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Posted by Melissa
May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
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The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
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Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
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I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
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Posted by Madame Minerva on July 09, 2014, 09:30 PM report to moderator
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Cordelia I remember reacting a little negatively from time to time during my first reading of A Discovery of Witches over little things that were familiar from reading HP and Twilight trilogy but I suspect that Deborah Harkness has a wicked sense of humour. Her website has a link to her Facebook page and I have become as warm towards her as I am to Jo Rowling so my negativity has disappeared completely. There is a photo gallery which she has supplied with a wonderful collection of pictures to do with places, people and objects mentioned in the books which greatly enhances the text, for me at any rate. I had started to collect images off my own bat so I was delighted to add her contributions. This year I have re-read the first two books three times in preparation for the final book because there is a wealth of detail to absorb and characters to get to know. Welcome aboard, it’s a fascinating ride.

Posted by Graymayne on July 10, 2014, 03:40 AM report to moderator
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LH, I hope yall have a fabulous trip! The fiance and I originally looked at the Smokies for a quick honeymoon on the way back to Kansas (in place of Florida, which was our original plan; but those reservations were cancelled after we went under contract on the house) – I was focused on the Gatlinburg area because it was most in-route back west. We decided on a few days in Charleston. We wanted to go somewhere neither of us had been before.

asti, wonderful news about your daughter. I know you’re an extremely proud mama!!

Graymayne, glad to hear you got some good news from the eye doctor! Huzzah!

Cordelia – so good to hear from you again! And I hear ya – I’m always trying to “like” posts here. ;)

BWJen, I forgot to mention that I finished ??The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" a few days ago after plowing through them (and getting NOTHING done for days!). I loved them – I though they were very clever and engaging. I hadn’t ready/taken part in anything like that before. Thanks for the recommendation. Now I’m definitely going through the typical post-book withdrawl (even if it’s not really a book…).

Posted by Dr. LEW on July 10, 2014, 09:38 AM report to moderator
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This tells you something of how my last 18 months has gone. My daughter and I went out to the car to clear it so we could take it and run it through the car wash and vacuum it out. In the detritus of the car I found a Civil War canon ball. It came from my parent’s house when they moved in April 2013. There was a lot of stuff in the car that my mother handed me and told me to deal with. I didn’t have room to take things inside or the will to deal with it. So, there I was in the driveway holding a 150 year old canon ball from the bottom of the well between the two front seats. I feel as if I will never dig myself out of this, especially inside my house.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 10, 2014, 12:46 PM report to moderator
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DR LEW, I’m glad you are getting a bit of a wedding trip before driving back to your home. I understand about a new house and a major honeymoon at the same time not being compatible but I’m glad it isn’t going to be a situation of being the center of attention at a fabulous white wedding and then an immediate transition back into everyday life without a small buffer.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 10, 2014, 12:49 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

Despite my grumbles and worries of the last few days, I would like to clarify that (most of the time!) I am very, very aware of how much we have. DS tends to focus on what we cannot do, cannot afford any more, and yes, we’ve taken a huge hit these last few years. BUT, we have so much to be grateful for, and I am! Sorry for the moans. xx

LEW, I too am glad that you will have a few days together with your new husband before you land back in reality.

Lady Hawke, of all the things to leave forgotten in a car……..I bet not many people have had that experience!! What on earth will you do with it now? A door stop? A garden ornament?

Cordelia, I have heard a lot of rumours about an announcement on Harry’s birthday. Wouldn’t it be lovely………….. And do, do, do give A Discovery of Witches a go, I really think you’ll like it.

Posted by asti on July 10, 2014, 04:25 PM report to moderator
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We took the car through the car wash and used their free vacuum. It is a good thing they provide a free one because we used several cycles.

