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OT: The Tea Room (& other stuffs) part two

This is a continuation of the topic OT: The Tea Room (& other stuffs).

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1chelonianmobile
Feb 24, 2012, 2:20pm Top

Per ZoeyEve's request!

Ugh, I have discovered that my bank thinks logging in from a different state should require asking multiple security questions, and I set them up so long ago that I genuinely cannot for the life of me remember the answer to one of them. Of course, I'm glad they do ask and I do understand why, but ARGH. I won't even be home for at least another week!

On the plus side, I've gotten to see relatives aged 22 months to 90 years, this portion of my trip has had some internet access available, and the plan to only bring books from my Belladonna1975 pile is turning out quite well so far!

2Belladonna1975
Feb 24, 2012, 3:25pm Top

1> I like the sound of that plan! I am glad that your trip is going well even with the frustrating bank thing!

3Mareofthesea
Feb 24, 2012, 3:34pm Top

1> I'm glad your vacation is going well, along with your reading.

I have two boxes of books to mail out this weekend, along with another package. We are also moving a family member 3 hours away, and because its spring break this past week ALL my family and friends are home and want to visit, which is fantastic. It's going to be a very busy weekend.

But, of course, after having a fantastically warm, dry winter so far, this is the one weekend where it is supposed to blizzard. 10-15cm of snow is forecast along with 60km/h winds. Figures. lol If I didn't have so many plans it would be a pj's, tea & books weekend. As it is, I'm wondering about my sanity for making as many plans as I have.

4macsbrains
Feb 24, 2012, 3:58pm Top

>1 chelonianmobile: I hate when the bank/vendor doesn't let you choose your own security questions because they usually give you ones that are subject to change, like "what's your favorite book?" or just totally ridiculous. There was one site, I forget which, where one of the security question options was, "If you could be any height, what height would you be?" Even if, for whatever reason, you had an answer to that question that you would remember in the first place, you'd also have to remember how you typed it. Was it 5 feet 8, five foot eight, 5'8", 5 feet eight inches? It's just asking for trouble. Who thought this question was a good idea?!

I also have the problem where I handle all of my boss's accounts for work, so I have to try to remember what he might have said once about his maternal grandmother's middle name (yes, one site had that as a non-alterable question). It gets to be unnecessarily crazy, like the time he called me up on a weekend to ask me what his maternal grandmother's middle name was...

5AnnieMod
Feb 24, 2012, 4:40pm Top

>1 chelonianmobile:

Hm - maybe you should call them and tell them that you are going to different states? When I was opening my account, there was a specific question if I travel in the States and abroad and so far had never had issues logging in from anywhere...

>4 macsbrains:

Yeah - some of those questions are weird sometimes :) And I hate sites where the answers are case sensitive - if it is name, fine to some extent. But Favorite food/drink/whatever?

6Heather19
Feb 25, 2012, 11:02pm Top

*sets out some yummy sugar cookies*

7rainbowgirl28
Feb 26, 2012, 6:36pm Top

We're in the middle of moving... with at least one more move in the near future, possibly several more. Having an 11-month-old makes it a lot harder.

Speaking of Eddie, he wanted to say hi to everyone and to let you all know he got his first hair cut last week.


8Heather19
Feb 26, 2012, 10:38pm Top

omg I totally love that car seat thing! That's so cute!

9AnnieMod
Feb 27, 2012, 2:04am Top

>7 rainbowgirl28:

Isn't he a cutie :)

10rainbowgirl28
Feb 27, 2012, 4:40pm Top

Yeah I had to go with a ridiculous kid's hair cutting place for his first haircut :)

11chelonianmobile
Feb 28, 2012, 12:00pm Top

Someone please tell me I'm not allowed to go to the Book Corner at the Free Library of Philadelphia. I already went to two bookstores yesterday and spent a stupid amount of money. Plus, it's two buses and about forty minutes of transport each way.

12Conachair
Feb 28, 2012, 12:38pm Top

No tea for me today, I just passed my last exam and need something stronger (hence the drunk posting :-))

In other news, I managed to walk into a bookstore today and bought only the university sweatshirt I had gone there for, left without a single book.

