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Post  Lady Arabella on Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:45 pm

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Post  Lady Arabella on Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:49 pm


Herm oh ninny - Jan 1, 2007 12:04 am (#2900 of 2989)

Hi all!

Just wanted to quickly pop in and wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year! And try not to party too much!


Solitaire - Jan 1, 2007 12:18 am (#2901 of 2989)

Happy New Year ... 2007!


Tazzygirl - Jan 1, 2007 1:00 am (#2902 of 2989)

I'm back!! I read through about 75 posts, but then skimmed the rest of the hundred. My apologies if I missed anything.

Happy really late birthdays to Lexicon Steve and Maria! Hope your days were wonderful! and just a little late, but Happy Birthday Kate!!! Hope you had a fabulous day as well!

Camping was loads of fun. The first day it rained, so we ended up staying in the Motorhome until the evening, and then went to the local theater and watched Night at the Museum. I thought it was good- some cheesy parts, but not bad. The next day was super windy (like knock you over if you are caught off guard type of wind) and there was snow falling up in the mountains. So Dad drove us up to look at an old Iron mine, where there was about 2 feet of snow. I was resisting the urge to jump in it and roll around. Chat & Greetings 2007 1003735042  The next day we ended up going to a movie again because of more snow falling and still massive amounts of wind. We saw Eragon as well. I shall voice my opinions of that movie further on down... Then yesterday we finally were able to go into Zion- which was beautiful! There was still some snow on the ground, but not too much. We also only went on two minor trails (I'm still technically not supposed to do anything strenuous from my surgery). We had a lovely snowball fight in the parking lot. We also went through the tunnel that was built in 1930- awesome! We saw tons of wild turkeys and deer. Then today we packed up to leave. My lovely sister decided (and my hand was also at fault) to slam the motorhome's door onto my hand. My pinky finger and the joint that connects the finger to my hand are now bruised. Am soooo glad the finger wasn't broken- the way it looked like in the door definitely made it look like it was. *ouch* Now I will just be sporting a lovely looking bruise. The entire camp heard me scream too. tehe. Then we left. Sigh.

On Eragon- I finally finished the book the night before watching the movie, so it was all fresh in my head. Both my sister and I agreed we would not make comments throughout the movie. We came to an agreement 10 minutes in that the movie did not do the book justice. They definitely should have made it longer to develop characters and plot more. Grrrrr. I also really wanted to see the OotP trailer again. Very disappointed.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! May all of you have a fantastic year! My goal is just to try and limit my stress level in Hawaii... It's amazing how high it gets.

Kneazle- I'm glad to hear you loved the Five Words stories! **am afraid to see how many posts there are since I left**



Lina - Jan 1, 2007 6:39 am (#2903 of 2989)

Happy and healthy New year to all!

***waving to Tazzy*** I hope your finger heals soon.

Deb, yes, that is Kate's birthday cake on the avatar, with chocolate icing. I'm a very lazy woman, but I always make the birthday cakes for my kids. That's about the only thing I really do.

Steve, I used to have the "Show second line of author information in messages" option turned off until I discovered that you can find some really useful informations there, and then I turned it on and started to put some useful informations there as well.

We are in Zagreb at the moment, at my in-laws'. The stupid firewall at their computer doesn't want to let me into the chat room. We came here this year because the traditional ecumenical New year meeting was held in Zagreb this year. We didn't fully participate, but went on only few of the prayers together. It was awesome, to see such a big number of young and not so young people from all over the Europe being together, having a good time and being nice.

Today hubby and I are going back home and are going to spend the rest of the week kidless. Yay!


Steve Newton - Jan 1, 2007 8:59 am (#2904 of 2989)

Lina, mine is not a software problem its a brain problem. Sigh.


Denise P. - Jan 1, 2007 9:54 am (#2905 of 2989)

A few years ago, Kaity got an EZ Bake for Christmas and it still gets a lot of use. She got a cupcake mix this year and decided to try it today. No matter how many times I have told her to read through the directions first, she never does and we get a mess. Today was no different. She didn't read it so she did many things wrong. Bottom line was that I had to get a phillips screwdriver out, take apart the oven to get the glop inside out and clean the entire thing. Good thing is that there are no parts inside that are going to react badly to being sprayed down with hot water. We got the first batch cleaned out, she READ the directions and then told me what she was going to do. The second batch is now in and baking

I am going out in a bit to see Eragon. Since Mr. Denise is going back to Virginia tomorrow, this is my last chance to go see it before the move. He offered to come along but since I know he is truly not interested, I am going solo. What stinks is that I am in the process (again) of cutting out soda and too many sweets so I won't have anything to munch on at the movie I may splurge and bring a teeny snack bag of mint M&M's and dole them out slllllooooowwwwllllyyyyyy


Solitaire - Jan 1, 2007 9:57 am (#2906 of 2989)

Is anyone else watching the Rose Parade? I'm usually not up that early, but I didn't sleep too well, so I was up early. I think I may head to Starbucks in a while, if they are open. I wonder ...

I didn't recognize you without your avatar, Steve. You don't appear to have a brain problem ... but I do. I thought that, since this mac is all "wired for wireless access," I'd use it. Alas, I can't get my router to work, so I guess I am tethered to all these dumb cords! Perhaps I actually need one of the Apple Airports, or whatever they call them. I thought I could use my old Linksys, but it does not seem to want to work. Oh, well ... at least I am connected, and it is secure connection.

OMG! There is a girl in a wheelchair twirling a baton! She has a cast on her leg and is wearing her skimpy baton-twirling suit. She must REALLY want to be in that parade! Well, I need to grab some coffee, either here or at Starbucks.




Good Evans - Jan 1, 2007 1:32 pm (#2907 of 2989)

Happy new year everyone

Denise - what a great house, hope all goes well with the impending move!

back to work tomorrow, as ever it all seems to have gone so quickly, but I did manage to get hubby to agree not to take the tree down till 12th night - hooray!

It has taken me three days to work out how to upload music to an MP3 - I really think I would be a soul mate for kaity, Denise - I tried to read the instructions, but they really didnt make much sense!!!

ah well trial and error - its working now so I can type and listen - yay!!


Regan of Gong - Jan 1, 2007 3:56 pm (#2908 of 2989)

350 messages later...

It really wasn't as bad as I expected, I was estimating just under 600.

My family and I have been away since the 23rd at my Grandparents place for Christmas. We got back on the 30th, then up to Sydney overnight for New Year's the day after. Wasn't a bad Christmas this year, I got a Camelback (backpack with water reservoir, used mainly for mountain biking) and a Multi-tool for my bike from my parents, another multi-tool for bike from my uncle, and some books. I used Christmas money to buy some bright red, low cut Converse All-stars.

I also saw Eragon twice while I was up there. It was alright I thought, but I haven't read the book. I thought some parts were a bit lame, such as the dragon's voice, and the ending felt more like an anti-climax. I thought he'd run off to slay Galbatorix, but then the movie just ended.

I went to a movie marathon all night, where I got to see Night at the Museum, Eragon and Deck the Halls. I thought Night at the Museum was pretty good, at any rate it was entertaining. I got excited again about Eragon again because they show the OotP trailer at the start, and Deck the Halls was standard Christmas movie stuff, although I found it entertaining and better than some Christmas movies.

Lots of stuff to read,



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jan 1, 2007 5:37 pm (#2909 of 2989)

Hey Loopy! Per usual, I'm watching the SciFi Channel's New Year's Day Twilight Zone marathon and the current episode, The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank has, guess who?, playing the title role. Here's a hint: it's a southern role. Oh, I'll just tell you. James Best. I guess I watched more Dukes of Hazard than I care to admit.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jan 1, 2007 6:03 pm (#2910 of 2989)

Hmm New Years resolution....... eat healthier and exercise more. The same as last year Ginny That is my annual New Years Resolution. Keep running that play till you get it right....

Sheila I'm glad I went and saw Eragon. It wasn't near as bad as I thought it would be! Regan Book 3 has to come out before Eragon can kill Galbatorix (I'm hoping for an 07 publication). I highly recommend you read the first two. Welcome Back!

Happy New Year everyone. Back to school tomorrow. LPO


painting sheila - Jan 1, 2007 6:15 pm (#2911 of 2989)

Hi everyone!

Hope you had a good night and the start of your New Year has been a relaxing one.

YEAH! Just watched the trailer for 24. It starts the 14th - a two hour premiere! Can't wait!


Tazzygirl - Jan 1, 2007 6:19 pm (#2912 of 2989)

**waves to Lina** Thanks!

Glad everyone who has been on Vacation is getting back safely!

Our fake Christmas tree finally had it's last Christmas- the stand for it broke, so Mom and I went out and bought a new one today- the new one was 75% off! We were resisting the urge to buy other highly on sale Christmas items too. Target is so awesome... sigh. *dreamy look*

We did get a bit of sad news today- my grandfather, the one in Vegas who had broken his hip, passed away last night. We stopped in Vegas for a little bit (on our way back from Zion) so my dad could say goodbye- the doctors said that Grandpa wouldn't last much longer. We are all taking it really well though- Grandpa had been suffering for a long time, so now everyone is just relieved that he's not suffering anymore. Dad is driving back into Vegas tomorrow for a couple days to get things sorted out.

Off to check Five Words...



Marie E. - Jan 1, 2007 6:21 pm (#2913 of 2989)

Happy New Year!!!

Our plans changed about three times this weekend. First, we were supposed to go to a neighbors’ house for a small party/poker game thing. It was cancelled because the grocery stores are nearly out of necessities (milk, eggs, bread). Then we had planned a quiet evening of movie watching with my best friend and her son. We were at Walmart (Why, oh why did we go to Walmart? Half of Colorado Springs had the same idea!) and another friend of mine called and asked if we wanted to go to her house. She bought New Year's hats, crackers, poppers, and all sorts of fun stuff. My best friend and son were also invited. We all had a great time and didn't get home until after 2am. I didn't wake up until 10am, which is very late for me.

My girls don't go back to school until next Monday, though several districts go back tomorrow. Lexie is already bored and wants to go back now.

Lovely house, Denise! I'm so glad you were able to find one that you like and fit into.


painting sheila - Jan 1, 2007 6:25 pm (#2914 of 2989)

Kristina I am sorry for you loss. How wonderful that you all were able to stop in Vegas on your Zion trip. I hope your dad is able to get things sorted out quickly.

On a lighter note, I have a link to a youtube site where a friend of mines little girl is singing at a wedding. She is only in kindergarten and sounds fabulous! Take a peek if you want to lighten your day and hum "Love was made for you and me" all day.


painting sheila - Jan 1, 2007 7:05 pm (#2915 of 2989)

FYI - The memorial for Steve Irwin is on Animal Planet right now 9:00 pm EST.


boop - Jan 1, 2007 7:53 pm (#2916 of 2989)

Kristina, Sorry for your loss, hugs to you and your family.

I watched football all day. I watched Penn State win. Watched Michigan get beat. Now I am watching OKlahoma and Bosie State.

When football season is over I will have to go through withdraw.

Have a great evening.

hugs always



painting sheila - Jan 1, 2007 9:14 pm (#2917 of 2989)

Am I the only one awake again?

Laundry is calling me. Oldest son wanted to wear some of his new Christmas clothes to school tomorrow - first day back since the break - and so I am doing laundry. I am of the firm opinion that we need two dryers for every one washer. Drying takes forever!!!(sigh)

Boop - Congrats on the win today. wOOt!


Ydnam96 - Jan 1, 2007 9:55 pm (#2918 of 2989)

Tazzy, I'm sorry about your grandfather. I'm glad that he is no longer in pain. Prayers to your family.

I too watched football today. So sad about Michigan...

She, I wish I had a washing machine and dryer! I haven't had access to my own washer since High School. I guess that's what I get for living on a college campus for 10 years. I'll know I'm all "grown" up when I have my own laundry machines and can have a dog...what I give up for my job.

It's back to work tomorrow. Students start coming back on Wednesday.



Kneazle - Jan 1, 2007 10:00 pm (#2919 of 2989)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

If anyone is interested, I've updated my profile on here. It now includes a link to my myspace as my homepage.
Tazzy- I'm sorry to hear about your Granddad.(((hugs)))
Well I'm off to bed now. Hopefully I'll be able to sleep tonight. Early morning driving people around.


Finn BV - Jan 1, 2007 10:03 pm (#2920 of 2989)

Happy New Year everybody! We had a nice time visiting with both sides of the family, but I missed the forum!

Kristina, so sorry to hear about your grandfather. That sounds just like how it was with my grandma. Glad you got to see him in his final days. PS – I think I have almost the exact same photo as your avatar!

Hoping to catch up just a little bit in my next week off…


Ydnam96 - Jan 1, 2007 10:18 pm (#2921 of 2989)

Finn! Hey stranger!


Kneazle - Jan 1, 2007 10:31 pm (#2922 of 2989)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

Finn!!Have you been over to 5 words yet?I did happen to mention patience wasn't really my thing, right? Sorry!
I'm tired, I have to up at 5:30 a.m. and it's 11:30 p.m.cst. Think I need to go to bed.


Denise P. - Jan 1, 2007 10:41 pm (#2923 of 2989)

My kids don't go back to school until the 4th. Wednesday I need to go into transportation to arrange for the movers to show up and I am hoping I have some cooperation so I don't have to take many with me.

We are officially Christmas free now. Normally we wait until the first weekend in January but since Mr. Denise was home, he took the outside lights down. Why does it take less than an hour to put all the ornaments on the tree but it takes at least 3 hours to get them all put away? I watched Flip That House marathon while I put away all the ornaments.

I saw Eragon today and was so bummed that there was no HP trailer! The movie was okay but if you already read the book, I would wait for DVD. I think Saphira's voice was all wrong. I think so many cuts were made that when there was a heart wrenching death, I didn't really care since we never got to know the character anyway. Still, not a bad movie but as always, the book was soo much better!

Tomorrow is day one of Flying Pig Marathon training. Mr. Denise got me a brand new pair of Saucony running shoes so I will have plenty of time to get to know them. I closed out the year logging in almost 590 miles....the holidays siderailed me and I didn't quite make 600. In 2007, I want to make at least 1000 miles.


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 1, 2007 10:43 pm (#2924 of 2989)

**waves to Finn** Long time no see!

(((((HUGS)))))) to Kristina.

I watched football most of the day too. I was pretty mad that USC beat Michigan. I hate USC. Snobs. I was routing for West Virginia to win, because they had really cool jersey's and Georgia Tech were a funky yellow-y color. I'm glad WV won. LSU doesn't play until the 3rd, Hopefully we'll slaughter the Irish!

I started reading The Devil Wears Prada earlier today. So far I'm liking it, it's pretty funny. Has anyone else read it? Just wondering if it's at all similar to the movie. I really liked the movie, is the book better?

We don't go back to school until the 8th! How long does everyone else have off for Christmas break? We get 2 weeks.

Off to read somemore and check 5 words! Night everyone!


Kneazle - Jan 1, 2007 10:45 pm (#2925 of 2989)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

I just recently read the book (Eragon). I could tell just by the previews they mutilated it. I don't know if I'll even rent it when it comes out on DVD. I hate it when they cut things to pieces, especially when they had the time to do it properly. (rant over) Sorry.
Ok, going to bed for real this time.


geauxtigers - Jan 1, 2007 10:47 pm (#2926 of 2989)

Had an eventful day...my mom woke me up saying that my dad was being taken to the ER from work and we had to go meet them. Obviously I was freaking a bit. All good news though, he wasn't feeling well and had gotten very dizzy. They did a bunch of tests and such and he’s fine now. They still don't know what it was about though. Anyway, my parents spent 6 hours in what’s called the 'fast track' of course, new years day, it was anything but fast. LOL

Sorry about your Grandfather, Kristina. ((hugs)) Very cool picture!

Welcome back Finn ( I love your avatar! very cool!) and Regan and anyone else!

I think I might go shopping tomorrow, I haven't done anything the whole break except be lazy. Its been nice, but I am getting a bit bored. But as I like to say, I'd rather be bored at home then at school.

As for Michigan loosing, they deserve a clap on the back, I think they played well, but the defense was sleepy. Of course I'm irritated that USC won as usual, but at least theres no shot at a national title to disrupt the future winner.

LSU vs Norte Dame Wednesday! I can't wait! Not trying to be arrogant or anything, but I have a feeling ND will get beat up by our defense! **knock on wood** Should be a good game as long as we keep a level head and don't get down after something bad happens!

Did anyone see the West Virginia/Georgia Tech game? It was great! That was some come-back by WV! I was going for them because they had cute awesome jerseys! LOL

As for the National title game, go Gators! Yes this is the one and only time you will see gators in a positive form in connection to my name! I really hope they win! Gotta stay true to the SEC, I think they can do it too! I really do!

I'll stop, I could talk football forever! **agrees with Boop... withdrawal symptoms start after the Superbowl**

Hope everyone has a great start to the new year!


jose043 - Jan 1, 2007 11:04 pm (#2927 of 2989)

Hi all

Happy New Year to all of you.

Deepest sympathy Kristina family on the sad loss of your grandfather.

Denise, love the house.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Ydnam96 - Jan 1, 2007 11:12 pm (#2928 of 2989)

I've read the Devil Wears Prada. The book, to me, is better. But it's a lot more hard core: language and such. Miranda has NO endearing qualities in the book and is truly the devil. It's worth a read.


Lina - Jan 1, 2007 11:22 pm (#2929 of 2989)

Hugs to Kristina about the grandfather. The good thing is that he is not suffering any more.

My both grandparents on my dad's side died when they were 97. They moved to live with my grandmother's sister many years before that, so I thought that a year after her 97th birthday would be a little freaky for her. I talked to her on the phone yesterday and she seems to be in a pretty good health condition. She will become 98 this month.


Tazzygirl - Jan 1, 2007 11:59 pm (#2930 of 2989)

Thanks for all the hugs and thoughts. It's so nice to have a big Forum Family!

Ginny and Tori- Extra **healing charms** to your dad! Hope he's okay!

Welcome back Finn! I did ask my Dad about Angel's Landing, by the way. He said he hiked it when he was about 14. I saw a picture with all the switchbacks you have to climb, and decided that trail will have to wait until I am in much better shape! LOL

Thanks for the comments on the avatar! I am amazed that I actually took some beautiful photos. I'm trying to downsize another one which is my all time favorite. I think I'll try posting it in my profile, that might work. Hmmmm.

**safe moving charms** to Denise and Family!

I loved the Devil Wears Prada book, the movie not so much. I'll still watch it though. I like the Eragon books- enough to go out and buy the second book the day after I finished reading the first book- but to me I see too much of JRR Tolkien, David Eddings, and JKR's ideas and characters in Eragon to really be impressed. I am just in awe about a teen writing it though. It's more than I can do!

Off to bed- another busy day tomorrow.



Finn BV - Jan 2, 2007 12:34 am (#2931 of 2989)

Wow, hello everybody! Thanks for the welcomes!

Kneazle, no I haven't ventured over to Five Words yet… it's 2:30 am and I can't possibly tackle all those posts at this time of night (morning)! I have to get up at 8 anyway…… sigh… at least it's not school, I still have a bit of vacation.

Glad Tori and Ginny's dad is okay!

I saw The Devil Wears Prada again over break and really enjoyed, once more. **waves to Squid Mike, who of course feels the same away about this film** I don't know about this no endearing qualities thing in the book -- at least Meryl Streep (not Meryl Streep's Miranda, but the person) is sympathetic, which makes me love the movie! I've voted for Streep in my Golden Globes pool.

Hehe, Kristina, the switchbacks aren't as bad as they seem. On other hand, the switchbacks at the Yosemite Falls and Grand Teton's Death Canyon (isn't that the most appealing name for a hike? ) are brutal!

Good night! Sheesh! I need to get to bed!

BTW, Lina, I love the photo. Hope the birthday went well, sorry I missed it while on vacation! Also the blurred-out effect is a nice touch.


Regan of Gong - Jan 2, 2007 1:08 am (#2932 of 2989)

Switchbacks! Why stroll when you can roll? Buy a downhill rig!


Snuffles - Jan 2, 2007 1:33 am (#2933 of 2989)

((((hugs)))) to Kristina.

Welcome back Finn

Love the house Denise.

Lina, I love the avatar.

Well I'm back at work and sat here thinking that I really should be doing something, but I just cannot get motivated

I'll go and check the threads



Regan of Gong - Jan 2, 2007 2:51 am (#2934 of 2989)

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention before we've acquired a new ferret. Friends of some friends have left to Vienna for at least 2 years for their Dad's work. He's a big black-eyed white, originally named Jaws. We didn't like that much. We've re-christened him George. Now we're trying to get our two girls to stop biting him so they can live in the same cage.

And what is with Kneazles *evil*twin? Multiple account? I see no purpose served...


The giant squid - Jan 2, 2007 3:26 am (#2935 of 2989)

Regan, some people can't get Premium membership yet need to post more than 10 times per day.

Tazzy, so sorry to hear about your grandfather.

**waves to Squid Mike, who of course feels the same away about this film**--Finn BV

Welcome back, Finn. It's too bad the absence addled your memory so badly...



septentrion - Jan 2, 2007 3:28 am (#2936 of 2989)

I just pop here to wish you all a very Happy New Year, may all your dreams come true!


Regan of Gong - Jan 2, 2007 3:37 am (#2937 of 2989)

Right. Well, that's all in order then. I come from forums where people get ban-sticked for multiple accounts.


Essidji - Jan 2, 2007 4:34 am (#2938 of 2989)

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007 EVERYBODY! It'll be a great year (especially this summer, I am sure of this).

I'm back at work today. At last, here comes the snow, I was desperate to see some this winter. Lots of cheering charms to those from Texas and other states who have been suffering from the blizzard.


Good Evans - Jan 2, 2007 6:53 am (#2939 of 2989)

Best wishes Kristina - sorry to hear of your news

Hi Finn good to see you back - but missing your orange monster already!!!!!!!

98 hey Lina - that is some pretty impressive innings - if only the english batsman could manage the same!!!!!

Congrats on the ferret Regan - and welcome back after your break.

**waves to everyone**

Septentrion - still wishing you all good thoughts and a wonderful year this year.

have a great day whether you are back at work or not as yet!



Loopy Lupin - Jan 2, 2007 7:21 am (#2940 of 2989)

I guess I watched more Dukes of Hazard than I care to admit. – Kim

Didn't we all?


painting sheila - Jan 2, 2007 7:25 am (#2941 of 2989)

Good morning everyone.

I am alone in my house for the first time since . . . . can't remember.

I am debating whether to go snuggle back in bed, or actually get some errands done with out a little one tagging along. Decisions, decisions. . .

Finn, Regan - Long time no see! We missed you and are glad to see your avatars back.

I scratched my reading glasses and it is driving me crazy. I think I will call the eye doctor and see how much it would be to get a new lens. I keep cleaning them thinking it is just sticky little boy finger prints until I out them back on and am like - Oh! That's right, I scratched them. Arrgghh!

My kids are desperately wishing for snow. I would like a little but have learned - be careful what you wish for.


Madam Pince - Jan 2, 2007 7:42 am (#2942 of 2989)

Tazzy, sympathies on the passing of your grandfather. (((hugs)))

***agrees with Ginny about Georgia Tech's yucky-colored uniforms*** Hope your Dad is now doing better and that all will be OK! Hey, the New Year can only go uphill from here, right? after spending New Year's Day in the ER! Bleah.

Welcome back, Regan, and congrats on the new ferret! He sounds very nice. Hope they all learn to play well together!

Yay to Boop on Penn State's win! We were bummed about Navy's last-second loss -- what a shame. It would've been a great boost for their program and they played so well and really deserved that win. We had a fun day watching football and also the Rose Parade. Did anybody else think that Oklahoma's Centennial float should've won some sort of award? Wow, that "Rocketeer" guy flying around was so cool! Little Pince was mightily impressed. He said "Mama, I want one of those rocket things!" I said "Yeah, me too!"

Mr. Pince, his dad, and my mom had a difficult time getting home Saturday. Right at the exact time that they arrived at the D.C. Beltway, the procession for President Ford's funeral was leaving Andrews Air Force Base, so they shut down the Beltway. Mr. P thought "No problem - I'll just drive on through downtown." Wrong idea. They were shutting down streets left and right, always just ahead of Mr. P's car, it seemed, because the funeral procession was going on a little tour of D.C. stopping at various sites. He was sooooo frustrated, and got totally lost because all his known "routes" kept getting closed. Then he stopped behind a policeman to ask directions and got yelled at and called some not-Forum-friendly names by the policeman, which was sort of disheartening. My mom actually enjoyed the night tour of the monuments, though -- they went by the Jefferson and the Lincoln (several times, I think Chat & Greetings 2007 1003735042, ) and circled the Pentagon a couple times for good measure. They ended up being able to laugh about it, which was a good thing! And Mr. Pince has today off from work because the government is closed for the funeral.

I really feel for you, Marie and LPO and anyone else snowed in by the big mid-west storms! We got the front moving through here New Year's, and although it was only rain for us, it left a lot of water! I can imagine that if it had been cold enough for snow, we'd have quite a problem on our hands for the Ford funeral and traffic, etc.!

Well, we're off again today for Virginia to finish up with my aunt's house -- the renter is moving in next weekend. Should be a lovely week -- NOT. Everyone enjoy the ROTW, and see you Sunday sometime probably!


kaykay1970 - Jan 2, 2007 8:26 am (#2943 of 2989)


My kids go back to school on Thursday. I really need to get them organized in picking up around the house today. It has become pretty messy with everyone home!


Lilly P - Jan 2, 2007 8:58 am (#2944 of 2989)

Boop - BOISE STATE WON! it was a great game wasnt it!!! winning in overtime with a trick play, 2 point conversion and then the star running back proposing to his girlfriend the head cheerleader live on national television! we had to stay up until 2am on the east coast to watch the game but is was well worth it! My year is starting off so well!! GO BSU!!!


Eponine - Jan 2, 2007 9:42 am (#2945 of 2989)

Lilly P, my husband was watching that game, and he turned it off after Oklahoma caught the interception and scored. This morning, he was shocked (but pleased) to find out that Boise State had come back to win the game.

Well, we're back from Chattanooga. I had a nice visit, and I got to see several of my friends. Mr. Eponine and I had dinner with a friend of mine from high school and her husband. We hadn't seen each other in several years, so it was nice to catch up on things.

I have to go back to work today. It's been a week and half since I was at work, and I don't want to go back!

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jan 2, 2007 9:43 am (#2946 of 2989)

Wow, so many posts. I'm having trouble keeping up. Just when I've read them, it seems I have to get going.

Sheila, Chloe is a very talented young lady. I would certainly not keep her a secret. She not only has great stage presence but talent to boot (very strong voice for such a little one). I can imagine them showing the home videos of her from her younger years after she's made it big! Thank you for sharing!

Kristina, so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Our sympathies and prayers are with you.

Regan, might all of those bike gifts be a subtle hint to keep you from driving? Congrats on your new addition - hope the other two will take him in.

It was back to the grind for us today. I really wished we had even two more days and a short week to ease us into a long January. No such luck.

Our New Year's Eve was quiet and nice. Trevor fell asleep early and Olivia pried herself away from Halo 2 Live before the ball dropped.

I know I've left out alot - oh yeah, Reparo to your finger, Tazzy. (Does that work on body parts, too? )


***waves to Finn and Herm oh Ninny***


azi - Jan 2, 2007 10:09 am (#2947 of 2989)

**hugs** Tazzy!

I thought I had read all the posts, but I keep reading things I don't remember reading previously! Sorry if I missed anyone out!

My New Year's Eve was not nice! I had a horrible headache all evening. Needless to say, fireworks were not appreciated!

I'm way behind on my work, but I have no motivation to do it. I had to go out today instead of working, as there were some important things, like getting my rent paid, which had to be done. I wasn't counting on having to go out again tomorrow to pick up some boots I left for re-heeling. I'm annoyed about that anyway - it cost as much to mend them as a new pair of boots themselves! I wouldn't have bothered if they weren't my mum's boots from the 1970s.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Denise P. - Jan 2, 2007 10:36 am (#2948 of 2989)

I am racing against a deadline at the moment. Saturday, we are doing our Arrow of Light ceremony and crossing 8 of my Webelos over into Boy Scouts. I am in the middle of painting 8 arrows (even though half the parents didn't tell me what I needed to know so there will be several arrows lacking stuff), sanding boards and using a woodburning tool to put the symbol for the arrow of light on it. I have the name plaques ordered, have to pick them up tomorrow. So far, I have 4 arrows about half way through and 4 arrows that I just started. The scrapbooking tape I used to use is no longer made...it was perfect since it was 1/8" wide. Since I don't have that, I have to use regular painters tape. This means I have to measure, tape, paint, wait for it to dry and then do it again for the next section. They will look really cool when they are done though. I have medal to put belt loops on, I don't think I am going to get those done for the ceremony but have to do it after the fact.

On a positive front, I got a calendar from someplace online that helps keep me on track and get things done quickly. It helps organize housework so only a little is done each day and nothing builds up. Granted, I am only 3 days in but it seems to be working so it is not so overwhelming.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jan 2, 2007 10:54 am (#2949 of 2989)

Denise. . .and you say there's only one of you???

Cheering charms to azi. Hope things go a bit better as the evening goes on.


Solitaire - Jan 2, 2007 11:03 am (#2950 of 2989)

virginiaelizabeth: I hate USC. Snobs.

I'm sorry you feel that way, Ginny. Do you know many people who attend--or have attended--USC? I do. I have several friends who attended USC, and I think they would be deeply hurt to know that you have slapped a snob label on them, particularly when you probably haven't even met them. I'll bet there may even be some posters here on the forum who attend or have attended USC, and I'm willing to bet they aren't all snobs.

((((((Tazzy)))))) I'm so sorry about your grandpa. I'll be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

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Ydnam96 - Jan 2, 2007 11:33 am (#2951 of 2989)

Nope I'm sure not all USC people are snobs. I'm sure any team who wins a game that they are really excited about can act a little snobby. I live out here in LA and really the fans here are nothing compared to The Ohio State Univ. fans. Now, when they have the USC UCLA game things can get a little rough. But that's to be expected with cross-town rivals.

Switchbacks. I hate switchbacks they are no fun up and no fun down either. The problem with rolling down is all those pesky rocks and branches and such that could impale you on the way down

Tazzy, how's the finger?

Denise, I stand in awe. Moving and organizing the Boy Scouts event and being a "single" parent (of course by now I'm sure you are used to that). How is Devin doing? I assume since we haven't had an update in a long while things are all good?

Azi, having a headache on New Year's Eve is not fun. Maybe though, since you ended the year on a low note then you can only go up for the new year?

Mr Pince must have been so frustrated. Getting stuck in DC is not fun at all. Even when they haven't closed streets I get soooo confused. Once I meant to get to the Mall area and ended up coming out the north west corner in a not so fun Maryland area. Needless to say I turned around an searched for an entrance to the beltway. At least it goes in a circle.

Well, off to work. I have decided that this year I am not going to let my coworkers ruin my attitude about work. I am going to keep my attitude in check and try and ignore those who make it their job to annoy and put me down.

Here's to 2007.


Good Evans - Jan 2, 2007 11:37 am (#2952 of 2989)

Azi - sorry to hear about your headache - no fun!

re your avatar - would that be you when you were little? ahhhhh!!! I dont think that we have had any snow of that magnitude for a while so I am definitely betting it is not a "this year" shot. Actaully down south we are waiting tosee if winter will actaully come. (it is the opposite of Narnia in sussex!! Never winter and christmas does come )

waves to Maria - just because!

off to the chat room shortly.....


Denise P. - Jan 2, 2007 11:37 am (#2953 of 2989)

Devin is doing great. He has been in remission almost 4 years now, no problems and is still being followed by many doctors. His current oncologist is working with someone in our new area to transfer his care there. Really, you can't pick Devin out of a group of kids as being the one with leukemia. He is your typical 11 year old boy. We always tell everyone regarding Devin: No news is good news.


Puck - Jan 2, 2007 11:58 am (#2954 of 2989)


Denise, I got a watch like that for Christmas. I guess I'll actually have to train for that marathon, now. I won't really use it until spring, though, as it tends to be too icy to run outside in the winter.

((hugs)) to Tazzy.

We had a quiet New Year. Hubby's parents were still here (they left this morning), and some friends came over. We played Wii, at junk, and had the kids say happy new year at 8pm, as it was 2007 somewhere in the Atlantic, and they needed to go to bed. The adults played board games then watched the ball drop. Dick Clark looked better this year.

Son went to school today, but will have Thursday off. His principal passed away this weekend, and that is the day of the funeral. She was an amazing woman and had been at the school for about 20 years. She had taken a leave of absence early in the year, and never returned. In church on Sunday we all found out the news when the lector said "We pray for those who have died", and her name was read first. The church was full of crying mothers.

Well, I have to get some stuff done before the babysitter gets here. Ballet/tap class to teach.



azi - Jan 2, 2007 12:32 pm (#2955 of 2989)

Maybe though, since you ended the year on a low note then you can only go up for the new year? - Squid Mike

I certainly hope so! Today just got slightly worse though. *sigh* I hope you don't let your colleagues get you down (they have no right to do that!).

Aww, that's a shame about your son's principal, Puck! I remember when a teacher died in high school - not a nice atmosphere!

JulieGE - that is an old picture! I agree, no snow like that in years! They were forecasting it for Jan or Feb so maybe we'll actually get some then? I think we only have autumn up here at the moment, although the wind is cold!

My day got slightly worse because I just experienced the worst supermarket customer service ever. My mum checked when the store closed, it said 8pm. We got there at 6.30pm to find most shelves empty, the full ones blocked off by giant boxes and half the lights in the place switched off! Lots of confused looking people milling around. Then, the announcer comes on and says the store will now close at 7pm! She didn't say sorry or explain why! There was nothing anywhere to suggest this was the case. We got what we could and left the shop to find they'd even closed the trolley park, so we couldn't put our trolley away! Complete disregard for customer service in every sense! I feel sorry for the people who were pulling up to do their shopping as we were leaving - there were lots of them!

Anyway, on the plus side, Scout Network (what Scouts do when they're 18+) has finally bothered to contact me with details of what their programme for the year is. Some things look quite fun!


painting sheila - Jan 2, 2007 12:54 pm (#2956 of 2989)

Ydnam96 - I am much more appreciative of my dryer today. Thank you for that gentle reminder. I had forgotten what a pain laundromats can be sometimes.

I totally missed the guy proposing to his girl friend. I hope they show it one some sports replay show.

The thing about USC that ticked me off - and then I moved on - was when one of the USC players made an interception. Both the USC and Mich player fell down and the USC player placed the ball gingerly in the Mich players lap. I thought that was a bit. .. hmmm . . what's the word . . . . I can't think of the word I want to use, but it seemed to be poor sportsmanship. It may just be my take on the play, but they kept replaying it and I became more frustrated every time I saw it. That may have something to do with the fact that I wanted Mich to win for President Ford. Oh well.

Regan - How do you keep your ferrets from smelling? Do you keep them in the house? I have a friend whose daughter has two ferrets and the smell is starting to take over the house. Any suggestions?

Tazi - How's the finger?

Kudos to all of those that are choosing to take the high road at work this year. YOu have a much better advantage to spitting on your co-workers from way up there! Ha! (as you can see,I have some anger issues to work out)


Solitaire - Jan 2, 2007 1:03 pm (#2957 of 2989)

Sorry about your son's principal, Puck. About four years ago, our special ed teacher/coordinator passed away unexpectedly over the holidays. She had come down with a bad cold during the few days between school letting out and Christmas Eve. When she went to the emergency room to see a doc, she was diagnosed with pneumonia and put into the hospital. The day after Christmas she slipped into a coma, and she was gone before New Year's Eve. Apparently, she developed some sort of septic infection. She was a smoker and had lost part of a lung some years earlier. Anyway, it was a shock to us all, as she was younger than I was!

I hope your son's school has a memorial of some sort that the kids can attend. We had little ceremony at school. A tree was planted in her memory, the band played a couple of songs, the choir sang, and some of the kids were able to speak. I think it helped bring some closure for kids who'd never experienced such a loss before. Good luck with things at your school.



The giant squid - Jan 2, 2007 2:41 pm (#2958 of 2989)

   Maybe though, since you ended the year on a low note then you can only go up for the new year? - Squid Mike

Not that I disagree, azi, but credit where it's due: That was Mandy's quote, not mine.


Lina - Jan 2, 2007 2:48 pm (#2959 of 2989)

I knew I was forgetting something!

Ginny and Tori, I hope your dad is doing fine and is not about to be dizzy again. Maybe just the lack of sleep.

Maria, I have to mention your amazing avatar!

Kathy, sorry about the school principal. I hope the next one will be just as great.


Chemyst - Jan 2, 2007 3:05 pm (#2960 of 2989)

Kim, I forgot to check back. How did the Google series finish?
I was a little curious as to how they'd wrap up that yarn.


azi - Jan 2, 2007 3:35 pm (#2961 of 2989)

**apologises profusely to Mandy** Chat & Greetings 2007 1437562208

Maybe I need more sleep?


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 2, 2007 4:03 pm (#2962 of 2989)

Both the USC and Mich player fell down and the USC player placed the ball gingerly in the Mich players lap. I thought that was a bit. .. hmmm . . what's the word . . . .

This is what I'm talking about. I don't think I used the right word. There are several players on the USC football team that are extremely arrogant. The incident above, was not the only one in that game yesterday, there were quite a few. It's not that they celebrate too much, it's that they go up to players on the other team and blatantly rub it in their face. It's poor sportsmanship. It's not USC as a whole, it's more the football team that has consistently over the years shown poor sportsmanship. (before I get myself in even deeper!)

Sorry about your son's principle Kathy.

We spent about 4 hours shopping today. We got my dad a ton of new clothes. He seems to have more blue jeans than anyone I know, and he goes through them like water. I don't understand it. Anyway, it was fun but now I'm tired.

Off to check threads! Hope everyone has a great RotD!


Tazzygirl - Jan 2, 2007 4:08 pm (#2963 of 2989)

Sorry to hear about your principal, Puck. Hope all the students can do something for her.

Thanks again for all the hugs- they are a huge help! Mom and Dad decided that I won't be going to the funeral- my flight for Hawaii is Friday, and they don't want me missing school.

How's your finger?- number of people

My finger is doing really well! It didn't bruise as much as I thought it would, but it is still just slightly swollen and tender in certain spots. Couple more days and it should be back to normal.

Azi- **healing charms** to you. Cute avatar!! Sorry to hear about the market- that doesn't make sense at all!

I get to go to Disneyland tomorrow! w00t! Hopefully there won't be any crowds- most of the schools in this area started back today, and seeing some of the posts here, many schools across the country are already back in session. Mandy- when you went, were there lots of people?



HungarianHorntail11 - Jan 2, 2007 5:24 pm (#2964 of 2989)

Gee, thanks, Lina! That's me on New Year's Eve!

I watched a documentary on TV last night about Mercy Ships. I am floored. It was started by one man. A shining example of my favorite "Starfish Parable".

Have fun in Disney, Kristina! A neighbor of mine is going to Hawaii next week with her husband on a Sony convention/meeting of some sort. I am contemplating stowing away in a suitcase, but with all of the high security nowadays. . .

Azi, how cute your avatar is. Little snowbunnies!

Sorry to hear about the principal, Puck. How is son handling it?


Lavandula - Jan 2, 2007 8:05 pm (#2965 of 2989)

Tazzy- Prayers to you and your family especially as you head back to school.

Puck-I feel just terrible about your son's principal and all the children and their families. As a teacher, I cannot comprehend what it would be like to lose your leader. May all who are connected to your school have strength during these difficult days.

I'm back to school tomorrow. I will miss the constant forum reading, but will try to not stay totally away until my next vacation. I think for the first time, my kids are not ready to go back. Usually they can't wait to get back to school and their friends.

Denise- I forgot to say 'beautiful house' and good luck to you on your upcoming move. I wish I could come over and help with something, anything!!!

Ginny-I too saw that play with the USC player handing over the football to the two Michigan players. Talk about 'taunting' and excessive celebration. !!!!! I can't believe they never got called on any of those and several other instances. I am not even a Michigan fan and I felt bad for them.

BTW-Go Bucks on Monday!!

Not an alum, but a Buckeye fan anyway. Cathy


painting sheila - Jan 2, 2007 9:11 pm (#2966 of 2989)

Hi everyone.

Hope you all had a good day.

I just finished watching a documentary on Gerald Ford's life. Wow! It seems as if he was a quiet humble man that did so much not only for our nation but for the entire world. He did so much and was recognized for so little. I guess the truth always come out. I recorded it for my kids to watch - the three biggest anyway. Plus, he was an Eagle Scout - wOOt!!

Not much else going on here.

I have thought it was Monday all day and am totally thrown off that tomorrow is Wednesday already. My, where does time go?


Herm oh ninny - Jan 2, 2007 9:23 pm (#2967 of 2989)

Hi all!

One more big (((HUG))) for Tazzy!

Azi- I hate when stores do that. Last month we went to Red Robin for dinner at about 9:30pm. We looked at the sign on the door, saw that they were open until 11:00pm, and walked on in. The hostess seated us, and gave us our dinner menus. Then the server came to take our order. She interrupted us and said "I'm sorry, but the kitchen is closed. I can only get you desert or drinks from the bar."

Regan- I was actually relieved with Saphira's voice. The books describe it as echoey and ethereal(I always pictured it like Galadrial from LOTR), and I was worried they might make it rough/scratchy and dragon-like. Also, congrats on the new Ferret, they are so cute!

Well, I did it. I finished my ninth reading of HBP today. Now all the books are even, and I can read the series from the beginning again! (I know, obsessive right? )

***Waves to HH11*** Maria, we should register each others Wii's. Then our Mii's can parade!!


painting sheila - Jan 2, 2007 9:30 pm (#2968 of 2989)

Speaking of Wii's - did you know you could play with pictures on it!?

My son took a picture of me with his cell phone and loaded it into the Wii.

He then proceeded to give me round glasses and a big black mark on my forehead. When I asked him what he was doing he said, "I'm making you Harry Potter mom!"

Did you know you can schedule on it? and see how long the game was played everyday and what games were played. It is such a great system!!

On a more somber note, my niece is under going some testing to find the solution for a medical problem she is having. It is a soreness in her joints and muscles. She is very active and a dancer, so to not be able to bend over and put her shoes on is major. We have a history of auto immune disorders in my family and we all are hoping and praying this is nit it. Any healing charms you can send her way would be appreciated.



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 2, 2007 9:56 pm (#2969 of 2989)

My son took a picture of me with his cell phone and loaded it into the Wii WOW! How did he do that??

I know the memory stick is the same one that I use in my camera. Do you just put the camera one in?

**healing charms to your neice** Hopefully it's nothing bad.

Ginny-I too saw that play with the USC player handing over the football to the two Michigan players. Talk about 'taunting' and excessive celebration. !!!!! I can't believe they never got called on any of those and several other instances.

And sadly, they always seem to get away with it.

Well, I did it. I finished my ninth reading of HBP today. Now all the books are even, and I can read the series from the beginning again! (I know, obsessive right? )

Of course you're obsessive, but lucky you, everyone else here is too! I lost track of how many times I've read them! My mom got frustrated with me last night because I was reading HBP for the 100th time. So I got up and grabbed The Devil Wears Prada to make her happy, but as I can't stop reading a book when I'm half way through, I'm reading it before bed every night.

Speaking of reading, I have an awful crick in my neck from sitting in a weird position for the past 5 hours. **wonders off to find and Icy Hot patch**


Regan of Gong - Jan 2, 2007 9:57 pm (#2970 of 2989)

We've got the trail Opera internet browser on our Wii at the moment. I can read the forum, on my Wii!


painting sheila - Jan 2, 2007 10:06 pm (#2971 of 2989)

Regan - How cool is that!

and yes virginiaelizabeth - you just take the memory stick out and put it in the Wii. It was hilarious. You can even save it and share it on the internet. Fun. Fun.

edit: I am heading off to bed. Time FLIES when I am on here!

Have a good day tomorrow everyone -


PS Dang it - Wake Forest lost!


Ydnam96 - Jan 2, 2007 10:44 pm (#2972 of 2989)

Azi, no problem. It wasn't a good quote anyway Smile

Tazzy: actually Disneyland wasn't that busy at all. I was quite surprised actually. Have fun. Tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful.

Puck, I'm so sorry to hear about what happened at your son's school that's horrible. Wow.

Well, the first day back was a doozy. Off to check out some threads before I fall into bed.



Kneazle - Jan 2, 2007 11:43 pm (#2973 of 2989)

Just wanted to say Hi and goodnight to everyone. I have to be up early in the morning to take hubby to work, kids to school and Mom to the hospital to see Dad. Which is where I've been since 4 or 5 p.m. tonight. Hence my less than stellar spelling tonight. So (((hugs))) and healing charms all around. Night.


Tazzygirl - Jan 3, 2007 12:10 am (#2974 of 2989)

**healing charms** to your neice, Sheila! (I too am shocked that it is Tuesday... time is definitely flying!)

It was fun when I was in high school and USC and UCLA played each other. Teachers and students alike were dressed in the school colors. I was neutral to both sides.

Interesting stuff about the Wii...

Thanks Mandy, for the heads up on Disney- I am so excited!

Regan- meant to say earlier: Yeay! for the newest ferret! George sounds like a perfect name.



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 3, 2007 12:35 am (#2975 of 2989)

Yeay! for the newest ferret! George sounds like a perfect name.

I don't know, Malfoy would've been pretty good! LOL! "Twitchy little ferret aren't you Malfoy?!"

It's getting late. I think it's time for me to go to bed. I've been playing the Wii for like an hour now. I just loovve the tennis! Soo fun!

Night everyone!


The giant squid - Jan 3, 2007 3:45 am (#2976 of 2989)

Well, since it's well into the 3rd (even in Hawaii, I think), let me be the first to wish Marie E. a happy birthday!

And people say brothers don't remember these things...



jose043 - Jan 3, 2007 4:38 am (#2977 of 2989)

Hi all

Had a real cold day today & it is supose to be summer, After some hot days a few days back.

Happy birthday Marie E.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Lina - Jan 3, 2007 5:14 am (#2978 of 2989)

Happy birthday Marie!

Sheila, I hope your niece gets better soon and forgets all about that awful pain for a while.

Kneazle, healing charms to your Dad.


Esther Rose - Jan 3, 2007 7:42 am (#2979 of 2989)

Hey! I am a baker being lazy this week. I need something quick to make for a get together tomorrow. So, what will it be Rocky Road Bars or Rice Krispy Bars?


Tazzygirl - Jan 3, 2007 7:44 am (#2980 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Marie! Hope your day is fantastic!

My friend is supposed to be here in about 20 minutes to pick me up for Disney. I have yet to take a shower... Is it bad when you really just want to go back to bed?

**waves to Lina** (Just because)

Hope you all have a great RotD/N!


EDIT: Esther- I vote Rocky Road Bars. mmmmmm. Chocolate...


azi - Jan 3, 2007 7:57 am (#2981 of 2989)

Happy birthday Marie!

Thankyou for the healing charms. I'm feeling better today!

**Healing charms** to your niece, Shelia!

**Healing charms** to your dad, Kneazle!

I also vote Rocky Road bars.


Denise P. - Jan 3, 2007 8:42 am (#2982 of 2989)

We spoke to transportation last week who said what to bring to get movers scheduled. I called this morning to verify this before going in. Now they are telling me I have to sign in and wait up to FIVE HOURS to see someone. Of course, my other option is to sit through a briefing, which is an hour long but not until Monday at the soonest. They have a limited number of spots so I could show up on Monday and still not get in. Boy, nothing like making things that should be easy, complicated.

Kids are still out of school so we are going to run some errands to pick up a few things.

I got a call from the bank saying there ware possibly fraudulent charges being put on my oldest son's card. I explained that he lived in Iraq, was currently on vacation in Australia and chances are very possible if the charges are in Australia, he is the one making them. Since I am not on the account, I can't do anything so now he is about to get a rude shock when his card is cut off and won't be put back until he calls the bank here in the US. Gotta love how that works out


Holly T. - Jan 3, 2007 8:52 am (#2983 of 2989)

Happy birthday Marie!

Healing charms to those who need them!

My sympathies for the loss of your grandfather, Kristina. Kathy, how sad about your son's principal.

Speaking of principal's, my FIL is back at work today. He's been retired for two years but is taking a job for the spring semester. He's an elementary school principal. I don't remember why the person he's replacing left.

I got the kids up and dressed and to school on time today and then got myself to work. Now to remember what I'm supposed to be working on ... I've been out of the office almost two weeks! (Which was wonderful.)

I was rooting for USC, because I didn't want to hear the dispute about if there should have been a Michigan/Ohio State rematch, who should be number 1, etc.

Have a great RotD!


Catherine - Jan 3, 2007 8:52 am (#2984 of 2989)

Happy Birthday to Marie E.!

Good for brother Squid to lead the way!

Denise, that all sounds like a royal pain. You really need a clone/twin to do your waiting for you.


Steve Newton - Jan 3, 2007 9:01 am (#2985 of 2989)

Denise, I have a cousin who works for Bank of America, formerly MBNA, in the credit card fraud department. According to her if the card is cut off it is gone forever and a new card must be issued on a new account before your son can use his card again. Of course different banks may have different procedures but your son may have some problems.


painting sheila - Jan 3, 2007 9:09 am (#2986 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Marie!!!!


kaykay1970 - Jan 3, 2007 9:27 am (#2987 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Marie!

Healing charms To Kneazle's dad and Sheila's niece.


juliebug - Jan 3, 2007 10:07 am (#2988 of 2989)

I've never had a rocky road bar, but they sound fabulous and I always vote for chocolate. Care to share the recipe?


painting sheila - Jan 3, 2007 11:47 am (#2989 of 2989)
Edited by Kip Carter Jan 3, 2007 11:34 am

rice krispy treats! Who can deny the yummy goodness of butter and marshmallows?

Lina - Did you post something for Regan to help him get in the chat room? I have looked for it through the last 300 posts and can't find it - or did I dream it?

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Chat and Greeting Thread (3 Jan 07 to 1 Apr 07)
Kip Carter - Jan 3, 2007 11:22 am
Edited Sep 1, 2007 9:37 am

This thread is established for each of you so inclined to chat on the main discussion threads. With this thread, I hope that all chat-type posts will no longer disrupt the other threads.

Please Read the Following Four Paragraphs

The four paragraphs below were initially part of the initial post to start the thread that began July 27, 2006; however I have also included them at the beginning of this new chat thread for those who visit this thread for the first time or for those who failed to read this when it was initially posted. - Kip

A lot has changed since this series of threads began. This thread has cemented numerous friendships and has fostered my belief that we are a true, loving, and interesting Forum Family. I read every post on this thread because I feel it conveys really what is happening in our Harry Potter World and it provides priceless information as to where we are heading and what is really important to our Forum Family.

Being that we have new members coming on board on a regular basis, modifications of some of our guidelines are necessary. Remember we have a worldwide membership from many different cultures and backgrounds, many of whom English (whether it is American, the Queen's, or other variants from around the world) is not their primary, or even secondary, language. Often in our friendly chats, words or abbreviations are used that many have no idea of their meanings. Some of us enjoy being a sleuth and searching to figure out what is the true definitions of what is posted; however many are turned off and skip the post or even quit reading the thread altogether.

I am sure that many of you know what I am relating. On 11 July 2006 I established a thread, # Controversy Originating from "Tell About Yourself" Posts, which later opened up a discussion on abbreviations with the fourth part of Vulture's Jul 15, 2006 9:02 am message. I strongly suggest that you read and understand what is produced in this thread.

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Catherine - Jan 3, 2007 12:30 pm (#1 of 2990)

W00T! First post!

My third student was published today in the newspaper, and I just got kudos from both the Head and Assistant Head of School.

Life is great.


Lina - Jan 3, 2007 1:11 pm (#2 of 2990)

That's really great, Catherine!

Sheila, I posted some instructions at the # Chat Room - Who is there now thread. I don't know if they are really sufficient for your problems. If you search that thread, you will see that different members had different problems with the chat room and maybe some suggestions on that thread might help you too. If you have any more questions, you can post them there as well, I'm always glad to be of help.

Maria, may I say that Olivia looks a lot like you?


Prefect Marcus - Jan 3, 2007 1:23 pm (#3 of 2990)

Congrats, Catherine. I know what a pleasure it is for a teacher to see their students succeed.


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 3, 2007 1:37 pm (#4 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Marie!!


Denise P. - Jan 3, 2007 2:12 pm (#5 of 2990)

Marcus!!! Hi!! How have you been??

Catherine, too cool on your student. Ya think a bonus may be involved because of it?

I am off to clean guinea pig cages, get dinner started and any other assorted thing I can think of that just *has* to be done today.

I got in a book today, Chirunning and I am trying to be good, getting things done before I delve into it. Today is day #2 of my marathon training and I have a 5 miler planned too.


Herm oh ninny - Jan 3, 2007 2:17 pm (#6 of 2990)

Hi all!

Happy Birthday Marie!

Congratulations Catherine!

Hmm...I knew that you could load personal pics into the Wii, but I didn't know that you could mess around with them! This could get interesting!

I lit my Hagrid's Hut tea-light holder last night for the first time, and it is so cool. When lit, it looks like there is someone inside and smoke is coming out of the chimney!


John Bumbledore - 3, 2007 2:55 pm (#7 of 2990)

Hi, just popped in to say I'm back at work. No time to do much with all the catch up work.

Happy New Year, Everyone!

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 3, 2007 2:59 pm (#8 of 2990)

Kneazle, prayers and healing charms to your father. Keep us posted.

Happy Birthday, Marie!

Our Wii is not out of range of our wireless router, hence, we are able to get a connection. So far, I only had time to check the local weather.

Herm oh ninny, let me know how we can find each other. (Or maybe Olivia already knows - I'll check after she finishes her homework.) So then, can we play games against each other, too? **waves**

Regan, did you post via your Wii?

I have yet to try the Wii Training. I'm shooting for sometime this weekend.

GoodEvans, you haven't been posting much lately - someone must be keeping you very busy. Nice to see you pop in. and **waves**

Welcome back, John!


Kneazle - Jan 3, 2007 3:38 pm (#9 of 2990)

Brought Dad home from hospital today. All the tests showed that it wasn't his heart this time. He's to go in for more tests next week to find out what is going on. Thanks for all the healing charms, they obviously worked!


Mediwitch - Jan 3, 2007 3:54 pm (#10 of 2990)

**sneaks in before making dinner, waves all around and sends healing charms and sympathies wherever needed**

Oh, and Happy Birthday 5to Marie!


Viola Intonada - Jan 3, 2007 4:04 pm (#11 of 2990)

Happy Birthday, Marie!!!!!

Yeah! New thread! I only had to read 10 posts to catch up on this one. Too bad I left a few hundred unread on the other one.

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays. My sympathies to anyone who didn't.

I was in a bad mood yesterday because I knew the whole “way too busy” routine was going to start up again. I will try to keep up here as much as possible, though I know it won't be as much as I would like.

My New Year's resolution is to become more organized. (That includes cutting down on the clutter and reigning in my pack rattiness)


geauxtigers - Jan 3, 2007 4:28 pm (#12 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Marie!

Tigers play tonight! I'm super excited! Wearing my jersey, hat and LSU socks etc. Can't wait! Its on Fox for anyone who wants to watch!

Supposed to rain pretty hard again tomorrow. Been gray all day...

So I'm off! My mom made red beans and rice, but I only like the sausage, so I'm going to go sneak a few out the pot while no one is looking! LOL

Have a great day!


Regan of Gong - Jan 3, 2007 4:44 pm (#13 of 2990)

Nah, haven't posted on the Wii yet. The cricket's on at the moment anyway, and I'm not going to stop watching that.

Someone asked a while ago about getting rid of the ferret scent. We keep ours outside, so we don't smell them in the house. You get used to the smell anyway, but Mum still thinks they stink. You can use ferret shampoo when you give them a bath, but I haven't tried this, so I'm not sure about the effectiveness. Don't bath them often either, as this will wash away the oils on their skin, and the ferrets will think they smell terrible, so they'll do their best to get their smell back again.

The most extreme option is to remove their scent glands, but this can be harmful to the ferret's demeanour around you and other ferrets. It also costs a lot more.


boop - Jan 3, 2007 5:17 pm (#14 of 2990)

Sheila, healing charms for your niece.

Marie, Happy Birthday!! I hope you are having a great day.

Kneazle, healing charms for your dad.

Went back to work today. I wasn't really ready, but I wouldn't be ready in a week either,heehee. The students don't come back until Jan. 14th so its get the floors clean and waxed.

Everyone have a great rest of the day!

hugs always



Ludicrous Patents Office - Jan 3, 2007 5:49 pm (#15 of 2990)

Healing charms to Sheila's niece and Kneazle's dad.

Esther Rose: Rice crispie treats all the way!

Happy Birthday Marie E!

Next Thursday we are taking about a 100 students to see Eragon. They achieved their Accelerated Reader 12 week goals. This should be fun. The top book was PS/SS. All the Harry Potter books were in the top 7. LPO


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 3, 2007 6:22 pm (#16 of 2990)

What great incentive, LPO! I wish our middle school would do such a thing!

Good luck LSU! (We'll be watching and rooting for them, in support of our friends in Baton Rouge.)

From a mother's standpoint: More ferrets = more ferret poop = more cleanup = more work for mom. (I know what you're going to say - you take care of them and she doesn't have to do anything, right? )

Glad to hear your dad is home, kneazle. Will keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

Wow, I missed a load of posts. Lina, some (very few) have told me that about Olivia. I think all three look like hubby. I think it's better that way.

Has Errol shown up yet, Lina? Darn bird. They don't make owls the way they used to.

EDIT: Thanks for the new thread, Kip.
EDIT 2: Mr. HH just told me our friends are in the crowd at the game. Off to look for them and be with my family - leaving my hole in the wall for a bit.


Ydnam96 - Jan 3, 2007 6:57 pm (#17 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Marie!!

Denise, I didn't know your oldest lived in Iraq. A vacation in Austraila must be fun. I need to go there someday.

AAAAAAA My phone keeps ringing. I've been home a total of 20 mins today and people keep calling. Seeing as I'm leaving to go back to work in 15 mins I decided not to answer the phone. I need some "me" time

Hope everyone is having a great night/day.


Regan of Gong - Jan 3, 2007 7:03 pm (#18 of 2990)

Mum doesn't even touch them. She does not like the ferrets. Ours are **almost** litter trained anyway.


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 3, 2007 7:56 pm (#19 of 2990)

Mr. HH just told me our friends are in the crowd at the game.

I'm sooo jealous!!! It's loud in the dome right now, that's for sure. I couldn't even hear the band plying at the start because there was soo much yelling and such. I wish I was there!

Back to the game! Geaux Tigers!!


painting sheila - Jan 3, 2007 8:16 pm (#20 of 2990)

Hi everyone . . . just had a complete mind wipe. I know I wanted to write something, but now can't remember.

I think I need to go to bed.



Puck - Jan 3, 2007 9:37 pm (#21 of 2990)


Thanks for all the kind words. My son is taking things in stride. As he's six his main reaction was "The new principal is nice." (She's been filling in for the past couple of months.) I was quite floored when a neighbor commented about not having school the day of the funeral "screwed up her whole work week". I understand that her boss is a bit of a tyrant, but to treat the woman's death as an inconvenience....

Okay, does this mean we can all get into the boxing ring and fight each other on the Wii? Just don't ask me to play tennis. I'm horrid at that one. I shot par on my first try at golf, though. My son's Scout Den is going bowling on Friday. He suggested they all just come to our house and bowl on the Wii.

Happy Birthday, Maria!

Healing charms to Sheila's neice and Knealze's dad.

I'm off to



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 3, 2007 10:28 pm (#22 of 2990)

Okay, does this mean we can all get into the boxing ring and fight each other on the Wii?

LOL! I wonder how to do that? I think you have to bring your memory chip to someone elses Wii, or something to that extent. Maybe I'll try to find the lost instructions for the thing! Tennis is my favorite. I hate the baseball beacuse I'm terrible at it! I can't hit a baseball off a T-ball stand in real life, so there's no way I can do it on a video game.

TIGERS WONN!!!!!!!! Big time! 14-41! It was a really good game. One good thing I can say about Notre Dame, their quarter back, Brady Quinn, wasn't the worst thing to look at the whole game! Pretty good looking if you ask me! Perfect hair!

I think it's safe to say that the party has only begun in New Orleans. Maybe I'm glad I didn't go!


geauxtigers - Jan 3, 2007 10:46 pm (#23 of 2990)

LSU Tigers-----> 2006 SUGAR BOWL CHAMPIONS! WOOO! What a game! I feel like we proved ourselves! The whole game everything was Notre Dame this, ND that. And they always do that. But thats okay, look who came out on top, I think maybe they felt bad for ND. Russell got the MVP, 2 touchdowns passes of 58 yards. He just flicks it like its nothing! Imagine what would happen if he put some arm into it! I must say I am a bit tired of listening to the whole Katrina ordeal. They can't seem to leave it in the past, its over, it was a terrible thing, but people are trying to move on and they keep harping on it. Oh well, it was great win and I am very glad it brought so many people to NO. They need the business, and let me assure, Bourbon street will be packed all night! LOL

Oh Brady Quinn, yeah, hes hot! Very good looking!

It would be very cool to box other people on the Wii!

Well I'm off to read and such! Can't wait for the National Title game Monday!


Solitaire - Jan 4, 2007 12:17 am (#24 of 2990)

Happy Birthday, Marie!


Edit: Why won't my font changes work? Oh, goody! They did!


Marie E. - Jan 4, 2007 6:10 am (#25 of 2990)

Thanks for all the lovely birthday greetings! We had kind of a stressful day at work. Almost all the kids are back from their vacations but we still have teachers out, so we were stretched a bit thin. I planned a field trip to Maggie Moo's Ice Cream so I could have ice cream on my birthday and the kids really enjoyed that. After work my family took me out to Musashi Japanese restaurant. Lexie was apprehensive at first because she wasn't sure if she'd like the food. By apprehensive I mean whiny and fussy. The food was excellent and she had a good time watching our chef prepare the dinner. They took a Polaroid picture of us and gave me a birthday card with greeting written in Japanese.

We're supposed to have a lovely warm day today with highs almost to 55F. Of course, there's snow predicted for tomorrow but I'll enjoy the warmth today.


kaykay1970   - Jan 4, 2007 6:17 am (#26 of 2990)

My sister finally got a ruling on her daughter's wheel chair yesterday. Not only is it against the law for the insurance company to deny her claim for an electric chair, but she can get the one with a built-in stander! Hopefully she'll be getting her new chair soon. She was fitted for it way back in April!

Healing charms to all who need them!


Good Evans - Jan 4, 2007 6:40 am (#27 of 2990)

KayKay that is excellent news. Glad you enjoyed your birthday Marie, that Japanese Restaurant sounds excellent. You didnt say whether Lexie liked the food or not.

It reminded me of a time when I was small and my brother even smaller and he was a very fussy eater. Lived mostly on hotdogs. We went to a Japanese restaurant and to get him to eat it my Mum said that the pigeon legs were chicken. he ate very little and then had some icecream at which he exclaimed loudly for the whole restaurant to hear "I hate chinese chicken but I love chinese icecream". You can just imagine the looks!!! If I have shared this one before - sorry for boring you!!!!!!!!

have a great thursday evryone I have committee so will be at work til about 9.30 tonight - yuck!



Lina - Jan 4, 2007 6:48 am (#28 of 2990)

Woo Hoo for your niece, Kay! That's great!


Snuffles - Jan 4, 2007 7:23 am (#29 of 2990)

Happy belated birthday Marie

That's fantastic news Kay

Hope work doesn't go too slowly Julie.

Happy Thursday



Esther Rose - Jan 4, 2007 8:01 am (#30 of 2990)

Due to all votes being pretty much even, I asked the host. Rice Krispy Bars won but I did melt some chocolate chips to sprinkle on top.

I forgot the recipe for Rocky Road Bars but it is very simple. You melt chocolate chips in evaporated milk and pour it over a mixture of crushed graham crackers or cereal (Cheerios, Kix or the like), Marshmallows and nuts of your choice. Spread it evenly into a lightly greased pan, sprinkle the top with powdered sugar if you want and then let it chill for a little bit. I can't remember the ratios though.


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 4, 2007 8:40 am (#31 of 2990)

Congratulations, L S U!

Lina, I didn't realize I missed your avatar until I saw it again. Welcome back, Aslan.

Esther Rose, I was going to vote for Rice Krispies Treats partially dipped in chocolate but never got to it - your solution was not far off!

Kaykay, so glad to hear things worked in your sister's favor. Shame on that insurance company for hanging on to their money at your niece's expense like that!

”her claim for an electric chair . . . .”  

Kaykay, um, perhaps we can refer to it as an automatic chair, instead? The former sounds a bit foreboding.

GoodEvans, your younger brother (and the young brother on A Christmas Story) sound like my Trevor. I am hoping it is just a phase - I found that if I feed him, he will eat but otherwise, I think he would go without until he shriveled up like a raisin.



Denise P. - Jan 4, 2007 10:06 am (#32 of 2990)

Woo hoo! I got movers scheduled. Despite them telling me on the phone I would have a 4-6 hour wait if I didn't attend a briefing and the next briefing was not until Monday, I managed to get put into a briefing today. I had a diaper bag packed with snacks, books, drinks, and everything I could think of to keep my wee ones entertained. Rhys insisted on playing a Buzz Lightyear cell phone toy during the briefing but was not too bad. I was in and out in less than an hour! Yay!!

Last night when I went out for my 5 mile run, my GPS fritzed out on me less than a half mile in. Whoops! I left it on all night and the battery drained. I had to guess on my time but at least I got my run in.

Loopy, when I saw Night at the Museum a few weeks back, I meant to tell you I thought of you. Why? Because they showed a Simpson's movie preview. And hey, how about the VH-1 thing?

Now, I am off to check my daily list (I got a daily calendar that lists housework from MotivatedMoms...google them if you want to be a Motivated Slacker Mom)


painting sheila - Jan 4, 2007 12:49 pm (#33 of 2990)

Hi everyone. Congrats Kay - how wonderful to finally have things worked out - Jeez!

Off to check 5 words.



Solitaire - Jan 4, 2007 1:12 pm (#34 of 2990)

Okay, Denise ... I give. Why do you need to go to a briefing on moving? I've never heard of that before, and I've used professional movers on a couple of occasions. Just curious ...



Detail Seeker - Jan 4, 2007 1:18 pm (#35 of 2990)

Just a short greeting from my vacation in the middle of the Atlantic (OK, it is the Canarian Islands). Good to see, you have all arrived well in 2007. I will be back here regularly from Sunday on.


Denise P. - Jan 4, 2007 1:49 pm (#36 of 2990)

I am sure if I was paying for the move, all I would have to do is call up and say come out now. Since the military is paying for it, we have to go through them. You have to assume that a whole lot of people have messed up enough times filling out the very simple paper work so now they have a briefing to explain it all. It is all common sense stuff....we won't pack anything flammable or liquid, we will ship firearms but not ammo, if you have gas/oil/liquid in anything, drain it....that kind of thing. Fill out where you want stuff picked up, where you want it dropped off, who can sign for it....

I am about to go pull out the kitchen junk drawer and delve into the mysterious abyss in an attempt to clean it.


The giant squid - Jan 4, 2007 2:03 pm (#37 of 2990)

I found that if I feed him, he will eat but otherwise, I think he would go without until he shriveled up like a raisin.--HungarianHorntail11

If you were to ask my wife, she'd tell you it's not a phase--or at least one that you don't grow out of until your mid-30s. I rarely have an appetite, so I don't get that urge to seek out food. If something is prepared, though, I usually scarf it down like a starving man...which by that point I usually am. She also tends to get frustrated when we go out for dinner, because my answer to "what do you want to eat?" is always "Whatever..."

Congrats on getting the movers lined up, Denise. Anytime you can get through the red tape is a good thing.



painting sheila - Jan 4, 2007 2:12 pm (#38 of 2990)

Detail Seeker - I am jealous!!


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 4, 2007 2:30 pm (#39 of 2990)

It reminded me of a time when I was small and my brother even smaller and he was a very fussy eater. Lived mostly on hotdogs.

Sounds like my cousin's. They live off of bread and hotdogs and hamburgers. I don't think they've ever eaten a vegetable EVER. My aunt doesn't even make them try things, which is probably why they don't like anything. It always drives everyone crazy at Thanksgiving and Christmas when all they eat is ham and rolls.

Lots of rain today. The weather man says to expect another 3-5 inches. Goody! Just what we needed. But his storm seems to be more light rain over a long period of time versus the 3 inches we got in 2 hours during the last storm. Gloomy and gray out there.

Glad the move is going well Denise!

Have a great RotD!


haymoni - Jan 4, 2007 2:34 pm (#40 of 2990)

See, now if my nieces and nephews would only eat ham & rolls at Thanksgiving, I would be thrilled.

More stuffing for me!!! I don't even really care about the turkey.

Good to see you, Detail Seeker.

I saw Prefect Marcus out on the threads - what have you been up to?


painting sheila - Jan 4, 2007 4:04 pm (#41 of 2990)

Yeah! I got the new avatar to work!

Denise - What will the scouts do with out you?! Congrats on the movers -



painting sheila - Jan 4, 2007 6:06 pm (#42 of 2990)

Welcome Under the Imperius and Mel Gaulding!

Can't wait to hear your views!



boop - Jan 4, 2007 6:55 pm (#43 of 2990)

Welcome to the fourm Mel. Glad you decided to join in on the fun. We look forward to reading your thoughts.

Have a great rest of the day everyone

hugs always



Lavandula - Jan 4, 2007 7:04 pm (#44 of 2990)

Happy Day to all!!! When it is 50 degrees in January and you aren't wearing a winter coat, life is good.

Happiness to all the LSU fans.

Don't forget Monday is the Ohio State Game!!!!! Go Bucks.

Healing charms being sent to Kneazle's father and anyone else.

Denise- Can a slacker mom really be motivated? I must admit that I did clean out my junk drawer during the holidays along with several other clutter collectors. However, my idea of maintaining the slacker mom image is to enjoy the cleaning lady coming today. I can only afford it once every two weeks, but that is my little slice of luxury-not waxing, hair tinting, nail polishing or other frivolous wastes of money. Coming home at 8:00 p.m. after a long day of work and a night at church choir, which is 45 minutes away each direction, to a clean smelling house is HEAVEN.

Enjoy the ROTD/Night!!!!



painting sheila - Jan 4, 2007 8:06 pm (#45 of 2990)

Hi everyone!

For those of you that have kids of the learning multiplication age - or need to brush up on math your selves - I have a friend that uses UNO cards as a Mathematics War game. She adapted the traditional card game called "War" to addition using Uno cards, and mentions it could be used for subtraction, multiplication, and division as well. (The kids have to call out the sum of the cards, and whoever calls out the right answer first wins the hand, etc.)

It sounds pretty cool - plus! I got a Harry Potter Uno deck for Christmas. Yet, another reason to drag it out and play.


Kneazle - Jan 4, 2007 8:23 pm (#46 of 2990)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

I know I've seen other Steve Irwin fans on here, Have any of you seen that they are releasing video of that dive? Come on, how sick can you get?!


painting sheila - Jan 4, 2007 8:26 pm (#47 of 2990)

Oh no! How sad for his family.

I saw a picture of it on some magazine at the grocery store and felt sick looking at it. Poor guy. I wish they would let him rest with some dignity.

just me two knuts.



Mediwitch - Jan 4, 2007 8:38 pm (#48 of 2990)

Aw, come on, Ginny, I like Wii baseball! I haven't tried tennis (except for the fitness one) and boxing yet, but I LOVE bowling and baseball! I'm contemplating "borrowing" Ryan's Wii when he goes back to Worcester in a couple of weeks! Mwah Ha Ha

That's great news, kaykay! It's always nice to see things like that work out for people.

Esther Rose, that sounds like a yummy compromise!

We've been making a lot of progress on our new land and soon-to-be-house. (Which is why I've been a bit inconsistent in my appearances here!) We've decided on a modular, chosen the house, reviewed and revised the plans, gotten the land cleared, had the septic designed, and today, the excavator started work on the stumps and boulders and the rest of the driveway. (It's pretty rocky on the mountain!) We're also working on all the steps to get the actual building permit, and we got approval from the health district and the Inlands-Wetlands Commission - WHEW! If the weather holds out, we'll be getting the foundation in and the house up sooner not later! HOORAY! Normally I'd be pretty bummed about not having any snow yet this winter, but this year, I can handle the warm weather!

Denise, I feel the pain of your packing job! I'm dreading moving a household of four only five miles away...I can't imagine moving your crew partway across the country!


Viola Intonada - Jan 4, 2007 8:41 pm (#49 of 2990)

Kneazle, I was shocked myself about that. *Shivers*

Painting Shelia, I used to practice math facts with my kids using dominos. I had to go out and buy the set that goes up to 9's, but it was the only way I could get eldest child to practice. (I should have bought 12's for multiplication, but never got around to it)

Cathy (Lavandula) do you ever scrapbook in Berlin, OH?

Denise, I was puzzled by having to attend a briefing on moving until you reminded us that it is through the military, then it made perfect sense. Hubby knows what government paper work can be like.

My oldest daughter was in a Geography Bee tonight for her school. I was so proud of her. To get to tonights Bee she had to pass two other rounds. Out of 800 students, only 18 qualified for tonights competition. (6th, 7th and 8th graders) She missed two questions that kept her out of the final round, but the questions were getting very hard. (I can't believe some of the questions that kids knew the answers to!) Since she is in 6th grade I told her that there is always next year!


painting sheila - Jan 4, 2007 8:49 pm (#50 of 2990)

Way to go Viola Intonada's Oldest Daughter! That's great - something to be proud of. wOOt!

I should be in bed right now - but Oldest Son is STILL working on homework. Not that he had that much to do, he just did not prioritize (sp?) correctly tonight. So, guess who gets to stay up and help . . . . that's right - me!

Our builder came by tonight and showed me the new windows he has ordered to replace the old windows in our house. They are the kind you can flip down and wash. I am so happy to get new windows. Has anyone else used these kind of windows? Had any problems? Did you put that spray insulation around them or just stick with what came with the window?[/color]
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Denise P. - Jan 4, 2007 9:20 pm (#51 of 2990)

No, they are not releasing the tape of Steve Irwin's last dive. They released the tape to his wife, who has no intention of a public release. Google Steve Irwin and the same story is being reported all over.

Sure, you can be a motivated slacker mom! I am. I get stuff done but I slack in many, many area.

I found out that my Kindergarten boy will only be going a half day when we move and that the elementary school has weird hours. They don't even start until 9:15! 9:15??!! On Monday, they get released just after 1 pm (!!) but the rest of the week, it is close to 4 pm. What is up with that? The middle school doesn't do it. I guess it must be a bus issue. We live across a major road so my gang gets to be bus riders.


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 4, 2007 9:56 pm (#52 of 2990)

Aw, come on, Ginny, I like Wii baseball! LOL I'm positively dreadful at it! Especially the fitness ones with the strike zone hitting and the hitting homeruns. You can ask Tori, it's pathetic! I recommend trying out the tennis! It's a blast, very close to actually playing tennis.

We've decided on a modular, chosen the house,

Ooh those are soo cool! My grandma recently built a new house, and she used a modular. I think it went up in under 2 weeks or something crazy like that, (it is on the smallish side). Then all she had to do was get the inside painted, and such. Pretty cool. Good luck with it!

Those are strange hours Denise! I wish we had them in high school. I get more done late at night, so I could stay up later and wake up later. I've read somewhere (a lonng time ago) where some school don't start kids in lower school until later in the morning because they need the extra sleep, but they actually need less sleep than middle and high school kids, who sleep longer in general.

off to check threads!


geauxtigers - Jan 4, 2007 9:59 pm (#53 of 2990)

Rain Rain, go away...PLEASE! Its so wet out! Has been raining constant all day and about 6 we got some really heavy rain which has been on off since! And its supposed to rain again Sunday! What a sloppy wet week! And we have a new spot in our living room roof that is leaking. Looks like the same as the last time we had a roof leak. A nail is pressing on a shingle, which when it rains like its been, results in water running down a rafter and into our house. So my dad will have to fix it before Sunday.

Anway, Nick Saban is now the Alabama head football coach. Thats okay, I'm sure he'll get a very hem hem warm welcome next time he visits Tiger Stadium. Ya, not exactly pleased with this. But won't harp on it, because I have a feeling that our tigers will have a little extra motivation to beat the you know what out of the Tide next year!

So not much else happening here, just rain, rain and more rain.

Great news, Kaykay!

Good luck with the move, Denise!

And of course, until Monday only-----> Go Gators! LOL (note that I am only cheering for them to win the National Championship game, nothing more )

Have a wonderful dry day!


Finn BV - Jan 4, 2007 10:09 pm (#54 of 2990)

Hehe, Julie, if you want I can email you my orange monster -- I know how you liked it! Actually, it's not mine (I didn't create it). I just googled "scary monster" and it showed up. But no more, so I'm glad I saved it!

Regan, you'll need to update your profile with news of George!

Denise, I have the Life is Good shirt with your avatar on it.

Further healing charms to kneazle's dad!!

Happy Belated, Marie!

**waves to Marcus**

Congrats to kaykay's niece and Viola's daughter!! Thumbs up to both of you!

Yay for Aslan! Love the avatar, Lina.

Good to see you, Detail Seeker, and may I congratulate you on the very insightful essay posted in the Lexicon.

I am writing to you all from my lovely new… MacBook! Yes, I finally got a replacement to my old iBook G4… and it was free! Since I had the same part replaced three times within a year for the same problem, without any improvement, Apple just handed me a new computer yesterday! So I spent last night getting settled in. It's so much fun!

Happy RotD!


Regan of Gong - Jan 4, 2007 11:13 pm (#55 of 2990)

Thankyou, Denise P. It's common practice to destroy all other copies of evidence, or so The Sydney Morning Herald told me. As for Saddam Hussein's hanging, it's all over the internet via an official’s mobile phone.

Also, thanks to Finn for reminding me about my profile. It'll be done soon.

I just got back from seeing The Queen. Apart from my friends and I being the youngest people in the cinema by about 30 years, I found it really good. Helen Mirren is fantastic as the Queen herself, and various members of the Royal family are quite convincing as well. There are some genuinely funny moments as well.

Now I'll go check if I did get the riddle...


Tazzygirl - Jan 5, 2007 12:13 am (#56 of 2990)

Am currently refraining from packing... I leave for Hawaii tomorrow...don't want to go.... sigh.

Denise- they have a weird school schedule for elementary students in Hawaii too.

Finn- congrats on the new Mac!

It made me really mad and upset when I saw Steve Irwin's picture in the supermarket tabloids. grrrr. I hope beyond all hope that the film clip never gets released. **is still really sad he died**

I really want to see The Queen. Guess that will have to wait though.

Okay, I need to get back to packing...



The giant squid - Jan 5, 2007 5:39 am (#57 of 2990)

I get stuff done but I slack in many, many area.--Denise P.

For instance, here she slacked off on pluralizing "area".  Chat & Greetings 2007 1003735042  Sorry, I couldn't resist.

It's raining so much in Louisiana that some of it has spilled over into Nevada. Yup, it actually rained here tonight. Naturally, it happened while we were trying to transport a print from one theater to another. For those who don't know (most of you, I'd imagine), water & water-based stuff will dissolve the dyes right off of a movie print. Roof leaks & rainstorms are killers.

I managed to get the print into my trunk with little to no water damage, but right at the last moment one of the clamps came loose and about half of the print came unspooled. I was able to get it straightened out once we got to the other theater, but it turned a 5-minute trip into a 45-minute one. Bleh.

Here's a (((hug))) for boop, because I haven't lately.



Marie E. - Jan 5, 2007 6:09 am (#58 of 2990)

Julie, I'm sorry that I forgot to mention that Lexie was fine once she ate a couple of sushi rolls, the kind with just vegetables. She did get scared of the fire once, but then I think our chef toned it down for her.

I got into a little accident yesterday with my car and I'm thrilled that for once I did nothing wrong (I have a habit of backing into things). I was parked in front of a convenience store and a Jeep slid in the ice and hit my passenger door. There is a dent on the lower part of the door and two small spots where the paint scraped off. He was very nice and immediately got on the phone with his insurance company. I waited while he gave all my information to them but then I had to get back to work. I realized later that I forgot to write down any of his info except his name. Even though I heard the guy give my name and number to his insurance, Mr E. thinks that they won't call us back. I hope they do, just to prove him wrong. It doesn't look very bad but Mr E. says the door panel must be replaced to fix it.


Chemyst - Jan 5, 2007 6:35 am (#59 of 2990)

I leave for Hawaii tomorrow...don't want to go....

Tazzy, I have nothing to say to you.  


Denise P. - Jan 5, 2007 6:42 am (#60 of 2990)

You caught me Mike! I slack so much that not adding that extra letter saved me loads of time

Marie, I am glad you weren't hurt. Even when you aren't, it is still spooky being hit. Mr. Denise recently scraped the bumper on my van going to the bank. I had said he was going to scrape, he disagreed with me and now I have a mark on my van. Of course, now he is over cautious with my van and wants to have a load of space around it.

I would like to see The Queen as well. Of course, I still want to go see Casino Royale, I see a new Die Hard is coming out and I also heard a new Indiana Jones is being filmed. Bring back the older Jones!!! (Sean Connery)

A full day of painting arrows is on my schedule today, along with sheet changing, and a quick once over of most rooms. I would like to ignore the clean laundry on the loveseat but since the kids could sled down it, I don't think I can and will be forced to deal with it.

