan, that is good news on your dog, I'm happy for you

Welcome back Squid Mike, glad you had a good vacation.

Happy Birthday Scarcastic Ginny, have a wonderful day.

TBE, that is fantastic news, whatever you decide to spend it on, enjoy it.

Have a great Thursday everyone



Good Evans - Apr 27, 2006 4:51 am (#2577 of 2983)

nathan - so pleased to hear your news,

Madam P - I did sniff at your story by the vet. I know the day isnt too long off for my own adored doggie - and I dont think I will be able to be anywhere near as strong as that family. But being positive I am living every day with her as if its a bonus.

Finn - yay on your friday result! - I'm pleased sensibility won the day.

Mike welcome back - I hear Jamaica is great fun!

Hugs to Betty, and good wishes for your friend!

happy birthday Sarcastic Ginny

TBE - if you have any money to spare, I desperately need to extend the downstairs of my house!!!! seriously, enjoy it!!!!!!

have a great rest of Thursday all

Julie x


azi - Apr 27, 2006 7:21 am (#2578 of 2983)

Happy birthday Sarcastic Ginny!

Congrats on the loan, TBE!

Ooo, I like the Dracula/Voldie idea, Finn!

Just got back from my exam. Two questions (worth 3%) I didn't know the answer to...Why is pyrophyllite known as a 2:1 mineral? and List four common arrangments of silicate tetrahedrons in silicate and silicate polymorphic minerals.

I'm going to enjoy the sun!

Have a lovely day everyone!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 27, 2006 8:20 am (#2579 of 2983)

Two questions (worth 3%) I didn't know the answer to...Why is pyrophyllite known as a 2:1 mineral? and List four common arrangments of silicate tetrahedrons in silicate and silicate polymorphic minerals.---azi

Pffft. I could list six.


haymoni - Apr 27, 2006 8:36 am (#2580 of 2983)

Silly who????


Catherine - Apr 27, 2006 8:48 am (#2581 of 2983)

Pffft. I could list six. --Lupin is Lupin

Only six??? Honestly, don't you read? she said like Hermione. Actually, I have no idea what you and Azi were talking about. Science isn't exactly my strongest subject.

I'm in a jolly mood--I think I just bought a new dining table. Won't Mr. Catherine be surprised when he comes home? We've been talking about replacing our way-too-small breakfast table for two years now. I saw the perfect one this morning, AND it was 40% off.

Retail therapy rules.


Madam Pince - Apr 27, 2006 8:53 am (#2582 of 2983)

List four common arrangements of silicate tetrahedrons in silicate and silicate polymorphic minerals.---azi

Easy -- frontwards, backwards, upside-down, and sideways. Right? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 1003735042

Happy Birthday, Sarcastic Ginny! Hope you have a great day!

Great news on your loan coming through, TBE! Woo-hoo!


Julie Aronson - Apr 27, 2006 11:26 am (#2583 of 2983)

OOhh Azi! Sounds like a mineralogy class to me!
** Sniffs and misses the old days of feeling smart in school **


Tazzygirl - Apr 27, 2006 11:46 am (#2584 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Sarcastic Ginny! Hope you had a great day!

Good luck with your essay, Finn!!

Wow, Azi! I could barely pronounce some of those words!

Did anyone watch the Recap show for LOST last night? Did any of you notice that one of the Others on the boat when they took Walt was a girl? She was the one driving the boat, and threw the explosive onto the raft. I am thinking it's the French Woman's daughter... Someone might have mentioned it when that episode originally aired, but this was the first time I noticed. Oh- and the character who plays Ana Lucia (she drives me up a wall...) has been sentenced to five days in jail and a $500 fine for driving under the influence here in Hawaii. **shaking head** Her driving record isn't perfect either- she has three speeding tickets here, and several more in California. I personally would have requested a longer sentence, but oh well.

All right, I now need to get ready and leave for school- four class days left and I am on summer break!!! Yippeeeeeeee!

Hope you all have a wonderful RotD/N!!


EDITED to include Finn and Azi!


azi - Apr 27, 2006 11:47 am (#2585 of 2983)

I wish it was that simple, Madam Pince!

Admittedly, I should have known the answer to the first from Geology lessons, but the second...nah. I vaguely read that stuff, but didn't understand a word. Both the questions were practice questions with answers provided though (teaches me to do anything but skim read!). The answer to the first is 'because it contains a gibbsite sheet sandwiched between two silicon tetrahedral sheets' while the second answer says 'any 4 of isolated tetrahedrons, single chains, double chains, sheets or frameworks'. The second answer still has me confused...

It was a geology/geog class, Julie, entitled 'The Earth: An Introduction to the Science of the Atmosphere, Crust and Oceans'.


The giant squid - Apr 27, 2006 11:56 am (#2586 of 2983)

azi, I kinda-sorta recognize the words used in your answer to #2, but their placement has me as confused as you. In other words, "Huh?"

Catherine: You "think" you bought a dining room table? That's the sort of purchase one should be certain of, in my opinion...

Tazzy, I think we did mention the female Other before, but that's what the recap shows are for--catching stuff you missed the first time. That, and I finally got to see the stuff about Locke's leg--I missed that episode so when we came back the next week and Locke was injured there was a bunch of new food, I was quite confused.



I Am Used Vlad - Apr 27, 2006 12:22 pm (#2587 of 2983)

I've been missing for a bit and it looks like I missed the birth of Coby. Oh, well. Whatever. Never mind.


Loopy Lupin - Apr 27, 2006 1:02 pm (#2588 of 2983)

Hiya Vlad! How've you been? I was wondering where you got off to. ***waves to Denise, Kim and Catherine's new table****


Puck - Apr 27, 2006 1:07 pm (#2589 of 2983)

Azi, I think I like Madame Pince's answer better!

Horray TBE! What fun decisions to make!

Fealing jealous of Catherine as a look at my mom-in-laws hand-me-down table, which is not the least bit "me".

Glad Lost was a recap, as I can't watch tv until Monday. The laundry to be folded is starting to stack up. Thinking about going to Target to buy another basket. That's my friend Jill's answer to such laundry problems. "You don't need to fold it and put it away, you just need to buy more baskets!"

Welcome back Vlad!

Happy RotD, Kathy


Good Evans - Apr 27, 2006 1:15 pm (#2590 of 2983)

Ok - now this is going to sound a little odd.... does anyone have a recipe for Spotted Dick they are willing to share that results in it being steamed in a pudding basin?

All the recipes I can find have you rolling it out, wrapping in foil or greaseproof paper or a tea cloth (?)and steaming in a steamer / pan of water.

I'm doing spotted Dick for dinner tomorrow night (by request) and we are divided on the correct way to make it. Hubby insists the pudding basin was how mum always made it!!!

oh - spotted dick for the uninitiated is a suet pudding with currents served with custard - YUM!

edit - welcome back Vlad - where have you been!!


Catherine - Apr 27, 2006 2:02 pm (#2591 of 2983)

Vlad, it's great to see you.

Catherine: You "think" you bought a dining room table? That's the sort of purchase one should be certain of, in my opinion...--Squid Mike

Gee, I must be as transparent as Moaning Myrtle. Good thing I'm not married to Mike. The "I think" was because I had my name on the table, but hadn't paid for it yet until I went home to double-check the space. So now that the store has my money, I guess I "know" that I bought the table.

I think. ** waves on behalf of table back to Loopy** Ooh, speaking of decorating, Kim, I showed the paint swatches you sent me to the store owner, who showed me some lovely fabric that I could use to recover my dining room chairs, which are so "not me." **waves to Puck in hand-me-down solidarity**

I am counting down the days until my current table, which is as battle-scared as Mad-Eye Moody, can relax in easy retirement.

Thinking about going to Target to buy another basket. --Puck

Brilliant! See how smart you get when you don't watch TV?


Detail Seeker - Apr 27, 2006 2:11 pm (#2592 of 2983)

can I resist to show off ? ...... No, I can´t.

azi, just take a few silica tetraeders and have them one by one: Thats the first possibility of the second answer. You will find that in a solution on silica acid. You can take them and make a chain out of them. Not a very likely possibility in nature, but the stuff I know as "Water glass" contains such chains.

Take a few of these chains and combine them to cover some area, then you will have the third configuaration asked for (clay contains such arrangements, though there are aluminium hydroxides in there, too.

Stack these arrangements from part three above each other, and you have the fourth part of the answer - or e.g. quartz, to put it in simpler words.

I know this is not relevant to you anymore, but who knows....


Catherine - Apr 27, 2006 2:36 pm (#2593 of 2983)

I know this is not relevant to you anymore, but who knows.... --Detail Seeker

To quote Ron in the first SS film..."Brilliant, but scary."


azi - Apr 27, 2006 2:48 pm (#2594 of 2983)

Why, thank you very much, Detail Seeker! That actually made some sense! By the way, does diamond come into it at all? All I could think about seeing 'tetrahedral' was diamonds!


Madam Pince - Apr 27, 2006 4:28 pm (#2595 of 2983)

Ah! I thought that was it! (said in a knowing "Lockhart" voice....)

Azi and Detail Seeker, too smart you are, too smart you be, I see you are too smart for me!!!!

Congrats on the new table, Catherine! Hope Mr. Catherine loves it just as much as you do! With any luck at all, he won't even notice!

Puck, fantastic idea on the laundry baskets! I have a similar philosophy on purchasing socks and underwear -- the more you have, the less you have to do laundry!

Good luck with the spotted dick, Good Evans! I can't say as I've ever had it. Sounds interesting, though. Suet, as in beef fat? Hmmmmm.... ***imagination is coming up with something that resembles the blocks of birdseed suet with berries in it that you feed to the birds...*** Haven't heard of such a thing as a "pudding basin" either. Sigh.... I need to vacation in England to brush up on my mother language....

I am counting down the days until my current table ...can relax in easy retirement. -- (Catherine)[ Is that anything like a spotted dick? They both have currents...

Tazzy, there has been some speculation as to the identity of those Lost characters you mentioned: If you took the man and woman that were shown in the "instruction film" about the Dharma project -- I forget their names, but they were supposedly the people who founded the project or something? -- and aged them about 20 years (or however long it's supposed to have been), they would look remarkably like the bearded man on the boat and in the jungle, and the woman who threw the bomb from the boat. Just speculation, of course. TV Guide magazine pulls out little clues like that occasionally and shows still pics of them for comparison's sake, and they did those two. It was pretty convincing!

I read that about the actress who plays Ana Lucia -- apparently she had a choice of fine + jail time or doing community service and she chose fine + jail. Interesting choice! Her lawyer said she was constantly getting bugged for autographs so it would be a hardship for her to do community service. Guess the inmates aren't so anxious for any signatures or something.

Welcome back, Vlad! Where have you bean? (Oh, I'm just on a roll with my voices today...)


boop - Apr 27, 2006 4:35 pm (#2596 of 2983)

Welcome Back Sam!!!!! (((HUGS))) You were missed.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR APRIL 28: GINA!!!! I hope you have a great day!!!!

Have a great RotD!!!

hugs always



Julie Aronson - Apr 27, 2006 4:55 pm (#2597 of 2983)


No. Not diamonds. They are nonsilicate, and they are made of carbon.


Puck - Apr 27, 2006 6:10 pm (#2598 of 2983)

Happy birthday, Gina! Hope Severus gets you something nice this year!

If you people aren't actually geologists, how do you remember all this stuff?

waves back to Catherine and M. Pince, as I sit here not folding the laundry.

Happy whatever!



Finn BV - Apr 27, 2006 6:47 pm (#2599 of 2983)

LOL azi, and Detail Seeker, what an answer!

Hi Vlad (Sam)! Good to see you around!

Happy Birthday Gina!!

Enjoy the RotD!

Madam P: thought you might want to call in to PotterCast (http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/#article:8620) – their question is who else was at Godric's Hollow that night?

Tomorrow is "Middle Mania," which I explained as I was talking about my science teacher, who is now the most cheerful I have seen all year (). So wish the Blue team luck; both Steph and I are on it!! Woohoo!


Thora - Apr 27, 2006 7:45 pm (#2600 of 2983)

About Lost: The french woman's daughter was introduced this season in the episode where we found out what happened to Claire, she was the nice young brunette that forcibly dragged the drugged Claire to safety.

I was surprised at how well I followed Detail seekers explanation.  I read the coolest stuff about graphite the other day and I have to admit I look forward to going back to school and exercising my Hermione muscle a bit. It'll be years before I go back, but I fully plan on outgrowing my mommy brain someday.

Oh and go blue team![/i][/i]
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Denise P. - Apr 27, 2006 8:07 pm (#2601 of 2983)

Welcome back, Sam. How goes your running?


Madam Pince - Apr 27, 2006 8:57 pm (#2602 of 2983)

Thanks for the tip, Finn! I can always count on you to be on the lookout for info about the theory nearest and dearest to my heart! Now, if only I had the least little bit of technical knowledge and could know what to do with a PotterCast.... Don't you have to have an i-Pod or a Palm-something or a Blackberry or a Raspberry? No, wait, this is a raspberry Anyway.... I will swing by Leaky and check it out regardless!

Go Big Blue!

Happy Birthday, Gina!!!! (Well, it's almost the 28th here... five more minutes or so....) Hope you have a wonderful day with lots of great food and drink and the company of friends and that your darling Severus is feeling 'specially amorous...


Tazzygirl - Apr 27, 2006 11:11 pm (#2603 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Gina!! Hope you have a great day!

Thanks for the reminders on Lost- I forgot we had already met the French Woman's daughter. So nevermind on the one lady on the boat- wonder who she is though. And some of the Others do seem familiar- like they had met some of the survivors when in the flashback scenes. Can't wait for next week's episode!!

Off to package up brownies and sandwich wraps for class tomorrow- it's our last class meeting for this particular subject, so we are having a "Cultural Party". We have to bring something in from a culture that is fasinating to us and share it with the class, bring food in to share, and according to the teacher "wear outfits that are comfortable to dance in"... She loves salsa dancing, so we get to salsa dance. So excited. **said in an extremely sarcastic tone of voice**



Good Evans - Apr 28, 2006 1:11 am (#2604 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Gina - have a great day!

Madam P - yes suet as in beef fat (or vegetable suet - goodness only knows what that is!!). a pudding basin is a bowl - maybe 1 1/2 pints - and you steam the pudding in it, comes out round rather than oblong (if you roll it).

hmmnnn no takers - I shall have to make up my own recipe - this could be very interesting!!!!

have a great day all - hair dressers, food shopping, housework and dinner party - going to be a busy day!

oh - I went for a run this morning - a new route and wasn't sure how far it was - I ran all bar about 30 seconds of it (my shoe lace came undone) but didnt press start on my ped, I know it was about 20 minutes, but I have no idea on distance - will go directly to iron hands - stupid me!!!


jose043 - Apr 28, 2006 1:11 am (#2605 of 2983)

Happy birthday too all the pottie fans this month as well as family members.

From Josephine & Anne The Moon made me do it (Little werewolves of London) One non Pottie fan whose birthday is today which is my husband's he turned 67


Winky Woo - Apr 28, 2006 2:31 am (#2606 of 2983)
Edited Apr 28, 2006 3:08 am

Good Evans, I've not tried this one but James Martins recipes tend to be yummy UK TV FOOD
Also sending you an extra pair of hands I found at Weasleys Wizzarding Wheezes to help you with all that you have to get done to day, I am exhausted just thinking about it!(apparently the twins got the idea from Harry when he offered to put an extra hand on Malfoys broom to help him catch the Snitch!)

I am off to Majorca tonight to visit my parents who have semi-retired out there, and of course its because I want to see them, and I am NOT going for the pool, sunshine or huge hot tub! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 464751818

Happy Bank Holiday weekend to all the Brits- does anywhere else have a public holiday this weekend?

Have a great RoTD

Winky X

Edit Happy Birthday Gina Poor you Azi! I can't say that the staff will be too pleased either! Oh well I suppose you have just returned from a break whilst the rest of us have been slaving away....


azi - Apr 28, 2006 2:38 am (#2607 of 2983)

Happy birthday Gina!

Thanks, Julie! That clears even more confusion up! I knew diamond was carbon, but got confused or something...I think it''s because we did about the structures of both carbon and silica in the same lesson. Ah well, don't need to remember anymore!

Enjoy your salsa dancing, Tazzy!

'...too smart you are, too smart you be, I see you are too smart for me!!!!' - Madam P   Hehe!

Sorry Good Evans, I've never actually had/made Spotted Dick! I do have a recipe for it at home, but obviously I'm not there! Good luck with that! Congratulations on running - it's more exercise than I ever do!

EDIT - did you know Winky, that my university still teaches on Bank Holiday Monday??? I have lectures! Enjoy your holiday - I'll be envious (although admittedley is it amazingly warm at the moment...)


The giant squid - Apr 28, 2006 4:07 am (#2608 of 2983)

Welcome back, Sam...and Happy Birthday, Gina!

I saw a blurb on IMDb that Michelle Rodriguez (Ana-Lucia) is blaming the steroids in her allergy medication for the DUI. That's a bit of a stretch, but she says they made her irrational which is why she picked a fight with the cops.

I knew diamond was carbon, but got confused or something...—azi

All I know is that diamonds are forever, and that they're a girl's best friend. Oh, and they're darned expensive! Luckily my lady prefers emeralds (still expensive, but not as)



Finn BV - Apr 28, 2006 4:26 am (#2609 of 2983)

Happy Birthday to Mr. Josephine too!

Madam P, you don't need an iPod or be a listener of PotterCast to call in! You can listen through iTunes. The info is there.

Tazzy, enjoy the cultural class!

Running off to go win Middle Mania! See y'all later!

**wonders if Mike is still awake after I have slept the whole night**


kaykay1970 - Apr 28, 2006 5:23 am (#2610 of 2983)
Edited Apr 28, 2006 6:17 am

Happy Birthday Gina and Mr. Josephine!

Good luck to Finn, Stephanie and the rest of the blue team!

Have fun at your Cultural Party Tazzy and Good Evans at your dinner party!

My eldest has Prom tomorrow night. I love having so many sisters. My niece is doing her hair. My Mary Kay sister is doing her facial and another sister is doing her nails...


Loopy Lupin - Apr 28, 2006 6:52 am (#2611 of 2983)

Luckily my lady prefers emeralds. . . . . .-- Mike

Hmmmm. You really think so?

Mmmmmm....Spotted Dick........ I don't know if this helps, but this recipe at least gives you the option of using a pudding basin.


Have a great weekend everyone!


Gina R Snape - Apr 28, 2006 6:53 am (#2612 of 2983)

Aaaawww, you guys are so great! I don't come onto the chat thread that much but you still remembered my birthday!

Thanks, everyone.

Green wand sparkles for everyone.


Thora - Apr 28, 2006 7:36 am (#2613 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Gina!!!!

Interesting person this Michelle Rodrigez (continuing the "Lost" conversation). When I saw her face on "Lost" I recalled that she had played a drag racing thief in "The Fast and the Furious." She also played a tough cop in S.W.A.T., like the one she is playing now. I wonder how much of the infraction was chemical and how much of it was her being typically tough-girl. She doesn't exactly have a delicate flower reputation....

Anyhow, I should be checking on the one year old at my house who has decided she wants to be potty trained. I'm not really up to it, but short of duct taping the diapers in place she isn't giving me much of a choice. After several destroyed diapers I've given in and put her in undies. We shall see how it goes. What was that charm? Scourgefy?



Puck - Apr 28, 2006 9:21 am (#2614 of 2983)

Go Blue Team!!!

LOL Thora! It helps to cover your couch in beach towels topped with plastic painters drop cloths. (available cheap at home improvement stores.)

Personally, I enjoy most sparkly gems!

Sandwiches and Brownies? Is it the culture of soccer moms that you find fascinating Tazzy? I'm honored!

Could everyone please send some Accio charms to my premium membership? I made my payment on Monday and have been waiting all week for the upgrade. I thought it was only supposed to take a day or two. E-mail World Crossing, still waiting for the reply.

Happy RotD! Kathy


azi - Apr 28, 2006 9:36 am (#2615 of 2983)

**Sends Accio charms for Puck's membership!!!**

I got my hair cut. Although I only had 2-3 inches off to get rid of raggy ends, I still feel bald. My hair's nice and shiny though!


Madam Pince - Apr 28, 2006 9:50 am (#2616 of 2983)

Winky Woo, have fun in Majorca! Don't eat any funny whelks! (Well, those always tie together in my mind for some reason, even though I don't think it's right....)

Happy Birthday, Mr. Josephine!

Tazzy, I think you should try some of these recipes for Spotted Dick for your Cultural Appreciation thingy. Bet you'd be the only one there with that particular dessert!

Good luck with the dinner party, Julie!

I like emeralds, too. However, they are set off quite nicely if they are surrounded by a couple carats of diamonds.... When we went to the Smithsonian recently and saw the precious jewels display, there was an absolutely stunning emerald necklace there -- belonged to Napoleon or Marie Antoinette or somebody. I'm trying to remember if it was the one where the surrounding diamonds had been replaced by turquoises or not. That was not the brightest move on the part of the jeweler, I thought...

kaykay, hope everyone in your family enjoys prom night!

...she says they made her irrational which is why she picked a fight with the cops. Ummmmm....OK. "And that's my story and I'm sticking to it." I'm sure a really good lawyer could craft a fantastic defense out of that.

Enjoy the RotD!


Chemyst - Apr 28, 2006 10:19 am (#2617 of 2983)

Accio Puck's membership!

Happy Birthday Gina! Love your latest avatar– is that a nose ring? **thinks Gina must have cool friends to draw her Slytherin-y pic.**

Welcome back Sam/Vlad. ...and Thora too. 'Sorry I missed that last week.

Another thing I missed mentioning is how much I've enjoyed Madame Pince's posts this week — you have indeed been on a roll.

I like emeralds. When I was little, I wished I'd been born in May because it has emerald as the birthstone. Anyway, in the case of Mr. & Mrs G. Squid, emerald seems apropo for their wedding date.


Gina R Snape - Apr 28, 2006 10:46 am (#2618 of 2983)

I'll take some emeralds and diamonds!

Yes, Chemyst, that is a nose ring. My sketch was done for me not just as a gift but because I am now a member of Snapecast, which is a new podcast that we hope to star airing next month. I am going to be the "intrepid interviewer" chasing down artists and writers and various other folks in the fandom for interviews.

This Sunday I am going to the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Driving Lessons and Rupert Grint is slated to be there. I'm hoping to get a moment with him and maybe he'll say "Snape is a greasy git" for us, into my digital recorder.


Madam Pince - Apr 28, 2006 10:47 am (#2619 of 2983)

Thanks, Chemyst!

I was envious of those born in May who got to have emeralds for their birthstone, also. I like amethysts OK, but they aren't nearly as "mysterious" as emeralds. I picked an emerald for my high school class ring even though almost everybody was using their birthstone. I was really torn, and after I saw my best friend's amethyst I feared I had made the wrong choice, but actually I do still like it and wear it sometimes.

OK, off to finish running errands that we didn't get to finish yesterday because Little Pince had a "no-nap"-induced meltdown yesterday afternoon -- ta-ta!

Edit: Ooooo, fun, Gina! Have a great time at the premiere!


Tazzygirl - Apr 28, 2006 1:17 pm (#2620 of 2983)

On Michelle Rodriguez- she said on the news here that she was blaming the steroids for her behavior, and was taking the steroids in the first place to help her sleep... or something like that. I say sleep because the first thought on my mind when she said that was "Why doesn't she just take sleeping pills or the natural supplement of Melatonin??? And why would you drink after taking those???" Not the greatest of moves.

I love emeralds- (and they are accented very nicely with some diamonds! towards Madam P.!) and being that I was born in May, makes it even better!

Happy Birthday Mr. Josephine!!

Have fun with Middle Mania, Finn and Stephanie!

ACCIO charms to Puck! Hope the membership comes through soon!! LOL on the sandwich and brownies comment! (I can see myself as a soccer mom in later years, actually!)

Hmmmmm... Spotted Dick. There's a thought... **off to see exactly what spotted dick entails** I would definitely have everyone beat on a cultural dish... What is Sultanas? I am hoping to have fun this class- it has been my least favorite this semester, so the whole idea that this is my last class is definitely something to be happy about!

Hope you all have a wonderful RotD/N!!



Detail Seeker - Apr 28, 2006 1:34 pm (#2621 of 2983)

Just another go at the silica-diamond- tetrahedron-question, that you do not need answered, azi: the carbon atoms in diamond are arranged in tetrahedrons as the smallest self repeating structure while in silica the oxygene atoms form a tetrahedron around the Silicon atom. So you can say, both are related and I guess that is why your professor had both in one lesson.

So, let´s forget the materials scientist in me again and return to the more important things in life.


Puck - Apr 28, 2006 1:41 pm (#2622 of 2983)

Well, as I had my children in May, July, and September, any future "mother's" jewelry would be comprised of emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. That's good planning! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 2752390508

Jealous that Little Pince usually naps -even if he skipped yesterday. Diva is the same age and gave hers up a year and a half ago.

Thanks for the accio charms. You'll know they are working when you see a shiny new avatar -assuming I get figure out how to down size a picture...

Happy Weekend! Kathy


Tazzygirl - Apr 28, 2006 2:37 pm (#2623 of 2983)

I just received word and thought I'd share it with you all :

My guinea pig, Tazzy, is now an Aunty!! The newest guinea pig my mom adopted- her name is Zat (opposite of Tazzy's nickname, Taz), had two little babies this morning. My mom has only had her for about a month now, and we had no idea she had been pregnant. Mom walked into her classroom this morning, and there were two new guineas. The class has named them Zig and Zag... I wanted Fred and George, but as we don't know what gender they are yet... oh well. We now have Tazzy, Zat, Zig, Zag, and Edith. Talk about 'Z' names...



Finn BV - Apr 28, 2006 2:55 pm (#2624 of 2983)

Kaykay, hope your family enjoys the prom.

**Accio's Puck's membership** Steph gave me mine as a birthday present, and I don't know when she paid for it. Sorry!

Forgot to say it before -- Winky Woo, enjoy Majorca, and say hi to Rafael Nadal for me!

Gina, if I didn't have school the next day I would convince my parents going to the TFF would be a lovely cultural activity for that night… and oh, whoops, look, it's Rupert Grint!

Congrats to the real Tazzy on becoming an aunt!!

Middle Mania was a TON of fun today. Blue got third (out of fifth). We also got third last year, but we did win in our sixth grade year! Today was our last MM ever, since next year we'll be in high school!! Being a captain was fun since every little sixth grader pulls on your shirt to ask you if the team is winning. Overall, it was a really great experience. I'm going to miss it next year so much though!!

Enjoy the RotD everybody!


kaykay1970 - Apr 28, 2006 3:15 pm (#2625 of 2983)
Edited Apr 28, 2006 3:56 pm

I'm glad you had a good time. Finn! Be glad you are not attending high school with my daughter. She refers to the Freshman as "Ickle firsties" (Isn't it great that she loves HP as much as I do). She has driven her brother crazy this year! My daughter says to add that being an "Ickle firstie" is great fun. She misses it..


boop - Apr 28, 2006 4:21 pm (#2626 of 2983)

jose043, Happy Birthday to your husband!!!

Julie, Sounds like a busy day. I hope you have fun.

KayKay, I hope your daughter has a great time at her Prom.

Thora, Good Luck on the potty training.

Azi, congrats on the hair cut.

Kristina, Congrats on the newest member of your family.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

hugs always



Marie E. - Apr 28, 2006 4:32 pm (#2627 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Gina! I knew you'd speak up once they started talking about goth things. Enjoy your cake and Snape drink, if you still have some.

Have I mentioned how much I despise Colorado springtime? Yesterday it was 82. Today? It was 38 with alternating snow and rain.

I just blame Shayla's Brat Brownieness on forgetting to give her the ADD meds on Saturdays. Couldn't possibly be me!!

Speaking of meds, we (and I mean the Child Quest group at her school and I) decided to start Lexie on her meds now rather than waiting for August. The reasoning was that her present teacher would be better equipped to tell us how it working. Good point, I thought. One of Lexie's little friends is being tested for Bipolar. Her mom was very concerned about it until I told that I've had three Bipolar kindergarteners in the last four years. I started describing one little girl's symptoms and she said her daughter behaves in exactly the same way. I think it was reassuring for her to hear that other six year olds have gone through the same thing.

I'm walking for March of Dimes tomorrow and am not looking forward to the weather. I don't supposed there's any hope of it suddenly going back to 80, is there?


boop - Apr 28, 2006 6:26 pm (#2628 of 2983)

Marie, Sorry about your weather problems. I know its not hard to forget to take your meds. I have forgotten mine, and remember when its too late to take them. Good luck with the walk tomorrow. Sending good weather charms your way.

hugs always



Viola Intonada - Apr 28, 2006 6:44 pm (#2629 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Gina!

I tried posting last night, but the cable was down (Arrgghh). Azi, Silicon Carbide (SiC) is used in growing synthetic diamonds. It is sold on the market as Moissanite. I have a pair of Moissanite earrings, the best thing hubby has ever brought back for me from a conference. He is a semiconductor researcher using SiC rather than the typical Silicon (Si).

Have a great RotD, Everyone!


Gina R Snape - Apr 28, 2006 8:46 pm (#2630 of 2983)

Bah ha ha, Marie you know me well.

Finn, yes I agree it would have been a very good cultural event. But on a school night, it is hard to muster. I never go out on Sunday nights as it is a "school night" for me to in that I have to be up for work the next day. But alas, one of the joys of being a grown up is being able to say the heck with it sometimes and go out anyway. No worries, you have that to look forward to in a very short time! (Though it may not feel short now).

I promise to all here on the Lex that if I get any good pictures I will post them for you.


azi - Apr 29, 2006 3:47 am (#2631 of 2983)

Thankyou once more, Detail Seeker and also Viola! I love Geology...

Tazzy, sultanas are dried fruit, like raisins, just with a slightly different taste and orangey colour (I prefer raisins).

**sends weather charms to Marie**

I love Emeralds, hate diamonds. Diamonds are just so plain...need colour.

hope everyone has a great day!


Good Evans - Apr 29, 2006 3:49 am (#2632 of 2983)

ah - just the one glass too many last night - feel a little delicate this morning, but it all went very well. thanks Winky and Loopy Lupin for the recipes. I actually used the latter one, but added some suet and changed the flour to plain , so it was almost the same as the other one!!! it was scrummy.

We had a hot smoked salmon dish to start that was my own recipe, with mushrooms and chillis - it was lovely, then they demolished a 2 kg roast of beef, with yorkshire puds carrots and sprouts roast parsnips, roast saffron potatoes, and then the spotted dick and we finished with cheese and biscuits - I was pretty good on the eating - I didnt have the yorkies or the potatoes but I did have a parsnip and some spotted dick - I left the cheese alone too, but it was the wine, I stupidly opened a bottle of white and no one else was drinking it so after two glasses of red I switched to white and quaffed the lot - yes I know self inflicted!!!!

On the birthstones, I curse my bad luck - April is Diamond , so what can I do except accept the lashings of carats that I get every year **wakes up from dream world** actually the only diamonds I possess are in my engagement ring and earings that hubby bought me for our wedding day . Hmmnnn he is obviously slacking!!!

Actually I agree, I love emeralds and have a beautiful emerald necklace the hubby bought me a few years ago, I guess I need to face it I love gemstones, regardless of their colour, its the sparkle that counts!!!

Azi - I had my hair cut yesterday too, but it was only a trim as I had the major chop last time. Mine is sleek, shiny and in control - wait til I was it myself tomorrow, it will be back to a bush!!!

Finn - glad you had fun, and well done sounds like you did ok!

Kaykay - hope you and yours enjoy the prom!

congratulations Tazzy on all of those Z names!!!

off to plant lupins in the garden, and drink a gallon of water - very necessary to rehydrate!

Thora - charms to you, best of luck with the potty training (actually dont we all do that being as we are all potties?)

Kathy - accio membership charms to you

Marie - weather charms for you!

have a great saturday everyone


azi - Apr 29, 2006 3:56 am (#2633 of 2983)

Mmmm, Yorkshire Pudding...love it! It is very filling though. Hope the hangover gets better soon! **sends hangover cure**

I went into the hairdressers for a trim...came out with way too short hair. **hoping it grows quickly** Mines nice and in control too, I don't expect it to last!


Puck - Apr 29, 2006 5:03 am (#2634 of 2983)

LOL, Julie. I believe the password is abstinence. I know you dont feel well, but are you sure planting poor Remus in the garden will help?

Tazzy, horray on the new "pigs"! What fun news.

Down to the last days of no TV, the being the weekend, it may be more difficult. I'm actually grateful to have a busy weekend planned.

Last night we went to see a short play at the school. It was a few actors with some 5th graders tossed in doing a production called "Hoot". Apparently a movie of this story opens next weekend. Cute story, and it was fun watching how my son acts when around his school friends. Goes something like this;

Kay, hope the prom was wonderful. I take it you found the absent child the other day, then?

Happy weekend! Kathy


Finn BV - Apr 29, 2006 6:37 am (#2635 of 2983)

Marie, weather charms to you!

LOL Gina. It turns out we have a concert we're going to Sunday night at 8. So much for this cultural activity thing – we're already booked at the same time!

I went to bed at 8PM last night – something I have not done in a long time!! And, I didn't wake up until 7 this morning (early for a Saturday, too!), so I got 11 hours of sleep last night, because I was so exhausted. I don't know how I did it.


Finn BV - Apr 29, 2006 11:49 am (#2636 of 2983)

Hi everybody – sorry for the double post. Doing a bit of research for my essay on Dracula and:

Is it stated, and where, in the books that Voldemort never loved anybody. I know at the end of this interview J.K. states it, and I consider that canon, but I would prefer to take it from the direct source. Of course, at the end of PS Dumbledore says "Voldemort cannot understand love," but where does it say he does not love? If anybody finds it, that would be great. Thanks!


Marè - Apr 29, 2006 12:32 pm (#2637 of 2983)

Runs in late... sorry Queensday celebrations!!!

Happy birthday Gina!!!


Tazzygirl - Apr 29, 2006 1:53 pm (#2638 of 2983)

Thanks for all the congratulations! The entire guinea pig clan are doing fabulously. Sad thing though- mom's students are having a hard time pronouncing Zig and Zag, so we have to change them. Any ideas?

We had an interesting night last night. At about midnight we lost all our power. Didn't turn back on until 4:45 this morning. At 1 AM, my aunt and I went outside to talk to a policeman who had stationed himself across the road as a barrier. Turns out there was a drunk driver, and had wrapped himself around one of the electricity poles. We have no idea if he got hurt or anything. I think it will be on the news tonight. This is the fifth time in two years someone has managed to hit that one pole.

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!!



Julie Aronson - Apr 29, 2006 2:21 pm (#2639 of 2983)


What does your mom teach? Zig and Zag seem pretty simple to pronounce.


Tazzygirl - Apr 29, 2006 2:54 pm (#2640 of 2983)

Julie A.- My mom is a special education teacher.



Madam Pince - Apr 29, 2006 4:54 pm (#2641 of 2983)

This is the fifth time in two years someone has managed to hit that one pole. Hmmmmmm.... sounds to me like it's time to move that pole..... Hope the guy is all right!


Puck - Apr 29, 2006 5:16 pm (#2642 of 2983)

If they do move the pole, I'd be very careful not to stand in that spot! I, too, hope the guy is okay, but personally think it's better for the drunk person to hit a pole as opposed to another person.

Tazzy, something like Mi & Mo should be easy to pronounce. (Think of children's first words, Ma, Da, Hi, all those sounds come fairly early on in the process.)

Finn, trying to remember in HBP if DD says anything about that during the scene when he is explaining that the prophecy is not set in stone. When they talk about the "power he knows not" being love.

Enjoy the RotD, Kathy


kaykay1970 - Apr 29, 2006 5:22 pm (#2643 of 2983)
Edited Apr 29, 2006 6:08 pm

What a long day! Daughter is finally gone to the Prom. I do not have a lovely new avatar because my digital camera chose tonight to cause problems! Thankfully my sister took photos with her 35 mm. camera.

Yes Kathy I did find the tardy child sitting in the school parking lot. His friend was trying to sign up for classes for next year. I posted on the chat room thread. Should have posted here instead. Sorry!

Edited to add this for Finn: pg. 509 HBP Dumbledore says "You have a power Voldemort has never had. You can--" I know Harry says impatiently "I can love." Oops, somehow I missed Kathy's above post.

If you read the other lessons with Dumbledore and Harry in HBP you will find the reasons that led Dumbledore to the conclusion that Voldemort can't love...(small bits like He never had I friend nor do I believe he wanted one or another time Dumbledore says he thought Voldemort was more connected to the school that he had ever been to another person)pg 277 HBP is a good place to start!


Finn BV - Apr 29, 2006 6:58 pm (#2644 of 2983)

Kathy and Kaykay, thanks and good sleuthing! Didn't feel like wasting time on my essay reading a 600 page book, as much as I love Harry!


Tazzygirl - Apr 29, 2006 9:22 pm (#2645 of 2983)

You would think they would move the pole, but I guess hitting that would be better than slamming into the wall or into a person's house. I live right before a huge blind curve, so people don't understand the whole "Slow Down" signs are there for a purpose. I am glad no one was hurt- I drove by the pole this morning and there wasn't any leftovers from the wreck. I am hoping more info is on the news tonight. We'll see!

I am so excited!! I FINALLY got my GoF and OotP books back from my friend- she borrowed them almost 2 years ago. But the good thing is- they came back to me in the same condition as when I loaned them to her!

We are still thinking on guinea pig names... One of the students came up with Zat's name. Edith was named before we got her. Tazzy was all me! Still waiting on pictures to see what the babies look like. Then it'll be easier to name them.



Puck - Apr 30, 2006 5:12 am (#2646 of 2983)

Okay, so I can get here through the backdoor -entering world crossing-but can't get here through the Lexr by linking from JKR's site. Domain problems, apparently. Thanks to those who showed me the way to Potty Five Words on the Fanfiction site, or I wouldn't have known how to do the WX thing!

Finn, glad to help. Just re-read that book recently, so it was still somewhat fresh in my addled mind.

Last day of no tv. Yesterday I wore them out by going to swim and gym, church, and a walk after dinner. Today is the T-ball parade and team pictures. Tonight, I might turn on the tube a bit early can get through folding the laundry. It's been piling up.

Enjoy RotD, Kathy


kaykay1970 - Apr 30, 2006 5:59 am (#2647 of 2983)

Your welcome, Finn! I just finished rereading HBP last Sunday. So I guess it was fresh on my mind too!

Have fun at the T-ball parade, Puck family!!


Kip Carter - Apr 30, 2006 7:04 am (#2648 of 2983)

Puck, I noticed that you were able to get to the Forum through the "backdoor" because of friendships established with some of our Forum Family. Yes, the Lexicon is down! (See my thread above, *** Problems Visiting the Harry Potter Lexicon - please read! for details.)

I am sure that there are members who may not have the knowledge that you had it getting to the Forums. If I could offer a suggestion to both you and any other member of our Forum, it would be to email those friends that you have met on the Forum who do not know how to get here and invited them on board by including this link, Harry Potter Lexicon Forum (http://wc6.worldcrossing.com/webx?1@702.5ewQa07ET2G@.ef4d335), for this Forum and this link, Harry Potter Lexicon FanFiction (http://wc1.worldcrossing.com/WebX?14@@.1ddb941c), for the FanFiction Forum.

If you don't have their email address, search this thread or Forum for their username and click on their profile. Many provide their email address; however some do not.

If you find that their email is unavailable, you are invited to let our Hosts know either with an email or with a post to the thread, *** Problems Visiting the Harry Potter Lexicon - please read!, which I mentioned above; however due to time commitments that our Hosts have, they may not be able to contact the friend as soon as you may desire. I thank you ahead of time.

Attention to All Who Read This Thread: The above suggestion is open to each of you also. I am sure that those who do not know the way in will appreciate an email or possibly an instant message from you. I am sure they would do the same in you were having possible problems getting here.


Finn BV - Apr 30, 2006 7:49 am (#2649 of 2983)

Hi Kip!! Good to see you around here. Too bad about the Lexicon, hope it gets back up soon!

Enjoy the parade, Kathy, but don't jump the gun on watching TV!

Enjoy the RotD all!


Gina R Snape - Apr 30, 2006 8:32 am (#2650 of 2983)
Edited Apr 30, 2006 9:21 am

Hey, Kip. Just read about the domain name problem. Thanks for the update. Let us know if $$$ is at issue and I'd be happy to kick in some.

ETA: Kip. Looks like junediamanti posted a direct link to your post about the domain issues on the sycophant hex community LJ. I know how you feel about direct links to the forum so I thought you might want to know.

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Thora - Apr 30, 2006 9:30 am (#2651 of 2983)

Wow, I'm glad I have the Forum in my favorites then.

I just hope Jo doesn't need to check a fact while it's down (healing charms the Lexicon)



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 30, 2006 9:36 am (#2652 of 2983)

The Forum is down? **:looks around quizzically**: Maybe I get in through the backdoor as well. Hmmmm.....


Viola Intonada - Apr 30, 2006 9:53 am (#2653 of 2983)

My bookmarks, in order, are: The Lexicon, JKR's site, the Forum and the Fanfiction site. I love bookmarks. I don't know if I would be able to find half my sites again without them.


azi - Apr 30, 2006 9:55 am (#2654 of 2983)

I concur, Viola!

**healing charms to the Lexicon!**


Denise P. - Apr 30, 2006 10:10 am (#2655 of 2983)

**:wonders if perhaps Kim needs her glasses checked because it clearly says the Lexicon was down, not the Forum****

I am sitting here with streaming eyes, headache, snuffling and sneezing from allergies. Ugh, not fun so I am off to try to nap.


geauxtigers - Apr 30, 2006 10:59 am (#2656 of 2983)

I just went to the Lexicon and its working fine for me!


azi - Apr 30, 2006 11:07 am (#2657 of 2983)

Ain't working for me! **patience**


Elanor - Apr 30, 2006 12:16 pm (#2658 of 2983)

Everything is working well for me too now, and colors and logos are back as well!

Belated Happy Birthday Gina!!! Joyeux anniversaire!


Puck - Apr 30, 2006 12:45 pm (#2659 of 2983)

Thanks, Kip! I've seen many regulars here, but if I notice anyone missing I'll try to drop them a line!

Healing charms to the Lex! (I just checked, still getting the domain issue screen.)

Weather was perfect, and we had a wonderful time at the opening day parade.

Time to see if I still have a rug under the toys and cheerios.

