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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


857 Points

Won I just read something about uaker Parrots. That is what Kippy is, isn’t it? It seems they are classified as an agricultural pest here in Georgia and it is illegal to own one. Georgia is not the only state that bans or severely restricts or regulates ownership of them. I think that is pretty sad. ;)

This is really just my mid-afternoon doldrums lurk. ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 13, 2011, 02:45 PM report to moderator
231 Points

Lady Hawke Hop all works out ok with your father.

Laptop driving me crazy(er).

Posted by ironsos on May 13, 2011, 03:10 PM report to moderator
231 Points

make that hope.

Posted by ironsos on May 13, 2011, 03:10 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Good evening!

I’ve had a lovely day. The ceilings might still be festooned with cobwebs, but my piano pieces are sounding really good! Ceilings tomorrow, I promise! (Though I am taking daughter to a visiting fair……………..)

Lady Hawke, I really hope your Dad feels a lot better once the antibiotics have a chance to kick in. Please keep us updated. Hugs and love for all of you. xx

Lemon, you’re getting HP number plates? Really! That’s SO cool! What a fabulous idea! We do have personalised plates here, but from what you describe in your post, it sounds like our rules are a lot stricter about what you can have, and how they can be spaced. I’m a bit vague on details, lol!
I agree with Ironsos, I think disposable cameras as a backup is a great idea. My DS almost lost his camera scrambing over rocks on our weekend away. It fell out of his pocket and almost went in the sea. You never know what might happen!

MM, it’s good to see you. I’m sorry the end of the schoolyear is so hard for you, both professionally and personally.

Graymayne, I’m so pleased you are enjoying Ursula, Under. I thought it was a really unique angle from which to write. I am about halfway through The Hare. It took me a while to become trapped by it. I loved the prologue, but struggled with Charles. Once we got to Vienna, though, I was hooked. It’s a very intelligent book; it assumes a very high degree of education and erudition in the reader. I think it is beautifully written. It’s more like a love poem than a biography. I have reached for the dictionary a couple of times, and have had to Google some of the many writers/painters/poets he mentions. I also think, given the circles Charles in particular moved within, that it’s unusual the Ephrussi name isn’t more widely known.

Huff, haha, you got all the blame for the rock cookies!

Posted by asti on May 13, 2011, 04:10 PM report to moderator
857 Points

Lady hawke I forgot to tell you about the Birkenstocks – you should be able to walk in them with only the first strap across the toes fastened. Not for long distances, but at least from one end of your house to the other. Unless you have puppies trying to catch the loose straps, anyway. So try them with all the other straps one hole looser. A little flapping of the sole is normal, not quite sloppy so your foot falls out. It lets air in under the foot to help keep your feet cooler all around. ;)

50 minutes to hometime!! I really need to get out of here today! ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 13, 2011, 04:12 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

Deanie, it is true, there are several states that still have laws on their books that outlaw the Quaker Parrot/Monk Parakeet… Most states that had prohibitions against them have removed the restrictions in light of more up to date studies that show the old beliefs were grossly inaccurate. Some states are not so enlightened… Some are downright medieval in their policies. There are a few states that will euthanize a Quaker Parrot on sight! New Jersey used to charge owners for the fee to kill them! I made sure to transport Kippy in the Riley when I moved here… If I had moved her by car, she would have been killed if a NJ state trooper or cop saw her! They actually train their cops to recognize Quakers! Nice huh?

Posted by Won_Two on May 13, 2011, 04:31 PM report to moderator
1884 Points

Won I can not believe they still have laws to kill the parrot instead of protecting them. Worse still that they enforce it. A lot of states have laws that are way outdated still on their books but they don’t usually enforce them.

I am now reading The Hunger Games. Just started it so don’t know if I will like it or not.

ASTI That is what is nice about the Kindel. You can usually down load a book you want instantly. I forgot my daughter didn’t have wireless so I had to download the book to my computer, then hook up the compter and the Kindel to get it downloaded on my Kindel. If I had the 3G I don’t think it would have helped since my phone will not work at her house to talk. Sometimes I can get a text message. It does work in town but I am not in town that often.

Posted by Cool G on May 13, 2011, 04:47 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Talking of outdated laws, Christmas puddings are still officially illegal in the UK, courtesy of Oliver Cromwell. Poor Kippy.

