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Jan 1, 2012, 5:39pm Top

GN: New year, new thread! Let's have all the news!

Jan 1, 2012, 7:09pm Top

thanks to all for your kind comments! It turned seriously cold today so Mem and I went out and bought me a purple squishy coat and purple hat and gloves to match. I may look like the one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater but I love it!

Jan 1, 2012, 9:57pm Top

GN: party we had last night was great
BN: not enough sleep
BN: house needs post-party clean-up.

Jan 1, 2012, 10:21pm Top

BN: It's nearly 10:20pm and our 2 year old is still WIDE awake. He got a toddler bed for Christmas, and after sleeping in it happily for three nights without getting out, he discovered last Thursday that he *can* get out. Tonight has been the worst by far, with so many ups and downs that I've lost count...but it's been going on for well over an hour now. Sigh.

Jan 1, 2012, 10:28pm Top

we did a doorknob cover on the inside of Adara's room for a while while she adjusted to being able to get out. lots of people also do a baby gate in the kids doorway.

Jan 2, 2012, 2:02am Top

GN: We resized all of our over-long pillow cases. We have a California king-sized bed, which is narrower than the typical king-size, but longer, and every set of sheets came with obnoxiously long pillow cases (just because the bed is larger doesn't mean we want longer pillows)! Don't ask me why I never resized these before, because it's quite simple to do by hand, but I didn't think of tackling this until today. With the new sewing machine. And it was actually conquered by Groxx. I'm quite happy with my "new" pillow cases. :)

BN: Tomorrow's a half-day for work, so it's only a morning shift, and since the other crew worked last Monday (day after Christmas), we're working this Monday. It isn't really bad news, though. It's good to have a job, and the work is good. I'm just a terrible morning person. ^^;

Jan 2, 2012, 11:10am Top

Grk: I totally would have caved and slept in the toddler bed with the toddler! My limit for disrupted sleep is three times. 1-3 times of getting out of bed, I can still feel normal the next day. The fourth time, I go to bed with the wee one!

Jan 2, 2012, 2:57pm Top

#7 - If I'd already been in bed, lefty, I probably would've caved before he finally knocked out; since I was up doing stuff, I just periodically went back there and tucked him in again (and again...). However, I'm not sure we'd both fit in his bed, as it's a true toddler bed that uses the crib mattress!

Jan 3, 2012, 2:25pm Top

GN: Went to the endocrinologist's today, blood pressure is good. When I saw my family doctor on December 20th, it was 142 over 82, today, 120 over 72. I was so stressed out about Christmas, closing Curves, keeping the house clean, etc, that it was no wonder that it was up. Mental note: avoid seeing the doctor right before Christmas.

Jan 3, 2012, 10:39pm Top

BN: Sophie got a hold of one of my favorite Christmas slipper-socks and eviscerated it like some unfortunate small animal.

Jan 3, 2012, 10:55pm Top

GN: First article published on Huffington Post (it's a series of articles on ski resorts for the travel section).

Just news: Haven't been paid yet for that one and have four others pending. Dang, could use the money.

BN: Car still broken and don't know for sure what's wrong or if it's fixable. It'll get towed over to the garage one of these days.

BN: Have that cold everyone else has been having. Ugh.

BN: Currently it's 4 degrees out, feels like -10. Heat keeps cycling on and all I can think about is how fast the oil is being used up!

GN: This is the coldest night this week, according to the forecast. So it will be a bit better (though not actually warm) the next few days, and warmer than it's been the past few Januaries.

Jan 4, 2012, 4:22pm Top

Kasongo: Good point, it's a bit like weighing yourself the week before Christmas I think, it's not like you're going to go on a diet over Christmas so what's the point in knowing if you've put on weight. Save the pain until the 1st of January that's what I say.

Happy new year everyone!

On a similar note, I have started a predictable and cliched diet and am going back to the gym this week, got to lose 2 stone (for Americans thats erm... 28 pounds? my maths isn't very good). I'm very grumpy about this as the weather is rainy and miserable and the house is still full of Xmas cake/pudding/biscuits and chocolate that everyone else is still eating :(
Oh well I'm still excited about this new year, diet aside, as I am planning to get a new job, learn to drive and move into my own flat (hopefully) :)

Jan 5, 2012, 2:52am Top

#9 Kasongo:
I'm glad your BP's gone back down. I agree about the holidays. I was making myself feel sick with stress.

BN/GN: I had an emergency situation yesterday for the first time in a work environment. I got it under control pretty fast, and the person was eventually well enough to leave with family after being looked over, thankfully. My boss thanked me for handling the situation perfectly.

BN: Like ejj and many others, I'm still sick with a cold, and very much despising it. I haven't weighed myself, but I know I'm losing weight from it. I'm angry with my favorite pair of jeans.

Jan 5, 2012, 5:44am Top

BN: I put on waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much weight over Christmas.
GN: I'm doing something about it.
BN: I had a really bad back over Christmas too.
GN: I'm seeing an osteopath this evening.
BN: my flatmate is moving out. Once more I am consumed with panic about replacing her. I wish I could afford to live on my own, but there you go.
GN: someone I went to school with is coming to view the flat, and another friend of mine might be interested. I have all my fingers crossed.
BN: Having all my fingers crossed makes it very difficult to type.

GN: My friend's wife has her first novel released today! I have started another thread about it.

Happy New Year everyone!!

Jan 5, 2012, 5:46am Top

#13 - Well done for handling the emergency so well, K! Sorry your jeans are angering you. :-/

Jan 5, 2012, 1:00pm Top

BN: I got a phone call from the manager at the bookstore I work at. They "no longer have hours for me."

GN: I went to pt for my elbow this morning. I have full rom; I'm just working on strengthening it. It should be back to normal next week.

Jan 5, 2012, 5:34pm Top

Terrifying News: At this time yesterday (5:30 PM) a woman was attacked with a blunt object, pulled into an alley and raped. Horrifying, of course. What makes it terrifying is that it happened 1 block from my office and 2 blocks from my apartment. Also known as the route I walk two times a day. I will no longer be walking this route alone after dark.

Jan 5, 2012, 8:03pm Top

Oh no! How scary bib. I'm glad you won't be walking the route alone anymore. Did they find the attacker?

BN: I have an upper respiratory infection. I took off yesterday afternoon, and all of today.
GN: I have around 72 sick days built up. I feel really guilty for only seeing my kiddos for 1/2 a day this week, but I really feel crummy.

Jan 5, 2012, 8:25pm Top

better for them that you don't see them until you are better.

Bib thats so frightening!

Jan 5, 2012, 8:50pm Top

#18: Not yet as of 4:00...I''ll be checking out the news soon to see if anything's changed.

Jan 5, 2012, 9:20pm Top

Bib!! That's terrible!! get some pepper spray!!

I signed up for and got in to a free course on Shakespeare. Its a five week course and we will be doing The Merchant of Venice and watching the film with Jeremy Irons. The most exciting part?? ITS IN ENGLISH!! I get to speak in English!! And people will understand me!! ish.

Jan 5, 2012, 10:32pm Top

That's so scary, Bib!

Sorry you are sick, Kirby. Polly's right -- it's better for you and the kids if you get well before you see them again.

Suge, that course sounds like a lot of fun!

Jan 6, 2012, 5:41am Top

Be careful Bib, I hope they find the attacker soon.

Suge I am very jealouse the course sounds great, how did you get to do it for free?

BN: My bookshop and Royal Mail jobs having dried up I am back on Jobseekers Allowance which is really pants :(

GN: I think I may have found somewhere to stay for the Hay on Wye Lit festival (I am supposed to be volunteering but was not sure if I could afford accomadation), with a friend of a friend, fingers crossed.

Jan 6, 2012, 9:56am Top

17 - Gosh, bib, that's awful. Stay safe xx

Jan 6, 2012, 11:05am Top

You should get some Pepper spray sis. Stay safe, please.

Jan 6, 2012, 11:53am Top

22---> Foggi, it should be great!! The Merchant of Venice is one of the only works of Shakespeare I haven't read, and the course is being taught by a Harvard and Oxford trained comparative lit professor.

#23--> Kay, I live in a 3rd world country, so a lot of things tend to be low cost, or free because we have many NGO's that come here and offer us their services and sponsorship. This event is being sponsored by the National Theater and taught by an American college professor based here in Santo Domingo. I can't wait!!

Good luck with the Lit festival!! Hope that friend let's you stay! And, that you find an amazing, high-paying, fun and fabulous job soon!! Or that you win the lotto, that would do you just as well, right?

Jan 6, 2012, 8:00pm Top

I have a deep cough going on now and my voice is hoarse. Its uncomfortable and annoying.

Jan 7, 2012, 11:21am Top

#17: That's really scary, bib. Stay safe.

#18: Hope you'll feel better soon, kirby.

#21: Woohoo for the free courses!! Hope you have a blast, sugeypants!

#23: Keeping my fingers crossed till you get some new job, Kay!

#27: Hope you'll feel better soon, polly.

GN: I have done some of the studying that I have to do before I start classes on Monday.
BN: I haven't done all of it.
GN: Just 3 weeks till I'm in Miami!! I can't wait!
BN: Lots of tests this last two weeks.

Jan 7, 2012, 1:50pm Top

yikes bib! that is terrifying. stay safe

Suge, that sound like so much fun, Merchant of Venice is one of my favorites

GN: Jason's sister had a baby on the 5th
BN: they were headed in to the hospital last night, I don't know why, waiting for more information

Jan 7, 2012, 6:53pm Top

rissa? hope everythings ok

Jan 9, 2012, 1:10am Top

she got released less than 24 hours after checking in, word is that everything is fine. still don't know why they took her in.

Jan 9, 2012, 9:15pm Top

#31 - Glad she's OK, rissa!

BN: My husband came down with a stomach virus tonight. Fingers crossed Rex and I are spared!

Jan 10, 2012, 9:17pm Top

GN: So far, Rex and I have been spared the stomach bug. And my husband is already on the mend!
BN: Rex just came out of his room with his pjs unzipped and his diaper half off, as he "need use wipe."
GN: Looks like he might be ready for potty training soon!

Jan 10, 2012, 11:26pm Top

Our hours have been cut back at work and Saturday rotations have been nixed from the schedule. I'm not sure what to make of, or how to feel about this.

33: Good luck with the potty training, grkmwk!

