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Posted by Melissa
May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
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The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
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Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
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I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
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245 Points

ASTI, I’m sorry you have an ouchy. Frying eggs is one thing I don’t think I’ve burned myself on. My DS saw them done at a hotel brunch where they were cooking eggs to order soon after we first married. Once the eggs were in the pan at a moderate temperature and set just a bit the chef added just a bit of water and covered the pan. The egg then steamed on top while cooking on the bottom without any hard fried edges or bottom. The glass lid also prevents splashing.

I had not thought about how many Christmas cards you send to the US in comparison to how many we send to the UK. That is quite expensive. It cost us $1.05 (.66 pounds) to send the cards to you. Oh, my, it appears to have cost you 1.28 pounds to send a card of similar weight to us, almost twice as much. That is if I have it right. I based that on a card weighing about 14 grams.

So, COOLG, ASTI and MM have their trees up. I’m so glad it appears I will eventually do the same.

Posted by Lady Hawke on December 08, 2012, 03:40 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Lady Hawke, fortunately the postage wasn’t quite that painful. They cost me 87p each. I don’t mind the cost, I really love how we send cards to each other, it’s very special.

Posted by asti on December 08, 2012, 04:11 PM report to moderator
245 Points

ASTI, I think I remember you are smart enough to send smaller cards than I am. It doesn’t really matter over here going your way. Any item up to one ounce or 14 odd grams goes for the same $1.05. I could send even larger cards at no more expense.

We are in the process of trying to ready our bedroom so we can sleep in there. It might not happen tonight but at least the process has started.

Posted by Lady Hawke on December 08, 2012, 04:20 PM report to moderator
925 Points

Asti If I remember rightly last year’s postage was 20p cheaper. Sorry to hear about the hot fat:( I’ll send you some healing. I have been working on my charity cards which arrived this morning. I spent this afternoon typing labels.

Lady Hawke I’m glad that the tree situation is looking promising:)

CoolG Well done for getting your tree decorated! It’s hard work:(

I need an early night.

Posted by Graymayne on December 08, 2012, 05:22 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Thanks, * Graymayne!* Although it has swollen badly, I now think I am going to get away without any blistering. Sleep well.

Posted by asti on December 08, 2012, 05:39 PM report to moderator
245 Points

Probably fifteen years ago I picked up a preheated cast iron skillet with my bare hand. With the other hand I picked up the cold one with an oven mitt. When I realized my mistake I put them both carefully down on the stove top, finished what I was doing in the kitchen, filled a plastic container with ice water, stuck my hand in it and went quietly upstairs. After some time had passed my DS came looking for me. As soon as he opened the bedroom door and said he wondered where I was I burst into tears. I showed him my hand which was full of big blisters all across the palm and fingers. He put me in the car and took me to the minor medical emergency center. They bandaged me up and gave me a prescription for a cream. It was a little pot and I kept the remainder when my hand healed. Whenever I burn myself I go to my little jar and use a miserly amount on the burn. It makes all the difference in the world to use the cream as soon as the burn occurs.

We are still sleeping in the living room tonight but we made some progress toward moving back into the bedroom. My DS is getting the furniture I couldn’t move pulled away from the walls so we can vacuum behind. He is also checking inside the covers of the power outlets to be sure nothing is hiding behind.

Posted by Lady Hawke on December 08, 2012, 08:46 PM report to moderator
245 Points

I am going to make breakfast and we are going to vacuum behind the big furniture my DS moved last night and then he is going to shove it all back into place and we are going to drag our air mattresses into the bedroom.

Posted by Lady Hawke on December 09, 2012, 09:37 AM report to moderator
1884 Points


My daughter came over yesterday with my Iphone. Although it is a new phone, it is an Iphone3. My son-in-law is getting the Iphone4. We are all on the same family plan and for the last 2 years, they have gotten my new phone. They spent about 2 1/2 hours getting it set up for me. Thank goodness they did. I am having trouble enough trying to use it. I have downloaded the instructions on my computer. After I get my eyes done, I may download them to the phone. I am thinking about Graymayne trying to get use to her new TV and assories.

