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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A quiet evening for my daughter and I. She was spectacularly exhausted after her sleepover….. I don’t know why they call them “sleepovers,” sleep is the last thing on the agenda! She had a long soak in the bath, and I made carrot and ginger soup for the two of us. It’s funny, it’s still one her favourite meals, after all these years.
My DS and son had a golf thing today, the club teams end of season jolly. A round of golf followed by a meal and presentation of awards. My son was voted The Player’s Player of the Year……..voted for by his team mates as the person who has contributed most to the golf team this year. He is quietly chuffed with himself, and his Dad is very proud!
I checked out our local zip codes, including the ones in our downtown areas. No delivery available from Burger King at this time. I don’t imagine it will every be available around my neighborhood. It strikes me as a service for downtown/inner city areas, not the suburbs.
My daughter and I exchanged our copies of The Discovery of Witches on CD today. I had checked out a copy almost four weeks ago to take with us on our trip to Texas next weekend. A book can usually be checked out for three weeks with one renewal, giving us six weeks. I ordered early from a library in our system to make certain we had a copy in our possession for the trip. As it turns out books borrowed from another library in the system can only be checked out for two weeks with one renewal, giving us only four weeks. The book was due back the day we were planning to start listening to it. So, my DS went in and ordered the library system’s second copy of the book on CD. I took his library card in and checked it out and returned the copy I have held for almost four weeks. Now we have a fresh copy for the next four weeks. We are legal and will not have to pay fines. For about five minutes I held both copies the library owns. It is such a struggle to have what you want when you want it. The last time we went out of town we took a book no one was actually interested in hearing. So, I am much more excited about our drive. My daughter and I both love A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES and we are pretty certain my DS will as well.
My DS is making dinner tonight. I was talking about the zucchini/courgette stuffed with mozzarella, marinara sauce and parmesan which I made for dinner last night. It made him think of a dish he prepared in the past with acorn squash stuffed with ground meat, onions, bulgur wheat and mint leaves, sort of a Mediterranean dish. So, he purchased the necessary ingredients, substituting quinoa for the wheat. This may be the first time he has cooked dinner unless it was on the outdoor grill since we have been married.
My daughter was all aflutter after our morning stop at the bookstore. She was approached by a young man, sent as an emissary from his friend, who was looking for a girlfriend. The friend was afraid to “talk to beautiful women”. Just before I walked up to collect her the friend had made the introduction and was preparing to walk off and leave them alone. My daughter liked the idea of a boy approaching her in her aisle at the bookstore. Her main topic of conversation this afternoon has been on when she can start dating. She will be fourteen next month. When I was her age I knew no dating would be done until I was sixteen. I realize almost 40 years have passed since I was her age. The idea of her wanting to date any time soon had not really occurred to me. She never comes home talking about boys. All her boys are seriously “just friends”. She has never indicated an interest in any real boy. Suddenly today she was on fire with the idea of being allowed to have accepted that boy if I had not walked up and broken the deal up. Does anyone have any thoughts on when they started dating or on when they think dating is reasonable?
ASTI, congratulations to your son. It is so wonderful how well thought of he is by his peers and all the other players at the club. Your soup sounds such a good idea. I would love to have a bowl.
Oooh, dating is such a tricky thing. I had my first boyfriend when I was 14, but I didn’t have a “serious” relationship until I was 18, which then lasted 5 years.
I am sure my parents had their ideas of what was appropriate and at what age…… I appear never to have come close to overstepping the mark, as they never stepped in.
I think I would have to be comfortable with my daughter having a boyfriend at 14, since I did, and remember my own thoughts and feelings, which were pretty innocent.
The serious worry for me these days is the amount of online pornography that so many children are exposed to, and the warped perceptions of what is normal and acceptable. And there lies the importance of a good home life and relationship with parents, and self esteem, especially in young women. It is scary. Good luck to her and to you!
Thank you for your nice words about my son!
I am totally ‘fizzed up’ at Amazon… I ordered Wolfie’s book over a week ago, and TODAY they send me an email that they are out of stock. I mean WTF???? They were in stock when I ordered it. CRAP! :+/
Lady Hawke: Not all that great a deal with a $10.00 minimum and a $2.00 delivery charge. Add a
normal tip and it is more than I ever spend at a BK. Considering there is a mall food court a block
and a half away I will not order unless someone else goes in with me.
Does being out of stock mean they are likely to run another printing? I hope so. I’ve asked my DS to include WOLFIE’s book in his next Amazon order when he orders something for himself.
Lady Hawke The question you have to ask yourself is, How prepared is my daughter to be allowed alone with the most dangerous predadator on the planet? Society has been trying to deal with this situation forever, mostly heavy handedly, for good reason. I’m very thankful that I didn’t have a daughter.
