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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MM I am glad that Jake has great prospects for his retirement. ;)
Lady Hawke Years ago I found a great cookbook for the “cooking challenged”. It is The Starving Student Cookbook and really has some very good recipes. Most can be done with minimal utensils. It covers breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes and even has party ideas and “date” meals.
Asti you may find a version of it with the right weights or measurements for the UK. The version I found had measurements as commonly used in the US.
Of course it is really simple foods designed for students who may be away from home for the first time. ;)
I also have a cookbook designed for the “learning to cook” segment of children. It is by Disney and has things like pancakes (US style) and spaghetti and a few desserts. It also has a bit of an introduction to measuring tools and other kitchen utensils. ;)
Neither book is very big, but they both cover simple and basic informaton. I know what you are all thinking, I don’t cook. That does not mean that don’t know how to cook. Besides, I rather like to look through cookbooks. ;)
MM remenber, if you are going to be near Atlanta (south side) around lunchtime or dinnertime, just let me know. I would love to meet you somewhere for a meal or just a snack. I even know most of the restaurants in Henry County that are open 24/7. ;)
Deanie, it is a “learning to cook” type book that my daughter has bought for herself. I think it’s pretty genius. For example, the spaghetti she cooked yesterday was a basic recipe… It also includes a “now you have mastered this, try this” after many of the recipes to give more ideas with growing confidence.
I am a completely self taught cook. When I left home I had NO idea.
If you like to read about food and recipes, might I recommend Nigel Slater’s cook books? The beautiful words and the food described just cuddle you!
I hope you and MM do get to meet!
I learned to cook when I was in Girl Scouts. I worked on a cooking badge. Most people doing badges paid lip service to the skill they were supposed to learn, more of a “I’ve introduced myself to the subject” attitude. When I did the cooking badge my mother swung into action. She actually made me memorize information, how many teaspoons were in a tablespoon, cups in a pint, quart or gallon. She made sure I knew what different cooking terms meant and how to do them. By the time she was finished I could read a cookbook and understand it. She didn’t teach me any advanced cooking techniques, outside of some candy making using thermometers, but I could pick up a basic cookbook and follow the directions.
I need to find a movie for my daughter and me to watch tonight. My DS spent the day running errands instead of studying. Now, he plans to study after dinner so my daughter and I will be on our own for the night.
Deanie we always drive through Atlanta on the way back. I would love to meet you for lunch. :)
Last time you mentioned some good historical sights we could stop and see. We can stop at those until you are out of your work and ready for lunch.
LadyHawke – we love watching any of the good classics. My daughter and I love musicals. My sisters and I love the romances. Like “Gone with the Wind”. The DS and I will watch any of the unknown oldies.
MM I’m not really too familiar with the restaurants right in downtown Atlanta, since I live in the suburbs south of town. There is a small restaurant and a couple of bars that seem to be pretty busy all the time near Grant Park. The zoo and the Cyclorama are both in Grant Park. ;)
There is also an ice cream shop that I have been wanting to try for several years. It is right across the road from the zoo. The really great thing about the Grant Park area of Atlanta is how pet friendly it is. I see people walking their dogs every day. They also sometimes have a water bowl at the ice cream place for the dogs who are there with their people. ;)
This week is going by so fast! And as much as I’m enjoying the new job, I am not in a hurry for vacation to end. I had so many things I thought I’d be able to get done while I was off, but I haven’t made a dent in the list.
Anyway, first of all, a big thank you to everyone for the holiday cards: Asti, CoolG, Deanie, Felipe, Graymayne, Ironsos, Lemon, LEW, LH, Mistic Willow, MM, and Rhi, as well as Mr. Deanie for the pretty snowflake. I especially loved all of the sweet notes in the cards – they helped me feel connected with everyone even though I haven’t been over here in a while. I’ve been awful with cards. I actually never sent any out until we started sending them to each other, so the few years I did manage to get some out were unusual for me; it’s not something I’m in the habit of doing. I still have the cards I bought last year and never ended up doing, and I’m not sure if they’ll make it out this year, but I have definitely been thinking of everyone and absolutely appreciated all of the ones I received!
