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Edited: Jun 28, 2012, 11:28pm Top

GN: A fresh new thread to post our news in!

BN: It's empty so far . . . want to help fill it up?

Jun 29, 2012, 12:39am Top

GN: There's a new thread!!

(I'm just saying this so I can keep track of it easily . . .)

Jun 29, 2012, 3:01am Top

2: Sounds logical to me.

BN:  I plucked a cucumber from my garden before it was ready, and it tasted horrible.
GN:  When people give me grief for my cucumbers being too big, I can tell them to stick THAT feather in their cap!

Jun 29, 2012, 7:55am Top

We are having trouble keeping people at work. Our new cook served lunch the first day and quit. Teachers work a week or so and quit. Or get fired. One was accused of hitting a kid in the school age room. I don't know what really happened. Its a hard place to work since most of the kids and some of the teachers are from the ghetto. I have to watch myself since I'm in the minority and therefore suspicious. One mother came in and said her son told her "the other teacher hit him" She assumed it was me until the director told her I wasn't at work the day before. The child is a toddler so who knows?

Jun 29, 2012, 10:39am Top

Oh, Polly, that sounds like a difficult work environment. {{hugs}}

GN: I'm getting an ER book! Last month I got Larry Tye's biography of Superman, this month I'm getting a picture book about one of Batman's creators, Bill the Wonder Boy! I sense a pattern...

Jun 30, 2012, 11:52am Top

GN: I'm still alive!

BN: I'm still not ginger.

There, now I won't lose this thread.

Jun 30, 2012, 5:58pm Top

Jul 1, 2012, 7:20pm Top

I sick! Some sort of sotmach thing that leaves you totally wiped out!

Jul 1, 2012, 9:34pm Top

GN: After two sweltering days, my apartment has electricity again! Air conditioning! Lights! Internet access! I am so excited.

BN: The air conditioner is still fighting to bring the temps back down to a comfortable level.

Jul 2, 2012, 9:27am Top

GN: I am visiting Mutombu and Kasongo this weekend!!!

GN: we have a new fence!!

BN: I'll be working on the 4th :(

Jul 5, 2012, 8:46pm Top

GN: After two weeks (that's right, TWO WEEKS!) I'm cautiously optimistic that our computers at work are fixed. We've had no access to the internet, Outlook or our documents on the server.

Jul 6, 2012, 3:56pm Top

GN: Mandy is in Iowa with us!

Jul 6, 2012, 9:28pm Top

Hi All-

Just want to register this thread; although a long time LT'r , I'm a newbie on this one!

Edited: Jul 7, 2012, 3:24am Top

GN: chg1 is here!

Jul 7, 2012, 9:01am Top

GN- Thankx Roz!!!!

Jul 9, 2012, 6:19pm Top

We went to Captain James T Kirk's future birthplace in Riverside, IA. We drove by it the first time, and missed it. The museum wasn't open today, only the weekends, but it was fun.

Edited: Jul 9, 2012, 7:35pm Top

Since he hasn't been born yet, I'm surprised that they had the foresight to build a museum!
(These time loops are confusing...)

Jul 9, 2012, 7:57pm Top

Bad News: Yesterday our shower head fell off its bracket and hit my son in the face. It took seven stitches to close up the gash on his cheek. We got home from the emergency room at 4am.

Good News: He's feeling better and the doctor did a good job stitching him up, so hopefully there won't be a lot of scarring. Now I need to get a new shower head. I don't think I'm going to get another handheld style.

Jul 11, 2012, 2:49pm Top

Remember my post (4) Now I was let go because of parent complaints. No more Ghetto daycares for me. When they let Ghetto parents tell them what to do...such as letting a child go without diaper or underpants, just regular pants, so he'll get the idea of potty training...????? what? Say it again? Or things like " I let him hit other kids so he'll learn to defend himself so don't stop him" Again...what? Oh its raining so I won't walk down to pick up my child, can you bring him home please?" say what? NO!

Jul 11, 2012, 5:07pm Top

#19 - Polly, I'm sorry for you that you've been let go, but it sort of sounds like a blessing in disguise. Hopefully you'll find something new soon!!

BN: We have two ceiling fans that have stopped working during one of the hottest summers on record. We also have two sinks that won't drain well and a drippy tub faucet.

GN: I have a buddy from high school who is licensed as both an electrician and plumber to whom I can give some business!

BN: We apparently need lots of parts to fix said problems, so he'll be back tomorrow morning. Oh well, at least they are getting fixed!

Jul 11, 2012, 9:12pm Top

GN:  One of my best friends just ended an abusive relationship!

Jul 12, 2012, 9:14am Top

Congrats to your friend!

also: how do you do those moving icons? I'm HTML illiterate but have starred that thread in this forum.

Jul 12, 2012, 2:23pm Top

22:  Same way you post normal images :)
<img src="http://e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w00t.gif">
I grabbed it from here: http://comments.deviantart.com/emoticons

Jul 12, 2012, 3:52pm Top

Hi Everyone!!

I have been away from LT for an impossibly long time (BN) but it's because of all sorts of crazy but good things going on in my life. We bought a house so I will hopefully be moving in the next week and baby is due in just under three weeks. Hopefully s/he won't arrive too early as it would be delightful to get settled in the new place before welcoming the new family member but whenever s/he arrives we'll of course be thrilled!

I can't promise I'll be around much in the next few months but I'll try to pop in occasionally and at least keep track of this thread.


Jul 12, 2012, 3:55pm Top

Sounds like life is treating you well, elba! Awesome!!

GN: We have working fans and sinks that drain! All took longer than I anticipated, and likely will be more expensive than anticipated, but ultimately worth the time and money.

Edited: Jul 12, 2012, 5:14pm Top

BN:  The job I've been with for about month is not a good fit for me.
GN:  I have an orientation for a position at a bookstore on Monday!

Jul 14, 2012, 4:15pm Top

Congratulations, el! Hopefully baby gives you time to get set up. :)

Jul 17, 2012, 11:59pm Top

#24 El, congratulations on the new house and soon-to-be-here baby :)

#18 JP, ouch! I hope his cut has healed up.

Which reminds me...BN: On Thursday I slipped in the shower (not quite sure how I managed that) and hit my derriere and neck on the facet. It was pretty painful but now my neck is only a little sensitive to touch. Who knew showers could be so dangerous? ;)

GN: I went to the beach with a good friend and her family on Sunday. I've missed the ocean.

BN: The sunscreen ran out and we got sunburned. :(

GN: I'm taking a trip to SLO from the 22-25 to go to my orientation!

Jul 18, 2012, 9:50am Top

#28: Thanks Chelsea. He's doing better since the stitches were removed. The shower is a dangerous place. You would not believe the stories I've heard since my son's accident!

Jul 18, 2012, 12:17pm Top

#28: I am glad you're ok, Chels...all in all

BN: My sister's mother-in-law passed away, she had some health complications and was in the hospital since yesterday, may she rest in peace.

Jul 18, 2012, 1:04pm Top

I'm sorry for your sister and her family Ron

I must get a shower mat

Jul 19, 2012, 11:58pm Top

Checking in: Back from WA (that was an ordeal) and getting ready to teach Summer School on Monday. Hoping I'll get everything ready in time. I've been working very hard.

Jul 23, 2012, 9:12pm Top

GN:  Meeting with the choir next Sunday!  We're taking a seasonal break, and it's driving me crazy, so this shindig is a welcome reprieve.

MORE GN:  I found a copy of my middle school saxophone book on Amazon, and I'll begin some serious practicing as soon as that arrives.  Online resources are great, but I'd like to have a solid, familiar guide for my reboot.  I regret ever having to stop playing the instrument.

32:  I hope everything is going well for you!

Jul 23, 2012, 9:23pm Top

Why did you stop playing the sax?
Congrats on taking it up again!
I tried the trumpet a LONG, LONG time ago but was too impatient and easily frustrated and discouraged...

Edited: Jul 25, 2012, 3:12pm Top

I had a time conflict in high school, so I had to choose between choir and the saxophone.  I was good at it, and I really enjoyed it, but I didn't like the band teacher, so I went with choir and my parents never supplemented my lack of saxophone.  I think I'd have to be down to my last penny before I require my children to make that sort of decision.

Jul 25, 2012, 7:53pm Top

Well... hopefully you'll never be down to your last penny!!!

Jul 26, 2012, 8:02am Top

I went to the state fair yesterday with the grands,we had so much fun. Now we've all got a bit of sunburn where the sunscreen didn't reach and I've got a blister on my foot the size of a half dollar. But boy was it fun!

Jul 29, 2012, 9:25pm Top

BN: I'm feeling generally grumbly and grumpy about a number of little things. For instance, my air conditioner is out of order again/still, and though I have a small portable one in my bedroom, it does make me feel a bit confined to spend so much time in here. Also, I tried a new recipe for supper, and while it was edible, I would not consider it exactly a success. And (unrelated to the mostly-edible dinner) I have had a mildly upset stomach all afternoon.