CoolG, I think once I actually get a Kindle, I will love it and use it a lot. It’s encouraging to hear you are enjoying yours. I have a deep suspicion it will be my birthday gift from my parents.

Posted by asti on May 13, 2011, 05:00 PM report to moderator
245 Points

We are sitting in the ER treatment room waiting for the doctor to look at the test results. It is busy here with some bad stuff so daddy and his UTI are not high on the priority list.

Even before he saw the test results the doctor was willing to say he expects to admit my father to put him on IV antibiotics.

They have take urine, several x-rays, and lots of extra blood since then.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 13, 2011, 05:32 PM report to moderator
245 Points

We are sitting in the ER treatment room waiting for the doctor to look at the test results. It is busy here with some bad stuff so daddy and his UTI are not high on the priority list.

Even before he saw the test results the doctor was willing to say he expects to admit my father to put him on IV antibiotics.

They have take urine, several x-rays, and lots of extra blood since then.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 13, 2011, 05:42 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Lady Hawke, I have been waiting to see if there was any news. I hope he gets seen soon. The IV antibiotics will surely help, and with a bit of luck he won’t be in long. My daughter had IV antibiotics with her meningitis. They are magic. xx

Posted by asti on May 13, 2011, 05:45 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Princess Beatrice’s hat is up to £6,300 with over a week to go!

Goodnight, all! xx

Posted by asti on May 13, 2011, 06:27 PM report to moderator
56 Points

Prayers that your dad gets well soon, LadyH.

Caught up and away I flurk.

Posted by Josephine on May 13, 2011, 06:58 PM report to moderator
857 Points

Home and lurking, waiting to see how Lady Hawke’s father is doing, progressing. The DS is sending good thoughts and healing wishes, too. ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 13, 2011, 07:28 PM report to moderator
923 Points

Evening all! Thinking of you and yours Lady Hawke and sending good energy your way.

Asti Hare does definitely stretch the mind but I enjoyed that. I set up a folder to hold the various pictures I was able to track down on the internet. The painters I knew but not the majority of the paintings, possibly because they may have largely been in private hands. I suspect that anti-semitism is the reason why the Ephrussi support of the Impressionists is not widely known. The political history that you learn is illuminating and becomes more personal because you have come to know the family members rather well. The writer deals with it all without rancour.

Bedtime, late again.

Posted by Graymayne on May 13, 2011, 07:37 PM report to moderator
245 Points

My father has been admitted with pneumonia and an urinary tract infection. The doctor believes he should feel better within 24 to 48 hours.

Sorry everyone, I made that post an hour ago and the hospital seems to have eaten it. Sometimes you have a signal and then you don’t.

I am out to pick up some things for my mother who is insisting on staying with my father and then I am going home.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 13, 2011, 07:51 PM report to moderator
85 Points

Waiting to hear about LadyHawke Dad. I thought yesterday he needed to be hospitalized. I am not surprised he is being admitted. Praying for his recovery.

Posted by Madame Minerva on May 13, 2011, 07:57 PM report to moderator
857 Points

Lady Hawke I’m glad they have figured it out. Do they have one of those chairs that converts to a bed for your mother? We don’t want her sick because of a horrid night with no sleep. Even if she really only dozes off for a bit, it is better than having to sit up in an uncomfortable chair all night. I have never been in a hospital chair that was truly comfortable. ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 13, 2011, 08:29 PM report to moderator
1040 Points

LH I’m glad they figured it out and admitted him. Hopefully the antibiotics and hospital care will help kick it all out right away. I agree with Deanie, I hope there is something they can provide for your poor mother or she will be miserable after a long night in a chair. Try to get some rest yourself, I’m sure this means the start of another busy round of visits and errands.

Won that is HORRID! I can’t believe there are laws like that in this country. Poor Kippy! It’s good that you had a way to transport her safely when you moved.