Finn, a buddy on a running forum uses this as his avatar and I really liked it. I wish they had a girl running that I could use. There are a lot of cool shirts over on the website and they make tech shirts too....ohhhhh!! We have several birthdays coming up in my house so I may be ordering. Speaking of birthdays...... **whistles and looks around to see a certain Forumite who has a rapidly approaching birthday**:


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jan 5, 2007 8:34 am (#61 of 2990)

I Normally I'd be pretty bummed about not having any snow yet this winter, but this year, I can handle the warm weather! Mediwitch.

wOOt! Snow day! Another 6.5" so far. Look out Marie it is headed your way. This brings our total to 50.5" in three weeks.

Teens Top Ten from Young Adult Library Service Associate has announced that according to teens all over the country Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is their favorite book! Followed by Twilight and Eldest.

I love all the new Avatars! Viola congratulations on your daughter. That is quite an accomplishment. LPO


Esther Rose - Jan 5, 2007 8:37 am (#62 of 2990)

Currently drinking Dark Magic Espresso (A Green Mountain Coffee) and feeling a bit ...dark... today. Perhaps I should invite Snape for a small conversation, no?

As far as the weather goes it has been unseasonably warm everywhere but yet my skin tells me it is still winter. I still have to switch to moisturizing hand soaps and get out the Gold Bond until April. My hands look like I own a rabid cat. I never thought I would say this but I think all of this warmer weather in winter is depressing me. It is not that I enjoy the cold but this all feels kind all wrong to me. I don't know how to explain it. Am I the only one?

Tazzy, I don't know a trip to Hawaii? Palmtrees and Pineapple? I'd go in a heartbeat but that is just me. I hope your trip is better than you anticipate it is going to be.

Hey Denise, fellow runner. Although I have been taking a break as of late. I'll be running a half marathon at the end of May (Boston's Run to Remember) I have yet to put any serious miles in. I ran the Chicago Half last October for a small PR. (beat my best half by 4 minutes.) I swear off running long races while running but for some reason I get race amnesia when I cross the finish line. (Yes, while having some pain somewhere.)

Hey Marie, it is good to hear no one got hurt. I am currently in the process of learning how to drive. (at the young age of 33.) Getting hit and hitting someone else is my biggest fear. I keep trying to tell myself, "driving is easy". Still not a huge fan of driving but I have to do this. I will be moving out of town in less than a year. No commuter rails, no subway, can't walk, no other option.


Steve Newton - Jan 5, 2007 8:42 am (#63 of 2990)

LPO, it just sunk in that you are a librarian. Great!


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 5, 2007 9:02 am (#64 of 2990)

Oh, Mike. Saint (fill in your wife's name here). She has my sympathies.

Congrats to your oldest daughter, Viola! Our middle school has a Geography Bee, too! I can't get Olivia to go near it, as that would require her to speak. She is like a different person when she is in her element.

Chemyst - LOL!

Mike, with all of the technology nowadays, why is it that they cannot come up with something better than water-based inks? Do they reuse the prints?

Atta girl, Lexie, for trying something new! Remember, you don't have to eat it again if you don't like it.

Detail Seeker, I was just reading one of your old posts the other day and wondered when we'd be hearing from you again. Nice to see you posting.

Enjoy the day/night everyone!


EDIT: I keep meaning to comment on how sweet your Godson and his sister look, Herm oh ninny!


Herm oh ninny - Jan 5, 2007 9:28 am (#65 of 2990)

Hi all!

***Waves to HH11*** Thanks Maria! I too think that they are adorable! As far as I know, you can't compete in Wii sports over the internet. When you register each others Wiis, you can send e-mail to each other and also your friend's Mii's wii come over and parade for you. You then have the option of adding them to your Mii plaza and using them to play games. I think that Nintendo is going to make some Wi-Fi games pretty soon though. Then we can all play each other!

I have been repeatedly calling this Japanese Hibachi restaurant called KiKu so that I can make dinner reservations for my birthday next week, but no one will answer the phone. I keep leaving messages but no one has called me back either! Maybe it's a sign to eat someplace else


Finn BV - Jan 5, 2007 2:17 pm (#66 of 2990)

Esther Rose, Tazzy goes to school in Hawaii and has actually been on vacation away from there. Glad to know you're a runner too!

Herm oh ninny, I must agree with Maria about your avatar. Enjoy the RotD!


Lina - Jan 5, 2007 2:19 pm (#67 of 2990)

Esther Rose: I never thought I would say this but I think all of this warmer weather in winter is depressing me. It is not that I enjoy the cold but this all feels kind all wrong to me. I don't know how to explain it. Am I the only one?

Exactly, Rose. You are definitely not. I'd prefer to skip the winters, but when a weather does it, it feels wrong. Yet, I expect it to be cold in February anyway.

Kristina, have a safe journey!


Prefect Marcus - Jan 5, 2007 4:05 pm (#68 of 2990)

Haymoni, Thanks for asking about me.

I've been busy. I got caught in that huge windstorm in Seattle last month. I was one of the lucky ones. We were without power for only about 18 hours. Some friends of ours had no power for a week. One family we knew had a tree come down and clipped the corner of the garage. They consider themselves lucky. Some of their neighbors had trees demolish their homes. My work lost power for about four days.

The Seattle area has tons of trees everywhere, and almost all the power lines are aerial. The result is anytime we get a decent windstorm, somebody loses power. Well, this was a big one, with winds gusting over 60 MPH in Seattle.

On a more pleasant note, my daughter and her husband in Galveston are expecting their first child, a boy. It will be our fourth grand-child. Have I caught up to Betty yet?

My wife's sister was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, where upon my wife immediately went and got her mammugram (sp) which she had been putting off. She's clean. The doctors have postponed her sister's surgery a number of times. It was originally scheduled the first part of December. It is now set for the first part of February. She just wants it done and over with.

My youngest daughter is home from college for the holidays. She got straight 'A's on her finals. She is excited.

Beyond that, I have little to report.

It is good to connect with old friends again.



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 5, 2007 4:23 pm (#69 of 2990)

I never thought I would say this but I think all of this warmer weather in winter is depressing me. It is not that I enjoy the cold but this all feels kind all wrong to me. I don't know how to explain it. Am I the only one?

You're not the only one! It's in the 70's down here. We were talking today about how we couldn't wait until the snowball stand opens, but I had to remind Tori, that it's only the first week of January, and it won't open until April. I like that winter is a break from the heat. When it's hot in winter, that just ruins the whole atmosphere.

**Healing charms to Marcus' SIL**

I got my hair cut today. It's really short! Shorter than I'd intended it to be, but I really like it. Now my mom wants to take a *Christmas Picture* wow. You know you're a procrastinator when you take your Christmas picture 10 days after Christmas! Chat & Greetings 2007 1242194059

Have a great RotD everyone!


The giant squid - Jan 5, 2007 5:13 pm (#70 of 2990)

Mike, with all of the technology nowadays, why is it that they cannot come up with something better than water-based inks? Do they reuse the prints?--HungarianHorntail11

Well, they're using that technology in different directions. Digital Cinema is "right around the corner" (and has been for almost a decade...it's a big corner ). I don't know many details of what happens to a print once it leaves the theater, but I'm told that a number of them are destroyed & the film base is reused. The studio will keep a small number on hand for special events, rentals & festivals, but most of the 3000+ prints (a common number for opening day) don't last very long.

Denise: Live Free or Die Hard, aka Die Hard 4, opens in the US on July 4th. The last thing I heard about Indiana Jones 4 is that Spielberg, Lucas & Ford were all finally available & ready to do the thing and that they finally had a workable script. No word on whether shooting has started. Connery is involved, though--that was one of Harrison's demands.

Welcome back, Marcus! Sounds like you've been busy while you were away. Healing & strengthening charms for your sister-in-law.

You know you're a procrastinator when you take your Christmas picture 10 days after Christmas!—virginiaelizabeth



Denise P. - Jan 5, 2007 6:00 pm (#71 of 2990)

Thanks for the avatar! (You know who you are) I changed my original one...don't know why I never thought of doing it until you sent me one. Lookie...my shoes are even white and baby blue...like 2 pairs of my running shoes actually are (New Balance and Saucony)

Back to the grind, I am *almost* done with the stinking arrows!


Twinkling Blue Eyes - Jan 5, 2007 6:29 pm (#72 of 2990)

Good to see you around again Marcus. Best of luck to your sister-in-law. I have 10 grandkids, so tell them kids of yours they have to get busy to catch up! (Wonders if I have caught up with Boop)

For those complaining of lack of cold and too much wet weather, remember it is usually an indication of a LONG, HOT, and Dry summer! You may have to eat those words in a few months.

Well wishes and healing charms to all those who need them. Denise, remember moving is one of those "next great adventures". LOL


Denise P. - Jan 5, 2007 8:57 pm (#73 of 2990)

TBE, I am looking forward to actually moving, it is the process involved that I don't much like. I have been cleaning and weeding things out for the last few weeks. My next major task is to clear out my fabric stash. I have 10-12 large rubbermade tubs full of different fabrics, woven, velour, fleece, sherpa, flannel etc.... Most of it, I think I am going to donate to a church that makes quilts to send to orphanages.

You know, I just realized that I have a running skirt in the same colors that my avatar is. Of course, I don't run with my hair loose either...it is usually in a ponytail or braided.

I am still working on those stinking arrows. I am on pin #13 of 20 so I am getting close!

Chat has been quiet this evening..

Back to the arrows......


geauxtigers - Jan 5, 2007 11:39 pm (#74 of 2990)

I agree, the warmer weather is a bit depressing. But I'm used to it, this is winter in the south. 70 one day, 45 tomorrow, thats life. But to me, nothing is more relaxing than snuggling up by the fire and reading Harry Potter with some hot chocolate on hand. So on days when its cold, I do just that if time allows. Soak it up while it lasts! LOL but I agree, I hate when its warm during winter, I was afraid Christmas would be warm, thus not feel like Christmas, but it got cold just in time, so it was all good!

I also got my hair cut. Its really short, like almost too short, but oh well, it'll grow out eventually. But it is really cute! And our Christmas picture is cute, Ginny and I look very different. Certain times we look a lot alike, but in this picture, way different.

Anyway, I completely forgot everything I was going to say, I started reading this thread hours ago, walked away and forgot it all and now I'm here!

Hope everyone has a great day!


Solitaire - Jan 6, 2007 1:09 am (#75 of 2990)

Thanks for the explanation, Denise. Now the briefing makes sense.

I leave for Hawaii tomorrow...don't want to go.... sigh.

Tazzy, I do believe that is the FIRST time I've ever heard that sentiment! Just think of your little kiddies ... or are you finished with that student teaching stint?

Finn, congrats on the new Mac. I opted for the MacBook Pro and love it!

About the Steve Irwin video ... I heard on the news early this morning that all copies of the video had been destroyed, and the original was being given to his wife to do with as she saw fit. Has something changed?

I know what you mean about warm weather this early. My area of California is not exactly a winter wonderland, but it is considerably colder than usual this year, and I am glad. Today we didn't even get out of the 40s, which is unusual. I hate the heat waves (70-80 degrees) in January and February. They can really play havoc with the crops. Our almond trees bloom early, and then they are vulnerable to frost and hail storms before pollination can occur. It makes for a rather poor crop yield. I did hear that this is an El Niño year ... has anyone else heard that? I suppose it would account for all the kooky weather.

Well, I guess it is time for bed. BTW, I had my hair cut today, as well, Ginny and Tori. I love it! Of course, I always wear my hair short and kind of spikey and disheveled. I figure it reflects what's going on inside my brain. Chat & Greetings 2007 2752390508

Have a nice Saturday, everyone!



Regan of Gong - Jan 6, 2007 4:01 am (#76 of 2990)

No, nothing's changed.

The documentary he was shooting will be released, although footage from the day he actually died will be shown. All copies of his death have (allegedly) been destroyed, except the one given to his family. Smh.com.au

I got swindled at work today. Apparently its quite a popular trick. It involves confusing the cashier into giving the scammer the stores money. It looks really obvious once you figure it out on paper, but it's really hard to pick in a busy store, especially when the scammer is making small talk all the time. It's to do with making change for the scammer, but this page explains it a lot better.

To comfort myself about the inevitable talking to I will receive, I bought the new issue of Empire and a bottle of Coke.


azi - Jan 6, 2007 5:56 am (#77 of 2990)

Regan, I would have been confused by that!

Yes, Soli, it is an El Nino year. They think that it may be coming to an end now.

Prefect Marcus - sounds like you've been busy! Congrats on the grandkid!

I spent much of yesterday revising. I have the rest of today to revise this topic, and I move onto the next one tomorrow. That topic is the exam I'll struggle most on. The third topic I can take my notes into the exam for. Unfortunately, my notes are a complete mess of doodles at the present time.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


haymoni - Jan 6, 2007 6:59 am (#78 of 2990)

I'm glad you are OK, Marcus. I hope all goes well for your sister-in-law.

I didn't read your link, Regan, but maybe you should watch "Paper Moon" with Ryan & Tatum O'Neill. He fast-talked a cashier into giving him extra change. It happens to the best of us.

Another wrestling tournament today. They sure are long. It is getting better since I know more of the boys on the team now, but it is hard to stay motivated when you just want to watch your kid and go home!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.


painting sheila - Jan 6, 2007 8:42 am (#79 of 2990)

Hi everyone-

The weather here is gorgeous but very spring like. I have all the windows opened airing out the house.

I heard on the news last night that the animals are even confused with this weather. They are not hibernating like they should be. I wonder how this will mess up the nature of things.

We just took one load to the dump - yeah! I love getting rid of junk.

Our freezer died late summer and we just got a new one. We found one at a Sears outlet here in town. Brand new one with just a few scratches on the outside for $330. It's an upright and I can't wait to fill it full. With a large family I found it difficult to stop at the store each day and get something to make a meal around. Since I shop every two weeks and get all (hopefully) the groceries I will need in one fell swoop, not having a freezer seriously messed up my planning.

Hope everyone has a good day -


PS- Perfect Marcus - I will be sending prayers your way if that's okay. My SIL just had the same scare but the doctors were able to treat it aggressively and get it taken care of. We are all thinking of you both.


Prefect Marcus - Jan 6, 2007 11:09 am (#80 of 2990)

Thanks all for your prayers for my sister-in-law. She is the last surviving member of wife's family. All her parents and aunts and uncles have passed away. So she feels it deeply.

One advantage of being "empty-nesters" is my wife can take as much time as she wants visiting her sister to help her out. So a silver lining is my wife will be able to spend some serious time with her sister and family.


Finn BV - Jan 6, 2007 11:31 am (#81 of 2990)

Marcus, our prayers are with your sister-in-law. Besides that, glad to hear about everything else since we last saw you!

Sheesh, Regan, that was confusing! Next time just tell the person that they deserve all that change. PS: Paper Moon is a great movie!

Soli, glad to hear about the Mac move and that you're loving it!

Ginny and Tori, you didn't take your Christmas picture 12 days late, you took it 353 days early.

Enjoy the RotD!


The giant squid - Jan 6, 2007 1:21 pm (#82 of 2990)

Regan, at least the guy put some effort into the swindle. Here at the theater we get people coming in with obviously fake passes & coupons (wrong paper stock, only one side copied, multiples w/the same serial number, etc.). When one of our cashiers accepts one of those, then they get a stern talking to (and the occasional counseling write-up). If they get fast-talked once we usually let it go with a metaphorical slap on the wrist. If it happens a lot, though...

Also, since there are 9 Regal theaters here in Vegas, when one place gets caught by a scam artist we send e-mails to all the other theaters to give them a heads-up. Very rarely does someone get more than two theaters before we're wise to him.

Marcus, I'm glad you guys are looking at the silver lining side of things. With that situation it's all too easy to get bogged down with the dark side of it. Continued prayers, charms, well wishes & whatever else works go out to you & yours.



geauxtigers - Jan 6, 2007 2:29 pm (#83 of 2990)

Ginny and Tori, you didn't take your Christmas picture 12 days late, you took it 353 days early.


Prayers to your SIL, Marcus!

We've been de-Christmas decorating the house today. Tree is down, stripped of every piece of tinsel on it (all trees put on the side of the road are brought to the state's coastline and laid out or something to help protect the coastline from erosion, thus tinsel on the tree, they won't take it), and we are about to take our villages down. The house looks so bare, this is why I hate taking all this down! It takes some getting used to thats for sure.

Well the Seahawks play at 7 tonight. First round of the playoffs vs Dallas. Should be a good one! Can't wait! I hope they win!

Have a great Saturday everyone!


Tazzygirl - Jan 6, 2007 5:56 pm (#84 of 2990)

Esther Rose and Chemyst- Hawaii was fantastic the first couple weeks I moved here, but since I am now starting my 3rd year living here, the aspect and fun of it has gone away. Hawaii is a great place to vacation and visit, but completely different when living here! If I wasn't going to school here (looove school!), I would move back to the Mainland in a heartbeat. Too far away from my parents and family.

Congrats on the soon newest addition, Prefect Marcus! **Tons of healing charms to your SIL**

Regan- I had the unfortunate episode of someone using a stolen credit card and he had purchased a little over a thousand dollars worth of stuff. He was a regular to the store, and I was used to him buying massive amounts of stuff (I worked at a Hobby shop, where they sold gas remote control trucks). When he handed me his credit card, I looked at the name, saw his name on it, and therefore swiped it. We had the police in a week later asking questions. That was not fun! It's amazing how smart these people can get- . After that, the guy never came back into the store again.

Tori- our house felt the same way after we took our Christmas stuff down. It was amazing how boring everything is after Christmas!

I started my first day back here watching my cousins while my aunt and uncle packed for their trip to the Mainland. My grandfather's funeral is tomorrow, so Aunt, Uncle, and kids fly out this afternoon. I get my place as well as their house completely to myself until Thursday- w00t!

School starts for me on Wednesday- can't wait! (Soli- I have three more semesters of student teaching left).

Off to make lists for groceries and various errands I have to get done before school starts.

Have a fantastic RotD/N!



boop - Jan 6, 2007 6:27 pm (#85 of 2990)

Marcus, Welcome Back, its good to see you around. I hate to say this, but I have 5 grandchildren now. The newest one is 2 months old. Congrats on the grandchild! I probably won't be having any more grandchildren so you will have time to catch up. hee hee!!! I want to add my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care and please keep us posted.

Kristina, Glad you made it back home. Just enjoy yourself the next couple days before you start back to school.

Healing charms to all that need them.

hugs always



Solitaire - Jan 6, 2007 7:07 pm (#86 of 2990)

Tazzy, I know what you mean about being close to your family. I lived in the NB/Irvine area for about 11 years and loved it ... but I finally moved back here to good ol' Bakersfield. Do I love it? No ... but my immediate and extended family live here. Even though I was only about 3 hours away, I only saw them a few days a year. I wasn't teaching at the time, so I had only 14 days of vacation. My involvement in my church prevented me from coming up often on weekends, so I just felt estranged from them. Besides, when I decided to return to teaching, I knew it would be easier to land a job up here than down in the OC beach communities where there were literally dozens of applicants for every job. It was just the right move at the right time.

About your student teaching ... do you have the same kids all year, or will you be doing several different assignments at different age levels and in different schools? Are you planning to stay in HI to teach, or do you plan to come back to CA and work here ... or have you thought that far ahead? Just wondering ...



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 6, 2007 7:11 pm (#87 of 2990)

Ahh I finally finished cleaning my room. All of the Christmas decorations are down, and I managed to clean out some of my junk piles. It's nice.

Forum has been slow today. What's everyone been up to?

Off to do the new hangman. Have a great RotN!

P.S. Grey's fans, We finally get a new episode this week!!! **does happy dance** I've added the discussion for the new episode. Sounds interesting! Can't wait!


Chemyst - Jan 6, 2007 7:25 pm (#88 of 2990)

Aw, Kristina, I'd have had empathy for you if you'd said you'll miss your family. But after reading months of posts about how much you love school, how great the weather is, how cute your cousins are, and seeing your supply of Lost avatars... well, ..."don't want to go" earned an   Oh well, I'm glad you made it back safely and I'm looking forward to hearing more student teaching tales.


Tazzygirl - Jan 6, 2007 7:26 pm (#89 of 2990)

Soli- About your student teaching ... do you have the same kids all year, or will you be doing several different assignments at different age levels and in different schools? Are you planning to stay in HI to teach, or do you plan to come back to CA and work here ... or have you thought that far ahead? Just wondering ...

Last semester I was placed in two different classrooms- 8 weeks with each one. My classmates and I decided to share with our supervisors that that arrangement really stinks. So, starting this semester we are all staying with one class. I am placed in a fifth grade special education classroom. Next semester I will be in a general education setting, and then the final semester (w00t!!) will be with whichever setting I decide I like better (which will most likely be special education). After I graduate I will be teaching here for three years (I signed a stipend with UH- in exchange for paying half my tuition, I must teach here for three years upon graduating). I was originally just going to stay and teach two years to fulfill credential requirements, so it seemed logical. After that, I am debating on where I want to go. I know my mom's school district has already offered me a job, but I don't know if I want to teach in the same district as mom (she has the guru status there. ). I am thinking also Washington, Oregon, or somewhere East. I guess it all depends on who is hiring at the time.

Ginny- I was going to say that the new Grey's show comes on next week, but it is next week already. w00t!! Can't wait! The link to our Grey's Forum is in my profile.

Still haven't made my lists yet. I'm enjoying the peace and quiet...


EDIT: **Waves to Chemyst** I guess I could sum it up as a love/hate relationship. I was having too good a time at my parents' house for the last month, that it made me all sad I had to go back to the real world. LOL I'm sure I'll have tons of student teaching stories to tell this semester (fifth grade special education setting- I already know it's going to be a doozy!)!


Mediwitch - Jan 6, 2007 7:35 pm (#90 of 2990)

OK, the weather is officially screwy - I was driving around town today with my windows and sunroof OPEN in JANUARY in NEW ENGLAND!!!! What's up with that? It was very strange - I've never been able to do that before.

I just thumped Ryan in Wii bowling, then we played doubles tennis (my first time playing) - let's just say it's a good thing he's a pretty decent tennis player!

We found a new home for our bunnies today. One of Mr. Mediwitch's students wanted to get a pair for his FFA/Agricultural Education project. Just so happens we had a pair we were looking for a good home for! Moving the hutch was no mean feat, though. Mr. Mediwitch built it, and it was probably sturdier than our house. He had put the legs on in such a way that he couldn't even pry them off - he ended up having to cut them off! The roof had two bundles of shingles on, which he informed me probably added 100 pounds or more to the weight of the thing.


Viola Intonada - Jan 6, 2007 8:38 pm (#91 of 2990)

Tomorrow we are going to take down our Christmas decorations. I think that the day after taking down the decorations is so depressing. But I will have a cleaner and less cluttered house afterwards, at least I hope so.

Our Daffodils are starting to come up! There are blooms on our trees and the squirrels are so fat they barely move when you walk up on them. I'm amazed our dog hasn't caught any. The water levels here are very high. Many roads are flooded. Yesterday a limb fell and took out our cable (NO INTERNET!) I felt so bad for the poor guy who had to work out in the pouring rain restringing the cable, I gave him a tin a chocolate covered pretzels.

Denise, good luck getting ready for your move and good luck finishing your arrows!

My prayers to your SIL, Markus.


Kneazle - Jan 6, 2007 9:42 pm (#92 of 2990)

My Chiefs lost but at least the Seahawks won.


painting sheila - Jan 6, 2007 9:49 pm (#93 of 2990)

I saw it!!! I saw it!!!!! I took Littlest Guy to see “Happy Feet” and they showed the HP trailer! It looks so cool !!! I can't wait!!!

(sorry to all of you that don't like the use of too many Exclamation Marks - BUT!!!!!! it is worth it!!0

After “Happy Feet,” Littlest Guy was "tapping" all the way to the car. The seal in the beginning scared him – a lot - but other than that we enjoyed it. A friend wondered about the political agenda with the movie - but we still liked it.

I have a link on my profile to get skins for your Wii controllers. They are usually $12.99 for on for the controller and one for the nunchuk. On this site you can get both for $6.49 - free shipping - with the code wii6off. They have fun colors - enjoy.

Off to bed.



geauxtigers - Jan 6, 2007 9:51 pm (#94 of 2990)

Ahh Kneazle! You beat me too it!  Was that not an AWESOME game?????   We were all sitting there freaking out! I thought we were going to lose for a moment there! And I can't believe he fumbled the snap! Babineaux's tackle was what won it! We were so excited! I still can't believe it! They survived! And I want some green gloves! Did you see? They were so cool! (all the fans in the stands had lime green gloves on)! Ironically, there’s a chance they could be coming to New Orleans to play the Saints. How weird would that be! LOL I'd be a bit torn between who I wanted to win, but in the end, it'd be the Seahawks, I was a Seahawks fan first, and I'm definitely never been a Saints fan. This year, I'm just impressed thats all!

Ahh now my mind is on football, I can't remember anything else, go figure! I cleaned out my closet, I just haven't put anything back in it yet. Still on my floor. But my closet's clean!

Have a great night! Go Seahawks!


Denise P. - Jan 6, 2007 10:32 pm (#95 of 2990)

Yay! Yay! Cross Over and Arrow of Light is over!! I was up until 2 am working on those stinking arrows. I got the final one finished at about noon today, I walked out the door with them at 12:45. I wish I had the time to get the strip under the board for beltloops finished but I will get them done so the parents can add them. Out of the 8 boys in my patrol, 6 went into a Boy Scout troop. One of the ones who didn't got very upset and changed his mind after he saw everyone else going. The other boy, I am pretty sure it is the parent who doesn't want to continue in scouting. I have had these boys since they were Wolves (2nd grade) and I am bummed that I won't be able to continue their scouting journey with them. I really hope they all go on to become Eagle Scouts.

I just did up dishes. I would sure like to know why my kids feel it is necessary to go through 17 cups in one day? It is the older 4 who did it because the younger ones, I won't get them anything to drink unless they bring me the cup they had to begin with. Since I know it is water they are drinking, I just don't think they need a new cup each time they get water.

I need to find my iPod shuffle dock...I think I need to recharge and I know I need to add some new songs to it.

Viola, our daffodils are poking out here too! Mr. Denise said at the new house, you can see daffodils coming out as well. I know when we were there, you could see them starting. It was well over 70F there today!

He is currently camping out in the house until we get there. He has his air mattress and a sleeping bag. While waiting for us, he is going to trim an obnoxious pine tree that is hanging over our shed and we are looking to see if we can axe the cedar in the back yard. Have I mentioned the hideous juniper bushes under the cherry trees in the front? I need to find a similar but not evergreen bush that could possibly take their place since their days are numbered.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 6, 2007 11:57 pm (#96 of 2990)

Oh goodness, again I have missed so much here.

Prefect Marcus welcome back, my best thoughts for your sister-in-law.

Yes Tazzy living there is different (when my husband went to school out there he said that the same thing) but, to us mainlanders, just the name Hawaii is a picture of paradise. Sorry about your grandfather.

I am always cold, but yes New England today was just too weird, it was something like 70°. My hyacinths, and daffodils are coming up, ants and other bugs are crawling. Yikes!

Today was Three King's Day, the Twelfth Day of Christmas. It's a second shot if you didn't get it together by Christmas. I still don't have all my Christmas cards out!

I wouldn't have bothered if they weren't my mum's boots from the 1970s. azi

Hey it's a good thing you have those. Stuff produced now is not repairable. If some damages occurs, then it has to be thrown out. Not that there are any repair places left.

Shelia, that is an extraordinary performance! That kid is destined for great things.

Denise you really are a wonder. Moving, packing, and still carrying on with scouts and regular activities! When my mother passed away and I had to close down her house and move everything I nearly had a nervous breakdown. I had my son who was one and my mother's 5 foster kids. I shudder at the thought of moving out of state with kids in tow.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 7, 2007 12:32 am (#97 of 2990)

(Sorry to late to edit) There used to be a link to purchase books at Amazon.com on the home page. I can’t find it now, I want to get the new Latine COS. Where would I find it?


Solitaire - Jan 7, 2007 1:18 am (#98 of 2990)

Yippeeeeee! I have just finished all of my backlog of grading for both my language arts and history classes! Now I just have my technology projects to grade this week! **major sigh of relief** I feel as if I've put down a 100-pound load. Now I can relax for the rest of the evening!



Marie E. - Jan 7, 2007 8:57 am (#99 of 2990)

I had planned on taking down my Christmas decorations this weekend, but I was sick instead. I've been sick with a cold since last weekend, but it hit me hard this Friday. I barely made it through the day and crashed on the couch when I got home. I lost my voice and it's almost back now. I may take some things down later today, but I'm not messing with the tree.

They said we were supposed to have 1 to 3 inches on Friday, but it ended up being more like 6 inches. We are very tired of the snow, to say the least. I was watching CNN yesterday as they talked about the heat waves on the East Coast. Talk about wacky weather!

Have a lovely Sunday!


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 7, 2007 12:17 pm (#100 of 2990)

Prefect Marcus, healing charms and prayers to your SIL. I hope it isn't the insurance company causing the postponements.

Congrats to your daughter on straight As! That is quite an achievement.

Healing charms to Marie E. Hope you feel better soon.

Denise, the abundance of cups sounds like my house and I only have 3 children. I believe the reasoning behind it is that they 'forget' which cup is theirs so they simply take out a new one. By the end of the day, the top rack of my dishwasher is overflowing and the bottom is not yet full. During the summer months, I use plastic cups and Sharpie their names on it. Sometimes they keep it for a couple of days - since it is only water.

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Tazzygirl - Jan 7, 2007 12:19 pm (#101 of 2990)

Yeay, Soli! Enjoy your Sunday!

**healing charms to Marie** Hope you feel better soon! I have to laugh- when I was camping and we went up to see the snow, Mom and I were suuuuper excited. My sister, who had just arrived from Denver, was not as thrilled. She was completely over snow and just wanted to sit in the car while I went out to play in the 1-2 foot drifts. She also got tired of me exclaiming over and over again through the course of the week "Look, Snow!" and "Look, Ice!" and so on... She did join in the snowball fight a couple days later though.

Wow, the chat thread has been quiet! Normally when I wake up there are about 25 new posts. This morning I woke up to just 2! Where is everyone?

As I greatly slacked off yesterday, today is my day to actually do the stuff on my list. Number one is clean out my closet and figure out how many plastic storage tubs and such that I need.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!



Good Evans - Jan 7, 2007 1:20 pm (#102 of 2990)

happy cleaning Tazzy!!!

I wonder if the lure of "five words" will mean little cleaning is done?? LOL


Tazzygirl - Jan 7, 2007 2:50 pm (#103 of 2990)

Thanks, Julie!

Five Words... hmmmmm... Soooo tempting! LOL



Ludicrous Patents Office - Jan 7, 2007 3:21 pm (#104 of 2990)

LPO, it just sunk in that you are a librarian. Great! Steve.

I'm a Middle School Librarian. We are a cross between Librarian and Teacher. It is the best job in the world!

Marcus welcome back. Healing charms to your SIL.

Tazzy I hope your next student teaching job goes well.

Viola and Denise I'm afraid it will be awhile before my Daffodils come up! They are buried underneath a large amount of snow. We never have snow last this long.

Marie E healing charms. I hope you are better soon.

I'm rooting for the Chargers and the Seahawks. Broncos didn't so so well. Now things have gone from bad to worst. LPO


Lina - Jan 7, 2007 3:23 pm (#105 of 2990)

Congratulation on the newest grand-child, prefect Marcus. And healing charms to your sister in law! These things can be really well cured nowdays.

I had a friend calling me the other day and telling me that she is expecting her fifth. So all this talking about grandchildren has made me speculate on how many grand-children will she have? Then how many grand children will KayKay have? Then how many grand-children will Denise have? Than how many grandchildren Kay's mum has already?

Then I noticed that Mollis is posting again... So I started to wonder about the news that kept her away from us for a while?

Solitaire, I have to say that I'm sorry I made you rant about all your Internet problems on the Temporary Chat thread on FFF. I think it calls for some speedy DSL charms and they are sent to your street. I hope you will have it settled soon.

Ginny: You know you're a procrastinator when you take your Christmas picture 10 days after Christmas!

You can always say that you made your picture in time for the Christmas by the Julian calendar. So Merry Christmas! to all that celebrate it today. I think there should be few of them on this thread.


journeymom - Jan 7, 2007 3:37 pm (#106 of 2990)

We've been seeing Rachel Ray EVERYWHERE lately. Crackers, knives, she's even got her own magazine. (Saw it in Barnes and Noble last night.) Hubby wondered if she'd be in the next HP movie, since she's ubiquitous. Yup, Rachel Ray the witch on the Wizarding Wireless on a visit from the Salem Culinary Academy. Steak and kidney pie, peas, cauldron cakes and pumpkin pasties in 30 minutes. Hogsmead on Four Galleons a day.


Chemyst - Jan 7, 2007 4:20 pm (#107 of 2990)

LOL!   Disney would do that in a heartbeat! When Disney acquired ABC, a lot of their movie paraphernalia started showing up in the television programming. I remember seeing an ABC TV show where a kid was being hurried off to school. The child actor picked up a Disney Monsters Inc. lunchbox and (just a little too deliberately,) held it flat before the camera before running out the door! I found that funnier than the scripted jokes.

Except that Rachael Ray's show is done by King World productions (I had to look it up after you posted) which was gobbled up by CBS Television Distribution Group last year. Now if it were being distributed through Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. there might be a better possibility of such cross promotion. The WB and CBS did jointly launch the CW Television network but I doubt that is a strong enough connection to meddle with Harry Potter.

(All these companies go by initials for their company name so there isn't anything meaningful to "translate." I'm not trying to leave folks who aren't familiar with American networks confused by using abbreviations.)


painting sheila - Jan 7, 2007 4:30 pm (#108 of 2990)

Hi everyone.

It is raining raining raining here. I almost (I said "almost") wish it were snow.

I tried a new recipe tonight for stuffed mannicotti. I may have cooked the shells to long, but does anyone know how to stuff them and make them look full? I think if I firm up the cheese mixture with some sausage or mozzarella cheese, it may help.

Off to check five words.



Lavandula - Jan 7, 2007 6:16 pm (#109 of 2990)

Sheila-Do you mix in egg with your cheese mixture? I haven't made manicotti for a long time, but I would always mix one egg, a large container of ricotta, 1/2 c. or so of parmesan, and 1/2 box of chopped frozen spinach. I don't recall thinking that the shape was a problem when they came out of the oven. Mine never look picture perfect as Rachel Ray's might though. But the taste is what is important anyway, right?

Viola Intonada- I have never been to Berlin to scrapbook, but I think I have heard about a weekend getaway crop held there. I usually go to Wadsworth twice a year for a Friday/Saturday all night and all day crop. I sure get alot accomplished on those trips. Do you scrapbook too? It is one of my favorite escapes. My friend and I usually get together every Monday night, but tommorow. is of course the OHIO STATE GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! By the way, is your picture by any chance from Oxford, England? It sure reminds me of some of the college courtyards.

I have been trying to get caught up on school work myself before I checked the forum this weekend. By the time I got home from church, took my hour walk, did school work, and cleaned up from supper, it was already 7:30. Why do weekend days fly by so quickly?

I must say, I am hoping all this rain here in Ohio turns to snow. My tulips are an inch high already. Sorry Colorado, but we in the East are ready for sled riding!!

Have a great ROTD everyone.



Viola Intonada - Jan 7, 2007 7:52 pm (#110 of 2990)

Cathy, I am a scrapbooker. I go to Berlin, OH twice a year for weekend retreats. It is the only way I can get anything done. My picture was taken at the Cathedral in Durham, England. The courtyard is the one from the Harry Potter films. We didn't make it to Oxford, though I would have loved to go!

Well, my family has learned a valuable lesson in naming our hermit crabs: Never name the crabs after Harry Potter characters that have already died in the books. After one of our longest living hermit crabs passed away at Thanksgiving (Rubeus Hagrid), we bought another one. After much debate, we decided to name him Albus Dumbledore (Al for short). He only lasted until Christmas. We bought another hermit crab today. He is missing a leg, so before we even left the store we all agreed to name him Mad Eye Moody (nickname will be Maddy). I hope that this one lasts longer.

Sheila, I have always used the recipe from the back of the Manicotti box. Did you boil your manicotti shells then stuff them? The recipe gives directions both ways. You might try the "other" way to see if you like that better. I have discovered the Market Day Lasagna roll-ups. Tastes the same as my manicotti without having to mix and stuff.

The Christmas decorations are put away. I still have to vacuum and put back all of the furniture. I am always amazed at how empty the house looks. Our poor Christmas tree. Hubby moved it out a bit to take down all of the ornaments, one of the legs collapsed. I kept the tree from falling over while everyone else stripped ornaments as fast as they could. Not an easy feat considering all of the Hallmark light up ornaments that we have. We always put the light bulb that we removed into the box of the ornament that took its place (we have all different lengths of lights on our tree) which prolonged the process even more. I have had this tree since I was four years old (the tree is over 30 years old). I don't remember ever having a different tree. I have been begging Hubby for a new tree. I might finally get a new tree next Christmas, though Hubby keeps saying he can fix this one. Is there a record for oldest artificial tree in continuous use?


Solitaire - Jan 7, 2007 7:59 pm (#111 of 2990)

Since you brought up manicotti ... what is the difference between manicotti and cannelloni? The noodle? The stuffing? The texture? Just wondering ...



painting sheila - Jan 7, 2007 8:00 pm (#112 of 2990)

Lavandula and Viola - I boiled the noodles before stuffing them and they came out flat. I stuck my thumb in one end and tried stuffing (pouring really - it was slightly runny) the cheese mixture down the other. I used the recipe on the box but it didn't LOOK like the finished meal on the box. It looked more like lasagna gone wrong. Ha! It was still good though. I am not afraid to try again!

What are Market Day Lasagna Roll-ups?

My kids took down most of the decorations yesterday. I get to finish the job tomorrow. Yeah me! I will be glad to have it look a little empty around here. I have felt crowded since we got back from Disney.

Viola - if you all get rid of the tree, I think you have to have some sort of send off. You can't just get rid of it after all these many years of fine service!


Kneazle - Jan 7, 2007 8:20 pm (#113 of 2990)

She~ You boil them to aldente then I always use a pastry bag without the tip, aldente makes it so you can handle them without them falling apart.

Solitaire~ Cannoli are desserts, manicotti is the main course.


kaykay1970   - Jan 7, 2007 8:24 pm (#114 of 2990)

Lina, Mom has 17 grandchildren plus one more that is no longer with us. Plus she has 5 great grandchildren and another on the way! And she is only 59 years old!

Today is the last day of deer hunting season. Woo Hoo! I get to have my husband back! lol


Solitaire - Jan 7, 2007 8:24 pm (#115 of 2990)

Kneazle, not cannoli ... cannelloni. It's very different!


Denise P. - Jan 7, 2007 8:28 pm (#116 of 2990)

I have never cooked manicotti noodles before stuffing them. I have never cooked lasagna noodles either...long before the "official" no cook lasagna noodles came out. There are several advantages, mainly I don't have to worry about burning my hand while trying to stuff a noodle that just finished cooking!

I reorganized my coupon folder today. I switched from baseball card holders to put coupons in to using photo album pages. This way I don't have to fold my coupons and I can easily see the expiration date.


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 7, 2007 8:36 pm (#117 of 2990)

Well since I've never heard of either of those, I looked it up on Wikipedia. According to them, there is no difference between manicotti and cannelloni. I searched "manicotti" and it redirected me to an article titled "Cannelloni. Here's what I found:

Cannelloni, or manicotti, are large tubes of pasta, generally 3 to 4 inches in length and one inch in diameter. After boiling, they are typically filled with a savory stuffing of ricotta cheese or meat, then covered with tomato sauce. However, there are many variations on the basic recipe.

In Italian, cannelloni literally means "big pipes" or "big reeds", while manicotti means "muffs", from the diminutive of manica ("sleeve"). Although both terms are plural nouns in Italian, the English term is often construed as singular, particularly when used as the name of the dish.

So both appear to be the same. Just a different adjective to describe the pasta. Sounds yummy!


Kneazle - Jan 7, 2007 8:47 pm (#118 of 2990)

Solitaire~Speed reading reaps yet another casualty. Sorry.


Finn BV - Jan 7, 2007 10:13 pm (#119 of 2990)

If we're bragging… my grandma has 32 grandchildren, methinks. I've lost count.

I almost (I said "almost") wish it were snow. –sheila

We just watched An Inconvenient Truth and suddenly I'm very conscious. We should wish for snow! I'd recommend you all go out and rent it – very, very important to see.

Happy RotD!


Solitaire - Jan 7, 2007 10:15 pm (#120 of 2990)

It's okay, kneazle. Actually, I've never had cannoli. I do remember the first time I ever heard of it ... in a line from The Godfather: "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." Hm ... sounds dangerous!



MickeyCee3948 - Jan 7, 2007 10:56 pm (#121 of 2990)

Solitaire. - only dangerous to our waistline's Chat & Greetings 2007 1003735042



Snuffles - Jan 8, 2007 3:59 am (#122 of 2990)

*more healing charms for you SIL Prefect Marcus*

Can anyone help me?

I downloaded Internet Explorer 7 on Saturday on my home computer, and now I cannot access the internet!!! I'm on dial up at home and it dials the number and the home page comes up (The lex ) but I cannot load any other page including getting onto the forum . It just shows the little squares at the bottom, meaning it's thinking but nothing happens. When I press the red cross at the top right hand side, I get a message saying there was an error and to contact Microsoft. I really want to get back to the Internet explorer I had before but I don't know how to do it. I tried to load onto the Internet Explorer page but it won't let me!




Regan of Gong - Jan 8, 2007 4:07 am (#123 of 2990)

Download Firefox. Problem solved.

But if you could add an <*/li> to the end of your message it'd be appreciated.


Snuffles - Jan 8, 2007 4:09 am (#124 of 2990)

Thanks Regan, I will try that tonight when I get in. I just hope it lets me! I seem to be having trouble getting onto the web page to download anything!


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 8, 2007 6:40 am (#125 of 2990)

I think that there have been some problems with Ineternet Explorer 7. They told us at school that we shouldn't download it because then we wouldn't have access to our e-mail at home. I think Microsoft is trying to fix it, but I'm not sure how much progress they've made.

Ahh well that time has come. Off to the "bad place" for the day.

Happy Monday!


painting sheila - Jan 8, 2007 7:42 am (#126 of 2990)

HI everyone.

Hope you all had a good weekend.

I am going to try and dig out the mess my kids did this weekend trying to take down Christmas stuff. I think it is an all day project! Yikes.

Not much else is going on. . will be back soon -


OH! I make lasagna without cooking the pasta first. Can I do the same thing with manicotti? Do I add more liquid? Cook it longer?


Solitaire - Jan 8, 2007 8:18 am (#127 of 2990)

Snuffles, I use a browser called Enigma on my desktop PC. It works almost exactly like IE, but it has fewer bells and whistles, so it is faster. I can't get DSL where I am, so I have a very S-L-O-W connection; I need all the help I can get, and IE is too bundlesome here. I've just emailed you a link.

OH! I forgot ... I use Flock on my Mac. I believe it also has a PC version, but I'm not sure. You might want to check it out, though. Just go to flock.com. Good luck, whatever you decide to use!



Snuffles - Jan 8, 2007 8:28 am (#128 of 2990)

Thanks Soli I am at work at the moment, but I will check it as soon as I get home.

I hope everyone affected by the gas smell in New York is ok. *Bubble head charms all round*



journeymom - Jan 8, 2007 11:05 am (#129 of 2990)

Painting Sheila- other than the 'no-cook' lasagna that's labeled as such, I've not seen any other pasta that doesn't have to be boiled first. In other words, I think you still have to boil the manicotti before you stuff it and bake it.

Am I missing anything? Is there a method for cooking/baking pastas without boiling them first? (Other than the no-cook lasagna noodles.)


Tazzygirl - Jan 8, 2007 12:47 pm (#130 of 2990)

I have a recipe for Baked Spaghetti, and you don't have to boil the pasta first. You put the pasta in the baking dish, add the spaghetti sauce, and then the same amount of water as the spaghetti sauce (you also add cottage cheese). By the time it is all baked, the pasta is perfect.

I have internet 7, and so far haven't had any problems. Good luck with getting it fixed, JulieSnuffles!

I managed to clean out my cabinets and such yesterday (finally!), and today am going out to find boxes to put the stuff I want to keep in. I was going to get plastic tub storage thingys, but decided the packing box works just as well, is ever so much cheaper, and I can write on the outside exactly what is in the inside.

While I was cleaning out my various cabinets, I found enough empty spiral notebooks to last me the rest of my three semesters in school plus another year or so. Same with binder notebooks. Nice to know I don't have to go Back to School shopping.

Tori, Ginny, and everyone else back to school today/this week- Have fun and good luck!

Happy RotD/N everyone!



The giant squid - Jan 8, 2007 1:23 pm (#131 of 2990)

Snuffles, one of the new features in IE7 is a Phishing filter, which is supposed to protect you from redirects and such. I've noticed it slows down my page loads occasionally on DSL, so it's quite possible it could make it look like a page hang on dial-up. You'll see what looks like a tiny web page at the bottom of the screen (next to the status bars) that continually changes from white to green. If that is happening and the page isn't loading we've found the culprit. To turn it off go to the Tools menu--it's the third menu down. You can either turn it off or disable it completely (which might be the best in your case)

Of course, if that's not it I've been no help at all, but hey. It's a start at least.



Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 8, 2007 1:59 pm (#132 of 2990)

Yay! It finally came - Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities! I've been searching for one for nearly a year but they were well out of my price range.

Good luck to those returning to work and school. I know it's tough to start up again after a nice reprieve.

Mike, though I know you were directing it to Julie, thanks for the info. I noticed that Olivia's laptop had been sluggish since I downloaded IE7.

Manicotti:  I partially cook the noodles al dente and use a zip bag to pipe it in (someone else wrote that as well but I can't find it ).

Tomorrow we meet with Mr. HH's surgeon to schedule a time and learn about the procedure. Not sure how I'm going to manage three children - two who need to be taken to and picked up from school (not to mention lunches) and be with Mr. HH in the hospital an hour away - (worse with traffic - it took us two hours the last time). I know he wants me with him for the days he'll spend there. This too, shall pass, eh?



John Bumbledore - 8, 2007 2:15 pm (#133 of 2990)

"We've found the culprit." -- Squid Mike

Indeed, but it is easier to spot than what you describe. More simply put you can find the answer in Julie's (Snuffles) sentence that begins, "I downloaded Internet Explorer 7..."

Julie, I hope that Mike's suggestion helps you. My company will not support IE 7 on company computers so I do not have personal experience with it.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Snuffles - Jan 8, 2007 2:29 pm (#134 of 2990)

Thanks for the tip Mike. My dad disabled the phishing after downloading IE7.

I have solved the problem though. I called my dad who came round and loaded IE6 back on for me and now I am able to access the internet . I won't be downloading that in the future.

right back at ya John!



TomProffitt - Jan 8, 2007 4:55 pm (#135 of 2990)
Edited by Denise P. Jan 8, 2007 4:36 pm

I had been enjoying the forum quite a bit recently for the intelligent discourse.

Edited: Tom, I think you can gather why this was edited. If you need some specific help with the situation, please email one of the Hosts.

I also deleted two posts after this one that referred back to it. The conversation needs to be taken to email, not discussed on the Forum. Denise P.


Ydnam96 - Jan 8, 2007 4:57 pm (#136 of 2990)

I am so glad I got a Mac. I love it.

Things have been crazy busy....I rode a sketchy roller coaster last week at a local "amusement park" (Not like Disneyland or the like. More like a permanent carnival) and I got a serious case of whiplash and it threw my back out. I've been to the chiropractor twice since then. Silly rollercoaster. Don't know why I let my staff convince me to go on it. I don't even like roller coasters (Space Mountain being the one exception). But, at least I like the chiropracter. It's sort of like going and getting a massage.

Well, I'm off to take a nap before my next round of meetings.

Happy Monda!!!


Tazzygirl - Jan 8, 2007 6:23 pm (#137 of 2990)

Olivia is so cute, Snuffles! *awwww*

I tell you what- there are some major sales going on right now! I went to the mall, where there was a Satellite office for Department of Motor Vehicles (had to find out what happened to my registration sticker for my car, which was supposed to have arrived three weeks ago. Got lost in the mail I guess.), and after standing the looooong line, walked around the mall for therapy (). Went into The Gap, and found a pair of 40 dollar shoes for 10 bucks. Couldn't resist. Also bought a pair of the skinny black pants (from the Audrey Hepburn Gap commercials, LOL) to go with a shirt I got for Christmas. It was awesome.

It is sprinkling rain on and off today. Not bad.



Mediwitch - Jan 8, 2007 6:58 pm (#138 of 2990)

I use IE7 at school (because I can't use Firefox and the network "administrator" (I use the term loosely Chat & Greetings 2007 1242194059) is clueless and doesn't know how to unblock it ) and it's fine for the little bit I use it there, but I think we're on a T1 line. At home (high-speed cable) I use Firefox, which now has an add-on that allows you to view pages in IE from within Firefox. It's kind of handy once in a while. For a week or so around Christmas, this thread kept getting further and further indented if I used the "View All" function, so I used Firefox, but just clicked the icon to read this thread in IE, then clicked the icon and went back to Firefox to move to other threads. (The problem has apparently resolved itself, BTW.)

**Sending some felix felicis and cloning charms to the Hungarian Horntails!**

Ooh, nice shoe sale, Kristina! Now that's some good retail therapy!


painting sheila - Jan 8, 2007 8:42 pm (#139 of 2990)

OH! Shoe Therapy - the best kind.

I am sure a little shoe therapy would help with the bad back also!

Oldest Son made into the diving conference. How funny is that! It is next weekend. Wish us luck. He threw out his back tonight twisting on the board. He may not have loosened up enough. We might be heading to the chiropractor ourselves.

Spent the day putting away Christmas - and I am still not done! I would work a little bit and then answer the phone. . . work a little bit . . and take kids some where. work a little bit . . and cook dinner . . work a little bit . . . and head to the forum. . I may never get this project done.

I did go a buy some nifty storage boxes today and some shelves for some storage boxes I already had. I think I have the nesting bug - but I am not expecting!!

I had to take my van to the shop today. I broke off - clean broke it off! - the handle to the sliding door. I just reached out and pulled and it snapped off in my hand. I guess I am stronger than I thought.

I also asked the mechanic to try and find the source of the stink in my car. It has a leak some where. Every time it rains, my car gets this nasty smelly moldy musky odor. He couldn't find anything and referred us to an auto body guy. He had no idea and referred us to the dealership. In my mind "dealership" translates into "big bucks". We have to get it fixed though Anything you leave in the car smells musky. EWW!!

Anyone else had something similar to this happen to them?

Off to check five words.


PS Snuffles - Cute baby picture!!


Tazzygirl - Jan 8, 2007 9:04 pm (#140 of 2990)

Sheila- I broke off - clean broke it off! - the handle to the sliding door. I just reached out and pulled and it snapped off in my hand.

Same thing happened to my passenger side door handle. I was opening the door up and it snapped off. I've been hesitating to bring it in (happened about 8 months ago or so), because I don't want to pay the big bucks or get a mismatching handle.

**healing charms to your son and good luck charms too!**

EDIT: That's too cute! Littlest guy getting Santa's autograph!

**LOTS of healing charms to Mr. HH**

I am finished! All the school books and such that have been accumulated over the last three years are now in a labeled box, along with lots of other stuff I didn't want to throw away. Place looks sooooo much better!

Off to make dinner...



painting sheila - Jan 8, 2007 9:09 pm (#141 of 2990)

Tazzygirl - I paid $187.00 for a handle and the repair. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I didn't take it to a dealership to get it fixed - just to our mechanic. He used dealer parts though.

When we first got the van some one broke the hatch door handle. So, this is our second handle in less than a year. I think we need to practise being gentle!

Thanks about the comment on Littlest Guy and Santa. We were sitting in a restaurant about to finish up and leave when this gentleman walked in with his wife. Dallin just KNEW it was the real Santa. He looked at me and said, "That's him, mom. That's the real one!" He took off outside to get his autograph book, came back to me and said, "Do I have food on my face?" I told him no, and that he looked great. He turned right around, walked right up to Santa's table and asked for his autograph. The picture is him turning and looking back at me with this big grin. I think he gave me a thumbs up right after this shot. He was SO excited!! It was one of the high lights of Disney.


Eponine - Jan 8, 2007 9:14 pm (#142 of 2990)

So I'm starting graduate school tomorrow. I can't believe I'm doing this. I'm going to have to do HOMEWORK again!

In other news, Mr. Eponine got a fantastic job today. Great benefits, higher pay, closer to home. It's a very good thing for us right now.

Sheila, you really must share the story behind that picture. It's adorable!

We've almost finished de-Christmasing the house. We've got most of our things in boxes, but I've been trying to get ready for school so I haven't had time to get all of it AND catch up on the forum. I've got my priorities straightened out.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


painting sheila - Jan 8, 2007 9:18 pm (#143 of 2990)

Eponine! You're going back to school!! How great is that!! I am so proud of you - way to go!!!! I don't know how to do "high fives" on the key board but consider your self high fived.

I am so jealous!


PS I added the story for the picture on the post above this one, It was a once in a lifetime moment. I am so glad we got it on film - even if it is a bit dark.


Finn BV - Jan 8, 2007 9:21 pm (#144 of 2990)

Healing charms to Mr. HH!!

Great pictures, Snuffles and sheila!

Good luck to Eponine at school, at congrats to Mr. Eponine on the new job! That's great news for both of you!

Speaking of school, I also go back tomorrow. And I'm going to try really hard to stay up to date with the forum! I really read a lot this break, even if I didn't post too much, but all the new discussions have been quite enlightening.

Must try to go to bed early considering I can't sleep until 11 tomorrow…


painting sheila - Jan 8, 2007 9:25 pm (#145 of 2990)

Good luck at school tomorrow Finn. One of these days I will go back . . .


geauxtigers - Jan 8, 2007 9:39 pm (#146 of 2990)

You in case anyone isn't watching the game, Ohio State is currently being schooled by Florida. Defense wins championships! LOL I know there are lots of Ohio State fans on the forum, theres still a tiny window of hope...maybe...

Sheila, that is so cute! He looks so excited! LOL! Very cute!

Snuffles, thats also a very cute avatar!

The first day back was boring. We had all of our classes today, as if going back isn't torture enough! So that meant that most teachers had nothing truly productive for us to do. This semester I'm taking human antatomy, I think its going to be so cool! I've spent the evening reading and looking over the text book, yes I know, something worthy of Hermione! I somehow managed to survive my math and physics exams and get in my opinion, okay grades in the 2 for the semester, neither of which I'm happy with, but oh well. I was a bit frustrated with my english grade, but again, can't change it. So tommorow is back to the usual swing of things.

Well Florida just went up 41-14, same as the final score of LSU-ND. Be kinda cool if that ended up as the final. 2 SEC teams taken them down, same score!

WEll have a great week everyone!

EDIT: Flordia just won!! 41-14!


Ydnam96 - Jan 8, 2007 11:38 pm (#147 of 2990)

oh....sad sad for Ohio....


jose043 - Jan 8, 2007 11:55 pm (#148 of 2990)

Hi All

HH Hope every thing works out for you & Mr HH, heal charms to you both.

For those going back to school have fun don't study to hard.

For any one else sick Healing Charms to you all

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


The giant squid - Jan 9, 2007 12:47 am (#149 of 2990)

Indeed, but it is easier to spot than what you describe. More simply put you can find the answer in Julie's (Snuffles) sentence that begins, "I downloaded Internet Explorer 7..."--John Bumbledore

Perhaps, but I'm one of those crazy folks who thinks that going back to a previous version (or buying a competing brand) doesn't fix the problem. That, and I simply refuse to accept that something that should work won't...one reason I'm working my way into the technical services division.



Snuffles - Jan 9, 2007 4:02 am (#150 of 2990)

You're right Mike, it doesn't fix the problem , it does however, allow me to access the internet. If I find someone else on dial up who has successfully downloaded it, I may try again

Congrats Shiela on finding Santa and getting his autograph. Your avatar is sooo sweet.

Hope your first day back to school is ok Finn.

Off to check the threads

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Catherine - Jan 9, 2007 4:27 am (#151 of 2990)

Congrats to Mr. Eponine! Woo-hoo!

Whew. Busy times at school. We have exams next week, and the middle school students are stressing. I almost wish I could say, "Honey, this exam is only worth 10% of your final semester grade. Chill out." But instead, I just make more review sheets.

I get to spend my Christmas gift certificate today! I got one to a wonderful furniture and antiques store in town, so today I am finally going to work on getting our sunporch spruced up. I may even buy chairs for the new table I got last year.

Retail therapy--shoes, furniture--it's all good.


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 9, 2007 5:54 am (#152 of 2990)

Snuffles, Olivia is so beautiful! I just melt when I see baby pics (and babies) I just can't resist.

Sheila, love your Santa story. He is the cutest thing - finding the real Santa! His expression says it all.

Thanks for the charms, everyone! Busy day today and here I am, looking through the threads.

Finn, we miss you but glad you're keeping up. Olivia had an assembly yesterday regarding HS classes and course requirements. I had forgotten that only 3 years of math is required. I took 4. I am sure if you or Ginny or Tori have any words of advice, she'd appreciate hearing it.

An interesting turn of events this morning. The woman who was to pick up Olivia and Priscilla from school is vomiting with a fever. So is her daughter (Priscilla's age). We took her daughter to school yesterday because her little sister was sick. I told the girls to prepare because we are most likely in for it by Friday. I have to make new arrangements now. I cannot call my backup until after 10 - (her daughter is a college student ) and I have to leave here by 10:30. Why did I think this should go smoothly?



Marie E. - Jan 9, 2007 6:09 am (#153 of 2990)

Very cute pictures Julie and Sheila!

I am pretty sure I mentioned last week that my car got hit in a parking lot (my brain has slept since then, so forgive me). In my haste to get back to work, I forgot to write down the gentleman's insurance company info. Mr. E has been ragging me ever since, saying that they won't call and we're out of luck (he's a glass-half-empty guy). Well, they called yesterday afternoon. Mr. E is dropping off our Tahoe this morning to be repaired and we get a rental car, a 2007 Tahoe! I knew that they would call. This guy just didn't give me the hit-and-run vibe. Mr. E reminded me that the door that got hit was the same one that had the window smashed last year. Maybe there's a jinx on it!


juliebug - Jan 9, 2007 7:21 am (#154 of 2990)

Shelia, I used to have a leaky car/funky musty odor problem too. Back when I was finishing up college, I used to drive an old LeBaron convertible. It had a whole bunch of problems, including a leaky roof. The most obvious spot was right in the left, front corner. It dripped on my knee every time it rained. I had to wear my rain coat alot back then. The worst one was also the hardest to diagnose. Somewhere on the right side of the car, rain water would get channeled through the roof, down the side and into the car. It always pooled on the floor behind the front passenger seat. At first, we didn't realize the water was seeping up through the carpet and kept putting down towels to try to catch the water. This of course never helped. The leak started out relatively small and grew over time. Toward the end, I would sometimes find a half gallon of water in the back of the car. We never did get it fixed and finally got rid of the car. I hope your car trouble has a better solution.

Just one more rant, then I'll end today's self pity party. I am currently trying to regain my life after this weekend. My wallet has gone missing. I say missing because I can't really be sure if it was stolen or just dropped somewhere. I went shopping with Mr. Bug and Little Bug at Costco and Meijer on Saturday. I brought along my wallet in the diaper bag as usual. At both places, my hubby paid the cashier, so I never went to retrieve my wallet. Sunday when I was getting ready to go to church, I couldn't find the wallet. After I came home, I spent most of the day tearing the house apart with no luck. I called both the stores, then cancelled all the credit cards and closed my checking account (had a checkbook in there too.) Yesterday, I filed a report with the police. Still have yet to find any fraudulent charges, so the officer figures whoever took/found it grabbed the cash and threw the wallet away. Things could definitely be much worse, but I'm still pretty bummed out.

I hope the rest of you are having a much better 2007 so far than me. Next time, I promise to have better things to write about. Have a great rest of the day you guys


painting sheila - Jan 9, 2007 8:38 am (#155 of 2990)

Marie E. - Yeah!! I am so glad the guy called you. There are good people in the world - they may be bad driver's, but hey, their hearts are good.

juliebug - dang it. I am sorry about your wallet. Let's pretend the money fell out of the wallet and some one who needed money for medicine found it! And you wallet was caught up in a street sweeper and had the city worker found it, he would have surely returned it!

I am not making light of your plight - it is VERY frustrating - just trying to get you to smile a little about it. (sigh) Wish I could do more.


EDIT: I did it!!!! I just jumped on the mini tramp for 30 minutes. I know that doesn't sound like much for those of you that run marathons and things - but I have several health issues that prevent me from doing such things. I saw the mini tramp in K Mart yesterday and got one. I figured it wouldn't hurt my knee or my hip and help get the heart rate up. Yeah!! Plus being here at home, I could work around the other health issues. Double yeah!!


Denise P. - Jan 9, 2007 9:12 am (#156 of 2990)

Julie, I feel your pain. Last year, I had my wallet actually stolen. The worse thing was trying to get my drivers license replaced. "We need two forms of ID, one with a picture" Uhm, hello? I just said my wallet was stolen, can I just pull a picture ID out of thin air?? They have my picture on file, compare the two! Luckily, the military accepted an expired passport as valid ID and issued me a photo ID . . . which I then used to get my drivers license. Still . . . a major pain to get it all taken care of.

Now, I don't carry a purse at all (mainly because I can't find one the perfect size). I just put my wallet in one pocket, cash in the other.

Yay! I just took 6 HUGE lawn bags full of clothes to Goodwill. By lawn bags, I mean the big brown paper bags that you put yard waste in. Today is the day to now tackle the last remaining closet in the house..mine. I did a mini sweep of it back in about June but today is the day to be ruthless.


painting sheila - Jan 9, 2007 9:25 am (#157 of 2990)

Go!, Denise P., GO!! De-junkers Unite!


Holly T. - Jan 9, 2007 9:33 am (#158 of 2990)

Juliebug--sorry about the wallet! Marie, glad you heard from someone about the car!

Sheila--cute picture and story!

I had a Girl Scout leader meeting last night and by the time I had been to work, ballet, tae kwon do, and the leader meeting I got home after 9, very tired, and completely forgot there was a football game until I heard the score this morning--what a shock. One of our friends is a huge Ohio State fan so I am sure he is grumpy and tired today.

We are gearing up for the start of the Girl Scout cookie sale. Ack.

Daughter and I watched PS/SS the other night while the boys were camping with the Cub Scouts. We overanalyzed everything and daughter, as usual, made fun of my crush on Oliver Wood.


John Bumbledore - 9, 2007 9:41 am (#159 of 2990)

"but today is the day to be ruthless." -- Denise P.

My first though, "Now what am I going to tell my Aunt Ruth?"

Healing charms for all the HH family and Lucky potion for the backup scheduling.

She, many years ago I had a car with a leak, it started after the wind shield was replaced. Do you know the history of your car? (Considering weather history of your state) Was it ever in a flood before you bought it? I once knew of a website where you could put in the vehicle identification number (VIN) and check for flood exposure. (Edit) Autofax Carfax.com comes to mind but I'm not sure.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


painting sheila - Jan 9, 2007 9:41 am (#160 of 2990)

Who wouldn't crush on Oliver. Is he in anything else? He and Cedric -


Holly T. - Jan 9, 2007 10:11 am (#161 of 2990)

Oh, daughter definitely finds Oliver to be crush-worthy--just that she thinks I am Much Too Old to be crushing on someone his age.

Healing charms to the whole Horntail family!


John Bumbledore - 9, 2007 10:42 am (#162 of 2990)

Somehow I read Holly T's comment as "Healing charms to the whole family, Horntail!" and then though of the sound of music.

Mrs. H is Maria, but is Mr. H a Captain or Admiral?

Captain and Tennille... "Muskrat love" ... the Captain's name is Daryl "Dragon"... too much to dis-believe! LOL

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


painting sheila - Jan 9, 2007 10:57 am (#163 of 2990)

Welcome Mona amon! Can't wait to hear your thoughts about everything.

beautiful day -

I am heading out to help Littlest Guy ride his bike.


juliebug - Jan 9, 2007 12:24 pm (#164 of 2990)

An update to my missing wallet drama: someone found it. The wallet itself, the cash and the checkbook were not returned, but they did return my ID and credit cards. They also kept my Children's Museum membership card and all my grocery store discount cards. Not the happiest of endings, but I do feel a little bit better about the whole thing. At least I don't need to go to the DMV now. Like Sheila said, hopefully whoever has the cash really needed it for something and had kids that now get to see Dracorex Hogwartsia and all the other wonderful museum exhibits. And no Sheila, I didn't think you were making light of the situation, just being your sweet, optimistic self.


Tazzygirl - Jan 9, 2007 12:52 pm (#165 of 2990)

That seems like a weird thief, Juliebug... Left the credit cards but took the membership cards. I guess that is a somewhat good thing though. Hope whoever took your wallet gets gigantic boils on his or her nose!

Fantastic, Denise! I wish my aunt was like you when cleaning out closets. She's a packrat to the bone and therefore always has a reason why she should keep something. The poor kids- she insists we keep all of their pants that have now turned into capris and warped looking shorts. I manage to sneak in on occasion and pile all of it into bags, at which she finds and puts half of it back. It's an unspoken war between us- can be fun, but usually tedious!

On my list today- bank and grocery store. I also have to write a paper (that was assigned Christmas Day!) that is due tomorrow. I think I procrastinated long enough in writing it.

Have a fantastic RotD/N everyone!


EDIT: Anyone have any really good crockpot recipes? Much appreciated!


geauxtigers - Jan 9, 2007 2:09 pm (#166 of 2990)

Well at least you got your wallet back! But I agree, odd things to take from it.

Maria, what all is Oliva interested in taking? Its hard for me because I didn't have much of a choice especially my freshman year. They basically told me what I had to take.  3 maths? We have to have 4! No fair! LOL unless she is taking Pre-Algebra now, then it makes sense. Thats what we did, again, didn't have a choice, this year is the last year of required math to graduate, next year at least we can pick from 3 I think. If shes got any questions, just ask away! I might be able to answer...lol!

I also did a bit of de-clutter work over the weekend. Not that you can tell! LOL my desk does look very neat, not nearly the amount of prized possessions junk that normally is there. I threw a lot away, it felt good. Up next is my closet and drawers. My big problem is t-shirts. Every year since 6th grade we gotten a t-shirt for this and that etc. Every highschool dance, club and well you get the point. Its aggravating! But I don't want to get rid of them. I just need to suck it up and chunck 'em!

Well, I should go start homework. Dance tonight...tired..will probably fall asleep during homework...

Have a great day!


haymoni - Jan 9, 2007 2:09 pm (#167 of 2990)

I think anything cooked in a crockpot is good.

Oh the sad, sad Ohio State folks walking around work today! Apparently Macy's had printed up a bunch of Ohio State National Champion shirts to sell today. Hah!

Hubby is smiling - he's a Michigan fan.

Congrats to Florida - they are really in a tough division.


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 9, 2007 2:15 pm (#168 of 2990)

I am sure if you or Ginny or Tori have any words of advice, she'd appreciate hearing it.

Hmm My advice.. Don't worry about going to HS! It's tons of fun. I think you'll be surprised. The workload definitely increases, but it's so much better than middle school. I'm not sure if this is true at every school, but people are pretty much friends with everyone. Don't stress or freak out! You're gonna love it!

**healing charms to the HH's**

Well -  being a pack-rat paid off for me last night! I had to dig out my old math notebook to re-teach myself how to factor equations. My teacher just expected us to remember it without any kind of reviewing. I can barely remember what day of the week it is, much less something we did at the beginning of the year in math!

Anyone have any really good crockpot recipes? Much appreciated!

This probably isn't what you're looking for, but Velveeta cheese and a can of Rotel in the crockpot makes the best cheese dip in the world!

My mom does a really good roast in the crockpot but I have no idea what the recipe is. I think she just knows how to do it.

Time for some homework! Oh Joy!

Have a great RotD!


painting sheila - Jan 9, 2007 2:51 pm (#169 of 2990)

Hey Look at my avatar!! Deb fixed it so you can see it!!

I am a happy girl!


Lina - Jan 9, 2007 2:57 pm (#170 of 2990)

Strengthening charms to Maria! I know you'll manage it all great, you just need to survive the period. And hope for hubby to recover soon. I also hope you managed to do all the changed arrangements.

Congratulations to Sheila's eldest son! That's great news! I'm sure he'll do it great on the conference too!

Congratulations on Mr. Eponine's new job!

Nice avatars, Julie and Sheila!

I'm glad you got back at least your documents, Juliebug.


Catherine - Jan 9, 2007 3:46 pm (#171 of 2990)

Daughter and I watched PS/SS the other night while the boys were camping with the Cub Scouts. We overanalyzed everything and daughter, as usual, made fun of my crush on Oliver Wood. –Holly

Mr. Catherine has been making fun of my Oliver Wood crush for years. Glad to know that I am not alone.

Grrrr. Indulged my retail therapy, but bought nothing in the end. The chairs I had picked out last summer are discontinued; the store is no longer carrying the furniture line of the chair I picked out as my sunporch reading chair; the fabric on the sofa has been discontinued.

So, I guess it's good that I spent no actual money.


Tazzygirl - Jan 9, 2007 4:13 pm (#172 of 2990)

Aww, sorry about the furniture store, Catherine! Hope you can find something new! And I too have a crush on Oliver Wood.

Ginny- I heard of the 'Nacho' dip. Good for a party, yes? If your mom can part with her roast recipe, that would be soooo awesome!



boop - Jan 9, 2007 4:36 pm (#173 of 2990)

Sheila, Great Santa story!!

Eponine, congrats to your husband., and good luck to you with going back to school.

Marie, Glad to hear your getting your car fixed.

Juliebug, Sorry to hear about your wallet. I am glad that you got it back. I am sending good luck charms to you. I hope this helps with your run of bad luck.

Have a great rest of the day.

hugs always



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 9, 2007 4:55 pm (#174 of 2990)

If your mom can part with her roast recipe, that would be soooo awesome!

LOL The problem is, I don't think it has a recipe. But here's my best guess: Season the roast really well, and put in the crockpot. Then she mixes up some brown gravy mix, I'm not sure how much, but I'm guessing till it fills up the pot. Then she cuts carrots into about 2-inch pieces and half those little baby potatoes and throws them in too. Then leaves it on for the entire day. I don't think there's really any secret to it at all. very simple but veryy yummy. The meat usually just falls apart. We eat it with rice and sometime with a green veggie. Wow. I should definitely write a recipe book! LOL!

Gotta go! Time for dance!


Denise P. - Jan 9, 2007 5:08 pm (#175 of 2990)

You mean it is not normal to crush on Oliver Wood? Chat & Greetings 2007 1242326132 Heck, I rewind just to hear him speak!

After much debate, Mr. Denise has purchased me a Garmin Street Pilot to have one in my van. It is a "birthday" gift but I already told him that I would much rather just get my registration for The Flying Pig Marathon as my gift once my birthday rolls around.

In other exciting news....the 2008 Disney's Goofy and a Half registration is open! Woo hoo....I will soo be there in just over a year from now.

Today was report card day. My kids get them on a print out and this is what one comment was: Name, get forced and I sure you will see an improvement in your grades. Spell check is not gonna catch it because it is spelled correctly. I plan to help the child in question get focused though...not sure how to get him forced.


Herm oh ninny - Jan 9, 2007 6:26 pm (#176 of 2990)

Hi All!

***waves to Maria*** Many healing charms sent your way! Having graduated from Bloomfield High (very near to you guys) I also was required to take only 3 years of math. Freshman=algebra 1, sophomore=geometry, junior=algebra 2. However, since I assume Olivia is college-bound, I recommend she take a 4th math senior year; preferably pre-calculus. Colleges like to see that.

By the way, I am posting this message from my Wii!


Tazzygirl - Jan 9, 2007 6:47 pm (#177 of 2990)

Denise P.: Heck, I rewind just to hear him speak!

Me too! Me too!!

LOL, Ginny! That sounds pretty good! I've decided I'm going to wing it- chicken, brown rice, chicken broth (or Veggie) all going in, and at the last second, raw veggies. Not a huge fan of soggy veggies.

Guess I should get to that assignment now... sigh.



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 9, 2007 7:53 pm (#178 of 2990)

Not a huge fan of soggy veggies.

LOL You say -  but I say I'm not a fan of raw veggies. I loovve them when they are as Tori puts it "cooked to death"! Yumm! We do a chicken thing similar to that sometimes as well. It's good!

By the way, I am posting this message from my Wii! WOoaaa! I wanna try! How do you do it? Does it come up on your TV?

We're required to take math our senior year. And we're a year ahead of most school in the state. We do Algebra I in 8th grade, Geometry freshman year, Algebra II Sophmore, and Pre-Cal Junior. So I have no idea what I'm going to take next year. They don't let you take Calculus unless you've got a special recommendation or you took Honors Pre-Cal, so that's out for me (not that I would even if I could!). So I have no clue what I'm taking next year!

Good luck helping your son become more forced Denise!


Ydnam96 - Jan 9, 2007 8:45 pm (#179 of 2990)

Chili in a crockpot is good as well. Mmmmmmm. I'm sure you can find some great reciepts online.


Denise P. - Jan 9, 2007 8:59 pm (#180 of 2990)

Woo hoo! I told you that Mr. Denise ordered me a Garmin Street Pilot and it was supposed to be delivered on Friday. I just an email notification that it will be here tomorrow! Wowie...now I have to find a nice name. Did I tell you we call his Nancy? She is named for Nancy Grace, a news channel host. Since Nancy Grace reminds me of Jan Brady from a SNL sketch, I may christen the new one Marcia...in honor of Jan always saying "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" hee hee...yes, geekdom asserts itself.

Tomorrow I will be rearranging cabinet handles. We have handles that have a piece on them that over the course of the years, some have fallen off. I priced new ones and it would be close to $100 to replace them all (in both bathrooms and kitchen). Soooo...I counted the ones that we have the piece missing (4) so what I am going to do is just take the 5 intact ones from the upstairs bathroom, use them to replace the missing piece ones and then buy 5 new ones for upstairs. Since I can't get exact replacements, this will work since I can match those 5 for under $20. I need to go find the screwdriver drill bit or I will have to take all these off by hand...not a fun task.


Finn BV - Jan 9, 2007 9:21 pm (#181 of 2990)

Thanks for the back to school charms (? ), all. Maria, what are the required math courses? At my school we have to take through Algebra II & Trig (that's one course name, not two; the course I'm taking this year, though it's regularly a 10th grade course). That means Pre-Algebra, Intro to Algebra, Alg I (middle school classes), Geometry, and Alg II (high school classes). After Alg II you can take PreCalc, Calculus (usually 11th and then 12th grades) or you can take Statistics instead of one (or both). For people who finish math early (like me, since I skipped PreAlgebra, or for people who want to take two math courses in their senior year, there's a Math Seminar, really advanced class. I'd recommend at least PreCalc (a lot of people take Calculus in college, I'd say not to worry if you skip it in high school), and take Calc if you like math.

Found out we have course selection next week, it's a daunting but fun process! BTW – seems like we're all quite interested in what courses Olivia will take, and I for one am happy to help choosing between minors!.

Marie, good news! Hope the car gets fixed at little expense to you soon!

juliebug, my mom's purse was stolen twice within a month and a half of each other at the end of 2005 (or maybe 2004? dunno). It was right around holiday time, so we hoped that whoever had found it/taken it used it for a good purpose. Glad at least some of it turned up! (My mom does what Denise does -- wallet in one pocket with phone, keys, change…

Somehow I read Holly T's comment as "Healing charms to the whole family, Horntail!" and then though of the sound of music. –Bumbledore

My ears burn at the mention of "The Sound of Music" but I think I'm just blind and can't see the connection…

Have fun at the dance, Ginny and Tori!

Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood) fans… have you seen him in the short film (now turned feature length film) Cashback? TLC posted something about it a while ago. Not a children's movie (why am I talking? Well, you can see what TLC says about it), but still a very good short film, I'd love to hear more about the feature-length film!

I decided to check out The Devil Wears Prada today from my library, since so many people had read it and I decided I really needed to find a new book that I would be determined to finish (I've started a number of books lately which I just haven't been able to get through). It's very gripping, but not quite as good as the movie, I think. Oh, well. I haven't finished it yet, and that may just be because I saw the movie first.

Happy RotD!


Mediwitch - Jan 9, 2007 9:28 pm (#182 of 2990)

Kristina, google Real Simple and check out their recipes - they have really delicious ones that are "real simple"! Seriously, they're excellent. You can use most traditional recipes in a crock pot, just cut the liquid back. If you're doing a chicken, just sprinkle it with garlic powder, salt and pepper and put it on low for 8-10 hours - YUM! Rice is a bit funny in a crock pot, so check on a recipe first, but you can put potatoes and carrots right in with the chicken, and if you opt for the shorter cooking time, they'll be crisp-tender (also if you leave them in bigger chunks). You can pretty much do the same with a roast beef, but I often use salt, cracked pepper (sometimes green, red, and black blend) and sometimes marjoram on that. I'll put another recipe for a vinegar-based barbecue pork in my profile later, so check that out. It's really good, really easy, and all you have to do is serve the meat on some kind of rolls with a green salad and you have a great meal. The most important thing is not to lift the lid while the food is cooking - it takes a reaallly long time for the crock pot to get back up to temperature. Wish I could convince Mr. Mediwitch of this fact! (Can you tell I love my crock pot? )

Sending some Felix Felicis for everyone heading back to school! Eponine, I went back to grad school at 31 and I loved it. I was really fortunate to have a lot of classes with a couple of other "non-traditional" students, which made it even more enjoyable. I hope your experience is every bit as wonderful as mine was!

Oliver Wood is practically the best thing about the first movie!

juliebug, I'm glad you got at least some of your stuff back.

Congrats on your Garmin, Denise. Marcia sounds like a perfect name!

Speaking of geeking out, did anyone see the new iPhone? It looks pretty sweet, but pricey!


Tazzygirl - Jan 9, 2007 9:39 pm (#183 of 2990)

Finn: It's very gripping, but not quite as good as the movie, I think.

Funny- I thought the exact opposite! LOL

Ginny- I don't mind soggy sugar snap peas (especially from Ruby Tuesdays!), but just thinking of carrots being even remotely soggy makes my teeth crawl. **shudder**

Thanks for the tips, Mediwitch and everyone else about the crockpot stuff. Hopefully this weekend I can experiment. My goal is to not eat out this entire month... so far so good. Mediwitch- that pork recipe sounds yummy! Thanks for the website name.

I just realized I have to start going to bed early again- have to get up at 5 a.m. four days a week until May. sigh. I'm tired just thinking about it! Love school, hate the hours. LOL.



Kneazle - Jan 9, 2007 9:47 pm (#184 of 2990)

***picturing tazzy's teeth crawling***
Now that makes my skin crawl. LOL


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 9, 2007 9:54 pm (#185 of 2990)

Oliver Wood is practically the best thing about the first movie!  **nods in agreement** I love his accent! It's so cute!

It's very gripping, but not quite as good as the movie, I think.

I thought it was 10 times better than the movie. The ending played a big part in that I think.


geauxtigers - Jan 9, 2007 9:59 pm (#186 of 2990)

but just thinking of carrots being even remotely soggy makes my teeth crawl. **shudder**
I feel your pain! To me, there is nothing grosser than soggy veggies, especially carrots! LOL I love them raw! Everything! I'm the only one in the family, everyone else likes them cooked to death. I love broccoli, but my mother insists on cooking them to death! URG!

So I forgot to mention earlier, in government today, we took the Alabama voting test thing from 1965, that they used to keeps African Americans from voting. We did it last year and it its very hard. Keep in mind that we are currently in a government class and most people couldn't answer hardly any of them. So we are doing this Literacy test, and I come to the question: "If a person does not want to swear into office or the oath or something along those lines, they can (solomely)_____________________? I didn't have a clue, so I just wrote 'Swear that they are up to no good'. WE had to turn them in! LOL oops! Just an instinct! I see the word Solomly and thats my first thought! But we went over it and the answer was 'solomley affirm'. Just thought'd I share!

Okay, need to go finish me math homework! Just like to note that Pre-Calc is NOT fun! I'm sure its useful for college and such, but...its basically all trig. Hmph! Oh and we are starting Frankenstein tomorrow in English, hopefully it'll be good!


Tazzygirl - Jan 9, 2007 10:03 pm (#187 of 2990)

Kneazle: ***picturing tazzy's teeth crawling*** Now that makes my skin crawl. LOL


Tori- You've got one strange family! I think my parents and brother are the ones that don't mind soggy veggies. Not sure on my sister.



painting sheila - Jan 9, 2007 10:18 pm (#188 of 2990)

geauxtigers - I didn't have a clue, so I just wrote 'Swear that they are up to no good'.

You crack me up!! I would love to see your teachers face when they read that. LOL!!

I am so excited - I am heading to High Point tomorrow to look for furniture. Yeah!! I have no idea what to look for - but I do know what I like and don't. I may come home with nothing - but I have my fingers crossed!

My niece has her doctor's appointment tomorrow. It was supposed to be on Friday, but the office called and wanted to move it up. We are not sure what that means. Please send healing charms her way. My sister is trying to be strong - but it's hard for her. (sigh) Being a grown up hurts some times.

Edit: Thank you all for the comments on the Santa picture. The rest of the story is that the next day we walk in the gates of Disney and there sits "a" Santa. He is decked out like only Disney can do and looks very convincing. We stood in line and Dallin went up and spoke. (I have pictures of that one too). When he came back he took my hand and said, "That guy is just one of Santa's helpers. The real one was there last night. Right mom?" I said that he was absolutely right! I guess it takes more than a red suit to be Santa!