We had a veritable library riding around in the car. It is obvious my daughter and I have a deep seated fear of being out on the road without a selection of books. There were also uncountable pencils, pens, art pencils and note pads. A lot of the items I removed from the car will be taken back out. I had two extra books in the car which are going back. I found a supply of hair brushes and combs as well as hair pins and pony tail holders. All those are things that will return to the car as we frequently find ourselves trying to subdue our hair after in the car.

I also found a blown glass pen (a glass quill), obviously one of those things thrust into my hand. It road around in the bottom of the well between the seats with the cannon ball. I’m amazed the cannon ball didn’t smash it. I also found numerous small metal trinkets like a small brass Coke bottle meant to be used as a keychain, a small “six shooter” which was probably meant to have been a cigarette lighter but, even now, shows a wisp of smoke when you pull the trigger. These were high quality junk from back in the days when junk was better than we can purchase now.

The cannon ball will probably end up on the hearth as that is where it lived throughout my memory at my parent’s house. It came from Shiloh, one of the largest battles of the Civil War, 110 miles east of here and about 25 miles due south of where my grandfather’s family lived at the time of the battle. They say you could here the cannons and gunfire from there. When my father was a boy you could still walk the battlefield and pick up bullets and cannon balls.

The “cannon ball” I have is more precisely a grapeshot but it did come out of a cannon and it is a ball so I have always called it a cannon ball. Mine is about the size of a good size orange and is glossy black.

ASTI, don’t apologize. Most of us have experienced or are currently experiencing a lot of the same pressures.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 10, 2014, 05:43 PM report to moderator
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Today we took ourselves out to lunch just because it was a lovely day when we had been anticipating rain. We made for The Riverside Inn but the car park was pretty full and my DS did not want to stop. We went on a magical mystery tour and found ourselves in Dorrington near Shrewsbury in an unfamiliar area and we stopped at Dorrington’s Horseshoes, originally an old coaching inn 300 years ago. The original building is still there but has been added to and makes a charming and comfortable place to draw in village members and passers-by and even accommodates overnight guests. The menu is modern with food locally sourced and cooked to order and my DS chose fish and chips so, just to be different, I plumped for Lamb kofte kebab with Greek salad, Tzatziki, pitta bread and fries, served on a wooden board. The lamb kofte was tasty but there were far too many green olives, I ate four and called it quits and I didn’t touch the cherry tomatoes which I dislike. I had a dessert, Banana, date and pecan pudding served with butterscotch sauce and Cornish clotted cream which was delicious. We drove home on totally unfamiliar roads until about six miles from home so that was a treat.

Posted by Graymayne on July 10, 2014, 07:04 PM report to moderator
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GRAYMAYNE, I was surprised you chose the Greek choices. When I recently ate at a Middle Eastern restaurant you commented that you did not think you would have enjoyed the food. I’m sorry your suspicions were confirmed. I do like olives but they were a bit of an acquired taste that I now sometimes crave. I always liked black olives but the green ones and the more exotic olives had to grow on me. I do like the Tzatziki, pita, and lamb. After making baba ghanoush for my DS today I purchased myself some hummus when I went to the store for pita. I will probably have hummus and pita for breakfast. I am not a big breakfast person and do not tend to enjoy a lot of classic breakfast foods on a regular basis. I will eat bacon,sausage, eggs, omelets, biscuits, toast, etc., but I don’t want it every day. I don’t like oatmeal and don’t want the other hot cereals every day. I don’t want morning pastries very often. So, I find myself at a loss for food to eat in the morning. I think I envy cultures that don’t have a preconceived list of “appropriate morning foods”. I would rather just eat a bit of whatever is available that seems tempting. I have eaten leftover fried fish for breakfast, leftover chicken livers, etc., so a bit of hummus and pita seems appropriate. Many times I make do with a bit of cheese and crackers.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 10, 2014, 10:31 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke Yes, I thought that decision would raise your eyebrows, lol. I always have the underlying guidance of the principle of eating right for my blood type so I am constantly avoiding the chicken dishes and seeking out lamb, not choosing shellfish, then I have to avoid paté or sardines because of my gout experiences. Frankly it is a nightmare sometimes. Now my new optician has urged me to eat dark green leafy vegetables for good eye health and I have always detested cabbage but I like broccoli. There are so many do’s and don’ts around that you can begin to loose the will to live. Thank goodness for the distraction of good books. Which reminds me, I suspect that you would not enjoy The Silkworm.

