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||
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Well, I did set up a gmail account and forgot to write the name down. Now I can’t remember how to get in there and I can’t look it up without the user name. Yuck!!! ;)
Actually, I wrote 2 things down, but I don’t know if they were the user name and password or one was a failed password and the other the acceptable one. And I don’t know which would be which. ;)
Oh! And what is gmail a .com or .net or something else? ;)
Cheering news – today’s sunrise was one minute earlier than it has been since December 27th when it appeared to come to rest at 8.20 am in my part of the world. Sunset has already started getting later so we will soon be conscious of the day’s length getting noticeably longer. It is a moment to celebrate our emergence from the tunnel of darkness and start looking out for the first Spring shoots to appear.
GRAYMAYNE, we are having another strange winter or lack of winter. While we have been below freezing a couple of nights this week we have blueberries on the blueberry bushes. We have buds on our lavendar and as I drive around town I can see a green haze on trees. Last year one of the trees in our backyard never lost its leaves until the new ones came and pushed the old ones off.
I need to find a chart that shows the sunrise and sunset times around the world. I found it quite interesting when I looked at it one time to see how much difference there is in how much sun we have at this time of year versus what you experience. It is 7:30 AM here and it has been day for half an hour.
Our sunrise was 7:09 AM and our sunset will be 5:00 PM. We currently have about two hours more daylight than you do.
CoolG, I’m so glad to hear that the surgery is showing signs of high success! My friends who have had it have had tremendous results and said it was the best decision they made. That’s so cool that you can see signs of improvement already! (no pun intended)
Also, have fun in the mountains! I’m starting to miss them. I may have to road trip to Colorado soon!
MM, your night at the casino sounds wonderful. Chocolate and whiskey…MMMMMMM! drools
Deanie, like the others said, Android is made by Google, so you have to get gmail. I’ve had one for years and I have to say that I hate it; it’s my least favorite account. However, that being said, I seem to be the only person on the planet that does. And the good news is, that once you set it up, nothing says you have to use it.
LH, I’m beginning to recover. 8.5 hours of driving in the snow was pretty miserable – especially through the really bad patches (central Missouri and central Kansas). Somehow the BF and I managed not to break up, especially considering my panicky backseat driving (I have control problems…). However, the fact that we spent two days straight in a car together, with bad road conditions the second day), and still wanted to spend all of New Years Eve and New Years Day together speaks highly of our relationship, I guess.
I didn’t post over break (well, I didn’t actually get online except on my phone over break), so I haven’t had a chance to say how absolutely wonderful it was to get to meet you and your daughter! It was definitely a highlight of the trip for me! I wish we had had more time together, but I’m glad it worked out that we were able to get the few hours that we did! I hope you and your family and a fantastic Christmas and New Year!
Graymayne, that is good news indeed! Yay for spring! (though I am enjoying the snow for now). ;)
I was looking at the day length for June. Your daylight lasts almost 17 hours and ours only about 14.5. I have to say I think we have the better deal here. Our sunrise in June is not until about 5:45 AM whereas it is as early as 4:45 AM in your area. I think I am glad it not daylight that early here even though I would like the extra hour in the evening.
DARN, lost a post.
DR LEW, did your parents ask if you had difficulty finding the airport?
I know you had drinks at the hotel that afternoon and saw the ducks. Where did you have dinner?
My daughter says of you, “She may be small but she is fierce.” She liked the idea so much she had a t-shirt made with that on it for herself.
She was quite in awe of you, much more so than anyone she has met. She has been fed a steady diet of DR LEW and the overturned four wheeler, airlifting out of the Arctic Circle Unfortunately, that resulted in a lot of inane babbling or silence. I think if we had been engaged in an activity she would have shown to a better advantage, more opportunities for casual remarks.
DARN, now it posted before I told it to post. I lost one and then one went without me clicking on submit.
Anyway, my post went in the midst of an edit in the middle of the last paragraph, resulting in strange punctuation. She has heard of and is impressed by your adventures and your status as a professor and that you are a “little girl” and tough. She is somewhat askance at your devotion to things pink and girly “pinkish” books and movies.
