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Eeyore
Barmy

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Posted - 09/22/2009 :  14:24:22  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I have a 1996 Chevy Cavalier. It was the car we got for Sarah when she started driving over the mountains to college. I've ended up with the car and we are now fixing it so it will be good for another couple of years. Not my favorite car, but now that it doesn't clunk and rattle and thump all the way down the street, I might like it better. It's a good car and there are still gazillions of them on the road.

Now, if I could just convince Terry that we should paint it - I'm a bit tired of the teal color.

Oh, and JKRis, yes, Graceland was good. It was an audio self-guided tour, which was nice, as I could stay in places I found more interesting and move through those that I didn't care much for. The house really isn't that big, by southern mansion standards. I think it's a total of 7000 square feet but they don't let you go upstairs at all - just the main level and the downstairs (where the decor is really outrageous). The grounds are beautiful and Elvis and his parents are buried in the garden there. Sounds ghoulish but it's pretty and peaceful, and probably the best choice. Imagine if he'd been buried in a public cemetary, what the crowds would be like.

We also paid the extra to see the car museum, the planes, the movie stuff and the small museum from his Army days.

What struck me the most is that Elvis was clearly dedicated to his family, but he gained fame and money so quickly at such a young age that he never really grew up. Hence, the excesses in toys (cars, bikes, etc) and the lavish decorating. Apparently, no one told him that some of that stuff was really awful.

Siobhan, are you getting any of the flooding that's going on in other places in the south?

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Siobhan
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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  10:48:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nope. No flooding here. We finally got some rain last night, but otherwise we've been dry. I am more concerned about Sunset Hill. She's in Georgia. That's where the flooding is. Did you see the pictures of Six Flags near Atlanta? I've never seen a rollercoaster submerged like that before.

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Eeyore
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Posted - 10/05/2009 :  05:20:49  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, I did see those pictures and it made me wonder just how wide-spread the flooding was. Very scary stuff. The water doesn't even have to look like it's moving very fast, but it can do so much damage. The silt that is left when the water recedes is so hard to clean up. When I was in high school, the Arkansas River south of town flooded and the zoo was under water along with any homes in the area. They kept it out of the main part of downtown by sandbagging all along the way.

Anyway, some of the animals were able to just escape (deer, antelope, and so forth. But many of the others had to be rescued. Volunteers went in boats, got them out of the cages into smaller cages to transport them, and then housed some of them at the National Guard Armory until the zoo could be cleaned up.

So has anyone heard from Sunset Hill? I hope she's alright and just busy.

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Siobhan
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Posted - 10/05/2009 :  10:24:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I emailed her after my last post, but haven't heard anything back. She may just be busy, or she may be without internet. It's hard to say. I hope she didn't get flooded out.

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Posted - 10/06/2009 :  18:46:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm still here! I haven't had anything really to report except that I'm still trying to get a job. I have an unpaid archiving job at the British Library lined up, which kinda scares the heck out of me, and it starts next week :(

I know you're all expecting a long story about my trip to Thailand, but really, when my father's involved nothing is ever simple enough to just relate. For one thing, he cannot separate his work from his personal life, so there's a certain amount of business secrecy, and then there's always the unbelievable amount of water that my father simply refuses to let under the bridge. I want to post some pictures once I figure out how to upload digital images on the internet.

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Siobhan
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Posted - 10/07/2009 :  11:49:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yea!!!! Diri's here!!!! Your trip sounds like it was stressful. Good luck with the archiving-- too bad it's not for pay.

I'll have a Halloween theme up soon. Just a touch busy at the moment.

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Bee
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Posted - 10/29/2009 :  15:55:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like the Halloween theme! Nice and eerie.