13chelonianmobile
Feb 28, 2012, 1:15pm Top

I managed to walk into a bookstore today ... left without a single book.

"The Force is strong with this one." :P

14readingwithtea
Feb 28, 2012, 3:23pm Top

The Force is very strong for Conachair!

Had to share a funny story: my husband is a PhD student, went to the university library to work, and fell asleep (standard - and I imagine annoying for other library users, as he snores). Woke up to find a phone number on a slip of paper tucked under his elbow.

Who hits on a guy who's ASLEEP in the library??

15Mareofthesea
Edited: Feb 28, 2012, 8:08pm Top

14: That's funny. But I've also discovered that the university library can be an amazing treasure trove of single men, especially around midterm/finals time. :)

The service I've been receiving at my local Chapters has left a lot to be desired over the past year or two. Today, again, I went hoping to find a whole list of books. Surprise, surprise they were once again showing as 'in store' with multiple copies, but nowhere on the shelves. However, unlike previous experiences, we had two wonderful ladies helping us out, hunting down the books, checking the back & returns, and basically running around the store in a vain attempt to find these multiple copies. What an amazing change considering the majority of the staff still run the other way when you attempt to make eye contact or ask for help. I *so* wish there were other local options.

16chelonianmobile
Feb 29, 2012, 3:14pm Top

Proving that I am capable of getting lost anywhere, it just took me over half an hour (in the rain) to get to the post office near my sister's apartment. It's maybe a quarter of a mile! It only took four minutes to get back.

Belladonna1975, you are going to enjoy those books OR ELSE. (Just kidding, I actually had several other things to mail.)

17Mareofthesea
Mar 5, 2012, 1:37pm Top

I'm just dropping in for some virtual chocolate. It's been one of those Mondays. I'm beginning to feel a bit like Garfield- always getting the pie in the face on Monday mornings!

18Sophie236
Mar 6, 2012, 11:11am Top

Marie, have as much virtual chocolate as you wish (it's calorie-free, after all) and hope it cheers you up that I posted off your angel books today via airmail!

19macsbrains
Edited: Mar 6, 2012, 4:35pm Top

All this chocolate!

At work, one of our new tenants is a chocolate store where they make their own ridiculously expensive handmade chocolates. Price aside, they will be the death of me, those raspberry bonbons...

20Mareofthesea
Mar 6, 2012, 4:50pm Top

Thanks Sophie! It's so nice to get those 'sent' notifications, they always cheer me up. I got home, had supper and a glass of wine and promptly fell asleep last night. Not the most productive of evenings, but it felt amazing!

21jjmcgaffey
Mar 6, 2012, 5:05pm Top

Sure it was productive - productive of relaxation and feeling-better-in-the-morning. These are valuable results!

22dkhiggin
Mar 6, 2012, 6:15pm Top

I am offering up fudge with Heath bits -- yours unfortunately is virtual, but mine isn't! Of course, that means my calories are real, too. :-(

I needed something to keep me going on the taxes. Gotta get 'em done early this year so I can go to South Dakota in April to visit my Dad. Yay!

23rainbowgirl28
Mar 7, 2012, 11:46pm Top

I finally have internet at home! We just moved. A former tenant told us they had DSL there. I didn't even think to see if cable was available, since our last place it was not.

So I sign us up for DSL and we move in. The next day, I can't find the pone jack anywhere! Turns out, they are remodeling the house, and it got taken out! But cable is available here now, so I went with that instead. Finally got it installed today! Updating Bookmooch from my cell phone was a pain!

24Mareofthesea
Mar 8, 2012, 5:55pm Top

23: Internet is a wonderful thing that I completely take advantage of when it is available. It's only when it's broken or missing that I realize just how much I love it.

(Our ISP at work decided to "upgrade" their IP addresses on Tues and deleted one of the ones we used on our server. It took 2 days of IT ppl to get everything running again. I'm still catching up.)

25skittles
Mar 14, 2012, 4:07pm Top

26Belladonna1975
Mar 14, 2012, 4:10pm Top

OMG! The Macarons!

27dkhiggin
Mar 15, 2012, 4:55pm Top

So very dainty!

