What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?
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|The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.||
|Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen||
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I worked overtime today. It’s been a few weeks since any has been available, and it hurt to give up a day off!
My DS finished at his job today. He also heard from new job. He starts Thursday, so unfortunately, that’s a few days with no money coming in.
He gets his car on Wednesday, we think a hire car for the first few months. We shall see.
It’s quite funny….. And I suppose everyone who drives with understand……but he feels completely lost and very uncomfortable with no vehicle at all. (The works van was obviously left behind today.) Yes, a car is a necessity, but it’s only 5 days.
Graymayne, I was thinking just yesterday that there is no sign yet of the leaves turning.
Lady Hawke, my apologies to your poor daughter, but that is funny! The poor girl! I have always wanted to try on the full Southern costume, be laced into a corset, wear the hoops, etc, just for the experience. I’d love to dress as a Tudor lady too. The dresses were so beautiful.
I think I might last 5 minutes…..
Did she manage to eat any lunch?
And please, what is Spirit Day?
I’m sorry you lost your day alone. I know I treasure mine.
Ironsos, that sounds like a fun weekend. I hope you are very busy enjoying yourself.
My daughter was unable to eat lunch. She couldn’t sit down comfortably, had to keep herself bolt upright, perfect posture all day.
Spirit Day is to rally the students in support of the school football team. I may have mentioned school age team sports are tremendous in this country. In some rural areas it is the center of social life for the adults as well as the children. As a result of exemplary performance in school sports or band a child can earn scholarships to universities. The schools have mascots and school colors. The sports teams dress in the colors as do the band members, flag girls, cheerleaders, rifle teams, etc. There is usually a student stuck running around the periphery of the field and at half time dressed as some animal mascot. So, during football season as games approach, they have pep rallies. Those involve gymnasiums full of children dressed in school colors screaming, doing cheers, bands playing school fight songs, etc. On Spirit Days they are encouraged to come dressed out “patriotically” in school colors, color their hair, paint their faces etc.
Basically, all of the US behaves as if our children are playing in the Quidditch World Cup every weekend during football season.
Absolutely, if you are accustomed to having a car and the ability to decide to go outside and go wherever you wish at any moment the idea of doing without a car for any length of time is almost like going without electricity. It is especially bad here where we have no means of acquiring basic provisions in walking distance.
Pep rallies are familiar to me from American films only. NOTHING like that happens here. If a school sports team does well, they’ll get a special mention in assembly, and a small article in the newsletter! Lol about the Quidditch, and thanks for explaining!
So your daughter is now in a loose fitting T shirt, slumped on the couch, enjoying breathing freely, and snacking to make up for missing lunch??!
Back from the Salt Lake City Comic Con. Took pictures and will post at cc soon.
Ticket cost $25.00 so monthly entertainment budget is pretty much toast. It was
worth it though. I need to rest for a bit.
ASTI, did you see the movie The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock? It is set here but filmed where DR LEW went to school. The intensity to graduate those athletes in their academic classes at the end of their high school career is tremendous. Schools are regularly caught playing athletes who are not holding their own academically. Coaches and schools can get in a tremendous amount of trouble for doing that. Universities get into trouble for playing athletes who are obviously never going to graduate with a degree. High schools make a tremendous amount of money off their sports teams. They make a reputation for themselves if their graduated athletes go on to play university sports. Universities make even more money off their sports teams and, in turn, make tremendous reputations for as training grounds for professional athletes. The boy in The Blind Side was on the team that won the Super Bowl last season.
IRONSOS, so glad you were able to go to a big con. Until you have seen one it is hard to describe how intense they are. I’ll be looking forward to seeing your photos.
Asti I find the seasonal signs this year are noticeably different from the norm. When I celebrate August 1st I remind myself that this is the first day of the Autumn quarter according to the Celtic calendar and I can usually spot the early signs of the trees changing colour long before the weather forecasters make any mention of Autumn. The late Spring this year must have pushed the dying-off stage backwards three weeks to four weeks. It could be an interesting Autumn.
Does it not work now they have redesigned the website? I don’t like it at all. I don’t like that you can’t see the most recent replies. I know I am going to miss something, having to open each thread to see if something new has been added.
Top left with name and number gives you recent posts. I posted my last post without showing
an e-mail alert. Strange.
Hello! I for one, have not been abducted by aliens!
I have just watched The Last Night of the Proms, which I love. Classical music made fun, especially for a 10 year old girl who was allowed to stay up to watch it. Nigel Kennedy was AMAZING…… I’m sure it’ll be on youtube very soon, I do recommend. A perfect demonstration of how to feel the music. Astonishing.
I never visit CC to read messages, I just access them, and the responses, through my Yahoo inbox. It also links to the new pictures. I only actually visit the site to get addresses for my Christmas cards.
Since I’ve had my iPad, I have been lazy, and don’t upload pictures to my CC album, but just attach them to my email, because it is just so easy!
We left home at 8 AM to pick up a Uhaul trailer to drive 160 miles to pick up my cousin’s 1ife’s oak dining room table and chairs for my MIL. We arrived at our destination just after Noon. It took about an hour to unload and rearrange the storage locker where the furniture is being stored. In addition to the dining room table and seven chairs we also brought home a Victorian ladies desk. It has a drop down writing surface as well as a drawer, some small cabinets and cubby holes.
