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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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MM, it is good your DS has “fixed” things with his mother so you are in control of you own living room again. I am glad if I was able to say anything helpful to you in this situation. I have heard of swallowing the camera but I have never heard of anyone who has done it. I hope whatever they find is easily remedied.

On the subject of dating again, I have a shameful admission to make. I did not start dating until I was 27, never a date not even to a school dance, not a group date, nothing, until I was finished with grad school and in my first real job. So, the idea of a teenager of any age dating puts fear in my soul. I realize I had practically turned into a nun which is an unrealistic expectation and not something I desire for my daughter. I just remember how predatory grown men were, all those adults in their 30s and 40s. From what my DS tells me and from what I read and see on TV teenage boys are even more desperate. My mother is of no real assistance either. She dated my father and only my father at age 27 in 1952 and 1953. Her parents were in their 60s and 70s, born in the two decades after the end of the Civil War. My grandmother never dated. Her father was dying and he asked my grandfather, age 23, to marry my grandmother, age 14, as he lay dying in 1900. My aunts had to have chaperones when they dated in the 1920s and were scandalized my mother didn’t have a chaperone in the early 50s. So, my mother has even more antiquated notions of when and how dating is appropriate than I do. We are a long line of child brides or old maids. No one in my family has anything close to a reasonable teenage dating experience. None of us had a single date as a teenager. Even my aunts married the only boys who ever courted them with chaperones in tow.

MM, here is a southern expression, Bless Your Heart…

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 10, 2013, 11:25 AM report to moderator
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My fiance is the first person I seriously dated, and I started dating him when I was 31. That being said, I did go on the occasional date in college and grad school – with an occasional fling that I wouldn’t classify as “dating”.

Similar to LH, I think I have slightly unrealistic expectations of good behavior, so I have no clue how I’m going to handle my kids dating. Especially if I have a girl.

Posted by Dr. LEW on October 10, 2013, 01:14 PM report to moderator
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Hmmm Did I miss something? Why is Lady Hawke telling MM about the southern expression Bless Your Heart ?

I have been deleting things out of my email account. It has been too long since I have done this so it will take me several days to do this. Too bad I can’t just delete everything but I do have receipts that I need to keep.

I need to rest from the computer for awhile. I think I have looked too long at the moniter and need to rest my eyes.

Posted by Cool G on October 10, 2013, 01:23 PM report to moderator
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No, COOLG, I just Blessed Her Heart because she has her MIL and the aunts, the nuns, all descending on her at once. I used Bless Your Heart in a sincere southern manner, not the sarcastic one. There is nothing for her to expect out of all these old ladies except to be bullied and to have to put up with it. I just hope they all don’t want diametrically opposite things of her and for her to have to make a decision of one over the other.

I have a replacement for my cell phone that has been misbehaving. I have spent the morning trying to get it working and to get all the files from my old phone transitioned over to the new one.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 10, 2013, 01:41 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke Our next door neighbor in Okinawa (a young mother with 2 pre-school aged children) was shocked in 1969 that I was staying out all night for my high school senior prom. There was the Prom, an After-Prom, an After-After-Prom and a Prom breakfast. Then everyone went home and changed clothes for the Prom Beach Party.

With hair appointments, manicures and time spent getting dressed, the prom easily took a full 24 hours for most girls and some boys. My date was 25 years old, I was 17. As I said I am not a role model you would approve for Little Hawke. ;)

Posted by Deanie on October 10, 2013, 03:52 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

I am tired! Work, after starting well, rapidly descended into one of those days where you feel you never actually achieve anything at all.
Daughter had Art Club after school, finishing at the same time as I did, so we met up and did a library trip. She is reading Skullduggery Pleasant aloud to me as her bedtime book, and I SO want to steal it and read ahead. So far it’s really good!

Lady Hawke, on the dating thing, we have talked of ourselves and daughters……my son is very nearly 17, and has not yet dated.

MM, YES! Come here more often! I am so pleased you’re working things out with your MIL, and bless your DS for being diplomatic!