Jan 11, 2012, 6:44pm Top

BN: Well, I am no longer employed. They might call me in a few months when clientele picks up, but I don't know what I want to do until then.

Jan 11, 2012, 9:34pm Top

#31: I'm glad the baby is fine, rissa.

#33: Glad you and Rex didn't catch the stomach bug, grk!

#35: Sorry, hopefully the clientele picks up sometime soon, Rosax

BN: My car's air conditioner wasn't working yesterday.
GN: I took it today to the mechanic and had it fixed.
BN: It was kind of expensive, I had the money and was planning to use it on the trip.
GN: I still have some money saved and I will earn some next week, just in time for the trip.
JN: I was really scared on the way home from the mechanic because there was a lot of smoke coming out from my car.
GN: It just needed some coolant and my brother had some here at home.
GN: I talked to all of my teachers and all of them agreed to give me my finals early, so I will have finished with everything before I go to Miami :D...

Jan 12, 2012, 5:23pm Top

BN: my niece is now at the local children's hospital, she has jaundice and an infection
GN: she's on antibiotics and doing better

Jan 14, 2012, 10:21pm Top

GN: I have a new bike, so I can go further without driving, now. The weather is very accommodating :)
I typically avoid "women's" models on principle (some of you have seen my complaint on VFF shoe sizes; same grievance applies), but this one was actually a better fit, for once.
Gentlemen, if a "women's" bike fits you better, have no shame! There's nothing overtly feminine or masculine about the model I chose.

Jan 15, 2012, 4:59pm Top

many bikes now are unisex It just doesn't matter that much any more

Jan 15, 2012, 6:42pm Top

GN: We had a good Pantomime in the British style this weekend. The KATS board gave me a book with pictures of the various costumes I have done over the last 10 performances. This was our 11th one, but they couldn't do that one since we hadn't performed it yet.
BN: I could say anything because I was all choked up. 11 years as the costume designer for a great group of people makes it difficult.
GN; the play, "Cinderella and the Charming Frog Prince" went very well. Except for 3 zipper problems opening night. Right before Cinderella was to go on stage for the ball, she walked past me and, because I do this all the time during show time, I did a quick glance at her costume and noticed the zipper was coming away from her dress, so I quickly slapped some duct tape on it and off she went to the ball. We knew we had to duct tape one of the step sisters into her wedding gown for the finaily and were prepared when "Polly Flinders" came up and said her zipper had broken. Duct tape to the rescue for this quick change, yeah for white duct tape! We also saw that Dolly Double's gown was having a zipper problem after she was off the stage. But all was repaired and no one in the audience knew the difference.

Jan 15, 2012, 11:56pm Top

GN: Found out that what I thought was neuropathy on my right hand is probably carpal tunnel. This is good news because it can be fixed and I believe the neuropathy would have meant permanent nerve damage. I have a wrist brace and I believe it's helping, or maybe I just think it is--it's only been a couple of days.

BN: I've already trained myself to mouse left-handed, so I'm not quite sure what I'm doing that caused this problem now. So how do I stop doing it?

Jan 16, 2012, 6:45am Top

Well no suggestions for your left hand but I'm glad for your right hand.

Jan 16, 2012, 10:23am Top

#41 -- I have carpal tunnel. I actually had surgery on my right hand a few years ago, which really helped; now I just have a mild case in my left hand. Wearing the wrist brace while I sleep has always seemed the most effective to me.

Jan 16, 2012, 8:34pm Top

Thanks; this is good to know. I'm going to keep wearing the brace and see how it goes.

Jan 17, 2012, 7:02pm Top

41&43 -- Were either of you introduced to the gyroscopic powerball? I don't know the difference between the NSD and the Dynaflex, but I do know that one of them is available on ThinkGeek. Ah, it's the Dynaflex. If you don't want to pay $64 for one of these, you can get them for cheaper (without the bells and whistles) at their respective websites. They work just as well without.

Edited: Jan 18, 2012, 9:25am Top

>45 Rozax: No, I had no idea! interesting . . .

Thanks! (Added to my Amazon wishlist)

Jan 18, 2012, 4:02pm Top

You're welcome. :) I recommend using the pull-string instead of the starter, though. The thing is so noisy. If that doesn't bother you, though, it is easier than the pull-string.

Jan 18, 2012, 8:27pm Top

GN: I'm heading to Dallas tomorrow for a conference! I love going to conferences, as I enjoy traveling, love being in hotels, and am usually energized by new perspectives gleaned at the meetings.
BN: Erm, I'm not packed yet...as much as I love traveling, I *hate* packing. Sigh.
GN: I'll get to have dinner with family and friends while I'm in town, in addition to colleagues. Yay!

Jan 18, 2012, 8:42pm Top

#48 -- Oh, have fun! I so wish I was heading to that very conference, but the finances didn't come together this year. I have already started saving for next year's Midwinter, though!

Jan 18, 2012, 8:53pm Top

#48 -- I can sympathize. I went on a trip a couple weeks ago to visit some family, but safely packing toiletries really gets old. I'm gonna write to Kiss My Face to see if they can make shampoo and conditioner in bar form. That would simplify things.

Jan 23, 2012, 8:54pm Top

Oh, look it's Good News/Bad News, I found it, right train this time.

GN: we are in Iowa and so is our stuff. Now I am looking for the Good Unpacking fairy to show up tonight and get the home put together.
BN: It was windy and freezing cold today. Not the best weather for the door to be open all morning. Could've been worse and been a blizzard instead. Although the moving van was stuck and the movers didn't think they were going to make it off of our street, but they called the city asking if the road could be salted and/or sanded. I told them they could stay here because we had the room, but they would have to unpack all boxes in their rooms. That's when panic really struck them. Happily, right when they were ready to leave the city had come by rescuing them from unpacking for me.

Jan 23, 2012, 9:16pm Top

#51 - Glad to know you made it safe. That's hilarious about your unpacking clause to your housing offer!

GN: I am home after being in Dallas for four days for a conference.
BN: My colleagues who took a later flight than I are currently delayed in their last leg home. The kicker is that they're at an airport in the state that's only 1.5 hours from where we live. It's actually about the same to fly from the closer airport as it is to drive to the one farther away, but the cost breakdown with gas, parking, etc. usually favors flying out of the closer airport. Usually not a problem, but getting delayed so close to home just stinks.
GN: Though I do feel for them, I'm very glad it's not me...

Jan 24, 2012, 9:38am Top

#51: You know it snowed and iced Friday night/Saturday morning. I'm pretty sure it's your fault for leaving. Also, I love unpacking. You probably should have thought of that before you left me behind. ;)

Jan 24, 2012, 10:13am Top

#51: I can't believe they didn't take you up on that offer! You should have packed bib up and had her shipped with your stuff.

52: that stinks, but so good it's not you!

GN: The people that drive me the craziest are not in today!
GN: I will see Bib this weekend!

Jan 24, 2012, 1:01pm Top

BN: One of my tenants is moving out.
GN: He hadn't paid January rent anyway, so maybe I can find a tenant with a job this time.

Mini-rant based on being old and having experience: the kid moving out is now looking for a 2 BR apartment with a friend. I have a feeling that words like "security deposit" and "electric bill" will come as a big shock to him . . . given that he was having trouble coming up with the very small amount I was charging him, or trying to charge him.

Jan 24, 2012, 1:38pm Top

GN: Suitcases are packed!
GN: Semester is finished and I passed all of my tests.
AWESOME NEWS: I'm going to Miami tomorrow, woohoo!!
GN: There are no bad news!!

Jan 24, 2012, 1:45pm Top

BN: My bank denied my request for a credit card increase. I've been stuck at $1,000 since my parents set this account up for me when I was seventeen (so, seven years ago). I've been good about paying my bills and not over-drawing, but I'm temporarily unemployed (hopefully). My husband joined my account after we got married in 2009. We were both students and very broke, but he was automatically approved for a $10,000 ceiling. What fresh hell is this? I should have thought to ask for an increase while I was still working.

Jan 26, 2012, 8:28pm Top

Checking first to see if this is the right thread, yep, okay BN: I have my first Iowa cold. If only t'wore my last. Taking it easy today. I did find the kitchen today, for the second time, but I will probably loose it again when I unpack the next few boxes. Bib, I think you wouldn't have liked getting packed up, our olive oils, and other stuff froze on the way. Then you would have been stuck in the van from Friday to Monday. I would have liked to have you along.

Jan 26, 2012, 8:31pm Top

GN: Background check went through without a hitch, and I have a good credit score (that that, bank account!). Pending our application, Groxx and I should be moving soon. Again. But into a nicer, quieter location.

Edited: Jan 28, 2012, 8:20am Top

BN: Got up very (and uncharacteristically) early to watch the Australian Open women's final, only to find my DVR hadn't recorded it (most likely operator error, I'm sorry to admit).

GN: It's being shown again in a couple of hours, but:

BN: Sometimes when ESPN shows the matches again, it cuts parts out. The other day they skipped a whole set . . . "well, the third set was close! in the first game of the fourth set . . ."

GN: Have double-checked the recording settings for tonight's men's final, though I'm really sorry Andy Murray won't be playing. Ditto Roger. But definitely rooting for Rafa over the Joker.

GN: In real life . . . may have found another tenant. Wish I didn't have to kick the young'un out, but he hasn't paid me.

Jan 29, 2012, 4:47am Top

#59 Good luck to you and Groxx :)

#60 Sorry about the DVR trouble. I hate when shows don't get recorded (through fault of the operator or device).

GN: I received all A's last semester. :)
GN: I have been accepted to a college! Four more to go...
GN: In this new year I've worked a lot on going through everything in my room in the hopes of painting it within the next month.
BN: The last week has gone by with no further improvement.
BN: I have an extremely sore throat. It started up yesterday and I was hoping it would go away. :/
BN: I drank an absurd amount of liquid today which has led to frequent bathroom trips interrupting my day.
GN: My throat got me a shake for dinner. :)

Jan 29, 2012, 3:55pm Top

GN: One of my friends is flying me out to Tucson to visit her in her vacation house (warmth, oooh!).

GN: While we're there, we're going to the Tucson Festival of Books (she's an author whose books I've recently edited, though our friendship goes back about 35 years). The authors who are going to be there include Robin Hobb, Terry Brooks, Margaret Coel, Elmore Leonard, Diana Gabaldon, T. C. Boyle . . .

