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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
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Posted - 02/08/2007 :  17:29:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
News for aficionados of tragic irony: Anna Nicole Smith just died.

For those who don't know why she was, she was a former Playmate of the Year and onetime actress (She was in Naked Gun III) who gained noteriety by marrying an 89-year-old billionaire. He died the following year, leaving her $300 million. His children cried foul and litigated, forcing her to hand over a substantial chunk.

It is interesting to note that Ms. Smith barely managed to outlive her husband by a decade, and, at 39, had fifty years less life to enjoy, but at least her loved ones can take comfort in the thought that she and her beloved husband are now reunited.

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Myf
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Posted - 02/08/2007 :  20:49:37  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I'm trying very hard to care, Diri.

Ooh, it sounds like you are having exciting weather in the UK. Enjoy the novelty, guys! The weather here remains lovely - although yesterday I sat outside for lunch and it was a bit cold and overcast -every time the sun came out I'd take off my jumper, and every time the sun went behind the cloud, I'd put it on again.

No hot chocolate for me - I'm eating blood plums. Plums are just the best fruit. And for a drink... perhaps elderflower cordial and soda? Elderflower is so hot right now in Australia - we've never been able to get it before. One brand is selling a raspberry and lovage cordial - any idea what that would be like? Should I buy it?

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Barmy

United Kingdom
269 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2007 :  14:35:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lovage? Never heard of it, although I concur with Dumbledore on the raspberry front. Great fruit, good in jam.

Elderflower cordial is popular here. I know someone who actually makes it from scratch. It takes months and smells absolutely vile, but the end product is akin to ambrosia.

The brief fun of snow is over. It is now incredibly wet.

Nuggy xxx

P.S. Diri, according to a tabloid rag I happened to see whilst out buying junk food, Ms Smith had recently told an acquantance that she wanted to die like Marilyn. Personally I think Monroe went out in a slightly more composed way. Collapsing in a casino is a bit dramatic really.
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AMC
Mediwizard

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Posted - 02/10/2007 :  14:43:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not to belabour the topic but it's kind of typical of our age that someone who had few admirable personal attributes and was generally devoid of character still ends up as front page news, in life as well as in death. I'm sorry for her and I'm sorry for her kid but.. that pretty much covers it.

I've heard of lovage - it's an herb but it might be called something else... no, can't find it.

Here a "cordial" always contains alcohol. Is that true in Oz?


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Barmy

United Kingdom
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Posted - 02/10/2007 :  14:49:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Really? Cordials tend to contain fruit (unfermented) and water and you give them to children and teetotallers and thirsty people.

Anna Nicole's death didn't just make the front pages over here - it made some, but not all, but it was mentioned on BBC Radio Four's Today programme - the country's premier breakfast news show.

Nuggy xxx

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AMC
Mediwizard

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Posted - 02/10/2007 :  18:14:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think we call those "juice". Or Juice drinks.

Lordy, it's been all over the papers here - in fact, this morning's front page had a column on what a treat for the media her death has been. So the media covering the media circus...


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Bee
Mediwizard

846 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2007 :  20:28:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Over here, cordial is a more watery kind of drink, or a concentrated drink that can be diluted. I'd usually have cordial of some kind as a mixer with alcohol, but there's no alcohol in the cordial itself.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2007 :  21:44:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey everyone. I need some tea or cocoa or something.

There are times I wish I could send bat-bogey hexes or cause obscene acne. As Daughter would tell you, I need a monster to eat all the annoying people.

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Barmy

USA
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Posted - 02/11/2007 :  01:38:00  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Um, some nice tea--any sort--Siobhan? Would you like some chocolate with the tea? I'm sure I can find something.

And I'll be going--don't want to get in the way of a spell rebounding around the tea shop.

TTFN

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dobbygirl
Barmy

USA
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Posted - 02/11/2007 :  07:42:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am so sick of hearing about Anna Nicole! Enough already!