Heya Laura!!!

Posted by asti on October 10, 2013, 04:34 PM report to moderator
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Ooooh, I forgot to say, Lady Hawke, I thought you would like The Cazelet Chronicles! I’m so pleased you already know them. I found the first book for 99p, and have just been naughty, and downloaded the second for £2.99.

Posted by asti on October 10, 2013, 04:49 PM report to moderator
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Hey, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland debuts tonite on ABC @ 8PM Eastern in the US…

Asti, I read Skulduggery Pleasant & three others in the series & I loved them. I read back then that there was supposed to be a film with Johnny Depp in the lead role, but it was shelved. Too bad that!

Posted by Won_Two on October 10, 2013, 04:57 PM report to moderator
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About a month ago I bought an app for my Kindle fire which was designed to aid learning the state capitals of the U.S., prompted by realising that I knew very little compared with others taking part in a quiz game which has become a favourite late-afternoon entertainment. I knew that it would not be an easy task at my age, so I just applied myself on a daily basis. I am certainly not at the infallible stage but I am pleased with my progress. Recently there was a report of a plane having to curtail its journey across the US because the pilot had been taken seriously ill, and without looking at a map, I could visualise the route from start to emergency landing and what remained of the complete intended flight. I had gained so much more than a dry list of states and their capitals, plus I had the memory of Bella’s flight from Phoenix to Seattle in the film of Twilight. It is never too late to learn something new.

Posted by Graymayne on October 10, 2013, 07:05 PM report to moderator
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I am afraid I have a severe lack of knowledge of the geography of Great Britain. Something I mut
honestly work on.

Posted by ironsos on October 10, 2013, 08:04 PM report to moderator
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As well as my spelling.

Posted by ironsos on October 10, 2013, 08:06 PM report to moderator
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GRAYMAYNE, that is quite impressive. I know the UK primarily by general knowledge of where larger cities lie. I wish I could keep the counties straight in my head.

My daughter has one last day of testing left. Tomorrow is history and she is not the least concerned. Today was math, the big, frightening test. She had no fear of science or English/Reading earlier in the week.

Yesterday was a trauma for her though. She was completing the English/Reading exam and turned to what she expected to be the last page only to find she had the teacher’s copy of the test, complete with the answer key. She immediately turned it in but was distraught to see the teacher determine to throw her test in the trash and tell her she must retake the test today. She takes her tests in her study hall classroom instead of the regular classroom, a practice set in place for the students who are considered to have learning disabilities. She has long since been taking her tests in the classroom with the other students. She tells me the school instituted a policy that all special education students, regardless of ability had to take their tests in study hall.

She was quite upset when I picked her up from school yesterday but resigned herself to the reality of having to retake the test. She said she understood why they felt she had to do the test over. Fortunately, once she started on the retake test her regular English teacher came to the study hall room and rescued her. She said she knew she could trust my daughter and knew she had not used the answer key to cheat. After my daughter left yesterday the study hall teacher had felt guilty over throwing the test in the trash and had rescued it and consulted with the classroom teacher. She had made an A but not a perfect score. So, unless she was a masterful cheat she had done an ineffective job.

She was so relieved not to have to take the second enormous test in one day, one for the second time.

I am meant to pick my mother up around 3 PM and take her home so she won’t have to go home in a taxi tomorrow night.

Then, when my daughter gets out of school at 3:35 we will pick her up and head for TX. We mean to drive as far as the Arkansas/Texas state line tomorrow evening. Then, we will get up on Saturday morning and drop almost due south and slightly west to Houston. The entire trip is 550 miles of which we will do almost exactly half tomorrow afternoon and evening. Once we arrive.