So, a bit about the new job: it’s been going really well. I feel like I got so lucky to have found this position right out of school. My library is huge. There’s a big open area where we meet for “circle time” read alouds, as well as an area with tables for written work. It’s already stocked with a large collection, and the shelves aren’t completely packed, so there’s still plenty of room for new purchases. The PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) is extremely supportive, so I receive a good amount of money from them, in addition to the Scholastic credits I earn through book fair sales. I was talking to a friend who is working in a library that hasn’t had money to purchase books in the past three years…I’ve already placed two orders in the four months I’ve been working!
I also feel like I’ve really clicked with a lot of the teachers, and it’s great to feel like I really fit in. I spend the most amount of time with the other specialists – art, music, gym, and computer – because we’re considered a team and meet weekly. We also have lunch together, along with the second-grade teachers, so they’re the other ones that I’ve gotten to know especially well, and most of us are around the same age. I was pretty excited to find a couple who love YA books, musicals, and a bunch of the same tv shows as me. When I was in school, I read and heard a lot about librarians who aren’t supported by the classroom teachers and who are treated like babysitters who exist solely to cover prep periods, rather than respected as fellow teachers. But I have not encountered that at all – everyone has been so supportive and helpful, and I’ve been given a lot of positive feedback, along with very helpful suggestions that I’ve tried hard to incorporate.
A few weeks ago at a faculty meeting, the “Climate and Culture Committee” (which works to keep morale up and make the school a positive working environment) announced that they were implementing a new program to encourage us to recognize those who go above and beyond. We can email nominations and each month, a name will be randomly drawn to win the “Take 5” award – which consists of a Take 5 candy bar and a certificate the winner can redeem for an extra five-minute break…which will be covered by the principal (who is so great – I love working for her). Anyway, at that meeting , they said that they’d begin collecting nominations for the next month’s award, but that for the first one, they’d decided to select someone they’ve been hearing nothing but good things about since she started…and they named me! It was a great feeling, especially because it was so unexpected!
On the potentially not so good side, after vacation I’ll be meeting with a parent who is upset about a book in the collection. It’s Brisingr, the third book in the Inheritance Cycle (which starts with Eragon ). My school goes up to fourth grade, so I was a little surprised to find we had it in the collection because I’d thought of them as more YA, but I hadn’t read them yet. When the principal learned what book it was, she said she loves Eragon and absolutely would not remove it (I love how supportive she is!), but what’s odd is that we don’t actually own Eragon or Eldest, just Brisingr, which she hasn’t read yet. From the initial research I did, Brisingr is generally recommended for a slightly higher age group than the first two, but if we at least owned those, it would make sense to then own the rest of the series for our higher readers. Anyway, the mom (whose daughter is in fourth grade) is upset because of the violence in the book, so in order to be prepared, I need to read it before we meet. I’ve always planned to read the series, so I bought them all in order to read the first two before Brisingr, but I’m just now finishing up Eragon, so there’s just no way I’m going to be able to get through the next two before Thursday. I’m going to have to skip Eldest for now and jump to Brisingr so I can see exactly what this woman is upset about. The principal and both secretaries have said this woman complains about everything, so for me not to get too worried about this, but knowing that this book is sort of a YA book, I’m wondering if I’ll be able to fully justify it, and I hate the thought of having to remove a book. I’ll let you know how it goes.
On that note, I do need to get back to my reading!
JEN, I’m so happy for you. That is wonderful you have been embraced by such open arms. Yay for your Take Five and for being able to order books! Now. Brisingr, it may have more full scale battles than the first two books but it is battle violence as I remember. It isn’t as if he is describing graphic torture sequences or anything. The books have progressed to full scale war. There are battle scenes but I don’t recall reading anything involving blood spewing from arteries. I’ve told you even though I read the first three out loud a couple of times I could hardly tolerate them because I hate his writing style, his sentence structure, his pompous use of language, his persistence in using his own “made up” language and his failure to follow his own rules for this fantasy world he created. He was inconsistent and would ignore hard and fast rules he had created in the first book when they became inconvenient. A friend managed to get through Inheritance and she said it was a lot of hard work for nothing. It wasn’t worth reading and sort of dribbled out to nothing.
I know you don’t generally like these parental review websites and this one used to be particularly unrealistic and rabid but there has been a change there now. They love Harry there now. Take a look at it. The evaluations are very even handed now and they give reviews from both parents and kids as well as a nice synopsis of opnion.
