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Bee
Mediwizard

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Posted - 12/18/2006 :  06:27:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jokelly

Bee, maybe JKR will release book 7 while you're here. She seems to like releasing books when you're not home.



In that case, it's becoming increasingly likely that Book 7 will be released next year, because it turns out I might be going on even more travels during the summer. I've been asked to accompany a group of volunteers to Sri Lanka and assist the coordinator for the first two weeks of their stay before the psychologist comes out to join them. I'd even get my expenses paid by an aid organisation, which makes me feel a bit guilty because I'm an unskilled fraud, but not guilty enough to refuse the offer. Currently trying to rigourously timetable my summer so I can squeeze it all in. Hurrah!

I haven't even thought about Christmas shopping yet. Suppose I should get going - urgh.

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Myf
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571 Posts

Posted - 12/18/2006 :  16:26:19  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Oh, Bee! You must be thrilled. And I don't see any unskilled frauds around here, my girl.

I just can't summon the energy to be very productive today.

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2006 :  00:22:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We're all unskilled frauds or amazing geniuses, depending on the day and the audience. I read an interview with Jimmy Iovine, one of Rock's most successful music producers and he said that Bruce Springsteen had said to him that they were both lucky, they'd never lost the low self-esteem that got them there in the first place. Really made me think - it's hard to envision that there are people who have succeeded for 20 or 30 years at the job they love best and been rewarded in every possible way for their achievements can still wake up, look in the mirror and see a jerk who got lucky... but it do happen and I guess it's not that uncommon.


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dobbygirl
Barmy

USA
300 Posts

Posted - 12/20/2006 :  10:01:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all! I'm back and healthy (for now). I did go into work on Friday (the last day I posted) but it was a tough night. I was exhausted by the time I got home. The good thing was I had Saturday and Sunday off so I rested. The toughest part was my stupid antibiotic! It made me sick to my stomach and dizzy if I took it after I woke up. Unfortunately if I took it before going to bed, then I couldn't sleep. Thank god for peppermint tea!

Oh poor diri! But thanks for the reminder. I've been meaning to give my mom a key to my house. The last time I locked myself out of the house, I had to call my sister (who happened to be out gambling at the casino) and have her get the house key from my hubby and bring it to me. And this was last winter....I froze my butt off waiting.

Oh joy, I have a wedding this week-end. My mom's cousin's daughter is getting married on the 23rd (and the reception is at the casino, just where I want to spend my night off ). It'd be better if my great Aunt Dorothy was coming from Wisconsin, but she couldn't make it. Aside from my mom and sister, I'll know two other relatives (my mom's cousin and her mom, my great Aunt Marianne).

Did any of that last paragraph make sense? I need to get to bed.....

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Bee
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Posted - 12/20/2006 :  12:01:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I passed my driving test! Hooray!

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Starling
Confunded

United Kingdom
701 Posts

Posted - 12/20/2006 :  13:32:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Woohoo! Congrats!

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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 12/20/2006 :  13:54:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great job, Bee!
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
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Posted - 12/20/2006 :  14:12:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
for Bee!!!!!

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Eeyore
Barmy

USA
311 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2006 :  00:53:45  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I think I'm actually finally finished with my Christmas shopping. I was ready to cancel Christmas this year--no one would give any useful hints about what they wanted, and I was drawing a blank. Tomorrow I tackle the wrapping.

Right now I'm off to read chapter 17 and have a cup of tea--Celestial Seasonings Candy Land. Very tasty, and soothing. Just what I need after spending 6 hours volunteering at the Food Bank (very cold)and then 4 hours at the malls.

Be back to chat later.

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dobbygirl
Barmy

USA
300 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2006 :  06:58:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yay for Bee!!!!!

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Posted - 12/22/2006 :  07:45:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Congratulations Bee!
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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/22/2006 :  08:08:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yaay Bee! I'm not a judge of drivers, since I can't drive, but there was never a moment when I felt scared driving with you, which is not something I could say for a lot of fully accredited drivers I have travelled with.

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Myf
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571 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2006 :  18:22:43  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Bee is downright ace.

I'm hungover and oh-so-sleepy. Good night, though, last night. :)

IT RAINED!

