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Ironsos Smart shopping!
Asti Your DS must feel much better about things. It is obvious that the new owners totally underestimated the vital skills of the people/person running the business. Oops!
Asti That is good news for your DS. I hope the meeting turns into a job offer.
Dr. LEW Did I miss why your boyfriend is leaving Kansas? You are use to having girls as roommates but a guy is a different thing. Good luck.
Ironsos Smart move on the shopping. Since Penny’s changed their way of sales, I have not shopped as much online. I did hear that it was not much of a sucess so they are going back to having sales.
Lady Hawke I have been facinated by all the things you are uncovering at your mother’s.
I have been rereading THE Host in preparation for seeing the movie. It is the first movie I have been looking forward to seeing since the last Twillight movie. It is getting close to it coming out on DVD.
I got my new glasses yesterday. The frames are a black on the sides and a very dark red in front. My granddaughter said her new frames are the same only blue instead of the red. It is good not to have to keep pulling the glasses on and off my face like the plain reading glasses. After all these years I still have to get children frames in order for them to fit my face. My daughter says she has to do the same.
Oh I forgot to say that the Bud Shootout is Saturday night on Fox. They are calling it something different this year.. The Sprint Unlimited. Qualifying starts Sunday At 1 PM on Fox.
Good morning, Leaky.
Asti, I’m glad that yall had such an interesting day yesterday! I understand your sentiment towards your DS’s old workplace, but at least it’s something until a new job comes through. As my friends would say, sounds like “everything’s coming up Milhouse”. (Simpson’s reference. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M67E9mpwBpM) ;) Thanks for keeping us posted!
CoolG, he’s leaving Kansas because he’s not happy at his job and needs to find something he’s passionate about. He’s never really left the state for an extended period of time, and has only left the town for a few years. He need to explore and, as cliche as it sounds, “find himself”. He’s looking at graduate programs, and what he’s interested in will take him out of state. As much as long-distance may kill our relationship, him not being happy would kill it even if he stayed.
And I must say I get along better with him than any female roommate I’ve had. The last few years I’ve been annoyed when my roommate was home because it meant I had to share my space. Now I’m sad when he’s not around all the time.
Interesting to see so much enthusiasm of The Hobbit. I saw it in December in 3D IMAX. It was good, but it was not LOTR for me. It felt really slow and drawn out in parts; slightly awkward. I think making 3 movies is ridiculous; and I’m a purist when it comes to the books, so I don’t like the additions – I don’t think they add anything except an attempt at and excuse for a 3-part movie.
Before going to do my mother’s errands I am cooking up a quick pot of “cheater” chili, not a painfully careful recipe that takes ours. I need something for dinner for me tomorrow night but I don’t want to make it tomorrow and have the odor of it hit my DS in the face when he can’t have anything. So, I’m making it now. If he smells it tonight he can still have dinner.
Then, I am going to mix up the Gatorade and laxative so it can be really cold before he needs it tomorrow and I’m making up the Jello so it will be set before he needs it tomorrow.
Good morrow! Thanks all for the warm welcome back to the Poll Castle!
Work continues to be a pain in the rear; it’s been really busy and hectic, but it’s work shrug Again, we just gotta get through some hurdles and it’ll be back to not being so hectic. It’s always like that, where we get slammed, then it slows down, then slammed, then slows down, and on and so forth. There’s always changes in the programs that we work under, and we also had a big audit covering three years of records (which is still sort of ongoing, and we’ve been working with lawyers and trying to get it all sorted out), so all this caused us to get behind on stuff, plus the day-to-day administrative stuff that doesn’t slow down regardless of any additional work that piles up… so it’s been pretty stressful lately. Either way, I’m just trying to keep my eye on the light at the end of the tunnel.
Other than work, life is going well :-) Family is doing alright, and we’re all very excited because we have some family friends coming from Argentina in March. We love visits! Plus, I also have been getting out more with friends and I even have a (non-romantic) date with an old high-school friend this Friday! So, I’m definitely improving my social life (or actually getting one after a long time) and it’s been great!
I ended up getting the Bond book offer voucher, which was free. Now I have until 2/24 to decide if and which book I might get. I do like mystery/thrillers; I enjoyed reading Agatha Christie when I was younger, and enjoyed the Dan Brown books, too, but I haven’t read anything by Ian Fleming, nor have I read any mystery/thriller stuff in a long time. Actually, I haven’t read anything in a long time… But, that’s soon to change! Yesterday, my John Green autographed book set arrived! Which, by the way, is the least expensive it’s been in a long time; I’ve been eyeing it for months. It’s around $47 right now, for the four books – with two of them autographed, on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Green-Limited-Edition-Boxed-autographed/dp/0525426132/
I also bought the Spanish-language e-book of The Fault In Our Stars, and started reading it right away because I couldn’t wait to get the hard copy. I could feel myself getting really into it, and excited about reading again. So, I’m excited to continue reading TFioS this afternoon.
