Favorite part of new Harry Potter trailer?
|The romantic good vs. evil swan dive||
|The "mother" of all duels||
|The Knights of Hogwarts||
|Dropped Dead Fred||
|3397 votes in total|
Alas Asti, Interstitial Lung Disease is progressive, & incurable… It can be slowed (if you are responsive to the drugs) but not stopped… Eventually, the only cure is a lung transplant or the big sleep!
Ironsos, that is good to hear.
Won, that is NOT good to hear. Are you on a waiting list for a transplant? How does it work in the US? Does insurance cover it? You also sound very isolated where you live, I worry you seem to spend so much time alone, forgive me. I wonder if you could get somebody to help around the house and help out with the shopping.
I am back from a long day. My father’s podiatrist appointment was quick and we went for brunch. When we took my parents home my father’s home health people showed up so I stayed while they vsited and asked questions. Then we worked our way home looking for shorts for my daughter. She has reached summer vacation with no shorts. I thought it was time she had some.
My DS has suggested we take the night off from painting. We are pretty tired. We have to get the visible part of the house finished before the end of May when my DS goes back to school. So, there is very little rest for the weiry.
Mine has to be Snape apparating, with his billowing cape of doom!
Other than that, I would have chosen the Lestrange vs. Weasley duel, despite the fact I’m going to cry when it happens. I’m gonna be the only one crying in my theater during that.
CoolG said: Lemon I think whatever gown you choose, you will look spectacular in it.
Thanks, CoolG! I hope you’re right. I ordered the big ball gown today. They can’t actually place the order until Monday since the vendor is in NY and was already closed, but that’s a good thing as I realized after I got home that I need to order one size smaller than I did after rechecking my measurements. :)
Oh, I missed Dan on The View and Dave, I totally spaced it! I hope they put up links.
LadyHawke I haven’t read all the way through yet to see how your day went, but I am with Deanie on you guys taking the rest of the house slower. Yeah, riiiiight! Two Type A personalities like you and your DS? No way. It’ll be done by the end of the week at the latest, that’s my wager. :)
Deanie I WISH I was close enough to go to your ren faire, it sounds like so much fun. I love that they do different themes each weekend like the big one in Texas that LH told me about years ago. I think ours is starting to do that here but it’s not super well organized (for that part of it) and I really, really don’t like their new location. It’s on a farm that rents the land out to them for the duration (three weeks) and the grounds are rocky and often extremely muddy, since this is WA and it rains 24/7. I don’t like to wear my better costumes there because of it, and the rocks hurt to walk on. They had a great place before, then decided they were going to buy their own land and really make it a big deal, did that, started to work on it and the zoning commission landed on their doorstep with a big “no-go.” So they ended up scrambling and wound up at this farm, but now they seem settled in there. I was really hoping they would continue looking for a different venue. sigh In any case, Deanie, yours looks fabulous and I do envy you being so close! Have a terrific time. :)
Jen I hope your nephew is okay. This school stuff is SO hard. My son was very nervous about starting school, too, and in fact did start almost a year late. Since he has a summer birthday we were basically able to pick which year to start him. If he’d started “on time” he would have been one of the very youngest kids in his class. As it is, he’s one of the oldest, though he is young for his age. He was absolutely not ready the year before, so I’m glad we were able to wait.
I know I had times of serious hostility and actual abuse, especially in elementary school, and then later the more general cliquishness stuff, even though I was technically part of the “in” crowd in junior high and high school. But the cliquishness goes on within that group as well and the pressure to conform is huge, plus I never felt very secure in that group anyway. My DS was also physically abused at school. Luckily, we both ended up finding our niches and were okay after that, but those couple of years were very hard.
My son is similar to my DS in temperament – very calm and sweet natured, shy, a little goofy. Polite, well-mannered (at least most of the time, LOL. He’s not a saint by any means, but overall he’s a very good kid.) But he has my ultra-sensitivity, too, and is not a tough guy at all. He’s artistic and musical and the only sports he’s interested in are golf and tennis, maybe track. I’m really hoping he finds a solid group next year. I’ve been worried about junior high for a long time anyway, just because of things going on nationwide like secret photos taken of unsuspecting kids in the locker room and posted on the internet, the drugs and other things that are standard now, it seems like. Now this just adds another layer of worry. It’s almost enough to make me homeschool him, but I just don’t have the patience (or time) for it, and he would miss out on the positive parts of the regular school experience. I’m hoping those will outweigh the bad, but if not, I may have to reevaluate that idea. I just hate all of this so much!
