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Favorite part of new Harry Potter trailer?

Posted by Melissa
May 03, 2011, 11:55 PM
The romantic good vs. evil swan dive
519 (15%)
The "mother" of all duels
1244 (36%)
The Knights of Hogwarts
515 (15%)
Dropped Dead Fred
588 (17%)
Something else!
531 (15%)
  3397 votes in total


245 Points

It is a beautiful day here now so I do predict I will be on the front porch with a paint brush very soon. I am stopping on the way home from my parent’s house to acquire gloves, masks, and goggles.

I feel better right now except for being sleepy. I hope the mask works.

What day is your birthday ASTI? My mother keeps asking me what we are doing for mine. I have no idea. I have a half painted house, a father only just out of the hospital, a child who has waited since November to celebrate her birthday, lots of laundry, and a dirty house. How should I know what we are doing for my birthday?

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 17, 2011, 05:44 PM report to moderator
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Evening all! I am glad to hear some good news this evening.

Lady Hawke The answer to your question is May 30th. I am relieved to see that you have not lost your sense of humour despite the stress of the last several days, lol. I was impressed by the link, ingenious!

Asti Brilliant! I am so glad that you enjoyed Hare… It is a really fine piece of research and writing.

I went for my follow-up and treatment with the physiotherapist. I confessed that I could have worked harder on my exercises, but that I had noticed that I had fewer difficulties. She found that my right arm was noticeably improved but that the left one, which I had wimped out on because of the discomfort, still needed work. She did an interesting set of manipulations on me aimed at correcting the shrinking that takes place in frozen shoulder. I will now work harder to regain the movement and control that I have lost, and see her again at the end of June.

Ironsos Happy to hear that you will soon have your new laptop all shipshape:)

Time for bed.

Posted by Graymayne on May 17, 2011, 07:01 PM report to moderator
231 Points

Thanks Graymayne: So far so good with the new operating system and IE9.

Posted by ironsos on May 17, 2011, 08:04 PM report to moderator
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Evening all!

After a late start thanks to my interrupted sleep, I’ve had a pretty good day. My dad and I went down to Foxwoods casino. We decided that we’d pool our money, with only one of us playing at a time to make it last longer and split whatever was left (if there was any, LOL). So instead of us sitting at a table and playing at the same time, he played first, with me watching…I still find it fun to watch; it’s still exciting to see a winning hand. He had one particularly good hand, and cashed out $100 up, then we went to lunch. After that, I sat down to play, using the $100 winnings, and I was able to at least hold on to that, though I didn’t win any additional. But it was still a good haul – we each left $50 richer than we’d arrived. ;)

Lemon, in my grogginess when I posted last night, I forgot to say thanks for the reflexology info. I’ll have to look into it if I ever do a massage again. I love them, but they’re so darn expensive. My friend’s sister has her massage license, but hasn’t found a place to practice. When she does, I’d definitely like to go; I’ll have to see if she knows anything about reflexology too.

Felipe, good luck getting everything ready for next week’s inspection! I will be sure to follow you on Twitter. I saw the notification that you were following me, but I wasn’t 100% sure if it was you, so was holding off on following back. :) Also, hooray for getting the StarKid ticket!

Ooh, that reminds me – MM, if you’re still thinking about doing a couple of day passes, it’s looking like Saturday will definitely be a good day to do. They’re opening the StarKid tickets to day pass holders tomorrow! That’s on Saturday (and they’ve confirmed that Darren Criss will be there), so if you add that and the ball onto the pass, you’re sure to have a great day! :D

Asti, glad you’ve had a good few days. Your mention of the piano reminds me – how did things end up going with the piece your teacher had asked you to improvise on? (I know that was a while back, so sorry if I’d missed you talking about it!) I have started my reading – I read Maureen Johnson’s new one as soon as it came out, and now I’m working on ones by some of the authors who will be at LeakyCon; I’ve read two by Ally Carter and one by Robin Wasserman. I’m about to start The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter. She’s not listed on the Lit Day line-up, but she’s a friend of Melissa Annelli, and I believe she’s said she’ll be at the conference, even if not in an official author capacity. :)