To continue the fun news, here’s another good one: I’m finally going to see Wicked this March! The touring company is coming to Orlando and I’ve decided to finally go for it. I’ve wanted to see it for a long, long time. So, I’m extremely excited about that, too!
And that’s pretty much it on my end! I’m gonna get back to work now, and I’ll be back a bit later ;-)
I just remembered it was Wednesday so I looked outside and it was snowing. Hmm the weather advisory that comes across the bottom of the tv screen says every county but mine is under snow advisory. I got on some warm clothes and took my trash out. I have to move the trashcan about 3 foot toward the road. Our trashman drives the truck that lifts the can by an arm on the truck. If people emptied the can, I would not have to move it since it sits by the fense.
Felipe I had to back space on your name since I spelled it like my grandson Phillip spells his name. It is nice to read what has been happenning with you.
We had our Shrove Tuesday today. Son had golf yesterday evening, and I wasn’t about to start cooking pancakes, (or giving daughter sugar,) at 8.30pm!
Daughter ate three…. With cheese, sugar and lemon, and finally Nutella!
I made a filling with haddock and prawns, with an improvised sauce, (very brave for me!!) with dijon mustard, lemon and cream added to a cheese sauce. I also did saute potatoes.
And I treated myself. I found Shadow of Night for half price, yay!
Daughter had hospital appointment today. And FINALLY I have it in Doctor’s words, if not in writing. She may have this diagnosis hanging over her for being so small at birth, BUT HE SAID THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH HER!!!!!! I know this, I’ve been telling everyone for years!!
DS has a days work tomorrow woohoo. It’s going to be odd for him, walking back in there. Thanks for all the positives about yesterday. xx
LEW, long distance relationships do work. My best wishes to you both.
Deanie, being only 3 pounds and 11 oz at birth meant the hospital felt they HAD to find a box to put her into. She didn’t fit into their “average” charts. Small is perfect! Especially since she is so healthy and active and bright. She still weighs only 46lbs but she is 127cm tall, NOT the shortest in her class, and she is a fabulous girl. Yes, all was far from right when I was pregnant, for whatever reasons, but I am very happy with the end result!
Asti We also had our pancakes today because I went to see The Hobbit yesterday and didn’t want a heavy meal in the evening. I was rather idle, I just used a tin of mild beef curry as filling for our first course, followed by lemon and sugar for the three dessert ones. We watched a programme on TV between courses. Very good news about your daughter and a vindication of your own observations. I found Shadow of Night very interesting because of the English historical setting. You can find portraits of some of the historical characters mentioned by looking on line and the costumes shown bring the scenes vividly to life.
I must try to get to bed before midnight for a change.
ASTI, so glad you had some vindication from the doctor. It is so difficult to lose labels once they are attached. Maybe I should make crepes for dinner on Friday night. They would be light and easy on the stomach after the colonoscopy that morning. I didn’t attempt anything special yesterday. There is so much my DS is not allowed to eat.
Today we think my daughter came in contact with one of the passengers in that curious van that was covered in Wiccan/Fey bumper stickers. She heard some children at school harrassing a girl. She was declaring she was Pagan and daring them to make anything of it. My daughter went over and told them to leave the girl alone. The girl took a look at my daughter and her silver charms around her neck, her Celtic Knot, her Artemis/Sagitarius, her cartouche, etc. and asked if my daughter was Pagan too. My daughter said she was a Christian but she was very interested in mythology, particularly Celtic mythology. Some of the other children said they had thought she was Pagan too. (No one gives her a hard time though.) The girl asked her if she was the one who had come to school dressed as Morgana on Black Out Day and my daughter said, “Yes”. The girl asked her if it was the same Morgana she was thinking of. Again, yes. The child’s backpack had stickers on it, like the van we saw at the bookstore. One said, “Got Fey?”, like the milk producers campaign “Got Milk?” My daughter told her how much she liked that. Again the child wanted to know if my daughter knew what a fey was. Well, of course. They decided they could be friends as long as neither one of them tried to convert the other. I told my daughter I was proud of her for defending the child. I also told her since she is Christian she should be careful that she doesn’t let anyone think she isn’t. I can’t imagine how difficult the lives of this very openly Pagan family must be. Since we aren’t Pagan there is no good reason to be persecuted for it but she can show solidarity with the child for her right to be what she is.
My daughter brought home a permission slip today to go for a photoshoot at a local park to have photos made for the yearbook for being voted Most School Spirited. They are also going to lunch. They are supposed to be nicely dressed for the photos. She was very excited.