Happy RotD, Kathy


Tazzygirl - Apr 30, 2006 5:17 pm (#2660 of 2983)

All right, we have names for the new guineas! My Mom and I chose gender neutral names (or so we think). One is Mindil and the other is Groban. Mom and her class have this thing for Josh Groban, so they figured Groban would work. Mindil is a beach in Australia, up in Darwin. I have this thing where I name my pets after places in and around Australia- so Mindil it is! I was originally going for names from HP- but no one was big on that. How rude. Thanks for the name suggestions, Puck!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 30, 2006 5:57 pm (#2661 of 2983)

**:wonders if perhaps Kim needs her glasses checked because it clearly says the Lexicon was down, not the Forum**---Denise (being fresh)

It's all one and the same to me.


Gina R Snape - Apr 30, 2006 9:20 pm (#2662 of 2983)

Thanks Elanor.

Well, I saw Driving Lessons tonight. It was a lovely film, really funny and endearing. And Rupert was an absolute doll. I only got one or two good pics of him, which I'll post tomorrow. Can you believe, I brought my digital recorder and got Rupert to say 'Hey, this is Rupert Grint and Snape is a greasy git." and my recorder failed me!!!!!! I think I'll be tossing and turning tonight I'm so upset.

Oh well, it was a fun evening and I'm grateful to have been there at all.
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The giant squid - May 1, 2006 2:22 am (#2663 of 2983)

Marie, my condolences on the weird weather, but we've had some of our own today. It was hot (as usual--it is Vegas, after all) but calm, until about 6PM. Then there was a major windstorm for about a half hour...it even managed to knock out the power to the movie theater as well as the casino we're attached to. Yes, there's nothing I enjoy more than having to run up to the projection booth to get 10 projectors restarted before the customers get too restless. Oh, well, it's better than being the manager on the floor who has to try to keep said customers calm while I'm working my magic upstairs.

Gina, that's too bad about your recording. Clearly Severus put a hex on it, knowing full when what you intended it for. He is an accomplished legilimens, after all.



Finn BV - May 1, 2006 5:11 am (#2664 of 2983)

Oh Gina, too bad! I was in Tribeca last night for an art walk and really felt like sneaking over to the theater to see if Rupert had arrived early... At least you heard him say it, he can't take it back now!

I'm still at home since I am... GETTING BRACES TODAY!!! LOL I'm a bit scared and a bit excited... we'll see how it goes!


Marie E. - May 1, 2006 5:23 am (#2665 of 2983)

Thanks for all the weather charms. It snowed on Friday, off and on flurries, and then warmed up on Saturday to the 50's. Yesterday was gorgeous in the morning and rainy in the afternoon and evening. We really need the rain.

We bought a tree to replace the one that fell down last year. I believe it's called a Canada Red Cherry. It blooms with red leaves. It sounds pretty, anyway. Mr E got it in the ground right before it started raining.

We had company over last night and my girls got to bed late. I'm feeling so guilty about them not getting enough sleep. They're big, whiny bears in the morning even on normal days.

I'm picking up my pictures of my nephew weekend today. I'll bug Mr E about renewing my membership so I can put up pics of Cobain. He's very cute! **non-biased**


kaykay1970 - May 1, 2006 5:40 am (#2666 of 2983)

I found my digital camera problem. Whoever loaded the Easter pictures onto the pc left them in a file on the camera's memory card. So that is why the card had no memory although it said there were only 7 pictures... My sister did the 1 hour photo processing so I am happy!


Thora - May 1, 2006 6:44 am (#2667 of 2983)

Hey is the Lexicon back up? I couldn't see the pages a few hours ago and they just loaded fine a minute ago.


Tazzygirl - May 1, 2006 12:43 pm (#2668 of 2983)

Have fun getting braces, Finn!! Like I said a while ago- take Advil or Tylenol before going in! It will help immensely!

My camera always ends up not working in the times that I need it. My sympathies to Gina and Kay!

Hope you all have a wonderful RotD/N!



Finn BV - May 1, 2006 2:26 pm (#2669 of 2983)

Looks like our Lexicon healing charms worked guys!

I am wearing the braces. I am wearing the braces. I am wearing the braces. LOL, they're not bad actually. I took Motrin going in and took some Advil coming out. There's a little pain, but it's not too bad.

If you could all send some healing charms to my keyboard - STILL not working – and since your Lexicon ones worked so well, that would be great!!

Enjoy the RotD!


Puck - May 1, 2006 2:51 pm (#2670 of 2983)

whee! The Lex is back! (Though I am still without an avatar. )

Healing charms to Finn's teeth and keyboard! (And to others having technical problems.)

Mike, your theater doesn't close dow during a power outage? When I worked at one we had to, as there was no electricity to run the projectors!

My mother's helper came came! Hooray! For those wondering, I did, in fact, find a rug beneath the expansive of toys, papers and cheerios!

Happy RotD, Kathy


Stephanie M. - May 1, 2006 3:06 pm (#2671 of 2983)

Glad you teeth don't hurt too much, Finn! Your teeth will look so pretty once they come off!

Kathy, I'm glad you can see the floor! (Except I really like cheerios... )

I hope everyone's technical issues get worked out soon! My keyboard still doesn't work... I will get it replaced after finals.

Happy 75th Anniversary to the Empire State Building!

Have a good rest of the day everybody!!!

Edit:Just remember electronics and liquids don't like each other! Keyboards tend to get very angry and stop working.


Finn BV - May 1, 2006 3:22 pm (#2672 of 2983)

Ooh, happy birthday Empire State Building! I think it's older than any forum member... maybe. LOL

Thanks, Steph and Kathy!


Julie Aronson - May 1, 2006 3:51 pm (#2673 of 2983)

Soothing charms to your mouth, Finn.


Gina R Snape - May 1, 2006 4:06 pm (#2674 of 2983)

Finn, did you get the regular metal kind? Plastic ones that blend into your teeth? Or the colored ones they have now?


Finn BV - May 1, 2006 4:12 pm (#2675 of 2983)

Gina, I got metal ones for the bottom and porcelain for the tops. Everybody says that you can't see them (because they blend in with my teeth) unless I pull down my bottom lip, which is a good thing I guess.

I thought the colored ones were only colored because of the rubber bands. In any event, I don't have colored ones or rubber bands.

Julie, thanks!


Madam Pince - May 1, 2006 7:45 pm (#2676 of 2983)

Gina, what a shame about your recorder! Curses, curses, curses on technological equipment that doesn't work!!! Sounds like a fun evening at the Film Festival, though. Finn and Steph, hope your computer woes are soon straightened out....

Speaking of "straightening out" -- woo-hoo on the new braces, Finn! Hope they don't hurt too badly. They sound very cool!

Phooey on WorldCrossing for you not getting your avatar yet, Puck! Hope it happens soon!

Marie, that is some weird weather you are having! How do you keep everyone from getting sick? We keep going back and forth between having the heat on and having the A/C on here, too, but it's because Mr. Pince and I have...um.... thermostat issues. It's been getting pretty cold here at night, too, so when he has the A/C on when going to bed, it's freezing when I wake up first in the morning. So, naturally, I put the heat on. ***evil cackle***

We're going to our cabin / my Mom's house again tomorrow through Sunday, so I won't be back until then. Everyone enjoy the RotWeek!


Finn BV - May 1, 2006 7:47 pm (#2677 of 2983)

They sound very cool!

Well, I guess that's one way to describe them. LOL. Have a fun week, Madam P!


Madam Pince - May 1, 2006 7:49 pm (#2678 of 2983)

Yeah, I'm such a geek. I'm probably the only person in the world who would think braces are cool. The whole technology of it just amazes me, you know? And the fact that they can make ones you can hardly see, well that just impresses the heck out of me!


Mrs. Sirius - May 1, 2006 9:34 pm (#2679 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Gina! Happy birthday and anniversaries and congratulations on the new job and on the grades...

Finn good luck with your braces, hopefully you won't have to wear them too long.

I have missed so much lately. I have been in serious lurker mode for some time now. I went back to work and can just barely get to read through my favorite threads. Now I have been having these weird computer problems, since I don't know how to fix them we may just have to BUY a new computer! Sheshh, technology!

Kip, I have been here since 2002, there is a secret way in and I never heard of it????

Edit: Question if I get a new computer, can anyone tell what will happen to my certificates earned at the JKR site? Will lose them? is there any way to transfer the cookies from my current computer to a new one?


The giant squid - May 2, 2006 12:27 am (#2680 of 2983)

Mike, your theater doesn't close down during a power outage?—Puck

We probably would if it were a long-term outage. Our power was only off for a few seconds--just long enough for everything to shut down. Since we're connected to one of the casinos the backup generators are pretty good. Don't want those slot machines shutting down, now do we?

Welcome to the world of orthodontia, Finn. The pain won't be too bad now, but wait until you go in for an adjustment... I'm convinced that orthodontic schools select for sadistic tendencies.

Mrs. Sirius: technically, there is a way to transfer your cookies. Just copy them onto a disk and paste them into the new computer's cookie folder. Of course, if you've picked up any spyware or other nasty stuff that poses as a cookie it'll come along as well. You'd probably be better off just getting all the goodies from JKR's site all over again.



Amilia Smith - May 2, 2006 12:58 am (#2681 of 2983)

I'm convinced that orthodontic schools select for sadistic tendencies.


You have a talent for causin' things pain
Son, be a dentist
People will pay you to be inhumane
Your temperament's wrong for the priesthood
And teaching would suit you still less
Son, be a dentist
You'll be a success

Healing charms to Mrs. Sirius's, Finn's and Steph's computers ~~~~~~~~~~

Accio charms to Puck's avatar ~~~~~~~~~~~~



kaykay1970 - May 2, 2006 4:55 am (#2682 of 2983)

Suddenly I have a strange fear of being eaten by a large plant. Thanks Amelia Smith! HeeHee


Good Evans - May 2, 2006 7:29 am (#2683 of 2983)

son, be a dennnnntist - **sings along with Mills**  Love that show and the song!!!

I went to the Dentist today for my fillings, not too painful, but why do they insist on talking to you when your mouth is full of metal clamps????!!!! empathies and charms to Finn!!!

I then played golf - and played the worst round of my life - the only way is definitely up!!!!

chuckles, have a great rotd folks


Viola Intonada - May 2, 2006 10:32 am (#2684 of 2983)

I guess it is a week of dental visits for the Forum. Yesterday I had to go to the dentist to get a filling fixed, part of it had broken off. The dentist asked if I wanted "numbed", like an idiot I said, "Nah". It probably would have been more painful to have the shots (and its never comfortable when it wears off), but there were a few moments that were quite painful. *shudders*

Mrs. Sirius, don't look at it as losing all of the certificates, look at it that you will get to earn them all back! (Which is most of the fun anyway)


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 2, 2006 1:43 pm (#2685 of 2983)

For those of you who remember the incident with the strawberries, I had another Ranger Kim incident this weekend. (For those of you who don't, see here Lupin is Lupin. Natch., "-- Chat and Greeting Thread (31 Aug 05 to 12 Jan 06)" #351, 11 Sep 2005 3:13 pm.

My husband and I were enjoying a lovely weekend sans children (thanks Mom!) and after a lovely if exhausting 10 mile walk we decided to treat ourselves with ice cream at our favorite ice cream stand--complete with farm animals! We took our ice creams off to a corner and while enjoying them we heard the geese putting up and awful racket. Since geese can be noisy on their best days we didn't think too much of it.

After finishing, we sauntered over to the animals where, much to our shock and horror, a group of girls in soccer uniforms (looks like sportsmanship was left off the practice list) and a couple of their siblings--the majority of people were in the 10-11 year old age range and the two siblings appeared to be around 6 and 9, were throwing stones at the animals. Geese, sheep, goats, you name it. They couldn't pick up the stones fast enough. And they were laughing. My blood chills just to think of it. And their parents? you might ask. Oh, well, they were too busy chatting to see what their little darlings were up to.

Mr. Ranger Kim and I starting squawking ourselves. "Hey, stop that!" "Are you throwing rocks at the animals?!" "Put that down!" Finally, one of the parents clued in, turned around and said to his oh-so-charming son, "Are you throwing rocks?" "No" said the not-too-bright cherub, stone still in hand. Then, turning to his older sister, "She was doing it too!" "No I wasn't!" she said with a puss, the rock also still in her hand. The parents then gathered up the group of hoodlums and left.

And should you be wondering, there was no "Oh, I'm so sorry, please forgive, Tommy, Susie, Jenny, Sarah, etc., etc... We don't know what could have come over them. I'm so embarrassed." People never apologize for the appalling lack of behavior in their children anymore. It's downright depressing.

Well, that's today's rant.


Finn BV - May 2, 2006 1:54 pm (#2686 of 2983)

That was an entertaining read, Kim. Thanks! How awful.

Healing charms to all our members who have visited the dentist or with computer problems!


haymoni - May 2, 2006 2:02 pm (#2687 of 2983)

Healing charms to the animals!!!


Stephanie M. - May 2, 2006 2:37 pm (#2688 of 2983)

Oh, those poor Animals!

Healing charms to everyone and everything!

Good weather charms to Marie, and anyone else that has been having weird weather!

I love going to the dentist. I hate going to the doctor. I don't mind going to the eye doctor either... I also enjoy broccoli.

Have a good RotD!


azi - May 2, 2006 2:43 pm (#2689 of 2983)

I fully admit to hating geese, but I would *never* throw anything at them (I run away/avoid them). Disgusting behaviour.

Eeek, fillings without a numbed mouth? Couldn't do that...

Ack, what a day! First, I had fieldwork all day which involved measuring the circumference, elevation and identifying over 100 trees. This was somewhat hindered by 3 of the 4 males I was working with, who felt their time was better spent using the clinometer to pretend to shoot each other, canes to hit each other, and generally arguing and chasing each other. I can forgive some of this, since we're all stressing out about the looming maths exam on Thursday, but after 4 nights of bad sleep and your own stress on top, I did get ever so slightly annoyed!

After this, the group got together to revise maths, since 3 of us had no idea what to do. Three and a half hours later, I'd been given a crash course in factorising, simultaneous equations and the product, quotient, chain and power rules of differentiation. Naturally, I am now shattered, except I can't sleep and it sounds like my floor are having another loud night! I am, however, extremely grateful to my friends for helping me with maths and tomorrow I'll be helping them learn statistics (which I can do better than them). I'm hoping my rather erratic mood swings and tiredness will improve rapidly after the exam.

Hope everyone has a relaxing day!


Puck - May 2, 2006 3:14 pm (#2690 of 2983)

happy dance while chanting "Red Sox beat the Yankees!" Take that Johnny Damon! (For those who don't know, Damon was one of our players who left to join the rival team. Kind of like if Hagrid suddenly up and became a DE. (in no way implying Yankees are as bad as Death Eaters. )

On the subject of baseball, son's first game cancelled due to rain.

Kim, thanks for speaking up! I once had to do the same for a foul-mouthed pre-teen throwing rocks at the most beautiful butterfly I had ever seen. Her excuse was she thought it was bird. Yeah, like that's better. Mom was very busy sunbathing. I do promise you that when my boy -then age three- bit a stranger's child in the picture place at the mall, I was properly mortified, apologized profusely, and did not allow cartoons for several days!

Thanks, Madame Pince! Kip has sweetly offered to get involved on my behalf. *waves to Kip* Hopefully will be resolved soon.

My diva just had her first dental appointment last week. She did great!

Best of luck with the exams, Azi!

Happy RotD! Kathy


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 2, 2006 4:55 pm (#2691 of 2983)

Kim, thanks for speaking up!---Puck

LOL Speaking up has never been my problem.

I do promise you that when my boy -then age three- bit a stranger's child in the picture place at the mall, I was properly mortified, apologized profusely, and did not allow cartoons for several days!---Puck

I stand corrected. See? That's all I want. A little parental mortification. Is that too much to ask?

In the interest of full disclosure, I need a filling replaced and I've put it off for several months. I can't say that reading the chat thread the past few days is making me any more inclined to schedule it.

It's American Idol night and since my kids never throw stones at other living creatures I'm gonna let them stay up past their bedtime and watch it.

**: starts chanting 'come on Elliot, come on Elliot, come on Elliot' **:


boop - May 2, 2006 5:00 pm (#2692 of 2983)

Kim, what a sad thing for those animals to go through.

Best of Luck to anyone with finals or papers due.

Tomorrow I start working 13 days straight of overtime. The student have to be out Saturday at 4pm. Then we have to get the buildings turned over for summer camps.

Have a great RotD!

hugs always



Finn BV - May 2, 2006 6:03 pm (#2693 of 2983)

Boop, I looked in your profile to see what school you were talking about and I see that you work at penn! Stephanie's sister will be heading off to penn for the next school year, wouldn't that be cool if you got to meet her! LOL

Just wanted to thank Chemyst publicly for her "addition" to my avatar.

Kim, the *dentist* is fine. I never hurt going in, during, or coming out of the dentist. It's just the soreness of the braces on my tongue. I had a filling once, it was (I recall, but I could be wrong... haha) relatively painless.


Tazzygirl - May 2, 2006 6:08 pm (#2694 of 2983)

Healing charms to computers and people and animals.

I have one more class this week, and one final test day next week, and I then I am on summer break!!! Yippeee!

Have a fabulous RotD/N everyone!



Viola Intonada - May 2, 2006 7:21 pm (#2695 of 2983)

Kim, all I have to say is that the longer you wait to get your filling fixed the worse it's going to be. If you can stand up to misbehaving children that are not yours.... (Great job in doing so )

I'm a wimp when it comes to other people’s children (remember I am the Aid, not the Teacher) Discipline seems to be taking a back seat to other things these days. I see kids doing things that I would have never thought of doing when I was their age. I'm sure my parents said the same thing about my generation, too.


Loopy Lupin - May 3, 2006 5:49 am (#2696 of 2983)

Kim, thanks for speaking up!---Puck

LOL Speaking up has never been my problem. – Kim

You can say that again.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 3, 2006 6:10 am (#2697 of 2983)

You can say that again.---Loopy Lupin (the wallflower)

Oh, hush.


haymoni - May 3, 2006 6:37 am (#2698 of 2983)

Hey all!

We've had a break-through at our house!!

Hubby actually read some of Sorcerer's Stone to The Beautifulest One last night!

I was in our bedroom and I heard her ask for him to read to her and he picked up right where we left off - "Quidditch".

She fell asleep right after Lee's first commentary, but HUBBY ACTUALL READ SOME OF THE BOOK!!!

I'm going to go post this on the "Significant Others" thread!


Thora - May 3, 2006 6:40 am (#2699 of 2983)


I think if I'd caught my kids throwing rocks at geese they would have at least stood with their noses to a tree for a while.

I'm constantly getting congratulated by little old ladies for disciplining my kids in public, but that's really more of a sign of how wild my kids are than how good of a parent I am, isn't it? lol.

There are for to many Vernon and Petunia like couples in the world, in my mind anyway.


Edit: Congrats haymoni! I'll never forget the way it felt when my hubby first showed interest in shareing HP with me.


Tazzygirl - May 3, 2006 1:41 pm (#2700 of 2983)

I am so excited. I'm literally jumping off the walls. I received my letter today from the College of Education up at the University of Hawaii- I GOT ACCEPTED!!! YIPPPEEEEEE!

Butterbeers for all! Hugs for all!

Hope you all have a wonderfully fantastic RotD/N!!!

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azi - May 3, 2006 1:44 pm (#2701 of 2983)

Yey, go Tazzy! Well done!

Congratulations, Haymoni! Persistence pays off!


Snuffles - May 3, 2006 1:46 pm (#2702 of 2983)

Way to go haymoni don't think I will ever achieve that!!

Congratulations Tazzy, I'm really please for you

Have a good day/night everyone



haymoni - May 3, 2006 1:52 pm (#2703 of 2983)

Congrats, Tazzy!


kaykay1970 - May 3, 2006 2:03 pm (#2704 of 2983)

Congratulations Tazzy!!


Finn BV - May 3, 2006 2:19 pm (#2705 of 2983)

Tazzy, fantastic!! That's great, good luck!

Haymoni, that's also wonderful news. Seems like our forum members are having good days!

Enjoy the RotD all!


Catherine - May 3, 2006 2:56 pm (#2706 of 2983)

A little parental mortification. Is that too much to ask?--Lupin is Lupin

Not in my book. There SHOULD plenty of it to go around, I tell ya. I just wish we had a license plate for the little Ted Bundy wanna-be types whose animal torture you interrupted in such a timely manner. Just so we can alert the neighborhood watch folk.

I've experienced my own bouts of parental mortification, and I daresay that trend shall continue, if history repeats itself as it is wont to do.

I gave my last two exams today. HURRAY FOR ME!

Congrats to Tazzy--you must feel so relieved and happy!

** waves to Loopy the "wallflower" **


Tazzygirl - May 3, 2006 3:18 pm (#2707 of 2983)

Thanks everybody!

I feel immensely relieved- I was starting to think I'd have to find a different University to apply to. The letters were supposed to be mailed out a couple weeks ago. My friend called to see if I had received a letter yet, because she just got hers this morning too. Very exciting. So I now officially have 2 years before I finally graduate. Whoo-hoo!! And I start student teaching this Fall. Yeay!!!

YEAY!! to Catherine! Isn't the end of the semester wonderful?

Now I actually feel motivated to write the stack of papers (16) that I haven't really made a dent in... They are due in a week.



Thora - May 3, 2006 3:26 pm (#2708 of 2983)

16! EEK!

Quick, someone send a self correcting quill via owl!

The Hermione in me is panicked at the thought, and they aren't even my papers!



Tazzygirl - May 3, 2006 3:33 pm (#2709 of 2983)

Thanks, Thora! It is a little daunting, huh?



Catherine - May 3, 2006 4:05 pm (#2710 of 2983)

The Hermione in me is panicked at the thought, and they aren't even my papers! –Thora

Oh, dear. **fans self, and snatches the cold compress** I have had repeated nightmares during exams in which I am standing in the middle of a field, waiting to take a calculus final that I have not studied for, and in fact, did not know I would be taking.

Keep in mind that I am not taking exams, merely administering and grading them. My students' stress does rub off, I think. Definitely contagious.

I have been pleased with my students' responses to my classes. After exams, I alerted them to my Facebook account, and they have made me smile with their postings and links.

**waves to Mandy, Julie, and Finn who are on Facebook**


boop - May 3, 2006 4:29 pm (#2711 of 2983)

haymoni, Thats great news!!!

Kristina, Congrats to getting accepted. Good luck on your 16 papers.

Catherine, at least you were the one giving the exams.

Enjoy the RotD!

hugs always



Finn BV - May 3, 2006 6:51 pm (#2712 of 2983)

Catherine, at least you were the one giving the exams. –Betty

Oh, how true!!!! LOL.

**waves back to Catherine and Mandy and Julie** Catherine, you have to friend Steph, or the other way around, or something, she is the one who got me on Facebook!

Eek, Kristina, I thought 4 projects – math, history, Spanish, and English – were enough!

Enjoy the RotD everybody. I have a history assignment I haven't touched. And with my teacher, that might take a while.


Kip Carter - May 3, 2006 7:02 pm (#2713 of 2983)

Puck, you now have Premium status.


Finn BV - May 3, 2006 7:44 pm (#2714 of 2983)

Kathy, congrats on your long-awaited arrival of premium-ship!


Puck - May 3, 2006 7:55 pm (#2715 of 2983)

Wheeee! I just noticed that myself! Thanks, Kip!

Now, I just have to figure out how to downsize my pictures. I took this one from the net, so it was already sized properly.

Congrats to Kristina! Personally, I never had any doubt you'd get accepted.

Boop, hope all the work is going well. Do you get a break after all the students clear out?

We had a quiet, rainy day. I took all the clothes that baby is starting to outgrow out of her dresser and loaded in the new ones. *sigh* One kid down, two to go. *heaving sigh*

Okay, I'm going to hit the "post" button so I can stand back and admire my avatar!

Happy RotD



kaykay1970 - May 3, 2006 8:02 pm (#2716 of 2983)

Nice to see your avatar, Kathy! Congratulations!!


Puck - May 3, 2006 8:13 pm (#2717 of 2983)

Thanks, Kay!

Oh, I meant to mention I heard another HP song on XM Kids radio today. It was basically a narrative of the POA story. I was cooking dinner, and ran into the family room to turn up the music when I realized what the song was. I can't remember the name, but it did say it was on the XM Kids CD.


Snuffles - May 4, 2006 12:23 am (#2718 of 2983)

Congrats Kathy, now you can try and take the crown off Kristina on the Five Word Thread



Julie Aronson - May 4, 2006 2:06 am (#2719 of 2983)

**waves back to Catherine and Finn!** Mandy, I keep trying to add you but it won't let me! Feel free to add me if you want--my name is right before your eyes.

I get to take my Civil Procedure final tonight. Eek.

Have a great day!


Tazzygirl - May 4, 2006 2:11 am (#2720 of 2983)

Congratulations, Puck, on your new status!! I love your current avatar- very pretty! Thank you for the support!

Snuffles: ... take the crown off Kristina on the Five Word Thread. We'll just see about that! Since we have a brand new shiny Potty Five Words (Part II), I say: Bring it on!! **pats top of head to make sure crown is still safely on top** No- seriously- it will be an honor to pass it on to the next queen/king of Five Words.

I just got back from a lovely dinner with some friends from class. It was our last class tonight, so we all thought we'd celebrate.

Now it is time for me to go to sleep.


EDIT: Good Luck with your final, Julie A.!!!


kaykay1970 - May 4, 2006 3:07 am (#2721 of 2983)

Happy birthday Tazzy! I hope you have a wonderful day!!


Snuffles - May 4, 2006 3:09 am (#2722 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Tazzy


The giant squid - May 4, 2006 4:03 am (#2723 of 2983)

Congrats on getting accepted, Tazzy. Makes the commute a lot easier, huh? Driving to California from Hawaii can be a bear...

Congrats also to Puck for (finally) getting Premium status, and to Catherine for handing out her last punishment exams. is the school year over already? When I was in school we had to hold out until the end of May, and finals weren't until...well, the final days.

Then again, I've noticed kids get a lot more days off than we did (at least here in Nevada vs. North Dakota where I grew up). I'm not saying that's the reason behind the declining quality of qraduates these days, but...

Yeesh...I'm too young to be pulling "When I was their age" stuff. Someone shoot me before senility sets in.



Finn BV - May 4, 2006 4:45 am (#2724 of 2983)

Kristina, Happy Birthday!

Julie A., good luck on your finals... Civil procedure? Eek is right!!

I have a tennis meet and a piano lesson tonight, which means all my other time will have to be used doing homework.

**waves to Squid Mike who is likely still awake**


Loopy Lupin - May 4, 2006 5:38 am (#2725 of 2983)

I get to take my Civil Procedure final tonight. Eek. – Julie

Good luck with that. As my civpro professor said, and I quote, "In order to have jurisdiction, you've got to have jurisdiction." There, that should illuminate things for you a bit.

OH MY GAWD!!!! I won't engage in any spoilers or hidden text, but I can't refrain from commenting on "Lost" last night. Oh my Gawd!!!! ***waves to Catherine and Kim*****

Good luck with your tennis match Finn.


Snuffles - May 4, 2006 6:09 am (#2726 of 2983)

Loopy, Pleeeeease feel free to write any spoilers in white text, the 2nd series has only just started here and I neeeeeeeeed to know what is going on!!!!



Denise P. - May 4, 2006 6:20 am (#2727 of 2983)

**fans self**** I sure sat up and took notice on Lost last night. Did you hear the thunk as my jaw hit the floor??

Poor Sayid!! I didn't see that coming but it confirmed to me that I have always thought Kate was a sleeze. Maybe now Jack will see it. And who would have thought Sawyer would do that??

It will make for an interesting next week!

Before anyone is upset that I spoiled them, I am just having fun. I would *never* post a spoiler where it could be seen like that! **waves to Kim, who probably had a heart attack****


Thora - May 4, 2006 6:27 am (#2728 of 2983)

Happy birthday Tazzy.

Squid Mike: I'm feeling a bit old myself, and I don't even have the right yet. My much younger brother just turned 17 and I'm not adjusting well to the thought of him being an adult in 363 days.

I missed Lost last night, I know, gasp. I didn't really realise it was wednesday. The kids had me pulling out my hair until my husband got home at 11:30. The sad thing is they were in bed at 9:30 and it took me that long to de-stress. I get to drive 8 hours with them today, happy, happy, joy. Now we know why some witches are depicted as bald, they had kids.



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 4, 2006 6:34 am (#2729 of 2983)

Before anyone is upset that I spoiled them, I am just having fun. I would *never* post a spoiler where it could be seen like that! **waves to Kim, who probably had a heart attack****---Denise

You stinker! I did!


Winky Woo - May 4, 2006 7:00 am (#2730 of 2983)

Well I was scared to come and take a look knowing what a chatty bunch you guys are, but still 112 posts is a lot so I skimmed through. The down side to that is that you get some very surreal images as you speed through things Eg I misread the description of Finns Middle Mania and had bizarre images of 6th graders pulling on his skirt! What kind of mania do they have exactly at middle school? That did give me pause for thought and a quick re-read of the post! (should have been shirt!)

Happy Birthday Tazzy, (oh and congrats on Uni too) I know I have missed others so a group hug to all, congratulations, healing charms, scourgify, and concentration spells to those that need them, and especially for those in the UK I brought back the wonderful Mediterranean weather!

I'm off to catch up on the other posts....I may be quite a while...

Winky X


azi - May 4, 2006 8:24 am (#2731 of 2983)

Yey, Puck! Hope you enjoy posting loads!

Good luck, Julie A!

Oh yes, I need to start the new Potty story...now my exams are finished I might be posting more as well.

My last exam (maths) went...bad. Suffice to say that if I got full marks on what I did, I'd still only get 50%. Ah well, can't be good at everything in life!

Went on big wheel in York today to celebrate no more exams. Nice view. Then looked at trains (the wheel is part of the Railway Museum) and insisted on having my picture taken with the Platform 9 3/4 sign. Hehe!

Lovely sunny weather here. Adorable! Hope everyone has an equally sunny day!


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 4, 2006 8:29 am (#2732 of 2983)

Hey everyone!

So, I have some exciting news, but in order for it to make sense I have to catch you up on what's been going on in my life during my absence. Aaron and I are no longer together. We're still friends, but he "met" someone else and moved on. No biggie, I have too! Anyway, I'm with someone else now and we got engaged 2 months ago!!! I'm so excited!!

But that's not all of it!! I just found out yesterday that I'm pregnant! I couldn't be happier!!

Okay, I'm done gushing. I couldn't help myself! Anyway, I have a lot of catching up to do on the other threads, so Happy Belated birthday yet again to those I missed!!



Snuffles - May 4, 2006 8:35 am (#2733 of 2983)

Jenn, that is fantastic news on your engagement and pregnancy , you have a right to gush.



Julie Aronson - May 4, 2006 8:47 am (#2734 of 2983)

Wow, Jenn. Congrats!!!

Thanks for the good wishes--I need them all--my finals period is just starting...

I appreciate the clarification about jurisdiction, Loopy, it really helped. So does that apply to the jurisdictional requirements for class actions, too?

Azi, don't sweat your math exam. Do they grade on a curve? If so, you might end up with a much higher grade than you think!

* whimper*


azi - May 4, 2006 9:13 am (#2735 of 2983)

Congratulations Jenn!

Don't worry Julie, I ain't sweating! I'm not sure how they grade them, I think it's just what you got right. The lecturers might not mark them yet, as some are on an assessment strike anyway...I can wait for that result!


haymoni - May 4, 2006 9:27 am (#2736 of 2983)

Wow, Jenn!

I have just one question - the new man understands your HP obsession, yes???


Loopy Lupin - May 4, 2006 9:29 am (#2737 of 2983)

I appreciate the clarification about jurisdiction, Loopy, it really helped. So does that apply to the jurisdictional requirements for class actions, too? – Julie

Glad to be of service. As to your question, unfortunately you'll find that most actions have no class.


Holly T. - May 4, 2006 9:53 am (#2738 of 2983)

Hello all! Congrats and well wishes all around.

Whew, I was out of town all last week and was so busy at the convention I didn't have time to go scope out the other booths. It was the Texas Library Association convention and in the past I have picked up some HP-related stuff there but not this time.

So far this week I am behind at work (from being out of the office for a week); my son has been sick (but not sick enough to slow down, which means he is as active as usual, only grumpier and with germs); my husband has been in Dallas on business; I just found out my sister (who lives near me) is moving to California as soon as school gets out; my son has been officially diagnosed as dyslexic and we have a meeting at the school tomorrow to go over the test results; we are having a paper supply issue with the printer that does production on the journal I work for and therefore the April issue has still not been printed even though it is now May; my son's birthday is next week and I haven't sent out invitations for his birthday party (although I have threatened to cancel it--see above about grumpiness); and my parents, my in-laws, my brother, sister-in-law, and niece are all visiting this weekend--both kids have baseball/softball games and my daughter has her dance recital--naturally this is the weekend my husband will be working at a homeless shelter (he was very pleased about the timing once he found out everyone was visiting). My house is a wreck. I very much need a house elf.


haymoni - May 4, 2006 10:04 am (#2739 of 2983)

House Guests = House Elves????


Holly T. - May 4, 2006 10:08 am (#2740 of 2983)

My mother-in-law will actually be overjoyed at the idea of being able to help me clean the house. So she is sort of like a house elf. She's even short!

That sounds very mean. I actually like my MIL, sometimes better than my own mom. My son says my mom looks like a cross between Ursula the sea witch (from Disney's Little Mermaid) and Jabba the Hutt. I told him that was a mean thing to say about his Grandma. My husband says he shouldn't get in too much trouble for telling the truth.


Chemyst - May 4, 2006 10:15 am (#2741 of 2983)

Holly, just breathe.

Kudos to Denise, that was a good one! **hopes your jaw is OK**

Tazzy... after reading about your 16 papers, I had to join the queue waiting for the cold compresses, but now that I have recovered, congratulations on the birthday and school admission.


Loopy Lupin - May 4, 2006 10:18 am (#2742 of 2983)

My husband says he shouldn't get in too much trouble for telling the truth-- Holly T.

Perhaps the boy shouldn't get into too much trouble (Miss Manners would disagree and is distressed by the current shortage of cold compresses), but certainly the same rules can't apply to husbands, can they?


Julie Aronson - May 4, 2006 10:30 am (#2743 of 2983)

Loopy, I'm beginning to think that a lot of this law stuff has no class!


Holly T. - May 4, 2006 10:39 am (#2744 of 2983)

As my mom once beat my husband (back when he was just my fiance and had delivered the joyous news that we were to be wed) on the head with a TV remote control I think even Miss Manners would agree that he is entitled to say whatever he wants about her.


haymoni - May 4, 2006 10:46 am (#2745 of 2983)


And he married you anyway???

Now that's love, folks!

Or maybe he was just Confunded after having been beaten by the remote!


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 4, 2006 10:49 am (#2746 of 2983)

haymoni- While my fiance doesn't share my love for Harry Potter (or for reading at all for that matter) he lets me be with my obsession and has been known to surprise me occasionally on my return from work with a bowl of popcorn and a "Harry Potter movie night" So that always wins him brownie points.

Holly, good luck with everything you've got going on this weekend. Cheering charms for you son! I hope everything runs as smoothly as possible!!

-Jenn (<-- my face has changed with my new good news!!)


Good Evans - May 4, 2006 11:31 am (#2747 of 2983)

Jenn - I am so pleased for you, congratulations !!!!

Kristina - woo hoo on getting accepted at UOH (????University of Hawaii) - well done!

Holly T - now that is a story to remind hubby of from time to time!!! lol

May the Fourth be with you all today !!! couldnt resist.

Julie X


Elanor - May 4, 2006 11:38 am (#2748 of 2983)
Edited May 4, 2006 12:09 pm

Jenn, congratulations indeed!

Kristina, that's really great!!! Congratulations too! Edit: and Happy Birthday!!! Joyeux anniversaire!

Julie: "May the Fourth be with you all today !!!

LOL! Reminds me of a joke I once read: What is Obi-wan always telling Luke at lunchtime? "Use the fork, Luke..." (sorry, couldn't resist either )


Puck - May 4, 2006 12:07 pm (#2749 of 2983)


Jenn, what wonderful news!! Congratulations!

Holly, I'm tired just reading the post! Energy and sanity charms to you!

LOL on the Star Wars puns!

Lost is on TiVo. Will be sure to watch tonight!

I had a fun morning of bathingsuit shopping. I lost track of time, and ended up 15 minutes late picking Diva up from school. I called to say I would be late, and she played happily, not the least bit upset that I wasn't on time. I took her out to lunch to make up for it.

Beautiful day here. Tee-ball game this evening!

Happy RotD, Kathy


Tazzygirl - May 4, 2006 12:20 pm (#2750 of 2983)

Thanks for all the birthday wishes and congratulations! I tell you what, this has been a fabulous couple of days for me. Tonight I am going to dinner with my aunt and uncle and the kids to celebrate. Buca de Beppo!! Yippee!

Congratulations Jenn!!

I haven't had a chance to watch LOST yet... My aunt knocked on my door this morning and asked if I had seen it yet. When I said I didn't she replied "No way! It was awesome." Thus- I am now going to go watch LOST.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!!

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Catherine - May 4, 2006 1:16 pm (#2751 of 2983)

Holly, your post helped me see that as stressed out as I am today with submitting final grades and cleaning out my office, someone else definitely needs the cold compress more than I do. **hey, who's hogging the cold compress?? I think Holly needs it**

That said, I had an incredibly rude email from a student today. I submitted grades over 24 hours before they were due, mind you, and she sent me a note after I had submitted grades telling me to hurry up. In CAPSLOCK, no less. I wrote her the sternest email of my teaching career. Maybe she'll get a clue and learn some netiquette. **waves to Miss Manners**

I'm off to take migraine medication and head for a cool, dark room.


haymoni - May 4, 2006 1:20 pm (#2752 of 2983)

How rude and how stupid!

NEVER insult an instructor until you've gotten your grade!!

Too bad you already posted hers!

What a brat!


Tazzygirl - May 4, 2006 2:02 pm (#2753 of 2983)

I am sorry, Catherine! Hope you feel better too! **sending a bat-bogey hex to the student**

Just finished watching LOST and I have to join Denise in jaw dropping to the floor. Holy Mackeral. I'd post stuff in white, but this really is one of those episodes where you don't want to give anything away! ( at Snuffles! Sorry!) Can't wait for next week!

My goldfish is dying... I guess it's to be expected, as I tend to have bad luck with fish. I can keep alive any other type of pet, but fish and I just don't get along.



Lina - May 4, 2006 2:30 pm (#2754 of 2983)

Congratulations, Kristina! Yay and butterbeer for you! That's great news! And !

Kathy, great avatar! Yay for you too.

Belated to all who celebrated in the time that I was just lurking on the forum. I'm in the middle of the spring cleaning and doctor checking for several members of the family (nobody is sick, we just have to do the checks). As I mentioned probably a year ago, spring cleaning is the source of the wonderful feeling: getting rid of stuff. While about those medical checks we have to do, my head is spinning - have to remember all the appointments and call to make new appointments. And for some appointments, there are only few hours in the month when you can make them. If you miss those hours, you have to wait until next month...

Finn, your avatar is great too!

Belated hugs to all who were sad and had bad luck those days too.

Wow, Jenn, that's great news! I wish you all the happiness in the world!

Strengthening charms to Holly!


Stephanie M. - May 4, 2006 3:15 pm (#2755 of 2983)

Stephanie's sister will be heading off to penn for the next school year, wouldn't that be cool if you got to meet her!-Finn

The only problem with that is that my sister is going to UPenn (University of Pennsylvania... a lot of people just say Penn though). But trust me, if my sister was going to Penn State, I would have already contacted Boop and pleaded with her to get my sister a single room. **waves to Boop** My sister just sent in her top 10 room choices, the other day... (I personally don't think that she will get any of them... her top 5 were all singles and freshmen never usually get singles.)

Happy Birthday and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! to Kristina!!!! I'm so happy for you!!

Jenn, That's great news!! I'm glad that you are so happy! The new man, sounds so sweet with the popcorn and Harry Potter movie night!!

Puck, congratulations on the premium membership!!! I love your avatar! It's so pretty!

Kristina, I'm also sorry about your fish! Tomorrow would actually be the 4th birthday of my fish... but sadly, he died about a year and a half ago... LOL.

Catherine, I'm sorry about that rude student!! She obviously doesn't get the how much work you have to do since you had to grade them with a deadline! And Good job on getting them in so early! I know teachers who hand things in 3 minutes before the deadline!

Have a good rest of the day, everyone!!


kaykay1970 - May 4, 2006 4:00 pm (#2756 of 2983)

Congratulations Jenn!! What wonderful news!


Puck - May 4, 2006 4:36 pm (#2757 of 2983)

Lina! I've missed chatting with you! Alas, your evening is my afternoon, and the weather is too beautiful to stay inside and type. You're very welcome to come clean my house when you finish with yours!

Tazzy, sorry about the fish. They are trickly creatures to keep alive.

Tonight’s t-ball game was hilarious! My boy was on first base, and starting running the wrong way, coming back to get his glove. (I guess we hadn't explained you don't need it when your team is at bat.) Kids were just standing on bases, or sitting down on them, instead of running. They were various pile-ups of those attempting to catch the ball. The first baseman stood and watched as the ball sailed by. I was just hoping for fresh air, excerise, and family time, but it seems we're going to get some good laughs as well.

Oh, the avatar is the reflection of the recent eclipse on the face of the flower.

Happy RotD, Kathy


Finn BV - May 4, 2006 5:51 pm (#2758 of 2983)

LOL Winky! No, they didn't pull down my skirt... perhaps that's the next addition to my avatar. First braces, and now a skirt.

Jenn, that is fantastic news about your engagement and pregnancy! I hope everything goes well for the two of you! And we hope you'll be back around more often!

Holly, geez! I thought going hard at school for 7 hours today – without a break or lunch – was tough!

Catherine, what an annoying case of discourtesy. I hate students who whine about getting grades. Teachers have lives too!

Tazzy, so sorry about your goldfish.

Lina, great avatar to you as well! Haven't see you nor Kate in a while... hope you'll be back to full posting strength soon!

Oops, Steph, sorry! LOL.

Kathy, haha, that's funny! By the way, what an interesting idea for a picture, your avatar!

We flattened our opponent today, winning all 11 of our matches. My doubles partner and I won 6-0, bringing my record (not his, I played with a new guy this time as normal partner was absent) to 2-1 – there was a match last week that I lost that I didn't get to tell you about. Today we played at their courts, which had cracks all over and falling apart. It sort of gave a sense of their quality as a team...