28Mareofthesea
Mar 17, 2012, 9:33pm Top

I think everyone here has heard me mention over time that we have been doing renovations in our basement. It's taken about 6 months longer than expected, but by next weekend I should be starting to unpack my books and put them on my new bookcases! I'm hoping to have everything moved in by the end of the month, but I will be THRILLED to even begin getting my books out of the 50+ boxes I have spread out around the house. The only books in my entire collection that are not boxed up are the ones that are in my tbr pile, which is jammed onto one bookcase.

Sadly, I don't think that this project will be completed in whole by the end of the month, but at the very least, I'll have a good start at unpacking and sorting.

And back to painting... and painting... and painting... :)

29Heather19
Mar 17, 2012, 9:39pm Top

*noms them*

30macsbrains
Mar 18, 2012, 1:00am Top

>28 Mareofthesea: There are few joys equal to filling up brand new bookshelves. :)

31carod
Mar 24, 2012, 8:32pm Top

While a enjoyed the lovely walk in the sunshine (which we have had precious little of) the $60 it cost to mail the last batch of books reminds me why I have reduced my Bookmooch activity so severely. My spring break is coming to a close and I have to go back to work on Monday (sigh). I made some inroads on my TBR piles but I really think that life would be better if I didn't have all those hours of work interfering with my reading time. Having a lovely afternoon cup of tea and maybe a little chocolate to celebrate the (temporary) arrival of spring. Rain again next week.

32Bcteagirl
Mar 26, 2012, 12:43am Top

Oooo Skittles.. how did you know Macaroons are my weakness? How?? The green ones at the bottom are pistachio. They are also mine.

33ZoeyEve
Apr 9, 2012, 3:10pm Top

@ Carod; I am glad you had a walk in the sunshine. I am sorry that the Canadian Post office makes swapping books so unaffordable. I will join you for that cup of tea and totally get not working gives time to read. I am very blessed and thankful in this economy to have a job after being laid off my last company but I do miss those days of reading hours on end :)

i have a friend who is retired and now spends at least 6 hours a day reading. Her problem is she swaps books as quickly as she reads so there is no dent in her TBR pile this year :)

34rainbowgirl28
Apr 15, 2012, 11:14am Top

Want some cake?

35Heather19
Apr 15, 2012, 9:55pm Top

awwww so CUTE!

36Quaisior
Apr 27, 2012, 7:06pm Top

I had an appointment with an OB/GYN this week to get the best information I can regarding my health problems, medications, age, and my ability to get pregnant. It went okay, but now I have to see my specialist about my meds and see if the benefits outweigh the risks for both pregnancy in breastfeeding. I'm hoping that the spouse and I can start trying very soon.

37rainbowgirl28
Apr 27, 2012, 7:36pm Top

Good luck, I hope that goes well for you!

38Quaisior
Apr 28, 2012, 12:05am Top

37, Thank you! I'm getting really excited (and anxious).

39Heather19
Apr 28, 2012, 9:14pm Top

good luck!

40Mareofthesea
Apr 28, 2012, 11:16pm Top

38: Good luck!

I've spent the last week moving, organizing and sorting stuff out. It's far more work than I want to be doing, but it feels so good to get stuff done. If I'm not on here much in the next few weeks, it's because now that I've started this nightmare of a project, I want to finish it.

Le sigh.

41Quaisior
Apr 29, 2012, 7:14pm Top

Thank you, Heather and Mare. I'm also organizing and sorting stuff- and throwing lots of stuff away. I had tons of stuff stored at my Mom's and I've been avoiding going through it since she died, but I need to organize my basement and get stuff ready for a huge yard sale this summer. Oh, and I'm trying to clear out the former spare bedroom because my baby is going to need a room!

42skittles
May 2, 2012, 7:03am Top

More tea anyone?
scones? finger sandwiches?
sweets?



and there's more on the other table...

43Heather19
May 2, 2012, 8:13pm Top

*picks up some chocolate stuff*

I've been woe-ing about my ex lately. The ex from FIVE years ago, who broke my heart. I miss her. A lot.

44carod
May 2, 2012, 9:27pm Top

We had a fire at work and spent over an hour out on the field with all the children until we could get them picked up. I *so* need chocolate!

