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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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436 Points

LH, sounds like you and your daughter had fun. I’ve always wanted to go to one of the pottery painting shops, but haven’t made it yet. And the wedding will be in my hometown, but we’re having a second reception where I am not for all of my BF’s family who won’t be able to to make it to the wedding.

Thanks, MM. And I’m so glad to hear that you’re finally getting a chance to rest and be lazy before the next semester starts! It’s good to hear that you’re enjoying it so much! Keep up the good/no work! ;)

Posted by Dr. LEW on August 07, 2013, 09:34 AM report to moderator
231 Points

Some of these are pretty funny.

Posted by ironsos on August 07, 2013, 01:39 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Good evening!

Daughter and I are home, having had a really wonderful few days away. It was good to see so much of my parents, both of whom were in good form, and even Mum seemed to be in less pain and discomfort than is unfortunately usual.

Daughter went with her Grandad to the event with The Princess Royal. Although she didn’t get to meet her, she did see her up close. Dad was heavily involved in the setting up of the project TPR was opening, so, though not part of the “elite,” was placed in front of the main crowd.
Daughter was largely unimpressed by her brush with Royalty………there was far too much hanging around and waiting for her liking, and the food on offer was apparently not very nice!

LEW, I have a few questions that I now have the leisure to ask…..! Did you anticipate a proposal last weekend? Did you choose the ring together, or did he get the perfect one all by himself? Did he ask your for your Father’s consent, and was that a factor in the timing of the proposal? When do you think the wedding might be? Will you take his name, or keep your own? Lol, ignore any or all my nosy questions, but I am honestly so happy and excited for you both!

Won, how are you?

Posted by asti on August 07, 2013, 04:27 PM report to moderator
245 Points

My daughter and I went to see Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. She was horrified that 3/4s of it never happened in the book, even more off track than the first movie. It is strange since Chris Columbus directs these movies they are so terribly off the mark.

Then, we went back to the pottery painting place and she worked another couple of hours. She is still not finished. She has completed most of the work on the front of the piece but now she has to finish off the edges and do the back. The man assisting at the store yesterday suggested she paint another Alice In Wonderland Character of the bottom when she signs her name and dates it. She will probably finish on the next visit but it won’t be a quick glossing over of paint on the bottom and signing her name.

ASTI, so glad you had a pleasant visit with your parents and found them both well. It is too bad your daughter was not duly impressed with her experience with TPR. Maybe she will remember it with a better frame of reference when she is older.

ASTI, you are just asking all the questions I have been wanting to ask. I’ve just been doing it a couple at a time. I think DR LEW needs to go to CC and write a large diary entry telling us everything in glorious Technicolor detail. Inquiring minds want to know.

The first day of school is tomorrow. My daughter is more than a little fearful. She is worried she won’t be in any classes with her friends from last year, the friends that made school tolerable for the first time. She is very worried she will be cast alone into the world of the mean girls once again. It breaks my heart to see her so worried. It makes my face and scalp burn too.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 07, 2013, 07:44 PM report to moderator
245 Points

I’m having a difficult time putting myself to bed tonight. I suppose it is out of spite for having to get up tomorrow. I have slept like I was dead the last two nights I have been home, could barely get up, and now I don’t want to go to bed. I dread the morning. This summer has not been any sort of a break. It has been nothing but funerals, surgeries, doctor’s offices, and waiting endlessly for the house to close, for the refinance our house to close, etc. New Orleans was a bit little too late. We haven’t recovered from it yet and now we are back to the grind. I have tried to fit and entire summer into the last week, the last two days in particular.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 07, 2013, 11:09 PM report to moderator
85 Points

Good luck to LittleHawke. :)

Posted by Madame Minerva on August 08, 2013, 03:26 AM report to moderator
436 Points

Crazy to hear about school starting for everyone this week. Thank God I still have another week and a half – though it’s all going way too quickly. Teaching all summer kicked my butt and my morale and I’m not looking forward to the new semester AT ALL – especially since I’m teaching another new course from scratch.

LH, good luck to LittleHawke. I hope she has a good mix of old friends and opportunities for new friends in her classes!

Asti, I welcome the questions. We chose the ring together – back in June. He panicked when I told him he had to pick it out on his own – he thought if I didn’t like the ring I wouldn’t say yes. So we went out together so he would know what I liked, though he was still supposed to pick it out on his own. When we went out a second time (they didn’t have the ring I initially liked here in the town I live in now), we ended up just buying all our rings (my two and his one). I guess it turned out well this way because we ended up getting me a ring neither of us ever would have looked at had the sales lady not brought it out of the case. (Plus it was on clearance, so a good deal, to boot!)

