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AMC
Mediwizard

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Posted - 03/21/2007 :  23:39:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
and yet... you still watch... So someone's happy.

What do you use the little chocolate wafers for? Are they like the "Famous" chocolate wafers or wafers of actual chocolate?

I got a job offer over my answering machine today and I've accepted it - also via voice mail! I'd kind of like to celebrate... but I really can't think how! My spouse is out of town, my kids still needed to be picked up, fed and helped and put in bed - noe they're in bed but there's still laundry to do and I still need to go to my current job tomorrow (I won't turn in my notice until I have a real, legal paper job offer in hand).. so what's a girl to do? Maybe I should go to bed early to celebrate? ! Oh, my exciting life!



And I love you, I love you, I love you.
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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  00:39:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm not a fanatic of American Idol. I didn't watch Season 1, watched all of Season 2, hated Season 3 so much that it turned me off of Season 4 and most of Season 5. Now Season 6 is bringing back my hatred of the third season. As it is I only watch it when they get to the top 24. The voting needs an overhall, especially during the semifinals. They need a voting format closer to Dancing With The Stars where the judges are half the score and the American public are the second half. Plus, they need to limit it to 10 calls or less per phone line. Critics are hating it this season because it's boring and their not voting for the best, but the worst.

I had to look up "Famous" wafers. I don't think we have those in PA. I've never heard of them before. The chocolate wafers are actual chocolate disks that you melt and pour into molds. I get them from a chocolate supply store so I know their fresh and good quality. Walmart and some stores carry the Wilton brand, but I don't buy those.

I now feel left out because Famous Wafers sound so good. After a little research, it seems they're not sold some regions. Not surprising with Nabisco. They only just started selling Mallomars in PA within the past year. So I guess I will have to live without knowing what these little oreo filling-less cookies are like.

Congratulations on the job, AMC!

Current location: Laying low at Lupin's

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  01:00:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ahh - the Famous Chocolate Cookie cake was/is a tradition in my family - it was one of my father's favorite desserts from when he was a kid! And so easy that literally, a 4 or 5 year old can make it so we generally do it with them. You whip fresh cream and make stacks of cookie, cream, cookie, cream... When the stack gets big enough, you turn it one its side and frost with more whipped cream. Then you let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. The chocolate cookies absorb a bit of the moisture and become cake-like so you have this cake of very thin chocolate layers with whipped cream filling. You slice on the diagonal so the layers show. It's.. really, really good.


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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  10:20:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That does sound good! Congratulations on getting the job.
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  11:10:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sunset, our dogwoods are already beginning to bloom. They will be gone by Easter. We won't have any azaleas, either. Those early warming spells started them off. Most of the blooms are brown now. In a way it is a good thing. I have more alergy trouble when everything blooms at once. This year the azaleas didn't bother me much. It's mostly the oaks that are a problem-- and they are a big problem considering how many of them there are. (sneezing smilie)

Congrats on the job, AMC.

All this talk of candy is making me want to start my Easter basket shopping. It is too early, though. I'd have to hide everything for too long.

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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  11:54:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey, you guys know me better than a lot of people; what do you think should be my aims as far as gainful employment? Most of the jobs I've found are either manual (which is out of the question for me) or admin (and I've learnt through experience that I'm not too good at that).

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  12:15:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Diri, I'd say you need to find work doing teaching of some sort. I know when you come out of academia everyone thinks the only kind of teaching worth doing is college level but it's not true - I think High School is actually a more important time in a student's life. If you don't want to teach, then look for other kids of work inside the educational establishment - I think you'd find more co-workers you like and admire there than in business.


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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  13:04:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Teaching is a good idea, AMC. Diri, I also think you'd be interested in a career that would allow you to translate texts, or would allow you to study ancient texts, or Shakespearean era works.
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Bee
Mediwizard

846 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  14:51:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey diri, I can definitely see you working in some sort of teaching capacity. Or in some line of research. Best of luck with the job hunt anyway. I know how frustrating it can be ploughing through the jobs' pages when you're not directly qualified as something, like a nurse or an engineer or whathaveyou. Makes matters much more complicated. But something will turn up!

I just spent five hours listening to a lecture on stroke. It started out interesting, but five hours on one topic is a bit much. We got a couple of breaks, but that wasn't enough! And it didn't help that it was a glorious day out. And that I have a big assignment due tomorrow that I only started last night. Speaking of which, I'd better go get the head down. Ugh.

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Posted - 03/22/2007 :  14:55:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I enjoy your comic satire, so I could see you as a writer too. However, writers usually need a day job at first. Teaching (like AMC said), or something in publishing (like proofreading or editing) might be good for someone with your attention to detail.
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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  15:54:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aw. You all rallied around me! Thanks guys. Still not sure how to proceed; getting a job in education isn't easy, because the competition's pretty fierce at the higher levels. It shouldn't be too hard to get a teaching job at high school level, but that's mainly because the quality of life for British schoolteachers is so poor and the workload so intense they're having trouble filling vacancies.

