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What are you most excited about doing at the Harry Potter park?

Posted by Melissa
May 21, 2010, 10:04 PM
Eating the food
2168 (6%)
Riding the Hogwarts Journey ride
11637 (34%)
Riding the Dueling Dragons
1764 (5%)
Shopping
6197 (18%)
Drinking butterbeer
11649 (34%)
  33415 votes in total

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Ooops!

Posted a response in the wrong place last night. I was tired.

On the subject of ballroom dancing here is what I wrote in the wrong place.

HERMINE, I was just to the point of learning some competitive level dance steps when I stopped lessons. It was getting to be too expensive at that level. You would have to really want to compete or dance professionally to spend that sort of money. As it was I could go out dancing and be one of the more accomplished people on any given dance floor. I was even brave enough to let loose and do “Latin hips”. Most anglo girls won’t do that. I was good enough on “social” dancing that people were beginning to talk to me about teaching beginners. For awhile there I was dancing about four nights a week. It was the only exercise I have ever done that was fun.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 05, 2010, 09:59 AM report to moderator
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CoolG, you are absolutely right, I never would have joined those girls for dinner a few years ago. And we definitely didn’t run out of things to talk about. There was a girl who’s still a student like me, and another who just graduated and hasn’t found a job yet. Then there were 3 who work in libraries and the woman who’s an author. So we were swapping book recommendations and squeeing over our favorites and the authors we were excited to meet, complaining about movie adaptations, and listening to the working librarians share stories from on-the-job. So awesome! :)

Deanie, we did do better yesterday than expected…the percent by day seems to just be off from what we’d forecast. With the holiday falling on a Sunday, we figured that Saturday would have the majority of the business, since people would be home celebrating on Sunday, but sales were fairly evenly split between both days. I suppose a lot of people are treating today as the holiday.

I love the idea of grazing all day; I hope you enjoy it! We have our Employee Appreciation day Thursday (they always do it after holidays once the craziness has died down). I’m excited because I missed the last one because of school. They’ve got a pretty good spread for this one too – hot dogs w/ Coney sauce, stuffed chicken breasts, steak tips, and some fish dish, as well as some cold salads. Usually the summer events are just cookout stuff, but they seem to be going all out. I miss having my office in the other building where the cafeteria is. It’s set up as a buffet from 2am (so the bakers who work overnight can eat too) to 7pm, so I used to be able to just keep picking all day – “grazing” like you said! ;)

Hi LH! Hope you have a good day too! :)

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 05, 2010, 10:44 AM report to moderator
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Locally, there has been some interesting news. Some people were putting in a swimming pool and when they got about eight feet down in their backyard they found a trilophodon, a type of mastodon. It is estimated at 30,000 to 2 million years old. There has never been one of these found in this region. The people are donating it to The Pink Palace Museum.
http://www.aolnews.com/article/prehistoric-fossils-unearthed-in-tenn-backyard/19541513

The child went home with my DS’s mother last night. I think we will pick her up and go see Eclipse late this afternoon.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 05, 2010, 11:32 AM report to moderator
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Hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend! The fireworks at the parks here were done on the 3rd. The predominant religion here holds Sunday as holy so non religious things are not encouraged.

Master LEW, when’s your trip? Will you be on the Colorado side? The Utah side is northeast of SLC, near Manila.

Madam M, I also think fireworks are dangerous and should be limited to the professionals. I’ve seen too many injuries caused by notso careful revelers.

We have postponed our trip to Potterworld until next year. This summer is just too busy for us.

Back to flurking.

Posted by Josephine on July 05, 2010, 12:04 PM report to moderator
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Josie, are you thinking of going to LeakyCon? A bunch of us will be going to the conference (July 13-17, 2011) and the theme park so we can all meet up. Even if you don’t want to do the conference, it would be great if you were able to come during that time!