I’m glad to hear the relationship lasted through the drive home. It would have been awkward and painful if the relationship had died on the vine on such an arduous trip that lasted much longer than was necessary.
LH, I think my parents did ask. But I just said that everything was very well marked – which it actually was. To that end, we had no problems leaving the airport (though I did have directions from the airport to our hotel). After we checked in, we went to the lobby and had drinks – they were delicious and the lobby was gorgeous in it’s Christmas decorations. We then went to Rendezvous for dinner. My mom and I split ribs, and my dad had a BBQ sandwich. Ribs twice in one day – it was an awesome day. ;) We then went back to the hotel for another drink before bed. We turn into lushes when we’re together. ;)
I’m glad I made such an impression on your daughter – I am VERY flattered. She is more than welcome to email me at any point with questions, comments, conversation, what-have-you. She can use my yahoo or my work account (I’m sure you can find it with your superior stalking abilities ;) ). And that sounds like an awesome tshirt! And while she seemed to get a little bored when we were talking about things she probably had no clue about, I thought she made a good impression. Next time we’ll have to at least chat while going for a walk or something!
LH, I will admit (and it may comfort her to hear it), that it has been a hard battle to become comfortable with myself and my sometimes dueling personality. It took me a long time to realize that I didn’t have to give up my femininity because I was a scientist, athlete, and very outdoorsy – and to realize that I didn’t want to. Coming about about my love of pink (hot pink) and romance novels were two huge steps for me. ;)
DR LEW, do you know I only found when we went to Orlando for LeakyCon that my DS did not know how to get to the airport the way I led you? When he has traveled he has driven to work which is on the north edge of the airport runways and then worked his way back south from there, even when he was leaving from home to go to the airport. He didn’t know he could access it coming from the south. The morning we left for LeakyCon he objected strongly to taking me to the airport the way I insisted we go. He had been wasting a lot of time and effort. He is a tranplant to the area and I grew up in the flight paths so I am a real native of the area.
I have tried to make my daughter understand that attraction to feminine things is not exclusive to being taken seriously intellectually. So, we are going to have to work on her. At least I have you to point to as an example, someone she admires for your tough accomplishments and intellect, who also acknowledges herself as female and enjoys it. Thank you for the offer of mentoring. I will let her know that is open to her and as she gets older and has to make harder decisions about her choices academically I’m sure she will be thrilled to have it.
A lot of posts to read!! Yay!
I am enjoying my last four days of freedom. It will be back to work on Monday. :(
I have an appt on the 9th with the doctor that will be performing my colonoscopy. Ugh!
Dr. Lew – the desserts are simply out of this world at the buffet. There is chocolate covered cheesecake, petit fours! Yummy!
The tables have linen napkins. The place is decorated so nicely. We enjoy every minute of our meal. Then of course there is the casino. I actually won $90 but I lost it again an hour later . :D
I love long car rides. If you can survive that with your mate you can survive anything. LOL!
MM, our casino has the option of wine as a beverage at no extra cost. It doesn’t have linen napkins but it does have a number of food stations. There is a Chinese station that has probably four main course items, four appetizers, two soups, and a bit of salad. There is a Corky’s BBQ station which has a lay out of wet and dry ribs, pulled pork meat, BBQ spaghetti, corn on the cob, onion rings, fries and other items I don’t remember. There is a cold prepared salad station with things like three bean salad and shrimp salad.There is a fresh fruit and yogurt station, a soup station, a southern cooking station, a carved meat station and an Italian station. Of course, there is that chocolate fountain with do dads to skewer and run under the chocolate, the miniature dessert bites, the full size pieces of cake and pies, two hot cobblers, and an ice cream station with the toppings. I can never do it justice although I did almost make myself sick on those chocolate whiskey balls and the fudge topped with the chocolate covered cherry.
LadyHawke. – Your buffet sounds just like ours. It has so many stations to offer. I love all the variety. All the stations have chefs standing by them to help with your choices. I had prime rib.