I suppose the good news is, "This, too, shall pass," as my mother likes to say. Also, I just took a pan of brownies out of the oven.

Jul 30, 2012, 11:11am Top

#38 - Hang in there, foggi! I've had a mildly upset stomach this morning, so there might be something going around. (And yes, I realize we don't live that close, but a lot of your fellow citizens travel through my city (and state) on their summer vacations, so it could spread!)

BN: See above about stomach. Also, we have black water running through our pipes in the library this morning, so I've not had any water for the past hour. I'm about to suck it up and go buy water, which I detest doing.
H(umbling)N: I can afford to go buy water, and have ready access to clean drinking water. Far, far too many people around the world have to drink and use dirty water daily. Kind of puts it all in perspective.

Edited: Aug 1, 2012, 3:04pm Top

BN: Hogwarts Express has dropped off the "active talk" list again. Worse, several regular posters seem to be MIA. Is the group fading out . . . or will our activity level pick up again in the fall?

Aug 1, 2012, 3:03pm Top

#40: We have that group read of The Hobbit with the Green Dragon coming up next month and then the release of the first movie. That might spark things up. Summer's also probably pretty busy for most people. Not me, but most people. :)

Aug 2, 2012, 10:18am Top

#40: Hopefully it's just a summer lull. But I have noticed some folks MIA...hope all is well and they'll return.

Aug 2, 2012, 6:34pm Top

BN: The gastroenterologist thinks I have ulcerative colitis.
GN: I don't have the symptoms. It was spotted during my colonoscopy. Confusing to the doctor.
BN: I get to have another colonoscopy next year.
I don't have interesting posts which is why I don't post much, but I read a lot of them, and smile a lot. Chuckle, too.

Aug 2, 2012, 7:42pm Top

Foggi, I don't think that the group is fading out. No matter what, we always come back from time to time. We just need to post more and more and more. I mean FB status style. Post absolutely everything! When you scratched, where you scratched, for how long and the fingers you used!!! We just need to go back to the way it used to be. Lets talk about what meals we are having... what we are wearing... the most ridiculous thing you saw today... We just need to talk more.

Like for example, maybe you guys can help me with a humdrum conundrum I'm experiencing right now. I need advice and I need help making a choice, something I really really suck at. Even at restaurants I take FOREVER to order because I can never choose.

Should we start a new thread where we post things that we are uncertain about and other LTers help us choose the best option or give us advice? Let me know, or someone else start it. We can call it something like "Dear LT..." or heeeeey! Humdrum Conundrum!! And then, when the person makes a decision we can post something like SOLVED or STUMPED if they are still unable to make a choice.

Aug 2, 2012, 7:46pm Top

#44: Remember to breathe, suge!! I read that in a hyperactive girl's voice :P...

Aug 2, 2012, 7:49pm Top

I am at your service, Suge, ready to offer advice! *salutes*

Aug 2, 2012, 8:01pm Top

Ha ha ha! It does read like that!

46--> Thanks! Here goes! I'm starting a thread... Don't say I didn't warn you!

Aug 2, 2012, 10:56pm Top

*Looks at the list of threads* Hmmm...
So where did you stick this new thread? In the Room of Requirement?

Aug 2, 2012, 11:31pm Top

It's wearing the Invisibility Cloak.

Aug 2, 2012, 11:43pm Top

Oh, ha ha! That's my ADD acting up!

Edited: Aug 3, 2012, 2:15am Top

#43: I hope it all turns out to be nothing, Kasongo!

Aug 3, 2012, 11:17pm Top

Hi all -- I'm a newbie to this group. Just wanted to say hello!

Aug 3, 2012, 11:40pm Top

Welcome, Tina!

Aug 4, 2012, 9:09am Top

#52: Welcome Tina!

Before I get into my news, a little background. I'm continually trying to find the best way to organize things in my small apartment. A couple weeks ago, I placed an order for some things (not my first choice, but what I could afford at the time) to organize my large dvd/blu-ray collection. The projected delivery was the weekend so I gave my home address. Of course, everything came early and they decided not to try delivering on the weekend. I don't have a way to get to FedEx to pick it up, so I ended up having to let it all go back. Just as well because:
GN: Now I can afford my first choice (I got a little raise!)
GN: I placed the order last Tues. and have been watching the tracking information closely.
GN: It's out for delivery today!
BN: I gave them my work address because this time they very definitely said "business days" in the estimated date of arrival.
GN: I live close enough to my office to go there and wait.
BN: I have no idea when they might show up and I have other things I have to do this morning.
GN: I have a plan. I will do my errands and then bring a book over to the office and wait. On weekdays deliveries usually come between 1-3.
BN: It's crazy hot, but it will be better to sit outside than go in to wait in this case.

Aug 4, 2012, 11:09am Top

Thanks for the welcomes!

#54 - hope your stuff gets there soon and you're not melting in the meantime!

Aug 4, 2012, 12:25pm Top

GN: The Best Case Scenario happened! In fact, it was so best-case, that I hadn't even thought of it as a possibility. I arrived at the office and there was no "sorry we missed you" sticky note on the door, so I headed inside to grab a water before going outside to wait. When I got inside though, there it was! I guess someone from the church that owns the building must have been there and signed for it! So, no waiting and I got to head straight home to my AC and lunch!

Aug 4, 2012, 12:49pm Top

alright bib! good for you!

Aug 6, 2012, 1:02pm Top

BN: I've been sleeping badly, three or four hours at most and then can't go back to sleep until I nap later in the day.

GN: I can nap later in the day.

GN: I've been reading quite a lot.

Aug 6, 2012, 8:32pm Top

A book that I always use for my kindergarten class has gone out of print, and I don't think my new school has it. It is currently at Amazon for over $200!!! It's Mr. Wiggle's Book, and while not great literature, it teaches little ones about taking care of books. I'll be checking the public library to see if they have it.

Aug 6, 2012, 8:47pm Top

GN: @TinaValdes has joined us! (#52)

Aug 7, 2012, 4:40pm Top

Good news! The public library has Mr. Wiggle's Book

Bad news! I'm over my limit of how many books I can put on hold.

Sooo.....I can successfully teach kindergartners not to give their library books to their dogs, leave it out in the rain, eat peanut butter sandwiches while reading, or wipe thier noses on them. Well, judging from the condition of the books in the school's library, maybe "successfully" is stretching it a bit. :)

Aug 7, 2012, 7:27pm Top

#60 AWWW.... thank you!!

Aug 7, 2012, 7:44pm Top

Welcome Tina!

Aug 10, 2012, 9:21am Top

GN: I wrote a post on my comics blog yesterday about one of the Hugo Graphic Novel nominees and the author/creator found it and tweeted a link to it.
GN: I went from 6 hits on the blog all time to 240 by the time I went to bed last night!

Aug 10, 2012, 9:37am Top

Way to go, bib!!

Aug 10, 2012, 10:28am Top

Nice article, Bib! I may have to check out that series. :o)

Aug 10, 2012, 11:30am Top

Thanks grk and JP. You should definitely check it out JP, I think you'd really like it!

GN: I'm now up to 362 all time hits with 270 of them yesterday! Not too shabby!

Aug 10, 2012, 12:01pm Top

Woohoo! Congratulations, Bib! Now I'm off to go see your blog. :)

Aug 10, 2012, 8:48pm Top

Surprise! I am following you Bib!

Edited: Aug 10, 2012, 9:42pm Top

GN: Today was my day off, and I got a fair amount of cleaning and organizing accomplished.

BN: It's Friday night, and the people in my neighborhood are acting like idiots -- music blaring, tires squealing, and I expect to hear at least one good screaming fight in the parking lot of the apartment complex before the night is through. I'd really like to be able to sleep with my windows open on pleasant nights like this one, but even with the windows closed, the amount of noise is sleep-prohibitive.

Aug 10, 2012, 9:49pm Top

We sometimes have that problem here. So I sympathize,foggi!

Aug 10, 2012, 11:48pm Top


I have that problem, though not as much anymore, or at least currently. The walls in my building seem paper thin and the duct system carries noise.
In one of my older apartments in the late 70's there was a bar halfway down the block that had PUNK ROCK BANDS at least 3 nights a week (Fri-Sun), I had to work ALL DAY Saturday and I don't remember the cops doing ANYTHING!!!!!
So I sympathize, also

Aug 14, 2012, 9:45pm Top

Amazing news: I submitted my CV to the Procter & Gamble company, did the profile test and the sent me an e-mail and I'm taking a logical reasoning test tomorrow morning!!! I am one step closer to getting hired there!
BN: I am nervous and I think I am coming down with something.
GN: I already took some pills and I am pretty confident I'll do well in the test tomorrow! (though good vibes and crossed fingers are appreciated) :D

Aug 14, 2012, 10:05pm Top

#73 - Good gibes coming your way, Ron!!

