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MM I guess you have been off of work long enough that you are missing being busy. Why don’t you take the time to figure out your Christmas Presents, go on line and window shop. This may give you ideals if you don’t know what you are going to buy. Time to start a new puzzel, read a book, etc. to keep busy.
I need a hair cut but after looking at my hair today befor I straighten it, I notice that is the new style Bob that the actress are wearing,. The back is just a little shorter but the sides look just like Kelly on Kelly and Michael Live. Instead of turning it under, they are letting parts of it turn up so it looks messey . No I like it more neater than that style.
Ironsos It is suppose to warm up and be 70 but raining for Sunday. Then another cold front is coming in for the rest of the week. This is the type of weather that makes you sick. I find myself sneezing every once in awhile.
My daughter went to school in her pajamas today, lol. All in the name of charity. Today is Children in Need, a massive fundraiser for children both in this country and abroad. She’s been a bit giggly all evening, possibly due to too much sugar; the school were selling biscuits in the shape of the mascot of the event, Pudsy Bear, and I think she bought quite a few!
MM, if you are missing work, you must be well on the mend! I am glad, but do try and relax. Don’t do too much too soon, please!
CoolG, I need a haircut too :( I really liked my last cut, but have let it all grow out, and now it is getting too long and is starting to irritate me. The possibility of my having £30 to spare this side of Christmas is VERY unlikely, lol, so I will have to live with it for a while!
I’m home working on dinner before picking my daughter up and heading over to pick my mother up to go to visit my father.
MM, the school in my district are all on the same property, all in a row. They are considered “late start” schools but they have staggered start/stop times to accommodate traffic. The adjacent districts/towns are “early start” schools and are staggered to accommodate parents who have to drop off and pick up children in each school. There are two towns in the county that are large enough to have two or more high schools. Each group of schools are at least six miles apart so I’m not sure why they have basic start times an hour apart since the schools in each group are staggered off each other.
I am making sauerkraut and hot Italian sausage for dinner.
I need a haircut as well and am unlikely to spend the money to get a cut anytime soon. Last week we had to pay for my daughter’s choir competition dress and this week we had to pay the first installment toward the cost of the choir competition trip in April.
My DS took his car to the garage last night so who knows what price that will be to get it out again.
Lady Hawke, isn’t worrying about money so much fun!
I’ll make a deal with you…..let’s get Christmas out of the way, then we’ll both pick a week in the New Year when we’ll both go and get a new haircut. And post pictures! CoolG, can we recruit you too, or will you treat yourself before Christmas?
I need a haircut too. :(
I feel so dirty. This no shower, don’t get your chest bandages wet bs is making me feel dirty. I have to wash my hair over the sink and just sponge bath. Wolfie – Little Elmo is no help he just flings wet towels at me. >:(
I found this last night but just thought to post it. Here are four of the HP commemorative stamps coming out next week from the US Postal Service.
MM, I can imagine how dirty you are feeling. I broke my foot in college and wasn’t allowed a bath or shower because I couldn’t get the cast wet. Back then they didn’t have those covers that completely seal your cast from water to the extent you can even get in a pool. Back then no matter how much care you took you were going to have leaks using a garbage bag and rubber bands and tape. So, for the weeks I was in the cast I gave myself sponge baths and never felt clean.
ASTI, the haircut will have to be well after Christmas so we will have passed the arrival of the extra bills. I imagine Christmas is going to be well cut down this year, not as many festivities and no clue of any gifts past the Smart Phone which won’t happen until January. We have a birthday next Sunday without any idea at all as to what gift there should be.
MM At least you can wash in your bathroom. Last winter it was so cold that I had to strip down in the kitchen to take my sponge bath and wash my hair. Added to the fact that I had to heat the water too. It was a reminder of how I had to take a bath when I was little. Thank goodness I was able to get my electric repaired and don’t have to do that this winter.
It is suppose to be warm here today and tomorrow. Then turn cold. I was going to rake my leaves but don’t think I should be outside working. I could get a cold very easily. I don’t have a yard full of leaves but enough that I have to clean them off my walkway. I have more outside the fense where they have blown across the street from my neighbors yard.
Asti It depends on the haircut. I think I will buy some thining shears to cut my bangs. I have already cut them once so I really need those type of shears so my bangs look good. Since I had my eyes done I can see better to cut my bangs. I had my hair cut in a short bob last time so it has room to grow before it is shapeless.