We have left the table and chairs at my MIL’s apartment but must return to assemble the table. Now we are returning the Uhaul trailer. After that we will go find food somewhere. I did not leave anything prepared at home..
Oh, I didn’t say. It is 6:30 PM now and we must return the trailer before they close at 7 PM. We have not even stopped for lunch. It has been a very long day.
We have listened to The Hunger Games on CD while driving.
I slept rather late, not very late, but late for me. We did go and have dinner after leaving the trailer and came home. We changed into comfortable clothes and listened to one more Hunger Games CD before falling into bed. I could hardly keep my eyes open and kept pleading to pause it and go to bed. No one else was in any better condition and I was certain my DS was missing bits. He has never read the book and I didn’t think listening to it unconscious was going to be very beneficial.
We must unload the van this morning. We were too tired when we arrived home, just staggered inside. Then, my daughter and I need to get ready and take my father to see Les Miserables.
This is an article about universities that seem a bit like Hogwarts. One of our universities in town made the cut. Another of our in state schools did not and made an attack refuting the one that did. Here is the rebuttal, complete with photos. I thought some of you might like to see it. My daughter would love to attend here but it costs about the same as going to Oxford or Cambridge.
Going to rain all day. We need it. Utah is the second driest state in the union next to Nevada.
It feels like I have done nothing but cook and eat today. Due to lack of car, a friend from the golf club provided transport for my DS and son for today’s match, and in return I invited him for lunch. Having eaten roast chicken at 2pm, I did a simple supper of toasted bread rolls with scrambled eggs and baked beans. Now I am snacking on pretzels. I am going to go pop.
Lady Hawke I can’t argue against the Hogwarts look-alike claims, that is a very handsome set of buildings.
Annual physical in the morning(it is 10:30 pm here). First time in years that I have nothing to complain
Good morning Leaky Commenters!
I’ve been feeling blah lately and have joined a 4 month weight loss challenge in an effort to impove my energy levels and get my confidence back. I’m at work at the moment and do not have time for catch up but promise to return later.
IRONSOS, best wishes on the physical.
KOREY, good to see you. I’ve been seeing the struggles about the running. Running was never something I was anywhere near competent about.
Physical went fine. Need to watch blood pressure but that is it pending blood test
results. Weight will always need watching but I am working on it.
Ironsos Glad to hear the physcial went good. :)
LH The running is a confidence boosting exercise itself. When I finally get “there” – to my goal – which right now is to run a 5k (3.1 miles) without stopping – I will have proved something to myself. My final goal is to do 2 miles in 20:00 minutes, which was my goal in the Army, which I couldn’t get, which got me discharged. So if I do it now then there are no excuses left.
Also, beautiful school – I want to go there and haha on your daughter and the corset
Asti Glad to hear about your DS’s “better” job offer. It was clear that neither one of you was happy with the present situation and I hope y’all have nothing but sunshine, daises, and rainbows for a while.
I am looking forward to fall, as it’s my favorite time of year. We have mine and both of my son’s birthdays along with Halloween, Thanksgiving and the buildup to Christmas.
KOREY, I could once walk 2 miles in 20 minutes. Running just slowed me down. I was a more efficient walker than a runner.
I have spent my morning “pushing paper”. It is the time of the year for estimated taxes. I have also spent time finding hotel rooms for a trip to the Texas Renaissance Festival.
Some of you might find it interesting to look at the website. It is one of the biggest Ren Fairs in the country.
I had my first piano lesson today, after the summer break. I have not played a lot, so it was a bit of a relief to find I can still read music, lol!
Pretty soon, I’ll be dusting off my sheet music for In the Bleak Midwinter, and boring you all by raving about how beautiful it is. It is ferociously difficult, but this is the year I AM going to be able to play it competently all the way through by Christmas time!
Korey, thank you! Sunshine, daisies and rainbows sound pretty wonderful! Good luck to you in your running and gaining of energy. You certainly seem to have the drive and determination. And it’s good to see you!
Ironsos, that’s good to hear. xx
I’m glad to hear lots of positive accounts from my friends today, especially when the long, light evenings have deserted us and we have to face up to the colder weather. I find that harder each year.
Ironsos I had to smile at your comment about having nothing to complain about to your doctor. It seems a long time since I have been in that happy position.
korey Did you consult your doctor about your fatigue problem?
Lady Hawke Do you try to book a visit to a Ren Fair according to what theme is on offer and do you dress accordingly?
I have my nose in a rather learned book at present which is proving interesting but chastening. He has been researching British folklore and customs very thoroughly and writing books covering specific areas and finding some past research to be rather vague and lacking in source material. I hope I come through this wiser but not sadder.
GRAYMAYNE, we would have tried to book by theme but we have a set weekend which is connected to Fall Break so we will be there for opening weekend, Octoberfest. She would have preferred to attend the next weekend, the fairy/fantasy weekend or the Highland Fling or Celtic Christmas but those either are not attached to long weekends or are attached to Thanksgiving which would leave the grandparents at home alone. I’m sure my daughter will try to get me to rig her up in some sort of Germanesque costume. Most of the basic components stay fairly uniform throughout the festival.