You know, as much as this cold weather sucks, I'm sure glad I'm not living in New York state. It's been snowing straight for almost a week. I think they've gotten over 9 feet of snow in some areas. That's just insane!

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AMC
Mediwizard

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Posted - 02/11/2007 :  16:25:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's been like over 8 feet of snow in one week in some areas! That's just unbelieveable.

It's just rained a teeny, tiny bit here - I adore rain so I love it out now but we still haven't gotten anywhere near enough for the season.


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Barmy

United Kingdom
269 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2007 :  13:06:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Eight feet of snow is scary. What do they do with it all? Does it just pile up in huge banks? If it is still snowing it surely isn't melting. They must have good snow ploughs - or does everyone just camp out at home and skip work for a few days.

Tea for me.

Nuggy xxx
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2007 :  13:11:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They shovel snow off their roofs and hope the snow stops. Then there's the muck left when the snow melts.

I got dark chocolate M & M's and Bailey's Irish Cream chocolates from Mad-Eye (Husband) (and a kiss from AR's Snape!).

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AMC
Mediwizard

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Posted - 02/14/2007 :  13:53:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
*Opens up the Sweets shop* Free today! All Dark chocolates! My Valentine's gift to you all! Oh, and to myself as well - don't mind if I do. *Helps herself to a cocoa-dusted dark truffle*. Yum.



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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2007 :  13:58:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Got any chocolate dipped blackberries-- the ones like Godiva makes?
yyyyuuuuummmmm... I swear they get blackberries that look like someone has used an engorgement charm on them.

Thought I'd update anyone who is interested on the results from the Westminster Dog Show (our favourite televised sporting event). Best in Show went to an English Springer Spaniel named James. I was rooting for the PBGV or the Dandy Dinmont. There was a drop dead beautiful Scottish Deerhound in the hound group, too. I'm also partial to Italian Spinones.

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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2007 :  14:59:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love the English Springer and both Cocker Spaniel breeds, as well as the labs and goldens. They never seem to get a black lab to represent the breed, and I don't know why.

Vivi the Whippet has become a legend. Someone out there has information on the possible whereabouts of Vivi or her remains. Perhaps, it's you. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-JFK-VIVI. Or, write to Unsolved Mysteries...
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Posted - 02/14/2007 :  15:02:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Happy Valentine's Day everybody!!

We're shoveling out today after about 12 inches of snow and winds of 35 mph yesterday. The drifts on the drive and walk piled up to about three feet. Everything closed yesterday: schools, factories, banks, and businesses. Most everything is still closed today, except the bars! People can't make it in to work, but they can make it uptown to get a drink. Guess where my husband is.

Inconveniences aside, it really was beautiful outside this morning before everyone started digging out. The world was covered in pristine waves of glistening white that sparkled like glitter. The backyard is still gorgeous. They're calling it the Valentine's Day Blizzard, although in historical blizzard terms it was still pretty wimpy. Regardless, the kids are looking at a nice long break from school, since they were scheuled off for Presidents' Day break Friday through Monday anyway. I wonder how Jokelly's part of the country fared ... they usually get the same weather we do, just one day later.

Newguise, eight feet of measured snow only adds up to about two to three feet on the ground because it compacts as it piles up. Still, that's a whole lot, and it can get so heavy on the roofs that it causes them to collapse if they're not cleared off.

All in all it's a very interesting Valentine's Day here that we'll remember for quite a while. My hubby did manage to give me a nice box of chocolates this morning. Verry yummy with a vanilla latte!
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2007 :  16:04:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by JKRisSuperior

Vivi the Whippet has become a legend. Someone out there has information on the possible whereabouts of Vivi or her remains. Perhaps, it's you. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-JFK-VIVI. Or, write to Unsolved Mysteries...
I thought it was 1-877....

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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2007 :  17:25:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oops, yes, it may have been 1-877.
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dobbygirl
Barmy

USA
300 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2007 :  21:36:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Pesky Pixie
Everything closed yesterday: schools, factories, banks, and businesses. Most everything is still closed today, except the bars! People can't make it in to work, but they can make it uptown to get a drink.