I still have a ton of homework because of my meet and piano lesson – still haven't had dinner too, and it's almost 9 pm, so I'll have to steer clear of the Forum until morning! Enjoy the RotD everybody!


boop - May 4, 2006 6:23 pm (#2759 of 2983)


Congrats Jenn!!!

Kathy, I took 3 weeks off in July. So I will have some time off this summer.

hugs always



Tazzygirl - May 4, 2006 6:57 pm (#2760 of 2983)

Thank you again, everyone!

Also, thanks for the goldfish thoughts. Sadly he has officially died, and is now keeping Moaning Myrtle company in the U-bend. My friend thoughtfully told me that I should buy 5 more fish to make up for him.

Puck- it sounds like T-ball was a blast!

Congratulations, Finn, on flattening your tennis opponent!



Marie E. - May 4, 2006 7:13 pm (#2761 of 2983)

Teachers have lives? Gosh, I had no idea. (She says while ordering graduation caps for her kindergarteners)

Congratulations, Jenn!!

Holly, I bet you're relieved to get the diagnosis finally. There are so many things that can't be done until that diagnosis is final. We started Lexie on her ADHD meds last Friday and I was a little nervous about it. Once of her main attractions is her bounciness and her vivaciousness. I was so afraid all that would be dampened. No fear! She still talks a mile a minute and smiles constantly. Her teacher reports big improvements in listening and finishing her work on time. So, yay for Lexie! Meanwhile, despite meds, Miss Shayla nearly got sent to the office for being rude and obstinant in class yesterday. Her teacher called me at work and thought maybe a "pep talk" from Mom might help. Let's just say I persuaded her to get back to work and apologise to her teacher.

More weather freakiness. Today we were socked in by a horrible fog that stuck around for six hours. My class insisted on still going out for recess. It's hard to believe that in a month or so I'll be whining about the heat.

I really need to start watching Lost. I keep meaning to TiVo it. Maybe that will be my summer project.

Have to get the kids to bed. TTFN


Puck - May 4, 2006 7:32 pm (#2762 of 2983)

That's great about Lexie! To do well in school and keep her sparkling personality is the whole idea.

(in my best "mom" voice) Finn, if you're reading this, get back to work! You said no forum, yet I noticed several posts on the Five Words thread.

And now, a moment of silence for Kristina's fish.

Okay, another busy day tomorrow, so TTFN!



Lina - May 4, 2006 11:02 pm (#2763 of 2983)

Stephanie, you are so cute! Actually, you reminded me that this month would be the 14th birthday of my dog... but sadly, he was hit by a car about 9 years ago... Condolences to Kristina.

Kathy, I would love to come over to help you with the spring cleaning. The only problem is that as soon as I finish putting out the summer clothes and putting away the winter clothes, I have to start doing the opposite. And, since I have real problems with understanding the baseball rules, it is a real comfort to see that 7 yr old American boys have the same problem.

Finn, well those are the charms of spring. While I am busy with the spring cleaning, Kate is busy with going out. I hardly see her at all. Fortunately, she did something wrong and she was grounded last few days so I could remember what she looks like. It seems that the winter IS the best time of the year for an Internet life.


azi - May 5, 2006 1:56 am (#2764 of 2983)

I agree with Lina that winter is the best time for Internet-anything. Sun makes you want to be outside!

I don't think I wished you Happy Birthday yet, Kristina (which I'm very sorry for!) so...

I'm going home for the weekend today! After a slightly stressful week I need to get away. Of course, reading everyone else's stresses makes me feel I'm over-reacting! **sends stress relieving charms**

Nice days to all!


Catherine - May 5, 2006 3:39 am (#2765 of 2983)

Good morning!

I feel like a new person. I'm done with teaching freshman research methods, and will rejoin (part time) my old job teaching at the middle school today. Grades are in, my office is nearly cleaned out, and my annual report is finished. W00T!

It's a great day to substitute because it's "Teacher Appreciation Day." I could use some appreciation after yesterday! I heard that one of the moms is serving lunch to the faculty and that our classes will be covered while we dine.

The only hitch is that I'll be teaching middle school science, which we all know isn't really my thing. Oh, well, one can fake anything for a day.

**waves to everyone**


Thora - May 5, 2006 5:10 am (#2766 of 2983)

Congrats Jenn! Babies are the best, husbands are nice to have around too.

I'm beat. I've been watching a friend's son while she goes to orientation for her return to work at the hospital. He's not to much of a bother, but I'm not used to gettting up at 6:30 am. If I hadn't been up to midnight teaching our houseguest how to play "Settlers of Catan" perhaps I might have escaped this headache. Some mornings are just not designed for hosting an extra 3 year old....

I really shouldn't complain though, his presence got me out of a ticket. Apparently I had managed to slip upto 60 in a 45... oops. I had my 3 kids and the extra in the back and we were all bouncing around to the numa numa song of internet fame. Then there are lights in the rear view mirror... sigh. So I pull over, my excesive speed and the fact I was in a work zone were revealed to me, and I murmur an apology while I reach for my liscense and registration. Then the kids start making a racket, and the nice cop says, "Oh you have kids in the back?" "Yeah, four." "All of them yours?" "No..." "Well tell you what, 15 over in a work zone is a $250 ticket, but do something nice for the kids and I'll let it go."

My jaw did a Denise, but I managed to pick it up in time to say thank you.

So now I owe the kids a treat, I didn't get it yesterday because that was within the first half hour of the seven hour drive we were on. I'll have to do something inconspicuous though because I really don't want to reveal to my husband that I almost got a ticket. I'm thinking icecream and the park... afer the tylenol kicks in.



The giant squid - May 5, 2006 5:15 am (#2767 of 2983)

Somehow I missed the announcement that it was Tazzy's birthday when I congratulated her on getting accepted into the U of Hawaii. So...Happy Belated Birthday, Tazzy!! Condolences on the loss of your goldfish, but I must say I'm convinced that they are genetically disposed to going belly-up. My sisters tried keeping goldfish when we were younger and I think the longest any of them lasted was 2 weeks...

Speaking of sisters:
Miss Shayla nearly got sent to the office for being rude and obstinant in class yesterday.--Marie E.

I dare you to say, "I don't know where she gets it." I double-dog dare you!

Congrats on the sweep, Finn. Just one more way you make us slackers/procrastinators look bad.

Double congrats to Jenn! Now we know why you've been away so much.

Catherine, I'm not nearly as nice as Miss Manners; I'd take that student & smack her upside the head with a Calculus textbook (it's heavy and confusing). That and re-submit her grade...

Welcome back from Lurker Land, Lina! It's not that baseball is hard to understand, it's just that it takes so long for something to happen that by the time it does you've forgotten the rules again. There's a reason Major League Baseball is the only professional sport where players can get away with having a beer gut.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo to those celebrating such, or just those looking for an excuse to pound a few cervezas. In the US it's pretty much the same as St. Patrick's Day, with the Guinness replaced by Corona.



Julie Aronson - May 5, 2006 5:21 am (#2768 of 2983)

Happy birthday, Kristina!!! Sorry about the fish...

Catherine, that student really DOES deserve a grade change! At least you're done with them!

Thanks for the good wishes from yesterday. I lived through Civil Procedure. Now I have Criminal tomorrow. We had a Q & A with the professor, and he pretty much answered every question with a, "look at the code I give you." That was NOT helpful, unless I'm WAY too worried about knowing stuff in advance for it...


Have a great day!



Marie E. - May 5, 2006 5:25 am (#2769 of 2983)

Oooooo...how could I resist a double-dog dare?

Every year on Cinco de Mayo I take pictures of my kindergarteners wearing a giant sombrero. My class is very excited for the sombrero to arrive today.

Just a minute ago I saw some of those little ants we had to deal with last summer. There were four of them under the computer desk. Now, Mr E keeps his computer area decorated in Modern Slob. There's paper all over the floor, piles and stacks of junk all over the desk. I tidied up under the desk to see what attracted them. It was a buffet of broken M&M's, pieces of Doritos, and other assorted goodies. I have to give him and the kids a strict talk about not eating downstairs. The kids told me they saw a few in the toy room so I'll probably have to clean in there. I've been refusing to set foot in there since once I clean it they trash again.

They are having a beach party/dance at the girl's school tonight. The weather must heard about it because the fog is back. After the beach party Shayla is going to a slumber party. I'll have to think of something special Lexie and I can do together. She always wants to watch a movie, but then falls asleep on the couch. She's not much of a party animal.

Happy Friday!


Loopy Lupin - May 5, 2006 6:09 am (#2770 of 2983)

The only hitch is that I'll be teaching middle school science, which we all know isn't really my thing. Oh, well, one can fake anything for a day. – Catherine

It's easy! Just remember to always mix acids with bases.

Probably too late today, but next time, check out these easy experiments


Oooh, I also like this site too. It's not really about science "experiments" but it's still neat:


And, last but not least, you can make your own Shroud of Turin:



Ydnam96 - May 5, 2006 9:33 am (#2771 of 2983)

Hey Everyone! I've been away for a while...well not "away" just not having time to do much online or catching up on the Forum. I had to hit the magic button. But I see that I missed a lot of birthdays. I hope you all had wonderful times.


Puck - May 5, 2006 11:02 am (#2772 of 2983)

Welcome "back", Mandy!

Catherine, hope you enjoy your well-earned appreciation day. Though you'd like it better here. We have Teacher Appreciation week!

I got to play substitute teacher at the preschool today. What fun! I love being home with my kids, but sometimes I miss teaching.

Lina, I appreciate the offer, but I'm not exactly within driving distance! I'll just continue to live in an untidy house.

Good luck to all those taking exams!




Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 5, 2006 11:46 am (#2773 of 2983)

And, last but not least, you can make your own Shroud of Turin:---Loopy Lupin

Oh, I found out about that site years ago. It really is helpful. And the results are outstanding. Our bedspread always gets lots of comments.

We have Teacher Appreciation week!---Puck

We do too. **:grumble, grumble**: Back in the day, it was called a paycheck.


Tazzygirl - May 5, 2006 12:12 pm (#2774 of 2983)

Thanks for the condolences!

Puck: And now, a moment of silence for Kristina's fish.  Thank you. **bows head** LOL!!

Squid Mike: ...must say they are genetically disposed to go belly up. **Mental picture of Nemo yelling "I don't wanna go belly up!! Gill! Don't let me go belly up!!"** I've been trying to keep alive all my fish now for a little over a year. It's a running joke with my friends. And knowing that I am extremely attached to these fish (I am not really attached, I'd much rather have something furry. Rent agreement says no animals- so I must content myself with the fish. ) , I haven't even gotten around to naming them- or if I had, I don't remember the names.

Thanks again for all the birthday wishes!

Hope you have fun teaching Science, Catherine!

Thora: Phew!! I love when cops are being nice. I've never actually received a ticket before- but there was one time when I was driving with my family to Disneyland. My mom crossed a double yellow line to get out of the carpool lane (big No No!!) right in front of a cop. He pulled us over, asked my mom for her license- turns out she left it at home. The cop saw us kids in back and said 'No problem. Where you headed.' Mom answered Disneyland, and he then gave us extremely easy directions to follow and sent us on our way.

Catherine's post reminded me- I was offered a summer teaching position at Sydney's little preschool! The teachers there know I am getting a degree in teaching, so they asked if I wanted to teach for part of the summer. I might not though- I want to, but I'll be in the process of moving out of my house for renovations, and I'll be going back to California for a month or so. But it is exciting!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!



haymoni - May 5, 2006 12:13 pm (#2775 of 2983)

The Beautifulest One wrote a note to her teacher for Appreciation Week.

Dear Mrs. Calhoun,

I like you. You are nice. Thank you for being my teacher.

Love, Spencer

They are posting them in the hallway for everyone to read.

She told Mrs. Calhoun, "Don't peek!!" when she turned in the note.

Ah, kindergarteners!

By the way, she has to be a pig for her kindergarten play. She is "Curly".

Hey, Curly!

Yeah, Cue?

Did you hear about the hog with no nose?

No nose?? How'd he smell??

How'd he smell???...Terrible!!!

Any ideas where I can get some pink pig ears, preferably on a headband? I was going to try Oriental Trading, but if anyone has any other ideas, keeping in mind my Slacker Mom tendencies...

Hey Curly!

Yeah, Cue?

I lost my baby pig!

That's awful! Maybe you should put an ad in the newspaper.

Don't be silly! He can't read!

She thinks these are so funny. This ought to be a scream.


Catherine - May 5, 2006 1:36 pm (#2776 of 2983)

This ought to be a scream. --It already is. Good luck on the pig ears.

Loopy and Kim, thank you for the heads up on science fun. It's always good to go prepared. At least there is a non-painful way to make one's own Shroud of Turin. Who knew?

We had a fun day at school. The Spanish classes celebrated Cinco de Mayo, which meant that I could load up on nachos and guacamole, and drink non-alcoholic margaritas during my planning period. Then we had a luncheon complete with tons of tasty treats, and chocolate fondue for dessert. MMmm...Teacher appreciation day....

I came home to a terse message on my answering machine demanding requesting me to bring a fruit tray to Hayley's and Claire's school Monday for Teacher Appreciation Day. Grumble grumble grumble....In this case, it seems so much better to receive than to give!

Hope everyone enjoys a good weekend.


Finn BV - May 5, 2006 3:18 pm (#2777 of 2983)

Oh come on Kathy, I couldn't resist a post on Five Words! Besides, I think I aced my math test and my Spanish project, so that's good! Yay!

Thora, if only all our incidents with frustrating policemen were like that… think of all the ice creams I would get… I like nice officers. The only hitch is that I'll be teaching middle school science –Catherine

Be sure to tell them the joke about physics, or make sure you don't show up to class and then give the class a detention in the middle of the summer. Um, yeah. Good luck Catherine.

or just those looking for an excuse to pound a few cervezas. --Squid Mike

How come "cerveza" is the most commonly-known Spanish word besides "Hola"?? Sí, ¡que tengas un buen Cinco de Mayo!

Welcome back, Mandy!

I am not really attached, I'd much rather have something furry. --Kristina

Come on! You have Rinky!!

LOL haymoni!!

I think my keyboard is working again, but it's just been too annoying, so I hope to get it replaced tomorrow. Thanks for the charms, though, guys!

Enjoy the RotD!


Puck - May 5, 2006 5:02 pm (#2778 of 2983)

Sure, Finn, last night you went to Five Words, but this afternoon you all leave me hanging! No one has posted there for hours. (hint)

I used to get out of tickets, then I got this wedding ring, and suddenly I can't talk my way out of them anymore. (Not that I've gotten lots, only 2. Telling Hubby was worst part.)

LOL Haymoni! I'll have to share those jokes with my kindergartener. He'll love them! I'd say pink felt, a headband, and a glue gun. Party stores sometimes have costume stuff, but I'm not sure about Pigs.

Glad you had a great lunch, Catherine!

Tomorrow is the big birthday party at the pool. Darth Vader cake is on order, supplies purchased. Expecting a total of 15 kids. I still need to put all the goodie bags together, but otherwise all set.

Happy RotD, Kathy


Tazzygirl - May 5, 2006 5:36 pm (#2779 of 2983)

Finn: Come on! You have Rinky!!

That is true, huh? I keep forgetting about him... He almost became a pinata, right? Poor Rinky. (wait, isn't he already furry? )

Puck- I just posted on Five Words! Hope the Vader Party tomorrow goes very well!!


EDIT:I meant to tell you all: Nathaniel is now officially walking on his own with no help! Yippeee!


Puck - May 5, 2006 6:21 pm (#2780 of 2983)

Hooray for Nathaniel! What exciting news!

And thanks for going to Five Words!



The giant squid - May 6, 2006 2:53 am (#2781 of 2983)

Mr E keeps his computer area decorated in Modern Slob.--Marie E.

You say that like it's a bad thing...

How come "cerveza" is the most commonly-known Spanish word besides "Hola"??—Finn

I blame the Corona advertisers. Of course, all this talk about Spanish is reminding me of Encino Man..."El queso es viejo y putrido. Donde esta el sanitario?"

(translation for those who didn't take Spanish in high school: "The cheese is old and moldy. Where is the bathroom.")



Snuffles - May 6, 2006 5:24 am (#2782 of 2983)

Thanks Mike

I'm off to Spain in June, I shall write that Spanish sentence down just in case.....



Finn BV - May 6, 2006 6:20 am (#2783 of 2983)

Hey, Julie, we might bump into each other! When are you going? I'll be in Barcelona between the 9th and the 12th.

Yay Nathaniel!

Anybody have any good recommendations for a back that's killing me? I don't know what it is, it's just in sore pain.


Thora - May 6, 2006 8:17 am (#2784 of 2983)

Hmmm pig ears, those are hard to find. My dad is a cop and loves the whole pig joke in connection with his job, so I would have noticed if a store carried them. Walmart has pink felt, but you'd need a light shade and a dark shade. I'd also glue the smaller dark triangles to cardstock before putting the lighter pink triangles behind them, that way they'd stand up. If you make the larger triangle long enough to wrap around the headband and then glue to itself then the ears shouldn't flop as much. That way you aren't in danger of melting the headband, and you don't have to worry about if the glue will stick to the plastic. You've just made a sleeve for the headband.

Am I making sense? Probably not, this is why I can't delegate, I just can't communicate the best way to do things so I just do it all myself... I guess I need to work on that....

Well, Happy Saturday all, and congrats to Nathaniel on joining the bipedal club.



Tazzygirl - May 6, 2006 11:07 am (#2785 of 2983)

Finn- The only thing that helped me with back pain really was Advil. Hope it goes away soon!

**In my world- Advil solves all ailments.**

Have a great weekend everyone!!!



Finn BV - May 6, 2006 2:41 pm (#2786 of 2983)

Well, we've been a quiet bunch today! Kristina, thanks for the tip, I'll try it out.


timrew   - May 6, 2006 4:36 pm (#2787 of 2983)

Over here in the UK tonight, it was the premiere of 'Peter Pan' on TV....................the one with Jason Isaacs as Mr. Darling and Captain Hook.

I've not seen it before, and if you can put up with some very dodgy CGI, it's a great film. At least, it sticks a lot closer to the actual story than any film that has gone before............

I enjoyed it a lot!


Amilia Smith - May 6, 2006 4:43 pm (#2788 of 2983)

At least, it sticks a lot closer to the actual story than any film that has gone before............

This is good news as Michael Goldenberg wrote the scripts for both Peter Pan and OotP.



timrew   - May 6, 2006 5:05 pm (#2789 of 2983)

Is that right, Mills? I'll look forward to OotP, then.......


Puck - May 6, 2006 6:15 pm (#2790 of 2983)

it's just in sore pain. –Finn

You mean as opposed to a tickling pain? Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 2752390508

Do you think we'll see OotP before we read book seven? Though, even if the writer is true to the story, so much will need to be cut, or else it will be a six hour movie. (Not that I'd be against that!)

Birthday went well. The parents stayed to watch their kids, the lifeguard was great, and everyone had a blast. My son was thrilled, as he got plenty of Star Wars toys. I was thrilled all those energetic boys were not in my house.

Happy RotD, Kathy


Finn BV - May 6, 2006 7:08 pm (#2791 of 2983)

Glad the party went well, Kathy! I meant sore pain as opposed to sharp or jabbing pain!! Geez Louise! It's the type of pain that, when you feel it, it hurts but at the same time feels good, like stretching after staying out of shape for a while. Or, as the case is with me, stretching after playing some intense tennis for a while. Back's getting better anyway.


Puck - May 7, 2006 5:24 am (#2792 of 2983)

Sounds like you may of pulled something playing tennis, or just worked it harder than usual. My muscles will feel like that a day or two after a new workout. Heat will help.


mike miller - May 7, 2006 6:01 am (#2793 of 2983)

Hey Finn, I've got one word for you, jacuzzi!!! One of mankind's greatest inventions, right up there with the wheel, the micro-chip and perforated toilet paper, LOL!

Mills - What's your source for the new screenwriter? They have made such a big deal about the close working relationship between JKR and Steve Kloves that after 4 films I did not think they would make a change.

I've been away for a while, so I hope everyone is doing well. Work has been a bit "off the hook" of late and I'm not sure if it's going to get any better for the next couple of months at least. Now that Spring is here, there's so much to do outside in the yard. I have to cut the grass twice a week or suffer cuttings all over the lawn. Cutting and edging is about a 2 hour project. The gardens are a challenge since the weeds seem to have a genenic survival advantage. I spent most of yesterday spreading mulch and only managed to get to about one-third of the flower beds. I generally enjoy the yard work as I think it's good mental health activity. It's just too much of a good thing right now! The physical activity is good also; however, I will be taking my own advice and head to the jacuzzi later today.

Have a great Sunday everyone!


Puck - May 7, 2006 6:07 am (#2794 of 2983)

Welcome back Mike M.!


Catherine - May 7, 2006 11:15 am (#2795 of 2983)


Enjoy the day.


Amilia Smith - May 7, 2006 11:20 am (#2796 of 2983)

Mills - What's your source for the new screenwriter? They have made such a big deal about the close working relationship between JKR and Steve Kloves that after 4 films I did not think they would make a change.

The Leaky Cauldron. :-)  Apparently Kloves got a bit burned out on Potter and wanted to take time out to do something else for a while. However, when HBP came out, Kloves couldn't stay away. He liked the book so much that he called up the producers and begged them to let him come back and write the script for #6. Of course, they agreed. This is good news because it meant that they could have writers working on the scripts for both OotP and HBP at the same time. Less lag time between movies for young actors to grow up. :-)



Julie Aronson - May 7, 2006 12:09 pm (#2797 of 2983)

Thank you! I'll try!

Right now I'm trying to motivate myself to study for my Contracts final...Unconscionable! (contracts humor)


azi - May 7, 2006 12:31 pm (#2798 of 2983)

Happy birthday Julie A!


Tazzygirl - May 7, 2006 12:49 pm (#2799 of 2983)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIE A.!! Have a fantastic day!

I have now realized that the 16 papers are much harder than they look. 5 of these papers I have to write in textbook form- basically find sources and then copy word for word what they say on five different disabilities (This part is the hardest. Spent 6 hours yesterday on just one paper, and I haven't finished yet ). The next 5 are summaries of articles that talk about teaching strategies for each of the five disabilities. The last 5 papers are papers on including children with these disabilities in the general education classroom setting and listing 3 different ways to teach them. The last one is yet another personal philosophy. **Pulling hair out** I am really kicking myself for procrastinating on this project... I also have another paper due Tuesday, along with a Final Exam to study for.

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!!



mike miller - May 7, 2006 1:42 pm (#2800 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Julie!

Thanks Mills!! See what happens when you get behind on your Potter! I did manage to catch a couple of short interviews with the cast in support of the DVD release of GoF. Emma mentioned that they were having great fun filming scenes in the Room of Requirement. Daniel was telling about getting a cold and forcing a rescheduling of his Christmas kiss Cho. I can't remember the exact site but it was something from the BBC.
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Lina - May 7, 2006 1:55 pm (#2801 of 2983)

Julie Aronson!

Belated to Kathy's son. I'm glad that the party went well, shell we see the cake soon?

Here, Kristina, have a timeturner. I could use it too, but I decided you need it more. Just don't worry, I know you can do it!


Finn BV - May 7, 2006 2:06 pm (#2802 of 2983)

Happy Bday Julie!! Catherine, betcha remembered thanks to Facebook!

Thanks for the advice, all, and welcome back to Mike Miller!

Azi, cool picture of you!! LOL

Kristina, good luck to you. I have but 3 projects, one paper, and finals, but finals aren't for three weeks. phew...

Back to the grind! (Although I do not take responsibility for my actions if I find myself on Five Words *cough, cough* Kathy *cough, cough*! )


Tazzygirl - May 7, 2006 2:10 pm (#2803 of 2983)
Edited May 7, 2006 3:05 pm

Thanks, Lina! The timeturner will definitely come in handy.

Thanks Finn! I wish I had your homework instead of mine. Wanna trade? (Just as long as there's no math involved. ) Hope your back is better!


EDIT: change Azi's name to Lina's. Sorry!


azi - May 7, 2006 2:16 pm (#2804 of 2983)

Pst, Tazzy, the time turner is confusing you...Lina sent you it!


Puck - May 7, 2006 2:41 pm (#2805 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Julie A.!!!

Lina, thanks, but your birthday wishes for my son are actually early. We had a party this weekend as it's more convenient than doing it mid-week.

Best of luck, Kristina! Perhaps next time Hermione should make you a color coded study schedule?

Finn, if you plan a study break for around 9pm EST, I can meet you at Five Words!

We've had a wonderful afternoon playing outside in the backyard. Swings, bubbles, ball, chalk. We had lemonade and watermelon to make it a perfect Sunday afternoon. Hope the rest of you had as lovely of a day.



Catherine - May 7, 2006 3:15 pm (#2806 of 2983)

Catherine, betcha remembered thanks to Facebook!

Indeed, Finn, indeed.

I just love Facebook. My students laugh that they "hooked me." If you go on the D.I.G.S. group, Finn, you will see that my student who introduced me to Facebook realizes that he created a monster.

My students who did well in my class wrote some nice comments on my wall. It's always swell to be appreciated.

** off to study for Jeopardy!**


Finn BV - May 7, 2006 3:23 pm (#2807 of 2983)

Catherine, this is my favorite line: “ . . . and i can't wait till you become addicted to this as you are to that harry fellow....”


Catherine - May 7, 2006 4:10 pm (#2808 of 2983)

LOL, Finn.

Yes, he wrote that AFTER I explained to them how much I loathe Netspeak and lowercase "i"s. He was teasing me because he could; the semester was over, after all.

Interestingly enough, he's a "track" person, Finn, and went to a private school, also.

Strange likenesses, wouldn't you say?


Finn BV - May 7, 2006 4:48 pm (#2809 of 2983)

Catherine, da similirateez end dere. i dont speek netspeek lyk he duz.

Wow, I feel like I just posted on the Norbert is hotttt thread.

Back to work! Enjoy the RotD everybody! Three more weeks of school here, three! Yay!


boop - May 7, 2006 5:07 pm (#2810 of 2983)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIE A, I hope you are had a nice day.

Welcome Back Mike Miller.

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.


Snuffles - May 8, 2006 12:27 am (#2811 of 2983)

Hey everyone

Finn, We are only in Spain for 1 week, the 10th June to the 17th. No where near Barcelona though, we are staying near Malaga, which isn't too far from Gibraltar.

Happy belated birthday to Julie .A. hope you had a great day

We have had glorious weather for the past few days, I think Spring maybe here at last!!!!!

Hope everyone had a good weekend



azi - May 8, 2006 2:22 am (#2812 of 2983)

I agree Julie! **Looks at sun outside** I hear sunbathing after my ecology lecture! Wait, I have to buy food so I don't starve...

I just got accused of skiving a lecture. The timetable says my practical is on Wednesday rather than today, yet most people are at today's practical...(we are split up according to alphabet). Weird. Why get up early on a Monday morning when you can be already awake (due to an earlier lecture) late on Wednesday morning?

Anyway, I hope everyone has a fabulous day!


Julie Aronson - May 8, 2006 5:14 am (#2813 of 2983)

Thanks for all the birthday wishes--gotta love that Facebook!

We went to a nice dinner at a groovy little place in Ohio City, a gentrifying neighborhood in the Cleveland area. I got a really cool sculpture/mirror from Don Drumm, one of my favorite local artists, and I got to learn about frustration of purpose with regards to backing out of contracts. (It doesn't always work!)

Off to post a few more comments and then try to study some more.

By the way, great picture, Azi!!!

Have a great day!!!


Puck - May 8, 2006 5:47 am (#2814 of 2983)

Glad both Julie's enjoyed their Sundays!

Azi, when I was in college most professors didn't mind if you skipped classes, but wouldn't be kind if you asked for extra help/extentions if you hadn't been coming to class.

Going to enjoy the beautiful day. We aren't expecting another for about a week. Damp chilly weather arrives tomorrow.




haymoni - May 8, 2006 7:54 am (#2815 of 2983)

Hey all! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday night was the school carnival - they had ice cream and one of those bouncy, Moon-Walk things - I don't think that was a good mix! The Beautifulest One had a blast. I won a Family Fun night prize - a big ceramic popcorn bowl, movie-size candy - Snow Caps, Milk Duds, Nerds, etc. - $10 movie gift card, micro-wave popcorn and a Jiffy Pop!!! I made the Jiffy Pop as soon as we got home. I still get a kick out of watching that silver dome getting bigger and bigger and bigger!

Saturday, Ungrateful Son had a team Math Competition - they finished 2nd - and then we had to get him right over to his baseball game by 11:30. We went to my brother's for his son's 7th birthday - he is autistic and making great strides - he's doing multiplication already, but doesn't really talk. Grilled italian sausage with onions...mmmm!!!!

Sunday, I collapsed! I scrubbed the kitchen floor first and then got to watch the Pistons thoroughly embarrass my Cavs. Thank goodness the Tribe was on!!!

Happy Monday all!


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 8, 2006 8:19 am (#2816 of 2983)

Hey everyone! Hope everyone's weekend went well.

Julie A. and Tazzy- Happy Belated birthday!!!

I must say, it is so nice to be back on the forum and to have something to look forward to everyday when I come into work!!

This weekend was quite eventfull. The soon to be Mr. Soul Mate and I babysat his 3 year-old nephew for the entire weekend. Talk about chaos! We've watched Armani (yes, he's named after the designer ) before and he's always been so well behaved, but for some reason this weekend it was like we had his evil twin instead! I won't get into everything he did this weekend to drive me crazy but let's just say that by Sunday afternoon when we took him home, my fiance and I looked at each other and said "Are we sure we want to have a baby!?"

The one nice thing was that Armani loves the Harry Potter movies, as long as I promise him I'll fast forward through the "scary parts". So, deciding that I was absolutely not under any circumstances going to let him watch GoF (WAY too scary for a 3 year-old) we all sat down to watch the frist 3 movies. Well, by the time I had fast forwarded through the "scary parts" the only scenes we watched were scenes involving Quidditch, furry animals (no snakes, they're too scary), and Dobby! Not that I mind having to censor the movies for Armani, because it was worth it just to hear him get all excited while watching the Quidditch matches! He loves them!

Anyway, I have to go in for my first ultrasound on Wednesday. It's still really early in the pregnancy, but according to the doctor I have "certain risk factors" and he wants to keep a close eye on the baby's development over the first few months. He keeps remindin me that there really won't be anythign to see yet, as the baby is only a few cells at this point, but I'm really excited anyway!

Okay, I'm off to check the threads. Have a great day everyone!!



haymoni - May 8, 2006 8:27 am (#2817 of 2983)

Jenn - I let my daughter watch the Yule ball scenes. She really loved that, but she's 5.


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 8, 2006 8:50 am (#2818 of 2983)

haymoni, I didn't even think about that scene. Although the rock music may be a bit loud for him, he tend to cry a lot at loud noises! Thanks for the tip though. Maybe I'll try him out on that scene next time! It'll be a nice break from Dobby!



azi - May 8, 2006 9:36 am (#2819 of 2983)

I don't think my teacher would mind either, Puck, but I don't skive lessons as I don't like missing things (and I have the principle of getting the most value for money out of my tuition fees!)! I checked with other people in my class, I was right about the timetable.

We've got these fancy 'first of it's kind in the world' buses for our university route, and the ticket machines have already broken (first day of use!) so I got a free bus journey. Very pleased! Air-conditioned and very pleasant inside, with screens telling you what the next stop is.


Puck - May 8, 2006 10:47 am (#2820 of 2983)

You can still buy Jiffy Pop?! Where can I get some? I haven't had any since the 70's. (No need for those who weren't even born then to point it out. )

I never was one to "skive lessons" (love the term. Here "cut classes" is what we say), not much anyway. I had friends who would rarely attend class, then complain about their grades.

Jenn, have fun at the ultra sound. Get lots of rest. Are you feeling okay?

Haymoni, fun but busy weekend it sound like. You rest, too!

Excitement this morning at swim class. Diva was swimming by herself! Just a couple of feet at a time, but all on her own. She was quite proud of herself.

Back to 5 Words!



haymoni - May 8, 2006 10:52 am (#2821 of 2983)

Who knows, Puck! That package may have been from the '70's!!!

I have seen it in stores though - it's just easier to buy the microwave kind.

Slacker Moms Unite!!!


Finn BV - May 8, 2006 11:25 am (#2822 of 2983)

haymoni, glad the carnival was a success. Hope you can relax tonight!

Jenn, enjoy the ultrasound!!

Congrats to Diva! That sounds exciting -- I remember when I first swam by myself.

I had to present a math project today. I was partnered with a friend. We were the first people to go in the class, in a two-week span of presentations. We had an alotted 45 mintues to go, even though I knew ours would take much longer than 30. It only took fifteen, but... Anyway, I think we were really good and that everybody understood it! So, I have no more math work until the final now that we have the next two weeks of projects! Yay! Off to class!


Tazzygirl - May 8, 2006 11:35 am (#2823 of 2983)

Congratulations on your premium status, Julie A.!

We bought Jiffy Pop one year and took it camping with us. We found out that Jiffy Pop and fire don't mix. Not only did we not get any popcorn, but the entire thing was melting into an aluminum mess.

Papers are coming along slowly yet surely!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!!



Puck - May 8, 2006 11:54 am (#2824 of 2983)

Finn, isn't that the great part of going first? Everyone else is still stressing, and you can just kick back and listen.

Off to make cupcakes!


haymoni - May 8, 2006 12:09 pm (#2825 of 2983)

I think there is a warning about open flames & Jiffy Pop. I was concerned because I have a gas stove, but it worked just fine.

I think I'm going to make some popcorn tonight the old fashioned way - in a pan (with a lid of course!) on the stove. I don't have any popcorn oil, so I'll have to make do with canola or corn. Mmmm...we'll see.

Hubby doesn't have to work tonight, so I'm guessing I will be doing some sort of yard work with him. Look out for gnomes!!


Madam Pince - May 8, 2006 2:20 pm (#2826 of 2983)

Hi all -- we're back from our trip! Had a good time, and really enjoyed all the blooming flowers of springtime in the mountains -- it's cooler there, so everything that's already bloomed here is just now blooming there, so we get to enjoy it twice! (Did that make sense?) Anyway, the lilacs were heavenly.

Congratulations Tazzy on getting into the Ed. School, and also belated Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday also to Julie Aronson! (...my Contracts final...Unconscionable! (contracts humor) Oh, you wacky lawyers.... )

Jenn, it's so great to hear from you again! And congratulations on all your exciting news -- best wishes and we hope you will be very happy! (Errrr... did you ever get that tattoo? )

Puck, the t-ball games sound hysterical! I am so looking forward to Little Pince playing, but they don't start here until age 5. He will start soccer this year though. He was very excited to get his shin guards because "Harry has these!" He wants to use them to play Quidditch instead of soccer, though.

Mike Miller, welcome back! It's good to hear from you! Take it easy on the yard work and don't wear out your aching back!

Timrew, I agree with you about Peter Pan -- we really enjoyed it! (Plus I have a totally inappropriate crush on Jeremy Sumpter, but that's beside the point...) Loved Jason Isaacs final lines as Captain Hook "...done for!" He's such a great villain.

Off to watch last week's Lost episode which I taped because we were away -- sounds like I missed a doozie! ***crosses fingers that VCR worked and power didn't go out or anything*** Hope everyone has a great RotD!


Puck - May 8, 2006 3:03 pm (#2827 of 2983)

Madame Pince, so glad you're back and had a wonderful trip! Our t-ball doesn't start until 5, either. Soccer begins as young as 4, though we have done that yet. LOL about Little Pince wanting to play Quidditch! You're doing wonderfully raising him as a Harry Potter fan. Hope you get to watch "Lost".

Haymoni, you can make popcorn on the stove?!

Off to make dinner, put kids to bed, fold laundry, and frost cupcakes.



Finn BV - May 8, 2006 3:24 pm (#2828 of 2983)

Julie, congrats on your premium status. I can't imagine what sparked it…

Madam Pince, welcome back.

Everybody enjoy the cooking/baking jobs!

Finn, isn't that the great part of going first? Everyone else is still stressing, and you can just kick back and listen. --Puck

It sure is! Benefits of going first also include a one grade boost (e.g. C+ to B-, A- to A+, etc.) since we hadn't seen how other projects went!

Woohoo, I got my keyboard replaced. Now I can type my p's and 0s and )s and /s and ?s!!! Yay!!!

Edit: Congrats to Lexicon Steve for being keynote speaker at Patronus 2006!


Chemyst - May 8, 2006 4:28 pm (#2829 of 2983)

Belated birthday wishes for Julie.

Thank-you for the inspiring comment about gnomes, Haymoni. We spent part of our weekend in the North Georgia mountains and did the requisite shopping at the potteries, lapidary shoppes, and trinket stores. One stop was a little cottage garden place that specialized in contemporary relics— that is, they plant ferns in broken, artistically rusted barbeque grills and charge more than the grill cost new. They also had an adorable sign to stick in your garden that said, 'Do not feed the bears,' but again, tagged at more galleons than it was really worth. And since making folk art does not require oodles of expertise, I had decided to make one myself; until I read your post and now I think I ought to change bears to gnomes.

Oh Madame Pince! What a good memory! Yes, indeed,   …Jenn’s tattoo…

Welcome back Mike Miller. I’d been out walking in the woods, saw some deer prints, and realized you hadn’t posted in awhile. The next time I check the chat thread, there you are! So I looked at the post time to see if you were posting at the same time I saw the prints; nope, not even close. Oh well, not everything is magical.


Julie Aronson - May 8, 2006 6:14 pm (#2830 of 2983)

Well, I just got back from my Contracts exam, and it actually WAS unconscionable. The professor started us 1/2 hour late because she forgot about our entire section. There were several typos on the actual exam. There was stuff on there I am CONVINCED she tested us on last semester, and some really important stuff from this semester did not seem to be there.

Then again, I thought I did awful on her exam last time and it ended up being my highest grade (such as it was ;-|)

Thanks again for the birthday wishes...



Finn BV - May 8, 2006 6:32 pm (#2831 of 2983)

That's weird, Julie… good luck again!

Just saw a commercial for LOST and thought of all you guys! I'm watching David Blaine hold his breath for 9 minutes… it's about to begin! So exciting!


Tazzygirl - May 8, 2006 6:51 pm (#2832 of 2983)

**frantically runs to TV so as to watch David Blaine** What channel is it on?!?!?! I can't find it! I wanted to watch it too... oh well. I saw a video clip on the internet where David was talking about how his skin hurt from being in salt water for so long.

Yup! Good Luck, Julie A.



Finn BV - May 8, 2006 7:18 pm (#2833 of 2983)

Ooh, Kristina, it was on ABC. It was so nerve-wracking! (Spoilers in white)But, he didn't pass the record. It really looked like he was dying, or at least in a ton of pain… of course, he couldn't die on national television, but… Quite interesting to watch!!.


Tazzygirl - May 8, 2006 7:32 pm (#2834 of 2983)

Thanks Finn! **immediately changes channel to ABC** YES!! I didn't miss it yet! It shows here at 7 PM. **phew** (It comes in handy when you are several hours behind New York) For a second there I thought David Blaine was going to be shown live, but Judge Judy is currently showing and before her was Ellen. OK, now I can go back to my papers... sigh.



Holly T. - May 8, 2006 7:47 pm (#2835 of 2983)

Good luck with the papers Kristina!

Well, I survived the weekend, whew. It helped that both kids' games were rained out, darn. Of course the relatives were all coming to visit to watch the kids play but oh well. My daughter's dance recital was great. And, even though they no longer had the option of going to my son's baseball game, which was supposed to be at the same time as the dance recital, none of the male members of the family opted to go watch the ballet recital. Hmmm. Many thanks for the cold compress! I needed it.


Puck - May 8, 2006 8:29 pm (#2836 of 2983)

Glad you got through the weekend, Holly!

Laundry folded, cupcakes made, kids sleeping, and final episode of 7th Heaven watched. It's late, and I need to go to bed, but couldn't resist a trip to the forum to check the 5 Words thread. (What? Who? Me? Nope, still not addicted? )



dizzy lizzy  - May 9, 2006 12:10 am (#2837 of 2983)

Hi all! It's been pretty quiet over here at my place for the last few weeks. I've been reading quite a bit, both books from the library and fan-fic on the computer, as my sleep cycle is now all messed up. I'll be glad to get a job in order to go back to my normal routine.

It's now Autumn (fall) and it is now starting to get quite chilly. I've been rearranging my study and making it a bit more organised and comfortable. The fridge ended up being repaired twice and it is now going properly. I'm hoping it now runs smoothly enough until I can buy a new one. I still haven't managed to buy a new microwave, which is pretty inconvienient as it limits the bulk cooking I can do, to dishes which can be reheated in a saucepan on the stove...

Good to hear everyone is enjoying the spring weather...Happy birthday to those who have had birthdays and ((hugs)) to all those who needed/need them!



Julie Aronson - May 9, 2006 3:35 am (#2838 of 2983)

Thanks for the good thoughts about that stupid test. Next is Torts, tomorrow afternoon, with one of our most efficient professors--that should be a relief!

Have a great day!

Potty five words Potty five words one of us one of us


mike miller - May 9, 2006 5:10 am (#2839 of 2983)

Hey Chemyst - Weird how that happens. I was just thinking this morning about a friend that I haven't spoken to in a while and when I started my computer this morning my planner reminded me that tomorrow is his birthday; weird.

I'm luck to be working at home today. My wife is going to a computer training seminar today and tomorrow so I'll be putting our daughter in the school bus this morning. Since I need to be here when the bus arrives back this afternoon, it doesn't make any sense to lose the commuting time. Given the price of gas, some of us at work have been talking about working at home on Mondays and Fridays.

Have a great RotD!!!


Finn BV - May 9, 2006 5:14 am (#2840 of 2983)

Kristina, glad I could be of help!

Holly, congrats to your daughter. And, I have also at times wished for rainy weather for days when I would have an outdoors sport – if I'm too busy!!

lizzy, good to hear from you! Hope you'll be around more often soon! Enjoy your fall! (Is it actually called fall, or is it spring, but it's just cold?)

Enjoy the RotD everybody!

EDIT: Hope you can "work" at home more often Mike (aka sneaking on the Forum!! ).


haymoni - May 9, 2006 6:07 am (#2841 of 2983)

Hey all!

I did not make popcorn on the stove last night. I slacked off & used the microwave. How atypical of me!!!

I have an incredibly long meeting that starts in about a half an hour, so send some charms my way.