Ironsos Re home delivery of hamburgers, don’t forget to add on the cost of buying larger-sized clothing sooner than you ever dreamed was possible:)
Hmmmmm…. Dating…. Well, I had my first date and first “steady” boyfriend when I was 13, in Spring the year I was the eighth grade. So, just a few months before my 14th birthday. I was ahead of the rest of the people in my age group, though. I also dated boys 3 to 8 years my senior, for the most part.
My older sisters started “group” dating at about 13 or 14. A group of girls and a group of boys would meet at the movie or whatever and mingle there, then go home with their original group. Then it evolved into individual or double dates a year or so later. My sisters dated boys within 2 or 3 years of their own age.
Both sisters have spouses who are younger than my DS by 8 to 10 months.
I suppose I am not a good role model for Little Hawke, at least not for your peace of mind. ;)
I ordered another one from a bookstore in Virginia… It has already been shipped, & is scheduled for delivery on Wednesday. I dunno what is Amazon’s problem but I am a tad miffed at them.
We went for a new long walk yesterday…… A place my DS discovered whilst working in his last job. It’s a managed woodland park, but managed VERY well. Miles and miles of walks, through trees and by a river, all feeling completely natural, and most of the time feeling like you are pretty much the only people there, it was lovely.
Tonight’s leftover chicken dish was a tomato and creme fraiche pasta bake. No-one seemed to notice there was very little chicken in it…..or if they did they were too polite to comment. I’m saving the bulk for a chicken, mushroom and leek pie tomorrow.
I had a conversation on here years ago about a book called The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield. I cannot remember who was involved, but I’ve found that she is about to release her next book, called Bellman Black.
Wolfie’s book, I find it interesting that people are having problems through Amazon; hopefully it means it is selling well! Won, your source in Virginia, is it an independant bookstore, or a specialist store? With no disrespect AT ALL to Wolfie, I am impressed that so soon after release it would be available in a foreign country. I hope you enjoy it!
Hugs for everyone! xx
It was cool last night but is suppose to be colder tonight. I think I will have to close the door to downstairs. The furnace will probably come on tonight. I checked and it only has to drop one more degree before the furnace comes on. The dogs won’t like me closing off the door. They have been spending time downstairs. I have liked them not being underfoot all the time too.
I was home today doing laundry, cleaning and cooking. I am trying to prepare clothing which I hope remains clean to go on our trip this weekend. I know I will have to do another load for each of us before we can travel but I hope them to be small loads.
I also have to make sure my mother has appropriate food and medications on hand before we leave town. She intends to take a taxi to my father every day while we are gone.
I also have to start preparing myself to always have a clean outfit of appropriate clothing to wear once this substitute teaching job kicks in. They said our security clearances would come through in seven to ten days. Seven days is on Wednesday so it is possible I could have to work on Thursday and Friday AND prepare to go out of town. At this point I hope the clearance comes through in ten days and I can start after we return from this trip.
It is really going to be a change in my life. For thirteen years I have dropped my life in a moment when anyone else needed anything. Now, other people’s needs are going to have to work themselves around me having a job. Unfortunately, this means all those things I have been doing as a full time employment are now going to be waiting for me to do when I come in at night. People aren’t going to be able to expect me to drop everything and jump through hoops but I am still left wondering how everything is going to get done. Who is going to take up my slack?
I’m quite apprehensive.
Lady Hawke Why not take the bull by the horns and suggest a family conference to discuss the matter? Nobody is going to volunteer because they have become accustomed to being waited on, so they have to be made aware of a change in circumstances.
I agree with Graymayne. Your family knowing you will be working and knowing how it may impact them are not necessarily the same thing. They need to understand tat you may not get even a one hour notice and that regardless of the planned activity, you may need to change plans at the very last minute. This is true for not only your DS and child, but also your parents and MIL. Perhaps you will need more than one “family” meeting. Be sure your DS is there for the discussion with your parents and your MIL. ;)
I checked at Amazon and could not find Wolfie’s book for Kindle. no problem, I will just pyrchase it as a bound book. I will check with my local bookstore to see if I can get it from them. ;)
Had 2 root canals done yesterday but they did not do the final impressions for the crowns. I go back Wednesday of next week for that. Then I’ll have another visit to have the crowns installed. The navacaine wore off as she was stuffing the gutta-percha into the second tooth’s root. She gave me another shot, but it seemed not to take effect very fast. ;)
My appointment was for 2:30 and I did not get out of the office untl 10 or 15 minutes before 7:00. It should have been the longest appointment I will have for this whole course of treatments. ;)
I was dealt a fairly substantial financial blow today…….daughter presented me with a note from school, telling me the next payment for her school trip next Spring is now due.
They want £150 by Friday!
This is entirely my own fault. I sort of knew, at the back of my mind, that it was coming up, but with the more pressing issues of the bills etc, I hadn’t thought about it. Sigh……..
Then the horrid girl told me she also needed £10 dinner money!
Still, I have more overtime for this Friday, and tonight’s pie was yummy, even though my puff pastry didn’t go puff.