That sounds like where I live! Somehow people always it to the bar.

I had a pretty good Valentine's day. Hubby and I went out to eat at a restaurant called Hereford and Hops (the local brewpub) and had ribs. We had planned on going to see "Hannibal Rising" but decided to rent a bunch of movies instead. We'll be watching them when "Lost" is over.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2007 :  10:36:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"Hannibal Rising" sounds like a great Valentine's Day movie.

Hey, AMC, check your private messages when you are on line again.

Husband made dinner for us last night then we sat down as a family to watch "Invader Zim" on DVD. I love that show. It's just too weird for most people to "get."

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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2007 :  15:49:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just got back from watching "Hot Fuzz", the "sequel" to "Shaun of the Dead". It was very funny. It was shot, chopped and scored exactly like a Burckheimer movie, but filmed in a quaint English village. The climactic shootout occurs in a supermarket checkout.

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Barmy

United Kingdom
269 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2007 :  02:42:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I want to see that. The bus adverts have been up for ages is it finally out? Was Cate Blanchett's uncredited cameo picked up by the audience? - It seems to have been publicised quite a bit, despite Simon Pegg's appeals to the media not to.

Nuggy xxx
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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2007 :  02:57:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I didn't pick it up. I'll need to check who she played.

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Eeyore
Barmy

USA
311 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2007 :  06:25:37  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
We had a quiet Valentine's Day at home--except I had choir on Wednesday night.

We gave up trying to go out to dinner a long time ago. When Terry was in college, he and our friend, Doug, secretly planned a nice dinner for myself and Doug's wife, Sandy. Well, it was a disaster--they put us near the kitchen, so it was noisy, then every family in town decided to take all their crying children to dinner, and the waiter spilled water on my plate--which meant that I, the slowest eater, didn't get my dinner till they were nearly finished. We gave up romantic dinners in restaurants as a bad deal.

But we are enjoying the chocolate we gave each other--quite nice.

Have I mentioned that Terry has taken a liking to drinking tea with me? That started last December when our power was out and we could only boil water and fixed a lot of tea. Very nice.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
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Posted - 02/16/2007 :  11:20:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yea!!! Another tea drinker! I had Twinings Blackcurrant tea this morning. Always a nice change from coffee. I usually have a latte, but didn't get the carafe and filter cleaned up last night.

We waited till last night to have a Valentine's/Date night. Daughter usually goes to Granny's house on Thursday evening so that we can go out together. Ate at Tsunami downtown-- hot orange flavoured sake, miso soup, four rolls of sushi, and vanilla ice cream rapped in rice paste then dipped in chocolate sauce... yyyyyuuuuummmm.

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Myf
Confunded

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Posted - 02/16/2007 :  19:12:57  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I had an awesome Corporate Love Day, unexpectedly. The Boy and I went to a free concert by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in an outdoor amphiteatre. It was beautiful and warm, and we ate good food, had some wine, listened to the music, watched the fireworks and listened to inappropriate lovesongs on the way home. Fabulous.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 02/16/2007 :  21:49:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
*hugs everyone and cracks knuckles before beginning typing*

Well, you're gone for a few weeks and have a ton to catch up on. My computer decided after a year and a half of togetherness that it needed a vacation. It had been acting up and overheating and finally a few weeks ago decided to shut down and not work again. So I packed it up and sent it to the repair shop, where it sat for over two weeks. Originally they told me it would take 7-10 days but it ended up being in the shop about 17 or 18 days. They cleaned it out, wiped the hard drive, did some stuff I don't understand, and reinstalled everything, along with some new stuff. It now works. I did have some major withdrawl the first week into the separation. By the end of the second week I didn't believe I was ever going to get it back. Luckily it ended up much cheaper than I thought it would be, but still a chunk of money.

So what has been happening in Kellie-land? Same bad luck as always. I'm without my computer a few days and JKR announces the release date, and I couldn't even pre-order! What hell I went through. I had to find out on a soundbite on the local news. I hadn't been paying attention to the mention of Harry Potter that week on the news because it was all about Dan being in the Equus play and being nude, so I tuned it out. Then I had the news on and not really paying attention and discover the book is being released! Oh, what you miss without internet access.