Asti in most states here, the rule is a combination of up to seven numbers and letters on a license plate, no special characters like exclamation points, etc. Each state has a standard way of doing their plates, or at least they did. I’m sure they have to rotate/update their regulations as the population grows and certain combinations run out. For example, it used to be in California that all standard plates were a series of three numbers, a space, then three letters. Highway patrol personnel can tell at a glance if a driver is from out of state just by the way the plates are configured, but then they are also individualized with color combinations or designs that are common to each state. In WA we have a pale blue and white background that depicts Mt. Rainier on the standard plates. Then there are speciality plates that people can order (and pay more for), just as ones that depict a military veteran’s status, handicapped status, various designs for conservation groups or other causes that people are for. If they choose one of those options, a portion of the cost of the plate is donated to whichever cause it depicts. I really like our wildlife ones here in WA and am contemplating getting one of those, which shows a killer whale leaping out of the water in Puget Sound. $10 of the fee goes to that conservation program. Or people can just do the personalized plates like we’re ordering, and those can say just about anything from people’s personal names to hobbies, causes, favorite things (like Harry!), etc., as long as it’s not vulgar or offensive.

States started offering plates like those because they’re great money makers. They don’t cost the states any extra to produce, but people pay quite a bit more for them. Some states, like CA, now even allow certain specialty characters like hearts and things on theirs, which of course cost just a bit extra on top of whatever personalization the person wants to begin with, or states like WI will allow spaces between whatever letters/numbers you want in order to make the message more clear, without counting the space as a number or letter itself for the maximum of seven. In WA they don’t do that. If I want a space, I have to use up one of my letter/number spaces to have it, which can mean not having enough letters to make whatever word I’m trying to make. Some letter combinations, if it’s a string of solid seven letters in a row, are nonsensical to anyone who doesn’t already know what it’s supposed to spell out. And yes, I’ve spent way too much time thinking about/working on this, LOL! I really wanted HOGWRTS for my license plate, but of course it and HOGWRTZ were both already taken, along with a bunch of other top picks. Now that I have three that I like narrowed down, that are available, I need to make a point to go in to the DMV on Monday to reserve it before someone else comes along and snags it.

Time for dinner, see you guys later!


Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on May 13, 2011, 09:52 PM report to moderator
1040 Points

BTW that is INSANE about Beatrice’s hat!!! ROFL!

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on May 13, 2011, 09:52 PM report to moderator
245 Points

No, the chair doesn’t make into a bed. She wouldn’t push it back anyway as she can’t lie down at all.

I hate to say this but I didn’t put up much of a fight. I think I have been out almost all week running errands or at home doing housework. Then, I was out late on Wednesday after a full day with my parents. Then, I spent Thursday morning with my MIL taking care of her needs, midday Thursday dealing with the car, then Thursday afternoon hauling daddy back and forth to the doctor. Last night I hardly slept because we were up and down with daddy all night. All I wanted to do this morning was to take a nap and I ended up sitting in the emergency room all day long. I am absolutley burned out. I did not have what it took to stand up to my mother and tell her she was coming home with me. I made sure she had some eye drops she needed, a travel toothbrush and toothpaste, some lotion, some books, and a booklight so she can read if daddy goes to sleep. I left them watching their regular 7 PM TV show.

We have to paint the outside of our house tomorrow. My DS is off from school for the month of May. We MUST do it. We have the paint. So, tomorrow I am facing painting the outside of the house and then going to check on things at the hospital. I just want to finish my beverage of choice and eat the pastry my DS bought for me at the hospital pastry shop, my favorite. I don’t need it. I did not buy one for myself today but he bought one for me and one for my mother. So, I am going to warm it up and eat it. Then I think I am going to go to bed. My DS and daughter are watching AVATAR and everyone knows how I feel about that. I have a new periodical of the Royal Wedding I can look at until I go to sleep. That is the extent of my ambition

THANK YOU EVERYONE for your kind thoughts and prayers. I will convey them to my parents when next I see them.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 13, 2011, 10:02 PM report to moderator
1623 Points

Morning all!

I finished my last assignment of the semester yesterday, so I have officially started summer break! Unfortunately, it’s not looking good for that class I need this fall, so it’s likely also the start of a year off from school. :(

My power was finally turned on at 5:20 pm Thurs. It seems like most of my refrigerator stuff is okay, but the freezer can’t be salvaged. I do have the claim form to submit the losses, though I don’t think it will be all that much dollar-wise.

Huff, I love my smartphone! I held off for so long, but now that I have it, I don’t know how I did without! I suppose one way to look at it with the work emails is that by handling them as they come in, you then won’t have to spend a big chunk of time in front of the computer when you are at work. The other option is to just not map your work email to the phone. Just use it for fun stuff, like visiting us! ;) My only issue is that I’m still not completely comfortable typing messages on the phone, so I wind up reading everything – here, FB, Twitter, email, etc. – but not posting, so that when I’m at the computer, I still have to go back to catch-up on any comments I wanted to make. I think I’ve been missing a lot by doing it that way, so I’ve got to get better and replying as I read. :) Good luck with your decision!

