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Bee
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Posted - 11/21/2007 :  10:40:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Why do you call it Black Friday?

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Posted - 11/21/2007 :  12:28:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. It's called Black Friday because the stores sell so much merchandise that it puts them "in the black" for the year. (As opposed to being "in the red," which means in debt.)

We may venture out. I'm not sure yet if I'm brave enough.

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Posted - 11/21/2007 :  12:30:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good Luck with your surgery, Diri!



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Jokelly
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Posted - 11/21/2007 :  12:33:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Black Friday is supposedly the first day of the calendar year that retail businesses finally turn a profit. Therefore, they're in the "black" in accounting terms. It's really not the case too much anymore, but people have been saying this for so long that just called that. It's also called the busiest shopping day of the year and massive sales are going on. It's a riot and people get violent to get their merchandise. According to Wikipedia the Friday before Christmas is actually the busiest in the US. Black Friday is also the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

It's 65 degrees today. :) Still got another month until Winter. Let's hope it stays away.

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AMC
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Posted - 11/21/2007 :  13:15:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jo, I used to work with a dermatologist and I assisted him remove a sebaceous cyst once - the green gunk inside is SO GROSS and the smell isn't infection, it's just the nature of the fatty junk. The story is quite long and disgusting and funny but I won't share it here - people might be eating.

I think the "Black" in Black friday originally referred to the crowds and traffic, not the stores being "in the black" but whatever - I don't ever go out shopping on that day! Sales mean little to me but traffic avoidance means a lot!

Good Luck Diri!!! Hope it's relatively painless and Mom takes good care of you!



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Siobhan
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Posted - 11/21/2007 :  18:36:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you are working on the sales floor, "Black Friday" refers to the horror of it all. I remember wishing I could jump out a window to escape. I never shop on the day after Thanksgiving or the day after (or just before) Christmas. Crowds are not my thing.

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diricawl
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Posted - 11/23/2007 :  09:50:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, I'm out. The operation went fairly well, though they decided to keep me in overnight because there was some bleeding from my liver. The stone they removed was colour, texture and size of an unripe strawberry. I'm currently taking it as easy as possible, though I am fairly touchy, as you can imagine.

My Mom stayed with me that night at the hospital, though she seemed genuinely sad to be missing Thanksgiving. Hope everyone on that side of the Pond ate til they exploded!

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Bee
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Posted - 11/23/2007 :  09:57:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Glad your surgery went well, diri! Hope you feel better soon.

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Posted - 11/23/2007 :  13:07:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I din't get to eat till I exploded, but I'll share my leftovers with you, diri. My Thanksgiving day started at 5am. I was in airplanes and airports till 8pm (5pm allowing for the time change). On the positive side, everyone I came in contact with was pleasant and deported themselves in a civilised fashion. Now all I need do is recover from the travel... and decorate for Christmas... and do housework... and grade seven days worth of schoolwork.

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Jokelly
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Posted - 11/25/2007 :  00:04:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I ate too much. Then Thanksgiving night I started to get a cold. Tis the season for stuffy noses. I think my sebaceous cyst is back to normal size. It no longer hurts and so much smaller. I was shocked at how quickly the medicine I got for it worked. I have learned that I have developed a reaction to Band-Aids. Did they change their adhesive? A few months ago I had to wear one and it got really red and irritated. They never used to bother me. But lately I can't tolerate them. It's funny how your body changes as you age.

Diri, glad your surgery went well. Take it easy.

I didn't go to Black Friday sales. I was going to but I didn't feel like doing anything with this cold. I may go to the movies tomorrow. Three of us may go and each of us wants to see a different movie so it looks like each of us is going to be sitting alone.

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sunsethill
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USA
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Posted - 11/26/2007 :  11:49:24  Show Profile  Visit sunsethill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Diri, glad your surgery went well and I hope you make a very fast recovery.

I actually went to Black Friday sales...and I hate to shop. About six years ago, I figured out that if I made a list, had a plan, and started really early (like 5 or 6 am) that I could get almost all of my Christmas shopping done in a few hours. The crowds don't seem to be that bad that ridiculously early in the morning, and I really do get some great deals, which is nice with my large family. Then I finish up with internet sales and I only have to endure actual shopping once!

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Posted - 11/26/2007 :  12:29:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's great, sunsethill! I envy you.

We didn't go on Black Friday, but daughter and I ventured out on Saturday and found some good deals on a new tree and outdoor decorations. Even though we only put up some lighted wreaths and garlands, all our old ones were getting so shabby I didn't even get them out last year. I love the pre-lit greenery that's available now -- no messing with light strings. Today I'm gift shopping locally with the in-laws, and tomorrow I'm driving my Mom into the city to mall shop. Yeehah.

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Siobhan
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Posted - 11/26/2007 :  14:03:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I didn't go shopping till Sunday, and then it was just Home Depot for closet hardware. We've just had too much going on and too much to do around the house for me to even think about shopping yet. I may do more shopping via the internet this year.

