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Jun. 26th, 2015

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Prom Photos

Eddie and friends had a beautiful evening for prom. These were taken at the lighthouse park just around the corner from us. In the group picture, you can see a house in the distance. We live about a block up the street from that house. We are lucky to live in such a lovely spot.









Jun. 17th, 2015

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Happy Birthday, moonette1!

The LJ birthday fairies reminded me that it's your birthday, moonette1. I hope you have a great day with lots of attention from hawt men and a bit of jealous angst from Will. :) I still smile fondly whenever I see a reference to Spartans.

In other news, it's finals week and it's been stressful. There's so much pressure on these kids to perform and Eddie doesn't handle it well. (He tends to shut down rather than double his efforts, which is my method). So we're trying to encourage him to do his best even if he's not going to get straight As. That all or nothing thinking is toxic.

Keep him (and me!) in your thoughts this week. I'm exhausted from the drama.

May. 5th, 2015

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JKR Apologizes for Fred's Death

Interesting:
http://www.hypable.com/jk-rowling-battle-of-hogwarts-fred-death/

I don't think JKR has anything to feel sorry for since Fred is * still alive* in my world of denial.

gabrielladusult, does this make you feel any better? I see Remus and Tonks are on deck for next year . . .

Apr. 28th, 2015

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Fandoms I have loved

Long before Harry Potter, I loved Star Wars. I was 14 when I saw the first movie and swoon! I was hooked. The first fan fic. I ever wrote was to expand on the lame-o love scene between Luke and Mara Jade in Timothy Zhan's Admiral Thrawn triology. I still remember the three novel's worth of buildup ending in "And they kissed." And they kissed?

I got out the ol' spiral notebook and wrote something better. At least I think I did. I never showed it to anyone and it's long gone now. I don't think I could be in the Star Wars Fandom on the internet because it's too big and I'm not best of observer of movies. I really need print to pick up on the nuances. (Hence the fan fic of one of the Star Wars novels)

Still, I'm soo excited for this new movie! (The Anakin prequels were a bad dream). It gives me a lift just to watch it.

Welcome home indeed, Harrison Ford, you rugged man, you. *bats eyes*



And on to Anne of Green Gables. I read the series when I was in junior high/high school. They were my comfort reads. Even now they get a re-read about once a year. Growing up in Kansas City I never dreamed I would ever see that part of the world, but now I live less than five hours away from "Avonlea". (And I totally get LM Mongomery's description of the weather. When she talks about an east wind I know just how that cold, wet slap in the face feels.)

Much later I saw the CBC mini-series starring Megan Fallows and Jonathan Crombie. Perfect casting, perfect location (they shot it in PEI).

Because the Anne books (and that mini series) seem so timeless to me, it came as a shock to learn that Jonathan Crombie died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage two weeks ago. He was only 48. ladywhizbee must be so sad. She sent me this video a few years ago.



What fandoms are you interested in these days? Eddie is now glomming all The Office episodes.

Apr. 17th, 2015

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Parenting

So I mentioned yesterday that Eddie is now 17. He's in grade 11 and he's really struggling with the advanced courses. It's amazing how the homework load changed from grade 10. The kids were not prepared to deal with physics and chemistry and advanced math and the learning curve has been steep. He now understands he has to do his homework if he wants to pass, but he resents it and alternates between depression and anxiety. This morning he was vibrating from anxiety about his math test today. Thank goodness it was first period so he didn't have to fret all day. I know I have to let him go through these struggles, but it's so hard. I found this online the other day and I'm posting it here so I'll remember:

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Parents of moody, anxious teens, give me some advice/encouragement! This is so hard.

Apr. 16th, 2015

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Happy Birthday, AuntyRos

Happy Birthday, auntyros! I hope you have a great day full of good food, good fun and good times spent with a brown blue-eyed hero. :)

Yesterday was Eddie's birthday. He's 17 now. *gulp* I just can't believe how fast the time has gone.

Mar. 26th, 2015

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The Air Canada Foundation presents: A boy and 3 gifts.

This is so touching and sooo Canadian. First of all for how it looks and feels: the winter light and snowy landscape, the small interiors and huge spaces outdoors, the vast distances traveled, the understated way people express themselves. Then there is the message about gifts and speaking out, which has a particular resonance for First Nations people. I helped with the Breakfast Club at Eddie's elementary school and it's a great program.

Mar. 9th, 2015

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Daylight Saving Time - How Is This Still a thing...

Feb. 9th, 2015

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Happy (Belated) Birthday, Bel!

I want to wish tdu000 a belated Happy Birthday. I hope you had a good day and it wasn't too hot for celebrating. (Just thinking about a sunny day with Bel being waited on byYoungish!Albus lifts my spirits. We've had sooo much snow in the last week.)

All the best to you, dear friend, in the coming year. *hugs*

Jan. 27th, 2015

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Happy Birthday, Berte!

I want to wish amamama the happiest of birthdays! You are a dear friend and a most welcome presence on lj. I always learn something from you. *Big hugs and lots of love to you.*


We're at the start of the blizzard, so we still have power. The wind is howling and a mix of snow and sleet is battering the windows. Stay safe, East Coasters!

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