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sunsethill
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USA
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Posted - 07/26/2008 :  09:11:47  Show Profile  Visit sunsethill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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Hi everyone! We just got back from a 10-day vacation and I'm taking a break from my insanely busy summer to let you all know I'm still around. Our summers are always busy, but this one is turning out to be a record - mainly because my kids are all old enough to have lives that don't revolve around us. I swear I need an appointment secretary to keep up with them!

When I saw this, Theo, I wondered if I had been sleeptyping. My summer has been absolutely crazy, too, for exactly the same reason. That's why I'm so late to say CONGRATULATIONS, BEE! It sounds like a wonderfully fulfilling job.

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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 08/15/2008 :  15:49:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just talked to Mum. She's finished chemo!
The oxaliplatin had started to make her feet numb, but she says it seems that side effect is fading away. Her last infusion was a nasty one though. They had also been giving her shots to increase production of white cells. Now she gets to recover a bit. The port has to be left in for a while yet and they will probably want to do another scan or two. I'm so glad that bit it over, though. I know it's been harder on her than she's letting on.

Our lives are slowy falling back into routine. We started school Monday-- sixth grade! I can't believe this makes seven years of homeschool. Our curriculum this year is heavy on the Classical (we're going to start Homer in a couple of months-- perhaps a retelling of the story rather than the poem itself). Daughter is already beginning to recognize Classical influences in our culture, which makes my life easier. Harry Potter also helps in that respect.

I'm working on sewing a ballroom dance costume for a friend's daughter. She and her partner are competing in a Mambo contest next month so I've got to get this thing done quick, quick. It has lots of ruffles (which accounts for most of the fabric) in orange, turquoise blue, and bright yellow. All I can think of is "Copacabana". Didn't help that that was the song playing in the fabric store as I was picking up some notions the other day.

Now they've delayed HBP-- that sucks! I'm more bummed about it today than I was yesterday. Sure the studios are blaming the writers' strike. It put them behind schedule for their 09 summer movie run. Actually, judging by the usual tripe they produce for the summer, I'm surprised they felt they needed writers. Well, that may be a bit harsh. This year was particularly good for summer movies-- at least the ones we saw. I think we saw more films this summer than in the entire last couple of years combined.

I'm off to play with some interfacing and have a spot of tea.

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diricawl
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Posted - 08/15/2008 :  17:47:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yaaay to your Mum Siobhan!

I haven't been impressed with this year's crop of summer flicks; even The Dark Knight failed to wow me. Still, I hear "Frozen River" is good...

Sounds like you've got a sweatshop's load o work there. Hope all goes well.

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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 08/15/2008 :  19:27:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We've liked everything we went to see-- Forbidden Kingdom, Kung Fu Panda, Speed Racer, & Dark Knight-- though the last one I have reservations about. I thought it was good, but it was not what I had expected or really wanted it to be and the discontinuity (is that a word?) between the Gotham of Batman Begins and Dark Knight bothered me exceedingly (two completely different cities and Gotham General Hospital was way too small and in the suburbs?!?).

Other than Dark Knight, one of the best aspects of our summer films has been that Daughter could see them.

On DVD/TV we have discovered 300, which despite its historical flaws is a great movie.

The preview for Wathmen looked really good. I still want to see Hellboy 2 and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (don't know if I can OD on Jet Li or not).

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AMC
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Posted - 08/17/2008 :  02:11:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I saw Sex in the City - that's it for movies this year! It was - ummm, fun and forgettable.


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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 08/17/2008 :  20:26:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Never saw the show, decided to pass on the movie.

Watched Hero (or rather part of it) on Spike TV tonight. I had forgotten just how beautiful that movie is.

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Bee
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Posted - 08/20/2008 :  11:41:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I watched Iron Man on the plane, which I really enjoyed, and Definitely Maybe, which I thought was very cute. I also watched Made of Honour and What Happens in Vegas, which - shocker! - both sucked (Vegas to a lesser degree). They were perfect airplane viewing though.

Yes, this means I'm back from New York. Should probably have said that first. I had loads of fun, but I'm severely jetlagged after it, which doesn't usually happen to me. I love NYC so much. The people are so friendly, and there's such a great atmosphere there. The art galleries and museums are amazing, the food is amazing, the shopping is amazing... ah, I just love it there.

