What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?
|A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.||
|The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.||
|Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen||
|I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.||
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Lady Hawke I feel exhausted just reading about your current activities!! You have my sympathy.
I am mourning the rapidly shrinking amount of daylight, sunset tonight will be at 19.23 BST. It was reported today that the UK apple harvest was down by about a fifth as a direct result of the rain falling heavily during the pollination season (bees don’t fly in rain).
CoolG I have always disliked icing on cakes so your brownies would just do me nicely:) I am under orders to lose weight so I am trying to remember the rules. I find it depressing.
Last night my DS and I settled down to view a film on TV at 11.0pm having read the synopsis. At 11.30pm we looked at each other, agreed we didn’t care, and turned off the TV. After half and hour of trivial dialogue we had learned nothing of interest, found the characters to be without charm and we decided not to waste our time. The film was entitled Archipelago and IMDb has some enlightening comments.
helloooooooo Leaky! Graymayne and Sirius thanks for your thoughts about Hunger Games. Makes a lot of sense.
LH your stamina is truly amazing. Does the 80 lb washer hold 80 lbs of fabric at once? :O
asti here’s hoping the cats will be ok. Good luck to the trumpeteer! Glad the doc appt went well!
ironsos glad your 2nd surgery went well. Does this mean you now have 2 patches? Arrrrrrr!
Deanie hope your dental work went ok!
My son-in-law and grandson came by as promised. They had a lawn mower with them so my son-in-law finished mowing where I didn’t get while my grandson looked at my lawnmower. When he lifted it up, there was a coke can squashed in the side. So with the help of a screw driver, he was able to get it out. My lawnmower started right up. They have been cutting his parents grass every week end. His Dad is very sick so it is a good thing I can cut my own grass.
Hufflebug!!! Two eye patches would be really bad. They where kept on for the first 24 hours after surgery
and then on a night for a few days. Being done a week apart meant no problem. Having to wear both at
once would have been more like Arrrr! boink! ouch!
I have a lot of posts to catch up on. But first ……….
I’M GOING TO BE GRANDMA!!!!!!
Today my son and daughter-in-law invited us to lunch. They also invited my daughter and her BF. so here I thought we were celebrating our anniversary. My daughter-in-law hands me a present bag and says “happy anniversary!”! I thought how nice. So I open it and inside is a beautiful frame with the wording GRANDCHILDREN and in the frame is their first ultrasound of my grand baby!!!!!! I started crying and hugging and smiling and just plain breaking down. The ultrasound looks like a peanut but IT’S MY PEANUT!!! LOLOLOL!!
I am so happy and excited I can’t wait. The baby is due April 20th!! I am finally at the front of the grandparent line and I have a ticket. I can go to other line to get my grand baby. YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!
We are not allowed to post this on Facebook because they are not done telling people but I’m glad that I have you guys to tell and brag with. I can’t hold it in much longer. I love you guys!!’
CONGRATULATIONS, MM!!!! That was a very nice way for them to tell you, very clever. I’m sure you’ll let us know when you know if it is boy or a girl. Rosie asked me at dinner if I had grandchildren and I had to tell her my only child was still twelve years old. I am way at the back of the grandparent line, although if I had married younger and had children younger I could have long since been a grandmother.
I know yesterday was the anniversary of your first date. Is it also your wedding anniversary?
HUFFLEBUG, I think the washers can hold 80 pounds (36.3kg). They will hold up to four king size comforters, the heavy thick ones. They are enormous, maybe 5ft (1.52m) high and about 4.5ft (1.8m) wide and equally deep. The drums probably have a 4ft (1.22m) diameter and are equally deep. You can fill them until you have about 6in (15.2cm) of clearance at the top of the drum. They cost $8.25 (5.08GBP) to run. It is cheaper than running four 20lb (9.1kg) washers.
Tonight we loaded up both 80lb (36.3kg) washers again and one of the 50lb (22.7kg) washers and a 30lb (13.6kg) washer.
Tonight we were washing every blanket, afghan, and comforter in the house, as well as a lot of towels and miscellaneous, scarves, mittens, etc. and still some leftover clothing.
I spent the whole day today sorting and folding all the things we washed last night. I made up some bags for donation. I sorted everything else by type of clothing and who it belongs to. So, I have a sack of shirts with my name on it, a sack of underwear and shorts, a sack of t-shirts and shorts to wear doing housework, a sack of winter pajama pants and sweat shirts. My DS picked up my slacks at the dry cleaner. We each have a pile of bags of our own. They are our drawers until we move back to our bedroom.