I'm just back from a trip to Edinburgh. Didn't bump into Jo Rowling unfortunately! I'd never been to Scotland before and I absolutely loved it. Edinburgh is a fantastic city. It has so much gorgeous architecture and an amazing location on top of an extinct volcano. The Scottish people were so nice and friendly as well, even though I didn't have a clue what they were saying half the time. It's a good time of year to visit too - they're very into their ghosts and ghouls up there. I had a great time seeing the sights and shopping. Didn't sample any haggis though. It sounds vile, and I just wasn't in an adventurous frame of mind I'm afraid.

I hope the archiving is going well diri. Good luck with the job hunt!

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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 10/31/2009 :  22:35:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Talk about eerie! This place is so empty it echoes. Wait-- I hear something. Is it music? Sounds something like a party....
I think the tea shop is haunted!!!


Happy Halloween everone!

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Siobhan
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Posted - 11/06/2009 :  14:19:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Happy Harvesting!

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JKRisSuperior
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Posted - 11/06/2009 :  16:37:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks nice!
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Eeyore
Barmy

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Posted - 11/11/2009 :  13:28:26  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Love the look. I got caught up with helping Sarah move to a new apartment. And then I was exhausted from going down a flight of stairs and back up. I'm definitely not in good enough shape to do that as much as I did.

However, as a thank you, she and Paul sent me for a mini spa massage - neck and shoulders, feet and scalp aromatherapy massage. It was fabulous. I wish I could do that every week.

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Siobhan
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Posted - 11/11/2009 :  19:25:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm becoming jealous. Another friend of mine just had an all day spa retreat at the Grove Park Inn (Asheville, NC). Perhaps I should try making a spa appointment for my birthday, just as a treat.

What is it about trying to take a nap when feeling less than 100% that makes everyone in the house think they have an open invitation to just barge in and start talking at one? I've been under the weather the last couple of weeks. I would have thought the closed door combined with the knowledge of said illness, would have been enough to deter such behaviour. There I go thinking again. Enter stage left the super Snape Mummy from Hades!Really, that should not have been necessary.

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Siobhan
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Posted - 11/25/2009 :  11:29:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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JKRisSuperior
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Posted - 11/25/2009 :  21:25:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Same to you!
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Bee
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Posted - 11/26/2009 :  15:30:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Happy Thanksgiving! Wish we celebrated it over here - wouldn't say no to some turkey!

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Siobhan
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Posted - 11/27/2009 :  15:35:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oddly enough, we had a standing rib roast. It was very good, but certainly not the traditional feast-- not a green thing in sight. I rather missed green bean casserole. At least I made a turkey breast Wednesday.

Husband had a client consultation Wednesday afternoon. They are Dutch and opening a store in downtown Charleston. He had to assure them that, yes, we do actually stuff ourselves silly with turkey on Thanksgiving. They thought it was just a stereotype.

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Bee
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Posted - 11/29/2009 :  08:58:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We always have goose at Christmas, so I don't think I've ever had a big turkey dinner. Hmph. I feel like I'm missing out on something...

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Posted - 11/30/2009 :  08:39:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Turkey can be tricky to roast (too hot or too long and the meat is dry), but it's one of my favorites. I baste mine with sherry and butter. Makes the whole house smell yummy.

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Posted - 12/03/2009 :  11:10:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Happy Holidays! I considered using mistletoe this year, but didn't want to attract knargles.

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Bee
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Posted - 12/04/2009 :  16:41:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh cute! I like it!

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Siobhan
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Posted - 12/07/2009 :  22:20:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The mood is right, the spirit's up,
We're here tonight and that's enough.
Simply having a wonderful Cristmastime
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time.


Summoning up ghosts of Christmases past!

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Posted - 12/08/2009 :  17:16:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The party's on, the feeling's here,
That only comes this time of year.
Simply having a wonderful Cristmastime
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time.

Was that the beginnings of agony I heard?

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Eeyore
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Posted - 12/08/2009 :  21:44:24  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I'm heading off to a Christmas party with a group of women from church. Very low key. We'll eat whatever people have brought and exchange white elephant gifts. Last year I managed to get rid of a candle and candle holder that my sister-in-law had given me a long time ago. Nothing wrong with it, but it needed to go. This year it's an amarillas plant, the kind that comes in the box and you just have to add water or something to have it grow. I didn't ever do it and hope that someone else will enjoy it. I'm not much of an indoor plant person.

