I’m feeling lost

No new Blood Ties this week. That mini-marathon didn’t do me any good at all.

OTOH, this picture still makes me giggle, even this long after the episode aired.

And since I can’t leave the Hens without their Henry macros

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  1. Madonna said

    Yea! I’m first. I’m first!!!!! Sorry I had to. First time ever.

  2. cdnfreyja said

    Dang! I’m staying up all night to catch my flight and I’m still not the first poster. LOL!

    Things are still looking good for departure. My flight is still showing as leaving on time. Only one flight cancelled out of Ottawa tomorrow morning leading to Calgary – one through Toronto, naturally.

    Gypsy – OMG! That Klingon macro – way too funny! πŸ˜‰ Reminds me of the episode in Deep Space Nine where they travel back in time and someone asks Worf why the Klingons of the original series era looked so weird, kind of like humans with shoe polish on their skin and bad wigs. Of course we all know that special effects makeup wasn’t that great in the 1960s compared to what can be done now. But the line he delivered was too funny! Something like “this is a period of our history which we do not discuss”. It was eventually explained in an episode of Enterprise. (Okay, you can now tell that I’m a bit of a Star Trek fan, hmmm?)

    And the Mr. Burns impression? Just as long as Henry doesn’t start speaking with Mr. Burns’ voice, that’s good ’cause that voice coming out of Henry’s mouth would just be weird.

  3. cdnfreyja said

    Hi Linda, just answering your post in this new thread.

    Kingston is a great city to visit. Lots of history! I’ve been there 3 times (I have an aunt who lives there) and have spent most of my time in the downtown. It used to have many very wealthy families so there are lots of great old houses. Canada’s first Prime Minister lived there. There’s Fort Henry. Canada’s first capital (with Toronto and Montreal getting in on it too) until it was re-assigned to Ottawa in 1857 because Kingston was too close to the U.S. and fears of possible invasion. Site of the 1976 Olympic sailing events. And for those who love really strange things, home to 7 prisons including the infamous Kingston penitentiary, and the prison museum with the world’s largest collection of shivs. Rifkind – what lovely little fact do you now know about penitentiaries in Canada?

    Because it was originally intended to be Canada’s capital there are a lot of really beautiful public buildings, especially the town hall and the Frontenac court house. There is even a park where the parliamentary buildings were supposed to go. And not to mention Queen’s University and the Royal Military College.

  4. Linda said

    Freya — Amazing! Now I wish we had spent more time in Kingston. We were only there for a brief stop. The world’s largest collection of shivs?!? Rifkind would have trouble topping that one.

    Got my fingers crossed that your flight stays on time!

  5. rifkind said

    Linda,
    Freyja has been helping me in understanding some of the differences in the legal systems and prisons in Canada vs the US.
    Blood Ties is pretty generic when it comes to representing the cops side of things and there is no real hint that this show is supposed to be happening in Toronto not some generic US city.

    I hope that Freyja was able to get her flight on time!

  6. Good Morning Ladies,

    I remember when you could hardly get your weekend chores done for fear of missing something on the blog. Oh well, I’m going to write if off to the holidays and hope things get back to normal after the first of the year.

    First I want to thank all my blog sisters for the beautiful thoughtful cards and gifts. (No wonder you aren’t blogging, you’ve been too darn busy!) Lady A, Danae, lwildstar, (thanks again) Cree, Freyja, Elizabeth, Miggles, Madonna, I love your the bats and your beautiful hand painted ornament You are so thoughtful. Tango –OMG the calendar is awesome! Melanie was looking at, saw the last pic and just stopped and went OOOOHHHHOOHHH.

    Last but not least to my dearest Secret Santa. You are awesome. I love my gift and I loved the letter you sent. Thank you SOOOO MUCH.

    Gypsy–Love the new macros. The kyle pic is one of my favorites as you can tell.

    FYI–Moonlight was back on this week if any of you missed it like I did. What a pleasant surprise to find the new ep on my dvr.

    I haven’t seen anyone mention the big podcast announcement so I will. What a waste of time. All they talked about was the Bt Marathon on the Real Women Network and the fact that Lifetime hasn’t made a decision yet. Don’t waste you time downloading it.

    Later!

  7. rifkind said

    Yup Annalaise,
    I LOVE my TiVo too!
    It WAS a heartbreaking episode of Moonlight. Talk about being mean to your characters!

  8. rifkind said

    OK Gals,
    Doesn’t anybody have any more fun barbs or quips for name calling between Mike and Henry?
    I’m looking for some new material here and we have so many wonderful and creative women here. I know that you can come up with something!

  9. vicki said

    MMmmm…lets seee rifkind…

    Mike: Prince of Blood…
    Henry: Flatfoot….

    Henry: “Did they give you bullets for that gun Constable”

    Mike: “No, but I broke a chair earlier…want to see the stakes??”

    Mike; “Has any woman EVER told you no?”
    Hemry: “Yes, Ann Bolen, but she regetted it later.”

    sorry cant think of anything else …I will work on it…

    LOVE my magnet….sooo great…
    LOVE my calendar…AWESOME….I am taking it to school to put up in my room…my students will get a kick out of it..( I always tell them what a TV aholic I am) and my fellow teachers can see what a wonderful group of women I have found…
    Madonna…I love my ornament…soo talented..I cant even make a stick figure come out right…let alone paint something…WOW….I love it…it is already on the tree right next to my “family” ornament of penquins with all of our names on it. HEHEH Henry is part of the family…

    God bless us everyone…

    Vicki
    The Diva

  10. susana said

    still missing my henry!
    The itching is slightly better, the boobs….ouch…but oh! well!
    Hi to everyone……hope all is well with ya’ll!

  11. Margaret said

    Anne: If you’re around, your man Steve, is on a movie called Deck the Halls, on that unmentionable network. He actually has a pretty smile.

  12. lwildstar said

    Just checking in!

    Well we lucked out and didn’t get the ice storm they were calling for – just a lot of rain…but its supoded to get cold tonight – below freezing – so I have a feeling its going to be slick in the morning…oh joy!

    I hope everyone is having a good weekend…

  13. lwildstar said

    Appaearntly on Wednesday there was sort of an online disscussion thing with Tanya and another writer – this is a link to what was posted and the comments…

    http://www.mylifetime.com/blog/michelle-buonfiglio/tanya-huff-guestblog-choices

  14. Anzia said

    Tango- Loooooooooooove the calander. SHould I get hired perminantly at work…it’s QUITE possible it will be hanging up right next to a few choice ornaments sent by my lovely sisters! ^_^

    Dani- Hugs! hope all went well w/the party

    Nina- I sent you presents! Check your mail! HOpe it helps with the stress issue Didi! (which I now realize you posted on another thread and not this one…)

    MamaClaire- more kids the merry right?

    The way MamaClaire collects children I collect moms. I have five (roughly)! ^_^ And I love every single ONE OF THEM! πŸ™‚

  15. Anne said

    Margaret – yes he does – check under my name πŸ˜‰
    Though that might be more of a laugh.

    Friday evening I was contacted by a UK promotion agency, asking if I wanted to run a competition to promote the UK DVD release of Blood Ties.
    I of course refused – NOT!

    http://www.bloodtiescentral.com/
    If you click the DVD cover image, there’s a preeeetty big version underneath.
    They didn’t put any restrictions on who could participate, so if you can play non-US DVDs, knock yourselves out. An iPod shuffle is part of the prize too.

    Someone definitely had fun putting together the accompanying press release:

    “The long-haired neck-biter, who resides in an upscale, uptown condo, leads a low profile life during the day as a writer and designer, but by night satisfies his blood lust by dining on criminals, and more enjoyably, by snacking on willing sex partners. ”

    Upscale, uptown, low profile … someone has a way with words!
    Long-haired neck-biter – HA!

    Actually, the long-haired neck-biter doesn’t lead ANY kind of life during the day – I’m not a neck-biter – just a nit-picker πŸ˜‰

    Glad Henry’s not one – a nit-picking long-haired neck-biter is quite a tongue twister …

  16. Anne said

    POKKERS!(Danish mild cuss word)
    That snap thingie doesn’t do portrait pictures … off to find a landscape laugh instead.

  17. Anne said

    Okay – second try …. not quite a laugh though – and he looks so sweet and innocent – HA!

  18. Tango said

    So glad everyone is enjoying their calendars. And for those of you who haven’t gotten theirs yet, if you are a part of the google group, you will be getting yours any day now. I’m working on getting a different one on the google page itself that you can download. It is the latest one with newer software and a little more intricate.

  19. Nisi said

    Elizabeth – I just read last weeks blog. I hope you are feeling better. Will you be up to the Christmas party Sat.?

    I saw the pictures of Henry’s rings. My Hubby has a Celtic band ring just like Henry’s. I had to giggle.

    I’m off to bed and to try to get rid of a sore throat.

    Nisi

  20. Anzia said

    So I should find out if I’m gonna be perminant at Novum today…. Cross fingers girls!

  21. rifkind said

    Good Luck Anzia!

  22. Good Morning Ladies,

    I’ve sad news to share. Dan Fogelberg passed away yesterday morning after loosing his fight with prostate cancer. He was one of my favorite singer/musicians in the early 70’s and a big musical influence on me during the years when music was a motivating force in my life. Dan you will be missed.

    – – -In Memorium – – –

    Dan Fogelberg
    August 13, 1951– Dec 16 2007

    An American singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, whose music has been informed by sources as diverse as folk, pop, classical, jazz, and bluegrass music.Fogelberg was a session musician who played with pop-folk artists like Van Morrison before his 1974 album ”Souvenirs” and the hit song “Part of the Plan” made him a major star.

  23. prtfvr said

    Oh man! I can’t believe he’s dead. So young. 😦

  24. Scribble said

    Hey Everybody:

    I just wanted to clarify that at this time we are looking at a mid 2008 release date for the North American DVD set, not 2010 (don’t even know where that came from).

    Hope that brings a little light to your day.

    Scribble

  25. Thanks for the GOOD news for a change Scribble. Happy Holidays to you.

  26. Linda said

    Annalaise So sad about Dan Fogelberg. He was one of my favorites too…and so young.

  27. laurel said

    I too am a Fogleburg fan. So sad. My favorite album is the “Twin Sons…” one with Tim Weisberg (?)

    Thanks Scribble! How are you dear? I hope you have a great holiday season. Check in with us any time, and get some really good news to share with us soon, please. πŸ™‚

    I can’t believe all of the wonderful cards and little gifts I’ve been getting. What amazing friends you all are.
    I am one of the slower sort so most of my cards have been mailed in the last couple of days, and a few will go out today. I did finally get my Secret Santa gift sent.
    Obviously I don’t craft as fast as some of you. I have a pile of things half done, 😦 but they will make good New Years presents so I guess you can be surprised later. Sorry about the delay.

    Freyja – I hope you are planning on checking in with us so we’ll know you got to your folks’ house in one piece (with luggage of course).

    Nisi – are we still on for Saturday? I think I missed some e-mails in the 598 unread that appeared in my mailbox since Friday night. Yikes.

  28. Linda said

    Hi all,

    For those of you who like Torchwood, here is an article about the second season on FireFox. James Marsters is a guest star.

    http://firefox.org/news/articles/966/1/Review-Torchwood-Series-2-Episode-1-039Kiss-Kiss-Bang-Bang039/Page1.html

  29. laurel said

    Ah, yes. Love Torchwood. Nice article, even if I haven’t yet seen all of season one. Thank heavens for Comcast On-Demand, or I would have missed too many episodes to catch up. I see that season one has a realease date of January 22nd here in the US. Maybe I should put an IOU on my Christmas wish list.
    😎

  30. Nisi said

    Laurel – Yes we are still on for Saturday. 3:00 ish until whenever. I sent a link to googlemaps with our house marked. Do you want me to resend it?

  31. Linda said

    I love it too! They have been re-running the 1st season eps on BBC on Saturday nights. I have seen most of them. I also got hooked on Dr. Who. I have ordered the 1st season on Netflix to catch up on that one.

  32. lwildstar said

    LAUREL!!!!!! my sweetie – if you were here you would have gotten the biggest hug! yes I got my box today and just had to open it immediatly! Now I am bouncing off the walls with happiness! I have the little snow globe on my desk…..thank you thank you! I love it!
    When you get back on Saturday check for me online πŸ™‚

    Scribbles – thanks for stopping by…every little bit of good news helps as we pine away for our Henry….

    now I’m off to vote and check emails.

    Oh Tango – I opened some of the calender files – you did a great job!

  33. Claire said

    Bonjour mes amis!!! AnnaLaise..I know! I saw it on the news this morning! I love Dan Fogelberg!So sad!

    Scribbles..thank you for the good news! I hope you have a great holiday!!!

    Well..the multi cultural holiday party at my daughters house was alot of fun and Oy! tons of delish food!! My latkes were a huge success! not a crumb was left! So were my zeppoles! Diz..I made beignets from the mix you sent me! OHLALA!!
    We had a blast playing dirty Santa..and I got a fantastic gift..with a little stealing strategy between Nikki and I,LOL!! Mugs and flavored coffees and teas!! yum!!
    We left at one a.m.! and had to drive home in a down pour!! so scary!! I prayed all the way! I’m so proud of Nikki,she’s quite the good driver!

    I continue to get cards and goodies and I’m at a lost for words…all I can say is that you guys mean the world to me and I love yas! all!!!

    Susanna..I hope your itchiness is all gone and that your poor boobs are feeling better lol!

    Freyja..check in when you get a minute!

  34. Danae said

    Buongiorno bellas.

    Ugh! What a day. It took me about an hour to get my car out of the driveway. And that was after clearing it off and snowblowing it out yesterday. It still wouldn’t budge. Working on getting it out I tore my fingernail off below the skin. It hurts like hell!

    No baby! Now Chris is saying he will be here before Christmas.

    Amber’s party went great. Took lots of pictures but I forgot my camera at home. I will put them up tomorrow if I remember the camera. Only two of her friends came but she didn’t mind. One little girl from her dance class was sick so her mom dropped off a gift.

    Miggles, I got you card. Thank you.

    OMG Madonna I love the Hen House ornament. It is wonderful. You are so talented. If I ever get around to writing my Amber books I am going to ask you to do the illustrations. I loved the little stuffed bat and keychain.

    Tango, What can I say about that calender. It is so wonderful. I love all the pictures you used. Especially the last one. Yeah no surprise there.

    My mom said you gals are so wonderful and absolutely amazing. She thinks you have done so much for me and is very grateful for all of you as am I.

    I asked my dad to go to the post office for me to send my Secret Santa gift out today. She should hopefully get it in a few days.

    MamaClaire, I call you this at home. Amber was playing with her new toys she got from her birthday party. She got this Polly Pocket horse stable set with two dolls and two horses. She was playing that one doll was the mom and the other was the daughter. She was so funny while playing. She was making the daughter doll call the mother doll, MamaClaire. Can you believe that? She picks up everything I say. My mother and I both started cracking up. My mom said, I can just imagine the conversation on Monday when you tell Claire that.

  35. Danae said

    What are zeppoles?

  36. Danae said

    Ladida! Well lunch has come and gone and there has been no action on the blog. Is everyone busy today?

  37. elizabeth said

    Hi guys, I’m at work today and I am going to try and last all day. So far, it isn’t much fun trying to get around. My leg is really a mess and I am beyond frustrated with the limitations I have right now. Explain to me why a bruise will hurt worse as it starts to heal?

    Tango – The calendar – oh My Gosh, it is awesome! Thank you! It made my day getting out of the mailbox.

    Annalaise – your magnet is on my fridge and I don’t want it to be holding up anything because it is too awesome on its own.

    Nisi – Thank you for the lovely card! I get so excited every time I get one in the mail because all of you mean so much to me!

    Hey, ms Laurel – I am on vacation Thursday and Friday of this week. Do you want to try and meet for coffee or lunch? Any of the rest of the Wet Coasters? I may not be fast getting around, but I have missed seeing all of you.

  38. Danae said

    Hey E! Don’t let them push you to hard. If you think you need to, you leave. Take care of that leg.

  39. Madonna said

    Hi ladies,

    Sorry Danae. Yes, very very busy today. Early deadline week and the “go to” designer Michael for the other team here is on vacation today and tomorrow. So I’m Michael and Madonna today. CRAZY!!!!

    Elizabeth,
    I’m sorry you feel so horrible. I can completely understand and sympathize with the leg pain and the inability to get around like you want to. Continue to nurse it and I pray you feel better soon.

    prtfvr,
    How are you feeling? Better I hope.

    Anzia,
    Fingers and toes crossed. Good luck!

    Annalaise,
    Vicki,
    Danae,

    I’m glad you received your packages and enjoyed the contents. Thank you one and all for the wonderful compliments. I made them with love.

    Cree,
    Sorry!!! I didn’t mean to hang up on you last night. My phone died.

    Alright I’m going to eat my French Bread pizza and read emails and such. Take care everyone.

  40. Danae said

    No biggie Madonna. I understand the hecticness of this time of the year. Just don’t let yourself get run ragged.

  41. jpbaci1 said

    zeppoles italian fried dounghnuts with powered surger

  42. Danae said

    Time for me to go home. Don’t get to chatty now. Lord knows you all couldn’t stop today.