LadyHawke – I am so proud of *LittleHawke*’because it is so hard for young ones to stand up for another. It takes great strength of character. :)
Asti – I am so happy for your DS. Lets hope he is back to working full time soon.
I forgot to tell you guys…. Last month I went to a second hand book store with my sisters. I found a first edition copy of “Goblet of Fire” and “Prisoner of Akzaban” for the amazing price of $1.50 each. They were the only copies of Harry Potter in the entire store. I grabbed them and brought them home with me. Granted I have copies of BOTH books but they were in such great condition I couldn’t leave them in the store. :D
Good evening, and a very Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!
My DS gave me a single red rose, a big hug, and a little speech about how much he appreciates all I have done, and how much I have helped him and been strong for him over the last few weeks. Which produced a little weep from me!
I made a prawn cocktail, and cooked duck a l’orange, which I think was above and beyond the call of duty, given the 10 hour shift I’d worked!
Still, day off tomorrow, before more overtime on Saturday. And I am off to meet my Mum for the day!
DS survived his day at work, and has the promise of a couple of days next week too.
I think that concludes my news, lol!
Lady Hawke, is your DS home yet? I do hope all went well, and he feels ok. And it is lovely to hear about your daughter. And I can’t tell you how happy I am that this school is so much better for her.
MM, that is quite a find! I don’t have either of those as first editions.
Graymayne, I have been looking forward to Shadow of Night, and the historical aspect is one of the reasons why. I love that period of history, and can’t read enough about it!
Oh poo. Lady Hawke, I have my days mixed up. It is Friday tomorrow. I wish your DS all the very best for his procedure. My apologies!
My first Valentine’s Day with a BF, and I’m sick. Boo. I was actually sick enough to take the day off. I went to campus for about an hour to hour and a half, then came home. Temperature was 100.4 at one point, but I’m finally starting to feel better.
I got a package delivered to my Museum office yesterday, and the BF had gotten me a bonsai tree. But not a traditional bonsai, it’s a gardenia bush. Gardenias are my favorite flowers in the world. He’s such a sweetie! I got him/us a couples massage at a local spa. I know he loves massages and I’ve never had a professional one before. So we actually ended up both getting gifts for both of us – since he’s always wanted a bonsai tree and I get a massage, too!
Unfortunately I don’t feel well enough to cook the special dinner I had planned tonight. I was going to do shrimp and grits with prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. I’m very upset about that. Hopefully I can do it over the weekend at some point. In the meantime, he’s going to pick up something on his way home from work. So we’ll probably have chinese or mexican take-out.
Stupid sick. I blame the carrier monkeys.
Ironsos You are a charmer! I feel all aglow:)
I actually spent the evening of St. Valentine’s Day on my own because my DS has been busy playing his ukulele and singing romantic songs at the behest of the owners of The Crown Country Inn for the guests treating themselves to the special evening dinner. I watched my DVD of The Hunger Games for the second time because the evening TV was rather dull, and I munched my way through half a box of chocolates.
For some reason I started watching episodes of “Scarecrow & Mrs. King” today. The thought
just came to me all the sudden. The fact that I was thinking of the original “Charlie’s Angels”
had a lot to do with it I think. Kate Jackson is my favorite Angel.
DR. LEW, so sorry you have had such bad luck on Valentine’s Day. The only time I had a real boyfriend on Valentine’s Day was the year I was engaged to my DS. Just pretend on the weekend that it is tonight. I hope this illness is a quick one and doesn’t ruin the weekend too.
My DS sent my daughter and I out to have dinner alone. He had started his prep for the procedure and had not eaten all day. So, between being hungry and what he was beginning to experience I don’t think he wanted us around, eating in front of him while he was hungry and not feeling well.
ASTI, you definitely went above and beyond the call of duty. I’ve never cooked any kind of duck, especially not after having worked a ten hour day.
My DS had a gift for me inside my card. I was quite surprised. As you know he is very inconsistent with the presentation of birthday and Christmas gifts, sometimes yes, sometimes no. A Valentine’s gift is a never sort of thing. There was a rattling as I handled the envelope and when I opened it there was a silver chain wrapped around the card top to bottom. When I opened it there was a pendant.
DEANIE, he must have had this for a very long time. It was from the Belk Museum of Asiatic and Judaic Art (The Jade Museum). He hasn’t been there in at least 18 months. When we were in the gift shop purchasing our tickets my daughter and I were looking at some silver and/or jade pendants. I noted a Judaic one I thought was particularly pretty. That is the one that was in the card. Now, I, a Christian, have my own Star of David/Chai (life) pendant on a silver chain. It looks a bit like a mezuzah, the litte case Jewish people have on their doorpost. It is decorated with a Star of David and a Chai symbol. It is open in the back so I suppose I could fit a tiny paper scroll in the back as is done with real mezuzahs.