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 05, 2010, 12:42 PM report to moderator
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Josie, we’ll be on both sides, since the park spans the boarder. We put in on the Colorado side and take out on Utah. The Utah side is actually still over 3.5 hours from SLC – near Jensen. And I leave tomorrow morning! hw00t h00t

Posted by Dr. LEW on July 05, 2010, 08:37 PM report to moderator
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Have fun Master LEW! And don’t break any bones! ;)

Posted by Deanie on July 05, 2010, 10:59 PM report to moderator
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Ummmm… Yours or the kid’s. ;)

Posted by Deanie on July 05, 2010, 11:00 PM report to moderator
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Good Morning Everybody!!!! A Happy Tuesday to ALL!!!! I HOPE EVERYBODY HAD A WONDERFUL FOURTH OF JULY!!!!
I KNOW I LISTENED AND WATCHED THE FIRE WORKS HERE ON THE 3RD OF JULY AND WATCHED THE ONES FROM THE MONUMENT GROUNDS BY WATCHING A CAPITOL 4TH ON THE TV SET!!!!!
I AM WISHING EVERYBODY TO HAVE A TERRIFIC DAY!!!!

Posted by Mistic Willow on July 06, 2010, 08:40 AM report to moderator
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Morning all!

Master LEW, I’m sure you’re already gone, but just in case you happen to pop in here, I hope you’re having a great time on your trip. I can’t wait to hear about it when you get back!

Mistic, I did have a wonderful 4th. My dad, sister, nephew, and I went down by the waterfront to watch the fireworks and ended up meeting up with my uncle and his MIL, who had my cousin’s daughter (my second cousin?) with them. It was a fun night. Then yesterday the whole family went over to my aunt’s house for a cookout, and that uncle set off some fireworks.

I thought it was kind of funny that my uncle was setting off fireworks when I’d just been saying the other day that I don’t like it when non-professionals set them off from home. But their neighbor actually works in pyrotechnics, and he’s the one who got my uncle the supplies and taught him how to do them. He had it set up so he lit the cord thing, then it took about 5 full minutes to reach the first firework, and then they were all spaced to go off every few seconds, with a bunch together at the end for the grand finale. It was pretty cool, and he only had to go over there the once at the beginning, rather than lighting each off individually. Of course, fireworks are illegal in MA (except for the licensed shows) so everyone had me paranoid that the cops were going to show up and arrest us all!

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 06, 2010, 11:37 AM report to moderator
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Aloha! ;)

Another day at work. ;)

I will be lurking. ;)

Posted by Deanie on July 06, 2010, 12:02 PM report to moderator
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LH, do you still read books out loud together with your DS & daughter? I thought you might find this article interesting: http://www.familygoesstrong.com/one-book-one-family-top-10-titles-teens-parents-and-grandparents-share

It’s a list of books that are recommended for the whole family to read together. Actually, this list says for teens, parents, and grandparents, but there are a few on the list that would probably be appropriate for your daughter. I figure that it will at least give you some ideas of titles to check out.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 06, 2010, 12:11 PM report to moderator
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Good afternoon everyone. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. I spent the weekend with family. We had a great time working in the yard, watching fireworks and barbecuing tri tip.

Jen thank you for the list of books. I looked into some of the selections and they look fabulous. I can’t wait to get started on Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness.

Need to eat something, blood sugar is getting low. I’ll be lurking. :)

Posted by Twin2 on July 06, 2010, 03:32 PM report to moderator
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Hi Twin2! I’m looking forward to reading those two as well. I first found out about Beautiful Creatures when looking for books for a project in my young adult lit class, but it hadn’t been released yet. I forgot about it over winter break, and then it was at the beginning of the spring semester that I started reading a bunch of great reviews of it…just when I didn’t have the time for pleasure reading. Now that summer’s here, I definitely need to get my hands on it, especially since I now have the second one already.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 06, 2010, 09:52 PM report to moderator
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Jen, I can’t wait either. I am def going to pick it up on my next visit to the book store. I have finally finished the stack of books that I picked up on my last visit and in need of something to read. Pleasure reading is def on my list. =)

Posted by Twin2 on July 06, 2010, 11:05 PM report to moderator
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Aloha! ;)

You know that feeling that you might as well go home because the rest of the day is going to be totally unproductive? It hit me about halfway in to work this morning. If I had the leave time available, wihout encroaching on my planned long weekend in August, I would just go back home and go back to bed. ;)

Since I need to save what I have available for August, I will just stay here and hope it turns around some. ;)

Posted by Deanie on July 07, 2010, 08:03 AM report to moderator
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JEN, my daughter prefers to read to herself now. I might be able to read one out loud when it is something everyone wants to hear, like the next ERAGON or THE SCOTTISH BOOK. She started the Artemis Fowl series but quickly bailed out of those. She does not like an antihero as her main character. She read the Percy Jackson books in quick succession.