I am sure I will love this phone when I learn how to use it. Jennifer has a droid or something so it is different but she is helping me. Now I wonder if there is an application for this site? I heard this noise this morning that I thought was coming from the TV. Jennifer told me it was my phone alarm to remind me to take my medicine. Lol

Asti Hope your burn does not blister. I was just thinking this morning about how much it probably cost you to send Christmas cards to us in the US. I think I will take Lady Hawke advise and just put 3 stamps on. This will get them in the mail faster since I am not driving until I get my eyes done.

I did buy some new cards because I didn’t think I had enough from the ones I found. Plus I don’t want to send the same ones as last year. I have done that before. This is individual ones that I have bought more than once. See I am a creature of habit. I seem to like the same type of cards each year.

My Bridgette is wanting to go out. So I am going to sumit this before it is left waiting and probably lost.

Posted by Cool G on December 09, 2012, 10:30 AM report to moderator
245 Points

COOLG, I sent out a bunch of cards that had accrued over the years, odds and ends, mostly what my mother has passed on to me in bits and pieces. So, I did not choose these cards myself. I still have a lot of the ones I sent last year. Someday I’ll use them again but, although I like them better than the hodge podge I sent this year, it was too soon to send them again. I’ll try to pick up some cards when they go on sale this year to use next year.

Best Wishes on learning how to use your iphone. I think I want a Droid when I replace my Blackberry next time, one with a push out keyboard.

Posted by Lady Hawke on December 09, 2012, 12:40 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Good evening!

I have escaped with one largish blister, and a couple of teeny tiny ones. As long as I protect it at work tomorrow, It’ll be ok.

Talking of phones, today we bought my son’s Christmas present…… An iPhone 4s. He will certainly be surprised. We know he wants an iPhone, but hasn’t asked for one because of the cost. We paid £99 for the phone, and I have taken on the contract at just over £20 a month. The deal runs for 24 months. Come next summer, son can get a job…… It will be expected that he will take over the last 12 of those 24 months himself.
I cannot WAIT for them both to open their main gifts this year. They are going to be blown away!

This is what I use my overtime money for. As soon as I get paid, I take out the extra, and put it in another account. This forms the bulk of what we spend on the kids at Christmas.

Posted by asti on December 09, 2012, 12:48 PM report to moderator
245 Points

ASTI, I’m excited over your children seeing what they have for Christmas.

When will you get to see your parents? I know your mother’s time is much more consumed than the average person this time of year. Will you see them on Christmas Eve or Christmas afternoon? When does your family unwrap and when does Father Christmas come?

Posted by Lady Hawke on December 09, 2012, 01:14 PM report to moderator
245 Points

My DS is vacuuming the floor and baseboards behind the heavy furniture!!!!!! Once he is finished we can shove it back against the walls and vacuum the middle of the room. Then, we can move in!!!

Posted by Lady Hawke on December 09, 2012, 01:39 PM report to moderator
231 Points

Nice little snow last night. A couple inches.

Posted by ironsos on December 09, 2012, 01:41 PM report to moderator
245 Points

IRONSOS, we are still at 70F (21C) and overcast and rainy for today and tonight. Tomorrow we hit the 40s (6C to7C) for a couple of days before we begin to creep upward again.

Posted by Lady Hawke on December 09, 2012, 01:52 PM report to moderator
436 Points

Cold and wintery here, but no snow. But still a good day to stay at home on the couch. I have to write an exams for tomorrow, but I don’t think that will take too long.

Got my Harry Potter Christmas tree up last night and bought a Christmas cactus last night, so it’s looking a little more festive around my house.

Glad to hear all are getting into the festive spirit!