Oh! I also finally read The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Lemon and LH, I didn’t have quite as negative a reaction to it as the two of you. I’m thinking that might have been in part because I went into it knowing to expect that sort of dark, depressing tone. But I thought the storyline was intriguing and it was well written. I think maybe the description on the back of the book (and the one that popped up in a lot of reviews) is somewhat misleading, because it’s definitely a different kind of story than HP. I don’t think it should be labeled as a fantasy; it’s more literary fiction with fantastical plot elements. Ironically, I actually don’t usually like this tone of literary fiction, with its somewhat pessimistic, depressed philosophical musings on life and human nature. But the fantasy elements were enough to make it interesting to me. I didn’t love any of the characters, which prevents me from fully loving the book, but I enjoyed reading to see what would happen enough to be looking forward to the sequel…and to be holding out hope that perhaps the next book will be a bit more positive and uplifting in its outcome!

LH, I hope your father is now comfortably settled at home and that you’re also home and relaxing! (I’m slightly afraid to open that link…LOL, okay, not so bad as I’d feared.)

Graymayne, I’m glad there’s improvement in your right arm, and good luck working on the left!

Enjoy your new laptop, ironsos!

Okay, GLEE’s starting shortly, so I am off.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on May 17, 2011, 08:11 PM report to moderator
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We just came in from a relatively short painting session. I was not able to use the mask as my nose is so stuffed up anyway the mask made it impossible to breath. I thought I was going to suffocate. The mask also did not fit my face properly and it felt as if it was cutting me beneath my eyes. So, I had to remove it. I did wear the gloves and believe they did make a difference. Keeping the paint off my skin was an improvement. I do believe the chemicals were passing through my skin into my system. My throat feels a bit raspy and I’m coughing but right now I feel much better than I did on Saturday or Sunday. Of course, this was a short session so I was not exposed as long.

I finished the trim around one window and another set of coining on a corner of the house, at least the front of the coining. I did not turn the corner.

My DS painted the bricks over the top of the garage door and started down the side of the house he did not cover on the weekend.

At any rate, if you just stand in the driveway and look straight ahead the front porch and garage door appear finished (except for the downspouts). They are still the strange sea foam green color that was used on all the woodwork, coining, and downspouts. I never understood why they painted a brick house that was in good condition but I believer there was definitely something wrong with their perception of color. I can’t see how they thought a dark green that was tending toward brown would work with a sea foam green with definite blue tendencies. Then, the added the dark burnt orange on the garage door and front door. It was all rather frightening.

JEN, I am not much of a gambler. I tend to end up “sharing” as well. Then, I only play with my profits and put the money I arrived with back in my pocket as quickly as possible. Then, I start pocketing my winnings until there is nothing left to gamble with. My friend and I used to go to the horse races thinking we would each make a two dollar bet on each race. Then, we would start sharing the two dollar bet and then we would start betting on every other one until we would end up not betting at all.

That is exciting they have a confirmation from Darren Criss.

JEN, I think if I had been warned about The Magicians I would not have been nearly as disappointed. I think the one thing LEMON and I can agree on with you is the man can write. The quality of his writing keeps dragging you on through the book, even when you might not be enjoying it.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 17, 2011, 11:06 PM report to moderator
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I think I’m headed to bed. It is late enough and I’ve been sleepy all day.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 17, 2011, 11:07 PM report to moderator
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Morning all! I have an experience to relate which might prove interesting and it is all related to reflexology. Back in the 90’s I became immersed in the topic of alternative medicine and in due course I took an instruction course in Reiki, followed by a second level six month’s later. I joined a group of like-minded people who met one day a month to exchange therapy treatments and share a “potluck” lunch. One day I had a reflexology treatment which was great but it showed that I was rather sensitive in a particular area of the foot. He questioned me about my digestive system then made me promise to tell my doctor the same information I had given him. Alternative practitioners are not allowed to make diagnoses so he made no further comment. I duly saw my doctor, explained my symptoms and he referred me to the hospital for a routine check on my gall bladder. The tests proved that I had gallstones and I was scheduled for an operation in about six month’s time. Two weeks before that operation I noticed a dull ache just below my right ribcage. The routine keyhole operation became trickier when they discovered that my gall bladder also had an abcess, but it was dealt with and I left hospital four days later and recovered quickly.