Solitaire - Jan 9, 2007 10:53 pm (#189 of 2990)

Juliebug, I couldn't wait through all the posts to see if anyone gave you this advice, so I jumped ahead. Just because your wallet and cards have been returned doesn't mean you do not need to have EVERYTHING changed.

In 1987, a collection agency tried to attach my paycheck to cover the defaulted payments for a car I'd never even seen! It seems someone used MY social security number and MY driver's license number TO BUY A CAR! Not a little Honda Civic like I drove either, but a Nissan 300ZX. I had to hire an attorney to prove I was not the person in question. But that was not the last problem I've had with her. It wasn't even the first. I've been fighting her messes since 1982. I'm still fighting them.

I've never lost a wallet or anything, but someone still managed to get my numbers and has used them. Don't take a chance, if you can avoid it. Cancel your credit cards (if you haven't already done that) and check with your DMV about the advisability of getting a new DL#. Remember ... it is possible for someone else to take your number and have a fake license made. You could get blamed for stuff you didn't do.

Crockpots are wonderful!! I have three ... a tiny one I can use for cooking one chicken breast and some veggies, a 3-quart one, and a 5-quart one. I use my crockpot to cook a great "fake" deep-pit beef. Just toss in a chuck roast or brisket, use a lot of garlic salt and pepper, put in a cup or so of water, and add a few drops of liquid smoke. This also works for turkey cutlets and chicken breasts (several). After the beef has cooked and cooled, I weight it into single portions and put into baggies and freeze. The chicken (minus the liquid smoke) can be used all week in stir-fries, soups, sandwiches, chicken salads, etc.

I have also made meatloaf, as well as a mean minestrone soup, beef stew, and other stuff. Did you know you can also make baked potatoes or yams for a crowd in a crockpot? You can! Invite people over and have THEM bring the salad, a dessert, and the potato toppings! You provide the potatoes!



painting sheila - Jan 9, 2007 11:25 pm (#190 of 2990)

Crock Pot - Yummy!

I take any cut of roast - cheap/expensive - it doesn't matter.

Put a package of Lipton Onion Soup mix on the bottom. Lay the roast on top and a can of Cream of Mushroom Soup on top. Add some potatoes and carrots if you like and yumo! You may want to add a cup of water to keep the dry soup mixture from burning on the bottom if your roast is not a juicy one. And DON'T OPEN THE LID!!

I have a whole book of recipes. I will look and see if there is anything especially good. I am sure you could google "crock pot recipes" and find a ton!


juliebug - Jan 9, 2007 11:49 pm (#191 of 2990)

Thanks for the advice Solitaire. I'm so sorry that you had to learn such a hard lesson! I had already cancelled the credit cards and closed the checking account (checkbook was a part of the wallet.) When I made the police report, the officer took down my SSI# and had already looked up my driver's license, just in case any further problems arise. It seems as though the person just wanted cash. Whoever did this got my plastic back to me pretty quickly. The envelope was post marked Saturday, the same day that the wallet was taken. We will, of course, continue to keep an eye out for what could lie ahead. Thanks again for your concern, and to everyone else for your good thoughts and well wishes (and the occasional hex, those helped too ) Life's a little less tough with such a great e-shoulder to lean on!


Tazzygirl - Jan 10, 2007 12:43 am (#192 of 2990)

Thanks for the tip, Sheila!

I still haven't written the paper that is due tomorrow. Great start to the new semester, eh?



azi - Jan 10, 2007 6:20 am (#193 of 2990)

Ahhh, we also have problems with a 'stolen' identity. For about 5/6 years, credit companies have claimed someone lives in our house called 'John Smith' and claims he owes them money. Now, our surname is indeed 'Smith', but there are about 600,000 other Smiths in the UK. No one of that name is in our family, or has ever lived at the house. If you check the electoral records, his name will not appear. My parents do not use credit as they think it is wrong to do so. One person once told us that a private investigator had said he lived at our house and that is why we were getting all the trouble. Despite numerous phone calls to all the companies, we could never sort it out because they merely sell our address on to another collection agency. A few months ago, we got another letter so my mum rang the bank that first started this off and had a massive argument with the manager there. At his behest, she opened the envelope and we discovered this person has taken out another loan with a different company! How, we don't know, but it is very annoying!

juliebug- sympathies on the lost things. My mum had someone try to use her card numbers for online gambling (luckily they blocked it as unusual activity) just before Christmas and also someone stole her mobile phone and diary about a week later.

Good luck with the paper, Tazzy!

My revision is going fairly well. The main problem is getting focused on work and taking it in (I'm really tired at the moment). I've had another blood test to see if my anemia's back, and it could well be the cause of my lacking in energy.

Painting Shelia - your avatar is lovely! Definitely Santa.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Solitaire - Jan 10, 2007 8:19 am (#194 of 2990)

Juliebug, I am sure the initial problems in my case had to do with my name. The Criminal, as I like to call her, either has or uses a name which is the same as mine, except that I have no middle name/initial and use the full name rather than the diminutive for business/legal purposes. Anyway, the TRW report that came to me in the '80s had her info all over it, so I assume she had access to MY stuff, as well. Bottom line ... I've been harassed and hounded for this person's debts on and off for 25 years!!!!!



Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 10, 2007 8:26 am (#195 of 2990)

Strengthening charms to you, azi. Sometimes you can tell if you're anemic by looking at the whites of your eyes. Pull your lower lid down and if it is a bit yellowish, it's time to increase your iron intake. Just be careful if you do it via a supplement pill, as the concentration can be binding. If you have a tendency toward anemia, try snacking on cashews, pumpkin seeds, pistachios and sunflower seeds, even sesame seeds. They have a pretty good iron content for a snack.

Prayers and healing charms sent your niece's way, Sheila.

Congrats to Mr. Eponine on his new job and to Eponine in starting school! You will do great - try not to worry.

juliebug, I went through a similar experience with my cell phone. It is a strange invasive feeling when someone has taken something personal of yours. I agree in that you should try to change your numbers - you never know if your numbers were copied down - better safe than sorry.

Marie, so glad your instincts proved corretc. I love happy endings.

Thank you all for the healing and good luck charms. We never did get to see the surgeon. We did, however, spend two hours in a sort of nightmarish insurance tangle in the surgeon's office. (Funny how I should bring that up to Prefect Marcus in an earlier post.) Poor Trevor just sat the whole time quietly and was so well behaved. We had to figure out who dropped the ball regarding the paperwork. It turns out it is the gastro's office who vehemently denied any wrongdoing as the inconsistencies in their story grew. But it doesn't matter because in the end it falls in the insured's lap. So I will spend today trying to mop up the mess and hope we can get Mr. HH taken care of. It also turned out that my backup to pick up the girls did not have a car that day. Thank God for a sweet secretary who let Olivia in and called Priscilla to the office. We raced back in an effort to get to them in time. It turned out that the neighbor was able to make it after all (her husband came home early and let her have the car). Times like this I stop to think of how the HHs are really blessed with great people in our lives - including those on the thread.

As for me, moral of the story: Yesterday, I should have stayed in bed.

Regarding the crockpot meals. A good rule of thumb, Kristina, is put it on high if you have about 4 hours, low if you have 6-8 hours to cook your food.

I have made split pea and lentil soup in it, among other things. Just rinse, toss them in with some broth or water, some blanched onions, carrots, celery and garlic, a bay leaf and some seasonings (sage is very good for you). If you don't have a little ham or ham hock to put in, you can add deli sliced ham (shred or chop it) toward the end. Salt and pepper to taste. If you are making a roast or cubed beef, it is a good idea (though you don't have to) to sear it in a pan before putting it into the crock pot. (You can do it at the same time you carmelize some onions, celery, etc.)


PS: Yet another mammoth post. I try to keep them short, I really do!


John Bumbledore - 10, 2007 10:35 am (#196 of 2990)

For Finn and others who asked about my "silly-associations" post:

The phrasing "family, Horntail" reminded me of Max calling the Von Trapp family to receive their first place honors. Max calls announces there name several times using different phrasings and "the family, Von Trapp" always is first to come to my mind.

The Von Trapp family has Maria and Captain Von Trap, so I asked if Mr. Horntail was a Captain.

Another Captain and wife pair are the 70s TV show Icons, Captain and Tennille. The Captain is Daryl "Dragon" and that connects with Horntails.

I also think of Toni Tennille as the American Julie Andrews (who played Maria in sound of music).

So, I wonder if the Horntails are related to the Von Traps (Austria isn't far from Hungary, after all).

Well I just had a few minutes where I could not reach the forum, so welcome back everyone!

Status: wc1 wc2 wc3 wc4 wc5 wc6

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

Soul Mate for Sirius - Jan 10, 2007 12:21 pm (#197 of 2990)

Hey everyone! It's been forever, but I was just stopping in to say hello. I hope everyone is well. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up with the threads a bit better now that life has settled down here...



journeymom - Jan 10, 2007 12:53 pm (#198 of 2990)

John, I got your Family von Trapp/Horntail association immediately!

Holly T's post about Girl Scout cookie sales reminded me: If you live in northern California (a huge area) there's a good chance you live in the Girl Scouts of Tierra del Oro territory. There's been a serious problem with parents ('cause you know it's not the girls) who get a jump start on cookie sales by selling before the official start date. This year's start date is Friday, January 12. That's this Friday. NOT today, not tomorrow. Please understand that the girls sell cookies to raise funds for their troops. These people are cheating when they jump the start date. It really stinks. Again this applies to northern California. Other councils have different start dates.

Also, it is illegal, or more accurate, against G.S. rules to sell cookies on eBay. So please don't buy cookies off eBay.

I'm not advertising cookie sales. But I'll remind you just how yummy the trefoils, peanut butter sandwich, samoas (divine!) and thin mints are! Thin mints are great frozen!


Esther Rose - Jan 10, 2007 12:58 pm (#199 of 2990)

Mmmmm Girl Scout Cookies....

I think it is time to keep a $10 bill in my pocket at all times.

They have Girl Scout Cookie Stands at major subway stations here. Smile


Good Evans - Jan 10, 2007 1:14 pm (#200 of 2990)

happy hump day everyone

We finally got up to London today and saw Wicked. There is only one word for it........ WICKED!!!!!! The sets are fantastic, the costumes and choreography, really enjoyed it. I took Mum and Dad as an early 65th birthday present for My Mum, they really enjoyed it too.

I got a Tshirt that is really cool, green V neck with defying gravity written on the front. I really thought it was so funny I could not resist. They had a beautiful witch hat pendant too, but I decided the budget could not stretch to that too, but it is lovely.

anyway off for some dinner now, have a great rest of day all....

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Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 10, 2007 2:18 pm (#201 of 2990)

John, I got your Family von Trapp/Horntail association immediately! – journeymom

I did too, journeymom. I am very worried. Chat & Greetings 2007 1003735042

Thanks Finn, Herm oh ninny, Tori and Ginny, for your input regarding Olivia's courses. Her HS orientation is tomorrow night and I'd like her to have a pretty good idea as to what she would like to take.


Denise P. - Jan 10, 2007 2:26 pm (#202 of 2990)

Early selling GS cookies are not limited to one area. In our council, we get our order forms in early December but we can't start selling until December 31st. Every year, at least one troop gets in serious trouble because they jump the gun for selling at holiday parties. Da rules are da rules, follow 'em! If you have questions about the start date, it should be on the order form or make a note of the troop and call the local office to verify. You can always just wait for booth sales too. The same dishonest early selling takes place in Cub Scouts with the popcorn too. Sad, what does that teach the kids that the adults are willing to cheat to earn a few more dollars of profit?

Kaity is missing out on door to door sales this year because we are moving. She will be able to take part in booth sales and I plan to sign her up for several. Tonight is her last meeting, she has been with this group of girls since she started in Girl Scouts. Weird enough, her main troop leader moved in November and now lives.....8 miles from our new house! LOL We won't be in the same service unit but we can still visit.

If you have any personal experience with using Vonage (or any VOIP phone system) with DirectTV, please email me. We are debating between cable and direct TV right now in the new house.


Lina - Jan 10, 2007 3:09 pm (#203 of 2990)

I'm sorry you had to go through all that trouble, Maria. I hope everything will be settled soon and hubby will be fine!

It's nice to see you, Jenn! I'm sending you some "Keep up with the threads" charms this time.


Lilly P - Jan 10, 2007 3:18 pm (#204 of 2990)

Whew! the cross country drive is over! we made it here safe and with only minor troubles! It feels good to be "home"! now for the house hunt! It will be a few days until we get internet hooked up where we are now, so Ill check in with you all in a few days, I hope you all are doing well!



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 10, 2007 3:56 pm (#205 of 2990)

We are debating between cable and direct TV right now in the new house.

We have Direct TV. The Pros: Millions of channels. Lots of movie channels, so even if there aren't any good shows on, you're bound to find a movie or something on TV. Pay Per View is very nice. It's like renting a movie from Blockbuster right from your couch. And it's cheaper too. Direct TV is also much cheaper than cable (for us aleast) because we have it bundled with the internet and ohone system, I think we only pay like $88 a month for all 3 services. Before we swtiched we were paying around $100 in just phone bills with Cox.

Cons: Every time it rains, we lose signal. It's slightly irritating when we have bad weather as you can't check up on the storm and such. But we go to the internet. Hope that was somewhat helpful!

Have a nice day everyone!

**healing charms to everyone who is sick**


geauxtigers - Jan 10, 2007 4:06 pm (#206 of 2990)

Maria, the best advice I can give Olivia is to take things she’s required to take first, because as a Freshman, she’s got last pick at everything. Slots will open up each year and of course, you eventually get first pick. Knock out the required courses first, she'll be glad when her senior year she can take a bunch of fun classes that she wants to take versus being stuck in something required that she doesn't like. I think its safe to say that all high schools do it like this, seniors get first pick etc. Good luck! Healing charms the HHs!

As for me, I'm debating taking AP Biology. I want to take it, I think it'd be fun and stuff, but I dunno, we are told its the hardest class at my school. Not sure how I feel about that... They do several chapters in one 30 minute class and such... My mom wants me to take it, but I just don't know if I want to. I have until Tuesday to decide, then the offer is closed. And Next year, I have no idea what math I'm going to take. Calculus or Advanced Math 1 or 2. The rest are AP courses and you couldn't pay me to take AP math anything!

As for Direct TV, I'm not a big fan of it. I'm perfectly content with regular cable, and as Ginny said, storms=loss of signal. We have a joke, **BOOM...RUMBLE BAM BOOM** that would be thunder, **chopped words... zooomph!** and its out. Like clock work.

Ahh well I need to go do my homework.

Have a great evening everyone!


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 10, 2007 5:18 pm (#207 of 2990)

Thanks, Lina.

I'm happy to report that the insurance mess has been straightened. Everything has cleared and now we can concentrate of moving ahead with this.

Tori, that is really great advice. She has read all of the posts with helpful information but is writing an essay now and asked me to say "Hi!" to everyone and thank you for your advice.

Thanks again for all the well wishes and healing charms!


The giant squid - Jan 10, 2007 7:11 pm (#208 of 2990)

Egad! My squid is missing!

**rushes off to renew Premium Membership**


Twinkling Blue Eyes - Jan 10, 2007 7:22 pm (#209 of 2990)

Fast work Mike, he was back before I even noticed he was missing!

...I owe, I owe, so off to work I go...


painting sheila - Jan 10, 2007 8:21 pm (#210 of 2990)

Good Evans - Didn't you just LOVE the defying gravity part!! When they are lifting her up - I got chills up and down my back! It was all so good - the costumes for the extras with their irregular hem lines and angles and contrasting black and white . . . I could go on for hours.

I have heard you can take a tour back stage (in New York on Saturday's) and they will show you the costumes up close. How fun would that be!! You also get to see the set. I would love to see the shoes in Glinda's dorm room. fun!

I am glad you had such a good time. wOOt!

Well, the waiting is over. They have diagnosed my niece with juvenile dermatomyocitis (JDM for short), an auto-immune disease. The treatment is heavy steroids for about a month and then smaller doses for 2 years. She will also be taking some low doses of a chemo drug. Nutrition is a big factor in treatment, also. She has to avoid the sun and will miss swim team and dance for awhile. On the whole, it is a relief to know what it is we are facing. Thanks for all of your prayers and concern.

Direct TV - It is worth every penny just so we don't have to deal with the cable company. It does go out in a storm - but not as bad as it used to. We got a newer receiver and put it on a better part of the roof - plus the neighbors big tree had to be taken down because it was rotting. That cleared up alot of our problems.

We live in a potentially stormy area during the summer months - but being with out the satellite has never caused us to worry or wish we had cable. Just my two knuts.

off to check five words.



Tazzygirl - Jan 10, 2007 8:27 pm (#211 of 2990)

So far so good with classes! Today (and every Wednesday) I have a class on mild/moderate disabilities, and the second class is on writing. Looking forward to the mild/moderate class, as we get to put together a mock IEP (Individualized Education Plan) for one of the students in our placement. Not looking forward to the Writing class, as it is with a teacher we had last semester for reading. She's not very good/sensible ("Well, you can do that, or not. It's up to you." Helloooo? A nice 'yes' or 'no' would be good! She says that for eeeeeverrrrything. sigh.).

Tomorrow is Science and Math. Really excited about the Science, terrified about the Math- weakest subject for me. Hopefully I'll learn how to teach it accurately! (My one worst fear about being a teacher is teaching math. Afraid I'll be one of those teachers who scar students with bad lessons, and therefore ruin future math classes for them. )

I keep meaning to say "Yeay!" to Eponine on going back to school.

TBE- I had a 'You Know Your a Lexicon/Harry Potter Fan when..." moment about you. LOL

Currently watching Volcano with Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche. For some reason, I loooove this movie. It's so cheesy with tons of really lame lines, I can't resist.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!


EDIT: Sheila- glad to hear your niece has been diagnosed and is getting the proper meds and such! **more healing charms**


Mediwitch - Jan 10, 2007 9:10 pm (#212 of 2990)

Well, Mr. Mediwitch is now the fire chief of our volunteer fire department. The man who has been chief for 15 years retired, and Mr. Mediwitch was the assistant chief, soooo.....It will be a lot of work, but he has a decent crew of other officers to work with.

I'm glad you got the insurance mess straightened out Maria. Hope things go smoothly now.

Kristina, hope your classes go well. I know what you mean about math...I am so much better with words than numbers - kinda like Jo! We use an electronic IEP program - just started last year. It makes it easier to be sure we've dotted our i's and crossed our t's!

Off for a quick check of the threads, and then bed.


Herm oh ninny - Jan 10, 2007 9:17 pm (#213 of 2990)

Hi all!

WOoaaa! I wanna try! How do you do it? Does it come up on your TV?- virginiaelizabeth

You have to go to the Wii shop channel, then select Wii Ware and then down-load the trial version of Google Internet Bar. And yes, it comes right up full screen on your tv!

geuxtigers- Generally you would take an AP course if you want to get college credits for it. You take the course, then take the AP test, and if you pass most colleges will give you credit for them under your general electives section. They are pretty pointless though if you aren't going to take the test, in which case just take a regular college prep class. Hope that helps

I have my orientation for my senior, or professional practice, student teaching tomorrow. I start student teaching on Tuesday and I have been placed in a first grade classroom. 25-30 6 year olds in one room, oh my!

I had tried to get tickets for Wicked for my birthday Saturday, but when I went to ticket master the earliest dates they had available was for September 07!! I had tried last year too and they were sold out a year ahead! ......maybey I should order tickets now for next January!


Tazzygirl - Jan 10, 2007 9:44 pm (#214 of 2990)

Herm oh ninny: I have been placed in a first grade classroom. 25-30 6 year olds in one room, oh my!

That was my placement the first half of last semester. I actually really enjoyed it! **still wants 4-6 grade** Have fun! I start my placement on Tuesday- 4-6 grade special ed students. Can't wait!!

Congratulations to Mr. Mediwitch!



Snuffles - Jan 11, 2007 1:38 am (#215 of 2990)

Maria, I'm glad you have got your insurance sorted. I hope the rest of the week runs more smoothly for you

Painting Shiela, **healing charms** to your niece.

Congrats to Mr. Mediwitch.

Glad you have re-united with your squid, Mike!

Ooh, it's horrible, horrible weather today. It's about 70mph winds and heavy rain , I hope it doesn't last.

Have a good Thursday



Chemyst - Jan 11, 2007 5:57 am (#216 of 2990)

John, I got your Family von Trapp/Horntail association immediately! – journeymom
I did too, journeymom. I am very worried. – HH11

As did I. At first I found it scary too, but now that I see I'm in such good company, we can call it a 'great minds' thing.

Congratulations on all the new jobs.

Isn't Dr. Immo Garrm who authored this Lexicon essay on the physics of magic also known as Detail Seeker here on the forum?


kaykay1970   - Jan 11, 2007 8:15 am (#217 of 2990)

Marie, I'm glad you were able to straighten out your insurance stuff.

My Eldest daughter's Jane Austin book just arrived in the mail this morning. It has six novels all in one very large hardcover book (and 60 full page, color illustrations). The photo on E-Bay really didn't give this book justice. She's going to flip out when she sees how very large it is. It weighs ten pounds!

Got to get going. Little Guy wants to watch Harry Potter!


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 11, 2007 8:23 am (#218 of 2990)

What a nice thing to say Chemyst! Thanks for that.

Maria, what all is Olivia interested in taking?
LOL. I believe her answer to that would be, "A break from school".

Congratulations to Mr. Mediwitch! Felix Felicis and strengthening charms so that all goes well and he fields his new challenges smoothly.

Thanks again for the kind words - now we can move along to get Mr. HH taken care of.

Herm oh ninny - I will definitely set that up (do they require a credit card ID like XBOX?) if only I can get Trevor to stop playing Star Wars Legos. lol

Shielding charms to you, JulieSnuffles. 70 mph winds/rain sounds ominous.

Sheila, your avatar caught Olivia's eye when she was reading the posts and I shared your story with her. We really enjoyed the story and pic. Your son's expression says it all. It's always great to see the "soft" side of her emerge every so often.

Healing charms and prayers to your niece, Sheila.

I'm off. I have to pick up my friend's daughter from school (she and her older daughter are still sick with this stomach thing). Anyone else get it? I haven't heard of it going around. So I am taking her and Trevor out to lunch that way she doesn't have to worry about making anything for her. Hard to cook when you're not well like that.



Twinkling Blue Eyes - Jan 11, 2007 9:00 am (#219 of 2990)

"TBE- I had a 'You Know You’re a Lexicon/Harry Potter Fan when..." moment about you. LOL"

...toddles off to check the threads wondering if I want to hear about that moment...


Denise P. - Jan 11, 2007 9:13 am (#220 of 2990)

I am currently waiting on the movers to show up to do the pre-packing looksee. I have had one very expensive painter show up and give me an estimate on 3 rooms/2 bathrooms/touch up and outside window trim. Yikes!

I just had a very anxious 20 minute search. With the holidays behind, things were moved out of their normal spot. Last night was Scouts and we had one of my boys go before his Board of Review for rank. Today, I am going to the Scout shop to turn in the paperwork and pick up all the needed merit badges and rank (Nicholas got his 1st class rank, Weather and Leatherwork MB while Ryan got his Cycling (Eagle required!) and Weather MB). Since I knew I would be getting the cards and such, I wanted to get out their protective sheets that I keep all their merit badge cards, rank cards etc in. They were not where I normally keep them. I looked in every possible place for them. Nowhere. Now, these sheets have rank cards and award cards going back to when they were Tiger Cubs..there is no way to really duplicate them. I finally dug through a bin that normally I don't put important things and there they were. They are now safely back in the file cabinet where they belong.

Thanks for the info on DirectTV, I think we may go with cable since nothing is more annoying than a signal constantly going out while you are trying to watch something.


painting sheila - Jan 11, 2007 9:36 am (#221 of 2990)

Denise P - Great arrow!!! YOu did such a fabulous job on those. Something the boys (and their mothers) will treasure forever, I am sure.

HH - I sure hope you get things worked for Mr. HH. It can be so frustrating to not be able to move forward with something like that. All you want to do it get past it!! Hang in there.

I woke up this morning at 5:00am starving! I mean the hunger pains woke me up! How weird is that? I ate a normal dinner at a normal time last night. I have no idea what was up with that. I got up ate a bolw of oatmeal and was fine. Go figure.

Off to take a friend shopping -



azi - Jan 11, 2007 11:46 am (#222 of 2990)

Great arrow Denise!

Healing charms to your niece, Shelia!

Wicked sounds great! The book was ok, not the best, but definitely good.

Glad to hear your insurance is sorted out, Maria!

Hope the weather gets better Snuffles! Here the River Ouse has burst its banks (hmm, when doesn't it burst its banks? ) and the wind is strong enough that I can barely walk in it. The King's Arms pub was pumping water out of it when I went past earlier today.

Hope all UK people stay out of the wind and rain!


Thom Matheson - Jan 11, 2007 12:14 pm (#223 of 2990)

Perfect AoL arrow. Your guys(boys) must have been very proud. We did ours outdoors, with a campfire, anong with the troop leaders that the boys were joining, then shot a symbolic arrow into the campfire along with the presentation. Too cool. Lots of oohs and ahs


Detail Seeker - Jan 11, 2007 1:46 pm (#224 of 2990)

Right you are, Chemyst. That essay is a result of a lot of good Forum discussions. I just put them together....


Lina - Jan 11, 2007 2:56 pm (#225 of 2990)

Healing and strengthening charms to your niece, Sheila!

Tazzy, my experience is that understanding Math easily doesn't necessarily mean being a good teacher. If something is as natural for you as breathing, it is pretty hard to explain to someone. Have you ever tried to explain a baby what they should do to be able to walk? People who had to make some effort to understand something might be able to find better ways to explain to the kids. But you already know that I have no doubts that you will become a wonderful teacher.

Yay for your hubby, Mediwitch!

I hope all this wind and rain in Great Britain doesn't mean that Harry didn't defeat Voldemort at the end of DH, or that a new dark wizard is raising up...  Chat & Greetings 2007 1003735042  Talking about the weather, the weather man reported that there was some day in July with much lower morning temperature than it was yesterday. Are we sure that the Earth didn't change its path? Or is it just because Pluton is not a planet any more?


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 11, 2007 3:35 pm (#226 of 2990)

I agree with you, Lina! Kristina, I wanted to address this earlier but I think Lina explained it much better than I could have. I think you have a good heart and it will show in all you do.


John Bumbledore - 11, 2007 4:00 pm (#227 of 2990)

John, I got your Family von Trapp/Horntail association immediately! – journeymom
I did too, journeymom. I am very worried. – HH11
As did I. At first I found it scary too, but now that I see I'm in such good company, we can call it a 'great minds' thing. – Chemyst

Well, humbug! Now I find it scary!

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


painting sheila - Jan 11, 2007 4:23 pm (#228 of 2990)

Welcome LaLex! I can't wait to hear your views -



timrew - Jan 11, 2007 6:03 pm (#229 of 2990)

Thank you for all the former messages. They were much appreciated, even if not replied to.

Good Luck to you all!



Ydnam96 - Jan 11, 2007 7:48 pm (#230 of 2990)

Hey guys! The weather here in Los Angeles is so amazing. Possible rain and possible snow up in the mountains. We need the rain so bad. It's a little chilly- just perfect for sweatshirts. Love it!

Has anybody heard from Dizzy Lizzy lately? I haven't seen her around.


Tazzygirl - Jan 11, 2007 8:19 pm (#231 of 2990)

Maria: (she and her older daughter are still sick with this stomach thing). Anyone else get it?

Nathaniel (my 1 year old cousin) is currently in the emergency room for that stomach bug, or whatever it is he has. He managed to get it while on the Mainland, and upon getting off the plane today, was taken straight there. Super dehydrated, and can't keep anything down. Aunt said they could be there a minimum of four hours, but then the doctor called and said it's a possibility Thaniel would be there all night. I've got his sister with me until they get back. It was too cute (although really sad!)- Thaniel saw me, and wanted me to hold him. When Aunt came to take him back so they can get to the hospital, he was clinging to me and saying 'No, aunty!' (he calls me Aunty. Hawaiian culture. Aunt: normal relation. Aunty: form of respect) ) **healing charms to your friend and her daughter**

Lina and Maria- thank you for the encouragement. I had the math class today, and so far I feel like this class will really help me. I explained to my teacher about that Auditory Processing thingy I have, and he completely understood and said he'll help me if I need it.

Mandy: Has anybody heard from Dizzy Lizzy lately?

I haven't heard from her in a couple days, but I know she's been super busy with work.

Oh! Thanks again for all the crockpot advice! I made a chicken with sweet potatoes and green bell peppers today, and it was yummy!!

TBE- the moment I had wasn't bad- just got 'TBE' and 'TBA' mixed up!

Have a fantastic RotD/N!



Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 11, 2007 8:58 pm (#232 of 2990)

That poor little guy, Kristina. Hugs, healing charms and prayers to him for a quick recovery. It must have been difficult for you to leave him behind.


Tazzygirl - Jan 11, 2007 9:07 pm (#233 of 2990)

Maria- I almost volunteered to stay with him while Aunt and Uncle recuperated from the trip.

What's the chances of a three year old helping me unpack the suitcases and put everything away?? **looking hopeful**



Solitaire - Jan 11, 2007 11:36 pm (#234 of 2990)

Mandy, I'm glad your weather has been nice. Up here in Bakersfield I've been freeeeeezing! This has been my week for outside yard duty, and it's been so cold! I'm not tolerating the cold very well this year. Even most of the kids have been staying in the gym on recess.

I just got in from checking to make sure all my outdoor pipes and faucets are properly wrapped. Thank goodness Dad insulated everything a couple of years ago. We are actually expecting snow here in the valley tonight. I doubt it will happen, skeptic that I am ... but you never know. It did in 1999! I could use a snow day! LOL



The giant squid - Jan 11, 2007 11:57 pm (#235 of 2990)

Fast work Mike, he was back before I even noticed he was missing!--TBE

I was expecting a bit more of a lag, myself. I guess once PayPal gets their cash they don't mess around!



Solitaire - Jan 12, 2007 8:00 am (#236 of 2990)

I did the same thing last week or whenever it happened. As soon as I saw that my kitty was MIA, I fired off a payment. Kitty was back in her spot by the time I got back to the Forum. You're right ... they don't mess around!

BTW, do you have snow? The weather channel showed little snowflakes falling in Las Vegas. We have none, thank goodness. My students will be so disappointed. Visions of a snow day danced in their little brains yesterday, despite information that any show which fell probably wouldn't stay put. Oh, well ... hope springs eternal at that age, I guess!

Edit: I just looked at accuweather.com, and it is 25 degrees here; so I guess if it rains, we just might see a few flakes. If so, I hope it waits until AFTER my yard duty stint this morning!



painting sheila - Jan 12, 2007 8:37 am (#237 of 2990)

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all having a good day.

I posted and link on my profile that has another Crookshanks kitty. It's head is HUGE!!!

I think I win as Procrastinator Queen - I am FINALLY vacuuming up the last of the tinsel droppings from Christmas - and for any of you that think you may beat me, I still have Christmas tins to put away in the attic - it could be WEEKS before I get to that! Ha!



Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 12, 2007 10:23 am (#238 of 2990)

YAY! I'm typing this on our Wii!


Esther Rose - Jan 12, 2007 11:01 am (#239 of 2990)

Painting Sheila,

I can do better. I haven't put up the Christmas decorations yet.


juliebug - Jan 12, 2007 11:13 am (#240 of 2990)

We Slacker Moms will probably never get a procrastination queen. We'd all qualify for the title, but none of us would get around to voting for the winner I have all my indoor stuff put away, but all the outdoor lights are still up. A tleast we unplugged them this week. My hubby set them up on a timer so that they would automatically turn on each evening. We were by far the last people in the neighborhood to have a lit-up house at night.


painting sheila - Jan 12, 2007 11:38 am (#241 of 2990)

I humbly bow down to you Esther Rose and juliebug.

Typing from your Wii - how COOL is that toy!! It is definitely the toy of the century!!

I have a dilemma - I painted the rooms of my house happy bright colors and now none of the pictures/frames/mats work. Jeez!

"Gee, honey. I know I just paid for paint, new furniture, and Christmas, but now I need to re frame and matt all of our pictures. Can you believe It?" Chat & Greetings 2007 1437562208

Hmmmm. . I don't think he will buy it - literally.


Herm oh ninny - Jan 12, 2007 2:21 pm (#242 of 2990)

Hi All!

Thanks for the well-wishes Tazzy!! Good luck to you to! You seem very eager/excited to begin student teaching, meanwhile I'm looking for a good hiding place! Oh well, this is the last step before I graduate so I guess I'll try to battle on

YAY! I'm typing this on our Wii! - Maria It takes a little getting used to, but it's cool, no? I haven't seen the girls posting in a while. Are they busy with school and stuff?

I finally got through to that Japanese restaurant and made reservations for tomorrow. I can't wait. The last time we went there the chef was tossing food into the guests mouths, and a piece of shrimp flew down my sister's shirt.


geauxtigers - Jan 12, 2007 2:22 pm (#243 of 2990)

Its FRIDAY!! Yes! **happy dance**

I haven't posted for a while, I had so much homework last night, its was insane! And I was up til midnight and still didn't finish it! Its nice and gray outside today, supposed to be like this until Tuesday, lots of rain for MLK day, fun....but unfortunately no snow! Its 67F/19C out at the moment. Not even close! But it will be below freezing by Tuesday, unfortuantly, the rain will be gone by then.

Oh, well ... hope springs eternal at that age, I guess! LOL! I'd be one of those hoping for snow! LOL its still in tact at 16, at least if you live here it is. I think its still there at 30 too! LOL

I'm sorta hungry, I think I might go get a smoothie...but I don't feeel like getting caught in Friday afternoon traffic....

Well I hope everyone is feeling better and healing charms to everyone!

The last time we went there the chef was tossing food into the guests mouths, and a piece of shrimp flew down my sister's shirt. LOL! They toss zuchhini in your mouth at most places here! They also biuld a 'japaneese volcano!' AKA stack the sections of an onion up and put that oil stuff inside and a light it on fire! They light everything on fire! Its so cool! That is some of the most amzing food in the world! Now I'm craving some chicken terriaki and fried rice! And sushi! I really want a california roll now!

Have a great long weekend!


The giant squid - Jan 12, 2007 4:36 pm (#244 of 2990)

BTW, do you have snow?—Solitaire

They're telling us it'll snow tonight ("scattered flurries and snow showers"). The temp is currently in the mid-30s (low single digits Celcius) with a low tonight predicted at 29 (about -2C) so it's definitely possible. I expect numerous car crashes...these idiots can't find the road when it rains, I can't imagine how they'll freak out in snow.

I finally finished my Lego Death Star! It's currently on my computer desk, hovering menacingly over my left shoulder...

A pic, courtesy of Photobucket: https://2img.net/h/i18.photobucket.com/albums/b132/Brutuscub/DS2final3.jpg



Eponine - Jan 12, 2007 4:49 pm (#245 of 2990)

Mike, Mr. Eponine says that it's cool, but he officially hates you for owning that. I like it, though.

Thanks for all the good wishes for school. The first two classes went okay. I'm a little stuck for topics for the papers, but I'll figure it out.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


dizzy lizzy - Jan 12, 2007 5:01 pm (#246 of 2990)

Hi everyone!!

It has been such a long time since I posted...I feel really embarrassed now that tazzy had to remind me when we were chatting last night.

Thank you to ydnam96 (mandy) and snuffles for your concern.

The last 4 months haven't been very nice months for me. I've been having problems with depression for most of 2006. My biggest problem is that I am unable to take any medication due to a reaction to some medication earlier last year. So it is a long slog without any "chemical" assistance.

I'm still working at the Post Office as a mail sorter for the Post Office boxes - that's from 7.30-9.30 Monday to Friday and I now work as an admin assistant 5 days a week in the afternoons from 12.30 to 4.30. So I'm nearly back up to a full time working week.

It leaves me less time on the computer and more interaction with people outside my house which is a benefit as far as I'm concerned. Having said that, I don't know what I would have done without the internet for most of last year. Being able to read on the net and play games and talk to people, really help pass the time while I had no work.

I've missed you all and now that book 7 has a title, I hope to jump back in and catch up on everything!

The biggest news apart from that is a dear friend booked and paid for a return plane flight from Sydney, New South Wales to Launceston, Tasmania in April. I get to spend a week in Tassie and seeing some beautiful country. I have to pay my own way to Sydney, but I cannot get over how generous my friend and husband were. I had no idea this was happening until I was emailed a letter with the attached flight details. *dances*

*Hugs* to all who need one and a *wave* to you all.



Catherine - Jan 12, 2007 5:02 pm (#247 of 2990)

Mike, I salute your Lego prowess. I see that procrastination does NOT affect your ability to Lego.

It was an interesting week at school. We have exams next week (cue music from "My Endless Love" but substitute "My Endless Review") and you sort of feel my pain.

I am experiencing peer pressure (I used this as an example to my students that one does NOT have to be in middle school to experience peer pressure) to participate in a song and dance routine for our annual auction that is our primary fundraising event. I cannot sing, so I would like to NOT do this. The pressure, though, is significant. Even our music/chorus teacher agreed with my fifth grade music teacher's assessment that I "should always lip-sync." Nonetheless, my presence is somehow required by everyone, because "everyone would love to see you." The song selections are "We're in the Money," "Big Spender," and "What Lola Wants." (I think what everyone wants is to see Catherine make a donkey of herself--I'm willing, but I think the payoff for the school should be big so that my humiliation has a purpose.)

OOOH! Just got news while I was ranting about my life. I have a nephew, born to Mr. Catherine's brother!!!! His name is Lucas; 8 pounds, 6 ounces; 20.5 inches long. I'm so pleased that my girls are NOT the "last" members of Mr. Catherine's father's family (on both sides). Hayley and Claire are squealing happily about their new cousin. Mother and son are recuperating after a long labor resulting in an unscheduled caesarian section, but are both sleeping well.



journeymom - Jan 12, 2007 5:20 pm (#248 of 2990)

Mike, hubby gave 7 y.o. son the Lego Star Destroyer for Christmas. Of course, a 7 y.o. cannot build it by himself, oh darn.... Your DeathStar is most excellent.

Catherine, I vote for Big Spender ("Hey big spender, spend a little time with me...", right?) Very peppy. It swings. 'We're In the Money' is fun, but too 1920s. And if you sing 'What Lola Wants' you'll have to sing, "Oo poo pa doop, Peek-a-boo, Yoo-hoo." You don't want to do that, do you?


Denise P. - Jan 12, 2007 5:24 pm (#249 of 2990)

Mike, I have to ask....are the Death Star plans in your main computer?

Congratulations to the Catherine family!!


Ydnam96 - Jan 12, 2007 5:33 pm (#250 of 2990)

Oh my goodness Rhys is adorable!

Welcome back Lizzy! It's so nice to hear from you. Congrats on the jobs and the fun trip to Tasmania. That is some gift. I'm sorry to hear about the depression. I know how hard that is and without medicine I can imagine it is very rough. Lots of prayers your way. How are the dogs?

Squid Mike: love the Death Star. I was just looking at my two tubs of Harry Potter legos and was thinking that I need to build something. I've got a couple different sets and I think I might be able to make a decent castle if I combine them all! But alas, when I have time I just want to sleep or watch tv.

The mountains here are so incredibly beautiful. I know I said that before but I can't get over it. The "Govenator" declared a state of emergency because of the cold weather. Can you believe it?

Congrats to Mr. Catherine's Brother's family.

Off to nap.
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Catherine - Jan 12, 2007 6:28 pm (#251 of 2990)

Catherine, I vote for Big Spender ("Hey big spender, spend a little time with me...", right?) Very peppy. It swings. 'We're In the Money' is fun, but too 1920s. And if you sing 'What Lola Wants' you'll have to sing, "Oo poo pa doop, Peek-a-boo, Yoo-hoo." You don't want to do that, do you?

No. I don't want to do ANY of it.

Congratulations to the Catherine family!!—Denise

Thank you VERY much. We have been waiting his arrival and he completes the Mr. Catherine step-sibling and sibling "we all have children now" ring.

He is 2 weeks shy of being 7 years younger than OUR youngest.

EDIT: Our "Broadway Ladies" scores do NOT include, thank Merlin, any lyrics like "Oo poo pa doop, Peek-a-boo, Yoo-hoo."

Although I did have to explain to a kindergarten teacher what the "dance" instructions meant. VERY amusing, and it was VERY amusing that a middle-schoolmarm was instructing another schoolmarm on certain dance terms.


painting sheila - Jan 12, 2007 7:07 pm (#252 of 2990)

Squid Mike - The Death Star is "so cool!" according to My Littlest Guy. He said he "has to get one!" . He is only 5 - he doesn't "has to" do anything! Ha!

Congrats to the Catherine Family. Woohoo! Little babies smell so good - mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm - take a sniff for me! and throw a couple of Jazz Squares into your routine and you will look like a pro!

Dizzy Lizzy - Kudos to you for hanging in there! It sounds like you are on the up side now. We are pulling for you!


kaykay1970   - Jan 12, 2007 8:34 pm (#253 of 2990)

Congratulations to Catherine's family!

Hubby says "Nice death Star!"


Tazzygirl - Jan 12, 2007 11:11 pm (#254 of 2990)

Congratulations to the Catherine family!! That's so awesome!

Really cool Deathstar, Squid Mike!

Hawaii is currently under a Tsunami watch- there was an 8.3 quake off of Japan, so we might be getting extra water.

Thaniel is getting better- had more energy today, actually ate a lot of stuff (chicken, chicken stew, mac and cheese...) and managed to keep it down. w00t! He also is drinking a lot of water again, so I'm sure he'll be back to his cheerful self soon! He did crash at about 4 pm- didn't want to do anything except snuggle. Syd joined in and we watched Robin Hood (Disney version).

**waves to Lizzy**

Off to watch the news...


EDIT: Ginny and Tori- did you watch Grey's last night?!


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 12, 2007 11:56 pm (#255 of 2990)

EDIT: Ginny and Tori- did you watch Grey's last night?!

Of course! I just haven't had time to post in the other forum yet! It's now 1 AM and I can hardly hold my eyes open! I'll head over there tomorrow! Interesting episode! Lots to discuss.

Glad Thaniel is getting better! **more healing charms to him**

Off to bed! It's been an extremely long week! Night everyone!


The giant squid - Jan 13, 2007 12:36 am (#256 of 2990)

Mike, Mr. Eponine says that it's cool, but he officially hates you for owning that.—Eponine

I can live with that. It was a Christmas gift, though, so I can't take all the blame (actually, it's partly Marie's fault ).

I see that procrastination does NOT affect your ability to Lego.—Catherine

Actually, had I put my mind to it I could have had the thing done a week ago.

Mike, I have to ask....are the Death Star plans in your main computer?--Denise P.

Sadly, no, but I have had a Star Wars theme (DS2 wallpaper, SW sounds) on my computer for close to a decade. It's kind of sad, really...

Journeymom, I've been told that if I want the Star Destroyer or Sandcrawler (the other HUGE sets they offered) I'm on my own. And, of course, the wife would have a dim view of me dropping $300-500 on more Legos instead of paying the heating bill. As soon as the next wave of HP Legos come out, though...

Welcome back, Lizzy! I'm sure dealing with depression without meds was tough, but it sounds like you're doing well. Remember, we're always here for a pick-me-up if you need one.

On that note, (((boop)))



Snuffles - Jan 13, 2007 2:35 am (#257 of 2990)

**healing charms to Thaniel**

Stay safe Kristina.

Welcome back Lizzy

Congratulations to the Catherine family.

Denise, Rhys is sooo cute

**passes a pair of wellies in azi's direction**

We are off to the theatre this afternoon. We are taking Olivia to see Cinderella as part of her birthday treat. She is so excited. She has laid out her dressing up Cinderella dress in anticipation.

Well, I'm off to check the threads

Have a good weekend



Denise P. - Jan 13, 2007 8:07 am (#258 of 2990)

Mike, I have to ask....are the Death Star plans in your main computer?--Denise P.

Sadly, no, but I have had a Star Wars theme (DS2 wallpaper, SW sounds) on my computer for close to a decade. It's kind of sad, really...

Oh Mike, you disappoint me! I thought you would recognize my paraphrased question.

"The Death Star plans are not in the main computer."
"Where are those transmissions you intercepted?"

Our home phones have gone whacky. We can hear incoming calls ring through, our answering machine will pick up so people can leave a message but we can't answer the phone or make outgoing calls.

I am off to feed kids, get the long haired skater boy a haircut and then go to a birthday party. Yay.


juliebug - Jan 13, 2007 9:02 am (#259 of 2990)

I thought it was funny!


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 13, 2007 10:20 am (#260 of 2990)

**passes a pair of wellies in azi's direction**

**wonders what a "wellie" is and why azi needs one** Strictly British?

**safety charms for those under the tsunami watch**

Not much going on here! Have a great RotD to everyone!


Ydnam96 - Jan 13, 2007 11:04 am (#261 of 2990)


Last night I tried to play a DVD that I got from Netflix in my player and it wouldn't play. So I took it out and noticed that it was all cracked. You couldn't tell from the top of the DVD. So I let Netflix know and they are sending a new one. But now I can't get my DVD player to work. The DVD wasn't broken into pieces, if you pick it up it all stays together so I can't imagine a piece of it is stuck or anything. Anyone technically minded know what might have happened?

And I transferred a balance from one credit card to another. The transfer is showing up on the card I transferred it to but not on the one I transferred it from.

But, good news: my heater is working well! Which is really good since it's super duper cold outside (well, for Southern California).


azi - Jan 13, 2007 12:40 pm (#262 of 2990)

Wellies are Wellington Boots. Surely you have them in the US? I need them because we've got so much rain at the moment and the river likes to burst its banks (has gone down a lot now, but is raining again, lol!).

Healing charms to your DVD player Ydnam!

My last exam went well, I'd say much better than the other two. I got a good night's sleep last night as well - first in ages! I can't stop thinking it's Friday because it's just not normal to have exams on a Saturday!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Tazzygirl - Jan 13, 2007 1:03 pm (#263 of 2990)

Happy Birthday to Olivia! (Snuffles' daughter) Hope she has a good time at Cinderella!

Tsunami warning was dropped an hour before the tsunami was supposed to have hit. So completely safe!

Glad your exams are over, Azi!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 13, 2007 1:28 pm (#264 of 2990)

Wellies are Wellington Boots. Surely you have them in the US? I need them because we've got so much rain at the moment and the river likes to burst its banks (has gone down a lot now, but is raining again, lol!).

LOL Thanks! We just call then rain boots here! I have some that are Hot Pink!


geauxtigers - Jan 13, 2007 1:50 pm (#265 of 2990)

** is proud she knew what wellies/wellington boots were**

Nothing happening here, just bored, about to go pick my friend up and we are going to Wii! WOO! LOL

Bit of a gray day today, but the sun keeps peeking through. I'm sure I'll need to wear my hot pink wellies on Monday, as its supposed to poor, but the good side to that is that is will get COLD! YAY!

I'm curious to know what all the forumers across the pond think about David Beckham coming to play in the U.S. They are trying to get people more interested in soccer/football here. Still not sure if it'll work! But he is very good to look at! LOL

Well my cat just jumped up here and is laying across my arms trying to keep my from typing, so I guess I'll pay her some attention now! LOL!

Have a great Saturday!


The giant squid - Jan 13, 2007 1:54 pm (#266 of 2990)

Oh Mike, you disappoint me! I thought you would recognize my paraphrased question.--Denise P.

I know, I know... Sadly, my mind blanked on the proper response to that line. I did try to come up with a variation to "Many Bothans died for this information" but nothing worked.

Looks like I need to dig out Episodes IV-VI again. As if I need an excuse...



azi - Jan 13, 2007 2:06 pm (#267 of 2990)

I'm curious to know what all the forumers across the pond think about David Beckham coming to play in the U.S.

Anywhere but near me. He's really dumb...


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 13, 2007 9:36 pm (#268 of 2990)

Olivia would like me to ask if anyone else has XBOX Live so you could put each other on your friends' lists.


Regan of Gong - Jan 13, 2007 9:52 pm (#269 of 2990)

For A$1.5 million a week, I'd go anywhere they tell me too, even to play in a strangled league such as the MLS. I find it ironic that he refuses to play for no other teams than the best while in Europe (Man U. and Real), but then decides to go play in America. Sure it'll be good for the game over there, but he's lost a lot of respect.


Thom Matheson - Jan 13, 2007 9:57 pm (#270 of 2990)

Regan, I can give you $250,000,000 reasons. I was watching the golf channel tonight and he was brought up there by Nick Faldo. By the way, Faldo said just what you did. But $250 million? I'd play naked in the Artic in winter for that kind of dough. Move over Pele there is a new sheriff in town.


Mediwitch - Jan 13, 2007 10:08 pm (#271 of 2990)

The weather here is supposed to start getting colder this week too, but first we' re going to get some freezing rain tomorrow into Monday. It's a good thing there's no school on Monday for the holiday. Some of the maple producers here are talking about not tapping trees this year because the weather has been too warm; I hope this cold front is in time to help!

Welcome back, dizzy lizzy!

Happy Birthday 11to Olivia!


dizzy lizzy - Jan 13, 2007 10:43 pm (#272 of 2990)

Thank you for all the welcome backs!!! Thanks also to the best wishes. May I also wish Olivia a happy birthday and some "good move" charms to Denise and her crew. I hope I haven't forgotten anyone.

Currently, for the 2nd day in a row, my dogs and I are trying hard to cope with 37-39 deg celcius temperatures (approx 100+ degrees on the old scale - old scale for us Aussies - current scale for many of you) along with severe storm warnings from the local Bureau of Meterology.

We are due to have this kind of weather all next week apparently, this so not gunna help get all the bushfires in Victoria and NSW under control... It's been weird weather though, as Tazzy has found out, much to her delight, it snowed in the high country in Tasmania and Victoria on Christmas day...and it is summer in this part of the world. Another weird weather story to add to the burgeoning pile we seem to have collected .

My 10yr old dog, Macca, has started the shivering and panicking he does when a storm is approaching, I don't think I'll be on the net for much longer after I post this.

For those having trouble with IE7, I've found on some sites, hitting the refresh button when it freezes (when trying to open a page) also helps. For those who have problems when reading chaptered stories on many fan fic sites, I find clicking on the next chapter button again also helps load the page quicker, when IE decides to get itself stuck.

*waves* to all!



Ydnam96 - Jan 13, 2007 11:26 pm (#273 of 2990)

Lizzy it's 34 F (1C )  here in Southern California! In Los Angeles!  Chat & Greetings 2007 793915934  It's cold  - - I love it. Chat & Greetings 2007 2752390508   I'll send some your way.


geauxtigers - Jan 13, 2007 11:43 pm (#274 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Olivia!

I also find it strange that Beckham came here. I consider myself a very avid sports fan, and I only just found out last summer when watching the World Cup (first time I'd ever seen soccer on TV in my life), and they mentioned that so-and-so plays for Dallas in the MLS. I had no idea that there was such thing as professional soccer in this country. Dunno, its never on tv, they aren't recruiting fans or anything. 250 mill is a lot! Thats like more than most professional athletes in this country! My jaw dropped when I saw that! LOL

So my friend came over, and we were really bored, so we watched Superstar, then after eating cereal for dinner, we decided to go to Target to look at the swimsuits that are now out, never mind its January. They didn't have a great selection, I was disappointed, they are so cheap and so cute, I can get 2 or 3 each year..nothing really this year. So we wandered around Target for nearly 1 and a half hours, visiting the aisle with the hot pink baseball bats and mits. We played catch for a bit laughing at the fact that we are all 16, not 5. Came home, bored again, went outside and played basketball, when we decided that we wanted to try the diet coke and mentos thing for ourselves. 10:30 at night, we go buy some diet coke and mentos. It does work, I got a face full when trying to put 9 into one bottle and it blew in my face and got me all sticky! LOL we did get some cool pictures though!

It supposed to get cold by Monday. Being as optimistic as I can, it should be at or below freezing Monday night, and its supposed to rain, so theres like a 2% chance that that rain will freeze and become snow! LOL! I think the odds are against me here!

ANd the SAints won! So if Seattle wins tomorrow, they will play each other in New Orleans! I'd love to go to that game! But I'd be torn between who to cheer for! This has never ever been a problem before! Maybe I'll buy a Saints jersey and a Seahawks jersey, cut them in half and sew the opposites together, therefore supporting both teams?! LOL, think I'll still have to go for the Sea chickens! They were my 1st, but man its awesome being here with the Saints doing so well! Its hard not to become a fan!

Well, I'm beat, I think I'll go to bed now!


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 14, 2007 12:04 am (#275 of 2990)

Anywhere but near me. He's really dumb...

Can't be too dumb, he just got $250,000,000 to live in California!!!!

I am no sports enthusiast but I am aware of MLS. They sponsor my kid's the soccer camps and soccer teams. They have made a huge push over the past 3 years here. Every summer they import lads from the British Commonwealth nations to act as coaches for the camps and assist the coaches during our very short seasons.

Congratulation on finishing your exams.

The weather here is supposed to start getting colder this week too, but first we' re going to get some freezing rain tomorrow into Monday.

It rained, here valley shore area, but it was really warm. We have lots of bugs that have not gone in hibernations, my hyacinths and daffodils are coming along nicely.

Lina thanks for you post on the second line posting.


The giant squid - Jan 14, 2007 3:09 am (#276 of 2990)

Anywhere but near me. He's really dumb...--azi

Can't be too dumb, he just got $250,000,000 to live in California!!!!--Mrs. Sirius

That just means he's got a smart agent.


Regan of Gong - Jan 14, 2007 3:39 am (#277 of 2990)

I read the main audience of the MLS is soccer mums+ offspring and Mexican "immigrants". No wonder the MLS site can only be displayed in English or Spanish.

Chook is sick, but she's getting better. It's sad to see her, she's lost a lot of weight and she's decided she doesn't want to eat. She hates being separated from Jester as well.



azi - Jan 14, 2007 6:30 am (#278 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Olivia! (Hope I'm not late!)

Healing charms to your ferret, Regan!

**waves to Jenn** I think I forgot to a few days ago. I blame my exams. Hope you're ok!

**waves to Lizzy** I thought I had waved already but not entirely sure so I'm doing it now. I really hope your depression gets better (or disappears? Not sure what the best phrase is!), although I think not being on medicine is the best thing. I completely refuse to go to the doctor about mine because I know he'll just dump me on anti-depressants, despite my problems being purely situational. Increasing the serotonin in your brain doesn't make the problems go away (if it's not situational, maybe drugs would be the best option though)! Do you have access to counselling? Talking things through with people can help! Anyway, I hope your dogs don't get too scared by the storms! **anti-storm charms**

Beckham is a really over-rated football player in my opinion. I'm surprised that he's gone to the US - it almost seems as his career is winding down, or job offers aren't there any more. Maybe the money will just fund his pension.

Happy days to everyone!


kaykay1970   - Jan 14, 2007 7:46 am (#279 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Olivia!

We went shopping yesterday. My 16 year old has saved his money to buy the Wii. We thought maybe it would be easy to find one since the Christmas rush is over. Not so! But I did find some good sales!

Anti-storm charms!


Marie E. - Jan 14, 2007 8:46 am (#280 of 2990)

Happy Birthday, Olivia!

Yet again we are being snowed on. I am soooo over the snow. It's only supposed to be three inches today, but we also have negative wind chills. I took the girls out selling Girl Scout cookies yesterday when it was nicer, but we're just calling the grandparents today.

Very cool Death Star, brother dear. It reminds me that I still have two Goblet of Fire Lego sets to buy.

Mr. E's company switched insurance providers this year and the new one is already giving us trouble. I went to pick up Shayla's Concerta for her ADHD and they(the insurance company) rejected it. The notation said that we should try the generic which is Adderall. I don't want to switch her medication just because my insurance thinks it's too expensive. Grrrrr! The pharmacist faxed her doctor to ask her to call the insurance company. What a pain! I ended up paying for seven pills out of pocket and that was almost $40.

Funny thing from Lexie this week: (chant)"I don't know but I've been told...My mom has a real bad cold." Silly girl.


haymoni - Jan 14, 2007 10:07 am (#281 of 2990)

Ungrateful Son has a trial membership on X-Box Live. I don't know about letting him have it all the time. It makes me nervous.

We had the next-door neighbor's son spend the night last night. I watched him walk down our drive and wouldn't leave the door until I saw him turn into his own driveway. Hubby said, "I'm sure he'll be fine." and I said, "Yeah, that's what that mom in Missouri thought too."

I think I'm going to contact our sheriff's department on Tuesday to see if there are any families in our area that have missing children and need some help. I honestly don't know of any, but I've never looked into it either. Ungrateful though he may be, my son is 13 - the same age as that other boy - and I can't imagine what it would be like trying to live without knowing where he was. I can't stop thinking about this and I think I would feel better doing something about it rather than sitting around letting it haunt me.

Congrats on the Saints! Hubby wanted Jeff Garcia to win, since he was treated so poorly here in Cleveland, but I knew the Saints would pull it off.

Back to the pile of laundry - but not before I check the other threads!

Edit: Marie - when your doctor gets the OK, you should be able to go back and get the remainder of your prescription and they should be able to reimburse you the $40 less your normal co-pay. I think you just have to go back within 7 days of your original purchase.


boop - Jan 14, 2007 11:26 am (#282 of 2990)

HI Everyone!!

Happy Birthday to Olivia!! Have a wonderful day.

Welcome Back Dizzy, we missed you. I have depression, but mine is under control. I take meds. If you want to know more just email me and we can talk.

Welcome to all new members.

We are having rain today. Then on tuesday its to turn cold and stay cold for a while.

Have a good rest of the day everyone!

hugs always



Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 14, 2007 12:12 pm (#283 of 2990)

Happy Birthday, Olivia!

dizzy lizzy, healing charms and prayers your way from the HHs. I am sorry to hear about the depression and hope you get what you need to heal.

Healing charms to you, Marie. I think that is almost a record for the longest cold - especially if your daughter is making songs for it.

kaykay, my neighbor just got one - she was unable to get one for Christmas and just got one this week. Hang in there. It seems as though your best bet is TRU. Felix Felicis to you from us!

my hyacinths and daffodils are coming along nicely - Mrs Sirius LOL - we're nearly there, too!

Cool Death Star, Mike. (Now I know what one looks like. )

Healing charms to Chook, Regan. I know how upsetting it is when a pet doesn't seem right. Glad to hear she's on the mend.

Congratulations, Catherine family!

haymoni, Olivia is hooked up to XBOX just next to me. (Really great for my concentration when I'm on the computer. ) The good thing about that is that I know what is going on and hear everything. Since she's 13, I give her a bit of leeway, as long as she exercises good judgement. A friend had to remove the door from its hinges because he was up into the wee hours on school nights playing Halo 2. Olivia does not play on school nights and will not stay on all weekend. I guess what I'm trying to say is there is a happy medium and I think she's found it. She once put me into a battle and I accidentally shot her (oops) so she melee'd me at the very end. Such a sweetie.


Ydnam96 - Jan 14, 2007 1:25 pm (#284 of 2990)

Happy Birthday to Olivia!

I'm sad to hear the ferret is sick, that's not fun at all. Poor thing. I hope she (?) feels better Regan.

So I woke up today to the Campus Safety calling to tell me someone had thrown a good sized rock through my rear winshield and then at the wall in the front of my parking stall where the sign is that designates that spot as mine. Nothing makes you feel safer than knowing someone deliberately targeted your car and felt that throwing a large rock at it was appropriate. Plus it's Sunday and all the repair shops are closed as are all the car rental places. It just isn't my day. We should have cameras in the parking lots.

I'm gonna go eat some ice cream. It's my last "free" day before super strict diet class begins.



Tazzygirl - Jan 14, 2007 2:18 pm (#285 of 2990)

**healing charms to Chook** Hope she gets better soon, Regan. It is soooo not fun watching a pet lose weight- I had a guinea pig that did that, it felt awful to see her that way.

Thaniel is still extremely lethargic, but is not super sick like he was. The doctor said he can be like this any where from three days to three weeks. Got word that a neighbor's son (they live next to my parents in California) managed to get the same virus- I feel soooo bad for him!

Mandy- sorry to hear about your car! **bat bogey hex** is being sent to whoever did it. Hope he gets caught and has to pay for the damages.

I made banana bread last night- getting ready to send another package to my brother.

Have a fantastic RotD/N!



Lina - Jan 14, 2007 3:25 pm (#286 of 2990)

(I'm afraid) Belated happy birthday to Olivia!

Some weird things about weather happen here too, but I don't really have the time to write about that.

***Waving to Lizzy***

Healing charms all around!


timrew - Jan 14, 2007 4:58 pm (#287 of 2990)

Becham's $250,000,000 to play in America.............................

He got shunned by the England team; he got shunned by the Real Madrid team, so he decided to cut his losses and run to America..........albeit for $250,000,000..................

Good luck to him! And farewell to a totally peed-off England and Real Madrid side....................


Nicholas Schouten - Jan 14, 2007 5:25 pm (#288 of 2990)

Waving to all! Delightfully "surprised" by:

Australian Open (tennis) starts today (Forum time, that is). Woohoo!



boop - Jan 14, 2007 6:43 pm (#289 of 2990)

Tim, its good to see you around. I have missed seeing you around.

Nick, welcome to the chat thread.

It is still raining out. I am ready to see the sun again.

Good night everyone.

hugs always



kaykay1970   - Jan 14, 2007 7:53 pm (#290 of 2990)

Thanks Maria! I'll call TRU tomorrow to see if they have any.

Sorry about your car Mandy. I hope they find out who is responsible.

Healing charms to all who need them!


jose043 - Jan 14, 2007 8:11 pm (#291 of 2990)

Hi All.

Happy Birthday to Olivia.

It was my Granddaughter's birthday on 14th January, Teegan turned 14years old.

Dizzy Lizzy healing charms to you & that your depression clears up soon.

Heal charms to anyone else who needs them.

Denise P We Are On VoiP here if you like I could email my number to you.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London.


geauxtigers - Jan 14, 2007 10:20 pm (#292 of 2990)

Seahawks lost. It was sad, overtime, sudden death, Chicago kicked a 50 yarder to win. Oh well always next year, I consider it a great season because of the injuries. Hasselbeck, Alexander, Trufant, Williams the list goes on, but somehow they survived. Good year, now I can focus on the Saints! They get to play Chicago next, in Chicago.

I'm looking forward to the extra day off tomorrow! But its supposed to rain and rain and rain some more and Tuesday morning theres like a 2% chance of sleet! I'm so getting up early to see if we get any! LOL

Healing charms to Dizzy Lizzy!

More later, I'm currently trying to beat level 42 of Snood! I've been working on it all day! I'm stuck! I've never had this much trouble with this level before!

EDIT: Oh I forgot, did anyone else hear about that radio station contest in I think it was California, but I'm not sure, called 'Hold your Wee for a Wii"? The contestants had to drink water every so often and who ever was the last person standing without going to the bathroom won a Wii. One lady died from water intoxication. She basically drowned internally. Isn't that awful? So sad.


Tazzygirl - Jan 15, 2007 1:17 am (#293 of 2990)

Happy Birthday to Teegan (although a little late!)

Tori- strange what people will do for stuff.

I thought Beckham was retiring for good. Shows how much I follow the sport! (Or any sport for that matter! LOL)

Thaniel is much better today- he had the strength to argue not to go to bed- the usual sign that he is back to normal.

Couldn't resist putting a photo of me in snow when I was in Zion as my avatar.



Snuffles - Jan 15, 2007 1:54 am (#294 of 2990)

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes for Olivia. She had a fantastic day. We bought her a new bike, and she was so excited when she pulled the wrapping paper off. She leapt on it and nearly toppled off the other way . I got there just in time!

The Cinderella pantomime was excellent. There was even a HP reference. Cinderella's friends, Buttons and Zip!, were in the forest and one mentioned that it was haunted by a ghost like at Hogwarts. With that the ghost walked on with his head under his arm. The 2 men screamed that it must be Nearly Headless Nick! I was so pleased. I looked at hubby and he merely rolled his eyes

I think David Beckham is ok. His football isn't as good as it was. Though, with what he is being paid, I'm not sure he will be that bothered! David and Victoria (Posh and Becks) are great friends with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (or as they get called in the press in the UK, TomKat!). So I'm sure you will see quite alot of them when they move to America!

Love the new avatar Kristina. When I looked at it my first reaction was "Brrrrrrr!"

Tori, how long did that woman go without the loo?

**healing charms** to Chook, Regan.

I hope you get your insurance sorted out Marie, what a pain!

Happy Monday everyone



The giant squid - Jan 15, 2007 3:24 am (#295 of 2990)

It's almost an axiom that anytime one changes insurance companies it's for the worse. After all, the company makes the change because the new policy costs less; where do those savings come from?

Of course, I may just be cranky because my glasses broke 2 months before I'm eligible for a new pair...almost $300 out of my pocket with no reimbursement. Still, it's the first new pair of glasses I've gotten in four years (I usually wear contacts, but I need something to get from the sink to bed without tripping over things) so I suppose that's not so bad if you break it down by year...

Beckham clearly decided that he'd look better playing amongst the MLS "kids" rather than show his declining abilities in Europe. Hey, it worked for Gretzky for a year or two.



Laura W - Jan 15, 2007 6:02 am (#296 of 2990)

That was a low blow, Mike. (NEVER SAY ANYTHING AGAINST WAYNE GRETZKY!!!)  :mad:

grrr ....


Marie E. - Jan 15, 2007 6:12 am (#297 of 2990)

It is -3F right now, with a -12 wind chill. If I wasn't sure I'd swear I was back home in North Dakota. People here don't believe that we had -50F wind chills back home. I was telling this 19 year old at work that we used to plug our cars in and put gasoline antifreeze in our cars. It's supposed to be 20F tomorrow. Oooo...heat wave!

Thanks for the insurance advice and sympathy. We had this company in 2003 and went through similar troubles. It occurred to me that we'll have to go through this with Lexie's prescription, too, as it's the same medicine.

I honestly can't imagine that anyone is worth $250 million.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 15, 2007 7:14 am (#298 of 2990)

OOOH! Just got news while I was ranting about my life. I have a nephew, born to Mr. Catherine's brother!!!! – Catherine

Now that was quite a feat!!! How did he manage to pull that off? Have the media been alerted?

I find it ironic that he refuses to play for no other teams than the best while in Europe (Man U. and Real), but then decides to go play in America. – Regan

Did he play for Manchester or Real for free? Unless he did, I don't see why there'd be any surprise, much less irony, that an aging superstar would jump at the chance to cash in.

Cool Death Star Mike!


Snuffles - Jan 15, 2007 7:17 am (#299 of 2990)

Hehe Loopy

I did think the very same thing, I just wasn't brave enough to put it


Catherine - Jan 15, 2007 7:21 am (#300 of 2990)

Oh, silly Loopy! (wait, is that redundant?)

Naturally, Sister-in-law gets all the credit. Lucas is a fat and sassy baby with a full head of hair that was a bit shocking. Even the first pictures we saw showed how much he looks like his Mum. Mr. Catherine laughs about this because everyone calls our girls my "Mini-Me"s and wonder where his genes are.

I have to finish making up my social studies exam today.

EDIT: Hmmm...if my girls are "Mini Me"s does that make me Dr. Evil?
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Loopy Lupin - Jan 15, 2007 7:23 am (#301 of 2990)

Hehe -  just a little humor on this somber holiday during which I'm at work of course. Chat & Greetings 2007 1242194059


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 15, 2007 11:02 am (#302 of 2990)

Tori, how long did that woman go without the loo?

It wasn't that long. It was more the fact that she was drinking huge amounts of water very quickly, and holding it in. The water eventually had nowhere to go, causing her to have multi-organ failure. I've heard of it before in biology class, but I can't remember the detail of it very well. Moral of the story: don't drink a gallon of water every 10 minutes for over an hour-it could cost you your life.

Love the avatar Kristina! Very cute!

Happy MLK Day to my fellow Americans!

Have a great RotD!


Lavandula - Jan 15, 2007 1:10 pm (#303 of 2990)

Greetings on this MLK Holiday to all! May we all be thankful for the hard work of our predecessors in their causes for justice here and in every country!!!

On the lighter side: I can't contain myself.....I just ordered my copy of DH from Amazon.com/UK so that I can get a Bloomsbury edition. (All this talk about the movies going into the vault and several others getting their name on the list to be emailed when a sign up list can start at Borders got me to thinking about my usual purchase for the English Edition). Anyway, they took my order with a tentative shipping date of JANUARY 7-8, 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Am I behind in this, or is this the first news of a publication date??????????

This might mean a possible 'winter solstice' sales date in the U.S. or some other similar period of time. Anyone else heard anything. I haven't yet checked over at the Leaky Cauldron or Mugglenet-I thought I would talk to all of you first.



geauxtigers - Jan 15, 2007 1:48 pm (#304 of 2990)

Cathy, thats nothing set in stone. Jo has not released any publication information as of now. All the different places allowing you to pre-order are just throwing dates out there it seems. One of the dates is July 14 2007, a big difference from January of 08'! LOL Of course, I could be completely wrong, but, I think most of this is just companies making educated guesses!

So we have a chance for light frozen precipitation tonight!!! LOL My friend just told me her mom heard on the radio that school might have to be closed tomorrow because the roads could be frozen. See, optimism works! **knock on wood**

I'm going to go start my homework, its raining out so I'm liable to fall asleep several times today!

Have a great Martin Luther King Jr Day! Today is actually his birthday too, so thats kinda cool!


The giant squid - Jan 15, 2007 3:20 pm (#305 of 2990)

Yeah, that Jan '08 date is just shorthand for "Don't expect this anytime soon."

Laura W, I meant no disrespect to The Great One. I just thought the Beckham situation sounded similar to Gretzky's odd choice to sign with the L.A. Kings back in the day. After all, when one thinks hockey, one thinks "Los Angeles.”



Catherine - Jan 15, 2007 3:43 pm (#306 of 2990)

My social studies exam is a work of art. (bwahahaha)

Actually, though, I am pleased. I went through every old quiz, assignment, and test, and managed to put together forty objective questions that summarize our semester. I gave the students a choice between a "traditional" essay and a creative option. As a gimmick to encourage them to go through their notes, I am allowing them to write anything they like on one side of a 3x5 inch index card. Most of them have seemed excited when I told them they would have a creative option for the essay and could have the index card. One of the other teachers disagreed strongly with my decision to allow the index card.

I really want to say, "Dry up, you old prune."

He's just mad because my students are not whining at me like they are doing to him. I reminded him that once the kids went through their notes and wrote their "cheat sheet" card, they'd likely know the information anyway. It's the process of figuring out what to put on the card, not the card itself, that's so important. One of my really gifted students already figured that out and told his classmates, who then pretended that they knew that all along.


Thom Matheson - Jan 15, 2007 3:52 pm (#307 of 2990)

Sorry Mike, When one thinks hockey, one thinks "Hockeytown", and the original 6. Toronto (yeah Laura), Montreal, Chicago, New York, Boston, and of course, the winged wheel, Detroit. Stevie Yzermin and of course Gordie Howe. I have a photo as a 2 year old in my kitchen with me and my twin brother sitting on Howe's lap, while he was drinking a beer with my dad.


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 15, 2007 4:09 pm (#308 of 2990)

I think Mike was being facetious, Thom, though I shouldn't be "speaking" for him.

We have a pic of Gordie Howe in our basement, no children attached, though!


juliebug - Jan 15, 2007 4:10 pm (#309 of 2990)

Thom, your family history just keeps getting more interesting! Was Gordie Howe a fan of your dad's, or was your dad a fan of Howe or both, or were these two great atheletes just buds?


geauxtigers - Jan 15, 2007 4:52 pm (#310 of 2990)

One of the other teachers disagreed strongly with my decision to allow the index card.

My government teacher lets us use a 4X6 index card for one test during the year. Whatever we can get on the card is fair game, and we turn it in with our test. I wrote microscopic last year and this year, getting all 40 + pages of notes on the thing. After re-writing all my notes, I didn't even need the card and got a very good grade on the test. Of course, that was the point of it. LOL I think its a great idea, but I'm not doing it for every test! LOL it took me several days to write it all over that small! But its okay, I have good eyes- for seeing up close that is!

Well I need to go hunt someone down and and see if they know what the physics homework is. My teacher was out last week and the sub was ermm a bit scatter-brained and he said he'd e-mail the assignment, well here is it nearly 6 pm the night before its due and no e-mail. Then I need to catch up on frankenstien, I only have to read 87 pages! Not a big deal or anything! **insert sarcastic smiley here**


Laura W - Jan 15, 2007 7:02 pm (#311 of 2990)

"Laura W, I meant no disrespect to The Great One. I just thought the Beckham situation sounded similar to Gretzky's odd choice to sign with the L.A. Kings back in the day. After all, when one thinks hockey, one thinks "Los Angeles.”  "

Sure one does, Mike. (big grin)

Truth is that when Gretzky was traded to L.A. by Peter Pocklington (boo, hiss), the city of Edmonton went into mourning. I still have the press clippings from that time. Nobody blamed Wayne, and he actually cried at the press conference. He was still in his prime but Pocklington got a lot of money for Gretzky. Of course, the fact that Wayne's lovely new wife was/is a California girl made it a bit easier for him. (They got married in a church just a couple of blocks from where I live now. What a spectacle! You'd think it was a royal wedding.) Anyway, as I said, nobody in Edmonton sees a parallel with the Beckham situation. They see it as Wayne Gretzky and the city of Edmonton being sold down the river by the club's owner.

I hate to admit it, Thom, but when I was growing up in Toronto, there were only "the original six" NHL teams. In my house, we watched Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday. When the Leafs lost, I literally became depressed. When I was in grade six I had decided that I would be a hockey writer when I grew up. (I am not, by the way, and hardly even ever watch hockey since the league expanded.) When I was in grade eight, my mother and I went to Detroit to see a playoff game between the Red Wings and the Chicago Black Hawks. We stayed in the same hotel as the Chicago team and I got Bobby Hull's autograph. At that age I thought he was terribly handsome (as well as being a terrific player). One day, on Yonge Street in Toronto, we saw Bobby Pulford. My mother screamed out his name and totally embarrassed me.

Ah well, that is all in the past. Now, I only occasionally watch a game because I can't stand all the fighting. I do watch the playoffs when the Oilers are in them, however (winks at Eponine while chanting, "We are number two, we are number two!").

Also Squid, you didn't get the HP reference in my last post. Ok, it *was* oblique. Take a look at what I wrote about what you said about Wayne Gretzky and look at how I wrote it. Now look at this passage from OoP, chapter 37:

(DD): "... and whatever Kreacher's faults, it must be admitted that Sirius did nothing to make Kreacher's lot easier-"




Viola Intonada - Jan 15, 2007 7:33 pm (#312 of 2990)

Hubby is a huge soccer fan. The thing that shocks us the most about Beckham's move is that the MLS has that much money. Hopefully it will do more to increase soccer's popularity here.

I took great advantage of all of the MLK day sales today. Eldest daughter and I had some great bonding time today shopping. (We were able to leave the feet draggers behind)

I hope they aren't planning to release book 7 at the same time as OoP movie. That would be too much to handle at once, unless the movie theaters sold the book.


Eponine - Jan 15, 2007 7:40 pm (#313 of 2990)

Laura, your post about the Leafs reminded me of when they played the Hurricanes during the playoffs about 5(?) years ago. Mr. Eponine and I had been dating for a few months, and I'd made the trip out to NC to meet everyone. We were able to get tickets to go to the hockey game, and we were surprised by the number of Leafs fans. What surprised us even more was when they told us that it was easier and cheaper for them to travel all the way down to NC to see a game than it would have been for them to see it in Toronto.

Ginny, how are you liking Frankenstein? That was one of my favorite assignments in college.

I'm very busy trying to read the massive amount of assignments for school. I'd forgotten what it was like to have so much NOT FUN reading to do.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


journeymom - Jan 15, 2007 9:05 pm (#314 of 2990)

"My government teacher lets us use a 4X6 index card for one test during the year. Whatever we can get on the card is far game, and we turn it in with our test. I wrote microscopic last year and this year, getting all 40 + pages of notes on the thing. After re-writing all my notes, I didn't even need the card and got a very good grade on the test. Of course, that was the point of it."

Hey, neat idea!


kaykay1970   - Jan 15, 2007 9:10 pm (#315 of 2990)

I hope you get your insurance stuff sorted out Marie! My health insurance this year is actually an improvement over last year's. Forget that Hubby's company sold to another and his pay was cut by $4 an hour!

We went searching again for the Wii today. No luck! But I did buy a train table for $19 that cost $75 before Christmas! Woo Hoo!

We are supposed to reach below freezing temps tonight. It has rained all day, so I'm afraid we may wake up to a solid sheet of ice on the road!


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 15, 2007 9:15 pm (#316 of 2990)

Ginny, how are you liking Frankenstein?  I'm not very far into it, but so far so good. I think I'll like it more once I get into the 'meat' of the story. I love that I can understand the language. That generally plays a big part in me liking it. If I can't understand it, then it just becomes torture to read.

I'm not a fan of soccer, and I really could care less that Beckham is coming over here. But on the contrary, he is pretty cute, and he has a British accent! That's always a good thing!

Time to finish up the last of my homework!

**moves back into lurker mode**

Have a great RotN/W

Oh look what my weatherbug says right now:

Tuesday Night Cloudy. Chance of rain and slight chance of light sleet in the evening...then slight chance of light rain... Light freezing rain and light sleet after midnight. Colder. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.


Thom Matheson - Jan 15, 2007 10:10 pm (#317 of 2990)

Julie thanks for asking and yes they were buds. Most of the sports guys in the 40s and 50s were that way. They all had to work other jobs in the off season to take care of their families, not like today.

They all seemed to have jobs selling stuff. Companies wanted to trade off on the name notarioty(sp) for additional sales. My dad sold Awnings and siding. Al Kaline in 1953 was the first Detroiter to make over $20,000 a year while in baseball.

Laura, I can't tell you how many Leafs and Wing games I have seen, but like you since the expansion and realignment we don't see the great six much. Chicago and Detroit in the west make the schedule weird.


Elanor - Jan 15, 2007 10:55 pm (#318 of 2990)

About Beckham, my first thought was that he wanted to move into a new carreer soon... in Hollywood! Soccer is really not my cup of tea though. Rugby's much more interesting to watch (IMO). **Waving to Good Evans and Lizzie** When is the Six Nations Championship starting BTW?

Happy belated birthday wishes to many I have missed!

Have a great night / day!



painting sheila - Jan 15, 2007 11:04 pm (#319 of 2990)

HI everyone!

Missed you all this weekend - but we were SO busy. There was just no time.

I recieved and email today with my "official" title - I am Costumer's Assistant for Jesus Christ Superstar. Yeah! (I think) I hope I enjoy it as much as I think I will.

Beckham - Cute to look at - hope he doesn't bankrupt the sport.

Weather - Cold stuff is coming our way. It was 70 F today here - WONDERFUL!! I even had the air on for a bit.


The Great Wii Search - good luck!! It's worth the effort.

I am off to bed. I have been so tired lately.

See you all tomorrow - I hope.



The giant squid - Jan 16, 2007 12:52 am (#320 of 2990)

Also Squid, you didn't get the HP reference in my last post.--Laura W.

Egad...I seem to be missing a lot of references lately. I'll have to turn in my "useless font of trivia" union card.

Thom, Laura, I bow to the more knowledgeable on all matters hockey. Despite growing up in North Dakota I know very little about the sport. I pursued other hobbies, such as reading.



Laura W - Jan 16, 2007 4:32 am (#321 of 2990)

Oooh, Mike. Now I know why you're The giant squid. You must have stingers at the ends of those tentacles, because you always manage to get a clever barb in. (hee, hee).

They are not mutually exclusive, you know. It *is* possible to be both an avid hockey fan and a VORACIOUS reader at the same time. (wink) I was. Some of us are multi-dimentional... and can even walk and chew gum at the same time.

(just having fun with you)



Catherine - Jan 16, 2007 4:41 am (#322 of 2990)

Some of us are multi-dimentional... and can even walk and chew gum at the same time. –Laura

Hey! No fair to Mike. Squids can't walk.


Marie E. - Jan 16, 2007 5:52 am (#323 of 2990)

Despite not keeping up with professional hockey, I happen to know that young Squidboy played hockey as a youth. I believe he began as a kindergartener and stopped playing somewhere around second or third grade. I even played one year. My dad was the coach and little Mike was on my team. I was a good ice skater but a terrible hockey player, as I remember.

We have our Tahoe back. They repainted the passenger door and back panel and now it's all shiny and pretty. I'm going to miss the Sirius radio from the rental car, though. The girls liked having the third seat in the back. I felt like a limo driver when they sat back there.

It's supposed to "warm" up to the 20's and 30's this week. It actually does feel warm after our freezing temperatures.

I completely forgot to watch the Golden Globes last night. I've already read online all the winners (yay for Helen Mirren!), but it's not the same as watching. I'm a big awards show fan so this is heart wrenching for me.


Denise P. - Jan 16, 2007 6:20 am (#324 of 2990)

Giant squids may not walk but everyone knows they enjoy ten pin bowling.  Chat & Greetings 2007 1003735042


kaykay1970   - Jan 16, 2007 6:23 am (#325 of 2990)

But on the contrary, he is pretty cute, and he has a British accent! That's always a good thing! –Ginny

You remind me so much of my eldest sometimes. She never watched Indycar until she discovered Dan Wheldon. Now you can't pull her away from the tv when the races are on...