Posted by Graymayne on July 11, 2014, 01:05 AM report to moderator
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Thanks, guys. Now I"m hungry….

Posted by Dr. LEW on July 11, 2014, 09:47 AM report to moderator
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I was trying to debate whether to mow the grass. I finally looked at the weather for the next 10 days and found that Tuesday, Wednesday, etc. Is going to be cool days. So I decided to wait until Thesday. Since it is suppose to rain Sunday and Monday, the grass will probable double in size. I think I will mow and weedeat both days then.

Instead I have been doing the normal Friday house cleaning. I did turn up the heat on the water heater. The water was just too cool. Then I remembered I had turned it down when I was checking it out and forgot to turn it back up. Maybe my shower will be warmer today.

I should start my reread of the Discovery of Witches. I may have waited a little late since the book will be out in four days. I pre ordered mine around the time Graymayne did. She was the one who remined me to do it. I ordered it for my Kindel. Since then I have liked the author page on Face Book to remind me when it was coming out. I have another book that I preordered but I don’t think it comes out until August. This one is about half-human wer wolves. I think I have read 4 or 5 books from this author . Each one has a different main character but also has the others in the books. They are called “blood runners” by Rhyannon Byrd. I am also reading a group of books by Cynthia Eden that have both wer wolves and vampires. I don’t read every one that is out there but this group of books looked good and are. They are FBI Agents in the paranormal branch. You probably know that I read all kinds of books- paranormal, Sci Fi, mystery. Romance both from Christian authors to erotica. I do have to put the blame for the erotica romance on the Head Mistress. I have read all of her books. LoL

This is how Amazon works. You get a free book. If you like it of course you want to read more from the same author. So the next book you get is fairly cheap. As soon as you are hooked each book cost more. Of course this is how the authors make their money so I don’t mind too much. It is when they start charging more or as much as paperback or hard copies that I don’t like it.

Asti I hope things get better for your DS. Depression can come from many different things. I have had depression from getting sick and also from the DS"S death> With both I have worked thru it without medication for depression. I have to take too many meds as it is so I did not want to take any for depression. My doctors would ask me if I was depressed and I would always tell them no. It wasn’t until I got better that I realized how depressed I had been.

I guess I will read the JK Rowing snippet. Sometimes I don’t like what she has to say about their later lives.

Posted by Cool G on July 11, 2014, 01:06 PM report to moderator
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Rare muggy day in Utah.

Posted by ironsos on July 11, 2014, 01:51 PM report to moderator
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Dave Legeno the actor who portrayed Fenrir Greyback in the Harry Potter films has been found dead in Death Valley California. He apparently died due to heat related causes… His body had been there for several days before being discovered by hikers. That is so very sad….

Posted by Won_Two on July 11, 2014, 03:15 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

CoolG, thank you for sharing that. It helps, both in relation to my DS, and to me. My tactic is to be pro active…… Take all the hours at work that I can get, take pride in making meals cheaply that are still healthy etc, do something positive to try and get through. Then burn out and crash, lol! As I said yesterday, my DS tends to focus far more on the negatives, which can be difficult.
I am glad to hear you feel better. I am sure your socialising with your daughters and their families has helped a lot……as will the walking you are doing. I am a HUGE believer in fresh air.
…………and Amazon are not stupid, are they, lol! My guilty pleasure!

Won, that is very sad. I assume he was hiking, and was overcome?

