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Dr. Lew. If you feel things are getting a bit much you can send me the cake samples and I will
give you a very honest opinion.
Asti The legal aspect was what concerned me because this was a conversion from a place concerned with racehorse training and would presumably have needed planning permission. It might be that somewhere there is an access point but it wasn’t in the area we were in, but I have remembered that I didn’t seek out the toilets ….. The Grade 2 listed pub next door has its wheelchair access door at the rear of the property and the corridor goes past the toilet facility entrance doors.
Asti – I will be visiting the hall tomorrow with my daughter.
Laura – stop scaring me with wedding list of chores. I’m going to report you to the moderator. :(
Ironsos – I can send you cake samples too. :)
Tomorrow is my day off and I will be spending it with my daughter. :)
I made a stop at the doctor after work. They are giving me more antibiotics. :(
Has anyone been reading Leaky’s news page? The publicity about the new site Diagon Alley is really interesting, I wish them well.
Wow, it has been way too long! I am officially on summer break from school, and though I’ll still be going in several times to get things done and will doing two days a week at the bakery (which is where I am right now), it still feels good to be relatively free for the next couple of months.
I am getting extremely excited about LeakyCon, particularly because I’ll be turning it into a very extended trip this year. Before the conference, my dad and I are going on an 8-night cruise to the Caribbean, with stops in Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. When we get back, we’re staying at Universal for two nights so my dad can visit the Wizarding World for the first time. Then, he’ll fly home and I’ll move over to the LeakyCon hotel to meet up with Felipe, Rhiannon, and PB for the conference. I especially can’t wait to visit the Diagon Alley expansion and ride the Hogwarts Express! :D
JEN, It is good to hear from you. I’m sorry to be missing LeakyCon again. Have you ever been on a cruise before? Mine was only 3 nights and so it was fairly limited in scope, mostly just an opportunity to travel on a floating hotel with lots of food and drink. I am not much of a gambler and that was one of the primary activities provided by our particular cruise. We made port a couple of places and only one was really worth the effort. We didn’t go anywhere near Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. We just hit a couple of places in the Bahamas and, frankly, it felt as if we were just visiting small floating chunks of south Florida/southern Mississippi, nothing very exotic.
DR LEW, thank you for the details on the wedding plans. I had a five month engagement. I had a full wedding but I did not get dragged into particulars and did not turn into a Bridezilla. I more or less accepted that with only five months I took the venues I could find. I made myself content that there were flowers of some description, photographers of some description, food and cake of some description. I told myself in twenty years I would be the only one who remembered or cared they were not the precise thing I preferred or had in my imagination. I did make more of an effort for the music. I had an organist, a violinist, a harpist and a vocalist. Fortunately, the violinist was the wife of my church choir director since early childhood. She had a good handle on my taste in music and she made it happen. The priest, once he found out the quality of musicians we had coming to the wedding, made personal requests. He wanted music played in the background throughout the service. So, for our hour long service and the 30 minutes prior our music never stopped. All the background music was subdued and classical on the harp and violin. The priest was something of the music fiend. I recently found out he has become a Benedictine monk quite late in life.
We are going to my mother’s house this afternoon for my daughter to learn how to use the sewing machine to make a costume.
Hi LH! I’ve been on one cruise, but it was over 15 years ago now. (Yikes, it doesn’t seem like it could have been that long!) It was a 4-night one to the Bahamas and Key West, so we left on a Monday evening, then did a port each day Tues, Weds, Thurs, and returned Fri morning. There were no days at sea to just enjoy the ship. We did a shore excursion at each stop, so it all felt very busy and rushed, though we did have an awesome time. I’m looking forward to the more leisurely pace of this one.
Jen, how lovely to see you, and to hear about your plans. The cruise sounds wonderful, (I’m very envious about the Wizarding World, lol,) and please give hugs from me to all the Leaky people at the Con…..and one for you too!
Are you still enjoying the school? And have you been able to do much reading for pleasure………what have you lined up to read on your cruise? It really is great to see you again. xx
MM, how did the hall visit go? And I’m sorry to hear you’re still not well.