Loopy Lupin - Jan 16, 2007 6:45 am (#326 of 2990)

One of the other teachers disagreed strongly with my decision to allow the index card. – Catherine

Geauxtigers already alluded to this, but are you allowing magnifying glasses too? If you haven't done the index card thing before, you're in for a treat of microscopic writing like you've never seen before. Indeed, it may be quite impossible to see anyway.


Lina - Jan 16, 2007 6:46 am (#327 of 2990)

Maybe they didn't need a good soccer player to increase the popularity of soccer in America, just a good looking one...


Denise P. - Jan 16, 2007 6:58 am (#328 of 2990)

Boy, I would have fun with an index card! I write small anyway (at least according to one forum member **waves to Lupin**) but I think I would be visiting a local print shop after I figured out what I wanted on the card. Hee hee.... I think you can figure out what I would be attempting.

I had a history teacher in high school who had the standing offer of an automatic A in his class to anyone who rewrote the Declaration of Independence on a roll of toilet paper with a felt tip pen. I think I got about 3 squares into it before I gave up. No one ever got through the entire thing that I am aware of.

Off to Nashville for our final visit to Vanderbilt. We are saying goodbye to his team of nurses and doctors that have been caring for him since 2001.


Solitaire - Jan 16, 2007 8:06 am (#329 of 2990)

LOL about the microscopic reading, Loopy! When I took my CLAD/SDAIE exam, we were allowed to bring one index card with notes on one side. I typed as much as I could cram on that thing with an 8 point font ... it was almost too small for ME to read! I had to use pale highlighters to help me keep the info straight. One of the other teachers in the class did the same ... and brought a large magnifying glass!

A couple of times I've given open-book exams. Alas, the grades are usually worse! I figure the kids think they don't have to study, since they are allowed to use their notes and books. Unfortunately, they don't know where to find the info, since they haven't bothered to study. They spend all their time flipping around in the book and none of it answering questions!

When I was a freshman, one of my older cousins warned me about the "easy, open-book exams" that were often given by one of our high school teachers. He said they were killer, and if the teacher said the exam would be open-book, I should study TWICE as hard as I would for a regular exam. It was good advice ... and I took it. May all the students here do the same.



painting sheila - Jan 16, 2007 8:53 am (#330 of 2990)

Hi everyone!

It's a gray day here. The cold front that has been pounding the midwest is heading our way. I think we are just getting the tail end of it, so no freezing rain/snow in our forcats. Just gray, howling winds and rain. Good day for reading!

I got my Bernina sewing machine fixed and it works like a dream!! My Father-in-law sent me my mother-in-law's machine. It appeared to have been dropped some where in the shipment process and the casing was bent. I have had it for a year and just now took it to get it fixed. It was only $64.00 which made me happy and mad at the same time. Happy that it was only $64.00, but mad because I could have taken it in a LONG time ago if I had known it was only going to be $64.00! Slacker Sewer in the house!

My Sweet Daughter wants to go to Winterfest - a girls ask dance at the high school. The theme is Disney Prince and Princesses. She want to go as Belle, so we went yesterday and found the perfect pattern (with some tweaking) and the perfect fabric. Yeah!! Now all she has to do is decide who she wants to take and get the nerve up to ask them!

The guy she wanted to ask was asked by another "friend" after Sweet Daughter had told the friend she was going to ask him. Needless to say, that particular girl is not on the "friend list" any more. (sigh) SD was very heartbroken, but seems to be rallying. Any 16-18 year old guy out there want to go to a high school dance? Ha!


journeymom - Jan 16, 2007 10:19 am (#331 of 2990)

So I got to watch House last night, Yay! What an episode! It was mentioned here before that he called the rehab bouncer (sorry, don't know what his job title is) 'Voldemort'. Then they ended the episode with "Season of the Witch" by Donovan. Now I can't tell, does the song refer to witches, drugs or knitting?

"Must be the season of the witch, yeah.

Must be the season of the witch.

You've got to pick up every stitch.

The rabbit's running in the ditch.

Beatnicks are out to make it rich."

What does it mean??


Holly T. - Jan 16, 2007 11:59 am (#332 of 2990)

Hi everyone!

We are having snow today! It's been raining and sleeting since Saturday and today we are getting snow. The kids are excited, since there is no school. I am happy since I don't have to go to work. I don't like cold weather at all and have been taking the advice of my cats and curling up on the couch with a blanket (and a book for me--the cats just sleep). I grew up in Houston and have never lived north of Waco so I can count the number of times I have seen snow on my hands. I don't like it.


The giant squid - Jan 16, 2007 2:27 pm (#333 of 2990)

Despite not keeping up with professional hockey, I happen to know that young Squidboy played hockey as a youth.--Marie E.

Sigh... Yes, it's true. From ages 5 to 8 I "played" hockey. I use quotes because I don't really consider skating back & forth and falling down repeatedly as participation, per se.

The Golden Globe awards were pretty good. I like that show as they don't mess around with fluff--they just give out the awards one after another. As always, Hugh Laurie & Jeremy Irons had hilarious acceptance speeches ("Everyone can't have a wonderful crew...someone out there is working with a bunch of drunken thieves."). I think Warren Beatty should have had a prepared speech, though, rather than rambling on for half and hour--okay, maybe it was more like 5 minutes, but it really dragged. Then again, that could just be because I'm not a big fan of his...



geauxtigers - Jan 16, 2007 2:33 pm (#334 of 2990)

The way I see, it, if you can see to write it as small as you can, you will be able to read it later! Works for me! I highlighted the important topics and under them were the sub topics and notes. We aren't allowed to type it, she said we would all show up with the same card, which is probably true of some people I know. I'd rather write it anyway. Neater if you ask me, don't have to glue the paper to the card.

So **crosses fingers and knocks on wood** Sleet is forcasted for tonight! And possible snow flurries! We are all so excited, its almost pathetic! School could be canceled because of the ice that is most likely going to form . I keep looking out my window! The high today was 35 F/ 2C, currently 33F/.5C at 3:30! Parishes to our west have winter weather warnings! Sleet, ice, snow! WooO!!!!! But I did freeze my butt off today! I didn't have anything on my legs, because they love to do uniform checks when it gets cold because people wear sweat pants under their skirts, so I chickened out and took them off before I got out the car this morning. Sure enough, there was uniform check. Midway through the day, I was thinking my pants would have been worth a detention anyday!

Saturday, it was 80F/27C, today nearly freezing! Gotta love the weather here! I tell ya , this country has gone from hot to cold so fast! I mean ice in southern Louisiana! Wow!

So I should go do my homework! And keep my eye on the window!

Have a great day!


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 16, 2007 2:36 pm (#335 of 2990)

Now all she has to do is decide who she wants to take and get the nerve up to ask them!  Good luck to her! That's one of the hardest things I've ever done! I made a complete idiot of myself freshman year! It haunts me to this day! I totally feel for the guys! **confidence charms to her**

It is wayyyy cold here! The high today only got to 35F and is now dropping again. It's 33F right now and raining. **Come on drop another 2 or 3 degrees and give us some snow/sleet** Our Dean told us today in announcements that we will follow whatever the public schools do, so that means if they don't have to go to school tomorrow, then neither do we! They are worried about slick, icy roads. **knocks on wood** Maybe we'll get our first ever SNOW DAY in history! **looks hopeful** This is pretty cold for January, yesterday the high was like 65F today 35F! Wow biigg change!

Well I have once again, huge amounts of homework. It would be lovely if we tomorrow off as I can catch up on it all.

Happy Tuesday!!


Marie E. - Jan 16, 2007 5:05 pm (#336 of 2990)

Amazingly I just got a call from the pediatrician's office and they said the insurance company approved Shayla's prescription. I have to pick up the new prescription at the doctor's office and while I'm there I'll go ahead and have them get permission for Lexie's also (they take the same medication but different strengths). I was really expecting to have to fight them on this, so I'm pleasantly surprised that they caved so quickly. And I'm going to follow haymoni's advice and ask for a reimbursement on my out-of-pocket expenses.


Mediwitch - Jan 16, 2007 7:07 pm (#337 of 2990)

Bleh, I think I'm getting a cold. I feel all achy and tired, and I've been in my jammies since 8:00! We're all in front of the TV (which never happens in our house) because a local farmer is going to be on Discovery's show "Dirty Jobs". From the intro, it looks like that will be the last segment of the show.

It finally feels like winter here - it's about 17 degrees F, and I don't think it even cracked 30 today. Shivering Ginny and Tori, I hope you get your "snow day" tomorrow! I wouldn't mind one either, but it won't happen tomorrow.


painting sheila - Jan 16, 2007 10:15 pm (#338 of 2990)

Ginny and Tori - I think you all should day something about freezing to death with just skirts! The boys shoold be made to wear shorts on cold days if you all have to wear skirts.

Thanks for the confidence charms. I am not sure they will help. She has pretty much chickened out. There is "just NO one to ask". (sigh)

I haven't been able to get to the computer since all the big kids have exams and papers due this week.

Maybe I can get back on tomorrow-

See ya -



geauxtigers - Jan 16, 2007 10:31 pm (#339 of 2990)

Ginny and Tori - I think you all should day something about freezing to death with just skirts! The boys should be made to wear shorts on cold days if you all have to wear skirts.

They do that anyway! One thing I never understood about guys, they will come to school without a sweatshirt and just shorts. It like the though guy thing to do or something! Come on! We all know its cold, no one is going to think anything of you! We do have regulation uniform pants, a.k.a. guys pants, with pleats, that don't fit right because they aren't made for girls. So no one wears them. Really annoying they wonder why we break the uniform code.

Yeah freshman year the girls ask the guys dance, Sadie Hawkins. I made a complete idiot of myself as well and I'm not doing it again! I'll go alone! Now if someone asks me, I am delighted to go, but I'm not asking him! LOL. I know, not a good vote of confidence, but just thought I'd share. Yeah total fool of myself. It still haunts me to think about it...

Well its late, its cold, no rain, school tomorrow. Oh well, still might wake up to sleet. Think I'll go snuggle under my covers and read some Frankenstien.

Have a great week everyone! Stay warm!


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 16, 2007 10:38 pm (#340 of 2990)

Ginny and Tori - I think you all should day something about freezing to death with just skirts! The boys should be made to wear shorts on cold days if you all have to wear skirts.

We've tried that. They just tell us to wear tights which basically do nothing but itch and fall down all day. My rule is: If you can see through them, then you might as well not wear them! Our other option is the "school pants" The big problem with these is that they are "uni-sex" AKA guys pants that they sell to the girls. Because they are guys pants, they never fit right, and are extremely uncomfortable, not to mention that they are hideous to the extreme with 3 pleats going down the front and to top it all off they are around $80. We just don't have that many freezing cold days down here, so it's a complete waste of money to buy them every year(because you always seem to out grow them) for just a couple of cold days. I can't understand why we can't wear sweatpants if it's below 45 degrees. Like I said, it's not that many days!We can't even wear legging because they don't cover our ankles! ok

ok off to bed now!Night!


painting sheila - Jan 16, 2007 11:15 pm (#341 of 2990)

Ginny and Tori- HA!! I went to BYU and in the middle of winter with many feet of snow on the ground the California "dudes" would be walking around in short sleeved t-shirts, shorts, and sandals! We would laugh at them out loud. Their legs were always a nice shade of blue! They would walk all stiff because they were so cold. It cracks me up now to think of it!

Thanks for the laugh!


The giant squid - Jan 17, 2007 12:41 am (#342 of 2990)

One thing I never understood about guys, they will come to school without a sweatshirt and just shorts.—geauxtigers

This part I get (I don't agree, but that's just because I'm not built for the cold weather ). What I don't understand is the Sweatshirt-and-shorts combo. If it's cold enough for a sweatshirt, put some bleepin' pants on! Note that this goes for girls wearing sweaters or hoodies & miniskirts as well.

Marie: That's great that the insurance company caved. I'd definitely hit them for reimbursement while they're weak. You do realize, of course, that because this went throguh something else farther down the line will get denied, most likely with an optimum of annoyance.



Marie E. - Jan 17, 2007 5:55 am (#343 of 2990)

Cheers, Mike.


Solitaire - Jan 17, 2007 8:11 am (#344 of 2990)

We've been having unusually cold weather for Bakersfield this winter. Temps have been in the 30s during the day, which is very rare for us. Even so, it is not unusual to see junior high girls in parkas with fur around the face, UGG boots ... and shorts! When they take off the parkas (or unzip them), they are wearing skimpy little tops meant for August. No, I am not kidding. UGGs and shorts/T-shirts make up one of the stupider outfits I've been seeing in this cold spate of weather. What's worse, I am seeing grown women out and about in this particular uniform, as well.

Our girls' PE teacher tells the girls to bring sweats for PE, as they must do some outdoor exercise each day. They do not listen ... then they whine about being cold in PE. Go figure ... When I was in school, we wore what we were told or suffered the consequences (demerits, detentions, and possibly calls home). Then again, we had an actual dress code: skirts no more than two inches from the floor when we knelt on our knees and NO trousers or shorts. Ahhh ... the good old days!


PS As I type this, it is 34 degrees F. outside, and I am drinking HOT coffee and have a heating pad across my knees (It helps the poor arthritic critters to function in the cold).


Loopy Lupin - Jan 17, 2007 8:46 am (#345 of 2990)

I've never understood the sweatshirt/short or even the longsleeve/shorts combo either. If the guy in question is single, however, it may simply be a laundry issue.

It was 20 degrees this morning. On Monday night, I went out to eat in shorts (with a shortsleeve shirt) since it was still 60 degrees or so after being about 68 during the day. Global warming or no, this can't be good for the body. On top of all this, I hear there's snow coming to DC soon.

Well, this is my big weekend to pursue my 15 minutes of fame. As I mentioned a couple months ago, I and two friends are auditioning for The World Series of Pop Culture. I head to NYC on Friday. On Saturday, we'll take a written test. If we bomb the test, it's over and we're off to shop for the rest of the day. If we pass, then we get to play the game on Sunday with the other people who passed. If we win, we automatically get a spot on the show, which tapes in March. Otherwise, we're a potential wildcard.


Julie Aronson - Jan 17, 2007 10:20 am (#346 of 2990)

Good luck, Loopy! I'm sure you'll ROCK!!!


Mediwitch - Jan 17, 2007 10:41 am (#347 of 2990)

Go Loopy!

For those who don't understand the shorts/long-sleeves issue, let me ask this...have you ever worn pants and a short-sleeved shirt? It's pretty much the same idea. It works really well here in New England where it can get quite warm in the late summer, but the temps at night drop off quickly.

Now, UGG boots and shorts, that's a different matter entirely! (Especially for adults! ) I think there is some chemistry issue with adolescent bodies...when my step-daughter was in high school it was quite common for her to try (notice that I say try ) to wear flipflops, shorts, and no coat in the winter when we had snow on the ground. Conversely, then she would wander around in pants and a hooded sweatshirt - with the hood up - in July. And she is not alone in this bizarre phenomena - many of Mr. Mediwitch's high school students seem to have their temperature regulation systems out of whack!

EDIT: John Bumbledore, I thought it was a reaction to the appearance to - UGGly! (Although I have to admit they look warm, at least!)


John Bumbledore - 17, 2007 10:47 am (#348 of 2990)

About UGG boots: having googled it for a look see, I have to say the name must have come from some reaction to the price. At least that is my reaction to 185 USD for UGG Australia's Arapahoe.

Edit in reply to Mediwitch's edit. Well, yes having looked at their selection the Arapahoe style was the only one I liked (or the one I disliked the least?) But having grown up in the "snow belt" of Pennsylvania, I can tell you warmth and comfort is always my first criterion for winter apparel. (Explains my red knit sweater over white button down oxford and khakis pants.

Comparison, S&K Men's Store says I can get (Edit: one of) their many wool suits for about the same price.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Thom Matheson - Jan 17, 2007 10:49 am (#349 of 2990)

I am guilty as charged. I too wear Sweatshirts with shorts. It is the top of me that gets cold. Except for days like today. Yes folks Michigan finally has seen winter. 20F daytime, teens at night. On the good side for those of us that despise winter, Spring Training starts in 30 days. Pitchers and Catchers report in less then 3 weeks. Spring is just around the corner. Also doesn't get dark here until after 5:30pm.


painting sheila - Jan 17, 2007 10:57 am (#350 of 2990)

Go Loony Lupin!!

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The giant squid - Jan 17, 2007 11:10 am (#351 of 2990)

If we bomb the test, it's over--Loopy Lupin

As if! Good luck, Loopster!

As for weather, it's been downright frigid here for the last week. Overnight temps have dropped below freezing and the highs are only in the 30s. I know, those of you in the colder climates are laughing right now, but after 5 years here my body isn't acclimated to the cold anymore. I must retain some of my old "skin", though, as I didn't start complaining until it actually dropped below freezing; most of my coworkers have been whining since it hit 40...



Chemyst - Jan 17, 2007 11:25 am (#352 of 2990)

John, if you'd googled the women's styles, you'd have found a nice "Firenze" available for two S&K suits. Or do centaurs require two sets of boots? ...in which case it's four suits?

Good Luck Loopy.

Sunny and 43 °F / 6 °C here. No complaints for January.


painting sheila - Jan 17, 2007 11:54 am (#353 of 2990)

Ellah David - WELCOME! Can't wait to hear your thoughts -



Loopy Lupin - Jan 17, 2007 1:28 pm (#354 of 2990)

Thanks for all the "Good Luck" wishes. We'll see how it goes!


geauxtigers - Jan 17, 2007 3:13 pm (#355 of 2990)

UGGs and shorts/T-shirts make up one of the stupider outfits Alas, People wear them here too with the uniform skirts. I think it looks dumb.

As for shorts and a sweat shirt, I wear that when its in the 70s, so I can't say much, but then again, you will not find me wearing that if its below 50 unless its my school uniform. A lot of people I know would rather freeze and look good vs. be warm and not look good. I hate being cold, so I dress for the cold. But the guys still kill me with that whole20 degree outside and the are in shorts and a short sleeve shirt.

I wore sweat pants under my skirt today. We all received an e-mail telling the girls that today they'd let it slide, but don't expect to get away with it again. Nearly half the school had on some form of illegal pants. Oh well, I was warm and happy, I'll take my detention if they want to give it to me, too cold!

SO I'm off to do homework. I need catch up on Frankenstein again. I though I'd done well on the reading quiz today until we went over it. We had 2 quotes and we had to write about them, we could use our books. I hadn't read it all, so the 2nd one, I went on about how Victor's guilt was catching up to him ect etc. Turns out it was the creature talking, not Victor! Oops! I think she going to know I didn't read it all! LOL!

Good luck, Loopy!!


Catherine - Jan 17, 2007 3:14 pm (#356 of 2990)

Loopy Lupin,

My seventh graders were informed of your impending tryout, and they are rooting for you almost as much as I am!

I promised I would allow them to celebrate if you make it on.


kabloink! - Jan 17, 2007 3:33 pm (#357 of 2990)

Well, I've been lurking since before Christmas, but I have only just caught up on posts. Sorry, baby is teething and starting solids (which brings a whole new light to diaper changing), not to mention just all over busy-ness.

We're looking at a house-great price, and the owner knows my dad. 5 bedrooms, and easily over 2000 sq feet. Needs lots of cosmetic work, but not much else, thank goodness. We should hear about whether or not we can get a mortgage within the next week.

Going back to scouting-my husband was (is?) an Eagle Scout. He can't wait til Ian is old enough to join scouts.

Hmm optical insurance, I work for my parents at their optical store. What we have found, if you can find a reasonably priced optical business, it isn't worth it. Given that you're only eligible once every 2 years, you'll most likely pay more in insurance than you would for your glasses. It does depend on your optician's prices, though. Ours are very low, even our designers, though our designer selection is a bit smaller than most.

Ahhh Hockey. I married into a hockey family. In fact, the first Christmas after we got married, my in-laws gave me a Lidstrom jersey (Red Wings player for non hockey nuts out there). This was a good thing, though. My father in law actually grew up down the road from Delveccio (sp?), and that is the jersey he has. He actually has a picture somewhere of several guys from the team of Delveccio's years siting around, shooting the bull with him (or was it his dad-I can't remember). Its pretty cool. I guess he used to go by Olympia Stadium on his way to school.

Ok, off to FINALLY watch "The Devil Wears Prada" with my mom.


Madam Pince - Jan 17, 2007 4:40 pm (#358 of 2990)

Just popping in for a (somewhat) quick "Hi!" (OK, so nothing I ever do is "quick"....) Hope everyone's doing well! We've been over at my aunt's house doing what we can to clean out 50+ years of "pack-rat-ness" in the short space of two weeks. To make a long story (somewhat) short, she died a couple years ago; my Mom doesn't want to do anything with the house plus all the accumulated "stuff" is too daunting to even contemplate, so the house has been sitting empty except for our/her occasional stays over there; finally she saw the light that we need to have some income in order to keep paying the taxes, so she reluctantly agreed to a renter; said renter had thought we would have months to get ready for him, but he got a buyer for his house who wanted to close in TWO WEEKS right before Christmas (which there was no way that was going to happen); so anyway, we were on a very fast track to do everything in a week that SHOULD have been done years ago, or at least a little bit at a time over the last couple years. Yuck. It has soooooo not been fun. But now it's at least sort of done, and the renter is in. Bleah, bleah, bleah...

Weather here is so weird. It has been downright warm (in the 70's) and my daffodils and tulips are up about 4-inches out of the ground although not blooming. Now tonight it's going to be down into the teens supposedly. Poor flowers! Earlier I read someone's post kind of laughing at California's Governator declaring a state of emergency because of the cold weather, but today I read why -- several billion dollars worth of fruit has been destroyed by the cold, which will have a huge economic effect on the state (and the rest of us who like fruit, too, probably...) Ack again!

Little Pince has picked up a cold at school -- not too severe, but he's been kind enough to share it with me. I've been using Zicam to try to avoid the worst of it.

Juliebug, I can't believe that whomever stole your wallet took the time and effort to package up what they didn't want and mail it back to you. And the things they took vs. what was returned? That is one weird thief. But if it was someone who wasn't the thief, why wouldn't they have signed their name, or turned it in to the cops or whatever? The whole thing is just odd. Anyway, glad you got back what you did!

I sympathize with you girls wanting to wear pants under your skirts. Can't you wear the ugly pleated pants under them so you'd be both "legal" and warm? If they're under your skirt, then surely nobody could see the ugly pleats, right? What do I know, though; a fashion maven I most certainly am not. Comfort is the name of the game!

Speaking of game, today has been most satisfactory for me, because Virginia beat Maryland last night in basketball. I have been asking Mr. Pince about every five minutes "Do you hear that? I thought I heard someone say 'Fear the Wahoos'..." ("Fear the Turtle" is Maryland's slogan, because they are the Terrapins, for those who don't know. And Mr. P likes Maryland. And I don't. Totally unexpected that Virginia would win, but there you go -- ACC basketball is like that.)

And speaking of UVA winners -- go, Loopy! Good luck in your upcoming tryouts!

Happy Birthday to those celebrating recently or soon, and (((hugs))) or "Congrats!" or "Sympathies" as appropriate! Oh, and Snuffles, I still can't get over what an adorable baby Olivia was! (She still IS adorable, obviously, but as a baby, what a doll!)

***waves at Dizzy Lizzy and Kabloink! and others who have been absent for awhile!***

Off to register Little Pince for tee-ball for this spring!


boop - Jan 17, 2007 5:49 pm (#359 of 2990)

Hi Everyone!

Good Luck Wayne, enjoy your trip.

Kabloink, good to see you around.

American Idol started last night, any other fans out there?

hugs always



Tazzygirl - Jan 17, 2007 6:51 pm (#360 of 2990)

Good Luck, Loopy!

**is somewhat enjoying the ~80 degree F humid weather... really wishing it was colder though...** I looooove my UGG boots (I have the Koolaburra version- love spelling/saying the name. LOL) but I only wear them while in California for Christmas, and with pants. Whoever thought UGGs should be worn with skirts or shorts must have been insane.

Student teaching this semester is so far pretty cool. I am in a class (4-6 grade) with 8 students. Three have Autism, one has Rhett's syndrom, and the others have various learning disabilities. All are sweet kids, and I can tell this semester is going to get better and better.

Yeay! to Marie for getting the Insurance company to break.

**waves to Madam P**

Boop- I watched American Idol last night. I always watch it up until they start the competition in Hollywood. It's more entertaining to me- amazing how people think they can sing (and everyone they know thinks they can too!) but then get shot down by the judges. Once they get to Hollywood it gets boring to me. Although I might stick around for ABBA week.

Off to bake cookies for class tomorrow and do some homework.

Have a fantastic RotD/N everyone!



painting sheila - Jan 17, 2007 8:06 pm (#361 of 2990)

I have been watching American Idol tonight and totally cracking up!! I have to leave the room though when they start making too much fun of them. I can't stand to see some body get their hearts broken. Getting broken once is bad enough but to have it seen on TV with millions of people watching - oh, that is so sad.

We are supposed to get flurries, sleet and freezing rain here tonight and in the morning! YEAH!! I just hope I can a least make a tiny snow man.


painting sheila - Jan 17, 2007 9:01 pm (#362 of 2990)

To late to edit - Sorry for the double post.

I am doing laundry - again! - late at night and no one else is around on the forum. Jeez! Do you people sleep or something? Ha! (Spoken like a true insomniac!)

Oldest Son has his conference dive meet on Friday. I think he is a bit nervous. He practiced for two and 1/2 hours today. He was exhausted. He thinks it will be the little things that will kill him on points.

During the summer dive season, it is a lot more relaxed and less stringent on the points/exact form/ good height/etc. Now he is having to undo some of the bad habits he has from summer dive - like swinging your arms correctly on your approach and making to the very end of the board on your approach. He is a very good diver but he thinks he is a little sloppy looking. We shall see on Friday I guess.

Then on Saturday he has an audition in the mountains of NC. His audition is at 10:00 so we have to leave at 5:00 am to get there in time and make allowances for bathroom breaks and the like.

I have a friend whose brother passed away and I would like to go to the funeral on Saturday but it is in Tennessee. Hubby would have to take Oldest Son to the audition and I would have to miss Oldest Son's dive meet in order to be at the funeral the next day at 11:00. What to do? What to do?

I think I should go to Oldest Son's dive meet. What do you all think?


Tazzygirl - Jan 17, 2007 9:04 pm (#363 of 2990)

Sheila: Getting broken once is bad enough but to have it seen on TV with millions of people watching - oh, that is so sad.

It is sad, but there is something even sadder about family and friends telling the wanna-be singers that they can sing. For instance, the juggling/dancing guy cannot sing. To comfort him, his mom kept telling him that he will become a singer and so on. She should have told him a loooooong time ago to keep up with juggling and dancing. Honestly, I think the judges are doing everyone a service, but are just a little too harsh about it. But then we wouldn't have an entertaining show....


EDIT: Sheila, you posted while I was typing. Sorry to hear about your friend's brother. Were you really close to the friend? If not that close, then I probably would choose son's dive meet.


geauxtigers - Jan 17, 2007 9:28 pm (#364 of 2990)

Do you people sleep or something? Ha! (Spoken like a true insomniac!)

I'm in that club! I could fall asleep typing this, but the second my head hits the pillow...up forever thinking about all the 1000s of things I need to do and worrying about this and that etc. That on top of being Nocturnal! Life is so much better by night! Wouldn't you agree?! LOL

American Idol is great! I also just watch the prelims. Hollywood part is boring to me. Simon cracks me up! And as for the people who can't sing, I agree Kristina, I think its even sadder that these people are surrounded by friends and family telling them they are great. You should never feed an unrealistic dream. Wake up and smell the coffee. You should strive to do something you are good at, something reachable and your family and friends shouldn't encourage it it per say you sing like some of these people. Its one thing to dream about being a doctor, even if its not likely, I think you can do anything if you try, but singing, thats something you are BORN with. You can't just wake up one morning and decide to take vocal lessons and become a singer. It just doesn't work that way. See what mean? I feel really bad for the people who really truly think they can sing. And I don't think its fair to feed them false hope. It is amusing non the less

Shelia, good luck to your son with the diving! I think that is such a cool thing! Its one of my favorite things to watch on the olympics! You won't see me getting up on that 10 meter platform though! LOL as for the funeral, if its a close friend, then you should consider going, but if its a friend you haven't seen in a while ect, then I think its okay to skip it and go to the dive meet.


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 17, 2007 9:37 pm (#365 of 2990)

I sympathize with you girls wanting to wear pants under your skirts. Can't you wear the ugly pleated pants under them so you'd be both "legal" and warm? If they're under your skirt, then surely nobody could see the ugly pleats, right? What do I know, though; a fashion maven I most certainly am not. Comfort is the name of the game!

LOL unfortunately they are extremely uncomfortable, that is if you can manage to get a pair that actually fit! They don't fit girls, they are made for guys. Why can't they make girl pants! LOL. But no we can't wear them under our skirts because they are "baggy" and that just looks sloppy. Never mind everyones legs are purple and blue and freezing, it "looks sloppy". Grrrr. It honestly doesn't look that bad, it's cold out and I don't really feel like freezing.

I've been watching American Idol too. Very entertaining. It amazes me that 10,000+ people show up for the auditions and only 20 or so make it to the next round. I'm sure that a lot of these people get on there to try and get their 15 minutes of fame, but there are also a lot of people who seem completely clueless that they can't sing. All I have to think is "do they not have friends?" I mean surly a real friend wouldn't let you go through that kind of humiliation if you can't sing! I wouldn't let my friends do it, if they were as bad as some of those people up there. But it is entertaining, none the less!

**good luck charms to oldest son** I had a friend who used to dive once. We went with her to practice once and after we "played" in the diving well and I was diving on the lowest spring boards. Then I got *brave* and decided to jump off the first platform dive. I got up there and froze. It was definitely one of the more traumatic experiences of my life! There was no way I was jumping from that height, much less into a pool of water that was 17 feet deep. I think my fear of heights along with my fear of deep water don't mix too well! I don't know how people do it! It's very cool to watch!

Time to finish up the last of my physics homework. yay. Then off to bed. Night!


kabloink! - Jan 17, 2007 10:05 pm (#366 of 2990)

I love American Idol, but I really don't like the audition part. I suppose I simply don't have a properly developed case of Train-wreck Syndrome. I hate seeing the people who really can't sing who think they can. I love watching the real competition, though. I absolutely ADORE Carrie Underwood!

Knight Knight everyone!


John Bumbledore - 17, 2007 10:31 pm (#367 of 2990)

Not an insomniac! But I'm awake and posting.

Well, now I'm off to bed.


Solitaire - Jan 18, 2007 2:53 am (#368 of 2990)

Ginny and Tori, did you say you cannot wear leggings under your skirts? I've seen that look before, and it can work. Since we do not allow the girls to wear too-short skirts at our school, a lot of the 8th grade "fashionistas" wear leggings under their short jeans skirts, and they look cute. I've also seen a couple of the girls wear tights and leg-warmers under their skirts. Some achieve "the look" a little more successfully than others, but it does look warmer than bare legs.

Re sweatshirts and shorts ... I do wear this look, but it is usually at the beach or when I am out on a walk around the neighborhood. Sweatshirts are lightweight, like sweaters.

I can't help laughing when I see a kid shivering in a hooded, fur-lined, down-filled parka with bare, goose-pimpled legs hanging out of short-shorts ... and complaining of the cold! The "UGGs with T and shorts" look strikes me as funny, because the girls are complaining about the cold, yet here they are with their bare arms and legs hanging out, as if it were the middle of summer. They ARE wearing UGGs, after all ... that should keep them warm! Common sense, anyone?



Chemyst - Jan 18, 2007 6:54 am (#369 of 2990)

Tori & Ginny, as someone who once tried to custom tailor a pair of uniform pants/trousers by lowering the high waist (we are talking 90 year-old man in a nursing home look) by about 1¼ inches (It needed taken down a full 2" but I didn't want to mess with the pocket welts), I will say that in your case where you wouldn't wear them every day anyway, it is probably not worth it. However, if you do, I found that J-B Weld makes a great new zipper stop.


Eponine - Jan 18, 2007 7:36 am (#370 of 2990)

It snowed here last night! We never get snow! As soon as Mr. Eponine is ready, we're going out to walk in the snow.


Catherine - Jan 18, 2007 7:50 am (#371 of 2990)

Phooey, Eponine!

All we got is chilly rain. **pouts**

Enjoy the snow.


Ydnam96 - Jan 18, 2007 8:26 am (#372 of 2990)


I had to skim posts because I’m about to leave for the airport. Leaving "snowy" southern California headed to snowy northern Virginia!

Uggs with Skirts. Eeeeeewwwww! There are several Facebook groups that are "Anti Uggs with Skirts." The ones around here usually feature pictures from Disneyland. I don't get it. My feet would sweat!

Well, off to the airport. Have a great weekend all.



kabloink! - Jan 18, 2007 8:28 am (#373 of 2990)

As I live only about 45min to an hour away from Thom, winter has definitely hit here-I'm loving it! Its cold, but its Michigan-it was supposed to be this cold here months ago. OK now off to feed little one, who has decided to demonstrate how strong he is while trying to eat...arg.


Madam Pince - Jan 18, 2007 8:56 am (#374 of 2990)

Sheila, so sorry about your friend's brother. Are they holding a visitation the night before the funeral? If so maybe you could do that and then still get to Oldest Son's swim meet? (I'm sure you would've thought of this...) Lacking that, I think I would send nice flowers to the funeral and go to the swim meet. You could have lunch with your friend sometime later when there won't be a hundred other people around so you could truly have a meaningful visit, (seems I never really get to talk to people at either weddings or funerals...) and your son will always remember that you were there at his meet. Just my two knuts, though.

I got a pair of wool/cotton/lycra-blend tights from Santa Claus this year -- they were actually from Vermont Country Store catalog -- which seem to stay up well and not get all baggy, and they are quite warm. (Of course, my legs are undoubtedly bigger than the twins', so that might affect the "baggy-quotient" ) Anyway, if I were forced to wear a skirt during freezing weather (ugggggg... perish the thought!), then I would definitely be wearing tights. I think they are warmer than pants anyway, because they cling. My winter uniform was always jeans, turtleneck, and sweater or sweatshirt -- flannel-lined jeans if it's really really cold.

I have never ever (not even once) watched American Idol. I know -- odd. But I'm not even that thrilled to watch professional musical performances, so amateur doesn't have any appeal for me. In fact, I'm just not much for these competition shows period, except for Survivor, which I like for the psychological aspetc. (I was a Psych major.) I did watch Deal or No Deal the other night for the first time because I was watching a football game or something that preceded it, but it was just totally frustrating to me because there is no skill involved whatsoever, just pure luck. I have occasionally watched The Apprentice and The Contender, but they really don't do that much for me. But I know I'm definitely in the minority -- these shows seem to be really popular! So everyone who watches, enjoy!

I was, on the other hand, very excited that Boston Legal came back after a month or so off. Now just waiting for Lost and I will be all set. (Although I have practically forgotten what was happening when it was on last... )

Debating whether or not to take Little Pince to school today -- he still has the sniffles and cough a teeny bit. Decisions, decisions. I have to take him tomorrow, because we're down to bring the snack!

***waves back at Tazzy*** Everyone enjoy the RotD!

Edit: I think the school-decision has been made for me -- I just looked outside and the snow is pouring down! Yay! Our first snow of the year! It looks like it will keep coming for awhile, so perhaps today is a stay-at-home day...


Good Evans - Jan 18, 2007 9:54 am (#375 of 2990)

OOOHHHH I haven't been here in a week!!! so I guess I win procrastinator of January award!!!

We have had a nice week off work, I told you that last Wednesday we took mum and dad to see Wicked, well since then we haven't done a huge amount, a bit of shopping (bought a beautiful winter coat in Monsoon on Monday at 1/2 price). Dad managed to pick it up with Mums coats on tuesday and it is currently in the post somewhere between Great Yarmouth and here as Mum is posting it back to me!!! several lunches out.....

yesterday we ate at the Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street (London). It dates back to 1667 when it was rebuilt after the fire of London. It has a tiny bar and lots of private dining rooms, just made me think of the leaky caludron, especially as you can indeed walk right past it without noticing it. Our lunch didnt finish til 4pm and then it was a quick zoom to the train to get home at a decent time!!

Monday we went to Chichester and poked around in the cathedral (saw the burial place of Gustav Holst and I didnt even know he was buried there!!).

I got an email from my US penpal the other day (I suppose we are more keyboard pals these days!) We have been pals for over 20 years and still havn't met! Its a bit like this forum really!! She lives in Michigan so a special hello to any Michigan dwelling forummers We write occasionally and catch up from time to time but it is good fun to keep up the contact.

Today we have been very cleaner-ish we hired a carpet cleaner and cleaned all the carpets downstairs so I have had quite a bit of exercise with throwing furniture here there and everywhere. haven't done anything this afternoon and thought I would come in here to catch up!

healing and cheering to all who need them

Big waves to the usual crew (you know who you are!!)

love to all

Julie X


Loopy Lupin - Jan 18, 2007 10:03 am (#376 of 2990)

Thanks again for the well wishes.

Since it is American Idol time again, I'd encourage everyone to read the Washington Post Style section on the days after the show airs. Lisa de Moraes writes a column called "American Idol: We Watch So You Don't Have To." The woman is a riot, in my humble opinion. You can access the articles online if the Post doesn't make it to your neck of the woods.


Holly T. - Jan 18, 2007 11:30 am (#377 of 2990)

Ginny and Tori, back in the day (early 70s), when my older sister started elementary school, girls were not allowed to wear pants, even when it was cold. They had changed this rule by the time I started school.

We ended up with two snow/ice days off from work and school, and then everything started two hours late today. With the holiday Monday (the weather has been bad since Saturday) this gave my daughter plenty of time to finish her science project, which was due today.

Serious question for those of you who live in places where you normally get snow and ice in the winter and it isn't unusual, like it is here, where everything shuts down, the people who are out on the roads and sliding and crashing because of the ice, etc. I know one problem was the Dept. of Transportation didn't have enough sand or chemicals or whatever they put on the overpasses so they had to close some roads because of that. Do people just know how to drive better on ice? in other parts of the country? Or is there better planning to have more de-icing stuff on hand? Seriously, I grew up in Houston and now live in Austin. They interview people from up North on TV who are laughing at people here for not knowing how to handle winter weather but how are we supposed to handle it?

Never watched American Idol, but I love Survivor and the Amazing Race and can't wait for the new shows to start.

Have a great RotD!


azi - Jan 18, 2007 11:43 am (#378 of 2990)

Today is a very windy day! I almost got blown over every couple of metres when walking! No snow, however...lucky Scotland have some though.

Fortunately, I never attended a school where skirts were compulsory. Impractical forms of trousers or easy to get skirts were the uniform (you could only get the trousers in that colour for boys, and I'm sure I've told this story before so I won't bore anyone again ).

Holly T - in my experience you just get on with it and stop complaining. I do think it's very much to do with how organised authorities are though - if you don't often need grit for the roads why would you bother investing in it when it can go somewhere more useful? Then they get caught out and chaos ensues.


John Bumbledore - 18, 2007 12:57 pm (#379 of 2990)

"Do people just know how to drive better on ice? in other parts of the country?"
"Winter weather, how are we supposed to handle it?" -- Holly T.

Holly, if it is ice you don't drive on it unless you have chains on your tires. Spotty ice, like on bridges (over passes) and shaded area, you must cope with and hope for the best. Here is how. Go slow and test your breaks before you really need to use them. Never apply your brakes while on the ice, you will just slide out of control.
1. If you are on ice and sliding, you can try putting your transmission in neutral. When you disengage the engine your tires may roll with the slide and regain traction rather than spinning from the push of the engine.
2. Turn into the slide. What does that mean? If your back end is trying to pass your front end on the right side you steer right (GENTLY) and don't over steer (meaning do not turn the wheels farther than needed).
3. If the bridge is short and straight, just coast across and keep your nose in front. Then when you get off the ice you can regain control.
4. Remember that your car is in neutral and shift to drive or reverse as needed to move to a safe location to BREATH, laugh, cry, or what ever.

I can tell you that I just did all of these this morning on I-540. There was no bridge involved it was the slush between the ruts that sent me into a slide ending in a 180 degree turn about. I estimate it was just two tenths of a mile between the traffic coming at me and where I had come to a stop. I put it in reverse, nothing happened because my engine had stalled.

I put it back to neutral to start the car, then into reverse. A slow acceleration got me over to the berm (or break down lane) where I could turn around.

Just a fun park ride for a Northwestern Pennsylvanian Native.

It is also uncommon to get freezing rain when you often get snow. Freezing rain happened in the areas between where it is common to have winter snow and where it is uncommon to have snow. So it happens most often in the South.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


haymoni - Jan 18, 2007 1:14 pm (#380 of 2990)

I agree with everything John said, but I would like to add one thing.

Leave extra, extra, extra room between you and the car in front of you. If they get out of control, they can take you with them. This also helps with the applying the brakes early advice.

haymoni, a lifer in Northeast Ohio.


Elanor - Jan 18, 2007 1:32 pm (#381 of 2990)

When there is some ice on the road here, I keep telling myself two things while driving:
- first, "DON'T brake!!! Anticipate and change down." (My car isn't automatic, lol!)
- and second: "Relax! NO brusque movement with the steering wheel!".

It has happened to me twice to have the car really starting to "slide", both times I just "followed the movement" of the car gently and it was okay (not that I really meant to do that, mind you, LOL! Just acted instinctively and I hope not to have to test my reflexes again soon! )

Audrey, South Burgundy driver

**Sending Weather Charms worldwide, they seem to be needed everywhere these days! **


John Bumbledore - 18, 2007 2:06 pm (#382 of 2990)

Right you are, Haymoni. It was partly because all traffic behind me did have about half a mile before they got to me that is why I wasn't hit by another driver.

Audrey, thank you for the weather charms.

I will now paraphrase Denise P. and say, "I know I drive like a northerner, don't try to keep up!" LOL

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 18, 2007 2:16 pm (#383 of 2990)

Ginny and Tori, did you say you cannot wear leggings under your skirts? I've seen that look before, and it can work.

Nope. Our ankles show and this is apparently "tacky"

What are these "chains" that y'all put on on your car when it snows? I've never actually known what they look like. I have this mental picture of them, and somehow I can't see a car being able to drive with chains on the tires! Nor do I get how that is supposed to help. Seems like it would make your car less stable.

It's really cold outside today. The high was 44F but it hasn't stopped raining, so it feels more like 34 than 44.

Off to check threads and do some homework!


Starling - Jan 18, 2007 2:41 pm (#384 of 2990)

All the storm/hurricane sufferers OK? There's a huge tree across the main road where I am, and something needs fixing on the roof, but we're not sure what, because we can't see it, we just heard it banging very loudly when the wind was still bad.


Detail Seeker - Jan 18, 2007 2:43 pm (#385 of 2990)

Virginiaelizabeth,there is a nice picture on www.rud/com/de/home.html to show you, how chains on a tire look like.

What do they do ? It is a rigid enhancement of your profile, that gets pressed deeper into snow or ice and increases distributes the shear load needed to drive your car forward onto a larger area (depthwise) of the ice/snow. There is some hope, that the snow/ice will not yield or yield less, so that some propulsion is accomplished.

Is this understandable ?


Mediwitch - Jan 18, 2007 3:22 pm (#386 of 2990)

Madam Pince: I have never ever (not even once) watched American Idol. I know -- odd...In fact, I'm just not much for these competition shows period...

Me too! I've never seen American Idol either, and I don't watch any of the competition or reality shows. The only show I make any effort to watch (although I enjoy others) is House, MD. If I want a reality show, I just sit back and look at my life! It's crazy enough for me.

Good Evans, Gustav Holst is one of my favorite composers! How cool for you.

Holly, no, people don't know how to drive better in the North - well, some people do but you'd be surprised! We are getting a bit of snow right now, and I'm listening to all the fire departments and ambulances getting dispatched to car accidents because of a dusting of snow on the roads. I think there is "better" (for lack of a better word ) planning - if you regularly expect snow and ice you stock up on sand and calcium chloride and the towns and states own more plows and sanders. It's a better economic investment in the north than it is in the south.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is when they think they can go as fast as they want because they have four-wheel or all-wheel drive. Four- or all-wheel drive might help you GO on slippery roads, but it won't help you STOP! John Bumbledore, haymoni, and Elanor gave some very good driving advice already. Detail Seeker, that's a great explanation for chains. We put them on our fire trucks, but usually only with ice or a foot or more of snow.

~Mediwitch, who took her driver's license test in December in upstate NY (not White Plains! )


John Bumbledore - 18, 2007 3:30 pm (#387 of 2990)

Just as Mediwitch said, four wheel drive doesn't help you stop. With that is the other big thing about going and stopping in slippery conditions is that smaller (lighter) is always better than big and HEAVY! That is why you see more SUV's than small cars in the ditches in a Wintery South. Did I mention that I drive a 1999 Saturn SL? Small, light, and 36 miles per gallon!

Edit: Thanky, Chemyst. KayKay and I did a copy and paste and discovered it didn't work with RUD slash COM that Detail Seeker used. I tried the same combination you just provided and it has some excellent pictures and explanation in English for us mono-linguistic peasants.

Now, I must hurry home before the wet roads freeze. Well, by now I may be crawling home at a mere 35 mph like this morning.


Chemyst - Jan 18, 2007 3:31 pm (#388 of 2990)

Is this understandable ? – Detail Seeker
I guess so.
http://www.rud.com/en/home.html is going to work better in North America

I learned how to drive in Ohio where we had about three feet of snow in an average year. We moved to the South about 18 years ago. I think northerners do acquire that that lighter touch that Audrey was talking about. People here seem to want to jerk the steering wheel and tend to over-compensate more often.


Starling - Jan 18, 2007 3:32 pm (#389 of 2990)

I drove here yesterday. There were massive gusts of wind, a snow shower, then rain, and I could hardly see anything because of the spray. And everybody seemed to be driving 70mph or faster. Complete lunacy! I was wondering if everybody had collectively lost the will to live ...

Just saw pictures of Blackpool, blimey, it looks like a bomb site, with roofs blown off and suchlike. Mind you, it doesn't seem to make much of a difference, it still looks as ugly as ever!


azi - Jan 18, 2007 3:53 pm (#390 of 2990)

Did I mention that I drive a 1999 Saturn SL? Small, light, and 36 miles per gallon!

This is where I tell you that that ain't a good mileage! My mum's car does between 60 and 70 miles to the gallon - she pays around only £40 car tax a year - whilst my father's car (ridiculously large pick-up) does just 39 miles to the gallon and he pays around £250 a year. It now pays to be efficient here. Of course, I don't know how available cars of my mum's mileage are over the pond.

Hehe, Starling, Blackpool isn't a nice place at all! Have I said that before on this thread? I hope you are ok after the wind!


kabloink! - Jan 18, 2007 4:24 pm (#391 of 2990)

I don't know about lighter being better in the winter. I've driven a 1990 Dodge Dakota, a Ford Focus, and an Alero all in the winter. The Focus got totalled in an ice storm, and while the Alero is nice, I miss my truck. Hubby and I really want to get a 4-wheel drive SUV, but that is mostly to get to his parents house on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere.

Up here in Michigan, I wouldn't say that we are better drivers, but we are simply much more used to the snow. Being used to it, after the first slide or spin or two, we readjust to driving in it all. Though i have to say, the idea of just ice or just snow wouldn't be too bad, but here, we get it all, for most of the year-well most years, at least. This year has been very weird.

Oops-getting busy-gotta go.


Madam Pince - Jan 18, 2007 5:08 pm (#392 of 2990)

Wow, azi! I've never even heard of a car that gets 60-70 miles to the gallon! That's great mileage! *insert Ooohs and Aaahs*

I think the winter driving thing is a combination of common sense, the experience you've had driving in those conditions, and the road crews' prep of the roads. If you live where there's lots of snow, as I did when growing up (Virginia is technically the South, but the mountains get lots of snow in winter), then the Dept. of Transportation tends to have lots of big trucks, scrapers, and tons of sand/salt on hand ready to go, and they are experienced enough to know when to start putting it down (ie: just after the snow starts but before it has time to pile up much) to get maximum benefit. That might not be the case in areas where the DOT never or hardly ever has to contend with snow and ice.

When I was in college and a manager for the basketball team, we had to travel to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech. They had what they termed a "huge snowstorm," which for Charlottesville would've been a minor inconvenience, but it practically shut down the entire city of Atlanta, because they weren't prepared to deal. Our locker room was freezing, because they had air conditioning units in the walls that were just letting the snow air come right in, which was not good for hot steamy basketball players coming in at halftime, so we managers had to climb on top of the lockers and stuff towels all around and over the A/C to try to keep out the frigid air. Ahhhh, those days were so glamorous...

Also, if you've never driven in it before, you're bound to make more rookie mistakes, such as the "following-too-close" one, or the "going-too-fast-into-a-shady-curve" one. (Speaking from experience -- I've done both back when I was a youngster and thought I'd seen it all...) I think, too, that it's almost impossible to really know how to react until you've been in the situation -- you know the rules, but until you've had the chance to "practice" it's hard to know exactly how it will feel. (Not that I'm recommending "practice!") Everyone's advice about going slow and maintaining extra distance between cars is right.

The weight thing, I think, is kinda like the 4-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive thing -- it will help you get started, but not necessarily help you stop. I had a front-wheel drive Honda Accord that would go practically anywhere in any snow, and my best friend had a rear-wheel-drive Volvo that was worse than useless in the snow -- it would slide around like a wet bar of soap on a marble floor. She used to load up 15 or 20 of those big huge boxes of copier paper in the trunk of her car to add weight so that she could get home from work, and then the next day she'd bring them back in the office. I would never own a rear-wheel-drive car.

Best case scenario -- wait until you see a State truck drive by throwing out salt, then pull in behind him and follow him as long as you can!


Nicholas Schouten - Jan 18, 2007 5:32 pm (#393 of 2990)

Madam Pince, you made my day! LOL!

I live in So. Calif., in the relatively flat area, so I rarely have to deal with snow or ice. But my family does have a cabin (which I haven't seen in almost half a decade!) in the mountains about 5,000 feet (roughly 1,600 meters) above sea level--high enough for there to be snow rather consistently in typical years. Someday I know I will need to follow your advice: "wait until you see a State truck drive by throwing out salt, then pull in behind him and follow him as long as you can!" Until then, I will do as done in the past: When seeing snow flakes beginning to fall--pack up quickly and get the heck out of Dodge!



Starling - Jan 18, 2007 5:38 pm (#394 of 2990)

I'm going to have to rent a car in Maine this summer, and found that US "mini" cars are the size of a decent size business car around here ... I'm used to a little Nissan Micra! I'm going to drive into things! I don't like big cars! Waily!


geauxtigers - Jan 18, 2007 6:22 pm (#395 of 2990)

This is where I tell you that that ain't a good mileage! My mum's car does between 60 and 70 miles to the gallon.

Are you serious! Thats insane, what kind of car is that? Mine is oh I dunno somewhere between 25-30 I think! I thought that was good, and its better than my dad's car! But I don't go out much or very far normally for that matter! But still! 60-70 miles a gallon! Are you sure its not liters *quickly trying to remember whats bigger, a gallon or a liter**?

Thanks for the explanation on the chains! LOL I had no idea what they looked like, not exactly common here! Its snowed 3 times in my life. Once when I was 3, I still remember it, it was St. Patrick's Day, yes that is correct, mid-March. I was in a parade, and I have no idea why I remember it, but I do have a very distinct memory of standing in my yard with my dad in my pink puffer jacket catching snow in my mouth! LOL The other time was 5/6 years ago, on New years day night. It was awesome, LSU won the sugar Bowl and we played outside all night with my 2 cousins. We made a snowman, he was about 10 inches tall, then we made grassy snowballs and slung the clumps of ice at each other. The other was about 3 years ago, though I'm not sure that qualified as snow, more like ice under the eves. We had fun none the less! LOL

Okay now that I've been here longer than expected....I think I'll go finish my homework and have dinner!

Have a nice evening!


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 18, 2007 7:01 pm (#396 of 2990)

I'm going to have to rent a car in Maine this summer, and found that US "mini" cars are the size of a decent size business car around here ... I'm used to a little Nissan Micra! I'm going to drive into things! I don't like big cars! Waily!

LOL! You Europeans and your tiny cars! When I went to France, I was shocked at how small the cars were! The smallest cars here are like the biggest ones over there! We were absolutely fascinated by Smart Cars! They are too funny! It looks like they forgot to finish the back of them! I stuck my arms out in front of one and the car was a couple of inches longer than my armspan, (which is roughly 5 1/2 ft.) I've heard that they are coming to the USA, but I don't think they'll really sell. People like their cars big here!

Gotta go! Grey's is on!


Madam Pince - Jan 18, 2007 7:25 pm (#397 of 2990)

OK, if anyone reads this who is in a later time zone than East Coast U.S., and has any inclination at all to laugh, then you must watch tonight's episode of Scrubs. It is their big "musical" production, and I am still crying laughing at their song "Everything Comes Down To Poo" (I can say that, right? Because JKR wrote about U-No-Poo?) This episode is hysterical!

Nicholas, glad to provide a giggle!


painting sheila - Jan 18, 2007 9:05 pm (#398 of 2990)

Hi everyone!

It snowed here today! Yeah! We had a snow day from school! Which means the kids had an extra day to study for exams - no excuses now!

Littlest Guy has an ear infection - sad. He has been miserable all day. I hope he can sleep tonight. We were able to get to the doctor and get a prescription, but I don't know how fast it will start to work.

I have decided to stay here and go to Oldest Son's dive meet, He is very nervous - and very quiet - most unusual. That makes me think he is worried. Keep your fingers crossed for him.

My friend whose brother died would more than likely tell me to stay here. She is such a good friend and loves my kids like they were her own. If I showed up at the funeral, she might well stop the proceedings and tell me to get back home! I am sending flowers to the service, and heart attacking her home for when she gets back.

Guess what!! I sang in public tonight!! (GULP!) The first time ever - okay, I did lead the children's music for a few years, but that doesn't count. Children love you whether you can sing or not. Anyway, the above friend is the leader of the young womens (12-18 year olds) at church. This time of the year they always have a "new Beginnings" program to encourage the girls to make goals for the year, etc. So my friend calls for a favor and I say, "Of course, anything." she starts to laugh and says, "Anything?" and I again say, "Of course, What ever you need." Then she asks if my hubbie and I along with our two girls would sing a special musical number for the program. I about dropped out on the floor - but I had said "anything" so we did it. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and I think we sounded pretty (not very but just pretty) good.

I have learned to hedge on saying "anything" ever again!


Solitaire - Jan 18, 2007 9:56 pm (#399 of 2990)

I have never ever (not even once) watched American Idol. I know -- odd.

You have company in the odd group, Madam Pince. I've never watched it, either.

Monday we went to Chichester

Julie, please give me a pronunciation key for this one. Over here, Worcestershire is pronounced wors - ter - shur. I am fascinated by these language things.

Ginny and Tori ... I guess it depends on how desperate (and COLD) you are, but I'd opt for thick, cable-knit tights or leggings with leg warmers to go over them. If you wear a short, lace-up bootie, you can scrunch the leg warmers over the tops of them and bridge the gap of ankle. I'm curious ... why can't your ankles show? How long are the skirts you wear? **picturing Tori and Ginny in long, ground-sweeping skirts**

Edit: I'm considering getting a couple pairs of leg warmers to wear around home under my robe or under longer dresses (I still prefer longer skirts, even though they aren't really the fashion anymore). My knees really ache in the cold, even in the house. I alternate a heating pad across my knees and behind my lower back when I sit and chat.



painting sheila - Jan 18, 2007 10:02 pm (#400 of 2990)

Ginnie and Torie in long, ground sweeping skirts! HA!

I have some dresses based on the 1700's if you would like to borrow them. They certainly would reach the floor and keep you warm. No ankles showing there!

Does anyone watch 24? It is so suspenseful this year. I had to leave the room a number of times because I couldn't take it! (yes, I am a wimp!)

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geauxtigers - Jan 18, 2007 10:12 pm (#401 of 2990)

How long are the skirts you wear? **picturing Tori and Ginny in long, ground-sweeping skirts**

They can't be more than 6 inches above the knee. I find this ridduclus. People love to abuse this, but some people it doesn't look that **insert inappropriate word**, but when you have really long legs like myself, it just looks dumb. Mines about an inch-inch and a half above my knee. Long sweeping skirts! Ha! LOL, no! They want us to look nice, so apparently our ankles showing is to fashionable, yet the shortest our skirts can be are 6 inches above the knee! I mean really, hold a ruler against your leg, you'll see what I mean! I don't get my school sometimes. But hey, not like we have a say!

Off to bed early, read Frankenstien still I pass out. **wishing we could've had a snowday**


Solitaire - Jan 18, 2007 10:17 pm (#402 of 2990)

I'm curious, Tori ... how can you wear skirts 6 inches (or even one inch) above the knee and NOT show your ankles??????? Do you wear high boots? Knee socks? If an ankle is considered vulgar, why are knees okay? Just wondering ... The logic of this issue is escaping me.



Elanor - Jan 18, 2007 10:49 pm (#403 of 2990)

LOL on small cars in Europe Ginny! I drive a Twingo ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twingo ), which has four winter/snow tires in winter, which helps a lot, and I think it being light does help too on snowy, icy roads.
One winter, a few years ago, I had to drive through a pass every day and when snow was freshly fallen and quite thick, I had much less trouble for staying on the road than people in bigger cars who just had to follow Madam Pince's very good advice!

BTW, I "recommend" driving through a pass under freezing rain for a diet: I must have lost 3 kg in 50km on the day I had to do that - all in cold sweat!

**Waving to all** Stay in the warm everybody and Be Safe Charms to all on the path of the storm in Europe!



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 18, 2007 11:04 pm (#404 of 2990)

I'm curious, Tori ... how can you wear skirts 6 inches (or even one inch) above the knee and NOT show your ankles??????? Do you wear high boots? Knee socks? If an ankle is considered vulgar, why are knees okay? Just wondering ... The logic of this issue is escaping me.

That's part of what I don't get. They let us wear ankle socks and our legs do show, and on some people it can be oh so "lovely". Yet, when it gets cold outside, they tell us we can wear leggings on our legs, as long as they cover our ankles. They think it looks "tacky" or bad or something. I think it's more that they don't like the way it looks. Which is stupid IMO. We have a very good uniform IMO, it's very relaxed and easy-going. Lots of choices, there are sweaters sweatshirts, fleeces, and jacket that they make to go with the uniform, yet they are so picky about what goes on our legs! When it's 40F or below outside, tights just don't cut it. I don't understand the whole "leggings rule" or the no sweatpants one either. They let lower and middle school kids wear sweatpants, but I guess once you move up to high school, you have to freeze. It's an endless battle. The only reasoning I can think of for the no leggings rule is that they don't like how it looks, but I'd think they'd at least allow that, even if we can't wear sweats.

**good luck to your son Shelia** Love the avatar! He's soo cute!

LOL Audrey, that's actually bigger than some I saw over there! But still the size of our smallest cars!

Time for bed. It's now midnight. Night!


Good Evans - Jan 19, 2007 3:23 am (#405 of 2990)

I definitely don’t get the mileage that Azi's mum gets in her car. I spend about £36 per week on petrol and do a minimum of 300 miles - mostly motorway driving - so what does that work out at? I have no idea what the tank holds but it costs £36 to fill it up at about 90pence per litre (89.5 to be exact). - I am sure that someone not as dense as me can work that out and then convert to gallons ( I have no idea!!!)

Solitaire - Chi (soft i not hard i) chest er - and as for Worcestershire Sauce I pronounce it wooster shire (a bit like whoosh! but without the h). LOL this is so funny trying to describe pronunciation! It looks very similar to you anyway!!!



The giant squid - Jan 19, 2007 5:44 am (#406 of 2990)

Do people just know how to drive better on ice? in other parts of the country? Or is there better planning to have more de-icing stuff on hand?--Holly T.

It's definitely more the second one. I saw plenty of people freaking out every time it snowed back in North Dakota. You'd think after someone went into the ditch once they'd take it easy, but no...

I'm convinced that whenever it snows (or, here in Vegas, rains) the DMV just starts handing out licenses to whoever shows up, no test required. That's the only explanation for some of these idiots.

Madame Pince, I loved that Scrubs episode. And yes, I think they came up with that song, then wrote the episode around it. I was amazed by the voices some of those guys had--Janitor sounded like the guy who sang "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (name escapes me at the moment...).

azi, here in the States 25-30MPG is considered good. Mind you, that's because the gas-guzzling SUVs that everyone 7 their cousin drives bring the average way down. The newer hybrid cars claim they can get upwards of 70MPG but since I can't afford one at the moment I can't confirm it.

Deb, your car holds around 40 liters (36 pounds divided by .9 pound/liter) which is (very) roughly 10 gallons. If you can make it 300 miles on a tank you're getting around 30MPG. I'm too lazy to look up the exact conversion from liters to gallons, but that should be good enough for our purposes.



John Bumbledore - 19, 2007 7:09 am (#407 of 2990)

This could be my car; even the color matches. LOL But the image is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_S-series and is about the same size a the car Audrey drives but wikipedia doesn't list curb weight for the autos I researched.

For the record, 3.785 L is about One (1) US gallon. That makes 36 miles per gallon = 15.3051734 kilometers / L or = 57.936384 kilometers / US gallon (from google calculator). Azi, you didn't give us them fuel efficency in km/gallon did you?

The guy who sang "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" -- Squid Mike

Animated version, same voice actor as voice of darth vader in IV thru VI... African American Actor... argh.. also voice of Mufasa in Lion King... Drat it Mike you cursed me! LOL

Edit! Google to the rescue, I searched for "voice of mufasa" and "James Earl Jones" listed in the first link! Ha Ha!

Oops! Wikipedia says the narrator for animated grinch was not James Earl Jones. Here is the voice list for the 1966 animated version: Boris Karloff — Narrator/The Grinch (voice); June Foray — Cindy Lou Who (voice); Thurl Ravenscroft — Singer (voice)

** wonders away muttering that it always sounded like the voice of James Earl Jones **

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


painting sheila - Jan 19, 2007 7:56 am (#408 of 2990)

Useless bit of trivia - Did you know James Earl Jones stuttered badly as a child?



John Bumbledore - 19, 2007 7:56 am (#409 of 2990)

Too late to edit.. Drat. Sorry for the double post but I wanted to expand the "side by side comparison" I have no idea just why am I doing this.

On the left could be my car; even the color matches. LOL But the image is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_S-series and and on the right is the image from wikipedia's entry for the Twingo, the car Audrey drives. Both images are linked to their wikipedia entries and both cars are about the same size. The Saturn S-Series is a little longer and wider but not as tall as the Twingo. Wikipedia doesn't list curb weight for the autos I researched. The Saturn_S manual transmission reaches 40 mpg or (6L/100 km) and was noted "among the most fuel-efficient cars available at the time" (I think that means before fuel/electric hybrid cars). I didn't find a L/100 km listed for the Twingo.

(1967 Ford Anglia 105E) Well, being on the HP-Lex fourm, maybe I should include a review of the Ford Anglia? It has a 997cc (yes that would be 0.997 L) straight 4 engine). The Saturn sports a 1.9 L inline 4 (I4) and the Twingo has either a 1.1 L or a 1.2 L I4 engine.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Solitaire - Jan 19, 2007 8:13 am (#410 of 2990)

My little desktop widget says that 1 liter = 10.566882 US gallons. I refuse to do any math this early in the morning!

I am so excited! Ever since I got my school laptop two years ago, I've had to connect to the Net via a tangle of cords and cables across the living room floor, since my connection is in the living room. I was never able to get the wireless access to work.

After growing weary of watching my 15-year-old Sheltie getting caught in the cables, I decided to make a stab at setting up a wireless connection with my new MacBook Pro. On Saturday I ordered an Apple Airport Express. After some initial trouble, I found some help on the Apple forums. Now ... IT WORKS!!!!! YEAY!!! I am so excited! Now I can surf at a nice, sturdy table or even sit in bed, if I want. What luxury!



Holly T. - Jan 19, 2007 8:48 am (#411 of 2990)

Thanks for all of the winter driving info--the roads only freeze over like that here maybe once every few years so no one is really prepared for it. It sounds like the main problems are the lack of enough de-icing stuff and people driving like maniacs. And a lot of people here drive really big cars/SUVs/trucks.

When I had my Taurus I thought I was going to get run over in the school parking lot by all of the Suburbans and Excursions. Then I got a minivan, a Honda Odyssey (which I love) so at least I now fit in better in the school parking lot. The Odyssey gets about 20 mpg driving in town (of which I do about 300 miles a week) and between 25 and 30 on the highway, depending on if the air conditioner is on or not. We were thinking about getting a Civic for the better gas mileage (to replace my husband's Taurus) but when I reminded him that the Civic would likely become our daughter's car in five years (causing him to break into a cold sweat and to have to sit down) he started thinking maybe we should get an Accord instead since he wants her in a bigger car (since she'll be on the road, like we are, with trucks, minivans, Suburbans, etc.).

We had the service unit delivery of Girl Scout cookies last night. I worked from 5 to 9 helping hand out cookies. Luckily for my troop the delivery ended up being at our meeting place so my cookie mom and other asst leader got there at 6, an hour before our meeting, and moved our troop cookies to our meeting room, so when the girls and their parents started getting there at 7 they were able to pick up their cookies. My husband split his Cub Scout den in two and his asst leader (husband to one of my asst leaders) helped some of the boys with their pinewood derby cars while the other boys who had already finished their cars helped move cookies out to people's cars. My son was tired and sore this morning--he moved cookies for two hours!

Happy RotD to you all--off to check the other threads while I wait for my Diet Coke to kick in so I can get something done, LOL.

Editing: WTG Solitaire! I got my DSL back up and running the other day after a power flicker made it go offline and I did it without having to call Earthlink!


John Bumbledore - 19, 2007 8:52 am (#412 of 2990)

One more thing I forgot to mention. After my morning "ride" on the way to work, I had some bad luck at the end of my work shift. I had a flat tire on car; it was the passenger, rear tire. I didn't have a can of puncture seal (one brand name is Fix-a-flat) and it was dark, drizzling rain, and near freezing. I asked my co-worker if she had a can when I came back in to notify my wife of my delay. She didn't have any. When I returned to my car and started getting my spare and jack from my trunk, someone did walk up and give me a can of puncture seal! Never saw the young man before but he must have heard me asking.

Well I can count that as a blessing. Two blessings in one day! No damage or harm from the sliding spin and a quick-fix for a flat!

Edit: Good job, Holly T. on the DSL.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 19, 2007 9:24 am (#413 of 2990)

Debating whether or not to take Little Pince to school today -- he still has the sniffles and cough a teeny bit. Decisions, decisions. I have to take him tomorrow, because we're down to bring the snack! Madame Pince

Oh, the days when you have the special snack assignment but your own child is too sick to go to school, you still have to go in with the snack because the children are waiting for it!

~Mediwitch, who took her driver's license test in December in upstate NY (not White Plains!

As a New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx, I can tell you everything north of the Bronx is White Plains, until you get to the Canadian border. Chat & Greetings 2007 1003735042

Our snow here in on the Shoreline has stopped falling and is all but melted.

This is where I tell you that that ain't a good mileage!;  My mum's car does between 60 and 70 miles to the gallon - she pays around only £40 car tax a year - whilst my father's car (ridiculously large pick-up) does just 39 miles to the gallon and he pays around £250 a year. It now pays to be efficient here. Of course, I don't know how available cars of my mum's mileage are over the pond.

Azi that is pretty amazing, I don’t think any of the cars I've looked at on this side of the pond gets that type of mileage. The Volkwagons the only cars that I am aware of that get mileage like that other than the electric. The best I find are 24-35 miles highway.

that US "mini" cars are the size of a decent size business car around here Starling

You will find that everything in the USA is B-i-g-g-e-r. What is really shocking is how much bigger the people are here, height and width! We have big bones! Chat & Greetings 2007 464751818

You have company in the odd group, Madam Pince. I've never watched it, either. Solitaire

Perhaps I am living in the past but I have never watched Survivor, American Idol, or any other reality show. My husband has actually tuned out the stations the show are on.


John Bumbledore - 19, 2007 10:01 am (#414 of 2990)

Time to start a support group!

Hello, My name is John. I'm a Harry Potter Fan who has never watched any of these reality shows (Survivor, American Idol, Big Brother, or The Bachelor). Maybe Kip will let us start a thread? No, no. I was just kidding, Kip.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Good Evans - Jan 19, 2007 10:43 am (#415 of 2990)

thanks for the all the assistance with the fuel economy and conversions, i am still mostly in the dark but not to worry!!!!!

Big Brother..... off to catch up on the celebrity show, this year it is all horrific if not compulsive (or perhaps repulsive) viewing. I am not going in to the ins and outs - it is pretty horrid stuff, I am pleased there is eviction tonight but additionally a bit unhappy that channel 4 are allowing a non public admitted eviction as they are trying to contain the bad feeling.

ho hum.....


journeymom - Jan 19, 2007 11:07 am (#416 of 2990)

Can we stand another comment about "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas"? Boris Karloff was the narrator, but he wasn't the singing voice. From Wikipedia

"One of the best remembered of them, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" was sung by voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft, well-known as the voice of Kellogg's Tony the Tiger. According to an interview with Ravenscroft included on the early 2000s DVD release of the film, a production error resulted in Ravenscroft not receiving screen credit for his vocal performance, leading to the mistaken impression that it was Karloff who sang the song."

The Grinch, translated into Latin: Quomodo invidiosulus nomine Grinchus Christi natalem abrogaverit (literally: "How the little envious one named Grinch stole Christ's birthday").


"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!"

"Fortasse," inquit "Laetitia diei festi ex ipsis muneribus non proficiscitur... Fortasse," inquit Grinchus, "Laetitia diei festi non est res empticia, non est res quaestuosa!"


Though you've got to wonder what their parents think of how they used their Liberal Arts degrees.


Madam Pince - Jan 19, 2007 11:13 am (#417 of 2990)

I'd heard that story about Thurl Ravenscroft and not getting credit for being the singing voice of The Grinch. Poor guy. He was also Tony the Tiger. Mike, you're right -- the Janitor had a surprisingly deep voice! It reminded me of that scene from Love Actually when the Prime Minister and his driver were singing Christmas carols. LOL!

I love the name of Audrey's car! Twingo! It sounds so neat! Over here in the States, it would probably be the name of some type of snack food! LOL! (Doesn't it sound like a Little Debbie's product?)

I got a catalog in the mail today -- supposedly very high-fashion stuff (which begs the question why did they send it to me? but never mind...) -- and the back cover showed the model wearing a very nice rather formal looking dress, with light airy fabric and a sleeveless, halter-neck style. Under this dress she was wearing mid-calf leggings. Tori and Ginny's school is right -- it looks dumb! And 6-inches above the knee is plenty short enough for me! I read something the other day where the hem of the skirt was supposed to be no more than 2-inches off the floor when you kneel on your knees. I guess there're all sorts of ways to measure lengths -- hard to tell which "works" with which body type...

Woke up this morning feeling like my face was about to explode off my skull -- methinks I have a sinus infection. A couple Sudafeds later and I feel a bit more human. I washed my hands good before making the blueberry muffins to take to school for snack. I think Little Pince is pretty much better now, so he went in to school.

Solitaire, I'm glad you asked about Chichester. My mom came across someone in a magazine named that just last night, and she said that someone she used to work with was named that, and we had a bit of a debate over how it should be pronounced.

Twingo! Twingo! Twingo! (I just love saying that -- it's my new favorite word after Timrew's "rat-legged"...)


Elanor - Jan 19, 2007 12:24 pm (#418 of 2990)

ROFL Madam Pince! I always thought the Twingo looked a bit like a candy box so it does fit the snack idea, the more because it is famous here for having very bright and often unusual colors, very sweet-like!

ROFL on comparing the cars too John! I could not give you more technical informations though - except it is a fun car, really pleasant to drive - but they are all in the links at the bottom of the Wikipedia entry.

Happy weekend to all already being on the evening side of Friday or happy rest of Friday if you're still dreaming of Friday evening!



azi - Jan 19, 2007 12:46 pm (#419 of 2990)

There's a musical episode of Scrubs??? Alas, it's not on here at the moment! They only just finished showing Season 5.

John, it was miles per gallon I quoted. We don't use km in the UK. My mum's car is very much at the top end of the scale - I think there are only two car types (makes? models?) that get a lower car tax, which is zero. I think they're electric. For the record, mum's car is a Peugeot 206 SW diesel. One website said it did 62 MPG on average, but I think it's usually higher for us.

Even I laugh at Smart Cars. They're ridiculously small.

Elanor, I looked at your car and thought 'very French'. Is that bad?

**healing charms** to Madam Pince!

I would like to join the group who don't watch reality TV. It's just so annoying! I was watching The Crystal Maze game show earlier - I wish they'd bring it back on TV!


geauxtigers - Jan 19, 2007 2:21 pm (#420 of 2990)

ROFL at the Twingo! I agree Madame P! That is hilarious! It does sound like a snack cake or something. LOL

I think the Twingo looks very French too! LOL Its like a mini-mini SUV/Van type of car. And that is bigger than some of the cars I saw while I was there! I was shocked when one day we got a ride to school in a Toyota Land Cruiser. Shocked, it was the first time I'd seen an SUV while there! It was nice to be able to stretch my legs out in front of me! LOL

While we were in France last February for an exchange, Us Americans were Smartcar freaks. Everytime we saw one, we'd take a picture. They are so cute! And they just make you laugh, it doesn't look like it should be driving! And being extremely immature while there, (does anyone remember or have kids who do the 'punch buggy, no punch back' thing? When you see a VW Beattle, you punch someone next to you and say 'punch buggy no punch back'. WE amused ourselves with that from like 1st grade to 5th grade, its really dumb, but lol) Well we started doing that everytime we saw a Smart Car, and we'd say 'Smart!' and punch someone next to us. I thought Ginny was next to me so I did it to her- except it wasn't Ginny next to me, it was the Frenchie's teacher. oops! I felt so dumb and kinda bad because I hit her kinda hard! She was cool with it though, she laughed LOL!

Well, its Friday, I think I'm going to read Harry and take a nap!

HAppy Friday!


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 19, 2007 2:28 pm (#421 of 2990)

And 6-inches above the knee is plenty short enough for me!

The problem with that is that I have really lonng legs. So 6 inches on me is below mid-thigh. On someone with short legs, 6-inches is basically up their you know what. I think it's a bad way of deciding on length. And I don't get why there are so many people who care. I mean really it's just school, why does it matter how long or short your skirt is! Who cares!

Elanor, I looked at your car and thought 'very French'. Is that bad?

LOL You're not the only one! It does look very french. My car is a Jeep Liberty. My mom wanted us in an SUV-like car because they are safer. I love it, it's a great car and gets average gas mileage (about 20-25) Cars with 60+ mi/gal are hybrids and those cost an arm and a leg! But I think part if it is that our gas is not near as expensive over here. We pay around $2.00/gallon. When I was in France they were paying about 3.5Euros for a liter. That's about $6-7 bucks a liter in USD and a liter is less than a gallon. So it makes sense that cars over there are so much more fuel efficient.

Well it was bone chilling cold again today. brrr! Suposed to warm up a bit over the weekend, so that will be nice!

I'm off to check threads! Have a great RotD!


Detail Seeker - Jan 19, 2007 2:48 pm (#422 of 2990)

Just to clear up one possible problem in comparing the non metric fuel consumption measures here: One US gallon is 3.7854... litres, one Imperial gallon (UK) is 4,546 litres, what might explain the much higher mileages of our british car owners. This would make a british 70 mpg to 58 american mpg.

3.5 euros per litre seems peculiar to me. we in germany pay 1.05 to 1.25 Euros per litre and french prices can´t be much higher, otherwise our gas stations would be full of french drivers getting their fuel here. A price factor of 2 would make that worthwile even for people living further from the border.

Also, Tory, your conversion of Euro and Dollar is somewhat too bad for your currency. The Euro is about 1.3 US$.


The giant squid - Jan 19, 2007 4:58 pm (#423 of 2990)

My little desktop widget says that 1 liter = 10.566882 US gallons.—Solitaire

Soli, your widget's broken.

Here's hoping Madame Pince never comes across a rat-legged Twingo. She'd giggle herself silly.

Actually, that sounds like a decent name for a rock band...

Thurl Ravenscroft! I knew it was the type of name I shouldn't forget! Azi, when they get around to airing season 6 over there the musical number will be about halfway through. It's hard to tell exactly which episode number this was since Scrubs has been on hiatus more often than not lately.



Mediwitch - Jan 19, 2007 6:59 pm (#424 of 2990)

Mrs. Sirius: As a New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx, I can tell you everything north of the Bronx is White Plains, until you get to the Canadian border.

I'm so glad somebody got my little New York joke! I grew up in the Albany area, and my husband grew up near Saratoga. We were both taught to say we were from "Upstate NY" when people asked, and their responses invariably would be "Oh, White Plains?" It's a standard Upstate NY joke.

Good Evans, I heard a report on NPR this morning about "Big Brother". It sounds like the show has churned up quite a controversy.

I used to drive a little Saturn coupe *waves to John Bumbledore* but after I got married to a man with two kids, then became an EMT and a firefighter, then had my father-in-law move in, the little car just wasn't cutting it. If I could seat four people in the car, I couldn't carry my EMS turn-out gear, my fire bunkers, or my jump kit - which is a large first aid bag with oxygen and other medical supplies. There just wasn't enough room! Since we live in a very rural area, most EMTs and firefighters carry their own gear and respond directly to the scene. I moved up to a Subaru Outback (which I loved), but after my father-in-law moved in, even that wasn't big enough - so now my step-son drives it. If we wanted to go to out to eat, we had to take two cars to sit even remotely comfortably. Now I drive a Chrysler Pacifica - a nice compromise between a car and a mini-van with great crash-test ratings. I love the fact that I actually can see around (most of) the monster SUVs and pick-ups. NOTHING helps to see around the tractor with manure spreader (or other farm implement) rolling down the road though!


kaykay1970   - Jan 19, 2007 7:36 pm (#425 of 2990)

My kids are playing the Wii! It looks like so much fun! I'll have to see if I can give 16 year old any competition on the baseball. Maybe all those years of playing softball will pay off...WIII!!!!


Solitaire - Jan 19, 2007 9:21 pm (#426 of 2990)

I heard Thurl Ravenscroft narrate the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, CA, back in the mid-80s, when I was living in Orange County. What an incredible experience! I believe he also did a couple of things at our church when I lived down in Orange County, because I remember seeing him "up close and personal." If I remember right, he is VERY tall ... like about 6' 6", or thereabouts.

Madam P, I think leggings would look a little silly under a formal dress. However, I've seen mid-calf leggings under short, casual dresses and skirts, and they look cute. I just wish I were young enough and had the ankles to wear such a look. Alas, right now I could do with a pair of knee warmers ... It's off to the sofa with a heating pad for the back and a little down throw for my icicle knees!



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 19, 2007 9:38 pm (#427 of 2990)

Detail Seeker, This was back in February of last year in a city right outside of Paris. Could that be the reasoning? I knew I was a little off on the conversions. It' seems like a lot more when you have to exchange $50 and you get back around 35-40Euros. Glad to know the real one! U never realized that there was a difference between US gallon and UK gallon. Useful to know.

Here's hoping Madame Pince never comes across a rat-legged Twingo. She'd giggle herself silly.



painting sheila - Jan 19, 2007 9:46 pm (#428 of 2990)

Oh, I hope all of you over in Europe are faring okay with the weather. The pictures they showed of London, Poland, and germany were very scary. I hope you all are none the worse for wear!

They also said you would be getting more of the same! Yikes! I have room at my house - come on over!

I was scrolling through the TV channels today and saw Wizards at Magic and became very excited until I figured out it was a basketball game! JEEZ!

I had a Chevy Chevette once. I was a great car! I drove it across country and got amazing gas mileage. I ran that car to death and then donated it to the kidney foundation. It's name was Prissy.


Thom Matheson - Jan 19, 2007 10:11 pm (#429 of 2990)

Sheila, Wizards and Magic. I just spit my sparkling water all over myself. I'm still laughing out loud. It deserved more than initials.

By the by, has anyone else tuned into the si fi channel for the series Jake 2.0? Great show. Wish I had seen it from the beginning.


Nathan Zimmermann - Jan 19, 2007 11:22 pm (#430 of 2990)

I am eagerly awaiting the return of my favorite television shows Bones and Monk.


Elanor - Jan 20, 2007 1:01 am (#431 of 2990)

Elanor, I looked at your car and thought 'very French'. Is that bad?
ROFL!! Not at all! I do find that that car is cute after all, hehehe...
I do agree the Smart is definitely too small!  When I see one I always have the impression they forgot a part of the car when they assembled it. Chat & Greetings 2007 1003735042

BTW, the gas' prices are about the same as Detail Seeker mentioned they are in Germany here though maybe a bit more expensive, especially near big cities. Too expensive anyways IMO!! lol!

Tori, we had the same kind of game here, when we were children, except that it consisted in pinching your neighbor each time you were seeing an old green 2CV ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2CV ) - it had to be green, and you had to make a wish while pinching, lol!

That storm which hit Europe was really scary! It didn't hit my region of France (only the North of France where 3 people died unfortunately and the Brittany coasts) and I've just read that Septentrion, who lives in the North, is okay! I do hope it is the same for all the European forumers!

Forecast is now saying temperatures are going to drop and snow arrive next week!

Have a great weekend everybody!



painting sheila - Jan 20, 2007 8:16 am (#432 of 2990)

I found a HUGE box of cinnamon muffin mix at Costco ( a discount warehouse/grocery store type place). It has three mixes in it to make the huge muffins you see in coffee houses and bakeries. I have a batch in the oven right now and it smells like heaven in our house.