Spent all morning getting caught up on schoolwork. It's hard to believe there's so much to keep on top of, but just put it off a bit and it really hits home.

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sunsethill
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Posted - 11/27/2007 :  12:16:55  Show Profile  Visit sunsethill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Siobhan
Spent all morning getting caught up on schoolwork. It's hard to believe there's so much to keep on top of, but just put it off a bit and it really hits home.


I've forgotten, Siobhan. Are you a teacher or do you homeschool your children?

And Pesky, I've tried the outside decorating thing--and found that nothing lasts anymore. We have a really LONG house and one year I spent a lot of money on lights for the eaves and lights for the bushes, etc. They all went bad before December is over! And then the mice got into the nice wreath I bought for the door. Our budget just won't handle money every year for decorations. On top of that, it always turns fridgid the day we decide to hang the lights, and the boys complain the whole time about getting our huge extension ladder moved along to put them up. So I have "simplified" my holidays by basically using the tree as my decorating.

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Posted - 11/27/2007 :  15:28:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I homeschool my daughter. I like to think of it as a very exclusive private school, with limited enrollment.

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AMC
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Posted - 11/27/2007 :  22:04:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have an easy house for Xmas lights - one storey, about 40' total frontage. And I STILL can't get lights up some years. The least I do is hang them over the central front porch - it's about 16' long and I can reach with my tippy-toes to hang the lights from the rain-gutter. I have NO excuse not to get at least some lights up! And here in S. Cal - they don't go bad either. I get a fresh wreath every year for the front door and we put our Christmas tree in the front window so it can be seen from the street - that's our extensive decorating.


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sunsethill
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USA
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Posted - 11/28/2007 :  15:28:04  Show Profile  Visit sunsethill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Siobhan

I homeschool my daughter. I like to think of it as a very exclusive private school, with limited enrollment.

I was SO thrilled this year as my third child graduated and went to college! For some reason, having just three left to school seems so much easier than four. (I know, that sounds crazy!)

And AMC, in a head-to-head contest, your house would SERIOUSLY beat mine for decorating pizazz.

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Posted - 11/28/2007 :  23:18:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Woot!! College!!! At this point it seems so far off, but in reality I know it will seem like no time. As it is it's hard for me to believe we're in fifth grade this year! I remember my fifth grade year vividly. It was the year of the group project-- in other words, the year I worked my butt off so that other people could ride my coattails. It was also the year I slammed my left thumb in the car door (four days before Thanksgiving). That nail never has grown back properly-- too badly damaged. Ooooo, I'd almost forgotten, it was the year we learned about group norms. That brought on an epiphany of sorts for me. I realised that I was never really going to fit in. Of course I didn't give up hope till high school when I finally said fudge it. College was when I embraced my askewedness. Now I have an intricately warped daughter who has always found fitting in overrated. How lovely.

Christmas decorating.... I meant to get to some of it today, but laundry got in the way. We were down to critical on the clean clothes front. Daughter even wore her Halloween costume for a couple of days last week. Perhaps tomorrow I can get down the garland or put some lights up.

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Siobhan
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Posted - 11/29/2007 :  20:00:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Managed to get the lights finished up today, but that's about it. Garland will have to be next, I guess. I've got to get groceries before I can make cookies.

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Jokelly
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Posted - 11/29/2007 :  23:25:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love the new background.

Siobhan, my cousin is homeschooling her son and he hates it. He misses his friends. Her goal is to homeschool for two years. I don't know why two years.

I just got all my stuff for my new (part-time)job. I want to cry. It's treasurer for a small municipality and I am way over my head. There is like no handbook to use and I got handed a big box full of stuff and have at it. I will be calling the previous treasurer constantly. I didn't even want this job so I don't know how long I'll put up with it. It was one of those that nobody else would have the job so I got stuck with it. I haven't done Accounting work in years and to suddenly be thrust back into it is so overwhelming. I'm going to go over my massive box of stuff this weekend and try to make head or tails of it then make a list of questions to ask the former treasurer. It wouldn't be so bad if I had a formal written list of duties and accounts, but I don't. Let's hope I survive.

On another note, I have a party I'm supposed to go to this weekend, but I really don't want to go. Usually I like a good party, but this is a really rowdy crowd and not in a good way. Plus, I only know a few that will be there. I have a cold and will tell them tomorrow if I'm still not feeling good I'll be skipping it. I'm going to be really sick on Saturday, whether I am in reality or not. :)

I am totally not ready for December.

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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
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Posted - 11/30/2007 :  05:48:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry about The Job Jokelly. Sounds really scary. I wish I could offer support but I've never been good at handling pressure.

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AMC
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Posted - 11/30/2007 :  11:32:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jo,

As a contractor, I started into new situations where I didn't know my head from my toes about once a year or so. The one thing I learned over the years is - take is easy on yourself. You simply won't know everything right off the bat, so don't expect to. Give yourself a break, expect to fail a little and you will get up to speed in a very short time - but don't stress about it. Being the new kid means you can't know what's going on yet - that's normal and you'll do better if you just accept that rather than trying to learn it all at once.