Sunday will be a long day. We have a 50 mile drive into the Texas Renaissance Festival and a 50 mile drive out once it closes for the night. The hours are 9 AM until 8 PM. It is far out in the country in farm land but there are permanent facilities, restaurant buildings, restrooms, shops, etc.

http://texrenfest.com/

We will start A Discovery of Witches tomorrow. That is the only aspect of the drive I am looking forward to. I hate driving across Arkansas. From Memphis to Little Rock it is not at all an attractive state, very flat with share cropper huts that look as if they should be from a time 80 years in the past. From Little Rock to Texarkana it improves somewhat.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 10, 2013, 09:58 PM report to moderator
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Tomorrow I will be home making food for the road. We are taking a cooler and a box of food. We are planning to cook on the grill and picnic except for our day at the Renaissance Festival. So, I am making tuna salad to eat with crackers. I also have some pimento and cheese and an assortment of cheeses, pickles and olives. We have fruit.

I am cooking hamburgers tomorrow to put in the cooler along with onions tomatoes, lettuce and condiments. We can heat the meat in the microwave at the hotel tomorrow night and have burgers for dinner. We will be getting in fairly late and it will be good not to have to go looking for food.

The hotel chain we are using all the way is Fairfield Inn and they provide a free hot breakfast every morning. So, that will reduce our expenditures as well.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 10, 2013, 10:03 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke Ironically, I couldn’t reel off the counties and their county towns even of England, never mind Wales and Scotland. I am not alone in that, many people have no idea where my county is.

I can honestly say that I have never approached any exam without a degree of trepidation. How on earth can a copy of the answers end up being handed out to a student? That is downright carelessness!

Coincidentally, my son has sent me a text this morning to say that he will be taking an end-of-training exam today. I have every confidence that he will have been paying close attention, he has a high regard for the level of intelligence of his colleagues.

Have a wonderful trip, Lady Hawke, I will be thinking of you all and checking out your journey.

Posted by Graymayne on October 11, 2013, 04:36 AM report to moderator
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I decided I needed to mow the grass one last time. Since the rain we had last weekend the grass has really grown. I got everything ready and turn the key to start the mower. It did not start. I guess the cold weather has messed with the battery. So it took me almost an hour hunting for the charger. I knew I had put it some place that would be easy to find but with my memory this meant I had to look in every drawer. You are suppose to recharge the battery when you put the mower away for the winter but it has been cold at night. I figure the cold had zapped the battery so low it could not start the mower. So now it is on charger. I guess I won’t mow today unless I feel ok this evening. It is suppose to be nice tomorrow so I may mow then.

I can’t keep my mowing pants closed. The zipper keeps coming undone. I guess this means my belly has gotten bigger. Lol You know all those cartoons of older women where they have big boobs, a large stomach, and little bitty arms and legs?

Lady Hawke I hope you enjoy your trip. So glad your daughter did not have to retake the test. I got upset when you said they threw her test in the trash. Since this was the teacher’s fault the key was with the test, I am glad she reconsidered her first reaction.

Graymayne I am impressed you have learned our states and capitols. That is something we learn in school but I have a problem with the capitols now. Sometimes I don’t remember the states when I am looking at a map without the names. This is so annoying especially when you are watching the weather report. Other times it is not a problem.

Jennifer just called and wanted to know the weather in Louisville tonight. She is going to visit a friend and they are going on a Halloween trail. I told her it was suppose to be in the 50’s but being outside in the wind, she better dress warmly. She also reminded me my granddaughter’s birthday is tomorrow. She turns 21. She is a junior in college but still has 6 more years since she is going to be a vet. Hmm is that right? Four years at vet school? I don’t remember. I just know she got a grant to work at a museum as part of her training. She had to be approved for the grant so she could be paid.

Posted by Cool G on October 11, 2013, 01:36 PM report to moderator
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I have spent the morning cooking hamburgers, making tuna salad, deviled eggs, cleaned and cut up a cauliflower, cleaned a head of lettuce, prepped the tomatoes, onions, lettuce and pickles for the hamburgers tonight. I have hard boiled eggs for my daughter who doesn’t like the deviled eggs.

I have packed my suitcase, my daughter’s suitcase. I have gone around gathering the little last minute things to stuff in the suitcase or my bag that will be in reach on the trip.