Jen – I now wish I had read the series. I can’t give you an opinion on them.
I loved your long post. It brought us up on your current life. Our girl is all grown up.
I still have 7 more days off this week and next weekend. The DS and I are enjoying every minute of it. :)
The DS has only two days left. :/
We went to see a pantomime today….. A lot of fun, and all very silly! It was a very good way to spend an afternoon.
And I cooked my DS steak, which has made him very happy!
Jen, how lovely to hear how well the job is going, and how well you are settling in. To have that much respect from your colleagues after just a term is really something, you are amazing!
Try not to worry about this parent. I haven’t read the books myself, but I do know that there are always parents who will complain and make an issue about anything! It is terrific that you know you have the support of your Principal. Let us know how the meeting goes. xx
Does anyone have a good appetizer recipe?
Tomorrow I will make only appetizers for dinner as we wait or the New Year.
MM, Green Bean Bundles.
Get a bag of whole frozen green beans. Take 6 or 7, whatever looks right, and wrap a half piece of bacon (cut across into two equal short lengths). Secure the bacon with a toothpick. Brush them on top and bottom with your choice of BBQ sauce. Place in a baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Put into a moderately hot oven, maybe 375 or so and cook, turning bundles until the bacon is done all around. These are good even if they cool off in transit.
Party Pizzas on little party rye bread
An alternate recipe with some dried herbs as seasoning
ASTI, if you cooked your DS a steak what did you cook for yourself? I would like to see a pantomime. I know we have nothing like those here.
We saw Cirque du Soleil, Worlds Away, today. Seeing a Cirque du Soleil in real life is the best way to go but the upside of this movie was you saw acts on the various Cirque sets around the country. The ones I found most interesting were the water Cirque and the one where the entire stage floor would pivot upright and twist and turn left and right and all around so the whole cast was always battling their way around trying to stay on the set.
You can also use a can of biscuits or make up a recipe of biscuits and roll them out wider than they are deep. Then you can spread a ground sausage of your choice all over the surface. Then, roll it up longwise like a jelly roll and slice into spirals. Bake in the oven at 400 until the biscuit and sausage are cooked.
We like them served with hot jalapeno pepper jelly but you can eat them plain.
If you use large canned biscuits there are usually 8 in the can. I lay them out very close together 4 by 2 so that when they are rolled out they overlap a bit and there are not gaps.
LadyHawke – thank you for those recipes. I might use the one with the green beans. I don’t have bacon on hand so I need to go to the store tomorrow again. I went earlier today. I bought some veggies and ingredients for some appetizers. I also bought some wine. The DS and I toast the New Year at midnight.
After the movie this afternoon I went out and replaced my everyday black shoes. My shoes don’t look quite as shiny as the ones in the photo. They are a highly polished tooled black leather but they are not patent leather. This photo makes them look like patent.
I had done some online research about the shoes I thought I wanted. I would have really liked to have had some closed Birkenstock but as these are meant to be winter shoes I expect they will be worn on days when it is quite wet and it is best not to get Birkenstocks wet. Also, the local Birkenstock store did not have a pair I liked. When I ordered my summer pair online they never arrived. Months passed and I had a difficult time cancelling the order so I was not anxious to repeat that procedure.
So, I determined one of our department stores, Dillards, carried a brand called Dansk. There was a particular pair I found online that I liked and decided to go after the movie and try to find them in store. When I got there I found they did not carry that brand in store so I made some other selections to try. When the man came out with my stack he apologized for including a shoe I had not requested. It was a special order pair that had not been picked up but it was in the size I had requested. It was a pair of black Dansk clogs that I liked better than the ones I had seen online. So, I determined the Fates were involved and those were meant to be mine.
Lady Hawke I’m glad you found some shoes that you like. They look very comfortable. ;)
Try here: http://www.birkenstockusa.com/ They are the official presence in the US for Birkis. And they do fill orders correctly and promptly. They also have the full line of Birkis, including their winter shoes. ;)
MM, if you’re still looking for appetizer ideas, I have a recipe from my sister for a buffalo chicken dip. I know it involves cooking chicken breasts and shredding them, then mixing with hot sauce, cream cheese, blue cheese, and shredded cheddar, then baking some more, but if you’re interested, I can get you exact amounts when I get home this afternoon.