Posted by asti on July 11, 2014, 04:44 PM report to moderator
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Asti It is very difficult when couples are polar opposites because neither can understand the other’s point of view. I am the negative one in our family and at times my DS’s attitude can feel patronising which makes me furious. That is why a professional person is needed to train a negative thinker in a state of depression into more constructive ways of looking at situations and life events.

Posted by Graymayne on July 12, 2014, 12:39 AM report to moderator
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I would not have gone hiking in Death Valley in July, especially not alone. I would imagine there are all sorts of warnings against it but I imagine all sorts of people don’t take the heat and danger seriously. GRAYMAYNE, like your son before he visited the American Southwest, I don’t imagine Dave Legeno had any idea of the devastating heat that can be produced. Death Valley is the worst of the worst, no place hotter. It is called Death Valley for a reason.

We went painting again yesterday. I left my daughter and mother and drove down the block to the big local musical instrument store. They sell all types of band instruments, string instruments, pianos and organs. They supply the rental instruments to band students regionally and supply instruments and service to the local orchestras. They effectively have a monopoly on everything but guitars. We rented my daughter’s clarinet from them when she played in the middle school band two years ago. I went in and had them give me a quote for the monetary investment it would be a month for her to rent a beginner’s violin. I have the quote to turn into the attorney to take to the judge.

I also got a firm quote for violin lessons from our friend while she was in the shop yesterday. She normally charges $80 for 30 minutes. For us she is going to charge $35 for an hour if I will take my daughter to her house instead of her coming to us. I grew up going to that house for my piano lessons forty years ago. I am comfortable there so it is not a problem for me. They have a pool and I’ve been invited to bring my suit and swim while my daughter has her lessons while the weather allows.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 12, 2014, 11:16 AM report to moderator
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Oh, I didn’t say that in a coherent way. Our violinist friend came into the pottery shop to pick up her finished piece she painted last week. So, I was able to talk to her about the price of lessons.

She had her mother in the car with her yesterday. My mother went out to speak to her. My old piano teacher is 90 years old and my mother will be 89 next month. They are very much from the same generation and have known each other for almost 50 years. My mother was “choir mother” at our church. The older ladies have talked on the phone but have not seen each other in years. My mother’s new phone numbers were given to my old piano teacher. I can see my mother attending the violin lessons to visit while the lesson takes place.

My piano teacher was not much of a cook and certainly didn’t bake. She was too busy giving lessons and playing events on her harp to take interest in the kitchen. Our choir director, the husband and father of these ladies, has been known to call my mother and ask her to bake desserts for them to serve guests in their home. He had no shame when it came to food and baking. He would call my mother before a bake sale at the church, asking what she was making and what time she would be arriving to deliver it. He would be waiting as she got out of the car and escort her to the area where the sale was being held to relieve her of her offerings as they were priced. He was one of those charming, always happy, energetic people who could manipulate you into doing what he wanted against your will. I have seen her bake a cake for him the day before we left on vacation.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 12, 2014, 11:36 AM report to moderator
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Also, in the world of small coincidences, the elder daughter, the one who plays the cello and harp, is married to a man I have known for thirty years, He was the technical director of the theatre where I worked as stage manager. He still works there. I found her on Facebook and it turns out we have several mutual friends.

That daughter married fairly young and as far as I knew she was still married to the same person. I had not realized she had remarried, certainly not to someone I know. Her first husband’s name had always fascinated me. There was a beautiful novel, St. Elmo, publish in 1866, but Augusta J. Evans. It is a beautiful book and I would still recommend it. It is available on Amazon. You can get it on Kindle for FREE. The husband’s first names were the name of the main character in the book, St. Elmo Murray “then his Long Last Name”, III. I couldn’t imagine going through life with the name St. Elmo Murray, much less three generations of men doing so. Luckily for him, he was a fighter pilot and they give each other nicknames. He used his nickname and not his given name but when the wedding invitation arrived there it was in all its glory.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 12, 2014, 12:20 PM report to moderator
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For cloud lovers like me