Oldest Son didn't dive yesterday. The coach called him as we were walking out the door to go and said he wanted him to dive in the Regionals. YIKES! At least that gives him more time to practice - and more time to fret about it.

I ran into a friend yesterday (poor thing - I had to help her up). Her neighbor is part of the Emergency Preparedness Team for our state and he told her that we should expect to get slammed with sleet and snow this week - around Tuesday or Wednesday. I guess the state is gearing up for it.

I hope you Europeans hang in there. I cringe every time I watch the news reports.

See ya later -



juliebug - Jan 20, 2007 8:41 am (#433 of 2990)

We are fans of both Bones and Monk here at the juliebug house. According to our Tivo, a new Monk recorded last night. Haven't watched it yet. Mr. bug is out of town and I'm saving it for us to watch together. Any Pysch fans out there? It's on right after Monk and it's hilarious.

edited for spelling by juliebug


Eponine - Jan 20, 2007 9:02 am (#434 of 2990)

We're fans of Bones here at the Eponine household. I'm waiting for American Idol to be done with the initial audition rounds so we can get back to House and Bones. I used to enjoy watching AI, but I'm just not interested this year. I don't really have time either with all the reading for school I have to be doing.

Sheila, we're supposed to get more snow/ice? I hope we get the snow, but not the sleet/ice. That means the grocery store is going to be out of things.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


John Bumbledore - 20, 2007 9:39 am (#435 of 2990)

Sheila, we're supposed to get more snow/ice? .... That means the grocery store is going to be out of things. – Eponine

LOL that is so true about bread, milk, and eggs! I have always wondered why those three are hit hardest. Is there a bread pudding that will keep without refrigeration? Maybe in a Igloo cooler with some of the ice and sleet to keep it cold. LOL

Eponine, I wish I had thought to get a picture of the snow like you did. But then again with my old style film camera it would be one to nine months before the film was sent to be developed and printed and another few months before I got it scanned into digital format...

Well, having just posted that, I may now have to turn in my "Order of Computer Wizard, Fist Class" award. LOL But I still like the quality, archiveablity, and artistic control I have with old film style Pentax K-1000.

Edit: From WRAL Weather:

   Highs in the upper 30s to low 40s. Warm moist air aloft ahead of low pressure to our southwest will interact with a shallow dome of cold air near the surface to produce a mix of rain and sleet later in the day, perhaps changing to freezing rain in some areas from around the Triangle north and west toward evening.

Sounds like Catherine will be in the clear for this storm, but She, Eponine, and I better stock up! I'm headed out to the store now for bread, but only because we have just one loaf left in our freezer (Our family of six will consume that in a day's time.) Time to visit the Merita store! LOL

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


painting sheila - Jan 20, 2007 9:39 am (#436 of 2990)

Eponine - That's what I hear. I guess it's time to go get eggs bread and milk!



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 20, 2007 9:56 am (#437 of 2990)

LOL Audrey! Those look a lot like a VW Beatle Very cute little cars, and probably the smallest we have here!

**weather charms to those across the pond**

It's looking like we're going to get the rain, but not the snow. We'd gladly take some snow down here.

Have a great RotD to everyone!


Good Evans - Jan 20, 2007 10:13 am (#438 of 2990)

laughing myself silly at the rat-leggeed twingo thought !!!!!!!!!!

yippeee - my coat turned up in the mail today - hoorah! I am looking forward to being nice warm and toasty when the bad weather hits next week. Actually it is a little cooler today, I put gloves on when I walked the dog brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

have a great rest of saturday folks - back to work Monday - not looking forward to it already!!!



painting sheila - Jan 20, 2007 10:38 am (#439 of 2990)

Welcome T Vrana!!

Bring on your great ideas for all the mysteries around Harry!

YEAH!! My two daughters and I along with one of their good friends and her mother are heading to New York in about a month to see Wicked!! I am so excited! We are flying up for the day - seeing the show - and flying back that night. I know we are crazy for not staying the night, but we just can't swing the room for all of us.

They are coming over and we are going to see what we can cram in a day - One Short Day! HA!!



Thom Matheson - Jan 20, 2007 10:46 am (#440 of 2990)

T. Pleased to see you post. Keep it going


Starling - Jan 20, 2007 11:03 am (#441 of 2990)

Big cars vs Little cars:

I think Smart Cars are funny too! They do look like they've been chopped in half.

The reason cars are small here is simple: petrol prices (1 US gallon = £3.33, so about $6.58). An added bonus is that they're better for the environment, but a lot of people don't seem to care much about that.

I love having a small car. I often manage to squeeze through gaps that others can't get through, which seems to annoy other drivers, can't imagine why ... Chat & Greetings 2007 1003735042


Thom Matheson - Jan 20, 2007 11:24 am (#442 of 2990)

It must be a guy thing cause I drive a Ford F-150 truck. Tall in the saddle, 4 wheel drive, and horrible gas mileage.  Maybe 15mph. It does have a 37 gallon tank so fillup is not as often. I can drive to Nashville from Detroit on just about a tank full, but $75 US is a big bill. The Mrs has a little Mustang convertible, much more easy on the wallet


Eponine - Jan 20, 2007 11:53 am (#443 of 2990)

Well, the store wasn't out of milk, eggs or bread. We only bought milk, though because that's all we needed. I imagine that a lot of people don't panic until the day before the storm is supposed to hit. We needed to buy some more drinks because I was all out of my addiction (Diet Dr. Pepper), but they were overpriced at Target. We came out of the store and opened the trunk only to find four 12-packs in my trunk. I had bought some a while ago on sale and completely forgotten about them. Chat & Greetings 2007 1437562208

Sheila, I am very jealous that you're going to see Wicked. I wish it would come through Raleigh or Charlotte on tour, but that's not likely to happen for a few more years.

I like Smart Cars. I think they're cute.


Puck - Jan 20, 2007 12:03 pm (#444 of 2990)

Hello everyone!

I can't believe I haven't been here in weeks. My hubby somehow managed to get me to start playing Warcraft with him, so every time I get near the computer, he decides we need to go on a quest.

We've still been battling minor illnesses. (Coughs without fevers, fevers without coughs.) It's finally gotten cold, so hopefully some of the germs will die off.

I drive a mini van. Not great on mileage or the environment, but great when you 3 car seats and/or need to pick up a big box.

Yesterday was my day to be "mystery reader" in my son's first grade class. I read the Halloween chapter from SS/PS. My neighbor told me her son came home inspired to watch HP movies all afternoon. Chat & Greetings 2007 2752390508

Is it true? The lady at the book store the release date is 7/7/07!

Going to try to catch up on 5 words!



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 20, 2007 3:33 pm (#445 of 2990)

I love having a small car. I often manage to squeeze through gaps that others can't get through

Ahh yes, the 2 weeks I was there, I learned exactly how close 2 cars can be where you can still squeeze between them! We were in a tour bus one day and I swear that bus managed to squeeze between a few cars and another bus, leaving a mere 2 inches in between. I don't know how y'all do that! It was the same way when I went to New York. They could put cars in places I never would've dreamed of even attempting to go. As my mom put it, "they can fit 4 cars across on a 2 lane road" I learned it's possible with little cars (and Taxi's!)

**is jealous of Thom's wife and her Mustang Convertible** That's the car I wanted when I got my license, but somehow my parents weren't too cool with that idea! What color is hers? I would want red, black, or baby blue. Yellow is cool too. My uncle has a baby blue one and it's fineee.

Puck, I don't think it's true. If Jo hasn't put it on her website, then it's probably not the official date. I wouldn't trust the dates you see floating around.


dizzy lizzy - Jan 20, 2007 4:43 pm (#446 of 2990)


*stay safe* charms to all those caught up with the wild wet and cold weather floating around!!!

I wish I could have some of this cold weather floating around!!! Flooding in Central Australia (Alice Springs/Ayers Rock); Flooding in South Australia and Western Victoria, Bushfires in Eastern Victoria and South Eastern New South Wales and very hot weather where I am (approx 90-100 F) for the last 2 days and more to come with thunderstorms etc. Wierd weather alright!!!!!

Yesterday was one of the most productive days I've had for a long time! I managed to clean the house and 3 loads of washing before 9am. I then mowed the back lawn, which was looking rather long and straggly. Then my Dad arrived for the day. We did some work around the yard focusing on stabilising the fences so the dogs can't knock them down etc.

Dad then took me out to lunch for an early birthday present and then went home.

So this morning I was all fired up and did more yard work. Only problem was that halfway through it I realised one of my older dogs (Sami) had been bitten (yet again!!!) by my other 10yr old dog (Macca), and now has a humungous abscess on the side of his face .

So I spent the next 45 mins trying to clean the side of his face and drain the abscess, I did OK but I suspect Sami will be visiting the vet tomorrow....

LOL on all the disscussion on cars and fuel efficency. I read last week that the high petrol prices (high for OZ at approx 1.30 per litre - higher in the country and lower in the city on the whole) have encouraged a lot of drivers to purchase smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient cars.

*hugs* to all who need them.


EDIT: for those I haven't "met " yet. The cute little girl in my avatar is Lucy who is smart enough to stay out of the way of the older two dogs when they play "pack politics" with each other. She is 4yrs old this month.


Thom Matheson - Jan 20, 2007 6:17 pm (#447 of 2990)

Happy birthday Lizzy, hope the dog gets better soon. Virginiaelizabeth, the Mustang is Silver with a black top and black leather interior. She's had it for a year now and has 4400 mile on it. She really gets around. I have driven it once, that being home from the dealer. I have to roll out of the seat it is so small. For those that are bigger you know what I mean. But being 6'4 and 220 pounds, I feel I have a right to dislike it. She calls it Mac-a-hiney. I have no idea why.


Tazzygirl - Jan 20, 2007 6:48 pm (#448 of 2990)

I've got a 1993 Camry, and get pretty good gas mileage for driving mostly on city streets. I wouldn't mind a super tiny car!

**waves to Puck** welcome back! **healing charms to your family**

I've had a reeeeeaaaaly lazy day today- might be coming down with something. Haven't done much other than sleep.

**waves to Lizzy** Hope Sami gets better soon!

Off to try and do some homework.

Hope you all are having a great weekend!



boop - Jan 20, 2007 7:54 pm (#449 of 2990)

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to all new forum members. We look forward to hearing your ideas.

Lizzy, Healing charms for your Sami.

Kathy, I hope your family gets well soon. Healing charms sent your way.

hugs always



Madam Pince - Jan 20, 2007 8:03 pm (#450 of 2990)

***waving a big "welcome back" to T Vrana and Puck and just a plain old "welcome" to Janine and all others new who I may have missed greeting recently!***

...ran into a friend yesterday (poor thing - I had to help her up).—Sheila  ***Snort!!!***

Dizzy, get-well-soon charms to your doggie -- it's so sad when your animals don't feel well. They don't understand, and it's so pitiful. Hope he/she gets better quickly! (And early Happy Birthday to you, too!)

Rat-legged Twingo! Rat-legged Twingo! ***cackles insanely...***
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Solitaire - Jan 20, 2007 8:11 pm (#451 of 2990)

I drive a Honda Accord, which is a "big car" for me. My previous cars were Honda Civics and a Toyota Carina (no longer made). My first car, however, was a second-hand 1966 MUSTANG. My dad added US Indie Mags and had it painted fire-engine red with a white competition stripe. It was so cool! I wish I had that car back in my garage. I thought it was a gas-hog in the 70s (Who knew it would become a classic?), so I got the more efficient Toyota. Actually, I sold the Toy in 1980, but it continued to live a productive life here in town until about 2 years ago. Alas, I no longer see it.

I'd like to get a hybrid for my next car. Are hybrids popular in Europe? I've seen that Toyota and Honda are going hybrid on Accord, Camry, and Pilot, which means that I can have some luxury and get good gas mileage. That will be a few years down the road, however. My 2002 Accord is paid off, and my next big expense is going to be some home maintenance and renovation.

We may not have terrible weather, but my house is in need of some external repair. The stucco and siding need to be cleaned and repainted, and the doors and their frames are looking weather-beaten, as well, considering the house is only 13 years old. The most exposed door--the "people door" from the garage into the yard--looks terrible. The paint is all peeling and ugly ... I'm glad no one can see it from the street!

One thing I definitely want to do this year is paint the inside (I STILL have white walls!!!) and have wood floors installed. I am so tired of the carpeting. Four dogs have given it a pretty good beating, even though all but one were house trained. Still, Shelties shed everywhere, and I'd hate to put a scrap of my carpet under a microscope. I'd probably run screaming into the night! I guess ignorance is bliss, eh?

I hope everyone is safe in the coming storms. I complain about the heat here in the summer, but as I was telling a friend earlier today ... it's nothing compared to the hassles of the extreme weather in other areas of the country. I'll sending you all safety charms!

Well, time to see what damage I can do in the kitchen! Enjoy the ROTD, everyone!

Lizzy ...



Madam Pince - Jan 20, 2007 8:18 pm (#452 of 2990)

Solitaire, I think the Toyota Highlander also has a hybrid version, if I'm not mistaken. I have the regular Highlander, and love it! The hybrid was not available when we bought, but it is pretty expensive anyway.

I've always thought the best car to get your kid when they first get their license is an older Mercedes. They're heavy as a tank and also heavy on the safety features, and if you get an older one they shouldn't cost as much and yet they can still have many good miles left on them. Not much "cool" factor there, either, to entice other teens to ride along on joy rides...


Solitaire - Jan 20, 2007 8:26 pm (#453 of 2990)

I agree about the Mercedes. One of my colleagues invested in an older Volvo for her college-bound daughter a few years ago. Volvos are also pretty safe, I think.

I know the hybrids are expensive, Madam P ... but I tend to drive my cars for about 5-10 years. I also drive very little. My 2002 Honda (Okay, I got it late in the year) only has about 27,000 on it. Anyway, I like the Highlander, as well. I also like the smaller Honda CRV and the Toy RAV for SUVs. If those go hybrid, I'd also consider one of them, as I like smaller cars. One of the reasons I went with the Accord instead of the Camry (I considered both) was how the car handled ... the Accord has a smaller, sportier "feel" ... more like my Civic. I liked that.



geauxtigers - Jan 20, 2007 9:08 pm (#454 of 2990)

My first car, however, was a second-hand 1966 MUSTANG. My dad added US Indie Mags and had it painted fire-engine red with a white competition stripe. It was so cool!

**is insanely jealous of Soli's 1st car!** I LOVE old mustangs! They are just so cool!

I love my car too though, its very easy to drive, and its a small SUV, so its not to big for me. My fuss with small cars and one of the reasons I decided not to go with a mustang was I wanted to be able to see out the back. In those cars, the back end is always higher and its hard to see and I wasn't very comfortable with that. That led us to looking at the smaller SUVs. I must say, I think we made a good choice for a fist car.

Mercedes, not cool? Says who! Okay so there are some that are kinda grannie-ish, but there are some nice ones! They usually have really good features too, leather seats and sun roofs and the like.

Its supposed to rain all day tomorrow. I'm about to watch the 10:00 news to find out it if will be anything bad. I don't think its supposed to be horrible. Why am I concerned about this? The Saints game tomorrow! And a). we have direct Tv and if it rains to hard, we will be sitting cooped up in the office trying to watch it on the little TV and b). Don't want to loose power! LOL Ahh it just started, opening with Sports, seems the Saints fans are already partying up there. I tell ya! Its supposed to snow there too! Oh I wish I was there, just for the snow!

I've been bored all day. Its really cold and over cast all day. We took the dog on a long walk, it was nice.

Well I'm off to watch the news and might pop in the chat later on.

**safety charms and reparo charms to all in the path of that storm across the pond. I just so some pictures :ekk: Thats horrible!

Have a good evening everyone!


painting sheila - Jan 20, 2007 9:37 pm (#455 of 2990)

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU!! to those who run and manage this wonderful forum.

I received an email today from a friend that frequents another forum and has had some very nasty experiences - to the point that is being shut down.

You all rock!!



Mediwitch - Jan 20, 2007 10:10 pm (#456 of 2990)

**waves to Puck** I was just thinking on the way home tonight that we hadn't seen you in a while. I'm glad you were having fun with Mr. Puck and Warcraft!

I like the idea of a smaller, more fuel efficient car, until I see what happens when you wrap one around a tree or into a SUV. Let me just say that the big vehicle (or maple tree) always wins. The crash test ratings are the most important feature a car can have for me. (Makes me sound like I'm a bad enough driver I have to worry about that - I'm really not, I promise! I even get to drive the ambulance once in a while! )

**weather charms** all around - sounds like everybody needs them!

Happy Birthday 11 Lizzy!


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 20, 2007 10:12 pm (#457 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Lizzy!!!!

Still, Shelties shed everywhere, and I'd hate to put a scrap of my carpet under a microscope. I'd probably run screaming into the night! I guess ignorance is bliss, eh?

LOL! What ever you do don't run a black light over the carpet if you have animals in the house! I did that once. Never again. I want wood floors in my room now, at least you can tell when it's clean or dirty!

I'm very jealous of the Mustangs! I loovvee sports cars. Mustangs, T-birds, you name it! I like em in pretty much any color, but my first choice would be black or red.

**healing charms to everyone who is sick**

I agree Shelia! The biggest reason that I decided to join this forum at all and post was because I felt like it was safe and didn't attract a lot of creeps. There are so many forums out there that can cause big problems. Thanks to everyone here that keep this such a nice place to talk about Harry!

BTW: If you like the band AFI, they are playing on Saturday Night Live tonight!! Yeah!!


jose043 - Jan 21, 2007 12:13 am (#458 of 2990)

Hi All,

Happy Birthday Lizzy.

Weather here in West Aussie has been the coolest start to January since 1979, though the next few days are supposed to be low 30c.

Healing charms to all that need them including all pets.

Josepine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Solitaire - Jan 21, 2007 12:35 am (#459 of 2990)

Sheila, I came to the HP forum after spending a few years posting and chatting on another site for teachers. I loved it, initially, and still keep in touch with some of the chatters, many of whom I've met in person. Alas, the chatroom became a little too racy for me, and the main board began to be a battleground between one chatter and HER supporters against ... well, against anyone who disagreed with her on any of a number of "sensitive" topics. Because chatters/posters are not required to register on that site, there was a lot of name-calling and "outting" (revealing who/where a poster was by finding his/her ISP number in the View Source page of the post, each of which had to be clicked as a separate "page") on the board, particularly when disagreements or unpopular opinions were posted. Things reached an all-time low during June of 2004. It was so ugly I stopped posting altogether and began looking for a new "home."

I was a fairly new HP fan at this point and had attempted to start a thread discussing the books with fellow teachers. This was criticized as using up too much space and causing the other topics to scroll off the board too fast (they preferred important things like arguing, name-calling, and insulting each other); so I began looking for a site where I could discuss the books. I found one that had some interesting topics, but I didn't like the "tone" of some of the posts. There was no censorship, so a lot of inappropriate (IMO) language was used. The good thing about the site was that one poster mentioned and linked to an interesting post on THIS site ... and that is how I found the Lexicon Forum!

I am so grateful to Kip and the mods for keeping this a clean, respectful forum. I can recommend it with confidence to my students and parents who are fans of the HP books and enjoy discussing them, as I do. I even post a link to the Lexicon on my class page.



The giant squid - Jan 21, 2007 3:00 am (#460 of 2990)

Yes, this is definitely the most well-behaved site I post on (well, other than a small MB that has about 5 active members, but hey...). Kudos to Kip & Denise, as well as all the other moderators.

As for cars, I didn't get one of my own until I was in my early 20s. It was a '88 Chevy Spectrum (a year before they became the Geo Spectrum) that I got from Marie & her husband. It was about as small a car as you can get in the US. I currently have an '04 Chevy Cavalier (what can I say, Chevy's price is right. )--bigger, but small enough that I can get by. I don't like larger cars/trucks, and dislike SUVs on principle.

Happy Birthday, Lizzy!!



Starling - Jan 21, 2007 5:37 am (#461 of 2990)

I've had some pretty bad experiences with forums too, and one of them has been restarted with a new "crew" after people got fed up with the admin of the old version, but it lost a lot of its regulars, which is a pity.

Still, forums are pretty amazing. The community of my own forum can get totally overheated sometimes (I've considered shutting it down a few times!), but on the whole, it's great. We've got a big meet-up this year, and we've had lots of little meet-ups already, which were great fun. We've even got a forum baby, he was born last Thursday!

Cars: I'd love to have a hybrid, but I'm poor, so I buy second hand cars. The last one cost a princely 800 pounds.


Denise P. - Jan 21, 2007 8:08 am (#462 of 2990)

**shivering in Northern Virginia here**:

My first car was a blue 1973 VW Bug that we called Suzy. She has a black racing stripe on it. Since about 1990, I have driven mini vans until I graduated to a 15 passenger van last year. Mr. Denise drove a 1983 Mustang GT when we met. It was brand new. Now, he drives a smaller truck.

*I* found the HP Lexicon Forums after I was hosting one of the HP boards on AOL. Most of what I was doing was deleting messages that were totally inappropriate and went against the TOS. One of the more adult members there sent me a private mail telling me to check the new forums on the Lexicon. I believe it was within a day or so of Steve setting them up. We then went through a few changes before we set up camp here.

One nice thing about the Forums here is that even before it was stated as policy in the Philosophy, it was a respectful, decent group who posted here. Self policing and group enforcement was how it was done originally until we just exploded with members.

Most of the forums I belong to are specific to a certain thing or group. It is only when you get on larger public boards that things get really ugly. Even though we are a large forum here, we are one of the few that keep the personal, friendly feel and tone (most of the time, anyway)


Thom Matheson - Jan 21, 2007 8:45 am (#463 of 2990)

If anyone is wondering about this forum and can't decide? Do what Yogi Berra did, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it". And of course, "follow the spiders".


Elanor - Jan 21, 2007 9:53 am (#464 of 2990)

I, too, am really glad the "spiders" led me here! It is actually the case, since I found the Lexicon thanks to Jo's "web"site...
A big thank you indeed to Kip and all the forum's moderators!

I could not tell you much about hybrid cars here Solitaire, since all I know about them is that my uncle has a car (a big one, for here, lol!) which can use both normal gas and LPG, which is supposed to be great for environment, but my knowledge stops there, lol!

Am I the only one to read "Mustang" and think at once of Steve McQueen? (I had a crush on him when I was 14, lol! )

Joyeux Anniversaire! Happy Birthday Lizzy!

And happy Sunday to all!


azi - Jan 21, 2007 10:19 am (#465 of 2990)

Happy birthday Lizzy! (I hope it's the right day!)

Soli, hybrid cars are neither widely available in Europe nor very popular. Only a few manufacturers make them. I only have figures for biofuels, which are slightly completely different, but interesting nevertheless. The EU had an aim for biofuels to achieve a 2% market share in road transport fuel (on basis of energy content) by the end of 2005 in every EU country. Only two countries - Germany and Sweden - managed this. Most countries managed around 0.5%, Britain totalled 0.18% (0.24% by volume). I expect it is the same pattern with hybrid cars, just with slightly higher numbers. If the EU are focussing on biofuels introduction, I suspect hybrid cars will get left behind, as they still use fossil fuels and the aim is long term sustainability (I disagree that some biofuels will achieve this, but I won't go into that ).

I am freezing today. I'm wearing two fleeces and a long sleeved top and I'm still shivering! Think we had some hail outside, tis very cold! I phoned home last night, apparently a lot of the villages around us lost power for a few days, but my parents didn't. The only exciting bits were the greenhouse getting smashed and bricks falling out of next doors house.

I agree, this is a great forum.


painting sheila - Jan 21, 2007 11:15 am (#466 of 2990)

I would love a car that was fueled by used French-fry oil. Yum-o!! But of course I would be as big as a house because everyone knows if you smell french fries you MUST eat them!!

I had a '65 VW Beetle in college. It was white and was named Butch. He was a great car and still sits in the garage at me dad's house with my sister's '65 VW Beetle, my dad's "63 VW Beetle, and my step mom's (?) VW Beetle. My dad ordered his from Germany, found out when it was going to shipped and what the crate number was, drove to the docks in New Jersey, watched it being taken off the ship and paid some guy $50.00 to put the tires on it and get it ready to roll. He has had it ever since. My step mom's VW was an automatic - almost unheard of in VW Beetles at that time. It was make these funny moaning sounds and do this little hydrolic-like lift and bounce when you would change from reverse to 1st. We got lots of stares when ever we would go to town.


Nathan Zimmermann - Jan 21, 2007 11:25 am (#467 of 2990)

I am also in the market for a newer car. My current vehicle is on its last legs. It is thirteen years old and has 163,000 miles on it. I wish I could find an Opel Astra here in the United States.


painting sheila - Jan 21, 2007 11:41 am (#468 of 2990)

I LOVE the Opels!! Good luck Nathan!

Of course I love the speedsters - the older model the better.

Edit: OH! And welcome Janine Barnett! I look forward to hearing your take on every thing!

Edit #2 - I read a very interesting article in our local paper today in the Travel section about the British Isles. So many fascinating places with such deep history. Lots of places for magic to happen!! She


Solitaire - Jan 21, 2007 12:04 pm (#469 of 2990)

Sheila, I remember when the VW Automatics came out. I even tried one. I wound up buying a 1972 Toyota Carina for $3000, right off the showroom floor. I drove it for 8 years and sold it to someone my dad knew, who drove it until about 2 years ago. That was a good little car. I wonder why it was only made for 2 years ...

I've read about alternative fuel being made from corn (ethanol?), which sounds like a good idea. I am certainly willing to buy a car that runs on fuel from renewable sources. Like you, I am not sure about the french-fry oil, unless it is "aroma-less," of course. I already have a major weakness for fries, and smelling them every time I got into the car could prove disastrous to my waistline! LOL



Puck - Jan 21, 2007 1:15 pm (#470 of 2990)

Happy birthday, Lizzy!

I started hanging out at a forum for pregnant mothers around the same time I found the Lex. It was fine at first. Then, the name calling started, and plus it was discovered one person's sob story was an outright lie by someone's kid sister. (The older sister discovered this, then came on line to apoligize.) It was un-moderated and anyone could post. It's much better here.

**wanders off thinking about making french fries to go with dinner tonight**


painting sheila - Jan 21, 2007 1:18 pm (#471 of 2990)

There is a "gas station" here in our area where you can go a get the used oil. Or you can just make arrangements with your local greasy spoon/fast food place to pick it up.

From what I understand, the smell is there! and everyone following you gets the smell, too!

I think the automatic my step mom had was a 1972. I wasn't sure of the year so I didn't post it. It took a lot of effort to push down the gear stick and move it into the proper place. It took my step mom two hand to move from reverse to drive or visa versus.

We usually drive our cars to the die. We have a 1986 (?) deisel Mercedes Station Wagon that we are trying to find a home for. It has 250,000 miles on it, but the mechanic said it could easily have 100,000 more. It has a problem with the transmission, but we don't want to invest the time or money. It has been a great car! My sister had it before we did. I hate to see it go - (sigh) I get far too attached to things I think.



Tazzygirl - Jan 21, 2007 2:41 pm (#472 of 2990)

I agree about the Forum! First one I ever went to, and have been extremely happy since!

My first car was a 1993 Camry- it was beauuuutiful! My dad helped me pick it out. Then a year later I moved here, and Dad didn't want to spend the big bucks to send my car with me. So we sold it (saddest day in car history for me). When I got here, I bought a '90 Honda Accord, which was then totaled not even a year after getting it, and now I am stuck with another '93 Camry, but is definitely getting on it's last legs. It only has about 80,000 miles on it, but there's been lots of mechanical and other problems. (I believe I've posted my woes in previous posts. ) I have decided that I am keeping it until I graduate, and then when I get a bigger salary I'll get a newer car.

Not sure if french fry smelling cars is good or bad...

My throat has increased in scratchy-ness. Really hurts to swallow!

Glad no one was hurt, Azi! Is the weather starting to clear up over there?

Off to clean and do homework! whoo-hoo

Have a great Sunday all!



Chemyst - Jan 21, 2007 2:50 pm (#473 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Lizzy, whenever that may be... last year we were sending you wishes on the 24th.

** wonders if no news from Loopy is good news **


Tazzygirl - Jan 21, 2007 2:53 pm (#474 of 2990)

Lizzy's birthday is Wednesday in Australia... I think that would make it the 24th?

**sending extra good luck charms to Loopy**



painting sheila - Jan 21, 2007 2:58 pm (#475 of 2990)

Tazzy - try gargling with some warm salt water. It ,ay help your throat, also sucking on some hard candy if throat lozenges are not available helps.

Of course - staying in bed and watching movies and reading good books is the best thing ever for any sickness!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZZY!! YEAH!! and many many more!



Detail Seeker - Jan 21, 2007 3:15 pm (#476 of 2990)

About cars:

My first was a 1972 BMW2002, then 16 years old, painted in a pearly white and tuned in a very 70ish way: One carburator for each cylinder, much power for that time(115 hp), but also rather thirsty. I had to give it away after two years because of lack of money. University times....

After that I bought VW Iltis, former army 4x4 car, then 11 years old and only 22000 km on it. It had a few problems, but was really fun to drive. You it was a convertible, but you had to remove the doors too, if you opened the roof. And it really went though everything. I loved that car, drove it for 8 years, but had to sell it, because I lacked the time to rebuild it - some motor periphery was worn out and the normal mechanics did not have the ability to repair a car without a computer telling them, what is wrong. I know, this car still runs well for the one, I sold it to.

Since then I have a Audi A6 - a great car for long distance travel (I go about 35000 km per year), but it lacks the flair of the Iltis.


Tazzygirl - Jan 21, 2007 3:17 pm (#477 of 2990)

Thanks, Sheila- I'm currently sucking on a throat lozenge. **crossing fingers** that it stops hurting before tomorrow.

That's also a cute picture of Oldest Son! Did you take the photos? OH! The Lion King performance is coming to Hawaii, and I thought of you. I am hoping to go see it- I've been wanting to see it since it first started up!



Solitaire - Jan 21, 2007 3:58 pm (#478 of 2990)

If you're going to go the lozenge route, I'd get some Cold-eze. Friends swear by them. I prefer Airborne myself ... if I get busy and take it within a few hours of feeling the first "scratch." I have to take it every 3 hours, but it generally works for me, if I haven't waited too long before I start it. Salt-water gargles are also good for soothing an already-established sore throat. **healing charms to you!** Feel better!



painting sheila - Jan 21, 2007 4:45 pm (#479 of 2990)

Solitaire- I have been using the Airborne here lately and it seems to be working. Little Guy is sick and I haven't gotten it yet. Since I am the one that gets the most kisses and drinks from my cup - I am usually the next one to get it.

I am hoping if I don't get it - no one else will.

Tazzy - YOU have to go see Lion King!! I know funds are more than likely to be low for a student - but it is worth the money. You don't want tickets to close - you will miss alot of what goes on in the audience. I still haven't seen it but just what I could see from the wings - but it would bring me to tears every time.

I think it is the Cheetah Tour that is coming that way. I worked with the Gazelle Tour. They were such good people!

Oh - and no I didn't take those pictures. I wish I could take credit but I can't. There is a photographer, Chad Hillman, from LA that has family in these parts. He comes out a few times a year. The kid's agent sets up opportunities for us to use him for head shots. He does such a wonderful job! I usually get about 200 pictures and have a hard time narrowing it down to just one to use. We save up to be able to use him and it is worth every penny! Thanks for the comment. He is a great son - lots of fun and mischief!



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 21, 2007 4:50 pm (#480 of 2990)

Well the Saints lost. I'm proud of them though, for making it as far as they did. They didn't play their best today and Chicago did, so they deserved to go to the Super Bowl. Still sad though.

**healing charms to your throat Kristina**

Cute picture of oldest son Shelia. He looks a lot like Little guy!

Off to do laundry and homework. Gotta love Sunday Nights.


dizzy lizzy - Jan 21, 2007 4:54 pm (#481 of 2990)

Thank you for the birthday wishes everyone. Since my birthday falls on a Wednesday (24th), my Dad came over on the Saturday to take me out to lunch (and very nice it was too). Since I am a good 15 years older than 21, I'll take my birthday wishes whenever they are "wished" . I'm hoping with the birthday money I receive, I can buy myself a new wallet/purse as my current one is on its last legs.

An update on Sami...I cleaned the abscess out 4 times yesterday and once this morning. So far he is healing well. Sami still has what appears to be another abcess underneath and he is booked in to see the vets on Wednesday. He is eating well and relaxing and moving well, so I'm not panicking madly over it yet.

Have a wonderful ROTD everyone!!!!



painting sheila - Jan 21, 2007 4:59 pm (#482 of 2990)

Healing charms to Sami! You are such a good mom! Cleaning out abscesses is no fun - yuck.

Oldest Son will be 15 next month and Littlest Guy is just 5. It is fun to look at their baby pictures - they are like twins!


Starling - Jan 21, 2007 5:19 pm (#483 of 2990)

It snowed this evening, I hope the slush doesn't freeze.

Happy birthday, Lizzy!

It's quite easy to convert cars to run on vegetable oil (I know a physicist who has converted his car) or on alcohol (in fact, tonnes of cars run on cane sugar alcohol in Brazil), but the oil producers don't like the idea, so they keep mum about it!


Holly T. - Jan 21, 2007 5:48 pm (#484 of 2990)

Ack, what a weekend--daughter and I were out selling Girl Scout cookies yesterday in the cold drizzle (she sold 68 boxes total), then today, when the sun came out for the first time in 10 days and it was up in the 60s, she only sold 30, but we had to leave early when my husband called to tell me he'd cut his fingers while working on son's science project (building a catapult--the drill slipped) and if you know how men are one of them admitting he needs medical attention means he really does. So off we went to the ER, he got 7 stitches, and then son skipped choir tonight at church so he and my husband could work on the science project some more. Whew. Now I have to go pick up my daughter at confirmation class.

My first car was a 1969 Ford LTD. It was my grandmother's and the color was Gulfstream Aqua--think a metallic teal. We called it "The Tank." When I got it, though, in 1984 or 85, it only had maybe 35,000 miles on it (as opposed to my now-three-year-old minivan, which has 55,000). My grandparents had paid extra for a new-fangled add-on to the car when they bought it--seatbelts.

Hugs and healing charms to those who need them!


painting sheila - Jan 21, 2007 6:54 pm (#485 of 2990)

Holly T - Healing charms to your hubby's fingers - ouch!


Mediwitch - Jan 21, 2007 6:57 pm (#486 of 2990)

**Healing Charms** to Holly T's hubby and to Kristina. I've gone from a cold into a sinus infection, so I hope you can stay healthier than I have this winter! When I woke up this morning it felt like a ton of bricks sitting on my face. Not fun. I love my doctor though, when I call him tomorrow and describe my symptoms, he'll call in a prescription and won't even make me come in - I hate getting up and going to the doctor's office when I don't feel well. Honey is also good for a sore or scratchy throat. Stir some into your tea and it does help.

I have checked out other forums, and I just think they can't compare to our "home" here, even within the HP fandom. I really appreciate the civility that is practiced here. (Not to mention the absence of netspeak and leetspeak - I won't even use it to write that out! )

My first car was a 1981 Pontiac Sunbird that had some teeth missing on the flywheel - when I started it up, sometimes it made this horrendous grinding noise that you could hear all over the school parking lot. No wonder my parents were willing to let ME drive it - they didn't have to!


Puck - Jan 21, 2007 9:17 pm (#487 of 2990)

Ooooh, I had I sunbird, too! It was red. My first car was a chevy of some sort, a 198something, which was given to me by Nana when she stopped driving it. (See, what a car person I am? I can't even tell you what year it was. )

Mediwitch, it must be something about the lack of snow and armer than usual weather, as everyone in New England has been sick. My son has a swollen gland in his neck. On Friday I was told his body is likely fighting off an illness, but to call on Monday if his neck gets stiff, as the gland can become infected. We'll be at the doctor's tomorrow, as he can't turn his head.

Healing charms to fingers, throats, heads, stomachs, big toes, eye lashes and what-ever else may be ailing you!

Sheila, your kids' have an agent? Do they act?

Happy RotD, Kathy


Tazzygirl - Jan 21, 2007 9:27 pm (#488 of 2990)

Thanks for the tips and charms! I don't think school is happening tomorrow- throat hurts worse, and my head is starting to throb. I am thinking I need to find a thermometer.

**healing charms to Mediwitch and Puck's son**

Off to lie down- didn't get any cleaning or homework done today. Oh well.



painting sheila - Jan 21, 2007 9:48 pm (#489 of 2990)

Tazzy - I do hope you feel better. I read some where that chicken soup actually does help. It has some properties in the broth that help loosen things up and speed healing. If I can remember where I read it, I will pass along the info. Go to ed and don't worry about school!!

Puck - Yes. they act - all 4 of them. Their biggest claim to fame is that Oldest Son was in a movie that preimered at Sundance last year. He and his good friend were up for the child lead role and his good friend got the part. We had driven to auditions together and we're good friends with the whole family, so the friend asked the director if Oldest Son could be in it. He said yes. It's a very quick minute on the screen and if you didn't know it was him, you would miss him. Ha! Anyway, it was fun and a great expereince. Mainly, they all do a lot of theater around here.

I just WISH there was an American part in HP. We would fly to England in a heart beat for that audition!(sigh)


kaykay1970   - Jan 21, 2007 10:00 pm (#490 of 2990)

Healing charms all around!


The giant squid - Jan 22, 2007 3:45 am (#491 of 2990)

if you know how men are one of them admitting he needs medical attention means he really does--Holly T.

This is true, though if we get a paper cut or other minor wound it's like armageddon. It just stings so much!

Since Marie hasn't been by to comment, her first car was a Plymouth Satellite, I think a '79. It was huge, slow and olive green, so we called it The Tank. All it was missing was the Main Gun on top... I've long maintained that a teenager's first car should be a beater (old & on its last legs). Give a new car & they won't respect it; give them something they have to coax into working every morning and they'll not only appreciate what they have, they'll also learn how to fix things. It's amazing what you learn about automotive electrical systems when your car leaks oil into the engine compartment & soaks into the alternator...

**know-it-all charms for Loopy**



Catherine - Jan 22, 2007 4:28 am (#492 of 2990)

I've long maintained that a teenager's first car should be a beater (old & on its last legs). Give a new car & they won't respect it; give them something they have to coax into working every morning and they'll not only appreciate what they have, they'll also learn how to fix things. It's amazing what you learn about automotive electrical systems when your car leaks oil into the engine compartment & soaks into the alternator...--Squid Mike

My parents very much agreed with this philosophy. My best friend from that era still likes to tease me about my car: "Catherine, you remember how you had to turn off the air-conditioning to go up hill? Or to go over 50 mph?"

Mr. Catherine and I agree that there is something character building about driving a car that embarrasses you. Mr. Catherine's Oscar the Grouch-green hatchback with no air-conditioning, that was ancient when he inherited it from his older sister, also elicits comments from friends about how awful that car was.

**know-it-all charms for Loopy** --Squid Mike

Uh-oh...isn't that like doing engorgio on Hagrid? I'm only joking! I'm wishing you all the best.

I wonder how the new kitties are doing at Lupin is Lupins....


Good Evans - Jan 22, 2007 5:55 am (#493 of 2990)

LOL on some of the posts during the past 24 hours!!!

I second (or maybe hundredth!!) the comments about how great this forum is compared to others. It is grown up and not aggressive. Passionate and assertive but never aggressive. YAY us!!! and big hugs to the mods I have been posting on the big brother forum for a few days. regrettably there are a lot of not very grown up (and so angry!) people. so it is so nice to come back here!

Sheila - you are going to love WICKED!!! have a great time.

for those that can't get to see it - just jump on a plane to London !!!!!!!!!!!

My first car was a flying ford anglia (ha ha ha ) actually it was a blue with white roof mini I think it was a 1972 registration (although I had it in 1990). the radiator died, the gasket blew, it cost a fortune and then I let it go to the great scrap heap in the sky about a year later! My friends all called it a wind up car!!

First day back at work today and I am very busy. Loads to do this week - hey ho - it keeps me off the streets right?

Happy belated Lizzy

and happy birthday to my friend Sarah who is a fellow potty fan (but doesn't post)!!!!

have a great day everyone.


Marie E. - Jan 22, 2007 6:09 am (#494 of 2990)

Actually, my first car was a 1972, not a '79. I remember my dear brother making "beep, beep" noises whenever I backed up. It got him to school, though, didn't it? I had that car until I was 19, then I bought an '83 Mercury Lynx. It looked just like the old Ford Escorts. I loved that car, even though it had major carburetor issues. We bought the Chevy Spectrum that Mike mentioned while we were in Georgia. That was a terrible car. Now I drive a '98 Tahoe and Mr. E drives my old '96 Saturn.

We have had a terrible time trying to get the girls out for cookie selling. I know from past years that our neighborhood is good for at least 100 boxes per girl. It's been so cold and snowy here that we've only hit our street. I was going to take them out yesterday but the wind chill was -1F. It's supposed to be 32F today, 42F tomorrow, and 48F on Wednesday. I have to turn the initial paperwork in this Friday, so I hope we can get out this week. Shayla said her goal was to sell 600 boxes, but at this point it's not looking good.

I've finished with my antibiotics, but the cold/sinus infection is still hanging on. I've run out of Mucinex, too, which probably doesn't help. I'm just tired of coughing. Chicken soup for dinner sounds good.

Happy early birthday, Lizzie!!


Chemyst - Jan 22, 2007 6:39 am (#495 of 2990)

leetspeak - I won't even use it to write that out! – Mediwitch
Thank-you. I'm just not dyslexic enough to decipher it anyway.

I remember my dear brother making "beep, beep" noises whenever I backed up. – Marie
'Funny how I can so totally imagine that!

I think I'll skip my detailed story about using saline nose drops on babies (odd mix of cute & gross) and just send healing charms to all as needed.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 22, 2007 7:00 am (#496 of 2990)

Howdy everyone! Well, our team didn't make it onto the show. Alas. Thanks so much for all the well-wishing.

I'm actually sort of legally bound not to say too much. But, I can say that there were about 20 other 3-people teams on the 11:00 a.m. slot. (They were testing teams throughout the day.) We all took a 50 question test. They took them off, graded them, and announced the teams that one. They were really closed-mouthed about how they graded so I don't know if it was an aggregate thing or if all three members had to pass the test. I suspect the latter as that would be easier to grade because once a member failed, they wouldn't need to look at the others. Anyway, I was also apparently confused about another aspect because even if you passed, you might or might not have been chosen to compete in the Sunday tournament.

Anyway, spent the rest of the day in NYC. Ate at a couple of restaurants and went to the Met. Sunday came home to snow. Ugh.


Starling - Jan 22, 2007 8:41 am (#497 of 2990)

My little car is going in for its yearly service tomorrow. The bulbs of one of the city lights is out, the fan only works on full, and it's making a funny clinking noise in the engine. I hope it passes, or I won't be able to get a tax disc!


Thom Matheson - Jan 22, 2007 9:23 am (#498 of 2990)

My first vehicle was a 1965 Honda 150cc motorcycle. First car was the love of my life. 1968 Dodge Charger RT w/ 440 hemi. All green and all muscle. Varoom. I just remember that I tended to change tires a lot. But, it was very cool being a teenager back then.


Steve Newton - Jan 22, 2007 9:55 am (#499 of 2990)

My first car was a 1962 Corvair. The car that made Ralph Nader famous. The radio didn't work, fumes came inside when you turned on the heater and it spewed oil onto the manifold at high speed making for huge clouds of smoke when you slowed down. Oh, yeah, it had trouble with hills, too. All of than and a death trap, too. Of course, I got it used, but still.


journeymom - Jan 22, 2007 10:12 am (#500 of 2990)

More healing charms for Mr. Holly T!


   >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>You Have Been Warned!<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Last winter I was slicing an orange on my awful, evil, dreadful kitchen slicer/mandolin. -- Without the hand guard Chat & Greetings 2007 3906177977. -- I sliced the edge of my right-hand thumb off. I cringe even now when I think about it. Father-in-law looked after the kids and dh and I spent SIX HOURS IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. Eventually that sweet, baby-faced ER doc, who must have been trained by the CIA in torture techniques, cauterized the open wound with a silver nitrate pencil. OMG. That was the most pain I've ever experienced. Insane. And then I realized just how much a person uses the thumb. So I recommend if you have one of these vicious devices you either lock it in a safe box and send the box to the dump  - - - - or use the hand guard!!  I could not even look at the thing for month. Oh, and that spot is numb to this day.

So best of luck to Mr. Holly T.
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Holly T. - Jan 22, 2007 10:14 am (#501 of 2990)

My husband wishes for me to clarify that it wasn't the drill that cut his hand, it was the piece of metal he was drilling a hole through, that slipped and cut his hand. He got a tetanus shot when he got the stitches too. We took a picture of his bandaged hand to put on the project board.

Daughter and I stayed up way too late last night working on her social studies project that was due today, which she forgot to mention until yesterday afternoon and had not done any work on. After much discussing about procrastination and how Wikipedia is not a good source but when you have procrastinated and not been to the library to get actual books it will have to do. The project was about places in Africa, so I downloaded Toto's "Africa" from iTunes and was listening to it while she complained about 80s music and told her if she wanted my help she had to put up with the music.

Sorry you didn't make the show, Loopy. Sounds like a fun time anyway.

Editing for journeymom--ouch! At least my husband hurt his left hand and he's right handed, but he keeps asking me to help him do stuff, like empty the catbox, ew.


journeymom - Jan 22, 2007 10:23 am (#502 of 2990)

Ooh, eighth grade!
“Hurry, boy, she's waiting there for you.

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you,

There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do,

I bless the rains down in Africa, I bless the rains down in Africa...”


haymoni - Jan 22, 2007 10:31 am (#503 of 2990)


Now I'm totally Toto-ized!

"Rosanna, Rosanna"


Puck - Jan 22, 2007 10:39 am (#504 of 2990)

***walks in humming***

Thanks for the song!

Journey Mom, I always use the hand guard when I have my slicer out.

Loopy, sorry you didn't make the show. I'm sure you did way better than those who didn't make the cut foIdol. (The funny thing is that these people go in actually thinking they can sing. )

Sheila, that is so cool! My Diva longs for the stage. Community theater around here wants kids to be six before they can start. She does have her first dance recital this weekend, so a chance to perform.

Happy Remains of the Day!



journeymom - Jan 22, 2007 10:49 am (#505 of 2990)

Did anybody watch Dresden Files last night? A wizard named Harry.

I liked it. The dialog was shaky sometimes, but the show has potential. I really liked the crow monks. I'm 99.9% sure I know who the skin woman's boss is.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 22, 2007 11:18 am (#506 of 2990)

My first vehicle was a 1980 Plymouth Volare. It was big and clunky. I got my drivers license the day after we were married. (A transplanted New Yorker I didn't drive until we moved to Connecticut). The following day I was rear ended at the corner of my house. So the back bumper sagged a little.

When this car could go no further, on a day that I had to be in NYC, my wonderful husband went to look at the local dealership. He purchased a Mazda 626LX! bells whistles, dudas! (Thats the closest I ever came to loving a car) The only catch was it was a stick shift!!! I came home to a beautiful new car that I couldn't drive and of course my husband was leaving on business trip and I had to get myself to work. Nothing like on the job learning!

As for the dressing in short or sandals in winter. Connecticut is one of those weird places. The other night at the school concert the coldest night of the year to date, snowflakes and everything. One girl came in with flip-flops and capri pants. I shivered looking at her.


The giant squid - Jan 22, 2007 11:19 am (#507 of 2990)

My condolences, Loopy. We'll have to keep an eye out for season 3.


Twinkling Blue Eyes - Jan 22, 2007 12:08 pm (#508 of 2990)

First car...1967 Dodge Coronet RT, 440 Hemi, headers, glass pacs, 4 on the floor, General Lee orange, hood scoop, shackles, chrome wheels... I was styl'n. Remember replacing rear tires OFTEN, LOL!


Starling - Jan 22, 2007 2:13 pm (#509 of 2990)

The only catch was it was a stick shift!!!

Automatics are vastly overrated.

I can't imagine driving an automatic. I remember my parents had one, since they inherited it from my grandma, and the thing pulled ... up ... so ... slowly. Mind you, the next car I'll buy will probably be an automatic, because my partner has a really bad left foot and has real trouble using the clutch, which means I'm always the one who drives (and I hate driving).


haymoni - Jan 22, 2007 2:16 pm (#510 of 2990)

I'm fine with a stick shift until I have to stop on an incline. I am so afraid that I will roll back into the person behind me!

I drive an automatic, but Hubby's truck is stick.

You should at least learn how to start one and put it in gear. I was always afraid that I would be in an emergency situation and the only vehicle available would be stick.


Madam Pince - Jan 22, 2007 2:42 pm (#511 of 2990)

Alas, it appears I can't find my glasses. Must be time to re-up with WorldCrossing again! We must've all signed up at the same time, because there seems to have been a spate of that lately...

Me, too, haymoni!

Condolences to Loopy on the show. Oh well, at least you had a decent trip to NYC out of the deal, right? Better luck next time!

***Unpacking charms to Denise...*** How do you like the snow? How convenient that our first cold snap arrives to coincide with your arrival! Up until about last week, it's been like spring here. I checked my daffodils this morning while Little Pince and I were outside building our 1-foot-tall snowman and throwing snowballs, and it seems the daffodils had in fact already gotten buds on them. Too bad, so sad, I guess -- they're toast now! This is our first real (i.e. with accumulation) snow -- it started yesterday afternoon and now it's mostly icy/slushy/yucky stuff. But Little Pince loved it.

Sheila, Oldest Son is just the handsomest thing! And he does look so much like Little Guy! Great pictures!

Thom and TBE, you guys just had to be the coolest in your muscle cars! Vroom, vroom! I have to give high-fives to Holly, because my first car was almost exactly like hers -- I had the 1971 version of the Ford LTD, in a regular blue color. It was my grandfather's car, and it would GO! It had some serious horsepower, and it was also a Tank. One time I had to borrow my roommate's automatic Datsun B-210 (think Fred Flintstone-powered), because my LTD had gotten parked into a spot. When I tried to pull out into traffic that would've been a piece of cake for my LTD, I almost got killed -- floored the accelerator, and the car responded with a "putt..putt..putt" and pulled forward a couple feet at .05 miles per hour. I was yelling at it "MOVE! Car, MOVE!" Man, I wish I still had that LTD; it was a great car. The only reason I got rid of it was because it did not have air conditioning, and Charlottesville in the summer is not a fun place without A/C...

I agree with Mediwitch in that our main consideration in buying a vehicle is how it does in crash tests. Mr. Pince used to be a paramedic, too, and he's seen too many of the same things you've seen, Mediwitch! There's no guarantees, of course, but still... That crash that happened in front of our house a couple years ago was between a little tiny racy sportscar and a Lincoln Navigator, and there wasn't much contest there, I can tell you. I agree with the "old, heavy, beater cars for teens" theory. Tori, the "grannie-ish Mercedes" is the one I'm talking about...

Yay for the Wahoos who won again this weekend and played a great game! (Of course, it was against the last-place team in the league, but still...) And we are very pleased that the Indianapolis Colts will be going to the Super Bowl -- that game between them and New England was a really good game to watch! But I think Tom Brady has enough Super Bowl rings -- I'd like to see Peyton Manning get one now! So I think we'll be cheering for the Colts, but I will hope for Thomas Jones of da Bears to have a great game, because he's a former Wahoo...

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


juliebug - Jan 22, 2007 4:13 pm (#512 of 2990)

Hey all. I just returned from spending a weekend at my dad's house and am just starting to make my way through the 350+ new messages since I left on Friday.

We here in the Circle City (Indianapolis) are of course thrilled that our boys in blue are finally headed to the Superbowl. Coming from Valparaiso, Indiana (a small city about one hour SE of Chicago) I have a lot of friends and family who love the Bears. This will be a really fun game for all of us! I'm also really happy for Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith. How wonderful that those two old friends will share in this milestone event!

My first car was a 1983 Dodge Omni. It was a hatchback, roughly the size of one of my brother's Matchbox cars. I loved it. It always amazed me how many people and things we managed to squeeze into that tiny vehicle. I have loved hatchbacks ever since. I currently drive a 1999 Mercury Sable (which is basically a Ford Taurus.) It's been a good car for me, but eventually, it will need to be replaced. For my next car, I've been looking at crossover vehicles, like the Freestyle. Who knows what I'll actually ended up with in a couple years when the Sable and I part company.

Now I'm off to see what everybody's been talking about.


Mediwitch - Jan 22, 2007 4:14 pm (#513 of 2990)

Oh great, now I can go from listening to Toto in my head to hearing Dean Martin sing "VO-LA-RE, whoa whoa whoa whoa".


Tazzygirl - Jan 22, 2007 4:23 pm (#514 of 2990)

I've been trying to refrain from laughing at the last 25 posts or so- public place, might cause a scene! Love the car stories! I am slooooowly learning how to drive stick shift- dad took me out in their Porsche (his 50th birthday present, dreaming about getting one for yeeeeeeears, and mom almost had a heart attack when they went to look at them. Too bad I missed all the commotion ) when I was home for Christmas, and I was pleased to make it up to third gear without stalling. I'm not giving up on it yet, but I definitely like automatic cars more. When I told dad that he should have gotten an automatic Porsche, he looked at me like I was crazy.

Sorry to hear you didn't make it in, Loopy!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZZY!! Have a fantastic day!

Throat is still a little sore, but not as compared to yesterday. Went to school, and got to leave at noon, as the teacher I was supposed to go to wasn't there. Now I'm at a coffee house doing homework. Not bad.

Off to the homework!

Have a fantastic RotD/N everyone!



Thom Matheson - Jan 22, 2007 4:59 pm (#515 of 2990)

TBE, tell me you used to chew up Camaro's as well! Ah back when a tank of gas was 5 dollars U.S. That and Strawberry Alarm Clock on 8 track. Boy was that living. God I scare myself.


dizzy lizzy - Jan 22, 2007 5:20 pm (#516 of 2990)

My first car was a VW!!! and my second car was a VW!!!! both are now long gone.

All my cars have been manuals. When I was eligible for work cars, they were all automatics. I second the thought that everyone should know how to at least drive safely in a manual... That clutch and gearstick take some co-ordination .

Having a nice day today...pretty hot steamy weather floating around but no rain...



geauxtigers - Jan 22, 2007 5:50 pm (#517 of 2990)

Okay, busy, busy, busy, but I just had to share this!

Today my friend showed us this ringtone that is sorta like a dog whistle, and most people over 40 can't hear it. My mom couldn't hear it, nor could this girl's mom or my french teacher. So after a bit of searching, Ginny found the CBS article with a clip included. I'll put the link in my profile. It hurts my ears so much! Its terrible, my dad could hear, mom still couldn't. So check it out and see if you can hear it. Trust me, you will know if you can!

I also ran into a friend at the store today who I haven't seen in nearly 6 years. She has lost tons of weight on top of being 6 years older. I didn't have a clue who she was! I felt so bad! I was like 'heyyyy' and she gave me a hug and I was looking at my friend mouthing 'who is this'. Then she introduced us to her boyfriend who happened to be standing next to my friend and probably saw my confused look and lip syncing during the hug! LOL oh well, I know who she is now! But I did feel bad. I just had no earthly idea, not a clue! Now that I know its her, it does look like her! LOL

Okay, lots of homework, gotta jet! Have a great day!


Mediwitch - Jan 22, 2007 6:09 pm (#518 of 2990)

That ringtone is too much! I could hear it when the volume on my laptop was cranked, but Mr. Mediwitch, who is on the phone about two feet away from me, had no clue! Mr. Mediwitch also likes to play with power tools without hearing protection. He is getting better about it, but the damage is done.


Catherine - Jan 22, 2007 6:47 pm (#519 of 2990)

Loopy, you was robbed, I'm sure of it!

I have a funny story to tell you all, which will be even funnier if you watch the show "The Office."

A group of my bright 7th grade boys like to play pranks. They have pranked me by hiding my stapler all year. I have pranked them right back, and apparently, they wanted to go for a big one.

This morning, I was looking all over for my stapler. I was getting huffy and said, "All right. One of you hid it. Where is it?"

The culprit said, "I guessing it might be in your refrigerator." ( We have mini-fridges in the rooms).

I opened up my refrigerator, and was utterly shocked to find my stapler. It was beautifully enclosed inside a perfect mound of lime green gelatin.

It was absolutely the most hilarious thing any student has ever done. They were even prepared with the clip from "The Office" just in case I didn't get the joke.

They also presented me with a brand-new Springline stapler.

No student has ever cared enough about me to plan a joke over the weekend. I feel like I've made a real impression.

The only bad part was that some of the boys were determined to eat the stapler out of the jello. I couldn't watch that part.


Tazzygirl - Jan 22, 2007 7:03 pm (#520 of 2990)

Catherine- I am now dying to meet your students. LOL!!!

I'll check out the ringtone when I get home... sounds interesting!

I thought I had more to say, but now I forgot. Oh well!



Madam Pince - Jan 22, 2007 7:39 pm (#521 of 2990)

That's a great practical joke, Catherine! Although I don't watch The Office and so I don't get that part, I still thought it was funny because years ago when I used to tentatively peek in at St. Mungo's on the Fan Fiction Forum, they were always talking about Lime Jello! (Haven't been there in ages -- is that still a running joke there?)

Thom, you really are scary...

Tazzy, I meant to say earlier ***Get Well Charms!*** And to anyone else who needs them also!

Thank you, Mediwitch. I spent the whole time I was preparing dinner humming "Volare..."


painting sheila - Jan 22, 2007 7:47 pm (#522 of 2990)

Catherine - I love that story! What a great group of kids you have. Now to plan retribution . . . do you need help?

geauxtigers - I tried the ring tone and could only hear a low hum. I had the speakers cranked up! Yikes!! Does this mean I am old? (sniff sniff)

Tazzygirl - Are those real baby porcupines? Our dog found a teenage possum once and chased it out of the big bush it was hiding. The poor thing ran about 3 feet and then fell over. Our dog, Duck, went over a smelled it and nudged it with his nose - and nothing. The poor thing had a heart attack I guess. But as soon as we turned to go get the shovel to move the body - it up and ran away!! It was a possum playing possum! We laughed so hard!! Duck was totally confused. It was the cutest thing!!

Puck - Good luck to your daughter! I hope the recital goes well. Being in the theater has been a big boost to my kids self confidence. Even when they feel unsure of themselves they "act" like they know what is going on until they pick it up. It has saved them from being in strange social situations and be able to handle it.

Littlest Guy started a class today called Live On Stage. They are learning songs and dance steps for a production in May. It is so cute to see these little 4-7 year old sing On Broadway! They have their little hips shaking and pointing their finger - to die for!!

I remember when I was taught how to drive a stick. My dad belonged to the local Porsche club. He didn't have one, just liked the cars. His friend in the club who did have a porsche brought it by the house one day and asked if I would like to go for a ride. I of course jumped at it! As soon as we got around the corner, he stopped and asked if I wanted to drive. He taught me right there how to drive a stick. We lived close to the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway, so there I was - going up the mountain and down the mountain in a sweet baby blue convertible 1959 porsche. (sigh) It was heavenly.

Off to check 5 words.


geauxtigers - Jan 22, 2007 7:56 pm (#523 of 2990)

geauxtigers - I tried the ring tone and could only hear a low hum. I had the speakers cranked up! Yikes!! Does this mean I am old? (sniff sniff) Let your kids listen too it and see what happens. People who've had lots of ear infections and the like might not either. My mom claims this is the reason she can't hear it, but we know the truth! It did say some speakers can't got that high of a note or whatever you call it, but if the kids can hear it...dum dum dunnnn! LOL


Eponine - Jan 22, 2007 8:03 pm (#524 of 2990)

I definitely heard that ring tone. A few months ago, I remember reading a story about the ring tones that adults can't hear, and I found this page online. It has a variety of pure tone sounds at various...um some kind of measurement. It's interesting to see what you can hear and what you can't.

Catherine, that's a fabulous trick they pulled on you. Are you going to try to get them back for it?

I've never learned to drive a stick. I'm convinced I'd break the car if I tried.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


painting sheila - Jan 22, 2007 8:19 pm (#525 of 2990)

Eponine - I heard it at about 14,000. At 15,00 my ears "hurt" a little but I didn't hear anything.

I am still going to see if my kids can hear the first one.

(I won't grow up! I just wanna be a kid. . .)

Edit - Am I the Lone Forum-er that watches 24?


geauxtigers - Jan 22, 2007 9:37 pm (#526 of 2990)

I got all the way to 21000, but then the links stopped working for whatever reason. My ears are ringing now, maybe that was for a reason lol!

I still haven't learned a shift stick, but my dad thinks I should. Problem is, where to find a stick shift car...hmmm lol and time. No time, thats why I shouldn't be here, but Eponine's link got the better of me, I just had to test it out! LOL

SO off to finish more homework. Fun fun!


Tazzygirl - Jan 22, 2007 9:43 pm (#527 of 2990)

Sheila- they are real baby porcupines. I never actually saw them in person, I received it in an email a year or so ago. It's been my avatar long ago, now I'm recycling. I think they are sooooo cute! Ask Catherine about Blossom!! **pats Catherine on the back**

Madam P.- Thanks for the charms! And yes, the Lime Green Jello makes it's appearance on the St. Mungo's thread every so often.

OH! Finn- I thought of you- in the current People Magazine there is an article about Julie Andrews. She's getting a lifetime achievement award at the Screen Actor's Guild Awards. I think that is on Saturday or Sunday evening.



virginiaelizabeth - Jan 22, 2007 9:45 pm (#528 of 2990)

Interesting site Eponine. The last one I could hear was 19,000Hz, and I couldn't hear it at 20, but it hurt my ears. I'll have to test my mom and see how low she is. Funny thing is, my dad could hear the ringtone and my mom couldn't (even when we turned the volume all the way up and plugged in the headphones for her) and they are both 46. I guess it just depends on the person.

That's a great prank Catherine! I think you should get them back. No ideas yet, but I'll think on it!

I'm with you Eponine, I think if I tried to learn how to drive a stick shift, I'd just break the car, that is if I didn't get into a wreck first!


journeymom - Jan 22, 2007 10:08 pm (#529 of 2990)

I'm listening to Toto's Africa! Didn't even know we have this album.


Tazzygirl - Jan 22, 2007 10:32 pm (#530 of 2990)

Okay, I just tried Tori's cell phone tone example thingy, and I can't hear it. Volume is up full blast too. Does that mean I'm old?! Chat & Greetings 2007 793915934   On Eponine's link, I got up to 18,000 Hz, and even that was getting to the point where I couldn't hear it...

Oh, Sheila- the babies in my avatar are actually Hedgehogs. Don't know why I said porcupines...



kabloink! - Jan 22, 2007 10:47 pm (#531 of 2990)

Well, I already mentioned the first car that was actually mine-my 1990 Dodge Dakota pick-up. It was rear wheel drive with an extended bed. I loved that truck. We got it for $700 and change at an insurance auction. I think my parents might have put in about $1000 to get it running. I drove it for 4+ years, and whoever owns it now is still driving it.

Before the truck was driveable, though, I was driving my parents 1989 Plymouth Voyager. It burned oil to the point that I had to put in a quart a day, blew everywhere in the wind, stalled going around corners, and got 30+ mpg. It got me where I was going.

Right now we have an Olds Alero. Its okay, but for the sake of space for baby gear we want an SUV (though I'd settle for a station wagon). I have sworn to never again drive a minivan. I hated driving the ones that I've driven in the past, in spite of the awesome gas mileage. OUr other car, however is a manual '92 Mazda Protege. Its awesome-gets over 30 mpg, and has almost 200, 000 miles on it, yet keeps going with only about $300-$500 per year in maintenance. Its better than another monthly payment, right?

I heard the ringtone, but it hurt my ears.

I think I became a member on this forum within a few months of its creation, back in '02. Back then, I'd say there were only 100 or so members, and I could keep up with the theories and everything. SInce the population has exploded, I pretty much just stick around the chat thread. The companionship I find here in wonderful. I had joined a sort-of splinter group of people form here who wanted to discuss more, controversial stuff, but things got a bit too heated for me around the '04 election. So I stay here, although I drift away for a few months at a time.

My husband has to go in to have a fleshy mass removed from his Achilles' tendon tomorrow morning. The doctor is pretty sure that it is just a syst caused by tendonitis (but obviously can't say for sure until they biopsy it), and as hubby seems to have the same thing forming on the other ankle in the exact same spot. We won't know how long he's off his feet until the doctor gets in there and sees how much damage has been done to the tendon. Hmm this is probably a cue that hubby needs to find a career that doesn't involve 10-12 hour days standing on concrete floors.

Ok, off to finish cleaning so hubby will be able to hobble around once he gets home tomorrow. OH! Denise, I got that planner-I like it, but it would be better if I could remember to use it!

Knight knight everyone!


xray - Jan 22, 2007 11:25 pm (#532 of 2990)

geauxtigres said: It hurts my ears so much! Its terrible, my dad could hear, mom still couldn't. So check it out and see if you can hear it. Trust me, you will know if you can!

Heh, I tried that out and could only hear it if I cranked the speakers WAY up.

Oh by the way, hello from a fellow LSU Tiger! Go Tigres!!!!


Tazzygirl - Jan 23, 2007 12:05 am (#533 of 2990)

TEHE!!! Did anyone watch the Supernanny episode tonight? It was about a couple in Hawaii... The mom was my Oceanography teacher two years ago!!! **is dying laughing**



Snuffles - Jan 23, 2007 3:25 am (#534 of 2990)

Hope you feel better soon Kristina. I have been suffering with a sore throat too but feel much better today

My first car was a silver Mini city. It was ok until it rained. It used to cut out if it went through big puddles too. At one point my dad fitted a rubber glove over the spark plugs to stop it happening

I could hear the ring tone but not really loud. I didn't have the volume right up so that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!!

We have had some snow over night. Not much, just a covering. Olivia was so excited she wanted to go out and make a snowman. I had to tell her she would be lucky to make a snow mouse! Then it was a nightmare journey to work. I live 8 miles away but it took me 2 1/2 hours to get there! There was a bad accident and the road was completely blocked The good news is, I managed to sit there and not eat my sandwiches for my dinner

Oh well, better start some work check the threads

Have a good Tuesday



Catherine - Jan 23, 2007 4:21 am (#535 of 2990)

Catherine, that's a fabulous trick they pulled on you. Are you going to try to get them back for it?

As I told my students, revenge, like jello, is a dish best served cold. I acted like I could never top their prank (and I may not be able to), so as to make them relax and forget that I might be planning something.

We shall see...


Chemyst - Jan 23, 2007 4:59 am (#536 of 2990)

Catherine has graciously given you all an example of why I did not pursue school teaching as a career.  

...mini-fridges in the classroom.


azi - Jan 23, 2007 5:00 am (#537 of 2990)

Ouch that ringtone was icky! Haven't tested the other site yet.

**healing charms** to your hubby, kabloink!

Hehe, hilarious prank, Catherine!

Snuffles, my mum's first cars were Mini's too (red and brown maybe?). She said there was a plughole in the floor to let out water when it rained.

We only got a bit of snow here. Gone now - didn't even settle. My housemates woke me up after very little sleep to tell me it was there. I didn't get to sleep until after 2 am because I couldn't stop shivering. Yes my room is so cold I was wearing 4 tops, 2 pairs of thick socks, my hat, gloves and scarf in bed and was still shivering! Fortunately, my housemates to pity on my state of not being able to put hot chocolate powder in a mug because I was shaking so much, and put the heating on overnight.

Hope everyone has a lovely warm day!


haymoni - Jan 23, 2007 5:17 am (#538 of 2990)

I couldn't hear the ring tone, but my ears still hurt - I could tell something was going on.

I guess this could become the test for who is old.

Or should I say who is mature.


Good Evans - Jan 23, 2007 6:27 am (#539 of 2990)

I shall try the ringtone when I get home ... sounds like an experience!!!

he stapler in the Jelly was hilarious! Catherine I can just imagine how you must have died lauging!

not much else to add The Dementors are trying to bring me down - but I am persevering with good cheer.

toddles of singing "been a year since she went away ...."


Holly T. - Jan 23, 2007 8:58 am (#540 of 2990)

Catherine, that prank is hilarious!

Warming charms to Azi! Your house sounds like my office--it's always cold here.

So glad to have inspired you to drag out the Toto albums, LOL.

High-fives back to Madam Pince, fellow LTD driver. Yes, that car could move. When my brother inherited the LTD from me (and I moved "up" to a 1982 Oldsmobile Omega that went through three transmissions during the time I had it) he tried to install an updated radio in it (you know, one that got more than AM stations) and blew every fuse in the car. For a long time he had no interior lights. But we were safe! I got in a fender bender in the rain on the way home from school one day and got a dent in my rear bumper. The Toyota that hit me crunched in the entire front end (driver was ok). When my brother had it, he was in a fender bender with a 1967 Mustang, driven by another high school student. Two dented bumpers, everyone ok.

I have discovered dark chocolate covered cinnamon Altoids--wonderful!

I forgot my datebook at home so I have no clue if there's anything else I'm supposed to do today before I go home and can get my datebook. The dentist's office just called to make an appointment for son's checkup and I told them I'd have to call them back tomorrow.

Have a great RotD!


juliebug - Jan 23, 2007 9:17 am (#541 of 2990)

I haven't found the cinnamon yet, but I have had the dark chocolate peppermint Altoids. Also a big Yummo! Anyone tried the ginger with dark chocolate?


painting sheila - Jan 23, 2007 9:37 am (#542 of 2990)

Chocolate Altoids? The Curiously Strong Mints comes in flavors?



juliebug - Jan 23, 2007 9:47 am (#543 of 2990)

Altoids come in the original peppermint, wintergreen, cinnamon and ginger flavors. They have also started dipping the curiously strong mints in dark chocolate, an excellent move!


Twinkling Blue Eyes - Jan 23, 2007 10:27 am (#544 of 2990)

Thom, I used to eat those baby Chevies for breakfast! LOL! Now you have me wanting to look for a working 8 trac, I still have some of my old tapes, would look good in my 1966 Dodge pickum up.

Catherine, I think you owe me a keyboard. I was dumb enough to be drinking coffee when I read the stapler story.

...toddles off to check the threads...


John Bumbledore - 23, 2007 10:31 am (#545 of 2990)

"Current People Magazine there is an article about Julie Andrews. She's getting a lifetime achievement award at the Screen Actor's Guild" – Tazzy

Oh, NO! Is her health failing? That is usually when an actor gets a lifetime achievement award, when they aren't expected to survive to next years award show... But I hope that isn't the case for Julie Andrews!


Elanor - Jan 23, 2007 10:41 am (#546 of 2990)

Very cold and snowy day here, brrr!!!! "We have no winter this year" they said... Sure...

A question: would have anyone sent me an email only entitled "lexicon"? I am not sure if it is a real email or a spam so I'm not opening it for now (I'm very afraid of viruses!). Please, let me know if it is a real email. Thanks!



Mrs. Sirius - Jan 23, 2007 10:48 am (#547 of 2990)

School kids have always scared me, Catherine your story illustrates why.

Yes the chocolate mint Altoids are great. I always carried a tin of the Cinnimon flovered ones for all sorts of emergencies, now I can expand on that.

We had a dusting of snow last night it is still on the ground.

BTW the link to that ring tone, I can't find it is goes back several days, anyone have it handy?

Yes, back in the olds days we practically knew everyone with great details, on board. Now it feels like those large family reunions where every time there is a new cousin.


azi - Jan 23, 2007 11:51 am (#548 of 2990)

Ok, I tried the site with ranges and got up to 20,000 Hz. I couldn't try 21,000 because it wouldn't work, but I doubt I'd have been able to hear it - I could only just hear the other one!

**cheering charms** to JulieGE!

We have the heating on in my room now. I'm going to sit next to the radiator.

Kip Carter - Jan 23, 2007 12:15 pm (#549 of 2990)

Elanor, I did not send you an email entitled "lexicon" and I feel it is spam. "lexicon" is a free word for all to use and I would never use it without including at least HP and capitalizing the "L". Follow your own feelings as to opening it.


Elanor - Jan 23, 2007 12:32 pm (#550 of 2990)

Thanks Kip! I have the feeling it is a spam too but I still had a little doubt so I thought I would ask here, just in case it would not be one, before deleting it.

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Catherine - Jan 23, 2007 1:00 pm (#551 of 2990)

Catherine has graciously given you all an example of why I did not pursue school teaching as a career.

...mini-fridges in the classroom. –Chemyst

This is the only reason? Low pay, apathetic parents, doofus colleagues?

Actually, only one of the three applies here. The pay for private school isn't going to make me rich, but I like teaching here--involved parents and supportive colleagues, for example. Not to mention that I have creative students.

The little fridges are because we do not have a cafeteria, and we used to eat in the rooms, and had to have a way to keep food and drinks fresh during the day. Nowadays, we still have no cafeteria, but we eat in a multi-purpose building with food brought in at lunchtime for those who wish a "bought" lunch. The fridges come in quite handy, though. We store our drinks and snacks for the week in there, and it makes things more organized.

It also kept the jello housing my stapler nice and fresh.


The giant squid - Jan 23, 2007 1:27 pm (#552 of 2990)

Catherine, that's hilarious. The stapler-in-the-jello- gag was the one thing Mrs. Squid found funny about The Office. We tend to skip over that half hour on Thursdays...

On the automatic-versus-manual transmission subject, I'd like to point out that manual transmissions get better gas mileage than automatics. If you're in the market for a new car, keep that in mind. I also agree that everyone should at least know how to drive a stick, just like everyone should know how to cook a meal, sew a button and perform basic math without a calculator. Sadly, all four of these things seem to be falling by the wayside in today's society...

I'm not even going to bother trying that ringtone. After working lights & sound for a band back in '98 I already know my upper range is shot. That could be why I prefer metal music--more emphasis on bass and low tones. On the plus side, every once in a while the tinnitus kicks in just when someone starts in on a boring rant so I don't have to hear them, just, "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE."



Viola Intonada - Jan 23, 2007 2:47 pm (#553 of 2990)

My daughter and I had fun with the sound website. Unless she is lying to me, she could her up to 23,000Hz while I could barely hear the 15,000Hz. I would have thought something was wrong with the computer if she hadn't been sitting right next to me saying "Ow, that's loud". I took a sign language class several years ago, the teacher said that the human ear is only designed to hear so many noises in a life time. Therefore with the longer life spans and the noisier life styles more people will be needing to learn sign language. I'm surprised that my hearing range has diminished so much already. But then again, I sit in orchestra rehearsal every Tuesday night.

My first car was a 1976 Dodge Charger. It was huge!! I think the gas mileage was somewhere around 10 mpg. I could fit several teenagers in with me. I didn't learn how to drive a stick shift until I was in college, very essential if you ever want to drive a race car. (I never have but would love to!)

Catherine, maybe you should give a quiz on jello. Asking questions like "list the steps of how to make jello," "What flavor of jello was used to pass government secrets in the 1940's" and "When was Jello first manufactured" There are a ton of questions you could ask. Or just have a few jello questions interspersed with the regular questions on a test.


Catherine - Jan 23, 2007 4:25 pm (#554 of 2990)

Catherine, maybe you should give a quiz on jello. Asking questions like "list the steps of how to make jello," "What flavor of jello was used to pass government secrets in the 1940's" and "When was Jello first manufactured" There are a ton of questions you could ask. Or just have a few jello questions interspersed with the regular questions on a test.--Viola Intonada

Excellent suggestions. I shall incorporate them immediately.

Squid Mike, I hope the tinnitus doesn't kick in when I post. I'm off to check my hearing...


Mediwitch - Jan 23, 2007 6:24 pm (#555 of 2990)

No problem, Madam Pince! It's really Mrs. Sirius's fault...she's the one who had the Volare!

Kristina, your sore throat might be the reason you can't hear the ringtone. If your throat is swollen at all, so are your eustacian tubes - which connect into your ears and provide the necessary pressure for you to hear. Try it again after you're really healthy!

With all the kids listening to music through earbuds, tinnitus and hearing loss is not just for the "elderly" any more! sheila, kaykay, Denise, and anyone else with teens (who use earbuds) and young kids (who don't) in the same house, I wonder if your teens can hear the high frequencies as well as your little ones.

**sends Good Evans some virtual chocolate for the dementor effects**

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Altoids????? How cool is that? We just found some "Royal Dark" Cadbury Mini Eggs...before Valentine's Day, but boy are they yummy! Chocolate

Mike: On the plus side, every once in a while the tinnitus kicks in just when someone starts in on a boring rant so I don't have to hear them, just, "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE." SPEW!!!!! I'm so glad I did not chose this moment to take a drink of tea!

Catherine, put the quiz (or better yet, something fun) IN individual Jell-o servings so they have to eat their way in!


painting sheila - Jan 23, 2007 7:30 pm (#556 of 2990)

Viola - Great idea for the test!! I know that Utah eats more green jello than any other place in the world (I think)

I did the hearing test on my kids and sent them running in the office to tell me to turn it down!  I didn't tell them I was going to do it - so I guess they really could hear it. I could hear up to 14,00, my oldest son to 20,000, and the girls around 18,000. Any higher than 14,000 and my ears hurt. I couldn't hear it but could feel it.

I am feeling old.



Regan of Gong - Jan 23, 2007 7:32 pm (#557 of 2990)

Put returned papers and tests in jelly. Make it a photocopy if it's a big issue about encasing paper in jelly.

I'm cleaning my room. There's a lot of stuff, especially books. Baskets and baskets are being relocated today, but I'm going to have heaps more space. In a room maybe 10' x 10' I've got 2 bookshelves, bed (w/ desk underneath), chest of drawers and two cupboards. I think of got lots of furniture no one else wants/fits anywhere. I've been going for a few hours, so I thought I'd take a break.

Sorting through books was really bad. I've got books that were given to me by my best mate when we were 6, with a handwritten message on the inside cover. We kept all of those. Books are either being thrown out, kept, stored or sent to the school fete in a month or so.

I'm learning to drive in a Ford Territory It's an auto, an the first SUV/big car we've ever had. It's big, but it handles really well. Goes through about 13L/100km, work it out yourself. We've got a little manual as well. Dad wanted me to get a feel for driving before we started with a manual.

Back to work

Regan Guess I should get back


Tazzygirl - Jan 23, 2007 8:36 pm (#558 of 2990)

Bumbledore: I don't think Julie is having health issues! **sends cold compress to Finn**

Mediwitch- thanks for the info on the throat and hearing effects. I'll have to try the test again tomorrow- give another day to make sure my throat is completely healed.

I looooooove the Chocolate covered peppermint Altoids. *yum* I have some in my purse- bought them back in California.

Got out of school super early again today- normally it's 2:30, but since I started at this placement I've been leaving at noon. Teacher only has the students until then, and I haven't met the general education teacher yet.

Went and saw The Pursuit of Happyness to kill time. It was really good!!

Oh- speaking of movies... Epic Movie comes out this weekend. I guess it's from the creators of the Scary Movie series. I soooo want to see it! **is not normally a 'purposely made stupid movie' movie-goer**

Have a fantastic RotD/N everyone!



Puck - Jan 23, 2007 8:42 pm (#559 of 2990)

I can't drive a stick. I tried a couple of times, but it made me nervous.

The news did a spot on those ring tones last year. I couldn't hear it, but Mr. Puck could. Funny, but I had been wondering if wearing headphones while playing computer games was damaging his earing....

Who mentioned flip flops and capris in winter? I can top it. Last Saturday the temperature was well below freezing with a bitter wind. A girl around eight or so was leaving the community center with her parents. She had wet hair, flip flops, and was wearing a wet bathing suit with her coat tossed -unzipped- over the top of it. Parents of the year. Chat & Greetings 2007 1242194059

Darn! TiVo lost a signal and didn't tape Idol And I was so looking forward to the carnage. *sigh*

Healing charms to Mr. Kabloink!

Thanks for the laugh, Catherine.

Off to check five words!



Holly T. - Jan 23, 2007 8:47 pm (#560 of 2990)

I can't drive a stick shift but I can cook a meal, sew buttons, and can do basic math without a calculator, sort of. I did keep making mistakes with the change tonight while out selling cookies and my daughter had to keep correcting me. Still, she sold 31 boxes (unless I added wrong). ;-)

Very tired. Off to bed.


painting sheila - Jan 23, 2007 11:08 pm (#561 of 2990)

hey! I might not be able to hear the ring tones, but I can cook a meal, sew a button, do simple math with out a calculator, AND drive a stick!

My self esteem just lifted it's sad little head off the floor. It was feeling so old and hard of hearing. (sigh)


Thom Matheson - Jan 23, 2007 11:36 pm (#562 of 2990)



Lina - Jan 23, 2007 11:51 pm (#563 of 2990)

Happy birthday, Lizzy!

Mrs. Sirius, you can find the link to the ring tone in Geauxtigers' profile.

I test my hearing at the medical check almost every year and every time they tell me that my hearing is perfect. I keep all the sounds I can control on the very low because I don't like anything to be aloud. I was very disappointed when I couldn't hear the ring tone.


Elanor - Jan 24, 2007 12:08 am (#564 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Lizzy! Joyeux Anniversaire!! Do enjoy your day!

Snow, snow, snow and cold on the menu here since yesterday! I thought about 10 cm/4 inches but it is actually 15 cm/6 inches which have fallen here and a LOT more in some places of my region. I've had some problems with my DLS line a moment ago (or rather the phone company has had, lol!) but didn't lose power, which has happened to many people not far from here. **knocking on wood**

I'm glad I don't have to go to school today and practice the "how to drive on ice advices" given here a few days ago! More snow expected today though, and serious frost next night but I don't want to think of tomorrow morning already, lol!