    Ciao Bellas.

  43. Danae said

    Luv ya anyways.

  44. Danae said

    Even though I have been pretty much talking to myself the whole day although that usually happens so that is nothing new.

  45. Cree said

    Madonna said:
    >Cree,
    Sorry!!! I didn’t mean to hang up on you last night. My phone died.

    Yeah, SURE it did……a likely story. If you were tired of talking to me, all you had to do was say so! I didn’t think I was THAT boring. Geez! Just kidding. No worries. I figured that’s what happened. πŸ˜‰

  46. elizabeth said

    Hey Doc Cree how is your back?

  47. Arrowyn said

    Just a quick note to let you know I’m home from Las Vegas. And, before you ask — no, I didn’t win enough to buy Blood Ties and put it back on TV! I wish! I didn’t win AT ALL!

    I haven’t read the blog since Sunday, I think (maybe before) and I have about 600 emails at work and a little less than that at home to look through. Thank heavens, most of those are duplicates! I HOPE! So, I’ll be posting and emailing in drips and drabs as I catch up. I’m just going to assume that if there had been big news about BT (good or bad) while I was gone, someone would have left a message for me.

    Well, back to all the work that greeted me this morning. I was all caught up on Wednesday when I left the office. How can I have work waiting for me on Monday — when everybody was in Las Vegas?!

  48. elizabeth said

    Arrowyn – too bad you didn’t win the big bucks, but I hope you had fun anyway?! Glad you made it back safe and sound.

  49. Cree said

    Hi E. The back is much better, thanks for asking. I hardly have any pain anymore, but I am very conscious about how I am bending down these days. Don’t want any more accidental injuries. I would ask how the leg is, but from your post earlier sounds like it is hurting you. Sorry to hear that. Hope it gets better soon. Try not to over-do it at work.

  50. elizabeth said

    Scribble posted earlier about the US getting the Blood TIes DVD’s mid 2008. Do we know why the UK is getting their set right away and we are delayed?

    Cree – I am really glad you are feeling better. I know from my own injury how super conscious I am about how I move right now. Take care.

    Madonna – You are recovering well?

    Susana – I hope the itching is going away?

  51. Chery said

    Thanks for the good news Scribble.
    Just curious, why is the release date for the US in June when the UK release date is in January?

  52. himmiefan said

    Hello ladies!! I’m just doing a quick drive-by to say hi. I’ve been swamped trying to get stuff done before I go on vacation (woo hoo!) Thursday. I’m crunching now because I didn’t crunch earlier. I did, though, make my chocolate covered gingerbread men, and they were to die for!! Now, I tried to be all Martha Stewarty and drizzle red and green icing on them, but they just ended up looking like they had a skin disease. They tasted good, though. I put crushed peppermints on the gingerbread trees, and they were great too.

    Freyja – I wave to a fellow Trekkie. You mentioned Enterprise. Great cast and great characters. Awful writers and producers. A good example of when bad things happen to a good show. Oh, Scott Bakula is drop-dead sexy.

    Well, off to dinner. Bye!

  53. Anzia said

    Scribble- GREAT present! Thanks! hope your holidays are great!

    Madonna- yeah…have no official confirmation but a comment made by my boss pretty much stated I wasn’t going to be around past the end of next week. *sigh* So, i’m looking at unemployment…AGAIN. *hangs head* can i give up yet?

    Ugh….so I did get cards in the mail and I went back and read all the ones I’d already gotten. They made me feel a little better. 😦 I need a visit from one of my dream men. Doesn’t have to be Henry (though I wouldn’t complain) but one of them…just so i can have nice warm STRONG arms that make it seem like i’m not totally screwed.

  54. laurel said

    No, really, I do not have a Star Trek NG costume hanging in the back of my closet. Whoever said I did lied. (If it does not fit, you must acquit). hehehe

    OMG I love going to the mailbox! I got the cutest “Hen House” ornament and stuffed bat! Thank you Madonna!
    Annalais – Wow! I wish I could do that, thank you so much.
    Tango – Yum X 12! I am stunned!

    Wildstar- I confess! I opened my package when I was feeling a little blue on Friday. Holy Cow! Awsome! Your kindness and love shine through. I feel so loved. πŸ™‚

  55. Annalaise duChat said

    Lady A — The Christmas card I sent to you came back to me tonight. Something about the wrong address. Could you verify your address to me email and I’ll resend it sorry. That’s the same address I used on the labels and some of you that used them may be getting returns as well. My apologies if it was my fault.

  56. Claire said

    Hi my darlings..sorry I’ve been M.I.A. today..so much to do for the holidays!! and I’m also trying to reopen my online store..no more childrens clothing..just don’t have the time…I’ve been working with sterling silver for some time..and I had on a pair of earrings I had made a while back..really pretty black ball with dangling swarvosky crystals in clear and gray..at Moniques party..everyone thought I should design a jewelry line..so I spent the whole day making earrings…I made around 6 pair…my fingers are killing me!!! but if I can make this work..it will be extra money!Danae! how freaking funny is Amber!! give her a big kiss and tell her it’s from Mama Claire!!
    Zeppoles are freaking delicious Italian fried clumps of dough with powdered sugar!!!
    Recon girl…I’m so glad you’re back..wish you had won a million,but still happy to have you back!!!
    Thank you for the cards..Chelli,Laurel and Miggles!! I love yas!
    My darling Z…(((((((HUG)))))))!!! I hope you heard wrong and they do keep you! if not look at it this way…when one door closes another one opens.

    well off to read my emails which will probably take me until tomorrow LOL!!

    Bonne nuit my darlings!!!!

  57. susana said

    oh! Thanks everyone, all the cards keep pouring in! Mine are on the way, i promise:) I have already hang your cards and ornaments all over the house….cannot remmeber who sent what now , i just feel so much love for my blood sistas!
    the calender is very nice Tango….that last pic, was a pleasant surprise! TOOK MY BREATH AWAY!

  58. msgypsy said

    I can’t keep up with all the cards I’m getting but I have to comment on the Hen’s House ornament and stuffed batlette from Madonna. I don’t decorate for the holidays but I have a huge branch off the tree in front of my house that I keep in my living room and hand interesting things from. And I had JUST enough room for those lovely bats and the ornament. They’ll be staying there for a lot longer than just the holiday season, since that branch has been there for years and will remain there for as long as I live in this house. Thank you, dollface!

    Now, we have established that there are a number of Torchwood and Doctor Who fans here. (I’m one of each.) And I expect there are more than three Trek fen (I am but mostly just Next Gen; after that it just got weird and I’m the odd not-a-Scott-Bakula-fan…) But is anyone here addicted to BBC’s Robin Hood? I’m going NUTS because BBC finally managed to block my source for the second season, and I’m only up through episode nine. I know BBC America will be carrying it but I’M IMPATIENT!!!!! I have a big time crush on the guy who plays Little John. The show is shot in Hungary (I think) and Gordon Kennedy tells this story about having been injured during a stunt; he was taken to an emergency room in the nearest city where, since no one spoke English, they concluded he was a vagrant and pushed him around. (If you haven’t seen the show, go here http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/robinhood/characters/littlejohn.shtml to see why this might be the case.) I just love big, rough-edged guys, and Kennedy is a marvel.

    Is it pretty much a foregone conclusion that there’s no new season for BT in the future? I’m really depressed about it. And no amount of Robin Hood silliness or Torchwood sexiness or Doctor Who weirdness will lift that depression.

  59. susana said

    oh,btw, the itchiness persists, i am now dealing with it the 3rd world way as i know how to, ignore it and pray! I am not even taking the damn steroids anymore! as for the boobs…ouch! What is sad is my girl is so miserable, she comes over and just pats them , pouts and moans then walks away, breaks my heart….yes …i know it is time…but still…it is getting better with time..we are finding new ways to bond πŸ™‚ Its funny, i miss it then i don’t…huh….motherhood…very interesting! who knew….

    I agree msgypsy, torchwood sexiness does not fix my need for Henry! I still have it bad, i watched my reruns on itunes last night, heart of fire, keeps me going! All that moaning πŸ™‚ I love mike in postpartum and vicki in 5:55….and every single gina outfit…..and…..and…..and……..

    thanks scribbles

  60. Linda said

    Ms. Gypsy I also like the BBC Robin Hood, but I think I missed the last few eps of the season. My fav Robin Hood was a british show produced back in the 80s and shown here on Showtime. It was called Robin of Sherwood or something like that. It starred Michael Praed.

    But you and Susanna are right, none of those compares to Blood Ties. It was so depressing not to have a new ep this past week. I just finished watching The Devil you Know again. I still have hope there will be another season. I think the writer’s strike could force lt’s hand. Here’s hoping!

    Thank Scribble for giving us news about the DVD!

  61. rifkind said

    DVD release date differences. . . .

    *E* I would guess that the DVD release in the USA is timed later because of Lifetime for Real Women having the Blood Ties Marathon in ?? February 2008??
    If there is money to be made by releasing it later… then that is what will happen.
    There must not be much demand for re-running BT in the UK.

  62. rifkind said

    Anzia,
    You are at the company as a temp or contractor, right?
    Lots of companies lay off their contract help at the end of the year.
    It often has to do with end-of-year budgets… and with needing to come up with the budget money for the next January to pay the contractors.
    Lots of companies haven’t finalized the next year’s budgets for contract help… so the contractors go out the door for a couple of months. It has nothing to do with how well you did your job for them.

    Your boss should not have ‘hinted’ about your employment status.. but remember that unless your boss is a real jerk.. that bosses hate having to deliver the bad news. Especially just before Christmas.
    He may have wanted to start breaking the news to you so that it is not such a shock when he finally HAS to tell you what is going on.

    I know that MY boss was devastated when he was told on 12/15 that he had to tell all of his contractors that there was NO budget money come January 1st.. and we were all let go wiht 2 weeks notice.
    Not fun when you have already spent waay too much for Christmas gifts..
    I had already put in my time as vacation for the last week of the year… so I was out an extra weeks pay on top of my Christmas spending.
    Turns out that they called me back to the same contract position 3 months later. Awe for that crystal ball to show me that I would only have a 3 month layoff… I could have enjoyed myself! LOL!
    Hang in there Anzia..
    If the news comes down bad, see if you can get some references for the next job.
    { { { HUGS} } } Dear!
    -Rifkind

  63. rifkind said

    Thanks Vicki for the fun lines for Henry and Mike. . .
    I’m looking forward to more πŸ˜‰

  64. laurel said

    Okay, I’ll admit to Robin Hood too, but I missed a bunch of the first season and hope they will replay them on BBC America. And Star Trek Next Gen…. Scott B is okay but I didn’t watch his ST.
    Good night dears. I’ve got extra hours to work this week.

  65. rifkind said

    Arrowyn,
    I know that you have hundreds of emails to read…
    SO be on the look out for an email with the subject line of : Leg Swelling
    See if that helps your leg.
    -Rifkind

  66. rifkind said

    OOPS, Sleepy brain… the leg swelling email has now been sent to Elizabeth….
    Definately need sleep now!

  67. Anzia said

    Rif- i was placed through a direct to hire staffing agency. The only reason they allowed this position to be staffed through them is because they had worked w/novum before. They were told the position was basically garaunteed to be perminant after the “trial” period was over. Which only came about b/c the girl previous to me was such a ditz. So, i kind of feel cheated ’cause i kept hearing over and over about how they have no open positions, how they aren’t hiring (but have a recruiter working for them right now) etc. It sucks… i think i might ask today so..we’ll know for sure…maybe…if i’m not a chicken…

    I just wish someone would give me directions to the dang window that’s supposed to open if this door closes. I’m kind of tired of playing the guessing game and losing.

  68. lwildstar said

    Blood Ties (2006) 15277

    Sorry i wasn’t aroung last night – I was just so tired when i got home – i just answered a few emails and went to bed – I couldn’t even get in to writing last night. I think its the cold weather.

  69. Claire said

    Morning my darlings! I have my fingers crossed for you my baby Z!!!
    Well what a day I had yesterday! The moron school bus driver who is never ever on time left Elijah at school yesterday afternoon…I’m standing at the stop at 1p.m. and only 3 of my kids get off and they’re screaming and crying telling me the bus driver didn’t want to hear it and just left when they told her that Elijah was in the bathroom could she please wait! Good thing Chris and Britt where home..they picked him up,but too late evil MamaClaire was already on the loose!! I called up the bus depot and they tried to blame Elijah and the school.”If someone would have told the bus driver a child was missing,she would have drove around the street then came back.” I said.”BUllshit!!! because my children are quadruplets and she knows this and they all told her over and over!! then I called the school liaison and the school board and guess what? They told me they had other complaints about her and this was the last straw!! So this morning..different driver and on time!!!

    Anywho..have to go check emails …I’m scared lol! because I had aol issues last night and couldn’t get on..probably have hundreds of emails!

  70. Annalaise duChat said

    Linda —

    I’m glad to finally find someone who watched and loved Robin of Sherwood with Micheal Praed as much as I did. Not too many people remember that show. We were recently discussing it here on the blog. Check out Michaels web site if you haven’t before. He’s aged well.

    I remember how devastated I was when they killed him off on the show, and replaced him with another “Robin Hood” to carry on the cause. Funny story- I was sitting with my fiance’s mother watching Dynasty on TV one evening the week it happened, trying to explain to her how upset I was about them killing him off . She asked me what did he looked like so I was trying to describe him and happened to look at the TV, and there he was big as life on Dynasty. I said he looked just like that guy. As a matter of fact he is that guy. Now I know why he left Robin Hood.Playing Prince Michael of Moldavia on Dynasty was not a role to pass up. At the it was one of the hottest shows on the tube.

    Anyway, It’s good to find another fan. There’s a lot of old footage on You Tube. Check it out.

    Anzia — Darn, I thought this time you had found something permanent. I’m sorry to hear that its not going to work out. Just keep trying eventually you’ll find the perfect job.

    Rifkind — Got the books last night. That one on writing is excellent. I’m going to read it as soon as I finish The Elves of Cintra (Terry Brooks) Who just happens to be one of the contributing writers in the book you sent. I read his chapter on writing fantasy novels at breakfast this morning. He has interesting perspective and good advice.

    The piano book is great as well. I love all those old standards. It’ll be a welcome addition to my collection, although I’m afraid it will be a while before I’ll be capable of playing anything from it. I’ve only been taking lessons for a year. I’m still struggling with the “easy” stuff. LOL It will give me something to aspire to.
    Thanks much.

  71. rifkind said

    Annalaise,
    I’m glad the books arrived.
    I looked and looked at writing books and that one seemed to cover alot of the topics that my writing teacher harped on.. and it has very good advice.

    It’s always fun to read about what one of your favorite writers has to say on the art of being a writer.. I’m glad that Terry Brooks had a chapter in the book.

    On the music book,
    Well now you have lots of choices for practicing.. LOL!
    Enjoy!

  72. Danae said

    Buongiorno bellas!

    Still on baby watch.

    We are supposed to be getting another storm this week. Either Wednesday into Thursday, Thursday into Friday or just Friday. I swear weather people just say that so that they won’t be wrong.

    MamaClaire, I gave Amber a big kiss and hug from you last night. She looked at me like I had two heads and skipped off to play. She is so funny.

    So tomorrow is Amber’s real birthday. We are going to get a Lil Love Carvel cake and have a mini party. Should be fun.

    Z, little sis when you least expect that open window will be right in front of you. Hang in there. I know it is scary and a little discouraging but we are all here for you. Keep the faith, little squirrel.

    I got a card from catcornmom yesterday. Your kids are gorgeous. I love your little hotdog. It looks just like my moms that is mother of mine. I love the way their little bodies wiggle when they get excited. Is it a boy or a girl? What is it’s name?

  73. laurel said

    Rifkind – Could you send me the title of the book you send Annalaise? I am looking for a little advise/encouragement for my own writing. I have a couple of books on my Christmas list. I noticed there are about 200 titles for aspiring writers.
    Thanks!

  74. Himmiefan said

    Ms. Z. – Hugs from me! Uncertainty sucks. We’ve all been there, and believe me, this too shall pass. Good things are coming!

    Claire – poor things, and poor you! Three crying children and one not there. I can’t believe that driver would leave a child behind. Glad she’s gone!

    By the way, favorite Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The movie where they went back to Earth to save the whales was pretty good too.

  75. Danae said

    MamaClaire, I can see you now on the warpath with the bus company and school. If anyone can get anything done it’s you.

  76. catcornmom said

    The “hotdog” is named Lilly–a girl. The terrier is Daisy, also a girl. My sister has one of Lilly’s litter-mates named Maddie. She’s much lighter, not as red and has a shorter nose. Lilly is such a baby. We’ve recently had snow and she doesn’t like to go outside and do her thing in the snow. I have to shovel a path in the grass so she will go outside. I literally had to toss her out this last weekend to get her to go!! I love the way she buries herself under the covers and just her nose sticks out!!! Daisy is just crazy. She’s my mean, protector dog. What a dumb name for a watch dog!! People never suspect!! We have an invisible fence that keeps them in the yard and I have to tell people to stay away from her. When I board them I have to tell them “she doesn’t play well with others”. It’s embarrassing!!

