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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

Oct. 3rd, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Girlspell!

Happy Birthday, girlspell! It's a beautiful fall day here. I hope it's just as nice where you are for your special day. All the best for another great year. *hugs*

Edit to add: What did I do wrong with your name? It's not right.

Sep. 28th, 2017

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Happy Birthday sea_thoughts !

I hope you have a great day - and I hope the weather is better in your neck of the woods. We're having torrential rain. :)

Sep. 26th, 2017

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Message From grandma_kate

grandma_kate gave me permission to share her e-mail with all of you:

As I said in the card, many months ago Live Journal would not let me in when I refused to sign their agreement.  They said that they "banned and deleted” me,  About a month ago I suddenly started getting notices of birthdays.  I have not tried getting in.

I am very well about to have my one year check-up from my new heart valve (a day before your birthday).  Dear Oatmeal hs his diabetes under control but is having congestive heart failure problems and  is scheduled for an angio gram on Oct 5.  Thank God for Kaiser and Medicare.  Clara turns three tomorrow but had her party last Saturday.  Owen is in Kindergarten and will be six in a month.

I pray for your family and Sandy’s and for Megan and her husband every day.  I hope all is well.

Love, Kate







If you want to correspond with Grandma Kate, message me through LJ and I'll send her your email. Or leave her a message in the comments. I don't know about you, but I needed my Owen fix.

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