GN: I'm on vacation! We are leaving for the beach in the morning and I can't wait!!

Aug 14, 2012, 10:16pm Top

Fingers crossed, Ron. :o)
Have fun at the beach, grk!

Aug 14, 2012, 10:18pm Top

>73 Renald128:

Good Luck, Good Vibes and Best Wishes for you!

>74 grkmwk:

Have Fun & Relax!

Aug 15, 2012, 8:57pm Top

GN: Holly and the boys are here visiting.

Aug 15, 2012, 10:34pm Top

GN: I just reached my 50th book for 2012!!

BN: I've added at least twice that to my wish list based on great LT reviews!!

Aug 16, 2012, 2:31pm Top

#74-76: Thanks grk, JP and chg!

#78: Woohoo Tina! That's great! and we have a game called the never ending TBR pile here in HE, I'm glad you could join us :P

GN: I think I did pretty well in the test.
BN: I know I got at least one answer wrong and wasn't sure about two or three answers.
GN: I will know if I approved or not in one week or less and then begin the series of interviews to see if they will hire me or not.

Aug 18, 2012, 5:05am Top

78: I'd really need to step up my game to join that challenge!

Aug 18, 2012, 12:28pm Top

#80 - You don't have to! I've only reached 27 books, and I'm in the 75 books challenge. As long as you have interesting things to say about books, the people there don't care how many you read. :)

Aug 19, 2012, 6:52pm Top

Baby Nikki turns One year old this week!

Aug 20, 2012, 12:01am Top

My, how time flies! Happy birthday, little Nikki!

Aug 20, 2012, 4:22pm Top

Many happy returns, young Nikki!

Aug 20, 2012, 9:07pm Top

Thank you so much! Such a shame MEM is never here

Aug 20, 2012, 9:33pm Top


Who is MEM???

Aug 20, 2012, 11:20pm Top

*whispers to chg* MEM is Polly's daughter. :o)

And why is MEM never here anymore? We miss her! She should drop in every once in a while. (No pressure. I know how it is with little ones. They suck the time and energy right out of you. Send her our love!)

Aug 21, 2012, 12:07am Top

Thanks, JP!

It is always nice to know the players...

"They suck the time and energy right out of you. "

{now I know why I never got hitched... {as if I never Knew before....}}

Aug 21, 2012, 9:43am Top

JP> I'm not sure why she decided to stop getting on here. She's on facebook alot and does a lot of work on CafeMom. She's homeschooling an eleven year old, a seven year old and a Three year old as well as dealing with a baby who insists on staying awake all night babbling so she's always tired.

Aug 21, 2012, 5:42pm Top

Thanks for the explanation, polly!

Aug 22, 2012, 8:05pm Top

GN: We had a splendid week with Zach and Benny, and their mom. We have discovered many places in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque that are great for an almost 5 year old and a 14 month old.
BN: It sure it quiet around here now.
GN: We are getting ready to drive to the east coast Friday to see Mandy 2 and Bib!! We will have a brief stop in Pittsburg for a wedding.

Aug 24, 2012, 2:24pm Top

BN: I didn't get the internship at Procter & Gamble.
GN: Oh, well, I'll try again in a year (they let you take the test once a year)
GN: I still have some semesters to finish before I have to really worry about internships.

Aug 24, 2012, 4:59pm Top

>92 Renald128:

Practice makes perfect.... It is good to get even THAT experience under your belt so that when THE REAL THING happens it is a smoother transition.

Aug 25, 2012, 2:06pm Top

#92 - Sorry to hear that, Ron. Keep up your positive outlook!

GN: I weeded my backyard for 2+ hours this morning and improvement is evident! I also filled the yard card (one of the big rolling kind), which gives me such a sense of achievement.
BN: There is still A LOT to do before we host a backyard fundraiser on October 7th (don't ask me why I agreed when my husband hatched this plan...).
GN: The air this morning was lovely: cool and breezy, with a hint of fall to come!!

Aug 25, 2012, 5:20pm Top

GN: We are on our way to PA to see Bib and then later in the week, Mandy2. We are stopped in Pittsburgh for a wedding.
BN: Yesterday, in Morris, IL there was a slowdown on I-80 and as we were stopping, apparently another car did not notice the slowdown until too late, he veered off to the left (we were in the right lane) but clipped a cyclist that was stopped, pushing him over to us, and his motorcycle hit the front side fender of our car.
GN: its drivable. The cyclist was able to get up ad move around, but they did take him to the hospital. We were on our way an hour later.
GN: Tomorrow we will see Bib!

Aug 26, 2012, 9:39pm Top

BN: I have hurt my left elbow . . . and I don't even know what I did to it! It feels like a strain or a deep bruise, but I don't remember twisting it, lifting anything heavy with it, or whacking it on anything. Weird.

Also BN: I've been having nightmares lately. Maybe I hurt my elbow running from the axe murderer in the one I had last night?

Aug 27, 2012, 10:34am Top

BN> The grdkids all have hand, foot, and mouth disease mary Too!
GN> They are getting over it quickly.

Foggi> I have been having weird nightmares too, especially in the early morning, I wake up stiff and panicky and don't even remember why

Aug 27, 2012, 7:33pm Top

Here's something all of the teachers on HE will enjoy:

GN: I am a graduate assistant teaching two sections of public speaking. Today was the first day of school and I have an 8:00 and a 9:00 class.
BN: I had a pre-first-day-of-school panic attack yesterday and had to Facebook a good friend who is a teacher to help me calm down.
GN (I guess): Halfway through the 8:00 class, I said (not out loud) "screw the lesson plan" and I improvised the rest of the day.
BN: I'm currently working on lesson plans. Fun stuff.

Aug 27, 2012, 10:04pm Top

#97: I heard that they were sick over Facebook, I'm glad they are getting better, polly!

#98: I'm sorry about the panic attack wingert, but happy about your teaching post!

Aug 28, 2012, 2:13pm Top

Wow, so just floated back in here the other day because I found something that reminded me of JP, and today I come to take a peak at that thread. Then, I decide to read this thread to see how everyone is doing and POOF someone mentioned me, like, 4 days before I randomly posted in here. That is crazy and maybe a little scary *checks to see if there are cameras looking over her shoulder* LOL
I've missed everyone, but there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day! As, mom mentioned, I do get paid a pittance at a 'Mom Forum' to moderate a few groups. It's my bookfamily fun fund. These kids are nuts, but so fun to have. I'm blessed, I just need an extra two hours tacked the day to get everything done!
So how is everyone here?

Sep 1, 2012, 7:57pm Top

Bad News: August was a very hard month for me. It started with my dear Scottie Gregor passing away. He was 14 and it was time. I knew it would be hard, but I had no idea how hard. August ended with a blood clot in my leg. Luckily there hasn't been much pain, just swelling. I have to give myself shots and get daily blood tests for a few days. I am amazed that I can handle the needles, but so far, so good!

Good News: I did find out in August that I would officially be the school librarian! I announced it here in the spring, but then everything was up in the air with the budget. I am very excited for the job, but a bit overwhelmed right now. School starts Wednesday and I keep thinking of more things I need to do.

Sep 1, 2012, 10:08pm Top

Congratulations on the new job, comp! I think you were due for some good news. I hope your leg heals quickly.

Sep 1, 2012, 10:16pm Top

yeah. I second the motion...

Sep 2, 2012, 1:46pm Top

#101 - compski, I'm sorry you've had a health issue on top of losing Gregor. Hopefully September will be kinder. I'm very excited for you that you are now the school librarian!! Librarians are awesome...not that I'm biased or anything. ;o)

BN: Rex woke this morning at 5:26 with a 102 degree fever. He is still feverish and has also had an upset stomach. Never fun, but made worse by being in a hotel room in the mountains where my mom's family had gathered for our annual Labor Day weekend reunion. So, we left around 10:45 and are now home.
GN: For being sick, Rex is doing well: he is responsive and engaged when spoken to, willing to drink small sips of water, and not fussy. Hopefully this wont turn into something awful...

Sep 2, 2012, 2:29pm Top

I pray it's just a passing bug.

Sep 3, 2012, 11:29pm Top

So sorry about Gregor, compski! :(

Sep 4, 2012, 1:44pm Top

GN: back from seeing Bib and Mandy2 safely. Went to the endocrinologist today and finally my thyroid meds are doing what they should be doing. Everything went well and I don't have to see him until March.
Bummer news: I had signed up to go out to lunch with the 55 + group from church but they left earlier than the time published. So back home for leftover salad. I am forgettable.

Sep 9, 2012, 9:26pm Top

#107: I'm sorry you were left behind, Kasongo. It's happened to me and I know it hurts.