  77. elizabeth said

    I had forgotten about Michael Praed in Robin of Sherwood. I loved that show! I think I primarily watched it just to see him πŸ™‚ He most definately has aged well. *sigh*

    Rifkin – thank you for the advice on my leg. It was most welcome. I have called to set up an appointment to see a doctor. The swelling is still pretty severe and I am concerned.

    Anzia – I am so sorry to hear of your concerns regarding your job. I hire a lot of contract staff and it is never easy when I have to release them from their assignment. Year end budgets and time limitations are the major culprits in this company. I will beam positive energy your way that things will work out for you.

    Claire – you go girl! I had a similar situation with my daughter Krysten and the bus driver a couple of years ago. She accidentally got on the wrong bus and when she realized it the bus driver just pulled over and dropped her off on the side of the road! She was 11 years old and in an unfamiliar part of Sherwood. She was smart enough to walk back to her school, which was close to a mile away and then call me from there. I was furious and raised quite a ruckus with the bus company and the school. The driver should have driven her back to her school, not drop her off along side the road! Right after that I got her a cell phone so that she would never be in such a frightening position again – she could call me for help.

  78. Margaret said

    Ladies: In the episode that had Christina in it, when Henry was telling Alexander that he could help him deal with being a vampire, did Kyle call him Dale during that conversation? Or was I just hearing things?

  79. Danae said

    Catcornmom, my mom’s dog is Misty and my dog is Coco. Misty will bark and bark and bark until you pay attention to her. Coco will run and hide. She is quite a baby too. She is a very big scaredy cat (dog?) If anyone she doesn’t know goes to touch her or pick her up she cries and cries like she is being tortured and she will either nip you or pee. She is the sweetest thing though and very gentle. Misty is the crazy hyper one. Coco won’t go outside either. There are papers set up in front of the stove for her. I took some really adorable pictures of her over the weekend. I will send them to you.

  80. Danae said

    Margaret, I’m not sure. I will have to watch it and check. Darn I have to watch more Blood Ties.

  81. Danae said

    I was watching Beauty and the Beast The Enchanted Christmas with Amber last night. The voice of the organ was done by Tim Curry. Please tell me I am not the only one whose blood he stirs. He is so good at being bad and I love his evil laugh. I guess it is that appeal of the bad boy again. He is just very very good at it.

  82. Danae said

    I found this recipe on line. I might try it. I am looking for others.

    Hollywood Egg Nog-tini

    Yields: single serving/16-cup serving

    Single Servings
    1 large grade AA egg, separated
    2 tsp. superfine sugar
    1 oz. heavy cream
    1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
    1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
    1 1/2 oz. Rum

    16-cup serving (serves 18-20)
    10 large, grade AA eggs, separated
    1 cup superfine sugar
    3 cups heavy cream
    2 cups rum
    6 tsp. pure almond extract
    6 tsp. pure vanilla extract
    1 tsp. Freshly grated nutmeg
    1 tsp. ground cinnamon

    Single Servings

    1. Separate the egg into two bowls. Beat the yolk until stiff.

    2. Beat the white with 1 tsp. sugar until peaks form. Slowly fold the white and yolk together.

    3. Separately, beat the cream with the almond, vanilla, and 1tsp. sugar in a bowl until stiff.

    4. SLOWLY fold in the cream with the egg mixture. Add rum and stir gently.

    5. Refrigerate overnight, or serve immediately over ice in a punch glass or martini glass.

    Garnish: grated nutmeg and cinnamon.

    16-cup serving (serves 18-20)

    1. Separate the eggs into two bowls. Beat the yolks until stiff.

    2. Beat the whites with half the sugar until peaks form. Slowly fold the whites and yolks together.

    3. Separately, beat the cream with the almond, vanilla, and remaining sugar in a bowl until stiff.

    4. SLOWLY fold in the cream with the egg mixture. Add rum and stir gently.

    5. Refrigerate overnight, or serve immediately over ice in a punch glass or martini glass.

    Garnish: grated nutmeg and cinnamon.

  83. Danae said

    This one looks good too

    Holiday Spice Night

    1 1/2 ounces rum
    1 1/2 ounces Scented Apple Juice*
    1/2 ounce Fresh Carrot Juice
    1/4 ounce fresh Lemon Juice
    1/4 ounce Maple Syrup
    1 Teaspoon Fresh Ginger Juice**
    3 Whole Allspice Pods, to garnish

    Place all ingredients in cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with whole allspice pods (they will float atop cocktail)

    *Scented Apple Juice
    Overnight, combine 3-4 whole allspice pods with one cracked cinnamon stick to 2 cups of apple juice. Refrigerate.

  84. rifkind said

    Laurel,
    I found the gem book at 1/2 Priced books.. and we’ll have to ask Annailaise what the name was.. I looked at a ton of books over the weekend and found THAT one that seemed to be a good “Intro to being a writer” book. I was looking for the content and didn’t focus on the title. Sorry.

    Mmy most FAVORITE book on PLOT and weaving a very tight story is, of course, out of print and the used book sellers are selling it for over twice the original cover price.
    (Proof that it is a great book, I’d say!)

    Writing the Blockbuster Novel
    by Albert Zuckerman (Author)
    See if you can get it at the Library. That is where I first read it.
    You will also want to read Ken Follett’s [The Man from St. Petersburg] as Zuckerman does an in-depth analysis of the book and what makes it a well crafted story.
    His advice is great for how to craft a story, but he falls flat when it comes to getting the story published.
    There are lots of books about “How to get Happily Published”…

    Since I am not published yet.. I have no real grasp on which books are the most helpful.
    Getting Published.. First It has something about getting the words onto paper! We did get the plot for the rest of book finailzed last weekend and have a general idea about what each chapter will be about.
    So we are making some progress. on our book πŸ™‚
    Now to finish writing the next 18 chapters.. LOL!

  85. rifkind said

    I found this online about Dan Brown (Author of the Davinci Code)

    But he wanted to be a novelist. He kept pestering me about it, so finally I gave him this paperback, [Writing the Blockbuster Novel], by Albert Zuckerman. It’s a paint-by-numbers guide on how to write a page-turner.

    http://brandywinebooks.blogspot.com/2006_05_01_brandywinebooks_archive.html

  86. laurel said

    Hey! No drinking on the blog!

    Actually those sound like fun to try, but I would probably just want a little taste. I am not a big egg-nog fan because it is too rich for me. Half-and-half is about as rich as I can stand in my drinks.
    The second one sounded pretty good until the Fresh Ginger Juice, that stuff can be really spicy, but I may have to try it out!

  87. Danae said

    No drinking on the blog. Now that is funny. Haven’t you ever read my posts from when I had a few to drink? That is evidence that drinking on the blog can be quite entertaining.

  88. laurel said

    Rifkind – Thanks for the titles. I may be able to find the Zuckerman book here in Portland. We have one of the largest used book sellers in the world here in town.
    You can find them on-line at Powelsbooks.com, if you are looking for something that is hard to find. I have the ability to walk into one of their 3 local stores and find my own treasures, so let me know if you are looking for something because I may be able to find it at a more reasonable price than you will find on-line elsewhere.

    I am back on my series of semi-related short stories at the moment. It is an odd way to write but fun to be able to pick up different characters and see smaller bits of their lives. My three other stories are waiting to inspire me after the holidays, since I don’t have time to sit down and write at the moment. Oh, well. πŸ™‚

  89. Madonna said

    Hi y’all! How are y’all?

    Ms. Gypsy,
    You’re welcome! I’m so glad everyone likes them.

    Elizabeth,
    Love ya dear! Now get home and get that leg up and put some ice on it. I’m healing well thanks. ((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))

    Claire,
    Several incidences like that have happened here in Cincinnati in the last few years. Two times now they have actually left small children on the bus that weren’t found until after the drivers had already parked and left their buses for the evening.

    Last year there was a school bus crash that critically injured 2 high school students. The driver in that case was high on pot and cocaine at the time. It’s just plain scary.

    Anzia,
    I’m sorry about your job. I can imagine how frustrated you are. You have my permission to walk outside and scream as loudly as possible and Henry will be over tonight. Oh, and just say NO to babysitting for the rest of the year. (((((((HUGS)))))))))

    Catcornmom,
    Got your card yesterday. So nice to see your family.

    Nisi,
    Got your card yesterday too and I have to say I just loved it. It has to be one of the cutest most appropriate cards I’ve seen in a long time.

    Catcornmom,
    My dog Boo-Boo sounds like an interesting mix of Lilly and Daisy. He can be a big chicken but when called for is ready to protect us from anything. Even each other.

    BTW….. Have you seen the kidney specialist yet?

    Danae,
    How is your dad doing? Did he ever have his surgery?

    Laurel,
    I feel it is my duty to remind you that back in August there was quite a party on this blog with lots of alcohol. And we had a hell of a time didn’t we?

  90. Danae said

    Hell yeah! And my dad is doing fine and no he hasn’t had the surgery yet. He was supposed to have it the beginning of November. I keep forgetting to ask about it. I never see him and it is easier to ask him then my mom because she gets all defensive and swears she has already told me.

  91. catcornmom said

    Madonna- I see the specialist in the middle of January. I guess I’m not too worried since my doctor’s office set the appointment up. They didn’t put a “rush” on it!! I did get a nice big packet of paper work to fill out though. I also saw what the hospital charged for my two tests. It was over $2500.00!!! Holy crap! It’s a good thing I already pay outrageous premiums for my awesome insurance, or that bill would really suck to pay!

  92. Linda said

    Annalaise and Elizabeth Good to know you remember that show fondly as well. It never was the same after Jason Connery took over the role. I will definitely check out Michael Praed’s website.

    Danae Those recipes look scrumptious!

    For those interested in books about writing, there is one by Walter Moseley, called This is the year you write your novel, or something like that. It is lying on my coffee table right now. He is the author of a series of books, one of which is Devil in a Blue Dress.

    I have to run. I have been out sick this morning and just wanted to sneak in for a minute. See ya…

  93. Danae said

    Ciao bellas Time to get to dance class.

  94. Madonna said

    Bye Danielle!

    Hi Linda!

    Catcornmom,
    I so know what you mean when it comes to doctor’s bills. I’m expecting a bill from the ER, the ER doctor, hospital radiology, 2 radiologists, the 3 day hospital bill, 3 surgeons, 3 anesthesiologists…… and a partridge in a pear tree!!!!!

  95. rifkind said

    Thanks Linda
    [This Year You Write Your Novel]
    I see a blurb about the book says:
    Mosley tells how to: – Create a daily writing regimen to fit any writer’s needs– and how to stick to it. –

    Writing is so solitary, and it is very easy to let LIFE get busy and NOT make time to write. Has his book helped you in your writing?

  96. laurel said

    Nice advice ladies! I look at the shelves and shelves of books on novel writing and think “I could have my novel written by the time I read a couple of those!” I like knowing any that others have read and found helpful, or if you know which to avoid. I suspect I would be better off to look at the books about submitting to publishers because I’m probably making every mistake a writer can make. But, at least I’m having fun!
    Thanks Linda, I do remember seeing that title at Borders last night. I put it on my list and will look at it more in-depth next time I’m in the store.

    As for drinking on the blog… I know what fun we have at our virtual parties! I just wanted to tease Danae a bit. Obviously she wasn’t actually drinking them yet, because the words were spelled right. lol
    This from the author of “Enjoy Your Birthday Weed!” Maybe I should make that the title of one of my novels. hehehe

  97. laurel said

    Madonna, I just finished dealing with the hospital and insurance company over my hospitalization in July! They tried to charge me for meds I wasn’t given. I know they didn’t give them to me because I’m terribly allergic to the drug in question.

  98. Margaret said

    No one going to answer my question about Dale versus Alexander during the episode with Christina in it?

  99. lwildstar said

    anyone still around?

    I’ve been upstairs wrapping the party favors for our holiday party at work on thursday….this is going to be our last one – so I’m told…

    went to lunch with Robin today (ate way too much) anyway she gave me a christmas gift and told me i can’t open it yet! I did shake, and squeeze it – it felt squishy like a stuffed animal – so maybe a penguin or a hedgehog?
    I left it in my desk drawer at work so I wouldn’t be tempted…she’s such a sweetie.
    Robin likes to hear about all our adventures over here…I keep trying to get her to join, but she says she’s not an onlne kinda person…I told her niether was I ! πŸ™‚

  100. lwildstar said

    Mags – I haven’t had a chance to go and rewatch yet…….I’m sure someone will answer before I get the chance…

  101. Margaret said

    I could swear that Kyle called him Dale during his speach about how he could help him be a vampire. Or maybe I’m just hearing things.

  102. rifkind said

    Miggles,
    Danae was going to re-watch the episode and get back to you…
    I can’t watch the online episodes at work..
    give us some time sweetie!

  103. lwildstar said

    ok – just went and watched that episode and nope didn’t hear Henry call Aleexander Dale – but there is a line well Alexander says something like thats the deal – so maybe thats what you’re thinking

  104. rifkind said

    OK Miggles
    Are you talking about when Henry is LOOKING for Christina
    and he says that no one ever claims Detroit?
    Give me the lines around the one that you are asking about.

  105. Margaret said

    Welll, now I have to go back. I’ll get back with you.

  106. lwildstar said

    Laurel – you know that same thing happened with my sister when she was hospitalized with the colapsed lung – she got billed for meds she was never given…and they charge really outraguos amounts – $20 for an asprin?! come on! thats was what they tried to charge for ONE – you can buy like wat 6 bottles for $20…their excuse was that it was a data entry error – yeeah right – they just hope that most people don’t go over their bills….

    I think you should make β€œEnjoy Your Birthday Weed!” the title of one of your novels. hehehe πŸ˜‰

  107. Claire said

    Good evening ladies!Well we got us a new bus driver!!!!The nasty leave kids behind wench has been reassigned!!!! Elizabeth OMG!! If that had ever happened to one of my kids..you guys would have seen me on the news!! I think I would have gone to the bus depot and kicked her ass!!!!!

    No body messes with my kids! LOL!!!

    Argh off to look for clothes for my girls to wear to school tomorrow..I swear they have done a height jump of about four inches and nothing fits!!!!!!!!
    they wear the same three pair of jeans over and over! and most of their shirts got too short! meanwhile the boys have tons of clothes! The thought of buying them more clothes arghh! It cost me 900 dollars back in Sept! and thats from target! not expensive name brands!
    Someone tell them to stop growing!!! LOL!! and OMG!! Victoria has bumps!!!!
    What is that! She’s only 8! man if she develops Nikki boobs..I’ll lock her in the house! “YIKES” Alexandria is still a pancake…she’ll probably be like me and Monique! Nikki is so skinny..size 1 with 34D boobs!!

    Anyway time to put my crazies to bed! I love those little terrors!
    Miggles..I have BT block..I can’t remember that epi so well.

  108. Margaret said

    It was something Alexander said, but I couldn’t make it out. Maybe he did say thats the deal but it was hard to make out. I even pulled out my earphones. Geez, I guess I’m getting deaf.

  109. Annalaise duChat said

    Laurel — The book Rifkind got me is called The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing
    By Meg Legder, Jack Heffron, and the Editors of Writer’s Digest
    ISBN 1-582976-5

  110. lwildstar said

    I have this luncheon to go to tomorrow and I don’t want to go – I dont even know where we’re going, so I hope they have food I can eat…but since I am no longer the receptionist and I am now considered upper level support staff (don’t you just love stupid titles and catagories) I’m expected to go….one of the vendors we deal with is treating – I’m told they give out little gifts – last year it was flash sticks – so maybe it will be something nice again this year – hopefully not another mug with a logo – we’ve got tons of those …hehehehe…I’m hoping for a Starbucks card – one of the other vendors gave those out last year…..

    I’m actually looking forward to the party thursday – I put the gift card I got for the Dirty Santa game in a bow it a teddy bear, so when they unwrap it they’ll think all they got is a stuffed animal – if you take the bear out there’s the gift card!

  111. lwildstar said

    Mags I played that bit several times with the sound turned WAY up and the closest I could figure was “thats the deal” he kinda mummbled

  112. Margaret said

    I think you’re right. Cradle of Lies is on Lifetime Movie Network (with Dylan Neal). He plays a heel. Started at 9:00 p.m. EST.

  113. Margaret said

    Dylan Neal is on a movie called Cradle of Lies on the Lifetime Movie Network. Started at 9:00 p.m. EST. He was doing to the other woman what he should have done to Vicki or what Henry should have, darn it!

  114. Margaret said

    P. S. Since this is the other Victim of the Week Network, the wife is left pregnant and weeping and Dylan plays a heel. Geez, what a different concept for them, eh?

  115. Linda said

    Sorry it took so long for me to get back. My job is interfering with my personal life… I hate when that happens.

    Rifkind and Laurel I just got this book recently and have not read it all, however it is very short. It talks about writing everyday no matter what. Even if you think what you write is not productive, to write anyway. Treat it like a job. He also talks about writing with abandon about things you might not normally talk or write about. I only dabble in writing, but I think he has some good points. The book you mentioned that dissects the Ken Follet novel sounds interesting. I always get bogged down trying to create a plot.