I have not yet begun to deal with the hanging clothes in the walk in closets in the bathroom. We are going to put down sticky traps and see if there is any evidence of any activity there before I go to the trouble to waste a lot of time with clothes that are hanging that far above the floor.
I suppose tomorrow will be another folding day.
MM Your timing is perfect! I very nearly added a third post last night asking if anyone knew how you were because you had not been around for a while. CONGRATULATIONS, Granny-in-waiting!
Congratulations MM! I know you have been waiting for this day.
I let the dogs out at 7 AM this morning and it was still completely dark. At 7:15 it was getting light. This means that when the time changes, it is going to be dark earlier in the evening and stay dark later in the morning too even though it is suppose to be lighter.
I need to fix some breakfast. I never know what I want.
MM, we have found out if you use a word the website does not recognize it will toss your post.
Cool G – I have been waiting a long time. The DS is the oldest with 9 siblings. 5 of them are grandparents. From my side ALL my siblings are grandparents including my younger sister. That one was hard for me. I am very close to her and I love her grand baby but I was so envious thinking it would be years before I would see a grand-baby.
Graymayne – granny-in-waiting – I like it!!
Adella, Ironsos, LadyHawke – thank you!!
I went to the new Walmart this morning to get some flea medicine for my dogs. I forgot that I was out and they were due yesterday. I don’t think the medicine did the trick last month because they seem to be scratching but I found no trace of fleas in the house. I bought a different kind that killed more than the Frontline Plus does so we will see. Normally this would be the last month for me unless October was a hot month. I usually have from November to March without having to give them flea medicine. There was more medicine in the capsules so I hope it works ok.
I went to the grocery store to get milk and bread. I ate two bananas for my breakfast. I finally saw my Grandson that works at the store. I haven’t seen him since school started. He no longer bags grocery but puts out groceries on the shelves. That is why I have not seen him as much. He is working in the back as well as out front. So now I have seen both my grandson’s this weekend. I have more than the two but they live out of state and out of town. My oldest daughter called me this morning too so I have talked to several of my family this weekend.
It is almost time for the Nascar Race to start so I better get ready to rest and watch a little TV.
This is a bad time of year for sports. I keep switching between NASCAR and football. Cannot
seem to make up my mind.
MM, I will say this here although I would never say it on Facebook. Not only could I not keep Rosie and Carmen straight until I met Rosie, I still thought Rosie was the older sister until I Friended her on Facebook and found she and I graduated from highschool the same year. I think you are very much the younger looking and younger acting sister. I realize Rosie has had health issues but so have you. Maybe it is because you go to work and deal with middle schoolers all day. Maybe it is because your children are younger and they kept you going, just like the soccer kids keep you going.
MM, congratulations, that is wonderful news! And what a beautiful way to tell you. I bet your DS is just as excited as you. My best wishes to your son and DIL, and huge hugs for you.
I just wanted to pop in to say a quick hello and let you know how things are going. I’ve been really overwhelmed with the start of my new job, and having some trouble with anxiety like I did back in college. Fortunately no full-blown panic attacks, but several days of constant generalized anxiety. The (sort of) good part has been that when I’m in the middle of a class, I’m okay – I can sort of suppress it and get through what I need to do. It’s when I’m not “on” in front of the kids that my mind’s racing with the hundreds of things I need to be doing. The reason I figure that’s good is that it means I don’t actually hate the job, which I sort of worried about the first couple of days that I felt so miserable. I just have to keep chipping away at my to-do lists and it’ll get better and better as I get more comfortable and used to things.
Last week I did have my first observation from the assistant principal who will be my coach/evaluator this year, and she had some very positive feedback, along with some suggestions that were helpful, so I left feeling pretty good on Friday. But now, of course, as Monday is getting closer and closer, I’m getting antsy again…even though I know I’m in good shape to get through tomorrow’s classes. I’m definitely up and down right now, but overall I do think that I’ll eventually get to a place where I can enjoy it and look forward to going to work. Granted, it might not be until next year, when I’ll have the comfort of having been through an entire school year and having lessons I can reuse, but I think I’ll get there.
I haven’t been spending much time online; I’ve been losing myself in tv shows (finally watching Veronica Mars, which had been recommended by so many people over the last few years…I’m loving it and wishing I’d watched sooner) and books (right now I’m reading Gone Girl, a psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn, which people have been talking about all summer). I’ve popped in here a couple of times to skim posts, but hadn’t felt up to posting before now. But going forward I’ll try to be better about at least posting a hello once in a while when I’m lurking. :)
JEN, good to hear from you. I’ve been wondering how the first two weeks went. I’m sorry you are having issues with anxiety but I will tell you I also believe that to be entirely normal for a person in their first professional position. I can remember the first few months in my first job after grad school. I can remember being constantly uncertain and constantly very, very tired. Losing yourself in mindless television during your off hours is probably healthy.