Glad I could help with the sign, Chemyst! That sounds perfect! How about "Professor Sprout was here." or "Watch out for dragon dung!" or "Slug! Slug!"

Mmmm...note to self...make money selling garden supplies to HP fans.

Have a great day all!


Loopy Lupin - May 9, 2006 6:15 am (#2842 of 2983)

Well, I just got back from my Contracts exam, and it actually WAS unconscionable. – Julie

Hehe! For those who don't know, that's a lawyer joke of sorts.

Congrats to Lexicon Steve!

Congrats to Jenn. How wonderful! *****waves to Kim ***** ***wonders if Catherine can stop studying Jeopardy long enough to say "Hi"!****


Denise P. - May 9, 2006 6:19 am (#2843 of 2983)

**:going back several days**: Jenn, congrats! I hope your pregnancy goes smoothly!

Jiffy Pop - I found some last year but I can't recall the store I found it in. It wasn't nearly as good as I remembered but I wish I could find it again to bring on some camp outs. Wouldn't that be cool to do for the kids? We do s'mores...with a twist. Girl Scout All Abouts work great for them since it is a shortbread cookie with chocolate on one side. I have also used chocolate dipped graham crackers.

Mike, good to see you again!

This weekend is going to be crazy, we have bridging, we have cross over, we have a district Tiger cub registration but at least Mr. Denise will be home to watch the extra kids. This way, I only have to worry about my 20 cubs, the 5 other Packs out there with us and Rhys

I am off to get a Junior uniform, go to the library and take a child to the dentist...all before noon!

Have a great RotD! **:waves to Catherine, who is cramming for Jeopardy...Miss Know It All****


Madam Pince - May 9, 2006 6:40 am (#2844 of 2983)

****Is starting the day off tired already just from reading Denise's "to-do" list...****

My sister-in-law gave us an electric s'mores-making machine for Christmas. Now, call me crazy, but doesn't that just sort of defeat the purpose? I couldn't believe they actually manufacture such a thing. I've been debating what to do with it. I may have come up with a plan, actually. This weekend is my annual "get-away-with-my-old-girlfriends" weekend, and we are staying in a suites-style hotel in D.C. and going shopping and doing sightseeing, etc. It occurred to me that we might have a fake camp-out using the s'mores machine. I'm sure it's probably in violation of about 50 fire codes or something, but it's a thought...


mike miller - May 9, 2006 9:46 am (#2845 of 2983)

Hey Denise! It's good to be back; I only hope I'll be able to keep checking in from time to time.

I don't know about anyone else, but this gap in publishing seems harder to bear than the previous ones. By the time I became involved with Harry's world, the first 4 books were out and the wait for OotP wasn't too bad. About half the wait was already over and I got to read the first 4 twice before Order.

The wait for HBP was exhausting; and, now it looks like it might be Christmas 2007 or even early 2008 before we get the last book. I'm basing the timeline on the idea that the "Money Machine" will want to space out movie, DVD and book to maximize sales. The most recent info I've heard places the release of OotP film either Summer 2007 or Fall 2007. If that's correct, DVD should release in time for Christmas stocking stuffer and the last book in early 2008. Seems a long way off!

I can't say I've done less speculating about what's to come in the final book, even though I got very little right about what would happen in HBP. I'm just a little less up for speculation and theory this time around. Is it just me????

EDIT: Hey Madame Pince!!


haymoni - May 9, 2006 10:38 am (#2846 of 2983)

We just went crazy after this book.

I was theory-ed out after about 2 weeks.

Then the nit-picking began and a few kernels of wisdom were gleaned, but nothing really all that new came forward.

GOF came out and that gave us something new to talk about - for about a week, anyway.

I think we've just gotten too good at this.


Puck - May 9, 2006 10:44 am (#2847 of 2983)

Mike M., I think you should help pass the time by playing Potty Five Words!

Which reminds me, I need to recheck that thread before I go!



Madam Pince - May 9, 2006 10:53 am (#2848 of 2983)

I think you're right, haymoni. We've covered just about every conceivable theory, no matter how wildly remote the possibilities are, in one form or another. If any of our personal "pet" theories are still viable, we have nothing much more to do but wait and see if they are borne out in HPLBDI.

Of course, the more brilliant among us still continue to find treasures in the alchemy threads and such, but my poor little brain hurts just peeking in there... I do envy them finding new discoveries!

The fun-and-games threads are entertaining, though! I do enjoy passing the time there sometimes! And just randomly chatting, of course! But you're right, Mike - this gap seems pretty long....


Loopy Lupin - May 9, 2006 11:18 am (#2849 of 2983)

I'm just a little less up for speculation and theory this time around. Is it just me???? --- Mike

It's not just you at all. I think there are a lot of reasons why I don't make it out of this chat thread much. The main one is my general disappointment with Book 6. ****ducks rotten tomatoes*** It's also true that the structure and plot for Book 7 seem, at least to me, to already be in place: (1) We've got to go a-hunting down the rest of the Horcuxi. That should be roughly similar to getting through the set number of tasks in Book 4 with the point being that a big chunk of the book should be devoted to that. (2) There has to be the last stand/showdown with Voldemort. There are scores of other possibilities in how the details will pan out, but these two areas seem assured.

The only detail I'm holding out hope for and speculating about is Snape being held accountable for "killing" Dumbledore. I imagine Harry finally getting up to snuff on his Occlumency and imagine Snape's horror upon realizing that he's being confronted by a Harry whose mind is impenetrable. Sorry, Gina, things don't look good for Snape in Book 7.

Anyway, movie timing aside, I thought JKR said something to the effect that she's writing the book this year and that it will be out in 2007. If she keeps with that schedule, then maybe it will come out around the "regular time" of July with the OoP movie to follow in the Fall of 2007. After POA, I don't think they'll do any more summer premieres for the remaining films.


Julie Aronson - May 9, 2006 11:21 am (#2850 of 2983)

Let's hope--at this point I really need something to anticipate (besides my grades...)
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CatherineHermiona - May 9, 2006 12:13 pm (#2851 of 2983)

Hello everyone!

Well, first, happy belated birthdays to everyone I missed!

Second, welcome back, Jenn, and congratulation on those great news!

Third, I don't think I posted since I had country competition in shooting 22nd of April. So, I shot 162, which isn't too good, but at least more than 160... But we had a great time, it was great, sunny weather (even too hot), we had so much fun and came back late. And we went there by train! I felt like I'm going to Hogwarts! It wasn't one of those too modern trains, it had coupes and everything! Talking about shooting, I really have to change my avatar. Or at least second line of info... I'll do that... eventually... hopefully... I'm just too lazy...

And now the countdown. Only 3 days, 8 hours and 10 minutes until the beginning of the trip to Gardaland! I can't wait! I'll take some photos and maybe I change my avatar then. I'm going to go on Blue Tornado, Magic Mountain and all other scary rides where aunt didn't want to go with me last summer! I can't wait! Just 3 days, 8 hours and 3 minutes now...

OK, so I think it would be all. The most important things. I suppose.

Kate (only 3 days, 7 hours and 47 minutes until Gardaland now!)


Stephanie M. - May 9, 2006 2:04 pm (#2852 of 2983)

Happy beleted Birthday to Julie!

Good to see you back, Kate!

I've had so much work to do lately! I'm going to go crazy! 3 more weeks of school!! YAY!!

Have a good RotD, everyone!


haymoni - May 9, 2006 2:06 pm (#2853 of 2983)

Gina - any word on the transcript of the Snape Trial???


John Bumbledore - May 9, 2006 2:07 pm (#2854 of 2983)

Julie A.

Happy belated birthday, I saw you mention torts. I was wondering if I could request cherry.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

**back to the Knock knock thread on FFF**


Marè - May 9, 2006 2:11 pm (#2855 of 2983)

****ducks rotten tomatoes***

Gives Loopy an umbrella to ward of possible tomatoes. I liked book 6 less than the rest too. Personally I don't think shipping is Jo's strongest point writing wise.
And I wanted to read the book slowly, and found out a lot of things by myself. But if you come to the forum a few days later, all the things have allready been discussed. In a few days... And we still have to wait so many years/months for book seven... unpatient bunch!

So yep, Chat thread and Potty games for me. Except I have been slacking there too. I think I missed Azi's and Tazzy's and Julies birthdays (Sorry! And very belated happy birthday)
And Kate I'm looking forward to some Gardaland pictures.


Julie Aronson - May 9, 2006 3:05 pm (#2856 of 2983)


I would love to make you a cherry torte. At this point, though, talking about baking, which I love to do, feels like intentionally inflicting emotional distress on myself! (more unfunny legal humor)

Off to Potty five words...


Finn BV - May 9, 2006 4:58 pm (#2857 of 2983)

Kate, so good to see you around! Congrats on your shooting and enjoy Gardaland! That's a nice end-of-the-year treat!

Emma Thompson is confirmed for OoP, Mike Miller, that's something to be happy about… for another few hours or so…

Lost our tennis match today but we won the overall meet, so that's good. Personal record's at 2-2. That's fair…


winlia - May 9, 2006 8:16 pm (#2858 of 2983)

Hi, Folks,

Took my 5-year-old to ice skating on Saturday. We dove on a frontage road along an old cemetery, and there was a mail truck in there. She hasn't stopped talking about it, can't imagine who would be getting letters in a grave yard. My husband tried to tell her about the Dead Letter Department, but she's too little to get the joke.



Amilia Smith - May 9, 2006 11:48 pm (#2859 of 2983)

LOL, Judy! What a cute story!

Finn! Stephanie! Gina! Anyone else in New York that I forgot! Did you see? Jo is coming to do a reading at Radio City Music Hall in August! How exciting is that?!?!?!?!



Puck - May 10, 2006 4:14 am (#2860 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Kipp!

You share this day with a wonderful boy, who is now 6 years old!


Stephanie M. - May 10, 2006 4:15 am (#2861 of 2983)

She is?????? I am going to check out that link right now!!

Happy Birthday Kipp!!!

Sorry, about the tennis match, Finn!

Off to school! Have a good day everyone!!!

Cross posted with Puck. Edited to add Happy Birthday to Kipp!


Kip Carter - May 10, 2006 4:26 am (#2862 of 2983)
Edited May 10, 2006 5:24 am

Puck and Stephanie, thank you for the birthday greetings; however when did I get a extra "p" added to my name.

A "kip", according to Websters, is many things, like a bundle of hides, bed, sleep, nap, a unit of weight equal to 1000 pounds, 100 at in Laos (money); however I am not a "kipper", defined as a male salmon or sea trout during or after spawning season or to cure by salting and smoking. I may sleep or nap every now and then and may have been rather heavy at one time; however I am a male, but definitely not a salmon or sea trout, and do not remember ever being cure by salting and smoking.

I look forward to just enjoying being 66 and plan on being around for at least 30 or more years. 'Nuf said!

Forgot to add a "Happy Birthday" to Puck's little one!


Marè - May 10, 2006 4:44 am (#2863 of 2983)

A "kip", according to Websters, is many things
Like I said, it's a chicken!

But happy birthday Kip!

And there is more info about Jo's reading on her site. Gina, I kind of do expect you to go and report back to us....


kaykay1970 - May 10, 2006 4:54 am (#2864 of 2983)

Happy Birthday to Kip (1 p) and Puck's 6 year old!!

I haven't really posted as I've been doing end-of-year things with the children. We've had AR parties, Drama Club plays and Academic Banquets, etc. Tomorrow we have a Womanless Beauty Review (my 12 year old has a lovely dress picked out to wear) at the elementary then an Athletic Banquet at the high school tomorrow night. Then Friday the elementary talent show starts at 12:30 while the high school awards are given at 1:00. I still don't know how to be two places at one time. Boy I wish I had a time turner!! Next week my niece is graduating! WooHoo!!


Julie Aronson - May 10, 2006 5:08 am (#2865 of 2983)

Happy birthday Kip!


John Bumbledore - May 10, 2006 5:20 am (#2866 of 2983)
Edited May 10, 2006 6:16 am

Paintball or Star Wars Rebels? That begs the question, is Kip a nickname or short form of your given name? You never know what is possible in a world where Jack is short for John...

Happy Birthday, Kip!  {B^D˜ (> I take my hat is off to you. You run an excellent forum.

Oh, and about the way Puck and Stephanie M. gifted you with the extra p in your name; perhaps they were simply expressing a subconscious desire to see more of your chatting around the forum?

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Edits: And a happy birthday to little Puck.

And happy birthday to anyone else I've missed.

And a belated gift to Kip. LOL

Hey, you're the one who mentioned "Kipper." Though I picture you more like Kipper's friend, Tiger. LOL


Kip Carter - May 10, 2006 5:21 am (#2867 of 2983)

To all: Thank you for the birthday wishes both prior to this post and afterwards.

Steffie, I am definitely a South Carolina Gamecock (a fighting rooster); however where is a "kip" defined as a "chicken"?

John, Kip is a nickname! And thanks for pointing out my error on addressing Finn instead of Stephanie. I just corrected that post!


Finn BV - May 10, 2006 5:27 am (#2868 of 2983)

Happy birthday Kip! Enjoy your 66th! Stay away from the Forum for a day and don't do any work! Please!!

Happy birthday also to Kathy's little one!

Mills, I did notice! I'm hoping to go – it's right in the middle of summer which should be great! Yippeeeeee!!

Edited as per Kip fixing his error.

EDIT 2: Kristina, good luck!! Don't visit Potty Five Words!


Tazzygirl - May 10, 2006 5:27 am (#2869 of 2983)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KIP!! Hope your day is fantastic!

Happy Birthday, Little Puck! Hope he has a fantastic day too.

It is 2:30 AM here... my papers are due this evening (Wednesday) by 5 PM. I still have a loooooooong way to go (10 more to be exact). Why did I wait until this past week to write these papers?!?!? **headdesk** I didn't think it was going to be this hard. I don't think I'll be going to bed anytime soon. sigh. OK. Back to work!


EDIT: Woah. By the time I posted this, three or four people managed to post before me. Just thought I'd share. Blame it on the sleep deprivation and paper overload...

EDIT again: LOL, Finn! You caught me! I was just on my way over to Potty Five Words... Thanks!


Loopy Lupin - May 10, 2006 5:38 am (#2870 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Kip!

Yay! More "Lost" tonight. I'm so excited, I'm all a dither!


Catherine - May 10, 2006 5:57 am (#2871 of 2983)
Edited May 10, 2006 7:19 am

Happy Birthday, Kip! Happy Birthday to young Puck!

Howdy, Loopy! ** took time off from studying just for you and Kip **

I've actually been busy turning my house inside out to prepare for the top to bottom cleaning I "gifted" myself for Mother's Day. Many things to organize, throw away. You can't have the house dirty when the cleaning folks are coming.

They are even going to powerwash the outside and do all of the windows. Yippee!


Denise P. - May 10, 2006 5:59 am (#2872 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Kip!!

If my mom were still with us, she would be sharing in the celebration as well.

I keep a big wall calendar in the kitchen, about the size of a poster, where I keep all appointments and things written. I also keep a planner with me where everything is written as well. I check the kitchen one every day to see if there is anything I need to be sure to not forget.

Yesterday, the kitchen calendar had written "Devin DDS 10 am" so I loaded up everyone and had Devin at the dentist by 10 am. After I checked him in, I pulled out my personal planner to see what else I had to do. Imagine my surprise when it said "Devin DDS 10 am" on Wednesday not Tuesday, like it was on the kitchen one. Whoops!! His appointment was for Wednesday, not Tuesday...I was there a day early! It was just a check of his mouth appliance so they worked him in. Guess I need to be sure I am writing things on the correct day. I knew my planner was correct since I had written it down when the appointment had been made.


Marè - May 10, 2006 6:04 am (#2873 of 2983)
Edited May 10, 2006 7:02 am

however where is a "kip" defined as a "chicken"?
It is in my language

And for Tazzy: might have to use that one myself at some point..
Icon by feathered.

Edit: Denise your story reminds me of the day my parents and brother went to the open day of a possible school a complete week early. That's two hours in a car for nothing...


mike miller - May 10, 2006 7:01 am (#2874 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Kip and Little Puck!!!

Well only a half day today as I will be flying to Chicago this afternoon. Glad I checked the weather channel, rain and low 50's in Chicago for the next couple of days. I will be working in a little "personal time" and getting to my favorite cajun place (Heaven on Seven) and a trip to Buddy Guy's Legends.

Have a Great Day!!


haymoni - May 10, 2006 7:32 am (#2875 of 2983)

They should just call Chicago "Food City". I was there for a trade show once and gained 5 pounds.

Hope all is well today.


Esther Rose - May 10, 2006 7:40 am (#2876 of 2983)

Hmmm... Haymoni must have gone to Leoni's. hehe I would hate to do a calorie/fat counting on their food. They serve their french fries with sour cream instead of catsup and the food is amazing.


haymoni - May 10, 2006 8:11 am (#2877 of 2983)

It's been a few years. I remember one restaurant - Gene & Georgetti's - something like that - 2 "G" names - incredible salmon.

There was a seafood place - something about Frogs.

There was an Italian place - it began with an "M" that was top shelf all the way - absolutely incredible - polenta with sausage - manicotti...mmm...

The sales reps came into town and so we had to go to the Hancock Building - "The Top of the..." - well, it isn't very Forum-friendly, but the food was great.

I think I only have a salad for lunch today. How depressing!


azi - May 10, 2006 8:25 am (#2878 of 2983)

Happy birthday Kip!

Have a nice time in Chicago, Mike!

**sends work and good luck charms to Tazzy!**

Lovely sunny weather here!

Hope everyone has a great day!


Gina R Snape - May 10, 2006 9:44 am (#2879 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Kip!!!!!


The giant squid - May 10, 2006 10:39 am (#2880 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Kip!! Many happy returns, as well.


Holly T. - May 10, 2006 11:09 am (#2881 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Kip and Happy Birthday Little Puck!

Denise, BTDT with the schedule. I have to synchronize the pocket planner with the big wall calendar or I get confused. The wall calendar is color-coded, the planner isn't. Sometimes I get confused.

Today is my daughter's last ballet class until September! The ballet studio she goes to is almost 20 miles from our house so three times a week it is a 40-mile round trip (on almost $3 a gallon gas) to take her to ballet. Ok, she hasn't been to her Saturday class in about a month because of softball so it's been only twice a week the past month. Still, I'm excited.

No one has RSVP'd to my son's birthday party yet (his birthday is Friday, party is Saturday).


Puck - May 10, 2006 11:18 am (#2882 of 2983)

Oops, sorry, Kip! My friend's husband spells it with 2 p's, and I was stopping into the forum while packing lunches and frosting cupcakes. (Batch #2, as the first ones were for Diva's school. She has a summer birthday, so chose to have a school party near her brother's birthday.)

Went shopping for birthday gifts this morning, and got home to wrap them and have lunch. Now off to pick up the birthday boy from school. (I still can't believe he's 6!) Can't wait for him to see his bike!

Kristina, it will all be over soon! You can do it! *hugs*

Ooh, gotta get in the car!



Holly T. - May 10, 2006 11:41 am (#2883 of 2983)

Kathy, my son is getting a bike too! Only we haven't bought it yet. We're going to take him to the store to make sure it's the right size. Actually we haven't bought him anything yet, oops. My husband is supposed to go to Target today on the way home from picking up our daughter at ballet (I drop off, he picks up) to buy Mother's Day cards and some gifts for the birthday boy (and I hope Mother's Day gifts for me--must pass along instructions to our daughter so she can direct him toward something I would like). Birthday boy has decided that his GI Joes are unevenly matched and has requested more bad guys "you know, evildoers," he said. "With weapons." We're also getting him some nunchuks to use at Tae Kwon Do. Our daughter, naturally, thinks this is a Bad Idea.

Editing to add that I haven't made any cupcakes--yet. Need to get started. Hubby has to work the Little League concession stand tonight so I think the kids and I will make cupcakes and watch "The Amazing Race."


I Am Used Vlad - May 10, 2006 12:35 pm (#2884 of 2983)

Happy birthday, Kip.

Thanks, everyone for welcoming me back to the Forum, er, weeks ago. I wish I had an exciting tale to tell, like traveling around the world with that glacier volleyball team, but in reality I've just been extremely busy with a vast array of personal issues. I hope to be posting more often soon, but figure since, for the most part, Finn and I seem to share the same brain*, I'm not really needed.

Denise, last time I popped in you asked me about running. I was supposed to run in the Marine Corps Marathon last fall in D.C., but my knee was bothering me too much so I couldn't. I did manage to spend 80 dollars for a T-shirt, though. I thought about telling Loopy that I was going to be in the area, but I was afraid he would tie me to a chair and force me to watch The Gold Rush.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 2775603007   I've only been running short distances lately.

.*This only applies to Harry Potter. I eat meat, like Kid Rock and have a picture of Julie Andrews taped to my dart board.


Madam Pince - May 10, 2006 12:47 pm (#2885 of 2983)

Happy Birthday to Kip and to Little Puck! Also early "Happy Birthday" to Holly's son! Hope everyone has a great day! Kip, perhaps you are going to get a bike for a present, too -- it would be a shame for you to be the only one left out!

Chicago and food....ummmmmmm.... I have actually been thinking about Giordano's Stuffed Pizza ever since Finn mentioned something about having pizza for dinner a few weeks ago; how sad is that! (I just looked at their website to be sure I had the name right, and guess what? They will half-bake a pizza and Fedex it to you on dry ice for you to finish baking at home....hmmmmmmm.....) I am forever spoiled for any other pizza after having Giordano's. We went to Chicago last spring on our "girls' weekend" and we ate very well -- had (outrageously overpriced) drinks at the top of the John Hancock Building too, but I didn't recall that name, haymoni! Maybe it was the name of the restaurant, and we actually only went to the lounge part. Lovely view from the bathroom windows, I thought, which is not something you can usually say about public bathrooms....

OK, still haven't gotten around to seeing last week's Lost yet because I got diverted, but I got "spoiled" by the TV commercials for this week's show, and also by the arrival of my TV Guide yesterday. Highlight here if you've already seen it: So I guess we know why the actress who plays Ana Lucia wasn't sweating having to spend 5 days in jail -- I was wondering why that wouldn't be cutting into their filming schedule! It must be sort of like being on "Survivor" -- even if you're voted off, you can't leave the island until the whole thing's finished filming or you'd give away the ending! LOL!

I'm off tomorrow for my girls' weekend -- Little Pince is staying with his grandparents -- we plan DC sightseeing and Georgetown shopping, and a nice dinner at a fancy Italian restaurant tomorrow night, I think. I'm going to have to ditch the s'mores idea because I'm going to metrorail instead of drive so I don't want to have to haul that big box on the train.... oh well!

Everyone enjoy the RotW! Early Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!


Puck - May 10, 2006 1:03 pm (#2886 of 2983)

Have a great time Madame Pince! *repeats to self "I am not jealous, I am not jealous."

LOL about the boy/weapons thing, Holly! There is an interesting book called "Killing Monsters", which talks about why kids need that kind of play. I waited until today to have Diva pick out a gift because a)I wanted to see what he got at his party and b)I figured she would only have to keep the secrets for hours as opposed to days.

Why would anyone want to throw darts at Julie Andrews!?




Loopy Lupin - May 10, 2006 1:10 pm (#2887 of 2983)

I thought about telling Loopy that I was going to be in the area, but I was afraid he would tie me to a chair and force me to watch The Gold Rush. – Vlad

No, I think I'd tie you to a chair and make you watch The Sound of Music instead.


Madam Pince - May 10, 2006 1:26 pm (#2888 of 2983)

LOL, Puck! It's supposed to rain here all weekend, if that makes you feel any better! This is my one little gift to myself to be away from Mom-duty for a couple days a year, though, so I probably wouldn't care if it rained toads!

Little Pince has decided that I would like to have a goldfish or a hamster for a Mother's Day present. He keeps asking me to call "the aquarium" and ask them for a tank...

I forgot earlier -- best wishes to all who are finishing up final school papers, projects, exams, etc. Good luck and strengthening charms! ***Tosses time-turner to kaykay so she can attend all end-of-school events at once***

OK, now I really am signing off (I saw the posts about new info on the JKR site and had to go by there -- see how easily I get distracted? I'll probably never watch Lost....)


Julie Aronson - May 10, 2006 1:35 pm (#2889 of 2983)

MMMMMMM Giordano's......mmmmmmm I love getting breakfast at Mitchell's, too. They have the most amazing blueberry coffee cake!


When is your day on Jeopardy?

Well, Torts is over. On to Property. (maybe I can get an easement...I hope I don't zone out) Oh my, I think I might have completely lost it...


Catherine - May 10, 2006 1:42 pm (#2890 of 2983)


When is your day on Jeopardy? –Julie

I try out on May 22. **waves to Loopy Lupin and counts down the days**

Today has been both frustrating and fun. My MSN is acting funny **waves to Kim** and I thought that Kim was just taking a long time to respond to my comment and I realized I was logged out. I can't get it to log back in. Mr. Catherine may need to fiddle with it when he gets home. In addition, our DSL connection keeps conking out, and spent 30 minutes on the phone with Sprint trying to fix it. Grrrr....

But...I got my agapanthus today! May they flourish like Petunia's. I spent this afternoon outside siting them and seeing where they will fit best.

EDIT: MSN appears to be working now. **beckons to Loopy and Lupin is Lupin**


Julie Aronson - May 10, 2006 1:49 pm (#2891 of 2983)


You'll rock the stage!

Enjoy your agapanthus.


Lina - May 10, 2006 2:01 pm (#2892 of 2983)

Now I know why my mum did a cake today! It was for Kip's birthday. A very Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 1609556105 Kip! Have a wonderful one and many many more!

, to Kathy's big guy (again)!

Yay for your agapanthus, Catherine!

Hugs to Kristina and good luck charms to all who deal with the exams and papers to do!


Winky Woo - May 10, 2006 3:57 pm (#2893 of 2983)

Happy Birthday K ip!

Hope you have a great day....do you know I now sleep in sports wear after your advice following my embarrassment last year!

Love Winky X


boop - May 10, 2006 5:31 pm (#2894 of 2983)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KIP!!! I hope you are enjoying your day.

Kathy, Tell your son Happy Birthday for me.

Only 2 more days of overtime then I have the weekend off!!!

Have a great RotD!!!

hugs always



Finn BV - May 10, 2006 6:02 pm (#2895 of 2983)

… and have a picture of Julie Andrews taped to my dart board. –Vlad

Gasp! The sentence was so good up until you said "dartboard."

Oh, Madam Pince, you're making me yearn for that pizza I had a few weeks ago!! Enjoy the early weekend!

No, I think I'd tie you to a chair and make you watch The Sound of Music instead. –Loopy

I'm starting to lose faith in my shared brain partner…

Kristina, my history teacher is part-time at school (she's 26) and is up into ghastly hours of the night righting her essays as well! Pretend you're her and you don't have any Five Words to distract you…

Enjoy the RotD!


Holly T. - May 10, 2006 6:19 pm (#2896 of 2983)

Julie Andrews was one of the keynote speakers at the convention I went to a few weeks ago. Not that I got to see her, as a lowly exhibitor (for a company not willing to spring for extras like keynote luncheons with famous people), but I was in the same building.

All this talk of papers and finals is making me have flashbacks to writing my dissertation. I don't know if there's really an accurate way to check, but I would say at least a third of it was written between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m.


winlia - May 10, 2006 6:27 pm (#2897 of 2983)

Madam Pince

I live in the Chicago area and now feel compelled to get a sitter and head out to a restaurant. Gene and Geogetti's is wonderful indeed, as is Giordano's, and the restaurant at the top of the Hancock is the 95th. Technically, I think it's "The Signature Room at the 95th". My niece's husband of 15 years took her there when they were teens.

Happy Birthday to Kip and Little Puck!!!

I was out looking at bikes for my soon-to-be six-year-old, and there's an adorable pink StingRay. That style was popular when I was a kid, though for boys, not girls, and not, of course, in pink.

I love reading the schedules of all you parents. I think some of you are actually busier than my husband and I. Tonight was ballet and karate. And after reading some of the posts, I expect I'll soon be having one of my reoccurring nightmares about being unprepared for an exam or late with a term paper, even though I finished grad school almost 25 years ago. The memories of some of those all-night pre-exam cramming sessions run deeper in my mind than the remembered pains of child birth!


Finn BV - May 10, 2006 6:44 pm (#2898 of 2983)

Ooh, Holly what convention? The Sound of Music and Julie Andrews have been some of my favorite things, no pun intended but boy does that sound lame, for a long time.


Holly T. - May 10, 2006 6:55 pm (#2899 of 2983)

It was the Texas Library Association convention. I think Julie Andrews and her daughter have written a children's book, which is why she was speaking there. Marlee Matlin was there too, as was Richard Friedman, who is running for governor of Texas. Note: I didn't see them either. I really was there, LOL.


Puck - May 10, 2006 7:03 pm (#2900 of 2983)

Finn, the forum really has been punny (or is that funny) lately! John must be rubbing off on us!

Young Puck had a nice birthday. He was looking slightly disappointed about his presents until Daddy snuck down to the basement and reappeared with the bike. Pity it was raining, so he couldn't try it out.

The rain has our phones out. When the lines get wet we tend to loose service. Plus, my cell needed recharging. I called my mom once it was recharged, and apparently she had spent they day worrying about why she couldn't get through, and was quite relieved to hear from me. She had even gone so far as to call and ask the phone company -who didn't cooperate- to check my line.

Hope everyone makes it to all the days events, and on the correct days. I'm just starting to get into the running kids around to various activities mode. Next year it will really kick in, as Diva starts ballet, and Young Puck will be old enough for piano lessons and cub scouts.

I'll be in Chicago this summer (possibly on my birthday), so I'll have to keep in mind some of the restaurants you've been mentioning.

New stuff on Jo's site?! See ya!

Happy RotD, Kathy
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timrew   - May 10, 2006 7:40 pm (#2901 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Kipp, or should that be Kip! Are you a man or a fish, speak up!

I gave up on watching 'Lost' when I heard that the writers had enough material for five more series. I just thought, 'I've got to watch this for five more years until I find out what it's all about?' I don't think so!


Elanor - May 10, 2006 9:44 pm (#2902 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Kip! Joyeux anniversaire!


Eponine - May 10, 2006 10:18 pm (#2903 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Kip!

Congratulations on your engagement and pregnancy, Jen!

Good Luck on Jeopardy, Catherine!

And everything else I've forgotten.

You know, whenever I have a question I can't find the answer to anywhere else, I come here.

The other day, I accidentally put dish soap in my dishwasher. I was out of the real stuff, and I thought the sample packet was for the dishwasher. Anyway, I ended up with soap all over my kitchen floor. I ran another load with the dishwasher detergent, but I still got soap all over my floor. Does anyone know if I need to run the dishwasher a couple of times to get all the soap out? Have I ruined my dishwasher?

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


jose043 - May 10, 2006 11:18 pm (#2904 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Kip, hope you had a wonderful day.

It is the 11th May here in Aussie so I am late from here, but might just scrap in for the 10th May in USA.

From Josephine & Anne


Tazzygirl - May 10, 2006 11:56 pm (#2905 of 2983)

I'm FINISHED!! My 16 papers are done and turned in (a little later than 5 pm, but oh well. At least it was on the same day! )!!! **insert exhausted dancing smiley here** I am so glad it's over. But guess what that means??

I am officially on SUMMER BREAK! YIPPEEEEE!!

All right... Off to check Potty Five Words **waves to Finn and Julie A. and Puck** and then off to bed.

Thank you everyone for the encouragement!



Snuffles - May 11, 2006 12:46 am (#2906 of 2983)

Congrats Kristina, now you can finally relax!

Happy belated birthdays to Kip and to Kathy's son, hope you both had a wonderful day.

Have a great weekend Madame .P.

***hands Finn a cold compress to help him get over the thought of Julie Andrews' picture being on a dart board! ***

Hope everyone has a good Thursday



Tazzygirl - May 11, 2006 2:17 am (#2907 of 2983)

Cute avatar, Snuffles! Olivia is too cute!

I forgot Julie Andrews being taped to a dart board. Poor Finn. Would it make you feel better if we reserve post number 1935 for you on Potty Five Words?

(and yes, I was supposed to have gone to sleep a couple hours ago... my aunt has discovered skype internet phone- thing and I have been chosen as the lucky person to have her test it out on. So while she is pushing buttons on her computer, I am posting here!) I wanna go to sleeeeeep. sigh.



Puck - May 11, 2006 3:52 am (#2908 of 2983)

Waving back to Tazzy Kristina, hope you get some sleep soon! Well, now that you're on break I should just say "Long rule the Queen!"

Julie, great new picture!

Healing charms to the dishwasher!

Well, I need to get the kids out of bed and ready for school.

Cheers, Kathy


Finn BV - May 11, 2006 4:24 am (#2909 of 2983)

. Poor Finn. Would it make you feel better if we reserve post number 1935 for you on Potty Five Words? –Kirstina

Psst! It's 1965!!

Snuffles, that is a great picture of you and Olivia!! And thanks for the cold compress. **cold compresses** (I tried to make that into a verb but I guess it just sounds like more than one cold compresses. ) Eponine, haven't the faintest, but good luck to you!

Enjoy the RotD!


mike miller - May 11, 2006 4:39 am (#2910 of 2983)

Here's a quick report from the Chicago food scene; Brazzazz Brazilian Steakhouse. Dinner starts with an outstanding salad bar with 35 items including raw oysters to Itallina coldcuts to all of the traditional salad items. Each person has a little token at their seat, turn it up and roving servers come by with big skewers of all sorts of meats, chicken breast wrapped in bacon, filet minion, pork tenderloin, sausages, roast beef and the list goes on! Traditional side dishes are also brought out with various sauces for the meats. A bit pricey though, one drink each, bottle of wine, 2 desserts and coffee was nearly $400 with tip! Outstanding meal though!

Well off to work, have a great RotD!


azi - May 11, 2006 5:18 am (#2911 of 2983)

Love the avatar, Snuffles!

A 'Happy Birthday' in advance for Holly T's son!

Wow, that's a lot of food Mike!

Unfortunately I don't know anything about dishwashers, Eponine, but good luck with getting it fixed (love the avatar!)!

Have a great time on summer holidays, Tazzy!

Still a sunny time here!

Have a lovely day, everyone!


Chemyst - May 11, 2006 5:25 am (#2912 of 2983)

Happy Birthday Kip

Audrey, did you take the picture of Fawkes's spirit? Cool.

 ** must resist urge to ask Tazzy if she learned anything about procrastination **


Marie E. - May 11, 2006 5:34 am (#2913 of 2983)

Happy Birthday, Kip!

I've been so incredibly busy at work. I've got end-of-the-year assessments to finish and graduation rehearsals to do. There are also parent/teacher conferences next week where I get to tell a father that I really, really think his son should repeat kindergarten. I dread thinking about it.

My most favorite brother got my a Goblet of Fire t-shirt for Mother's Day. I admit to having a "squee" moment. Thanks, Mikey!

Our goofy weather continues. I woke up yesterday to an inch of snow on the ground. It's May! The night before we had thunderstorms. I wonder if it was thundering and snowing. It's all melted now and warming up.


Julie Aronson - May 11, 2006 5:51 am (#2914 of 2983)

Eponine, I think running the dishwasher empty is a good idea. You might also want to try putting some plain white vinegar in the soap dispenser--it's good for cleaning residue, so I guess it will help with too much soap, too.

Good luck!

yippie! I figured out the smilies!


haymoni - May 11, 2006 6:36 am (#2915 of 2983)

I'm sure the dishwasher isn't broken. It will just take a while to get all the soap out.

My dishwasher is making me crazy. Water will go in for the first "Normal" wash, but won't go in for the others. The little door opens up to release the 2nd bit of soap but there isn't any water to clean it with.

Of course, the dishwasher works just fine if Hubby runs it, so I'm going to put him in charge of that. He doesn't believe me, but I think I'm a jinx.

Actually, I'm just slacking off again. I just haven't had the energy (or the time off work) to deal with the Maytag Repairman.

It is my day for treat at the baseball game tonight. So I went hunting for the cooler under the crawl space - at 7:30 am, no less. I'm sure the mold growing in it will cure several of the world's most horrible diseases, but I had to scrub it out anyway. God forbid the other baseball moms see what a Slacker I truly am!

As I finished my scrubbing, I happened to glance outside at the rain pouring down. I'm guessing the game will be cancelled, but at least I have a clean cooler!!


Puck - May 11, 2006 9:20 am (#2916 of 2983)

There is to be an epidemic of cancelled baseball games. We've only had one of the 4 scheduled, and I'm guessing tonights might be called off as well. Poor kid has waited a year to join the team, and still can't play. Rain is in the forcast every day for the next week.

Julie, isn't fun to discover smilies? I'm properly impressed with your dishwasher knowledge, by the way. I fix things by telling Mr. Puck it's broken.

Haymoni, you mean it's slacking to be sitting here when my sink is full of dishes and my counter tops hiding beneath a sea of cracker boxes and school papers?

Mike, thanks for the restaurant info! Hey, if it is my birthday when we go, I may be able to talk hubby into it!

Happy RotD, Kathy


Elanor - May 11, 2006 9:23 am (#2917 of 2983)

Chemyst: "Audrey, did you take the picture of Fawkes's spirit?"

I did! I took it from my appartment window a few days ago. I was just enjoying the spring evening air when I saw that cloud and thought "FAWKES!!!!" And I was lucky enough to have my camera at hand, so here it is!

Have a great day everybody!


Holly T. - May 11, 2006 9:27 am (#2918 of 2983)

Oh, I need a cold compress! I have a lovely widescreen iMac here at work. However, as part of my job I need access to a database that only runs on Windows. So, thanks to remote desktop I have just had to suffer the indignity of having Windows screens on my lovely iMac. Ack. I guess you have to be a fellow Mac person to realize how awful this was.


Gina R Snape - May 11, 2006 10:21 am (#2919 of 2983)

Ok, I've seen this off and on for the past few months and meant to ask. What is RotD? Return of the... Dark Lord? Dementors? Diapers? Drycleaning? Dressing? Daffodils?


Denise P. - May 11, 2006 10:26 am (#2920 of 2983)

Remains of the Day, I think


John Bumbledore - May 11, 2006 10:46 am (#2921 of 2983)
Edited May 11, 2006 11:44 am

Paintball or Star Wars Rebels? A good question: what does RotD mean? I thought it was Returns on/of the Day. Now, is that just for those who have investments; wishing them good returns on one's investments Today?

Or is it more akin to wishing some one a repeat of the day, like in that move, "Groundhog Day" where Bill Murray keeps reliving the same day over and over again?

I'll go see if it is listed on the forum abbreviations post.. **Crack!**

**Pop!** Nope, not listed there yet.

Oh, hello Denise; not sure how I missed your post. But I like your explanation better than what I had previously been told.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Edits: Not Dan Ackroyd but (the other Ghost Buster) Bill Murray

EDIT: RotD initialism of "Remains of the Day" was coined (at least here on the Chat thread) by Madam Pince back on Jan. 23 "How about 'Happy Remains of the Day?' We could call it RD for short." I think it was first abbreviated as "RotD" on Jan 24 by her.

She suggested it in response to a request by Finn VB (it is his fault! ) to come up with a replacement for the longer alternative of Happy morning/day/evening/night/what-ever-it-is-where-you-are-now sentiment. (Okay, that is a paraphrase of his similarly long phrase.) So, Happy RotD to everyone!


Denise P. - May 11, 2006 10:59 am (#2922 of 2983)

Maybe it is Rest of the Day? Hee, I don't remember but it is way back on the chat thread somewhere.

I did a 10K run this morning! Woo hoo!! 6.2 miles.....


Julie Aronson - May 11, 2006 11:35 am (#2923 of 2983)
Edited May 11, 2006 12:21 pm

Thanks Puck! Sadly, there is no Mr. Julie--just Reluctant Boyfriend. That means that if something's broken, either I see about fixing it or it stays broken.

edited to congratulate Denise!!!


haymoni - May 11, 2006 11:36 am (#2924 of 2983)

I thought it was "Rest of the Day" because we are all in different time zones and to say "Have a good night" or "Have a good day" may not accurately describe the situation.

Someone did comment that they thought it was cool that it sounded like "Remains of the Day".

Nice job on the 10K, Denise.


Puck - May 11, 2006 11:57 am (#2925 of 2983)

I believe Madame Pince came up with the term "Remains of the Day", and we slackers quickly shortened it to RotD!

Way to go Denise! You inspire me. I will go for a run tomorrow morning.

Julie, my hubby likes the saying "If women don't find you handsome, at least they can find you handy!" (Of course, I tell him I think he's both )

Happy RotD! Kathy


John Bumbledore - May 11, 2006 12:23 pm (#2926 of 2983)

Okay, moving my "visit to the Pensive" down to a new post so it is visible to others...

From my previous post:
RotD [is an] initialism of "Remains of the Day" [and] was coined (at least here on the Chat thread) by Madam Pince back on Jan. 23 Stating "How about 'Happy Remains of the Day?' We could call it RD for short." [But] It was first abbreviated as "RotD" [by Puck] on Jan 24.

[It was] suggested in response to a request by Finn VB (So, it is all his fault! ) to come up with a replacement for ...
Have a good night/evening/day/afternoon/whatever, everyone!
We need to come up with a collective term for any time of day. If there isn't already one, that is. --Finn VB

So, Happy RotD to everyone!

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Edited with corrections.


CatherineHermiona - May 11, 2006 12:45 pm (#2927 of 2983)

Happy belated birthday, Kip!!!!!!!

Now I really have to change my avatar. This must be a lucky week for me. Yesterday, on a shooting practice, I shot 170. So, a new best result and a new avatar. Though I'll probably put just first two targets, because last two are 39 and 39, what is less than average of 8.

Then today. I'm proclaimed the most popular girl in the class, sharing my place with Ana! We did a survey last week on our Class Hour. We got a paper with a list of people in our classes, and we had to to cross those we don't want to hang out with, and make a circle around those we want to hang out with. Today our homeroom teacher brought the results, and told us top 5 most popular persons in our class. Romano was on first place, because no-one crossed him. He is an OK guy and I can't imagine anyone crossing him. Matko and Patrick shared 2nd place, with only one person crossing them. Ana, Ivan and me shared 3rd place, with two persons crossing our name. Girls couldn't get any higher because I've heard that two certain boys crossed all girls. Almedin, Nika and Tea shared 4th place, and I don't know about fifth. But I'm the most popular girl in my class! That's surprising...

Also, today Marina borrowed 2 Green Day CDs to me (American Idiot and International Superhits)! Today I sent one certain picture from Glorija's mobile phone to mine! Gosh... I think I'm done with today.

