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AMC
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Posted - 12/12/2006 :  12:23:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
YAY Myf!!! That's such terrific news! Still, if you can move in with your sister and survive, it's probably a good financial move.

Martje... and if you corrected them you would be proving your point. They DO need the semantics police!


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Theowyn
Looney

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Posted - 12/12/2006 :  12:25:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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... I just got a call from my awesome supervisor who told me that my research group is going to fund me for that time to the same amount my scholarship was worth!! This is unheard of. It's totally not their remit to fund me, but how nice is that!!

Myf, that's awesome news! I'm so happy for you.

You said that this course ends in June. Does that mean that you'll be completely done and have your doctorate then?

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Myf
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Posted - 12/12/2006 :  19:29:05  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the good cheer, guys.

Theo, the course technically ends in June. However, since the course opened about 6 years ago, I don't think anyone has submitted their thesis in 3.5 years. So while I am aiming to submit by the end of June, I'm fully aware that it's likely to be longer. But that's OK - having this money and not having to worry about part-time tutoring or research work means that I'll have a better chance of submitting in time, and that's entirely what my supervisors are after.

And Diri, this isn't the school or university funding this - it's coming from the research grants my supervisors have been awarded. My main supervisor is a well-known researcher and he has pots of money for research. All the better for me.

And Martje, what's wrong with 'I could care less'? I agree it sounds wrong to me, but if you use it in a world-weary sarcastic way, then it's just the same as 'I couldn't care less'. E.g., the following sentences mean the same thing.

1. Bee, I hate your new haircut.
2. Wow, Bee, I just loooove your new haircut. *eyeroll*

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Posted - 12/12/2006 :  20:18:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hurrah Myf! I'm so glad you got your funding. And congrats to Diri for finishing your masters! All you people doing graduate studies have my admiration and maybe just a little bit of envy. I'd love to go back to school, but with so little hope of ever getting back into my real professional carreer, there's simply no point. *sigh* At least I can enjoy your successes vicariously and cheer from afar. Congratulations all of you, you have earned it!
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Eeyore
Barmy

USA
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Posted - 12/12/2006 :  20:39:54  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Some of the decorations around the house are up--most actually. Just the family room stuff is left--and the tree.

We were going to put up the tree tonight and Chris and Sarah were going to come help decorate. But then Laura and Tim are at work, and I thought they might be available tomorrow night. Apparently that won't work, as Chris already had other plans.

But about 20 minutes ago, I lost all my energy, my back started to hurt, and my stomach is upset. Not a good sign. Terry has had the flu since last Friday, and I'm now afraid that's what this all is. Bleah. So I cancelled the decorating plans. I do want to get the tree up and try to get the lights on (my job). But I could do that during the day tomorrow, if not tonight.

Theo, I'm like you about my hair. Only I cut it myself--they never cut it so I like it so I gave up on having someone else do it about 15 or more years ago. It's short--thick and coarse. There is some wave in the back, but the rest is only wavy when it's long. Which is kind of weird, considering that it's very heavy. Which is why I gave up having it long--when I wore it up I got headaches from it. Short is so much easier.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2006 :  22:56:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, nobody's posted in two days.

I need to go to bed. I'm so frustrated. I'm giving my neice a dollhouse for Christmas and I ran electricity through it. It was working perfectly the other day and today I decided to check it before finishing wallpapering and nothing works! I know my transformer, lead-in cord, and junction splice work, so it has to be my wire. If I have to rewire this thing, she's getting a house without electricity. Grr..why did I decide to electrify, it causes more problems and money than it's worth.


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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2006 :  02:02:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry Jo!!! That just sucks. Is it possible you blew a fuse somewhere? You must have fuses if you have series of lights - are they possible built in? Can you check the bulbs to see if one is loose or change the bulbs in case one is bad? if you've wired in serial that could cause everything to stop working too.

I'm here... but tis the season to be busy, falalalalalalalala. I had TWO holiday concerts to go to tonight.


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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2006 :  09:39:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Who will be preforming the concerts AMC? I also think it may be one of the light bulbs, Jo. Good luck with the dollhouse.
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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2006 :  10:40:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My kids!

I ended up skipping one, as my older daughter didn't care if we went. Now it's morning and everyone had a late night.. can you say: everyone is cranky here? Everyone is Cranky Here! I want RAIN and I want TIME OFF! I'm cranky too. I'll go see if a kiss cheers me up.