Reflecting on this event and remembering that every doctor had expected me to report incidents of severe pain before my gallstones had been diagnosed, I realised that possibly I owed my life to that reflexology treatment. The discovery of the ulcer was due to my friend’s knowledge and advice and my response. After my diagnosis I mentioned it to him and he nodded and agreed that he had suspected that the gallbladder had been the organ that had caused my foot sensitivity. Nobody suspected an ulcer as well as gallstones. . . . I felt very, very fortunate.

I hope that this tale will illustrate that reflexology can be an early warning of health problems as well as a very enjoyable specialised field of massage, and that alternative medicine has a place in health maintenance.

Posted by Graymayne on May 18, 2011, 05:23 AM report to moderator
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Evening, everyone!

Jen sorry about the rude awakening and the mail box! What a wake up call. I also don’t understand why they felt it was necessary to hassle you in the middle of the night for that, but I’m glad it was nothing more serious. Scary, though.

I’m glad you and your Dad had such a good time at the casino, and up money, too, that’s always a good thing! I know what you mean about massage, it is really expensive. I always think about trying it, but I end up too squeamish to do it. I did have one mini one once a long time ago, an it was okay, but I’m not in a hurry to repeat it. However, the reflexology I would do every day, even though I have to admit there was one spot on my foot that she really went after pretty hard, to the point of discomfort. I was glad when she moved on from that spot, but other than that, it was a divine experience!

That’s interesting about your reading of The Magicians. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I wish I had enjoyed it more, but I think I possibly went into it with too high expectations, because I was really hoping for another Harry and it fell far short of that. But then, I don’t think anything could ever measure up to Harry in my heart, and I don’t really want anything to. I wouldn’t mind if something came a little close, though. ;) As LH said, though, he is definitely a good writer. I would have quit the whole thing otherwise, but the writing was good enough to keep me going to the end, even though I really didn’t like anyone, or much of the story itself, LOL. But bad writing will stop me in my tracks, no matter how great the story might be. I can’t get past the bad writing to find out.

LH I hope you got some rest after everything you have been dealing with. How was your Dad’s first night back at home? I hope he is much improved, and am glad you made progress on the painting with not much more ill effects. I know what you mean about those masks. We had to wear them for some household projects, too, and I had the same problem, plus it just felt claustrophobic. I don’t generally suffer much from that, but the mask brought it out in me.

OMG, that link is hysterical. I never heard of such a thing, but I can see the appeal for the man on the “go.” LOL I loved the comment under how to measure for the proper size. All to do with girth, NOT length. hahahahahahahaha Men. You gotta love ’em.

For your birthday, LH, I wish for you a day free from worries, bills, errands, laundry or any other cleaning related or chore-like activity, house painting, etc., with your favorite dinner and dessert created by someone else and served to you in peaceful, beautiful surroundings, followed by an evening of your favorite movies OR time to yourself to read in solitude. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Felipe I hope tomorrow is a better day for you at work! My DS is going through seven kinds of work related hell right now, too. It sucks. He’s just hoping to get it all wrapped up well enough to be able to enjoy the trip. I hope he does, too, because he needs a break more than the rest of my family put together, yet is the least likely to fully relax and get the full benefit from it. I hope the things you’re dealing with are totally handled and non-issues by July.

Asti I hope you have a FABULOUS 40th birthday, especially since you are planning so much of it, LOL. :) And I hope it’s full of all your favorite people and things. It’s wonderful that the piano is going so well and continues to bring you so much joy, I love hearing about it. LemonDrop is taking piano lessons at college as part of her music minor, so I’ve been able to enjoy hearing it played in the house again for the first time in years. I’ve missed it.