Thanks, Asti. I wish I could say that his school was proactive about this sort of thing, but if I was grading them I would give them a great big “T” for Trolls. I have other friends whose kids have had problems, too, and the school has been abysmal about handling any of it. I can’t wait for this year to be over and to be out of that school forever!
Glad you’re feeling better, Ironsos! Wow, that’s a lot of snow! It’s finally warming up a bit here. Soon we’ll be complaining about the heat instead of the cold, LOL. The rain is a constant, so it doesn’t really rate a comment, though we did have an unusually nice couple of days as a pleasant surprise.
Won I’m sorry to hear the effect of the breathing problems, but I am so impressed at how you are managing it all.
In LeakyCon news, the Starkid event is now SOLD OUT! I have to admit I am very surprised that the night at the park hasn’t sold out yet, but it has to be close. And I cannot wait to get the final tickets all sorted out for the movie and the keynotes. I also need to go through all my notes and lists and update everything to see exactly how much is left to pay for, plan, purchase, etc. I feel tired just thinking about it, but in a good way, LOL.
Tomorrow is my Everett meeting, so I won’t be around until late. I hope you all have an enjoyable Saturday!
I’m at work for a few hours, and then I’ll be at one nephew’s baseball game, followed by babysitting the other tonight. :)
It’s raining with a humidity of 90% and expectation of sporadic severe thunderstorms for the rest of the weekend. This is not ideal weather for painting. Part of me is quietly relieved and part of me is very aggrivated. I very much want this finished. I hate it being relentlessly there for me to deal with regardless of what else is happening in my life.
WON, you certainly have a stiff upper lip, glass half full attitude. Like ASTI, I wish you could find a companion although I know that is difficult when your mobility is limited. I understand the whole Neighborhood Association/Local Ordinance thing with the RV housing. Our neighborhood will not allow boats and RVs to be domiciled here. Our across the street neighbor regularly has his large sailboat, one large enough to live on, in his driveway for drydock work. It is normally in Key West. I’m sometimes surprised no one has given him trouble over it. We are the neighbors with the most direct view of it, right out our dining room window we have a full profile view of it. For some reason it does not bother me to have a view of a sailboat.
It is the neighborhood association that has decided to put a time limit on their tolerance of paint that was already on our house when we moved here. We did not paint the house. It was the way it was and now they have told us we must change it and we have through July to do it. My DS only has May out of school. So, that is why I am so anxious to have it finished. I feel a gun at my back since we are running out of time. Because the neighborhood has a covenant about colors they could bring charges against us if we don’t do as they wish. It doesn’t matter we didn’t do it. We have to fix it.
COOLG, we painted the, porch ceiling, front door and garage door last year. That was the absolutely worst part of the hideous paint job on the house. It was dark brown, burnt orange smear.
I know we’ve talked about Neighborhood Associations here before and I don’t think I’d want to live somewhere that had one. While I understand the reasoning behind them, I don’t think I could put up with other people telling me how my house can look. If I wanted to be told what I can and can’t do with my living space, I’d stick with an apartment. But once I’m in my own house, I’d like to be able to do as I please! I suppose it’s like anything else though; there are good groups and those that go to extremes. To me, bringin charges against people over the color of their house is extreme.
We have gray, foggy weather here again, despite the forecast calling for sun. I’m wondering if my nephew’s game will be cancelled. We’ve had so much rain lately, and when I look at the 10-day forecast, there’s lots more to come. I’m beginning to fear we’re going to have another summer like the one two years ago, when we literally went for 4 or 5 weeks with no sun, and the temps never went above the 80s. It was so depressing; I definitely couldn’t handle living somewhere like that all the time. At least if it happens again, I’ve got my week at LeakyCon to look forward to! :)
Jen: We are getting our first nice weather in a couple weeks here. Hope it is headed your way.
The sun came out and we have done 4 1/2 hours of painting in increasing heat and sun. My DS went up on the roof and painted the two false dormers, both the side casings and the front faces. I painted the last two coinings and started working on the front facing woodwork at the roofline.