Congrats, MM! That’s great news!! :D
Hi, Jen! Haven’t heard from you in a while, so I’ll take this chance to say congratulations on the new job! Hang in there! You’ll do great! I know it!
Well, I am back among the living. They had to drill out the root of the tooth. The sound was worse thn any other part of the procedure. I am on an antibiotic, as a precaution and I still have pain pills, but I haven’t taken one since early yesterday. Vicoden. ;)
Chewing is a bit of a challenge. ;)
Ironsos I’m glad your surgery went well. ;)
Cool G it seems that restaurants ice their brownies, but the grocery store does not. I like them either way, but the icing needs to be a fudge type. My SIL thought to “treat” me once (years ago) and made a chocolate cake by the recipe from the Hershey company. It was more of a cocoa cake than a devilsfood type chocolate with icing that tasted like cocoa. I much prefer devilsfood with chocolate fudge icing. ;)
It is another day in Wonderland! ;)
MM please keep us posted on the status of the grandbaby. ;)
Jen I know you will soon get into the groove of your schedule and be able to enjoy the job. ;)
Thanks Deanie. I am going to hold off getting new reading glasses for a couple weeks. Luckily I
had an old pair of 175 diopter glasses laying around as my 250 lenses are now way to strong. I
can set the laptop at a little more than arms length and read quiet clearly. Have not been able to
do that in at least 20 years. Distance vision is now great.
Ironsos I am so glad you have improved vision. Two of my older brothers have had lazor surgery done on their eyes and it has helped improve their vision. They were both getting to the place they could not see so they were grateful to be able to see again too.
Jen I am sure your new job will soon become routine for you. It is not uncommon for a new job to cause anxiety in the beginning.
I didn’t know what I was going to fix for dinner until I saw the corn on the cob I bought at the grocery yesterday. So I fixed it along with some cornbread fried in bacon grease. The flavor the grease gave the cornbread fritters was great. This will probably be the last of the corn on the cob for this season.
asti is it the Grimethorpe colliery band? if so then thats very exciting, they are one of my favourites I’ve seen them in concert a number of times and have a nice selection of CDs
MM massive congratulations on your fab news. . . .now I can officially make old lady comments and you cant argue about it .. . .not now you are a proper little old lady grandma hahahaha. I expect you’ll want Elmo to volunteer his services as a godparent?
BTW remember I said I had a present for you and I needed your address . . .well i deleted your email (not on purpose :-) could you resend?
jen Its hard not to feel anxious in a new job, but I bet you’re fab – you have all the right skills, a good attitude and a really great understanding (and love of) books. . . . give it a couple of weeks to settle in properly and you’ll be flying along. I’m around to chat if ever you need me. If the kids get out of hand then let me know and I’ll send elmo over to sort them out :-)
coolG I love corn on the cob – can you send me a piece. I need a dab of butter and a sprinkling of salt on mine. Elmo likes his smothered in mashed banana
Wolfie, no, it wasn’t Grimethorpe. I take it you’ve seen the film “Brassed Off?”
Ironsos, that is such good news about your vision, and I am very jealous. It is a dream of mine to wake up one morning and be able to see without my glasses! My alarm clock has the most enormous display you have ever seen, with the time shown in HUGE red numbers, and I still have to squint to read it when I wake up in the night.
Jen, I am not surprised you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, and it WILL pass. I imagine you’re also carrying some anxiety from all the hassle with your paperwork, and having to wait to be officially offered the position too. I think it’s great you’re getting positive feedback, and I also think it’s great you have that support, rather than just being thrown in. Please try not to put too much pressure on yourself.
Spending your free time escaping with TV is a great strategy. I had a horribly frightening pregnancy with my daughter, and I swear I wouldn’t have got through it without my DVD of Pride and Prejudice.
Gone Girl is on my wish list. What do you think of it?
And please say hello, even if you don’t feel like saying anything else. xx
Deanie, ouch. Shuddering in sympathy.
BWJen I have every confidence that you will soon adjust to your new situation and find that you have such a solid background of meticulous work behind you that you will never feel at a loss in any given situation. This is where you wanted to be and you worked hard for it, all you have to do now is undo the stress of the last few weeks. Make sure that you eat well and get enough sleep. Maybe it is time that you re-thought your family commitments now that you are in full-time work . . .