45Heather19
May 4, 2012, 9:18pm Top

*gives carod an assortment of chocolates* I hope everyone was okay!

46carod
May 5, 2012, 1:22pm Top

Seems to be a few people having the after effects of smoke ( I had a headache all day Thursday and developed a cough but not sure if that is smoke related or not). No other injuries and the children were all amazing! No major damage and the school opened as usual (if a little stinky) the next day. I'm more worried about the unhappy little boy who started this, and an earlier, fire.

47chelonianmobile
May 11, 2012, 9:58pm Top

CURRENTLY HYPERVENTILATING FROM SHEER JOY

Um so I finally managed to get my hands on a NON-Pinnacle books edition of this one Doctor Who episode novelization (I HATE PINNACLE I HATE THEM SO MUCH) and it's in amazing condition for something from the 70s and I opened it up to check something and . . . it's autographed by Tom Baker.

The only sad thing is that the likelihood of this particular book being given up for any other reason than the owner having died is pretty slim. :(

48Belladonna1975
May 12, 2012, 1:09am Top

47! *thud*

49macsbrains
May 12, 2012, 1:12am Top

>47 chelonianmobile: Sad, maybe, but I prefer to think of how the book has found its way into another loving home. It's a cause for celebration! Yay, happy book adoption! :)

50chelonianmobile
May 12, 2012, 1:51am Top

>48 Belladonna1975: I KNOW, RIGHT?

>49 macsbrains: As I have occasionally pondered what I would write in my will re: my Doctor Who books, I do feel a little glow of happiness at carrying on the Whovian tradition. Many thanks, unknown Becky to whom the book is inscribed.

The package also contained three other episode novelizations that I didn't have (!!!) and the first two Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane omnibuses (aka the entire McKeever run) and pretty much it was just a little box of joy from Powell's.

51carod
May 12, 2012, 12:55pm Top

>50 chelonianmobile: I am heading down to Vancouver WA/Portland OR this summer for a few days and am scheduling a long afternoon at Powell's as part of my trip. I will be constrained by how many books I can carry home (I am taking the train) unless I mail some to myself? hmmm

52Mareofthesea
May 12, 2012, 1:10pm Top

51: The last time I was in the states, I mailed home two large flat-rate boxes of books. I say go for it!

53ZoeyEve
May 12, 2012, 11:05pm Top

>51 carod: and it US to Canada postage which is usually pretty affordable. I say go for it :) and enjoy your vacation this summer. I hope the days are full of sunshine and I don't mean the liquid sunshine type :)

54Bcteagirl
Jul 8, 2012, 3:02pm Top

wohoo we finally have some sun here!! Time to drink iced tea and read on the balcony :)

55Heather19
Jul 8, 2012, 3:22pm Top

*gives Bcteagirl ALL THE SUN*

It's been 110+ degrees lately. I hate the sun right now.

In other news, I've been struggling with money issues, trying to scrape together an extra $500 to go to a concert in August. Making only juuust enough to pay bills, it doesn't look like it will happen.... But I'm trying.

How IS everyone??

56Bcteagirl
Jul 8, 2012, 3:35pm Top

Low on funds, but enjoying the summer. Took over 80%of the derlict gardens at my apt. building, planted almost enough potatoes and onions to get through the winter. Radishes and lettuce slowly coming in (Planted them last). Working on reading mount TBR mostly from the bottom :P

57carod
Jul 8, 2012, 5:03pm Top

Happy to have sun now as well. I have started my summer off sick. Finally went to the clinic and got antibiotics and an inhaler. I am hoping to be feeling better soon so I can enjoy the arrival of summer! Reading lots. One of my projects for this week is to go through the TBR mountains (which toppled over recently) and wean out a few to post on Bookmooch or take to the used book store.

58Bcteagirl
Jul 8, 2012, 5:42pm Top

Sorry to hear you are sick! I hope you recover quickly. :)

I have been weaning a few books out as well. Sort of a freeing feeling when you allow yourself to skip some books :P

59Heather19
Jul 9, 2012, 8:34pm Top

Feel better soon carod!