Really, need I say more? Squeeeee!!!!!!

Jan 29, 2012, 7:55pm Top

Books and warmth? What more could you want? :o)

Jan 29, 2012, 7:58pm Top

Liz! I'll be waving my arms! Drop a line to me!

Jan 29, 2012, 8:48pm Top

ejj - I'm excited for and envious of you!

GN: I've had a really lovely weekend, including a thorough housecleaning yesterday, multiple loads of laundry done (not finished, but good dent), great food, play time at the park, reading and movie watching.
BN: This week's episode of Downton Abbey doesn't come on until 9pm LT time, so it'll be later than I ideally like getting to bed before the start of a work week. I know I could watch it online tomorrow night, but I don't want to wait!

Jan 29, 2012, 9:36pm Top

BN: I feel . . . bleurgh. I took a long afternoon nap, then had french toast for supper -- apparently, this wasn't the best idea I've ever had. Both the nap and the french toast sounded like good ideas at the time. . . .

Jan 30, 2012, 2:28am Top

I want to embroider that on a pillow as the explanation for much of what I've done in my life: "It seemed like a good idea at the time."

You know, if I actually embroidered or made pillows or anything.

GN: Fabulous chicken dinner with potatoes, gravy, stuffing, beets, salad, biscuits, and lemon meringue pie. Followed by Downton Abbey. I love Sunday nights with the neighbors.
BN: They are moving March 1st. I'm going to miss having them across the street.
GN: They are only moving about two miles away.

Edited: Jan 30, 2012, 10:39am Top

GN: I have ham and beans in the crock pot -- they should be yummy by supper time.
BN: The pants I want to wear to work today are in the dryer. I'd like to be able to leave in about half an hour. Will they be done? Probably not. (Before any rumors get started, no, that does NOT mean I will be going to work wearing no pants! We have a dress code, for one thing.)

Jan 30, 2012, 12:08pm Top

I have a dress code too. I thingk I'mb allergic to themb. *ahchoo!* :o)

Good News: I have never had so much trouble catching up on posts as I have the past couple of days. Good work, my friends!

Jan 30, 2012, 7:36pm Top

#60/62 ejj:
I hope the new tenant candidate works out well. Enjoy your trip! :)

#61 Chelsea:
Congratulations your college acceptances. Soon, you'll be where many of us assumed you to be when we first 'met' you here. ;)

RE dress codes:
I used to have to dress much nicer for work. My grandfather just looked at my jeans last week, and asked what on Earth was I doing, heading to work in them. It's been eight months since the dress code change!

BN: I've been missing LT a lot lately, mostly from being sick and having a lot of trouble with my teeth. This year's not been good to my health so far. On the other hand, ...
GN: My youngest sister might not need her seizure medicine any more! :)
BN: One of my closest friends is about to lose her job because her store is closing down. She's the co-manager and had been really happy working there.
GN/BN? We found a new manager for my store. Again. I was really hoping my co would get it. She turned the store around for the better a lot in the time she's been with us.

Jan 30, 2012, 8:47pm Top

N: I got mom Zumba for the Wii for an early Valentine's day present.
BN: It's day 3 and it's kicking my hind-end. Whew.
GN: It's hilarious to watch each other trying to get the moves correctly.

Jan 30, 2012, 10:16pm Top

BN: power has been out for 30 minutes or more

Feb 3, 2012, 4:56pm Top

GN: I signed up with Habitat for Humanity, yesterday. :)

Feb 3, 2012, 5:45pm Top

Good for you! Rox

Feb 3, 2012, 9:29pm Top

BN: broken toe
GN: extra time to play the second Lego Harry Potter game.

Feb 3, 2012, 10:09pm Top

Ouch. Which toe? Not that it matters. I just think my big toes can take a lot more abuse than my little baby pinky toes.

Heal quickly! But not too quickly. Finish your game. :o)

Feb 3, 2012, 11:57pm Top

the little toe. caught it on the corner of the couch.

Feb 4, 2012, 11:25am Top

Ow! I'm so sorry. I feel your pain. {{{hugs}}}

Feb 4, 2012, 3:32pm Top

rissa - I broke my little toe a few years ago, I remember how painfull it was hope it heals soon.

Feb 4, 2012, 9:03pm Top

#70 Thank you! :) Yep, you guys were just a few years off. ;)

#75 Sending healing thoughts to your little toe!

GN: I got accepted into another college :)
GN: My throat feels much better and I haven't sneezed at all today.
BN: This week has been very stressful.
GN: It's over!

Feb 4, 2012, 9:04pm Top

At least the little toe doesn't affect balance as much. Still hurts like a bugger, I'm sure. >_<

Feb 5, 2012, 12:54am Top

the way my foot is shaped I roll through the tip of the toe, and it's broken neat the tip, so I'm having to walk on the inside of my foot/lift the toe off the ground. it's causing my leg to cramp with just walking around the house a bit.

Feb 5, 2012, 3:59am Top

Ah, that would change things. I kinda walk on the balls of my feet, so I'm more on the inside. Didn't mean to generalize. ^^;

Feb 6, 2012, 10:35am Top

GN: My friend had her baby yesterday!!
GN: The Giants won the Superbowl!
BN: I'm at work today :(

Edited: Feb 9, 2012, 3:19pm Top

#73 - Awesome that you're working with Habitat Rox! I hope you have a wonderful experience!

#75 - Sorry about your toe rissa! Hope it does heal quickly but hope you have fun playing your game in the meantime!

#80 - Congrats on the college acceptance, Chelsea! Good luck with your decision making!

#84 - I was rooting for the Giants too!

GN: I mentioned it briefly in the Healthy Living thread, but my good news is that I am pregnant! My husband and I have been wanting kids for a long time so it's a really exciting time for us!

Feb 9, 2012, 6:27pm Top

Congratulations El!

Feb 9, 2012, 7:46pm Top

Congrats El, welcome little one!

Feb 9, 2012, 10:08pm Top

BN: My husband's work environment is a toxic cesspool and I don't see hope for improvement.
GN: He had a job interview yesterday that he felt good about.
BN: I like and care about most of his coworkers, and ultimately the mission is a good one. But a chronic absence of management has created a situation where there are systemic failures, leading to daily stress and frustration. And I'm a verbal processor, so where I should just be listening and letting him vent without feedback or input, I'm having a very hard time holding my tongue. I *really* hope he gets this other job.

Feb 10, 2012, 4:40am Top

#85 Congrats El, very happy for you :)

#88 Fingers crossed for your husbands new job grkmwk

GN: I have been doing my new job for a week now, I am a note taker for disabled students at University, and I am really enjoying it. The students have been really nice and interesting (with the exception of one shockingly rude girl) and so far I have been paid to attend lectures on subjects as diverse as the use of aspect ratio in films, how cancer spread through the body, land law and tennants rights, and fungus. Now if they could make this a full time job it would be perfect.

Feb 11, 2012, 1:05am Top

Congrats, El, wonderful news! Have you started the baby's library yet?!

BN: Once again, boringly, I'm really broke.
GN: I have lots of work--this should be a very good month.
BN: I have to wait to be paid . . .
GN: I think I'll be in much better shape by the time I get to go on vacation next month.

Feb 13, 2012, 9:40am Top

BN: Sick with a cold. I had not had a cold in about a decade, seriously, and this is my second one in about three months? Not happy, not happy at all.

GN: This too shall pass . . .

Feb 13, 2012, 6:07pm Top

BN>I'm starting to cough again. (grumble)
GN> It could be worse

Feb 13, 2012, 7:35pm Top

It snowed today. While very pretty, school was closed. Now I normally love a no school day, but I'm in a time crunch for my NB work. *bites nails nervously* School will be back in session tomorrow, but it's Valentine's day. That means party, craziness, and what not.

Feb 13, 2012, 9:46pm Top

GN: I'm moving in a couple days. No more annoying neighbors. ^_^

Feb 15, 2012, 7:16am Top

JN> My normally quiet little apartment building was disturbed by angry shouting last night and car doors slamming and sealing tires driving off.....hmm Happy Valentines Day?

Feb 15, 2012, 9:46am Top

GN: the theater by me that I have been wanting to work at for a couple years now finally posted a job that is perfect for me!
BN: I am sick to my stomach with anticipation...and am afraid I've been out of the theater world for too long to be considered.
JN: at least I applied. Now it is up to them. *fingers crossed*
BN: of course this happens when the hubby is traveling so I just get to sit around with puppies as my only distraction
GN: Talking to the hubby about it did make me feel better for a bit...he's good at that!

Feb 15, 2012, 10:50am Top

#96: You can also call your big sister, who would love to hear from you and talk about it with you!

BN: I've caught some sort of stomach bug. I thought I was done with it last night but it came back with a vengeance this morning.
GN: I'm very happy for my little sister and sending every good thought I can spare her way.

Feb 15, 2012, 11:06am Top

#96: I'll add to the good thoughts Mandy. I hope you get it!

BN: I'm feeling very forgetful lately. That bothers me.
GN: Doing my best to keep upbeat.

Feb 15, 2012, 2:48pm Top

Count me in with the good thoughts for Mandy. Thumbs being held!

BN: Still have a cold. Still feel crappy.

GN: Work showed up in the mail today, but . . .
BN: It's only about a day's worth, so less money than I was hoping it would be.

Feb 15, 2012, 4:18pm Top

GN: They called me for an interview!!!!! That alone is making me soooooo happy!

Feb 15, 2012, 4:46pm Top

#100 - Congratulations! And best wishes on the interview!

Feb 15, 2012, 8:46pm Top

Go Mandy! We are all rooting for you!

Feb 15, 2012, 9:27pm Top

Yay, Mandy!! Keep us posted :)

BN: A Lenten devotional project that I was spearheading at my church didn't come out quite the way I'd hoped: the font I used on my computer to design the cover wasn't supported on the church computer and defaulted to a horribly blah sans serif font, but the church secretary isn't computer savvy enough to have caught the problem before running all the copies. I realize that this is very minor issue, as otherwise all is as it was designed and the submissions this year are all beautiful, but I'm still irritated.
GN: I found this out tonight, at home, rather than Sunday morning at church, where venting would not be possible. Sigh.