I think I have finally convinced my DS that he at least needs to entertain the idea of allowing a professional painter do the front face peak above the roof line. He highest ladder would only take him about four feet higher than he had already painted and took him nowhere near the top of the peak. He still had a whole 6 to 8 feet higher than he could reach at the apex.
We painted until we could not tolerate the heat or the sun any longer. The clouds are building for the promised afternoon thunderstorms but we made good progress so I am content to come in and clean up for now.
I can say this about my neighborhood. Vernon Dursley would be very happy here. Everything is very uniform and compliant. Basically, the people on the neighborhood association board are a team of Vernon Dursleys. They are the enforcers and if anyone steps out of line on their “water pipe” usage there is someone to take them to task for it.
The good side of it is there are no junked cars parked in driveways. There are no living room sofas on front porches. There are no refrigerators on the front porches or piles of refuse in the front gardens. Now that our house is almost refurbished there are no uniquely awful eyesore paint jobs. There are no toilets sitting in front gardens or coffins with skeletons (Yes, there have been toilets and coffins with anatomical medical skeletons inside them in front yards in some neighborhoods.). These things have happened locally.
The things I really resent is we didn’t do this paint job to this house. So, I especially resent being given a time table about when and how it must be repainted.
Having showered and washed my hair I am still peeling the paint off. We are finished for the day and headed to dinner at Bahama Breeze. http://www.bahamabreeze.com/
Then, we are going to see Pirates of the Caribbean, a theme birthday.
I have spackled myself and am letting the hair air dry in route.
Some of the paint, unfortunately, remains.
Oh crap! I’m getting behind on here! I think I’m 3 or 4 pages behind now :-S
I’ve had late nights at work all last week and right now I’m doing some work fom home. At least I slept in today, almost to 1pm and caught up on my seep! :-P I have to finish some paperwork and then go to the office later today to print and file some things. Hopefully it will be the last of it! Hopefully so I won’t have to work tomorrow and I can relax. At least after this inspection has passed work will become a LOT more calm. We just really got behind with all the changes that went on, especially these last couple of months.
A little update on LeakyCon that I hinted to LH on Facebook: I was able to make hotel arrangements! I was super lucky and I persuaded my family to take a little vacation that week ;-D Well, my brother will be off school, my stepdad is unemployed right now and my mom can get the days off work, so we booked a hotel very near Universal! The hotel is about $100 plus tax a night (cheaper than any of the options offered by LC) and it has a shuttle that goes to Universal too, if needed! It’s great and I’ll only be paying half of the bill! :-D :-D :-D !!! So I just saved myself a bunch of money and the stress of looking for a hotel or a roommate. It’s awesome!!! Everything is falling in place for LeakyCon and I couldn’t be any more excited!!
Hugs all around!! :-D I’ll be back later or tomorrow to catch up!
Well, I survived another Saturday at work, thought that is about all that can be said of the day. DS played golf for his club….and won! He is very happy.
Lady Hawke, pretend the paint is intentionally part of the spackle. Have a wonderful time, and a wonderful birthday. xx
*Jen, I hope you have a fun time with your nephews! How is your pregnant sister? I hope all is going ok for them. Will they find out whether they are expecting a boy or a girl, or leave it as a surprise?
Lemon, the way you describe your son reminds me in many ways of my own. We are very lucky that our schools have very clear anti bullying policies……. the children actually have to read and sign a form when they start the schools. It is a real relief knowing that it will not be tolerated, and every instance is taken seriously. I am so sorry for your little one that his school is not supporting and helping him. It’s so hard to know we cannot fight their battles for them. I hope when he goes to his new school, he is a LOT happier. As he gets older, there’ll be a lot more extra curricular stuff he can get involved in, won’t there, so he can find friends with similar interests. xx
this storm system look like a seahorse.