LH, I hope your dad is already showing improvement today. It’s amazing how quickly IV antibiotics can work! And I hope this will be the only health incident you have to deal with for at least the rest of the summer so you can enjoy LeakyCon without worrying about what is happening back home! You deserve the break!

MM, sorry to hear about your two friends. Cancer is such a vile disease! I hope they will either fight it soon or if they cannot, that they will be able to pass peacefully. :(

Lemon, LOL about the personalized plates! I’ve never done them because they’re so much more expensive than regular ones here. It’s $50 for regular plates, but you only have to renew every two years. Vanity plates are $75, but you have to renew every year, so you wind up paying $150 for the same amount of time. So, I save my $100 and stick with my plain old regular ones. :( Can’t wait to hear what you end up with though!

Won, that is crazy about the parrot laws! What on earth are they afraid of? I know Deanie, mentioned that they’re classified as an agricultural pest, but if they’re being kept indoors as a pest, they’re not going to affect anything agriculturally, are they? What is it that is supposedly so bad about them that could justify such cruel laws?

CoolG, I hope you enjoy The Hunger Games! Though ‘enjoy’ might be the wrong word for something with such an intense storyline. It’s definitely a riveting, fast-paced read though. And I have a feeling you’ll be eager for the second and third books once you’re done. Let us know what you think!

Okay, I’m off to get some work done. This weekend is going to be a busy one. After work today, I have to bring my aunt to the airport, and then I’m babysitting my nephew tonight. Somewhere in there, I have to run out and buy a gift for the bridal shower, which is tomorrow. I somehow managed to forget the necessity of buying a gift. I’ve got to double-check where she’s registered; hopefully there’ll still be something inexpensive on the list. If not, is it acceptable to give a gift card for a shower, or is that considered tacky? Tomorrow, after the shower, I’d been hoping to get up to Boston for the HP-MA meet-up. I haven’t been to one for a few months, and I was looking forward to hearing about the conference they held a couple weekends ago. But, apparently my mother is coming down sometime in the afternoon or evening and wants my sisters and me to visit with her. Of course, this is coming to me through my sister; she didn’t see fit to mention it to me. So, I’m tempted to just say “Oh well, I’m busy,” but I know I’d feel guilty if I do. I don’t even remember when she was last down here.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on May 14, 2011, 08:36 AM report to moderator
857 Points

Jen They are considered pests because the US now has several fair sized feral colonies of them. Either escaped pets or deliberately released by “importer’s”, about to get caught, birds were the foundation of these colonies. Anyway they can thrive and multiply in much of the US. There are also large populations in other countries with mild to moderate climates. They originate in temperate zone parts of South America.

They are fairly easy to teach to speak and are small enough to be carried. They are the iconic “pirate’s shoulder” bird. They eat vegetation and seeds, so seedling plants are attractive to them. They are not really the threat to agriculture that they were once believed to be, but once they got the bad rap, it stuck. Unfounded though it may be. Their nests are fairly large and not aesthetic little bowls, so are not considered desireable to have in the landscaping.

I found reading about them rather interesting. Can’t you tell? ;)

I was really just checking to see if Lady Hawke had posted an update on her parents. I agree that I hope this is the only health issue to arise in her family for the rest of the summer. ;)

Off to balance checkbooks. Yuck!!! ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 14, 2011, 12:44 PM report to moderator
857 Points

Jen Some people consider gift cards to always be a tacky choice. Ignore them, but only after you look over the registry selections. If you can’t decide what to get, go with the gift card, but get a really great greeting card to put it in, and explain that you just could not decide which item(s) to actually purchase, so you are putting the final decision for the couple to make together.

Perhaps after the wedding, they will discover a need for something that was not recieved. And, of course, you have no way of predicting what that could be, so the gift card is insurance that your gift will be used frequently and truly prove to be practical. ;)

I know that is laying it on a bit thick, but it is a very emotional time and a very sentimental time, so seeming to put their needs ahead of your taste could be seen as sooooo very sweet! ;)

The finance are not just calling, they era screaming for attention! Bbl. ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 14, 2011, 12:55 PM report to moderator
857 Points

are not era! ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 14, 2011, 12:56 PM report to moderator
245 Points

Daddy was up in the chair this morning. He was able to make it there with an escort of one. He had eaten his break

I took my mother home to pack a bag and pick up her medications.