Thanks for the congratulations! I was able to chuck a bunch more things into the yard sale pile this morning, and moved a few more items over to the “It fits” side again. I still have such a long way to go that I don’t think people really notice the difference yet, but eventually they will. The only way I can really tell is by the clothes because I see myself every day and gradual changes are hard to track and remember. But when I put on something that I know used to be snug and it now hangs on me, then I can tell! :)

I had to laugh over the “glamorous and beautiful” for the trip, though, LOL. My kids will be, and the DS maybe more than me, but I already know I’m not going to be winning any awards. Comfort, durability and coolness are my watch words for this trip! Except for the Ball. We are all going to really do it up for that. Even LemonDrop, my non-super-girly one, is wearing a ball gown and tiara! A small one, but still. She’s even agreed to put on (low) heels for the occasion, something she generally avoids like the plague, LOL. Of course, LP is over the moon with her formal wear, she can’t wait. I just hope I can find something halfway decent at the very last minute because I want to wait as long as possible to shop to get the smallest possible size.

Graymayne that’s good news on your right arm. I hope you see dramatic improvement in the left as well. That’s so interesting about your experience with reflexology! Thank goodness you took his comment seriously and got everything checked out in time. I was a little taken aback after the technician I saw was finished and she asked me a couple of rather pointed questions about my health until I remembered that reflexology does involve mapping the body through the foot. I had known that previously, but the information just left my brain completely and all I was focused on was a great foot massage, LOL.

I’m off to bed. I got all my exercise in today, though only a 3 mile walk, which is the same as yesterday. I did the full 6 on Sunday, but my feet and knees have been complaining yesterday and today. sigh I know all the extra exercise is a good thing, improving overall health and strength, etc., but it’s also wearing me out a bit much to also get a full 6 mile walk in every day on top of it. I’m hoping to build back up to it quickly, though, as the trip is looming!

Have a good night, everyone!

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on May 18, 2011, 06:11 AM report to moderator
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Morning all!

LH, glad the gloves seemed to help. Hope the painting will be done soon. How was your father’s first night back at home?

Graymayne, that is a really interesting story and gives me added incentive to try reflexology. I can justify it to myself on the grounds that it could be medically necessary, rather than simply indulgent! ;)

Lemon, while the extra exercise is good for you like you said, you also don’t want to end up injuring yourself by pushing too much when you’re in pain and ending up in trouble for the trip. Of course, then there are people who say that you should push yourself through discomfort, but I’d say that if it’s actual pain, not just soreness or slight achiness, better to pull back. Have you asked your doctor about how much it is safe to push yourself through, so you know when it’s safe to keep going and when you are allowed to let yourself take a day off?

Posted by Bookworm Jen on May 18, 2011, 09:19 AM report to moderator
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After lunch lurk! ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 18, 2011, 01:11 PM report to moderator
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another day another raindrop.

Hope all goes well for everyone today.

Posted by ironsos on May 18, 2011, 01:54 PM report to moderator
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So quiet here today!

The LeakyCon news just keeps coming – there’s going to be a Nerdfighter gathering with John and Hank Green on the Friday (included with regular or Fri day pass registration) and there are only about 200 spots left before the conference itself sells out. MM, I have my fingers crossed soooo tightly that you will decide to come soon!!

Posted by Bookworm Jen on May 18, 2011, 02:35 PM report to moderator
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Mid-afternoon doldrums lurk! ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 18, 2011, 03:08 PM report to moderator
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I am SO TIRED. I just did a crazy thing. I went out and painted the house for three hours this morning all by myself. I am SO SICK of painting the house I want it to go away as quickly as possible. We can’t accomplish much between the time my DS comes home from work and when we have to shut down and clean up for the night. Last night we did not get very far and it was cold and miserable.

So, I decided to do what I could do while it was warmer and sunny without climbing a ladder, at least without going up more than one step on a step ladder. I am tall enough to paint the entire wood surround of the garage door without any ladder at all. I painted two of the three down spouts near the driveway. I finished the coining on the corner of the house that I didn’t finish last night because my DS’s paint wasn’t dry enough for me to mask the coining with tape. I also painted three of four blocks in the set of coining on the front corner of the house. I couldn’t do the top one because the DS hasn’t worked that high. If I painted the top block of coining he would probably overspray it up when he sprays the regular bricks. I also painted all the bricks at the lower ledge of each of five additional window sills.