GN: My community's annual book festival was yesterday! I always enjoy it, and after missing last year's, I was very glad to get back. I heard some great author talks from both known and new-to-me folks. While I only came home with six new books for me/my family, I bought four more as Christmas gifts!

BN: A thunderstorm with severe, scary wind blew in mid-afternoon. Tables and people were being knocked down. Since I'd heard all but one author I'd hoped to hear, I decided to head home. Sadly, as it turned out the wind was short-lived and the rain actually gentle, so I could've stayed and finished the day. I regret I didn't, but can't do anything about it. At least I heard my top two folks and got some books!

Sep 9, 2012, 9:42pm Top


so, next time you'll tough it out?

Sep 15, 2012, 2:48pm Top

Good news: Being a library teacher has been great!
Bad news: I am at school on a Saturday trying to catch up.
Good: I am trying to integrate a lot of technology in my class, and I have decided to call it LibraryTech. I just realized the initials are LT! I think that is a good sign. Now if I can just come up with something for HE...

Sep 15, 2012, 3:52pm Top

Hardcover Experiences?
Hacker Education?
Heraldry Exploration?

Sep 15, 2012, 7:46pm Top

GN: The charity I work for had our big 5K this morning.
GN: The registration (which I'm in charge of) went great!
BN: One of the reasons it went so well is that turnout was bad. About 100 fewer than usual.
BN: With bad turnout comes less money, in this case about 1/2 as much as usual.
GN: I could feel a bug coming on all week, but I managed to keep it from taking root earlier this week.
BN: Now that the event is over, my body seems to think it's okay to get sick. I feel more run down than I should, even after an early morning and a big day.

Sep 16, 2012, 9:22am Top

(Cross-posted on Green Dragon Depression Support)
I guess it's my turn again. I am about to be fired from my job, although I am more sad and anxious than truly depressed. Some recent circumstances have lifted several layers of depression from me, and I can tell that because I have had lots of energy recently. (Depression tends to make me immobile and all I want to do is hide in TV watching, books, or other distractions.)

The company has reasons for this, but there is a remote possibility that I might still be able to hang on. My immediate supervisor is caught in the middle, wanting to help me, but stuck with the current rules.

I just needed to say this "out loud" before talking to someone face to face for advice.
Thanks for this outlet!!!

Added for HE:
I have just skipped over about 100 posts here, so yay for the good news and hugs to those who need them! I will probably come back later today and catch up.

Sep 16, 2012, 5:44pm Top

#113: Keeping my fingers crossed for you littleshell!

#112: Feel better soon, bib. I still have to get that book to you. It's on my to-do list, I'm just trying to find a moment where I'm not racing from here to there and back again!

Sep 20, 2012, 11:12am Top

Hugs, congrats, sympathies, etc., to all . . . it's been a while since I've visited.

Random GN: Got rid of most of my cable channels and got a Roku (cute little box that allows wireless streaming of Netflix, for example, to TV) and am happy as a clam with it. Plus I'm saving about $100 a month.

Not even News, just a random thought: So, I'm chatting with someone I just met online, and he says he likes to read, and I say, what do you read?, and he says, adventure stories and books about life, and I ask, what do you mean, books about life (aren't all books about life?) and he says, like The Secret.

So, am I a total book snob for thinking right then, oh, no, there's probably no future for this friendship?

Sep 20, 2012, 2:15pm Top

#115: No, ejj, you aren't a book snob. When you've just met someone and the potential foundation for the friendship is a shared love of reading, (dis)agreement about books - and what they represent - is fairly indicative, I've found.

GN: I have decided that my happiness and my family's happiness is far more important than suffering through a very frustrating work commitment that makes me feel incompetent and inept, so I went to my colleague responsible for the program this morning and shared my frustrations and concerns over future involvement. She was very receptive and supportive, and while our conversation won't fix things for this semester, as I'm committed at this point, I have hope for the future. And I'm just so proud of myself for owning my dissatisfaction and being honest about my needs!

Sep 20, 2012, 2:51pm Top

BN: apparently I haven't even opened LT in about 3 months, and I think I only lurked for a while before that.
GN: I'm here now

the summer has been crazy hectic. I wish in a good way, but most of it has been illness and injury. Then there's just the general business of having a 3 year old, a 18 month old, and expecting a baby girl in November.

Sep 20, 2012, 5:53pm Top

>116 grkmwk:

congratulations on your newfound confidence in yourself!

>117 rissa:

Welcome back rissa!
you have a sizable family for this day in age. It's good your children are spaced out evenly. Good luck with your upcoming Scorpio or Sagitarius!

Sep 20, 2012, 8:13pm Top

I haven't posted on this thread in a while, but I've been reading it faithfully.

#117 -- Good to see you again, Rissa! I'd been missing your posts, but figured your family was probably keeping you busy.

GN: Had a performance review today, and all of the feedback was positive.
BN: I think I'm coming down with something -- I'm feeling queasy and achy. Fortunately, tomorrow is my day off, but who wants to spend their day off being sick? Maybe I just need some hot tea and a good night's rest.
GN: It's clean sheet night! Freshly laundered bedsheets are one of my favorite simple pleasures. The only thing that would improve them is if I had a clothesline where I could dry them outside.

Edited: Sep 20, 2012, 9:18pm Top

Hi foggi! good to hear from you!


...oh yeah *snaps fingers* I was gonna post:

Started WEEDING books- you know- those that look interesting in the store but months or years after you buy them you finally decide that you're NEVER going to read it and need the space anyway.....

Sep 20, 2012, 9:40pm Top

#117: Have you mentioned this before, ris? Because I had the feeling that you were expecting again, but I don't remember reading it anywhere. And congratulations!

Good news: The busiest half of this week is done. Yay!!! And today I got to see a park I've never been to before. Double yay!!! And my 10 year old found a teeny tiny frog and I actually had my camera with me. Woohoo!!! (I'm going to take my simple pleasures where I can.)

Sep 21, 2012, 3:43am Top

I don't think I have on here, since I haven't posted in so long. but it has been mentioned on facebook.

Sep 21, 2012, 11:24am Top

My facebook time has been greatly reduced since the spring, but maybe I saw it mentioned there and forgot. I hope this pregnancy has been easy on you, or as easy as it can get with a toddler and one year old!

Sep 21, 2012, 9:00pm Top

Finally some GOOD news! I have been made lead teacher of the Pre-K room. My room, my way (within limits of course) I'm so happy! No more kowtowing to girls who think they know more then me, not all of them with any degree or anything to wave in my face, just because I'm older. I have been accepted into this position because my thirty some years of experience earned me the respect and praise of my employers.

Sep 22, 2012, 8:33am Top

Congratulations Polly!

(stay humble though-keep your perspective.)

Oct 8, 2012, 2:13pm Top

BN: We lost the elections here in Venezuela. It's not that I don't respect the other candidate, it's the fact that he has been the president of this country for fourteen years and done nothing for it, I still can't believe there are still people here who believe in this situation. My friends and I have been mourning and crying, for a hope we had yesterday, for a better future for me, for my family, for all the kids I teach.

P.S. Sorry for the longish post.

Oct 8, 2012, 7:47pm Top

Sorry Ron, I understand how you feel

Oct 8, 2012, 9:20pm Top

Hey Ron... I'm not too happy about it myself. Five years is a long time, especially for one in his condition. Maybe fate will intervene and a new election will have to be called.

Edited: Oct 8, 2012, 11:02pm Top

I'm sad, but not surprised. Men like him want to keep their power as long as they can, and they will do anything to retain it. I'm sorry, Ron. I pray that things will get better for your country, and that the people stay strong despite the tyranny.

Oct 9, 2012, 12:03pm Top

#127: Thanks, polly.

#128: Actually, it's six more years, chg. Thanks for your words. I really doubt it will happen.

#129: Thanks, Eris.

Oct 9, 2012, 2:20pm Top

{{hugs}} for you Ron. Keep hoping. If there is one thing we can depend on, it's that things do change. Sometimes it just takes longer than we would like for change to happen.

Oct 22, 2012, 10:10am Top

GN: I just had a wonderful week with my sister and nephews in So. Cal.
BN: I'm home (actually at work) now.
BN: I'm having a hard time not crying. I miss them so much!

Edited: Oct 22, 2012, 8:48pm Top

Similarly, I just got back from visiting Espeon200 and birky22 -- it was a good, but exhausting, weekend.

Oct 28, 2012, 3:46pm Top

GN: after over a year without a car, we bought a minivan yesterday.
BN: we don't get custody of said minivan until tomorrow or Tuesday.

Nov 1, 2012, 9:36am Top

I'm posting this here because I know this thread is read by most people. Please take a second to head over to this thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/144150 and weigh in on whether you want to have a gift exchange this year!