Right now I’m at the bakery. It worked out really well being able to stay on here. Most weeks I come here straight from school on Monday and Thursday evenings, for 3 hours each. I’ll also do a Saturday morning here and there for 4 or 5 hours. Then, when we have time off from school I can do a bit extra – last week I did 17 hours. It’s great getting that extra paycheck. With all of my student loans in repayment, money would be pretty tight without these bakery hours.
LH – those shoes look very comfortable. What a smart shoe salesperson to bring out a pair he thought you might like. I had a pair like that, I wore till they gave up on me. Are yours very comfortable? I find that is the very first thing I look for. At work many of the ladies have several pairs of very fashionable shoes. Me … I wear only one pair. I do not own many pairs of shoes. Just two pairs of very comfortable shoes. LOL.
I remember that one time we each counted how many shoes we owned. I own the two that I wear everyday. Two pairs of heels, gym shoes, sandals for summer and that’s it. :)
The shoes are going to be very comfortable. I wore them out of the store and on to do my other errands. My toes have really not been touched by shoes since I purchased those Birkenstocks. The shoes I replaced are like kid they are so soft and old. These have a huge toe box so I’m not even sure how the top of my toe joints touched the leather on top but they did. They are really clogs but with a substantial closed heel that is still very open. My foot hardly touches the shoes anywher except on the bottom. I was clenching my toes up a bit like you do when you wear thong sandals. I will wear socks with them which I wasn’t doing last night and my toes will get used to them. I went in looking for those shoes because the Dansk clogs had really good reviews for comfort and support. When I got home I looked at the reviews on that particular shoe. There were two and both people raved over them. One person was a university professor who is on her feet all day and the other person works in a hospital setting and is on her feet walking all day. They both raved about them and had them in several colors. I used to wear clogs a lot back in high school and college. I’ll just learn to wear them again.
JEN, the recipe sounds pretty good.
We have no plans for tonight. I haven’t even given any real thought into what we are having for dinner. Maybe we can pick up some steaks. We haven’t had a steak on the weekend in about a month. I don’t feel like getting elaborate with cooking, just something reliable and easy would be good. I already have an enormous amount of asparagus blanched/steamed in the refrigerator. On Saturday my DS brought home 5 lbs (2.268kg) when I had just finished blanching 2.5 pounds (1.134kg) I already had. (I could have killed him at the time.) So, I just took it and cleaned it and put it directly into the steamer from which I had just removed the asparagus I already had cooling to go in the refrigerator. So, I have two big containers full of asparagus. I suppose asparagus will be our vegetable no matter what we have for dinner tonight. I may have to turn some of it into cream of asparagus soup.
HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE!
MM, I will text my sister to see if she can email me the recipe so you don’t have to wait; I probably won’t be home until around 2:30 Leaky time.
I don’t have many shoes either, and what I do have is almost all Easy Spirit. I’ve been told they are an “old lady” brand (and when I worked at Macy’s, that was who mainly bought them), but I don’t care – they are comfortable, and that’s all that matters. We have an Easy Spirit outlet nearby, so I get very good deals on them. The ones I use for work right now are booties that were $79 is regular stores…I got them for $29.99. They feel like wearing slippers! I have a pair of black and one of brown. Other than those, I’m in sneakers pretty much all the time. A lot of the teachers at school have those Dansko clogs in all different colors and fun prints and swear by them, so I may try them at some point.
The decision has been made. We are running some errands and will eat at a Chinese Restaurant where you order off the menu. Then, we will come home for my DS to study and, time permitting, my daughter and I may go find something to do. If we want dinner tonight we can have some pizza. At any rate I won’t be responsible for much in the way of food production today. Except for folding I have the laundry under control, if not finished. So, tonight my daughter and I should be able to find a movie and just veg out. I have put a pear cider in the refrigerator for myself. It is a British import.
I am continuing to vegetate, looking for interesting apps for the Kindle Fire. We have nothing planned for tonight, my DS has always tried to ignore New Year’s Eve. It has been another grey, wet day. I received a Christmas card from Sirius B today, but the postmark shows 1st December, so goodness knows where it has been until now!
I guess I am a typical male. I have one pair of slippers(new). Also one pair of sneakers, one pair of running
shoes, and one pair of dress shoes. The last three I had when I retired in 2007.