    Claire — you go girl, getting that driver replaced, My 5 year old nephew had an after school worker take a picture of him when he was crying in order to taunt him. Turns out it is illegal to take a child’s picture since it could be put on the internet. They tried to get that woman fired, but the school wants to to “retrain” her by sending her to class etc… I don’t know what the final outcome will be.

    Margaret I just watched that ep last night. Is it the part where Alexander says to Henry, I just wanted someone to know what she did to me…You’ll do.”

  116. lwildstar said

    wow, Linda…I’m doing the right thing and didn’t even know it – I set aside at least 30 minutes a day to write….I’m suposed to be writing now in fact…but I keep getting distracted πŸ˜‰

  117. Margaret said

    Actually, I guess I should qualify that. He was knocking boots with the gal around the first part of the movie. As the movie goes on it appears that the wronged wife is getting the better of him. Transferred all of his money out of his accounts into hers, he hired someone to kill her, the girlfriend stole the car and the guy who had been hired to kill the wife ends up killing the girlfriend.

  118. Margaret said

    And yes Linda. Thats the part I’m talking about. Whatever Alexander is saying, he’s mumbling it. At first I thought it was Henry saying it but I was wrong.

  119. Linda said

    lwildstar I wish I had more discipline when it comes to writing. I always start out with good intentions.. .I read somewhere that it takes a month to form a habit.

  120. lwildstar said

    ten weeks actually – but I’ve been writing on and off for years – this is just the first time I’ve stuck with something – once I got started and really got into it – well the story just kinda took over – I’m chapters ahead in my mind – I just have to get it down on paper!

  121. Linda said

    wow, that’s great!– maybe there is hope for me.

  122. lwildstar said

    there’s always hope!
    I started this in September? and now I’m working on chapter 19
    I did a couple of short stories with Henry and Vicki as well…but my “book” charators have kinda taken over and I don’t seem to be able to work on anything else….they can be very demanding. πŸ˜‰

    well my dears its bed-dy by time for me…so I will check in with you tomorrow.
    Nighty night!
    geeze – I still need to pick out something nice to wear for that luncheon – and it too damn cold to wear a dress…….oh well….

  123. Claire said

    Yeah ladies bed is calling me also! Linda!! A picture to taunt a poor innocent child? Oh man..Argh I can’t!! Let me at her! I’ll retrain her! LOL!!
    En tout cas, ma belle soeurs jusqu’Γ  demain ,doux rΓͺves!
    Je t’aime beaucoupe!

  124. vicki said

    hey girls….

    You go mama Claire!! I dont even let Willow ride the bus..I drive her to school and pick her up…to many things can go wrong. She begs to ride it..but I told her she might have to wait till she is in 5th grade!! LOL

    Madonna…love my presents…like I said before…soo gorgeous!!!
    Tango..LOVE MY CALENDAR!!! I have taken it to work..I will hang it where I can see Henry everyday while I teach the irgnorant masses.!!!

    I have so enjoyed getting all my cards!! The love shines ladies..

    I finally watched the last two episodes…((Sighs))) It was soo sad!! I hate the way they make it seem like Vicki has to choose….WHY WHY WHY!!! Cant there be a period of trying to figure out what she wants?? Or heck…(evil grin) maybe even go out with both??? EHEHHEHE

    ANyway…got to run…still trying to recover from a two gig weekend…get all my presents done..(still not yet) and fighting off a cold.
    Drama…Drama…we need a vacation….
    Hmmmm I wonder what the weather is like in Vancover???? Isnt that where Henry was headed???

    Vicki
    THe Diva…

  125. Linda said

    Good night all. Sweet Henry dreams to everyone.

  126. susana said

    That’s my Claire!!!!

    ITCH update…..slightly better, now healing all those spots i had torn off! ouch!
    BOOB update…..they hurt so bad gave up and put her on there for 10minutes….WAAAH! i am weak!, it feels so much better though……and i have not given up trying to get her off it, it will just have to be at my own pace, i could not think with those double D’s in my face!

    So my boss excitedl walks over to us and gives us our bonus…drum roll please…..$150!!!!!!!!!! We had a great year and he gives us that? I am now looking for a new job!,that does not even buy my daughters diapers for 1 month! He is so selfish! he refused to take us out for a christmas party and instead had a little “get together” at one of the other nurse practitioner’s house! To give you perspective of why iam upset, other NP’s in other practices got an average of $3000 bonuses………time for me to move on, i cannot affod to stay there, he will not even give me a raise!

  127. Anzia said

    For those of you who haven’t heard my whine. It’s official. No job after next friday.

    I did apply to a local TV station that’s looking for production crew members…we’ll see…

  128. rifkind said

    Miggles,
    Yup Linda has it right.
    I just re-ran the section a few times with my TiVo..

    Alexander : “I just needed someone to know what she was, what she did to me….you’ll do.”
    Henry : “If you let me, I can teach you to come to peace with what you are.”
    Alexander : ” I hate what we are and is the last part of me that’s left.”

  129. susana said

    sorry Anzia!

  130. rifkind said

    WildStar,
    Last week you’d asked me this question:

    ok resident computer techies – (my Sisgter) says she can’t get Vista to talk to her Lexmark printers or her picture printer – any clues?

    Your sister will have to download a print driver from Lexmark for the Vista operating system. This link will take you to Lexmark and the Vista driver page.
    http://www.lexmark.com/lexmark/sequentialem/home/0,6959,204816596_920309141_0_en,00.html

    What brand is the picture printer? You’ll need to download the drivers for Vista as well for the picture printer.

    Oh the joys of switching to a new operating system!
    Good Luck!!!!
    -Rifkind

  131. laurel said

    Go Linda! It is never too late to start writing for fun (and maybe some day for fame and glory?) I started just a year ago and have 15 short stories mostly finished and 4 novels started. I try to write for at least 2 hours every week. I have been “editing” for a couple of people – including wildstar – and enjoy that nearly as much as writing my own.
    Now, if only I could write as fast as my brain “hears” the stories. sigh

    If you have something started and want some feedback there are several ways to share writing, and some of them are password protected. If you want to read some of our stuff let us know and we can direct you to some of the stories that have been posted by authors from this blog. πŸ™‚

  132. laurel said

    Oh – Way to go Claire! You are a great mom!

  133. rifkind said

    Laurel,
    I sure wish that I could get words on paper as fast as I think them up…
    I have the same problem!

  134. Annalaise duChat said

    Anzia — Bummer. Why do they always do these things around the holidays? Look at the bright side new year, new job, new start. right? Have confidence things will work out.

    Rifkind –I have the same problem with getting the words on paper. Either that or I come up with great ideas when I’m no whee near a pencil or paper, and by the time I am i’ve forgotten what I wanted to write.

    By the way watch for a couple new chapters to be posted sometime over the weekend. I’ve almost got them ready.

  135. rifkind said

    Annalaise,
    I carry a small notebook in my purse… so that I can jot down stuff.
    The hard part is getting the full stories in my head down on paper…
    Darned WORK keeps getting in the way!!
    That’s why it’s a 4-letter word! LOL!

  136. rifkind said

    Laurel and Linda,
    It makes sense that the book that I found for Annalaise was a compilation of the best-of-the-best articles from Writer’s Digest magazine. Like I said, I was focusing on content as I looked for a book.. and this book seemed to distill some of the most important information for a new author.

    On that note, I agree with Laurel that there are hundreds of books out there on writing and authorship.. you could spend ALL your time reading and never actually get to writing.
    I’ve taken classes at college and community education, read TONS of books, and twiddled away 19 years …getting ready to become an author.
    It wasn’t until meeting all the great Ladies here that I got around to actually WRITING.. (Thank You All for being such a wonderful inspiration!)

    So read a few books or magazines… I started with books from the library and then IF the book had something important to say, THEN I went looking to purchase it… of course books at 1/2 Priced books get purchased, if they look like a good source of information πŸ™‚
    When reading books, look at WHO the author is.. WHO ARE THEY? An author, or agent, or in-the-business? Do you like the work that they have written? Some books are about about their life story and HOW they ended up becoming a celebrated author.. (Stephen King) and along the way, the book will tell you about their own personal work style. Which has obviously worked for THEM.
    If you want to write in a certain genre, maybe look for books about or by authors in the same genre. Someone writing Science fiction / Fantasy will have be different from someone writing in the Romance area or Children’s books.
    Can you imagine someone reading a HOW-TO book on Romance and then trying to write a Western?? NOPE.
    Each How-To book will have a few gems that stick. In the end, each person will need to find their own way to get the words on paper. Use what works for you and leave the rest.. that’s all that matters..
    Find the story in your heart that absolutely HAS to be told… and let it come to life!
    Pens Away Ladies!

  137. Annalaise duChat said

    The nice thing about the book you got for me is that it deals with all the differant genres.
    Giving advice specific to each by a writer that specializes in that area.

  138. Annalaise duChat said

    PS wouldn’t it be lovely just to write full time?

  139. Danae said

    Buongiorno bellas.

    Not much to say today.

    No baby yet.

    Anzia, hang in there. Whether you can see it now or not there is something better out there for you. Remember everything happens for a reason. Luv ya little sis.

  140. Danae said

    Oh today Amber is officially five years old. We are having a mini party for her tonight.

  141. Danae said

    I have a question. For the past few weeks certain avatars have been blank, Annalaise, Anzia, Susana, Linda, Vicki, Margaret, Madonna. But mine, Claire’s, wildstar’s, Rifkind’s they are all there. Is anyone else seeing this? They are just blank. They don’t even have a gray head like someone who doesn’t have one set up.

  142. Claire said

    Hey Vicki!! I wish I could drive them and pick them up!But it seems the new driver we got is more responsible,yesterday afternoon he didn’t open the doors until all the parents were at the stop! which is what they’re supposed to do.The other one once let my neighbors 5 year old get off and walk down the road alone,because she got here early and none of us parents were outside!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMBER!!!!!

    Argh Susanna..I clearly remember the discomfort of weaning! maybe you can express some of it to reduce the fullness?

    off to read emails! check in later!

  143. Margaret said

    Danae: I never had an avatar as I’m not that smart.

  144. rifkind said

    Annalaise,
    I keep hoping that Hubby will be able to write FULL time… He gets too distracted during the week.. and our story suffers and doesn’t get written..
    Yup, Writing FULL time is my goal.
    I’m glad that you like Writer’s Digest the book!

    I just pasted THIS into Google :
    “writing science fiction”
    and the first link is :
    http://www.writesf.com/
    Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy is a FREE ONLINE COURSE teaching the fundamentals of writing stories…..

    I know that there are tons of GREAT books out there..

    Have I said lately how much I LOVE GOOGLE… it is the absolute best search engine out there… πŸ™‚

    I then entered this in the search criteria :
    “writing science fiction” + book
    I LOVE the first three results.. take a look
    Write SF (link above)

    Science Fiction Writer Robert J. Sawyer: How to Write IndexAudio!
    A 37-minute podcast produced by Tee Morris featuring Rob discussing what authors can do to help market their science fiction and fantasy books …
    http://www.sfwriter.com/owindex.htm

    Writing Advice from Science Fiction author Jeffrey A. CarverTry my guide “Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy” β€” now free online! … Books on Writing Speculative Fiction, another comprehensive list …
    http://www.starrigger.net/advice.htm

    Like I said there is a lot of great information out there..
    -Rifkind

  145. Himmiefan said

    Rifkind – you and Hubby must, must get back to writing. I can’t wait to read your vampire/ancient Egypt story. Seriously, it’s a great combination.

    Stop reading this! Get back to writing!! πŸ™‚

  146. Danae said

    Hey Himmie speaking of writing, What’s going on with our movie? I guess that probably just got old huh?

  147. Linda said

    wow– You ladies are certainly inspiring! Laurel, I may take you up on that offer.

    Rifkind is right, it is so easy to spend all your time on reading all the “How to Write” stuff and not actually doing it. Also, I just like reading…

    Susanna and Anzia I am so sorry about your job woes. I hope you find something soon and may it be way better than the one you have now!

    Also, ladies, if you have time, animalrescuesite.com needs people to go to their site and click for food. Their advertisers give them food for every click to their site. (there is a button that says click for food) So if you have a chance to do that…Thanks much!

  148. Linda said

    Danae I don’t know how to set one up. If you tell me how, I will give it a try. I would love a nice henry avatar.

    Also, I had the address wrong for the animal rescue site…see below.

    http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/>

  149. lwildstar said

    Dani – your avatar question – I’ve noticed that too – but I can see mine – but others will be missing – I think its a wordpress issue

    and since we’re disscussing all this writing – check your emails over the weekend if you get the chance – I finally got up the nerve to “share” my story with all of you (A few have seen bits and pieces) I set up a wordpress site and the story will be password protected – thats why I’ll be sending it via email rather than posting the info here.
    I wold like to Thank Laurel for her time and patience with helping me to edit! Thank you! and to everyone else for all their support!

    now since I snuck over here to check in I must scaddle before I get caught!

  150. Danae said

    Linda you have to set up an account with wordpress. It doesn’t cost anything. From there you can go to your profile and if you need help from there let me know.

  151. Danae said

    Wildstar I wanted to make sure I wasn’t going crazy. Oh wait I’m already there.

  152. laurel said

    Where did everybody go?
    E – Thursday or Friday, either works for me!

    Linda – as for writing I started a year ago by picking a sci/fi fantasy writer that I adore and practicing writing my own characters in her world. They have to abide by the same rules as her characters and have only minimal contact with any of hers. It has been fun to do that because then I didn’t have to start with making up all the rules of a completely new world/universe. If nothing else it entertains me and a few of my friends who are also fans of this author.

    If you are interested there are even a few fan-fic pieces written by ladies on this blog, with our favorite BT personalities staying in character – almost like getting new episodes that only play in your head. Some are password protected so you’ll have to get permission to get into them.

  153. Danae said

    Laurel, I got your card yesterday. Thank you so much. Your words really touched me. It really blows my mind that this wonderful little show brought all of these absolutely wonderful amazing women together.

  154. elizabeth said

    Laurel – Thursday works best for me. Let me know if that poses a problem for you. I’ll give you a call tomorrow and we can firm up plans πŸ™‚

    I get to start physical therapy today. The doctor seems to feel that it can help speed up the healing and reduce this ugly swelling in my leg. At this point I am pretty much willing to try anything. Limping around and being in constant discomfort is not my idea of fun. It is putting a damper on my christmas spirit and shopping!!

    Anzia – Sweetie I am so sorry about the job news. I do know that all the support you have here and the prayers and good wishes coming your way will definately aid you in finding something terrific.

    Susana – it definately sounds like it is time to change jobs! I sometimes have to shake my head when I hear company’s ideas of a “bonus” . My company doesn’t do anything for the holidays. Oh wait, I just lied….some of the VP’s get together and provide turkey and ham and we employees are expected to bring a dish for the “celebration”. Upper management doesn’t even show up to this event – the Admin’s get to put it all together in the auditorium. Guess what I skipped this year?

    annalaise, rifkind, lwildstar – keep writing ladies. I am anxious to read what you have done!

  155. Danae — My avatar is blank because sometimes I neglect to log in. My bad.

    Elizabeth — Thanks for the encouragement.

    Linda — I have 19 Chapters to my story posted at the web site linked behind my name. It is an original story with my own original characters. I hope some day to submit it to a publisher.

    I started writing it back in June just after BT ended. It was my therapy to deal with the summer hiatus and now its an obsession. I am now very serious about finishing it. I write most every night from 9:00 until about midnight. My chores and responsibilities are all done and its my time. (Although the lack of sleep is starting to take its toll.) LOL

    You’re welcome to read it if you like. Go to the site and post a comment and I’ll email you the password.

  156. laurel said

    E – I think tomorrow will work out just fine. I told Steve I still had shopping to do for him, which is true. I have an idea for what to get so we can accomplish my little bit of shopping pretty easily. He has meetings in the morning so we can start as early as you want.
    I hope the wind and rain settle a bit by then. I’m a little concerned that I may lose power at any moment today. yikes!

    ‘laise – You and wildstar and Rifkind are all writing at a speed I can hardly believe! I am feeling a little behind. πŸ™‚ I so many different stories going at once but they seem to be taking turns. My goal is to get at least one of my short stories included in an anthology hosted by a certain author. I have a window of about two years before another one is published.

  157. Danae said

    Hey guys speaking of writing again, I have changed back to writing.com. I wasn’t so crazy about gather.com. Here is my new link to writing.com. Sorry to keep changing like this.

    http://Writing.Com/authors/henrysbaebe

    There is nothing new although I am working on a new poem. I will let you know when there has been an update.

  158. laurel said

    Thanks for the update Danae. I know what a challenge it is to work on a different system. I am on WordPress, writing.com and livejournal. I get confused and sometimes can’t remember what password gets me into my own pages. sigh

  159. Danae said

    Oy! I know that feeling.

  160. Vampaliscious aka Vampgrl said

    Just thought I’d share a news story I found on AOL. I mean sure, you’re not supposed to take knives to school, but give me a break! It was for lunch. I swear…I just don’t know what the world is coming to these days.