Asit turns out the problem my father is having with his feet is not a weepy callous but shingles on his feet. So they are putting isolation signs up to remind the pregnant nurse on the floor not to enter the room. And for everyone else on the floor to take precautions so as to not infect her.

They believe about three days on the IV antibiotics will do the trick for Daddy.
I am home now and must dress in rags to paint.

Thanks again all. I conveyed your sentiments.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 14, 2011, 01:28 PM report to moderator
39 Points

Not only the biggest War we’re going to see..but some other moments too like ’ Ollivander revealing the secret of elder wand and cores’ , ‘breakout to gringotts bank’ , ‘story of prof. dumbledore by his own brother Aberforth’, destruction of other horcruxes’, ‘story of a prince-snape’ and the three best moments… ’ Voldemort and harry’s final duel’ , ’ epilouge version’ and last but not the least(the most awaiting moment for 6 yrs) ’ KISS between Ron and Hermione’….

killing each day juss to see these moments on 15th..

Posted by vonvon on May 14, 2011, 02:57 PM report to moderator
1623 Points

Well, my decision was made for me because when I got to the store and pulled up the registry, it said there were no items on the list. I don’t know if this means everything was already purchased or if they for some reason ended up deleting the registry with that store, but the other two options are not located anywhere near me, so I had to go with the gift card. I’m sure they’ll use it eventually. :)

LH, glad you’re seeing some improvement; hope it continues!

Posted by Bookworm Jen on May 14, 2011, 04:31 PM report to moderator
1040 Points

LH that’s good news on your Dad, i Hope he continues to improve rapidly, and that you and your mother both get some rest. Don’t work too hard painting the house! Ugh, what a chore. We stained our fence when we first moved in, which is even worse than painting because you really have to “push” the stain into the wood to get it to penetrate, but after that I vowed never to do anything like that again. I don’t think I could lift my arms for about three weeks after we finished!

Deanie that is very interesting about the parrots. Poor things. :(

Jen I think they will be very pleased with a gift card, so don’t worry! I know I always appreciated them for my various showers because there’s always a billion things people forget to put on the registry or don’t want to put on there because they’re just inexpensive (but often very necessary!) little things, or conversely, very expensive items that they don’t want to look too greedy by adding. So having gift cards to pick up those recurring necessities, especially with a baby – like diapers! – or to put toward the expense of a big item can be really, really helpful. So congratulate yourself on such a worthwhile and practical gift and go enjoy yourself at the shower with no worries! :)

Wow, your personalized plates are a LOT more expensive where you’re at, Jen! I don’t think I’d go for them at that price, either. Here they’re only $25 or $35 more per year, and we all have to renew every year regardless, so it’s not that big a deal. If I end up doing the conservation one on top of the personalization that does add quite a bit, but since part of it’s a donation to the organization that doesn’t bother me as much. But in the interest of keeping it reasonable, I probably will just go for the personalization. We’ve been paying for that since we moved here anyway, so it’s nothing new. LemonDrop has personalized plates as well.

I spent most of the morning cleaning out my closet. I was able to eliminate a rather large pile of clothing that is now too big (YAY!) and shift a bunch of clothing that was in the “too small” section of the closet to the “It fits!” side. Double YAY! Some of them were workout pants I hadn’t been able to wear since we lived in WI, so that was sort of a big deal. That’s been at least eight years. They’re old and worn and still don’t look good enough to wear out of the house, but they work. Some of my current workout pants are really too baggy now, so I can eliminate those, too. There were two pairs of jeans that still didn’t work, although I could get them both up and zipped. But once those really fit, the next round of clothing down is all stuff from when we still lived in CA, so things I haven’t worn in eleven years. I’m hoping that stuff will fit by the time we go to LeakyCon, even though none of it would be wearable, it’s so completely outdated, LOL. I even still have a pair of red plaid stirrup pants in there! OMG! I’m just saving them to fit to prove it to myself, then out they will go, as well. :)

Off to the next round of exercise! Enjoy your weekend, everyone.

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on May 14, 2011, 07:44 PM report to moderator
231 Points

slow Sat. for me. Yawn

Posted by ironsos on May 14, 2011, 09:16 PM report to moderator
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