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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2006 :  11:06:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I fixed my lighting. I knew it wasn't the bulbs because my testing probe wasn't lighting up anywhere on the tapewire. The problem was one of two fixtures' wiring gone wonky. It created an open circuit and was shorting everything. I just went backword and disconnected the last things I did. Then I reconnected them. They must have gotten loose or wire touching while jostling it about. What's nice about the transformer is that there are no fuses to change, it has a built in circuit breaker. I'm just so sick of working on this dollhouse that I don't even want to give it to her for Christmas. I go in spurts with the hobby. If I find something else she'd like on my travels till Christmas I may get it for her and just give her the house for her birthday in March. I've just got so many other things to do and this is like a loadstone. I still have cookies to finish, shopping to do, major house cleaning, and decorations to hang.

AMC, the weather has been beautiful here! It's supposed to be near 60 degrees today. We had a week or so of a cold snap where the temperatures went into the single digits, but for the most part it's been relatively warm. Retailers hate it though because they say the warm temperatures don't encourage people to think about Christmas. Sales go up the colder and snowier it gets here.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2006 :  14:20:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's supposed to get to 75* on Sunday. Our low temps have been in the 50's again.

I used to do a lot of baking for the holidays, but found I really didn't enjoy it much anymore so I stopped. There's just too much to do.

School's out for the year!
Sent my reports off this morning. Now Daughter is jabbering on non-stop. She's just excited for Christmas, but she's driving me nuts. I know, short drive.

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2006 :  14:34:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have an annual cookie baking before Christmas so the whole day is set aside for baking, which makes it much easier. I usually make some butter cookie dough the night before and one friend brings gingerbread dough (although this year she might not, as she's preggers and tired). I go out at 8am and get a bunch of bagels for noshing and then go I home and clear the counters of everything. At about 10, the bakers start arriving - 5 or 6 of them. They usually bring supplies and an idea of what new cookie they want to try or what old favorite they must make that day. We take turns using the mixers and the ovens - it's a bit chaotic but people are patient, so it works out. We usually bake for 5-6 hours, then everyone sits down exhausted... and we decorate. I have one friend who is the Icing Queen and she makes endless batches of cookie icing in a rainbow of colors. Some people do careful and exquisite cookies - some people just slather the icing on and add a silver ball or two. By the end of the afternoon we have a table covered with these fabulous cookies in all varieties of shapes and flavors. And everyone takes some home. It's a great day, the easiest entertaining I ever do - all I need to is have the kitchen ready and do some scrubbing afterwards. But it's such fun - it's one of those ocassions that "makes the season bright"!!!


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Bee
Mediwizard

846 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2006 :  14:44:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Siobhan



School's out for the year!



Yeah, for me too! Hurrah!

I'm absolutely exhausted today. Stayed up really late last night doing an essay I've had months to work on - I'll never learn.

I got some great news yesterday - I'm going to New York! I'll be going on a six week placement in a hospital over there this summer - I can't wait! I'll be working mostly with adult clients, which should be really interesting. I get an apartment (unfurnished apart from a bed, which I'll be sharing with one of my classmates) and a LEXUS (which I won't be able to drive as I don't think Americans look as kindly upon unlicenced motorists as the Irish do). I have to pay my way there though, but isn't that what credit cards are for? And we were studying cochlear implants today in college, and it seems I'm going to get to see the surgery being carried out over there! So very cool.

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Starling
Confunded

United Kingdom
701 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2006 :  16:27:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just randomly told Ruth she hasn't got any Christmas decorations up, and she's handed me two strings of lights and some red baubles to hang in the ficus ...

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2006 :  16:42:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
AMC, that sounds like lots of fun. I'll have to suggest it to one of my friends with a decent sized kitchen. They built kitchens on the economy side in 1936, I'm afraid. My kitchen is really small-- slightly larger than my master bath, which is probably the size of a modern walk-in closet. There is a T shaped traffic pattern with three doorways. The fridge faces the stove-- you cannot open both at the same time (and if one is open no one can walk through the kitchen). There is room for 1 (and only one) person in front of the sink. It really was a nightmare when I got new cabinetry a couple years ago. None of the cabinets would fit neatly into the corners, so I opted for two roll out carts (one of which has drop leaves on each side) in place of base cabinets and a straight countertop with cabinets across the end. I also got rid of a lot of stuff.