My vacation is almost over. Waaaa. :(
I guess I should be grateful for the two weeks off. :)
I also have a vacation to look forward. It’s at the end of the month. The DS is also looking to go to Las Vegas. I love Florida. So we will see which way we go.
Two days back at work, and now I have three days off, woohoo! I wanted overtime, but there is none, which is a little unfortunate, but I am glad for the time off, even so.
I might have accidentally bought quite a few books. I am telling myself not to feel guilty, as it is money I received for Christmas, AND they were all at least half price, but a small voice in my head is screaming at me.
Lady Hawke, we HAVE to get our girls talking………your daughter’s shirt made me laugh out loud…..last year we saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Stratford. One of the lines in the play is “Though she is but little, she is fierce.” The RSC shop were selling bright pink badges with this quote on it, and we bought one for daughter. She has had it pinned onto her school rucksack ever since.
She also downloaded the Alchemist’s Secret today.
And I would just like to agree with you both, LEW is lovely!
LEW, he definitely is a good one! As are you.
Lady Hawke again…. How interesting about the difference in the amount of daylight. It is not something I have ever thought about before. I hate hate hate going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark, but I do truly love walking to work in the spring and summer. The world is just waking up, the sun is rising, it is all fresh and new and beautiful, and I have it practically to myself.
Graymayne, in the couple of clearish and dry days we have had, I have noticed a difference. So slight I wondered if I was imagining it, but it is good to know it is there.
The joys of travelling by car with loved ones! The memories, the squabbles, the long hours of boredom – great times. As a child we never travelled without a destination and a schedule. Dad would only stop the car if the car needed something ( gas, oil, a tire change or other repair).
We drove from southern Oklahoma to Fairbanks, Alaska. A total of more than 3700 pre-interstate highway miles. The Alaskan Highway was gravel and going over 35 mph was frankly dangerous. Mother, Dad, 3 kids, under 15 and a tom cat were in a Ford Fairlane for that trip. And the car had a sticking valve, so we had to stop while Dad and the owner of the gas station/restaurant someplace in northern Canada did an jury-rigged fix. We still made it in less than 2 weeks. ;)
My DS used to drive the same way – no stops unless the car needed it. Then we made a trip from Georgia to Virginia that should have been about 12 hours. It took almost 14 and most of the stops were for his benefit. Now we stop whenever either of us wants to, regardless of the car’s fuel level. It is much less stressful even when there is a deadline. ;)
If you can survive the forced closeness of a long road trip, you can survive almost anything together. ;)
ASTI, Midsummer Night’s Dream is my daughter’s favorite Shakesperian play. So, she was aware she was paraphrasing the bard.
The Alchemist’s Secret I am finding is not the Alchemist series by Micheal Scott. It is by someone called Scott Mariani. They are not the same thing. Make certain your daughter purchased a book by Michael Scott. I know sometimes books are named differently in the US and UK.
Is this the book your daughter downloaded?
This is the one we recommended.
Now asti has me feeling all warm and fuzzy… ;)
Good to know about our about to road trip together. I must admit that on the first day I looked at the clock at one point and was blown away that 6 hours had passed already.
Lady Hawke, yes, my daughter downloaded The Alchemyst. I think I am going mad.
Shakespearean I was racing out the door to get in line at school and didn’t look at what I had typed.
Deanie, I remember trips to Devon to visit my Grandparents. In Dad’s car, as a child, it was always about a 3 1/2 or 4 hour journey, through small villages and along country roads lined by huge Devon hedges, with frequent stops of Places Of Interest And Farmhouse Cider Shops. When my DS and I first got together, he drove me down so I could introduce him to my Grandparents. I gave him directions from memory, feeling pretty proud I could take him straight to the door. When we finally got there, he looked at me in absolute bewilderment, and asked, “Why didn’t we just go on the main roads?” I had no idea there was a more direct route.
The trip back, on his directions, took just over 2 hours.
Asti – your way was probably more Scenic. :)
We drive more relaxed now. We do not drive through the night. We usually stop around 7 or 8pm. The kids remember all our trips in the car.