    10–year-old arrested for cutting her lunch with a knife
    Posted Dec 18th 2007 4:04PM by Sandy Maple
    Filed under: Teachers, Elementary school, Public school, 10-12 years

    In yet another example of zero tolerance run amok, a 10-year-old girl in Ocala, Florida is facing felony weapons charges for bringing a steak knife to school.

    “She did not use it inappropriately. She did not threaten anyone with it. She didn’t pull it out and brandish it. Nothing of that nature,” explained Marion County School Spokesman Kevin Christian.

    No, she was using it to cut the steak she brought for lunch. A few alert teachers noticed the utensil and confiscated it before calling authorities. “Anytime there’s a weapon on campus, yes, we have to report it and we aggressively report it because we don’t want to take any chances, regardless,” Christian said.

    Report it, sure. Suspend her for a few days, okay. But charge her with a felony for possessing a weapon on school property, even though she clearly had no intention of using it as a weapon? I just don’t understand how this benefits anyone in any way.

  161. laurel said

    We recently had a bomb scare at my daughter’s high school. After the bomb squad got there a student, who was being escorted from a locked-down room, looked back to where the squad was setting up a detonation box and said “You might want to rescue that box of Christmas gifts for flood victims before you blow anything up. We worked hard to raise the money for those.”
    Of course, that was the suspect package. If anyone had looked they would have seen that the box was labeled.
    It was a near miss.
    Sometimes there seems to be no room for common sense.

  162. Danae said

    Oh for crying out loud what is this world coming to. It’s like we can’t go anywhere with out fearing for our lives.

  163. It’s pretty sad when you can’t even cut your d#$% steak. *sigh*

    I had to deal with that packing lunches for my Melanie last year. She has braces so she can’t bite into an apple or a piece of fruit. If you pre-slice them they turn brown by lunch time even if you drown them in lemon juice. So what are you supposed to do? I ended up cutting one of those apple slicers and packing that in her lunch box. Although mytbe that could be misconstrued and taken for a weapon as well. “Teacher she threatened me with an apple slicer. Wah!”

  164. Danae said

    I believe someone out there would do that.

  165. Danae said

    And in the defense of the authorities, who the hell sends their elementary age child to school with a steak.

  166. elizabeth said

    I took my car in this morning for a simple oil change – yeah, right! By the time everything was checked out it was discovered my battery was only operating at half what it should and needed replaced and I had several filters that also needed to be replaced – oh, and let’s add a radiator flush to the mix. $288 dollars and a complimentary car wash later I will have my car back. Merry Christmas to me, huh?

    I also get to go see a physical therapist in a couple of hours. Let’s pray he/she is gentle with me or you will be getting word I am in jail for punching someone out for hurting me. Sheesh, I really am not as cranky as I am sounding – really…. you believe me, don’t you?

    On a more upbeat note (finally) I am getting ready to leave work for my Christmas vacation πŸ™‚ I won’t be able to log in and talk to all of you until after the New Year. Although I am really looking forward to the time off, I will miss talking to all of you dear friends.

    So everyone, if you are travelling this time of year, please be extra careful; enjoy your time with family and friends and have a joyful holiday season. I hope the New Year brings happiness, health and fulfilled dreams to each and every one of you.

    Love you all.

  167. Danae said

    Merry Christmas Happy New Year E Take care of that leg.

  168. elizabeth said

    Laurel – how does meeting at 10am tomorrow sound to you? Let’s touch base later to finalize, okay?

  169. elizabeth said

    Thanks Danae – ((((hug)))))

  170. Madonna said

    Love you too Elizabeth! Hope your leg heals up nicely and you enjoy your vacation. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  171. Madonna said

    Wow!!! All this talk about writing. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t even put pen to paper on my story since September.

  172. Have a great Holiday Elizabeth and a great vacation! Type atcha in the New Year.

  173. Well Madonna you’ve been pretty busy with other things of late — all those ornaments, plus being sick took it’s toll.

  174. Madonna said

    Mags,
    I got your card in the mail yesterday. Thank you. I love it.

    I love it when my mom hands me my mail this year!

    With the exception of all of you the only other cards I’ve received this year has been from my aunt, my ex-boyfriend’s parents and my lawyer.

  175. Madonna said

    Annalaise,
    YES! It’s been tough trying to find the time to do ANYTHING extra lately.

  176. lwildstar said

    Blood Ties (2006) 15585 you know I think we average about 300+ votes a day!

    Have fun on your vaca E!

    I’ll check in when i get home – that stupid luncheon went on and on….so I can’t chat – this is the first moment I’ve even gotten to check in and I’m leaving in 15 minutes for the allergist!
    Type at you when i get home – I don’t even want to see the email box

  177. Well ladies I’m leaving here in five minutes and I’ll be on vacation myself until next Thursday. WooHoo! I’ll chat at you later. Tomorrow I’ll probably be a little scarce until late evening though. Got ta bake the cookies. Lot’s n Lot’s of cookies.

    Jeff & I and Mel and Dougie are double dating tonight. We’re going to see Mentor High’s Chorus perform Handel’s Messiah. It should be awesome.

    Later Dudette’s!

  178. lwildstar said

    well I finally caught up –

    lets see – ok going back t the story about the kid and the steak knife – in highschool I had a fellow student try to cut my wrist with a box cutter – which we we had in class becasue it was an art glass and you use those to cut matt board – thankfully I was fast enough to break his grip and only ended up with a tiny scar and a big scare – he only got suspended – shows you how times have changed!

    have a great vaca E – and take care of your leg!

    no cards today 😦

    thanks for the info on the lexmark Rif – I’ll email that too her – but she was told by that there are still some Lexmarks that wont work with vista – go figure….

    well I am off to work on my writing – my goal is to finish chapter 19 this week…..but work keeps getting in the way!

    I may be back…..if not everyone have a good night!

  179. laurel said

    Ladies – I will be in touch with Elizabeth during the holidays and will try to keep her up to date. I will also relay to you regarding her recovery from the injury. πŸ™‚

    I sure understand about not having any time! My job is changing locations so in addition to all the computer work I’m doing there we are all packing and sorting stuff. We will have an Grand Re-Opening on the 8th of January, and will have a big sale at the old shop before moving day. This is not my idea of how to spend the holidays, but the new location is going to be awesome for our quilt shop.

  180. lwildstar said

    hi Laurel! my office is suposed to move in mid January – still no confirmed date – and they still haven’t come up with a “moving plan” I hate last minute stuff…
    at least yours sound alittle more fun…

    well I think I will log out for the night – I did get a little writting done – but I’m getting tired I’ll talk at you tomorrow!

  181. rifkind said

    Linda,
    Once you have a WordPress account, I have instructions on my blog page for creating the Avatar. It also includes the link for where to go to create a WordPress account.
    As Annalaise said, you have to log on for the avatar show up.
    http://rifkind.wordpress.com/creating-the-avatar-2/
    -Rifkind

  182. laurel said

    Hi rifkind!

  183. Anzia said

    I don’t know who said what but:

    Yes, writing fulltime would be LOADS of fun. However, I’m MUCH MUCH MUCH better and plotting things out than I am at actually writing. So, if I could find a collaborator who was all about the writing…it’d be a match made in heaven!

    I carry a notebook aroudn all the time as well. I have about six that I’ve written in and such. ^_^

    I’ve been stocking up various books to use for various stories. I’ve got quite an interesting collection. Books on ocupations; encyclopedia of imaginary places; book on spells, curses and such; Fantasy writer’s reference book; character traits listed by “job” or “tendancy” (psychopath, rapist, and the like are in there)

    I like getting new writing books. πŸ™‚

  184. Claire said

    Hey E! Merry Christmakuh! and may the New Year bring you and your family health happiness and all the good things in life!
    Blessings!

  185. Hi BT Family!!!!!

    Anzia, I’m so sorry about your job!!!!!! I’m sending the positive energy your way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m looking forward to peeking in and reading some of the writing that has been going on by this amazing bunch of creative writers. I really enjoyed reading the writing during summer. I haven’t looked at any of your writing since Sept. I’m sure there’s some captivating stories just waiting to be read! Maybe I can squeeze some in during this short break.

    I’m still swamped with the last couple of days of school. Struggling to find parent drivers for our fieldtrip to release our salmon, finishing our cool scarf activity and research report. Whew! Come on Friday……..

    Certainly looking forward to the Holiday Party with the Portland BT contingent!!!!!Yeah!!!!!!!

  186. rifkind said

    Back at Ya Laurel!

  187. rifkind said

    Himmifan,
    Thanks for the kind words.
    As I said, I think that the plot and chapter outline that we finished last weekend will be a good start on forward movement on the book.
    Hubby has the Christmas week off.. so hopefully we can get some chapters going again!

  188. himmiefan said

    Rifkind – great! πŸ™‚

    Dani – well, given recent events, or non-events from Lifetime,I’m going to have to put my thinking cap on and revise our plot. Fortunately, I’m on vacation starting tomorrow (after I complete my big project), so I’ll have time to think over Christmas.

    Elizabeth and Annalaise – have a great vacation and safe travels!

  189. himmiefan said

    Hmmm. You know, our movie might just have a certain VP at Lifetime as really being a demon in disguise. Hmmmm.

  190. Linda said

    Annalaise — I posted on your website and left my email. I would love to read your work.

    Laurel — What a cool writing exercise!

    Rifkind Thanks for the info about the avatar. I will open a wordpress account and get an avatar shortly.

  191. animal said

    Couldn’t imagine how would a better writer of skill would write.

  192. lwildstar said

    just checking in my dears – its going to be one of those wiered rush rush days so that we can have the party this afternoon – so I may not stop by at lunch…

    Animal? are you new? or are we playing the name game again….?

    talk to you guys later!

  193. Anne said

    YAY! I just noticed that Tanya Huff will be at MegaCon too – sorry if it’s already been posted.

    Thank you to all your wonderful ladies! My mailbox floweth over πŸ™‚

    Love the calendar, the nifty bookmark, the bat light, the Christmas tree ornaments and the batcat.
    Not to mention the lovely cards – thank you all.

    I’m afraid the card thing went over my head until too late, so expect Valentine’s cards from me instead. And secret Santa giftee – I’m afraid you got stuck with a hopeless procrastinator …

  194. Claire said

    Hmmm….Bon Matin mes amis!…Do we have another troll?
    animal?….who are you?…your garbled message is reminiscent of someone else…without all the caps.

    So..maybe you should introduce yourself..if someone is just playing the name game again I apologize..I’m just tired of all the asshats that have trolled through here…trying to stir up discord.

  195. lwildstar said

    whoo-hoo
    we broke into the top ten nominations!
    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 55204
    The Professionals (1977) 34309
    Les Filles de Caleb 34306
    CSI Miami 29099
    Scoop 28361
    Lancer 23776
    Wagon Train 18897
    Rome (2005) 16486
    The L Word 16173
    Blood Ties (2006) 15909

    keep voting!

  196. lwildstar said

    its so funny – with the party being today – no one wants to work!
    I’m just doing busy work myself and trying not to get caught online!

  197. rifkind said

    Love it WildStar,
    The numbers going through the roof on a show that hasn’t been shown in prime time and the last 2 episodes are ONLY on the lifetime video site..
    That says something very nice about the fans of Blood Ties!!

  198. vicki said

    Danie….
    No avatar…didnt even bother to try and make one…my computer geek husband didnt have time to get it done for me..sooo I dont have one..

    Claire…I am glad to hear your new driver is better…though with some of the people out there in cars I worry… I dropped off Willow today and as I was ocming out of the school parking lot..everyone is going about 15 miles per hr..as they should..but the truck comes down the road…probably going 40!!!!! Didnt slow down at all!! I was so angry!!!

    ANway..still fighting the cold..(but I think its winning) and I have one more day after today with students..and then I am done ! HWOOO HOOO!!

    Vicki
    the Diva

  199. lwildstar said

    once we hit #1 Blood Ties will move to the Top 40 favorite shows of all time board – which is a different voting page (same website) – thats when we’ll have to vote to get in to the top 5….its a game.

  200. Danae said

    Buongiorno bellas.

    Animal?! Are you from the Muppets? HEHE!

    Today is our holiday luncheon. Woohoo! Free food. It already smells good in here.

    I am sorry I didn’t say a good night last night. We had our last sales meeting of the year and everybody that was involved in the promo was put in a raffle for gifts. I won a Sony DVD player. I really wanted the IPOD Shuffle. I can’t complain though. It is a pretty sweet machine and when I say sweet I mean wicked awesome.

    My car is giving so much freakin trouble. I wish I had won a car. I need new spark plugs and my father is being so nonchalant about it. Grrrr! He really annoys me sometimes.

    Someone a while ago suggested doing one of those stories where we all add a line or a section or a paragraph or so. I think we should do that via email. Who agrees?

  201. Himmiefan said

    Animal does sound like a certain person. Or someone who’s drunk….

  202. Danae said

    Although that certain person said he is computer illiterate and didn’t know how to put the website behind his name or get an avatar so I don’t think it is that certain person.

  203. Linda said

    Good morning Ladies,

    Just wanted to sneak in and say Hi…I am trying to take off work all next week, so the rest of this week is going to be relatively… horrific.

    Animal left a rather cryptic post, obviously from the subsequent discussion, no one else knows what it means either. Oh well…

    I hope I can check in later.

  204. lwildstar said

    Hi
    well f****ng fa la la la Christmas…sorry I’m in a mood – I got the end of year “happy” letter NOT this year – I got a letter saying there will be no extra money – it acctually says “you are entilled to $00.00 incentive for the last quarter” WTF! why bother with the letter – they could have emailed me that…oh it gets better – we only get one days pay as a “bonus” and they take taxes out!

    on top of that – people got hungry and started eating the food for this afternoons party…you know what – I JUST DON”T CARE!

    ok breathing deeply – thinking of Henry,pretty rainbows, Henry, flowers, Henry no shirt……..thats better – but I’m still insulted

    I got my SS gift! thank you! I needed that!!!!!!

  205. laurel said

    Poor lwildstar! I hate it when the day goes like that. Rather unlike you to actually swear on here, so I know you’re really upset. Sounds like you need to go home and put your feet up ASAP. ( ( ( Hugs ) ) )

    animal? I followed the link back to his/her page. Interesting. Loves facts and factoids I’m thinking he/she just surfed by and gargled a greeting.

    May I suggest we offer the welcome mat first and see who shows up?

    Animal – Nice wordpress site. We’ve had a couple of unfriendlies stop by and are not wanting to have that experience again.

    Anne! Too funny, I didn’t realize the little bat key chain was a light! Now I’ve blinded myself playing with the little biter. lol

  206. laurel said

    Oh, oh. I’m late to pick up Elizabeth! I’ll touch base later.
    Love ya’

  207. Danae said

    I wonder how Freyja is doing.

  208. msgypsy said

    Danae, I love the traveling email story idea. I’m game for it.

    Quick lunch and post today. I have a meeting tonight and need to get out early. I hope…

  209. Madonna said

    Hi all!

    Sorry I haven’t been around much. Damn work and all. We have to get Friday’s, Monday’s and Tuesday’s work done before we can leave here tomorrow. SO FAR we’re looking OK.

    Danae,
    Congratulations on the DVD player. We still haven’t been given our Wendy’s cards yet and no announcement thus far as to whether or not we get lunch catered tomorrow. Probably not, because there are only 11 of us now.

    I’m not opposed to doing a story like that if everyone else is willing.

    Annalaise,
    Hope you had a good time at the concert last night. Enjoy vacation.

    lwildstar,
    ((((((((HUGS)))))))) dear. It’s OK!

    Anne,
    You’re welcome.

    Laurel,
    You gave me a little laugh about the key chain.

    I feel like I am missing stuff and if I have I’m sorry.

    Question…… Is tomorrow going to be like our blog Christmas party? Is everyone going to try to stop by?

  210. Arrowyn said

    “4400” and “Dead Zone” have been cancelled.

  211. Danae said

    The Dead Zone!? That was a good show.

    Who wants to start it? I can try and come up with a story beginning over the weekend unless someone more suited to doing it is willing. We should probably do it in the theme of Blood Ties.

  212. Danae said

    Ciao bellas.

  213. lwildstar said

    Worse holiday party ever! πŸ˜€
    one hour 15 minutes – we ate, played the game, & cleaned up – now back to work! half the office didn’t even show up for work today….
    hardly any stealing of gifts – which is the whole point of playing “Dirty Santa” I am so bummed out!
    Really – I don’t know why I bothered to even try and organize anything…..

    sorry, its been one of those days and I was looking forward to the party – what a let down…. 😦

  214. Scribble said

    Heya everybody!!!

    So I don’t know what my plans are for tomorrow so I wanted to take a quick second to pop in and say Happy Holidays to everybody and to thank everyone for their continued support and I’ll be back in the new year.

    Scribble.

  215. Arrowyn said

    I may be a little late with this, but wasn’t someone asking for best Dylan lines? We’re talking SPOKEN lines, not what you’re thinking! Back in March, someone on the Bloodlines forum started a thread about the favorite Dylan lines or scenes. I had forgotten some of the lines.

    http://www.bloodties-bloodlines.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=185

  216. Arrowyn said

    Thank you so much, Scribble, for your kindness in telling us the news that you know when you know it. Happy Holidays to you, too. Hope to hear from you soon with some WONDERFUL news!

