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Jan. 13th, 2018

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#BlackHogwarts

This is so much fun. Someone on Twitter imagined Hogwarts as an all black school, and it's pretty clever. https://thegrapevine.theroot.com/blackgirlmagic-and-blackboyjoy-hit-platform-9-3-4s-an-1822055627

JKR tweeted her approval. The fandom lives on. :)

Jan. 11th, 2018

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Belated Birthday Present From sherylyn and an Update

Sherry sent me a link to chapter seven of her fic, "Heart's Afire," a retelling of The New Zealand Chronicles from Harry's point of view. This chapter is a Harry' point of view of their wedding night. It's tender and hot and oh, so Harry! Sherry totally "gets" him.


Here is the link to the story at Phoenix Song. It's rated R - just so you know:
http://www.phoenixsong.net/fanfiction/story/6572/

And yes, a good story is evergreen - so what if this was ten years ago? It's a wonderful birthday gift and I feel 45 again. :)


In updates!

Eddie got a B on that group project from hell, but he got an A + on his participation, so he ended up with an A in the class. He has learned from this experience. Before he stepped foot in his Organization Theory class he looked at the syllabus and saw that half the grade would be based on a group project. He quickly dropped that and found something else to take. :)

We had a nice Christmas. Eddie was home and we had friends over for Christmas Eve. We managed to eat our Christmas dinner before we lost power in a freaky windstorm. (Wind was from the west and not the east and lots of trees and roofs were damaged). A week later we had another bad storm - but this was a nor'Easter. We were on the rain and wind side, thankfully. New England and New Brunswick didn't fare so well.

We're supposed to have another big storm this weekend. Rain or freezing rain. After the polar vortex, it's feels like summer to have 8 Celsius out there.

Bill's birthday is coming up on Sunday. I have to find room in the freezer for his ice cream cake. I don't know why he craves ice cream in the middle of January, but that is always what he asks for.

Hope you are all well and staying warm (or cool depending on which side of the Equator you find yourself on).

Dec. 28th, 2017

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Happy Birthday, gabrielladusult!

Happy Birthday, Amy! I hope you're enjoying this cold December day. When the holiday dust settles, I'd love to read a post from you. I've been wondering how you're adjusting to this new chapter and how the kids and Captain are. *hugs and best wishes*

Dec. 4th, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Crumplehornedki!

Happy Birthday, Sandy! I hope you can have a break from your busy schedule to enjoy the day.

Dec. 3rd, 2017

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BBC ONE Christmas Film 2017



Aww. This made me miss my dad. Even though my father (and me for that matter) weren't remotely like this - he was always quietly doing things for me and I always knew he had my back.

Here's info about the video if you're interested. It's stop motion and CG animation.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2017/bbc-one-christmas-short-film

Nov. 30th, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Sherylyn!

You make your corner of the world a better place by your helpfulness and positive attitude. I'm blessed to know you.  All the best today and in the coming year! 

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Nov. 25th, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Grandma Kate

Happy Birthday, Grandma Kate!  I hope you have a lovely day surrounded by family and friends. I miss you on live journal.

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Nov. 20th, 2017

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Patron Saint of Group Projects?

If there is one, Eddie is going to need him. He's in a group project for his business class with four other people. Three are from China and speak very little English. They have been working in this group since September, submitting different assignments as each deadline came up. Eddie submitted everything on his account.

So the final write up is due today at 6:00 - an electronic copy and a print copy. Eddie started to receive the various parts of the project yesterday as planned. Unfortunately, the Chinese students used Google translate and the stuff they sent him was gibberish and incomplete. He sent the portions back and told them what to add, etc. . . He has one long email chain explaining how to make a chart in Word. Two of the students never got back to him as of last night at nine - so who knows what came in later.

Anyway, he has an appointment with the professor today at 10. He has concerns about plagiarism from some of them as well. The big push at the university is Academic Integrity and if he started to completely re-write their work that wouldn't be kosher, either. I truly hope the professor gives him a fair hearing and just grades him on the portions he did. He is doing the entire oral presentation tomorrow since the Chinese kids can't speak English and the English-speaking girl is too shy.

This is a huge intro class - like 200 people. Eddie has spoken to his TA about this group before, but got no where with him. Hopefully the professor will help him. The fact that he checked his email on Sunday night and gave him an appointment outside of his office hours shows that he is willing to at least listen.

Keep your fingers crossed for him.

I'm too old for school stress, y'all.

Edited to add:

They have an extension until Wed. at 6:00 PM And they don't have to do the oral presentation until next Tues. Eddie and the English-speaking girl divided up the work. He's not happy about it, but at least they have a chance to salvage something.

Nov. 15th, 2017

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St. Joseph of Cupertino

Okay, this is a saint I've never heard of, but he's the patron saint of exams and studying. The reason why? He wanted to be a priest but he wasn't very book smart. But he prayed and worked hard and by some miracle, the examiner asked him the only question that he knew the answer to.

Now that's my kind of test.

Eddie is going through mid-terms this week (and today), so I said a little prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino. Hopefully that will soothe his nerves.

In other news, he's doing well on all of projects and papers. It's the exams that get him down.

Not much going on here. We're in the dark dreary time leading up to Christmas. I find the change over to standard time to be a shock to the system, but I'm glad the mornings aren't so dark.

I'm taking a Chinese Culture class and it is fascinating. The instructor is from China and she knows how to give a lecture. Eddie is currently taking an economics class on India and China, so we've had some great discussions.

Hope all is well with my flist!

And I just talked to Eddie and he said he felt calm and focused during his test and he thinks he did well! So I'll say my thanks to St Joseph of Cupertino. My prayers were answered. 

Oct. 13th, 2017

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Q and A stolen from aggiebell90

Tattoos: None
Broken bones: No
Shot a gun: Nope and I never will.
Quit a job: Yes
Flown on a plane: Yes
100+miles in car: Yes. I hate car trips, btw.
Gone zip lining: Nope and I never will.
Watched someone give birth: No.
Watched someone dying: Yes.
Ridden in an ambulance: Yes.

Been to:
... Canada: Yes. I live here now. I hope to see more of my second home when Bill retires. It's a big country.
... to Europe: Yes - but I only saw a few countries. I would go back in a heartbeat.
... to Washington D.C: Yes - a wonderful place.
... to Florida: Yes - Disney World. East coast beaches.
... to Colorado: Does the airport count?
... to Mexico: Wonderful place - so much natural beauty. I wish their economy was better.
... to Las Vegas: Yes. The people watching is phenonmenal - plus the OTT buildings and architecture. I don't think I could handle it after 3 days - though.


Sang karaoke: No.
Had a pet: Yes, as a child. Hubby is allergic.
Gone snowboarding: No way
Ability to read music: No, but I love music.
Rode a motorcycle: Nope
Rode a horse: No.
Stayed in a hospital: Yes.
Driven a stick shift: I've tried. It didn't go so well.
Ride in Police Car: No.
Driven a Boat: No.
Eaten Escargot: No, thank you.
Seen a UFO: No
Been on a Cruise: No
Eat Sushi: Love it.
Seen a Ghost: No

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