Have a great night/day everybody!

Audrey **who can cook a meal, sew a button, do simple math with out a calculator, and drive a stick too but still has to try that ring tone**

Edit: I can hear it! Not that a pleasant tone to hear though, lol!


The giant squid - Jan 24, 2007 2:03 am (#565 of 2990)

What?????? --Thom Matheson

My thoughts exactly.

I got my criteria from Robert A. Heinlein, though I admit I lowered the standards somewhat. Here's his list:

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

Sadly, I have not yet mastered all of these things; I'm still having trouble with planning an invasion...

Note, too, that this is the man who also said, "Little girls, like butterflies, need no excuse." Wise words, those.



Starling - Jan 24, 2007 4:40 am (#566 of 2990)

Ooh, baby hedgehogs! They look more like baby hedgehogs than baby porcupines to me.

I'm fine with a stick shift until I have to stop on an incline. I am so afraid that I will roll back into the person behind me!

That's what the handbreak is for


Good Evans - Jan 24, 2007 5:18 am (#567 of 2990)

let it snow, let it snow, let it foul up the motorways!!!!!!

it took an hour and half to get to work this morning - but it does all look very pretty!!! I love the snow, shame that most people turn in to rubbish drivers at the sight of the first flake though!!!!!

not a good morning - failed (by one question) the computing test I was taking this morning - I have one this afternoon and am not confident. I am desperately trying to complete my essay for college to be handed in tomorrow (if it snows more tonight - do you think I can buy an extra day or so???). I have a ghastly headache and to top it all I have a meeting here at 6 pm so I can't get home much before 8 tonight - boo hoo!!!!

Hope everyone else is having a better day!!!

keep smiling - a smile costs nothing and gives your face something to do!


Thom Matheson - Jan 24, 2007 6:22 am (#568 of 2990)

It looks like we are going to see snow, but 40 miles north, Kabloink will get like 8 inches. Good luck with that. Take care of hubby.


geauxtigers - Jan 24, 2007 6:40 am (#569 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Lizzy!

Off to school. Will be a while before I'm back here, I'm thinking the weekend. I have 2 projects due, and tons of other stuff that'd take to long to list. Have a great week!


haymoni - Jan 24, 2007 7:02 am (#570 of 2990)

painting sheila - We are mature, not old.

Thom - your "What?????" had me LOL here at work - too funny!


Steve Newton - Jan 24, 2007 7:07 am (#571 of 2990)

"We are mature, not old."

Um, sure, works for me.


Starling - Jan 24, 2007 7:50 am (#572 of 2990)

I'm old, not mature. Chat & Greetings 2007 3276373137


It's so unfair!


kabloink! - Jan 24, 2007 8:24 am (#573 of 2990)

Tee-hee. Thanks for the warning, Thom. I hadn't even been paying attention to the weather. Guess I really have to make it to the bank today. Remember, I just moved back to my hometown (Port Huron) and the nearest branch of my bank is about a half-hour away (in Richmond).

Hubby's surgery went well. The doctor said that the bumb was much bigger than he had anticipated (about the size of a golf ball), but he was positive its just a ganglian (sp?) syst (sp?). Hubby is cleared to walk on his foot, but can't go back to work until next week. Which is cool, its nice to have him home, but it works out as unpaid days off. Grrrr.

Okay, baby is fussing-he's getting frustrated because he can't get the fish to "sing" to him EVERY time he touches it. He has managed the button twice on his own so far this morning, though.


Round Pink Spider - Jan 24, 2007 8:29 am (#574 of 2990)

I'm 44, and I'm neither old NOR mature...

Hi, guys! I thought I'd do something weird and stop in here for once, just to prove to the Lex that I do still exist. I've been busy raising child #6 and writing my first novel (yea!!!).

We've had quite a bit of snow here, about 8" in the past couple of weeks, but I wouldn't mind some more. I'm sure glad we're back to normal temps here; before the New Year, all we were getting was RAIN, and a whole lot of it! So I'm glad to see the white back on the ground.

Good to see you guys, I'll try to stop in now and then. And hey, Lina! How are you?

Oh, and I can cook a meal, sew on a button, do math without a calculator (although my arithmetic is a little shaky at times), and drive a stick; and I hope I can plan an invasion, in writing at least, because I'm going to need to, eventually... *sigh*


painting sheila - Jan 24, 2007 8:51 am (#575 of 2990)

A human being should be able to:

change a diaper - with my eyes closed (though I don't recommend it)

plan an invasion - I do that every time I go to the grocery store

butcher a hog - not in this lifetime

conn a ship - with legos?

design a building - with legos?

write a sonnet - I can. Not that anyone especially wants to publish them. . .

balance accounts - I am treasurer of a volunteer group I belong to

build a wall - bricks, rocks, wood, legos - you name it!

set a bone - yes. (I would throw up afterwards I think, but I think I could do it in the heat of the moment)

comfort the dying - Yes.

take orders - with a smile

give orders - with a smile

cooperate - with a smile

act alone - the Lone Stranger rides again!

solve equations - with or with out a calculator

analyze a new problem - HEY! I'm a mom. Happens all day every day!

pitch manure - Heck yeah!

program a computer - with legos?

cook a tasty meal - yes.

fight efficiently - not always fairly, but ALWAYS efficiently

die gallantly - I can only hope.

Specialization is for insects - AMEN!


Starling - Jan 24, 2007 9:29 am (#576 of 2990)

*nods sagely*

I can do all that. With legos.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 24, 2007 9:56 am (#577 of 2990)

Thank you Lina. I took the test, failed it miserably! Deaf as a door nail in that range. The irony is, when I worked in a department store in New York, the jewelry department had a silent alarm system that buzzed in that register. It drove me nuts to go thru there, I often avoided the area.

Oh, and I can cook a meal, sew on a button, do math without a calculator (although my arithmetic is a little shaky at times), and drive a stick RPS

I think all mothers have to have a certain level of that. I can cook, but I do it grudgingly because I hate hearing the complaints of "I hate that", love to sew and have taken on ridiculous projects to try and interest the kids, I help the kids with their math and am shocked that I can actually do it (shhhh, don't tell kids), can drive a stick but the minivan is automatic.

Of course my son is after me to build the platform for his bed that I promised him 3 years ago.

Happy Birthday Lizzy

Happy RoTD


Good Evans - Jan 24, 2007 10:03 am (#578 of 2990)

Pleased to hear about the surgery going well Kabloink! good wishes to you and your husband

I passed the second computing exam this afternoon so hooray!! 2 down 5 to go (including the resit for that rotten one this morning)

just popped in to let you know - off back to the grindstone.....


Thom Matheson - Jan 24, 2007 10:27 am (#579 of 2990)

Very soon, Good Evans, you will have all your O.W.L.'s out of the way. Keep it up

Kabloink, glad to hear about Hubby, and enjoy your trip to Richmond. If it's the bank I am thinking of isn't there a branch in Memphis and Yale?


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 24, 2007 10:30 am (#580 of 2990)

Popping in to say Hi!

Happy Birthday, Dizzy Lizzy!

Glad to hear your second exam went well, GE! Felix Felicis your way for the rest to go well.

Cook a meal; sew a button; math w/o a calculator, plan an invasion. . .etc.
Hmm, dinner is ready to go, sewed Olivia's button back onto her pants, checked Priscilla's math homework, played a round of Star Wars/Game Cube with Trevor (does that count for the invasion part?) . . .

Thanks for the list! So helpful of you all to do that!

**Fires off healing charms in Tazzy and Mr. Kabloink's direction**

**Waves to Lina, Chemyst and all around!**

Still working on getting Mr. HH's surgeon approved (the only one who seems to be able to perform it laparoscopically). Currently tangled in red tape. Anyone have scissors?


EDIT: How could I forget! (Add to list: iron hands)
Great to hear you are still around, RPS! As for the novel - Woohoo! Stick with it - I am sure everything will come together beautifully!


Puck - Jan 24, 2007 10:56 am (#581 of 2990)

***Hands Maria the scissors***

Great news, Kabloink and Julie!

Starling, do you cook the meals with Legos?

"Little girls, like butterflies, need no excuse." -I believe that is my Diva's philosophy.

Umm, "conn" a ship?


Starling - Jan 24, 2007 11:11 am (#582 of 2990)

If they land in the pot, most certainly, dear Puck.

Conversation today:

Son: I love pesto.
Son's best friend: Really?
Son: Yes, I really really love pesto.
Son's best friend: Well, marry it then!


journeymom - Jan 24, 2007 11:13 am (#583 of 2990)

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly."

I am a mother. I can manage. Like Sheila said, I think I'd lose my breakfast if I had to set a bone. Or butcher a pig (can't it be a chicken?). But with the old Girl Scout hand book and a copy of Little House on the Prairie I could manage both.

Conn = responsibility for the steering of a ship. I've done that! Brother-in-law took me out on his teeny-tiny sail boat and showed me how to tack up and down the lake.


Thom Matheson - Jan 24, 2007 11:51 am (#584 of 2990)

Cause I'm a woman, W-O-M-A-N. Sing along with me won't you.


Ydnam96 - Jan 24, 2007 12:08 pm (#585 of 2990)

I'm back in sunny California. I spent the weekend in Northern VA and it was great. It snowed...not a lot...but enough for all the schools to close. Which was fine with me because my friends are teachers so I got to hang out with them a bit more before I left.

I didn't read through the 200+ posts. I hope all is well.



Esther Rose - Jan 24, 2007 12:10 pm (#586 of 2990)

I'd sing but I have the "Rubber Ducky" song by Ernie (Sesame Street) stuck in my head. Why? I don't know.


Good Evans - Jan 24, 2007 12:56 pm (#587 of 2990)

oh no .......Rubby ducky you're the one..... thanks Esther!!!!!!

I forgot to mention I had a forum moment on the way to work - they played Toto's "Africa" on the radio - couldn't help but grin even in the traffic jam...

Thanks for the "well dones" I feel a bit better now, but still cheesed anout missing out on the first exam by only one question - ah well!

have agreat night folks - I am home now and no snow on the way home so I amy well get to college afterall.


John Bumbledore - 24, 2007 1:31 pm (#588 of 2990)

**Enters humming** "I felt the rubber duckie down in Africa..." Um, was Ernie's duck named Toto perhaps? Well now I have two songs burrowing into my head like ear worms...

   We interrupt this chat thread to bring you and important public service announcement from the CDC--(erm)--P (Center for Disease Control and Prevention):

   There have been reports of multiple and frequent occurances of "Ear Worms" being transmitted on a certain "themed" Internet chat thread. To limit the spread of such parasites, it is suggested that you plugging your ears with your fingers while you read.

   We now return you to the discussion already in progress.

...thank you Esther and Good Evans! Now for one I heard recently. "Roxanne, you don't have to turn on a--" SCREEK!

Oops, how about Billy Joel? "We didn't start the fire..."

Happy RotX! (replace X with appropriate initial for day, evening, or night as best fits your international location and time zone.)

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Esther Rose - Jan 24, 2007 1:51 pm (#589 of 2990)

You know that sometimes works, but then again sometimes when I put my fingers in my ears I start singing the Smurf's Theme song.

Laa laa lalala laa...



Elanor - Jan 24, 2007 2:02 pm (#590 of 2990)

Which gives: "laa laa la schtroumph laa laa" in the original version...

Congrats Julie!! And take heart for the rest of the exam!


Madam Pince - Jan 24, 2007 2:21 pm (#591 of 2990)

Who you callin' manure? Speak for yourself!

What do you mean I can't hear?

***is still looking for the scissors to hand to... I forget... who wanted them now?***

Journeymom, I have long thought that copies of the Little House on the Prairie books would be sufficient to get me through most any crisis if all modern technology suddenly disappeared or if I was forced to live on my own on a deserted... um... prairie. Or Big Woods. Whatever...

I think Heinlein has awfully big expectations... especially the "program a computer" part. My college B.A.S.I.C. professor would agree with me, I think... Other than that, I might be able to muddle through somewhat on the rest of them!


Julie Aronson - Jan 24, 2007 2:48 pm (#592 of 2990)


From where did you get the RAH quote? I keep seeing it but never finding it. (Did that make any sense?)


haymoni - Jan 24, 2007 2:52 pm (#593 of 2990)

Mmmm...living off Little House....

We could smoke meat inside a hollow tree. We could make cheese. We could make maple sugar candy. We could get a crab to bite Nellie's toes.

Every time I make bacon & eggs, Hubby starts singing, "I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan and never, ever let you forget..."

What was that perfume? Enjoli???

The only ad that was worse was "Charlie".


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 24, 2007 3:09 pm (#594 of 2990)

Thanks Puck and Madam P, for the scissors. You know, Madam Pince, forgetfulness is a sign of aging. . .I think. . .I forget.

You can try Oregon Trail (PC game) as a supplement to your Little House book. You will even learn about edible plants.

According to the test, I'm not too hearing-adept, to put it mildly. The price I pay for liking my music loud, I suppose.


Starling - Jan 24, 2007 3:48 pm (#595 of 2990)

I know I can't hear properly, I don't need a test for that. Bad genes on both sides!



Tazzygirl - Jan 24, 2007 5:12 pm (#596 of 2990)

Maria: You can try Oregon Trail (PC game)...

I have been wanting to play that game for sooooo long!! Do you (or anyone else) know where I can find it?? That was the only game we were allowed to play in computer class when I was in elementary school.

I love the Rubber Ducky song. I sing it (I'd be one of those people on American Idol that Simon would hate. ) to Thaniel and Syd when they take their baths. LOL

Have a great RotD/N!



Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 24, 2007 5:42 pm (#597 of 2990)

Kristina, I just did a quick Ebay search and found many listings. I would also suggest you check out a local teaching supplies store - ask if you don't see it. That could save you on S&H. It is a great game, isn't it.

I always say my singing is only good enough to sing to my children. (My poor children.) Though, I'm sure Thaniel and Syd love every moment of the Rubber Ducky song, so don't ever stop!


Tazzygirl - Jan 24, 2007 6:05 pm (#598 of 2990)

Thanks, Maria! I'll take a look. I have to find a firewire thingy for my computer, so maybe I'll find Oregon Trail at Best Buy or something... Thaniel giggles and tries to sing along. He's almost mastered it!



kabloink! - Jan 24, 2007 6:18 pm (#599 of 2990)

Billy Joel-We're going to see him in MAY! I am so excited. I saw him the last time he was in Michigan (then he was touring with Elton John), I never, ever believed I'd get to see him again. I am sooo happy-I think Billy Joel is one of the best musicians of the century.

Ok, off to talk to friends who are over.


Holly T. - Jan 24, 2007 7:21 pm (#600 of 2990)

I used to sing the "C is for Cookie" song to my kids all the time. I am a terrible singer. They did not mind. They mind now, but possibly because I make up songs like "I Love Target" and "Do You Know the Way to Chik-Fil-A?" I also used to sing a lovely traffic-inspired ditty about how my American car could climb the hill faster than the Japanese cars but then I got a Honda and had to quit singing it.

My daughter used to play Oregon Trail on my mom's computer all the time.

One of the other Girl Scout trainers has some old Girl Scout handbooks and we love to look at them--quite different from what we have now. One of them has detailed instructions about how to take the girls to a public restroom while on a field trip. And, while I have never seen one, apparently the very first Girl Scout handbook told how to tie up a burglar with 8 inches of cord or something like that. My troop would probably like to try that one, actually.

For more music nostalgia (or to be on topic with the ears hurting, not sure which) ... for my 17th birthday my friend and I went to see Wham in concert. Opening act was Katrina and the Waves.
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painting sheila - Jan 24, 2007 7:59 pm (#601 of 2990)

Katrina and the Waves!!!! I remember them! and George Michael - WOW!!

I love the song that was popular awhile ago that had something to do with 1984 - I thought it was a hoot!

Do you remember Flock of Seagulls and their hair! ROFL!

Julie - I keep meaning to ask you about your avatar - what is it? It looks like an island - but I know it can't be that. Anyway, it has always intrigued me.

My friend found a Home Makers Handbook from the early 1950's at a yard sale. Oh my gosh! It is so funny. It say you must always have your hair done and fresh lipstick on when your husband arrives home from work and under no circumstances should you ask how his day went. He should be able to leave work at work and, if he wants to share it with you, he may when he feels like it. We were laughing so hard! We didn't know whether to buy it or burn it!

Thank you all for being here - it was a frustrating day and it was so nice to sit here and read your smiles.

You all are the best -



Tazzygirl - Jan 24, 2007 8:08 pm (#602 of 2990)

A homemaker's handbook?!? That reminds me of Mona Lisa Smile with Julia Roberts. Amazing movie. There is a book at my eye doctor's called "100 things for little girls to do" or something like that. It was printed in the 1950s, and had step by step instructions on how to do things that girls in the 1950s were supposed to do. It was like the first book they get in preparation for the Homemaker's handbook. It's fascinating how much customs have changed over the years...

Kabloink- in 7th grade my teacher was doing a project on writing letters. She had a book with addresses to hundreds of stars. We had to choose one or so celebrities out of the book and write them letters. I wrote to Billy Joel and to Brendan Fraser. Billy Joel sent me an autographed picture ('To Kristina, Cheers!, Billy Joel'). I have it back at my parents place. I was squealing when I got the envelope!

I'm bored. I finished all my homework on Monday, so now I don't know what to do with myself. It's a very satisfying thought though when you can relax and all of your classmates are scrambling to get their readings and such done. :evilgrin: LOL



The giant squid - Jan 24, 2007 9:22 pm (#603 of 2990)


From where did you get the RAH quote? I keep seeing it but never finding it. (Did that make any sense?)--Julie Aronson

It's from the novel "Time Enough For Love." A lot of pertinent quotes (including that one) were also collected as "The Notebooks of Lazarus Long." Lots of good stuff there, but then I'm biased...I consider Heinlein to be the greatest SF writer of all time.

I love the song that was popular awhile ago that had something to do with 1984 - I thought it was a hoot!--Painting Sheila

Are you thinking of "1985" by Bowling For Soup? "There was Springsteen, Madonna/ Way before Nirvana/ There was U2 and Blondie/ and music still on MTV..."



geauxtigers - Jan 24, 2007 9:57 pm (#604 of 2990)

Lets see of the list of things humans should be able to do...I can change a diaper (though I'd rather not), I'd like to plan an invasion lol, I'm not butchering a hog, I think I've conned a ship, design a building-check, build a wall-done it before to make a 'clubhouse', set a bone-yeah I could do it, comfort the dying-I think so, orders-check, cooperate-check, act alone-check, solve equations- unfortunately, analyze a problem-possibly, pitch manure-yuck, but yes, program a computer-uhh load a CD count?, cook-yep, fight- oh yeah!, die gallantly-possibly.

Oh and thanks Mike! I now have 1985 stuck in my head! LOL

I dunno why I can hear so well, I listen to music really loud in the car and stuff **knock on wood**.

Okay I'm going to try and get to bed early.

Oh and I have to give X-ray a wave **waves! Geaux tigers!**


Chemyst - Jan 24, 2007 10:11 pm (#605 of 2990)

I love the song that was popular awhile ago that had something to do with 1984 - I thought it was a hoot! –Painting Sheila
Are you thinking of "1985" by Bowling For Soup? –Squid

Oh, that makes sense. "1984.. knockin' on your door.. will you let it come.. will you let it run your life..." wasn't very, um, hooty.


azi - Jan 25, 2007 3:51 am (#606 of 2990)

Happy Burn's Night to all who celebrate! I celebrated last night myself. Was adventurous with my food and tried the vegetarian haggis, only to discover it had nuts in so I felt icky all night. Was great fun though!

Congrats JulieGE on passing your exam. Good luck with the resit and the others!

Icy here, no snow. I feel left out.

We had an article similar to The Homemaker's Handbook for a GCSE English (OWL) exam. My thoughts on the subject got me an A.

Is it just me, or has the Chat Thread turned into something akin to St Mungo's?


Laura W - Jan 25, 2007 4:50 am (#607 of 2990)

Yes, happy Robbie Burns Day.

It is a big thing in my country; with all kinds of public poetry readings - of *his* poetry, of course - and concerts featuring Scottish songsters and bagpipers. There are various official dinners in hotels, restaurants and Scottish Cultural Centres, with Haggis and other Scottish foods and whiskey-based beverages (Scotch whiskey, of course) on the menu.

Not a day *I* personally get involved in but, to all who celebrate, hope you have a great time!



Starling - Jan 25, 2007 5:37 am (#608 of 2990)
Edited by Catherine Jan 25, 2007 12:39 pm

I'd go to a Burns night ceilidh, I love them, if it wasn't an inconvenient time for me. I could, however, start a virtual one.

*summons confused-looking ceilidh band from the nearest community hall*

Pick your partner!

If you have questions about why I edited this post, Starling, feel free to email me at katespeare2000@yahoo.com –Catherine


Lavandula - Jan 25, 2007 6:10 am (#609 of 2990)

Good morning/day to everyone!

I'm home for day two with my sick son - Mr. L took Tues., and I've been home Wed and today. He has viral induced asthma, so whenever he gets sick like everyone else at school, it attacks his lungs. The good thing is that I get to catch up on the forum. Yesterday was scrubbing the germs away. Today I catch up on HP!!!!!

More later, I need to snow-blow the driveway for the first time this year. Finally... snow in Ohio enough to shovel!!!!!



Starling - Jan 25, 2007 6:11 am (#610 of 2990)

I hope your son feels better soon, Cathy. Asthma is horrible.


azi - Jan 25, 2007 6:24 am (#611 of 2990)

**healing charms** to your kid, Lavandula!

**joins in the dancing** It's good fun! (**Healing charms** Starling!)


Lavandula - Jan 25, 2007 7:42 am (#612 of 2990)

Thanks for the well wishes Starling and Azi. He is making slow improvements. He is upstairs singing to himself right now!

Azi, I thought I had seen on the news snow in London and surrounding England. You didn't get that snow this past week? CNN showed heavy snow as far south as Spain which I thought was unusual.

My battle this week is with my daughter's middle school. Her report card showed her grade in a class as a 'D' when she had an 'A' going. There was a discipline issue-cheating. (She was caught taking an AR test on the computer for another girl). I totally support discipline for cheating, but to base her entire grade on "character" as the teacher states I think is wrong. The teacher said that she had "exceeded the expectations for the class work" yet the grade is a D. And to boot, we were never informed of this problem by the school until the grades came home last week. It occurred in November. Our daughter told us all about it the day it happened. As a teacher myself, I thought grades were academic issues, not behavioral.

Off to make pancakes.


Esther Rose - Jan 25, 2007 8:01 am (#613 of 2990)

I am sorry you’re going through such a rough time with your daughter Lavandula. I hope that the school will change her grades back to reflect her abilities rather than her lapse in judgment helping someone else cheat. The bigger lapse in judgment however is with the school. Not informing you of your daughter's behavior not only sabotages your relationship with and trust in the school but also had your daughter not said anything it would not have given you the opportunity to approach the issue at home. I hope things turn out well but what ever the outcome the silver lining is that your daughter would have learned a very valuable lesson.

Healing charms to your son!

Kids and Poetry! Dr. Seuss had been proving this to be an excellent match. And as a treat here is one of my personally penned poems. I hope you don't mind. (Not in Seuss style.)

Hot Chocolate

Two hundred degrees Fahrenheit, six hundred calories, thirty-eight grams of fat, and enough marshmallows stuffed into a mug I can barely hold onto with two hands. If it were kryptonite,

Superman would seriously be compromised.

My brother would tell me I should have graduated to more sophisticated tastes. Like I am supposed to be drinking tea from a dainty little china cup that only contains a few drops of water and be able to hold this cup with only two fingers and a pinky stuck on a mission to poke an eye out.

He doesn’t understand.

It’s not about that. It’s about flying among the clouds on a paper airplane as I race down a hill on a bright blue three foot plastic sled. Too soon I stop, because I have already reached the bottom.

It’s all about me,

Climbing back up that hill and sledding down over and over again. Not stopping until I can’t climb even one more time and there is no other choice but to stop. Then, when it’s over, when my feet tingle like I am walking on a carpet of pine cones, when my fingers resemble miniature sausages, when my teeth chatter like a bobblehead on a washing machine during the spin cycle, whether in a small four ounce sippy cup or a huge mug I can barely hold onto with two hands, there it is, one more Hurray. And that’s what I want.

I want my Hurray.


Loopy Lupin - Jan 25, 2007 8:18 am (#614 of 2990)

This is the only reason? Low pay, apathetic parents, doofus colleagues? – Catherine

Oh, there were probably a few more than that.

Thanks to all for condolences on the pop culture show. I wasn't too disappointed, but it would've been neat.

Catherine, where's your avatar?


Good Evans - Jan 25, 2007 8:23 am (#615 of 2990)

very snowy here today so i didnt go to college - I finished my assignment at 6.30 this morning (in plenty of time!!!) and then decided not to go to college and risk getting stuck somwhere (even if I could get a train - most were cancelled coming up from hastings and the Brigton trains dont stop at Clapham). Assignment is in the post on its way to college specail delivery - I am told this will be fine!

So I have had a great day doing appraisal stuff for the office - I didn't stop for lunch so i decided at 3.00 enough was enough - well I did start work at 5.00 this morning to get the assignment done and that is work related.

thanks for the "well dones" folks.....

cheering and sanity charms to those that need them there does seem to be a lot going on here at the moment.

Tazzy - I love Billy Joel - lucky you! I wanted to see movin' out when it was at the Victoria apollo last year but it wasn only a six week stretch and I just couldn't fit it in. Ah well...

big waves to all....


Snuffles - Jan 25, 2007 8:52 am (#616 of 2990)

**healing charms** to your son Lavandula. I hope you get your daughters grades sorted soon.

Happy Burns day to all who celebrate

*weather charms* to Julie (GE) and any others affected by the snow. We had a covering on Tuesday but haven't had any since. Today has been very cold but blue skies and fluffy white clouds

Ooh I have to go food shopping on the way home from work. I hate battling my way around, trying to avoid all of the shopping trollies dumped in the middle of the aisle while their owners shop somewhere completely different!

I'd better phone hubby in half an hour to remind him to pick Olivia up from nursery on his way home she would not be happy if he forgot!

Hope everyone has a good day



Puck - Jan 25, 2007 9:21 am (#617 of 2990)

Happy Burns Day, if you celebrate. I never heard of it, but enjoy none the less.

Healing charms to Cathy's son, and good luck sorting your daughter’s grade. (Even if she took a zero for that particular assignment, it shouldn't bring her grade that low.)

Cause I'm a woman, W-O-M-A-N. Sing along with me won't you . . .

I wonder if Thom was dressed in drag while singing this?

Today is dress rehearsal for the Diva's first ballet recital. She's quite excited about the stage. Her costume is beautiful. The show is Saturday.

Off to clean the house and empty to trash cans. Yippee.


Esther Rose - Jan 25, 2007 9:24 am (#618 of 2990)

Billy Joel was the first "grown-up music" I loved. My favorite is "The Longest Time". I am jealous!

Food shopping stinks! Especially when you know you have to do it and when you know it is up to you to resist the temptations in each aisle. (I have to glue my hands to the cart around any thing loaded with sugar. I have to put blinders on for Oreo and Lofthouse Cookies, and all Ice Creams!)


Holly T. - Jan 25, 2007 9:58 am (#619 of 2990)

Healing charms to your son, Lavendula! And your daughter's grade seems unfair. I know at my daughter's middle school they are really harsh with penalties for things like turning in homework late, saying they are trying to teach the kids responsibility. I can't see how behavior should affect a grade like that, other than just marking down one assignment. Isn't there a rubric or something about how the grades are determined? x percent for daily work, x percent for tests, etc.? "Character" can't possibly outweigh test scores.

Snuffles, hope hubby remember to pick up Olivia! Daughter didn't go to ballet class on Monday (she was working on a Girl Scout project) or yesterday and hubby usually picks her up. I had to call him to remind him not to drive over there and pick her up.

Puck, have fun at the dance recital! Tell your Diva that my daughter gets her pointe shoes on Saturday. I am trying to find a babysitter so I don't have to drag my son to the dancewear shop. Instead of class yesterday they had a student and parent meeting at ballet to talk about the pointe shoe fittings, etc. Son brought a book to read but was bored out of his skull and doesn't want to hear another word about pointe shoes.

So I am about to buy some (not cheap) pointe shoes, she also needs new tights, I just bought her new jeans since she outgrew the ones I bought in November, and my daughter told me the other day that I am late giving her her allowance. I mentioned that her allowance should cover my fee for staying up late to help her finish her Africa project.

Happy RotD!


journeymom - Jan 25, 2007 10:30 am (#620 of 2990)

There's that Africa again.... damn ear worms.

So a ceilidh is a Scottish/Irish house party? Could I get a fiddle band to play "Rubber Ducky" or "Walking on Sunshine" or "The Piano Man" or..... "Mr. Roboto" by Styx?! I think I'd pay good money to see that.

"Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto, domo...domo"

Anybody know who Natalie MacMaster is? Mr Journeymom and I saw her last spring. What a flipping fantastic concert. Though the venue wasn't entirely appropriate. We saw her at the Mondavi Center, which has excellent acoustics and is considered The Place to perform around here. But we didn't feel like we could get up and dance! And that woman can move! She plays blistering reels while stomping and tapping like the devil's in her feet!


azi - Jan 25, 2007 10:33 am (#621 of 2990)

There has been no snow in my part of England. Alas, it missed us.

I was late to uni this morning because I couldn't de-ice my bike though.

Going to the pantomine tonight! It's called Robbin' Hood. Should be a good laugh methinks.


haymoni - Jan 25, 2007 10:51 am (#622 of 2990)

I've seen Billy Joel twice. Just hearing Gershwin while you wait for him to come on is worth the ticket.


Denise P. - Jan 25, 2007 11:08 am (#623 of 2990)

Bummer Loopy! I was rooting for your team

Spotty internet connection here until we get hooked up so this is just a drive by posting. We have no phone, no cable and occasionally can get a wireless signal. **sigh**

**waves to all**


Thom Matheson - Jan 25, 2007 11:23 am (#624 of 2990)

Drag? Drag? Helen Reddy would roll over. If you please. I am not now, nor have I ever been, a show girl.....I am a headliner.(Woopie Goldberg)

You all can do those things, but can you walk and chew gum? There is a real challenge. Looking for a low tonight of -0- degrees. The coldest night of the winter. Trying to remember that baseball starts in 3 weeks


Madam Pince - Jan 25, 2007 12:14 pm (#625 of 2990)

Vegetarian haggis? There is such a thing? Well, guess it beats the regular kind...

***waves back at Denise*** Bummer about your phone, etc...

Mr. Pince would be quite jealous about the Billy Joel tickets! That is one of his lifelong dreams, I think -- to go to one of Joel's concerts. I like "The Longest Time", too, Esther Rose!

I would be pretty bummed out about that grading thing, too, Lavandula. I would think that her grade should be based on the work she did in the class, and then the behavioral issue should've had a separate punishment that ideally should've happened at the time of the offense (not months later) such as detention or something. A class grade can weigh pretty heavily on your GPA and future college applications and such, and while I heartily agree that cheating of any sort is very serious and needs to be addressed, I don't see how a grade adjustment is the way to address it. But I'm not a teacher and I don't know how these things work, so I may be all wet...

Sheila, when we were cleaning out my aunt's house I came across a book from probably the '40's or '50's called The Army Wife, I think it was. (Denise, you'd have loved it...) It was full of the very same type of advice as the book you mentioned, plus all the additional etiquette of "If-You're-An-Officer's-Wife-You-Have-To-Host-X-Number-Of-Teas-And-Brunches-And-Cocktail-Receptions", etc., along with suggested themes and decor for said affairs. Then I also found a book from even earlier (turn-of-the-century or maybe even back into the late 1800's) which was a school textbook on How To Be A Successful Housekeeper or something like that. It was so fun to read! It had things like "how to start a fire in a wood cookstove" and "how to keep your hens laying regularly" and "how to wash clothes" and such. I love reading old things like that!

Woo-Hoo to the 'Hoos, who won again last night! ***high-fives Loopy*** To add another "who" to the mix -- Who says a basketball team has to have five players? Apparently UVA only has two... (To non-basketball folks, it seems that all of our scoring is coming from only two players this year... hope they stay healthy! )

Ooooh.... too many ooooo's... I have to lie down.

(This is a lot like St. Mungo's....)


Starling - Jan 25, 2007 12:49 pm (#626 of 2990)

On the west side of the Pennines, Azi? No snow here either.

*goes back to practicing her joined-up writing*


painting sheila - Jan 25, 2007 1:13 pm (#627 of 2990)

Madame Pince - you should frame those books - opened to a particularly hilarious page! the bathroom might be a good place to hang them.

Not much going on - I have been "busy" all day but feel like I have nothing to show for it. (sigh)

I wish we had some snow!!(oops! Was that my outside voice? Dang it! I've jinxed us for sure now!)

Welcome Wanda! Please forgive my bad grammar and punctuation in advance! (HA!)


xray - Jan 25, 2007 2:05 pm (#628 of 2990)

Oh and I have to give X-ray a wave **waves! Geaux tigers!** - geauxtigers

Waves back!


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 25, 2007 2:33 pm (#629 of 2990)

Healing charms to your son, Lavandula. Up until Olivia was in 2nd-3rd Grade, if anyone so much as coughed near her, she would end up with asthmatic bronchitis - followed by Albuterol puffer. It was quite distressing but as she grew, she also grew stronger. Hopefully, your guy will outgrow this.

My three are outside playing in the "snow". I use quotes because there is more grass than anything else, but they have found a nice patch of it on the north side, which happens to be our front yard.

Last Friday, we did not have a delayed opening. We did, however, have a very icy, snowy storm hit that left the streets like sheets of ice. In just one block of the main road, there were 6 cars that had been in accidents. I have lived in this house since '91 and never have I seen such a scene. Once the sun rested on it, the problem melted away. Oddly, they didn't salt. So, I guess even up north we can be caught off guard.

I like your rendition of hot chocolate, Esther Rose.

One other thing I want to share: The other day, we received a phone call from a nurse at the township's health dept. It seems as though a student spent two weeks sick with whooping cough/pertussis before being diagnosed. I believe it took long for them to diagnose it because the student had been vaccinated against it. As a result, they had to notify any child who was in close proximity to the student. They asked if she was exhibiting any of the symptoms (no) and then asked that we put Olivia on a 5-day penicillin as a precaution, (even though she has had a full series of vaccines against it). So we did. I shared with a friend whose son also goes to a school in town but a different school. She told me it went around in their school also, but her son was fine. We proceeded to talk about how long the cough lasts (anywhere from three weeks to three months from what I've seen). Then, it was like a light bulb went off - there was a span where her son had been coughing for 10 weeks or so and they had him checked for allergies, etc., but never whooping cough. My cousin also went through that with their 9-yr old daughter - same exact thing, she coughed for around 3 months and they checked her for allergies, etc. So, a word to the wise - the symptoms are like a cold in the beginning: sneezing, coughing and runny/stuffy nose - but the cough is what lingers.



dizzy lizzy - Jan 25, 2007 2:41 pm (#630 of 2990)

Well... I've had a lovely week. I had Toto's "Africa" running through my head for most of it. I managed to buy a new wallet/purse with my birthday money so I'm pretty pleased since my old one was literally starting to fall apart.

Sami's face with the abscesses have healed very nicely according to the vet. No sign of infection although he still has a lump on the side of his face from the clotted blood. A biopsy proved Sami to be clear of any infection. The vet visit ruled out me having Thai for tea for my birthday (animals, and kids, do have a way of sucking up your money!!!) so that will be the plan for next payday!

I've started cleaning up and decluttering my place in anticipation of a move sometime in May/June/July. I realised I had way too many CD's and books I no longer read, listen to or want to pay moving costs for, so it will be a trip to ebay to sell them. I've never sold anything on ebay before, in fact I've never been on the site!!! So a friend has suggested I start small and see how I go and then make plans later if it works out OK.

I'm planning on ensuring my local library doesn't miss out on the books I don't need anymore as well. I'm hoping what I don't need will benefit someone further down the track!

Anyway today is a Public Holiday for us Aussies. It is Australia Day, to celebrate Captain Cook landing on the shores of Port Jackson (better know now as Sydney Harbour),or is it Botany Bay???, on this day in 1788. There are celebrations planned but I am unlikely to attend them, I think I will just enjoy a nice quiet day at home with the dogs and catch up on sound outstanding jobs.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


EDIT: HHII - I should also say adults can pick it up as well! (even if vaccinated, the protection wears off by the early "30's"). For 2 Christmases in a row I spent days, if not weeks, coughing from Whooping Cough. I was tested for it the first Christmas and the test came up positive. As one of my friends and her family are in a high risk category...and she and her nephew had come into contact with me, the whole family had to take the precautionary antibiotics as did I. The next year it wasn't picked up as quick as I had a stomach bug at the same time, but the results were the same. So my advice is any lingering cough is worth investigating!!!!

EDITS: Edited for spelling and grammar errors.


Starling - Jan 25, 2007 5:02 pm (#631 of 2990)

Argh, someone mentioned "Africa" again! *stuffs fingers in her ears* I'm not listenin'!

People don't take kids' coughs seriously enough here. I've heard kids with coughs that sounded much like whooping cough, but the parents don't seem to be bothered.


Holly T. - Jan 25, 2007 5:08 pm (#632 of 2990)

There is also a cough-variant asthma, wherein you cough in spasms instead of wheeze. I went around with undiagnosed asthma for years because I don't wheeze. I cough (and cough and cough). Finally they started giving me asthma meds because it was the only thing to stop my months-long bouts with bronchitis. Hmmm.

Just watched "An Inconvenient Truth." Wow. I want to show it to my Girl Scouts (to work on their Eco-Action badge) but thought I should preview it first.


Madam Pince - Jan 25, 2007 5:12 pm (#633 of 2990)

Yay, Lizzy! So glad to hear Sami's doing better! And woo-hoo for the new wallet/purse, too! And pats on the back for your "cleaning house" project -- you are very brave and have a very healthy outlook that others will benefit from books you are getting rid of! I am the world's biggest weenie when it comes to getting rid of books -- I find it so distressing! I bet I still own every book I ever had (with the exception of a very unfortunate Barbara Cartland phase when I was maybe 13 or so?***shudders*** I did manage to "donate" those! And the Sidney Sheldon phase...don't know why I got into that one...)


Tazzygirl - Jan 25, 2007 5:37 pm (#634 of 2990)

Speaking of "Africa", someone was singing it on American Idol last night. LOL!! Did anyone watch it?

Glad you got your purse/wallet, Lizzy! Really glad Sami is healing nicely! Happy Australia Day!

Happy Burns day to those celebrating!

Lots of **healing charms** to those that need them! Hope Olivia doesn't get Whooping Cough, Maria!

Nothing much to report or share here. Went to school, came home, and now I'm reading the threads.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!


EDIT: Haymoni- that oreo cookie mush sounds yummy!!


haymoni - Jan 25, 2007 5:37 pm (#635 of 2990)

Hey! It is 7:35 EST on a Thursday and I am all alone in my house!!!

Hubby picked up The Beautifulest One from school and they went to see Ungrateful Son wrestle. I came home, shoveled the driveway, swapped the laundry, ate a bunch of Cookie Mush (Oreos stacked in a glass, covered with milk and mashed up with a spoon) and hopped on the Forum.

I might actually have time to color my hair tonight!!! What a concept!!!

Nah...I'll just stay on the Forum. Where are the rest of the Oreos???


Madam Pince - Jan 25, 2007 6:18 pm (#636 of 2990)

Put your haircolor on, then come back to the Forum while it's "cooking", and eat Oreos at the same time.

Never let it be said that Slacker Moms cannot multi-task...

We keep getting fits-and-starts of snow here. When it's coming down, it's HUGE flakes and it really looks like a major blizzard starting, and then ten minutes later it stops and the sun comes out. (Well, not now -- now it's dark -- but it was doing that...) I think we may have an inch or so of very light, dry snow by tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if they cancel schools. I know the snow is dry because each flake came down so slowly and lazily and floaty-ish. (OK, not a word, I know...but descriptive!) It was quite pretty!

***is sad because all I have is Vanilla Wafers...***

Edit: OK, I have been meaning to ask you guys... do you think there is anything weird about this? For three nights in a row, as I was going about my evening "close-down-the-kitchen" routine (no, not at all like Petunia's), I have glanced over at the digital clock on the stove, and it has read 11:11 every single night! (Keep in mind that I hardly ever glance at clocks...) Then today, when I was in K-Mart and knew I had to pick up Little Pince at school by 11:30, I glanced at my watch, and it was 11:11! Then tonight I sit down to read the Forum, and I see that I have 111 unread posts on the "Deathly Hallows" thread! Is there something going on here that I should be doing something about???? This is starting to kind of freak me out...


haymoni - Jan 25, 2007 6:36 pm (#637 of 2990)

I think you should play the lottery!!!


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 25, 2007 6:53 pm (#638 of 2990)

That has happened to me, Madam Pince. There is actually quite a bit of info out there regarding 11:11. Some of it is good, some rubbish (fitting word). It depends upon what your source is.

Glad to hear Sami is on the upswing, Lizzy.

I think since Olivia does not show any of the symptoms, she is clear. Thanks, Tazzy.

Cookie Mush (Oreos stacked in a glass, covered with milk and mashed up with a spoon – haymoni
Okay, I know I am going to get dung-bombed to death for this, but there's got to be something better to eat out there than that.



Catherine - Jan 25, 2007 7:10 pm (#639 of 2990)

Cookie Mush (Oreos stacked in a glass, covered with milk and mashed up with a spoon - haymoni

Okay, I know I am going to get dung-bombed to death for this, but there's got to be something better to eat out there than that.  HH11

Well, I might suggest that it is NOT lime jello.

That darn stuff is still sticking around my classroom! The custodial staff is grumbling, and I am wits' end to dissolve the remnants that have truly...gelled. So far, my anti-microbrial school-supplied spray does NOTHING, and hot water and scrubbing have done NOTHING.

So, about karma and jello--what goes around, comes around, and STICKS around.

**loves that I am discussing Karma in my class this week...should I sing "Karma Chameleon....:?**

PS to Loopy: My avatar is BACK!


Madam Pince - Jan 25, 2007 7:10 pm (#640 of 2990)

OK, so I Googled it.

Now my head hurts. It's worse than the Alchemy thread!

But very interesting to know that it happens often enough to be classified as a "phenomenon." Hmmmm... lots of food for thought! Thanks for pointing that out to me, Maria, I would've never thought to Google!


Tazzygirl - Jan 25, 2007 7:17 pm (#641 of 2990)

**is wondering how Catherine's room has been coated with green jello**

I thought the stapler had just been claimed?

I also say play the lotto, Madam P.



Catherine - Jan 25, 2007 7:21 pm (#642 of 2990)

*is wondering how Catherine's room has been coated with green jello** --Tazzy

Good question...apparently, the boys' dive-bomb into the jello mound caused mini explosions that have been noticees recently, here and there.

No one likes a hardened bit of green wiggly stuff on their desk. Brings back awful memories...


Tazzygirl - Jan 25, 2007 7:38 pm (#643 of 2990)

LOL Catherine!! Thanks for the explanation.

I'm getting sooooo frustrated! I've been trying to move out of my apartment, and move into another one. Started looking in August, then gave up when there wasn't much out there. I am now trying again. I left emails with various people (who did not leave a number to be reached at in the advertisements), and none have gotten back to me yet. Two ads managed to leave a number, but when I called, the first just kept ringing, and the second had a full voicemail. Grrrrr.... I've got a tutoring interview tomorrow morning, so I am hoping I get the job. *crosses fingers*



painting sheila - Jan 25, 2007 7:52 pm (#644 of 2990)

Just popping in before I hit the hay.

Oreo Mush - I say patent it! It'll be sold in the finest restaurants before you know it.

Puppies feeling better - Yeah! Good work mom! And Congrats on the new wallet. Nothings nicer than having things new and organized.

New apartment - good luck! I have some furniture I am giving away if you want to ship out there.

Green Jello - are you SURE it's really green jello? Yuck!

11:11 - play the lottery!!! or watch Lost. They have a big numbers theme running through it.

Weather - it is supposed to be in the low 20's here tonight with a wind chill of 13. BBRRR!!!!

Stupid Trivia - Coca-Cola was originally green

Have a good day tomorrow everyone. I am turning into a pumpkin and it's only 9:52 here!


Lavandula - Jan 25, 2007 8:01 pm (#645 of 2990)

Thanks once again for all the well wishes for my Buster Brown with his viral induced asthma. He sounds just like those who were talking about undiagnosed coughing. All he does every winter is cough...until now thanks to the albuteral inhaler and the pulmicort inhaler (spelling?).

Madam Pince- I can't believe your 11:11 thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It happens to my husband and I all the time, but we believe for a reason. Our 14 year old daughter (yes the cheater one) was born 3 months prematurely on November 11th. Guess what time? Do you know the bed number at the NICU of Children's Hospital where she spent three months...11! She was born in '92..9+2=11. Her graduation year is...2011. It goes on and on. The number 11 is constantly coming up for her and we are always noticing the clock at 11:11.

Now I guess I too should read what you found out on Google. I enjoy the Alchemy thread and Logic problems so maybe it won't be too bad????

Edit: Goodnight everyone. I'm turning into a pumpkin as well since I should be back to school tommorow.

Current temperature: 4 degrees F, wind chill -8 degrees F (But on my hill with no trees I bet the wind chill is much lower.)


Mediwitch - Jan 25, 2007 8:49 pm (#646 of 2990)

Chatty people tonight!

**waves to Maria and slinks off to check a few threads before bed**


geauxtigers - Jan 25, 2007 9:11 pm (#647 of 2990)

YOu know what you're supposed to do when you have 3 or 4 consecutive numbers on the clock? Make a wish of course!

That is weird though about the number 11!

I always seem to see 7:13 and 7:11 in the mornings when I get back to my room from putting the coffee on. I guess doing the same thing every morning for the past 4 years is why that happens LOL!

So a little fun fact for yall: In the middle of the night if the only light source in your room is the alarm clock, the most light yuo'll have is at 10:08 and the least amount of light is 1:11. Woo hoo, I learned that in 6th grade from my math teacher, so now everytime I its 10:08 I'm like 'Its the brightest time' LOL. I know random!

Well I best be off, have to get up an hour earlier than normal tomorrow because we are surprising my friend on her birthday. Should be good. I made a cake, its pretty cool. I want to eat it, the icing is really good!



Madam Pince - Jan 25, 2007 9:24 pm (#648 of 2990)

No one likes a hardened bit of green wiggly stuff on their desk.—Catherine

Ewwwwww... That brings back very horrible memories of a certain roommate we had in college.... ewwwww... ***shudders again*** It was not nice at all -- you do not want to know. And it kept happening...

OK, I am now officially totally freaked out. I was just now finishing up folding laundry and doing other last-minute things, and not thinking at all about any numbers thing or clocks, either, for that matter. I opened the door into our bedroom, which is in total pitch blackness -- except for the red glowing digital numbers of the alarm clock... which were at 11:11. They may as well have been in three-foot-high neon lights, the way they jumped out at me. I actually gasped out loud.

***is now afraid to go to sleep...***


geauxtigers - Jan 25, 2007 9:30 pm (#649 of 2990)

Madame Pince! You should be making wishes then! LOL Think of how many wishes could have come true by now! But remember, be careful what you wish for! LOL

When you wish upon a star clock!....


Solitaire - Jan 25, 2007 9:59 pm (#650 of 2990)

Lavandula, I do know teachers who would void the entire AR grade category for both kids, if a student was caught taking a test for another student. If AR is a HUGE category in that particular class--I say this because I "weight" categories in my Language Arts classes--then it may well drop your daughter's grade from an A to a D. I would ask the teacher to show you how he or she weights grades. I would also ask whether that one grade or the entire category was dropped.

BTW, for cheating, both girls would probably have been suspended from our school and not allowed to make up the work they missed for those suspension days. Different schools have different rules. Harsh? Maybe ... but cheating and other "academic crimes" are getting worse and more frequent, even at that tender age. What's worse is that, when queried, most kids think cheating is wrong only if one gets caught! How sad.

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John Bumbledore - 26, 2007 5:55 am (#651 of 2990)

"I opened the door into our bedroom, which is in total pitch blackness -- except for the red glowing digital numbers of the alarm clock... which were at 11:11. They may as well have been in three-foot-high neon lights, the way they jumped out at me. I actually gasped out loud." -- Madam Pince

Seems that every time I was bowling with my parents (they were big into league bowling) someone would get a score of 111 and my mom would "decorate" that frame. You see if you put a peaked roof over the 111 it then looks like a small building with a door. Just like the "meditation closet" on last nights episode of "Men in Trees." Did anyone see that! It was complete with two seats (yes, I am talking about an out house).

So, Madam Pince, either you are constantly in need of a visit to the bathroom or you just need to set your clocks so they stop flashing at 11:11 from that power outage you didn't tell us about.

I guess 11:11 is a duplex style out house, then! LOL

Now I'll go google it and see what "others" have on repeating ones.. Maybe just indicates you need more time with number one? (Um, not you.) Like the one "that was before all things" kind of thing?

Okay, I've stretched that rope past the breaking point. So, I expect a reply of ...

"Frayed knot!"

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Julie Aronson - Jan 26, 2007 6:27 am (#652 of 2990)


As far as I know, my avatar IS of an island. I got it in an email with the best pictures of 200x. Either way, I think it's cool, too. Thanks!


I share your deep love of RAH. He was one cool dude. Have you read Grumbles from the Grave? It's worth a look. My favorite, though, is Door into Summer. I've been reading that at least once a year since I was 7 or 8. Let me tell you, the book is well-loved, especially since it was my dad's from his teenage years.


Good Evans - Jan 26, 2007 6:29 am (#653 of 2990)

oh wow

Lizzy - really pleased that Sami is on the mend - hoorah for vets!

Madame Pince da da da da , da da da da (theme from twilight zone) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lavendula - continued good thoughts for your family.

Best of luck with the move Tazzy.

oh yes - happy Australia Day to all of you down under .............now theres a song to get stuck in your head - "I met a man in Brussels, he was six foot four and full of muscles"

happy friday everyone


haymoni - Jan 26, 2007 7:09 am (#654 of 2990)

I was never brave enough to try vegemite, but I have tasted Foster's!


Solitaire - Jan 26, 2007 8:04 am (#655 of 2990)

Lavandula, upon looking at my post above in the morning light, I realize it reads as though I have a harsh and judgmental attitude behind it. I do not mean to sound that way. I was just explaining how our school and a couple of others I know handle such things.

I do think you and your daughter need to meet with her teacher and find out how he/she figures grades ... if you have not already done this. As I said above, I weight my grades. I give considerably more credit for writing assignments, reading comprehension activities/quizzes, and other tests than I do for general homework and classwork. My kids and parents understand this system, and it works for us.

I would definitely ask the teacher if the consequences for what happened had been addressed before the incident occurred. If your daughter lost an entire category for this offense, then that consequence should have been made clear from the first day of class. If she just thought she would get a zero on this one assignment, then the rules may not have been spelled out clearly, and the teacher needs to make sure all of the kids understand all of the consequences for various violations. JM2K, of course ... but if a parent has questions or a gripe, I really welcome discussing the issues. Your daughter's teacher may feel the same. Good luck, whatever you choose.



John Bumbledore - 26, 2007 9:00 am (#656 of 2990)

Cathy (Lavandula) I don't mean to be dense, but what is the meaning of the letters AR when you say the daughter was taking an AR test for another students. To me the AR stands for Accelerated Reader, which is an extra-curricular activity in near by elementary schools (two different school districts in NC are represented). I do see the need to discourage cheating, but I would be surprised and if my child's math grade was lowered for helping a teammate calculate and answer the coach's question about the correct team score after a touchdown in football.

Still, a middle school child should be well aware of the rules and consequences of cheating. I do see both sides of the issue. The penalty seems quite severe, but if the other child Student was suspended or suffered similarly more severe punishment, then I couldn't complain too much.

Was this issue about an accelerated reader or another AR acronym?

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


kaykay1970   - Jan 26, 2007 9:47 am (#657 of 2990)

I don't know about Lavandula's case, but... My Junior High and High School kids are required to make a certain number of Accelerated Reading points as a Literature grade. In Elementary School it is more of an extra-curricular activity. The kids purchase prizes with the points that they earn. Last year we had several children get kicked out of the BETA Club for cheating in AR. I have no idea if their grades were affected.

My daughter has a goal of 500 points this year. Seniors receive 10 cents per point at Project graduation. So far she has 230 points.


Starling - Jan 26, 2007 10:10 am (#658 of 2990)

11 is a mad number. Seriously, "Prince Carnival" is chosen on 11/11 every year, we call it the "gekkengetal" (lit. mad number) in Holland. It might be because it's 1 less than 12, which is supposed to be a perfect number. So if you're number 11, you're not quite perfect.


journeymom - Jan 26, 2007 10:29 am (#659 of 2990)

"I met a man in Brussels, he was six foot four and full of muscles" -Gaaaaaaahh!

11 = the age in which children start to Hogwarts. We had a HP-themed birthday party for Daughter when she turned 11 y.o. A very special year!

I went through a month of noticing the clock when it hit 11:11 p.m. I also point out 12:34 a.m. to Mr Journeymom whenever it comes around. He says, "Whoopy!' and rolls his eyes.

Holly T - "Just watched "An Inconvenient Truth." Wow. I want to show it to my Girl Scouts (to work on their Eco-Action badge) but thought I should preview it first. "

Holly, how old are your girls? What was your conclusion about the movie? Would they get anything out of it?


Tazzygirl - Jan 26, 2007 10:51 am (#660 of 2990)

"I met a man in Brussels, he was six foot four and full of muscles"

w00t! **starts singing the rest of the song** Favorite song ever for me. I've listened to it so much I know it by heart. I've tried Vegemite, and I liked it.

Once, when I was in 8th grade, I was taking a science test. My friend was asking me what a question was, and I shrugged. My teacher caught my shrug, and my friend trying to look at my paper. She immediately took up our papers, and said we got an F. I was really upset- I hadn't cheated, and I wasn't allowing my friend to see my paper, but I got in trouble. My mom went in that afternoon to talk to my teacher, and I was allowed to take the test again. I hadn't even come close to cheating, and that scarred me enough that I never attempted to.

Off to get ready. I have an interview for a tutoring job in an hour!

Have a fantastic Friday and weekend!



Good Evans - Jan 26, 2007 11:10 am (#661 of 2990)

Best of luck Tazzy!!!!


Holly T. - Jan 26, 2007 11:31 am (#662 of 2990)

Journeymom--the girls are sixth and seventh grade. I think they will get something out of the movie. I told them we were going to get to watch a movie at our meetings. They cheered. Then, suspicious (they know me, LOL), they asked "what movie?" And I told them which one and what it is about and they were looking at me like "whatever," then they started asking questions about global warming (like, "if there is global warming, why is it so cold?"). So they at least are willing to watch it with open minds, along with my promise that it will count toward a badge (Eco-Action, some of the requirements).

I am going to have them watch about half an hour of the movie, then stop for discussion and questions, so it will take us three meetings to get through the whole movie. They are interested in world events, not in a very deep way, but interested nonetheless. We sent many boxes of cookies and letters to another leader's son to share with his unit when they were in Iraq. After the tsunami the girls insisted that we do a service project to help the victims (garage sale, sent money to a fund to help Girl Guides in the affected countries); they voted to spend some of our cookie profits from last year to buy a llama from Heifer International (they researched which animal--within the budget I gave them--they thought would help the most people). But then again, one of our first meetings when they were Brownies (in September, 2001) was spent making cards that we sent to a fire station in New York that lost 12 firefighters at the World Trade Center.

So since they were very young we've been talking to them about what is going on in the world and what they can do about it. We do plenty of fun stuff too (the opening announcements part of our meetings is starting to involve an awful lot of discussion about sixth- and seventh-grade boys) but I think the movie fits in with what we've been doing and I am interested to hear their ideas after they watch the movie.

Good luck with the job interview Tazzy!

Forgot who else I wanted to respond to. Best wishes to all!


Chemyst - Jan 26, 2007 12:00 pm (#663 of 2990)

I was curious about Julie Aronson's avatar once and searched for it in Google images. The moon part is real, the star is probably photoshop. Today I went and tried to find that again and came up with an even fuller explanation in some guy's blog. I'll put that link on my intro page for awhile.

LOL's to Tori's fun clock fact & John's #651 — It's good to laugh.

Solitaire, I like your school's stance on cheating.


Tazzygirl - Jan 26, 2007 2:20 pm (#664 of 2990)

Thanks for the charms! The interview went really well! The guy was super impressed with my resume (said it was short and to the point, his favorite. LOL), and that he will call me in a week to finalize everything. It's an afterschool program, and I'll be creating lesson plans and everything to teach groups of 10 students. He said he has to finalize the last arrangements with the two schools, and then he'll call me to sign the papers. I'm so excited!!

and... I got an email about an apartment I want! I get to look at it this weekend. w00t! **crossing fingers** it has a kitchen, or at least a fridge and countertop big enough for my easy bake oven (aka large toaster oven), microwave, and hot plate (a lot of the studios here have no kitchens. )

Off to clean.



azi - Jan 26, 2007 3:44 pm (#665 of 2990)

Yey, go Tazzy!

The high-pitched noises we were talking about this week came in use today. My brother has got the ringtone on his phone and was playing it constantly! I wouldn't have known what it was without the chat thread!

Dried jelly...eugh!

**healing charms** to all ill people!


me and my shadow 813 - Jan 26, 2007 4:29 pm (#666 of 2990)

Hello chatters,

I just wanted to be post #666 in case anyone was avoiding it. I'll be the one to be Marked.


Edit: I'm a lurker here - you guys are hilarious.


journeymom - Jan 26, 2007 5:10 pm (#667 of 2990)

Oooh, more numerology! Lol! Me and My, thank you for your sacrifice.

"Give me an occupation, Miss Dashwood, or I shall run mad." Any guesses what movie I watched this morning?

Holly- thanks for the run down. I co-lead with a girlfriend and the girls are Juniors in sixth grade and are working on the Bronze Star. The movie might fit in with their project. They're working on the Sign of the World, and the next step is the Eco-Action badge. We considered donating to Heifer Int'l a few years ago but then didn't make enough in cookie sales. I'd like to consider it again.


Tazzygirl - Jan 26, 2007 5:49 pm (#668 of 2990)

Sense and Sensibility, Journeymom? It's when Alan Rickman is worried about Kate Winslet's character, who has come down with a fever, and Emma Thompson tells him to go get their mom and sister.



Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 26, 2007 6:21 pm (#669 of 2990)

LOL Madam Pince! I think I went through the same feelings. Like I stated earlier, you have to pick and choose what to believe. "And that's all I have to say about that."

Lime green jello, hmmm. . . You know, Catherine, you could always tell the students the only way to get the dried stuff off the desks is by cleaning it with vinegar - and have them do it. After they've finished, you could tell them that cold water would have done it, too. (How forgetful. ) BTW, you were a much better sport than the guy in The Office was. Way to go.

A big w00t to you, Tazzy! Glad to hear your interview went well. Felix Felicis for the apartment.

A while back there was a discussion about teas. I don't think I mentioned that when I was in DC last year, the Willard International hotel had this wonderful tea. The tea leaves are whole instead of crushed and the bags are so pretty. I kept the hang tag and found them online. I now place orders for it every so often. It is called My Tea Leaf Co. (MLTea . com) I have shared it with friends and they all seem to agree that it is outstanding. My favorite is Green Tea Passion but am still working my way through their many wonderful flavors.

Holly, to expand on your previous good deed, would it be feasible to put together a GS cookie drive so that people could purchase a box of cookies and donate them to the troops? Even people who don't eat them would likely buy a box. Then it would all be packed and shipped to them in Iraq. It would boost sales and morale.

Olivia did not go to her Teen Canteen tonight (I was to chaperone) because she said her legs hurt. I think they took a different challenge in gym and her muscles ache because of it. I didn't feel like going out in 10 degree F weather anyway, so I get a night off.

Book fair is over - we have a lovely new selection at my house. Hubby will get the bill soon. I think I was home for a total of about three hours this week during the day. Kind of puts a whole new spin on the "stay at home mom" phrase.



journeymom - Jan 26, 2007 7:10 pm (#670 of 2990)

   >>>>>Tazzygirl wins the Blue Stocking Womens League Award! <<<<<

Yes, Colonel Brandonsnape is worried about the ailing Maryanne Dashwood. That movie is delicious. Dear Daughter came home early from school today and asked to see that one. Just like Dear Husband can recite most of Holy Grail I have learned most of Sense & Sensibility.


Mediwitch - Jan 26, 2007 7:42 pm (#671 of 2990)

Maria, that's a great idea about the cookie sales - I know lots of people who don't really want the cookies but would willingly buy a bunch of boxes to donate. If you're really interested in teas, try www.harney.com for Harney and Son Teas. They blend their own teas, including organic teas, which you can buy loose or in silk sachets. They are excellent. I'm always ready to put in a plug for a local business!

We had really good news earlier - a friend of ours who is a very fragile diabetic needed a kidney transplant. His wife was a match and donated a kidney to him a week and a half ago. He came home on Monday, and called tonight to chat for a few minutes. He's doing really well, and is raring to get out of the house (of course, he can't yet because of the immunosuppressants, but it's a great sign). His wife is having a bit of a harder time, but that was expected. She is steadily improving, though.


Holly T. - Jan 26, 2007 8:22 pm (#672 of 2990)

Good news about your friend Mediwitch.

I've never seen "Sense and Sensibility"--my husband cannot stand all things Jane Austen. He always qualifies this by saying that, as an English major, he's actually read more Jane Austen than I have, and isn't just objecting on the general principle of man. Daughter and I may have to have a girlie movie night sometime when the boys are out camping (except we're usually busy too!).

All the boxes of cookies we sent to Iraq were donated--the girls are very good about asking people who say no to buying cookies if they want to buy a box to send to the troops. Our council has this set up where they will ship cases of the donated cookies to the troops but since we knew someone over there we sent them straight to him. Last year my brother-in-law was working at Fort Hood so we had him take the boxes there.

Cannot find a babysitter for my son so I will have to take him to the dancewear store tomorrow for the big pointe shoe fitting. His favorite babysitter is out of town and other potential babysitters are either out of town or out selling cookies. He said he would behave at the ballet store if I wouldn't call his least favorite babysitter to see if she could come over. He tried to convince me he is too old for a babysitter and could stay home by himself. I said no.


journeymom - Jan 26, 2007 8:35 pm (#673 of 2990)

Holly T., Mr Journeymom and son groan whenever daughter suggests we watch Sense & Sensibility. So while husband was at work and son was in school we watched it yet again. Next time daughter and I are home alone together we'll probably watch Pride and Prejudice. Another absolutely delicious movie.

I highly recommend both.


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 26, 2007 8:40 pm (#674 of 2990)

**waves to Mediwitch**

Wow, Harney and Son Teas sounds a lot like ML Teas, right down to the silk sachets. I will check out the site - thanks for the name!

Healing and recovery charms and prayers to your friends, Mediwitch. That's an amazing story - I can't believe they were compatible.

Thanks for picking up the dreaded number, me and my shadow 813. Don't be such a lurker all the time - post once in a while.



Tazzygirl - Jan 26, 2007 9:06 pm (#675 of 2990)

>>>>>Tazzygirl wins the Blue Stocking Womens League Award! <<<<<

w00t! I'd like to thank the Academy, my family.... I love Sense and Sensibility. Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version with Colin Firth) is my all time absolute favorite. My dad and brother complained about it when I watched it at home, but mom and I loved it. My sister watched parts of it, but it isn't one of her favorites. She did go with me to watch the newest version of P&P with Kiera Knightly though. Hmmm... I might be watching P&P tonight!

Glad to hear your friends are on the mend, Mediwitch!

Do Girl Scout cookies range in prices? Or is Hawaii just the odd man out? Here each box is $4.00. My cousin in Colorado is selling them, and they are $3.25 a box. Just wondering.



journeymom - Jan 26, 2007 9:18 pm (#676 of 2990)

They're $3.50 in northern California. Seems to me they're baked somewhere in the mid-west,so it'd make sense that they cost more further away from the factory.


dizzy lizzy - Jan 26, 2007 9:37 pm (#677 of 2990)

Tazzy: I tried to log onto Yahoo so I could chat with you...but Yahoo spat the dummy and decided I wasn't good enough to be logged on!!!

On Girl Scout cookies: We definitely don't have something like that in OZ...which is a shame, some of the types of cookies described would suit me very nicely...

It's another hot stinking day today. So bad I let the dogs in the laundry at lunchtime. They get the cool air from the evaporative air-con flowing over them. It's currently 100F (38C) with storm clouds in the distance. I'm really hoping we get a storm soon and get some rain. It's now 3.30pm Saturday and I'm off to have a nap soon with the fan and the A/C going.

I've had to read Pride and Prejudice for my HSC (Oz version of NEWTS) and since then I refuse to watch or read any Jane Austen. The book never clicked with me and I couldn't handle the writing style.

OK enjoy your weekend everyone!



Solitaire - Jan 26, 2007 9:55 pm (#678 of 2990)

I want to know when A&E is going to make a GOOD miniseries of Sense & Sensibility. I love Kate and Emma, but Emma was TOO OLD to play 19-year-old Elinor Dashwood. She was much closer to the age of Mrs. Dashwood (who was only about 40). Kate W. was closer in age to Marianne, but I just have a different image of that character, and she did not fit it at all.

I thought Rickman and Wise were wonderful in the roles of Brandon and Willoughby, but I hated some of the things ET did to the story. Baaaad Emma! I know most of JA's books by heart, and I suppose no version will ever satisfy me. I believe (and it's only my opinion) the Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle version of P&P is the best adaptation of any JA book to date. I liked the Kiera Knightley movie okay (Brenda Blethyn does the best Mrs. Bennet ever), but there isn't time to do justice to the plot intricacies and the numerous characters. Too much juicy stuff gets cut in a movie ... as HP fans can attest. I own both the movie and the mini of S&S, and neither is really great ... although the mini at least keeps Lady Middleton and Miss Steele around!



Tazzygirl - Jan 26, 2007 10:08 pm (#679 of 2990)

That's all right, Lizzy. I'll talk to you sometime this weekend. You should totally try watching the movies (Pride and Prejudice especially)! I have a hard time reading the books, the writing style is definitely something to get used to. The movies are great, because it's easy on the eyes (no flashing lights or quick camera movements), and the way they talk is very soothing. Or, that's what I get from it. LOL

Anyone else see Persuasion with Cieran Hinds? Ranks up there with P&P, IMO!!

Logical then for the Girl Scout cookies to be more expensive here. Oh well, they are soooo worth it!

So for tomorrow I am going out to look at the two apartments, and then watch the kiddies while aunt and uncle go washer/dryer shopping. Fun, eh?



Solitaire - Jan 26, 2007 10:30 pm (#680 of 2990)

Tazzy, I saw Persuasion, and there were a lot of things I liked about it. Ciaran Hinds was an excellent Captain Wentworth, if a bit old. Like Rickman/Brandon, however, he really captured the subtle nuances of the character well. I thought Amanda Root was a good Anne Eliot, too. I didn't like the portrayals of Elizabeth Eliot or Lady Russell at all!

It was certainly fun to see Fiona Shaw play Aunt Petunia after watching her play the lovely and gracious Mrs. Croft. I almost didn't recognize her! hehe The problem with Persuasion is the same as with any Austen novel ... I know the books and their characters too well for any screen version to truly satisfy me.



Tazzygirl - Jan 26, 2007 10:38 pm (#681 of 2990)

Soli- the thing I really like about Persuasion is that the makeup people did a fantastic job in making Amanda Root homely and then by the end of the movie beautiful. The costumes were amazing too. I only saw the movie twice, a long time ago. I think I need to pick it up. I don't remember alot of the characters. I did buy the book, intending to read it, but couldn't get passed the first chapter. It's on my list of books I want to finish eventually. LOL



Solitaire - Jan 26, 2007 10:54 pm (#682 of 2990)

Tazzy, I never did read Anne as homely in the book. She was described as having a "delicate beauty" that was usually overlooked, whereas Elizabeth was the one who was considered a beauty by the men.


journeymom - Jan 26, 2007 11:17 pm (#683 of 2990)

Dizzy Lizzy, I totally understand not getting into the books. But give Emma Thompson's/Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility a try. As Austin fans here have attested, it varies from the book. And it's lovely to watch and the cast is fabulous. (Includes Professor Snape, Minister Fudge, Dolores Umbridge and Trelawney, of course.) Though I do agree Emma Thompson was too old to play Elinor. But I give her a lot of slack, she's one of my favorite actresses. And I suppose it was screen writer's prerogative.

From there you might move on to the Kiera Knightly version of Pride and Prejudice. It's also a beautiful movie with lovely piano music. Or watch it just to see Matthew MacFayden walk across the misty morning fields . . . . . .

**journeymom has left this plane of reality and will return shortly**

. . . . . . . oh, uh, anyway then see the BBC's P & P mini series with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Really, it's great fun.

Anybody enjoy Gwyneth Paltrow, Toni Collette and Jeremy Northam in Emma? Clueless with Alicia Silverstone?

Jeremy Northam, Colin Firth and Matthew MacFayden. How did Jane do it?? And from beyond the grave!

Aunt Petunia is in Persuasion? Off to put it in my Netflix queue....


Good heavens, look up Jane Austen at IMDb and see that there five projects in production currently. Including Billie Piper from Doctor Who as Fanny Price in Mansfield Park. Okay, enough of me.


Nathan Zimmermann - Jan 26, 2007 11:50 pm (#684 of 2990)

Speaking of Victorian authors, I found this on Amazon The Poems of Patrick Branwell Bronte. It is interesting because when I was in high school and college, my professors discussed the Brontes, especially Charlotte and Emily. Anne Bronte was mentioned only in passing and no mention was made at all of Branwell Bronte. I find it quite curious.


Laura W - Jan 27, 2007 12:13 am (#685 of 2990)

"I've had to read Pride and Prejudice for my HSC (Oz version of NEWTS) and since then I refuse to watch or read any Jane Austen. The book never clicked with me and I couldn't handle the writing style."

That makes two of us, Lizzy.

(I did rather enjoy the movie Clueless, though.)



The giant squid - Jan 27, 2007 4:42 am (#686 of 2990)

I share your deep love of RAH. He was one cool dude. Have you read Grumbles from the Grave? It's worth a look. My favorite, though, is Door into Summer. I've been reading that at least once a year since I was 7 or 8. Let me tell you, the book is well-loved, especially since it was my dad's from his teenage years.--Julie Aronson

I have read "Grumbles"...I actually own every story of his that's been published, although my copy of "Take Back Your Government" is a text copy somewhere on my computer. My most re-read book of his is probably "The Number of the Beast--"; I usually read his last 4 novels in order (Time Enough For Love, Beast, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls and To Sail Beyond the Sunset) every time get into Heinlein mode, though. They're all connected, so once I read one I have to read the rest. I'm sure most of you can relate...



Julie Aronson - Jan 27, 2007 5:28 am (#687 of 2990)


I just might have to try that. I need to review an inside cover, but I thought Job: A Comedy of Justice and Tandy were pretty close to the end, too.

BTW, I think Job is hilarious.

I had no idea my apparently faked-up avatar attracted so much interest! :blushes:


painting sheila - Jan 27, 2007 8:07 am (#688 of 2990)

Chemyst - Thanks for the information on Julie Aronson's avatar. It looks so amazing! Who's a thunk it!?

Busy last two days - we're getting new windows put in today - and it's freezing outside!!!!!! We are excited to get new windows - but (whining voiced played here) Why couldn't it be on a warmer day? Jeez!

Have a good Saturday all -



Starling - Jan 27, 2007 9:52 am (#689 of 2990)

OK, so don't watch the Austen movies then, you Austen barbarians. All the more Brandonsnape for us! Muhahahahaha!


Yes, well.

I didn't like Emma, mainly because I wanted to strangle the girl. Same with Wuthering Heights, actually, I wanted to bash Cathy's and Heathcliff's head together, screaming "get over it, you nitwits!" Yes, I am cruel and heartless.

Pride and Prejudice is nice, as films go. But it's nowhere near the book or near anything remotely historically authentic. In that respect, the BBC version was perfect (and Colin Firth was kinda nice too).


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 27, 2007 10:32 am (#690 of 2990)

Madam Pince, I was on my way to the post office this morning and glanced at my clock. Guess what time it was?? Yep 11:11. Happens all the time, 2:22, 3:33, 12:12, etc. Funny how it starts with 11:11, though, until you find it capturing your attention.

And now I notice that no one has added to the "Practice Area. . ." thread. LOL

Okay, I'm procrastinating and tomorrow I'll be sorry.



Solitaire - Jan 27, 2007 11:56 am (#691 of 2990)

Starling, I own the old Elizabeth Garvie/David Rintoul version of P&P, and I like it a lot. Mr. Collins is appropriately stupid ... LOL Honestly, if the actor doesn't get Mr. Collins right, well, that would be as bad as ... as ... as getting Mrs. Norris (Mansfield Park) all wrong! The old BBC mini with Anna Massey in that role was odd ... but she totally nailed sycophantic, mean-spirited, self-righteous, self-serving old Mrs. Norris! The rest of the cast is sort of ho-hum, but her portrayal of Mrs. Norris is a hoot!

Edit: Speaking of MP, I really hated the most recent movie attempt at that novel. Why did they feel the need to portray Sir Thomas and Tom as they did? Yuck! I didn't like anything about that movie at all. I've only watched it once, and it was torture to one who liked the book.



Madam Pince - Jan 27, 2007 12:35 pm (#692 of 2990)

Hey, Mike! You were the "Final Jeopardy Question" yesterday! Well, at least... it was "The world's largest invertebrate; the subject of an 1870 novel and a 19 (something-something) movie..." I hardly ever know Final Jeopardy, but I do at least know what the world's largest invertebrate is! No self-respecting HP fan could've missed that one...

I had never heard of Heifer International until this Christmas, when Little Pince received a gift of "a flock of chicks has been donated in your name." Sounds like a very neat organization!

Another first this Christmas -- I must confess, I read my very first Jane Austen novel this past holiday. I never had to read them in school for some reason, and although I've owned them for ages, I've never read them. And I never saw any of the movies, either, because I've always felt that you ought to read the books before you see the movie. (This is how I got started reading Harry Potter -- I wanted to go see the first movie! ) Anyway, this Christmas I read Sense and Sensibility. I could appreciate that it was written in Victorian times, and I thought the writing was quite well done, but I got sooooo irritated with the characters! If they had just communicated once in a while, the whole broo-ha-ha could've been avoided! Of course, I suppose then there wouldn't be any story... And the characters didn't end up getting paired up like I wanted/expected...

Solitaire, you say the movie didn't have Lady Middleton nor Miss Steele in it? They would seem to me to be pretty crucial characters... I guess I need to rent it...

We watched Glory Road last night. That's more down my line -- I'm a total sap for inspirational sports movies!

There was another terrible car accident within 100 yards of our house last evening -- not fatal this time thank goodness, but a deputy sheriff was badly injured (his cruiser lost vs. an SUV that looked like a Ford Expedition -- *waves at Mediwitch*.) I swear I cannot understand how this keeps happening -- the road is straight as an arrow there! Why people cannot see...

Mediwitch, glad to hear your friends are recovering well! Hope it continues to go smoothly.

Off to celebrate the local ice-cream shoppe's one-year anniversary! Although it is 30 degrees outside, they are giving away free snow-cones, and Little Pince is sooooo there! The lady who runs the shop has been a good friend to us over the past year, so Little Pince made a little card for her and we're off to give her good wishes!

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


Solitaire - Jan 27, 2007 12:46 pm (#693 of 2990)

Madam Pince, the movie had Lucy Steele, but it did not have her sister (the oldest girl is always referred to as "Miss"). Nancy Steele (called Anne by her sister) is another of the comic relief characters and the one who actually spilled the beans to Mrs. John Dashwood about Lucy and Edward. Where Lucy is sharp and conniving, Anne/Nancy is man-crazy--talking forever about her "beaus" and asking the Dashwoods about theirs--and completely without any common sense.

If you're interested about any of the books, movies, etc., you should check out The Republic of Pemberley. It is a treasure-trove of all things Austen! (One of the things discussed endlessly several years ago was that ugly green plaid dress worn by several different characters in different Austen miniseries. What a hoot THAT was! Any Austen/Pemberley fans may remember that thread. LOL)



Madam Pince - Jan 27, 2007 12:53 pm (#694 of 2990)

Ah, gotcha. You know, that was another thing that annoyed me about the book because it kept getting me confused. Technically, they were both "Miss Steele," so when a character would be speaking and would talk of "Miss Steele," I never knew who they were talking about...


Catherine - Jan 27, 2007 12:56 pm (#695 of 2990)

Anyway, this Christmas I read Sense and Sensibility. I could appreciate that it was written in Victorian times, and I thought the writing was quite well done, but I got sooooo irritated with the characters! If they had just communicated once in a while, the whole broo-ha-ha could've been avoided!--Madam Pince

I don't think that Jane Austen is considered a Victorian era novelist. The manuscripts were written considerably before the reign of Victoria. Austen's works are usually considered Regency period.

Forgive me for having a Hermione moment, but I'm quite fond of Austen's works. I don't mean to be an insufferable know-it-all.


Julie Aronson - Jan 27, 2007 1:19 pm (#696 of 2990)

Regency, eh? I read Austen in a course called English Romantic Fiction. Of course this refers to the period, not necessarily the content. We also read Frankenstein, A Sicilian Romance, Castle Rackrent, and Tales of Old Mortality. Very interesting.


Esther Rose - Jan 27, 2007 1:26 pm (#697 of 2990)

In a very belated response. Vanilla Wafers and extra sharp cheddar cheese go great together!! I would highly recommend one trying this.


Solitaire - Jan 27, 2007 1:53 pm (#698 of 2990)

I love Austen, too. Until Harry came along, I used to read her novels yearly ... or about that often. With my ever-increasing teaching duties, however, I have less time to devote to any personal reading. What little I have must be divided between Jane and Harry ... and anyone else who happens along to captivate my fancy!



journeymom - Jan 27, 2007 1:56 pm (#699 of 2990)

Esther Rose, that actually sounds pretty good. Anybody put sharp cheddar on apple pie?

I listened to Emma Thompson's commentary with S & S and she mentioned repeatedly the lack of communication, and how it contributes so much to the plot. I don't know if the real British Society life in Austen's time was staid and reserved to the degree Austen portrays, but Emma Thompson's point was that young men and women really weren't allowed to speak frankly about their feelings. And over and over, she mentioned how women really were in a bind. A proper girl was not allowed to work, enough to make her own way anyway, and therefore was completely dependent on finding a good husband to support her. It was a matter of luck, parental connections and her social prowess.


Tazzygirl - Jan 27, 2007 1:58 pm (#700 of 2990)

Apartment search has ended at a dead end for this week. Just got back from seeing one, and it's not even the size of my old room in California. No kitchen (well, it had a minifridge and microwave. But no sink or room for much else). The next one I was going to go see I decided not to- it's more than what I want to/can spend on rent, and the lady gave me the cold shoulder on the phone (why would I want to rent from someone like that??). grrr. The last place I was going to look at has not gotten back to me as to what time would be good for me to come. She said it was being shown this weekend, so I am hoping she'll get back to me. I would just go over now, but don't have an address.

**wades back into apartment listings in newspapers and online**

Vanilla Wafers and Chedder Cheese??? I might just have to try it- sounds really curiously disgusting... LOL

Soli- I bow in your presence. I definitely need to try and read the books now! You know the characters down pat!!

I am thinking I'll head into the chat for a little bit.

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The giant squid - Jan 27, 2007 2:41 pm (#701 of 2990)

Hey, Mike! You were the "Final Jeopardy Question" yesterday!--Madame Pince

I always knew I'd make it on Jeopardy! some day.


Holly T. - Jan 27, 2007 3:08 pm (#702 of 2990)

I think the class my husband took where he read Jane Austen books was 19th Century British Novels. He also read the Brontes, George Eliot, Dickens, and I don't remember who else (I could just look on our bookshelf, I guess). He doesn't like the Brontes either and only likes some Eliot. On the other hand, he likes Faulkner and can actually read his books and not get a headache, which is more than I can say.

You don't even want to know how much I spent at the dancewear store this morning. Ack. Pointe shoes are not cheap.


boop - Jan 27, 2007 6:40 pm (#703 of 2990)

Hi Everyone

Just wanted to pop in and say hi and hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

Denise glad you got moved safely.

Healing charms to whom need them.

Have a great rest of the weekend.

hugs always



MickeyCee3948 - Jan 27, 2007 6:42 pm (#704 of 2990)

Well boop, we saw the sun for the second time in the last 14 days today so I would say it was pretty good. I was starting to think I live in Seattle rather than Houston.



Solitaire - Jan 27, 2007 7:22 pm (#705 of 2990)

Journeymom, on some old menu, years ago, I remember reading these words: "Apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze!" I keep thinking it was at Marie Callender's, but I am not sure. I just know that a slice of cheese on top was one of the ways apple pie was served by the restaurant in question.

Tazzy, I've been a Jane Austen fan for more years than you have been alive, so I do have a bit of a head start! Their choices varied, but the freshman English teachers at my high school were required to teach a Jane Austen novel as part of the curriculum. Some chose P&P, more taught Emma, and one or two taught S&S. My teacher was a fan of P&P, so that was my introduction.

I was lucky. My teacher loved the book and JA, and she was so awesome that she just brought the story alive. She also did something unusual back then ... After we finished the book, she showed the Laurence Olivier/Greer Garson movie. We had a chance to see at a young age how Hollywood messes with original plot lines and why it is important to read the book if you want the REAL story. Our teacher also pointed out the historical inaccuracies in the costumes and hairstyles and the age mismatch of some actors and their characters. This may be why I am so picky about such things these days.