Posted by Dr. LEW on December 09, 2012, 01:56 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Lady Hawke, on Christmas morning the kids pile onto our bed to open their stockings, then after breakfast we go into the sitting room and exchange the rest of the presents. The main gifts are saved for last. We’ll have a walk while the turkey cooks, and we eat late afternoon. How about your Christmas?
I have no idea yet when we will see my parents. Certainly not on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

LEW, we have a Christmas cactus too!

Posted by asti on December 09, 2012, 02:17 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, we would normally gather at my house for dinner on Christmas Eve after which we might drive out to see our Santa in our old neighborhood who has now moved to North Carolina. This year neither of those things will occur.

We will go to my parent’s house for Christmas Eve dinner and probably play board games.

Normally, we would have Christmas breakfast here but this year I will need to be preparing what I will be taking to my mother’s house for dinner. So, the three of us will have a quick breakfast here, clean up, cook what is necessary and pick my DS’s mother up on the way to my parent’s house.

So, Christmas is definitely going to be different. The grandparents won’t be here to see Santa presents which are done in the morning before breakfast.

My daughter will unwrap her gifts after dinner at my parent’s house. The rest of us are not exchanging. I’m afraid the whole bedbug and mattress issue has consumed our Christmas and more besides.

But we will be together and there will be more than enough food and it appears there will be trees.

My DS has dragged our mattresses to our bedroom. So, a major step has been taken toward reclaiming the corner by the fireplace for the tree.

Posted by Lady Hawke on December 09, 2012, 04:56 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Lady Hawke, lack of money means my DS and I have agreed not to give each other much of anything this year. Last year he gave me this iPad, which was over generous in the extreme.
I am delighted you’ll be able to have your tree. AND your bedroom. Even if it not back to normal, at least you are in there.
Your Christmas might be different from usual, but it still sounds good.
I would like to see my parents on Christmas Day.

Posted by asti on December 09, 2012, 05:04 PM report to moderator
925 Points

Evening all! I’m cheered by all the positive news this evening. My DS realised an ambition this afternoon, to bake Beef Wellington for the two of us , using loin of beef from our local butcher and a bag of ready mixed puff pastry to which you just had to add water, (he couldn’t find any frozen pastry at the supermarket). I had to look on the internet for a recipe, neither of my books contained one. (Can’t you tell I haven’t been a keen cook!) I cooked the shallots and mushrooms which line the inside of the pastry but my DS did the pastry, his first ever. I don’t recall making anything but shortcrust pastry myself and that was mostly Xmas mincepies. I printed out the recipe because I couldn’t memorise it and I hate being out of my comfort zone. Fortunately my DS enjoys a challenge. Anyway, between us we turned out a delicious meal which we are considering repeating for Christmas Day. We will be eating out for the Winter Solstice as usual. The purists would have remarked that the beef wasn’t pink but that was due to our inexperience and lack of a meat thermometer. We will try to do better next time. The recipe was at the bottom of a column in the Guardian newspaper if anyone is curious to check it out.

Posted by Graymayne on December 09, 2012, 06:00 PM report to moderator
245 Points

While my daughter and I were out to the grocery my DS dragged the Christmas tree down from the attic. I came in so busy, trying to cook dinner, that I didn’t notice the tree lying on the floor across the room in front of me until well after I had eaten dinner. I was thinking I would have to ask him to help me bring it down tomorrow night.

We have gone absolutely nowhere this weekend so once we were out to the grocery my daughter convinced me to take her to the bookstore. She had some money burning a hole in her pocket. She came out of the bookstore with three paperback books. So, she is elated. She has written about 1200 words of her book this weekend. That is not a lot compared to people on Na No Wri Mo but it is some progress.

ASTI, was your mother in her profession while you were still home? Did you just tag along and stay out of the way?

I have never attempted a Beef Wellington. My eyes bugged out when I saw the word neither in connection to cookbooks. I have shelves and shelves of them and hardly ever use them. I may use one once in awhile as a theoretical starting point to begin a dish.