My daughter has decided the aquatic frogs are too dirty to deal with. There is an option to send them back to their breeders who will relocate them to new homes. It seems schools will have had casualties and will need free replacements. I made sure they would not be sent back, just to face disposal. Her father made a deal with her if she sent the frogs back she could replace them with guppies. Guppies are clean if you keep them clean. They don’t do well otherwise. The frogs are dirty and stay dirty, even when you are keeping them “clean”. You never completely replace their water and it stays murky or returns to murkiness very quickly. The stench is also terrible when you do clean them. We must be doing something right. We started with two tadpoles and added a froglet. We now have three frog sized frogs. They are not so pretty in their murky water. The guppies should be more attractive but I have told my daughter and DS that I am NOT becoming in any way responsible for the guppies, not cleaning the tank, not rescuing the fry when they hatch. If it is left to me the parents can have a great fry dinner. I am not separating fish into different tanks. I am not doing it. If they all die it will be because the other people in the house did not take care of them.

I need to go get ready for the day out with my parents.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 07, 2010, 10:59 AM report to moderator
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Guppies can be quite a bit of work. We never rescued the fry from the adults, but we did make sure there was lot of live greenery in the tank for them to hide in.

Mother did get stuck with the tank cleaning, though. Because our water was very treated, she had to boil off the chemicals on the stove and then let it cool down before she could add it to the tank. She did not want us children dealing with the boiling water.

Make sure they get at least one algae eater and/or a waste eating catfish for the tank. It does cut down on the cleaning frequency. ;)

Ooops! Lunch lurk. ;)

Posted by Deanie on July 07, 2010, 12:04 PM report to moderator
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Afternoon all!

I was off today, so my dad and I headed out to Narragansett (RI). We usually do Newport, but figured it might be nice to try somewhere different. We both decided that while Narragansett has some very nice beaches, in terms of just walking around by the water and grabbing a bite to eat, Newport is a better option – there’s more to do, and it’s a lot closer. Still, it’s not like we had a horrible time, and it was fun to go explore somewhere new.

LH, I still haven’t read the Artemis Fowl series, but I have heard good things about it. Did you read any of the books, or was that one your daughter read on her own? I often hear it mentioned as a good series for reluctant boy readers. Good luck with the guppies!

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 07, 2010, 04:17 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke, it’s lovely to hear your daughter is enjoying reading. My daughter has recently started devouring books. Part of it is a genuine interest, and a good ability, part of it is because she wants to be like me, lol! But for whatever reason, it’s lovely to see. It’s wonderful when she comes to me to tell me about her story.
The frogs do sound a bit icky…. and well done for making your intentions clear about the guppies! Good luck!

Deanie, I hate days like that! I hope you’re surviving.

Twin2, ooooohhhhh, what books are on your list????! Have you read anything you’d recommend?

Waving to everyone!. xx

Posted by asti on July 07, 2010, 04:17 PM report to moderator
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I started the first Artemis Fowle book, but I just cannot get into the style. It has sat idle in the bottom of my little cart for over 2 months. I really have no desire to read the rest of it. ;)

Hometime in 35. I have done nothing useful except fold a half dozen cranes today. ;)

And listen to the first two and two-thirds disks of GoF. They are at the Quiddich World Cup, still near the start. ;)

Posted by Deanie on July 07, 2010, 04:31 PM report to moderator
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Helloooooooo Leaky! It’s been a truly nutty time on my end lately and hopefully things will let up soon, but just wanted to pop in and say hi!!!!! and to wave madly at everyone!

Are we back over here? I see a lot more posts than the last time I logged in (which was, according to MyLeaky, 2 months ago… so things might have changed!!)

Posted by Hufflebug on July 07, 2010, 04:32 PM report to moderator
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Hi Huff!! I’ve missed you; how are you? Have you been able to squeeze some fun in between all the nuttiness?