Anyway, I have done all I can do without a ladder. My DS has to spray higher before I can do the top coining. He also has to finish the spraying before I can do the coining on the other front corner of the house. There are four sets of coining across the front of the house. I have completed two sets and almost completed three of them. I have finished the windows, except for one regular on and two big ones in the back of the house.

I can’t do the last downspout on the front of the house yet. My DS hasn’t sprayed the bricks and might overspray any painting I do. The last downspout is in a garden with soft ground and I’m afraid to put even a step ladder there and climb up on it by myself.

This is a gift to myself. When my DS gets home tonight and is painting as it grows darker and colder I will already have painted what I can paint today. There will be little if anything for me to do in the cold and dark.

My father had a pretty good night. My mother discovered how tired she actually was and slept hard. They are having a quiet day and are glad of it. THANKS for asking everyone!

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 18, 2011, 03:36 PM report to moderator
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Yikes, LH! Go sit down and put your feet up and RELAX for the rest of the night! You deserve it!

Posted by Bookworm Jen on May 18, 2011, 03:40 PM report to moderator
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WHOOOHOOOO, Nerdfighteria meeting at LeakyCon! Can’t wait for that! I can’t believe there are only 200 spots left, and I REALLY can’t believe that the night at the park hasn’t sold out already. With so many more people registered than able to buy a ticket for that event, I was positive it would sell out overnight. Only 54 more days!

I know you’re right about the exercise, Jen, I just have this ticking time bomb in my head that’s screaming at me to keep going, keep pushing, keep losing, or I may not be ready for the trip anyway. I’m terrified that everything I’ve done and am doing is still not going to be enough. I’ve lost 82 pounds since last summer, more than 50 of that since January (which is off my highest ever, which was quite a bit more than I was at LeakyCon last time, so from that standpoint I’m probably down about 20.) There are things I am dying to do on this trip that I won’t be able to if I don’t get down far enough, so that’s why I’m pushing it so much. But you’re definitely right about the injuries, I don’t want to risk that, either. It’s such a fine line!

I haven’t really talked to my doctor about it, though. She’s not what I’d call extremely on top of things, I mainly go to her because she’s convenient and doesn’t hassle me that much, LOL, but I don’t have a lot of faith in her as a physician. I’m trying lots of things to help my feet, though, and they do seem to be at least helping. For a couple days there, I really couldn’t do the walking at all, but I’m back to it now, even if I’m not going as far as I want or really need to be every day.

The only other thing that is a constant problem is my left knee, which is where I had my ACL replaced 14 years ago after a fall in Yosemite. I also dislocated the knee and did a bunch of other nasty stuff to it at the time, but I was able to rehabilitate it for the most part back then. Then I got lazy and gained a bunch more weight, so of course it got really weak again. However, at this point, I really expected it to be “all better” again, since I have been walking daily since November, slowly increasing that from 1/4 mile a day up to 6 miles a day, and now doing all this other exercise, too. I know I’ve gained a lot of stamina and strength in that time, but boy that knee is still giving me fits. It feels swollen and tender a lot of the time and definitely not very strong or flexible. So I am working on that every day, too, trying to increase my range of motion and that sort of thing. My left side has always been weaker/less flexible (I have hip dysplasia on that side, as well, that was never treated as a baby), but eventually it HAS to get stronger, right? I don’t see how it can’t. It’s just very frustrating. I feel like I’ve lost all this weight and built up all this muscle that I haven’t had in a LONG time, my body should be grateful enough to be showing some real improvement, LOL. Hopefully it’s coming.

And speaking of which, I better get to it, today is my long day since it’s weight training on top of everything else, AND I have critique tonight, so I don’t have a lot of time to get through it all.

Hope everyone is having a great day and I will see you guys later!


Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on May 18, 2011, 03:44 PM report to moderator
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LH good for you! Enjoy your evening in tonight, and as Jen said, put your feet up and RELAX! And don’t do any ladder work when your DS isn’t home. Be safe.