And this Saturday I'm going to Gardaland, as most of you know! I can't wait!

And this Sunday we have last school competition and they are going to give medals and cups to us! We will be third, and we will get a cup and we will all get bronze medals (hopefully). Also, Tena will be 1st in individual competition. Our boys are second, and I think Dejan is 2nd individually. I think Tena and me will shoot our best result this Sunday. I mean, coming home about 1 AM, and getting up at 6 AM second morning... I can't think of better winning plan...

Kate (only 1 day, 7 hours and 15 minutes left to Gardaland!)


Loopy Lupin - May 11, 2006 1:29 pm (#2928 of 2983)

Today our homeroom teacher brought the results, and told us top 5 most popular persons in our class.—CatherineHermonia

Goodness. Many American teens complain that high school elections (for class officers and the like) are just glorified popularity contests. We've never thought of simply dispensing with pretense altogether.

Congrats though, on both your popularity and your prowess with firearms.


Lina - May 11, 2006 2:59 pm (#2929 of 2983)

Yay for you Kristina! I knew you could do it!

Marie, good luck for your conference with that father. If someone had told me that about my Veronika at the kindergarten time, I would have been thankful. I really think that she would have benefited that way. But alas, nobody noticed that she had problems or at least nobody wanted to tell me that. So just be brave and do what is best for the kid.

Denise, congratulations on the run!

Welcome, Winlia! I hope you'll enjoy this bunch of obsessed people!

I need to say that what I like about the "contest" that Kate mentioned, is that it was not about who is the most beautiful, most clever or something like that, it was the contest about who would you like to spend the time with, more like who is the most pleasant. And I like the idea of encouraging the ability to avoid the conflicts and to be kind.


Tazzygirl - May 11, 2006 3:40 pm (#2930 of 2983)

I finally got to sleep around 1 last night. (My aunt is a night-owl). But I woke up at 11:30 and I now feel caught up on sleep.

Puck: Long rule the Queen! Thank you! I have a feeling there are going to be several people stampedeing to reach a new max! Boy is it fun!

Finn: 1965? (Even though it is the year Sound of Music came out) I was thinking 1935 because that is the year Julie Andrews was born. But if you want, we can reserve post 1965 too!

Azi: I plan on having a great summer! HP... Potty Five Words... and vacation in California for a month or so!

Chemist: ...must resist the urge to ask Tazzy if she learned anything about procrastination.

I learned alot. Don't wait until a week before to write 16 papers. Time is definitely against you. But... for being a member of Procrastinator Club, I feel it was a major feat!

Great Job, Denise!

Congratulations, Kate!!

I always thought RotD was Rest of the Day. Then I just added the N for Night so I could get in everybody!

Have a fabulous RotD/N everyone!! ...off to clean...



Finn BV - May 11, 2006 4:09 pm (#2931 of 2983)

Gosh, Marie, yet more weather healing charms to you!

Oh, Holly, do I sympathize with you! I too am in the camp that the best use for a PC is as a doorstop. **compresses with you**

Yup, it is Remains of the Day, though we sort of modified it to Rest of the Day starting here on 26 Jan. John, just so you know, my initials are BV.

Congrats Denise, that's a big step up! Is that site, fitnessjournal.com which you told us about a while, free? I'm thinking of recording my running habits this summer, but I don't really want to cough up anything. If it does cost something, anybody know anything about other free record trackers?

Kate, congrats on the shooting as well as being well-liked by your class! And enjoy the rest of your week, it sounds packed! Hope to see you over on Five Words soon too… you haven't visited in a long time!

I was thinking 1935 because that is the year Julie Andrews was born. –Tazzy

True, true. But I was thinking of 1965 because that's the post I got last time. Yay!

Enjoy the RotD everybody, now that we're all settled on what it means!


Tazzygirl - May 11, 2006 6:41 pm (#2932 of 2983)

Finn- True, true. But I was thinking of 1965 because that's the post I got last time.

That thought also crossed my mind!

Just finished helping my aunt clean her house. Now I am going to clean my apartment. Whoo-hoo.



Catherine - May 11, 2006 7:00 pm (#2933 of 2983)
Edited May 11, 2006 7:30 pm

Well, I've completed my Procrastinator's Anonymous tasks.

I was really stressing about trying out for Jeopardy!, until Loopy Lupin did an Procrastinator's Intervention and got me "Googling and Reserving." I'm not at liberty to divulge his methods, but let's just pretend that I was more worried about what he and Lupin is Lupin would do versus not trying out.

Dragons aren't so bad, really....

As a result of said intervention, my Mum is completely thrilled with her trip to Washington, DC, just a week after Mother's Day. Shopping and Museums, here we come!

Mr. Catherine gave me an early Mother's Day gift, a trivia game called, "Can You Beat Ken Jennings?" All I can say is that I played this game and I do wish to give Mr. Jennings a beating. I did beat Mr. Catherine by several million dollars, though, and that was satisfying!

I'm off to Richmond this weekend for a nostalgic weekend. Miller & Rhodes, the old defunct department store, is giving its old "fashion runway" show as a fundraiser, and I will be in attendance. It's where I first saw "the real" Santa Claus, and went every year to see the Christmas storefronts. We will be eating lunch in the old "tea room," where Santa ate with us and Rudolph's cake was served by Santa's hand. While I don't expect it to be the same, I feel like I will connect with my Grandmother who enjoyed this ritual very much and took my cousins and me every year before she died in 1978. When Claire was 4 months old, it was the last year at Miller and Rhodes and I flew in from Texas to visit my parents. We have a lovely picture of Claire screaming in Santa's lap (the same lap I sat in years ago). Even the same man (Eddie Weaver) played the Christmas tunes on the organ...

So it's about the memories.

Off to do laundry and pack...

Hope everyone enjoys a good weekend.


Denise P. - May 11, 2006 7:18 pm (#2934 of 2983)

Finn, Fitness Journal is a pay site but FitDay is very similar but free. It does basically the same thing minus some bells and whistles.


Puck - May 11, 2006 7:31 pm (#2935 of 2983)

Good for you, Kate!

Kristina, stop cleaning and play 5 words!

Catherine, have a wonderful time. It sounds lovely.

Marie, hope your talk went well. It is always nerve wracking to have such a conversation. (I could hear that stress in my son's teacher's voice when she called to suggest he may need speech therapy. There was noted relief when I whole-heartedly agreed.)

Happy whatever! (just to mix things up a bit )



Finn BV - May 11, 2006 7:35 pm (#2936 of 2983)

Catherine, have a great time! Didn't Ken himself make that board game? I really should get it…

Forgot to say… we've had a few M. Night Shamlymandfjka;djsf… ahem… moments in English class lately. We're in our final poetry unit and talking about poems about death, and we mentioned the American Express commercial with him, and some of his "great" films that deal with death. One of these mentioned was The Village… No doubt Steph and I turned to each other and started laughing!

Denise, thanks for the info. I'll go check it out.


winlia - May 11, 2006 9:22 pm (#2937 of 2983)

Hi, Folks,

Well, I guess it had to happen eventually, but we've just had the experience of my 8-year-old not being invited to the birthday party of one of his favorite classmates. And to top it off, the kid keeps telling him that he's invited, but the invitation must have been lost in the mail. (I'm not sure if the classmate is confused, or if he's deliberately teasing my little guy.) Of course, my son wants me to put it right.

And what really frustrates me is that the classmate was invited to my son's 7th and 8th birthdays. He attended the first, but couldn't make the second, and he and his mom dropped off a gift, which really seemed above and beyond. Last year, his mom called and suggested that we request that our guy be placed on the same little league team (which the classmate's Dad coaches) and they're together on the team again this year, although this time I didn't make the request. On the other hand, we've asked the classmate over for playdates a couple of times, and they've always said that they are busy. (Do I need to log off and start writing to Dear Abby instead?)

No wonder my 8-year-old is confused by the social signals--I'm confused too. Learning not to try to go where you're not wanted is a big part of growing up, but it hurts (and my son feels bad too Smile).

So as a member in good standing of the wildly over-indulgent current generation of parents, I'll be making the 3-1/2 hour drive to the Wisconsin Dells on the day of the party to visit The Great Wolf Lodge and its kid-pleasing indoor water park for a couple of days.

I guess these little hurts are just the tip of the iceberg.

Best RotD, and may all your sought-after invitations be delivered, preferably by owl.



The giant squid - May 12, 2006 2:37 am (#2938 of 2983)

I tried to make that into a verb but I guess it just sounds like more than one cold compress.)--Finn BV

How about **coldly compresses**?

Marie: You're welcome. Actually, the thanks should go to my darling wife (and her sister-in-law, who managed to find another GoF shirt so Mary didn't have to give up hers).

Eponine, your dishwasher should be fine, you'll just have to run it without any soap for a few runs. I know they're making things more and more disposable these days, but I still doubt they'd make a dishwasher that can't handle a little extra soap...

Judy, have you tried calling the boy's parents? If the kid says your son is invited, I'd consider that the final word but it would be nice to know if the parents are expecting him.



azi - May 12, 2006 2:45 am (#2939 of 2983)

Shame about the invitation, Winlia! I'm sure he'll make plenty of friends who actually care in time! The water park sounds really fun, though.

Congratulations Kate on your shooting score and popular class result! Enjoy Gardaland!

**shudders to think what position she would have got in high school with such a vote**

Kristina - enjoy California! I met someone from California the other day and immediately thought of you!

Had a BBQ last night with friends, but naturally it started torrential raining (first time in at least 4 days!)! So we retreated inside to watch Monty Python and had a good time there instead. It's nice and sunny again today, so I'm off into the city to do *something*, not sure what.

Have a lovely day!


haymoni - May 12, 2006 4:18 am (#2940 of 2983)

It was so cold here yesterday that I had to stop to buy a pair of jeans on the way to Ungrateful Son's baseball game.

When I left the house in the morning it was almost 70 degrees. By the afternoon, it was Halloween weather!

Doesn't look too promising for today either, but it is Friday, so who cares!!!

Have a good one all!


Catherine - May 12, 2006 4:31 am (#2941 of 2983)

It's rough going today. My back is letting me know that I planted 12 big pots of perennials and annuals yesterday.

Where are the Weasley boys when you need some gardening assistance? I guess I shouldn't complain, as Denise ran 10K yesterday! You go, Denise!

I awoke to an email confirmation that I completed the Da Vinci Code Quest on Google. Now I await to find out if I am one of the 10,000 other hopefuls competing for the big prize. Did anyone else on the Forum play this game? I wonder how soon you had to submit the answer on the final puzzle to be one of the 10,000. Oh, well.

Thankfully I will get a haircut today--it hasn't been cut since early March---EEEK---so that my mother doesn't have the pleasure of saying, "When was the last time you got a haircut?" later this afternoon. She's treating me to a facial as a Mother's Day gift. I can't wait!!

Hope everyone has a good weekend and hope the Moms, Mom-to-bes, and the Mom-like people in our lives make out like bandits.


Chemyst - May 12, 2006 4:48 am (#2942 of 2983)

...and hope the Moms, Mom-to-bes, and the Mom-like people in our lives make out like bandits. ~ Catherine
I am hoping that statement is worthy of a new Loopy avatar. I'd love to see if he can google up a mom in a bandit mask! But then, that would sort of negate the benefit of a facial, huh?


Catherine - May 12, 2006 5:05 am (#2943 of 2983)

I am hoping that statement is worthy of a new Loopy avatar.—Chemyst

You never know with Loopy. Of course, Loopy is probably planning something fabulous for his own Mum along with his six basset hound "siblings."


Puck - May 12, 2006 5:14 am (#2944 of 2983)

All I want for Mother's day is a nap and 2 hours alone with my sewing machine.

LOL, Azi. Back when I was 13 I doubt I would have been high on the list.

Judy, I would definitely call the kid's parents. Things do get lost in the mail. (Though personally I'd pick the water park over some birthday party!) Forget "Dear Abby", you can find out the answers to most anything here on the forum.

Tired today. Baby started to cry just as my head hit the pillow. I rocked her back to sleep, but she began crying when I returned her to her bed. Her cry worked to a scream, and eventually I brought her to my bed. She then laughed and sang happily until after midnight. She wiggled over so far that I was perched on the very edge of the bed, but didn't want to slide her over for fear of waking her up. Of course, it's hard to be annoyed by this when the first thing you see in the morning is that little smile.

Happy RotD, Kathy


Marie E. - May 12, 2006 5:24 am (#2945 of 2983)

Thank Mrs. Squid for me then, Mike. It's a great shirt.

Weather is back to normal. High 60's to low 70's, with occasional rain showers. Birds tweeting. Ahhhhh!

I have my conference next Tuesday, so I get to fret about it all weekend. It's not a shock to the dad. We've had a few other meetings and I send home monthly progress reports. In fact when I mentioned to him the date and time of our graduation he said, "Oh, you're going to let him graduate?". As if I'd tell the kid he had to sit out while his friends all participated in the ceremony!



Loopy Lupin - May 12, 2006 5:34 am (#2946 of 2983)

I'm thinking of recording my running habits this summer, but I don't really want to cough up anything.—Finn

Well, if I were to begin having running habits, I'd be coughing up plenty. Ba-dum-bump!

Winlia, you weren't clear if you had already, as Mike suggested, called the parents to ask about this invitation issue. Perhaps the not-so-tactful-but-nevertheless satisfying way of finding out the information would be to call the parents and invite this other boy along to the amusement park. The parents' response to the invitation should be all that you need to know. Miss Manners will look the other way if you don't call but instead offer the invitation at a little league game within earshot of the other boy.

Anyway, the call would at least clarify where you stand because the only negative signal, up until now, has been the "being busy" for proposed playdates. I don't think that being busy a "couple" of times qualifies as a brushoff quite yet. As it is now, you might be expected at this party and it doesn't look like you're showing up.

Yes, Catherine, I am indeed going to visit Mum and the dogs this weekend. I do have a surprise in store: a big bag of laundry. It'll be like old times when I was in college.

Chemyst-- Couldn't find a good avatar of a mom in a bandit mask, but I figured Marge's mug shot would work just as well.


haymoni - May 12, 2006 5:52 am (#2947 of 2983)

Winlia - I'd just let it go.

You've already promised the waterpark thing, so finding out if your child was really invited to the party isn't going to solve anything, except requiring you to now purchase a present on top of paying for the waterpark trip.

If the invite got lost in the mail, the other mom may be nervous about approaching you on your lack of RSVP manners.

If the kids play well together going forward, that's all that matters.

I'm starting to think that these birthday parties have gotten out of hand anyway.

I'm very thankful that The Beautifulest One's birthday is in mid-August, so it usually ends up being a family affair - which is bad enough!


Puck - May 12, 2006 5:54 am (#2948 of 2983)

Perhaps the not-so-tactful-but-nevertheless satisfying way of finding out the information would be to call the parents and invite this other boy along to the Waterpark. The parents response to the invitation should be all that you need to know. -Loopy Lupin

Well, I just meant to call and politely explain the reason for your confusion, but leave it to the lawyer to find an -ummm- less direct tactic.


Thora - May 12, 2006 6:23 am (#2949 of 2983)

Whew, getting behind on this thread is not a good idea.

Now that our house guest is gone and the PODS box is empty and gone I have managed to reach my computer. I'm freezing right now though because the stupid air conditioning vent points right at me and I have to leave it going all day, lest it not start back up when we need it this afternoon. I dread telling my husband when he gets home that not only is the motor on the air conditioner not working (as he discovered last night), the motor on the dryer has decided to sieze up again too. With the 12 hour days he's been pulling I think I'll wait until morning to give him the bad news. We seem to be having a bit of rotten luck the last few months...

Mike Miller: I was really happy to see you here, I was thinking about you the other day in connection with the gathering and that fabulous hat of yours, and I often covet those excellent hogwarts maps. I'm curious as to how your daughter's trip to the mail box on her birthday, did it contain the planned letter from Hogwarts?

Well I'd best be off, I have one kid in the corner for biting her brother, and the bitten one is having fun crushing all the cheerios the youngest threw on the floor this morning. I'm watching his little friend again and they seem to be having great fun destroying everything.



kaykay1970 - May 12, 2006 7:00 am (#2950 of 2983)

Thora seems to be having the same problems I just fixed! Our air conditioner totally quit working and had to be replaced. Then my dryer had problems. I only had to replace the heating coil on it and now it is fully operational...

The Athletic Banquet was really nice. Then they started the trophy presentations. People were trying hard not to fall asleep until their sport was called. They have suggested having separate banquets next year for Fall and Spring sports. I really hope they go with that idea!
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John Bumbledore - May 12, 2006 7:22 am (#2951 of 2983)

Finn BV, you mean it isn't Finn VB? I am berry sorry avout that. I guess my fingers just followed the qwerty order on the keyboard. I wish I could correct both posts.

From now on I'll just have to remember that your initials are backwards.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Gina R Snape - May 12, 2006 7:25 am (#2952 of 2983)

I'M GOING TO SEE JKR IN AUGUST!!!!!! And I can submit TWO questions! TWO questions about Snape, but what will they BE?



(attempts to regain composure)

Oh, and btw, Fitday is a great website. I've used it in the past with great success.


Loopy Lupin - May 12, 2006 7:31 am (#2953 of 2983)

Was he in love with Lily Potter? (Before he met you, Gina, of course.)


Thora - May 12, 2006 7:32 am (#2954 of 2983)

Okay, I'm so jealous my stomach just did a flip flop....

(composes self)

I'm really happy for you Gina, I'm sure you will glean much from the experience and share every juicy detail with all of us poor, deprived fellow fans who can only hope to live it through you.


Oh and for whoever it was who is months behind on LOST, I've got good news, ABC has now made it possible to watch already aired episodes on their official web site. I'm not sure of the particulars, but it was advertised after the episode on Wednesday.



Steve Newton - May 12, 2006 7:42 am (#2955 of 2983)

Gina, Way to Go!!!!

I think the test will be to come up with questions whose answers don't obviously give away any of the upcoming plot.

Off the top of my head. Do Molly or Arthur have any other siblings than have already been mentioned? Obliquely asking about Ginny being 7th daughter.

Would YOU trust Mundungus in your house? Sort of asking about Dung and the Black objects.

Obviously I've got nothing great. More thinking required.


Gina R Snape - May 12, 2006 9:25 am (#2956 of 2983)

Thanks guys. Of course I'll report back everything.

I am, of course, only considering Snape questions.


Puck - May 12, 2006 9:34 am (#2957 of 2983)

WOOT, Gina!

That is fantastic news! Once again find myself repeating "I am not jealous, I am not jealous."

Thora, wait, do you mean I’m not supposed to have crushed Cheerios on my floor?

Kay, glad the banquet went well.

I signed the girls up for this sing-a-long with puppets on Friday mornings at the Senior Center. Great fun! Diva was her bouncy self, and Baby was trying hard to figure out how to clap.

I wonder if they have all the Lost episodes on that site? The tivo wasn't working properly, so we missed the second episode, and never seemed to catch it in the reruns.




azi - May 12, 2006 9:54 am (#2958 of 2983)

Wow, Gina, congratulations!!! **does happy dance for Gina**

I went into York today, but as I started walking it also started thundering. Next minute the wind picked up, I thought 'uh oh' and ran for cover. Just in time, as suddenly it started torrential raining with hail the size of marbles! Don't think I've ever seen rain like it. I, and a lot of other people, were stuck under a roof for 20 minutes attempting not to get wet, but failing. Fortunately in York it was the continental market, which cheered me up, as did window shopping (I showed admirable resistance to temptation by not buying anything). Then I went to a cafe and read some of PoA, so all in all it was a good day!


haymoni - May 12, 2006 9:59 am (#2959 of 2983)
Edited May 12, 2006 10:47 am

Gina - I'm guessing she will never answer the Snape/Lily question or if Snape is a spy to the nth degree, but I wonder if she would tell us who the folks are in Snape's memories that Harry saw and the circumstances that surround them.

Who is the laughing girl? Where are they with the broomsticks? Who is the man that is yelling and who is the woman who is being yelled at? Where is Snape when he is lying on his bed zapping the flies? Is that Spinner's End?

Edit: More importantly, Gina - how did you manage to ask questions of JKR??? Have you "Imperio"'d anyone???


Good Evans - May 12, 2006 11:51 am (#2960 of 2983)

Hi Folks

Just a quick post as I havent been here for a few days. Unfortunately we lost my precious doggie on Wednesday, I am to say the least devastated and those of you who are pet owners will know how I feel.

Many thanks for all the kind wishes over the past few months, she lived with the disease for five months, which isn't so bad, but it all seems to have been all in all too short a life. She would have been six next week, and I really belived (right up to the weekend just gone ) that she was going to make it to her birthday, sad to say it wasn't to be.

I shall probably keep her as my avatar for a while, as she will always be with me in spirit. We are going to get another dog and I will post the details as and when, hubby wants to get two, it will be lovely to have wet noses and waggy tails in the house again as it all seems to strange without her. I can never replace her, but we can offer other dogs a great home and love, totally immeasurable against what they give back to us though!

I just thought I would let you all know, the "chat room mob" in particular

take care all

Julie x


Gina R Snape - May 12, 2006 11:55 am (#2961 of 2983)

Oh, Good Evans how sad. I know how it is to lose a beloved pet. You have my condolences. :sad:

Azi, I loooove York. It's one of my favourite places in all of the United Kingdom.

haymoni, anyone who purchases tickets can go to a URL printed on your receipt and submit one question per author. Since I bought tickets for two nights, I can submit two questions.


The giant squid - May 12, 2006 12:00 pm (#2962 of 2983)

Thankfully I will get a haircut today--it hasn't be cut since early March---EEEK—Catherine

Early March--that's awful! Why, I just got my hair cut last...September 1994. Luckily for me, my wife prefers "longhairs".

Marie, your weather may have calmed down but it's just getting nasty here. I saw a news report last night saying it'll top out over 100 this weekend (38 C) and probably stay there for awhile... I had hoped that the nastiness would hold off a little longer. To be fair, though, it's been in the low-to-mid 90s for the last couple weeks, so I doubt I'll even feel the difference. How jaded am I--it doesn't start to feel "hot" until the mercury hits the 110 mark!

Thora: just tell people the crushed Cheerios are an avant garde art project. They'll call you a genius and pay thousands for it. Or not.

I'm surprised that Miss Manners actually agreed with one of my suggestions. To be fair, though, my actual response would have been closer to "screw 'em, he can make new friends." I'm something of a cynic, though. And, strangely, I actually have friends; go figure.

Congrats, Gina! I couldn't begin to think of how to narrow down the 1,000,001 possible questions for JKR, so my envy is somewhat dulled.



haymoni - May 12, 2006 12:15 pm (#2963 of 2983)

That's great, Gina!

As I will probably never get to New York, I will live vicariously through you.

I guess there is no guarantee that she will actually answer all the questions, but maybe if enough fans of the books are there, you won't have to hear about "how to be an author" or "how to get ideas".


Tazzygirl - May 12, 2006 12:39 pm (#2964 of 2983)

Just a quick stop in- lots of errands to run today!

YEAY to Gina!! I am so jealous!! Hope JKR answers all of the Snape questions!!!! WHOOO-HOOOOO!!!

Good Evans- I am so sorry about your dog. The good thing is that she will no longer suffer. ((((((((((HUG)))))))))

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!



Julie Aronson - May 12, 2006 1:41 pm (#2965 of 2983)

Congrats, Gina!

I'm so sorry about your dog, Julie.

Off to study Property. One more exam and it's over!!!


Puck - May 12, 2006 2:34 pm (#2966 of 2983)

Oh, Julie, I'm so sorry. I'm sure she had lots of love in the years she lived.

Good luck, Julie A.!

Happy RotD,



Herm oh ninny - May 12, 2006 2:56 pm (#2967 of 2983)

Gina, if I were a Slytherin, I'd imperio you and force you to hand over your tickets! LOL Seriously though, I am soo excited for you! Perhaps you could ask Jo if Snape's parents are still alive, and if they are, where are they?

Julie, I'm soo sorry about your dog. Have a big (((HUG))) from me and a couple of wet snouts from my two chihuahuas!

I have had a week off since my last class, and now my first summer class starts on Monday I will then have classes until August 12! Great summer, eh?

Well, I'm off to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory with my sisters! YUMMY! Have a great RotD guys!


Nathan Zimmermann - May 12, 2006 3:01 pm (#2968 of 2983)

I may end up having a very challenging summer. I am debating whether or not restart my martial arts training that I had to put on hold it has been 11 years since I trained actively.


Finn BV - May 12, 2006 3:07 pm (#2969 of 2983)

We'll be starting a new thread soon! Yay!

winlia, I've had the reverse experience -- being the person who didn't invite a child who was apparently upset at not being invited. I must admit that I said that she was invited, but the invitation must have been lost in the mail, and I commented that other people's invitations had been lost too -- which is entirely true. We then invited her over the phone. I was happy to though, I didn't hold a grudge. (As it turns out, she was busy that day anyway.) Though it's hard when you're 8 or 9, as you get older a key thing to having events to which the entire world is not invited is to keep it quiet! If I'm inviting five people to a movie or something, I will ALWAYS say to please not mention it in school, nor talk about it to others at school. Good luck!

Mike, good thinking. **coldly compresses**

Loopy, I read your joke four times before I got it.

Jumbledore, not a problem. Bust letting you know.

Gina, I have to get my tickets, but I will be going too!!! What day are you planned for, so perhaps we can run into each other?? I see you are going both nights. Hmmm… I bet tickets are selling fast…

Julie (Good Evans), I'm so sorry for you. Cheering charms to your family.

Herm oh ninny, good to see you. Hope that amidst your classes you'll be back more often.

Nathan, if you've got the time, I say go with the martial arts.

I had an interesting day. I woke up at 4:30 in the morning (considering coming on to wave to Squid Mike), but with a searing stomach pain. In an hour I had taken a bunch of medicines and fell back asleep, and when I reawoke at 7, I felt great. Hmmm… Anyway, it's Friday, so I am happy!!! Wooohooo! Two more weeks of school, and in less than a month I'll be on the other side of the pond!

Enjoy the RotD!


Tazzygirl - May 12, 2006 3:17 pm (#2970 of 2983)

Nathan Z.- ...I am debating whether or not restart my martial arts training.

Which type of martial arts, and what level belt did you get up to? It's kind of funny, but I am thinking the same thing, although it has only been about 4 years since I last took a class. I was in TaeKwonDo, and was training to become an instructor, but school 'got in the way' and then I moved. Hopefully I can start it up again!

...is really wishing she could get tickets for both a plane ride to New York and to JKR's thingy... sigh.



kaykay1970 - May 12, 2006 3:39 pm (#2971 of 2983)

I'm so sorry about your dog Good Evans. ((hugs))

My husband took me out to my favorite Chinese restaurant today for Mother's Day gift. Then I got an unexpected gift from the three year old. He threw a fit to go watch the koi in the fish pond. He tried to make a "fish face". He stuck out his lips and blew spit all over my face. How sweet!! My 8 year old brought home a live flower in a small bucket that she decorated herself. I hated to tell her that I am allergic to flowers.


Nathan Zimmermann - May 12, 2006 3:53 pm (#2972 of 2983)

Tazzy, reached the level of a red belt, in a style of Korean karate called Soo Bahk Do. The ranking I reached is two belts away from what is termed in the that style of karate as a midnight blue belt. The midnight blue belt is equivalent to the blck belt in other systems of martial arts


Eponine - May 12, 2006 4:10 pm (#2973 of 2983)

Julie, I'm sorry about your dog. *hugs*

Gina and Finn, I am so jealous. I know some other people who are going, and I'm jealous of everyone! Why do I have to live in the South?

Why, I just got my hair cut last...September 1994. – Mike

My marriage has lasted through (so far) three of my brother's haircuts. He gets it cut a little more often than you do, but we think it's a funny way to gauge our relationship.

My dishwasher has finally stopped spitting soap everywhere. Thanks for the advice.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Chemyst - May 12, 2006 4:25 pm (#2974 of 2983)

Yea! to Gina and Finn— you guys are going to make Stephen King and John Irving feel like also-rans because their fans will be such milquetoasts by comparison to Jo's.

My question suggestion would be similar to Herm oh ninny's in that I'd want to find out more about Snape's parents, but I was going to try to phrase it so that his parents' status would come out during the answer to a different question. Something like, "Snape seemed like such a loner at Hogwarts; how close was he to his mum when he wasn't busy teaching?" or "Is Spinner's End a family home that he inherited complete with its furnishings, or did he decorate it himself when he moved out of his parents' house?" Ask something that might give a clue to the I'm a Prince/Irma Pince theory of his mother-in-hiding.

Nathan, I used to have a crayon named midnight blue... not that it has anything to do with much of anything. Success In Training charms to you.


Tazzygirl - May 12, 2006 4:50 pm (#2975 of 2983)

Wow, Nathan! It always throws me off at how many different branches of martial arts there are. Good luck if/when you restart training! I was testing for the probationary 2nd degree blackbelt when I left. In Taekwondo, I believe, when you reach the Senior 8th degree you become a master... Not too sure though. In Taekwondo, the ranks in belts are: white, yellow, green, senior green, (technically could be midnight) blue, senior blue, purple, senior purple, red, senior red, probationary 1st degree black, decided 1st degree black, senior 1st degree, probationary 2nd degree... and so on.

...I know you all wanted to learn that... I'll stop now. hehehe.



HungarianHorntail11 - May 12, 2006 5:03 pm (#2976 of 2983)
Edited May 12, 2006 6:01 pm

Hi everyone!

I just came across this thread and though I did not read through all 2,975 posts (probably more like the last 20 or so), I am glad to have discovered it.

The very first post in the center of my page was yours, Gina, announcing your meeting w/JKR! Wow, that is really exciting! I am sure you will come up with some great questions and can't wait for you to share the answers with us.

BTW, what is going on in NY? Where have I been?? We are a stone's throw from NYC and am wondering if there is something we may be missing?

Good Evans, I am so sorry to hear about your dog. *sending a hug* I still remember when ours became ill - she was 11 and I really thought she would make it to 13, but never did. (Six seems far too young) Ours was a Siberian Husky and quite a character. That was over nine years ago. We never got another dog because my husband felt as though it was too difficult to lose something that did not live nearly long enough. Anyway, I feel your pain and hope that the new puppies will liven up your home and bring you much joy.


boop - May 12, 2006 5:24 pm (#2977 of 2983)

Congrats to Finn, and Gina!!!

Big Hugs to Julie, sorry for your family loss.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

big hugs



Finn BV - May 12, 2006 6:20 pm (#2978 of 2983)

HH11, first see The Leaky Cauldron’s Tuesday post, and then the follow-up, yesterday's post.

I am going on Tuesday night. I'm in the orchestra, row N. Mom splurged for the second-most expensive tickets for my 14th birthday present, as that's only a few days after, but the guy gave us orchestra tickets for the cheap price. Yay! Gina, hope you might be in Row N as well… by concidence.

Since we ordered our tickets by phone, I have to wait to get the URL to submit the question.

But keep the suggestions coming!


Puck - May 12, 2006 6:23 pm (#2979 of 2983)

HH, welcome to the chat thread! Can't believe you haven't been here before! Nice to have you aboard.

Wish I could get tickets, as I'm only hours from NYC, but the babe won't be fully weaned until the fall, so I can't exactly take off and leave. Perhaps the following summer there could be a book release party? (Hope to get book 7 summer 2007.)

Glad the healing charms worked on the dishwasher!

Hmmm, starting to wonder if there's a reason my son has only been invited to one birthday party all year. Diva has been invited to several. He hasn't said anything about missing any, so at least I don't have to worry about hurt feelings -yet.

LOL Kay! What a sweet present! :Sillygrin:

Happy RotD! Kathy


Loopy Lupin - May 12, 2006 7:20 pm (#2980 of 2983)

Early March--that's awful! Why, I just got my hair cut last...September 1994. Luckily for me, my wife prefers "longhairs". – Mike

My mental picture of you is now complete. I'm confident I could pick you out of a lineup now.

Well, I made it home and have been sufficiently slobbered on by dogs. So sorry about your dog Julie.


HungarianHorntail11 - May 12, 2006 7:36 pm (#2981 of 2983)

Thanks for the response and the links, Finn. I am guessing it would be too late to purchase tickets. What a shame, Olivia would surely have enjoyed it.

Wish I could get tickets, as I'm only hours from NYC, but the babe won't be fully weaned until the fall, so I can't exactly take off and leave.

Puck, having put in nearly 7 years myself (among 3, that is), I fully understand. Also, thanks for the welcome!


EDIT: Finn, I tried the Ticketmaster link from the Leaky Cauldron site but it did not recognize Rowling, JKR, JK Rowling, et al and I tried to look up by way of Radio City, but all to no avail. Does this sound pathetic, or what?

I will keep trying, though. I got through on the RCity site. WE'RE GOING!!!


Finn BV - May 12, 2006 7:40 pm (#2982 of 2983)

HH, too late, not at all!! Tickets just went on sale today!! Hurry up, hurry up!!

Just speaking for the hosts, as it has not yet been said: as this is the 2995th post of a thread with a capacity of 3000, I suggest we halt our discussions until the new chat thread is made.


Kip Carter - May 12, 2006 8:24 pm (#2983 of 2983)

I have closed out this thread. I will leave it here for an undetermined amount of time to give those who could possibly be interested in what has happened since this thread was created. Just think 2,983 posts in 121 days. This thread was begun January 12, 2006. I can see that this group is quite chatty. I hope everyone enjoyed having this thread available.

The new thread is #10 Chat and Greeting Thread for Members. Have fun and enjoy the Forums!
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-- Chat and Greeting Thread (12 May 06 to 27 Jul 06)

Edited Aug 6, 2006 3:40 am

This thread is established for each of you so inclined to chat on the main discussion threads. With this thread, I hope that all chat-type posts will no longer disrupt the other threads.

This is the tenth thread provided for chat-type posts since September 25, 2003. The first -- Chat and Greeting Thread (25 Sep 03 to 26 Feb 04) had 2752 messages before it was closed out February 26, 2004. The second -- Chat and Greeting Thread (25 Feb 04 to 15 Jun 04) had 2912 messages before it was closed out June 15, 2004. The third -- Chat and Greeting Thread (15 Jun 04 to 2 Sep 04) had 2954 when closed out September 2, 2004. The fourth -- Chat and Greeting Thread (2 Sep 04 to 30 Nov 04) had 2977 when closed out November 30, 2004. The fifth -- Chat and Greeting Thread (1 Dec 04 to 14 Mar 05) had 2956 when closed down March 14, 2005. The sixth -- Chat and Greeting Thread (15 Mar 05 to 6 Jun 05) had 2981 when closed down June 6, 2005. The seventh -- Chat and Greeting Thread (6 Jun 05 to 31 Aug 05) had 2967 when closed down August 31, 2005. The eighth -- Chat and Greeting Thread (31 Aug 05 to 12 Jan 06) had 2980 when closed down January 12, 2006. The ninth -- Chat and Greeting Thread (12 Jan 06 to 12 May 06) had 2983 when closed down May 12, 2006. Eventually the ninth thread will join the first eight threads in the = Archived Discussion Between Members Group Folder!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 12, 2006 8:28 pm (#1 of 2979)        

The first post on the new thread! Thanks Kip, for the new thread!

Thanks, Finn, for the rally. I probably would not have pursued it if you had not given me the nudge. The three of us are going on Tuesday night. Hooray!!


Mrs. Sirius - May 12, 2006 8:41 pm (#2 of 2979)        
Edited May 12, 2006 9:11 pm

Woa, I never get this close to number one!

Weee, I am off to a Mother Day "Wellness" spa day. (It's for the entire weekend but I dare take only the one day). A full day of canoeing, kayak ing, yoga, massage, cooking class etc, etc. As it has been pouring for the past several days and is expected to continue to pour, I doubt anyone will find me near the water. I am still in lurker mode but have found the RotD discussing amusing, thanks Gina, Bumbledore and of course Madame Pince.

Congratulations to the over achievers!

To all the Moms, Slackermoms or Perfect Moms alike HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! and RotD

Marie, you are brave to be honest about hold kids back or repeating a year. Many parents around here are wrestling this this question here to hold them back or let them go on. I let the girls start school before they actually turn 5, it was a good decision but a number of other parents are struggling with their decision. The cut-off dates to start school should be more consistant at least within a school system


Herm oh ninny - May 12, 2006 11:10 pm (#3 of 2979)        

Well, I was having dinner at the Cheesecake Factory with my sisters and I told them about Jo's reading in NY. My sister then says to me "We should go!" and my other sister agreed! Well, I just bought three tickets for the Tuesday, August 1st reading!!!! I am soo excited! Despite waiting until 2 in the morning to order tickets, we still got pretty good seats! We are in Orchestra 2 row N! I am soooo excited!


Lina - May 13, 2006 1:30 am (#4 of 2979)        

I came to the forum this morning and noticed 3 new posts in the chat thread and thought "how well, they were not posting much while I was sleeping"... until I noticed the new thread below the old...

((((Julie)))), hugs. I'm sorry it happened so soon. Have you considered the idea of taking a mutt? I understand they get ill more rarely.

Kristina, I'm sorry, but I just need to say this: I had a friend who was training Taekwondo and I remember him showing off with his legs "flying in the air". And I just had to think about the reason for you not to like the horses and to ask you: are you sure it is a good idea? I wouldn't want to be the one who ruins the party, but maybe you should talk to a doctor first... And hope soon we will be able to talk in the chat room.

Wow, Maria, I wasn't aware that you weren't participating this thread, who knows why? Maybe you should discover the JK Rowling Official Site thread too. And yay for you going there too! Actually, it almost sounds like another Forum gathering!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 13, 2006 3:40 am (#5 of 2979)        

Actually, it almost sounds like another Forum gathering!

I think you could be right, Lina. I am happy to be going and the girls are very excited, to say the least! I told the girls it is part of their birthday presents, though their birthdays are in June. I will give them the tks in an envelope, as I have tickets in hand - printed them out last night - Hooray!

Herm oh ninny, Cheesecake Factory is great, isn't it? Our seats are Orch 2 on Tuesday as well. Imagine if our seats were right next to each other?? But what are the odds of that, right?

Anyone who is going, would it be possible to arrange a meeting beforehand? (Afterward may be too late for those with a long ride back.)

Okay Lina, JK Rowling Official Site. Got it. As soon as I catch up on the other 200+ posts (conservative guess) I have fallen behind on, I will check it out. Thanks!


Puck - May 13, 2006 5:43 am (#6 of 2979)        

So happy for Maria (and Olivia), as well as Herm oh Ninny! Wish I could be there!

Have fun, Mrs. Sirius!

Happy RotD, Kathy


Holly T. - May 13, 2006 7:58 am (#7 of 2979)        

Julie, I'm so sorry about your dog!

Kristina, there are at least two different styles (not sure if that is the right word)--they have different belt colors, different progressions in ranks, and different forms. I learned all this while trying to find info online to help my son practice his forms. He took--and passed!--his black belt test in December at age 7 and a half. :-) He's been doing TKD since he was 4. It's been great for him and he really enjoys it. Fortunately he had the black belt test before he broke his arm, spent a month in a cast, and then started baseball season, so after going to TKD every day for the few months before the black belt test (he usually goes three days a week) he's only been going once or twice the past few months.

Editing to say that I am not trying to be a know-it-all, LOL, but when Kristina said TKD I thought "cool," then realized she meant the other kind. Not that it isn't cool, just that I know about the other kind.

How great for all of you that get to go see JKR! **jealous** (and very far from NYC!)


Finn BV - May 13, 2006 9:09 am (#8 of 2979)        

Herm oh ninny, our seats are in row N too, I think… Wouldn't that be weird??

Enjoy the RotD!


azi - May 13, 2006 10:21 am (#9 of 2979)        

**hugs** to Julie! It is good you have lovely memories of your dog! I hope you'll be able to find another wonderful dog soon!

Gina - York is also one of my favourite places in the UK! I admit it was a significant factor in my decision on University.

Have a lovely time at the spa, Mrs. Sirius!

Congratulations to everyone going to see JKR! I'm sure you'll have a great time (and make the rest of us jealous )!

Finally...Liverpool won the FA Cup!!! One of the best footie matches I've seen in a long time! WOOHOO! I was seriously on the edge of my seat for most of it, surrounded by West Ham supporters! I only went to watch it because of the Dean Thomas - West Ham connection (although supporting Liverpool).


Herm oh ninny - May 13, 2006 12:34 pm (#10 of 2979)        

Our seats are Orch 2 on Tuesday as well. Imagine if our seats were right next to each other?? -HungarianHorntail11

Herm oh ninny, our seats are in row N too, I think… Wouldn't that be weird??—Finn

Our seats are Orchestra 2 row N seats 201-203. Can you imagine if we all were right next to each other? LOL

I am now trying to think of a good question to ask Jo. I was thinking about asking her how Phoenixes are created or where they come from. What do you guys think?

HungarianHorntail11-- Yes, it's one of my favorite restaurants!


Finn BV - May 13, 2006 12:42 pm (#11 of 2979)        

Congrats to Liverpool, azi!

Herm oh ninny, I'm almost positive we're in row N 213-214. LOL!!


Marè - May 13, 2006 12:49 pm (#12 of 2979)        

Envy envy envy
But seriously, I'm so happy that all the real potties seem to be going, that is as it should be!

And maybe some-one can ask how uncle algie managed to grab a mimbulus mimbletonia from an empire that doesn't exist anymore:
Chris., "+ Mimbulus mimbletonia" #15, 12 May 2004 3:51 am

Or one of the questions from this list:

Or ask her if James parents are on the Black family tree (even though the ages of the Potters don't correspond with the canon from the books)

Ideas enough?


Julie Aronson - May 13, 2006 12:54 pm (#13 of 2979)        

OK. I'm back from my final final. It was not good.

The professor said he wasn't used to writing two hour tests, so he gave us three to take it, just in case we ran over a bit. After three hours, I had answered 25 multiple choice (complicated ones), one decent essay, one sketchy essay, and one sentence on the third.

Not good.

Oh well. It's over for now...argh.


Detail Seeker - May 13, 2006 12:56 pm (#14 of 2979)        

If all of you visitors to JKR´s reading wear a HPLF-Logo somewhere visible, you ought to find each other. Maré did that last year during Accio.

Have a nice meeting afterwards !


kaykay1970 - May 13, 2006 12:58 pm (#15 of 2979)        

Maybe if enough people ask JKR for another reading (in, say Nashville, TN, Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 2752390508 )  maybe she would consider it? Hmmm...Hungarian Horntail gave me the idea in the chat room. Hee Hee! Maybe Denise can back me up on this one! Seriously though I hope everyone has a great time at the reading! Detail seekers idea is great! Maybe you could all wear a shirt with your current avatar so everyone knows who you are...