LemonFaerie Go to the website and take a look at what ours offers:
Perhaps you will dream of being there. ;)
There seemed to be an awful lot of well endowed women wearing the corsets without a blouse under them.. Those women will be burnt in places the sun hasn’t seen since their baby days. Most of these women seeme to be close to my girth or larger and several were close to my age. Not a pretty sight! ;)
Why is it that men with bowed legs or boney knees are the ones who want to weat kilts. I saw more than my fair share of men who should never show their legs in public. This includes those in shorts, kilts and tight pants as part of their “pirate” attire. It almost looked like some of them borrowed their wife’s leggings to wear as the base for the costume. I cannot believe that their women encouraged this. ;)
I did have a rough time this afternoon once the heat built up. It really affected me badly. I came home and took a 4 hour nap. I feel much better now. ;)
I actually looked more closely at the clothing offered for sale. Much of it is better suited to winter. The predominate fabrics seem to be heavy velvets and brocades. I actually saw one dress made out of coated “black-out” drapery material. Even if the fabric had not been heavy, the fused on plastic lining would make it unbearable. The other fabric choices were a fairly heavy gauze weave and filmy, sheer-ish stuff that would not hold up to any method of cleaning and required some type of lining to avoid being arrested on indecency charges. ;)
Lady Hawke One of my coworkers lives where the neighborhood association insists that all curtain backs be white. One of the neighbors installed some very pretty floral print curtains in her bedroom, at the back of the house and she was actually fined. These windows were only partially visible to the neighbors behind her, not from the street from any angle. They fined her every day until she was able to get white liners made. I would have hung a white bedsheet up there until I got the liners, if I was foolish enough to actually buy a house there.
15 years ago all of the neighbors here had smallish children. Those same children are now in their 20’s and many of them still live with their parents. So instead of two cars per house, we now have several neighbors with 4 or 5 cars. A rule that all vehicles must be garaged out of sight would never work here. There seem to be a lot of restrictive rules by homeowners associations that become useless as families grow up.
It seems that kids don’t move out as young as my generation did and they frequently seem to move back in once they have moved out. Frequently they move back in with a spouse and/or children. Scary! ;)
Off to unwind and go to sleep. ;)
Evening, all! I’m back from my Everett group meeting. Totally exhausted, but it’s so worth it. I just love that chapter. We have way too much fun for it to be considered anything like a work-related event, LOL. Afterward, we all headed to the bar as is our custom and toasted each other and the fact that we were all still there after 6 PM rolled around. No end-of-the-world for us! YAY! It was a teensy bit unsettling that New Zealand had another earthquake and the volcano in Iceland blew, but other than that, it’s all good. ;)
LH I hope you had a great time out and enjoyed the movie. You’ll have to give a report on it when you have a chance. I haven’t been able to make up my mind about it based on the trailers. I’m glad you got so much painting done since that means you’re that much closer to being completely finished, but I hope the rest of your birthday was more satisfactory.
Asti I’m glad that your son’s school enforces the anti-bullying policy. Here they talk it up a lot as it’s the PC thing to do these days, they have presentations on it all the time and things, but when it comes to actual enforcement they are failing. It’s like the dress code. They have one of those, too, and they don’t enforce it, either. If they’re not going to enforce it, why bother having it? I’m not a fan of uniforms and never have been but I’m almost ready to say yes to them at this point. Some of the things the high school girls wear now are suitable only for one profession and it’s not one the high school teaches a preparatory course for. Though I guess they get enough of that from their peers… sigh It’s just astounding. But I am hoping very hard that the change in schools and everything in the fall will solve the current bullying issue and not make it all worse.
Deanie I’m glad you had a good time at your faire. I also react very badly to the heat, which is a huge issue for Florida, but at least I won’t be in costume when we’re outside. I’m limiting fan-related stuff to t-shirts for the parks. Costumes are indoors only! Most of my ren costuming is fairly light weight, but the really neat stuff is all in that heavy velvet and brocade. In CA they have faires in winter because the weather stays nice enough often enough to plan for them, but here there would be no way. We barely have enough rain-free days in summer to manage them! But I always do wish for an indoor, air-conditioned faire where I could wear all the really great costume stuff. It’s too bloody hot to even imagine it in summer. We roast as it is just in the thinner stuff we wear because there are so many layers and everything is full length, etc.