I'm supposed to be starting work tomorrow. I haven't even got a place to live yet! I'm such a disaster. It's a 2.5 hour drive... I can totally commute without going on a road-rage induced homocidal rampage... right? Or you know, I could just get up off my backside and look for somewhere to live. At least I get to stay at my aunt's tomorrow night, so the motorists of Ireland are safe from my wrath - for now.

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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 08/20/2008 :  17:28:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So what happens when you develop desk rage?
No, I'm not kidding! The news reported about it the other night. Apparently now when someone loses it at work it is an incident of desk rage. Just what we need-- another disorder to excuse the side effects of being surrounded by idiots other people all the time.

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gimu
Addled

Ireland
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Posted - 08/26/2008 :  15:23:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Surely all kinds of rage are the same...
I'm reading Robin Hobbs books again. They really are so well written - I know I have recommended them here before, but I will do so again... Farseer trilogy should be read first...
I'm going on my hols to California starting September 5th. So excited. 3 days in san francisco, 2-3 in wine country, 2-3 in Yosemite, 2 at Lake tahoe, 2 in Las Vegas and a few days to play with in between. 15days in total!
Anyone been to Lake Tahoe?
Hope you are all well.

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Theowyn
Looney

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Posted - 08/27/2008 :  16:25:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tahoe is lovely and there are casinos on the Nevada side. No skiing this time of year of course, but there should still be plenty to do - live shows, plus all sorts of outdoor activities.

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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 08/27/2008 :  17:40:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Costume Accomplished! -- Well almost... I have some handsewing to do on it tonight. Now I have to decide how much to charge per hour. I don't want to make it too expensive, since this is for a friend's daughter. Then again I don't want to go too far under what my time and experience is worth.

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Bee
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Posted - 09/01/2008 :  12:25:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey guys, hope you've all enjoyed the end of the summer/winter (delete as appropriate). I've been having a pretty lazy time of things since I came back from NY - graduated last week, which was great fun, and now I'm just waiting for my police clearance to come through so I can start my job properly. All I can do at the moment is admin stuff, so I've mostly just been sitting around at home. Fingers crossed it'll all get sorted out this week. In the meantime, I STILL haven't done anything about finding somewhere to live. Oops! :)

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AMC
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Posted - 09/02/2008 :  02:00:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bee, I have to laugh but I CANNOT imagine! I'm so project oriented, the minute I had a job offer, I'd be checking out the best rental sites, looking for roommates, etc - anything that's a project, I can accomplish. Living is difficult, projects are easy.

Gimu - you lucky dog! Except Vegas those are some of my favorite places on the planet earth. I like Las Vegas, don't get me wrong, it's just not in top-20 list of places I'd love to be. Tahoe is beautiful, the water is FREEZING, make sure to take a boat cruise where they tell you all about the lake, how deep the water is and how many interesting people have drowned there, etc - it sounds awful but it's wonderful. Yosemite should be grand this time of year - all the kiddies are back in school so it'll be less crowded. There is no bad time to go to Yosemites, only more and less-crowded times. I never go in the summer, I get too irritable.







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Bee
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Posted - 09/02/2008 :  19:17:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
AMC, do you fancy swapping lives for a week or so? My manager called me today - she wants me to start on Monday. Plus I have a department meeting to attend this Friday. And I STILL haven't done anything about finding somewhere to live. Tomorrow. TOMORROW.

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AMC
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Posted - 09/03/2008 :  01:05:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sure! But are you sure you want to have my life for a week or so? I'm sure you could do it... You get up at 6 each day, get the kids packed and drop one off for school, take the train into downtown for work, spend 8 hours at a computer answering and addressing complaints about a complicated computer system, come home via train, pick up two kids at school, cook dinner, read and sing before bedtime, do laundry and washing up, spend 15 minutes over dinner with my charming husband, get a bit of internet time in and ... in bed by 11:30.

Still interested?