Deanie, ouch! That is a very,very long time to spend at the ddddddddddddentist. I am shuddering in sympathy. My son has to have a filling tomorrow, and I am, I FERVENTLY HOPE doing a very good job of hiding my nerves on his behalf!
Lady Hawke, I do hope you can sort out something to make your life easier. I may have said before, but, even with all the complications and worries, I think this will be really great for you. You have something that is just your own. My job is far, far, far from my dream job, but it is mine, and I take pleasure both from doing it well, and having something outside of the house to think about.
Asti: Why do you call it “tea” when you don’t drink “tea” until you are finished with your “tea”?
ASTI, we are both behaving financially like ostriches with our heads in the sand. I know sometime this month I must pay for my daughter’s choir competition costume. I just don’t remember how much or when and I don’t have the courage to ask.
I am home today trying to do some more almost last minute laundry to prepare for th. Te trip this weekend. My DS has ordered some new jeans which I expect to arrive during the day and those will need to be washed.
I am also expecting a replacement cell phone. Mine is freezing up constantly and I am having to pull the battery and restart it continuously. The clock is also loosing time. An electronic clock which gets its signal from a cell tower should not be able to lose time but it is several minutes an hour. When it freezes up and I pull the battery it asks me to confirm the time and the time is always whatever time it stopped working. It doesn’t seem to have a connection to the cell tower in terms of keeping the clock on track. I use my cell phone as my alarm clock so this is a desperate situation, especially with me planning on starting back to work. I called the cell phone provider and they said I am still insured and they are sending me a replacement today, I’m sure just a reconditioned model someone else turned in. So, I will have to find the time to back up my current phone and move everything to the new one. Our contract expires with our provider on Jan. 14 so I just need to stay functional until we can change providers and I can get a completely new phone.
I don’t know…. It seems to me that losing time is pretty much the same as having loose time. (Sorry, I could not resist.) ;)
Well, it seems I will have to get the washer and dryer empty more often. The DS will be woking full time for a bit. The young woman who had a baby late last year has quit. So he will be working until they can hire a replacement. So he will need to do more laundry. The extra money will come in handy with my upcoming dental bills. ;)
I had another financial surprise today, but of the good variety. I have been doing quite a lot of extra work on stock management procedures, which has paid off both in terms of availability and in saving money. My Manager presented me with a thankyou card containing £20 in gift vouchers! Sometimes my amoeba job isn’t so loathesome.
I must also tell you about a book. It’s called The Light Years, by Elizabeth Jane Howard, and is the first of the five novels that make up The Cazelet Chronicles. I was pleasantly surprised………an English family saga starting, in this first book, in the run up to the Second World War. You get to know the entire family, from the Victorian grandparents, to the family servants, to the youngest children. I really enjoyed it, an interesting gentle read.
Ironsos I think that this will answer your tea question http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_%28meal%29
ASTI, I love the Elizabeth Jane Howard “The Cazelet Chronicles”. I read them many, many years ago. They are books on my “keeper” shelf.
Good morning everyone. I have been guilty of reading and not posting. It has been a very busy week. I have to make sure I post. I don’t want to get lost and be a has been on our little corner. :(
I want to thank everyone for your advice on my mother in law. Especially LadyHawke. With the help of my DS we are in more control of the living room TV. She loves the DS so much she wants him to watch his favorite shows and relax. LOL! The DS favorite shows are my favorite shows too, what a coincidence. :). She has a flat screen TV in her room that she loves. She is learning how to use the contraptions. (Cable remotes)
On the 18th I will be swallowing that pill size camara. It should be interesting. I have never heard of that test. :)
All your recipes sound so good, Cool G and her biscuits and gravy. Asti and her tea recipes. Mmmm!!
My mother in law has been helping me cook which is greatly appreciated. I hate cooking sometimes.
Dating… Having never dated till I was 18 I had a very hard time letting my daughter date. My poor daughter still reminds me how hard I made it for her. I allowed her to go on group dates when she was 13 and had A very early curfew. 9pm. She was also allowed to go to school dances with a boy. She has a wonderful picture with her current boyfriend when they were 14 going to the 8th grade dance. It is very cute. On Sunday we went out with my kids to breakfast and my daughters’s was remembering that day and how my daughter had to go home to meet curfew. He had to go out to the restaurant everyone was meeting without her. LOL!!
LadyHawke – it sounds like its “spirit week” at your daughters school. I love “spirit week”. Your days sound interesting. Ours are something like Pajama Day, Twin Day, Sports Team Day, Purple Day, Bad hair Day, Hawaian Day etc. etc. the kids love it so much. The hard part for administration and the office is when you have to sit and translate during a serious parent meeting in your pajamas or crazy hair. LOLOL!!
I forgot to mention this…,. My aunts the nuns are coming this weekend. :) I have a full house. :(
Lord help us.
Just popping in to say hi. I haven’t been around here in a while. I hope everyone is doing well here!