Feb 16, 2012, 5:53pm Top

yay! new job paying more! Huzzah! Now I have to give notice which I never enjoy

Feb 17, 2012, 5:29pm Top

104: I'm sure it'll all turn out for the better. :)

JN: It took me two hours to move one carload of stuff to the new place. It's only one mile away! This totally kills my ambition. I s'pose I can just take a break, get something to eat, and start again. *mrr* It's nicer to have someone to work with, but my husband's, well, at work.

Feb 20, 2012, 9:40pm Top

GN: I've gotten over my frustration with the Lenten devotional cover, thanks in part to several compliments I've received.
GN: To celebrate Fat Tuesday tomorrow, I made my version of a King Cake tonight, and based on smell and appearance, it is a success!

Feb 21, 2012, 2:05pm Top

106: Yesterday was Icelandic Cream Puff Day - kinda the Fat Tuesday equivalent, from my understanding.


Feb 21, 2012, 3:28pm Top

Today is Pancake Day in the UK! Yay pancakes for dinner! UK pancakes are slightly thicker than French Crepes, but not as thick as American pancakes and are traditionally eaten with butter, lemon juice and sugar, though you can put anything on them really.

Happy various foody day to everyone (and happy Shrove Tuesday to all the properly religious people) :D

Feb 21, 2012, 8:26pm Top

GN: I am liking our new townhouse.
BN: We don't have internet, so we're relying on flaky public wifi (#fwg, am I right?).
JN: One of my neighbors sounds like they're in a battle to the death with their allergies.

Feb 21, 2012, 9:02pm Top

GN: My King Cake was a success! Other than being consumed in celebration of Mardi Gras, it really was nothing like "real" King Cakes. But since I don't like the traditional ones, I made something I would enjoy. :)

BN: My husband learned today he did not get the job he interviewed for two weeks ago. He's disappointed, especially since the office culture at his current job is horrible right now, but he's not completely crushed. He has a job, which is a blessing in this economy, and there have been signs of improvement lately. But I was still glad we had cake ready to eat tonight to help boost spirits.

Feb 22, 2012, 2:07am Top

I haven't decided if this is good news or bad news, but my 12 year old SIL who has been living with us since August is no longer living with us. things came to head and we realized we're not capable of providing the help she needs, she will be seeing professional therapist.

Feb 22, 2012, 10:11am Top

I'm sorry rissa. At least you tried, and you recognized that she needed something more. I hope the professional therapist offers the help she needs. {{hugs}}

Feb 22, 2012, 11:54pm Top

GN: Had the permanent retainer from behind my front teeth removed after 7 and a half years. My dentist was starting to get concerned about the lack of enamel on the tips of my lower front teeth. they've been hitting the retainer every time I bite down since I had it put it. I can finally close my jaw all the way again.

BN: without the permanent retainer I will actually have to wear a normal retainer at night.

Feb 27, 2012, 12:06pm Top

Sorry to all the people with bad news this last month, Yayyss for all the good news!

I have some catching up to do, done most of the other threads but not this one :P

GN: I am home!! I missed being home!!
GN: I arrived just in time to enroll for my next semester!
BN: I gained some weight during my vacation and now I am on a diet...
BN: As usual we bought lots of chocolate and candy to bring back and I can't eat it now :(
GN: My car is at the mechanic, they are repainting the parts that were scratched and fixing a little bump it had.
BN: I have no car till Wednesday or Thursday.
GN: I bought a bunch of stuff in the states.

P.S. I missed all of you guys! From the post count of unread messages, it looks like you guys were very busy :D

Feb 27, 2012, 5:57pm Top

113: My braces chipped away at the tips of my canines and front teeth. It's made my entire mouth very sensitive to cold. It doesn't deter me from ice cream, but I need to remember to say "no ice" when ordering a drink.

BN: My husband has a nasty cold.
GN: He can work from home.
GN: I get an extra day with my husband. :)

Feb 28, 2012, 10:36pm Top

My smile for today:
I took a professional day today. Since I was in the building for the day, I greeted my kiddos as they came like normal. They knew I wasn't going to be there, except to pop in and grab materials when I needed them. Anywho... one of my boys that I sometimes have trouble with bounced in. "Miss W! Can I do my Angry Bird Warning today?" he asked. See, yesterday he went home yesterday and didn't get to write a prompt that went along with a writing unit we finished up yesterday. I'm so happy that he wanted to come in and write! It made my heart smile.

Background on the unit: My boys love anything that has to do with games and computers. I found and adapted a writing packet about Angry Birds. To start off the project we played the game on the SMARTboard (which I had to promise them we would do again at the next indoor recess-looks like tomorrow). Then they sat down and began their prewriting. Their words and descriptions were very creative. They had to create a new Angry Bird in writing. Then they wrote how to make an Angry Bird using a toilet paper roll and construction paper. The writings were pretty good. However, the warnings to the rest of the school were fantastic. Last Friday they actually created their Angry Bird. I'll have to take pictures tomorrow.

Feb 29, 2012, 6:59am Top

How nice! What a good teacher you are!

Feb 29, 2012, 9:31am Top

#116: That sounds like a lot of fun, can't wait to see the pictures kirby!

GN: I have my car!! It looks perfect!
GN: No bad news at all! Woohoo!

Mar 1, 2012, 11:53am Top

BN: I didn't get the job :(. But I got a nice email from the interviewer telling me I was one of the few that was being considered and he is going to hold on to my resume and pass it along for any future job that he thinks would be good for me. I am devastated but at least I know he liked me.

Mar 1, 2012, 2:32pm Top

119: I'm sorry, Mandy. But that is very good news that he's holding your resume. If the person he hired doesn't work out, maybe you'll be next on the list.

Mar 1, 2012, 5:38pm Top

GN> I start a new job on Monday! One that I hope will be less stressful.
BN> Its on the other side of town
GN> I have an app in for an apartment right close to it! Just hope I get it!
BN> waiting sucks

Mar 1, 2012, 6:12pm Top

GOOD NEWS, everyone! Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) is now on Netflix! I just watched the pilot (Heads are Tails) and now remember why I could never remember it, but the rest of the series is decent.

Edited: Mar 9, 2012, 11:48pm Top

GN: My parents have been home for a short visit (getting their work visas renewed) and they came and spent several days with me!
BN: They are leaving again tomorrow. :-(

Mar 10, 2012, 6:22pm Top

GN: Daylight savings time! Hooray for more light in the evenings.
BN: We lose an hour of sleep tonight. Don't forget to turn your clocks forward an hour if you are affected by this!

Mar 10, 2012, 10:42pm Top

#124: Gah! I had almost forgotten. Thanks for the reminder!! And given how late it has suddenly become with the hour loss, it's off to bed I go...

Mar 11, 2012, 9:06am Top

the hour changes always mess me up!

Mar 11, 2012, 1:56pm Top

Mar 14, 2012, 1:25pm Top

BN: My throat feels like sandpaper and my head feels like a balloon. All my years of not having allergies, and California keeps me down with something on a monthly basis. "Ha...I bet you haven't encountered this before in your life! Let's see how your body handles it!"

127: I've never read Howl's Moving Castle, but I saw the melodramatic anime. Calcifer's the only thing that led me to watching it a second time.

Mar 14, 2012, 1:42pm Top

128: My family loved the book and didn't care for the movie. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautifully animated movie, but it steered a bit too far from the book for our taste. This is a typical complaint of ours, though.

Good news: I think I'm finally getting over the cough I've had since last week. Just in time for allergy season! Yay!

Mar 14, 2012, 3:02pm Top

#128 -- I agree with JP's assessment of the book vs. the movie. I enjoyed the anime, but only by thinking of it as something completely removed from the book.

Mar 14, 2012, 8:29pm Top


Mar 15, 2012, 4:11am Top

Based on the movie, I simply have no idea what's actually going on. Miyazaki is a wonderful animation director, and he's goot at evoking emotion, but he's very much lacking in the plot department.

Mar 15, 2012, 8:04am Top

#132 -- Conversely, Diana Wynne Jones is very good at plot, so the plotting in the book is miles better than that in the movie.

BN: I don't want to go to work today. Between Sophie and the thunderstorm that sent through in the middle of the night, I didn't sleep well at all. I'm not feeling bad enough to call in, but I am not happy about having to wake up this morning.

Mar 15, 2012, 11:14am Top

I agree with the above comments, don't judge Howl on the film, read the book. I liked the film, I like all the Studio Gibli films, but it isn't a patch on the book.

Mar 15, 2012, 11:17am Top

134: Don't worry, I'm not! :) I only just recently learned about the books.

Mar 15, 2012, 12:48pm Top

Diablo III is set to launch on May 15th!!!

Mar 15, 2012, 4:48pm Top

I may have to consider playing it when it finally shows up, I have free Diablo III because I have the WOW annual pass.

Mar 15, 2012, 7:33pm Top

i saw the trailer for "Dark Shadows" movie with Johnny Depp. Looks interesting.

We also just got back from Southern California to the warm weather of Iowa, seriously, it is warmer here then in CA.

Mar 15, 2012, 8:15pm Top

More good news! Avatar: The Legend of Korra will be premiering next month! Sickness and sliced thumb notwithstanding, this is a great day!

Mar 17, 2012, 8:32pm Top

Personal Good News: I found a job listing that I liked the looks off, so I sent off my resumé. Now for the worst part...waiting.

Mar 17, 2012, 10:54pm Top

*fingers crossed* Good luck!

Mar 18, 2012, 11:05pm Top

GN: I got some cooking and grocery shopping done this weekend.
BN: The cake that I baked got a little too done on the bottom. I will slice that off and eat the rest of it, though. I was trying a new recipe, and think it's probably not a keeper (for other reasons than me burning it, I mean). Also, I didn't get the dishes done this evening, so will have to face those tomorrow.

Mar 19, 2012, 4:20am Top

141: Thank you! I'll keep everyone updated!

GN: After a week sinus and chest congestion, I am finally able to take full, deep breaths tonight, and my throat doesn't hurt when I swallow. I'm still in for a night of hacking and coughing, but being able to breath is truly a marvel.

Mar 19, 2012, 10:51am Top

#143: I had that same exact illness! And catbastet has it now! Did we catch it here? I must remember to clean the monitor and keyboard...

Mar 19, 2012, 2:15pm Top

GN: Had a really nice relaxing week's vacation in Tucson with a friend I hadn't seen in 30-plus years. Got along as though no time had passed. And got to attend the huge Tucson Festival of Books. And I fell in love with her two dogs.