We have a Homeowner’s Association here, too, but we run it ourselves. We have the bylaws that the builder put in place when the neighborhood went up but the more ridiculous rules have either been changed or are simply ignored. But we have a very small tract, only 32 houses, and we all know each other. With the exception of one or two families, we all get along and generally agree on at least the major issues, so we haven’t had too many problems. There are some things that if people had chosen to make an issue out of them could have become problems, but we’ve avoided that so far. However, the front part of the neighborhood, which is a much larger section and is under a different HOA since it was put up by a different builder, is another story. Part of their problem, I suspect, is just a function of too many personalities and opinions, but they also have a couple of militant Vernon Dursleys in that neighborhood. They’ve mistakenly tried to enforce some of their BS rules on us a few times and we’ve let them know the error of their ways tout de suite. (Not us personally, we’re way at the end of a dead end street so we don’t get much notice down here, but others in our section.) We do have a couple of not very nice names for those particular Dursleys, and everyone in our part of the neighborhood knows exactly to whom one is referring when the name is used. ;)
Well, I am off to bed. Have a good night!
Morning all! We have sunshine this morning, I don’t know for how long.
Deanie What a bunch of Nazis in that neighbourhood association! I can understand the wish for a residential area that is neat, clean, well maintained and without rubbish, graffiti or dead cars but this insistence on uniformity is just sick!
I must go into the garden to check for rain damage after a very heavy burst of rain just as I was going to bed last night. It might be time to add some supports to the plants which get top heavy when wet and lean over into the path.
Aloha, just a quick pop-in. I can’t stay to play, but it looks like no one else can either. ;)
This morning it rained and rained and rained, lots or thunder and lightning. No painting could be done. My maid of honor emailed me that she was in town with her DS who was auditioning for the TN Shakespeare Company. So, I called her and arranged to accompany them to the audition and go to lunch. As will happen once I am in their car I am just with them. It is 6:19 PM and I have only been home in the last hour to prepare dinner.
We didn’t get to go to Bahama Breeze yesterday. We arrived at 4:30 for an late lunch/early dinner to find a two hour waiting list. We had three people on walkers so that was out of the question, especially if we wanted to make the early showing of the movie. So we went off driving looking for somethng else and finally ended up at Bonefish Grill. It is still a seafood restaurant, just a different more formal one. http://www.bonefishgrill.com/
I can tell you my opinion of Pirates is probably pretty useless to anyone here. My DS and I both agree that it is better than the one with the voodoo priestess I could not understand. I can tell it was a really fun, fast paced movie and Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush were great. I can tell that too. The problem is that they are just not my favorites, not even the best of them. I just get enough of all that jiggling and wobbling around Depp does pretty quickly. Don’t shoot me please. He is great and funny and indelibly memorable. I just get enough of it. It seems the movie was WAAAY LONG ENOUGH when they quibble about an HP movie being longer than two hours.
I will say I judged it to be excellent, just not my person favorite series of movies.
Made a small pot roast & gravy in the pressure cooker… Having it with home made smashies and steamed corn on the cob…
Washing it all down with sun brewed sweet tea.(not an easy thing to do with as little sun as there has been around here lately!) :+P
My friend had a birthday gift for me, a pair of emerald drop earrings. They were rather large emeralds so they weren’t clear but still nice green pear shaped drops. I have nothing like them and I’m certain I will enjoy wearing them.
She nows says there is actually a chance that she might be able to do LeakyCon. I told her if her boss cancelled her meeting she could still register now and that the park was not sold out although Star Kids is sold out. So, she said she would talk to her boss’s secretary and try to find out if she really had to be at the meeting and if she really had to be there.
WON, I hope when you cook even a small roast that it is big enough to have leftovers another day for when you might not feel like cooking. I would make a habit of freezing back at least one meal every time you cook for a day when you don’t feel like it.
JEN, don’t worry. I’ve committed to you and your room. My friend would have to find her own lodging.
I’ve had a semi-productive day. I helped my mother learn how to sell stuff on eBay over the phone, which was… interesting, LOL. Called the bridal store and got a smaller size ordered for the Ball gown, ordered a custom corset to go under it from an eBay seller I really like, and finally got the mock ups from the gal who is designing my business cards to match my website. After all that we went to see Pirates. LH I can understand where you’re coming from if the swagger and all that is not your thing, LOL. Luckily, we all loved it. I am not a huge fan of Penelope Cruz, actually, and did miss having Will and Elizabeth as part of the cast, but overall we were all happy with it. That’s good news for LP who is in Victoria this weekend with the band, so I will still be willing to go see it again. She was worried we wouldn’t like it and she’s miss out. :)
Now we’re just hanging out and relaxing, something that hasn’t happened around here in quite a while.
LH the earrings sound beautiful! I hope you put some pics on CC.
Hope you all have a great night!