I still haven’t gathered up sweaters or jackets. It is meant to be 88 F (31.1 C) while we are in Texas so unless it gets cool at night or unless we are inside or cool in the car we won’t need them.

Now I am going to go get a shower and wash my hair. Unless I get really hot walking the Renaissance Festival on Sunday I won’t have to wash it again until I get home.

Taking an economical trip in which you don’t eat in restaurants is not easy on the person who has to plan them and get ready for them.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 11, 2013, 02:52 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke have fun at the Renn Fest. I was checking out the vendors and “The Royal Mint” makes the coin pieces like the ones the DS and I carry as pocket pieces". You can get them as coins or with a loop to hang from a neckless. Most of ours are in the bronze, but I have one in sterling silver that hangs from the rear-view mirror in my car. You can select any two designs for each coin and it is small enough to not be in the way. You can’t ask much more of a personalized souvenir than that. They do, generally, cost about $25.00 at our Renn Fest. ;)

The color coded map is nice. You can be sure to see those things that are greater interest early in the day, so that if you get too tired or if it rains, you won’t miss those things. Our Ren Fest site turns into a giant mud puddle in a downpour. f course a whole bunch of people try to take shelter in the various pubs and larger shops, so visiting the smaller shops and booths is really much nicer in the rain. If the day starts rainy, the whole experience is much less crowded. ;)

Be sure to count the number of men in kilts. And notice if there are more “modern” of the “traditional” kilts. ;)

Beware the Kissing Wench and the Kissing Bandit! ;)

Posted by Deanie on October 11, 2013, 03:50 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

I am tired tonight. DS and I stayed up late chatting, and then I had to work today. At least it was good, friendly chatting :)

Lady Hawke, I always do similar……not to the extent of cooking a meal, but I always prepare a picnic, and take snacks so we don’t have to buy anything apart from something to eat in the evening. You sound very organised!
When we have our cheapy trips away, we always stay somewhere offering a free breakfast. it’s the only time I actually eat breakfastI hope you and your daughter have a fantastic weekend.

Posted by asti on October 11, 2013, 04:16 PM report to moderator
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We are in the room, have consumed our hamburgers and deviled eggs and the daughter is asleep. We arrived at 9:30 PM in Texarkana, Texas and had finished dinner by 10:30. There is a heated indoor pool our daughter might use in the morning. There is a free hot breakfast with the room. We have two queen beds, a microwave and a refrigeraator. We are staying in the same chain the next two nights with the same accommodations. I am very tired.

Out A Discovery of Witches CDs were ruined. The second and fourth CDs were bad and would not play. I was very disappointed. There is a large bookstore near the hotel. Tomorrow morning I mean to go purchase a paperback copy and read it out loud, more work for me but a way to make a long drive shorter.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 12, 2013, 12:11 AM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke That sounds like an efficient journey, the same amount of time would have taken us to Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland, but after leaving the industrial midlands our views would have been very pleasant. I’m following your journey on the computer with interest although no-one has bothered to take photos of the dull area you mentioned, lol. What a shame about you’re CD’s, that must have been very frustrating. There is no word on the websight about the completion of the third book, I’ve checked.

Asti I couldn’t face the day without breakfast!

Posted by Graymayne on October 12, 2013, 02:53 AM report to moderator
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To all Tolkien fans You might find this of interest, http://www.stormovergondolin.com/

Posted by Graymayne on October 12, 2013, 03:14 AM report to moderator
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At last! Amazon have dispatched my pre-ordered copy of Blinded by the Light. About £$@%&* time.

Posted by Graymayne on October 12, 2013, 06:14 AM report to moderator
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I posted that last night and it didn’t go. It was still sitting this morning.

We are up and getting dressed. It is 7:35 AM. As soon as we eat we are headed for Houston. We may go to Galveston Island this afternoon. My daughter would love to see the historical Victorian homes out on thw island in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 12, 2013, 08:39 AM report to moderator
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I posted that last night and it didn’t go. It was still sitting this morning.