HungarianHorntail11 - May 13, 2006 1:12 pm (#16 of 2979)        

We are Orch2, Row N seats 206, 207 and 208!!! How great is that????

Good suggestion, Detail Seeker. I don't think we can get away with T-shirts, so we'd have to come up with another way. There is always the old reliable cell phone. Or a meeting place and time, like a Starbucks or something. Anyone familiar with the immediate area? I have a friend who grew up in Brooklyn. I will see if she knows. (She is my "tour guide" whenever we venture into the city - which is usually to Nintendo and American Girl stores.)

Afterwards is fine with me, my drive is only about 20-25 minutes home. I am sure, though that that is not the situation with everyone else. So, is before or after better? Although, if our seats are so close by, we will probably meet up then, too!

Julie, try not to fret. You probably did better than you think you did. And if the professor made such a comment, he may take his "test writing abilities" into account and be lenient in the grading. But for now, you're free!

kaykay, I'll send a letter, too. I would even consider driving to TN, since we've made the triangle (NJ-FL-LA-NJ) and that was no problem.

Okay, that's a good idea, Mare. Just printed the logo. Thanks for the suggestion.


kaykay1970 - May 13, 2006 1:20 pm (#17 of 2979)        

I'm just kidding about the Nashville thing HH. But thanks, you are too kind! You could always put your Hungarian Horntail avatar on a shirt!


Marè - May 13, 2006 1:21 pm (#18 of 2979)        

Like Detail Seeker said, I made a HPLex forum keychain.

Just print the Lex logo twice, glue it to a piece of carton and plasticify (sp) it (large piece of tape works too) add keychain and taadaa: Lexlogokeychain thingy...


Tazzygirl - May 13, 2006 1:27 pm (#19 of 2979)        

Lina- Are you sure it is a good idea? I wouldn't want to be the one who ruins the party, but maybe you should talk to a doctor first... And hope soon we will be able to talk in the chat room.

When I was taking TaeKwonDo a couple years ago, it actually helped my back. I was probably in the best shape of my life! When I had the episode with the mules- (for those of you who don't know, I went to Yosemite National Park last summer and rode a mule up a trail. By the time I got back down, I had managed to pull a muscle and mess one of the spinal discs in my lower back or something along those lines. I spent the next several months in physical therapy and then in December had a surgery.)- I was using movement in my lower back that I had never used before. That’s what caused the injury. But now that you think about it, I probably should make sure it is OK to start TKD again. Thanks Lina for suggesting that! Since I had the surgery I felt like I could do anything again. See you in the chat room!!

Holly- TKD is strange in that there are several different branches. This little boy who lived across the street from me started TKD because I was in it. He went to a different school than I did, and had an entirely different system (they seemed stricter than my TKD school too.). I think its neat! Congratulations to your son!

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N and a great weekend!!



The giant squid - May 13, 2006 2:54 pm (#20 of 2979)        

From the "old" thread...

I woke up at 4:30 in the morning (considering coming on to wave to Squid Mike)—Finn

I just wanted to point out that your 4:30 is my 1:30, so I was almost certainly awake. I might not have been on the Forum, though, as I have houseguests this week.

Congrats to everyone who managed to score tickets to JKR's reading. Sounds like the Forumers are taking up a good chunk of row N... I feel bad for the guys stuck between HH11 & Finn--maybe you can get them to swap seats.



Marè - May 13, 2006 3:01 pm (#21 of 2979)        

Maybe you can get them to join the forums....


Gina R Snape - May 13, 2006 3:02 pm (#22 of 2979)        

Actually, Detail Seeker, I was thinking today we should have some sort of gathering. I have some local people who want to meet up as well.

Shall we post a new thread for people going to see JKR in NYC, to try and organise and meet up?


Marè - May 13, 2006 3:07 pm (#23 of 2979)        

Sure, why not. There are enough of you going. I think it's great to have a forum sort of gathering.

I just demand pictures!

Edit: and a transcript of the questions :sweetsmilepleadingsmiliehere:


HungarianHorntail11 - May 13, 2006 3:33 pm (#24 of 2979)        

Sounds great, Gina. Could you post a link if you start a new thread, please - for those of us who seem to have difficulty locating threads.

Mare, I will take pics, but I can't promise much, as my old digital is not too great and my new camera to be, well. . . it has magically transformed into 3 JKR tickets.


Edit: Hey Mike, I'm not THAT chatty - only when someone's sitting next to me. . . or I'm on the computer, or the phone. Anyway, I have a feeling that whoever sits between Lex fans will gladly switch after the first few minutes.


winlia - May 13, 2006 3:40 pm (#25 of 2979)        

Good Evans, So sorry to hear about the pup. I know how it hurts. We've had pets for years (keeping picking up strays) and we've lost several, most recently our 9-1/2 year-old German Shepherd last August.

My Brother had a collie before I was born (there's 14 years between us). My Mother mentioned that dog a few weeks before she died in 2005, and by Brother mentioned her a few months ago. Fifty years later, people are still mourning that pup, that's how they worm their way into your heart. (Hmmm. Wonder if anyone will speak of me 50 years after I'm gone. I won't bet on it.)

Meanwhile, the sad saga of my uninvited son continues. I got a call from his teacher yesterday. He was called to the principal's office because he tossed a water bottle to a friend in the boy's room. (Apparently the friend had forgotten it.) Son was supposed to be a bathroom monitor for his 2nd grade class, but he was caught in this heinous act by a bathroom monitor from another class. The monitor didn't know Son's name, so they had all the boys line-up, and Son was ID'd. Then a few minutes later, the principal called Son to his office over the PA system, and proceeded to tell him that any further infractions would result in his being barred from the end-of-school activities. (The teacher hinted that she thought the punishment a bit excessive.) Son's only been in official trouble once this year, also bathroom related (he peeked in another classroom on the way to the bathroom very early in the year), but he did get several checkmarks on his report card for general disruptiveness. So now Son requires a parental signature on a "Think Sheet" the gist of which states that in the future he will hand over rather than toss the water bottle. Good grief. I've no doubt Son is capable of causing trouble, but this seems like a bit much fuss given that it's all based on another kid's word.

Thanks for all the party-related advice. We did decide to proceed to the water park.


kaykay1970 - May 13, 2006 4:01 pm (#26 of 2979)        

Whoa Winlia, I thought you were going to say he peeked into the girl's room or something! Yes, I agree that the "water bottle incident" was a bit blown out of proportion!


Loopy Lupin - May 13, 2006 4:04 pm (#27 of 2979)        

The professor said he wasn't used to writing two hour tests, so he gave us three to take it, just in case we ran over a bit. After three hours, I had answered 25 multiple choice (complicated ones), one decent essay, one sketchy essay, and one sentence on the third.

Goodness! That sounds like my Con law professor. His exam was 27 pages long. Keep in mind that everyone was in the same boat as you were. Sometimes the bell curve is a good thing.


HungarianHorntail11 - May 13, 2006 4:47 pm (#28 of 2979)        
Edited May 13, 2006 5:46 pm

winlia, sounds to me as though both bathroom incidents have been blown out of proportion. I should think the 'lineup' and an apology should have sufficed for punishment, especially if your son was indeed throwing the bottle to him rather than at him. Is it a military school of some sort? I must be missing something.

That being said, as you know, such things do happen and I recommend that you let him know that you believe/support him. I think that would cancel out pretty much anything else.

Happy Mother's Day, all you mommies!


Puck - May 13, 2006 4:56 pm (#29 of 2979)        

ROFL! They have con classes in law school! That is just too funny!

Oh, everyone have a great time in row N! How great you are all sitting together. *gives up on pretending not to be jealous*

We went to my niece's First Communion today. It's hard to believe she's that age already. We had a nice time visiting with family. And now I'm ready to relax and start Mother's Day a bit early.

Happy RotD!



boop - May 13, 2006 6:07 pm (#30 of 2979)        

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!!

hugs always



Gina R Snape - May 13, 2006 7:02 pm (#31 of 2979)        

Ok, for all those going to see JKR at Radio City and would like to meet up, I started a new thread. It can be found here


winlia - May 13, 2006 7:30 pm (#32 of 2979)        

Good advice, HH11

No, it's not a military school, just a suburban public school with a principal who takes bathroom deportment seriously.

kaykay1970 It's funny you should mention the girls' room. A few months ago on a Saturday night, my husband and I were painting the dining room ceiling. (We really know how to live.) He put on "Shrek II" to occupy the kids. They were playing in the living room as well as watching the movie. He went in the living room awhile later and let out a primal scream. Shrek had ending and adult programing had come on at about 9:00 in the evening. Weird programing choice, to say the least. Son couldn't understand what the fuss was. He just calmly replied that they weren't watching and truly appeared to have no interest. I assume such innocence won't last long.

Congrats to all you Radio City folks. But really, shouldn't she be staying at home and writing? Smile


Gina R Snape - May 13, 2006 7:58 pm (#33 of 2979)        

Congrats to all you Radio City folks. But really, shouldn't she be staying at home and writing? Smile

LOL. That thought has crossed my mind too, winlia!


Finn BV - May 13, 2006 8:09 pm (#34 of 2979)        

Mare-, I will definitely consider a question from the open letter. Nothing's popping out at me right now as the right one – yet – so I'll keep looking around. But I will keep those in mind. And of course I will take pictures!! Not sure if they'll let you take them inside the theater, but… I'll try my best for a transcript. Surely somebody official will take one?

Julie, sorry the final wasn't so good! Sure you did great – just don't think about Harry's History of Magic exam!!

About meeting up – please see my post on the new thread Finn BV, "Meeting up after JKR at Radio City 8/1 & 8/2" #1, 13 May 2006 8:00 pm.

I might not have been on the Forum, though, as I have houseguests this week. --Squid Mike

Naturally you were entertaining them at 1:30 on a Friday morning.

winlia, tsk to your son's principal! I would hate to see Fred and George at the school – sounds like even thinking about their jokes would cause havoc!!

They have con classes in law school! That is just too funny! --Kathy

LOL!! I was thinking the exact same thing!

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers… and others! (Hey, that rhymes. )

Enjoy the RotD!


The giant squid - May 13, 2006 9:30 pm (#35 of 2979)        

   Naturally you were entertaining them at 1:30 on a Friday morning.

Actually, at 1:30AM Friday I was at work. That whole "making sure the new movies are OK before showing them to the public" thing...

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms in attendance, even though by my watch (and the Forum clock) it's still 2 1/2 hours until Sunday.



Puck - May 14, 2006 4:56 am (#36 of 2979)        

Happy Mother's Day!

Of course, in honor of the day, I'm up at 7:30am with the children. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 1242194059   Baby is getting her two front teeth, so sleep is a bit tricky.

Hey, Mike, was wondering if you've gotten a look at Poseidon. Worth a baby-sitter?




Loopy Lupin - May 14, 2006 5:17 am (#37 of 2979)        

They have con classes in law school! That is just too funny! --Kathy

LOL!! I was thinking the exact same thing! – Finn

Ooopsie. "Con" would be short for "constitutional," but in many different ways, it's the same difference.


Good Evans - May 14, 2006 5:56 am (#38 of 2979)        

HI guys, many thanks for all the kind words, they are appreciated and you are all the greatest ! **big group hug back to all**

Went to a quiz last night to raise money for a local hospice, the evening was a great success, in that we raised loads of money, but unfortunately the organisation was not so good and we didn’t find out where we finished as only the top three were eventually named (and well we weren’t top three!!) and it took so long to name the winners that lots of folk had left before the end anyway.

One HP question and can you believe I almost got it wrong!!! I gave an answer and then realised before the papers were marked that I had given the wrong answer and they kindly let me change it - I would never have lived that down!!!!

I said the name of Hagrids three headed dog was "Fang!" duh!!!!!!!

when I realised what I had done the rest of the table were besides themselves laughing as hubby had made a big thing about what a fan I was.

red faces all round!!


Puck - May 14, 2006 6:07 am (#39 of 2979)        

Julie, how does this work? You pay to go, take a quiz, and the top three get a prize? Sounds fun. Oh, I believe the face you're looking for is

Hugs back to you!



Good Evans - May 14, 2006 6:18 am (#40 of 2979)        

thanks Kathy - yes that would be the one!!!

you pay to enter, supper (fish and chips) is thrown in you buy raffle tickets and pay for a couple of silly games during the evening and the winning team only got a prize this time, often it is the top three. Yes it was fun, other than the comperes lack of time management skills. He dropped the last two rounds as they decided the evening had just got too late, he also rushed about four rounds before so it was starting to get difficult to think of the answers he moved really quickly.

weird and wonderful questions covering almost every subject, it was good fun on the whole. And the chips were nice, I haven't had chips in ages.


Julie Aronson - May 14, 2006 7:28 am (#41 of 2979)        

Thanks for the hope on my final! Yes, the bell curve can be a good thing! but all I can do now is wait.

Happy Mother's Day!!!



Finn BV - May 14, 2006 7:57 am (#42 of 2979)        

Of course, Mike… I too was wondering about Poseidon.

Sounds fun, Julie! At least you could change your answer!

Happy Mother's Day again!


winlia - May 14, 2006 8:15 am (#43 of 2979)        

After watching "Iron Chef American" with my son last night (Son likes cooking and watching cooking shows, doesn't want to eat any of it), I had a dream that my husband brought a squid home as a pet, claiming that it would help me with my golf game. This squid didn't require water, kept slithering around the house and biting the cat on the nose. Meanwhile, a golf pro was sitting around waiting to fit me with golf clubs and was disgusted because I was occupied with trying to control the squid. (Had a cute image of the squid finally curled up on the daybed. Of course, we don't have a daybed. Aren't dreams great?) The golf club this strange man in my house wanted to sell to me was much too short (and if that's not Freudian, I don't know what is). I kept checking web sites in order to find the correct work phone for my husband, which is wild because he works from a home office (I should have just opened the office door and tossed the squid in, that would teach him), and the dream ended with my reaching him and telling him to come get his silly squid.

I may never golf again. Smile

Happy Mother's Day!


Puck - May 14, 2006 9:53 am (#44 of 2979)        

A dream about the Giant Squid as a baby! Tell us, Winlia, do you support the DIGS theory?

Thanks for the explanation, Julie! Will remember that one next time someone needs a fundraising idea.

Cheers! Kathy


winlia - May 14, 2006 10:41 am (#45 of 2979)        


What's the DIGS theory?


Catherine - May 14, 2006 11:38 am (#46 of 2979)        

What's the DIGS theory? –Winlia

DIGS is an acronym that stands for "Dumbledore is the Giant Squid."

There have been some amusing references to DIGS on the Forum.

I'm back in Greenville. I feel very "celebrated." I drove home through a massive thunderstorm, so I'm off to recline on the sofa with a cold compress.

Happy Mother's Day to all.

**jealous hexes to all those who scored tickets to see Jo read in NYC! **


Marè - May 14, 2006 2:07 pm (#47 of 2979)        

For the DIGS theory, just click &pbsp; here &pbsp;


Tazzygirl - May 14, 2006 2:24 pm (#48 of 2979)        

Happy Mother's Day!!

I feel bad, as my mom won't be getting her gift until Tuesday or Wednesday (just ordered it today... ). I am the only one in my family that usually has gifts and cards arriving on the exact day of the event, so this is killing me. But, as Mother's Day is a Sunday, nothing would have arrived anyways. Oh well.

I had a fabulous day yesterday. I went and had my hair colored and styled with a friend, and then I came back to pick the kiddies up and along with my friend and her son, went out to dinner. It was great!

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



Madam Pince - May 14, 2006 3:25 pm (#49 of 2979)        

Julie, I am so very sorry about the loss of your dog -- condolences and (((hugs))) to you. Wah....

Welcome to the Forum, winlia! I had a horrible sinking feeling there for a second, reading your recent post about Iron Chef and then the immediate segue into something about the Giant Squid -- I had an awful mental picture of Mike in a great big steaming cauldron, waving his many arms in the air...

Too funny -- when I'm talking in my head, (OK, OK, no comments) I always say "Remainder of the Day" for RotD. (And I even made it up, apparently!) I think we were talking something about admiring Anthony Hopkins or something, weren't we? At the same time that Finn was mentioned the awkward long-phrase way of signing off the Forum? Anyway, it seemed like a good idea at the time!

Happy Mother's Day to all you Forum moms out there, and also to JKR, and Lily, and Molly, and probably even Narcissa, I suppose.... it must be very rough to be Draco's mom.....

Had a great weekend with the girls! (Puck, cover your eyes here...) It didn't rain on us at all -- only once between about midnight and 1:00 a.m., so we decided that meant we would just have to stay a little longer at the Georgetown piano bar we were in, even though we really and truly wanted to go home, because it would just be silly to try to catch a cab in the rain on a Friday night on M Street, now wouldn't it? Singers we are not, but we had fun trying!

Azi, I needed some of your resistance to temptation, because I was a very bad girl in the shops. At one point I was actually carrying one bag each from Victoria's Secret, Nine West, Banana Republic, and Dean and Deluca, and trust me -- it's not very often (read: never) that that happens with me -- I was so excited! ***girlie moment*** I'm usually carrying bags from K-Mart and Food Lion and the Hospice Thrift Shop and maybe Kay-Bee Toys Outlet. It was heaven! Nice to splurge once in a very great while in a "real" store. Haymoni, I am envious that you could just run out and buy a pair of jeans when it got cold -- I tried on so many jeans that I got blisters on my hipbones -- seriously, I am not kidding. Let's just say that the newest jeans fashions are not exactly designed for the majority of the over-40 crowd... I did manage to find a pair, but I am fully expecting to eventually yank off the back belt loops because I keep pulling them up and pulling my shirt down further.... My friends told me they look right and that I am not "showing" anything, but I swear I am feeling breezes that I did not feel before....

Gina, I saw a fabulous belt with a metal serpent clasp in Anthropologie that absolutely had your Slytherin-y name on it! I also saw a young man in Dean and Deluca that I would've sworn was Finn if I hadn't known better....

We also got to do some sightseeing at the Smithsonian and to visit the World War II Memorial which I had not seen yet. That was very nice. Catherine, you should enjoy your upcoming week in DC -- the student tour season hasn't gotten fully cranked up yet in May, so things aren't quite so crowded. Let me know if you have a free minute on your itinerary and maybe I could metrorail in for a lunch or something!

(Of course, now she's going to turn me down and I'll have to join winlia and her son at the indoor water park.... )

I had a similar thing happen to me that winlia and Finn related -- one of the "office couples" was getting married, and while we were not very very close, we were still in the same circle of friends. Everyone else had gotten an invitation, while I had not, and a few days before the wedding everyone was standing around talking about what they planned to wear. The bride-to-be (who is a bit of a scatter-brain, if truth be known) turned to me and said brightly "So, are you coming to the wedding?" I was so flabbergasted that I had no idea what to say. I just stammered a bit and finally said "No, I guess not." (Honestly, there were RSVP's, so she should've known.) A couple hours later, she called my desk and asked "Did you get an invitation to our wedding?" and when I said "No," she said "Well, you were supposed to have! Hope you can come!" It was this big fancy formal affair, and I didn't have time to rush out and find a dress, so I didn't go. I just didn't feel right about it anyway. The whole thing was just sorta weird. Oh well! But Loopy is right -- invitations do get lost sometimes, so I wouldn't fret too much winlia. I would've probably called the parents too, since the kid said what he did, but it's also probably true that your son will have more fun at the water park!

Little Pince gave me a framed "silhouette" portrait of himself that he made with the help of his grandma, which was a lovely Mother's Day gift! (I am also counting my DC purchases as part of my gift too, although no one knows it yet...)

Very envious of the NY-Forumers who are going to get to see JKR and Stephen King and John Irving! (Well, not Irving so much , but anyway...) You guys have fun! If I was going to ask a Snape-y question, I would ask something about "that night" in Godric's Hollow, but then again, she probably wouldn't answer that. Maybe something about why Dumbledore trusts (or thought he could trust) Snape? Hmmmm.... this is very hard to do knowing that she won't really give much away....

Everyone enjoy the RotD!

Edit: Geez.... way too long post! Sorry!


Finn BV - May 14, 2006 4:01 pm (#50 of 2979)        

I also saw a young man in Dean and Deluca that I would've sworn was Finn if I hadn't known better.... --Madam P

Nope, definitely not me. Though knowing my split personalities, it probably was. Welcome back!

As for questions – I'm thinking I want a really good informative answer that she can answer. I hope that nobody in the audience wastes their question by asking (beside, as we've said, "What makes a good writer?") anything so obviously spoilerish about the last book that she just can't answer!!

Hope all the moms enjoyed their day!
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Puck - May 14, 2006 5:07 pm (#51 of 2979)        

Ahh, Mother's Day, the one day where I can be "dad". (Getting to hang out doing my own thing while someone else tends to house and kids!) The kids made me pictures, and Mr. Puck cleaned the family room -including under the couch! Then we went for dinner and ice cream. I even got to send some time quilting. Hubby said he had planned to take the kids shopping, but I informed him I was thrilled that they opted to clean instead!

Now, to relax and watch the Survivor finale.

Happy RotD,



winlia - May 14, 2006 5:22 pm (#52 of 2979)        

Madam Pince

I did think about calling the parents, but we see them several times a week at little league, so if they were expecting Son, I think they would have said something.


HungarianHorntail11 - May 14, 2006 5:41 pm (#53 of 2979)        

winlia, I always tell my children to pay close attention to their 'gut feeling'. It is usually quite accurate and as we become "socialized" starting at a young age, we learn to doubt/second guess that inner sense. As a result, Olivia and Priscilla react quite well to sometimes difficult situations. My point is, that if something is telling you not to address it by asking them, you should recognize that. Think about it, you promised a day at the water park. That was no accident. (BTW, several of my friends (yes, I have a few of those ) have taken their children to the one in PA and it sounds like a lot (two words, I know, Finn - I'll explain) of fun.

Then again, I am more the type to feel as though they would have mentioned it if he had indeed been invited and would let it lie.

Finn, regarding the Five Words game, I wanted to get the word 'sir' in because I felt as though Harry needed to show the sense of respect he has for DD in the books. In my desperate attempt, I meshed the words together hoping no one would notice. I should have known better. Sorry for the extra word.


Finn BV - May 14, 2006 6:01 pm (#54 of 2979)        

HH, don't apologize! As I am (I believe) the only person who has to carefully read the posts, to transfer the words into Microsoft Word, I have to, as a result, have a much keener eye for that type of thing. Somebody who reads through the posts quickly, just to get the story, might not notice it. I have corrected countless number of posts like that. And also, it happens to me too, as hard as you try to count "one, two, three, four, five," somehow you only get four, or six, or seven (I think somebody gave eight once! ). Don't worry!

Off to do the work I couldn't accomplish because of Mother's Day!


Herm oh ninny - May 14, 2006 9:07 pm (#55 of 2979)        

Happy Mother's Day to all the Lex Moms!

For those who asked about Poseidon, I popped in and out of the theater while at work tonight and I was not very impressed. Four people actually got up and left halfway through the movie, so I don't think that it is as good as everyone expected it to be.

Madam Pince- While watching that episode of Iron Chef I heard one of the announcers say something about a giant squid, and I also immediately thought of Mike and pictured him being thrown into a boiling pot! (Sorry Mike, it wasn't anything personal )

I start my Oceanography class tomorrow morning and I'm dreading the drive. Class starts at 9am and I live about an hour away from the campus. Of course there is rush hour traffic on the parkway that I need to take, so I have to get up at 6am and be out the door by seven. My class ends at 4:30, just in time to hit the traffic of everyone getting out from work!! OK, my ranting is now over! Sorry about that, I just needed to vent!


Tazzygirl - May 14, 2006 9:44 pm (#56 of 2979)        

Herm oh ninny- I felt the same exact way about commuting to class when I lived in California. I had an 8 AM class, and had to leave by 5:30 AM to make it on time. I swore I would never take an early class again after that one. Take along HP booktapes, that'll make the time more enjoyable!!



Snuffles - May 15, 2006 12:44 am (#57 of 2979)        

Hey everyone

Julie, I am so sorry for the loss of your dog. I know how you feel ((((hugs)))).

Finn, Gina, HH11, Herm oh Ninny and anyone else I have forgotten. WooHoo way to go on seeing JKR. I am not jealous in the least!!!!!!!!!! Please make sure there are plenty of photos taken

Hope everyone has a good start to the week



haymoni - May 15, 2006 4:09 am (#58 of 2979)        

Madam Pince - the jeans I bought were "stretch" - very, very, very forgiving!!!

Saturday am The Beautifulest One & I went to a sneak preview of "Over The Hedge" - A racoon (Bruce Willis) steals a bunch of food from a bear (Nick Nolte) and has to replace it. The theater was full of adults and kids of all ages and we were really laughing hard throughout the whole thing. I thought it was cute. Not as good as "Shrek" but better than "Madagascar".

Then we went to Ungrateful Son's baseball game - they won - and then I came home and slept. I had Chinese (chicken lo mein) for dinner and went to sleep again!!

Sunday after church, we made an attempt to go out for breakfast, but every place was packed! So I dropped them off at home and I went grocery shopping - alone! - Heaven!- and when I got back, my breakfast was waiting for me.

We went out to dinner - Ruby Tuesdays - and then we came home to watch a replay of Lenny Barker's Perfect Game (Pitcher for the Indians) - it was the 25th anniversary. It was really fun to watch.

Now it is back to work!

Have a good one, all!


The giant squid - May 15, 2006 4:50 am (#59 of 2979)        

All this talk about squids & boiling pots really has me steamed!  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 464751818

Puck & Finn: My theater didn't get Poseidon (they're leaving room for Da Vinci Code). The few coworkers who have seen it actually gave it good reviews. Mind you, they're all in the 16-25 year old range, so Finn will probably like it (if he's not in Professor mode at the time).

I actually forgot to call my mother today until after I got to work. The first thing I told my boss when I showed up was, "I'm going to be making a long-distance call from the theater tonight; I forgot to call my mom." He just shrugged and said, "OK." It's good to have an understanding boss. Not to mention one that doesn't have to justify every phone call.



Puck - May 15, 2006 5:09 am (#60 of 2979)        

Kim, how are you doing? My area is not flooded, but thought you might be. Try to stay dry!

Haymoni, sounds like a pleasant Mother's Day. Ahh, to be alone in the grocery store!

Sounds like Posiedon can wait to be on DVD. Of course, the effects may be cool on the big screen.

Well, neither of my Survivor picks won. Oh, well. It's rarely the person that I want to see win.

Everyone have a great RotD!



Marie E. - May 15, 2006 5:24 am (#61 of 2979)        

I'm going to have to renew my WX membership so I can help Loopy's mental image of my brother along. So far he's been described as rail-thin with long hair. And with many tentacles.

Yesterday we wanted to go to a steak restaurant for dinner that has a call-ahead service. In theory you are supposed to be able to call them and get your name put down on the wait list so you're waiting time is shorter. I called at 4:40pm and they told me there was a 90-120 minute wait. We didn't show up at the restaurant until 5:30 and were told there was an additional hour and 15 minute wait. We wouldn't be seated until almost 7:00pm. I had myself a bit of a tizzy and we left. We ended up stopping at a locally own steak place that cold seat us within a half an hour but was incredibly expensive. Mr E said that he didn't care how much it was because he was starving. It was very good, thank goodness.

I'm going in today for some outpatient surgery. It's really nothing but I'm still getting nervous about it. The whole thing about them cutting me with sharp stuff, ya know. I've been told it's very quick, under half an hour, and I'll only have a local anesthetic. I'm also not allowed to eat breakfast. I'm very thankful for that large steak dinner last night. Wish me luck!

Happy Monday!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 15, 2006 5:29 am (#62 of 2979)        

I was not crazy about Madagascar. Perhaps it was because of the circumstances surrounding the initial viewing - when it came out, we took our children to their first drive-in movie (which is saying something around here - 45 min. drive). After two hours of trying to find a parking spot, a car fire, three fire trucks, mosquitos, three "trips" to the bathroom, one to the snack bar (the movie is starting!!), a whole lot of musical chairs and "when are we going home", my husband and I resigned ourselves to the thought that perhaps it was not such a good idea after all. Needless to say, on the way home, the three of them said thank you and "when can we go again - that was fun!"

Hmm, Mother's Day - It started with a beep - my husband had an emergency call at 7 a.m. (Not that kind of emergency - he's a glazier and a store had caught fire overnight so he had to go and replace the doors and windows so they could secure the place.) So, I went with my three children to church. Two of my students (I am a Sunday School teacher) were not there. It turns out that their mom, who has asthma and allergies was rushed to the hospital the previous evening. We visited my in-laws (long story there) and then I went home and worked in my gardens (mainly catch-up work) and listened to a cd (my, those players are big compared to MP3s) until it was too dark to work any longer. Gee, I hope my neighbors didn't mind my singing. I will spend today making dinners for my sick friend, and taking care of Olivia who is home with an upset stomach (I'm quite sure it's allergy-related).

Haymoni, LOL - Ungrateful Son - LOL! I always laugh when I read that comment!

Mike, do you not have a sister who is also a mom? Did you remember to call her???

Marie, good luck today with your surgery (hug). Local anesthetic sounds better than a general, though it is always a stressful thing to go through.


Loopy Lupin - May 15, 2006 5:40 am (#63 of 2979)        

I hope that nobody in the audience wastes their question by asking (beside, as we've said, "What makes a good writer?") anything so obviously spoilerish about the last book that she just can't answer!!—Finn

I agree that it is pretty annoying to hear questions that are wastes of opportunities. However, there is some value, I think, when Jo's answer is something to the effect of "I couldn't possibly answer that!" In not answering, she still gives some information. So, even if she declines to answer my suggestion ("Was Snape in love with Lily?"), it might be worth asking.


Madam Pince - May 15, 2006 5:42 am (#64 of 2979)        

Good luck with your surgery today, Marie! Hope it is uneventful yet successful!

Puck, re: Survivor, me neither. Oh well, like you, I'm used to it.

Hope everyone has a great, traffic-free day!

Edit: Snuffles, love your avatar -- very appropriate for Mother's Day (or Mother's Week, tee-hee Puck!) Is that Under-The-Cabinet lighting I see in your kitchen? Was it there already or did you put it in, and if so was it difficult to do? Do you like it? We have been considering it, but I can't decide if being able to see the stuff on my counters is a good thing or a bad thing. Mine don't look like the lovely ones in the magazines....


Puck - May 15, 2006 5:46 am (#65 of 2979)        

Healing charms to Marie, Olivia, & Maria's friend! (Marie, milk it for all it's worth. Perhaps you can extend it to "Mother's Week!")



Snuffles - May 15, 2006 6:16 am (#66 of 2979)        

Madame .P.

Yes it's a sort of under cabinet lighting! Hubby decided to put some there, he thought it would be a good idea to put on in the evening instead of having the main kitchen light on!

He is always playing around with things and changing things about. People always say "aren't you lucky to have a husband who will do things like that". Well.......yes it is,it's just annoying when he starts at about 9pm on a Friday night!!

Livvy always tells people 'Daddy is pottering'



kaykay1970 - May 15, 2006 6:18 am (#67 of 2979)        

Good luck Marie!!

I hope Olivia is feeling better soon!!

I have pretty much come to expect my Survivor hopeful to lose. That is why it was so much fun to get a vote on the Rupert million!!


haymoni - May 15, 2006 6:46 am (#68 of 2979)        

Whoo Hoo! I won our Survivor Pool!!! I had Aras.

I really tic everyone off because I never watch the show.

Oh well!

Only those who have ever gone grocery shopping with children can appreciate what a Mother's Day gift that was!!!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 15, 2006 6:59 am (#69 of 2979)        
Edited May 15, 2006 7:52 am

Snuffles, I have one of those husbands! On Halloween, he had the front entrance ripped apart (he was replacing the doors and the entrance tiles). Needless to say, it was an eventful Halloween. I love the "you're so lucky" comment.

haymoni, yes, I like those grocery trips, too, though it is only five minutes from home. Sometimes I wish the trip was just a bit longer. . .just a bit longer. . .

Thanks Puck!

EDIT: LOL azi. Luckily, my husband works quickly. He just needs to work on his timing.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 15, 2006 7:31 am (#70 of 2979)        

Kim, how are you doing? My area is not flooded, but thought you might be. Try to stay dry!---Puck

I was wondering the same thing about you. I'm fine but the surrounding area is so wet I feel my inner pirate coming out. Arrrrrrr! Have you been watching the news? York, ME is flooded and my son is nervous that his favorite toy store might go under. Mind you, I don't think he's concerned so much for the toy store owners as their merchandise.

Last night after dinner I took a drive and checked out the areas in and around town. I saw a backyard which looked like a swimming pool and there were many basement lights on.

***hopes Catherine is studying hard for her Jeopardy audition and heartily recommends that she get and memorize Schott's Original Miscellany***


azi - May 15, 2006 7:41 am (#71 of 2979)        

I love grocery shopping on my own! Hate going with friends - I can't take my time choosing what I want and then we have to take detours around places I would never normally go. Makes it stressful...I expect kids are worse though!

Marie - good luck with surgery!

I'm looking forward to seeing The Da Vinci Code film when it appears! The book was ok, so the film might be as well. Never heard of the other one...

Eeeek, HH11, that sounds annoying! My father isn't one of those people . Nothing gets done until it breaks so much it *has* to be done, and then it stil takes a while!

Horrible muggy/rainy day here. Eeek, I got to go get my washing!

Great days all round!


Esther Rose - May 15, 2006 7:58 am (#72 of 2979)        

I must say folks would probably hate going grocery shopping with me. I try and have a method of going through the grocery store but my memory can be as good as Neville's is when it comes to remembering what I need and where it is. (Even a grocery list does not help.) So any ways I end up circling the store about three or four times sometimes.

Shopping for clothes is another issue. Take that circling and multiply it by 10. I am rather indecisive about my clothing choices.


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 15, 2006 8:01 am (#73 of 2979)        

Hey everyone! It's been a really long week and a half here. I hope everyone else is doing well.

Happy belated mother's day to everyone!!!

I'm off to do some things and then I'll be back to check the threads!!



Denise P. - May 15, 2006 8:15 am (#74 of 2979)        

I have my coupons arranged by the aisle in the grocery store so I make my list and mark when I have a coupon for an item. It works for me.

We did Cub Scout camping and Cross Over this weekend. We also did Brownie Bridging. Friday we did the Bridging where my Brownie became a Junior. Saturday we did Cross Over where my pack of 18 boys all moved on to the next rank and one boy went into Boy Scouts with an Arrow of Light.

My air mattress developed a leak so I slept on a stick or something because I am walking like a 90 year old woman, unable to stand up straight or move quickly. Motrin and hot water has become my friend.

Wow Catherine, next week already! **:starts to hum the Jeopardy theme music**:

Holy cripes! Who watches Grey's Anatomy? Izzy, Izzy...what are you thinking, girlfriend? Don't do it! George! Stop her...now! I will have Tivo tonight since I will be down at the Boy Scout Council office for a popcorn meeting. Yep, popcorn already and we don't even start selling until September!

I am off for another dose of motrin and to get summer camp applications sorted to mail in.

Happy RotD!


Catherine - May 15, 2006 8:36 am (#75 of 2979)        

So, even if she declines to answer my suggestion ("Was Snape in love with Lily?"), it might be worth asking. --Loopy Lupin

Hmm...I wanted to ask if Snape had a thing for Narcissa. Maybe we should ask, "Was Snape in love with Lily or Narcissa?"

Kim and Kathy, I'm glad you all are not flooded. We've had tremendous downpours here, and our basement could comfortably house the Giant Squid for a bit. ** waves to Mike**

Denise, I complain about going to the grocery store, but I realize how silly I am when I realize what shopping for your crew must entail.

I'm reviewing geography today. I spent this weekend looking at sports trivia in the almanac. Oh well, at the very least, I get a little jaunt to D.C.


Viola Intonada - May 15, 2006 8:38 am (#76 of 2979)        

Wow! Denise, you are amazing! I'm too lazy to even cut out the coupons anymore, let alone organize them by aisle. Hope your back feels better soon. Couple of years ago I spent the weekend hobbling around a Girl Scout camp due to back problems, I know it is no fun!

Marie, I hope all goes well for you today!

Last week was a busy one. I had my last Brownie meeting of the season on Tuesday (though we still have a few outings). Wednesday was the last evening of PSR (CCD, non-Sunday Sunday School...), I'm an Aid for my youngest daughter's class. Friday was the last day of Preschool and Saturday was my last concert with the orchestra for the season. Of course, hubby is gone to conference this week so I don't get to sleep in an be a "Slacker Mom" to the best of my abilities until next week.

The question I would ask JKR, if I had the chance, would be "What were Lily and James's professions?" It has driven me to St. Mungo's that she still has not answered that in any of the books.

Happy RotD everyone!


Thora - May 15, 2006 11:11 am (#77 of 2979)        

I always thought they were in horticulture....

Okay you can throw the rotten fruit now.


Puck - May 15, 2006 12:13 pm (#78 of 2979)        

Kim, glad to know you don't need a houseboat! The town where I grew up is flooded, and my sister-in-law had the school she works at closed.

Catherine, hope your basement waters recede quickly. Good luck with the studies!

Denise, coupons by the aisle? You continue to amaze me!



Tazzygirl - May 15, 2006 12:33 pm (#79 of 2979)        

Healing charms, good luck charms, and staying dry charms out to those who need them!!

I love grocery shopping by myself. I am also one of those people who do the leisurely stroll up and down all the aisles several times. It's fabulous. Very relaxing. I don't mind going with my mom, as she is the same way.

I saw Grey's Anatomy last night, Denise!!! I sat bolt up right and stared in silence for a very long time. Holy Mackeral!!! And I totally agree with you! In white: And Izzy dragged George into it TOO!!! I can't wait for the season finale tonight!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!



haymoni - May 15, 2006 1:59 pm (#80 of 2979)        

I just love Patrick Dempsey, but I haven't been able to watch that show.

Maybe I can catch up on re-runs.


Chemyst - May 15, 2006 2:04 pm (#81 of 2979)        

I like my under-counter lights a lot. Before I installed them, I was always working in my own shadow. It was really annoying.

I love grocery shopping on my own! Hate going with friends. [...] I expect kids are worse though!  - azi
Hm... very young children, yes. But a single medium-size child or teen who is actually interested can be a delight and they'll talk you into trying new foods.

I have my coupons arranged by the aisle   - Denise
Oh, why am I not surprised? The only time I had the patience to do that and make a detailed list was right after my son got his driver's license and the weekly grocery shopping became his chore. And, of course, the items on the list I made for him were also in order so that he'd circle the store only once. The first time he did it he came home and said, "Thanks, mom. I guess great minds really do think alike." (Meaning that he'd noticed the list was in order) I could only smile and shake my head.

Maybe we should ask, "Was Snape in love with Lily or Narcissa?"   - Catherine
LOL Can you imagine how people would take sides if the answer was a simple, "Yes."

Healing charms to Marie.


John Bumbledore - May 15, 2006 2:24 pm (#82 of 2979)        

I also saw a young man in Dean and Deluca that I would' ve sworn was Finn if I hadn't known better. - Madam P.

Hmm, so you saw a young teenager acting like a 51 year old, carrying a tennis racket, piano music, and the collected works of JK Rowling? LOL

Denise P. ... you are too much.

Chemyst, ... the simple life. (Edit: not the Paris Hilton kind, the “keep it simple and enjoy life” kind.)

Sorry, I must attend muggle matters now. Two ball games Tonight, two games tomorrow but in two different towns, and Wed. my Lady has choir practice and my oldest has a late game until 9:30 PM. I have to run apparate now if I wish to get home before the first game starts... ** Crack! **

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Madam Pince - May 15, 2006 2:25 pm (#83 of 2979)        

Count me in with Puck (yet again!) on being amazed at your being able to sort coupons by grocery aisle, Denise! But then again, since it's you, I'm not terribly surprised -- you're da Mom! (Get it, "Da Mom" .... Da Bomb... Da Man.... whatever....) Anyway, good on ya! I use coupons whenever possible, but I'm usually flailing around juggling a checkbook and a purse and a million other things, with the coupons fluttering in the air around me at the checkout line while the guy in line behind me with only dental floss and an apple is giving me the death glare.

Shopping alone is definitely a great thing for me! With kids, you never know if/when there is going to be a meltdown, and with the older parents they have to stop and look at every single item, so it's really a blessing to shop alone! I shop at three different stores, depending on what was in their sale flyers that week, so I couldn't possibly remember which item is in which aisle to sort my coupons or lists accordingly. My list is just posted on the fridge and I add to it as I use things -- I sort of try to group categories, but it is hard to do that as you go. Plus the stores do things differently -- I can never find the grated parmesan, for example, because one store puts it with the spaghetti, one store puts it up high over the refrigerated cheese, and one store puts it with the catsup and mustard and spices and things. Grrrrrr....

Edit: LOL, John! No, he was blond and about Finn's age but speaking to his parents in a very adult and well-educated manner, so that's what made me think that! No tennis racquet nor JKR books...


Finn BV - May 15, 2006 2:28 pm (#84 of 2979)        

Marie, good luck with the surgery!

Kim and Kathy, glad to hear things are okay. NY isn't that affected, but I understand Vermont and MA have called states of emergency and some counties in Maine as well.

Catherine, you're going next week already?? Wow! Good luck! My aunt went on many years back, but I have yet to watch the tape of it… She won her first day at $10,000 (a lot of money – this was before they doubled the amounts), and lost the second day by a dollar! When does the episode air?

Enjoy the RotD!


boop - May 15, 2006 3:21 pm (#85 of 2979)        

Marie, Good luck with your surgery. Sending healing charms your way.

Haymoni, Sounds like a nice Mother's Day. Congrats on winning pool.

Have a great RotD!!!

hugs always



The giant squid - May 15, 2006 8:24 pm (#86 of 2979)        

Mike, do you not have a sister who is also a mom? Did you remember to call her???--HungarianHorntail11

While I sent gifts & cards to both of my sisters who are mothers , I did not call them. Of course, had I known one of them was going into surgery today I might have... I swear, the only time I get any family news is on this Forum!




HungarianHorntail11 - May 16, 2006 5:23 am (#87 of 2979)        

How are you feeling, Marie?? I hope everything went smoothly and you are feeling up to par soon.

Thanks, kaykay for the well wishes for Olivia. She is better today, and back in school, though she is still experiencing some of the discomfort that comes with allergies. She and my husband walk around sneezing all day.

You're a good brother, Mike.