Our schools stagger the start times so the busses can be used for more than a single run. elementary, middle school and high school kids may ride the same bus, but not at the same time. Most schools have crossing guards directing traffic for the parents who are dropping off or picking up kids.
When did this start? When I went to school, parents seldom even waited at the bus stop and almost never actually took their kids to school. Sure, if we missed the bus, a parent would take us in. We were expected to learn to deal with others, meet deadlines, negotiate a seat and be resposible for our own possessions all before even arriving at school. Then after school, we negotiated crowds, found the right bus and repeated all the lessons of the morning. Riding the bus was an education in itself. It is a shame so many children are missing out on it. ;)
Handling the Laundry Lion and trying to figure out what to pack. The weather is so changeable, it is difficult to decide whether to pack for cool or warm weather. I do not want to drag an “all purpose” cardigan all over with me, so I will be slightly too cool until the temps warm up, but we are unlikely to be outside before 9:00 am, so the sun will be well up when we get started each day. They are only predicting rain for Monday and Tuesday with clear weather the rest of the week. I hope the predictions are accurate. ;)
Off to hang one load, move one into the dryer and start a new load. Whoopie! ;)
The children are controlled constantly now because the school doesn’t want to be held responsible for someone, even a noncustodial parent grabbing a child. So, they are hand carried from class to bus or car, unless you live within a mile of the school and sign a form clearing the school of responsibility because you let them walk.
Even now at almost 14 years old my daughter and her classmates are escorted to their parent’s cars. I guess years ago divorced parents didn’t use their children as pawns against each other.
Daughter came downstairs this morning, smiling and crying at the same time, and pushed “Private Peaceful” by Michael Morpurgo into my hands, telling me I HAVE to read it. I’ll let you know if it makes me cry too!
Apart from good tears before breakfast, it’s been a lovely, quiet, relaxing day.
On the school thing…….our start and finish times are staggered within about 20 minutes of each other, so a parent collecting a child from one school has time to get to the next. The Infant’s school has the teacher make eye contact with the parent in the playground before releasing the child. The Junior School which my daughter attends is similar for the younger children. My daughter is now in her last year there, and walks herself to school and back. With all the overtime I’ve been doing, I can’t recall the last time I collected her.
My DS used to drop her off on his way to work, but now his hours are like mine, and we are both out of the house before either of them are awake. I am grateful that son is old enough to supervise, and both of them are sensible.
School responsibility ends as they leave the classroom at the end of the day. We are within walking distance. Children living further out go home on school buses, so I assume the bus company has responsibility until the child gets off the bus.
From the age of 9, I caught a bus for a 30ish minute journey to school and back.
MM, SHAME on Elmo! You’d think he’d at least be sweet enough to help you with a sponge bath. I am ashamed of Wolfie, sending to you in such an untrained state. Is Elmo up to making cookies?
We had disquieting news this morning about my DS’s youngest neice from his brother’s family; we knew that she had been diagnosed with cancer a few months ago but she hasn’t responded to treatment. She willingly went on a trial for a new drug treatment but that didn’t go well and she collapsed at home and was discovered to be suffering badly from diabetes. She is back in hospital being closely monitored. We only received this news indirectly via a close friend of the affected family who telephoned my DS’s sister, who naturally phoned my DS to update him. The extra worrying aspect of this sad tale is the state of the parents; the mother had a nervous breakdown because they lost their younger daughter aged 34 from a brain tumour some years ago now, so she ended up in hospital this year. My BIL is into his 80’s and has short term memory problems and his wife would usually be able to keep him up to speed. While his wife was in hospital she somehow managed to dislocate her shoulder and although she is now back home her arm has poor strength so she is feeling stressed about that.
The one good thing to come out of all this updating is that now the brothers are able to discuss all these details freely instead of my BIL playing down the drama. We brought BigG up to date with the current situation, he lives comparatively near to the family, and he volunteered to get in touch and very likely visit the hospital. He did the same when the younger daughter was struggling with her tumour. At least we are all prepared for a likely negative outcome probably some time next year.
I don’t feel very inclined to send Xmas cards to this family under the circumstances, they are non-religious anyway. Any suggestions?
GRAYMAYNE, send a “thinking of you” type card instead. My mother struggles with this. So many of her older friends and relatives are long since past sending “Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”. She always purchases an additional box of cards with a more mellow greeting that does not put stress on being “Happy Happy Merry Merry”.
That is dreadful that elderly parents in their time of need are most likely to lose the support of their remaining child. My father’s roommate lost his only child, the one who cared for him. Fortunately, she had an adult son who has stepped in and taken her place. Parents should not have to outlive their children.