*curls up in the Tea Room and hides from Real Life* So I'm talking to my ex through Facebook. The ex I haven't talked to since we broke up 4 years ago. The ex who a part of me still very much loves. Why did I think it was a good idea to contact her??

60Quaisior
Jul 9, 2012, 11:06pm Top

I'm also going through my books and getting rid of stuff I don't think I will read. Plus, I'm clearing my whole house of clutter.

In other news, I'm finally trying for a baby and may already be pregnant. Woo!

61dkhiggin
Jul 9, 2012, 11:33pm Top

Congratulations, Quaisor! Babies are so wonderful. And even when they're full-grown, they are still your babies...

62Quaisior
Jul 10, 2012, 4:55pm Top

Thank you, I won't know for sure for a few weeks yet and then I'll have to go for tons of tests because of my age and my health.

63dkhiggin
Jul 10, 2012, 6:18pm Top

Wishing you the best of luck then! {{Hugs}}

64Bcteagirl
Jul 10, 2012, 6:56pm Top

*Crosses fingers* Hope it is great news! :)

65rainbowgirl28
Jul 11, 2012, 2:39am Top

Good luck Quaisior!

66Heather19
Jul 11, 2012, 6:56pm Top

Good luck Quaisior!

67Quaisior
Jul 15, 2012, 2:28pm Top

Thanks everyone, I'm not pregnant yet, but I'll apply the good wishes for the months ahead. ;-)

68carod
Jul 19, 2012, 3:20pm Top

Okay, where's the chocolate?? I have had the most frustrating couple of days. I discovered this year that although I thought I was Canadian I am, apparently, also American and although I have lived in Canada and payed Canadian taxes all my life I have to file American income tax forms and declare all my bank accounts and RRSPs (including giving my bank addresses, account numbers and account balances). I have been wrestling with incomprehensible forms, trying to track down 5 years worth of financial records and dealing with computer incompatibilities and printer issues. And of course, as a tax paying Canadian, I don't owe the IRS anything, nor will I ever owe the IRS anything. So some IRS employee is going to have to wade through all this paperwork (at the U.S. taxpayer's expense). Multiply that by the millions of us Canadians in the same boat and does this make any sense???

Okay rant over. Now for something cold, frothy and chocolaty...

69Sophie236
Jul 20, 2012, 5:03am Top

Ouch - what a nightmare! Hope it gets sorted out eventually ... :-)

70carod
Jul 20, 2012, 2:20pm Top

>69 Sophie236: thanks Sophie. Getting the forms in the mail ($7.40) helped as did the mocha frappuccino I made myself. Until next year anyway.

71readingwithtea
Jul 21, 2012, 3:40am Top

>carod - that sounds AWFUL. All I can say is good luck. Official financial forms are the worst (and I say that as an accountant...)

72dudes22
Jul 25, 2012, 12:19pm Top

Awful week at work -lots of termoil this week. Twice I tried to sign in to LT with my username and password from work. Probably going to continue for a few weeks too. Brought in 2 bags of chocloates to share with co-workers; this is so going to be a chocolate week.

73Mareofthesea
Jul 25, 2012, 3:14pm Top

72: Ugh. Here too. I'm sitting here thinking that a psychologist would have a field day with this office. There is SO much unnecessary drama going on. It makes me so very tired.

74carod
Aug 2, 2012, 3:32pm Top

After a wonderful trip to Portland and Powell's books (in which I found some wishlisted books as well as some new finds, and spent a lovely afternoon) I came home to discover I had accidentally bought the 3rd book of the trilogy that I have been trying to complete for years rather than the 2nd book which is the one I am missing. Darn. One of the reasons I am trying to update my wishlist on Bookmooch. I need a usable copy to take with me to used bookstores and thrift stores. Then yesterday my Mom phoned and said that my Dad was visiting and wanted to go to some thrift stores in town and she wasn't willing to take him (he's not allowed to drive anymore due to vision problems). So, dutiful daughter that I am, I put down the book I was enjoying (sigh) and bestirred myself to pick him and and take him to the thrift stores. I found 3 wishlisted books including the 2nd book from the aforementioned trilogy in almost new condition! Karma in action;) *happy dance*

75jjmcgaffey
Aug 2, 2012, 3:41pm Top

Excellent! Congratulations.