Nov 11, 2012, 3:51pm Top

GN: I have a kitten!
BN: We were supposed to get two, but the flu took her sister before we could pick them up.
GN: My kitty is very healthy.
BN: Looks like this is one of those critters who associates space with elimination rather than the actual litter box. ~_~

GN: The Kickstarter project I've backed had a really good running start.
BN: With less than two weeks to go, we haven't reached the halfway point, yet.
The project wants to put more focus on creativity and less emphasis on sexy for women's Halloween costumes.  Anyone else roll their eyes at all the "naughty Hermione" costumes?
"There’s nothing wrong with sexy (for adults), and if you want to go that route, fine. Have fun! We just want there to be other options as well."

Nov 11, 2012, 6:21pm Top

BN: I'm very underwhelmed by the newest MLP episode (watched it in high def on youtube).

"But the show is for kids!"

Yep, and that means everything needs to be silly.  Have a problem?  Throw a party.

Nov 11, 2012, 8:04pm Top

It wasn't all about throwing a party. I wish it had been more creative, sure, but I was happy that Spike ended up saving the day in the end. He even has his own stained glass window! I'm hoping that Luna will be around more in this season, and I'm still rooting for Doctor Whooves to speak.

Nov 12, 2012, 2:51pm Top

I know I'm oversimplifying things a bit, but the way I see it, last season closed with a contrived wedding and this season opened with a *festival*.  Both feel like cash grabs from Hasbro, as the show will obviously fail if they don't have a wedding set, because what do all little girls dream about if not their very own weddings, and I'm guessing they want to take another stab at shimmering ponies.

Nov 12, 2012, 3:33pm Top

I guess that's true. Oh, well. I'm looking forward to the other episodes being good, though! A lot of the Season 2 episodes are my favorite, so hopefully the smaller episodes will be great. Especially looking forward to the Rainbow Dash episodes. :)

Nov 12, 2012, 3:37pm Top

2 days past my duedate
GN: baby and I are healthy, and are staying that way
BN: I'm starting to feel huge and moving around has become quite difficult

Nov 12, 2012, 5:52pm Top


Good Luck , Rissa. Hopefully the baby is more cooperative in arriving than I was: due before Christmas and didn't arrive until 2 January!

Nov 12, 2012, 6:58pm Top

141 -  Always good news!  Even the "feeling big" part, in a way. ^^;

140 -  I have mixed feelings on season 2.  The premiere was epic (how could it NOT be with John de Lancie???), but Luna Eclipsed (I really like Chad Rocco's review of it) and Canterlot Wedding missed the mark for me.  Most of the episodes were still very good, all things considered, though they didn't have as much subtle and fast humor that was present with Lauren Faust was at the helm.

I know I'm über critical, but I figure it balances out since we have those who, on the other end of the spectrum, reason, "At least it isn't Sponge Bob."

Nov 13, 2012, 1:00am Top

#136 Rozax:
Aww. I'm glad the flu at least only took one of them. :/

#141 Rissa:
Wishing you and baby to both stay well. I hope the wait doesn't have to be much longer.

GN: I got to meet Ernie Reyes, senior last week. I'm not sure how well known he is, but it was pretty cool. I just wish I hadn't gotten shy.

Nov 13, 2012, 8:37am Top

#144: My sisters and I are all OBSESSED with Surf Ninjas in which he and his son (Ernie Reyes Jr.) both star. I don't know that he's that well known either, but know that you've excited at least a couple of your fellow HEers!

Nov 13, 2012, 1:24pm Top

#145 bib:
I work for him. :) There was a limited showing movie out around September with him and Ernie Reyes, Junior. I wish it had gone public. It was called "The Art of Submission."

Nov 13, 2012, 8:46pm Top

Ah, Surf Ninjas.  That takes me back. ^_^

Nov 13, 2012, 9:58pm Top

Mom and I were commenting the other day (while trying to find Christmas presents for the twins-why is it so hard?!) that the MLP in the store are not as cute as they used to be. Is it just our perception from memories past?

GN: I'm getting closer to getting caught up with things. I just have a lot on my plate right now. I'm in charge of a field trip, which for some reason gets harder to schedule every year. I remember last year I said someone else could take over...no one did. I'm also back to taking classes to work on my EOSL endorsement. It would count toward my masters degree, but I already have one. The hours will count toward putting me in the next pay bracket when I'm finished. Our district and a neighboring district received a grant to pay for 30 teachers to go through the 2 year program. It pays for our classes, books, and the certification test. Somehow I also was tasked with creating a gradebook and report card for our school. That has been tons of work. Then I was sick for 3 weeks.

Nervous News: I find out about National Board soon. I pray that I pass this time. I'm so nervous about the results. When I was finishing up the portfolio earlier this year I started to 2nd (3rd, and 4th...) guess myself. I don't know if I have it in me to redo any of it with everything else I've been asked to do this year.

Nov 14, 2012, 9:06am Top

Kirby youll do fine...You sound like Hermione right now

Nov 30, 2012, 2:06am Top

#148 Kirby:
When do you learn the results? Thinking of you and hoping for good results!

GN: I just got offered the best pay raise of my working life. I'm so happy right now.

Nov 30, 2012, 2:21am Top

>150 Kerian: Congrats, Kerian! I'm sure you deserve every penny of it!

GN: I have a job interview on Dec. 10th.

BN: I haven't been on a job interview in a decade or so. Sweating what to wear, among other things (like, could I really get up and dressed and out the door five mornings a week?).

Nov 30, 2012, 5:29pm Top

Congratulations K! I'm so happy for you!
Good luck on the job interview, ejj,!

Here's some more !!!!!!! in case I missed anything.

Dec 1, 2012, 3:23pm Top

GN: Liliana finally made her entrance 10 days after her due-date. She was 9lbs 1 oz, 21 inches long.

No BN to report

Dec 1, 2012, 3:27pm Top

#153 -- Congratulations! And what a pretty name!

Dec 1, 2012, 4:38pm Top

good for you rissa! Thats some big baby!

Dec 1, 2012, 5:32pm Top

Yay, K, ejj, and rissa!!!

Dec 1, 2012, 5:35pm Top

Congrats, rissa!

Dec 1, 2012, 9:17pm Top

Congratulations, rissa! What a beautiful name!

Dec 1, 2012, 10:12pm Top

Congrats, Rissa, well done! And I join in thinking Liliana is a lovely name.

Dec 2, 2012, 3:42pm Top

Thanks, ejj, jp, and grmwk.

Congratulations, rissa! I think that must be a popular name this year. :)

Dec 3, 2012, 5:08pm Top

Congratulations, rissa!!!

Dec 4, 2012, 9:36am Top

Congratulations rissa! Welcome to the world Liliana!

Dec 11, 2012, 5:42am Top

BN/GN: A few things amounted to some concern so I had some blood work done. I'm anemic, and my hemoglobin and iron are really low. Things could be worse so I'm thankful. I don't have insurance, though, and so all I've been able to do so far is take more vitamins. I am starting to feel better.

Dec 11, 2012, 8:18am Top

I was always anemic when I was younger. Now not at all

Dec 13, 2012, 2:14pm Top

When I was younger my iron count was always high enough that the blood drive people would comment on it. Now, not so much. When I was very anemic I was advised to eat: spinich, dried fruits like raisins and prunes, rare red meat. I think nuts are also on the list. It's always a crap shoot when I go in to donate blood on whether the iron count will be high enough.

I was very anemic before my hip was replaced...the phlebotomist told me that chronic pain will do that, something that I don't think is common knowledge.

Dec 14, 2012, 6:45am Top

I'm glad you aren't anemic anymore. Also, it's good to hear of someone not staying that way!

I'm sorry you have iron trouble, too. I heard the same food recommendations, but not about chronic pain causing anemia. That makes me wonder if my bad back's related to it. I'll have to run it by my phlebotomist...my mom. :)

Dec 14, 2012, 8:14am Top

I have low iron as well, but as a vegetarian with a severe spinach allergy, my dietary options are limited, so I do supplements and try to eat a fair amount of dried fruit. Porters and stouts are also high in iron, although you obviously don't want to overdo those.

Dec 14, 2012, 7:25pm Top

I had no idea vegetarians were allowed to eat porters. :o)

(MrA wasn't here. Someone had to say it.)

Dec 14, 2012, 9:14pm Top

Yes, where are MrA and MsDonna??

Dec 14, 2012, 9:30pm Top

>167 biblioholic29:, >168 jugglingpaynes:

If Vegetarians eat vegetables, what do Humanitarians eat ?

Dec 15, 2012, 2:50am Top


I won a jacket, today.  I'd completely forgotten that I'd signed up.

Dec 15, 2012, 9:59am Top

bit of bad news: I can't find my kindle! I've looked everywhere and today I will call the store where I had sat reading while my son shopped. Its my last hope altho I was SURE I took it back to the car with me!

Edited: Dec 15, 2012, 2:29pm Top

>170 chg1: Another argument against e-readers....(like cell phones...)