I’ll have to take note if I have a Beef Wellington recipe on hand.

What did you cook to serve with it?

Posted by Lady Hawke on December 09, 2012, 09:51 PM report to moderator
85 Points

My tree needs more lights. :(
Some strands are just too old.

I’m watching “Dark Night Rising”. I have never seen it before.
I also saw “Breaking Dawn 2” in the movie theatre on Friday. I LOVED IT!!
I want to see it again and again. I went with the one office girl they moved after they moved “Senior Clerk”. She misses our office, but she is learning to be happy in the other schools.

Posted by Madame Minerva on December 09, 2012, 11:07 PM report to moderator
404 Points

Wotcher Yall

you are welcome Asti

got yours Ironsos thank you

Posted by Sirius B (HeartMagic104) on December 10, 2012, 12:55 AM report to moderator
925 Points

Lady Hawke I knew that confessing to owning only a couple of recipe books would shock you, lol. I cooked broccoli and baked potatoes and I didn’t use a fancy mixture of mushrooms in the Wellington, just simple white button mushrooms. I didn’t use Madeira either but stuck to my DS’s Damson wine and the mushroom and shallot mixture served with the finished Wellington tasted wonderful. I was really impressed by the pre-packed puff pastry mix, it was a revelation. This was the first time I have ever bought shallots, now I have to finish up a bagful.

Posted by Graymayne on December 10, 2012, 03:51 AM report to moderator
436 Points

The BF wanted to watch Harry Potter last night. Definitely a keeper. ;)

I am proud of myself because I started writing Christmas cards last night. Hopefully I actually get around to addressing and mailing them this year.

Today is exam day. Final exam in my invert paleo class. Let’s see if my students will still talk to me after this…

Posted by Dr. LEW on December 10, 2012, 09:06 AM report to moderator
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Neither of my largest oldest cookbooks had a recipe for Beef Wellington. The third book I picked up was called Cooks and Company. It did have a Beef Wellington recipe. It is from a ladies service organization in my mother’s home town area. This book was published 24 years ago in a relatively small town where exotic selections of mushrooms would have been unheard of at the time. They would have had nothing other than white button mushrooms and those are called for in the recipe, actually it just says mushrooms. Also, it allows for the use of the white part of green onions if you can’t access shallots. I’ve never seen shallots in a bag, just bundles. Instead of Madeira this recipe calls for common dry sherry. So, recipes can be made with the items to which one has access. I’m sure this version of Beef Wellington would be delicious and only people who are mushroom snobs would know the difference.

I have noted in the last month an insurgence of a wide variety of fancy mushrooms in my local grocery. Generally my store carries white button and Portabello, sometimes Shitake. Now, I’m seeing all sorts of strange little mushrooms I’ve never seen before. I wonder if they are just stocking them for the holidays.

Posted by Lady Hawke on December 10, 2012, 09:50 AM report to moderator
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DR. LEW, this man is either amazingly tolerant or you have strange magical powers to Imperious him. Is it difficult to determine what level of information it is reasonable for undergraduates to have retained functional knowledge as opposed to graduate students? You have recently been a graduate student for some length of time. Is it difficult to remember what was expected of you twelve years ago?

I had a recent graduate teaching her first class when I was an undergraduate. I happened to be the ONLY student in the class. When she lectured me she read from her graduate school notes from a more advanced version of the class I was taking. When I struggled with keeping up with the pace of her lecture while taking notes and had to ask a question she refused EVER to repeat anything she had said. She told me that once I reached graduate school professors would not repeat anything and would not reexplain anything. When I reached graduate school I did not find her position to be true in the least. I had professors reteach entire sections of course work to the entire cohort when it was apparent we had not “got” it. We interrupted and asked questions throughout lectures just as we would have done in high school. I have since determined my newly minted instructor was so nervous she was using my innocence as a means of intimidating me so she didn’t have to repeat of explain anything more plainly. I have a feeling she had never had to teach anyone else anything before we sat facing each other across a table.