According to Mom, I have loved to read since I was four years old. She and Dad used to say I always had my nose "stuck in a book." But Miss C. really engendered an interest in classical British literature (all literature, really). I never could understand why so many of my friends hated English; I loved it! Of course, most of them didn't have Miss C. She was so cool! Any book she referenced positively, I tried to read. She is one of the main reasons I pursued a degree in English and became a teacher. (The poor woman never realized what she unleashed on the students of the future. hehe)



Mediwitch - Jan 27, 2007 7:50 pm (#706 of 2990)

Bummer on the apartment hunt, Kristina. I hope the perfect one comes along quickly!

Hehe, Soli, you reminded me of my mom and dad. They used to say the same thing about me. For a long time, whenever I'd spout off some bit of information, my parents would ask where I learned it. The answer was invariably, "Oh, I read it somewhere." Now my mom doesn't even bother asking!

Apple pie and cheddar cheese is good; I prefer it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Eat

*waves back at Madam Pince* I'm sorry to hear about the latest accident. Sounds like something is funky with that stretch of road.

*sends cooling charms to dizzy lizzy*


Mediwitch - Jan 27, 2007 8:40 pm (#707 of 2990)

Too late to edit! I got a tin of those Dark Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Altoids tonight - MMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!


Laura W - Jan 27, 2007 9:22 pm (#708 of 2990)

"Forgive me for having a Hermione moment, but I'm quite fond of Austen's works. I don't mean to be an insufferable know-it-all."

No worries, Catherine! We each have our favourite authors, and each of us probably feels just as strongly about making sure that these favourites and/or their works are not misrepresented (even by accident) in any way. We all learn from each other here, right?

"She is one of the main reasons I pursued a degree in English and became a teacher. (The poor woman never realized what she unleashed on the students of the future. hehe)"

No good deed goes unpunished, eh, Solitaire? (hee, hee)



Thom Matheson - Jan 27, 2007 9:29 pm (#709 of 2990)

I am so limited to you all, I agree that I bow to you all. I am just your Cussler, Clancy, Tennenbaum, Dale Brown, and my hoot favorite, Janet Evananovich. The old English authors never quite hit me the same way as you all.


Solitaire - Jan 27, 2007 10:20 pm (#710 of 2990)

Thom, I was lucky to have some truly incredible teachers and professors whose love of their subjects and their favorite authors proved infectious for me. If one of my favorite profs loved a particular book, I would usually give it a try.

In addition to more classical literature, I happen to be a fan of several British mystery authors. I happened upon a BBC production of Cover Her Face by P.D. James, which prompted me to read all of her books! That is also how I became a fan of Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham, Collin Dexter ... Do you think there is a connection between my love of murder mysteries and the fact that I teach junior high? Just wondering ...



Chemyst - Jan 27, 2007 11:39 pm (#711 of 2990)

Not to worry Thom. I'm not sure that I've ever advanced beyond Seuss myself!
 That is said only half in jest. ÷ 2   Every so often I cycle through Andersen's Fairy Tales. Sometimes that is all my attention span can handle.


Tazzygirl - Jan 28, 2007 12:22 am (#712 of 2990)

Soli- Other than my mom, my 10th grade History teacher gave me the idea of becoming a teacher. I hope I can do the same for my students.

I think I found my new apartment!! The lady just called me (it's 9 pm here!) and I am going to see the place tomorrow at noon. The lady sounded super nice, and the way she described everything sounded exactly like what I want. You know that feeling you get when you know something is right? I just got that feeling. The price is perfect, includes utilities (bonus!!), and it has a KITCHEN!! w00t! I just hope my feeling is correct this time!!!

Just thought I'd share!

Off to bed.



The giant squid - Jan 28, 2007 2:50 am (#713 of 2990)

Congrats, Tazzy! Like I'm sure I said earlier when Denise was still in the market, the worst part of house/apartment hunting is the hunting. After so many not-quite-rights you can get pretty discouraged. I'm glad you managed to find something right off the bat.

I never got into The Austens & Brontes. The extent of my English reading is J.R.R. Tolkein, Douglas Adams and (of course) JKR.



Detail Seeker - Jan 28, 2007 3:48 am (#714 of 2990)

Kristina, don´t praise the day before the evening - but I really hope, the apartment is as you like it. Good luck !


Solitaire - Jan 28, 2007 10:08 am (#715 of 2990)

Good luck on the apartment, Tazzy! If it's right, it will work out! If it doesn't, then there is probably a better place out there for you. That's my philosophy!

Mike, interestingly, I am not a big fan of the Brontes, either. Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are supposed to be such great love stories ... but they are awfully gloomy! They lack the sense of humor I find so appealing in Austen. I realize our heroes and heroines need conflict for there to be a story, but the Brontes seem to thrive on misery. I realize it is probably a sacrilege for an English major to say such a thing ... but there you are!

Speaking of sacrilege ... any fans of The Canterbury Tales out there? I took an entire quarter of Chaucer in college and loved it!



Madam Pince - Jan 28, 2007 10:52 am (#716 of 2990)

Yes, you're right, Catherine -- I slipped and was just equating "18th/19th Century" with "Victorian" in my brain there, which although close is definitely not the same thing, as you pointed out. I spend most of my "historical" time in the Victorian era, so I suppose that's just what naturally comes out of my typing fingers! Oops! Also, most of the social mores and such that journeymom mentioned (ie: women not being able to support themselves for the most part, etc.) were pretty much the same during both periods, I think. Anyway, what I meant was that I could appreciate that the story was being written from that standpoint where women couldn't necessarily speak freely, nor support themselves other than by "a good catch," but that appreciating this fact still did not make it easy for me to overlook my irritation at the characters' lack of communication! Did that make any sense at all?

Chemyst, I love Dr. Seuss, too! I think the man had an amazing mind! It's not easy to speak in nonsense! (My recent postings notwithstanding...) My favorite of his is Happy Birthday To You! -- it's just so fun! And when I was a kid I loved The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, too! Didn't care much for The Cat In The Hat -- I tended to take the side of the fish! (A real surprise, there, right?)

Yay, Tazzy! My fingers are crossed that the place you've found that you like will work out well for you!

...don´t praise the day before the evening... --Detail Seeker
Hey, I really like that phrase! Chat & Greetings 2007 2752390508  It's like "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched," except it's much more elegant!

I've heard that apple pie and cheddar cheese is supposed to be very good, but I've never tried it. Never heard of vanilla wafers with cheese, though! I think that today I'm going to use most of the vanilla wafers making a banana pudding, but if there are any left over, I will give it a try!

We read a few of the Canterbury Tales in high school, and I enjoyed them but found them very difficult to read. I should try again, I suppose! My next "ye olde English" effort will probably be Emma though, because I read a JKR interview somewhere some time ago in which she said that she had been inspired in the writing of the Harry Potter stories by the "surprise twist" (whatever it is) in Jane Austen's Emma, so ever since then I've been wondering what it is and what sort of hint it can give us for Harry Potter!


Tazzygirl - Jan 28, 2007 11:05 am (#717 of 2990)

Thanks for the advice and luck, everyone!

Detail Seeker- that is an awesome phrase!!

Soli- I had to do a report on Chaucer, so I skimmed through Canterbury Tales to get an idea. I liked what I saw though!

Didn't sleep well last night- one, kept dreaming I was stuck in an apartment that I didn't want, and two, I think my air conditioner broke. I had the temp at 65F, and it wasn't cold. It also started making noises.

Off to do dishes. Great way to start the morning, eh?

Have a great RotD/N all!



Solitaire - Jan 28, 2007 11:16 am (#718 of 2990)

Madam Pince, your irritation with the characters' inability (or unwillingness) to communicate reminds me of this passage from Wharton's The Age of Innocence:

“In reality they all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world, where the real thing was never said or done or even thought, but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs; as when Mrs. Welland, who knew exactly why Archer had pressed her to announce her daughter's engagement at the Beaufort ball (and had indeed expected him to do no less), yet felt obliged to simulate reluctance, and the air of having had her hand forced ...”

In P&P, Elizabeth is, at first, the only intelligent (IMO) character who speaks her mind ... and she is frequently chastised for it. Lydia, of course, speaks her mind ... but who cares? Darcy eventually begins to say what is in his mind and heart, causing Elizabeth to excoriate him at first ... until she begins to consider the justice of his charges.

The Austen characters who angered me the most for this reticence were Elinor and Edward, in S&S. Anne Eliot in Persuasion attempted to speak her heart to Lady Russell and was pretty much told she didn't know what she was talking about. No wonder some people learned to keep their mouths shut. Too bad others didn't!



Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 28, 2007 12:01 pm (#719 of 2990)

Very nice, Detail Seeker. Sounds like something my father would have said to me when I was young.
(And yes, I was young once. )

Felix Felicis your way, Tazzy. I agree with your philosophy, Solitaire!

I just remember the books we had to read in college - Maus, the Drowned and the Saved, and others in that vein. We did, however, get to read the Iliad. It was fun. Oddly enough, I was lazy about the writing (many, many papers) but once I got started, I wished I had started earlier because I realized I had so much to say (does that surprise anyone ) and so little time left in which to do it. A word to the wise with regard to you procrastinators out there, I guess.



geauxtigers - Jan 28, 2007 1:09 pm (#720 of 2990)

. . .we saw the sun for the second time in the last 14 days today so I would say it was pretty good. I was starting to think I live in Seattle rather than Houston.

I'll second that. Even our weather man has been telling us "you know that big ball of orange in the sky, we're going to see it again!" and the like LOL. Its an El Nino year, who does that affect, I can promise you the gulf states!

Well lots of homework to do. Best be off, research paper stuff to work on.

Oh I could never get into Jane Austen, its just to I dunno, not straight forward, the language is difficult and I don't have the patience to sit there and really read it. I did not like the Canterbury Tales very much. There were some amusing parts, i.e. the Wife of Bath tale, but other than that, nothing happened in it. It was dry. I guess I just like books with action! LOL Maybe when I'm older and possibly less impatient I'll give Austen another go.

Have a great weekend!


Madam Pince - Jan 28, 2007 1:29 pm (#721 of 2990)

I feel like Jimmy Valvano running around looking for somebody to hug (obscure sports reference there...) but there's nobody here except Little Pince, who, while quite huggable, just doesn't exactly get the reasoning...

UVA just won again! This time with a 15-0 scoring run to make a huge comeback at Clemson to win by one point! Woo-hoo! It was soooo exciting! We were down by four at the half, then got quite sloppy and fell behind to the point where I was actually dozing off watching the game. Then suddenly it seemed there was some Felix Felicis in the Gatorade or something, because we couldn't miss! Then a Clemson player stepped out-of-bounds with the ball, and UVA got a really fantastic offensive rebound which led to a tip-in to give the 'Hoos the win!

I did feel sort of sorry for the Clemson people, though. This is their second heart-breaker loss this week. They just looked stunned.

OK, enough feeling sorry. ***Continues to dance and jump around the room...***


azi - Jan 28, 2007 1:40 pm (#722 of 2990)

I am not a big fan of the Brontes, either. Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are supposed to be such great love stories ... but they are awfully gloomy! – Soli

Well, just look at where the Brontes lived. Horrible gloomy place on the moors it is!

Congrats Kristina! **best apartment ever charms!**

I love the Dr Seuss (sp?) books. Great rhymes, very funny pictures.

What were we saying about 4x4's coming off better in car crashes? Today, a small car pulled out in front of my parents and me. My dad tried to swerve to avoid it (too late to brake) but the car hit us in the middle and we were flipped onto the roof and into a lampost. The 4x4 (our car) is a write-off, the other just got bonnet problems. The good news is I have no visible injuries (I'm starting to ache from whiplash I think), my father got a cut on his hand and the same aches, while my mum (the worst off) was taken to hospital but only has concussion and cuts on her hands. Overall, the experience was no where near as bad as I thought it would be.

Hope everyone has the sense to check properly before they drive out at a junction!


Madam Pince - Jan 28, 2007 1:44 pm (#723 of 2990)

Oooo, Azi! So sorry to hear about your accident! Thank goodness nobody was badly hurt! Hope your mum and dad will be OK, and that your whiplash will be mild! We will be thinking of you!


Thom Matheson - Jan 28, 2007 1:52 pm (#724 of 2990)

Soli, I too had that one great teacher, but alas she was history and government, not literature. She was the one that everyone dreaded getting, and of course I had heard all the stories. She is still to this day my one great inspiration. She was tough, but fair. Graded hard, tested us often, and was a no nonsense person. But, very capable of lighting sparks under those that chose it. She didn't just make you learn dates and places and leaders, you know the typical stuff, but also the why it was so meaningful stuff. When I see the film National Treasure I smile at the factual information that is spoken, and always think of her. She is gone now, but certainly not forgotten.


Good Evans - Jan 28, 2007 2:59 pm (#725 of 2990)

Healing charms to Azi and her family, sounds awful!!!

love to everyone else - back ina few days time.


Tazzygirl - Jan 28, 2007 3:07 pm (#726 of 2990)

Ow, Azi! Glad to hear no one was seriously hurt! **healing charms to you and your parents** Sorry to hear about the truck!

Tehe- change in finding an apartment. I talked with my uncle today (we've been having issues of what exactly my duties entail as a nanny/mother's helper type person- hence the reason why I was looking at moving out) and we came to the agreement (after discussing many options) that I could stay here with tenant status only. I'll be able to get my tutoring job, and watch the kiddies on the side (in other words, I won't have to depend on watching the kids to pay rent) and I have the option to say no. I am completely happy with the arrangement too!

**safe traveling charms to GE**



Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 28, 2007 3:22 pm (#727 of 2990)

azi, that is terrible - prayers and quick recovery for you all! Is your mom back home now?

It sounds as though everything has worked out for the best, Tazzy. Glad to hear it! (It seems as though Solitaire was right )

Are you traveling, GE? Have a safe trip! **waves**



Tazzygirl - Jan 28, 2007 3:43 pm (#728 of 2990)

Soli was totally right, Maria! **waves to Soli** Thanks!

Oh, and Maria- sorry I missed you in the chat! I had gone up to do some laundry, and when I got back down, you were gone. lol! See ya in there again soon!



Solitaire - Jan 28, 2007 5:29 pm (#729 of 2990)

I did not like the Canterbury Tales very much. There were some amusing parts, i.e. the Wife of Bath tale, but other than that, nothing happened in it.

Spoken like someone who had the most boring teacher in the world. The CTs are hilarious ... if a bit ribald. Perhaps you need to be older and have a more thorough understanding of the abuses of the Church at that time in order to fully appreciate the humor and satire. Still, if the teacher doesn't love the literature he is teaching and make it fun, you probably will never like it ... and that applies to anything.

Thom, I detested history going through grammar and high school. It was nothing but a bunch of names, dates, and places, and the teachers never did anything to help us see relationships between events. Then I landed in Mr. Sheffield's government class in my senior year of high school. He made things fun and interesting ... it was a new world. A cruel one, too. At the end of the first quarter, there were some staffing shakeups, and I was placed in a class with about 200 other kids in a large lecture hall. The teacher was nice enough, but he just droned on for an hour every morning, discouraging anything like questions or discussion. I sort of "slept through" that year. It's amazing that I even passed with a decent grade.

My first exposure to US history and government in college was not much better, because the sheer size of the classes discouraged discussion. But then I landed in a History of Western Civilization class over at Cal Poly SLO. What a revelation! I loved it! I couldn't wait to get to that 7:30 a.m. class ... me, a nightowl! When I registered for a class in Renaissance and Restoration literature, a professor recommended a class in British history being taught that quarter which covered the same time period. Since I respected her, I took her advice. It was great, because those two professors helped me see how the literature of a culture reflects what is happening in society at the time. From then on, whenever I could take a history class that supported a lit class I was taking, I did. That little change really enriched my appreciation of literature, and it created in me a love of history that continues to grow.

Azi: Well, just look at where the Brontes lived. Horrible gloomy place on the moors it is!

I know that. I can appreciate how their lives may have influenced the characters and settings in their novels. I simply do not enjoy those novels. I wonder ... were there any happy people who lived out on the moors, or was everyone miserable? And does the same hold true today?



Mediwitch - Jan 28, 2007 6:17 pm (#730 of 2990)

Ouch azi! I really really hope you and your family are feeling OK - I bet you'll be a bit sore for the next few days. **cushioning charms**

Kristina, glad you're happy with the new plan - and no packing and moving!


Catherine - Jan 28, 2007 7:21 pm (#731 of 2990)

I did not like the Canterbury Tales very much. There were some amusing parts, i.e. the Wife of Bath tale, but other than that, nothing happened in it.

Spoken like someone who had the most boring teacher in the world. The CTs are hilarious ... if a bit ribald. Perhaps you need to be older and have a more thorough understanding of the abuses of the Church at that time in order to fully appreciate the humor and satire. Still, if the teacher doesn't love the literature he is teaching and make it fun, you probably will never like it ... and that applies to anything.

Oh, dear.

I adore reading Chaucer. That class taught me the most of any I ever took at Washington and Lee University (waves at Ed Craun), and taught me what it is to do scholarship and real analysis (again, still waving at the ever-beloved Ed Craun). I should properly say, ahem, Dr. Craun, and I still genuflect and get the shivers when I think about his class. We read the Troilus, and I still remember it as if it were yesterday.

I use the teapot that Dr. Craun gave us for a wedding present every morning (a replica of the one he brought to class daily).

The Canterbury Tales show us about the rise of the middle class, how people shape stories to their own ends, and how important stories are to all of us. That they are bawdy, full of ribald humor and body functions is just a bonus.


Solitaire - Jan 28, 2007 7:25 pm (#732 of 2990)

Azi, I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers. I know from personal experience that sometimes, after the shock of an accident has worn off, you slowly become aware of things that don't feel right. Pay attention to your body if that happens, especially if it affects your neck or back. I didn't, and I wish I had. You were turned upside down, so your entire body probably took a pretty good jolt. Take care of yourself.

Catherine, you bring up an interesting point about the importance of stories. The Oral Tradition has been an important part of every culture. In the days before TV and video games, easy access to books, and education among the masses, the ability to tell a good story was highly prized. I was reminded of this when I watched Out of Africa and saw how valued Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen was for her magical storytelling skills. It's a talent we seem to have lost. I read well, but I do not have the gift of making up stories. It's a gift I envy.



dizzy lizzy - Jan 28, 2007 10:43 pm (#733 of 2990)

Azi a *hug* for you and your family and I hope you are all feeling better soon.

For reasons I was never able to fathom, I went through high school never having a history class, only reading two shakespeare texts (Othello being one of them) and topped my art class one year!!! I've never seen a chaucer text! and most novels read for school were published in the 1960's early 1970's.

In Australia, (and particularly New South Wales), the first year of high school (year 7= 12yr olds) generally try and fit in as many courses in that year, as possible to expose you to many different subjects. In Year 8 (13yr olds) you have a limited number of electives. In Years 9&10 (14&15yr olds) you can select again from electives (and you don't have to take the same ones as you did in year Cool and at the end of year 10 you end up with you School Certificate (Oz version of OWLS).

My family moved in the middle of the first semester of year 7 and consequently I avoided doing Woodwork, Home Science and History....

I was an avid reader all through school, so I suspect by reading my sister's history texts and references etc, and combimg through the library, I probably covered just the same if not more information than the classes in school.

I still can't work out how I topped my Year 9 Art Class....



Snuffles - Jan 29, 2007 1:39 am (#734 of 2990)

azi. **Healing charms** to you and your family. I'm glad you weren't more seriously injured.

Kristina, it sounds like everything has turned out ok. At least you won't have to pack! As a tennant, can you now complain to your landlords if your air conditioning unit packs up

Have a good trip Julie (GE)

Watched the final of Big Brother last night. I knew Dirk Benedict wouldn't win but I wasn't sure between Jermaine Jackson and Shilpa Shetty. Shilpa won in the end, and after what she went through in the house, I am glad

Off to check the threads

Hope everyone has a good Monday



Tazzygirl - Jan 29, 2007 2:12 am (#735 of 2990)

Snuffles: ...can you now complain to your landlords if your air conditioning unit packs up

I can and I have! LOL I mentioned it to them a looooong time ago, and Uncle tried to fix it, but it still leaks inside the house (normally water runs out the outside part), I've had to put containers under it now for a couple months to catch the water from getting all over my desk. They know I need a new one- supposed to be picking me up a new one in a couple days when they go get a new refridgerator for upstairs. Whoo-hoo! And I am extremely grateful I don't have to pack up anything.

**is in shock Lizzy missed out on History in High School**




Marie E. - Jan 29, 2007 6:09 am (#736 of 2990)

Azi, I am so glad no one was seriously injured. I agree with the advice of taking it easy. I was in three accidents when I was 16 and each time I noticed little aches and things a day or two after the accident.

My girls' school district has added on 30 minutes to the school day because they have already used up all their allotted snow days. Most of our snowy weather occurs in February and March so they figured we needed more instructional time built in. They said adding days on to the end of the school year wasn't an option because in the past nobody came to school on the extra days. Can you imagine just not showing up for school? They are starting school fifteen minutes earlier and ending fifteen minutes later.


Julie Aronson - Jan 29, 2007 6:36 am (#737 of 2990)

Hmmm...let's see...

Kristina, congrats on resolving the living situation.

Azi, I hope you're all OK and stay that way!

I LOVE Chaucer!!! I had a semester of it in undergrad. We read Parliament of Fowles and Canterbury Tales, along with some miscellaneous short poems.

Then, for even more fun, I took Anglo-Saxon with the same professor. That's where I learned about Appolonius of Tyre and got to read an untranslated version of Beowulf, and I discovered how many liberties Seamus Heany took with his most EXCELLENT version of the poem.

Can you tell I want to be a medievalist?


Solitaire - Jan 29, 2007 8:17 am (#738 of 2990)

Julie, whenever my kids complain about the "Old English" of Dickens, Shakespeare, and the King James Bible, I drag out my copy of Chaucer and read part of the prologue to them in MIDDLE English (we had to memorize it). They are always shocked to learn that English has undergone such a transformation.

In my senior seminar in college--Male/Female Roles in History and Literature--I focused on Medieval lit ... Aucassin & Nicollete, The Book of the Duchess, etc. There were five of us in the class, and each was given a different time period on which to concentrate. In addition, we had a different book to read for each class meeting, all of which dealt with status, responsibility, relationships, rights, etc., of men and women, right up through modern times. We devoted two whole days to Vanity Fair! I remember counting the pages and deciding that I needed to read 50 per night (on top of all the other reading for that class alone) just to be finished in time. Honestly, I've never read so much literature in so little time! Every single class period (3x a week, 3 hours each) we covered an entire novel or play, and with only 5 of us in the class, there was no such thing as showing up unprepared and no way to avoid being called to debate an issue or explain how it related to the various literary periods we were covering individually. It was the toughest class I ever took ... and I loved it! You see, I was fortunate enough to have my favorite professor as a teacher/facilitator.



Holly T. - Jan 29, 2007 8:30 am (#739 of 2990)

Yikes, Azi! Hope you and your family are recovering.

Kristina, glad to hear you have a solution to the apartment situation.

Marie, they only built two weather days into our school schedule and we already used both of them (usually we don't use any). So a teacher work day in February and Good Friday are now school days instead of off days. If we miss any more school because of weather then school won't end until after Memorial Day.

Maybe I just didn't have a good teacher, but I never could get into the Canterbury Tales or Beowulf. I am not much for poetry either, which is kind of a good thing since before my husband was my husband or even my boyfriend he was a nice guy who knew a lot about poetry and would meet me before English class and explain things to me. :-)


Thom Matheson - Jan 29, 2007 8:33 am (#740 of 2990)

Love Canterbury tales. First got into them by doing a theater production, then had to read the books.


Starling - Jan 29, 2007 8:38 am (#741 of 2990)

I got hold of a children's version of Beowulf once, with illustrations. It scared the bejeebies out of me!

I love the Canterbury Tales, might read them again, actually.

I hated history at school, purely because the teacher hated me and deliberately gave me bad marks ("your answers are too short" "you're useless" "I hate girls who wear skirts"). I only realised he was making me fail my tests when I got 9 out of 10 for my state exam.

My favourite subject is etymology. I seriously regret not staying on at university to work, because now it's too late to get back into academics and do research/teach that kind of stuff. Siiiiigh.


Thom Matheson - Jan 29, 2007 9:10 am (#742 of 2990)

Starling, When did Snape get the History post away from Binns? Chat & Greetings 2007 1003735042


Julie Aronson - Jan 29, 2007 10:08 am (#743 of 2990)

Soli, I had to memorize the first 18 lines of the General Prologue for my English Lit class. I'll probably be 102 and drooling in a corner somewhere, but still be able to spout off my Chaucer.


azi - Jan 29, 2007 10:45 am (#744 of 2990)

Thank you for the healing charms, I'm very grateful! I went to the doctors this morning and he said that my movement range is functioning fine, to keep moving about and take painkillers if it gets too bad. My mum is getting better but she was still concussed this morning, fortunately this afternoon showed improvement.

I liked the Canterbury Tales when I did them in school, but I was 10/11 years old at the time so I didn't get all of the jokes. When I try and read it now I get more confused than I did then!

Starling - that sounds like a horrible teacher! I find that short answers are often better than long waffling ones. You could always just research the HP name meanings.

Hmm, people living on the moors...I would say it's often quite dreary (the weather ain't that nice!), although maybe the locals are cheery around each other but not around strangers? It's a suspicion of outsiders thing. I find spending too much time in the area depressing myself!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Starling - Jan 29, 2007 11:21 am (#745 of 2990)

If he was Snape, Thom, he was wearing a long blond curly wig.

Scary ...


Thom Matheson - Jan 29, 2007 11:41 am (#746 of 2990)

I see no difference here.


John Bumbledore - 29, 2007 11:48 am (#747 of 2990)

... a long time ago ...

"I do at least know what the world's largest invertebrate is!" -- Madam Pince
Madam Pince, it is not nice to accuse Mike of being spineless...

"And yes, I was young once." -- HungarianHorntail11
... but that was some thousand years ago, as a young dragon hatchling, eh?

I didn't have Lizzy's luck with History in school, but for my school History books all ended with the second world war. I guess everything after that was "recent events." So for me history since WW II is either from TV News clips in the style of "the year/decade/century in review" or from family and friends with first person experience. My father served in Army Airborn during the occupation of Japan, my brother-in-law served in Vietnam, and my sister-in-law served in Kwait durning Desert Storm.

I just had to google Korean War and Vietnam War to identify these time periods. How sad is that? And since I studied "Ancient and Medieval Civilizations" in college, I have a better time line of preceding three thousand years than I do of the last sixty.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Thom Matheson - Jan 29, 2007 11:56 am (#748 of 2990)

Anyone watch 2057 on Discovery this past weekend? Talk about feeling "mature". Also watch a series on HBO(if you have it) called "Rome". As a history buff, this is very accurately portrayed. My favorite is American History prior to 1965, but mostly 1870 and before. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address comes to mind.


journeymom - Jan 29, 2007 12:04 pm (#749 of 2990)

Azi, my goodness, what an adventure. I hope you and your parents are feeling better soon.


Steve Newton - Jan 29, 2007 12:10 pm (#750 of 2990)

My mother's 90th birthday is coming up in March. Me and my 2 siblings are planning a celebration for her. One of our stumbling blocks is that my sister wants it to be a surprise party. Now, I have never liked any sort of surprise party. And for a 90 year old I think that is is a very bad idea. Oh, well, I guess that you have families so that you learn how to disagree...without killing. My brother has yet to jump in with an opinion. Perhaps his years have given him wisdom.
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Elanor - Jan 29, 2007 12:14 pm (#751 of 2990)

Azi, I'm so happy you're okay and that your Mom is feeling better today! I also think the "take it easy" advice was a very good one! **healing charms sent to you and your family**

Glad to hear the good news Tazzy too!

I love history! I've loved it so much that it is the subject I studied at the university. I especially loved Greek and Roman Antiquity, archeology, medieval history and paleography (that is to try and decipher several centuries old writings - believe it or not but it is great fun!! ) and 17th and 18th century history (I specialized in that period).
But my favorite year remains the year after the master's which program was "Western Culture and Civilization - From Renaissance to the 18th Century" because it was not only a historical approach: we were students coming from several different "branches" (literature, languages, art, geography, music, science, etc) and had teachers from all those fields too which were all seeing that period from their own field's perspective which was fascinating!

Have a great day everybody!



John Bumbledore - 29, 2007 12:48 pm (#752 of 2990)

"we were students coming from several different "branches" (literature, languages, art, geography, music, science, etc) and had teachers from all those fields too which were all seeing that period from their specialty's perspective which was fascinating!" – Audrey

Elanor, That does sound fascinating! I would have enjoyed History more if I could have learned from the perspectives of chemistry, science and math. Seems all the history courses I had in school focused only on geography, culture and politics.

Azi, belated charms for the aches and pains. Hope everyone continues to get better.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Holly T. - Jan 29, 2007 12:55 pm (#753 of 2990)

Steve, for what it's worth, I agree with you, which I'm sure will be a lot of help trying to convince your sister. "Well, this person I know online agrees with me!"

John, when I took my major field orals (for a Ph.D. in history) I didn't have to cover anything after the Vietnam War. On the other hand, since my specialty is 19th-century history I was quizzed much more heavily on the 18th and 19th centuries, with a few 17th- and 20th-century questions here and there. Editing to add that this makes it sound so simple--ack--two hours and they basically could ask me anything. I think I've blocked most of it out of my mind.

My dissertation covers the years 1846-1861, to get really specific (or, as my son says, "pacific").

Must get some work done before I have to go to my other job, you know, as a chauffeur/taxi driver/mom. Chat & Greetings 2007 1242194059


Tazzygirl - Jan 29, 2007 4:10 pm (#754 of 2990)

I didn't like reading Beowulf in school- had a bad teacher, and she made it more of a chore to read. I did like reading Grapes of Wrath, Great Gatsby, and a bunch of other books- I think I was the only one out of my entire class that did.

**more healing charms to Azi and parents**

It is a cold, windy, rainy day today. My mentor teacher didn't need me from noon on (the regular education teacher I want to observe in the afternoons isn't too happy about me coming in. She didn't sign up for the Mentor teaching, so therefore she doesn't want someone in her class. Fair, but frustrating to me. LOL), so now I am home, with hot chocolate and watching GoF. I figure I can lounge around for a couple hours and then start on homework.

Have a fantastic RotD/N everyone!



jose043 - Jan 29, 2007 7:19 pm (#755 of 2990)

Hi All

Azi healing charms to you & your parents hope you all heal up quickly.

Tazzy glad to see you have sorted out your living arrangements.

Solitaire hope you are having fun on your Pro Mac.

We had the 3 grandkids 21st January to the 25th January took them up to the Observatory on Wednesday evening sore the comet that was around for 2 weeks, the clouds came up & it was not a very good veiwing night. Quite late home the kids all enjoyed it a long with Robert, Anne & I, though Robert thought it would have been different but as I said the clouds got in the way. The Observatory is up at Bickley about 1hour east of us.

My Shoulder is getting up to 75% movement & I can do my Bras up from the back, my Dr said that is very rare still trying to get more movement in the shoulder.

Had 3 very hot days Friday, Saturday, Sunday all 40c plus & Monday was down to 35c suppose to be cooler till Friday & Saturday this week.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Mediwitch - Jan 29, 2007 7:19 pm (#756 of 2990)

I'm with Thom in the history arena...US history pre-1870 is my favorite, especially the Civil War. I love being able to visit the places; it makes it come alive for me. That being said, I'd love to get to visit some of Europe's famous historical sites. European history makes us look like babies on this side of the water! I had a great class my senior year in high school; it was called "Humanities" and was a half-year elective by invitation only in its first year of being offered. We covered history, literature, music, art, science, etc. (obviously we just scratched the surface) and it was taught by the best English teacher I ever had. She was brilliant and very strict, but because this was a hand-picked class, we really got to see her shine. My friend and I paired for a project where we wrote a research paper on Mozart (which had to include information on contemporary events and culture) and composed, performed, and recorded a short piece of music in a Mozart-esque style. It was a cool project. I learned more from that project than any other I did in high school. I also read The Canterbury Tales in that class (but I have to confess I don't remember too much about them ).

Steve Newton, good luck on that party planning! We just had a big family party that had some sticky planning moments.


Steve Newton - Jan 29, 2007 7:32 pm (#757 of 2990)


I like history, especially military history. This occasionally rolls over into my posts on the Forum. I am a particular fan of US Grant and Napoleon. Two guys who you never want on the other team.


Thom Matheson - Jan 29, 2007 7:56 pm (#758 of 2990)

I agree Steve. What might have happened were Grant not stuck in Vicksburg. Too much Ogdens Fire Whiskey me thinks.

Mediwich, I love visiting the sites. I have visited a number of them throughout Penn, Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee.


Mediwitch - Jan 29, 2007 8:04 pm (#759 of 2990)

Me too, Thom. (Not TN, though. ) I did my undergrad in the Shenandoah Valley and fell in love with the Civil War there. Antietam is my favorite battlefield.

EDIT: Thom, that is SO cool! Shelby Foote is an amazing author.


Thom Matheson - Jan 29, 2007 8:10 pm (#760 of 2990)

Wife likes the "Bloody Lane" as well. I am still a Gettysburg guy. But I look at the entire 3 days and what transpired and the fact that the South could have won the whole shootin match on the first day. Lincoln's address is my absolute favorite speech ever. People don't talk like that any more. Love reading anything by Shelby Foote. Got an opportunity to see and meet him at Georgetown University back in the late 90's. What a down to earth, aw shucks kind of guy.


Nathan Zimmermann - Jan 29, 2007 8:27 pm (#761 of 2990)

I agree the U.S. Civil War perhaps one of the most interesting conflicts in history. For example Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain is one of the most fascinating generals of the Civil War prior to the to the war he was a professor of rhetoric and English at Bowdon College in Maine and by the end of the Civil War he was a brigadier general in the Union Army and a major general by brevet. He was also a brilliant strategist and tactician, and George Thomas whose gallant conduct defense at Chickamauga allowed the remainder of the Union army to withdraw to safety. On the converse you have a General Daniel Sickles and Braxton Bragg whose ineptitude has become the stuff of legend.

One of my favorite stories is the story of how when General Sherman died in 1891 General Joseph E. Johnston was one of the honorary pallbearers:

It was a bitterly cold day and a friend of Johnston, fearing that the general might become ill, asked him to put on his hat. Johnston famously replied: "If I were in (Sherman's) place, and he were standing in mine, he would not put on his hat. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tecumseh_Sherman#_note-58)


Mediwitch - Jan 29, 2007 8:39 pm (#762 of 2990)

And then Johnston died of pneumonia shortly thereafter (within a couple of weeks, I believe).


painting sheila - Jan 29, 2007 8:40 pm (#763 of 2990)

Interesting you all are discussing the Civil War. there have been a number of editorials in our paper about Lee lately. Some of both sides of the fence about his character and motivation.


Nathan Zimmermann - Jan 29, 2007 8:44 pm (#764 of 2990)

Yes, three weeks later as it turned out but, to me it demonstrates a certain degree of respect in a way it reminds of Phineas Nigellus Black's comment to Fudge about how he, Phineas disagrees with Dumbledore on many points but he cannot deny the man has style.


Mediwitch - Jan 29, 2007 8:50 pm (#765 of 2990)

Yes, Nathan, I absolutely agree with you. Nice relating to HP, too!

Interesting, sheila. My mom was just in VA visiting my brother (who moved there after I moved back north! ), and there were some news articles there, too.


painting sheila - Jan 29, 2007 8:52 pm (#766 of 2990)

(me showing my ignorance and the fact that it is late at night I can't pull anything up from the deep dark recesses of my memory right now)

Is it an anniversary of some sort for Lee?


Chemyst - Jan 29, 2007 9:01 pm (#767 of 2990)
Edited by Kip Carter Jan 30, 2007 2:50 am

January 19 would have been Lee's 200th birthday.

This is a curiously timely topic for the chat thread... Just before getting on the forum I'd been reading about how Lincoln's Gettysburg Address blended mid-19th century vocabulary with an older more formal style of oratory. One example used to illustrate its literary greatness was that in the opening line, ("Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation...") between the "four" of fourscore and the "for" of forth, the mind tends to fill in a poetic "fore" for forefathers, even though forefathers isn't actually used.
And for an HP link...  the words "hallow" and "hallowed" are used about half-way through the speech!


Nathan Zimmermann - Jan 29, 2007 9:16 pm (#768 of 2990)

Of all the Lee family homes the only one I have seen close up is Arlington.


Holly T. - Jan 29, 2007 9:38 pm (#769 of 2990)

Must recommend Garry Wills, Lincoln at Gettysburg, a whole book about the Gettysburg Address and 19th-century oratory, for those who are interested in such things. I have a whole shelf of Civil War books, and another shelf about the 1850s (including a book about 1857). For Antietam, see Stephen Sears, Landscape Turned Red. We went to a lot of battlefields over the summer, but not Antietam or Gettysburg. A couple of years ago we went to Pea Ridge and Wilson's Creek.

I like Grant. He was a terrible president (bad advisers) but a great general. Before the war he was in and out (usually in) debt, yet he freed the only slave he ever owned instead of selling him to pay off his debts. He freed him at the same courthouse where the Dred Scott case started. Tying this in with HP, it's a choice between what is right and what is easy.

Everyone else has gone to bed. Son very nicely asked me to finish gluing and taping things to his display board for his science project, which is due tomorrow. I agreed, since he'd done all the work and really all I need to do is attach it to the board. It looks awesome. We cut the top of the display board to look like the top of a castle wall and son made some banners to fly from the top. We have great pictures of his catapult, a graph of the results, and his report (which I typed while he dictated). The name of his project is "Have Fun Storming the Castle." We have a nice picture of my husband's bandaged hand.


Nathan Zimmermann - Jan 29, 2007 9:54 pm (#770 of 2990)

When I look at the Civil War period I tend to look at Generals who although well known in their day have largely been forgotten in the mists of time for example General Elon Farnsworth who after the disastrous charge on the Union center at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863 by the Confederate General Pickett, Brigadier General Farnsworth on the orders of his of his brigade commander the reckless Major General Judson Kilpatrick to change the strongest point in the Confederate line the right flank of General Longstreet's division. This charge resulted in the decimation General Farnsworth's brigade and the death of General Farnsworth himself. On the Confederate side Fitzhugh Lee General Lee's nephew is intriguing because he was one of two Confederate Generals assigned field command in the U.S. Army during Spanish American War of 1898. The other Civil War general assigned a field command was Joseph Wheeler. It is interesting how former enemies can come together for a cause much in the same way that Severus and Albus did throughout the series.


Thom Matheson - Jan 29, 2007 10:15 pm (#771 of 2990)

Like I said no one talks like that anymore. Don't forget when you are discussing inept, to not exclude McClellen. Nathan, Holly have you read the descriptions from Jeff and Michael Sharra. Also one I can recommend is "The South Was Right" by James Kennedy


Madam Pince - Jan 29, 2007 10:27 pm (#772 of 2990)

Or Pope. What was that quote about him... something along the lines of he was bragging about always being on the move, and saying "My headquarters are in the saddle," and someone snidely commented that that was about right; he didn't know his headquarters from his hindquarters.

Nathan, if you ever get a chance, Stratford Hall is worth a visit. Beautiful home! The last time I was at Arlington house, I was quite disappointed at the level of upkeep / maintenance there. It seemed a tremendous shame to me, given what a glorious house it had once been. Denise, your new home is fairly near Sully Plantation, which was the home of Richard Bland Lee, an uncle of Robert E. Lee. That house was one of my favorites to visit when I was a child -- my aunt and uncle used to take me there all the time since it was only a couple miles away.

Thom, I envy you tremendously having met Shelby Foote! That is the living person I would most like to have dinner with (you know -- when someone asks you that question...) He is so incredibly knowledgable, and yet, as you say, seems to be such a genuinely nice and down-to-earth person.

One of my top choices in that category for deceased persons would have to be Robert E. Lee. Given that, Sheila's post (...a number of editorials in our paper about Lee lately...some on both sides of the fence about his character and motivation...) has me flabbergasted. I cannot imagine anyone questioning his character. But hey, everyone's entitled, I suppose!

The Gettysburg Address has to be one of, if not the, most beautifully written pieces of American writing ever.

Nathan, I agree with you about the Johnson / Sherman story -- it is very touching. I also like the Richard Kirkland story, the "Angel of Marye's Heights" from Fredericksburg -- he risked his life to take water and comfort to the wounded on the enemy's side. Again, the theme of choices...

I'm in a sad mood this evening. I hadn't heard the news all day, and then tonight I heard that they finally had to euthanize the racehorse Barbaro today. What a shame -- he put up such a great fight against such tremendous odds. I am at least glad that he is not in any pain, and I hope he rests in peace. He was a remarkable animal. Hopefully the advancements in treatments which were developed and used on him will be useful in the future to help other injured animals. His doctors and his owners did a fantastic job with him -- I feel so badly for them tonight.

Hope everyone stays healthy and enjoys the RotD!


Thom Matheson - Jan 29, 2007 10:33 pm (#773 of 2990)

MP you are right about Barbaro. What a great story. I read one article that he was going along so well that he "would ninny at female horses and eat all his grain". Cute story, having him whistle at the chicks. Hellooooooo BAAAAAABY


Madam Pince - Jan 29, 2007 10:39 pm (#774 of 2990)

Yes, that was neat, Thom. We have been following his progress here via the Penn State Veterinary hospital's website -- they posted regular updates. When they said he was eyeing the mares, that really gave me some hope that he was going to recover. I think the fact that he stayed bright and cheery and had a good attitude was one of the reasons they kept treating him, long past the time when a horse would've normally been put down. Apparently today was the first time he started showing signs of distress and pain, and that helped them with the decision. The outlook had turned pretty grim over the last few days, but as long as his attitude was good, they were going to keep trying. Alas...

Sheila, I meant to say -- what a lovely daughter you have! Wow, just a beautiful family all around!

And Holly, I love the "Have Fun Storming the Castle!" We watched The Princess Bride last night -- it is one of our all-time favorites. ("Truly, your intellect is dizzying." "And I haven't even gotten started!")


Nathan Zimmermann - Jan 29, 2007 10:39 pm (#775 of 2990)

What I find intriguing is that prior to the civil war there were only five officers in the army of the United States who ranked higher than colonel: Winfield Scott, John Ellis Wool, David Emanuel Twiggs, William Selby Harney, and Joseph Eggelston Johnston. By the standards of armies today that number is minuscule and what is even more amazing is that each of them was worthy of the designation in that they possessed keen strategic and tactical abilities. Yet in sense these five generals especially possessed a keen sense of chivalry and fairplay and yet two of them were treated quite shamefully. I find it interesting that J.K. Rowling would incorporate qualities of a seemingly bygone age into a modern novel.

I was saddened to of Barbaro's passing he was fine young beast.

I find of all breeds of horses, Arabians are my favorites. I wish I could ride a horse although with my coordination it is unlikely I will ever be so fortunate. I also have a love for Mustangs. I find them graceful and elegant.


Thom Matheson - Jan 29, 2007 10:49 pm (#776 of 2990)

That was because there was only one army. When the secession started both sides had to realign their services, Navy included. It wasn't nearly as hard for the Union as they had Stanton as the linchpin. The South had to take orders from Jeff Davis. That all changed when Davis gave command of the Army of Virginia to Lee, and he in turn boosted Thomas Jackson.

Thank you all, but if I keep this up I'll be up all night. And to think that this line of conversation started with our favorite teachers.


Nathan Zimmermann - Jan 29, 2007 10:53 pm (#777 of 2990)

Thom, when I was doing my undergraduate work international studies part of my studies focused on the evolution and development of the armed forces of the United States from 1775 to 1950. I must say that of all the classwork I did I found the theoretical coursework and the courses dealing with international security issues, international law, human rights issues to be the most fascinating. The only element my degree program lacked were a psychological and anthropological component which disappointed me greatly.


Holly T. - Jan 29, 2007 11:09 pm (#778 of 2990)

I edit a lot of military history books and articles so I could go on and on, LOL, but I won't, lest we bore our European friends. ;-)

Madam Pince, we love the movie too and couldn't resist calling the project that. A shame they don't use a catapult in the movie.

Finished son's display board. Had to do some touch-ups and considered painting a white stripe down the back of our fuzzy black cat so she could be like the poor kitty in that Pepe LePew cartoon.

I'm off to bed.


Madam Pince - Jan 29, 2007 11:12 pm (#779 of 2990)

Ack, too late to edit, but I hate when I mis-quote something...

It's actually "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." "Wait 'til I get going!"

Anybody want a peanut?


Holly T. - Jan 29, 2007 11:17 pm (#780 of 2990)

When he was 3 my son used to yell at other kids on the playground: "Do you want to be unemployed in Greenland?" He also used to run around the house yelling "You kill my father! Repair to die!"

About the same time is when he liked to jump off the couch shouting "To infinity and Mulan!" I realize that's a different movie. Or two movies.

My son is a nut, I freely admit it. Just remembered I need to sign his progress report. He's making all A's but talks too much and isn't listening. There's a shock.


Nathan Zimmermann - Jan 29, 2007 11:45 pm (#781 of 2990)

I love the Princess Bride, Mulan, and Fiddler on the Roof. Your son sounds a lot like me when I was in school especially in history and drama classes in high school. Although, my drama classes were the most interesting because, I served as the make up dummy. by that I mean when ever a new production was begun I was used to test the whether the make up that was being considered for the actors and even some actresses was appropriate


Tazzygirl - Jan 29, 2007 11:54 pm (#782 of 2990)

**waves to Madam P** "My name is Indigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die."... "It's inconceivable!"... I could go on and on and on...

My brother and I once tried to put on a play about The Princess Bride. I had been recruited to play the Six Fingered Man. ... RUS (Rodents of Unusual Size)... *snort*

I also find the Civil War era fascinating. I would love to take a trip East to look at everything again, last time I was there I was about 8, and don't remember too much. I think we saw Gettysburg...



The giant squid - Jan 30, 2007 1:17 am (#783 of 2990)

They are always shocked to learn that English has undergone such a transformation.—Solitaire

Indeed. Heck, I've had to re-read passages in some of my Heinlein books in order to understand them, and that's just 50 years of American English to slog through.

On Chaucer: I haven't read "The Canterbury Tales", but I did like the movie A Knight's Tale. Does that count?



painting sheila - Jan 30, 2007 6:55 am (#784 of 2990)

Welcome Daimauwr! I am looking forward to hearing your views on HP.

We're glad you are here with us!


Edit: Thank you Madame Pince! They all look like their dad!


journeymom - Jan 30, 2007 10:30 am (#785 of 2990)


“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”


juliebug - Jan 30, 2007 11:28 am (#786 of 2990)

Hey House fans, there's a new one on tonight. Make your viewing/recording plans accordingly.


Lavandula - Jan 30, 2007 3:56 pm (#787 of 2990)

Hello everyone. It's another cold and snowy day today. School was called off AFTER I was dressed and ready, daughter was almost ready, and the youngest was getting into get in the shower. I stayed up, but the kids returned to bed. You have to love winter!!!

Well, I haven't replied about the teacher/cheating thing because I have spent almost each day waiting for a call or scheduling a conference. We did finally, on Sunday, get a call from the teacher stating that her AR (Accelerated Reader) grade would be returned to an 'A'. However, her total grade only moved up to a 'C'. I only last night was able to view the work which resulted in her grade. My daughter and the teacher obviously don't communicate very well. I actually wonder how much communication is going on in that class.

Solitaire-Thanks for your thoughts. I didn't take them negatively at all. I agree that cheating of any kind deserves punishment, but the kind communicated to the parents. That never took place. I don't know anything about the girl who was trying to get out of reading a book. I sure hope she never will try this again. My daughter definitely will not!!! She will also not try to win friendship by doing something dishonest.

Loved Chaucer and Cantebury Tales as well. I had a Great British Literature teacher in High School.

Healing charms to your family, Azi. It sounds like you are all on the road to recovery.

Painting Sheila- I too think you have the most beautiful children and take spectacular photos. I wish I was that good.

Off to make some dinner. Mr. L is out of town for a couple of days, so it is just the kids and I tonight...quick meal time. Smile

Have a Great ROTD!



Starling - Jan 30, 2007 4:06 pm (#788 of 2990)

Warning: random (long) post.

Many moons ago, there was a forum called "The Harry Potter Galleries Forums". It still exists, actually, although it doesn't have a lot of users left (sigh). On this forum there was someone who called herself Christina Faye. She was funny, frank, and very, very sweet. To our great dismay, she and her husband died in an accident in 2002.

This is one of the gems she left us, please credit Christina if you send it to somebody else:

The Basilisk Model: Percy Weasley’s Differential Theory of Armed Magical Resources Upon Encountering a Basilisk in the Area of Operations (AOO): i.e., Hogwarts:

Harry Potter: Kills basilisk.

Gilderoy Lockhart:  Runs away from basilisk in a blind panic, laughs, and writes best-selling book about basilisks.

Veela:  Couldn't find basilisk, so flies back home for rest and a manicure.

Improper Use of Magic Office:  Sends an owl post to the basilisk advising it on the proper rules of using petrification as it pertains to the basilisk and its defensive posture.

Rubeus Hagrid: Plays with basilisk.

Ron Weasley: Finds a way to effectively avoid basilisk.

Dementor: Subdues basilisk by making it think it's surrounded by crowing roosters.

Ludo Bagman: Dispatches unqualified wizards to kill basilisk, but the melee results in several petrifications and the displacement of several hundred wizard civilians. Mission is considered a success, and Bagman petitions Cornelius Fudge to award all participants the Order of Merlin, First Class.

Hermione Granger:  Studies basilisk. Prepares in-depth doctrinal thesis based on theories from an obscure book about how to defeat basilisks using obscure spells. Complains that Harry Potter and Ron Weasley don't understand how to properly conduct effective counter-basilisk techniques.

Hungarian Horntail:  Eats basilisk.

Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures:  Expends all available resources in failed attempt to kill basilisk. Basilisk bites wizard in charge and retreats to safety. Wizard in charge is revived and blames bad intelligence from Cornelius Fudge for mission failure.

Severus Snape:  Develops a potion that will turn basilisk into a hamster. Insists on testing potion on Trevor the toad before using it on basilisk.

Department of Magical Law Enforcement:  Engages basilisk with overabundance of deadly spells, thereby reducing surrounding structures to rubble. Wizard in charge then paints picture of basilisk on his broom handle.

Fawkes the Phoenix:  Wounds basilisk in first encounter, then works feverishly to save the lives of all wizards that were stupid enough to go near it.

Department of International Magical Cooperation:  Consults with international allies as to the location, species, and endangerability of the basilisk, prepares base of study, conducts prestaging and tactically convoys to location. Spends three days establishing a tactical signal environment, discerns location of basilisk, marks off basilisk's location to ensure that there's an obviously `endangered species' within the perimeter, sets up diplomatic discussion committee, and promptly gets into argument over whether basilisk should be used as a potential task in an upcoming Triwizard Tournament.

Neville Longbottom:  Follows basilisk and gets lost.

Lucius Malfoy:  Makes contact with basilisk, builds rapport, wins its heart and mind, and then trains it to kill other basilisks for fun.

Department of Magical Games and Sports:  Petitions Ministry of Magic to capture basilisk and determine its potential use in a daring new Quidditch play.

Rita Skeeter:  Locates basilisk without basilisk knowing. Studies basilisk and its movements. Writes article for The Daily Prophet about the basilisk's location and movements, and the ineptitude of various wizards to capture it. Basilisk discovers its location has been compromised and has a beetle for lunch.

Department of Mysteries:  Captures basilisk for study, implements a Located At Hogwarts (LAH) procedure and records basilisk in property book. Has Cornelius Fudge sign a hand receipt for `Basilisk, Green, One Each' as non-expendable department property.

Gringotts Goblins:  Petition Ministry of Magic to gain ownership of basilisk as a new security measure for bank vaults.

Falmouth Falcons Quidditch Team:  Captain sends out team to ensure basilisk does not get onto Quidditch pitch. One half of team gets lost in end zone, abandons task, and executes retrograde maneuver to nearest pub. Other half of team finds basilisk. Several members fly away screaming. One team member ensorcells basilisk and chases female team member with it, then falls on basilisk and breaks leg (team member's, not basilisk's). Team member gets lifetime suspension from Quidditch League. Basilisk escapes onto Quidditch pitch while remainder of team dies of thirst trying to find way to the pub.


Madam Pince - Jan 30, 2007 7:20 pm (#789 of 2990)

***is crying laughing...***

That is priceless! Thank you for sharing, Starling! And salutes to Christina Faye!

Welcome, Daimauwr! Kip Carter ***cough,cough,63, cough, cough*** will be particularly glad to welcome you here, I'm sure!


painting sheila - Jan 30, 2007 7:50 pm (#790 of 2990)

That was hilarious! Thanks for sharing.

Lavandula - I wish I could take credit for the photos. A professional photographer took them. He does a great job! I can take credit for the kids although they all look like their dad.

It has been a crazy weekend. I haven't had much time to post but just know I have missed you all and hope you have a good day-



Nathan Zimmermann - Jan 30, 2007 8:09 pm (#791 of 2990)

It is has been many years since I read that. I had forgotten that Christina Faye authored it. I was lurker on the Galleries forum back then. Christina had a great wit and she was quite impressive. When I started posting on that forum she was one of the role models whose example I have tried to follow.


Mediwitch - Jan 30, 2007 8:21 pm (#792 of 2990)

Mr. Mediwitch grew up very close to "Grant's Cottage" on Mt. MacGregor in NY state, the place where Grant wrote his memoirs and died. Mr. Mediwitch had a very cool summer job one year while he was in college. He got to work on rebuilding the cottage during a major renovation. It's a pretty neat place with amazing views, except now the grounds around the cottage are part of a prison, so you have to go through prison checkpoints to get to the cottage!

Hi juliebug! I just finished watching House! It was an interesting spin this week, don't you think? In white: I liked the parallel between House and Cameron both having to face their demons.

Starling, thanks for sharing that hilarious post!

Hey, we've got enough snow that the town is actually plowing tonight! I think it's only the second time I've heard that sound this winter. (Which is VERY unusual for us!)


kabloink! - Jan 30, 2007 9:14 pm (#793 of 2990)

That was a great post-just hilarious!

Wow, that was a lot to catch up on.

I hated History in high school, but took one history class in college, and fell so much in love with it that I now have a History degree. Unfortunately, as I changed universities two times, and the three different schools all had different general education requirements, I feel that I missed out on a whole lot of my specialization. My basic area in Tudor and Stuart Britain, with a bit of leeway in either direction. My dream is to eventually get into a high school and teach a program that combine British Literature and British History. That, however would require me to get a teaching certification, which would require me to find a decently-paying job with benefits so that my husband can go back to school and get his degree. To do this with just a Bachelor of Arts and fast food experience in the state of Michigan? Impossible, I am finding. Forgive me, I am feeling a bit disillusioned right now.

Off to bed, perhaps I will wake in better spirits.


Thom Matheson - Jan 30, 2007 9:20 pm (#794 of 2990)

Hang in there Kabloink, it's the snow up there. For those that don't know we are 40 miles apart and she has a foot or so, and I have 1/2 inch. Amazing. But, our tough time are about over. The cycle will change this year, I promise. Smiles, jokes and general charms to you and yours. Remember that Tiger baseball starts in 3 weeks!!!!


journeymom - Jan 30, 2007 9:37 pm (#795 of 2990)

Starling, LOLOLOLOL! Oh my, I needed a good laugh. Thanks for sharing that. Christina Faye was a funny person.


Hungarian Horntail11 - Jan 30, 2007 10:57 pm (#796 of 2990)

Sheila, oldest daughter is beautiful! What a lovely family!

Lol at the comment "they all look like their father" as my children all resemble their dad.

Thanks for sharing that very entertaining piece, Starling and it is nice that you remember her in such a way.

May I offer you a cough drop, Madam Pince??

I'm off to find our copy of The Princess Bride for tomorrow night.



Solitaire - Jan 30, 2007 11:21 pm (#797 of 2990)

Thanks for sharing, Starling. I'm still giggling! I wonder ... do you suppose Trelawney would read the Basilisk's tea leaves and warn it to avoid birds with crimson and golden plumage? I suppose McGonagall would give it a biscuit and tell it to stop scaring the students. I wonder how Dumbledore would handle it ...

Madam Pince, back in the mid-90s, my dad's hunting buddy gave him Molly B, a Tennessee Walking horse. Through his friend, my dad had made several other close friends in what I call "the horsey crowd" -- team penners, barrel racers, and some people from an organization that does equine therapy. One year he went to the big Mule Days celebration in Bishop and became fascinated with gaited mules. In about 2000--and again a few years later--he used Molly to breed two gaited mules, Cricket and Zack. They were his pride and joy. He had so much fun training them ... until his breathing difficulties made it too difficult for him to work with them. Both mules are now in the mountains with a close friend of Dad's who has given them a lovely home and lots of love. Sadly, we had to put Molly down in October. Even though Mom never rode her, she loved having Molly around because Dad had enjoyed her so much.



painting sheila - Jan 31, 2007 6:46 am (#798 of 2990)

Kabloink! - Hang in there. I am sure there is something wonderful lurking just around the corner! I think you sound like a great teacher.

Madame Pince - I am sad about Barbaro. Our family had been watching his progress and had such high hopes. I feel so badly for his owners/family. I know they are heartbroken.

Princess Bride - LOVE IT!! (As you wish. . . )


kaykay1970   - Jan 31, 2007 1:10 pm (#799 of 2990)

School has been called off for the next two days due to an impending snow storm and the percent of absences due to flu. I guess I need to go to the grocery store! I don't have lunches planned to feed 4 extra people!


painting sheila - Jan 31, 2007 1:12 pm (#800 of 2990)

Gosh! I hope you all don't get the flu. I just took 3 of them in today to get the flu shot. Our pediatrician said it wasn't too late since the flu season runs through March.

Good luck!! Gets lots of Airbourne at the store. That stuff works-


Edit_ Just wanted to comment on how nice a quiet our house is right now. I turned the TV off around 12:00 and Littlest Guy is playing like an angel! wOOt!! It's a miracle!


Holly T. - Jan 31, 2007 1:34 pm (#801 of 2990)

I just about hyperventilated when I listened to my voicemail and the school counselor called. I was envisioning son in her office, having acted at school like he does at home. Whew, she was just calling to set up a 504 meeting next week. Funny thing is when I called my husband to see what day worked best for him for the meeting I had to leave a message on his voicemail and I quickly explained that she hadn't called about anything bad.

Happy RotD!


Mediwitch - Jan 31, 2007 6:46 pm (#802 of 2990)

LOL, Holly! When we call the parents of the students in my autism program, we start right off with "Hi, it's Mediwitch (ha ha). Joey (for example) is fine." Then we can talk about whatever we called for.

Very quiet on chat since I was on last night - only 9 new posts! Where did everyone go? *watches tumbleweed roll by*Tumbleweed


painting sheila - Jan 31, 2007 7:35 pm (#803 of 2990)

I know Mediwitch - Where is everyone?

Not much going on here. I spent the day re arranging furniture. The front room looks fabulous! but I have piles and piles of books and things that have nowhere to go now. (sigh) My neighbor came over and helped with the front room and the foyer - but still no place to put the rest of the stuff. I need a bigger house!

We are anxiously watching the weather in hopes that the snow they say is coming really comes! I have nose prints on my windows from every one looking to see the first flake! HA!


kaykay1970   - Jan 31, 2007 8:53 pm (#804 of 2990)

Thanks Sheila!

We've been peeking out the window all evening too! I haven't seen so much as a single flake yet.


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 31, 2007 8:54 pm (#805 of 2990)

Just popping in to say hey to everyone and let y'all know I haven't forgotten about you! It's just been a really crazy past 2 weeks, and I had to go to French Convention this past weekend-which BTW was extremely boring- so I didn't have time to catch up on posts (and sleep!) I've soooo much homework. **pulls hair out** So I'm running on veryy little sleep this week, and I have a math test tomorrow **groans** and my friends birthday is Friday so I get to make a fun-fetti cake tomorrow night. YAY! Hopefully I can catch up on posts this weekend.

It's been realllyyyy cold here with buckets of rain (almost 6-inches for January!) But unfortunately, no snow. Everytime it rains, it's at least 35F outside, and stops raining just in time for the temps to drop down below freezing. Highs have been around 45-50F, which is pretty cold for here. I can't wait till summer, and warmth!

**is glad she got her flu shot this year** But this up and down weather is not so good for my sinus's. My ears hurt and when I wake up every morning my throat feels all scratchy.

Have a great RotW!


painting sheila - Jan 31, 2007 9:29 pm (#806 of 2990)

wOOt!!! The just closed school for tomorrow!!! YEAH!! I have slave labor all day long - mmmwwwaaahahahahahaha!

No snow or ice yet but the news keeps saying it's comin'. (Did I say "wOOt!!" yet?)

I think I hurt my back today by moving all the furniture around. I have been working at finding new homes for everything that I don't want in the front room and foyer and I can feel my back tightening up. Yikes!

Edit - Potty 5 Words has been dead - somebody go post!! (please)

Edit #2 - I am starting to get a complex! Where is everyone?


Eponine - Jan 31, 2007 10:06 pm (#807 of 2990)

Sheila, are you getting ready for the snow/ice? I've been peeking out the window every few minutes since I got home tonight. Still nothing yet.

We were fairly empty at work tonight. I guess nobody wants to go to the library when it's threatening to snow. There were a lot of people coming in to check out DVDs though.

I'm procrastinating. I should be reading journal articles and doing research for a paper. I shouldn't be on here. Yeah, I'm really doing well here.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


painting sheila - Jan 31, 2007 10:12 pm (#808 of 2990)

I am ready!! I have a frig full and wood for a fire in case we lose power. They are really building it up - so that may jinx us and cause us to get nothing.

I have two new movies to watch - Akeelah and the Bee and The Lake House. I have heard great things about Akeelah but I can't remember about the Lake house.

Are you ready, Eponine? What paper are you working on? Maybe you can have a whole day of just staying in the house to buckle down.


Madam Pince - Jan 31, 2007 10:14 pm (#809 of 2990)

I've had a pounding headache all day, so that's why I haven't been here, Sheila! I swear I get them whenever a weather front is coming in and the barometric pressure is changing -- it's almost a guarantee. Hopefully we'll have some snow tomorrow too, although I fear here it might be more like slush/ice, which is no fun at all.

Thank you for the cough drop, Maria!

I would think a library would be a lovely place to go right before a snowstorm! Can't rely on DVDs, because what if the snow is wet and heavy and snaps the power lines? Stock up on books and Swiss Miss -- that's the ticket!

***Sends Denise more unpacking charms, and some Getting-Utilities-Sorted charms, too, for good measure...***

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


painting sheila - Jan 31, 2007 10:17 pm (#810 of 2990)

Sounds like you need to go to bed Madam Pince.

A nice cool cloth across your eyes and about 10 hours of sleep and you'll be right as rain!

Hope you feel better on the morrow.



Eponine - Jan 31, 2007 10:18 pm (#811 of 2990)

I guess we're ready. I sent Mr. Eponine to buy milk today. We've got plenty of movies if we get bored.

I'm working on a paper on RFIDs in libraries. Unless the library closes tomorrow then I won't be able to spend the whole day on my paper. I'm supposed to have a class tomorrow evening, but I don't know if it will meet or not. It's strange because the class is televised live to two different satellite locations, and the people in the other places watch on TV and ask questions.


painting sheila - Jan 31, 2007 10:20 pm (#812 of 2990)

Wow! Too bad you can't pick up the satellite feed at home. A whole new meaning to Home Schooled.

I have milk and all the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies. We're good.

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!


Tazzygirl - Jan 31, 2007 10:34 pm (#813 of 2990)

Eponine: I'm procrastinating. I should be reading journal articles and doing research for a paper. I shouldn't be on here. Yeah, I'm really doing well here.

Hence the reason why I am here. sigh. I have to create a powerpoint on a lesson we did in groups last week, read an article and write a reflection on it, and then type up the final draft of a problem for Math. I sooooo don't want to do it!

**Snow charms to Eponine and Sheila** Send some here, if you get to much!!

The Lake House is an AWESOME chick flick. I loved it. Didn't understand why Sandra Bullock was melancholy throughout the movie though...



Viola Intonada - Jan 31, 2007 10:41 pm (#814 of 2990)

I'm jealous of everyone who has gotten snow days this year. I love snow days, but alas our Superintendant doesn't believe in them. I guess he made a comment this week that he will close school only when the post office closes.

I did have fun playing in the snow yesterday with my kids. We still haven't gone sledding or made a snowman yet this year.
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The giant squid - Feb 1, 2007 1:50 am (#815 of 2990)

Where is everyone?--Painting Sheila

Well, I had to take a night off from the Forums because I had to get up insanely early this morning for a work-related bit of nonsense. Tomorrow's back to normal, though, so I'm back to my after-midnight posting habits.

Ginny & Tori: my condolences... While we were at dinner tonight I noticed that the LSU basketball team lost their game today. I immediately thought of you two.

I'm afraid I have no reviews of Akeelah or Lake House--never got a chance to watch either of them. I did get to see Epic Movie...unfortunately.



Chemyst - Feb 1, 2007 5:29 am (#816 of 2990)

Wow! Too bad you can't pick up the satellite feed at home. A whole new meaning to Home Schooled. – She

That service has been available for some time now from K4 (kindergarten for 4 year-olds) through secondary schooling.


Good Evans - Feb 1, 2007 5:50 am (#817 of 2990)


I read the first 50 posts and then skipped to the last page I missed all the history and English Lit discussion (I did both to "A" level) and am a complete History nut - Napoleon being my favourite ever historical figure. Chaucer and Scott-fitzgerald - yep I remember them well, can't say I have picked them up since, but all the same the stories are ingrained on the brain!

Holly T - I was so surprised that good friday is a school day for you. It is a religious holiday for us.

Azi - glad that you and your Mum are on the mend.

thanks for the good travelling wishes, but only went to London and back. I stayed in the most bizarre hotel - everything was white!! Having said that at least you knew it was clean. Ah well that was the ambassadors in bloomsbury, if you ever stay there you will know what I mean.

waving madly to HH !!!

have a great day



septentrion - Feb 1, 2007 5:54 am (#818 of 2990)

Jo's updated her website: HD will be released on July 21st!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Marie E. - Feb 1, 2007 6:01 am (#819 of 2990)

I didn't get to the forum yesterday and completely forgot to pop in and wish my brother a happy birthday. So...Happy Birthday, Mike!!! I

My oldest was in trouble so much when she was a second grader that, when the office had to call because Lexi was sick, they began the call with "it's not Shayla". And speaking of my children going to the office, we heard a funny story from Lexi last Friday. She was telling Shayla and a friend about how she had to go the office Friday morning because she threw a piece of ice right before the bell rang. Apparently an older girl ("big like a fifth grader") told her to throw the ice and when Lexi refused the girl kept harassing her until she did it. Of course Lexi got busted and the girl took off. The asst. principal was writing up a referral (a form recording the incident) when the whole story came out. Mrs. C was very concerned that an older child was bothering the younger kids, especially since grades 3-5 line up on a completely different part of the playground. Mrs. C ripped up the referral and gave me a call. Poor Lexi. She had trouble with bullies last year too.

We're supposed to have record low wind chills tomorrow. I am sooo not looking forward to it. I'm tired of winter already.

Edit: Oh my gosh! I just read the post above me!  Chat & Greetings 2007 266347159


Thom Matheson - Feb 1, 2007 6:23 am (#820 of 2990)

Just saw it on fox news 7-21-07


Laura W - Feb 1, 2007 6:30 am (#821 of 2990)

Just heard it on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) radio - the local morning show.

Edited to Add -

The newsreader called it Deathly Hollows (or so it sounded to me). Arrgh!!!



Mrs. Sirius - Feb 1, 2007 6:30 am (#822 of 2990)

I am so happy I could cry. I will be in New York City until Monday without computer access!!!ughhh I will miss all the discussions. Happy chatting.


Loopy Lupin - Feb 1, 2007 7:13 am (#823 of 2990)

Where is everyone?--Painting Sheila

Hmmmm. Maybe there was a prayer circle or hug-fest that didn't get advertised well enough?

Too bad for Barbaro. It's amazing horses, as a species, can walk around on those legs, much less run.


kaykay1970   - Feb 1, 2007 7:34 am (#824 of 2990)

WooHoo! What a great surprise!

I was really disappointed that our "snow storm" only produced a very light dusting. But I think I feel a bit better now!

Happy Birthday Mike!!!


Snuffles - Feb 1, 2007 7:42 am (#825 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Mike.


John Bumbledore - Feb 1, 2007 8:10 am (#826 of 2990)

I just received an e-mail from harrypotterbooks@bloomsbury.com:

   'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' by J. K. Rowling will be published around the world in the English language on Saturday, 21st July 2007

I received the email just 4 minutes ago and immediately thought it was some spam but examined it to be sure. Surprise!

Of course someone always beats me to the post here.

Watching snow fall while at work... check that it has stopped! light dusting on the grass in RTP area.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


painting sheila - Feb 1, 2007 8:12 am (#827 of 2990)

Happ Birthday Mike!! I hope you have/had a nice one!

YEAH!! JUst got a email notice that the book will be released July 21, 2007. HOORAY!!!

It is still snowing here. The boys are outside playing in it. The girls are inside watching it. I just glad I am not driving in it.


Madam Pince - Feb 1, 2007 8:28 am (#828 of 2990)

Belated Happy Birthday, Giant Squid Mike! Hope you had a great day!

I just turned on the news to see what sort of snowfall our more southern Forumers had, (looks like slush so far... yuck... too bad), and I saw the big news! DH July 21st -- woo-hoo!!! Bloomsbury said it's the 10th anniversary of the publication of the first HP book, so I guess that explains it. Here we are speculating about 07/07/07 just because that'd be neat, and 07/31 because of Harry's & Jo's birthday, and we never thought of a publication anniversary!

Wow, what a week (plus a day) that's going to be -- the movie on the 13th and the book on the 21st!


Eponine - Feb 1, 2007 8:31 am (#829 of 2990)

Sheila, it's stopped snowing here. Mr. Eponine and I went for a walk in the snow, and then I tricked him into coming back outside so I could hit him with a snowball. And on the plus side, my class for tonight was canceled.

I still have to go to work, though.

I can't believe we're going to be getting the book so soon! I'm very very excited about this. Although, I do wish the movie and the book weren't being released so closely. I want to make it last.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Catherine - Feb 1, 2007 9:16 am (#830 of 2990)

Phooey. It snowed hard here from 8:45 to 10:30, and now it's just raining.

But then I saw that a release date for Deathly Hallows has been set.

**back to lurkdom**


Gina R Snape - Feb 1, 2007 9:33 am (#831 of 2990)

Wow, the book is coming out a week after the OOTP film release. July is gonna be one BIZ-eeee HP month.

I'm feeling a little ambivalent. Excited to get the book, sad that it harkens the end of the series.


journeymom - Feb 1, 2007 9:43 am (#832 of 2990)

   >>>>>*YAY!*<<<<<<<     **Does a little dance**

Though I  agreed to Gina's second line.


Holly T. - Feb 1, 2007 10:28 am (#833 of 2990)

I already pre-ordered two copies on Amazon. :-)

Although count me in with those feeling a little sad, too. It will be over! And we won't be able to say "well, maybe something will happen to so-and-so in the next book."

Oh no! I just checked my daughter's summer schedule and she's going to be out of town with the youth group's mission trip until the 22nd. She is not going to be happy.


Viola Intonada - Feb 1, 2007 10:42 am (#834 of 2990)

A belated Happy Birthday to Mike!

Glad to hear the announcement of book 7. Now we can plan our summer around it!


Choices - Feb 1, 2007 10:55 am (#835 of 2990)

J.K. Rowling has just announced the date! "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will be released on July 21, 2007.

That's the notice I got from Amazon.com this morning. Yay!!!! July 21.


Holly T. - Feb 1, 2007 11:13 am (#836 of 2990)

Happy birthday to Mike!

My daughter left for Girl Scout camp the day after OotP came out. She had just finished second grade, so she couldn't read the whole thing in a day. She read it Saturday until bedtime, then I read it for a while. Took her to camp the next day, she read the entire way there, I had to pry the book out of her hands and tell her she was there to camp, not read, and went home and finished reading the book. Picked her up a few days later and the first words out of her mouth were "Hi Mom, where's my book?" Then she read all the way home and finished it the next day. So now we order two copies, especially since we are both re-readers.

Oh, exciting news--my son's catapult science project did well at the school fair and is advancing to regionals! Daughter is jealous--her project hasn't advanced since she was in kindergarten--she always gets a good grade but they only pick a few to go on.


azi - Feb 1, 2007 1:10 pm (#837 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Mike!

I haven't managed to get excited about the release date yet. Maybe when it's closer to the date. Were any of the bookstores offering pre-orders right about the dates?

Quite a good day today, got some module results - 70% and 73%. On the 73% module, my group got a whopping 95% for our group report, but I didn't do so well on the exam or my individual report - both in the 60's. Ah well.

I'm sleepy, might go snooze.


Laura W - Feb 1, 2007 1:26 pm (#838 of 2990)

Happy birthday, Mike... eh. (grin)



Tazzygirl - Feb 1, 2007 2:04 pm (#839 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Mike! Have a great day!

The book has a release date! w00t!!! **joins in the dancing**

I just asked my class if anyone wants to go with me on the day, but NO ONE is a Harry Potter fan!! What's up with THAT????

Have a great RotD/N everyone!



Denise P. - Feb 1, 2007 2:19 pm (#840 of 2990)

We are now in week 2 of no cable, phone or internet. I was told they will be here tomorrow for the cable and internet, Saturday for the phone. Since I have heard this before, I am not holding my breath. If it is not done, then we are returning everything and looking at other options.

Yay on July 21st, I know where I will be at midnight!

Weather is supposed to get nasty right when Mr. Denise has to head into downtown Washington DC for a meeting this evening. I am just hoping school is not closed tomorrow.



Detail Seeker - Feb 1, 2007 2:23 pm (#841 of 2990)

Happy birthday, Mike !

So, Deathly Hallows is released during Sectus! A nice present, but it might become a Danaer´s gift, as it might change the conference. Imagine hundreds of die-hard Potties sitting in a Harry potter Conference, having the book, having spent the night reading and not talking about it, but hearing or giving presentations based on an information age obsolete by then. Interesting athmosphere.

But at least, this will be my first release party.

Kristina, I think, you see your task by now, don´t you ?


Hungarian Horntail11 - Feb 1, 2007 2:31 pm (#842 of 2990)

Happy Birthday, Mike!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 1, 2007 2:39 pm (#843 of 2990)

Yay on July 21st, I know where I will be at midnight! -- Denise

Weather is supposed to get nasty right when Mr. Denise has to head into downtown Washington DC for a meeting this evening. I am just hoping school is not closed tomorrow. – Denise

Jeez!!!! In my effort to effect a little snarkiness earlier, I completely skimmed over the other posts and didn't catch the release date. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Denise exactly where will you be on July 21st? The Barnes & Noble at Tysons will be a madhouse beyond madhomes. Email me and I'll suggest a different one near me that won't be as bad. We could stand in line together if you like. (I promise no hugging.) Also, I'm hearing now that the snow will start tomorrow. As far as school, I don't know how it was for you before, but, in my opinion, the schools around here are pretty quick to pull the closing trigger. They have even announced closings ahead of time and gotten burned when it didn't snow.

I'm all-a-dither.


geauxtigers - Feb 1, 2007 3:07 pm (#844 of 2990)

Skimmed the posts mostly! Happy Birthday Mike!

I can't wait until summer! We just got word that our friends from France will be able to come this summer. Long story short, one of them got into a bad accident crossing the street and had all sorts of surgery on her brain and such and they were all supposed to come visit last summer, but no one wanted to leave her behind, so he doctors have given her the O.K. to travel! I'm thrilled because now if they come, my mom said obviously we aren't going to go! So as sad as it is not going to France, I'm a bit relieved! I was fretting about the release of DH and fearing it would be during our trip. I'd have been in england so fast! LOL and it would've been during our trip so. !!!!!!!

I'm just so excited! I can't wait for summer!!!!!!!!! Thank you Jo for giving us the date!

And comprehension just dawned, I just checked my e-mail at school earlier and didn't feel like reading the e-mail from B&N about being able to pre-order! (thought it was junk, not the first of these I've gotten either so) If I'd have read it... LOL Now I know so, I guess I'll go read that now!

Well couldn't help popping in today. Been a busy week, haven't posted hardly anything all week. Math test tomorrow, gotta jet!


Tazzygirl - Feb 1, 2007 3:16 pm (#845 of 2990)

Detail Seeker: Kristina, I think, you see your task by now, don´t you?

It dawned on me the moment I didn't get a response, and then really hit me when two peoples said they hadn't even seen the movies yet. **starts thinking of a plan of attack** I have a couple months to recruit. Wish me luck!

The day, incidentally, is a Saturday. No reason not to go to the midnight release!!!



Denise P. - Feb 1, 2007 3:17 pm (#846 of 2990)

NOW who is all a dither?? A quasi date sans hugs with Loopy is in the works...

There is a Books a Million in Sterling, right near the Cascades Parkway that I was eyeing mainly since I know where it is. We can work out details later so I can break the news to Mr. Denise that I plan to meet Another Man™️


Lina - Feb 1, 2007 3:18 pm (#847 of 2990)

Happy birthday Mike!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 1, 2007 3:49 pm (#848 of 2990)

There is a Books a Million in Sterling, right near the Cascades Parkway that I was eyeing mainly since I know where it is.—Denise

LOL. Yes, we'll have to work on those details. The place I have in mind is in Falls Church near me. Don't wanna have you (nor me) driving all over creation on what will be a busy Friday. Couldn't tell you what the Books a Million procedure would be either. B&N was extremely orderly for HBP.


Twinkling Blue Eyes - Feb 1, 2007 3:56 pm (#849 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Mike!


boop - Feb 1, 2007 4:15 pm (#850 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Mike!!!

Yay for the book date.

hugs always

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Catherine - Feb 1, 2007 4:35 pm (#851 of 2990)

Happy Belated Birthday to our favorite Squid! Mike, Hope you have a great year.

NOW who is all a dither?? A quasi date sans hugs with Loopy is in the works...—Denise

I can attest that I would be all a dither with such a date! Mr. Catherine swears that I adore Loopy's humor almost too much, and will have a laugh when I show him this post!

My students were hyper because of the unexpected snow this morning, and when I saw that JKR had updated her site, AND that Yahoo news was reporting the release date, I gasped aloud.

Students were worried--apparently, I was Verklempt and bug-eyed at the screen. When they realized, "Oh, yeah, the last HP book is coming out, WHATEVER!"

Turns out that all my real HP fans were out with Strep throat this morning, so I had no one to dance with in person.

So, I am movin' and groovin' in front of the screen just now to announce my happiness.

PS: I'm still aggravated we got no "real" snow.

EDITED: I added "real" to make my post accurate.


timrew - Feb 1, 2007 5:17 pm (#852 of 2990)

Happy Birthday, Mike! I was so late getting on here, I almost missed it...........


dizzy lizzy - Feb 1, 2007 5:27 pm (#853 of 2990)

Happy birthday Mike! Well I guess I had better scribble out Saturday on the 21st July then! Pretty happy to see when we are going to get the book, but very sad that the ride is almost over. Seems to be a common theme amongst us all.

We got some rain last night (9mm or 1/2 inch) not much, but enough to give the brown front lawn a bit of a lift. I'm at work at the moment, couldn't resist logging on after hearing the news. We've a few missing electronic files at work, so in amongst searching for the files (who are hiding very well) I'm catching up with you guys!!

Have a wonderful weekend all!!



Julie Aronson - Feb 1, 2007 5:55 pm (#854 of 2990)

Happy birthday Mike!

My book is pre-ordered and I have arranged for my cone of silence.


Herm oh ninny - Feb 1, 2007 6:37 pm (#855 of 2990)

Hi all!

I was having a bad day today. My student teaching is not going as well as I hoped. My class (according to my cooperating teacher) is the most difficult class she's had in 30 years!! Half of them are very advanced and catch on to everything right away. The other half are behind and I swear that they don't retain anything I say. I'm teaching lessons and they look at me as though I have lobsters crawling out of my ears!!! I had gone to the lunch room, and I was feeling like a horrible teacher, when my sister sent me a text message saying that Jo had released the DH date. Well, let me tell you how quickly my mood changed. I actually yelled "Oh My God! YES!" in the middle of the staff room!! You can only imagine the looks I got! LOL! Thanks Jo for totally turning my day around!!


Ydnam96 - Feb 1, 2007 7:03 pm (#856 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Mike!

Herm oh ninny: definitely laughed at the mental picture of you with lobsters crawling out of your ears.

Lizzy, I'm glad to hear you all got some rain. Hopefully there is more to come. Good luck finding those files.

Things have been crazy busy for me...what's new? We're all crazy busy.

Yay for the book release date. Boo for there being no more HP books. Such mixed feelings.


Edit: Gina, I love your avatar.


virginiaelizabeth - Feb 1, 2007 7:09 pm (#857 of 2990)

**joins in the dancing**

Now back to Grey's!! (and homework)


painting sheila - Feb 1, 2007 7:14 pm (#858 of 2990)

I am still so excited!! about the book date. I agree with everyone though on it being bitter sweet. (sigh) Can I have my cake and eat it too?

Speaking of eating cake - I had my cholesterol tested a few days ago and got the results back today. Not good - 242!! Yikes!!