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As to the avatar, well, if you girls can all have Alan Rickman...

"They don't want the Easter Bunny's power; The children in our generation want Harry's power, and they're getting it." - Laura Mallory

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Bee
Mediwizard

846 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  16:54:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Since I last posted saying I was off to do some work, I've watched two soaps, done a few Sudokus, and pottered around online a bit. And then of course, come tomorrow I'll be in a mad panic. I never learn.

This cricket stuff is getting really creepy. The Pakistan coach's death is being treated as suspicious, and rumours are rife that he was strangled. The entire squad are due to be interviewed by the police. There's also a rumour that they threw the Ireland game as part of a match-fixing scam. Now, I'm new to the sport, so I can only assume cricket's not always this dramatic?

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  17:39:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow Bee - if it has been before, I never knew it.

Diri, I know it's very different overseas but here the best places to work are are smaller private schools - they don't pay as well as public schools but the atmosphere is better and you usually have smaller classes to teach. Don't assume highb school teaching means working at massive schools lecturing huge classes filled with restless teens. I've found the best jobs are usually the ones here and there that no one talks about because they aren't available in mass quantities. I know lots of happy teachers and some unhappy ones - it very much depends on the school.


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Myf
Confunded

571 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  18:24:26  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Diri, I also think teaching would be good for you, but I'd even recommend you start out getting some private tutoring students. I used to tutor a lot through uni, and found that it really taught me how to teach! Would you need to go back to uni to get a teaching degree?

If you're looking for trouble you found it.
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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  19:30:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, I'm an unhappy teacher, but that's because I can't get a permanent position. I love teaching, but you can't get hired. We have such an overabundance of teachers that even high school jobs are nonexistant. Substituting isn't very stable because you never know when you're going to work and there are no benefits. At least I'm diversified. My dream teaching job is doing teaching technology at the Elementary level. Most schools don't have this position, but more and more are adding it. I enjoy having the variety of students throughout the day that the specialist teachers have than as a self-contained classroom teacher. But I wouldn't mind teaching high school, either.

I haven't done anything today but lay on the couch--bad migraine. As if there is such a thing as a good one. I have all the lights off and the television volume is down so low you can't really hear it. It's been a long time since I had one this bad. It's in a lull period right now but I think it may come back. I was so sick of laying down so I decided to hop on the computer for a few minutes. I was trying to explain migraines one day to someone who never had one and I just couldn't describe the feeling your body goes through even after the headache is gone. The closest my dad, who gets them also, and I could come to in explaining it to the person was the feeling of your body being through a war. My poor nephew has gotten them since he was a toddler. His doctor put him on a preventative but that was worse than getting the migraines. The trick is knowing your triggers, but sometimes you just can't avoid one. Now I'm debating whether I should get something to eat while I'm not nauseated and the headache is gone. Or maybe I'll just go lie down again.

Current location: Laying low at Lupin's

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Bee
Mediwizard

846 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  20:37:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aww, poor Jo. I can't imagine what it must feel like to have a migrane - I get a lot of tension headaches and whinge like a baby everytime, so I don't think I'd cope well with something as severe as a migrane. Hope you feel better soon.

What's technology, Jo? Is it like IT? Over here, technology is a combination of woodwork, metalwork and technical graphics. I don't think they'd be teaching those to little kiddies!

It's nigh impossible to get a secondary school (or high school, if you will) post over here at the moment. The job market is saturated, unless you're a woodwork teacher. Primary (elementary) school is much easier, but that's starting to tighten up as well. I had considered training as a teacher at one point, but I'm glad I didn't in the end - I much prefer working with children in small groups and on a one-to-one basis. I did some subbing last year and had a horrible time of it - I couldn't control the little brats at all. I much prefer children in small doses.

Can you tell I'm trying to procrastinate by blathering on? In the last few hours I've gone from nothing at all to twice my word count, all of it complete rubbish. I'm going to have some job editing that pile of crap down tomorrow. Ugh.

ETA: 100 pages! That's a whole lot of rambling.

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Posted - 03/22/2007 :  20:52:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
(((((hugs))))) Jo. I'm sorry about your migraine. I know they're awful -- my husband got one the other day for the first time in ages, and he was miserable most of the day. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2007 :  22:46:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Feel better, Jo!

Bee, get to work! :)
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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2007 :  12:34:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I feel better today. So far no headache. I was talking to my sister and the first thing she said was "the weather?". That's my biggest trigger, changes in weather patterns. We had thunderstorm yesterday and rain is expected for the next week. I haven't gotten a bad one for a few months, but I could tell when I woke up yesterday that it was coming on. My eye sometimes swells before I get one and my left felt puffy. My dad gets a mark above his eyebrow sometimes when he gets them. Now I've got to watch out for rebound headaches because the weather is remaining icky.