We are up and getting dressed. It is 7:35 AM. As soon as we eat we are headed for Houston. We may go to Galveston Island this afternoon. My daughter would love to see the historical Victorian homes out on thw island in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 12, 2013, 10:39 AM report to moderator
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I’ve just read about Galveston on Wikipedia, what a tragic history! The archive photos of buildings now lost were amazing.

Posted by Graymayne on October 12, 2013, 12:08 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

Daughter cooked for us tonight, with me as her sous chef and general slave. It involved me spending about 4 hours in the kitchen, and has COMPLETELY blown the food budget. And it’s just as well I’m not watching the calories, lol.
She has been desperate to cook for ages, had chosen her menu, and was just waiting for the opportunity. I had said one Saturday when I was not working, and there was no golf. That turned out to be today. (Since I officially no longer work Saturdays AT ALL, woohoo!)
She cooked us a soup with onion, potato and sweetcorn in a broth of vegetable stock and coconut milk. I knew from the recipe it would be too sweet for me, but I did my best.
Her main course was great….. Cod, in a cheese sauce with new potatoes, green beans and carrots.
Dessert was a chocolate fondue, with strawberries and marshmallows to dip. She learnt an important lesson……it is possible to eat too much chocolate and marshmallows!
She did a really good job, AND her Dad washed up!

I would also like your opinions. She wants to read The Hunger Games. I have said “yes.” She is 10. I do not want to curtail her reading, but do find it difficult to balance her age, both with her intelligence and innocence. She has read books with similar themes and scenes, but most of them involve cats! But I have also become aware lately that she has had the maturity to reject books she tried a year or so ago, and has since gone back, and really enjoyed them, being now a bit older. So, I have told her to use her own judgement.
She will also be reading it on my Kindle, which requires a certain amount of sacrifice on my part!
I would value your thoughts.

Graymayne, at last!!

Posted by asti on October 12, 2013, 05:41 PM report to moderator
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Asti I am seriously impressed by your daughter’s catering skills, but she is fortunate in having a Mum who loves to cook. My Mum cooked because it was required of her. She made excellent bread and cakes and pastry, but her meat cookery was not as good. Like a lot of English cooks in those days she overcooked vegetables.

Re The Hunger Games, I think that she might regulate herself, and might need some help from time to time, but the first book should be alright and it is strong on right thinking. The following books I would be less confident about and would depend upon her reaction to the first one.

Tonight I watched The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt and found it fascinating and refreshingly different.

Posted by Graymayne on October 12, 2013, 07:09 PM report to moderator
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We had some false starts this morning, including a successful search for a paperback copy of A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, and did not make it to Galveston. It was raining when we arrived and our plans to grill steak in a park were thwarted. We ended up at a favorite Mexican restaurant instead. Now we are back at the hotel and my daughter is in the pool. We didn’t sleep well last night although the beds were comfortable. I think we may have been over tired after a full day and a 4.5 hour drive.

It took some thinking on my part to realize I only had to read the faulty portions of the CD out loud. When we find a portion that works we listen to the CD.

I hope we sleep more successfully tonight and can make a good start to the Renaissance Festival. We have an hour drive to get there. We don’t have to pack all our belongings into the car. We can leave most of it at the hotel.

When we came in after dinner the sun was shining again. Tomorrow there is a 40% chance of rain which is worrisome. Any thing 30% or less is not of great concern. In the warm months there is almost always a 20% to 30% chance of rain and it almost never actually rains.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 12, 2013, 08:01 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke I never sleep well in a strange bed after a journey, even when the bed is comfortable. I suspect that it is our primitive brain area that is still wired to be wary in strange surroundings at night.

Posted by Graymayne on October 13, 2013, 03:29 AM report to moderator
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Raining, Raining, Raining… here we go to drown and have a good time doing it.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 13, 2013, 08:37 AM report to moderator
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