Posted by Graymayne on July 13, 2014, 01:40 AM report to moderator
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I am having another busy weekend. :)
Friday was sister day. My sisters and I went shopping and then out to lunch. It is a Mexican food buffet that is awesome! I only have two more Fridays off. :(
Saturday we went to the Sand Soccer Tournament at Montrose Beach in Chicago. It poured on us. Literally it was like someone stood above us and poured buckets of water. :( the tournament was cancelled. :(

Today I am going with my daughter to a Wedding Expo. She wants ideas for her wedding. :)
I will be missing the World Cup Final. My daughter is not a soccer fan she has no idea I am giving up something I was looking forward for her. I love my daughter very much, :/

Back to work tomorrow. :(

Posted by Madame Minerva on July 13, 2014, 08:42 AM report to moderator
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Asti – just {{{{hugs}}}}}. Sometimes they are the strong ones; other times we have to be the strong ones. :)

LadyHawke – I love hearing how your mom goes with you and LittleHawke. I love that she lives so close to you but still has her independent home. I always worry about my future and where I will end up as an elderly person. I would love an arrangement like your mom. Close enough to my family but a little bit independent. Yet not lonely.

Posted by Madame Minerva on July 13, 2014, 08:55 AM report to moderator
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MM, how can your daughter have missed you are a soccer fan? She did grow up in the house with you didn’t she? If you are missing something soccer for the wedding expo it is too bad you hadn’t planned to miss yesterday’s tournament/rain out for it. Your daughter has her head so far up in the clouds about the wedding she isn’t processing anything else. It will be fun except for you worrying about the game you are missing.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 13, 2014, 09:55 AM report to moderator
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Good evening!

I worked 7 hours overtime today, on time and a half :) I’ve worked out that this pay month, including hours paid +1/2, I’ve done 44 additional hours. How’s THAT for being positive and pro active……..and exhausted, lol!

Poor MM! wedding excitement or World Cup Final!? I hope there is a highlights programme later that you can watch. And what a shame about the rain yesterday, your poor girls. Thank you for the hug.

Lady Hawke, the violin tuition sounds like a VERY good deal for you, your Mother AND your daughter. I hope she enjoys the instrument.

Posted by asti on July 13, 2014, 03:41 PM report to moderator
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I have started packing for next week. My mother who is doing my laundry requested I pack as she makes clean laundry so I will not wear anything I am planning on taking with me. This means I will have to go naked this week or walk around much more dressed up than I normally do for grocery shopping and errand running. I think she will have less luck convincing my daughter to take this tactic, less clothes, less options, since she will adamantly refuse to wear dresses or skirts to go to the grocery.

We have returned from church. I took my mother home. My DS took his mother home. I took my mother to the pharmacy to pick up some things, then went in and visited with her, and I’ve been home for about an hour and a half and no DS. It is almost 3 PM. I’m doing laundry for the DS and defrosting some meat for dinner but I really am beginning to wonder where he is.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 13, 2014, 03:50 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, I will probably be substituting again this year. I have not been able to apply for the speech position because I have to take the teacher’s exam first and that is still weeks away. I have looked into finding other employment but there is just not much out there for someone of my age and my education. Either I have no idea what the job entails or I am far too overqualified. Even if I don’t care if I’m too overqualified there is resistance to the idea of hiring someone with a master’s degree to do a job that requires a high school education. Like you, I just want the money…

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 13, 2014, 03:55 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke, that is a real shame about the job. At least with the substituting you have the option to not take a day if the need arises. I am very very fortunate in my job that they will give me leeway to change my hours if necessary. Daughter has her Leaver’s Assembly next Monday, and they’ve let me take the day off with no problem. Daughter would have been devastated if I’d had to tell her I couldn’t go.
And lol, I do exactly the same as your Mum! Any trip we have coming up, I demand all clothes wanted and in need of washing in the laundry basket at least 5 days beforehand, with an absolute veto on wearing them once clean and dry.
Hopefully your DS is home by now, and you can have a relaxing Sunday afternoon/evening. I am off to bed very very soon.