Oh Graymayne that is so sad. No parent should ever have to bury their child but we know that happens every day. May your relatives find comfort in each other. :(
All is well in the prison of my home. I am going stir crazy. I don’t have patience to read. I missed my niece’s wedding today. The DS took me out for breakfast but that was not enough. :( (although I was tired and needed to go lay down.) Aaarrrgghh!
All of you who live in the area under a SEVERE RISK of dangerous weather, please stay inside and as safe as you can. We are only under a SLIGHT RISK and it is black and blustery here. Rain was coming in sideways when I woke up.
My DS and daughter are going to the symphony this afternoon and I may go out with a friend for a bit. If that doesn’t work out I won’t mind because this looks like a stay home and read day.
My DS and daughter went to see ENDER’S GAME yesterday and did not particularly enjoy it. My DS said he actually did enjoy it but it was too intense, “preachy” and depressing. I think he meant he “enjoyed” it because it was well done but it was no fun. It was not a hopeful movie.
While they were at the movie I was sent to procure my daughter’s birthday present for next Sunday. She is getting a Samsung Galaxy S4 Smart Phone. She will have unlimited minutes, texting and a sufficient amount of 4G internet service to keep her going. Even if she uses up the good quality internet service she will still have access, it will just slow down. When at home or any other place there is WIFi available the phone will switch to WiFi to preserve the 4G usage.
In the last month the school system has made an official policy allowing the use of internet accessible devices in the classroom with the teacher’s permission. They are not to be playing on social networking sites or Youtube but when connected to the school WiFi they can use the phones, laptops or tablets for research purposes. So, she has been on fire for a Smart Phone. She has been taking her Kindle to school but has coveted a Smart Phone or any portable device with 4G. She spent last night texting on my phone with a friend of hers. So, I will be glad for her to have her own phone to use for that purpose.
She has never been much for carrying her little cell phone. It doesn’t do anything except make and receive phone calls. It doesn’t have text. So, she has never seen much use in it. She would carry it when we were all going out of the house together to a place we might become split up, like the Renaissance Festival or Disneyworld, so we could find each other again. She would take it with her when leaving the house to ride her bike so we could call her home. She would keep it with her if I left her home alone while I went out without her. She has never
Oops She has never used the phone to “chat” with anyone on a regular basis so has never been much interested it keeping it with her, unless we reminded her and insisted. My DS has been worried she won’t keep up with the Smart Phone and take care of it. This Smart Phone is an internet device with texting. Her Kindle almost grows out of her hand and is always charged and she always knows where it is because it is in her hand or on the charger. This Smart Phone will be the same way.
MM, I know you are getting bored. You are by nature a busy, high energy person. You have to be realistic though. If going out for breakfast means you have to go lie down to recover, it means you are not ready to go back to your former activity levels yet. I’m sorry you can’t read. That has always been a solace to you. I find when I am in such a mood I can sometimes read magazines better than books. I can managed brief stories or articles, even if I can’t keep my mind on full length literature.
My children just called wanting me to come to their house because of the threatening weather. I told them I would just stay here with the dogs but they still want me to come to their house. The threat of tornadoes is really sever. Homeland Security is advising to stay at home and not on the road. This is the same for MM.
Daughter made me read Private Peaceful, And yes, it got me too. Not as much as War Horse, but it still got to me. He is a super writer.
I also had to compile a list of books that I think my Mum would like for her Kindle. She’s really getting into it, and I’m delighted! She doesn’t have much time for reading for pleasure…..I think having the Kindle to hand will make it easier for her to read in odd quiet moments. She has been moaning that a lot of her handbags are not big enough to hold it, so I see a shopping trip coming up!
Scary scary weather for some of you again. Stay safe, please. CoolG, I think you are sensible to stay put, especially if that is what is being advised. MM has posted on FB that she’s been woken by the sound of the sirens. I am thinking of you all. xxx
Lady Hawke, I think that gift will be a huge success. I know my iPhone rarely leaves my side, and son is glued to his. Smart phones really are something else. I’m sure she’ll love it. But it is a device different enough to her Fire for her to need and use both.
Graymayne, that is sad news. I think a “thinking of you” type card would be appreciated this year. I had a schoolfriend who was a Jehovah’s Witness, and therefore did not observe Christmas. We sent her “I’m glad you are my friend” cards at Christmas, not wanting to leave her out, but also not wanting to make things awkward for her. I am sure your relatives will appreciate that you are being sensitive to the situation.