BN: Both travel days were miserable. On the way to the airport, got a flat tire, missed my flight, left four hours late, got wait listed on three flights for the connecting flight, arrived 1:30 a.m. instead of 6:30 p.m. On way home, flights okay but 3.5-hour drive home mysteriously took 6 hours. Soooo tired!

BN: While I was gone, by surrogate son/tenant decided to paint "his" room using spray cans and graffiti. I am not pleased and have demanded he paint over it all with white paint. The concept that it is *my* house seems hard to get across.

GN: Lots of work lately, so should have money soon. It will be very welcome.

Mar 19, 2012, 6:21pm Top

GN: I have become acquainted with the HEG thread, helpfully linked to by Mr. A.

BN: There isn't a new one. Can we have a new one? PRETTY PLEASE? *bats eyelashes innocently*

Mar 19, 2012, 6:37pm Top

you can start one.

Mar 20, 2012, 11:23am Top

GN: Got my Hunger Games tickets. I'm going at 9:45 AM on Saturday in the hopes that most tweens will be sleeping in. Also because it's only $5 if you see it before noon.
GN: People gave it a good review and the reviewer had actually read the book, which is always a bonus for me.
BN: I couldn't get through the Nerdist's review. The reviewer had not read the book and kept picking on things that are explained in the book. This is why I try to always read the book before I see the movie.

Mar 20, 2012, 11:40am Top

GN: I'm catching up on this thread. Cheers for those who deserve them, and hugs for those that need them.
BN: I need sleep. Don't when I will get caught up on that.
GN: It's Spring Break!
BN: I'm working like a mad woman to get all of my National Board stuff done.
GN: It's Spring Break, so I do have time to get it done. If I could just focus for longer periods of time. I blame the lack of sleep.
BN: LT is a distraction..... see you later!

Mar 23, 2012, 3:27pm Top

BN: Our idiot orange cat ran out when I opened the door. I went to get him and, POW, my back went out. I don't even know how I did it. It went out as I was bending down, not as I was picking him up. He is so lucky catbastet loves him. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow...

Mar 23, 2012, 4:42pm Top

#150 - *coughs* Ahem. http://kittybeef.com/recipes.php

Mar 23, 2012, 6:05pm Top

Ew. I want to throttle him, not eat him. :oP

Anyway, on the positive side, at least I can have some guilt-free reading time. (Take care of yourselves, family, I'll just sit here. In pain. *sigh*)

Hey, I didn't say the rest of my family needed to be guilt-free.

Mar 23, 2012, 6:10pm Top

Sorry about that, JP! I couldn't resist. As penance, I will say ten Hail Mary's dedicated to you and your back. I hope you feel better!

Mar 23, 2012, 9:02pm Top

Thank you Eris. :o)

Mar 24, 2012, 12:06pm Top

GN: My cold is subsiding.
BN: I'm still coughing.
GN: The Legend of Korra is up for viewing today! I watched it last night.
BN: It felt a bit rushed to me.
GN: I'm sure there were reasons for it, and it was still enjoyable. We just didn't spend as much time with each key character in this episode.

Mar 25, 2012, 8:07pm Top

#150: Hope you're feeling better now JP! Enjoy the rest :D

#155: Yayy for the cold subsiding, and boo for the coughing, Roz

GN: One more week till easter holidays!
BN: I have to study during that week!
GN: I hope to get it done early and enjoy the rest of the week off!
GN: Mad Men's new season is here!! and Game of Thrones is just one week away!! Woohoo!

Mar 26, 2012, 12:19am Top

Thank you, Ron, my back is feeling much better. :o)

Mar 26, 2012, 3:49am Top

GN: Reading week & Easter holidays have arrived so I'm not working for three weeks! I'm going to walk, knit, bake and read : )

BN: Reading week & Easter holidays have arrived so I'm not working for three weeks and not getting paid : (

Mar 26, 2012, 11:09am Top

GN: had a great weekend with my book club girls, we went to the Hunger Games together.

BN: this morning when I got in my car to go to work it didn't start...

Mar 26, 2012, 11:40am Top

I had a dream the other night (nightmare really!) that the school budget was cut (again), they closed the library, and made me teach kindergarten!. I woke up in a cold sweat. Really. Now I'm watching kindergarten line up in the hallway, and the nightmare is coming back. Shudder. :)

Mar 28, 2012, 2:13pm Top

Oh noes.....kindergarteners!
Everyone run!

GN: I mailed off my National Board portfolio just a little while ago. Now maybe I can get some sleep. Next up is studying for the tests.
BN: I've had very little sleep in the last 7 days.
GN: I should sleep very well tonight.

BN: I just found out that a close family friend passed away this morning. He had a triple bipass surgery 4 weeks ago and was doing really well. I will go visit his family after work today.

Mar 28, 2012, 9:11pm Top

#158: Hope you enjoy your reading time, Kay! Boo about not getting paid though.

#159: Hope you have already fixed the car, Mandy!

#161: *hugs* sorry about your friend and I hope you get your sleep time, kirby.

BN: My mom slipped this afternoon.
BN: She dislocated two bones on her left leg.
GN: She went to the doctor and he popped the bones back into place.
GN: We had an old walking stick from my grandma and she is now using it.

Any healing vibes you have are more than welcome, my mom says she is fine and that it only hurts when she puts some weight on her leg.

Mar 29, 2012, 12:33am Top

SadN: my uncle went into hospice care yesterday and has stopped treatment for his failing liver and kidneys.

Mar 29, 2012, 10:38am Top

I'm sorry ris. Keeping your family in my thoughts.

Sending healing thoughts for your mom Ron.

Mar 29, 2012, 5:41pm Top

162: Ouch! Hopefully she will heal quickly.

163:I'm so sorry. Also keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers.

Mar 29, 2012, 6:10pm Top

#163: So sorry, rissa.

GN: My mom is walking better and she doesn't need the walking stick anymore, she says she is not in so much pain anymore.
BN: I am a little bit sick and I haven't stopped sneezing all day long, not really serious but really annoying.

Mar 30, 2012, 3:21am Top

166: Glad to hear your mum's leg is getting better Ron.

163: So sorry to hear about your uncle Rissa.

Edited: Apr 3, 2012, 11:04pm Top

#85 el:
Congratulations! I'm very happy for you guys. :)

#109 Rozax:
I'm glad you like your new apartment!

#111 rissa:
It's very caring that you and Jason have been there for your SIL as much as you have, even though she had to leave you guys. I'm sure she appreciates and loves you both very much.

#114 Ron:
I get homesick on trips, too. I'm glad you had a good vacation.

#119 Mandy:
I'm sorry you didn't get the job. *hugs*

#145 ejj:
I'm glad you got to have your trip! Sorry about the tenant and travel days, though. I always wonder what renters are thinking when they paint rooms. The decision isn't theirs to make.

#150 jp:
Ouch! I hope your back feels better by now. Likewise, my orange cat is lucky the rest of my household is so fond of him. He trips me all the time.

#151 ErisofDiscord:
Oh, dear. ;) Bwaha!

#161 kirby:
I'm very sorry about your family friend.

#162 Ron:
Sending healing vibes to your mom!

#163 rissa:
I'm so sorry about your uncle.

BN: I've been away from LT far too long. I think my not supposing to talk about some stuff going on is partially at fault. By staying away from people, I don't talk about it.

GN: I talked somewhat anyways with a couple of people about it, and they've made me feel somewhat better, particularly over the last few days. I'm hoping that maybe things can start to just get better.

JN: My grandmother had shoulder surgery yesterday. She seems to be doing well, right now, and may come home tomorrow.

GN: My youngest sister has made a complete turn around in school. I am so proud of her! She's doing incredible.

BN: The down key button on my laptop broke off today. It's making catching up on LT a little tough on long threads. ;)

Apr 4, 2012, 10:34am Top

The long threads are MrA's fault. :o)
I'm glad you decided to come back on K. We are all here for you if you need us. {{{hugs}}}

Apr 4, 2012, 1:53pm Top

Of course! ;) Thank you, jp! *hugs*

Apr 5, 2012, 2:10am Top

#85 el: I'm a little late but thank you! :)

#163 rissa: Sending my thoughts to your family

GN: I'm on the 2nd week of my spring break :)
BN: In a few days I'll have to go back to school. I'm not sure how I'll be able to wake up on time; I need to get my schedule back to one of a diurnal being. ;)
GN: I've decided which college I'm going to attend next year!
GN: I'm finally getting my braces off tomorrow! After 3 1/2 years (when the orthodontists told me it would be 2) I'm very excited! :D

Apr 5, 2012, 11:01pm Top

K: So glad to see you!

Well the funeral was nice. Lots of laughter, which is good. However, we were there for 5 hours. It takes a lot to set up for a funeral. We also served about 75 family members, and cleaned up afterwards. We barely got everything cleaned up for a wedding that was also scheduled.

Apr 8, 2012, 10:23am Top

GN: Finally going to get my car fixed.

BN: They haven't told me when and haven't called me with estimates for the two tires I also need.

GN: A friend invited me for dinner tonight. Turkey!

Apr 9, 2012, 10:21pm Top

I finally have my state license! Now I just need to get my license plates. Wondering if I should go back to the DMV or brave ordering them online...

Apr 12, 2012, 11:11am Top

GN: Had a check in with my Dr. today about the panic attacks and all is going well.
GN: Also discussed the recent realization of my new spinach allergy and all seems to be okay there.
BN: Had to get blood drawn, just to double check my iron content (a vegetarian with a spinach allergy might have some problems there if not careful).
GN: Mandy is coming tomorrow!
GN: I'm finally going to be buying the new couch I've been coveting for over a year.

Apr 12, 2012, 12:39pm Top

#175 - Oh, I love when we can finally get new furniture we've been eying!! Fun!!

BN: I coordinate a huge annual dinner for faculty, which is tomorrow, and lots of the little details--programs, final seating plan, name tags--are driving me nuts! I've also gone over budget some, which makes me nervous.
GN: The dinner is tomorrow night, so at some point I have to just let it all go!

Apr 15, 2012, 11:13pm Top

GN: I've been on a short vacation for Orthodox Easter -- got to see a lot of old friends (and make some new ones), attend a lot of church services (nine services in five days!) and sing until I nearly lost my voice!