  217. Chery said

    Have a wonderful Christmas Scribble!
    We are hoping our new year is filled with more Blood Ties episodes.
    That is all I asked Santa for this year. LOL

  218. lwildstar said

    Happy Holidays to you as well Scribbles – feel free to stop by any time – news or no news – you’re always welcome here!

    thanks for the virtual hugs guys – today was just sucha let down – and it started out bad – what is it with people who expect you to be a mind reader? huh? Id really like to know….I had a big mess to clean up this morning becasue I had only been given half the instructions on Friday – then when I got an email this morning saying fix it – i didn’t understand what I did wrong becasue there was no explaination – so I emailed back asking for clarification – what does the b* do – she emails my team leader! who then comes over and jumps allover me for not doing my job right – ggrrrrrr….I politly told her that I would have done it correctly (which I did right in front of her) if I had been given the directions from the start – she backed down then…what a way to go into the holidays!

    sorry just after that horrible party I needed to vent… 😦

  219. lwildstar said

    on a lighter note – I couldn’t wait – I needed a pick me up – so I opened both Robins gift and my SS gift…Penguins!!!!!!
    Love it!

  220. Linda said

    Hello all,

    I am still trying to finish up at the office. Getting ready to go on vacation is almost not worth it. Well almost…

    Scribble — Happy Holidays to you! We look forward to hearing from you next year.

    Wildstar — Sorry you had such a dreadful day. Hopefully tomorrow will be much better.

    Now I am running home to wrap gifts for the office tomorrow. Later ya’ll…

  221. Anzia said

    Scribble- Happy holidays to you too!

    Wasn’t animal the crazy colored blue guy w/red hair that always colored the screen at the end of the muppet babies cartoons? NOT saying that that character is at all related to the one that posted here. How could I. I have no clue who it is.

    Travelling email story? i TOTALLY missed something? Where’s the action happening? who’s partaking? what’s the deal???

  222. Annalaise duChat said

    Good evening everyone,

    I’m just stopping by to say hi and catch up.

    Linda — Check your email for the password.

    Madonna — The concert was really great. They sent out an invitation to the audience to anyone who want to get up on stage and participate in singing the Messiah. I was truly awesome. It sounded like a group of professionals.

    Wildstar — sorry about you party and your lack of bonus.

    Decided to spend the day cleaning today instead of baking. I’ll start that tomorrow and have Mel help me finish up on Saturday. She likes to decorate them.

    Later.

  223. susana said

    Thanks for all the cards!!!THANKYOU THANKYOU! Sweet, Sweet friends!

    sorry wildstar about your lack of bonus, i will shut up about mine….still very bitter, i am going to an interview tomorrow! my policy….life is too short!!!

    Happy Holidays! Scribbles!

    Who in the group is going to MegaCon?

    I got my Santa Gift! Idid! i did!, had i mentioned that already? Oh! WEll! muchas gracias!!!!!

  224. laurel said

    Scribbles! Always good to have you check in with us. I hope your holiday season is wonderful and joyous! You are always welcome to just drop by.

    Okay, just so you know, I’m not the only one who didn’t know the bat keychain was a light. I spent the afternoon with Elizabeth and happened to mention that I had just found out about it from Anne’s post. E whips hers out of her purse and presses the button and… darn near blinds herself! LOL
    I love it! Thanks again Madonna!

    btw – E is really hobbling around pretty well. It is obvious that her leg is very painful still and very swollen. She was on her way to a Physical Therapy visit after I took her home and asked if I would bail her out of jail if she “beat up” the therapist. ???? She was going to warn him not to hurt her or she would hurt him back! I got no call from the police station so I assume there was no incident at the clinic. Wheeew.

  225. Anne said

    *jumping for joy*

    Steve Bacic will be at MegaCon too – I’m not sure I can stand so many of my website guys in one place at the same time πŸ˜‰
    I hope they don’t gang up on me …

    Steve’s new series starts airing in Canada on January 22
    http://www.canada.com/globaltv/globalshows/theguard/index.html

    And Tanya too!
    They better have a Blood Ties panel!

  226. lwildstar said

    good morning my dears!
    well I think I have my annual Christmas cold – couldn’t breath when I got up this morning and I’ve already had two nose bleeds – yuck!
    but I found gifties on my desk this morning so that cheered me up πŸ™‚ I know “selfish little bugger”
    well got to scaddle – I’ll be back at lunch!
    have a good day!

  227. rifkind said

    Good morning all!
    I heard this song and it gave me a laugh..
    The first 32 seconds are preamble for the person who made the video, so hang on for the fun!

    Listen and then see if the song pops up in your head during the day!
    Hee Hee

  228. Vicki said

    Hey girls…

    Last day@!!!! Sorry to hear about your no bonus…..my husband got a smaller one this year…(((Sighs))) He sent a resume to Pepsi….I am hoping that they call him

    I too did NOT notice the light on the bat….LOL..Willow saw it before me!!!

    Anyway we are have a concert at school today….so I am going to go..just wanted to do a drive by..

    Vicki
    The Diva

  229. Danae said

    Buongiorno bellas!

    Rifkind I know that song. Amber and I love it. We have been singing it and my brother has been going crazy because he had never heard it before then on the way to bringing Amber to school it came on the radio and he started cracking up and saying it IS a real song.

    Merry Christmas to you to Scribble. We hope everyone from Blood Ties will be back in the new year.

    I am getting more and more depressed about not being able to go to MegaCon. MamaClaire and I are really going to have to come up with some bangarang plans that weekend to make up for it. Grrrr! It sucks!

    Everybody is getting there Secret Santa gift but me. BooHoo.

    I know my girl got hers. That is good because my dad used Priority Mail and the last time I used that the package didn’t get there until April when I sent it out before Christmas. When she got it, it was all dusty and trashed. I was worried my Secret Santa recipient wouldn’t get it.

  230. Maddie Mo said

    Good Morning all!!!

    Today is my last day till Jan 2nd. Yippy!!! I have to take the last of my comp days but that is okay cause I need the time off. I haven’t had any since I came back from Maternity leave. They made me burn all of my vacation to stay home with the baby ( i only got 6 weeks off but Maddies DR didn’t want her to go to baby sitter till she was at least 12 weeks since she was early and born in Jan) so I haven’t had any time off. But since I worked from home threw most of my maternity leave they gave me a week worth of comp days and I am taking them now.

    Anyway, just wanted to pop on and tell everyone what a wonderful time I have had this year. You guys are the best group anywhere and mean the world to me. I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday season. For those of you traveling I hope you travels are safe and calm. I also want to wish you all the best in 2008 and have a SAFE happy New Year’s.

  231. Danae said

    You too Maddie Mo! Enjoy Maddie’s first Christmas.

  232. Vicki said

    hey dani…
    my daughter (Willow) got to sing that song at school last year.. her music teacher taught it to the whole school….HEHEHE

    It is such a catchy toon…I was singing all week before and after Christmas…but I only knew the chorus….

    WIllow loved it…and I did finally get to hear the whole song.

    I would love to go to Comacon…I mentioned to the husband…(who rolled his eyes..and said “Geek fest”) Which is what he called our weekend in VA…LOL
    But I am not sure I can swing it…I will have to check..and see..if I have the money and can find a place to stay…etc…

    Vicki
    The Diva

  233. Danae said

    Hey Diva. It is a very fun song. At Amber’s school kindergarten through first grade is included in the concerts at her school. I think it sucks because when i went there all grades did there own little skit.

  234. Danae said

    I mean isn’t included in the concerts.

  235. laurel said

    Good morning dears! I suspect this will be a day where we are all kind of distracted and busy so in case I miss any of you…

    Happy Holidays! You are the most wonderful friends a gal could have, and I am grateful for each and every one of you.
    You have lifted me up and made me feel whole.

    If you were here I would give you a hug and tell you… “You are loved!”

  236. Danae said

    Whether you are here in person or not I can feel the hug from 1000s of miles away. I’m not distracted at all. Well maybe from work. I have no drive to get any work done.

    I want all of you to know that this is the best Christmas I have had in as far back as I can remember. I always have a great Christmas but I always felt something was missing. You ladies have filled that hole and even the one left by my grandfather’s passing. I thought this Christmas would be very hard to get through because of the first Christmas without him. It was his favorite holiday I think. With you guys I feel full of love. Thank you so very very much.

  237. Danae said

    I would probably a crying puddle of what was formally me without all of you holding me and all of the rest of us up.

  238. Tango said

    Good morning! Feels earlier than it is because I slept in late and I’m still in my robe. Today is the first official day of my Christmas vacation, so I’m entitled, right? I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Merry Christmas. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to visit here and I see we’ve added Linda. Welcome Linda!

    Scribble, good to see you as well. Hope you enjoy your holiday and that we hear some good news from your camp in January.

    Anne – that new show – Guardian looks like it is going to be a good one. Thanks for sharing the link.

    Danae – love your little Henry icon. You did a good job cropping, but I can’t tell what scene you got it from. Do tell…

    wildstar – hope you’re feeling better soon dear. It’s the pits to be under the weather this time of year.

    Rifkind – now I’ve got that song stuck in my head – thanks!

    Well, I’m off to put the finishing touches on the decorations and do a little light cleaning before the folks start coming over this weekend.

    Hugs to all my friends, it’s been wonderful getting to know all of you this year. Have a blessed holiday!

  239. lwildstar said

    can you believe it – we moved up to #9 over night!
    Blood Ties (2006) 16227

    have a good vacation maddie mo!

    I got an explaination today as to theno bonus thing – we didn’t do as well in th 4th quearter as they expected so only those who worked on new buisness got a little something $ – ok sounds reasonable – I was just insulted by the letter saying you get $00.00 ……I never expect anything but that was just like a slap in the face, especially becasue when I was handed the envelope the team leader said “I bet you were waiting for this”…excuse me she s the one who allocates the money – she knew it was 0! sorry but things like that get on my nerves….

    well since this may possibly be the last day until after the holidays that some of us may get a chance to blog I just want to let you know how much each and everyone of you have meant to me. There were days I don’t think I would have made it through if not for your love and support….each of you are near and dear to my heart and I feel blessed that I met you…..
    ok enough of the mush fest….HUGS!!!!!!

  240. Danae said

    Thanks Tango. I tried very hard to crop that just right. It is from Wrapped after one of Henry’s dreams.

    Haha funny! I accidentally typed creams instead of dreams. I, of course, went back to fix it. Don’t need to give prtfvr any fuel to make wisecracks. πŸ˜‰

  241. Danae said

    OMG! I can just tell this is going to be the best Christmas ever. My mom just called and one of the foster kids, Genny, my parents used to take care of is up from FLA where she lives now visiting her grandmother and she is staying my parents for a few days. I can’t wait to see her. She and her twin brother Harry left my parents when they were three or four and she is 14 now. I can’t wait to see her. This is so exciting. I can’t help but think things will get better from here on out.

  242. Maddie Mo said

    Danae, That is awesome. It will be good to get to see Genny this year. It’s cool they still come to see your parents. Dale and I have thought about fostering, I really would like too. Dale is afraid it will be too hard on me if they have to go back to their parents or get moved on. I think it would be a great opportunity to make a difference in the world. Your parents are wonderful for doing it.

  243. Danae said

    My parents did it since I was 9. A few years ago it all started going downhill. It you ask me in the end it isn’t worth it. I know that sounds cynical but the people in command started treating my parents like crap. They seemed to be in it for themselves and didn’t care what happened to the kids. Things could be different where you are but chances are they won’t be that different. It is very rewarding but when you are treated like criminals yourself it just doesn’t seem to pay. It got so bad that they threatened to take Amber away from my parents. She was one of their foster children at one time. They adopted her.

  244. Tango said

    Danae – this is going to be a special Christmas for you with Genny coming to visit. Is Harry not coming with her? I think fostering children is such a wonderful gift, and I applaud your parents for committing to do that. Bill and I had thought about doing that too, but I am on the road so much and it wouldn’t work out. We do something similar to fostering with an organization called The Big Oak Ranch (for girls) and have a girl, Melody, who comes and stays with us one weekend a month. It’s much like Big Brother/Big Sisters type thing. Maddie Mo – you might want to check into doing something like that. Mel has been with us for 3 years now and she turned 16 this year. She has been such a blessing in our lives.

  245. Danae said

    I am sorry to sound cynical about it. If there is one thing I am cynical about it is that. I would hate to see someone else get treated like trash as my parents were. The Department of Children and Families was complaining about the shortage of good foster parents they had but the few good ones they had they slandered about. It really pissed me off. I still think my parents should have sued them.

  246. Danae said

    Harry stayed in FLA this year. There is a total of five kids in there family, Randy is the oldest, Amanda, Genny, Harry, and Savannah. Genny and Amanda came up this year. They can’t afford for all the kids to come at one time. I think Amanda must be 16 or 17 this year. All the kids were split up when in foster care. One family had Randy and Amanda and we had Genny and Harry. They were 5 months when they came to us and they left when they were 3 or 4. Sometime around there Savannah was born and she went to stay with the family that had Randy and Amanda. That family ended up adopting all 5 plus they had several of their own. Genny and Harry and Amber were the only ones that we really got attached to. Hundreds of kids went through my parents house but these three we really had a connection with. It is like recognizing them from a past life. If this family hadn’t adopted Genny and Harry my parents would have.

  247. Madonna said

    Hi everyone!

    I’m sorry I can’t stick around. I’m in a time crunch. I just wanted to wish those of you will not be around a computer the next few days a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. I am the most fortunate person in the world to have met you all this year and I love yas.

  248. Danae said

    Ciao bellas. Time to go home and spend time with my Genny and my Amber, then I have to go pick up my brother’s wife and stepdaughter at the airport. He has no idea they are coming.

    Luv ya!

  249. prtfvr said

    Hi everyone. I don’t know if you guys have a more exciting life than I do but I was wondering if anyone would be interested in getting together at the Hen House on New Year’s Eve?

  250. Madonna said

    Well I’ve finally gotten a minute to take a lunch and skim the posts. I LOVE that song posted earlier. I’ve got it on CD

    Here is one of my favorite Christmas songs. It’s so obscure you hardly ever hear it anymore. It makes me feel kinda young again and the little cartoon with this is really cute as well.

  251. Maddie Mo said

    Well, I’m getting ready to leave. I will miss you all so much this week. i will try to check in from home computer, but I’m on dial up and that sucks big time ( and not in the good Henry kind of way). If you all get together on New Year’s Eve, I will try and see if my dial up will allow me into the Hen House. I doubt it though. Everyone be safe and have fun!!!

  252. Arrowyn said

    We just had our Holiday Feast at work! I am so stuffed! There’s a guy who rents meeting space from us for when he needs a place to meet clients. He’s a mortgage broker and works out of his cell phone. But sometimes he needs to meet with people and he needs a place to meet with them. We also collect his mail for him. He’s really nice and is special in my heart because he has 3 wienie dogs that he brings into our office to visit. Anyway, as a “thank you” each year, he brings in all this food for us, and today was the day. We had cold shrimp and dips, hot BBQ chicken wings, fruit (mangos and strawberries) and chocolate dip, brocolli salad w/raisens and nuts, and cream puffs. Plus doggies begging for any sucker willing to feed them. Oy! I may never eat again.

  253. Linda said

    Hi girls,

    Work has kept me running today. I just wanted to stop in and wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas. Whether you are traveling or staying home, be safe!

  254. lwildstar said

    prtfvr – I’m pretty sure I’ll be around new years eve – so I will stop by the hen house and see whats up!

  255. Margaret said

    Ladies: Run, do not walk, and check your google email. Anne has posted a SWEEEEEETT message from Kyle on it. Run, I tell you, run.

  256. Margaret said

    Prtfvr: You know wherever you are, there I am. If I can stay awake, I’m there. lol.

  257. lwildstar said

    just finished all the emails!
    Happy Holidays! when I saw the message from Kyle line – I read that one first….

    ok I’ve got a lot of stuff to do tonight so I’m goi ng to log off and I’ll be back later.

    Love ya! everyone be safe this weekend…..

  258. Linda said

    If you go to Kyle’s Korner, he has posted some more answers to fan’s questions.

    He was asked if Blood Ties was really cancelled and he said “don’t get your hopes down just yet.”

  259. vicki said

    Dani…

    I am soo happy for you!! Getting to see your friend.

    SO HAPPY to hear that line from Kyle..gives me even more hope.
    Dear Santa…

    All I want for Christmas is more seasons of Bloodties..

    Thanks..
    Vicki
    The Diva

    Dear God…
    Thank you for bringing all of these wonderful women into my life…I have never felt such friendship and support from anyone as I do them. They have made me laugh, cry, and feel good about myself on days I thought I couldnt walk another step or take another breath. I am truely blessed in you all and I want you to know how much your friendship means. Thank you!!

    I have so enjoyed getting my christmas cards…and I want you to all to have a MERR MERRY Christmas…

    Ok..I will stop ….I am going to start crying if I dont..