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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2006 :  17:21:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That sure does sound fun, AMC.

Congrats on your six week stay in New York, Bee.
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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2006 :  18:30:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by BeeI get an apartment (unfurnished apart from a bed, which I'll be sharing with one of my classmates)

Bee - I know it's a great opportunity... but I really don't approve. NO ONE should be obligated to share a bed with a classmate in order to attend classes. That sort of thing is illegal over here! They are taking shameless advantage of a poor sweet girl just over from the Old Country...

Oh and yes - driving without a license will get you jail time if they catch you - especially if they find out you're already prostituting yourself to pay for your schooling.


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Bee
Mediwizard

846 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2006 :  18:58:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by AMC

quote:
Originally posted by BeeI get an apartment (unfurnished apart from a bed, which I'll be sharing with one of my classmates)

Bee - I know it's a great opportunity... but I really don't approve. NO ONE should be obligated to share a bed with a classmate in order to attend classes. That sort of thing is illegal over here! They are taking shameless advantage of a poor sweet girl just over from the Old Country...



Then I feel bad telling you that it'll quite probably end up with six in the bed, as we're going out in three separate pairs to work, but all fully intend hanging around after for a bit of a holiday. If I was on placement in Ireland I'd have to cover all my own expenses - the only reason we've access to the flat (and the car) is because they love Irish girls - that's seriously the reason.

Which reminds me that I read something in the paper today about someone in NY getting out of doing serious jail time for drugs offences because he's Irish-American, and therefore clearly has an addictive personality and just can't help himself. Begorrah and begosh! Or whatever the phrase is.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 12/15/2006 :  19:04:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lol, AMC. You're going to scare the poor girl.

Bee, are you going to New York City, or somewhere in the state of New York? If it's the city then you don't need the car. And you're absolutely lucky to get an apartment! Even if you have to share a bed. Rent is a killer in NYC. You must make the short trip down to Atlantic City once while you're here. It's fabulous. The boardwalk, the taffy, and yes, the casinos, but there are other things to do besides gamble. But you also have to visit the casinos. They're breathtaking inside. Also, be sure to get out of the city sometime and see real smalltown U.S.A.

Most of the local radio stations are playing 24 hours of Christmas songs. Everytime I turn on the radio I hear Wham's "Last Christmas". As bad as that is, sadly, I turn it up and sing along everytime. I groan and complain and then find myself singing with George Michaels. I blame my sister for her obsession with the group in the 80s that I actually remember all the lyrics.

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2006 :  22:28:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last Christmas I gave you my heart...

Thanks Jo, for putting that in my head! I don't listen to radio stations that play Christmas tunes so I HADN'T heard it yet!

SIX Students showing up in NYC to sleep with each other? The Immorality! I'm shocked, really.

LOL about the all-purpose Irish-American excuse. I'll have to remember that for future probation officers... I mean cocktail parties.


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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 12/16/2006 :  00:29:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Last Christmas I gave you my heart...

Thanks Jo, for putting that in my head! I don't listen to radio stations that play Christmas tunes so I HADN'T heard it yet!



I've heard this song three times today! Once going to the store and twice on the way home. I flip through the channels alot. I've got it stuck in my head. I've tried listening to other music, but I just can't get it out.

I finally got my ladylocks finished. Baked and filled the last tonight. I got my chocolate truffle mixed. All that needs are them rolled into either powdered sugar, cocoa, nuts, or sprinkles. I also got my chocolate crinkles mixed up and chilling. I don't know what else I'm going to bake. Maybe just some sugar cookies or snickerdoodles. I'm making a few cookies trays to give instead of small gifts.

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Myf
Confunded

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Posted - 12/16/2006 :  02:23:56  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
OMG Bee!

NY!


Yay!!!


Oh wait - summer. I thought it was my summer and you'd be heading of within a week or two. It's six months away, isn;t it?

Still... Yay!

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Bee
Mediwizard

846 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2006 :  05:19:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Jokelly


Bee, are you going to New York City, or somewhere in the state of New York? If it's the city then you don't need the car. And you're absolutely lucky to get an apartment! Even if you have to share a bed. Rent is a killer in NYC. You must make the short trip down to Atlantic City once while you're here. It's fabulous. The boardwalk, the taffy, and yes, the casinos, but there are other things to do besides gamble. But you also have to visit the casinos. They're breathtaking inside. Also, be sure to get out of the city sometime and see real smalltown U.S.A.