See you all tomorrow! xx

Posted by asti on July 13, 2014, 04:32 PM report to moderator
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Hi all! Here I am popping in and doing a little catching up (see, I’m getting at least a little better/more frequent at it, lol).

PB Congrats on getting your own place and moving forward towards your bachelor’s degree. For financial reasons, I lived with family much of my life (with brief stints living on my own). But now, I’m once again on my own, and I love it.

Lady Hawke I tried the noodles and cabbage recipe – it was pretty good.

Won Congrats on the financing for your business.

CoolG Congrats on the new great grandbaby on the way.

The new piece that JKR wrote on the older DA members was a delightful read. And writing it in Rita Skeeter’s voice was, of course, brilliant.

Asti I can understand the financial stress and resulting depression. With numerous loans (student, installment and payday) practically eating me alive, I’m going through my share of it now. I do tend to get depressed for a while, but then I make myself do the dishes, tidy up and find ways to make extra cash.

I’ve been shopping thrift stores for books and selling them to online book buying companies (Valore books, Powell’s,, etc). I soon plan to sell the ones that those companies won’t buy (I have quite a stack) on eBay or Amazon or both. I’m looking into going into freelance writing (paid blogs, magazines, content mills – at the moment, I’m not too picky) in order to come up with extra money to pay off my loans. With all the financial stress and time spent trying to make extra money to keep up with the debt, my fantasy fiction series has taken and unfortunate backseat. So, I’m hoping that this new venture will enable me to pay off the worst of these loans so I can focus more on my novel writing at move closer to work – plus, it would give me some writing practice.

I had a nice birthday (four days ago). I enjoyed some freebies from a couple of diners and a coffee shop and celebrated with family in the afternoon and got plenty of candy, some items I needed for the apartment (including a good sized fan-I sure needed that) and some little pleasures that I wanted (like a foot spa and an incense set-I love burning incense cones/sticks while I write). Plus, my job gives me a paid holiday for my birthday – all in all, a very nice day.

Posted by Miss Hagrid on July 13, 2014, 08:51 PM report to moderator
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Miss Hagrid Many Happy Returns of four days ago!

Posted by Graymayne on July 14, 2014, 12:56 AM report to moderator
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LadyHawke – my daughter knows I love aoccer. I just think she had no idea the World Cup final was on. She doesn’t watch soccer.

The wedding Expo was a one day deal. It won’t be on again for awhile. She had tickets. We had a lovely lunch after leaving the Expo. It was fun. Her best friend came along and she was funny and very helpful with tips and ideas. I actually hardly thought about the soccer game. There was a wedding dress fashion show that was so much fun to watch. One of the wedding outfits was a pant suit in white lace with a fur jacket. Definitely not traditional. The other shocking dress was a BLACK wedding dress. It was beautiful except for the color. I wondered who would choose that dress and actually wear it. :/

We walked through all the booths and I mean ALL. We tasted different wedding cake samples from many bakeries. Catering services had many appetizers for us to taste. I loved a fresh tuna and avocado on some a chip that was offered. Every time I took a sample taste of cake I thought of Ironsos and how he would love to be the cake sampler. LOL! :)

There were many photographers, DJ, florists, tuxedo rentals, Venues, make up, hair stylist, wedding dress shops and shoes to see. It really was a future bride’s paradise. My daughter, two of her bridesmaids, her maid of honor and I attended. I saw other groups that had the poor Groom along. The men looked miserable. I felt sorry for them. I was so glad my daughter did not make her fiancée come with us. It was definitely not where many men would want to be. Someone tapped me on the shoulder and I turned to find one of the male PE teachers from the school where I work. Poor baby. I had no idea he was getting married.

I really had a great time.

Posted by Madame Minerva on July 14, 2014, 04:31 AM report to moderator
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