    Vicki
    The Diva

  260. Anzia said

    Vicki- (((HUGS))) *hands over a tissue* It’s okay. We understand. ^_^

    So, i have an interview with Farmers Insurance Group on Jan. 3rd at 1pm. I am in the process of setting one up with Bankers Life & Casualty. I have not heard a THING from the original financial consulting firm (Waddell & Reed). *sigh* onward i trudge I guess…

    OOOooo I made my boss mad *AGAIN* today. Second time in three days. I’m on a ROLE! 1st time was because I didn’t do something she told me not to do. Yup, i mean that EXACTLY as it’s written. So, she shoved a whole nother project on me to finish before I leave on TOP of telling me I had to finish the one I was working on. SO, being a true Anzia (as if i couldn’t be right?) I finished part 1 of the projects in a day and about 2 hours. Part two took me a day and about 2 hours and part three is gonna take me about another full day. BUT she gave me ANOTHER project to START before I leave…*smacks forehead* anyway. NOT why she’s mad. She got mad b/c 1) she told everyond i’d DONE the second project when i hadn’t (cause she told me NOT TO! Stupid woman) and 2) because she said I told her I had finished with it. That was Wed. Today she got mad because I’d entered in data wrong. Interesting thing is, i entered it EXACTLY like she was. When she asked me why that’s what I told her. Well, i eventually changed my method because i realized what she had been doing was stupid and was going ot mess her numbers up. So, she asked me why I changed it and I told her: Because I realized that they way you’d been doing it was going to mess up the numbers so I came up with a way that said what you’d been entering and still kept the numbers correct. WRONG answer. Her face almost went maroon. SO GLAD i’m gone after next week! They seriously couldn’t pay me enough to stay. Even IF they paid off all my school loans, bought me a new car and gave me a 5 dollar raise…um…well.. okay i’d stay for a tiny bit until I got a new better job. BUT it wouldn’t be perminant! πŸ˜‰

  261. vicki said

    Anzia…
    ((Sniff)) Thanks…I needed that…

    Vicki
    The Diva

  262. laurel said

    Vicki – That was simply beautiful.
    That is exactly how I feel about all of you too. sniff

    Pass the hankies, will ya’?

  263. laurel said

    Anzia, dearling… I’m praying that you find a job where you will be appreciated and respected.
    Believe in yourself.
    Look in the mirror and picture all of us standing beside you, smiling at the beautiful sister/daughter we’ve come to love.

  264. Anzia said

    Laurel- you and me both dear.

  265. rifkind said

    On Writing:

    This page has a couple of great mp3 podcasts about writing.

    The interview with Robert Sawyer was great!
    It’s about what authors can do to help market their science fiction and fantasy books

    SCIENCE FICTION WRITER
    ROBERT J. SAWYER

    http://www.sfwriter.com/owindex.htm
    Take a look at the “On Writing” Columns too

  266. Linda said

    Hi everyone,

    In case you are interested, there is a show on the History Channel right now, called Vampire Secrets. It is about the origins of vampire legend and lore. It is on from 10:00 to 12:00 cst.

  267. rifkind said

    Thanks Linda!
    It looks like it is NOT being re-broadcast any time in the next 2 weeks… I am going to TiVo it even though I missed the first 22 minutes..

  268. Tango said

    Vicki – what a sweet post. I feel the same way too. Love you too girlfriend! What would our little clan be without it’s own Diva? I shudder to think! ((((Hug))))

    Z – I am not familiar with Banker’s Life & Casualty, but I do know of Farmer’s and have a couple of friends that work for them. Farmer’s is a good company to work for from what I’ve been told. What positions are you interviewing for?

    My head is spinning after reading about that incident with your boss. (Could be from the meds I’m on, but who knows.) What a moron. You know there seems to be one like her no matter where you go. (My current company excluded – well ok, there is one, but he is the so high up that I really don’t have to deal with him.) Glad you’re not going to have to deal with her much longer. I’ll be praying for you to find something excellent, making more money that you expect!

    prtfvr – sorry dawlin’ ~ won’t be around New Year’s Eve. That is Bill & my dating anniversary and we are going to one of my favorite restaurants which happens to be closing it’s doors forever and that’s their last night so they are throwing a big shindig.

  269. rifkind said

    Tango,
    Love the word SHINDIG… makes me think of Firefly.

  270. Claire said

    Hi my beautiful ladies….I’m still alive!Darn internet can’t handle everyone in the neighborhood!!!..plus I’ve got a house full of New Yorkers!!!
    When Nikki was 10 a Ukrainian family moved across the street from us they had a daughter named Katia who was also 10..Nikki befriended her..taught her english and the rest is history! So she’s here and her boyfriend and Nikkis boyfriend.
    Vicki dear…I don’t know what I did my whole life without you guys…you have indeed given me so much..that was missing in my life..argh need tissues..anyway I love yas!!!!!
    Danae..I’m so happy you’re going to spend time with Genny! I’ve always thought about fostering..but I’m scared to get attached.

    Prtfvr…I’ve no life..I’ll hang at the coop with ya!
    Amy and Carol..thanks for the lovely cards!

    Well today is Christophers 26th..going to go out to eat and then come back and celebrate a little..It is much needed!!!!

    I’ll check emails later..Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes and support! Rose passed them on when she called!

    Love you all my amazing blog family!

  271. Margaret said

    Claire: You’re not the only one. How’s your son doing? We should have a virtual New Year’s Party for those of us who will be at the Hen House with an appropriate toast at midnight. Like I said, I’ll be there is I’m still awake.

  272. prtfvr said

    Ok, you know the joy of gift giving? Well, I went shopping yesterday – during work, no less – and I bought my husband the BEST gift. He was at my office when I was coming back and I SO wanted to give him his gift but he told me to be patient and wait until Christmas. Darn his logic! It’s stuffed in my bedroom closet right now beneath a mound of artsy fartsy decorative bed pillows. Need to get my butt in gear and wrap it. Perhaps I’ll stay out of bed long enough to do that soon!

    Still dying to know what my Secret Santa thought of her gift! I know that I loved it! Actually, I have something similar so I’m hoping that she doesn’t already have one too!

    No Claire on email, she MUST be busy!

    Peace, love and good will to all my BT Sistas!

  273. Anzia said

    Mamaclaire- tell my “brother” happy brithday (even though he has NO CLUE who I am) I hope you guys have fun!

    Tango- I really didn’t understand the description given to me. The guy spoke really fast and all i caught was selling, 401K & retailers. So, from what i’ve pieced together…i would be selling plans to companies. Which could mean trouble since i need a new car and that would force me into doing something I can’t afford to do. *shrugs* I won’t know anything for sure until the 3rd.

    I do appreciated everyones prayers and thoughts. It’s just amazing to know i have this entire force behind me. A new and wonderful thought! THANKS!

  274. susana said

    Ladies,
    Been MIA as usual, just caught up with all comments, and if Kyle says don’t give up hope yet, then i will not!!!
    Just wanting to let everyone know just how wonderful it has been to get to have people who share the same interest and are actually caring and encouraging and write all these sweet words we so badly need to hear!
    Thanks for being my BT family!
    Merry Chrismas and
    Happy New Year! I may be at the coop on New Years!
    I have high speed internet at home and so i will still be on the blog.
    My cards went out a little (ok alot) late, 4 days ago to be precise….so they are on thier way! better late than never! Secret santa did not forget you my dear, let me know when you get it!

  275. Tango said

    Z- My suggestion to you would be get on the net and research both companies so that you can dazzle them with your knowledge about their company during the interview. You may also want to check with your own agent and ask them questions. I am sure they will be willing to give you insight tha may be helpful. I use to sell Property & Casualty (auto & home) insurance which is what Farmer’s does and I currently sell the financial products like the 401(k)s, life, etc., so feel free to ask any questions about any of these. With any luck, maybe there will be a company car. I’ve sent my boss an email to see if there are any openings with American Fidelity in WI. He may not get it till Wednesday, but I’ll let you know as soon as I hear something.

    Claire, glad that you were able to check in with us. Hope you are off enjoying Christopher’s birthday even as we chat.

    Susana – so good to see you stranger! Your catering business must be off the hook right now with all the holiday parties. I don’t see how you do it all with your nursing job, the catering and the family. Make sure you don’t burn that candle at both ends for too long. You’ll burn out!

    prtfvr – you tease! Are you not going to tell us what you got Scott?

  276. susana said

    Tango, thanks, i do tend to overdo it! i will let your voice ring in my head to keep me sane πŸ™‚

  277. prtfvr said

    Ok, I got Scott a hi-def video cam corder. It has a 40gb hard drive and it also lets you take stills. Plus you download the pictures via USB so no extra parts! I’m SO loving it! Good thing that I only admire it and don’t care to use it because I’d have it out of the box by now filming EVERYTHING and snapping pics!

  278. Claire said

    Hi girls! Argh have to type quick before internet goes out again!! I tried to email yesterday…no internet!! It just came on now!!
    Well the New York guests left..Brittany went back to Virginia Beach to see her grandma! Wahh…we miss her already..but she’ll be back the 26th..her Dad got her a new car..early graduation present!! she’ll be graduating from George Mason U in June.
    Christopher is much better thank G!! We had a great time yesterday..then he went out to the neighborhood bar with Brittany and guess who they hung out with?….POOL DAD!!!!!! LOL!!

    Anyway I have to do some housecleaning while Chris,Nikki and Serge are shopping..then I have to go out and pick up some last minute things for dinner tomorrow.I hope the internet stays on..so I can read my thousands of emails!

    love yas!!!!!!!!!!

  279. vicki said

    Claire;—Tell Chris…Yo…Happy Freaking Birthday….

    I have presents to wrap..and laundry to clean…and My lovely husband bought Willow a pink flower electric guitar for Christmas!!! Oh..boy…he said if she doesnt want to play it…I have to learn!!!
    LOLOLOL

    Cant see it….The red haired diva with a pink flower guitar????

    Vicki
    THe Diva

  280. rifkind said

    Gals you gotta read WildStar’s story!
    WOW!
    She is a great writer!
    I can’t wait to read the next two chapter!

  281. lwildstar said

    Awww Rif!
    I love you!…ok if I’ve hired Laurel as my Editor – I guess you’re my Publicist?

    Well I still have gifts to wrap for the family get together tomorrow – we’ve moved things up from evening dinner to a noon lunch so I had better get busy….I’ll be back when I finish – just to check in.
    Everyone have a safe and happy holidya – however you celebrate the season!
    I love you guys!!!!!

    Oh – I just went to the voting site….thought you’d like to see the numbers…
    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 55412
    The Professionals (1977) 34675
    Les Filles de Caleb 34311
    CSI Miami 29316
    Scoop 28363
    Lancer 23930
    Wagon Train 19081
    Rome (2005) 16856
    Blood Ties (2006) 16767
    The L Word 16212

  282. susana said

    Would you believe i am going to attempt shopping today/

    Z- i had to interview in friday, my plan which always works, know your company well, know your stuff well, use resume paper for your rresume preferably in off-white (shows you are a little different from the rest, black suit with starched,bright colored shirt with mild cleavage….yes i know…you are going to use your femininity without flaunting it, some heels………i usually have to interview alot for my kinda jobs, dont know if it helps you but will be thinking of you…good things will come

    OK! off to the mall to die! Muaaaaaahahahah!

  283. laurel said

    Susana – Drama queen! You let the little ol’ mall scare you? hehehe
    You don’t see me there, do ya’?

    The Portland gang had a lovely afternoon/evening yesterday and actually remembered to watch a couple of episodes.
    Let me just say, Nisi’s hubby is awesome. He hung out with us for quite a while and then left us to drool over the show.
    Nisi makes great BarBQ beef with home-made sauce, among other things. Yummmmm!

    Of course we ate way too much sugar.
    We missed all of you.

  284. msgypsy said

    The Portland Gang missed me, too, although I was there early on. But the dinner party I went to later was a lot of fun, despite the lack of 5 year old (I’m trying to see her tomorrow morning) and the sight of Ian, my friend’s husband who just left the Army after 17 years, petting a teeny stuffed turtle (tie-dye, even) was just too delightful. (Yes, that was, in fact, something given to him last night…)

    Anyhow, I got home around 1 AM, slept today until noon, then joined some friends to see the latest “National Treasure” movie. (I love those movies and am thrilled that there’s clearly going to be a third!) And now I have to go dog sit the elegant (!) and cuddly 70-80 pound Miss Shelby. I do need a life, really I do. I’m always busy but never accomplishing anything!

  285. Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!!! We had so much fun together! It was grand to laugh and laugh and laugh and of course drool. We certainly did eat a bunch, as well!

    I came home to open my Secret Santa present!!!!!! Ummmmmm!!!Yum!!! I wish that I’d had it for yesterday to share with the P-land gang I’ve a pic. when we post our special treasures! I love my SS!!!!!!! Lucky me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ve still got to finish being the santa around here! See ya

  286. Tango said

    I’m jealous of you Portlanders. Why couldn’t you be Birminghamians? I’m glad you had such a nice time together. And what’s this with a Northerner making BBQ? Nisi, are you a Southern girl at heart?

    I’m in the process of downloading We’ll Meet Again from iTunes. This is the second to the last epi. One of the two that they only aired online. Deep Dark still hasn’t shown up. I’m still pumped up by Kyle’s words of encouragement. Again, thanks Anne for relaying the good news!

    Well, another day has come to a close. This one was packed full of festivities and my company left just a couple of hours ago. The dirty dishes will be waiting for me tomorrow morning when I arise, then it’s a little cooking and then it’s off to do some last minute shopping that my husband just sprang on me… then it’s through the valley and over the mountain to visit cousins, followed by candle light service and forced family fun with the in-laws. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

  287. Anzia said

    Susana- have the clothes. i’m not entirely comfortable doing that though. My uncle gives me crap for this but I really don’t want to get a job because even though the other applicant had a resume that equalled out to mine I was able to show more cleavage. I won’t do it. As a matter of fact, the pink shirt I wear w/the black “suit” (it’s pants and a jacket that happen to match but weren’t bought together…by ANY means) gets another shirt put underneath it for just such a reason. *shakes head* it’s a personal hang-up of mine. Something it should probably get over (’cause i have no problem showing off cleavage…NONE at all… any other time) but not sure how w/o feeling icky during an interview.

    Tango- Definitely will look the companies up. Thanks for the recon! I just don’t know how to fit that kind of thing INTO an interview. EVERY “profession” interview i’ve ever had (*scoffs* yeah…all 2 of them) has been either a lovely fiasco of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants thinking & truth or speed interviewing while on a major dose of uppers. (NOT THAT I WAS ACTUALLY ON DRUGS DURING THE INTERVIEW…that’s just what it seemed like it al lhappened so fast!)

    In all seroiusness, my job not becoming perminant was probably a good thing (as ya’ll have pointed out) but for a different reason other than my boss is a moron studying to be an idiot. If they’d offered me the position I’d have stayed w/o any thought to what else was out there. I seriously haven’t had to work very hard for EITHER of my two “professional” jobs. They just kind of came along. And i’m too terrified of the sheer total of my bills each month that i don’t think past the prospect of being able to cover them. oi… the psychological minefield that is me…bet ya’ll are glad ya got stuck w/ME for a blood sister! πŸ˜‰

    off to enjoy my bollywood hunks & sleep…

    OH and the nasty dream-o-meter went off the charts the other night. I can count how many times i’ve woken up scared from a dream one one hand. Two nights ago made twice. I had a dream that a huge black dog (seriously teh size of a pony) dragged my brother out of the car we were in & he was driving and killed him. In true slasher / horror film manner too. I wanted NOTHING more than to call him and see if he was okay. NOT GOOD! … although it gave me an idea for a character… It was freaky REALLY freaky!

  288. Anne said

    Merry Christmas everyone!
    I have gifts to wrap and then it’s off to my mom for yule dinner of pork roast.
    And back to work again tomorrow and Wednesday – where I plan to catch up with all the messages.

    Anne

  289. Anne said

    My Christmas present for all Kyle fans … or rather a New Year present since it’s not done yet:

    Kyle’s Korner will be turned into a regular forum.
    Keeping track of the questions on the current system is just too confusing, so I’m working on transferring them all to a new place.

    I hadn’t intended to make a forum, but a couple of people suggested it would be a good idea, so I succumbed πŸ˜‰

  290. rifkind said

    Thanks Anne,
    It will be so nice to see the new forum.
    Merry Christmas to you too!
    I loved the picture with the fun red hat

  291. rifkind said

    For those of you who have iPods, Tango reports
    We’ll Meet Again on iTunes…

    I don’t have an iPod, or a Mac 😦

    It would be so great to see the episodes without all the pauses and waiting for more to download.
    I have so many problems with the Lifetime Video site. 😦

    Did any of you ever notice these problems:
    1.) I can never Pause it and then get the video to restart. I always end up giving up and restarting the entire video segment.

    2.) If I missed something and just want to re-play the last bit to see what was said, I’ve tried moving the control back just a few seconds to have it replayed.. It never works for me.. because of the way Lifetime does the video.. as in it never really DOWNLOADS even to a temp file on your computer.. I think it is some kind of streaming video… it doesn’t allow the easy replay.. even on DSL, it is like the video has to reload the entire segment to the point that I wanted to re-watch. Very frustrating.
    I guess that I get spoiled by how short videos download with YouTube where you can replay it easily.