HEY JEN! So good to hear from you! I’m glad that you’re getting a summer break – I hope things are going well at school, though! And your upcoming travels sound amazing! I’ve never been on a cruise, my hesitation with a cruise sounds like what happened on your first experience. I don’t want to feel rushed, I like being able to set my schedule – stay put when I want and see what I want. Probably just the control freak in me. ;) But man, that Caribbean trip sounds awesome! Maybe ANY type of relaxing trip sounds good to me at this point! ;)
MM, I hope you’re able to take it easy on your time off, too! And good luck with the planning. You’re definitely in a different situation than me. Since I"m long-distance, my mom is handling a lot of the small details because it’s just easier. Then when I do get involved, it’s in crazy, short bursts because I have to fit everything into a week when I can pop into town. But you have a year to space everything out, and both you and your daughter are in the same place where the wedding will take place. I just like to do things the hard way. ;)
LH, I don’t think I’m a Bridezilla, or particularly controlling (especially for me), but everything is being planned to a T. The wedding and reception venue coordinators want as many details as possible (whether I care about them or not). Photographer preferred to meet before the wedding day. We had a lot of friends offer to host events, and they want to plan details, so that necessitates more planning and decisions. And apparently I have to make sure the dress fits. I tried telling the seamstress that I couldn’t come in for a second dress fitting and she was having none of that. Now I have to go in the week of the wedding just to make sure everything fits right…though I’m not sure what they can do by that point…So there are a lot of details – many of which I don’t particularly care about – but other are requesting/requiring meetings and consultations.
Interestingly, I got A LOT comments when meeting with everyone two weeks ago about how laid back I was – I knew what I wanted and didn’t care too much about the rest. I can only imagine the “typical” brides they deal with!!
Hey all! I’m not sure if I’m getting worse about checking in, or my stress about moving is creeping up on me and making me as paranoid as Mad-Eye. Probably both.
Anyways, yes, hello everyone!
I might just be the worst resident of this castle because I never check in with how everyone is but I’m hoping with this little tidbit of news, you’ll all forgive me this once.
I’m moving out! Yesss, out of home, out of the city… out of state, even.
I leave Sunday, and come July 1 I’ll be residing in a nifty little studio apartment of my own in Phoenix, Arizona. I’ll pop back in when I get a chance to finish sorting out setting up my utilities and internet services (like I’m checking websites and calling places, I’m not saying I won’t be back for a week, oops…)
BWJen It is great to catch up on your holiday news and that you will be visiting the new section of the World of Harry Potter. It sounds wonderful. Please remember me to your fellow Leaky People when you meet up and I hope that your time together will be just as enjoyable as the previous occasions.A number of us here were very impressed by the work of Deborah Harkness in her fantasy All Souls Trilogy, the final book will be published in July. Anyone who loved HP and then took on the Twilight series would be ready primed to tackle her adult trilogy which is much more detailed about magical thinking in the past because she is a historian who specialised in the history of science.
I have just started Jo Rowling’s second book published under the nom de plume Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm, which came out this month. These books are definitely written for the adult market.
PB, this all sounds very exciting. I’m sure we’ll all be happy to hear about the details of your new life as it falls into place.
GRAYMAYNE, I’m trying to get my Diana Gabaldon finished before The Book of Life arrives. I am not a fast reader so 880 pages of dense descriptive language is a lot through which for me to hack my way.
PB AND BOOKWORMJEN ON THE SAME DAY??
We didn’t go see the hall. The venue called to say the rental contract was not ready. So we decided to go shopping and to lunch instead. It was a lovely day and the outdoor mall where we went was very pleasant. I had a great time.
PB This is very exciting news, and I am sure that everyone is keen for more details when you have the time. Moving house is a very stressful event because there is so much to think about so this is quite normal. It feels quite a festive occasion with two old friends turning up on the same day.
MM Shopping and lunching out sounds fun:)
Lady Hawke I’m not a quick reader either and we are half way through Wimbledon fortnight so a lot of my time is swallowed up watching the tennis matches, and eating strawberries and cream of course, lol. Yesterday we had a thunderstorm and lost the transmission from BBC 2 for a while.