Tazzygirl - May 16, 2006 11:08 am (#88 of 2979)        

Hope your surgery went OK, Marie!! Quick Recovery charms to you!

Wow, only one post since I last checked last night before bed. Where is everyone?

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!



azi - May 16, 2006 11:19 am (#89 of 2979)        

I was thinking the same thing, Tazzy!

Have a nice day everyone!


Holly T. - May 16, 2006 11:27 am (#90 of 2979)        

Hope you are doing OK Marie!

I cannot wait for the end of school. Every day this week and next I have to leave work early or come in late because the kids have something at school. Including my daugher's fifth-grade graduation. They're having a dance after school the day of the graduation. They had a Christmas dance too. Now I am not that old, LOL, but "back in the day," as my kids tell me, we did not have school dances in fifth grade. My daughter rolls her eyes at me and says "it's not like we're dancing with boys, eewww" so I guess it is ok.

Enjoy the RotD!


kaykay1970 - May 16, 2006 11:30 am (#91 of 2979)        

it's not like we're dancing with boys, eewww –Holly

The day is fast approaching when she will be...


Good Evans - May 16, 2006 11:36 am (#92 of 2979)        

LOl Holly T - imagine dancing with boys eeeewwwww!!!!

Marie E - hope that the surgery went well and you are well on the road to recovery

hint - might be politic to let your brother know you are having surgery before announcing on the lexicon in future!! hee hee

Never mind Mike, you just have to get used to the fact that you share your sister with the rest of the lexicon family!!!

Hope everyone has had a good day

We are registered with three puppy lists, so I am really hopeful we will get a call soon to tell us yes or no, we are looking at collecting said new family member in middle of July, that is quite long enough ... so I do hope that one of these litters pans out. We have decided on a name, but I am not going to jinx it by telling you all yet, but yes it has a HP connection! We are going to have one puppy now (ish) and another later in the year once the main training bit is done, we decided a bit too much work for two at once - also the lists have so many requests for bitches we will be lucky to get one straight away anyhow.

one of the litters Dam is called Mugglepuzzle - spot the HP fan!!

fingers crossed and send me some luck charms please folks...



Julie Aronson - May 16, 2006 11:42 am (#93 of 2979)        

Good luck with the puppy!

I hope you're feeling better, Marie!

Have a good day, all.



Snuffles - May 16, 2006 12:39 pm (#94 of 2979)        

Hope you are feeling ok Marie.

Julie, my fingers are crossed you get the news you want on your puppy soon. **sending good luck charms**

Have a good rotd.


Edit: Ooh 3 Julie's have posted in a row!!


Loopy Lupin - May 16, 2006 12:59 pm (#95 of 2979)        

when you wonder if Loopy will see this and wave to you.—Finn

Hey Finn! You need wonder no more. ***waves****


Finn BV - May 16, 2006 1:06 pm (#96 of 2979)        

Ah yes! You waved. I remember at the beginning of the old YKYAHPLFW thread seeing you tell everybody that they're supposed to say w00t, so I told them the same thing, and thought of you.

Holly, calming charms to you, and have a great time at the graduation.

Julie, hope that you get the dog you want! Good luck!

Enjoy the RotD! Only 8 more days of school! Yay!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 16, 2006 2:03 pm (#97 of 2979)        

**Waving Trevor's wand fiercely in an attempt to send luck charms to Good Evans.**

I vote for a new thread entitled, "Guess the name of Good Evans' New Puppy" (because I know you will get your pup).

hint - might be politic to let your brother know you are having surgery before announcing on the lexicon in future!! hee hee

Never mind Mike, you just have to get used to the fact that you share your sister with the rest of the lexicon family!!!

LOL Good Evans! I was thinking along those lines, and had to laugh when I saw your post.

Hope everyone is enjoying his/her day!


Thora - May 16, 2006 2:14 pm (#98 of 2979)        

Catherine: I don't know if you will recall our conversation on dogs a year ago, but I finally got to meet a Shitzu, and I'm allergic. I'll keep testing different breeds though and see if I can find one that doesn't make my fingers tingle on contact and my eyes itch in minutes.

Thora the dog deprived


Catherine - May 16, 2006 2:19 pm (#99 of 2979)        

A Forum member who seems to have disapparated, Shelter Girl, rescued a dog and after much discussion on the Chat thread, named her Ginny. Come to think on it, her name was Julie, also! Strange likenesses....

I wish Good Evans loads of fun in naming her newest family member-to-be. So far, I stick to literary names, but if any more puppies join our family, I will be hard pressed not to use HP names by naming a dog "Lily" (continuing the flower theme begun by "Daisy") or "Holly" (in honor of Harry's wand wood) or "Willow" (in honor of Lily's first wand).


Puck - May 16, 2006 2:36 pm (#100 of 2979)        

wOOt! I think I may actually see sunshine! Guess I can quilt tonight instead of working on my ark!

Julie, hope you soon have a new family member to love!

My neighbor's dog is called Lily, don't think it was HP inspired, though...

Okay, there is definitely a blue sky out there! I should switch on the news to see that dam burst. All the flood trouble is right in the area where I grew up. When I was in high school I remember a flood where people were paddling a boat in a ball field. They say this is even worse. Glad my mom has moved out of her basement apartment in that town!

Fast healing, Marie.

Why do we say "wOOt"?

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Finn BV - May 16, 2006 2:50 pm (#101 of 2979)        

Kathy, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W00t and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leet.

**is jealous that she got post 100**

It is turning into quite the nice day, after a miserable downpour this morning!


Puck - May 16, 2006 3:12 pm (#102 of 2979)        

Thanks, Finn! I thought it was an HP thing, not an internet thing.

It is turning into quite the nice day, after a miserable downpour this morning! –Finn

...and yesterday, and the day before, and the day before, etc....


Tazzygirl - May 16, 2006 4:42 pm (#103 of 2979)        

All the rain Hawaii got a couple months ago has finally reached the East Coast area... Hope you all managed to stay somewhat dry!

Just finished organizing both of my cousins' closets. It took me two days. Now, if anyone messes them up, I shall pull an Umbridge and make them write lines. **evil grin**



The giant squid - May 16, 2006 7:35 pm (#104 of 2979)        

   All the rain Hawaii got a couple months ago has finally reached the East Coast area...

And yet it completely missed Vegas... As I told some friends yesterday, if Lake Mead gets any lower I'm gonna have to learn to drink sand!

Okay, if my sister won't tell me before the surgery, she could at least call me afterwards... Then again, with my family no news is good news--I'd only hear from her if something went wrong. So we'll just assume that everything's fine at the E. household.



Mediwitch - May 16, 2006 8:35 pm (#105 of 2979)        

Finn, thanks for the wikipedia links...very interesting! Now when I tell my son (who is 1 semester shy of a Master's in Computer Science ) that I can't understand his "geekspeak", I'll have to use "g33k5p34k" instead!

It was very exciting to see the sun here in northwestern CT this afternoon, too!


azi - May 17, 2006 5:15 am (#106 of 2979)        

Hope everything dries up for the East Coast soon!

Cloudy here, but at the moment it's horrible muggy weather so am not too fussed.

Good luck with the new puppie, Julie!

Got an email from my mother saying that my brother has temporarily taken over my room during his exams... It's the beginning of a full take-over! I need to be home to fight him...

Ooo, it's taken so long for me to write this the sun has appeared!

Hope everyone has a sunny day!


Marie E. - May 17, 2006 5:17 am (#107 of 2979)        

Sorry, Mike, Mom said she was going to call you and I didn't want to repeat all the same information. I will call you. Remember, I found out about your surgery here on the forum also.

Thanks for all the healing charms! I'm going back to work today, though I may ask to get off early. I got to the outpatient surgery clinic and they informed that I was now getting general anesthesia instead of regional. Since I hadn't anticipated that I was wearing my contacts. The doctor said that since mine are the kind you can sleep in anyway it would be okay. I guess I woke up very quickly and was chatting with the doctor but now I have absolutely no memory of our conversation. The nurses were teasing me about stuff I said.

Weak HP tie-in: My best friend gave me a ride to and from the surgery since Mr E has to sleep in the daytime. She said she was going to bring along a book to read and naturally it was Order of the Phoenix.

Edit: About Grey's Anatomy, omg!!!


Finn BV - May 17, 2006 5:20 am (#108 of 2979)        

Marie, glad to hear you're okay!

It's a nice sunny day here, glad to hear it's like that in England!

Enjoy the RotD!


Puck - May 17, 2006 5:43 am (#109 of 2979)        

Marie, glad to hear you're doing well, but I think you could have gotten the full day out of work today!

Azi, when can you get home to stand your ground?

Mediwitch, I knew there was a mom from CT, here! I'm not far from the border. I was thinking how nice it would be to drive to NYC to see JKR. Alas, I can't go.

I went for a nice, dry jog this morning. The kids will be able to release some energy outside today.

Happy RotD,



azi - May 17, 2006 5:53 am (#110 of 2979)        

Puck, I'm aiming for not this weekend, but the weekend after. If I was to go home this weekend I wouldn't have a bed as it has been requisitioned to store living room items while the room is being redecorated!

Hope the kids use up their energy today!

Finn, the sun went already!


John Bumbledore - May 17, 2006 7:10 am (#111 of 2979)        

Puck, are you here?

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Madam Pince - May 17, 2006 7:28 am (#112 of 2979)        

Good luck with finding a great puppy, Good Evans! What an exciting summer you will have!

Glad to hear the surgery went well, Marie. Isn't it funny (and a bit disturbing) how you wake up after anaesthesia and have no idea what you've been chatting about? I'm sure it was probably something HP-related! (At least, you always hope it was something like that rather than, say, your private opinions of the surgeon's relationship with his nurse or something!)

Spent a good part of the day yesterday researching on the internet to find a good portable DVD player to take along for our upcoming 14-hour car trip to Georgia. It might make about 4 hours of the trip a bit more tolerable for Little Pince before he loses it. We are driving the 14 hours because apparently our destination is 2 hours from the nearest airport, and our relatives think "it wouldn't be worth it" to fly because we'd have to drive those two hours there and back to the airport in a rental car. And we have to rent a car for the entire trip anyway, because we'll be having 6 passengers and our largest car only seats 5, and plus we'll be staying one hotel night each way because nobody can stand to drive all the way through. Sigh.... I need a cold compress, or a well-timed attack of appendicitis or something....

Thanks for the Wikipedia link, Finn! The things you can learn!

Hope everyone enjoys a nice weather day today! Looks like we'll have sun here, but I need to spend some time indoors organizing and straightening. ***wishes Tazzy were here to help clear closets***

Everyone enjoy the RotD!

Edit: Choices, I just read on the other thread about your injury -- healing charms and hopes that you get well soon! (and get a cool Malfoy walking stick, too!) ***Mad-eye Choices...snort***


kaykay1970 - May 17, 2006 8:10 am (#113 of 2979)        

I just came home from Awards Day at the elementary school. My 3rd grader (the one who has always had to struggle with grades) not only got an honor roll certificate, but also had the highest average in English! She was so excited!


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 17, 2006 8:51 am (#114 of 2979)        

Hey everyone! What a week!

Marie - so glad to hear the surgery went OK and that you're recovering well!!

So I got a lot of bad news in the last week. Last Tuesday I went into the emergency room with the worst pain in my stomach I have ever had. It was so bad that when my non-HP Fan mother asked how bad it was, I actually explained it by saying I felt like someone was doing the Cruciatus Curse on me. She just stared at me for a moment then said "I'm going to assume that you're talking about Harry Potter again and that I'm supposed to take that as it hurts REALLY bad. Honestly, how you can make references to books while you're suffering this much is beyond me." Anyway, we went to the emergency room and I spent the night there in a great deal of pain while the nurses and doctor told me over and over again they couldn't figure out what was causing it and did ultrasounds and MRI's and blood work and the like. Finally on Wednesday afternoon, after 12 hours in the hospital and no food in over 18 hours (they wouldn't let me eat in case they had to operate) MY OB-gyn showed up and gave me the bad news. My pregnancy was ectopic and, because of this, the fetus couldn't continue to develop and I lost the baby. I had surgery to remove everything and it wasn't until AFTER the surgery that my doctors even realized how close I had come to bleeding out if it had ruptured!

Needless to say, I've spent the last week recovering from the surgery and from the emotional blow. I went back to work today and am really glad to have an excuse to think about other things. I've been hovering on the forum to get my mind off everything, but I couldn't bring myself to post until today! Anyway, sorry to go on and on about all this, but well, you guys are already like family and I wanted to let you know what was going on!

On a different note - drying charms to everyone in New England! We've gotten a LOT of rain here in Cleveland, but nothing compared to you guys!!

Madame Pince- Good luck on your long road trip. When I was younger, my family would drive 14 hours to the OBX down in North Carolina every summer and on the way down we always stopped at a hotel for one night, but on the way home, my dad always insisted on driving straight through. From someone who's made the drive MANY times as a youngster, the DVD player will be a life-saver!!

Julie- Good luck with the soon to be new puppy! Sounds like you'll have your hands full pretty soon!!

kaykay- That's great that your daughter's doing so well in school! You must be so proud!!

Okay- I actually have work to do now so it's time for me to go. I'll be back in a bit to check the threads!

Have a great RotD everyone!!



kaykay1970 - May 17, 2006 9:18 am (#115 of 2979)        

((Hugs)) for Jenn.


haymoni - May 17, 2006 9:24 am (#116 of 2979)        

Jenn - I am so sorry to hear that.

I'm sure it DID feel like the Cruciatus Curse...and probably still does in lots of ways. Take your time with this. Everyone deals with these things in their own way.

You'll hear stupid comments, like "This was probably for the best." or "You're young - you'll have other children." Don't judge these people too harshly. They are at a loss for what happened and are just trying to make you feel better.

I'm sure we will all be thinking of you and your fiance.

On a side note, I find it perfectly logical that you would use HP to express your feelings. It's becoming a universal language.


Holly T. - May 17, 2006 9:26 am (#117 of 2979)        

(((Jenn))) I'm so sorry.

WTG Kaykay's daughter!

Madame Pince--we have a portable DVD player for the car and it is so awesome--the kids put on their headphones and watch a movie and my husband and I can actually talk to each other.


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 17, 2006 9:32 am (#118 of 2979)        

Thanks for the support everyone! I'm working through this as best I can. As for my fiance, he seems completely unaffected, but I'm thinking that's just him trying to cope so I'm not pushing him to show any emotion until he's ready to.



Julie Aronson - May 17, 2006 9:48 am (#119 of 2979)        

WTG, Kaykay's daughter!

Jenn, I'm very sorry.



Puck - May 17, 2006 11:44 am (#120 of 2979)        


wOOt for Kay's daughter!

John I'm here now. You looking for me?

Madame P, as hubby prefers to drive the 1000 miles to his parents’ house, I insisted my van have DVD. Very helpful. I also suggest magna doodle, finger puppets, and those Leapster hand held computer games. Good luck!


Good Evans - May 17, 2006 11:56 am (#121 of 2979)        

Great news kaykay - give your daughter a huge well done hug!!!

Jenn - I am so sorry, and send you heaps of love and support.

Marie - glad to hear it has gone well

We got a phone call today and one of the litters has been born, we are second on the list and there are three bitches. So all going well and if she likes us, in two weeks when we can go and see them, it looks like we may have a new puppy to love. We wont be able to bring her home til the middle of July, but if we get the go ahead that we can definitely have one (and providing the meeting goes well) I will let you know the new girls name in two weeks. still guess away if you want to - I've not seen the right name appear yet!

have a great rest of day everyone


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 17, 2006 12:04 pm (#122 of 2979)        

Julie- Great new about the puppy! I hope the meeting goes well and you get to bring her home!



haymoni - May 17, 2006 1:16 pm (#123 of 2979)        

Good Evans - How about Luna? The dogs are blondish.


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 17, 2006 1:22 pm (#124 of 2979)        

Ooo! I like that haymoni! Julie, I second that name!!



HungarianHorntail11 - May 17, 2006 1:23 pm (#125 of 2979)        

Jenn, I am terribly sorry. You were in a dangerous situation and I am glad they were able to determine what it was. Sending warm hugs and loads of strength and comfort your way.

Marie E. glad to learn that your surgery went well and you are recovering well, too. *phew*

kaykay, I am really glad to hear about your daughter. What a nice surprise that must have been for you!

Madame P., I agree with Puck - lots of little games. We drove from NJ-FL-LA-NJ in just under two weeks and the DVD player is a great idea. If you buy them new DVDs or any toy, save it until you are in the car. I made a small bag for each of them and gave them one item every so often. It kept them busy, well-behaved and eager for the whole trip. (Oh yeah, Nintendo helps, too. )

Really glad to hear about your puppy, Julie.

Edit: What great guesses! I don't have anything clever to add, so I'll just leave it alone.

Time for me to get cleaned up. Trevor and I spent the day spreading 5 yards of mulch and planting flowers at my daughter's school. **mumbling to self - how did I get roped into chairing School Beautification Committee???**

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B]Finn BV[/B] - May 17, 2006 1:29 pm (#126 of 2979)        

kaykay, congrats to your daughter! That's fantastic!

Jenn, I'm so sorry to hear about your pregnancy. Hugs all around.

Good Evans, has Ginny been guessed?

Enjoy the RotD!


Catherine - May 17, 2006 1:35 pm (#127 of 2979)        

I mentioned Ginny yesterday, as that is what Shelter Girl named her dog.

How about Molly? I'm assuming that Petunia is not correct! Hmmm...on the theme of HP moms...there's Alice. Narcissa is blond, but that doesn't bode well...

Maybe Fleur?


Denise P. - May 17, 2006 1:45 pm (#128 of 2979)        

Wow Julie, that is great. When we got Daria, I filled out an application a year before her litter was born. Even when the litter was born, there was no promise of a puppy until the litter had been evaluated and the breeder determined there was a puppy who would match my needs. Luckily, my girl, orange girl, was in the litter. It was a toss between orange girl and red girl. I really liked Red when I went to visit but the breeder gave us Orange...who became Daria. It worked out really well but the wait was hard.

Sorry to hear about that Jenn, it stinks. No other words are enough.


Madam Pince - May 17, 2006 1:49 pm (#129 of 2979)        

Jenn, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Big (((hugs))) to you. We will definitely be thinking of you and your family. That could have been so dangerous -- glad that you are OK and that the doctors took good care of you.

Thanks for the ideas for the travel games, everyone! We've got a Leap Pad and a magna doodle already, and I have a big bag of "stash" from Kay-Bee Toys' last Crazy-8's sale down in the closet, which has some hand-held computer games and such -- I am holding onto it to dole out during the trip. I will probably get another Leap Pad game or so if I can. Actually, one of the adult occupants is more likely to set my teeth on edge rather than Little Pince.... Can't think of any solutions to that besides duct tape...

Yay, Good Evans, on the puppies! Hope you get a lovely little girl! I'm thinking Minerva...

Congratulations to your little one, kaykay! You must be very proud!

Edit: Who is Alice? I'm having a brain freeze...


Finn BV - May 17, 2006 1:53 pm (#130 of 2979)        

I'm guessing Dolores will be out of the picture…


Puck - May 17, 2006 2:27 pm (#131 of 2979)        

Alice Longbottom, Neville's Mom.

If it's an ill behaved pup, perhaps Bella? Tonks if she's colorful!


Tazzygirl - May 17, 2006 2:28 pm (#132 of 2979)        

Madam Pince: **wishes Tazzy were here to help clear closets**

I could be... at a very high price. I am thinking plane ticket plus room and board. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 1003735042

Whoo-hoo to Kaykay's daughter!!

Jenn- I am so sorry! (((((HUG)))))

Yeay to Good Evans! **Crossing fingers** that you'll bring home one of the puppies soon! (I like Luna as a name too!)

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!



winlia - May 17, 2006 3:12 pm (#133 of 2979)        

Jenn  - So sorry for your loss.

Thora Have you looked at the bichon frise? I think they are supposed to work for people with allergies.

Good Evans Congratulations! When our GSD died last August, my husband sent out a notice to our friends and family, and included the breeder. She responded promptly with a list of upcoming litters, and our little girl is now 8 months old and an absolute delight. She recently passed her Canine Good Citizen exam and will be starting tracking classes soon.


Madam Pince - May 17, 2006 3:21 pm (#134 of 2979)        

****slaps self on forehead**** D'oh! Alice Longbottom! I am such a dunce....


Julie Aronson - May 17, 2006 3:42 pm (#135 of 2979)        

What about Lily for the beautiful new puppy? (Did someone suggest that already?)


Catherine - May 17, 2006 3:48 pm (#136 of 2979)        

Yes, in a roundabout way I did--I mentioned that is what I'm planning if we acquire another shih-tzu. Although Mr. Catherine thinks that two are plenty.

In a more serious mode, though, our oldest pup is going on 14, and she's been feeling her age lately. Our younger pup is going on 3 come July, and while she is the most loving, affectionate creature toward people, she appears to "need" a doggy sibling. In fact, our breeder allowed us to have Daisy only because we already had a shih-tzu in the home, because Daisy enjoys other animals so well, including cats (which, with my allergies, will not happen for her. There are pictures of Daisy curled up with the breeder's Persian cats; the cute factor for this was very high!). The other day, Daisy attempted to play with a bunny she discovered in the yard, and waited by the fence where the bunny disappeared for twenty minutes waiting for the bunny to come back. Silly girl.

When Phoebe (elder girl) was in the veterinary hospital last year for a few days (non-malignant tumor removal), Daisy just wilted and moped. We quickly realized that when Phoebe decides to embark on the next great adventure, we will not be the only ones grieving.


HungarianHorntail11 - May 17, 2006 4:00 pm (#137 of 2979)        

So far, Lily is my favorite.


Chemyst - May 17, 2006 4:44 pm (#138 of 2979)        

((hugs)) Jenn

Madame Pince, if you are traveling with 6 people, then you need to pack some "toys" for yourself! Maybe you can let one of the others read to Little Pince while you "play" with some thick foam-rimmed headphones, a neck pillow, and sleeping mask!

dog names... Bathilda, author of A History of Magic PS/SS5 A puppy would have to grow into a name like that, but I like it for an adult dog.


Julie Aronson - May 17, 2006 5:03 pm (#139 of 2979)        


You just remind me how much I want a shih-tzu! I wish I knew I'd be home enough to justify it!!!


Nathan Zimmermann - May 17, 2006 5:14 pm (#140 of 2979)        

Jenn, I am sorry to hear of your loss. My family and I send hugs, healing and comforting charms to you and your fiance.


kaykay1970 - May 17, 2006 5:47 pm (#141 of 2979)        
Edited May 17, 2006 6:26 pm

Well yes, I was pleasantly surprised by the English award. Remember, this is the same child that asked me how to spell ain't and brung (bring, brang, brung HeeHee)a few months ago! Maybe next year we should work on spelling? I think she was equally surprised. She looked like Harry when his name appeared from the goblet. She's come a long way baby! I'm glad she "brung" me along for the ride...

Julie- I too like the name Luna for the pup.

Madame P.- I agree, bring lots and lots of toys. I remember our car ride trip to Texas with a 2 year old in tow. I don't recommend it!!


Mediwitch - May 17, 2006 8:09 pm (#142 of 2979)        

Oh Jenn, ((((HUGS)))).

Puppy name....hmmm...how about everyone's favorite author? Jo!


Elanor - May 17, 2006 9:49 pm (#143 of 2979)        

I am so sorry to hear that Jenn! ((((HUGS)))

((((HUGS)))) to Julie/Good Evans too! Good to hear about the pup though! Hmm... What about Poppy for the puppy name?


The giant squid - May 18, 2006 12:34 am (#144 of 2979)        


As for my fiance, he seems completely unaffected, but I'm thinking that's just him trying to cope so I'm not pushing him to show any emotion until he's ready to.

I'd say that's probably what's happening--a combination of "I'm not ready to react yet" and "I have no idea how bad I should feel, and I don't want to look silly overreacting." Men barely understand women when things are going smoothly, and when "women stuff" is involved it gets even worse.

Don't push him about it and he'll respond when he's ready. Trying to force a response could actually push him farther away.

Marie: Mom didn't mention it when I called her on Sunday. So now I get to harass both of you. I'm glad everything went OK.



Snuffles - May 18, 2006 12:39 am (#145 of 2979)        

Azi, hope you manage to 'steal' your own room back soon!!

congrats to Kaykay's daughter on her grades.

Jenn, I am so sorry ((((hugs))))

I like all the names for Julie's dog, though I am leaning towards Madame P's suggestion of Minerva...

Have a good Thursday



Marè - May 18, 2006 3:01 am (#146 of 2979)        

I think Minerva is such a fancy name for such a cuddly dog. If it were shortened to Minnie. But I like Molly better.

And hugs to Jenn, I'm afraid I have nothing smart to say except maybe more hugs. Hope you feel a bit better soon.


azi - May 18, 2006 4:15 am (#147 of 2979)        

Many, many *hugs* to Jenn. *hugs*

Wow, Kaykay! Congrats to your daughter!

I like the name Luna or Poppy! Minerva would fit a black laborador (sp?) better I think.

Welcome back rettoP yrraH!

Hope everyone has a great day!


Marie E. - May 18, 2006 5:18 am (#148 of 2979)        

Oh Jenn, I'm so sorry. Please take care of yourself.

I tried calling Squidboy last night but there was no answer. I'll try again.

Going back to work was hard. I miss my couch. With my job I end up standing or bending over a lot and by the end of the day I was beat! Maybe I can lie down today and make it look like it's part of a lesson.

Tomorrow Lexie's Brownie troop has a field trip to a nature center. I'm getting off work early to go along. Saturday morning we're going to Denver for a Teacher Appreciation event for my work. Saturday afternoon Shayla's troop is doing their bridging ceremony at an indoor amusement center, complete with pizza, cake, and two-hour ride passes. Sunday? I collapse!


haymoni - May 18, 2006 6:02 am (#149 of 2979)        

Wow! My bridging ceremony was in our school cafeteria!

We've come a long way, baby!!


Loopy Lupin - May 18, 2006 6:06 am (#150 of 2979)        

Good Morning everyone!

Well, I'm very distraught that there is only one episode of "Lost" left, although it will be two hours long. Yee!!! Last night's episode was pretty good, but not the best. It was kind of like Book 6 in a way. There was background explanation and all the pieces have been moved into place for next week. I'm all a-dither. I wonder when Season 2 comes out on DVD. ***waves to Kim****
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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 18, 2006 6:11 am (#151 of 2979)        

OMG! Willie's back!

I, too, wonder when Season 2 will come out on video. Hopefully in time for me to catch up and start Season 3 from the get-go.


haymoni - May 18, 2006 6:31 am (#152 of 2979)        

Worlds must be colliding!!

The Indians & the CAVS both won last night!

Look out!!


Julie Aronson - May 18, 2006 6:34 am (#153 of 2979)        

Go CAVS!!!!!!


CatherineHermiona - May 18, 2006 6:43 am (#154 of 2979)        

Hi, everyone!

I'm sorry to hear about your dog, Julie! But I'm glad to hear about that puppy! I like the name Luna.

I'm so sorry to hear about your baby, Jenn!

Healing charms to everyone that need some!

We had a really great time in Gardaland! I still didn't go to Blue Tornado because some people in our group got scared when they saw it... Still, I went to Sequoia and Freefall. I'm not going to Freefall ever again! And Sequoia was great! We also went to 4-D cinema (you get 3-D glasses, and your seats are moving!) and saw Rene and another guy and one girl from C class there. We got wet 3 times, but our clothes was dry before we came to second ride. It was really hot. We were on Catepillar. We saw Karlo, Matko and Martina there. We really had a great time and we were exhausted when we came home.

Friday wasn't my day. I got a C in Croatian (I really hate this substitute teacher!) and a B in Maths... The worst news were that we aren't in the bus with C class on the trip to Gardaland, but in the other bus! That really ruined my day... And yesterday we found out we will have this substitute teacher in Croatian until the end of this school year! I now can forget an A in Croatian, and language high...

On Sunday we had a shooting competition, as you know. I know I was joking I will shoot my best result, but I really shot my best result! And have beaten my last one for 9 points! My first best result on a competition. And we won a cup, our school! We were third, and all members of our team (Tena, Andrea and me) won medals! You can see mine as an avatar.

On Tuesday we played volleyball and I played pretty good. Today on PE we played against A class. I wasn't too afraid, because I knew C class has English, and they for sure won't watch us (as they did on Tuesday). I only really hoped we will finish the match before the end of 6th class. We didn't... But we won! And we play on School day next week against C class! I still don't understand how I scored so many times... And five times in a row... And how I played so good while Dino and rest of C class watched... I must have been red in my face like... like... Ron's hair! But I still scored. Few times in a row. I still don't understand how... And I'm in the team on School day when we will play against C class and whole school will be there, and C class boys, and they will be rooting for their girls... And I hope I will play good. Wish us luck!

Well, I think that would be it.



Mrs. Sirius - May 18, 2006 6:53 am (#155 of 2979)        

I am still hobbling along with computer problems, we are going to make one more effort to resucitate this one (part of my reluctance to give up on this one, is losing my JKRowling site goodies) before we upgrade. I found out yesterday that my kids got into summer school, woa hoo!

Marie E good you, you faced the muggle nutter with knives bravely!

Jenn, so sorry, warmest thoughts for you.

As a lurker I have missed some details, I have followed along with Catherine making it to Jeopardy, but have missed when she'll be on, could you repeat please?

Edit: Catherine Hermiona, do we see an Olympics in your future? Bejing 2008?


Catherine - May 18, 2006 7:05 am (#156 of 2979)        

Mrs. Sirius,

I audition on Monday morning, May 22. Who knows if I'll actually make it to the real show?


Madam Pince - May 18, 2006 7:17 am (#157 of 2979)        

Hmmmm... I also like the names Jo and Poppy and Luna. Oh who knows, they're all good choices! I've had several friends with dogs named Molly, and it has a good "ring" to it when you're calling the dog.

Kate, congratulations on your recent winning streak! (Well, except for Croatian, but I'm sure you'll do fine....) That medal is very nice! Sounds like you had a great time in Gardaland -- glad to hear you were not a chicken when it came to the scary rides!

Loopy, you're right about last night's Lost -- it did feel like Book 6! They've got a lot to tie up next week, and I hope it's Michael they tie up! I swear, if it wasn't for Sayid, not a one of them would have a lick of sense....

Ordered the DVD player from Amazon and paid for two-day delivery, just to be safe. (We leave the 24th on our trip -- blame "Procrastinator's Anonymous" for me not ordering sooner. Actually the idea didn't even occur to me until this past week.) Today we got an e-mail from them stating that they'd shipped it via 2-day delivery, and to expect delivery on the 24th. Now even including the fact that they say Saturday/Sunday doesn't count in their 2-day delivery, I think they need some help with their maths. All I can say is that I hope that e-mail is wrong, or I shall be one unhappy camper. If I'd wanted 4-day delivery I'd have chosen the free super-saver shipping. Ah well -- keeping my fingers crossed.

Couldn't sleep last night, and then someone called early this morning and woke me up after I'd finally drifted off. Argh. This will be a loooong day.

Edit: Catherine, Sybill knows....


Eponine - May 18, 2006 7:28 am (#158 of 2979)        

Jenn, I'm so sorry for your loss. *hugs* Mike is right. Your fiance is probably dealing with it the best way he knows how.

Catherine, do you have more auditions to go through before you get on the actual show? I had a teacher in high school who qualified, but he never made it on.

I'm getting to go home for a few days next weekend. I'm very excited as I haven't been to TN since Christmas. My niece's gymnastic...exhibition was going to be on Saturday, but they changed it since it's Memorial Day weekend so now I'm not going to get to see her do her stuff. She's only 5, so her class hasn't learned much more than forward rolls and stuff like that, but it would still have been fun to see.

Hockey playoff tickets are expensive. The Carolina Hurricanes (GO CANES!) are in the conference finals this week, and I looked on Ticketmaster to find Mr. Eponine a ticket (I have to work) and the cheapest ticket is $70! I can't imagine how much the Stanley Cup tickets would be.

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great day!


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 18, 2006 8:14 am (#159 of 2979)        

Kate, awesome job on your shooting!! That's great! And I'm glad to hear you had fun at Gardaland. I've missed our chats in the chat room!!

Thanks everyone for the thoughts and charms and everything. It really does mean a lot!!

To all my fellow NE Ohio residents out there, can you believe the Cavs won IN DETROIT?!? I'm sooo excited!! My friend actaully has tickets to Friday's game at the Q and invited me to go, but I can't go!! I'm sooo disappointed!

Last night was fun. I went up to our local sports bar with some friends last night (my fiance had to work ) so we could watch the Cavs and the Tribe at the same time and then me and my friend Liz left yearly to watch the results of Tuesday's American Idol (I can't help it, I'm obsessed with that show!!) and watched the rest of the Cav's game on the other TV. It was a very intertaining night!

Well, that's about all from me for now, I'm off to actually get some work done and then check the threads!

Have a great RotD everyone!!



Puck - May 18, 2006 9:26 am (#160 of 2979)        

Jenn, glad to see you're keeping busy and going out with friends!

Congrats to Kate! Glad you had a fun trip. I love amusement parks! I would definitely ride the scary ones with you!

Went for son's 6 year check-up today. He grew an inch, but dropped half a pound. Well, maybe he'll get to 40 pounds by next year. I swear I do feed my kids!

Have a happy RotD! Off to make a backyard picnic!



mike miller - May 18, 2006 9:43 am (#161 of 2979)        

Congratulations Kate! and Good Luck! I went to the dentist this morning and found out his son has been doing quite well in junior trap shooting competitions (small flying clay targets shot with a shotgun). Good to see young people enjoying the shooting sports!

I suggested a coworker who I've converted to Potter (with some help from JKR's stories) that he try listening to one of the books as a change of pace. I lent him OotP (Jim Dale reading) on CD and he's loving it! In case any of you have not tried listening to the books, it's a great way to kill a morning/evening commute!

Have a great RotD!


Holly T. - May 18, 2006 9:48 am (#162 of 2979)        

Congrats Kate!

I love listening to the audiobooks! I spend a lot of time in the car.

Have a great RotD!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 18, 2006 10:06 am (#163 of 2979)        

Congratulations on your score, Kate! I mentioned to Olivia that I noticed your targets were looking better. So happy for you !

Boy, you and Olivia would do well together in amusement parks. I always seem to be the one who ends up accompanying her on rides such as the Tower of Terror and Mission Space - ugh. I sooo hate heights. Then again, I guess the rides are fun.

Catharine, I am sending good luck charms (though I am no Lily) your way for Monday.


The giant squid - May 18, 2006 11:28 am (#164 of 2979)        

I tried calling Squidboy last night but there was no answer. I'll try again.--Marie E.

See, you keep trying to call when I'm not home. I'd think it's a conspiracy, but you're not that well organized.  Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 2775603007  I'll be at work tonight (and well into tomorrow morning--five prints of Da Vinci Code to build & screen...) so unless you can get to me by 7PM your time I'd put off the phone call until Friday.

I got a C in Croatian—CatherineHermiona

I'm glad to know getting low grades in your native tongue isn't strictly an American thing... Don't get discouraged, Kate; try to look at this substitute as an opportunity to learn in a different way, rather than deciding ahead of time that you just aren't going to do well. It's all in your attitude. Frankly, as good as your English is I can't believe you'd have trouble in Croatian.

I wonder when [Lost] Season 2 comes out on DVD.--Loopy Lupin

If I remember correctly, Season 1 came out on DVD a week or two before Season 2 started. Not nearly enough time for me to rewatch the whole thing (which I had planned to do).

Went for son's 6 year check-up today. He grew an inch, but dropped half a pound. Well, maybe he'll get to 40 pounds by next year.—Puck

Gee, sounds like someone I know... The same thing happened to me when I was a kid, Kathy--my mom would feed me & I'd grow 2 inches while staying the same weight. I weigh now what most people hit in junior high (110 lbs./50kg). To the shock of my doctor, I'm perfectly capable of leading a normal life.



Loopy Lupin - May 18, 2006 11:29 am (#165 of 2979)        

Loopy, you're right about last night's Lost -- it did feel like Book 6! They've got a lot to tie up next week, and....- Madame Pince

If I remember correctly, Season 1 came out on DVD a week or two before Season 2 started. Not nearly enough time for me to rewatch the whole thing (which I had planned to do). – Mike

My, my, my, that seems like an awfully long time for some people to have to wait to get up to speed. ***waves to Kim****

I had a question and some comments from last night too which are I was one minute late getting the show (eeeek!!) and when I tuned in, Michael was locking Jack and Locke into the hatch holding cell. Then the rest of the show was 13 days ago or today, etc. But, when was Michael locking them in the hatch supposed to be? Was that from earlier in the season? I didn't start watching this season until midway through--- after I watched the first season on DVD and couldn't wait anymore---so there are lots of details that I'm unclear on. (I do have the general gist from reading recaps on the net.) Anyway, as for the show itself, I'm good with suspending disbelief and all, but HELLO!! Why is Sayid the only one who has grown suspicious of Michael? Insisting that the only soldier in the crowd not go on this raid? Also, from reading some reviews on "television without pity"-- thanks for that site Denise-- I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that Walt looked like a college freshman at this point. It's only supposed to be forty-some days, but the boy looks like he grew 6 inches! LOL


Thora - May 18, 2006 12:09 pm (#166 of 2979)        

Loopy (in white): Michael locked them in the hatch earlier in the season when he decided to go find Walt. He'd been communicating with him via the computer, or at least we are meant to assume it was Walt... after seeing the camera in the ? location I'm starting to wonder if the others aren't watching the feeds too. They could have easily baited Michael, but who know with this show. I haven't seen last night’s episode though, we will watch it tonight if my husband get home at a decent hour. The spoilers I've read make it sound interesting though.


Madam Pince - May 18, 2006 12:10 pm (#167 of 2979)        

Loopy, according to my VCR from last night, the opening scene also took place 13 days ago. Apparently shortly after Michael was typing on the computer and the words "Dad?" came back at him -- at that point is where he decided to go after Walt, and he couldn't think of any other way to get a gun to take with him. I agree about Walt having an unfortunately-timed growth spurt -- I remember reading somewhere that the producers were tinkering with the idea of replacing the actor because he had just grown too much. But maybe they could explain it away by the weird effects of the island -- not only do things heal quicker, but they also grow faster! LOL! Except that then Aaron should be about three or something.... Hope that helps!

Edit: Oops! Bumped into Thora!


Good Evans - May 18, 2006 12:29 pm (#168 of 2979)        

Mike - I completely agree, but I listen in the kitchen when cooking I am constantly in a HP book without having to find the time to sit down and read, so I think they are brilliant. I haven't heard the Jim Dale books as we have Stephen Fry narrate over here, but I would love to hear one, I watched Carry On Columbus last week and he is so funny, I can imagine him easily doing the HP books.

I will just say that the puppy name has been guessed, and has a lot of support so obviously we all think similarly!!! But I am not going to jinx it so I will leave you to wonder. Hubby is fascinated that this forum have put forward names, and when we get a second pup we may well pick up another one thereafter. So thanks for all the ideas, I had forgotten how many brilliant names there are in the books that work well for dogs, excellent!

Have a great ROTD folks


Loopy Lupin - May 18, 2006 12:49 pm (#169 of 2979)        

Thanks Thora and Madame. In white:

Maybe they will go with the "effects" of the Island angle. That would give them a good excuse to jump Claire's baby's age too. (I mean how many shows have a big pregnancy storyline and then, next season, the child is 5!) I feel bad for the actor playing Walt. He didn't do anything but be a normal 12 year old kid and grow. Now, there's probably all kinds of anguish of what "to do" about him.


Lina - May 18, 2006 1:17 pm (#170 of 2979)        

I'm sure there were many things that I wanted to write while I was reading the thread, but only few of them are still in my head now.

Jenn, I'm sorry that you had to go through this. Hugs. But the most important thing is that you are safe. I'm sure that next time it will be all well. And I think it's nice that your fiance is more willing to comfort you than to be comforted.

Julie, fingers crossed for the puppy. I'm sorry that the name has been guessed already because if I wanted to name my female pet after HP, it would be Hedwig. But I give my pets descriptive names - the dog with spots was Spotty, the dog that used to ruin furniture is something like Nibbly. Well, the budgerigar was Amadeus, but that was Veronika's choice.

My life has been so busy lately, full of appointments, so today I decided that I need a little pocket planner because otherwise I'll get lost. Until now the wall calendar was enough.


Puck - May 18, 2006 1:20 pm (#171 of 2979)        

Lost is still on TiVo, so I skipped over plenty of white print today!

I did watch the finale of Amazing Race, and unlike Survivor the team I was rooting for won! And there was a marriage proposal this morning on the Early Show between team members. I'm such a sap for that kind of thing.

Mike, the doctor assured me my son is healthy. I'm not really fussed, as hubby and I were both skinny kids (no longer a problem for Mr. Puck Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 1003735042 ) I was feeling pretty good about being back to pre-baby weight, but now I find I still out-weigh a giant squid!

My neighbor called to ask my son if her boy was on the bus, which he wasn't. After a few heart stopping minutes, she discovered that he had gone to his daycare after school instead of home. Whew! So scary to have the bus pull up and your kid not get off it!

Yeah! We actually have t-ball! And Baby took an almost 2 hour nap! All in all a lovely day.

Happy RotD!



Tazzygirl - May 18, 2006 2:22 pm (#172 of 2979)        

AH! I forgot yesterday was Wednesday! I am soooo glad I record LOST and The Amazing Race, as I would have completely missed watching the shows. (My weeks are a little off, since I don't have school anymore. ) After I finish posting, I think I am going to watch the shows.

Puck- I am hoping the winners of The Amazing Race are the two that I think it is... REALLY hoping!! The other two teams- one group I can't stand, the other would be OK to win, but I really want this last group to win...

Congratulations, Kate! About the substitute- aren't they supposed to just let you slide while the real teacher is gone? All my substitute teachers in school just had us watch videos or something. Don't give up on this teacher- work extra hard, and I think you'll be able to get your grade up!! I know you can do it.

Glad to hear you are doing better, Marie!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!



Madam Pince - May 18, 2006 3:05 pm (#173 of 2979)        

Loopy, (highlight)(I mean how many shows have a big pregnancy storyline and then, next season, the child is 5!) –
I gather you don't watch many soap-operas, then? Except usually it's 18.... Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 1242194059


Thora - May 18, 2006 3:40 pm (#174 of 2979)        

Grrrrr..... my husband just informed me that he won't be getting home until 11 tonight. That means no Lost for me until the inlaws are gone this weekend.

I guess he's getting a worse deal than me, since he's the one pulling a 16 hour day, but man I wanted to watch that.