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on May 18, 2011, 03:46 PM report to moderator
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I went to see Water for Elephants today and found it totally absorbing with a very good period feel. Excellent performances from all three leading characters, Reese Witherspoon never ceases to amaze me with her range. Robert Pattinson was totally convincing as the young vet struggling to adjust to his new life in a totally strange environment. He has matured greatly since Twilight and has developed his ability to convey inner feelings subtly and accurately. The elephant was adorable and amazing, so scenes of apparent cruel treatment are hard to bear, despite knowing the strict guidelines in the film industry with regard to the treatment of animal participants. There is quite a bit of violence in this film, so parents beware. I wouldn’t class this as a family film.

Must do some arm exercises:(

Posted by Graymayne on May 18, 2011, 03:49 PM report to moderator
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LemonFaerie Get out yor therapy exercises and do some of them each day and don’t forget to ice that knee. it really does help.

If you can’t remember your therapy exercises, there are a number of very good websites that have descriptions, pictures and even video of them and how to do them correctly. Find one and do them. It will help. Remember, you can ice the knee even at the hotel, but take a suitably sized zippy bag instead of trying to improvise once you are there. ;)

45 minutes to hometime and I have a bunch of stuff to put away before I leave. ;)

Bbt. ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 18, 2011, 04:15 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

I am astonished to be able to report a quiet and stress free day at work! I have no idea how it happened, but it was a very pleasant and novel experience! I am working overtime tomorrow, so fingers crossed for the same again!

Lady Hawke, Graymayne is correct. It’s also a Bank Holiday here, so we will all be off, and able to spend the day together. Even though I am contracted to work Mondays, I asked to have the day off. I hope your birthday is a relaxing and happy day. You deserve it.
How is your Dad today?

Thankyou, Lemon!
I have a ball of my own to got to, which is causing me mild hysterics. One of my DS’s companies clients is a school, and the Head is retiring. For her retirement party, she’s having a big ball, to raise money for her school and local charities. Companies buy a table, and are provided with a three course meal with wine. I AM NOT DANCING! More to the point, neither is my DS, he has at least six left feet, and should not be allowed within a mile of a dance floor. Unfortunately, the Head has a bit of a soft spot for him, and I think he may have to oblige………… I’ll just hide in a corner with a wine bottle or two!
Is LD enjoying learning the piano? Do you think she might keep going with it even when her course is over?

Graymayne, that is a very interesting story. Alternative medicine is something I know little about, and I have NO idea how massaging feet can relate to other areas of the body, but there really does seem to be proof that it can. It intriuges me.
How are you getting on with Ursula?

Jen, bless you for remembering, lol! The improvisation made me very nervous, and I was not comfortable doing it, but it did prove to be very interesting in understanding musical theory…. how scales relate to each other and how to move between one scale and another smoothly. It helped me from a practical point of view.
And congrats on your winnings!

Ironsos, have you come across a classical group called The Penguin Cafe Orchestra? We are seeing them in concert next week.

Posted by asti on May 18, 2011, 04:15 PM report to moderator
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Lemon, Do you wear a support bandage on your knee? I don’t know if that would help your particular issue, but it might be worth a try?

Lady Hawke, I’m glad your Dad had a good night, and that your Mum caught up on some sleep. Hopefully, it’ll all calm down for all of you now.
Nice tactics with the painting!

Posted by asti on May 18, 2011, 04:21 PM report to moderator
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Asti: I would call the group more in the progressive/classical style but I like them.

Posted by ironsos on May 18, 2011, 04:39 PM report to moderator
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Thankyou, Ironsos. I have heard of them, and am quite looking forward to seeing them. I’ll give you a review, if you like?

I have had an e mail from Mum with, gasp specific plans AND TIMES for what we can do in the brief 48 hours we can be together!! I am astonished. You may all recall my utter frustration with my parents relaxed attitude to planning. I know I am a bit (lol) uptight about what and when and for how long, but I need to be organised……. I have kids, a job, if I lost my diary, or my notebook of lists, my world would collapse. For Mum to e mail me giving me a specific time and day 10 days in advance is unheard of!