Jo, are you trying to lure me and my addictive personality into a casino?! Shame on you! (Though it does sounds fun ).

I'll be staying in Long Island, which is cool because when I was an undergrad a bunch of my friends went off to Long Island on a J1 visa for a summer (a rite of passage over here), and I've always regretted not going with them. Now I'm going to get my chance, in similar living conditions and everything! And I don't even have to clean toilets for a living!

Yes, Myf, it's six months away. It's so nice to have something to look forward to!

I really don't know why I'm online as I have to head up to Dublin in a couple of hours and I haven't packed yet. I'm going to a big reunion/birthday party with my undergrad classmates - really looking forward to seeing them. Christmas is finally here!

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 12/16/2006 :  23:22:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bee, maybe JKR will release book 7 while you're here. She seems to like releasing books when you're not home.

I've got my chocolate truffles done tonight. One more thing marked off my list. So now I need to finish the rest of my cookies, maybe tomorrow. I also have to get the tree out, yet. I'm so lazy.

I'm getting old. My right knee has been hurting for the past few weeks. It's not swollen or bruised and only aches when I walk stairs or get up from a chair. I could walk for miles and it not bother me. If it keeps up I'll go to the doctor and see what's going on. My dad told me it's the beginnings of arthritis. My niece is eleven and one of her classmates has arthritis. That's a bit young.

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Eeyore
Barmy

USA
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Posted - 12/17/2006 :  00:56:08  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
That was one nasty wind storm we had on Thursday night. I stayed up till the power went off at 12:45 am, then I couldn't go to sleep because the wind was so strong. Terry was sleeping quite nicely. I finally turned off the lantern and crawled into bed, thinking that the power would be back on when I woke up.

However, it's Saturday night, and the power just came back on this evening at 8:20 pm. So, about 40 hours without heat. We were better off than many people--no trees down in our neighborhood at least. But it was down to 47 degrees in the bedrooms--we shut the doors to all the bedrooms and downstairs bathroom. We had the gas fireplace going most of the time--which kept the living room at about 60. It dropped to 56 overnight, when the temps dropped into the low 30s.

And we had flashlights, candles, the gas BBQ and an propane space heater (to use in the garage, not the house, and our water heater is gas. So we had some limited heat, hot water, and we could heat water for tea. But it's been long enough, that we'll have to throw away a lot of food in the fridge--luckily we don't have a big freezer, so we won't lose much there.

Anyway, just wanted to say hi, now that I can. I'll come back later to try to catch up.

Eeyore

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 12/17/2006 :  01:26:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aww, Eeyore, glad you got through it okay, though. At least you have a gas fireplace. Where I live there is no natural gas lines, so if the power goes out and you have no fireplace or wood burner then you're done for. I hope your weather improves. You've really gotten pounded in the Northwest this fall.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
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Posted - 12/17/2006 :  11:57:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Eeyore! It is good to hear from you. I wondered if you were hit as hard as Mummy and Daddy were, but figured asking via the internet when you might have no power would be pretty pointless.
Mad-Eye told me last evening that my parents have power back, too. Luckilly, the neighbors have a generator and took good care of Mummy and Daddy-- fed them and kept an eye on them.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 12/17/2006 :  20:04:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have on my stereo to listen to music while I decorate and guess what is playing right now--"Last Christmas".

"Happy Christmas", I wrapped it up and sent it,
With a note saying, "I love you." I meant it.
Now I know what a fool I've been,
But if you kiss me once, I know you'll fool me again.


I can sing the whole song, I did warn you.

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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2006 :  22:41:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Whew! Someones done been to the WalMart!
Man, this is the stuff I've got for Christmas.
You sure cleaned up, whatcha get?
5 flannel shirts
4 Bigmont tires
3 shotgun shells
2 hunting dogs
and some parts to a Mustang GT
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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 12/17/2006 :  23:50:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
JKRiS, I love his bit where he talks about his family going on vacation to Hawaii and his family's luggage was grocery bags and coolers. I had to laugh because my whole family including my sister's family went on vacation one time and their luggage was a large plastic tote box that fit into the trunk and they had a cooler in there, also.

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