BN/GN: I had to come home. But it will be good to sleep in my own bed . . . and I had a joyous reunion with Sophie, who spent those five days at the kennel and is thrilled to be out of there!

Apr 16, 2012, 9:06am Top

BN: I've lost my bank card.
GN: I got it cancelled before any weird charges showed up.
BN: I've got to get over to my local branch in the next couple days to pick up a new one. Without a car that means a long walk in 80+ degree heat.

Apr 21, 2012, 1:41pm Top

bib: I hope you were able to get to the bank safely and somewhat comfortably. Also congratulations on the new couch!

foggi: Isn't it great when our little ones great us? Finn will great me like I've been gone all day when I simply stepped outside to check the mailbox.

grkmwk: I hope the dinner went well.

Rozax: It might depend on what type of plates you want. I know that our local DMV only carries certain kinds of specialty plates. If there is something special you want, you might have to get them online. If you want normal plates, then the DMV should have them on hand. I have specialty plates that support the school. I have to pay an extra $30 each year, but that money goes to the schools. Dad has veteran plates, so they cost him $3 a year. Not much at all.

Hmmm....Internet is down in spots around town. The land phone (which is internet based) has a weird buzzing when you call to it from another land line, but not a cell phone. We also just got a call that 911 was down and gave us a number to call for emergencies.

Apr 21, 2012, 10:43pm Top

179: I took care of them online. It was a cinch.

GN: The tax return came in! We can buy a couch! ^_^

Apr 22, 2012, 7:39pm Top

#179 - The dinner was a success! Thanks for asking :)

SuperGN: I got a promotion!!! As of July 1, I will be promoted from Assistant Librarian to Associate Librarian. Librarians at my university are faculty with rank, but without tenure, so while I don't have the protection of tenure, I will have a new five year contract, which is a wonderful reassurance in this economy. Plus, this promotion was the result of a 7 month review process in which my peers, Dean and Provost all decided my work was worthy of promotion, which is amazing affirmation!

Apr 22, 2012, 8:14pm Top

Congratulations, grk! And question: Do Associates associate with Assistants, or do Assistants simply assist Associates? (Please say this three times fast.)

Apr 24, 2012, 1:21am Top

Congrats grkmwk! I know that's very exciting!

Apr 24, 2012, 1:49am Top

#181 - That's wonderful, grkmwk!

GN: My couch (futon, actually) will be coming in on Wednesday, even though "it could take up to 3 weeks for delivery". Though we picked it out together (though I'm not nearly as picky as he is), I'm not telling my husband until it arrives. We may need to move it, but I'll have it set up.

I hope my state certification is just as expedient. I received a confirmation e-mail last week, but that says nothing for how quickly it will be processed.

Apr 24, 2012, 11:44am Top

Congratulations grkmwk! Hooray for librarians and hooray for you! :D :D :D

GN: I'm going to be taking an assessment test at a community college so that I might be able to (potentially) take a couple of classes in the fall. I'm still in high-school, so if I'm able to get in, this would be so exciting!

BN: Half the test will be about math. Gulp. I'm doomed.

GN: Half the test will be about English! Can do!

GN: The test will be about assessing my strengths, not determining if I'm a smarty pants or not.

BN: I have to leave in 45 minutes and I am kinda, sorta, maybe freaking out a teeny bit.

Edited: Apr 24, 2012, 12:38pm Top

You can do it, Eris. Just keep calm. My daughter panicked during the math portion, especially the algebra half, which is the only reason she didn't do well. We finally opted to have her take a non-credit algebra rather than suffer more testing. She did incredibly well and more important, it improved her self confidence.

Apr 24, 2012, 3:05pm Top

Thank you, JP! Fortunately, I did fine, considering. I was able to choose which level of math I wanted to do, and I picked Pre-Algebra, because even though I've made it to Geometry, I'm a dummkopf who forgets everything. I did okay in the Pre-Algebra, and am qualified to take Pre-Algebra at the community college. Yay! Simple math is good with me.

I am most happy with my English scores, however. I got a 93 in the the reading portion and a 98 in the writing test! Woohoo! I am qualified to take English 1A, which means I don't have to do basic stuff! YAYYYY!!!! *throws confetti everywhere*

Now I just have to talk to a counselor and hope they'll accept me into classes. If not, I'll be prepared to go once I'm finished with high-school! :D

Apr 25, 2012, 2:58am Top

Tor/Forge E-book Titles to Go DRM-Free!!!

Tom Doherty Associates, publishers of Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen, today announced that by early July 2012, their entire list of e-books will be available DRM-free.

“Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time,” said president and publisher Tom Doherty. “They’re a technically sophisticated bunch, and DRM is a constant annoyance to them. It prevents them from using legitimately-purchased e-books in perfectly legal ways, like moving them from one kind of e-reader to another.”

Apr 25, 2012, 10:08am Top

Bad: I had to have surgery yesterday on my knee for some torn cartridge and arthritis.
Worse: it was a lot worse than the doctor expected. I was going to be able to put weight on it after surgery and only use crutches for a week or so. Now no weight and crutches for five weeks!
Good: no pain since leaving the hospital!
Better: yesterday morning I bought an iPad to consol myself :)
Best: I should have time for the next week or so to do more than just lurk her on HE and LT!

Apr 25, 2012, 11:20am Top

I'm sorry about your knee, compski. I'm glad you at least get more computer time out of it!

Apr 28, 2012, 10:10am Top

The goal for today: Clean ALL the things!

I'll let you know later whether that's good news or bad news.

Apr 29, 2012, 12:07am Top

GN: I cleaned most of the things! I never get as much done as I want to do, but I'm pretty satisfied with the results.

Apr 29, 2012, 4:58pm Top

I would never clean all of the things anyway. Some of them just get dirty again. :oP

Apr 29, 2012, 5:39pm Top

You can clean some of the things all of the time and clean all of the things some of the time but you can't clean all of the things all of the time

Apr 29, 2012, 8:44pm Top

BN: My aunt broke her arm.

GN: She lives less than an hour away, and my mom has come up to lend an extra hand for the next week. Not imply that my uncle is helpless - he just has to keep working.

GN: Since my mom is in the area, I gave her my Mother's Day gift early. Now, this trip of hers was sort of an on-the-spot decision, so she called me yesterday to let me know she'd be flying in today. That didn't give me much time to clean house, and I forgot to sign the Mother's Day card. I told her everything I was going write, anyway, and she liked my gift basket. Bunch of Kiss My Face stuff, and she liked it. ^_^

She's honest when she doesn't like something. XD

May 1, 2012, 1:37am Top

GN: Had one of my young friends install a new faucet in the upstairs bathroom sink for me. Paid him $20; well worth it. I can only imagine what a plumber would have charged for this.

BN: I have no idea how long it was dripping hot water before my tenant told me about it . . . and using up propane.

GN: Propane hasn't run out, at least not yet.

GN: Made an awesome crock pot pot roast tonight. So good.

I realize this is random rambling. That's how the inside of my head feels right now.

May 1, 2012, 1:46am Top

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May 1, 2012, 11:25am Top

GN, GN, GN, GN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE THIRD DARK KNIGHT RISES TRAILER IS OUT! OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH IT'S SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8evyE9TuYk

May 1, 2012, 7:20pm Top

BN: I had endovenous thermal ablation today to close off the great saphenous vein in my left leg, which has been causing lots of issues, including surface vein blood clots (2009 and again this past January). It's an outpatient procedure that's supposed to last an hour or less, but mine took almost two because my vein was smaller than normal and they had a hard time getting into it.

BN: I'm now bleeding through my dressing more than I think I should be. Good thoughts, prayers, wishes would be welcome!

May 1, 2012, 7:36pm Top

Good luck grkwrk, from one patient to another!

I have my follow up appointment tomorrow and I really don't know what to expect.

May 1, 2012, 8:13pm Top

Healing thoughts and prayers for both of you, grk and compski. I hope you both feel better very soon.

Edited: May 3, 2012, 10:35pm Top

JP & compski: Thanks for the well wishes! Compski, I trust you're recovering as expected!!

GN: Bleeding stopped Tuesday evening before I got seriously concerned, and my post-op pain has been relatively low so far.

BN: I finally got to remove bandages tonight and my leg is not looking pretty. Fortunately I know it'll improve, but it's probably good I don't like wearing short skirts.

(Sigh, it helps if I can spell...)

May 6, 2012, 8:54am Top

GN: We got to see the Yankees loose to the Royals last night. We also got to see the moon rise over the Budweiser sign and that was cool. We are in Kansas City, MO this weekend. It is a very interesting area. We went to the Nelson art museum yesterday and I was blown away by a four panel screen that had a picture of the morning sea on it. The screen is about 6 ft high. The impressive thing is that the panels are hand embroidered using over 250 different colors of silk. You have to see it to be totally impressed, but we were not allowed to take any pictures.

May 6, 2012, 10:36am Top

Kasongo that sounds awesome! What a lot of work!

GN> New apartment! YAY

BN> no furniture yet. Sigh

May 6, 2012, 5:44pm Top

Sorry I've been away for a while. I got caught up in school work. Anyhow, I have two very exciting and wonderful news items.

1) Thank you to everyone who posted on the "Why LT" thread. I got an A on that paper, and I have successfully finished one year of graduate school.

2) I got my first "big boy"/ "real world" job, which starts tomorrow. I'm working with the government.

Hugs to those who need, and congratulations for those who deserve them.

May 6, 2012, 6:23pm Top

Kasongo: You weren't very far from me! It sounds like you had a great time.

polly: Don't you wish it could be like the Lowe's commercial where you could just pull at something on the wall and a new room appears? There's one where you draw on the walls and objects appear as well. I can't remember if it's Lowe's or not.

May 6, 2012, 6:48pm Top

I haven't seen that Kirby but yeah that would be awesome! I'd have the best place ever! LOL!

May 6, 2012, 7:36pm Top

GN: Prom season is almost over, which means my schedule will clear considerably and I will be a happy girl. (Since there are a lot of new faces that probably don't know me from my earlier HE days: I am a seamstress.)

May 6, 2012, 10:10pm Top

GN: It's been a full, productive weekend. I did some shopping and cooking and baking, moved my potted plants outside for the summer (and re-potted a few of them), and took Sophie to the dog park. This is the first time we've been to this dog park, and Sophie did better than I expected as far as interacting with other dogs. Usually she is a wimp and cowers behind me, but this time she was actually very friendly with a dog about her size.