That being said, because we had the rings for over a month before he proposed, I knew it was coming. I was trying to get my ring all of July (he had hidden it from me), but he really wanted to wait until we went to visit my parents so they could spend more time together. He also wanted to ask my dad in person – rather than over the phone, especially when they had spent so little time together. It was definitely the right thing to do, I’m just really impatient. So I was expecting it while we were in Atlanta, he just drug his feet, so it wasn’t when I expected while we were in ATL.

We were with my parents for 4 days and 3 nights. On Friday night we talked about how we were going to talk to my parents about marriage on Saturday night – he was stalling. So on Saturday night the four of us had a nice, long dinner together. Lots of story telling (mostly by my dad), and the BF still didn’t bring up the subject. So I was pretty pissed by 11pm on Saturday night and tore into him a bit – that we had waited and come to visit my parents together specifically so he could talk to my dad in person and he blew it. So the BF awkwardly went to find my dad, who just happened to be in the kitchen getting a glass of water for my mom – so the BF was able to corner him. After all that – especially me pushing my BF because I thought my dad would be upset if he wasn’t asked for consent – my dad was like, “I don’t know why you’re asking me. You don’t need my permission, you should talk to Laura.” Facepalm All in all, my dad said yes after a brief chat. Then my dad told my mom, and my mom came down to talk. She definitely agreed that my dad should have been asked, so I’m glad the BF did. After that, he still hadn’t proposed OR given me my ring, so I had to nag him a bit… ;)

The wedding is going to be August 2, 2014 in Atlanta. As to my name, I’m going to make things really confusing. I’m going to take his last name legally and switch my last name to my middle name, and probably drop my middle name. However, I’m going to keep my name (including my middle initial, which I use in publishing) professionally. This will keep things better professionally – everyone knows me by my maiden name in my field, and it keeps me in the same place in bibliographies when I get cited in publications. I don’t want to hyphenate at all, and (as I’ve seen with other women in my field) a double last name just gets confusing – no one knows what to call you or how to cite you. So this is my plan for now, and we’ll see how it goes. He was actually pretty floored when I told him I wanted to take his last name legally – he was apparently assuming that I was just going to keep my name. Overall, he seems pleased with the plan.

Posted by Dr. LEW on August 08, 2013, 09:21 AM report to moderator
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Thanks, DR LEW, I’m back from dropping my daughter at school. It took forever. First there was a four car wreck on the north-south passage going north toward the school. So, there was an enormous backup for all vehicles coming from the south toward the school. Then, the unloading process was going very slowly. They had their shopping bags full of supplies to drag out of the cars, plus you had all the new people who had no idea where they were headed.

My daughter took the time in the car to get herself organized so she could jump out quickly. She did note the other anxious faces we were passing in the double car line headed up to the school. I think it made her feel better than most of the others were looking less than confident while still in the car with their mothers.

DR LEW, with a year to work on this wedding you should have plenty of time to order whatever wedding gown you want from absolutely anywhere in the world. I planned a wedding in five months and found I was right on the edge of deadlines all the way. Do you already know what sort of wedding gown style you believe you want? My DS did talk to my father first. I think their conversation was fairly traditional and I think my father did grill him a bit, put him through an interview. Obviously, in this day when the daughters are professional women the men don’t have to ask the father anything at all. However, I think it creates better feeling in the father toward the future son-in-law. He doesn’t end up feeling his little girl was just hijacked from him.

I ended up hyphenating my name. I had these diplomas, licenses and professional certificates on my office wall with my maiden name on them. I was having to sign my name and professional credentials on medical tests that might potentially be seen by attorneys or in court. My signature was a legal thing. So, I was anxious that my professional signature matched the name on my diplomas, licenses and professional certificates. Hyphenating the name was the only way to keep my maiden name and add my husband’s name to it. It does confuse people. They don’t know if how they should alphabetize you or what they should call you. When I go to a doctor’s office many times they have to look me up under each name because neither they nor I know whether they put me in their system under my maiden name or husband’s name. Socially, I just used my husband’s name. I don’t even bring my maiden name into it. When we were signing our refinance papers last week I had to sign two different ways. Some papers required my full legal name with the hyphen and some required my first name and my husband’s last name. It was pretty confusing. So, depending on what I am doing either name can be my legal signature in different circumstances.