>171 Rozax: what kind of jacket (It would be painful if it was a yellow one...)

Dec 15, 2012, 2:28pm Top


Dec 15, 2012, 2:29pm Top

>173 chg1: . . . not entirely--you can lose hardcopy books, too. And though the replacement cost for an e-reader is very high by comparison, in theory you can download all the books you bought again, so you haven't really lost them. Not that I ever want to have to do that.

Hope you find it, Polly!

Dec 15, 2012, 2:53pm Top

173:  Fortunately, it is not yellow.  I am not one who can work that color.

Dec 15, 2012, 4:07pm Top

hey good news! I did find it. It was under the sofa pushed to the back! I swear i looked there several times and was looking for something else when I saw it!

Dec 15, 2012, 5:14pm Top

That usually works, look for something else and find it or replace and then find it.

Dec 15, 2012, 10:18pm Top

Another option that works for me is to decide that I lost it and it is gone forever. THEN it turns up!

Dec 16, 2012, 8:23am Top

either way, im glad i found it

Dec 17, 2012, 10:10pm Top

I'm glad for you, too!

Dec 20, 2012, 5:19pm Top

GN: I got an iPad Mini! It is primarily for my work, and I have an extensive list of work-related things that I have to do with it over the next six months, but it is for personal use as well. I'm pretty excited -- I had never planned on getting an iPad (too many other things I'd rather spend money on), but I am already getting quite fond of it.

Dec 21, 2012, 9:33am Top

Yay, foggi! I got a Kindle Fire through a program at work that I've enjoyed much more than I would have guessed.

Dec 21, 2012, 3:13pm Top

GN (?)- The world didn't end today

Dec 21, 2012, 3:52pm Top

I have a Kindle that's only about 2 years old. I asked for a Kindle Fire for Christmas. I think it has some cool features that 2 years ago I didn't think I'd want/need/use but now I do.

Dec 21, 2012, 7:43pm Top

I soooooo want a kindle fire myself! Is Santa Listening?
I've been really really good!

Dec 22, 2012, 10:28am Top

BN: Rex has a bad cold. Feverish for over 12 hours now, with medicine. Last night, we were up with him every hour. We have family coming in today to celebrate Christmas and I'm exhausted.
GN: Although still feverish, it's lower, and Rex seems unfazed. Hopefully he'll bounce back quickly!

Dec 22, 2012, 2:46pm Top

Polly, me too! I've been really really good this year. Well, except when I was pissing off people. But only the ones who deserved it. And it was only a few people. Really, maybe like a half dozen. Maybe even half that. Santa understands that, right???

Dec 23, 2012, 10:17pm Top

BN: I've been AFK a lot lately (well, part of it was that our service was messed up), and missed the Gift Exchange because of it.

GN: Internet and email are back up! I guess we'll never know what was going on. The provider is kind of tight lip about it, but it was service in several states.

Dec 29, 2012, 7:55pm Top

BN: I'm still sick. I woke on Christmas Eve with the crud, and have been down since, despite lots of rest and antibiotics. Fortunately, my energy is back up and I've been fever-free since Christmas night...just still coughing, sneezing, and annoyed by persistent pressure/ringing in my right ear.

GN: We are pushing through with our plans to host a party tomorrow night. It will be our third annual reunion potluck party, having in friends from childhood who are home for the holidays. Everyone brings a dish or two, so there's very little work or stress on us. And since we had family in last weekend, the house is clean enough I'm not going to stress my body by cleaning tomorrow afternoon. I'm just going to enjoy being festive!

Dec 29, 2012, 10:42pm Top

Hello Everyone! I am not sure who all remembers me... but I am Ms_Bella! I have not been around in a very long time and have missed everyone terribly.

K, congrats on your raise!!!! You so deserve it! *hugs* for the health issues you have :(

Ejj, I hope your interview went well...

Rissa, Congrats on little Liliana!

180, Polly I am glad you found your kindle! I don't know what I would do if I lost my Nook. Prolly cry....

Grk, I hope both you and Rex and feeling better and I hope you have a wonderful time at your party tomorrow!

BN: I haven't been around here at all :( I hope you haven't all forgotten me....
BN: I now not only have chronic pain in my knees but also in my back. They think that I have a form of arthritis in my knees and that I have impacted my spine/sprained my back. So I am now on more medication...

GN: I have a 6 month leave from school so hopefully I will be able to come around again. That is if ya'll still want me lol.

GN: 3 manuscripts down...though (BN) none published as of yet....

Dec 30, 2012, 3:34am Top

Welcome back, Mellie, the LT member formerly known as MsBella!! Of course we want you!

GN: Today someone told me I was a beautiful person inside and out.

BN: This is apparently insufficient to make a man fall in love with me, especially the man I want to fall in love with me.

GN: Received today: two CDs that didn't come in time for Christmas. Also, a check that will enable me to replace my old and very dodgy laptop at long, long last.

GN: It's almost 2013, which will undoubtedly be a better year than many that have come before it. RIGHT??!

Dec 30, 2012, 4:25pm Top


that might hinge on whether we experience Bernanke's now cliche!

Jan 7, 2013, 11:08pm Top

#191 Hello Bella/Mellie! Of course the HE always welcomes members back :)

GN: I had a wonderful month off spent with family and friends.
GN: My first quarter went well; I love it here! Just had my first day of classes for winter quarter and all was good.

Sad News: Unfortunately I got a call today that one of my dogs died this morning. :'(

Here's a picture of Frodo next to one of our cats (hopefully it shows up and isn't huge)


Jan 8, 2013, 12:24am Top

Awww, I'm so sorry Chelsea. It is always sad to lose a fuzzy friend. Frodo looks like a sweet dog. {{{hugs}}}

Jan 8, 2013, 4:40pm Top

It is sad; but it is always good to think that they, like us someday, are in a better place.

Jan 10, 2013, 11:39pm Top

So very sorry about Frodo. Very sad to lose a cherished pet... They really are members of our families.

Jan 14, 2013, 10:20pm Top

BN:  My kitten's mother passed away, so we will not be getting any more kittens from that breeder.

GN:  I'm in touch with another breeder who has a cat only slightly older than mine up for adoption.  I am more than happy to side-step the kitten phase, this time.

BN:  Nothing's final, and I haven't heard from her since yesterday, but I'm reminding myself that just because e-mail is instant doesn't mean people always have the time to sit and write.

BN:  My kitten's mommy is dead.  That's just plain sad. :(

Jan 15, 2013, 11:10am Top

Chelsea: So sorry about your dog! They are truely family members.

Rozax: Sorry about your kitties mommy :(

Ejj, You certainly are beautiful inside and out! If that person can't see that, or that is not enough for him, then he doesn't deserve you!

BN: I lost my job last week :(

GN: I have 6 books from the member giveaway program to review :)

GN: I have a new puppy!!! His name is Zeus

BN: I can't bring him home until June when Tom and I move into our new house.

GN: We are getting a House!

Jan 15, 2013, 3:13pm Top

Congrats on the new house!

Jan 15, 2013, 4:39pm Top

GN: I am in PA helping out the theatre co that I used to do costumes for, and spending time with Bib.

GN: Bib and I tried a new restaurant for lunch today. Bib tried one of their specialties, but she asked first if it had meat in it. The server said no.

BN: but she was wrong. Bib discovered that after eating probably a third of it. Apparently, it hadn't had ham in it before but unknown to the server, this time it did. Bib hadn't noticed because it was chopped very small and she usually can right away.

GN: we only had to pay for my sandwich and they gave us dessert free.

BN: Bib has to go through a lot of stomach pain until the meat leaves her body.

Jan 15, 2013, 5:08pm Top

GN:  Mid-month paycheck is processed!  We're not poor until rent is due! :D

Jan 16, 2013, 2:25am Top

>199 MellieT: Aw, thank you!

BN: Got a "we're not offering you a job, thanks" letter for something I interviewed for last month (which I didn't really want, but it's still rejection) yesterday, then a "no, thanks, not interested" email today for a job I applied for yesterday. I appreciate a response of any kind these days, and a prompt one is all the better, but best of all would be one actually offering me a job!

GN: New laptop. Deliriously happy to have this at long last--bought the previous one seven years ago and it was really on its last legs, though it perked up a bit when I took everything off it and restored it to factory settings. Gave it to a neighbor.

Jan 20, 2013, 1:07pm Top

GN: finally watched season 3, episode 1 of Downton Abby.
BN: I still need to finish catching up before I can participate in the thread.

Jan 20, 2013, 8:41pm Top

#204: I'm still behind, too, rissa! I thoroughly enjoyed the first two seasons, but have been oddly ambivalent about this one.

GN: My family gathered in the mountains last night to celebrate my grandmother's birthday. She had 19 of 21 direct family members (including spouses), representing all four generations. We had a grand time, and most importantly my grandmother thoroughly enjoyed herself!