Time for breakfast, I’m not up as early today because there was no sun to rouse me.
I just saw this video on Facebook and I found the link on Youtube.
I can’t imagine that everyone here would not enjoy it but I am posting it specifically for IRONSOS. It is classical music played in a way I have never seen before.
IRONSOS, they have a number of videos on youtube.
My mother has been offloading items from her pantry to me. She had purchased items for my father that he was requesting after he came home from rehab, things he had not eaten since he married her. She gave me a can of corned beef hash. I need to get rid of it so I am baking eggs in wells I dug into beds in the corned beef hash. I have seen that done at restaurants (but with real homemade corned beef hash). We’ll see if it is edible but at least I will have used it and it will be out of my way.
Lady Hawke The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain have been including something similar in their stage act for some years, adding humour to their musical programme. It really demonstrates the skill and versatility of the musicains. I have to admit though that I have never seen anyone play a cello in such an awkward position, lol.
Waving the hand madly at Jen and PB !!! How wonderful to see you both. It has been far too long indeed.
Thanks Lady Hawke. That was great. The above link is to a video of Peter Schickele doing a
play by play of Beethoven’s 5th symphony. I consider the man to be one of the greatest
music genius’s of our time. his 1712 overture is pure work of delight.
Busy busy busy…….another 6 day working week. My sister and BIL came round last night…….FAR too much alcohol, but a good, fun evening. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen them. Christmas, I think, apart from the weekends I spent with my sister packing the parents.
I have just finished reading my book of the year so far. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. It is wonderful. Comparisons to Dickens are not over exaggerated. The writing is clear, succinct and measured; I recommend it very highly.
PB, what a big step! Is this for Uni? You know that you are a “son” to most of us here……… I wish you luck and joy, and hope you pop in from time to time to let us know about your new life. And we are always here for you. xx
MM eeeek about the football!
Asti – the DS nearly died of emotions from high to very low. Poor baby. I was a very supportive wife; I made his favorite dinner and went out for a pint of ice cream for him. :(. He already had his limit of one beer. LOLOL!!
BigG sent us an email tonight to tell us that he took part in the Great Manchester Cycle 2014 which is a mass cycling event on closed roads through the centre of Manchester. The route is 13 miles and you enter one of three distances, 13, 26 or 52 miles and the events are timed but it is not a race, you go at your own pace and will receive your timed result. I learned only this week that he commutes by bike to work but he has sorted out a route which avoids all the heavy traffic areas. He rides a fold-up bike with smaller wheels; the rear wheel folds down and forwards so that it ends up under the seat and its rear luggage rack becomes the bike stand. At the outset of this change of transport he attended a cycling proficiency course and he wears a cycling helmet, city cycling is potentially dangerous. Apparently there are a number of others who cycle to work and in the modern building in which he works there is proper provision of showers and changing facilities. This is all very mind-blowing to my generation.
IRONSOS, Not being a sports girl I must say I enjoyed the Itzhak Perlman videos. Perlman I know.
IRONSOS, my DS came home with an item I suspect he acquired off the “as seen on TV” aisle in Walgreens. It is a small vented stoneware cooker meant for use in the microwave. It included a book of 5 minute microwave recipes for poached eggs, egg omelet, baked apple crisp, baked onion/French onion soup, fresh tomato sauce, shrimp scampi, chocolate souffle, maple sweet potatoes, eggplant parmesan, veggie chili, loaded diced potato, broccoli garlic saute, green beans almondine, spicy sesame green beans, honey glazed carrots, zucchini and tomato saute, and baked banana dessert.
I thought of you when I saw it. It seems a quick way of adding side dishes to what you make in your crock pot. I see you have a Walgreens within a few blocks of you. So, I doubt you would have to order this online unless you wanted to do so.
GRAYMAYNE, I can’t believe all these middle aged men on bikes. When I have recently tried riding my bike I did a lot of wobbling around and found riding he bike was much more difficult than walking.