76carod
Aug 3, 2012, 9:00pm Top

I discovered today that yet another of my favourite used bookstores has closed. That's 2 more in the last couple of months. It's so sad that independent booksellers can't seem to make a go of it anymore.

77Heather19
Sep 7, 2012, 6:02pm Top

*bump!*

Hi everyone! Just thought I'd say hi since I haven't been around lately. Hope you all are doing well!

I'm still struggling with my bipolar, the medication changes don't seem to be helping yet and I've been having a LOT of "hate the world" days.

78carod
Sep 7, 2012, 8:17pm Top

Thanks for checking in Heather. I hope the medication starts working out better for you soon.

I'm exhausted. First week with my new responsibilities at school. I think I will enjoy the classes I will be working with, but I feel torn in that resources are strained and there are 3 or 4 other students who I know need more help and there is no extra time for them.

79carod
Oct 2, 2012, 1:18am Top

Well it certainly is quiet around here. Perhaps a shortage of chocolate?

80macsbrains
Oct 2, 2012, 9:59pm Top

Um... well, I certainly didn't go into the chocolate store around the corner today to buy a bag of handmade dark chocolate almond toffee, nosiree, and I certainly didn't do that instead of having a real lunch... What? chocolate is a food group, didn't you hear? On the new food pyramid. It's right there above ice cream and peanut butter.

81Heather19
Oct 3, 2012, 6:35pm Top

Peanut butter is a food group now?! *nomnomnomnoms*

We have unmade brownie mix that really should be made. Like, soon.

82macsbrains
Oct 3, 2012, 10:15pm Top

Peanut butter is most definitely a food group in my world!

When I was a kid, on some of those lazy summer days I would sometimes just sit on the couch with a spoon and a jar of peanut butter and savor the spoonfuls while I watched cartoons. Nowadays I use a bowl and mix a tablespoon or two of fruit preserves into it before putting it in the microwave. Every time I am astonished anew at how divinely delicious it is. Every time. Totally astonished.

There are some young girls at my dance school who are allergic to peanuts and always ask me what it tastes like and I don't know how to describe it to them. (It comes up often because I have to remember to not have any in my possession the days they are there which usually means I am frantically consuming my supply as I walk through the door)

83Heather19
Oct 4, 2012, 6:43pm Top

I'm on a chocolate milk kick right now. I have to have a big cup of chocolate milk in the morning to take my pills with, and then another big cup after work, and then usually another cup later in the evening. .... We are buying 3 gallon-jugs at a time, now. lol

*leaves hugs!*

84cdnbookworm
Edited: Oct 5, 2012, 12:11am Top

macsbrains I've often felt that peanut butter tastes a lot like toasted sesame seeds...if they've ever had a sesame spread (which I hear they make) it should taste a bit like that. I love toasted sesame seed bagles just because it tastes like peanut butter without having it. Most schools are now nut free so I've given up peanut butter during the school year.

85rainbowgirl28
Oct 5, 2012, 7:45pm Top

Eddie has an announcement...

86Heather19
Oct 5, 2012, 8:37pm Top

WOOOT! Congrats, rainbowgirl!!

87carod
Oct 5, 2012, 9:55pm Top

And I am sure Eddie will be a great big brother!

88Quaisior
Oct 8, 2012, 4:35pm Top

Congrats Rainbowgirl! (BTW, I'm currently waiting a few days to take a pregnancy test of my own).

89Sophie236
Oct 9, 2012, 3:19am Top

Congratulations!

90rainbowgirl28
Oct 12, 2012, 11:07am Top

Thanks everyone, and good luck Quaisior!

91macsbrains
Edited: Oct 12, 2012, 8:52pm Top

I met Peter S. Beagle at New York Comic Con today! and had a complete and total fangasm of epic proportions! Asdfjkl; I was grinning like an idiot, but he was so nice and didn't seem to mind. He signed a bunch of my books that I brought from home and I bought the remaining few that I was missing, then we chatted a little bit about his work and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (because of my Buffy bag). He is a Spike fan, wouldn't you know?