Trouble is, it's really cold outside and I don't feel all that good. I'm thinking of cancelling, but it's really last minute now.

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Siobhan
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Posted - 12/09/2009 :  10:53:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry you're feeling poorly, Eeyore. Perhaps you could stay home, snuggle up with a hot cocoa and watch a movie?


And now for a little more holiday torture!

Love choir of children sing their song.

Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong,
oo-oo-oo-oo,
oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Doo-doo, doo-doo, doo, doo.

We're simply having a wonderful Cristmastime
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time.


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Siobhan
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Posted - 12/10/2009 :  11:02:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love choir of children sing their song.
They've practiced all year long.

Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong, ding dong,
Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong, ding dong.

The party's on, the spirit's up,
We're here tonight and that's enough.
oo-oo, Simply having a wonderful Christmastime,
We're simply having a wonderful Christmas time.

More proof that John was the lyricist.

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JKRisSuperior
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Posted - 12/10/2009 :  18:57:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mind if I join in?

The news had come out in the first World War,
the bloody Red Baron was flying once more!
The allied command ignored all of its men,
and called on Snoopy to do it again.

Was the night before Christmas and 40 below
when Snoopy went up, in search of his foe.
He spied the Red Baron, and fiercely they fought,
with ice on his wings, Snoopy knew he was caught.

Christmas bells, those Christmas bells
ring out from the land.
Asking peace from all the world,
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Posted - 12/10/2009 :  22:13:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've found reason for cheer! Thank you Tim Burton!!!

'Twas the nightmare before Christmas, and all though the house,
Not a creature was peaceful, not even a mouse.
The stockings all hung by the chimney with care,
When opened that morning would cause quite a scare!
The children, all nestled so snug in their beds,
Would have nightmares of monsters and skeleton heads.
The moon that hung over the new-fallen snow
Cast an eerie pall over the city below,
And Santa Claus's laughter now sounded like groans,
And the jingling bells like chattering bones.
And what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a coffin sleigh with skeleton deer.
And a skeletal driver so ugly and sick
They knew in a moment, this can't be St. Nick!
From house to house, with a true sense of joy,
Jack happily issued each present and toy.
From rooftop to rooftop he jumped and he skipped,
Leaving presents that seemed to be straight from a crypt!
Unaware that the world was in panic and fear,
Jack merrily spread his own brand of cheer.

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Posted - 12/11/2009 :  18:23:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He visited the house of Susie and Dave;
They got a Gumby and Pokey from the grave.
Then on to the home of little Jane Neeman;
She got a baby doll possessed by a demon.
A monstrous train with tentacle tracks,
A ghoulish puppet wielding an ax,
A man eating plant disguised as a wreath,
And a vampire teddy bear with very sharp teeth.

There were screams of terror, but Jack didn't hear it,
He was much too involved with his own Christmas spirit!
Jack finally looked down from his dark, starry frights
And saw the commotion, the noise, and the light.
"Why, they're celebrating, it looks like such fun!
They're thanking me for the good job that I've done."
But what he thought were fireworks meant as goodwill
Were bullets and missiles intended to kill.
Then amidst the barrage of artillery fire,
Jack urged Zero to go higher and higher.
And away they all flew like the storm of a thistle,
Until they were hit by a well guided missile.
And as they fell on the cemetery, way out of sight,
Was heard, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good
night."

This is part of the original poem written by Tim Burton. If you would like to read the entire piece it can be found here:
http://www.timburtoncollective.com/nmbcpoem.html

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Posted - 12/24/2009 :  16:45:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Merry Christmas everyone here and those who have moved away (miss you guys)! Happy New Year, too!!

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Posted - 12/24/2009 :  17:04:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Happy Christmas everybody!

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