She is planning a celebration picnic for me. What a wonderful idea! Please let the weather be glorious!

Posted by asti on May 18, 2011, 05:01 PM report to moderator
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I think my old laptop may have finally gone “poof” may it rest in peace.

Asti: I will look foward to hearing how you like the show.

IE9 has no spell check. Crab!

Off to drug store/chemist to get some sinus meds.


Posted by ironsos on May 18, 2011, 05:19 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, I’m glad someone has kicked in and made some plans for you. I find I am a bit resentful that I have to figure out when and how to do my birthday. It makes little difference that I realize I am the person who does the organizing for everything around here because I’m the only one in a position to do so. I just wish for my birthday someone else would just decide for me and just take me along.

I have my feet up and I’m watching the director’s commentary of THE KING’S SPEECH. It seems Helena Bonham Carter was shooting DH while she was shooting TKS. She was signed to DH first but TKS people wanted her so badly they gambled on being able to use her on weekends. Most of the HP shoot was done during the week with HBC having the weekends free, unless it rained. If it rained during the week she had to shoot HP on the weekends. TKS people got lucky. There was good weather during November and HBC was available to them on the weekends.

Can you imagine playing Belatrix all week and then going and playing The Queen Mother on the weekends, no days off, bouncing back and forth between two such different roles?

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 18, 2011, 05:24 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, we need good weather all around, you for your picnic, and us for our painting.

We have a “bank holiday” on your birthday as well. Ours is called Memorial Day. It will come on the weekend of my anniversary and GRAYMAYNE’S too. If I had thought about it harder I would have remembered you were born on GRAYMAYNE’S anniversary.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 18, 2011, 05:27 PM report to moderator
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YES, Lady Hawke, that’s the big thing. I have far, far less to deal with than you, but, just for once, to have something special planned and arranged for me, rather than by me, is really really nice. I am still the one co ordinating everyone, but I am looking forward to my picnic!
That’s quite incredible about HBC. What a difference in roles!I have been kicking myself because I still havn’t bought The King’s Speech.

Ironsos, will do! No spell check? Crab indeed!

Posted by asti on May 18, 2011, 05:35 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke, for how many years will you have been married?

Posted by asti on May 18, 2011, 05:37 PM report to moderator
245 Points

It will be 18 years next weekend.

It will be 19 years on my birthday that I had my “nose job”. When my doctor I worked for convinced me to have my nasal septal reconstruction my main objective was to have it done so I would have a holiday weekend to recover. So, I reasoned if I had the surgery on Thursday he would not expect me at work on Friday and then I would have the long holiday weekend to recover. On the fifth day following surgery I would be due back at work. A “real” patient would have been given a letter releasing them from work for medical reasons for a week. Since I worked for him I had to pad my time. If I had the surgery on Wednesday I would have been expected back to work on Friday. So, having the surgery on Thursday before a bank holiday was paramount in my mind. The nurse scheduled it for me and then handed me the papers telling me the date and I realized it was my 30th birthday. When I looked shocked she offered to cancel and reschedule it but I told her to carry on. Any other day would have made the entire process unbearable.

We have our bank holiday as the last Monday in May so it varies by six days from year to year.

We married that weekend the next year for much the same reason, extra padding for the honeymoon. So, my wedding was practically the Debut of my new nose. A “nose job” is not “set” until the first year has passed. The swelling is not completely gone until then.

I have an idea that the doctor believes himself responsible for my marriage a year later. During most of the time I worked for him I had no “boyfriend”. Then, he “recreates” my nose and a year later I am married. I know his ego runs that way. I have heard him tell the story of a girl whose entire face he reconstructed. She had multiple congenital cranial facial abnormalities and had never dated and she married within a year of her surgery. So, I am fairly certain he must tell the same tale of me.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 18, 2011, 05:56 PM report to moderator
1040 Points

Evening, all!