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 12/22/2006 :  20:59:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Congratulations, Bee!

I'm done with my Christmas shopping. Yesterday, we went and got my dad's bike. If I go somewhere tomorrow I have to get him something small and wrap it up or he'll guess what we got him if I have nothing here. I'll tell him to unwrap his gift up my sisters. The bike is at her house right now. I can imagine my nephew is riding it through the house and getting yelled at for it. I'm finishing up my neice's dollhouse tonight, and probably complete it tomorrow. Hopefully. I'm getting down to the final hour. Once I get some pictures I'll post them.

I was out in the stores today and it was a madhouse! I just had to pick up one things, but my nerves were shot by the time I was out of there. The traffic was worse than the crowds in the stores.

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2006 :  22:43:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
YAY BEEEEE! I'm so glad! Now you can endanger your life legally. Or something like that.

Ugh! Dobbygirl, sorry about the reception - sounds dismal.

I have almost entirely avoided the stores this Christmas, I did my shopping online. The girls and I "took on" a child's list from the Salvation Army's gift tree, so we went out and did that together which was fun... and we went out the other day to get a few gift certificates and see the Christmas lights in Old Town but other than that, Christmas this year has come via UPS.

It rained here too! Which is only remarkable in that it's the middle of WINTER and this is only the second time we've gotten rain all season.. I feel all dried up.



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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 12/23/2006 :  01:41:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We're not supposed to have a "White Christmas", it's supposed to be a "Rainy Christmas", followed by a "White/Slush Day After Christmas Shopping Day". It must be raining all over the country. It's rained for two days and supposed to continue. It's still in the 50s, which kind of takes the wintery feel out of Christmas.

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 12/23/2006 :  01:58:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jo, I'm so sick of blue skies, sun and warm weather that you said "Slush" and I got a nostalgic longing to be in the PA brown slushy snow. And I KNOW how nasty that stuff gets. How desperate am I?


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Eeyore
Barmy

USA
311 Posts

Posted - 12/23/2006 :  11:53:36  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Well, it's cold enough here to feel wintery, but just rain, which is fine with me. We always go to one of Terry's sister's or nephew's house for Christmas day--I'd just as soon not have to make that drive home late at night on snowy roads.

But speaking of "White Christmas", Terry and I went to see it at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle last Tuesday afternoon. It was so much fun--it's one of my favorite Christmas movies, and seeing it as a stage musical was great.

I'm off to make fudge this morning, then I'm meeting Terry for lunch--it's our 33rd anniversary. We figured out very quickly that it's best to celebrate our anniversary with lunch rather than dinner--too crowded this time of year. And we buy something for the house instead of presents for each other--it's so close to Christmas that another gift would just get lost in the shuffle.

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Myf
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Posted - 12/23/2006 :  15:27:27  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Happy anniversary, Eeyore!

The weather here is a bit insane. We've had severe bushfires in my state, up in the high country - and the (burnt) mountains forecast to get a smattering of SNOW on Christmas Day. I mean, what? Snow? It's midsummer!

I'm pretty sleepy - I got up at 5.30am today to go down to the markets and buy seafood for Christmas lunch. It was pretty busy even then, and you've never seen such piles of crayfish and prawns and fish. Made my mouth water. But my housemate and I got everything we needed, and back home by 6.30! It's now 7.30 and I bet the market is teeming now.

Nap time, I think.


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Posted - 12/23/2006 :  16:16:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So Australia is getting our snow. We may not be getting a white Christmas, but yesterday evening there was a breathtaking double rainbow in the eastern sky! It was a real treat after a dreary day.

Happy anniversary, Eeyore, and many more!
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Myf
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Posted - 12/23/2006 :  18:41:56  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Pesky Pixie

So Australia is getting our snow.



And people think the weather is acting perfectly normally...

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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 12/23/2006 :  22:48:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Happy Anniversary, Eeyore!
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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 12/24/2006 :  05:07:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aw Lovey Eeyore! That's so sweet. Are you doing anything special for your 33 1/3rd?

Think Oz getting your snow is scary? How about this?

http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article2099971.ece

Sings: "It's the end of the world as we knoow it! It's the end of the world as we knooow it..."