I missed him last year because he was in the Artist's Alley which I usually don't go to, so I made sure to check again this year. I'm also going to try to see Catherynne M. Valente at a bookstore downtown later this month and go fangirl at her to sign my books.

asdfjkl;asdfjkl;asdfjkl;asdfjkl; FANGIRLING


That is the first day freebies haul. (Well, mostly freebies. Three books & 1 DVD were bought, and there are 3 doubles in there which my partner nabbed for my sister.) The little pile on the side is sampler chapters.

92Heather19
Oct 31, 2012, 7:50pm Top

Just kinda need to rant and update about stuff.

Yesterday my (stupididiot) doctor added Antisocial Personality Disorder to my list of diagnoses. I have since looked it up online, and according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, I definitely do NOT meet the criteria for that diagnosis (http://www.macalester.edu/academics/psychology/whathap/ubnrp/serialkillers/dsm_a...). I have been very upset about this, because it makes me sound like a totally different person then who I am. I will be fighting this.

In other news: *puts out a big bowl of assorted chocolates* Halloween! Yay!

93melonbrawl
Nov 1, 2012, 4:17pm Top

Heather, wow, what a diagnosis to be socked with. Good for you for fighting it, and I wish you strength!

And thank you for the Halloween candy. *chomp chomp*

94rainbowgirl28
Dec 21, 2012, 11:50am Top

I have had some pretty epic experiences at the post office lately! I posted them to the PaperBackSwap forums, sometime when I am a little less busy I will have to post here.

I miss my old single employee PO. It's so much easier dealing with one person that knows you. Because we're moving so much, I share a PO Box with my mom at a large busy post office. The clerks there just plain suck, for the most part. Some are rude and some just have a poor grasp of USPS regulations. They have an APC and a package window, so I rarely need to go to the counter, thank goodness, but sometimes the APC breaks...

95dudes22
Dec 21, 2012, 3:30pm Top

That's too bad. And they wonder why no one wants to use them? I have 2 POs to choose from about equidistant from where i live and the people at each are pretty nice even if they are busy.

96Heather19
Jan 3, 2013, 4:46pm Top

Hello everyone. *hugs all around* *also gives chocolates all around*

http://bookmooch.com/m/bio/heather19

The bold part at the top, does it sound alright? It doesn't come out sounding too... whiny or excuse-y, does it? It's true, but I don't want it to sound like I'm just noting it as an excuse....

97jjmcgaffey
Edited: Jan 3, 2013, 5:51pm Top

Sounds good to me - very straightforward. You will, of course, get at least one person cancelling because you took too long... funny how a website (theoretically) full of readers gets so many who don't read the stuff in red on the mooch page!

98Bcteagirl
Edited: Apr 13, 2013, 11:27pm Top

Hope this year is going better for you Heather!

And I hope Eddie likes being a big brother!

Yeegs I am behind.

Break out the tea and goodies though! Mint Nanimo bars anybody? I just this Friday submitted a final version of my thesis, and they are finding an external examiner for my PhD defense!! (Hence my being AWOL for half a year).

Am also in the process of pairing down books for moving (*sigh*). I have come to the conclusion that there were still be far to many books, no matter where I end up going.

99rainbowgirl28
Apr 15, 2013, 3:09am Top

Oh yes, this happened:


Her name is Linnea.

100wester
Apr 15, 2013, 4:50am Top

Awww... such a cutie!

101carod
Apr 15, 2013, 10:49am Top

beautiful;)

102Bcteagirl
Apr 15, 2013, 11:03pm Top

Stunning little girl! :)

103Heather19
Apr 20, 2013, 3:24pm Top

Awwww she's adorable! And I love the name.
*giggles over "this happened"*

I'm doing amazingly better. Like, haven't been this stable with my depression in *years* type of better. Anxiety is still a bit of a problem, but not so I can't handle it.

I would love to be able to say something like "and I met the love of my life!" but... nope. lol However, I am in the middle of writing a novel (for Camp NaNoWriMo) where the MC mets the love of *her* life, and the MC is really a barely-disguised me, so... Meh.