So….after all that he just went to the bedroom where he had the ring in the suitcase and handed it to you?

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 08, 2013, 10:07 AM report to moderator
245 Points

Thanks to you too, MM. I know you know what it is to see unhappy kids at school.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 08, 2013, 10:27 AM report to moderator
436 Points

LH, that’s exactly how it worked – just grabbed it out of his bag after I was done giving hints that I wanted my rings. I’m sure there was some plan that I ruined, and after hearing some of his ideas, I’m glad I did. ;)

Posted by Dr. LEW on August 08, 2013, 11:21 AM report to moderator
106 Points

Good evening!

Although I had to tackle the washing basket and do a supermarket run, I am still very much trying to be on holiday. I soent some quality time on a sunny bench in my garden with the Kindle.

Lady Hawke, I do hope your daughter’s first day back is going well. This must have been on her mind all summer. Although my daughter is a little disappointed with her new teacher, and not being in the same class as a couple of her close friends, at least she knows. I think this is preferable. I imagine you are on tenterhooks, waiting to collect her and hear how it’s been for her.

LEW, thanks for indulging me!
It sounds like the poor chap was very nervous and got a little overwhelmed! I am glad you got your ring in the end, and that the planning is already in motion.
And YES….. What kind of dress would you like? Will you stay traditional, or maybe go for a fetching dinosaur print?

Posted by asti on August 08, 2013, 02:28 PM report to moderator
231 Points

Running slower than a heard of turtles today. Need to get my butt in gear. By the way, it is not a massive project.

Posted by ironsos on August 08, 2013, 02:58 PM report to moderator
857 Points

I think she needs, at least, a token acknowledgement of Hebert in the wedding. Or does your BF not know about Herbs big part of your life? ;)

Baseball & large flightless bird theme for the rehersal dinner? ;)

An emu as ring bearer? ;)

Exit the church under an arch of ostrich drumstick bones? ;)

Ostrich feather headdesses or bouquets for women in the wedding party? ;)

What does he do? Maybe a combination of symbols of his employment and yours could be used? ;)

OK, I’m done being silly for now. Does anyone else have ideas that need to be brought forward so they can be dismissed as silly? ;)

Posted by Deanie on August 08, 2013, 03:15 PM report to moderator
857 Points

Oh, and my parents did not meet my DS until we had been married a bit over 3 years. And we dated for 18 months before we married. No asking my father in advance.;)

But his mother asked me if I wanted to be her daughter-in-law the first weekend I met her. ;)

Posted by Deanie on August 08, 2013, 03:18 PM report to moderator
106 Points

LEW already has an ostrich feather headdress! I gave it to her when we met!!

I never had a formal proposal, neither did he ask my Dad’s permission. We were already living together, and had son. We were just chatting one evening, and decided to set a date. I have no proper engagement ring. The ring I wear with my wedding ring is a gold band with five diamonds that he bought on our 5th anniversary.
We did our wedding on an extremely tight budget, paying for it ourselves. (My parents did pay for the flowers, and our Sorrento honeymoon.) Money might have been short, but it was perfect in my eyes. The only thing I would have liked was bellringers to ring us out of the church. But the church we wanted does not have a bell tower!

The perfect wedding needn’t cost the earth. LEW and fiancĂ© go with your hearts, and may your day be everything you dream of!
Ooooh, and where are you hoping to go on honeymoon?

Posted by asti on August 08, 2013, 03:43 PM report to moderator
245 Points

My daughter never saw her best boy friend from last year. Actually, she didn’t find most of them. So, she was a bit down about that. Mostly what she has had to tell me about are the new students who showed up who were somehow different that the usual run. There is a disabled girl in one of her classes who is mute. She can hear but communicates by signing and no one signs. At first the teacher thought the child was making rude gestures. No one had told her she had a child in her class who would respond with signs instead of speech. There were a pair of Chinese girls who couldn’t speak English and a boy from Puerto Rico who couldn’t speak English. She had a Native American girl in one of her classes. So, although she did not find her friends she did see some interesting people. She did not know any of her teachers at all with the exception of the choir teacher for whom she auditioned last year. So, we will have to see how this progresses. She did have an unfortunate incident with a “mean girl”. If it keeps going I will probably end up marching up to the school. I simply cannot stand to have her as unhappy as she has been in the past.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 08, 2013, 08:42 PM report to moderator
102 Points

hellooooooo Leaky! LEW congrats!!!!!!! :D :D :D how exciting! :D

LH I hope Little Hawke will have a good year. What an interesting group of students – tho it’s odd the teacher wasn’t aware of the signer. Sorry to hear about the mean girl… so soon!!