There was just a report on the news that New Hampshire passed a bill that fines people $250 for releasing a balloon. Second offense is $500.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2007 :  20:34:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As a parent of a former toddler, that idea gives me the chills. Not that Daughter ever lost more than one balloon. The event was traumatic enough for her to be super careful with all subsequent balloons. Children are notorius for losing balloons. Don't police officers in New Hampshire have enough to do without writing citations for such a sniggling offense? And what kind of problem must they have had to demand such a law be put in place?

Ah, time for a cuppa. I would dearly like some mint tea tonight, but it is the one tea I don't have on hand.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 03/23/2007 :  22:47:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The balloon law is because the balloons are bad for the environment, add to pollution, and can injure animals. Hope they don't start that here. A local Pastor releases a balloon at funerals to symbolize the spirit ascending into heaven. We had that done during my mom's funeral.

Bee, I've been subbing for 3 years. After awhile you learn little tricks to keep them behaved. When I'm taking them through the halls I have them do fish lips where they have to suck in their lips or chipmunk cheeks so they blow their cheeks out. They concentrate on trying to keep their fish lips or chipmunk cheeks still that most of them are quiet in the halls. Then I bribe them by allowing the quiet students to go first for things. Make it a competition and they listen. Other times they get so bad that I just end up not caring because I don't have to return to that class the next day.

Technology teacher is IT. At the elementary level it's teaching introductory typing, basic word processing, navigating the computer, business subjects, etc.

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2007 :  23:19:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's only for intentional release of balloons, Siobhan - I think small children would likely be able to get off easy. Essentially, they are trying to define releasing a balloon as littering, which is fair - it is. But how often to you see people getting fined for littering? It's illegal, but it's done all the time.


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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 03/24/2007 :  16:02:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah, just look at the roadsides. Hmm, you know, I haven't seen a labor gang out lately (prisoners under guard doing physical labor). I'd never seen one before moving down here.

About the balloon thing, I think it had become popular to release balloons at weddings. Sort of an alternative to the rice/bird seed tossing since that has become a no-no in so many places.

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Starling
Confunded

United Kingdom
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Posted - 03/24/2007 :  17:31:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
At a wedding I saw they blew bubbles. Confetti would have stained the marble.

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Eeyore
Barmy

USA
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Posted - 03/24/2007 :  21:54:54  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, and throwing rice can cause people to slip and fall--it wasn't allowed at the church where we were married in 1973. Plus the pastor told us the horror story of a groom who got some rice in his ear, and later when he took a shower, it expanded, causing them to spend a good portion of the night in the ER. Lots of fun, for a wedding night, I imagine. Question is, how could anyone get a piece of rice in his ear, not notice it and be stupid enough to then get in the shower. Well, I suppose he had other things on his mind.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 03/24/2007 :  22:09:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Supposedly the birds eat the rice and it expands in their stomach and causes health problems for them.

I am so lazy tonight. I haven't done a thing productive all day. I was planning on going shopping tonight and I didn't even do that. I think I'll blame it on the dreary weather.

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Starling
Confunded

United Kingdom
701 Posts

Posted - 03/25/2007 :  11:33:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's sunny!

But here's a little ditty to cheer you up, Jo.

Ruth's the alto with the brown Hermione hair and the big smile when Jude drops her notes.

http://www.ruthmore.plus.com/album/lcmcconcert/

Alternative lyrics: "My bonnie las, she smelleth, making the flowers jealouth."

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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 03/25/2007 :  12:27:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aw so cute. My brother sings in a choir; I used to as well, though I'm out of practice. I like singing because my voice is the only instrument I can actually play.

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As to the avatar, well, if you girls can all have Alan Rickman...

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 03/25/2007 :  12:44:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't sing at all. I'm just horrible, inherited my bad singing ability from my mother's side of the family. They could play piano, but couldn't carry a tune to save their lives. My dad, on the other hand, can sing but can't play anything but the radio, and he has trouble doing that.

Ohh, speaking of radio. A few weeks ago my stereo decided to turn on by itself in the middle of the night. Scared the bejeezus out of me. So last night it decided to do the same thing. Here's the freaky part. I turned the power button off and it turned itself back on! Did it two more times. So I decided to just unplug it and go back to sleep. But in my sleep-dazed brain I unplugged the wrong one and looked at it and thought "Oh sh**, it's still on!". Then realized what I did and unplugged the right cords. Still don't know why it's coming on in the middle of the night. We have some strange things happen, but I've never known the radio to be affected before.


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Starling
Confunded

United Kingdom
701 Posts

Posted - 03/25/2007 :  13:13:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



I wuv multicoloured werewolf puppies.
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