It's RAINING! Me so happy!


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diricawl
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 11/30/2007 :  11:49:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Living in England that's not a phrase I hear a lot, but given what you guys have been through over the last few months it couldn't have come a moment too soon.

Funny thing; two years back, when I was last in California, it rained for a month straight.

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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 11/30/2007 :  12:21:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I want some rain! We're down 9" for the year. This has been the driest November on record. At least I enjoyed 9 days of clouds and showers in the PNW. I become depressed and grouchy with too much sunlight (odd, I know).

Don't fret Jo. There's always a learning curve with any new job. I'm sure the former treasurer expects some calls.

Daughter has always been homeschooled and loves it. I can see it would be difficult for a student to leave a school once they are established in it. Daughter has lots of friends most of which go to different schools, partly due to location and partly due to age. Consequently, Daughter does not have a rigid sense of a peer group, ie she socialises with everybody. I can't imagine forcing my child to homeschool. It can't make it easy. Perhpas your cousin is homeschooling to address a specific issue?

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Posted - 11/30/2007 :  13:28:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A friend of mine has two daughters: one went to the public school and one was homeschooled. Their personalities and learning styles were so different, each needed their own environment in which to thrive.

I don't want rain! I still need to put up my outdoor Christmas decorations. Unfortunately the forecast calls for rain-snow mix all weekend *sigh* The next nice day is supposed to be next Tuesday, and of course I have to work.

Good luck with your new job, Jo. It sounds like a handful right now, but I'm sure once you get a handle on it things will fall into place. I don't know if accounting is like riding a bicycle, but chances are that in a small municipality, your skills will be more than sufficient for the job.

Yesterday at the Hallmark Store, I picked up one of those reed diffuser room scents. Today it's starting to work and the room smells divine. The scent is called rum raisin, but it smells more like gingerbread -- yummmmm!
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Posted - 11/30/2007 :  14:45:00  Show Profile  Visit sunsethill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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Siobhan, my cousin is homeschooling her son and he hates it. He misses his friends. Her goal is to homeschool for two years. I don't know why two years.

I agree that it's a lot easier on the kids and the parents when the children have always homeschooled. Over the years, I have found a good rule of thumb is that for every year a child was in a "regular" school, it will take about a month for the child to settle down into homeschooling.

Our kids get contact with others at church and on sports teams and of course have lots of siblings, but if your cousin's son, Jo, is an only that makes it even lonelier. Has she joined a homeschool group where he can get together with other kids for field trips or to go skating, etc.?

On the rain front, we had three days of rain here in Georgia this month and the rivers now have a little bit of water in them--but still not much. More rain predicted for late Sunday night. It actually rained on Thanksgiving Day and everyone was HAPPY about it. That tells you how dry it is.

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Posted - 11/30/2007 :  22:10:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, I started going over the stuff for the job. I'm overwhelmed because she went over it so fast and gave me the box and that's that. I already have a list of questions. Let's just say nobody is getting paid for awhile.

My cousin's son who is homeschooled is very active. He plays on two or three different sports teams and other activities, so he's not isolated. He just misses the actual school day. I think she's homeschooling because he's lacking in certain disciplines. I actually didn't get to talk to her too much about it.

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Posted - 12/01/2007 :  12:30:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's so interesting hearing about homeschooling. I've never heard of anyone over here being homeschooled - I'm not actually sure it's legally possible. The big talking point at the moment is the movement into private education, which was almost unheard of when I was in school. My mother's a secondary school teacher, and it sounds to me like schools are very different to how they were when I was a teenager - the discipline issues have gotten out of control. It's weird really, because even though I went to a "rough" school, I got on fine despite being a bit of a misfit and a teacher's daughter. And I only left 6 years ago! Strange how things can change so quickly.

I got my literature review for my research project handed in yesterday - stayed up most of the night finishing it and it is rubbish. At least I don't have to worry about facing my supervisor till January. Now I just have to finish my placement, sit my exams, and make a presentation, and then it's CHRISTMAS!!! Yaaaaay!!! I plan to sleep, and sleep, and sleep some more.

Loving the new background btw!

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Posted - 12/01/2007 :  16:47:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've read good things about the decor. Glad people noticed. This place is a bit quiet these days.

Perhaps a few decorations for the tea shop? Let's see, a few glowing, everlasting bubbles floating near the ceiling. Fairy lights around on the tree-- a very large one in the centre of the room (so there's room for the snowball shaped punch bowl and the full buffet along the edges and plenty of room next to the fire). Yes, I think that's a nice start. We still have a few dark corners for privacy.

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Posted - 12/02/2007 :  01:25:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Pixie! Congratulations on Missouri and W. Va's losses!!! There must be a lot of happy Buckeye fans out there today!


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