I guess I was lurking and then dropped off last weekend. I think I actually did take a nap… :O thanks to ironsos and everyone about the replies re amazon and clothing!

Now really will be lurking as I volunteered on Monday to give a talk tomorrow. The brownie points are worth it! ;)

Posted by Hufflebug on August 08, 2013, 08:55 PM report to moderator
245 Points

Oh, and there is also a blind girl with a dog this year. She isn’t in any of my daughter’s classes but she was bumping into people a bit in the halls today.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 08, 2013, 09:26 PM report to moderator
923 Points

Lady Hawke I am appalled by the lack of communication within your daughter’s school, demonstrated by the teacher’s ignorance of the presence in her class of a girl who was mute! I am assuming that the children lacking knowledge of English will be put on an intensive language course as a priority. Why wasn’t the blind girl given an escort around the school until she became familiar with her surroundings; the guide dog won’t know his way around either!

Have you had flooding local to you, I read on the BBC News website that Nashville was affected by very heavy rain.

Posted by Graymayne on August 09, 2013, 07:38 AM report to moderator
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GRAYMAYNE, I think there was rain here this weekend while we were in New Orleans. We have seen no rain since arriving home on Monday. We will be driving today to an area about 125 miles south of Nashville so I might see some puddles along the side of the road. I have been so busy this week I have not heard any local news or weather so I will have to go investigate and find out how much it has rained east of here. There is nothing like people 3000 miles away keeping you up on the news 160 miles from your door. The world is definitely a much smaller place.

I was not pleased about the teacher not being informed about a child with such special needs being in her class. Unfortunately, for the non-English speakers I’m afraid the immersion technique may be how they learn English. And yes, I also wonder at them allowing the blind girl with the dog have to figure her way through first day chaos without walking it out with her several days with the chaos going on, until the dog was comfortable. Yesterday was bedlam.

When my daughter received her schedule for the year she was still in band. She gave up her clarinet before school ended in the spring. She auditioned for choir and was accepted. So, when she received her schedule and it was noted to be wrong they had to rework her entire schedule on the spot, changing her teachers and the order of classes in her day. So, it is possible some other teachers in school had been told they had a mute girl coming to their class and something was wrong with her schedule and they reworked it at the last minute as they did my daughter’s and failed to tell the new teachers of her disability.

I just checked about the flooding in Nashville. It is the worst since 2010 when the Gaylord Opryland Hotel was destroyed. They are expecting more rain today but not enough to make the flooding noticeably worse. Since we are traveling in that general direction today I decided to check the forecast for where we are headed. We have a 50% chance of thunderstorms today.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 09, 2013, 09:25 AM report to moderator
857 Points

Nashville is about 45 miles closer to Lady Hawke than it is to me. North Georgia, including some Atlanta suburbs, has had quite a bit of flooding, but not as far south as I live. ;)

I, too, hope Little Hawke has as rewarding a school year as she had last year. It sounds like she is not in the “special” class. Perhaps some of her friends from last year have the same lunch period as she does. It may take her all next week to find them and get settled. I think she has learned how to handle the “mean” girls better than she could in her old school. Last year should have helped equip her with some important tools and knowledge. ;)

Lady Hawke have a safe trip. ;)

Two hours here and only 94 calls so far. I am glad I have 3 new books to read. This afternoon will probably drag. ;)

Posted by Deanie on August 09, 2013, 10:08 AM report to moderator
436 Points

Did someone mention brownies??!!

Good to see you, Huff! I miss you. Enjoy the brownies! ;)

LH, glad to hear that your daughter has bumped into (figuratively and literally) some interesting people. I imagine it won’t be long until she hooks up with some of her old friends and they can compare schedules to see when they can get together during the day. Perhaps not seeing them everyday at school will give her more opportunities for after-school socializing so she can spend time with them.

I have a blind student that I work with at my University. He has a dog, but whenever he’s somewhere new or somewhere he’s not as familiar with, he has a human guide. Sometimes his dog does get him lost, even on routes he takes every day – especially if there is construction or unusual obstacles. I wonder if you daughter’s school let the girl and her dog in early to get used to the hallways and figuring out where the classes are.