BN: I am worn plumb out, and there's still a fair amount of cleaning that I should do tonight. And I didn't get a much-needed haircut.

GN: Tomorrow is another day . . . and I'm working the evening shift, so I should be able to finish cleaning and get my hair cut in the morning.

May 7, 2012, 9:38am Top

I'm worn out too....spent Saturday at a craft fair, at which I just barely broke even, and if you count the food I bought, I actually lost money. I actually sold more by putting them in the teachers' lounge. Didn't get home to midnight; church Sunday and a loooonnngggg drawn out committee meeting afterward. My hip is screaming from all the sitting in the metal chair. I've been taking lots of advil.

I swore I wasn't going to look at my sewing machine for at least a week, but I have special orders for 2 girls' dresses, and I need to make a baby quilt for a shower on Wednesday.

And I have 2 tubs of girls' dresses which didn't sell. They will be going off to Little Dresses for Africa as soon as school is out.

May 8, 2012, 10:08am Top


GN: I wasn't injured.

BN: The other driver did a hit-and-run.

May 8, 2012, 10:20am Top

Oh No! I'm glad you are OK, foggi. What did the other car look like that it could drive off after doing that kind of damage???

May 8, 2012, 10:22am Top

#212 -- Some kind of black sports car.

May 8, 2012, 10:34am Top

Seriously? That's impressive. He must have been flying along. Maybe it wasn't so much a hit-and-run as a hit-and-couldn't-stop-if-he-tried.

May 8, 2012, 10:35am Top

BTW, I say he, but I know it could easily have been a she. :o)

May 8, 2012, 10:51am Top

#214 -- It was, in fact, a he -- and he was just pulling out of a gas station, so couldn't have been going that fast. It is an impressive amount of damage for a low-speed collision.

May 8, 2012, 12:47pm Top

OH NO! I'm glad that you're okay, Foggi. I was a little worried when I saw the picture.

Since the crash was at a gas station, were the security cameras able to catch anything?

May 8, 2012, 1:01pm Top

#217 -- The police are supposed to be checking on it. I haven't heard back from them yet.

May 8, 2012, 1:01pm Top

I hope you can find some information on him, foggie. That's just inexcusable.

Sad News: Maurice Sendak has passed away.

May 8, 2012, 6:16pm Top

Foggi! how awful! I'm glad you are OK!

May 8, 2012, 7:57pm Top

I'm really sorry foggi! Glad you're ok though!

May 9, 2012, 11:00pm Top

Glad you're OK, foggi!

May 10, 2012, 8:05am Top

Thanks, everyone.

May 11, 2012, 3:05pm Top

Oh my! I'm just now reading this. I'm glad you're okay and hope they find the person responsible.

May 14, 2012, 11:21pm Top

GN: I'm done with my National Board exams! I was such a ball of stress going into them. I normally get text anxiety, but nothing like this. I just hope I answered the questions they way I should have!
BN: Now I have to wait for sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas for the scores from both my portfolio and the tests.

May 15, 2012, 1:50am Top

Waiting is the hardest part.

May 15, 2012, 10:01am Top

GN: Hubby and I planted 2 fruit trees last night! One Peach tree and One Plum tree!

May 15, 2012, 11:23pm Top

Fun! I love watching trees grow over time. One we planted out in our back yard 20 years ago is now wonderful shade for our deck. The two we planted out front for mom's birthday a few years ago are taking a while to grow. Same kind of tree as the one in back.

GN: My birthday is turning into a week long event. Yesterday (my actual birthday) mom took me out for dinner after my NB exams. Today my kiddos had cards for me when I returned. Tomorrow the faculty that has lunch at the same time as me is having a special lunch. Thursday my family is going to see a movie, and I'm sure Friday dinner will turn into a celebration as well.

BN: My foot is killing me! On Easter I had jammed my toe, and the entire foot throbbed for a good 3 hours. The middle side of my foot is still killing me when I walk. I know I need to get to the doctor, but I haven't had time! The office closes so early, and the doctor isn't there on Fridays. School will be out next Monday, so I'm making an appt. for Tuesday.

May 15, 2012, 11:46pm Top

Happy birthday, Kirby! I'm glad that it is becoming a week-long extravaganza for you! And I hope your foot gets better.

May 16, 2012, 6:11am Top

Happy birthday Kirby, I always insist on a birthday week, its only once a year after all.

BN: I have perocoronitis and the whole left side of my face is stiff and swollen. Ow. Ow. Ow.

GN: The dentist has given me some heavy duty antibiotics and I don't have to go into work for the rest of the week so I can stay at home reading, drinking tea and playing with the kittens as I get better.

(Did I mention ow ow ow ow ow)

May 17, 2012, 10:16am Top

Adara is 3 today. How did she grow up so fast?

May 17, 2012, 2:43pm Top

awwwe, Happy Birthday, Adara!

May 17, 2012, 5:00pm Top

#231 - Happy birthday to Adara! And rissa, I'm right there with you: Rex will be 3 in July and I'm floored that I'm the mom of a boy...he's well past the toddler stage!

May 17, 2012, 5:14pm Top

BN: Jean Craighead George passed away. I loved her books, particularly My Side of the Mountain, when I was growing up.

May 17, 2012, 6:57pm Top

#234: I heard about that yesterday from another friend. Sad day. :o(

#231: Happy birthday Adara! They do grow fast!

May 18, 2012, 4:38am Top

Happy birthday Adara :)

May 20, 2012, 7:40pm Top

GN: I have been cleaning ALL THE THINGS! all afternoon.

BN: Boy, am I exhausted!

May 20, 2012, 9:27pm Top

Happy 3rd birthday Adara!

BN: My 16 year old cat had to be put to sleep a couple weeks ago because of a digestion problem that wasn't allowing him to properly absorb nutrients. :(
GN: He is no longer suffering.
GN: I passed the EAP on the state test last year so no remedial math or language arts for me!
GN: All my AP tests are done! :D
GN: This is my last academic week of high school :)
GN: I "rescued" three fish from a centerpiece at my band's banquet on the 11th.
BN: One died :(
GN: We set up my new bigger tank yesterday and are going to move them into it today. It's so much nicer.

May 20, 2012, 10:28pm Top

Congrats on finishing high-school! I have one semester of that awful institution left, and then I will graduate early. I am sorry about your cat, though - I know how tough it is to say good-bye.

GN: Just finished watching the solar eclipse, thanks to my dad's handy-dandy telescope and a filter on the lens (because it would really suck if we all went blind). We saw lots of lovely sunspots in addition to watching the eclipse. SO COOL!

May 21, 2012, 6:10pm Top

All good news:

After four weeks on crutches, today I got the go ahead to start putting weight on the my leg! I can now carry things and go up and down stairs while standing!

Although things can change, it looks like next year I will be taking over our school media center and teaching a library/technology class. I am excited about this challenge and will need lots of advice from our resident media specialists (and everyone else for that matter).

May 21, 2012, 6:19pm Top

#240 -- Great news all around! Congratulations on the media center position, too. I'm glad to offer input on the library end of things, though I've never worked in a school library. I have some friends who are school librarians, though.

May 21, 2012, 8:35pm Top

I have a job!I have a job!I have a job!

May 22, 2012, 4:00pm Top

Hooray for the good news compski and polly!
I'm so sorry about your cat Chelsea. *hugs*

Good News: Birthday season ended on Sunday. Three (complex) cakes in three weeks. One took three days of prep work, the other two needed two days each to put together. But now it's all done, the cakes have been eaten (mostly), and I can collapse. *collapse*

May 25, 2012, 9:35am Top

JP, do you have pictures of this year's cakes?? They are always fantastic. :)

Compski, glad you got to ditch the crutches!

May 25, 2012, 11:36pm Top

You can find pictures on my blog or on my Pinterest page. I think you can get to my Pinterest page from FB. :o)

May 26, 2012, 10:10am Top

We are celebrating Missies eleventh birthday today. I haven't heard what her cake will be like. I do know her theme is purple

May 27, 2012, 5:12pm Top

BN: Got a most horrible haircut. My hair was getting longer and when I went in for my haircut she asked if 2 inches off would be okay. Sure, I can do 2 inches. She took off 6 inches. Thing is, this isn't the first time she's done this. I think it's time to find a new hairdresser. I can't fix it, and it looks horrible. I wanted to cry when I got home.

GN: Off to a Naturals baseball game.

May 27, 2012, 6:57pm Top

#247 -- Aw, I'm sorry to hear it! Usually when I tell a hairdresser 2 inches, they take off 1/2 an inch. I hope yours grows out quickly!

GN: I test-drove a car today, and I think it's the one I want -- the Honda Fit. Now I just need to get financing in order and find out which dealership will give me the best price.

May 27, 2012, 11:04pm Top

Honda Fit makes me think it has bike pedals or something so you can work out as you drive. :o)

I'm sorry about your haircut kirby. I know exactly how you feel! {{{hugs}}}

May 27, 2012, 11:28pm Top

$249 -- I know, right? If only buying one would actually make me more "fit," that would be perfect!

May 28, 2012, 8:26pm Top

Mandy has a Honda fit, she likes hers.

May 29, 2012, 9:52am Top

I LOVE my Honda Fit!!!

May 29, 2012, 2:28pm Top

I think I will love mine, too -- but I'm kind of hating car shopping. Of course, most of what I'm hating is the logistical problem of dealing with the insurance company and the old car, and how to get it changed to a salvage title (my uncle wants it for the parts) and what to drive in the time between when I change the title on the old car and when I get the new car, etc.

And I saw a car identical to my old one yesterday (except for the great big dent in the side, of course) and it made me sad. I knew that I was going to have to replace my car eventually, but I had thought I'd be driving it for a few more years yet.

May 30, 2012, 8:51pm Top

BN: My tomato plants have aphids, and I didn't recognize it until last night. My horticulture teacher would be so ashamed...

GN: I finally paid off all my medical bills this afternoon! Only took 15 months.

ON: I donated to two Kickstarter projects - Poverty Now (run by a good friend of mine) and Blueprints: The Future of Education. It's very easy to donate if you have an account with Amazon, and Jason is happy to accept donations as low as $1, if you can spare it. At the very least, please watch the video he's put together for this project.

May 30, 2012, 8:57pm Top

I love Kickstarter. I've donated to a couple of projects there.