Jan 22, 2013, 8:09pm Top

GN : Had an interview today!!

GN: Have another interview with a different company tomorrow morning for a management position!

Even Better News? : Got a call back for the position I went in for this morning, they want me to come back for a follow up with one of their executives :) Both positions pay at least 3-4 dollars more than what I was making!!!!

BN: Haven't had time to see my puppy :( He is staying with my friend until we move into our house so I can only visit him, if I bring him here they will kick us out of the apartment :(

Jan 25, 2013, 3:01pm Top

GN: Puppy is here with me....
BN: About to just give up. Unemployment hasn't come through yet, I am broke...literally nothing in my acct.
BN: Tom is pissed, worried that this may turn into "the fight" dunno where to go from here or what I am going to do....feel out of control, like I am losing everything.

Jan 28, 2013, 3:50pm Top

As those who read the Derailed Train thread know, my nephew had surgery (tonsils and adenoids) today.
GN: He's out and doing fine.
BN: He is, of course, in pain.
GN: But enjoying unlimited TV and popsicles.
BN: I'm 3,000 miles away and desperately want to hug him.
GN: Kasongo is there and can do it for me.

Jan 29, 2013, 10:27pm Top

And I have given him lots of hugs. We play games together. We played go fish today only he likes to make up different names for it. Today it was "Jo mama".

Jan 30, 2013, 2:49pm Top

BN: Right now, I'm kinda at a loss.  I've never encountered such an *accident*-prone kitten.  Is it the same as children who are having so much fun playing that they neglect their bladder until it's too late?  She had two accidents last night in random locations, and then today in our laundry area, which is just around the corner from her litter box.  And if you move the litter box, she'll want to keep using the spot that the litter box was in!  I moved the box all the time with my last cats, and they didn't have any trouble!  Anyone else ever deal with this?

Jan 30, 2013, 8:03pm Top

First of all you should see your vet to make sure its not a urinary tract infection. A lot of cats do not like their box moved, so try to find a definate spot and when you do take her to it so she will know

Jan 30, 2013, 8:28pm Top

Hmm...I left some info out of my initial post.  I was flustered at the time, so I'll elaborate.  The litter box has been in its current location since November.  Any time I open the door to the room she stayed in for her first few days home, she wants to use the corner that the box used to be in.  She's the first cat I've ever had who hasn't understood that she needs to use the box, not the location.  And she hasn't had any accidents until, admittedly, we want to try toilet trainer.  So she has her litter box next to the toilet (where it's been since November) and the litter kwitter on the toilet.  I called the vet earlier today for resources on the previous problem, though.  I'm kinda hoping that if we toilet train her, she won't be able to confuse that fixture with anything else.

Jan 31, 2013, 12:37am Top

Once she's peed in a spot, she can still smell it, even if you think you've cleaned it well. I use Nature's Miracle to neutralize odors. They have a special formula for cats. Really worth the money, it was the only thing that got out the odor from one of my cats that was having issues about using the box because of mouth problems.

If she's still a kitten, is she able to get in the box no problem? I've found that the kittens we have had were like toddlers, if they are having too much fun, they forget and don't leave themselves enough time to reach the box. :o)

Jan 31, 2013, 1:57am Top

Thank you!  I needed to hear that! 

Jan 31, 2013, 8:26pm Top

BN: My dad's car was stolen today, he parked it on the street to go to the supermarket, saw it was too crowded and went back and the car was gone. We are waiting to see if the robbers make some contact to ask for ransom for the car (it's the M.O. around here)....
BN: There was an electrical malfunction near my house and we didn't have electricity from noon till 5.30 in the afternoon.
BN: There are some basic home products that cannot be found here in my city (toothpaste, toilet paper, corn flour, dish soap), if we find them and get to buy them we consider ourselves lucky.
G(oodish) news: We are all fine and I think I will curl up with my kindle for a while.

Feb 1, 2013, 12:13am Top

Aww, Ron, I'm so sorry for your problems. I hope things improve for you soon. {{{hugs}}}

Feb 1, 2013, 1:24am Top

Ron, I hope you have a really good weekend to make up for all of this! :(

Feb 5, 2013, 10:19pm Top

Should have posted this a couple of days ago.
GN: Bib is here visiting!

Edited: Feb 7, 2013, 9:43pm Top

Hello Everyone. Bib and Kasongo, I am glad that your Nephew/Grandson is doing well after having his tonsils out!

Rosax I had the same problem with my last kitty. We started her out with her litter box in the corner of the living room so we could catch her and help her learn where to go faster but once we moved the littler box to the bathroom she always wanted to go where it used to be, even after steam cleaning the rug. But after about 1 1/2 months and many bags of treats (always give him/her a treat after catching them being good! All of the cats I had absolutly loved the "Temptations" Brand, well...everything but the dairy flavor) she never had an accident again unless it was because someone *evil glare at the boyfriend* forgot and shut the bathroom door on her....

Ron, I am sooo sorry to hear about that! I snet you a private message, please let me know if there is anything I or maybe we may be able to do to help.

BN: I still haven't found a job.

BN: I had a complete breakdown today after my interview, key word is after thank goodness. when I let I already knew the girl before me had gotten the position as she was older and had MUCH more experience, so I ended up driving the 45 minutes home from Wayne, PA/ King of Prussia area to where I live in Croydon/Levittown, paying 10 dollars in tolls and crashing on my couch to eat a pint of chocolate ice cream w/ peanut butter the slept for a few hours.

GN: I am now feeling a bit better, though still somewhat defeated.

GN: Trying to use this time for writing but my defeated attitude sees top be affecting that as well.

GN: I just found out that if I don't have a job or anything by next Wednesday then Tom is taking me to Niagara Falls to freeze my butt off for Valentine's day ! :)

Feb 8, 2013, 9:55am Top

GN: I have a debate tomorrow. (I'm on debate team at my school)
BN: My team's totally not prepared

Feb 12, 2013, 7:25pm Top

GN: I got an A on my social studies test
BN: I forgot my password. (I'm hellosis)

Feb 13, 2013, 12:36am Top

#221: I find that is the worst part about passwords. You need to remember them. Or at least remember where you wrote them down. And in my case, you need to remember where your husband hid the book with the code used for the password, because it would be crazy to simply write the password down. I sometimes feel like we all live in a spy movie. :o)

Edited: Feb 13, 2013, 6:31pm Top

I can't decide if this is good news or bad news:

At first I was thinking "Noooo!" but . . . I think the idea is starting to grow on me.

Feb 13, 2013, 1:48pm Top

I like it. Yes, the old ones are as the article says, iconic. But a lot of books have been re-released with new cover art. The original covers aren't sacred, just the first. I expect that over the years, HP will get a new look every generation or so, just like a lot of other classics.

Feb 13, 2013, 4:09pm Top

yeah... Just Lookit how Disney screwed up Winnie the Pooh and company

Feb 14, 2013, 2:52pm Top

Well, I wasn't thinking of film versions...just book covers. Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, C.S. Lewis have all had cover changes with no great detriment. In fact, sometimes changing the cover art is a good thing. Not saying that about the original HP, mind you, just in some cases.

As to Disney Pooh, I actually have fond memories of the original Disney Pooh, that had Sterling Hallaway (?? was that his name??) as the voice of Pooh. Most of the stories didn't stray TOO far from the original. The new computer generated stuff, not so much. Now, he's just kind of a name brand that has little to do with the original. Feel the same way about the new Mickey Mouse. The old real animated stuff is what I enjoy watching. But then, I'm not 4 years old anymore. My granddaughter adores the current Mickey.

Hmm, that reminds me...I started reading Pooh to my daughter when she was 4. She could quote entire passages from it, and asked for certain chapters over and over (her favorites were when Pooh got stuck in Rabbit's house, and when Pooh tried to get some honey using a balloon). Charlotte's birthday is coming up, and I think it's time to continue that tradition...a trip to the bookstore is in order. :)

Feb 14, 2013, 5:21pm Top

My Mom read all the Pooh books to me when I was young. Her father read the same ones to her.

Feb 18, 2013, 5:32pm Top

It's been a while since I've been on (again). I've still been super busy with work related things. This past week has been kind of rough for my family.

First, the class fish died. Percy was 3, and was loved by us all. He was a very good fish.
Next, my cousin died unexpectedly. She had been sick for the last year and 1/2, but no one (even the doctors) were expecting this. The day of her funeral mom had to put Kirby down. He was 13 years old, and has not been feeling 100% for a while. He had a hard time hearing and seeing, but we though he was doing better. Last Monday night he was in so much pain. We called the vet and he told us to give him baby aspirin. It seemed to helped him some. Mom took him in and the vet found a large mass. She called me (I was out of town) and told me. Finnegan is so lost without him (so are we), and keeps looking for him.