We’re not fully back over here – there are still a lot of people who don’t come here – but we’ve definitely been posting more than we had over the last couple of month. Personally, I greatly prefer it, and I’ve been spending more time here than at any other sites. I hope you’ll be able to pop in more often! :D

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 07, 2010, 05:37 PM report to moderator
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Hi Huff it’s so nice to see you. I’m unsure of where else we all go, but I have not been on for quite some time. I am attempting to remedy that.

Asti I have started reading the Reacher series from Lee Child. It was a very good read and I highly recommend them. I also have been reading Robert Parker books, which are also good. They both are excellent murder mysteries. :D

Posted by Twin2 on July 07, 2010, 07:55 PM report to moderator
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Artemis Fowl was a series that was recommended as something my daughter might like. I purchased the first one and she started it but she did not like a main character who was up to no good. She likes her protagonists to be heroic.

My daughter and I just watched 9 to 5 and she enjoyed it immensely. Last week we watched The Devil Wears Prada and I realized she would probably enjoy the revenge side of the evil boss story.

My DS is in class tonight so now the movie is finished I suppose I will go and read. My daughter has returned to preteen entertainment on the TV in the greatroom.

If I can talk my family out of the guppies I will. I would rather just have some pretty freshwater tropical fish that don’t involve trying to find homes for the extras or keeping parents from eating babies. I’m inclined to let the parents feast on those who can’t find their way to the plants. If you save all or most of them then you have far too many to dispose of in other manners. There are not enough tropical fish dealers in town to absord all the overstock of guppies you would have. Unfortunately, I don’t think my daughter will tolerate allowing the consumption of babies by parents.

I think it will be a horrible mess and I am putting up as much resistance as I can and no one is listening to me. When it all unravels I do not intend to be the person holding the end of the yarn.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 07, 2010, 11:08 PM report to moderator
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The butter beer was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!!! Went Granding on June 18th! An experience I will never forget!!!!! The ride in the castle was like never I have ever experienced. I miss it, want to go back. I would live there if it were possible!

Posted by doughboy6390 on July 08, 2010, 01:59 AM report to moderator
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Morning all!

Back at work, but today I have the Employee Appreciation spread to look forward to at lunch. :)

I am eagerly waiting for LeakyCon registration to open. It should be any day now, since they said it would open this week. I know several of the people who run it are together at VidCon this weekend. It’s a first-time conference put together by Hank Green (one of the vlog brothers) for creators of online video content. I believe YouTube is actually doing the keynote address. So anyway, I’m thinking that they’ll open LeakyCon registration while a bunch of the staffers are hanging out together. :)

I am over-the-moon excited about yesterday’s announcement that the first day of LeakyCon, Weds. July 13, is going to be a YA Lit Day, run by author Maureen Johnson. She’s one of my favorites, she’s friends with a lot of the other YA authors I enjoy reading, and she’s a big HP fan, so I know it’s going to be an awesome day of programming! :D

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 08, 2010, 08:34 AM report to moderator
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Oooh, I just remembered that the Emmy nominations are being announced this morning (should start any minute now). I’ve got my fingers crossed for GLEE! (And I’d like to see LOST pick up several as well.)

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 08, 2010, 08:47 AM report to moderator
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Woo hoo! GLEE got 19 Emmy nominations! They’re the top-nominated regular t.v. show (there’s an HBO miniseries movie that has more). And LOST is right up there with 12 noms, so I’m a happy camper. I love award shows, and they’re even more fun when I have favorites to root for. I can’t wait! :D

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 08, 2010, 09:44 AM report to moderator
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Jen,

I noticed SEABISCUIT was on the list you posted for young readers. I read it when it first came out but I would not have immediately considered it as an option for my daughter, even as horse crazy as she is. She has seen the movie and I have to control myself to keep myself from actually covering her eyes a time or two. As I recall there was some similar text in the book I would just as soon she not read yet about the prostitute/camp followers that supported the jockey circuit. I also remember some pretty horrendous practices the jockies used to control their weight. Maybe I should go back and reread it. Maybe it is more suitable than I remember.

Just the same, I recommend the book to any adult who has not read it. It is a lovely story of triumph garnered from perseverance against all odds.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 08, 2010, 09:57 AM report to moderator
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