As to the wedding, my fiance is unaware of Herbert – though he does know about Leaky and all yall. He thought it was a little odd at first, but he’s dorky enough to get it. ;) I don’t know if any Herbert themes will make it into the wedding, though I will likely have something dinosaur-y on my wedding cake.

Asti, as to the dress – I probably won’t start really looking until I go home at Thanksgiving. What I think I want is something A-line or slightly fit-and-flare – not mermaid, and not princess/ballgown/poofy. Not a whole lot of material (though not sheath) and minimal bling. I’m leaning towards something with straps at this point and definitely ivory/off-white. Who knows what I’ll end up with, though. I have generally found that whenever I have an idea of what I want, I end up falling for something completely different (my ring was definitely like that, and my groom to some degree, as well…).

I have no clue about colors yet. I change my mind daily. I think I’m going to have to go look at bridesmaid dresses this weekend to get an idea of what colors look like on fabrics (vs. computer screens). My mom keeps reminding me that I have lots of time, so there’s no need to get stressed. Guess I just want as much done before classes start as possible.

In the meantime, back to work for me!

Posted by Dr. LEW on August 09, 2013, 11:25 AM report to moderator
106 Points

Good evening!

I have had a very literary kind of day. I started to read and make notes on Lemon’s new story, which is very good, when the postman arrived with my daughter’s review copy of Wolfie’s book! Not only has she hand written a lovely dedication to my daughter, but my name is right there, in print, on the acknowledgements page! I was hugely excited to see my name, and even more excited to have the book in my hands!

LEW, ooh, a dinosaur wedding cake! I can see it now!
It sounds like you and your Mum are going to have a lot of fun together.

Lady Hawke, I am thinking of your daughter, and hope today goes well.

Posted by asti on August 09, 2013, 03:55 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

Heading for the shelter… BIG storm is upon me! D+:

Posted by Won_Two on August 09, 2013, 07:44 PM report to moderator
103 Points

Congratulation Laura! I’m so excited and happy for both of you!

BTW, my daughter got engaged few months ago :)
Posted by Margo on August 09, 2013, 08:57 PM report to moderator
245 Points

We are tired. We spent almost the whole day going and coming. We left about 9:45 and arrived home about 6:45. We were in the car almost the entire time. My daughter went with us to pick up the van since we had no way of getting her to school and pick her up.

My daughter was thrilled with the car. There are three different air conditioning zones in the car so each of us could have the temperature at our personal comfort level. The seats recline so she also went to sleep for awhile after she finished watching a movie. There was a DVD player and she watched Order of the Phoenix on the way home. There are lots of extra cup holders and charger plugs. It is very comfortable. The seats were all adjustable with power switches and the front two are heated seats. The side doors and rear lift gate are power doors.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 09, 2013, 09:01 PM report to moderator
245 Points

Hi Margo! It has been a long time. When is the wedding for you?

WON, hope you are okay and out of the basement by now.

The storms were pretty severe at our destination today, lots of flooded streets but by the time we reached home it was clear and sunny.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 09, 2013, 09:03 PM report to moderator
103 Points

Hi LadyHawk!

Wedding will be sometimes next year, most likely in spring…

Posted by Margo on August 10, 2013, 12:11 AM report to moderator
245 Points

I’m still very tired. Three seven hour drives behind the wheel in eight days has left me really tired and I was busy the whole time I wasn’t driving, both in New Orleans and while I was home. I have absolutely no motivation today. It is overcast this morning so that is amplifying my desire to do nothing.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 10, 2013, 11:25 AM report to moderator
106 Points

Good evening!

We’ve had a wonderful day. We went to Cheddar Gorge, about a two hour drive away, and had a long hike on the cliffs and hills. The terrain was more challenging than I expected for a popular walk in such a touristy area…. I suspect they keep it deliberately wild. So there was a lot of scrambling over boulders, and following vague sheep trails! The steep bits were numerous and very steep, both up and down. Everyone else was fine in trainers, but I had to take it quite carefully in my thin canvas pumps!!
We stopped at the top for a bit of a picnic. It was a really clear day, and the view was spectacular, we could see for miles.
It will be interesting to see how my legs feel tomorrow, lol!

Margo, congrats!

Posted by asti on August 10, 2013, 03:46 PM report to moderator
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