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Theowyn
Looney

1078 Posts

Posted - 12/24/2006 :  11:33:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Happy anniversary Eeyore! And Merry Christmas everyone!!

Yes, global warming will increasingly be playing havoc with the weather, but I can't quite manage to be depressed about that. We'll adjust to rising seas and increasing numbers of natural catastrophies. Humans are amazingly adaptive creatures. And maybe if we have to spend more time and money defending against mother nature, we'll have less to spend fighting each other. I can hope anyway.

Everyone have a lovely Christmas!

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
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Posted - 12/24/2006 :  13:25:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Happy Anniversary Eeyore (a day late...)!!

The weather is doing crazy things. I'm glad we're going to have a cool Christmas here in Washington with my family. South Carolina is supposed to be in the 70's-- not my idea of Christmas weather at all. Here it's raining and cool.
We'll be off to see Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker the 26th. It is really unusual as the whole thing is styled by Maurice Sendak. Daughter has never seen it live, only on video.

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Myf
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Posted - 12/24/2006 :  15:18:40  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Ooh, Siobhan, that sounds great!

Oh, and Happy Christmas, everyone! I guess that as Simon seems to have disappeared off the radar, either Treefrog or I get to be the ones to ring in the new events for HPG.

Bah, I woke up too early. I still have lots of food to prepare before heading to my sister's for lunch.

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Eeyore
Barmy

USA
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Posted - 12/24/2006 :  15:38:16  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks--our anniversary was lovely--we met for lunch, then both headed off to finish our Christmas shopping. Actually, that was typical. Word of warning--if you really want to celebrate your annivesary on the day, then don't get married two days before Christmas.

Siobhan, I'm glad you made it here--I was worried that you might be stuck in Denver. I bet your daughter will love the Nutcracker. It's such a nice production of it, with all the great sets--as well as the wonderful dancing.

We were without cable (internet and TV from 10 pm last night till sometime this morning). Apparently someone sliced through the main fiber optic cable that supplies all of our town and parts of towns around us.

Merry Christmas everyone. I don't know whether I'll be back on till after Christmas, but I'll be thinking of all of you. Save me a cup of peppermint tea and a ginger cookie--I'll bring the fudge.

Eeyore

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gimu
Addled

Ireland
209 Posts

Posted - 12/25/2006 :  05:59:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Merry Christmas to one and all - have a great holiday! Santa came to me and I am now wrapped up in my lovely new warm fluffy dressing gown - so excuse the informal appearance - its just too cosy and warm!
Where do you keep the hot chocolate these days? Home made choclates anyone?
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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 12/25/2006 :  08:18:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Merry/Happy Christmas/Holidays!

I got a CCTV camera for my house! I'm so exited. Chances are I won't be burgled ever again, which is nice. I got a Multi Chef too, a kind of manual Cuisinart, which should make chopping a lot easier for someone with my coordination. I also got a coffee-maker, even though I don't drink coffee. The reasoning behind it was apparently that it would encourage me to socialise outside of the virtual realm.

My stepgrandmother, with the kind of logic of which only she is capable, sent me a Cadbury's Dairy Milk from the States, on the assumption that, since I live in England, I must like English candy. The fact that, since I do indeed live in England, and within a few footsteps of a cornershop fully stocked with the same comestible, didn't seem to deter her from sending it.

Mulled wine all round! I'm buying.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 12/25/2006 :  09:55:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lol, Diri, does the U.S. Dairy Milk taste the same? I've been told they taste nothing alike. I know British chocolate is made with a different type of oil than American chocolate and that's why it tastes differently.

Santa hasn't visited my house, yet. He'll visit this afternoon when I go to my sister's. I did have to get up early, though, to put the pudding on to cook. Can't go to Christmas dinner without the traditional steamed date pudding with lemon sauce. My grandma made it, then when she passed away my mom inherited the double boiler it's made in. Then I inherited making it from my mom. My sister's inherited the waffle iron so she has to make the waffle cookies, made with extra amounts of whiskey and wine. I love the waffles, but I don't eat the date pudding. I just make it.

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.


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