I am off to search the web for help


Edit - Welcome LunaLovegood4perfect!! I look forward to reading your views!! Get posting!



DJ Evans - Feb 1, 2007 7:43 pm (#859 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Mike/Squid... May your birthday be as special as you are. And be sure to blow out all of your candles, so all of your wishes will come true!

Later, Deb


Lavandula - Feb 1, 2007 7:48 pm (#860 of 2990)

**Also Dancing Up and Down Wildly**

I would never had guessed 7/21 as the day, but at least it is a Saturday!!!!My daughter and I will be at Border's to pick up our books. Mr. L is telling me that he can't get the web site to preorder...must be bogged down with every HP fan in the country preordering tonight as well. He got the email at work and called me right away. We will try again tommorow.

Mediwitch- I didn't remember that you worked with Autistic children. My son has Asperger's. It took us 3 years to finally convince the school district to get him an IEP since he was not struggling academically. I feel like the only person in the whole district who knows anything about these kids, and I'm a novice.

Today was the first day since we returned to school from the holidays that 100% of our class was present. Finally the cold weather and a snow day are helping to rid the kids of this flu and strep going around.


Herm oh ninny - Feb 1, 2007 8:11 pm (#861 of 2990)

I can't believe I forgot!(too late to edit!)

Happy Birthday Squid Mike!!! (...does that mean it's Dumbledore's birthday too? )


Finn BV - Feb 1, 2007 8:37 pm (#862 of 2990)

Happy Birthday Squid Mike, and hello everybody!! (Ugh, Mike, Epic Movie? Glad we share our thoughts on this one, even though it was just from the trailer for me… I'm upset that satire doesn't extend into copyright laws. )

Rather exciting news this morning! I walked into school and a friend of mine said nonchalantly, "Book 7 has a release date," but I didn't believe him, because he had a played a prank on me the other day. He insisted he was serious, but I wouldn't check until I was out of his sight, and then I did, and there it was!!

Hoping to visit around, but school has been deathly hallows busy!


virginiaelizabeth - Feb 1, 2007 9:35 pm (#863 of 2990)

Ohhh I forgot to wish Squid Mike a Happy Birthday!!

I can't wait until I can sleep late on saturday. Almost there! School has been waayy more busy this semester. The good news is that it's only 2 weeks till Mardi Gras Break!!! w00t! Can't come fast enough.

**wishes for snow** I certainly feels cold enough to snow here but the thermometers say differently. If the clouds aren't planning on dumping some snow on us, then they need to leave! LOL I'm tired of the rain! It's getting a bit ridiculous! Not to mention I'm sick of getting "flood statements" flashing up on my Weather Bug to tell me that the Mississippi River may over flow. I don't even live near it!

Off to check threads. I'm scared to check 5-Words. Maybe I'll leave it until the weekend! Have a great RotD/N to everyone!


Mediwitch - Feb 1, 2007 9:41 pm (#864 of 2990)

Happy Birthday 11 Squid Mike!

I'm so excited about the release date, but I am a bit sad too. I couldn't wait to get here tonight, and it seems like there was a conspiracy to prevent it! Ah well, I finally made it!

Lavendula (Cathy), I have one student in particular who is quite bright academically - he was reading at about 3 years old - but who still gets services for social/pragmatics and oral expressive language (his sentences are quite agrammatical - he gets the content but completely out of whack!). I have other students who are not so gifted academically as well.


Madam Pince - Feb 1, 2007 10:44 pm (#865 of 2990)

Holly, yay on your son's science project! Give him high-fives from me! Excellent job! I feel for your daughter, though!

Speaking of high-fives, I am all a-twitter -- Virginia has won yet again! This is getting ridiculous; I can't remember when they last won three ACC games in a row. Maybe it's even more than that -- they are really on a roll! Tonight it was Duke by two points in overtime -- suh-weet! I can't believe that it wasn't on any of our TV channels and I missed it. (I did get to see Dan Radcliffe on HBO's Extras -- he was pretty funny!)

Big (((hugs))) to Loopy -- I will keep you in my prayers tonight in the hopes that you'll recover from your bout with snarkiness...

Anyone else get the e-mail from Borders Books announcing that you can now reserve your copy of DH? Mine came with an offer that if I reserve starting Feb. 3rd ("for a limited time only"), I can get my choice of one of two free stickers -- one says "Snape is a very bad man" and the other one says "Trust Snape." I want one! No, actually, I want both of them!


Ponine - Feb 1, 2007 10:51 pm (#866 of 2990)

Hey everyone! I just heard the news, and had to check in... I'm totally with you, Mediwitch - I'm actually really, really sad that book seven is coming out already... Is that wrong? I mean... It will all be over... On another sad note, grad school is still quite the challenge, but I have found time to convert a few on my way (hee hee - one day we will rule the world) (yay)

Pondering Ponine...

*waves to Finn* How's life?


Tazzygirl - Feb 2, 2007 12:03 am (#867 of 2990)

**strengthening charms** to you Herm oh ninny! Hope the class gets better! (I was a little stressed in the beginning of this semester, because the kids were doing the same as what your kids are doing. Then one day they just 'clicked' in with me, and we've been having a grand old time!)

Ginny- Five Words has been suuuuper slow this week. I've been peeking in, but haven't been posting (too much homework to fully concentrate).

I'd preorder my book, but I am not sure where I will be July 21st- here or in California. If I am in California, I am sooo dragging my friends with me to the opening night- they aren't Potter fans, but it's an excuse to go out! LOL



The giant squid - Feb 2, 2007 12:25 am (#868 of 2990)

Thanks for the good wishes, everyone. I actually celebrated last Sunday and just spent Wednesday night watching TV and relaxing. So far none of my wishes have come true; in fact, I have to get up early tomorrow morning because the one movie we're booked for this week isn't showing up until the last minute! And, of course, Friday is supposed to be my day off...

I saw the news about the release date on IMDb, of all places, but refused to take it seriously until I came here. That's very cool, but my July will be very busy--the movie on the 13th, the book on the 21st, and possibly the San Diego ComicCon the following weekend. If nothing else DH will give the wife something to read while I'm wandering the exhibit hall.



jose043 - Feb 2, 2007 12:54 am (#869 of 2990)

Hi All,

Happy belated birthday to Squid Mike.

We are very very happy here in Perth as we get the film on the 12th July, and we are not taking the grandchildren until after we have seen it in Gold Class. Anne has already placed her order for 5 copies of the book, with one of the local suppliers she deals with through her work, she is getting the copies for family and friends.

Denise P. we hope you have settled into your new house.

Healing charms to all that need them and we are going through another few days of extreme heat of over 39c, where is the snow please send some to cool us down LoL.

Josephine and Anne Little Werewolves of London The moon made me do it


dizzy lizzy - Feb 2, 2007 2:13 am (#870 of 2990)

I've set the week following DH's release as my moving weekend. It is looking more and more certain I will be trekking from one end of the country to the other with three dogs in tow!!!

More info as it comes to hand, but gee I'm looking forward to it!!!! (as to whether I'm looking forward to the move or the book is debatable...)



Marie E. - Feb 2, 2007 6:08 am (#871 of 2990)

I told Mr. E about the All-Harry-July coming up and he said, "So, I suppose that means we're not taking any vacations in July." Then he asked what I was going to do if his 20th high school reunion happens to be in July. Of course I told him that I'd see him off at the airport and I'm sure he'll have a great time. Lol.

I agree with everyone else who mentioned feeling sad at the thought of no more books. We also know, though, that not all of our questions will be answered and we'll still have loads to debate about.

I went to a midnight release party at Borders for HBP. I have promised the girls that since it is the last one, that they can come with me, though I will probably regret bringing Lexi. Last time I came in third place in a trivia contest. It would be nice if I won next time or at least came in second. Heehee.


haymoni - Feb 2, 2007 6:40 am (#872 of 2990)

Happy B-day, Mike! Sounds like you'll need all those arms in July!

The book comes out on Saturday, but we'll be waiting in line on Friday night - right? That way we have all day Saturday to read and all day Sunday to sleep!


John Bumbledore - Feb 2, 2007 6:44 am (#873 of 2990)

Happy birthday, Squid Mike!

Happy Groundhog Day to Everyone!

Mmm, green apple!

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Loopy Lupin - Feb 2, 2007 7:05 am (#874 of 2990)

I can attest that I would be all a dither with such a date! Mr. Catherine swears that I adore Loopy's humor almost too much, and will have a laugh when I show him this post! – Catherine

Form a line people!!! No pushing!! No hugging!!!!

Happy Birthday Squidmike!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!


Good Evans - Feb 2, 2007 8:05 am (#875 of 2990)

Happy belated Mr Squid

woo hoo on the release date!!!!!


Esther Rose - Feb 2, 2007 8:06 am (#876 of 2990)

Oh, yeah Groundhogs Day. I don't know does this year count for that? I mean, winter started about a month late this season. The groundhog might be a wee bit confused this year.

Happy Birthday Mike!


kaykay1970   - Feb 2, 2007 8:08 am (#877 of 2990)

WooHoo! We got more snow last night. Not a whole lot, but if we hurry we might be able to have a snow ball fight before it melts away!


Chemyst - Feb 2, 2007 8:44 am (#878 of 2990)

So far none of my wishes have come true;
...July will be very busy--the movie on the 13th, the book on the 21st, and possibly the San Diego ComicCon the following weekend. – The giant squid

 **thinks Mike is either exceptionally good at wish-procrastination or he was born the wrong time of the year** Birthday wishes to you!

Kudos to Holly's son on getting catapulted into the regionals.

Lavandula, I thought the Borders site was going to time out before it could load here too. I started to feel like I was on dial-up again! I didn't pre-order there (haven't preordered anywhere,) but I wanted to see their layout since they are using Mary GrandPré's art work for Snape.


journeymom - Feb 2, 2007 10:16 am (#879 of 2990)

I pre-ordered the adult edition of DH from amazon.uk. What fun!

Hippo Birdy Two Ewe

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Hippo Birdy Two Ewe!

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Gina R Snape - Feb 2, 2007 11:54 am (#880 of 2990)

Well I don't plan to pre-order. I plan to queue up on the Friday night. I'm hoping to do some HP party hopping like I did for the HBP release here in NYC. I do feel bad for the Sectus people. This is why I wanted to wait to hear about the book release first before considering any of the cons.

Happy Ground Hog day. Looks like Spring will come early this year. Though for some of us, we barely had winter!


Denise P. - Feb 2, 2007 11:54 am (#881 of 2990)

**passes Loopy a hat pin to deflate his swollen head from all the dithering**

Yay! Yay! I have my internet back!!! I have a signal, I am connected, I can browse eBay again!!!


Ponine - Feb 2, 2007 2:16 pm (#882 of 2990)

Ok, so I read on Mugglenet that they are considering a helpline, as there will be a lot of upset teenagers out there after reading the book, and they linked this with the deaths of two characters.... This is growing increasingly disturbing to me... Happy Groundhog day to all, and YAY for spring! We are blessed with -3 (FAHRENHEIT) up here, and it feels like -27... (-19/33 Celsius..)

Happy belated Mike!


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 2, 2007 2:18 pm (#883 of 2990)

Hi, everyone.

So there's about six months to go until Book 7. I'll have to start reading the Forum more often.


Madam Pince - Feb 2, 2007 2:20 pm (#884 of 2990)

Who's considering the helpline, Ponine -- Mugglenet? Or JKR.com? I wouldn't think anybody but Jo and Co. would know about deaths and whether or not we'd need helplines... Ack! That is disturbing...

Chemyst, the GrandPre artwork of Snape is pretty good. It shows him sort of as a mirror-image, pointing a wand at his alter-ego-mirror-self and (I assume) AK'ing with the wand. Half of the background design is the orange-ish color, and the other half is purple, and the "Good Snape/Bad Snape" stickers are in the same colors -- the "good" one is purple, and the "bad" one is orange, with just the generic curlicue design in the background. Nothing to really give anything away, unfortunately...

Yay Denise that you've gotten all your technology hooked up! I can feel your Pay-Pal account heating up from here...

***waves at Vlad***


Gina R Snape - Feb 2, 2007 2:25 pm (#885 of 2990)

We might need to set up a mourning thread for the end of the HP series though! Remember the 5 stages of grief everyone:

1. Denial - this can't be the last book
2. Anger - JKR, we demand you to keep the series going!
3. Depression - Noooooooooooooo, I'm gonna cry when I turn the last page
4. Bargaining - PLEASE Jo. Give us another book and I'll, I'll, I'll give you my first born!
5. Acceptance - sigh - It really is over


Ponine - Feb 2, 2007 2:28 pm (#886 of 2990)

Madam Pince - Waterstone's -- whoever that is -- not clear from the article.

Gina -- ain't that the truth! Personally, I'm in 1 through 4 on a daily basis, God only knows how bad off I'll be once I have DH in my hands, or even worse, when I close it for the first time... I'm scawed... :sad:


John Bumbledore - Feb 2, 2007 2:29 pm (#887 of 2990)

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Edit: **Sends a paddle over to Azi, since she is in De Nile.

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azi - Feb 2, 2007 2:32 pm (#888 of 2990)

LOL Gina!

I feel I'm firmly in stage 1.


Detail Seeker - Feb 2, 2007 2:55 pm (#889 of 2990)

Gina, does it sound like you are not coming to London ?


The giant squid - Feb 2, 2007 3:10 pm (#890 of 2990)

So there's about six months to go until Book 7. I'll have to start reading the Forum more often.--I Am Used Vlad

Welcome back from Lurkerville, Sam. We're far past due for a spirited debate between you & Loopy.

**thinks Mike is either exceptionally good at wish-procrastination or he was born the wrong time of the year**--Chemyst

A little of both. Besides, if my wishes happened right away I'd get kicked out of Procrastinators Anonymous.



Esther Rose - Feb 2, 2007 3:18 pm (#891 of 2990)

No, you won't Mike. We haven't even collected a list of names yet. We were planning to do that someday...


DJ Evans - Feb 2, 2007 4:59 pm (#892 of 2990)

Have any of you read the news about Jo signing a statue? Here is part of the article, thought it was interesting.

QUOTE: ....J.K. Rowling marked the spot where she finished the final "Harry Potter" book.

"J.K. Rowling finished writing 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows' in this room on 11 Jan 2007," read the message on an antique-style statue at Edinburgh's five-star Balmoral Hotel. UNQUOTE

Hmmmm, wonders if they will be renting out the room in the future? I've put the link to the story under my profile if anyone is interested in reading the whole story.

***wanders off to go make my reservations***

Later, Deb


Laura W - Feb 2, 2007 5:00 pm (#893 of 2990)

"Who's considering the helpline, Ponine -- Mugglenet? Or JKR.com? I wouldn't think anybody but Jo and Co. would know about deaths and whether or not we'd need helplines... Ack! That is disturbing..."

Hi, Madam Pince. Ok, here it is. ... The article Mugglenet was referring to appeared in the British daily newspaper The Telegraph (online edition). The people who are considering setting up the helpline are Waterstone's: a chain of book stores.

Glad to be of help (big grin)



Thom Matheson - Feb 2, 2007 5:39 pm (#894 of 2990)

Give it up for Waterstones. What a great marketing ploy


painting sheila - Feb 2, 2007 5:43 pm (#895 of 2990)

Yay!! Oldest Son competed in the Regional Dive meet today and came in 11th. Not bad considering this is his first year and he is just a freshman (read between the lines - he is smaller than the rest of the guys). The took the top 8 to state - so he almost made it!! We're so proud of him!! wOOt!!

I didn't get to stay for the whole meet. Littlest Guy spiked a fever - 101.6 - and I had to bring him home. Poor thing. He is telling me his hands hurt. they feel sore when he tries to close them. Strange.

The five stages of grief cracked me up. The good thing is that with my bad memory, I can walk away from the books for a week or so, and when I pick them up again – they’re brand new almost!! (Sleep deprivation does have it's good side.)



Gina R Snape - Feb 2, 2007 6:00 pm (#896 of 2990)

No, Detail Seeker I will not be in London.

And wow, JKR wrote the last chapter at a hotel? I wonder why.


Solitaire - Feb 2, 2007 6:22 pm (#897 of 2990)

I apologize in advance for not reading the previous 98 posts. It's been a hard week, so I am just popping on to say TGIF and happy belated birthdays and anniversaries to all who celebrated them this past week.

I know I must have missed some crucial information, Painting Sheila ... Sleep deprivation has a good side????? Hm ... not from where I am sitting (one of the deprived). I could use about 5 solid days of sleeping ... followed by lots of smaller naps.

It seems I'd better get my copy of DH reserved soon. I would love to get a British edition this time. How many extra days/weeks does it take to arrive here in California? Does anyone know?



painting sheila - Feb 2, 2007 6:26 pm (#898 of 2990)

Solitaire - ((((hugs)))) to you for making it through a tough week. We missed you and glad you are back! (Go to bed!)


Edit- I just ordered the "Deluxe Edition" from Barnes and Noble. I am not sure what it means - but I am excited!


Solitaire - Feb 2, 2007 6:40 pm (#899 of 2990)

Thanks, Sheila. It has been a rough week on many levels. My RA is very "active" right now, and walking has been increasingly painful on my right knee, which has been very tight and swollen. All that limping has caused knots and charley-horses in my right quadracep. It is a bit better tonight, thank heavens. I also managed to wrench something in my shoulder, which hasn't improved my sleep deprivation mode. I have a doc appointment on the 12th, so I am trying to gut it out until then. I don't think anything is an injury ... just arthritis. It still hurts, unfortunately.

On the plus side ... I have all of my lessons and the accompanying syllabuses, quizzes, and handouts completed for the next week!!



Hungarian Horntail11 - Feb 2, 2007 8:22 pm (#900 of 2990)

Congrats to your son, Sheila! What a great start on the team! (I smell scholarship.)

Great summation, Gina! I agree with John. I will most likely be cycling the steps repeatedly.

And wow, JKR wrote the last chapter at a hotel? I wonder why. LOL, Gina! It might have something to do with three children.

Solitaire, healing charms to you! So sorry to hear that you are suffering like that.

Hiya Vlad! and welcome back Denise!

Okay, so the last book comes out on July 21 and I must send my last baby to kindergarten less than a month and a half later. I think I'm gonna be sick.
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Steve Newton - Feb 2, 2007 8:37 pm (#901 of 2990)

Solitaire, sorry to hear about the arthritis. I know that it can be a real problem. Take care of yourself. Maybe try to see the doctor before the 12th.


Solitaire - Feb 2, 2007 9:09 pm (#902 of 2990)

Steve and Maria, thanks for the kind words. I really shouldn't complain. Things could be so much worse, and I know there are others who are in much rougher shape than I, "arthritically speaking." It has been a colder-than-usual winter out here, but it isn't unbearable. I even like the cold. I guess I'm just a little cranky. I've had kind of a long stretch of feeling a bit raggedy.

Steve, I am going to talk to the docs about a new titanium knee. When I saw the knee specialists a few years ago, they wanted to hold off a while ... but knee replacements and even arthroscopic surgery have really come a long way since 2000. Maybe I could be a candidate now. Mom is not for it, as she says knee replacement surgery is a long, difficult rehab. I guess some research is in order!

Well, I'm off to grade some essays. Happy Friday!



Mediwitch - Feb 2, 2007 9:25 pm (#903 of 2990)

Hi sheila! The Deluxe edition usually has extra art work (some in color) and is in a box - it's quite lovely. I pre-ordered my Deluxe edition too, but I'll probably go to a midnight release party for my regular one (the one I read the most).

Soli, **healing charms** for your RA. A good friend of ours struggles with RA and he has been having a tough time of it this winter too.

Denise, congrats on being re-connected! Happy e-baying!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 2, 2007 9:30 pm (#904 of 2990)

Oh, I was in such a dither, I forgot to waive to Catherine and ask how the Blue Devils' bball team is doing lately. ***waves to Madam Pince****


MickeyCee3948 - Feb 2, 2007 9:32 pm (#905 of 2990)

Hey Solitaire you will have to change your handle to the Bionic Solitaire or something like that. Tell me  - - -how do English Teachers end up a week with so many muscle and bone injuries in one week. Not coaching the girls soccer team on the side are you? Just teasing with you - -  have a good weekend and take it easy girl.

We actually saw the sun today. I hear there were sacrifices to Sol all over Houston. I think we beat Seattle for Cloudy Rainy weather in January.



virginiaelizabeth - Feb 2, 2007 10:14 pm (#906 of 2990)

I could use about 5 solid days of sleeping ... followed by lots of smaller naps.

I'll second that!

**healing charms to your knees**

Congrats to your son Sheila! That's awesome!

We went to Target tonight and I got this suuppeer cute dress to wear to Ring Day next week. I'm really exciteedd. Gotta lovvee Target! The swim suit are out too. Not a whole lot to choose from at the moment, but the hot pink and black gothic creepiness seems to be the style this year. Oh nooo! what ever happened to stripes and polka dots?? I don't want a suit with a skull and cross bones on it!Maybe as we move out of the 40 degree weather and closer to summer, there will be a better selection. I'm dissapointed, Target always has the cutest suits!

So the groundhog didn't see his shadow... **grumble grumble** I'm ready for some warmer weather! It's been a bit too cold lately! I'm good with the lows in the 50's I really am! Oh I learned tonight on the news that there is a "groundhog" named "Pierre C. Shadeaux" somewhere near Lafayette who they send out to see his shadow. Turns out it's not really a groundhog but a Nutria. (A.K.A. River Rat!) I guess we have a shortage of groundhogs down here and a surplus of nutria. Eww. I hate those things!

Ohh and heart-shaped Gobstoppers are out for Valentines Day!! They are soo cute! And yummy! Go get some! And the best part about them- there are no green ones! I don't like the green.

Have a great RotN!


geauxtigers - Feb 2, 2007 10:32 pm (#907 of 2990)

Mickey, I just tried to see just how much we compared to Seattle for January, but nothing in the past. Its all forecasts! I think we've gotten somewhere near 10 inches, about 5 more than normal and January is our wettest month. We've been having the same thing as yall! Its supposed to be sunny for a while. But its an 'El Nino" year, which bring tons of 'moisture' a.k.a. RAIN to the gulf coast from Texas to Florida and even into Arkansas and Tennessee. I've decided I don't like El Nino.

Hope you feel better, Soli!

We watched a really cool video in human anatomy today, heart surgery. It was pretty cool I must say!

Well its been a really longgggggggg week. By Tuesday I woke up telling myself that tomorrow was Friday, only one more day...NOT! LOL then I realized it was Tuesday. So Its felt like Friday since Wednesday for me. Needless to say, I'm glad its Friday.

If I go to Barnes and Noble the night DH comes out, will I definitely get a copy? I mean what if 100 people show up and they only have 99 copies?! Should I preorder too, just in case and send it back if I get my copy? Or am I just being riddickulus? LOL I think its the latter of the two! LOL but what if...I guess I just have to get there early!

Enjoy the weekend! Don't forget, Superbowl is Sunday and 5:30 central time! Go COLTS!! Peyton had earned this! YEAH!


kaykay1970   - Feb 2, 2007 10:42 pm (#908 of 2990)

Healing charms to Soli and Littlest Guy! Congratulations to Sheila's eldest son!

I got a puppy tonight! He is the cutest thing and very sweet! He's a brindled Boston Terrier. I swear he looks just like my son's boxer only in miniature!


Hungarian Horntail11 - Feb 2, 2007 10:51 pm (#909 of 2990)

Congratulations, kaykay! He sounds so cute! What did you name him?


Madam Pince - Feb 2, 2007 10:53 pm (#910 of 2990)

I forgot to waive to Catherine and ask how the Blue Devils' bball team is doing lately. – Loopy

Oh, my! We are suffering from the snarks, aren't we? Gotta love that win, though... it's not like it happens very often, after all!

Sheila, congratulations on your son's dive meet! I love it when the "underdog" comes through! Yay for him!

Solitaire, hope your RA soon eases up for you and allows you some rest. For what it's worth, I used to work in a physical therapy office, and we had tons of knee-replacement rehabs. I have seen patients who took forever to recover, and I have seen patients walking around practically like normal after two weeks. A lot depends on what kind of shape you were in before the surgery, but mostly it depends on whether or not you do your therapy post-surgery -- that is key! If you and your doctor decide on the surgery route, I would recommend two things -- exercise as much as you can before the surgery to build up the supporting muscles above and below the affected knee, and also don't forget the other leg and your arms, because they will be working a lot harder to support you when the one leg is "bad." (People forget the arms a lot, but that makes a huge difference with crutches.) The second thing is, post-surgery, take all the pain pills you can take without zonking out about a half-hour before your physical therapy session, and then push yourself as hard as possible during therapy. Trust me, you will need the pills to get through it without pain, but you will need to work hard on the therapy. Get somebody to drive you to therapy so you won't be arrested for DUI, but it's critical to work hard and you won't be able to do it if you're in major pain. A lot of people seemed to not want to take the meds for some reason ("I'm tough and I can take it" or "I don't want to get dependent" or whatever... one guy actually wanted to "brag" that he didn't take any pills whatsoever) but you will not get addicted for the short time you'll be in therapy. However, if you don't do the therapy properly immediately after surgery, the knee will tighten up and you will not be able to correct it, and then you really will be in pain for a long time.

OK, end health lecture....

Laura, thanks for the info!

DJ Evans, I read that article, too! For some reason I pictured her writing it in one of the public areas, like the Palm Court or whatever, rather than one of the hotel rooms. Sipping a coffee like in the old days, except now in a little more "upscale" cafe . Isn't it one of the most posh properties in Edinburgh or something? (I bet the three kids had something to do with it, too! ) It seems like she's into the "full circle" thing (publishing it on the exact same day 10 years later) so maybe she felt like she should finish writing in a public place like she started writing?

Edit: Oooo, welcome to Kay-Kay's new puppy! He sounds so sweet!


geauxtigers - Feb 2, 2007 11:08 pm (#911 of 2990)

grr too late to edit. I almost made it! But alas, earwax, I was greeted with a NO ACCESS message.

I was wondering that myself, about the hotel. Does seem a bit odd, a hotel. But yall are probably right, 3 kids, almost done writing, needs to be kept secret etc. Hotel makes perfect sense! Private room, quite, no one to disturb you. Better concentration! I can't wait to find out how long it is! I'm hoping I will have to pay someone to fork lift it home for me and have a custom made couch to support the weight! LOL

I found it! We got over 12 inches of rain in January and Seattle got just over 6 inches! Houston has gotten nearly 8 inches this year. I'm just ready for it to stop with the rain on get on with the sunshine!

Congrats on the puppy, KayKay! Theres nothing like a puppy! Or a kitten, or and baby animal for that matter!


Tazzygirl - Feb 2, 2007 11:17 pm (#912 of 2990)

Congrats, Kay!!! My parents have two Boston Terriers- they are characters! The girl (Beans) is a Brindle, while the boy (Luckie) is just the normal black and white. What did you name him? How old is he? Post a picture!

Grrr. I am trying to create a lesson plan on writing a letter for Monday, and it's taking me forever! Didn't think it would be that bad! LOL



kaykay1970   - Feb 2, 2007 11:19 pm (#913 of 2990)

Well, he's 3 months old and already has been named Prince. I'm not sure he even knows his name. He seems to answer just as well to "Oh Sweetie Pie!" But I probably will just leave it as it is. I'll try to get a picture posted tomorrow.


Ponine - Feb 3, 2007 12:06 am (#914 of 2990)

Hello again -- I know there are a few teachers out here, but are there any TAs? I'm contemplating whether to go for it or not, but I must admit the thought scares me... a lot... Have a great night, WELCOME to new puppy Smile and I hope you feel better Soli -- It's no fun with RA, but as you say, a lot of things have happened since 2000 - it might be worth looking into...


Julie Aronson - Feb 3, 2007 5:49 am (#915 of 2990)

HI Ponine,

I'm a TA. For me, that means I'm a tutor in our writing center until the end of this semester, then I'll be teaching Freshman Composition all next year. Don't be scared--you'll at least be able to look to some of your favorite professors and other TAs for support, and I know in the fall I'll have to take a practicum, starting a few weeks before school, where I'll learn about syllabi, policies, etc.



Steve Newton - Feb 3, 2007 5:55 am (#916 of 2990)

Solitaire, my mother had a knee replaced over 20 years ago. Not sure of the titanium part, but it has served her well. Of course, she is almost XC now (can't safely write her age) so is slowing down for other reasons.


Good Evans - Feb 3, 2007 6:29 am (#917 of 2990)

congrats on the pup Kay!!!! You know what a doggie nut I am but I am not familiar with boston terriers so I will go and google - but I am sure he is an absolute delight!!!

sweetie pie - you know when I say that both my husband and the dog look up!!! Chat & Greetings 2007 1003735042

have a lovely saturday everyone


azi - Feb 3, 2007 8:15 am (#918 of 2990)

I hope you feel better soon Soli! I second your suggestion on sleep!

Congratulations on your new puppy, Kay!

Well, it's past 3pm and I only just got out of bed. My excuse is that I was reading. I guess I'd better go do something productive!


Holly T. - Feb 3, 2007 9:19 am (#919 of 2990)

Ha, Steve, I can read your mom's age in Roman numerals.

I used to be a TA--good experience. I always applied for a position but only got one a few times--there were a lot more grad students than TA appointments.

Congrats on the new puppy!

((hugs)) Solitaire--hope you feel better soon! One of my friends had her knee replaced last summer and is doing great now.

My son says nutria are ROUS's.

My daughter is out of town this weekend so we have surprisingly little to do. I slept until 8:30 and my husband took son to tae kwon do at 9. I have errands to run, like go to the post office, grocery store, etc. Son's friend's birthday party is this afternoon so we have to go buy a gift. I also need to clean the house. I wish I were better at those householdy spells ...


Catherine - Feb 3, 2007 9:26 am (#920 of 2990)

I forgot to waive to Catherine and ask how the Blue Devils' bball team is doing lately. -- Loopy -

Oh, my! We are suffering from the snarks, aren't we? Gotta love that win, though... it's not like it happens very often, after all! --Madame Pince



Solitaire - Feb 3, 2007 9:26 am (#921 of 2990)

Good morning, everyone! Thank you for all the healing charms and encouragement. I was going to take a Darvocet if I didn't feel any better today. It was prescribed for oral surgery last spring, but I only used one pill! Anyway, I still have most of my stash, and when I've had more than two weeks with no respite at all, I find that one pill will usually get me over a rough spot and help for 3-4 days. By that time, things will usually have eased a bit. Anyway, as I said, I feel better this morning. I am going to head out and try a couple of easy circuits around CURVES. If it isn't too crowded, I think I will do a few extra rounds on their stretching station. That always helps with my back, Achilles tendons, and arms. I'll let you know how it goes!

Congrats on the puppy, Kay!

Azi, how are you feeling? No negative after-effects, I hope. Is your mom doing okay? I skipped a lot of posts yesterday, so I am not up on everything. BTW, reading IS productive!



azi - Feb 3, 2007 9:36 am (#922 of 2990)

Soli - apart from a lingering headache I'm fine as long as I don't push myself too hard. My mum is getting better also, but still has concussion. She's back at work anyway.

I hope Curves goes well for you today!


virginiaelizabeth - Feb 3, 2007 9:52 am (#923 of 2990)

My son says nutria are ROUS's.

SPEW!! That's great! I never thought of that before! Nutria are slightly smaller than ROUS's but they look just like them! Some people eat them down here.

Congrats on the new puppy! I love puppies!

Have a good Saturday!


geauxtigers - Feb 3, 2007 9:57 am (#924 of 2990)

Azi, cute picture! Glad the family is feeling better!

I love the name Prince! thats so cute! I can't wait to see a picture!

Well, not much on the agenda today, I have to clean my room for the first time since the day before we went back to school from Christmas vacation. I'd love to see my floor again... I need to return a pair of tights at the store and get a different size. The ones I got were according to the label, the correct size. I was even on the smaller end of who they said it would fit. They were cutting my circulation off! Other than that, I think I'll just relax and read a bit. Looks like we have sunshine today! But its still very cold out!

Have a great day!


kaykay1970   - Feb 3, 2007 11:12 am (#925 of 2990)

<---Here's my new "baby"! I tried to get pictures of Sadie and Prince together. It's very difficult to get one dog to hold still long enough let alone two!


geauxtigers - Feb 3, 2007 11:15 am (#926 of 2990)

That is the cutest thing!!!! I want a puppy now! LOL He definitely looks like a Prince to me, Kaykay! Too cute! I love his ears! And those eyes! That'd make anyone melt!


Lavandula - Feb 3, 2007 12:21 pm (#927 of 2990)

Azi- I'm assuming the picture is of you and...your brother? You are awfully young to be writing so much on the forum!! Ha, Ha!

Cute puppy, KayKay. And the name looks like it fits.

Very, very cold today. We are expecting wind chills at -20 to -30 tonight. No sled riding today, but we sure had fun last night. It was the first time all winter.

Soli- Best of luck at curves. Hope you feel even better today.

Have a great ROTD,



Tazzygirl - Feb 3, 2007 1:08 pm (#928 of 2990)

Awww, Kay! He's so cute!! I'll have to post some pictures of Beans and Luckie, to show you what they look like when they reach 10 years old. His ears will perk up when he gets a little older. Extremely intelligent breed, by the way. They love everyone, and animals too (Beans is best friends with my guinea pigs. LOL).Funny too- Beans' nickname is 'Queen Bean', maybe royal titles just fit with Boston Terriers.

Soli- hope you are feeling better, and Curves helps you out!

It's currently 70 degrees F. here. Wish it would stay this tempurature all the time!!

I am rewriting my writing lesson plan. It's so not going to go well on Monday! My teacher and supervisor are trying to give me feedback on it, so hopefully something will be right.

Anyone seen Blood Diamond? **looks in Mike's direction** I am going to see it today with a friend.

Have a great weekend everyone!



The giant squid - Feb 3, 2007 1:45 pm (#929 of 2990)

Anyone seen Blood Diamond? **looks in Mike's direction**--Tazzygirl

Um...I've seen bits & pieces of it from the booth, does that count? The man-on-the-street reviews have been pretty positive; I don't think I've had someone come out of Blood Diamond complaining that it sucked, anyway.

Tori, you don't need to clean the entire room, just clear a path to the important areas: door, closet, dresser. The rest of the floor is just a low shelf.



I Am Used Vlad - Feb 3, 2007 1:53 pm (#930 of 2990)

Thanks for the "welcome backs." **waves** Also, happy belated birthday to Mike.

On the subject of where I'm going to get the new book, I thought about going to New York and maybe having Kippers with Finn, but I think I remember reading that his parents would frown upon it. Then I thought about meeting Denise in D.C., but I would have to worry about Loopy forcing me to watch Chaplin movies. I'll probably just stay home.


Hungarian Horntail11 - Feb 3, 2007 2:17 pm (#931 of 2990)

Was a thread ever started with regard to meeting up in the tri-state area for the release of HP VII or was it just a discussion on the YKYAHPLFW. . . thread.

I think that would be fun. Looks in the direction of Puck, Herm oh ninny, Mediwitch, Gina and Finn (?). Didn't mean to leave anyone out - just off the top of my head, I know they're in close enough proximity.


Madam Pince - Feb 3, 2007 2:43 pm (#932 of 2990)

The rest of the floor is just a low shelf. –Mike ***Snort!!!*** I think the majority of my house is a low shelf...

My son says nutria are ROUS's. –Holly***Snort!!!*** again...

...sweetie pie - you know when I say that both my husband and the dog look up!!! -Good Evans ***Snort!!!*** STOP, STOP! My nose is starting to hurt!

KayKay, the puppy is absolutely adorable! I'm not usually much of a fan of little dogs, but he is a sweetheart! My parents had a Lassie-like collie named Prince, long before I was born. I grew up sort of feeling like he was my older brother or something. You know how parents often speak so wistfully about the days when their kids were toddlers? I think my parents spoke more wistfully of "the Prince days" than they did when reminiscing about my youth... it gave me a bit of a complex...

***Pats Catherine comfortingly on the head*** Here, have some chocolate...


Denise P. - Feb 3, 2007 2:56 pm (#933 of 2990)

Since our last dog was humanely euthanized for health reasons, the Denise kids have been pushing hard for a new dog. Mr. Denise has said a firm no since he usually is the one doing the yard clean up. I would like to get a nice medium sized dog that can run with me, I like Border Terriers but Mr. Denise thinks they are ugly. We will see...I am thinking a four legged member may be added by the summer.

Mike - what about Last King of Scotland? Mr. Denise wants to go see that


Ydnam96 - Feb 3, 2007 3:10 pm (#934 of 2990)

Oh my goodness that puppy is adorable Smile

Usually you can pre-order a book at a store (I forgot who asked). They put you on a list, and even though you still have to stand in line you are guaranteed a book that night. I've found I like it that way...I don't have to wait for the FexEx people in the morning and I still know I've got a copy.

I would pre-order but I might be moving over the summer...maybe I should pre-order here and at the "possible new home"? Hmmmm....


kabloink! - Feb 3, 2007 3:19 pm (#935 of 2990)

Brrrr. It's currently 12F here, but feels like -3F. We're looking for windchills tonight as low as -15F. Lavandula-looks likes its a bit worse for you down in Ohio. Where exactly is Canton? Are you right near Lake Erie? I hear Erie is viscious for winds, Lake Huron can be pretty bad when we get a North wind coming down.

Hey, anyone in Michigan up for gathering at a central bookstore for the midnight release? Could be fun!

Ok off to bake brownies for tomorrow. Have a great ROTD!


Holly T. - Feb 3, 2007 3:38 pm (#936 of 2990)

Mike, my son and I were just looking at lego.com. If you search for "aquabase invasion" you can see a giant squid made out of Legos.


Madam Pince - Feb 3, 2007 3:47 pm (#937 of 2990)

That reminds me -- I meant to tell you, Squid Mike, that I now have a more healthy respect for the Lego Death-Star you built! The other day, I "helped" Little Pince build just a basic helicopter and a tiny fish out of a Lego kit he got for Christmas (my first Lego effort), and I thought I was going to pull my hair out! All the pieces that look like the ones in the picture that should work, and they turn out to have one little thing different so they don't work... Arrrgh! It is a lot harder than it looks at first glance! So I am in awe of your Death-Star creation!


Loopy Lupin - Feb 3, 2007 4:25 pm (#938 of 2990)

Then I thought about meeting Denise in D.C., but I would have to worry about Loopy forcing me to watch Chaplin movies. I'll probably just stay home.-- I Am Used Vlad

No worries Vlad; I imagine I'll be too busy to tie you up that weekend.

LOL Denise! I like how Mr. Denise's "firm no" is glossed over as you move into what kind of dog you want. I always have to put in a good word for the noble basset hound. He couldn't run with you, but they're great dogs for kids.


Denise P. - Feb 3, 2007 4:49 pm (#939 of 2990)

Sam, I will run and hide with you with Loopy pulls out any Chaplin movies. Of course, I would do the same if you pulled out any Keaton movies too.

Loopy, ah well, we all know how things like that work. If it were up to Mr. Denise, the only pets that we owned would be the kids. As it is, we are down to just the birds at the moment. Mist and Equinox (cockatiels) and Erroll, the parakeet that was found outside last March.

I had an attack the other day when I walked in to the room with the birds. Rhys likes to open Erroll's cage so we have been turning the door to the wall so he can't. I must not have turned it after changing food/water because there was no Erroll. I was terrified that I was going to find Erroll at room temperature at the bottom of the cage but he was not there. I looked over and he was sitting pretty as a picture on a branch in Mist and Equinox's cage. I initially blamed the kids since the door on Mist/Equinox's cage was closed but then I figured it out. The bar spacing on their cage is big (1/2") enough he just squeezed through and made himself at home. He didn't want to go back to his own cage either but eventually did.


Madam Pince - Feb 3, 2007 4:58 pm (#940 of 2990)

That is interesting that he could squeeze through those bars, Denise. I have often wondered -- my brother-in-law's family owned a small bird, like a finch or a lovebird or something similar. The cage had (what I thought was) a very small space between the bars; maybe 1/4-inch or so? They used to set the cage outside on the rails of the porch deck for a couple hours every day (why, I don't know -- presumably to torture the bird with a view of everywhere he couldn't go, or something... )

Anyway, one afternoon they went out on the deck to bring the birdcage back inside, and the bird was lying on the floor of the cage -- without a head. It was totally weird. There was no head lying on the deck or the ground around the porch or anything, and they couldn't imagine that a cat could've gotten a paw in through the cage bars anyway, nor that the bird could've stuck it's head out. The only thing we could come up with was maybe a snake? Very strange... and quite gross...

Anyway, glad Erroll was OK!


geauxtigers - Feb 3, 2007 5:18 pm (#941 of 2990)

Tori, you don't need to clean the entire room, just clear a path to the important areas: door, closet, dresser. The rest of the floor is just a low shelf.

I know! If only my mom would believe me! I have a very well-defined path from the door to my desk and a sliver of carpet alongside my bed, which then I can leap over another pile into my closet. I've got the basics covered! LOL

We had a bird- a blue parakeet, named Bluebell. One day, we found him lying on the floor of his cage. So we got 2 new ones the next time, you know so they could have a friend. A solid white one, named Snowbell, who died about 4 months after we got him. We still have the green one, who is named what else, Greenbell! LOL Hes really noisy and messy. I'm not much of a bird person though. My dad loves that bird. He is pretty though!

Anyway, glad Erroll is okay!

So we just got back from the mall. Me, Ginny, my mom and my Grannie. Two words: Never again! My grannie drives like a maniac and loves to used the break in the last 10 feet before a red light/stop sign after going at least 10 mph over the speed limit. My mom loves to find the ugliest things in the world then get upset when I tell her its the ugliset thing in the world. She loves to say "but feel it! It feels so good!" Hate to break it to you, even if it feels nice, I'm not buying it if its ugly! Needless to say, it was a long day! Good news is that I did find a sweater thing to go with some black pants for next week.

SO, I think I'm going to clean my room because I know I won't want to tomorrow.

Happy Saturday!


Thom Matheson - Feb 3, 2007 5:26 pm (#942 of 2990)

Kabloink, I'll be at the Borders on M-59 in Utica, then take it to National Coney for coffee and the first few chapters. I have been there for 4,5,and 6, and they always have lost of games and projects for the kids. For OoP they had a radio station live with a trivia contest. I won for the adults only. It was good fun. I go in at 10 am for an arm band. They are color coded by 100's. There were over 500 for HBP. I was number 3.


Catherine - Feb 3, 2007 5:57 pm (#943 of 2990)

No worries Vlad; I imagine I'll be too busy to tie you up that weekend. --Loopy Lupin

Loopy is always so very polite about tying up his guests' time.


Hungarian Horntail11 - Feb 3, 2007 6:09 pm (#944 of 2990)

LOL Catherine! Sorry to chime in but that just struck me as so funny!

EDIT: Holly, I was wondering about the shipping - do you think the Super Saver shipping on Amazon works the same way?


Catherine - Feb 3, 2007 6:26 pm (#945 of 2990)

LOL Catherine! Sorry to chime in but that just struck me as so funny! –HH

Well, that's Loopy Lupin for ya!


painting sheila - Feb 3, 2007 6:59 pm (#946 of 2990)

Hi everyone! You all have been chatty today!

Solitaire - I hope Curves went well for you - and not to much stress on the knee.

KayKay- What a doll!! Prince is perfect - but it does make me think of Snape. (I don't know if that is good or bad)

I found out today that the outdoor pageant I am working on this summer has it's last production on. . . (drum roll). . . . July 21st!! What am I going to do? We always go early to the store to get in line for the HP books - think around 4:00 for a midnight release. I am so bummed!!

I ordered the deluxe but plan on getting at least two others. Maybe I could pay some one to stand in line for me, and once the production is over - tear back into town and trade places with them.

Can the tri-state get together include NC? I don't think a thread was ever established. Let's do it (here I am inviting myself - a social no no - but I'm doing it anyway!)


PS Thanks for all the congrats for Oldest Son. He has worn his regional sweatshirt every where today. I will have to stop him if he tries to go to church tomorrow in it!

PPS Denise - I thought about you today. Hubby and I joined a gym! Maybe one day I can get in good enough shape to run up my driveway and back! HA!

She (again)


Loopy Lupin - Feb 3, 2007 7:01 pm (#947 of 2990)

Loopy is always so very polite about tying up his guests' time. – Catherine

Indeed, Catherine. Indeed.

Speaking of being polite, I saw our young Mr. Radcliffe's Equus pictures.........There's very little about that whole situation that could remain Forum-friendly, so I'll limited my comments to wondering aloud if there's a polite way to send the boy a bottle of Nair?


MickeyCee3948 - Feb 3, 2007 7:14 pm (#948 of 2990)

Denise P, tell Mr. Denise to do what I would do: "compromise" and let you get a Border Terrier.



Mediwitch - Feb 3, 2007 7:15 pm (#949 of 2990)

Very cute puppy, kaykay!

Holly, I think your son is just too funny!

Maria, I don't think anyone started a thread but we did briefly talk about meeting somewhere along the way.


Holly T. - Feb 3, 2007 8:29 pm (#950 of 2990)

Maria, I think so. I'm fairly certain that's what I used when I ordered HBP. OotP came out a week before we moved so, while I know the book arrived on release day, I don't remember ordering it or anything about the shipping.

My son is funny. Sometimes I have to try really hard not to laugh at him because he should be getting in trouble instead. Or I would be setting a bad example. Like when I laughed about him saying my mom looks like a Norwegian sea troll. (If you have been on the Norway ride at Epcot, he means the troll that pops up at the end.) Like I need him to repeat that in front of her.

My son got an air rocket missile shooter thing (it's made out of foam) at his friend's birthday party. He has been amusing himself all evening by shooting it at the cats. The cats are now hiding in the garage. They should be thankful that the bow he was making this afternoon broke before he figured out how to shoot things with it.
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journeymom - Feb 3, 2007 8:38 pm (#951 of 2990)

Please forgive me, I know this was more than 70 posts ago, but what is this artwork of Snape by Mary Grandpre that's referred to?

I hope everybody is hanging in there!


Solitaire - Feb 3, 2007 9:00 pm (#952 of 2990)

Thanks for all the kind wishes, everyone! Today was sunny and hit around 60° F., which made my joints feel a lot better. I personally love cool weather, but my joints don't agree. My CURVES visit went well. I tried but wound up skipping two of the machines--one that always feels like someone is embedding an ice pick under my right kneecap and one that feels like my shoulders are being ripped out of their sockets. I thought it best to skip those two today. I just did some extra rounds on a few of the other machines and did two circuits around the stretching station. It helped a lot!

Tonight Mom took me out to dinner, and we met my "unofficially adopted sister" at our favorite Mexican restaurant. Since they are going to Super Bowl parties tomorrow and won't be able to make our usual Sunday lunch, we got together this evening instead. I think everyone else in town has the same idea, because every place I saw was SRO! I guess tomorrow everything will be empty. Hm ... maybe I'll go shopping!



Chemyst - Feb 3, 2007 9:38 pm (#953 of 2990)

I take it ROUS is a Princess Bride thing? I've seen that only once and it's been awhile. Ah well, at least I don't have to clean spew off my monitor.
I looked up Lego's Aquabase Invasion ... Harpoon the squid? Pose-able tentacles and a skeleton in its transparent belly? ...maybe I'll need that paper towel after all.

Handsome dog, kaykay.

...what is this artwork of Snape by Mary Grandpre that's referred to?
Journeymom, Borders Books is doing a Good Snape/Bad Snape promotion for DH and uses her artwork in their pre-order ads.

About these release parties – is it really that fun to stand in line with a bunch of strangers? When HBP came out I went to a 24-hr. grocery at 11:55 PM. (They did not take pre-orders, by the way.). There were about 15 people in line and half of those had come from the bookstore two blocks away because the lines there were so long. Everyone had his book and snack food and was on his way in less than ten minutes. I'm considering skipping the hoopla and doing the same for DH. Would I regret that?

Shopping during the Super Bowl sounds good to me, Solitaire. Maybe you can even find a store where they're not having play-by-play on the PA system!


virginiaelizabeth - Feb 3, 2007 10:26 pm (#954 of 2990)

Speaking of being polite, I saw our young Mr. Radcliffe's Equus pictures.........There's very little about that whole situation that could remain Forum-friendly, so I'll limited my comments to wondering aloud if there's a polite way to send the boy a bottle of Nair?

That was my thoughts precisely! Right along the lines of ! NOT attractive at all!

I take it ROUS is a Princess Bride thing?

Yes it is! Rodents Of Unusual Size. "But Wesley, what about the ROUS? Rodents of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist." (ROUS attacks!) LOL!

I've yet to stand in line for an HP book. I've always gone to a grocery store at around 9AM and gotten one. This was in my "Love HP" days. I consider myself Obsessed now! Hopefully my mom will let me go stand in line at B&N! I may go to the store to pre-order so that I can be guaranteed a copy. Pre-ordering online worries me because there's always a chance that it won't arrive on the release date. I think I'd go mad if I didn't have it on the 21st!

Hmm Shopping tomorrow! That's a good idea! But I'd be going alone as everyone else will be wrapped up in the game. All I care about are the commercials!


geauxtigers - Feb 3, 2007 10:33 pm (#955 of 2990)

Maybe you can even find a store where they're not having play-by-play on the PA system! Ha ha! Not watch the Superbowl! How could you go shopping during the greatest night of the year! (Beside the College football national championship game)?! Come on, think of all the great commercials you're going to miss! The half time show, the game! The atmosphere! Eating too much chips and dip and loosing your voice and drinking tons of coke! What could be more fun than that!? LOL


So I we had all sorts of college things this morning which I slept through...oops and my mom went up to the school and we each got these binders full of more information than I'd ever want to know about college. Anyway, we have some website we are supposed to go to and take a personality quiz. Its like the Harry Potter ones a lot of people here have taken. Appearently I'm a ISFP, which is the same as Harry according to the HP version of the quiz. LOL don't know how accurate that is...I don't think I'm all that like Harry, but I guess of all the characters, I'm closest to him except for the fact that I'm a huge chicken! I'm not brave at all! LOL. Oh well


painting sheila - Feb 3, 2007 10:46 pm (#956 of 2990)

Carolina lost to NC State. (It is a sad day)(sigh)


Starling - Feb 4, 2007 5:47 am (#957 of 2990)

I take it ROUS is a Princess Bride thing?

ROUS? I do not think they exist ...

You'd be amazed at what cats can get at, Madam Pince. We had a rabbit killed by a cat at the farm, and the cat had just pulled the poor thing through the wire mesh, even though there didn't seem to be enough space to get a paw or anything in.


azi - Feb 4, 2007 6:17 am (#958 of 2990)

Yes, that is me and my brother in my avatar. I recently scanned lots of pictures onto my computer so am making my way through them.

Tazzy and Kay - I love both your avatars! Where was yours taken, Tazzy?

I'm glad the exercise helped, Soli!

That was my thoughts precisely! Right along the lines of ! NOT attractive at all! – Ginny

My thoughts exactly. Not a sight I wanted to see when watching the news. The Chat & Greetings 2007 2830478367  shows my gut reaction. (Oh, a huge SPEW at Loopy for his Nair comment )

Lovely days to all!


kabloink! - Feb 4, 2007 6:39 am (#959 of 2990)

Brrrr. If anyone's interested it is currently -1F here, with a windchill of -19F! ANd I have to go get eggs for the brownies I'm making for the SUperbowl. Guess baby gets to wear his snowsuit AND the carseat cover!

Have a great day everyone!


Denise P. - Feb 4, 2007 7:12 am (#960 of 2990)

Mickey, of course he will "compromise" and I will get what I want.   I am sure everyone is familiar with the saying “If momma ain't happy, ain't no one happy.”  The trick is to convince him it is all his idea in the first place . . . hee hee hee

Brrr....it is bitter cold here..glad I did my long run yesterday. Oh! Did I mention I got my confirmation for 2008 Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge? Wooo hooo! It has a limited number of entries, sells out quickly and I made it in. So...if you are planning to be at Disneyworld in mid January 2008, I will be there.


Good Evans - Feb 4, 2007 10:05 am (#961 of 2990)

ROUS - I havent thought about them in years!!!! LOL

that movie has to be pulled out again really soon.

woo hoo!!!!! yesterday we booked a holiday for September - we are going to ROME!!! oh I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have wanted to go to Rome for ever!! Woo Hoo!!! I am going to search internhet for suitable avatar piccie!!!

happy superbowl day to all...


geauxtigers - Feb 4, 2007 11:31 am (#962 of 2990)

Well todays the big game!!!! WHOS EXCITED!?!?!?! **raises hand in air like Hermione**

THe pictures of Dan, dunno, I didn't go , I didn't go More of a shocked blank look. LOL He could do with some nair! LOL But he is not bad looking, a lot buffer than I'd ever known but still a bit errr weird.

Well I'm going to go cuddle up and read and wait for the SUPERBOWL!!!! CBS at 5:30 central time! BE THERE! and cheer for the COLTS!

Happy Superbowl Sunday!


juliebug - Feb 4, 2007 11:42 am (#963 of 2990)

I'm so there Tori. GO COLTS!!! We are big Colts fans here at the juliebug house. My hubby is native to Indianapolis, and I have lived here for the past six years. He's been a huge Colts fans pretty much since the franchise moved here. This is such a huge game for us! In just a few more hours, we are packing up thr gear and heading to a friend's house to watch the game. I hope everyone else has a great day!


haymoni - Feb 4, 2007 12:05 pm (#964 of 2990)

It is cold, cold, cold here in Ohio.

Ungrateful Son finished 5th in his wrestling tournament out of 16 kids - not too shabby considering that he is in 7th grade and was wrestling both 7th & 8th graders.

Anyway, I finally taped something with the digital video camera that my husband got me for Christmas, but I taped it on a cassette. How I can get the stuff on the tape onto my computer?

All the instructions are about downloading from a memory card - I don't have one. We can watch the tape on the TV, so I know that I recorded something. I downloaded the software that came with the camera, but the directions don't include what to do if you have a tape.

The JVC Online Customer Support says that they'll get back to me within 10 days. However, I have more confidence on my fellow insufferable know-it-alls then I do the online support.

Am I just out-of-luck? Did I need to use a memory card?


Lina - Feb 4, 2007 12:27 pm (#965 of 2990)

Haymoni, I guess you got a firewire cable with the camera. Now you only need to find the firewire on the computer if you have it. Yet, maybe you have the USB cable and that port you will definitely find on the computer. Then wait to see what happens when you connect them.


Madam Pince - Feb 4, 2007 12:35 pm (#966 of 2990)

Haymoni, I'm in the same boat as you. I hate to feel "thick", so I have neglected to ask the Geek Squad at Best Buy because they're all like 12 years old and I would be too embarrassed! I think that possibly some computers have a thingy that you can plug your camera into (with the appropriate adapters) and then just use your camera as if it were a VCR maybe? Or something like that... I'm pretty sure I don't have the right "plug" on either my computer or my camera...

Brrrrrr... sympathies to all who have the cold weather today! It's supposed to get even colder here for the next week, too.

Yay, Ungrateful Son! Excellent performance by yet another underdog! Woo-Hoo!

Good Evans, that vacation sounds heavenly! Hope you'll have a wonderful time!

Sheila, having DH released on the 21st means that we'll be standing in line on the night of the 20th, right? Or am I confused? It'll be released at midnight of the 20th/21st... so if your production is on the 21st you should still be able to stand in line, maybe? Of course, it will totally screw up your reading and/or "digesting info" time, but...

Carolina lost to NC State. (It is a sad day)(sigh) --Sheila LOL! That's part of what made it a great day for me! Virginia won again, and Carolina lost! And for the icing on the cake, Virginia Tech lost too! Happy happy joy joy!

Appearently I'm a ISFP --Tori You're an "I"??? Tori -- an introvert? Somehow that is not processing for me... (It's called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, by the way, and it's actually a real honest-to-goodness scientific psychological tool, if you can believe that! Although the many "adapted" versions -like a Harry Potter one- may not be quite as scientifically designed, I'd imagine. What were the numbers assigned to each letter, do you remember? If you're an "I", I'd bet you're barely an "I"! I'm an "E", but barely an "E"... I was only one or two over the line into "E" from being an "I"...)


haymoni - Feb 4, 2007 12:39 pm (#967 of 2990)

I have the USB cable and I've hooked it up, but nothing is happening.

My camera can be on "off", "record" or "play". There is another area where I can choose between "video" or "memory". I am guessing since I don't have a memory card that I can't have it on "memory".

On my digital camera, I just hook it up and stuff flies over, but it is on a card.

This video camera took great movies - I want to be able to send them to my dad, but I don't know how to get it off the tape!!!!!

AAAAARRRGGGHHH!!! I hate this!


Holly T. - Feb 4, 2007 1:10 pm (#968 of 2990)

When I took the class to become a Girl Scout trainer they had us do a Meyers Briggs test, only we went out in the parking lot and used the lines on the parking lot as our grid and took steps forward, back, left, or right to answer the questions. It was really interesting, especially with this group. We were all on one side! We figure it is because you have to be a certain type to want to take that class in the first place (it takes two days--about 20 hours total). But on that side we were all over the place, which was interesting considering people's strengths and weaknesses in terms of which trainings they are more suited to teach and how they might go about teaching them.

Daughter is back from her church retreat. Son would be shooting her with his rocket but it is now in time out, his consequence for not behaving in Sunday school (again).

WTG Ungrateful Son! Haymoni, I have no clue about the camera. My digital camera can apparently take movies as well as pictures. I have had the camera for four years now and have no idea how to do this.


Tazzygirl - Feb 4, 2007 1:33 pm (#969 of 2990)

Thanks, Azi! The picture is of a Waikiki sunset- I took the picture with my cell phone. Your photo is cute too!

Haymoni- if you can wait another couple weeks on getting the video to your computer, I can do a step by step thing on how to do it. I have to video tape myself teaching a lesson, and one of the requirements for my uni class is transferring it over to computer. I'll be using a tape, so I'm sure I'll be able to help you out then. I have to get a firewire port for my computer.

ROUSs. *snort*

Went and saw “Because I said So” with Diane Keaton last night. Blood Diamond wasn't playing at the theater anymore. :Because I said so” was cute- definite chick flick.

Yeay on Rome, Good Evans!! I want to go there as well!

I had no idea the Superbowl was today. LOL I thought it was next weekend. Anyways, I will watch parts of it while doing homework, and will root for whoever is winning.

Congrats on the Goofy run, Denise! Have fun!

On the Meyers Briggs test, I think I was on the boundary for I and E. I took it about 5 years ago or so.

I have a rat in my apartment. Actually, it's more in the crawl spaces between my walls. I haven't seen it appear yet, but it has woken me up three times yesterday and today by the climbing and falling and scratching. Yesterday it was in my ceiling and underneath Thaniel's room. Aunt cleaned out the attic, and now we have rodents. I want it GONE! I set a trap for it, but so far no luck. grrrrr.

Off to start the day.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!



TomProffitt - Feb 4, 2007 1:46 pm (#970 of 2990)

How do y'all keep up with this thread? It moves so fast?

Go Colts!

Actually I'm a NASCAR fan, but I like the Colts. Bud Shoot Out next weekend! Yeah!

Denise, how do you run in the cold? I won't go out under 35F. What's the trick to cold weather running? (I'm getting behind in my schedule)

I maxed out on the "I" every time I've taken Meyers-Briggs. (I'm also an excellent trainer/public speaker, it's a comfort thing, not a fear thing)

I think a rat in the house would drive me insane. (Although I endured some incredible things in the infantry)


Denise P. - Feb 4, 2007 1:54 pm (#971 of 2990)

Tom, 35 is about perfect running weather! I won't go out if it is below about 15, I think. The lowest I have run in was yesterday when it was 19.

I just wore running tights, long sleeve t-shirt and a earband (which I took off at about mile 3) It was maybe 21 by the time the run was done. There was one guy in just a t-shirt and shorts. Others wore fleece pants, spandex tights under them, double shirts, scarves, hats, gloves....it is just a personal preference. Now, if it had been snowing, I probably would have had gloves on too...for at least part of the run but I normally end up taking them off about a mile into the run.

I like the cold weather to run in much better than the heat. If the temperature was above 40, I would have been in capris rather than tights and more than likely in short sleeves. You just have to do it We do have a treadmill so I can run inside during extreme weather but it feels like a hamster wheel so I tend to go out anyway.

The kids are watching the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. There is a Border Terrier in it! I have been browsing the AKC site to look at dogs. So far, I have narrowed it to: English Springer Spaniel (which we have had before), Pembroke Welsh Corgi (the no tail Corgi...'cause real dogs don't have tails), Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Cairn Terrier and Border Terrier. I think Mr. Denise would go for the ESS, maybe the Border Terrier and possibly the SCWT if he saw one in a pet coat rather than a show coat.


The giant squid - Feb 4, 2007 2:01 pm (#972 of 2990)

Mike - what about Last King of Scotland? Mr. Denise wants to go see that--Denise P.

Again, not one I've personally seen, but it's getting a lot of good buzz. We haven't had that one as long as Blood Diamond so I haven't seen as much through the glass, but what I have seen looks interesting.

Mike, my son and I were just looking at lego.com. If you search for "aquabase invasion" you can see a giant squid made out of Legos--Holly T.

I think I know what I'll be getting from Marie next Christmas...

All the pieces that look like the ones in the picture that should work, and they turn out to have one little thing different so they don't work...--Madame Pince

Yeah, and when you're working with 3449 pieces there are a lot of minor variances. One thing I learned quickly is that the instruction diagrams are color-coded; you just have to be able to tell the light gray bricks from the dark gray bricks from the black bricks... I also noticed that a couple of sets I got for my birthday had a parts list in the back--something that might actually have been helpful in the death star. Then again, do I really want to know how many of those little 1x2 bricks I ended up using...?

Come on, think of all the great commercials you're going to miss! The half time show, the game!—geauxtigers

It's funny how even for sports fans the game comes last on Superbowl Sunday. But really--Prince? Wasn't he relevant, oh, twenty years ago? I like his music and all, but he seems an odd choice for a Superbowl halfime show.



Lina - Feb 4, 2007 2:07 pm (#973 of 2990)

Haymoni, I guess the camera should be on "Play" in order to transfer the movie to the computer. There should also have been some program with the camera to process the video. It is possible that the program should be started before you start the transferring the video to the computer. You can also jump in the chat room right now if you have any more questions, I'll be there for a while (as usual).

Tazzy, your avatar is awesome but I hoped you'd still have those animals on it and I could read their name because I saw one yesterday while walking the dogs. They are supposed to be sleeping in February... Maybe that one went out to see his shadow? Yet, since they are nocturnal animals, I'm not sure how could they see their shadow?

Denise, I wanted to suggest you a golden retriever, like Julie's Luna. I think those dogs should be fabulous for running and they are so nice and polite at the same time. We had one in the neighborhood and that was the only big dog that my little dog wasn't afraid of. I wouldn't know about the prices, though, because I've never bought a dog.


Tazzygirl - Feb 4, 2007 2:17 pm (#974 of 2990)

Lina, the animals in my avatar were Hedgehogs. LOL about the shadow at night! Maybe they could see it with the moon light?

Prince is doing the half time show for the Superbowl?? I don't think I'll be watching it...



Lina - Feb 4, 2007 2:28 pm (#975 of 2990)

Well, it was the full moon night...


geauxtigers - Feb 4, 2007 2:28 pm (#976 of 2990)

Tori -- an introvert? Somehow that is not processing for me...

Well there aren't any numbers, but there is a tiny little bar graph thingy and if I count the itty bitty lines, for 'E' it goes up 3 lines and 'I' is goes up 8 lines. 'J' and 'P' are the two closest. It was a very accurate description of me though! I'm definitely more introvert than extrovert though. But I do have my moments of extreme extrovert! LOL But I am a fairly shy person and don't usually speak my mind honestly because I'd afraid I'll hurt someone's feelings. So that could be part of it. But when I'm with family and friends I'm definitely more open!

Haymoni, if there is nothing about a tape being put onto the computer, but there is a way to record via tape, then it should be in the instructions. The quickest way to get it on the computer is probably USB cable or the like. You probably need to turn your camera on and put it on a certain setting, for example my camera I have to turn it on and press a button called 'share'. You could always go the long very impractical way and burn the tape on a DVD and mail it to your dad. But thats very complicated, I tried it once, we had one at school and we ruined 3 DVDs before it worked. And finding the equipment is another story! LOL (I wouldn't attempt this if you want to have brain cells left in the end).

Well I'm off to make a cake! Game starts in 2 hours people! ***walks off singing 'ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?' A MONDAY SUNDAY NIGHT PARTY!' ***



Thom Matheson - Feb 4, 2007 2:46 pm (#977 of 2990)

Denise, If Forrest Whitiker doesn't win the best oscar for Last King then there will be no justice. One of the best I have seen in along time.

Prince at the Super Bowl? Out of the stands comes Fred and George and say Livicorpus, and "the Prince" is left hanging by his robes. And they thought that the Jackson girl was exposed. I should have posted on the "You know you’re a Potter Fan".


timrew - Feb 4, 2007 4:05 pm (#978 of 2990)

If you're going to Rome, go for at least a year - there's so much to see!

We went for four days - not enough. Especially since the first day we got there at nine-o-clock at night, and the fourth day we had to be at the airport at ten-o-clock in the morning.

Heck, you need four days to go around the Vatican Museum! Every little church in Rome has a priceless work of art by Botticelli, Michaelangelo, Raphael - or one of those other mutant turtle thingies..............

We didn't even get to see the Trevi Fountain............Does this mean we don't get to go back?


Ydnam96 - Feb 4, 2007 4:54 pm (#979 of 2990)

timrew, I think it is definitely a great reason to go back!

I want to travel so many places...but that means I have to pay off all my debt first. I think my first place to visit would be London.

I too can not believe Prince is doing the half-time show. Something about him freaks me out.

I can't believe that the bears returned the opening kick for a touch-down. That's so crazy. WOW.

Tazzy, that picture is from your phone? You have a good phone.


Hungarian Horntail11 - Feb 4, 2007 5:41 pm (#980 of 2990)

Can the tri-state get together include NC? Sheila
It can include people from Australia if they'll make the trek! What kind of meeting place should we consider?

Denise, I hadn't heard of the Puppy Bowl until you mentioned it and Mr. HH put it on as he flipped through. It is so cute. Funny, now when I see a Golden Retriever, I think of GE's Luna.

Chemyst, when HBP was released, we were in Metairie, LA. We went to the B&N there and the staff were dressed in costume. One of the workers was dressed as Trelawney and it was a great costume! They had cards and walked around testing small groups of people who wanted to be tested with trivia questions. They gave out little novelties such as HP glasses, stickers, etc. It is always fun when people with a common ground come together. We were laughing at two young boys who kept appoaching a staff member who pretended to perform a spell to calm them and they kept shouting "Hey! You're not allowed to perform spells in front of muggles! MEMORY CHARM!!! MEMORY CHARM!!!" LOL.

haymoni, if the camera is connected to the computer, turned on and in the "play" position, it should run. If it does not, it may need a driver (or a program that reads the tape). Do you remember getting a cd with it that needs to be run on your computer first? I know FUJI does that but unsure of the other cameras. If you don't get it to work, try their website - they should have what you need. And YES, things like this are very time consuming. I have spent the last 2 weeks troubleshooting Olivia's XBOX because she keeps getting lagged out of games (does that happen to your son?) and our router stopped working - they sent a replacement; and we need a new video card.

GE, that is soo cool - I can't believe you are going to Rome! I've always wanted to go there (well, among other places, too). timrew, what you say makes sense. I guess it helps to have a plan in mind. You have plenty of time to prepare, Julie.

Regarding Radcliffe, I don't think I'd enjoy being put under scrutiny in such a way, despite his profession. I certainly cannot cast a stone.


MickeyCee3948 - Feb 4, 2007 6:11 pm (#981 of 2990)

Not much posting guess everyone is watching the Super Bowl.



kaykay1970   - Feb 4, 2007 6:24 pm (#982 of 2990)

I'm glad Hubby's watching the Super Bowl, otherwise I wouldn't have known Survivor starts Thursday. WooHoo! Purple Rain seemed appropriate for the half-time show considering the weather! lol


Ponine - Feb 4, 2007 6:29 pm (#983 of 2990)

Kaykay, your puppy is beautiful!!! (misses her own puppy) Have a good night folks, and think of me as I walk to work in eleven below... *blurgh* Oh, and I personally see no need for Nair anywhere, it's all good... Of course, I'd love to attack Gamon's DD with garden shears, but that's entirely different.... (eyebrows ahould NEVER be long enough to be braided.)


Solitaire - Feb 4, 2007 6:44 pm (#984 of 2990)

No super bowl for me, Mickey! I couldn't care less about it or any other professional football game. I enjoyed high school and college football when I was in school and knew the players, but I'd rather clean the house (I hate housework!) than be forced to watch football. I think it is boring. Sorry to those who love it. When there were two games on at the same time, Dad would put a small portable TV atop the big one and watch both games. I guess I just got an overdose growing up. **waiting for the dungbombs to fly**

About those temperament tests ... I'm an INFP, whatever that means. I guess I'd better go and look it up! Well, back to the grading grind.



Madam Pince - Feb 4, 2007 6:45 pm (#985 of 2990)

Good game so far, but an awfully sloppy first half -- lots of fumbles due to the rain, I suppose.

I thought the Prince halftime show was excellent! I used to think Prince was kind of creepy (20 years ago, before I actually listened to his music), but now I really like him! He has an outrageous "appearance" thing going, but I have seen interviews with him, and he seems to be a very intellectual, down-to-earth, "family man" kind of guy in his "real life." And he can really rock a guitar!

I was a little worried about him playing an electric guitar out there in all that rain, though! "Purple Rain" was a very appropriate song!

I really found the Myers-Briggs instrument to be very helpful when I was a department head, back in my working days. It helped me to understand why someone would be doing something the way they were, and also which approach I should take in dealing with them in order to get the right results. It gives great insight into people's motivations. For example, I am a very strong "T", and when working with a very strong "F" it helps for me to know that. The good thing about Myers-Briggs is that it emphasizes that no one score is "better" than another, it's just that different scores look at a problem-solving situation in two very different (each very valid) ways. (Solitaire, I'm ESTJ -- your exact opposite! Tee-hee!)


boop - Feb 4, 2007 7:05 pm (#986 of 2990)

Hi Everyone!

Its cold outside! I am ready for spring, heehee.

Welcome Back all returning forum family members.

Welcome to all new forum members.

Healing charm to whom might need them.

hugs always



Mediwitch - Feb 4, 2007 7:59 pm (#987 of 2990)

Denise: Mickey, of course he will "compromise" and I will get what I want. I am sure everyone is familiar with the saying “If momma ain't happy, ain't no one happy.”  The trick is to convince him it is all his idea in the first place.   hee hee hee

Isn't that called "diplomacy"?

Haymoni, congratulations to Ungrateful Son on the wrestling!

ROUS! We often refer to the beavers around here as ROUSes. We get lots of transplanted beavers from other parts of CT and they really cause a mess sometimes!

Kristina, you need that spell Lupin and Sirius used to see if it's an animagus rat!

No Super Bowl in the Mediwitch household. I actually forgot it was on, and we took Mr. Mediwitch, Sr. to see his brother and sister. It was actually kind of sad. His brother lives about an hour and a half from here, and he is dying of cancer - the doctors gave him two to four months to live but I'd be surprised if he makes it that long. Then we went to see his sister, who lives about another 45 minutes further - she is in a nursing home with quite advanced Alzheimers. She recognized us at first, but almost immediately started mixing everybody up. Her roommate also has some form of dementia, so having three dementia patients (counting Mr. Mediwitch, Sr.) conversing was...interesting. I'm seriously looking forward to some intelligent conversation on some of the threads now!


MickeyCee3948 - Feb 4, 2007 8:31 pm (#988 of 2990)

Sorry to hear about the illness in your husband's family. My family has been so lucky in that regard. I only had one uncle on my mom's side who eventually succumbed to Alzheimers about 8 years ago. He didn't recognize his wife of 50 years, none of his 3 kids or his 7 grandkids for the last 5 years of his life. They had to lock him up because he became violent with his wife a number of times.

Solitaire don't worry, I understand. My wife only watched the game tonight because she was in a pool at work. I have the two game problem solved. Have picture in picture so I can watch both at the same time. Bad huh! But at least I'm not as emotional as I was 20 years ago. Used to have to lock myself up like a werewolf when my team was losing. Which back then seemed to be weekly.



painting sheila - Feb 4, 2007 9:16 pm (#989 of 2990)

Hi everyone -

I am too pooped to write much. It's been a busy day. We had lots of friends over to watch the Super Bowl so I spent most of the day getting ready. I didn't really get to enjoy Sunday very much - not relaxing but fun.

Tazzy -(me whining and sounding like Veruka Sloop (?) from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - the original) I want to see the sunset in Waikiki, Tazzy and I want to do it NOW!!

I actually watched a show today on the Polynesian Cultural Center and all of the different Polynesian Islands it represents. I didn;t know there were so many. I mean, I guess I knew, but never thought about it. Pretty cool!

Congrats to Ungrateful Son!! wOOt!!!!

Madame Pince - I am so sorry to hear of the health issues you all are dealing with. How kind of you to take time out of your day to make sure "family" can be "family".

Brrr--- It's going to be in the teens here tonight. I worry about the homeless on nights like this.

I am off to bed - I have been tired since I woke up this morning(yawn) See you in the morning-



Tazzygirl - Feb 4, 2007 9:27 pm (#990 of 2990)

Congrats to all the Colts fans! I didn't watch any of the Superbowl, usually I tune in every once in awhile, but not this time.

LOL, Sheila! That was a pretty good impression of Veruka Salt. I've never been to the Polynesian Culture Center. I drive by it every once in a while, but it's too expensive to go in. Oh, and by the way, if you go to This website, you will see a live camera down on Waikiki. This one is the most popular one and is pointed down at Duke Kahanamoku's statue, facing the beach. Tourists call home to people and tell them to go onto the website and then wave to the family at home. It's pretty neat! You have to have Windows Media to view it though.

Meant to say each time but forgot- Congrats to Ungrateful Son!

I am teaching that writing lesson tomorrow, and I'm really nervous.



geauxtigers - Feb 4, 2007 9:33 pm (#991 of 2990)

Colts won **happy dance**

Sloppy game! 5 fumbles in the first half alone! It rained hard! Congrats to the Bears too, it was a tough game and the rain didn't exactly help either team. On congrats to the COLTS!! WOOO!

Don't worry Soli, no dungbombs from me! Just like you can't be forced to watch the game, I couldn't be paid to go shopping during it! LOL

Kristina! Thats so cool! I wanna do that!! How cool!

So my favorite commercial was the Budweiser one with the dog who got splashed with mud and was able to 'fufill' his dream of being a dalmation on the firetruck! LOL too cute!

Tazzy -(me whnning and sounding like Veruka Sloop (?) from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - the original) I want to see the sunset in Waikiki, Tazzy and I want to do it NOW!!

**Snort** LOL! 'Daddy, I want a squirrel and I want it NOW!" LOL

Need to go take a shower and start my homework. Yes I know its already 10:30! Yikes!

EDIT Kristina, youtube has then all up now I think!


juliebug - Feb 4, 2007 9:36 pm (#992 of 2990)

Woo-Hoo! Colts Win! Indy is a very happy place tonight


Tazzygirl - Feb 4, 2007 9:39 pm (#993 of 2990)

Ahhh! I forgot about the Superbowl commercials!!



Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 4, 2007 10:11 pm (#994 of 2990)

I maybe the odd one out here because, of all the sports played here in Texas, the one I understand least is football. I never really played sports as a child. I was bookish.


Tazzygirl - Feb 4, 2007 10:30 pm (#995 of 2990)

Nathan, I am right there with you.



geauxtigers - Feb 4, 2007 10:50 pm (#996 of 2990)

Ha ha, I was always the other way around! I was never a bookie or a reader for that matter. I had better things to do, like roller blade, ride bikes and just get into minor trouble. But then Harry came around... Then I started to read more and not get so impatient with books. Now I'm kinda of a mix. I still have a thing for random-ness and I still love sports! But I love to read now, where as before it took effort to get my to sit down and read a chapter book! LOL!

I forgot to mention that Prince at halftime... erm... hes kinda freaky! I've never heard of his songs or anything, but he definitely butchered 'Best of you" by the Foo Fighters. And I think his guitar didn't have strings. I'm with Madame Pince here, he's have been electricuted! I hope that guitar wasn't on! But my mom did say he was an awesome guitarist back in the day!

Anyone seen Puck lately? I was putting my sheets on my bed and it made me think of how shes always laughing about how I iron my sheets, then I realized she hasn't been here in a while. (by the way, I didn't iron them this time! Not enough time!)

I still haven't cleaned my room or done my government notes. I think I might just forget about it and go to bed.


virginiaelizabeth - Feb 4, 2007 11:05 pm (#997 of 2990)

If it give the HP quiz anymore credit, I got the same results on that one as I did on the real one. I'm an INFP. I already forgot what all that stuff means though. LOL!

Congrats to the Colts! I didn't like Prince either. He looks like he's had one too many face lifts or something! And I didn't think he was all that impressive either. I agree that it was a strange choice. I've never even heard of him. It's one thing to have legends like The Rolling Stones, come back from the past and play again, but of all people, they chose him. I also didn't like how he only played one of his own songs. He murder Foo Fighters. It sounded awful!

Off to bed! Night!

**sinks back to lurker mood for the week**


Solitaire - Feb 5, 2007 12:18 am (#998 of 2990)

LOL Tori! To tell the truth, I am not much of a shopper, either. That gene was not transmitted to me. My sister, however, got double! I do kind of enjoy poking around at Lowes and Home Depot, some furniture stores, Barnes and Nobles, and the computer section of Best Buys. LOL (I think I may be a geek.)

Mickey, I wouldn't mind having a picture-within-a-picture TV. I could watch a show in one screen and surf in the other. I was solicited to do one of those Nielsen things, and I think they may blow a gasket when they see my diary. I put "channel surfing" in a lot of spots ... because I really do bounce around between 2, 3, and even 4 things, unless I am watching a movie. Does that mean I have a television form of ADD?



The giant squid - Feb 5, 2007 2:44 am (#999 of 2990)

Well, I was able to watch up through the halftime show before I had to leave for work (just got home--bleh ). I take it all back--Prince's halftime show was actually pretty good. It was definitely more interesting (to me at least) than the last few years' have been.

I also didn't like how he only played one of his own songs.—virginiaelizabeth

Um, he did three actually. He opened with "Let's Go Crazy" and "Baby I'm A Star" and closed with "Purple Rain". All of which were released before you were born, so I'll cut you some slack. I do agree that his rendition of the Foo Fighters song was...odd, though.

Does that mean I have a television form of ADD?—Solitaire

Sounds like a good diagnosis to me. I think I'd qualify, too--I've been known to flip from one end of the dial to the other, not find anything worth watching, then start over again as if something good will have magically appeared on channel 43 or something...



Good Evans - Feb 5, 2007 5:25 am (#1000 of 2990)

LOL - Ginny how to make someone feel old "I dont even know who he (prince) is"

cant say I am a fan though ....

Hope you all enjoyed the Superbowl - far too late for me so I was in bed snoring my head off. Not bothered about either team so not that interested anyway.

Maria - ah thanks I'll let luna know you think of her. LOL!

Yes really looking forward to Rome - we are getting full days as we are flying so early and coming back late, but even then i dont think it will be long enough - I just hope I can plan it as well as possible. Not going to Miss the Trevi as it is outside the hotel apparently!!!

Tazzy - that picture really is good quality for a camera phone - w00t to you!!!!!

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Denise P. - Feb 5, 2007 6:11 am (#1001 of 2990)

Brrr...it is 11F right now. It actually is a tad bit warmer than earlier but tomorrow, we are supposed to go to 5F. I guess this means I really need to use the deadmill rather than go outside to run since there is a wind chill advisory.

Is it really a surprise the Colts won? I believe they were favored to win. Manning went to school at UT-Knoxville so he was always big news in TN. I watched the commercials online rather than suffer through the game.

Golden Retrievers are very nice dogs but they have health problems unless you get them from a reliable breeder. They also blow coat on a regular basis and if I have an inside dog, I don't want blown coat twice a year in big blonde clumps. Really, if I got a golden, I would want a red one and it is hard to find a reliable breeder who breeds red since it is a disqualifier in the ring. I have found most Goldens that are not from reliable breeders are also massively oversized. But you are correct, they are fantastic family dogs.

We (kids and I) are just looking anyway. I was looking at Maine Coon Cats last night. Heh, maybe if I act like I want a cat, the dog will look like a much better alternative.


haymoni - Feb 5, 2007 6:17 am (#1002 of 2990)

It is obvious that I am showing my age because I absolutely LOVED the half-time show!

To go from playing your own stuff to Tina Turner/CCR to Jimi Hendrix to the Foo Fighters and back to your own stuff again and make it all flow into one another like that - amazing!

Prince can play 17 instruments - how many of today's "rock stars" can say that? There is a very good reason why he is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The man is truly a musician.

I will try again with the video camera when I get home. I think I hate technology!


Lavandula - Feb 5, 2007 7:09 am (#1003 of 2990)

Good...BRRRR...morning...BBRRRR...everyone. It's -4F right now and the sun has been up for almost 2 hours already. Since I got a chance to sleep in (WOOT) due to the cold, I have no idea how cold it actually got during the night. No school for almost every kid in Northeast Ohio!! The news last night made watching the Super Bowl more enjoyable. We usually have to leave the in-laws' party every year at half time to take a 2 hour ride home and get to bed with school the next day. But last night, it was me doing the little dance when I got a phone call cancelling school and not the celebration over the Colts.

Kabloink- Canton is in the southern corner of Northeastern Ohio. Does that make sense? It