Of course, as it is a silver pendant with symbolic meaning my daughter nearly took it off my neck as soon as she saw it. When I first opened it I went to my DS and asked if he had put it in the right card. My daughter is the collector of all silver symbolic jewelry. I was certain he had put it in the wrong card but he told me that it was mine, that I had admired it.
I will need to find some silver earrings to go with it when I wear it. I must have some in a jewelry box somewhere that will do the trick.
My DS is very hungry. I can remember doing this in August and how hungry I was and how miserable. His test is not until tomorrow. I must drive him there and back. He will not be allowed to drive tomorrow at all since he will have been sedated. After he is finished with his test we will go for lunch on our way home. By the time we eat it should be almost time to pick up my daughter from school. I am going to make a steak dinner for my DS tomorrow night with a tomato, onion and goat cheese tart. It will probably be a comparatively late dinner as we probably won’t have lunch until early afternoon.
I will be glad for him and even glad for me to have this test finished. It is not pleasant to feel guilty eating when someone else can’t eat. I still have to have breakfast when he can’t.
IRONSOS, I liked Scarecrow and Mrs. King better than Charlie’s Angels. I like Kate Jackson best as well so a show which only included her was a bonus.
Sorry, his test is not until tomorrow at 11 AM, at least 11 AM is when we are expected to arrive. So, the procedure probably won’t happen until around Noon.
Tip for anyone facing a colonoscopy – Get the earliest appointment available, preferably the first one of the day. Then you are finished in time for a late breakfast or early brunch. For my DS we just stopped at a fast food drive through. There is at least one of each major national and reagional chain between the gastrointerologists office and home, so he got his choice.
I actually went out to the car and got a catnap while he was having the procedure. It has been overcast or rainy for all of his visits. ;)
I am battling the Laundry Lion. Later I need to pack and start loading the car to head to Florida. We will be near Jacksonville, so no where near the theme parks. Which might be a good thing – the high temp there on Saturday is supposed to be about 60 F (15.5 C). I will be wearing slacks and long(ish) sleeves. I always roll or push up long sleeves, so I try to buy three-quarter length sleeves. ;)
Off to move things around in the laundry room. ;)
DEANIE, we couldn’t take an earlier appointment. I have to drive my daughter to school and then I have to drive the DS to the procedure. By the time my chauffering commitments were taken into account, along with my DS’s work schedule, that is what he was stuck with. The day I had my procedure I had to take my daughter to school and then my DS had to take me to the procedure and the one I ended up having to take was 10:30, not as bad at 11 AM, but bad enough.
We are in the last hour before heading to the appointment. My poor DS is very, very hungry. He has decided he wants to go to Olive Garden for lunch. Olive Garden is not my favorite. It is one of my daughter’s favorite restaurants and I get tired of it. There are other locally owned Italian restaurants I would prefer over Olive Garden. It is my DS’s choice as he is the one who has had to go without food since Wednesday night. I will find something.
It is suppose to turn cold again today. I decided I needed to wash my hair early. This is the first time the hair washing wasn’t so bad. Before I had to make sure water didn’t get anywhere near my eyes. Today I just poured rinse water on my head anywhere I needed it. I must have gotten it rinsed good because it is shinning now. It was easier too because it is not as long as it use to be. I love it when my hair is just a bit longer than my chin. I actually had them cut it so my collar wouldn’t interfer with it turning under. It is long enough to turn under but not so long that the curve falls straight after a few minutes.
Ironsos That was so sweet. Only Happy Valentine message I had from a male this year. Lol
Lady Hawke Your pendant is lovely. What a nice surprise from your DS. I hope everything goes ok today.
Graymayne Your evening sounded nice even if your DS wasn’t home. It sounds as if the candy was very good. Lol
Asti I hope the family enjoyed the meal you cooked after a long day at work.
Deanie I know you hate the traffic from the Nascar events. Too bad you will probably run into a lot of traffic heading toward Daytona this weekend. I hope you and Mr. Deanie enjoy your weekend.
Dr. LEW I hope you get to feeling better by the weekend. We use to wait until the weekend to celebrate special occasions. I would get the card and flowers on Valentine’s day but we would go out to eat on the weekend either before or after. The DS’s birthday was on the 13th so we usually celebrated both at the same time. One year I would have a Valentin cake and the next year would make a birthday cake.
It has been eight years and I now can wear my dressy watch again. It is a small watch face with no numbers. I can see the hands and tell what time it is . I know I am getting better because for so long I could not tell the time if it did not have numbers. I felt great when I could start wearing a watch with numbers. Before that I had to wear one that would tell you the time.
COOLG, I know it has to feel great when you can see tangible evidence of progress with your memory.