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 18, 2006 4:08 pm (#175 of 2979)        



HungarianHorntail13 - May 18, 2006 5:36 pm (#176 of 2979)        

HI everyone!

:Fires off healing and luck charms in every direction that needs it:

I'm sorry to hear about that Jenn.

I also like the name Luna for the puppy!

I must admit that the white letters are a bit annoying....

I know how you feel Kate! I have had a Spanish sub all year, and I've learned more from 'Dora the Explorer' than her.



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 18, 2006 5:56 pm (#177 of 2979)        

For the record, I don't find them annoying at all. But I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have a little fun with it.


Tazzygirl - May 18, 2006 6:00 pm (#178 of 2979)        

I was right! Whoo-hoo! The team I was rooting for in The Amazing Race won!! Yippee!

Yeah- LOST was big last night. hmmmm. Can't wait for the season finale. By the way- ABC (tv channel in which LOST airs) is offering free episodes of LOST on their website. I haven't checked it out yet, so I don't know if it is complete shows or recap shows. It's always worth the shot to look though!

I have had an extremely lazy day today. Woke up at 8:30 this morning, then immediately fell back to sleep until 11. The beginning of the week was so busy and hectic it got way ahead of me.

Good luck on Monday, Catherine!!!


EDIT: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE MILLER!! Hope you had a fantastic day!


boop - May 18, 2006 6:05 pm (#179 of 2979)        

Jenn I am so sorry for your loss, (((HUGS)))

Kate, Congrats to you. Glad you had fun on your trip.

Marie, Glad your surgery turned ouut fine. I am sending healing charms your way.

Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MIKE MILLER. I hope you had a good day!

hugs always



Finn BV - May 18, 2006 7:37 pm (#180 of 2979)        

Kate, so happy to hear Gardaland was fun, and too bad about your grades. And congrats on your shooting! What a cool medal! Glad to see you back around again…

Happy Birthday Mike Miller!

((hugs boop))

Haven't posted much today because of studying and stuff. This week went by really fast, can't believe it's Friday tomorrow!

Enjoy the RotD!


Puck - May 18, 2006 7:38 pm (#181 of 2979)        

Mike M., Hope you had a great birthday!

I never got my quilting done today. Well, the baby shower isn't until Sunday, so that gives me 2 nights to finish the project. I'm so good at this procrastinating thing! Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 1003735042

I don't mind the white, I just can't wait to watch Lost!

Tazzy, weren't they a fantastic team? I agree, that one of the other teams would have been okay, but there was one I did not want to win.

Off to bed! (After checking 5 words )



Tazzygirl - May 18, 2006 7:52 pm (#182 of 2979)        

Puck: Tazzy, weren't they a fantastic team? I agree, that one of the other teams would have been okay, but there was one I did not want to win.

The winning team was fabulous! And I am right there agreeing with you on the other two teams.



Madam Pince - May 18, 2006 8:36 pm (#183 of 2979)        

Oops -- sorry we are being annoying, Olivia! Just trying to share some info without "spoiling" people who don't want to know yet... But just think how much worse it would be if we just blurted it out! (Remember the t-shirts some people were wearing to Barnes and Noble stores the week after HBP came out -- "Dumbledore dies on page 596 - I just saved you $30 and 5 hours.") Actually that was pretty funny, I thought.... Anyway, sorry again.

So I will just say about the end of E.R. tonight --- aaaarrrghh!!!! They expect us to wait all summer to find out about all that???

Boop, I will have to send (((hugs))) to Jim via you, I suppose. I don't watch The O.C., but I saw an outline of tonight's episode blared on the headlines of the news on my internet homepage. (Talk about spoilers...) I'm thinking he may be bumming hard.... Man, the season-enders this year have really been something! Anyway, here, keep a few for yourself too! (((hugs)))

At least it seems everyone's Amazing Race turned out well! Haymoni, I keep forgetting to ask you -- what did you win in your pool with Survivor? That was excellent news!

Happy Birthday, Mike Miller! Hope you had a fantastic day! (Good idea about the audio HP books -- I haven't bought them because of the price, but if the library has them, it could help me on the long trip, I think!)

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


Mediwitch - May 18, 2006 8:59 pm (#184 of 2979)        

I would have to say the CDs are definitely worth the price. I listen to them all the time...cooking, cleaning, driving...(actually, now I listen to the MP3s in my car and the CDs in the house!)

They make great gifts (both to give and to receive), but borrowing from the library works too.

EDIT: Even my father-in-law, who lives with us because he has Alzheimer's, recognizes Harry Potter because I listen so much!


Mrs. Sirius - May 18, 2006 9:18 pm (#185 of 2979)        
Edited May 18, 2006 10:22 pm

Catherine, I will keep my fingers crossed for your appearance.

It took me a long time, but I finally bought the sound track to Sorcerer's Stone. I have kept it in my van to listen to between endless errands. This weekend the kids wanted one of their CD's. Now I cannot find the Socerers Stone ughhhhhh. (I'll add that I accidently dropped the CD box into the interior casing of the van in a tiny slot that was impossible to find but for my slipping it in, in the first week)

My daughters (7 1/2) were home sick most of this week. On Monday Anastasia decided they should read Sorcerers Stone. I was very impressed with her ability to read with proper inflection. By early this morning she finished it and moved right on to COS! Maria read a bit but for the most part she is not a fan. Go figure.

Edit: Sammmy! there you are! Welcome back. When did you get in?


Tazzygirl - May 18, 2006 9:49 pm (#186 of 2979)        
Edited May 18, 2006 10:35 pm

I have HBP on CD. I bought it from Sams Club for about 30 bucks. I can't find any of the other books on Cd for that amount. Big old bummer. If anyone knows where to get the CDs for cheap, please let me know! My mom has the books on audiotape, but I don't have a tape player. We have also played them so much that the tape players eat them.



rettoP yrraH - May 18, 2006 10:16 pm (#187 of 2979)        

Sams Club, yessireebob my own exclusive club. Glad you're part of it. Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 2281877974


mike miller - May 19, 2006 4:30 am (#188 of 2979)        

Thanks all for the birthday wishes! They had a cake for me at work, just happened that my birthday was on a day when we had an all day meeting with people in from across the country. Only one bummer, the cake was supposed to be "yellow" according to the label but was in fact chocolate. I know for you choco-holics out there that would be no problem, but I'm not a big fan. Thank goodness there was also a large tray of cookies!

Madame Pince - Try eBay if you're interested in the audio books. I picked up OotP for about half original list price.

I hope the weather breaks this afternoon, it's supposed to. I haven't cut the grass for over a week, between Chicago, Spring Concert at school and rain, it just hasn't happened. If the grass gets any taller I'll have to call the local farmer and ask to borrow his hay baler!

Have a great Friday and weekend everyone!!!


Puck - May 19, 2006 4:34 am (#189 of 2979)        

Ahh, it's raining, again... It was so depressing to wake up to that sound. The ground hadn't had a chance to dry out yet. *sigh*

Even my father-in-law, who lives with us because he has Alzheimer's, recognizes Harry Potter because I listen so much! Always knew Harry had healing powers!

Great. I'm doing dishes, and managed to break one of the "safe" plastic bowls I use for the kids. (pauses to take a bow.) Son is actually in tears because it was his favorite.




The giant squid - May 19, 2006 5:30 am (#190 of 2979)        

By the way- ABC (tv channel in which LOST airs) is offering free episodes of LOST on their website. I haven't checked it out yet, so I don't know if it is complete shows or recap shows. It's always worth the shot to look though!—Tazzygirl

It's complete episodes. Luckily for me, since I forgot to set a tape last week when my cousin & his wife were in town! They have a couple of "commercial breaks" (a 30-second spot for Tylenol) but for the most part it's straight through to the end. My only gripe is that I couldn't go full-screen and had to watch it in a 4"x6" box.

I find I still out-weigh a giant squid!—Puck

Don't feel bad, a lot of people outweigh me. I have friends with housecats that weigh more than I do...

Happy belated birthday, Mike. At least they tried to get you a yellow cake...

--Mike (the other one)


azi - May 19, 2006 5:38 am (#191 of 2979)        

Happy (belated) birthday Mike! Apologies for not wishing it on the day!

Puck, maybe you could go out and buy a new plastic bowl? Well done for managing to break it! I once forgot a dish was plastic and put it in the microwave to melt some chocolate. Made a hole in the bottom.

Gloomy day here, but hoping to do something constructive!

Have a great Friday!


Marie E. - May 19, 2006 5:42 am (#192 of 2979)        

My daughter Lexie finally lost her other top tooth yesterday. It's been hanging there for about four days and driving me nuts! It was so low that her bottom teeth could touch it. Now she's got that cute gap-tooth smile so adorable on six year olds. She turns seven next Tuesday so I'm going to get her picture taken to preserve the cuteness. Can you believe that when I joined this forum Lexie was not even three and a half yet?

**tacklehugs for Sam-the-Man** Welcome back, Sammy!!


Thora - May 19, 2006 6:29 am (#193 of 2979)        

Even my father-in-law, who lives with us because he has Alzheimer's, recognizes Harry Potter because I listen so much!—Mediwitch    That is really amazing.

I find I still out-weigh a giant squid!—Puck

Don't feel bad, a lot of people outweigh me. I have friends with housecats that weigh more than I do...-- Squid Mike

That's exactly what I thought too, well not exactly, my thoughts were more like "Well he can't weight that much, I thought he was short and thin? OH she means an actual squid... duh Thora."


Loopy Lupin - May 19, 2006 6:32 am (#194 of 2979)        

I gather you don't watch many soap-operas, then? Except usually it's 18.... -- Madame Pince

Oh, I guess my sarcasm didn't translate. I meant to imply that the phenomenon I was talking about was pretty common, unfortunately. "Family Ties" did it and so did "Growing Pains." I was unaware though that soaps were so shameless.

****waves to Kim****

So, good luck to Catherine with your try outs! I expect to be seeing you on the telly quite soon!!!!


Julie Aronson - May 19, 2006 6:43 am (#195 of 2979)        

Happy belated birthday, Mike!



Soul Mate for Sirius - May 19, 2006 7:55 am (#196 of 2979)        

Good morning everyone! (At least it's still morning here in Cleveland! )

Happy Belated Birthday to Mike!!

So it's raining here again today, but it's hard to be gloomy. Aaron just got back home and he's stopping by tonight to catch up with me and my fiance!!! (I know it sounds kind of weird, but Aaron and I are still really close and he and my fiance know each other and get along really well, so it couldn't have worked out more perfectly!) Plus, GAME 6!!! I can't wait to watch the Cav's game tonight! I think they have a fairly good chance of winning, considering they're on a 3 game winning streak AND their playing here at home!!

Okay, enough of my ranting. Last night was a quiet one, dinner out with my fiance and then the first 1/2 of ER. (I was soo tired from this past week that I fell asleep! I was so mad!! Thank God he taped it for me!!)

Well, that's all from me for now, I'm off to check the threads!



haymoni - May 19, 2006 8:05 am (#197 of 2979)        

Madam P - I won $100 on good ole Aras!!! I actually still have some of it too!

I watched the last episode of "That 70's Show" last night. Very nice. No big surprises.

I also tried to watch the "Will & Grace", but I was also trying to do laundry at the same time. Didn't work.

Have a lovely Friday all!

Edit: MishaFan - is that your lovely lady that is no longer with "The O.C."????


azi - May 19, 2006 8:37 am (#198 of 2979)        

I have a question. Was 'That 70s Show' filmed in the 70s or now? I couldn't work it out! One of my friends claims I'm like one of them, I think Donna or something. She has gingery-brown hair anyway. It was more a personality thing than looks.

Good luck to Catherine!


Finn BV - May 19, 2006 9:38 am (#199 of 2979)        

azi – unless you're suggesting Ashton Kutcher was around in the '70s, the show was definitely filmed in this century.

Welcome back to rettoP yrraH, though I've never seen you before – I have seen your old posts though!

Catherine – good luck!

Only a week left of school! I can't believe how fast it's going!

Enjoy the RotD!


azi - May 19, 2006 9:40 am (#200 of 2979)        

Thanks, Finn! I don't even know who Ashton Kutcher is...
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John Bumbledore - May 19, 2006 9:42 am (#201 of 2979)        

Hey y' all! Wanted to say that I think I'll be cutting way back on my visits here. I'll only be accessing from home now. Some recent events which I mentioned on the "You Know You're a ... Fan When..." thread have me changing things around. I just want to make it less visible that I am a fan of Harry Potter.

First, my umbrella was missing in the restroom and it disappeared before I returned to retrieve it. It took me 2 to 3 hours to remember where I had left it. Two days later it reappeared with a cartoon sticker of Hagrid on the handle. **Cool, I though** Next week, I find a DD sticker and a Hagrid sticker on two printouts which I had forgotten were printed to the shared printer. Now, I find a sticker on my car's side-view mirror. The parking lot is of the size seen at large shopping malls. I have to count the rows and spaces from where I park to where the crosswalk is so that I can find my own car after work.

At first I hoped it might be a fellow forum member or co-work playing a prank. Now I think it is just someone here that has seen Harry Potter fan sites on my computer screen... my back and screen face toward the isle with a vending area behind me. So there is a lot of foot traffic past my cubical.

Either way, the fun has waned, and I'm feeling more like Alastor Moody.

Thank you for the friendship and fun. Although I'll be around less often, I'll still be holding you all close in my heart. TTFN and happy RotM (m for month).

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

[Edit for azi] Ashton Kutcher is the tall "brainless" friend of Eric's on "That Seventies Show" on US television. Also is the boyfriend (or what ever) to actress Demi Moore. He also stared in "The Butterfly Effect." Which I will now google for this IMDB link.


azi - May 19, 2006 9:50 am (#202 of 2979)        

Eeek, John! Hope things calm down so you can return soon! Jokes can be taken too far...but don't get too paranoid! *waves*

Edit - thanks for the info. on the guy! I've *heard* of Demi Moore, no idea what she does! Plus, I've only seen 'That 70s Show' once, and have never heard of that film. I'm not so celebrity conscious...


John Bumbledore - May 19, 2006 10:08 am (#203 of 2979)        

Nothing to worry about, I'm sure. But I am practicing the Moody Commandment, you know what I mean. CONSTANT VIGILANCE! Yeah, that one.

The butterfly effect is a reference to Chaos theory. Essentially, it is the observation that in complex systems it is highly difficult to predict a given outcome based upon a few discrete starting values... **erm, has my post suddenly taken on a professorial tone? Sorry**

It is no mystery that the film may not be well recognized. In fact, I would expect only a few other here to know what it is about. Oh, did I mention that I have never seen the movie? I just remember the trailer because I recognized the allusion to Chaos Theory.

Am I starting to sound like Kip going on about some minute item of interest to history buffs? **Waves to Kip**

Ykes! My lunch is over, Happy RotD/N!

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


kaykay1970 - May 19, 2006 10:12 am (#204 of 2979)        

John I know I might feel odd asking the security at work to check security tapes(provided the parking lot has cameras) for someone putting stickers on my car. But if I was really worried about it...I think I would.


Madam Pince - May 19, 2006 10:35 am (#205 of 2979)        
Edited May 19, 2006 11:21 am

Oh, John, I'd never thought of that 'til now, but it could be that someone at work has noticed the time you spend on the Lex and is using a "subtle" way of letting you know that they've noticed, rather than filing a formal complaint of "wasting company time" or some such, maybe. Not very nice, but I suppose it would be worse if they went the formal route. Still, would feel yucky to think someone's "spying" on you -- as you say, "Constant Vigilance!" And if they're looking that closely, then they should be aware that you only post at lunchtime. Anyway, well phooey. We will miss you if you have to cut back a bit, but will understand!

***applauds Azi for being "not-celebrity-conscious"*** Good for you! Honestly, you aren't missing much... (Except, Tazzy, you really must hurry and watch the end of E.R.!)

Loopy, silly me not catching the sarcasm! ***hits self in forehead*** -- it's just that you're so rarely sarcastic that I was caught off guard.

I bet Lexie is so cute with the gap-toothed smile! :insert smilie here with tooth missing:

***waves to Sam, too*** Welcome back! I said hi on some other thread earlier, can't recall which, but it never hurts to say it again!

Just checked the tracking on the DVD player, and it arrived in a post office that is about a half-hour from here at 7:00 this morning, so it might actually arrive today! Whew! They must've just been erring on the side of caution with their earlier delivery estimate -- yay!

Off to bake two cakes for the bake table for our Historical Society day tomorrow, at which I am also supposed to work for awhile. Don't quite know how that will turn out as Mr. Pince is going to be doing a living history demonstration all day, and I don't have anyone to watch Little Pince. I'm thinking he's not going to stand still for too terribly long... Perhaps I will dress him in his Civil War stuff too, and he can help Dad... or maybe it will rain and the whole thing will get cancelled...

Everyone have a nice RotD!

Edit: DVD player just arrived! Woo-hoo!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 19, 2006 10:53 am (#206 of 2979)        

Sorry to learn that, John. I hope it just someone who was not intending malice and doesn't know when a joke has long passed its limits.

I suppose there is no way to swing your seat and monitor around for a bit more privacy? I guess you would have thought of that though, eh?

That is not a bad idea, kaykay. ** Hmm, envisioning John explaining to security personnel that he found an HP sticker on his car and must know who the offender is. **

I am hoping for a better start to next week. I posted earlier this week that a friend was in the hospital (she had asthma and her allergies were so bad, they found her unconscious) and I spent Monday cooking for her family (their children are in my SS class). I received a phone call Tuesday afternoon that she died early Tuesday. She was about 5 years younger than I am. Last night was the wake and the funeral was this morning. My youngest two came and Olivia chose to go to school (I gave them the option, as I know it would be a difficult situation). Needless to say, this Sunday will also be a bit tough, as the children are all very upset. I just hope I can hold it together in front of them all. Those cute little faces looking sad will be eating me up.

Jenn, (SMFS), I was thinking about you and your comment about your fiance as I headed back to my car last night and today. My face, in an effort to 'get through' must have been contorted into quite a frown and I avoided the children with the exception of a quick "hello" as I knew if I stuck around them too long, I would cry and I did not want to do that in front of them. They were holding it together quite well. My point is that, sometimes our outsides do not nearly reflect what is going on inside.

My little guy's 4th b'day party is Sunday. It will be nice to have a cheerful event to end the day.

Happy Belated Birthday to Mike Miller!

Lots of May babies, I see.


Madam Pince - May 19, 2006 11:00 am (#207 of 2979)        

So sorry to hear about your friend, HH11 -- sympathies, and strengthening charms for Sunday. Very sad for the little ones to have that happen period, but to happen at Mother's Day is just awful.... We will be remembering them in our prayers.


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 19, 2006 11:05 am (#208 of 2979)        

HH11, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. That's awful. You and your family and her family have my deepest regrets and sympathies. Strength and healing charms to you all. I understand what you mean about our outsides not matching what's going on within. I've felt that way for the last few days now as well, so I can sympathize. I hope Sunday can help brighten everyone's spirits just a bit and that everything goes well...

John, I'm sorry to hear about your troubles at work. Hopefully you can find a solution that won't make us all have to miss you too much



Puck - May 19, 2006 11:39 am (#209 of 2979)        

Oh, Maria, I am so sorry. My heart breaks for those children. Strength to you all!

John, we'll miss you! How sad that that others can be so childish. Hope your wife doesn't mind you popping in for an occasional visit!

My house is a disaster, I'm way behind on my quilt, but what did I do? Decided to procrastinate the other work and bake brownies. Diva is quite happy with this decision.

Off to check threads!



Loopy Lupin - May 19, 2006 12:17 pm (#210 of 2979)        

Loopy, silly me not catching the sarcasm! ***hits self in forehead*** -- it's just that you're so rarely sarcastic that I was caught off guard. -- Madame Pince

See! It's really not that hard for sarcasm to translate onto the internet.

Too bad about that, John. Hope to see you again soon after the work spies die down.


Lina - May 19, 2006 12:31 pm (#211 of 2979)        

Belated happy birthday, Mike!

I'm so sorry about your friend, Maria! Some strengthening charms sent your way.

There are around 60 people working where I work (including my sister) and I know all of them. I may not be friend with all of them, but I can connect the face with the name for each of them. There are less than 40 cars on our parking lot, but there is no way I could know which car belongs to whom. I can't even recognize my sister's car since she changed it few months ago and now it is just a red car parked among many red cars. I know who is driving the pink car, because there is only one pink car on the parking lot, and the same situation is with the golden color car. But all those red, black and silvery cars, there is no way that I could connect them with the right person. So, John, if your car isn't any specially rare color, I just can't understand how could anybody connect your back and the pictures on the screen with it. It might be a good idea to avoid sites with explicit HP pictures, but I think you can still find some time for the Forum. Who would ever think that this is a HP forum with all those avatars? And I just know that your job is not suffering because of this.

Woo hoo for your DVD player, Madam Pince!

About the substitute, if it is clear that the teacher will be missing only few days or if it is not possible to find a substitute that is teaching the right subject, than we get the substitutes that are not specialists in the subject. But if the teacher is going to be absent for a longer time and there are plenty of teachers in the same subject searching job, then the substitute is the teacher of the right subject.

Good luck charms to Catherine!

Healing charms to everybody that need them!


Tazzygirl - May 19, 2006 12:34 pm (#212 of 2979)        

We'll miss you, John!! That really wasn't nice of the person/people at your work!

HH11- I am sorry about your friend. (((((HUGS))))) to you and her family.

I watched the series finale of Will and Grace last night. It was pretty good.

I also watched the season finale of The O.C. It's really sad to see all the shows I watch ending for a couple months! What am I supposed to do?

Sydney (my cousin) turns three tomorrow! I moved here when she was only 9 months old. Time flies, huh?

Hope you all have a wonderful RotD/N!!



Puck - May 19, 2006 12:42 pm (#213 of 2979)        

wondering if I should tell Kristina that in my experience 3 is harder than 2?

ps-playing 5 words!


Tazzygirl - May 19, 2006 1:00 pm (#214 of 2979)        

LOL, Puck!!!

ps. I am heading over to 5 Words now!


HungarianHorntail13 - May 19, 2006 1:01 pm (#215 of 2979)        

Happy late birthday Mike!

Lol, Azi, whenever I've seen you in a picture, I thought you looked like Donna from That 70's Show.

YAAAY! 7th grade won Spirit Day! I ripped down some ribbons after to take home. I say I celebrate with some booms and explosions!

Yay! Puck's a procrastinator too! High 5! I love procrastinating!

John, I wouldn't act like that's bothering me. When the kids bother my friends at school, I tell my friends to just ignore them and they eventually get bored and go away.



azi - May 19, 2006 1:07 pm (#216 of 2979)        

Condolences HH11, that must have been a shock. Good luck on Sunday.

Lol, Olivia! Just goes to show how people's opinions differ! Well done on winning Spirit day! What is Spirit day, by the way?


Finn BV - May 19, 2006 1:28 pm (#217 of 2979)        

Sympathies to all the HHs on the loss of their friend. ((hugs))

Yay for the DVD player!

John, I hope you'll make up the time you lose at work on the Forum back at home! The way you posted sounds like you'll be cutting down on time altogether, and that you won't be checking in every day. While I naturally don't know your schedule, I certainly find the time to come to the Forum every day, especially on busy days when I just need a place to STOP my work and relax. Your "RotM" makes it sound like you usually only access the Forum from work… Anyway, please don't stay away too long!

Only a week left of middle school… the suspense is unbearable!

ETA: It's thundering and lightning here! Very odd weather we're having for May!


Mediwitch - May 19, 2006 1:47 pm (#218 of 2979)        

A week! Finn, I'm jealous! Envious We have 21 more school days (yes, teachers count down as much as the kids!)


kaykay1970 - May 19, 2006 2:12 pm (#219 of 2979)        

Hugs ((HH"S))


John Bumbledore - May 19, 2006 2:18 pm (#220 of 2979)        

Lina, your example points out that this person either followed me or watched me go to my car. Then made an effort to remember what it looked like and to find it later. I am now parking in a different lot about 100 meters away from where I normally park. The sticker isn't damaging, as it will come off easily, it is more that this unknown person appears to have been following me long enough to identify my umbrella, my name which is printed on the separator page between print outs, and my car.

So, I am reacting quite a bit like Moody. A friend of mine is a crime scene investigator. I'll be asking him what he thinks about this. I've left the sticker "untouched" in case he wants to take it for examination. LOL I watch too much "crime show" TV.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Lina - May 19, 2006 2:40 pm (#221 of 2979)        

John, I sincerely hope that you will find out soon what is it all about and that it will turn out to be a bad joke from one of the co-workers that claimed before that he hadn't had anything to do with it.


HungarianHorntail13 - May 19, 2006 2:53 pm (#222 of 2979)        

Yippee! The DVD player arrived!

Spirit Week is when they make everyone in the school do weird things (like wear your clothes backwards.) Then, on Friday, the theme is Spirit Day, and they make each grade wear specific colors. In the afternoon they have a competition between all 3 grades. Two people are picked from each homeroom. 6th and 8th tied, and we had about 10 more points than them.


Edit: Just a question, but does anyone know where I can download MP3 stuff?


Madam Pince - May 19, 2006 3:51 pm (#223 of 2979)        

Tee-hee, Olivia! I have until this day only had a very vague notion of exactly what an "MP3" is, much less where you can get one! But in reading the instruction booklet that came with the DVD player, I am gratified to see that apparently the manufacturer (RCA) decided to go with the idea that whoever has to stop to read instructions for electronics must be a total dingdong, and so very patiently gave a complete and extensive definition of what everything is, including what an MP3 is! Woo-hoo! At last, I know! (So what if I had the somewhat uncomfortable feeling that the writers of the instruction booklet were giggling behind their hands as they wrote the text?) They even said who the inventor of the technology was. Now that's being thorough! I'm feeling good about this purchase already. Anyone who would go into that detail with their instruction booklet is bound to have been very careful with building their product, right?

****Enjoying mental picture of John dusting his HP sticker for fingerprints, or swabbing it for saliva DNA or something...***


boop - May 19, 2006 4:03 pm (#224 of 2979)        

Madam Pince, I will pass the hugs on to Jim. He knew that Mischa was going to leave the OC. Just didn't know how it was going to end. Mischa will be missed. Gives her time to move on to something else.

HUGS to Sam, welcome back!!!!

Maria, Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Sending Hugs to you and your friends family.

I hope everyone has a real nice weekend.

hugs always



HungarianHorntail11 - May 19, 2006 4:31 pm (#225 of 2979)        

Thank you all very much for the support. What a great group of people! It really does help. I guess I kept it kind of bottled up but after I finally posted it, I felt better. Even more so after seeing all of the well wishes. So sorry, Puck (you are so sweet) and anyone else who became upset - that is the one reason I held off posting. I didn't want to be depressing.

It is nice to see the cheery posts.

John, we will miss you on the Potty Games thread - I hope things work out well for you and you find yourself able to get online more often than you originally thought.


Denise P. - May 19, 2006 4:34 pm (#226 of 2979)        

Somedays I feel challenged when doing things of a computer or technical nature but I feel like breaking my arm patting myself on the back.

We switched our phone service from a regular land line to Vonage, a VOIP. It says that it only takes a few moments to install and set up so I was prepared for a few hours of frustration to discover one tiny thing I didn't do right. I was so pleased that it really did only take me about 5 minutes to set up and be able to call.

Since we got Vonage, it meant that our Tivo no longer has a phone line to call in so I had to get a wireless adapter to make sure the Tivo works. Again, I was planning for at least an hour since it says it takes 3 steps. The longest part of setting up the Tivo to connect wirelessly to my broadband access was actually typing in my network key!

Pass the motrin, my arm is sore from patting myself on the back.

Sam! Good to see you! We named one of our birds after your favorite owl, Erroll! Yep, Erroll is still with us and doing well. I have successfully moved him from a seed diet (bad) to a pelleted diet (good). He was not happy but a day of hunger helped him see that pellets were okay. He is finally being brave enough to nibble at the fruits and veggies he gets too.


Puck - May 19, 2006 4:54 pm (#227 of 2979)        

***Enjoying mental picture of John dusting his HP sticker for fingerprints, or swabbing it for saliva DNA or something...***

teehee, CSI: Lexicon

*passes Denise the Motrin*

Maria, don't worry about getting me teary. Hallmark commercials have the same effect. (Yes, I am a sap!)

Kristina, sorry I didn't stay to play more 5 words! The laptop battery was low, usually my signal to get off the forum and get some work done! (I had been playing hangman and 5 words with Azi for awhile. *waves to Azi*

Holly, was it you looking for books for your son? I can't remember if anyone mentioned the Magic Treehouse series. My boy brought one home from the school library and loves it. Figure since they both like villians, they may like the same books!

Happy RotD,



HungarianHorntail11 - May 19, 2006 5:02 pm (#228 of 2979)        

Puck: (Yes, I am a sap!)

Me too. That's what I am, a 40 yr. old sap is what I am.

Both of my daughters enjoyed the Magic Treehouse series. As a matter of fact, there is a new one just out.

Don't feel bad, my 3 year old (I can only say that for one more day) wanted to be Darth Maul. He soon replaced his light saber with a wand.


Tazzygirl - May 19, 2006 5:18 pm (#229 of 2979)        

Puck: Kristina, sorry I didn't stay to play more 5 words!

That is quite all right! I am currently trying to get down all of what Finn does to keep track of everybody's posts and such (that's why I haven't posted as much!). I finally figured out how he does it all (Whoo-hoo!!) so I can get back into the posting frenzies.



Holly T. - May 19, 2006 5:26 pm (#230 of 2979)        

Maria, I'm so sorry about your friend. How awful for her family. I have asthma and allergies so it gave me heebie jeebies and made me tell myself to take my meds even if I think I don't need them.

WTG Denise! I spent way too much time today on the phone with tech support with my DSL provider and well, let me just say that I will be changing DSL providers. Ack.

My son loves the Magic Treehouse books. I just bought him one--it's set in Paris. Is it the most recent one? I don't know. He read it already. Right now he's listening to the Redwall audiobooks.

John, I'm sorry about the weird stuff at work.


Catherine - May 19, 2006 5:50 pm (#231 of 2979)        

Loopy, silly me not catching the sarcasm! ***hits self in forehead*** -- it's just that you're so rarely sarcastic that I was caught off guard.--Madame Pince

Excellent work, Madame P. I was almost caught off guard.

Thanks for all the well wishes, everyone! I'm excited and nervous, but I am in Richmond, VA, and will go up to D.C. tomorrow afternoon. That means that I have Sunday to "play" before my audition.

I probably won't be back on the internet until Wednesday a.m., as I left my computer at home, so hopefully nothing too exciting will happen on the Forum until I get back.


timrew - May 19, 2006 6:24 pm (#232 of 2979)        

Belated belated happy birthday, Mike! Sorry I'm so late.........

And a warm welcome back to Rettop Yrrah (aka Sam). Where you been, Sammy?


HungarianHorntail11 - May 19, 2006 6:39 pm (#233 of 2979)        
Edited May 19, 2006 7:36 pm

I feel as though I'm in the midst of an "Alumni" reunion.

EDIT: **Envisioning Madame Pince crossing toes.** You always were the talented one in the class.

PS: Hooray for the headphones. Happy kiddies unite!

PPS: Thanks Mike.


Madam Pince - May 19, 2006 7:13 pm (#234 of 2979)        

Your dress looks lovely on you, HH11! And you haven't aged a day!

Catherine, good luck on your tryouts! I was going to wait to post until we got closer to the time (so the luck wouldn't wear out, of course) but ack! I may have missed you altogether! Anyway, my fingers and toes are all crossed for you!

Congrats on the techie talents, Denise! Fantastic job! I am utterly unsurprised, though....

DVD is working great! Got the battery all charged and the manual all read. I should probably invest in some better headphones and a bigger carrying case, but other than that all is good. The player itself is first-rate! ***is more excited than at Christmas***


The giant squid - May 19, 2006 7:31 pm (#235 of 2979)        

Hmm...Sam comes back & John B leaves. Coincidence? Tune in to next week's CSI: Lexicon to find out! (thanks for the laugh, Kathy)

Sorry to hear about your friend, Maria.

Denise, you'll have to let us know how well Vonage works out for you. I've been leery of the concept, simply because their TV ads annoy me...

Speaking of TV...azi, That 70's Show started in the fall of '98 here in the states and ended...next Tuesday, I think. As for Butterfly Effect, while the base concept is similar, the movie has very little to do with the chaos math theory. It was just a chance for Ashton to prove he could do drama as well as comedy. Astute viewers will notice he hasn't done a drama since...

John, it seemed funny after the post-it on the printer, but now it's getting creepy. Hopefully it's just someone trying to be clever & not realizing they've taken it too far. Maintain Constant Vigilance, and check in every once in a while to let us know you're okay.



Viola Intonada - May 19, 2006 7:49 pm (#236 of 2979)        

Sam!!!!! *waves wildly*

Ugghh!!! Hubby has been out of town this week. Our internet went of the fritz Thursday morning and hadn't worked since. I tried the few things I knew how to do, still no internet. Hubby gets home today, I tell him of my internet woes, he has in fixed in two seconds. He wiggled a cord and now it is working just fine. (I guess I'll have to keep him after all Chat & Greetings 2006 - Page 3 2752390508 )

I went to a Scholastic Book Fair Warehouse %50 off sale on Tuesday. They had tons of Harry Potter stuff. Including HBP in Spanish. There were tons of coloring books, sticker books, and post cards. The only thing Harry Potter I ended up buying though was a book of postcards (I already had most of the other stuff).

Have a happy RotD, Everyone!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 19, 2006 8:32 pm (#237 of 2979)        

Thank you, Holly. Yes, definitely take your asthma and allergies seriously! I am not quite certain how it got away from her but do pay attention when you are not feeling right.

Marie, I hope the tooth fairy is in a generous mood for that long-awaited tooth.


Finn BV - May 19, 2006 8:52 pm (#238 of 2979)        

Magic Treehouse is awesome! I stopped reading them a couple years back, but I think I started when I was seven. So, that would mean I have been reading them for more than 40 years…? No, they're excellent.

In a similar vein, the A to Z Mysteries are fun easy reads. And if you get a bit older Agatha Christie anything (**waves to Madam P**) is great.

Gosh, 10 of midnight already? **hits the sack**


Madam Pince - May 19, 2006 9:02 pm (#239 of 2979)        

Ah-HA! Sooooo... Viola, you haf ze HP stickers, zen, haf you? 'Fess up, where haf you been putting zem? Ve haf vays of meking you talk....

Puck, Mr. Pince refers to them as "freaky toes".....

****waves back at Finn -- Agatha, the original CSI...***


azi - May 20, 2006 2:00 am (#240 of 2979)        

**waves back to Puck** It's ok, I needed an early night anyway!

Is it unusual to be able to cross your toes? I can do it fine! **Joins Madam Pince in crossing fingers and toes for Catherine**

Thank you for the info. Mike! Wow, 1998 seems so long ago...

I'm going to Leeds to the Royal Armouries today. Wanted to go there so long! It's a museum with displays of old weapons such as swords. Plus it's free, so I feel obliged to take advantage. After that, I may go shopping! It's funny that the last two times I went to Leeds it was torrential raining, and now it is again!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Snuffles - May 20, 2006 2:32 am (#241 of 2979)        

HH11, so sorry to hear about your friend. Lots of ((((hugs))) your way.

I don't find the white text annoying at all. I love reading about what is going to happen in Lost. The 2nd series has only just started here and I can't wait to see what is going to happen.

Magic Treehouse - Did that have a character called 'Moonface' in it? I can't remember if it is those stories or The Magic Faraway Tree stories.

Happy belated birthday to Mike. Hope you had a good day

Bumbledore - hope to see you around again. **Sending a bat bogey hex to the person at your work with the stickers!!**

I had to skim through a hundred posts so I hope I haven't missed anything.

Have a good weekend



Good Evans - May 20, 2006 4:50 am (#242 of 2979)        

Happy Saturday all

belated Happy Birthday to Mike Miller, whoops sorry I missed this earlier (and sorry about the non yellow cake!)

Went to see "Confetti" last night and laughed so much, I had read that it was disappointing, but it obviously hit my funnybone, I was in stitches, especially about the couple that did not have a stitch between them!!!

Went with two girlfriends and had a great time, so I recommend it as chick flick but not so sure that chaps will enjoy it. Also got in with my Student card - hooray cheap seats!! Am going to go next friday to see XMen 3 I think, sounds like a plan

Not such good news when I got home though as Dad rang to tell me that his Goldie has a tumour on the bladder, she is on medication and hopefully will be able to be operated, but it is not yet clear. we have decided to write off May in future, it is not a good month, actually 2006 is looking to be a bit of a write off, not many good things happened this year at all.

John B - I really hope that you can get to the bottom of the stalker issue and come back at lunchtimes, it wont be the same without you!

We have been told that for a tax reason our non work internet must be insignificant, so I have stopped my lunchtime visits too, but being as I usually come here at night (UK time anyway)it is a more active time on this forum, so it is not such a big deal for me.

We are having a small get together tonight for Eurovision (not a party, we were but decided to cancel the party after last week so it is just four close friends coming round). We are going to mark as follows:

Best song Worst song most original / worst costumes most interesting / bizarre backing singers most creative dance routine

Hopefully it will be a hoot. For those of you outside of (the extended) Europe - Eurovision is a song contest where European nations (but read a very broad definition in to this!) enter a song and the different countries vote through juries/ panels or televoting for thier favcourite awarding 12 pts 10 pts 9,8 7, etc . It has been going for 50 years and does have some political bias usually creeping in to the scores, I could (but I wont) tell you now who some of the countries will give the top votes too and who will receive no votes at all. It is really embarrasing if you get "Nil Point" but it does happen from time to time.

Overall it is really cringeworthy, usually awful songs and really bad groups / singers, (even though the likes of AbbA, Celine Dion, Katrina and the Waves, Cliff Richard, Lulu) have all taken part in the past. BUT it is compulsive viewing and needs to be taken with the ever so slighlty large pinch of salt.

WE shall be tuned in.......

Have a great rest of day all


Eponine - May 20, 2006 5:09 am (#243 of 2979)        

HH11, I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. I'm sending *big hugs* your way.

Is it unusual to be able to cross your toes? - Azi

Mr. Pince refers to them as "freaky toes"..... - Madame Pince

Azi, I can cross my toes. Of course, I can also pick things up with them and pinch things with them. My toes are freakishly strong, and Mr. Eponine knows better than to tease me when my toes are nearby. My toes are also double-jointed and can bend all the way back to touch the top of my foot. I didn't know that it wasn't normal until I was in high school.

Good luck, Catherine! *crosses fingers and toes*

Speaking of CSI, did anyone watch the finale a couple nights ago? Spoiler: I think Grissom and Sara are adorable, and it's about time they got together

Well, I'm off to work today. I'm working this weekend instead of next weekend so I can go home for Memorial Day weekend.

Have a great RotD!


Puck - May 20, 2006 5:53 am (#244 of 2979)        

Julie, Magic Treehouse books feature siblings Annie and Jack.

Yet another Julie, I remember you telling me about that show in the chat room! Have fun watching!

I can't cross my toes.

Going back to read all the white print now that I've watched Lost!


edit; I just read all the white and wanted to add I've been thinking along those lines with the baby. Kid is supposed to be what, a month or maybe 6 weeks old? That child looks more like 4 months, and Claire commented once how he usually sleeps through the night. I know babies grow faster than they can film, but it still bugs me. Yep, must be the island. He'll be walking by 3 months.)


Finn BV - May 20, 2006 6:49 am (#245 of 2979)        

Good Evans, have a fun time with your Eurovision judging!

I can put my big toe over my second toe, but it doesn't really go around.

Enjoy the weekend! Time to start studying for finals!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 20, 2006 7:05 am (#246 of 2979)        
Edited May 20, 2006 8:04 am

Thank you, Snuffles and Eponine. I am gearing up for tomorrow.

azi, the Royal Armories sounds like an interesting trip. Maybe you could display some of the pics in your profile? It is great that it is free. There are some such places in Washington DC where the museums are free.

Eurovision sounds like fun, Good Evans. Geez, I don't think I could ever award a Nil Point no matter how bad the person was. (Unless of course, he/she was purposefully rude or crude - then I'd have to create the minus sign award. )

Good luck on your finals, Finn.


HH11 - Maria

HH13 - Olivia (very rarely Priscilla, but she will sign her name when it is indeed she who is posting. )

Sometimes I may "borrow" Olivia's computer or vice-versa for the sake of convenience (and she has JAVA) but for the most part, we stick with our own profile. All in all, if either of us deviates from the above, we sign our names accordingly.


Good Evans - May 20, 2006 7:21 am (#247 of 2979)        

HHII - never sure if you are Olivia or Priscilla (whoops, sorry!!)

there are about 20 entrants or so and each country can only award points to 11 countries so some have to lose out, but it is unusual that no one votes for at least someone during the whole competition. Thats when Terry Wogan goes in to overdrive, when poor old _____ (insert country of choice) is still at the bottom with no points and the leader has about 100!!

Finn best of luck with that studying.

I'm off now, so have a great rotd all

Julie x


Puck - May 20, 2006 12:34 pm (#248 of 2979)        

Happy 4th Birthday to Maria's boy! (Hope I got that right. )

There's an Armory Museum not far from us that my kids like. It's free if you stop at the library to pick up the pass. Hope you had fun, Azi.




Lina - May 20, 2006 12:38 pm (#249 of 2979)        

Congrats Denise on speedy setting up the VOIP.

Finn's mentioning A to Z Mysteries and Agatha Cristie has reminded me that my sister has dyslexia and she started to read without help with Sherlock Holmes.

While the Eurosong is starting, let me just point out that the Croatian song has nothing to do with my choice. Yet, just because I think that Julie's remark Overall it is really cringeworthy, usually awful songs and really bad groups / singers is true, I expect our song to be among first five. I'm sure you will mark it as most original something.

So far, I like Switzerland the best, although Latvia was not bad.

Yep, happy birthday to Sidney! (I think Trevor is not until Monday)


The giant squid - May 20, 2006 12:44 pm (#250 of 2979)        

Finn, have you ever read Encyclopedia Brown? They were popular when I was a kid (back in the stone ages ) and I thought that someone with your professorial tone might enjoy them. Even if they aren't being published anymore it'd be worth checking out the local used book store. The titles were usually "Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the...", a title format I'm sure we can all relate to.

Hey, I can cross my toes, too! Maybe there's some correlation between HP fandom & long, freakish toes. I wonder if JKR can cross her toes...?

I wonder if I can find a way to say "toes" one more time? Yup!

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