I miss you guys!! I miss BookMooch in general, I've gotten one mooch request in the last three months. *sigh*

104dudes22
Apr 22, 2013, 7:02am Top

Except for a few books that I posted here first, I haven't had any in a long time either. But on the other hand, my inventory is low and I haven't been adding books I know would be mooched because I want to reduce the points I have. It's space that is my big problem. So I've only been mooching sporadically too.

105skittles
May 5, 2013, 3:27pm Top

Recommended book:

Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant.

and, yes, I needed the book recently.

HRH went to Cat Heaven, peacefully and knowing he was loved.

106dkhiggin
May 5, 2013, 4:02pm Top

Awwww...sorry to hear that skittles. {{hugs}}

107Heather19
May 5, 2013, 4:34pm Top

*sends tons of hugs to skittles!*

108skittles
May 5, 2013, 8:39pm Top

Thank you so much!!

Your words and hugs are much appreciated.

109Heather19
Dec 20, 2013, 2:03am Top

*resurrects an old dead thread 'cause in need of BM-friends support*

*waves* I still log on to BM at least once a week, but my inventory hasn't moved in forever. I think I've gotten 1 wishlist hit in the past 6 months. I miss you guys, though, and remember how you were all so good to me when I was having hard times.

Well, I've been on a medical leave from work for over 2 months (I'm very stubborn about maintaining an "emergency savings", *only* way we've gotten by). My depression is so low it's difficult to do anything at all... I've described it as feeling like a robot. Nothing keeps my interest. I'm self-harming a lot more often, and worse, and have had 3 days over the past month where I had suicidal thoughts. Meds are being changed around... I have other friends online and such, but I'm sorta at a point where I feel like I need all the support I can possibly get, and you guys are so sweet and kind...

/emotional ramble

110jjmcgaffey
Dec 20, 2013, 2:41am Top

Heather, do you read Hyperbole and a Half? She writes a blog with cartoons (and has a book just out). She also suffers from depression, and has blogged about it - the clearest representation of what it feels like from the inside I've ever seen. It sounds very much like what you just wrote.

I don't know if it would be helpful to see what someone else went through - and got through - or if it would make things worse. That's your call. But I've found that just knowing I wasn't unique in feeling/experiencing something often makes it much easier to handle.

111dkhiggin
Dec 20, 2013, 11:35am Top

Major {{hugs}} to Heather. Hope things get better...

112Quaisior
Dec 20, 2013, 8:39pm Top

Hugs Heather. I too recommend Hyperbole and a Half. I just read the book recently and it helped me deal with a lot of the emotional crap I've been going through this year (miscarriage, another family death in December, infertility, I could go on and on). Like jjmcgaffey said, for me, it helps to know I'm not alone, plus many of the blog entries and the sections of the book are hilarious so maybe they can make you laugh (although I know how hard that is during a major depressive phase). I hope you find something that comforts you.

113Heather19
Dec 22, 2013, 2:51am Top

Ironic two people mentioned Hyperbole and a Half, I've been following that blog *forever* and have the depression entries bookmarked. Also ordered the book for Christmas.

*HUGS Quaisior!* That's a lot to go through in one year!

114Quaisior
Dec 23, 2013, 12:07pm Top

:) Yay for more Hyperbole and a Half fans.

Thanks Heather. I'm trying to hang in there, but years like 2010/11 and 2013 make it really difficult. I hope 2014 is better.

115carod
Dec 24, 2013, 5:33pm Top

*puts out a plate of virtual shortbread* I hope everyone has a peaceful holiday season, whatever you celebrate;) and many wonderful books to read.

116dkhiggin
Dec 25, 2013, 12:06am Top

We need to pass around a virtual box of Godiva chocolates, don't we? I'll start...mmmmm...raspberry creme!

117rainbowgirl28
Dec 25, 2013, 12:22am Top

*hugs* Heather. I hope you turn the corner soon and that each day is a little better than the last.

118carod
Jan 1, 1:47pm Top

Happy New Year everyone with many happy hours curled up with a good book. New Years Resolution: Two books out for every one book in! I've got to get control of the TBR.

119dkhiggin
Jan 1, 2:05pm Top

Good luck with that, carod! I would make the same resolution, but I know I'll never manage to keep it!

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