Graymayne I’m glad you enjoyed Water For Elephants and that the performances were so amazing. I still don’t think I can see it with those animal cruelty scenes in there, especially of a cute elephant, but maybe I’ll just close my eyes during those scenes, LOL. I hate to miss good movies, but that stuff just upsets me so much. LP just finished watching
Slumdog Millionaire in one of her classes at school. She really loved it but agreed it’s another one that I probably shouldn’t see. sigh

Deanie the zippy bags was an EXCELLENT suggestion, thank you! I’ve added them to our packing list. They’ll be a life-saver, I’m sure. I did google the foot exercises and have been doing those, but I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me to do the same thing for the knee, LOL. Sometimes I am just not on top of things at all! I’m going to go do that as soon as I’m done here. I do a couple good knee exercises as part of the weight training I’m doing, but I know there were others specifically targeted to that area that I can add in and help strengthen it faster.

Asti thanks for the knee suggestion! I’ve tried bandages in the past and just never found them very comfortable, but I might end up having to give them another go.

YAY for a good day at work! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a whole bunch in a row. Maybe it will become a new work trend, wouldn’t that be awesome? ;) That would be another great birthday present to add to the picnic. I hope you have a fabulous time! Forty should be special. Well, all birthdays should be special, but the milestone ones especially. Of course, since it is usually the women having to make their own plans for their birthdays, as LH was mentioning, too, I think we tend to downplay our own a bit. I sure would love for my DS or family to take charge of that as well, but since I’m the one in control of the money and checkbook as well as the schedule, the DS never feels like he can just go buy or plan things since I always have to be in the loop on paying for or planning it all. Maybe next year I’ll pull out some cash and hand it over with instructions to plan something, LOL, but that feels weird to me. Plus I have so much guilt about the spending that I do all year long that I never want him to buy me anything anyway.

Ooh, how fun that you have a Ball to go to, as well! Who cares if you can dance or not??? LOL Just go have a wonderful time and enjoy the chance to get all dressed up, and be SURE to post pics at CC! Especially of your darling DS dancing with the Head, LOL. ;)

LD is really enjoying the piano. She does get frustrated with it a bit because it’s so different from her other two instruments (clarinet and tenor saxophone) for which she only has to read treble clef and not worry about the whole bass clef thing, which is what I always had trouble with, too. But since she’s minoring in music, she is getting a very well rounded education in all aspects of music, not just playing – music theory, history, transposing, composing, conducting, etc. All those things have helped improve her playing quite a bit on all three instruments. I do wish she could figure out a career in music that would actually pay her a living wage besides teaching, which I don’t personally think she’s well suited for. She was thinking about music therapy, but I don’t think she’s pursuing the right courses to wind up able to do that. We’ll see. I thought it was interesting how you felt about the improvising. LD doesn’t care for it much, either, but it is a great skill to have. LP used to have to improvise on the percussion instruments during jazz band performances and it really freaked her out!

LH that was interesting about Helena Bonham Carter having to play both roles at once. What a switch! We bought
The King’s Speech but haven’t watched it yet. We have also not watched DH part 1 yet, which is killing me. I keep threatening to watch it on my own, but everyone has a fit and insists that we have to watch it all together the first time, yet our schedules are just not meshing. I’m re-watching all the HP films now while walking, and if I get to DH and we haven’t watched it yet as a family, oh, well. I’m watching it!

What an ego that doctor must have to be taking credit for all those weddings. As though changing physical features is all that’s necessary for a love match, never mind LOVE, compatibility, friendship, loyalty, honor, passion, similar goals, etc., everything that goes into making a relationship work and is 100000000% dependent on the couple involved. No, it was his work that did it. Uh-huh. LOL

I skipped critique tonight as the son came home in a bit of crisis mode again and needed me to spend time with him. That was okay with me, as I didn’t really have anything to take for critique anyway and I had things I needed to do around here. When the rest of the family got home we also had errands to run. I’m going to surprise him tomorrow by getting him out of school early, though. We’re going to go to a matinee to see the new Hoodwinked movie, have lunch, and go look for a couple shirts for him for the trip. He’s having a pretty rough time in school right now, not academically but with some kids who are being pretty mean, so I’m hoping a special break will help cheer him up a bit.

Hope you all are having a great night. I have to go walk still, so I’m off for now!


Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on May 19, 2011, 01:16 AM report to moderator
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