Good news: I got an Early Reviewer book and it's one I was really hoping for!

May 30, 2012, 10:07pm Top

BN: I spent most of the evening waiting around for someone to return a phone call (part of the whole car-shopping experience). Tomorrow promises to be a barrel of laughs, too, what with dealing with a rental car, the title agency, and the insurance company.

GN: I saw fireflies this evening! They always make me smile.

May 31, 2012, 3:46am Top

I'd like to see zipcars become more commonplace. They could potentially replace ownership for people who don't really need a car, but have one because it's easier to own than to rent. That's my limited experience, anyway.

May 31, 2012, 9:37am Top

BN: My aunt-in-law/dear friend died Tuesday night in her sleep. I am still in shock and disbelief. Heading to NC tonight for the wakes this weekend.

GN: I got to know her and love her and for that I will always be grateful.

May 31, 2012, 11:34am Top

My condolences to you and your aunt-in-law's family, Mandy, but how wonderful you were able to know someone who touched your life so deeply!

Jun 1, 2012, 12:59pm Top

#258: I'm really sorry for your loss, Mandy. Hugs. Glad you got to meet such a wonderful person.

GN: I got my car's oil changed!
BN: I am broke.
GN: I will get some money next week!
GN/BN: My brother, sister-in-law and niece are going to China for two whole months, I'm really happy for them but I will really miss playing with my niece every day.
BN: My university is on a strike and they are only working 3 days a week.
GN: I have been taking advantage of the time and being doing some stuff, and I will be able to catch up with all the studying.

Jun 1, 2012, 3:13pm Top

My state certification has been finalized, so I can begin working as soon as I get a hold of my potential employer. I've e-mailed her, but no replies, yet, so I may need to just go to the office. I don't mind.

Jun 1, 2012, 6:51pm Top

GN: I just finished downloading my Hugo voter's packet. So much to read!!!!!

Jun 3, 2012, 10:57pm Top

#261: Congratulations Rozax! Crossing my fingers for you to get a job quickly!

#262: Woohoo! Congrats bib!

AMAZING NEWS: MY NIECE JUST TOOK HER FIRST STEPS!!!! PIANOOOO!!! For those of you who have me on facebook I just uploaded 2 videos of her walking!

Jun 3, 2012, 11:00pm Top

All right, everyone, say it with me...

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! :D How wonderful, Ron!

Jun 4, 2012, 12:35am Top

So cute, Ron! I loved the wavy arms to keep herself upright!

Jun 4, 2012, 1:08am Top

That's so exciting! My goddaughter is getting very close to walking on her own!

Jun 4, 2012, 6:53am Top

God save our gracious Queen... etc. etc.

I am drowining in bunting but having a great Jubilee weekend
Well, I'd best get onto my second batch of baking the hordes are getting hungry again!

Jun 4, 2012, 7:50am Top

BN: I don't have a car yet.
GN: I should have one within the next few days -- and it will be the color I want, and the best price I've found.
More GN: My review of Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It: False Apology Poems by Gail Carson Levine is showing up as a "Hot Review" on the homepage widget -- the first time one of my reviews has made "Hot Review" status!

Edited: Jun 4, 2012, 12:49pm Top

268 Yay! Good job on (knowing and) locating what you want. I know it is hard to be without your *ride*. A good friend of mine just went through the same stuff, but she was also searching for a new roommate and/or new home at the time. In addition, she was wearing a cast (broken fingers) and was still not driving herself to work when she bought the car. She is now settled in new location, decreased her commute and rent, and is ready for road trips in "new" car. Fingers are almost recovered and rehab is almost over.

Jun 4, 2012, 6:49pm Top

#269 -- Yeowch! That sounds like a miserable situation for your friend -- glad she's gotten through it. And thanks . . . I was feeling a little bit unreasonable, being picky about the color, but I decided that I am paying a lot of money for this, and will (I hope) have it for a long time, so I might as well get what I really want, and not settle for what's available just because I don't want to wait a few more days.

Jun 5, 2012, 9:13am Top

GN: Two of my favorite authors are doing book signings tomorrow.
GN: One is in the next town over from Mandy!
BN: I have a job and cannot get there.
GN: The other is in Philadelphia, practically the next town over from me!
BN: I don't have a car and to take public transportation there would take almost two hours and involve walking alone in an unfamiliar city.


Jun 5, 2012, 9:39am Top

#271: Nuts, bib! Similar things have happened to me before, so I understand the frustration.

BN: I have to have a surgical procedure done on my right leg this afternoon. It's the same thing I had done to my left leg in early May.
GN: It's outpatient, and should take care of issues I've been having. And if my left leg is a true indicator, the pain won't be too bad.
GN: I'll be out of work the next two days and will have lots of time to read and watch what I want!

Jun 5, 2012, 11:16am Top

#264 and #266: Thanks Eris and Rozax! Rozax I hope you are there when your goddaughter takes her first steps!

#265: I love that too, JP! We had pretty good laughs!

#268: Crossing my fingers for you to get your car quickly foggi!

#271: Boo that sucks bib...maybe some other time

#272: Glad you were able to have the surgery, grk, and yayy for the time to watch and read!!

Jun 5, 2012, 9:31pm Top

BN: I've got another sinus & ear infection. I'm on medicine now, so hopefully they pain will go away soon.
BN: Our fridge/freezer went out today. We shoved as much as we could in the deep freezer and more things in 2 ice chests. Our neighbor had room in one of their fridges, so we were able to put some in there too.
GN: I'm looking at CR for a new one right now.
BN: They're so expensive!

Jun 6, 2012, 8:41am Top

GN: Yesterday's procedure went very well! So far the pain is manageable and I slept well.

Jun 6, 2012, 9:12am Top

Good news: My son is in Italy! He's on a trip to Italy and Greece with his aunt. I was so nervous about it yesterday I could not even talk about it, but they got in fine and he used Skype to talk to us on his iPod, so we even got to see the view from his room!

Jun 6, 2012, 11:13pm Top

GN: I have a car! No pictures yet, but I will try and take some tomorrow. I'm so glad to have my own set of wheels again!

Jun 7, 2012, 7:39am Top

congrats foggi! I know how great it must feel!

Jun 7, 2012, 11:08am Top

Hooray, Foggi..Drive safely!
BN: Our microwave has passed away.
GN: We rent so the landlord will have to get a new one.

Jun 7, 2012, 6:20pm Top

RIP microwave

Jun 7, 2012, 6:31pm Top

I sometimes wonder if tonsil stones lead to colds and sore throats. Sometimes I notice that my throat feels better after their gone. At the current rate of science, though, we may never know.

Jun 7, 2012, 7:33pm Top

GN: New microwave will come tomorrow afternoon.

Jun 7, 2012, 7:41pm Top

Roxax, I don't have tonsils and I still get colds and sore throats

Jun 9, 2012, 12:13am Top

Congrats and hugs all around. For those of you graduating high school, please let us know where you will be going to college--that's definitely good news to share!

GN: Finally got brakes on car fixed after too much trauma to relate.

BN: Missed Jeopardy audition yesterday through epic failure on my part to find parking in train stations in time to get there.

GN: Enjoyed my two nights away in a room gotten very cheaply on Priceline.

BN: Got home to find I was out of milk, soda, and ketchup. Not sure how that happened: apparently it was that ubiquitous troublemaker, "Not Me."

GN: After many frogs, finally met a potential prince through online dating site.

Just News?: He seems to like me but I don't know if he wants a real relationship or just a casual thing. I go back and forth between being very happy and just kind of insane.

Jun 9, 2012, 9:47am Top

well Liz, just ask him?

Jun 10, 2012, 3:53pm Top

GN: We have people that want to rent our home. Hooray. We would have rather sold it, but this way our rent in IA is covered. Plus, we haven't had that many showings, just two or maybe three a month. Plus, the next door neighbors just dropped their price from $328,000 to $299,900 and orginially they listed at $348,000. Their house is the same as ours with just a few differences and we would have to have dropped ours significantly. This way, we have some time for the market to hopefully get better.

Jun 14, 2012, 7:39pm Top

#239 & 243 Thanks :)

#263 How exciting, Ron! I watched the videos, she's adorable. :)

#276 JP, what an awesome experience; I hope he enjoys the trip. And Skype is a great invention!

#284 GN: I'm going to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall!

GN/BN?: My summer is 3 1/2 months long. I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad thing yet.

Jun 14, 2012, 11:34pm Top

That is a perfect length. It's long enough for you to take a road trip east, visit NY, and still get back in time for school in the fall. :o)

Jun 15, 2012, 7:44pm Top

GN: Jeopardy is giving me another chance, next week: I'm taking a bus to NYC and making it one very long day. Should be interesting.

BN: Insanity continues over a man. Do I ever get so old I won't feel this way?

Jun 16, 2012, 6:52pm Top

men aren't worth it Liz! But to answer your question ....no!

Edited: Jun 23, 2012, 3:46pm Top

#289 -- I remember being a teenager, and looking forward to being an adult because they always seemed so calm and not overwhelmed by emotions, the way I sometimes felt. Heh. I've been an adult for a while now. Calm and collected all the time? Not so much.

Jun 24, 2012, 10:36am Top

We're getting ready to leave on our third leg of our journey to Washington. Yesterday was spent traveling to the airport, waiting at the airport, flying, waiting another reallllllly long time at another airport, and flying again. I'm glad we decided to spend the night at a hotel because I was toast. I don't think I could have sit and drove for another 2.5 hours.

Jun 26, 2012, 11:46am Top

Vacation nearly over and I'm exhausted. Two day train ride back home. Had a great time and will definitely be back (Boston)

Jun 26, 2012, 3:34pm Top

BN: One of my new sequoia saplings died, and I might have killed the other one.  It's still alive, for now, but we'll see how it's doing at the end of the day.  Yes, this sort of thing does easily upset me. :(

Jun 27, 2012, 11:32pm Top

The bad news is my dog Gregor has an urinary tract infection. The good news is it is not kidney stones, which it could have been based on his symptoms. He had been fidgety all evening and wanting to go out. When he was outside he kept lifting his leg every few steps. Luckily his vet was the one on call tonight! He checked Gregor out and hopefully we are on our way.

Jun 28, 2012, 11:26pm Top

Poor Gregor! Glad you got it taken care of quickly, and I hope he feels better soon.

I think I am going to continue this thread -- it's nearing 300 posts.

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