Edited: Feb 19, 2013, 11:20am Top

#228 -- So sorry about all of your troubles, kirby.

Feb 18, 2013, 6:35pm Top

so sorry for your losses Kirby

Feb 18, 2013, 10:15pm Top

So very sorry, Kirby!

Feb 19, 2013, 12:30am Top

Oh no. I'm so sorry, kirby. {{hugs}} What a terrible time you've had.

Feb 19, 2013, 10:16am Top

sorry Kirby, that is truely sad

Feb 21, 2013, 1:17pm Top

GN:I had a great visit with my sister and nephews and my brother-in-law too.
BN: I'm not there now
GN: I have plans with bib this weekend!!!!

Feb 27, 2013, 7:38pm Top

poor Kirby **tear**

Feb 28, 2013, 10:37pm Top

BN: my hair dryer stopped working. But I had it for over 12 years. It was a good hair dryer.
GN: I have a spare that I got for guests.

Mar 1, 2013, 10:42am Top

Joined the YMCA 2 weeks ago, and finally went to a "20/20/20" Class...20 minutes each of aerobics, core training, and yoga. May I say that aerobics dance is the invention of Satan??? The core/weights portion was ok, and I really kinda enjoyed the yoga, but I hate aerobics dance. I am totally uncoordinated and incapable of moving both arms and legs at the same time. Added with bad knees and an artificial hip...it was not a pretty sight. However, the instructor was nice and encouraging and gave me hints and other moves that were more manageable. And the other ladies in the class were very encouraging. There are yoga positions I'll never attain (downward dog will probably never happen), but again the instructor gave options. I'm going to try Water Zumba on Monday. I hate the water (unless it's a nice steamy hot tub or bubble bath!), so we'll see how that goes.

BN: I am so sore!

Mar 1, 2013, 12:03pm Top

But it's a good sore, right exlib? :o)
If this was the first time you've done it, I wouldn't be so hard on yourself. Especially with the knee and hip problems. Dance moves are difficult for most people the first time out. You have to think of it as learning to walk. But try not to fall down a lot. And you will be amazed at what you can do if you keep up the yoga! If I were you, I would continue the class just for the yoga. Of course, my yoga mentor was practically a drill sergeant with what she made me do. If you keep it up, do yourself a favor and get a couple of yoga blocks. They help you experience the benefits of the form while your body is still learning to be more flexible.

Mar 3, 2013, 12:40pm Top

BN: Spent the weekend with cough, chills, aches, fever, etc. for the 2nd time in 3 weeks.
GN: Seems to be over now.

Mar 5, 2013, 5:57pm Top

JN: They finally admitted that the president of my country has passed away. I think this news was long overdue, we haven't seen him in public since December 8th.

Mar 9, 2013, 10:50am Top

So very sorry, Kirby.

MellieT: unless you know for sure the other person got the job, don't assume . . . just because she's older and more experienced. She may have blown the interview. She may be looking for more money because of her experience. You just never know!

BN: Washer died. Went to look at one I was going to buy as a replacement and it's exactly the same machine, which means it's pretty old, too. Not feeling that good about paying even $150 for it, but male people keep telling me I should try to negotiate a better price. I think it's kind of a male/female thing, as I don't feel that comfortable with the idea, but might try it anyway if I can screw up the courage.

Mar 9, 2013, 10:57am Top

BN: Oh, crap, got a call from the guy with the washer. Someone else wants it--there goes the negotiating room.

Mar 9, 2013, 2:08pm Top

Wow, ejj, my washer has been on the fritz too. Repairman is coming today to reinstall a part that stopped working after they installed it last month. Funny thing. It started working when the repairman came back and fiddled with it. He decided to replace it anyway since it might act up again.

I hope you have luck finding another machine if this one falls through, ejj. Maybe you'll find something less expensive.

Mar 9, 2013, 5:15pm Top

Well, I did get it. And it unbalances during the spin cycle, makes that awful thumping noise, and doesn't get that much water out. I am not altogether happy and will call on Monday to see if that 30-day warranty means anything. Meanwhile, they might take forever to dry, but at least there are some clean clothes. Minor joy, I guess.

Mar 11, 2013, 2:43pm Top

BN: last monday Isaac (my 2 year old) had to get 4 stitches in his forehead)
GN: the stitches were taken out last night
BN: they were taken out last night because we were at the ER because he knocked 6 of his teeth loose
GN: his teeth should be fine, they all got to stay in his mouth.

Mar 11, 2013, 11:43pm Top

Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry, rissa. You have your hands full, you don't need so many trips to the ER. I'm glad Isaac is OK. I remember how much my son fell at that age. The doctor always told me that's what toddlers do. They fall.

Maybe some strategically placed pillows...

Mar 20, 2013, 1:51am Top

GN: Washer got fixed and delivered back to me. Yay. It works. And no extra charge. Frankly, I was surprised by this

BN: Snow. Ugh. Like, it's supposed to be spring in a day. It doesn't look nor feel like it.

Mar 20, 2013, 6:49am Top

ejj Spring has sprung, give it time... :-)

Mar 20, 2013, 11:03am Top

It's definitely spring. I can see the crocuses popping up out of the snow. :o)
We had four inches of snow here. No spring-like temps are forecast until the weekend. Maybe.

Mar 20, 2013, 12:40pm Top

Yeah, somebody needs to fire that groundhog . . . no spring-like weather here, either.

Mar 21, 2013, 7:07pm Top

GN:  Volunteered for garden show and got to peruse for free.
BN:  My grandfather's health is on the fritz, so he's in the hospital.

Mar 25, 2013, 9:03am Top

Kirby - So sorry to hear allof your BN. My thoughts are with you, your family, and Finnegan.

Exlib - Good luck with water Zumba! I also have horrible knees but after the first few weeks of doing yoga for me I am almost as flexible as I used to be when i was a dancer!

Ejj - Thank for the encouragement! But as they were a temp agency and I have called multiple times to follow up (and they haven't even had the curtosy to call me back at all) I am not putting any faith in them at all. Sorry about your washer kicking the bucket, but I am happy that they fixed your new one for free!!!

Rosax - Sorry about your Grandpa, I will keep you both in my thoughts.

GN: I had 2 interviews for nanny positions last week!
BN: I haven't heard from either of them yet.
GN: There is still time!!! I will also be applying to more nanny jobs because along with writing I think Nannying is my calling!
GN: I can't wait to move in June/July because I will finally have an in house washer and dryer. I seem to hurt myself EVERYTIME i carry the laundry up the 2 flights of stairs to the laundry room here :(
GN: i have gotten a ton of new ebooks to read! Now just to add them to my library and load them onto my Nook!

Mar 27, 2013, 9:19pm Top

Hey All-
Persistence pays off!
In trying to enter a new book, I discovered LT down, so I checked out the latest news on another site. Checking a second time LT was still down and so checked out another site. The THIRD time was a charm, LT was working again! Now I can enter my book. Thanks to all the behind the scenes efforts of the dedicated LT staff!

Mar 29, 2013, 11:16am Top

I'm so sore. Mom and I raked the edge of our ravine yesterday, trying to get as much leaves up so mice and snakes wouldn't be tempted to hide there. After 2 1/2 hours we successfully raked the whole length (about an acre long) and chopped them up. I am now very sore. My shoulders hurt so bad that I can't move them. My right elbow (the one I severely hurt a couple of years ago) is also in lots of pain. I couldn't even sleep last night in bed because of it.
GN is that we didn't have school today. That way I can begin to recuperate. However, we have lots of cooking to do for this weekend.

Mar 29, 2013, 11:32pm Top

GN:  My grandfather is home (thank you for the thoughts, MellieT!) and doing well.

Sad News: Uncle Vernon has passed away. :(

Mar 30, 2013, 5:09pm Top

GN: we finally sold our house in PA. Settlement was yesterday. But we still have to pay for the new septic system.

Apr 1, 2013, 9:25am Top

GN: Tim just added a Time Zone feature to LibraryThing -- here's the announcement thread, with instructions: http://www.librarything.com/topic/152211

It's not something that I will use (at least, not unless I move to a different time zone at some point), but I know it will be nice for those of you who are not in the eastern US!

Apr 1, 2013, 10:06am Top

Does anyone really know what time it is? :o)

Apr 1, 2013, 10:44am Top

Does anybody really care about time?

Apr 1, 2013, 4:55pm Top

I can't imagine why.

Apr 1, 2013, 6:53pm Top

Time in a Bottle

Apr 1, 2013, 8:58pm Top

So it isn't an April Fools Day joke?

Apr 1, 2013, 11:44pm Top

Nope. Not a joke.

Apr 5, 2013, 5:08pm Top

GN:  In the near future, I shall have my very first, very own office.

Apr 6, 2013, 6:48pm Top

good for you!

Apr 9, 2013, 11:21pm Top

GN: Time for a new thread!

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