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Bee
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Posted - 09/07/2008 :  15:22:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have very efficiently found myself a new home. In other words, I took the first house I saw. It looked nice though! And my future housemates were very friendly. And the town seemed like a fun place. So there were good vibes all round. So don't worry, AMC, we don't need to swap lives after all. It's probably for the best, seeing as I would probably lose your children, destroy your house, and get fired from your job. :)

I've just found out there's a dress code for the school I'll be based in half of the time. Plain clothes, no patterns, hair tied back, no jewellery, and flat shoes. I'm fine with all of it except for the shoes, because I don't actually own a pair of flat shoes. Two-inch heels are the lowest I own - hopefully they'll be considered flat enough. My main problem is that none of my trousers are short enough to be worn with even a modest heel, and I really don't want to get them taken up. Maybe I'll get away with wedges. Also, are stripes considered a pattern? Because that could be problematic. I foresee a lot of outfit repetition in my professional future. Or alternatively, a lot of fun-free shopping. Ugh.

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AMC
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Posted - 09/07/2008 :  23:52:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gad - sounds like they want you to be as ugly as possible - are there some ultra-desirable married men around or something? Do the school managers hate women? Why would the ugly-code be so severe?

Congrats on the new home! I'm not sure you could do much damage to the house in a week and you'd be welcome to lose me my job but I am fond of the kids and would prefer not to have to issue a reward for their safe return, so maybe it's better I stay on here.

Has anyone seen Mamma Mia? For those of us who lived through the 1970s, it's a FUN movie and I highly recommend. Chick flick, no redeeming message and filled with idiocies but great entertainment.




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Bee
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Posted - 09/08/2008 :  10:03:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To be fair I think it's to minimise distraction when we're working with the students with autism. That said, I don't think a pair of black heels are going to overload anyone's senses. :( So you could be on to something with the ultra-desirable married men. I'll report back.

I should really go pack, seeing as I'm moving... oh, now.

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Siobhan
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Posted - 09/08/2008 :  10:34:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So does that mean you haven't noticed the men yet, or are you still trying to determine marital status?

Have fun moving.

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AMC
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Posted - 09/08/2008 :  12:15:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
IN 22 years of professional employment, I have yet to work with anyone I found ultra-desirable. I don't know if it's just that my choice of professions doesn't run to hunks (probably, I've worked in Accounting and Information Technology, neither magnet jobs for the strong and sexy types) or that I find the working environment not very condusive to erotic thoughts. Maybe both? I have very blue collar tastes - I like guys with nice bodies wearing jeans and work-shirts, so the pasty-flabby businessmen in suits or young geeks in their bland khakis-and-polo-shirt outfits totally do NOT turn me on.


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Theowyn
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Posted - 09/08/2008 :  15:04:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bee, congrats on finding a place to live. If you do find that your wardrobe isn't bland enough, don't waste a lot of money on clothes you hate. Head for the thrift shops and pick up your "ugly" clothes there.

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Siobhan
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Posted - 09/08/2008 :  22:48:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
AMC, you'd love my tai chi instructor. He's definitely the strong, sexy type (and a really nice guy, too). He's also got a degree in accounting. I'm sure it has come in handy in running a martial arts school.

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AMC
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Posted - 09/09/2008 :  00:30:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh baby.. HOLD ME BACK!!! Oh yeah, he's in South Carolina and I'm in Southern California - two vowels, three consonants and 3,000 miles apart. Sigh. Now I will languish with luuurve for Siobhan's distant Tai Chi instructor. Heck, if dozens of stupid teens can pine for Snape...


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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 09/09/2008 :  10:38:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
*snort*
You'd have to get in line anyways. He is available and all the single women (and not a few of the married ones I'd bet) are hovering like bees.

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AMC
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Posted - 09/09/2008 :  15:39:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
...and what makes you think I couldn't take on a whole line of hovering bee-women? Just call me Queen bee.


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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 09/09/2008 :  16:19:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, some of these bee women are more like hornets or yellow jackets-- also some of them are upper ranking karate students. His daughter and ex are also forces to be reckoned with (bordering on the psycho side of things, I'm afraid).

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AMC
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Posted - 09/09/2008 :  18:44:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ha! I scoff at psycho karate-chopping bee women! Of course, it helps that there's those aforementioned 3,000 miles between me and them.



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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 09/09/2008 :  21:24:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
*snort*

Ooooooies! Did I mention that Daughter is testing for her green belt Saturday morning?

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diricawl
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Posted - 09/10/2008 :  02:59:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Congrats to our own lovely Queen Bee for finding her new hive. Hope the other members of the colony don't buzz too much. Oh, and congratulations on your recent coronation.

AMC, don't underestimate Bee Women! I should know; I've seen the Wicker Man remake.

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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 09/10/2008 :  11:46:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Buzz, buzz!

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