Posted by Lady Hawke on December 10, 2012, 10:01 AM report to moderator
436 Points

LH, neither – he’s just a HP fan, too. After setting up my Harry Potter CHristmas tree, he started getting in the HP spirit, too. Also, I showed him the opening song to AVPM and he loved it. I caught him humming some of the chords while we were watching SS/PS.

As a lecturer, I like to think that I accomodate the speed of the students – I’m always willing to stop lecture to answer questions. If I don’t feel like I covered/explained something well, I try to go back and re-explain something. I give the same lecture and exams to my grad and undergrad students (all the undergrads are juniors and seniors). I do require a bit more work from the grads throughout the semester, but generally grade on the same scale (the classes I took that were undergrad/grad were all like this). Perhaps I require a bit better writing skills from my grads.

You’re right, though, it has taken some adjustment to remember what it was like to be an undergrad. I did find that I had to re-adjust my expectations for my undergrad students as my perceptions have been warped from being a grad student from the past 9 years. Additionally, while I am trying not to “dumb down” any of the content, I have to remember that my current university isn’t quite the same caliber as where I did my undergrad. Not that I don’t have some excellent undergrads, just that I went to a top 25 liberal arts university.

While it sounds like you had a rough experience with your first-year professor, I can see how easy it is to get intimidated the first time you’re in a classroom on the other side of the table. For better or worse (and in the case of your experience, for better), I’m teaching two classes this semester that I NEVER took as an undergrad or grad student. Consequently, I do not have past notes to rely upon. Personally, I’m relatively pleased with how I did this semester, and I haven’t heard too much negativity from my students. I’m looking forward to getting teaching evaluations back from students.

Posted by Dr. LEW on December 10, 2012, 01:24 PM report to moderator
245 Points

My tree is standing!!!!! There are no ornaments on it yet but it is standing and the lights are on. There were several strands or partial strands of small lights that did not light when I plugged the tree in. I had seen a product in the pharmacy that said, “Fixes Light Sets” so I purchased one this morning, knowing I have some serious problems facing me when putting up my parent’s tree. A whole section went off before we took their tree down last year. The light gun was in the car so I went out and brought it in. I removed one light bulb from each strand that was not working and plugged the light socket into the gun. You pull the trigger a few times and it repairs the light strand. The strand comes on and you put the light bulb back in.

If that doesn’t do the trick the gun performs some other amazing stunt and finds the specific bulb where the circuit is broken, using a voltage detector in the gun, and you can plug that socket in and repair that one specifically. I am AMAZED. I have never been able to put up my tree without several trips to the pharmacy to purchase new strands of lights.

This silly red plastic gun is practically one of my prize possessions at this moment. I will never want to put up a tree without one again.

When my daughter comes home I expect she will want to start putting the ornaments on the tree.

Posted by Lady Hawke on December 10, 2012, 02:59 PM report to moderator
231 Points

LadyHawke: Got your card today. Thanks.

Snow flurries all day today.

Posted by ironsos on December 10, 2012, 04:39 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Good evening!

I am feeling a little accident prone. After burning myself on Saturday, (healing nicely, though largest blister still blistery, lol) today at work I managed to crash a full cage of stock right into the back of my ankle. I took out a fairly huge chunk of flesh, and to say it is painful to walk in shoes is an understatement. However, since the forecast for tomorrow morning is about minus 4 degrees, I don’t think bare feet is an option.
I was sent home from work. I hobbled on for 2 hours, but it was still bleeding.
I feel fairly pathetic. I did, after all, walk around on a broken foot for a month before diagnosis. But it is very sore. And I freaked out my daughter by leaving my blood soaked sock soaking in cold water in the bathroom basin!

Lady Hawke, yay yay yay for starting the tree! And for the magic light thingy. I spent £30 on new lights this year…. I want a magic gun too!

Posted by asti on December 10, 2012, 05:04 PM report to moderator
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