Hmmm...the weather. That is all the news in PA. My dad is determined to kill that groundhog. "That groundhog" referring to Punxsutawney Phil who came out of his hole to announce an early spring. The temperature hasn't been out of the teens since. Last week, like Dobbygirl and Pesky can attest to, it was below zero (fahrenheit, guys) before the windchill was figured it. With the windchill it was in the minus 30s. Our cold water froze up and even the heating oil froze. Well, it doesn't freeze but gels up. We were without a furnace for a few days. That goodness for electric heaters and electric blankets. Schools were cancelled for two or three days last week because of the low temperatures. The temperature finally rose into the teens by the weekend. Then this week we got the snow. It started Tuesday morning and continued until Thursday. School was cancelled for three days this week. We didn't get a lot of snow, about 5 or 6 inches, but it came as a few inches of snow, a few hours of rain, then back to snow causing everything to ice up. I haven't even attempted shoveling the steps or sidewalk. It's easier to walk with the layer of snow on top of the ice. We're supposed to get more snow tonight or tomorrow. But it's supposed to be in the 40s next week, which also isn't good because it's causing a fear of flooding. The rivers are all frozen and if we get a quick warm-up, that means ice jams and rivers flooding. Everyone is keeping their eyes on the rivers. It's about 8F out there now. It got up to 22F the other day it actually felt warm.

I'm officially 30 years old now as of Valentine's Day. (Adds to the sentiment that great people are Aquarians!) Spent my birthday snowed and iced in so I didn't go anywhere or do anything. But we did go out to dinner and celebrate it last weekend because we knew the storm was coming and bad weather expecting. We went to a little Italian restaurant that serves the best meat ravioli and the most heavenly chocolate cake ever baked. Naturally, I ate too much. I didn't really have a hard time at all turning 30. A few weeks ago I did get the periodic "When Are You Going To Reproduce?" lecture. This time, however, I was laughing so hard that it didn't bother me. When I said I had plenty of time to have kids, my dad's girlfriend said, "Well, have them now so your dad can enjoy them." Then proceeded to say I could get artifically inseminated. To which my dad's response was "No, I don't want artificial grandchildren." That just cracked me up and I couldn't stop laughing all the while, they continued arguing about the topic. Evidently, my dad, while he doesn't have anything against the practice, requires a baby's daddy to be part of package. Marriage not required though. I have an interesting family.

Okay, I'm sick of typing and can't remember what I actually wrote so I'm quitting for right now. It's good to be back.


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AMC
Mediwizard

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Posted - 02/16/2007 :  22:54:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's good to have you back, Jo! I was wondering about you with the PA weather being so in the news. I didn't know that about heating oil - how interesting! See, when you live in a very temperate climate, the business of keeping warm (and alive) during the winter never gets to be a very immediate issue. But we do follow other people's weather avidly - it's like a soap opera.

So, you're supposed to reproduce to make your father happy? Bad idea! But you know that.

Did you take your computer to one of the chain stores? If so, they always say you need your hard-drive formatted - it's the biggest piece of @*!# story around but they make a ton of money selling it. Make sure you keep that paper that says how long they guarantee their work! We'd hate you to be without your computer again!




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Barmy

United Kingdom
269 Posts

Posted - 02/17/2007 :  05:03:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ah, well, I have a leetle bit longer until I get to 30 but it has been sometime now since Other Half's mother has been offering to babysit (she lives 100 miles away) and basically completely take care of any child we care to produce so that really it would be no bother for us at all....

Because that isn't weird and messed up at all. She even specified the baby's sex.

Naturally this has been wholeheartedly ignored.

I like the idea of a big snow, but that is probably because I have never had to live with the reality. I do not however like the idea of flooding - I really hope you are spared that Kellie, there is nothing worse.

Nuggy xxx
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