Cool G – I woke to the tornado sirens going off. We gathered our pets and went downstairs. I am actually back upstairs. It is sooo windy here. There is no more rain but a lot of wind.
ASTI, I think my daughter will definitely enjoy the Smart Phone. The 4G will give her access to the internet even when she is away from a WiFi connection. I think she will still use her Kindle when she has a WiFi connection since it has a larger screen on which to watch videos and movies. I’m sure the Smart Phone will become her primary portable option, unless she is headed to the hospital or nursing home. There is WiFi in those locations and sometimes no 4G signal in the bowels of the hospital.
I’ve been watching all the coverage of the devastation from the tornadoes in Illinois. I heard there is an estimate of over 70 tornadoes this afternoon, some of them quite large. Many have been left homeless. By comparison we have had a very quiet day. Most of our torrential rain was finished by noon. The sun even came out a bit later in the day.
I made it thru the storms. It is funny the same storm center that came thru IL is the same that came thru where I live. We were actually at the tail end of the tornado warnings. A lot of damage to other places. I was just out of electric for about 5 hours. My dogs were so nervous because they had no TV. When the electric finally came back on, they were able to settle down and go to sleep. When I go somewhere I have to leave the TV on for the dogs. It is a good thing I stayed home with them. They get so upset when we have a thunder storm so I knew the storms would really bother them.
It is nice to have a smart phone. I had no electricity but I did receive a group text from my daughter who lives in NC. She was seeing pictures of the tornados and was worried about us. We all sent her replies so we knew how each other had faired also. I thought about getting on FB but decided I would wait in case we were out of electricty for a long time. This has made up my mind about getting a new Kindel. I don’t know whether to get the FIRE, HD, or just a cheaper one that has it’s own light. My brother wants me to get the HD one that will do everything. It’s funny that I was the one who introduced him to the Kindel and now both his wife and son as well as himself have the most updated kind. I just don’t know which type to get.
COOLG, I’m glad you made it through the day relatively unscathed. Having no electricity is not fun but manageable. If I was going to spend money on a new Kindle of any kind I think I would go for the best one. Is your old one not working or did you feel worried you would not have enough power in the battery to keep it going through the power outage? Are you making this decision so you will have a backup Kindle? If so, I think I would get a really nice one and keep the old one as my backup.
I’m not working today. I did receive a phone call but by the time I pushed the button to accept the job someone else had accepted it. That is the first time that has ever happened. I thought once I received the phone call the job was mine to accept or reject.
You know how things just pop in your mind. Well a few minutes ago I remembered thepicture of the first naked woman I saw. The picture came free in a large box of candy. I mean a really large box. I could not believe my Dad had bought so large a box. He always gave us a piece of candy……we could not open the box ourselves.. Then one day no one was around and I opened the box. In the lid was a naked picture of Marliyn Monroe. I was small but I knew who Marlyin Monroe was. It was a beautiful picture. Later years I learned that this was the only set of nude pictures she had made. She had done it as a favor for her friend who was a photogropher (sp) I can still see the picture in my mind.
CoolG I am very relieved to hear that you were only marginally touch by the tornado. I will just offer up my experience with the Kindle Fire HD7 that I bought in December 2012; I am not overly impressed by its battery life. I run it on half the light power that is on offer and I only use the Wi-Fi very sparingly but I seem to be charging it every other day. I have watched catch-up programmes on the BBC iPlayer I downloaded (for free) and the picture and sound were very good. I download all my Ebooks onto this and also my original Kindle. The latter has a battery life of about three weeks and I bought a protective cover with a built-in light at the time of purchase. By comparison the technology of this earlier Kindle is clunky, but it works perfectly well. I get annoyed by the constant updating of good gadgets and being made to feel out of date by owning something that is more than two years old. It is consumerism gone made.
Lady Hawke There is quite a lot of concern in the UK about the prevalence of bullying of children via smartphone or computer. Quite a number of teenagers over here have committed suicide as a result of this activity. Giving out your email address and/or telephone breaks down your privacy in unlooked-for ways. I speak from experience, there are some very strange people out there; I still do not like answering the phone if the caller has hidden their number.
My daughter does not have Facebook or any of the other social networking websites. I will caution her not to gave her number to anyone but trusted friends with a good track history.
I think I will tell my daughter to continue giving my phone number and family email address to any classmates with which she must have contact during a group project. That way if anyone is inclined to text her or email her anything ugly it will have to go through me first.