    For those of you who use iTunes, I may email you some dialogue questions from the last two episodes that are available only online.

  292. lwildstar said

    hey we moved up to number 8 over night!
    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 55457
    The Professionals (1977) 34784
    Les Filles de Caleb 34311
    CSI Miami 29376
    Scoop 28365
    Lancer 23976
    Wagon Train 19127
    Blood Ties (2006) 17017
    Rome (2005) 16940

    getting ready to leave for my sisters – but I wanted to stop in and say good morning…..I’ll try to chek in when I get back!
    Have a great day!
    The L Word 16235

  293. Tango said

    Thanks for the great picture Anne! I want a hat like that! Looking forward to see what the new changes will be on your site.

    Rifkind – I have the same problems with Lifetime as you mentioned. Feel free to send me your questions and I’ll see what I can do wit them.

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

  294. Linda said

    Good morning everyone!

    Rifkind– I have the same problems that you describe with Lt video site. I have a mac and an ipod, so I will be glad to try to help clarify the dialogue. I did not watch the last two as many times as I have the others. They just made me so sad…

    Did you have a chance to watch Vampire Secrets?

    Anne — Thank you so much for your websites. I enjoy them so much. Kyle’s Korner as a forum should be fabulous. Thanks especially for the words of encouragement from Kyle. I was sooo happy to hear them.

    Tango — Thanks for your welcome! (Several posts back!) You are from Birmingham…I am from Little Rock. Almost the same neck of the woods!

    Annalaise — I have not had a chance to read your work yet, with everything going on. After tomorrow, hopefully things will slow down.

    Wildstar — What an amazing jump! I am off to go vote again.

    Happy Christmas Eve everyone!

  295. Arrowyn said

    Merry “whatever you are celebrating” everyone. Since the “eating season” is upon us – I thought I’d dig this out and pass it along… Enjoy!

    HOLIDAY EATING TIPS

    1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.

    2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. it’s rare. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas!

    3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

    4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

    5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

    6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

    7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.

    8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

    9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

    10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:

    “Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO what a ride!”

    Have a great holiday season!

  296. Linda said

    Arrowyn — Loved that! LOL!

  297. Danae said

    Buongiorno bellas!

    Merry Christmas Eve! Happy Christmakuh Eve! etc etc etc

    I am beat. Sinus infection this time plus my high school reunion was this weekend. Saturday night was social night at Up Or On The Rocks in Hartford. I had four Malibu and Coke’s in 2 hours. Needless to say I felt horrible Sunday morning and I had to go to church like that. Last night was the formal part. Out of a class of about 260 only 80 showed up. How sad that? Surprisingly I had a good time. At first I was being shy and not socializing. Then I decided screw this, I am going to make the most of it. I was suprised that people who wouldn’t look at my twice in high school were inviting me to their places for New Years or to LA to visit them. Let me tell you it was quite an experience, veeeewy interesting. I am having a very hard time staying awake and we are going to Midnight Mass. Ugh!

    Check this website out
    http://www.dannylegare.com
    I went to high school with him. He isn’t famous yet but I still think it is cool that he is doing what he is doing.

  298. Danae said

    As for the New Years hens thing. I will be at Kelly’s. If she has paid her bill by then I will go on.

  299. Danae said

    Oh and when my brother opened the car door on Friday night to help us carry in the “packages” from the “shopping trip” and he saw his wife and stepdaughter he said “Holy Shit!” We got him and we got him good. HEHEHEHE!

  300. Arrowyn said

    I just got this from a Repulican friend of mine (I’m not. Republican, that is). He sends me the funniest things!

    To All My Democrat Friends:

    Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wished.

    And To My Republican Friends:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  301. Danae said

    That is too funny!

  302. rifkind said

    Danae!
    Good for you Dear! You broke through the shyness and had a good time!
    For me, it took the 15 year reunion before the HS clicks broke down enough for mingling of everyone, but then I went to a HS where our class size was around 700! You are to be congratulated for this big step! Now go have a great time for New Years, and save up for a trip to LA.. What fun!!!!

    Your schoolmate’s eyes look alot like Christopher Lambert’s in one of his head shots. Maybe he could be cast with Christopher on something where they are supposed to be Father/Son

  303. rifkind said

    Arrowyn

    Loved the Holiday Eating Tips
    β€œLife should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming β€œWOO HOO what a ride!”

    I agree, Life is a journey and NOT just the destination..

  304. rifkind said

    Thanks Tango!
    I sent you an email..
    I can NEVER fully GET what is said when Henry is talking FLAP..
    The writers must have had fun with it, but my ears just don’t hear all that is said!
    I also missed a bunch of the conversation when Henry and Vicki were on that stake-out and he was talking about being shot and left in the dump.
    It’s fun to watch Kyle doing those sections though. It looks like he has a good time and is so pleased to have mastered the double-speak! LOL!

  305. rifkind said

    Linda,
    Nope I haven’t watched “Vampire Secrets yet, but it is saved on my lovely TiVo.
    I spent all day Saturday learning the writing software that we have owned for a long time, and then went through the tutorials. Storyview has many features that I never understood before, and many of them are NOT intuitive until you have seen them in action. When I just tried to jump into the software and start using it, I became lost.
    Hubby also got me “Writer’s Dream kit” , and I installed it and walked through it. The software turned out to be a tool to help you in developing a story outline. I found it not too helpful when I already had the whole story plotted out in my head. I walked through the entire process only to discover that the tool is NOT for actually WRITING the story, just for creating the outline!! UGH!
    That was another 2 1/2 hours of the day gone!
    I have another software tool around here somewhere that I need to find again and install on my new computer, it was supposed to be useful for writing script format..
    Don’t you just love it when you get a new computer?? Reinstalling everything!

  306. Danae said

    Thanks Rif! You’re right there eyes are similar.

  307. susana said

    My post poofed! I’ll try again!

    Arrowyn, that is too funny, you are on fire today! I consider myself a depublican or moe a remocrat. In my country , we will be having mega elections in 2 days and the humor coming from that is hilarious!
    I intend to be one of those people arriving at the pearly gates just before the close them cause i had to finish my margarita!yehaaaaw!

    Z- i get what you mean about the cleavage, tricky, i usually just have a low shirt, no actual boobage πŸ™‚ thoug there have been times you know it will get you the job if you just popped out a boob, you would get eht job, or at least you know they ould remember you HA!HA!HA! Why does being a woman even matter?…..after all those college years…….sucks huh?

  308. Annalaise duChat said

    Merry Christmas Eve All!

    Off to the inlaws for fun food & festivities. You girls all enjoy yourselves this evening. Be safe.

    Love You,
    Annalaise

  309. Danae said

    You too Annalaise!

  310. Danae said

    I will be leaving in a few minutes. Everybody have a Happy Merry Christmakwanzakuh.

    Luv you
    Ciao ma bellas

  311. Linda said

    Rifkind — Yes, the new computer is great, but re-installing everything is a b&^%h. I have a new powerbook from my office that they are letting me use. Anyway, I have to figure out how to transfer my iTunes library. That’s what I will be doing after the Holiday festivities, also setting up a word press account, getting an avatar…

    Danae — Good for you for going and enjoying your high school reunion. I have always avoided mine. Maybe I will go next time…

    Arrowyn — You are on fire today! Loved the PC holiday greeting too.

    I am off to wrap gifts now. See you later, girls.

  312. laurel said

    Is anyone going to be around tomorrow? I will be home with the family because hubby has to work today and the 26th.
    Oh, oh! He just pulled into the garage.
    I’m toast.
    See ya’s
    Happy Everything!

  313. Madonna said

    Hi everyone!

    Merry Christmas Eve!!!!!

    This has been the most special Christmas I’ve had in many years, thanks to all of you!

    Maddie Mo, Laurel, Susana and Arrowyn, I’ve received your beautiful cards. Thank you!

    Good for you Danae!

    This has been a relatively stress free holiday weekend for me. I got all my shopping and wrapping done early this year. Now I just have to help Mom do a little cleaning and cooking for tomorrow.

    Laurel,
    I will probably be around sometime tomorrow. It’s just my sister and her family coming over and they usually leave sometime between 4-7.

    prtfvr,
    I’ll probably be around New Year’s Eve if I can stay awake that long.

    Have a safe and happy Christmas Eve everyone.

  314. Nisi said

    I just caught up on the posts. I managed to get a cold that is going through our church. Our Pastor was sick and couldn’t make it to Sunday service. His wife read his notes and now she has laryngitis. But I’m glad the cold waited until after the party to rear its snotty head. πŸ™‚

    Tango – My Dad is from Tenn., and my Mom is from Indiana. The BBQ recipe is from my in-laws, who are from OK. So, there is some Southern in there. πŸ™‚

    Merry Christmas everyone. I’m so glad we’ve “met”.

  315. Anne said

    Christmas greeting from Kyle and Cali in the gallery,

    http://www.kyleschmidcentral.com/1gallery.shtml

    Christmas just got merrier πŸ˜‰

  316. lwildstar said

    Thanks Anne – Love that picture of Kyle in the elf hat!
    Yes I need to get some ink and print that one and the Cali picture out to go in my scrape book with all the cards from you guys!

    I’ll be around in the afternoon tomorrow – working on writing after my parents leave…..I hope this meal comes off ok – I usually cook for my parents over at their house. But I preped everything – now I just have to work out the timeing…
    Have a good night – whatever and however you are celebrating….

  317. Danae said

    Hey bellas. I am hanging out at my sister’s house for Christmas Eve. My niece Alli just took a picture of me blogging and posting. LOL!

    That is so cool that Kyle sent us a message. He is so sweet. I love the picture of Cali. Tell him thank from me Anne. Thanks

  318. lwildstar said

    I just looked at a close up of Kyles Christmas picture and correct me if I’m wrong – but is he wearing a rosary around his neck with the dog tags – I was wondering if that may be the one sent in the birthday box?

  319. Linda said

    So glad I checked in…that is so sweet of Kyle to make that picture for his fans. What a doll!

    Wildstar — Did you make the rosary for him?

  320. Linda said

    P. S. i think Ms Gypsy started another thread…

  321. susana said

    MERRY CHRISTMAS YA’LL!

  322. lwildstar said

    Linda – nope I didn’t make the rosary – I think Lady A did…

    Merry Christmas everyone (celebrating Christmas that is πŸ˜‰ )

  323. Linda said

    Merry Christmas all!

  324. prtfvr said

    Merry Christmas EVERYONE!! And Happy Holidays to everyone in general!

  325. prtfvr said

    Awesome pic Anne! Thanks!

  326. prtfvr said

    Arrowyn: The Republican Merry Christmas letter RULED!

  327. Annalaise duChat said

    Merry Christmas All!

    I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas. God Bless all my good friends and adopted sisters.

    Kyle you’re very sweet love the pics of you and Cali. Thanks for taking time out of your Holiday to remember your fans.

    Anne thanks for passing Kyle’s greeting along.

  328. Claire said

    MERRY CHRISTMAKUH everyone!! checking in real quick..it’s been a madhouse here…I haven’t even had time to check emails! ***YIKES*** there’s probably like a thousand by now!!!

    Thank you Susana,Carol,Amy I got your cards!!! Susana everyone loved your postcard!

    Well back to trying to clean up all the paper,food,boxes etc!!!

    Will try to get back later! Thank you all for being the amazing women and friends that you are!!!

    Anne..Thank you so much for posting the link to Kyle and Calis pictures!
    I love ya! hope you are having a great holiday!!!

  329. msgypsy said

    To all Secret Santa participants:

    I am SO SORRY I didn’t get that topic posted when I said I would. My computer was feeling overused (with good reason and all but still…) so I shut it down without doing the Secret Santa post and then yesterday I just never turned the computer on.

    I’m going to post it right now. I’ll be posting any photos anyone sends me of their gifts but the words ought to come from you each.

  330. msgypsy said

    Secret Santa thread is UP

    https://msgypsy.wordpress.com/2007/12/25/secret-santa-thread/

    I apologize again. But on the plus side, Ian gets his copy of “The Raven is Calling” and can stop whining about it. (Ian is the husband of a friend of mine and he found out I owned the CD he wanted and would NOT give me a break all Saturday night! Well, except when he was petting his tie-dyed frog or beating up on his Army Voodoo Doll…)

    And if anyone wants to watch “Better than Chocolate” I might be able to help out with that. (Working on “Max Havoc,” too, but that’s not as easy…

    I’m not going to discuss what I was doing on my computer all day Sunday…

  331. msgypsy said

    If you’re online and need some good Christmas-y music, here’s a nice podcast you might enjoy. http://mikeshotdish.com/archives/67

    Thanks to the lovely folks at Slice of Sci Fi for the recommendation. (ME? Hell, no, I’m not listening to this. But it’s a nice selection and for those who enjoy this music it’s a good podcast… hee hee!)

  332. laurel said

    Merry Christmas!

    Glad Yule Tidings!

    It is snowing here right now!
    First time we’ve had snow on Christmas in many years. It’s usually rainy and gloomy so this is lovely. We are cozy and warm in front of the fire, watching videos we got as gifts and deciding what games we are going to be playing in a while.

    Thanks for the music tag, Gypsy. I’ll go check it out in a bit.
    Love ya’ ladies!

  333. lwildstar said

    I guess we’re moving posts to the Secret Santa thread?

    anyway i posted there.

  334. msgypsy said

    Okay, with no questions asked, does anyone have a suggestion for a program that can convert a flash file to an .avi file?

    It’s all in a good cause.

    Going back to futzing with files now.

  335. rifkind said

    Sheesh!
    I hope that everyone else’s holiday travels were less eventful than my trip!

    Last night a drunk driver pulled out into the road and was a hare’s breath away from smashing into the side of the van… then within 20 miles.. I looked up to see 3 deer walking across the road in front of us.. at 65 miles per hour, there was no chance that we were going to be able to stop in time. There was a space between the first 2 deer and the third one and we managed to dodge between them somehow. I still don’t know how we managed to avoid hitting the deer head-on. The last deer ran into the side of the van and was last seen spinning down the road. Poor thing! I hope that it was just dazed. I’ll have to take a look at the van tomorrow in daylight to see what damage was done. We are so lucky. Two near misses like that in less that an hour of driving..
    All the way home tonight I was watching and watching for deer on the road. I’m so glad to be home safe and sound! Needless to say it was a nerve wracking 3 1/2 hour drive!

  336. rifkind said

    Anne,
    Thank You for posting Kyle’s Christmas wishes for his fans.
    It was such a nice treat to find waiting for me when I got home.
    Thank you Kyle!

  337. prtfvr said

    Wow Rif! I’m so glad you’re ok! Sheesh! Maybe that’s your quota for the year – next year, that is.

  338. lwildstar said

    OMG Rif! I’m glad your ok…geeze what a scare!
    I hope everyone had a good holiday – however you celebrated…
    and now back to work.. 😦

  339. Danae said

    Buongiorno bellas.

    Not sure if this should be said but Happy Boxing Day Freyja.

    Christmas was very nice being with family. Especially family that I haven’t spent Christmas with in years(my brother and his family). Amber had a hard time yesterday. She was overly tired from staying up late several nights in a row plus the letdown after the excitement of waiting for Christmas and then it is here and gone again. She couldn’t stop crying.

    Rif thank God you are all ok. That must have been scary.

    Yesterday a cop car and ambulance went whizzing up the street lights and sirens going. They stopped right at the top of the hill. I am not sure what happened but that is something you don’t want to see on Christmas.

  340. lwildstar said

    well I’m just checking in – its dead here….if not for the fact that new receptionist is out this week – I would have stayed home!
    Well I am going to work on some writing and check my emails – have a good day!

  341. Danae said

    Hey wildstar! How are you?

  342. rifkind said

    Linda,

    You wrote : Anyway, I have to figure out how to transfer my iTunes library.

    I don’t do iTunes, but from what I thought I’d heard, they may NOT let you transfer your iTunes library to the new computer..
    I don’t envy you that frustration!
    Good Luck!

  343. rifkind said

    Yes WildStar… WRITE!
    I want to see more of your great story! πŸ™‚

  344. laurel said

    Linda – You can ‘fire-wire’ your iTunes files to the new computer. Or you can set up an account on the new computer – with the free iTunes software download and be sure you “authorize” it to use the same account. Then transfer files like you would if you were backing up the files to an external hard drive.
    I didn’t have any problem moving mine and I’m a total loss when it comes to computer stuff. I did the fire-wire thing.

  345. laurel said

    rifkind – I have already read the next few chapters of wildstar’s book. πŸ™‚
    Good stuff! She getting better and better as she goes. I may get the edits for the next three chapters back to her today or tomorrow.

  346. lwildstar said

    Aww you guys are going to make me blush!

    Ok the rest of you have to go read now so I can see if what Laurel and Rif have been say is true or if they are just being nice…LOL! Just kidding! no really! Hey don’t look at me in that tone of voice! I’m just thrilled over the comments..i sent the link to my cousin – never knew she read vampire romances – yep she does – although this is a demon – but I’m hoping for her to get back to me by this weekend with her comments.

    I’m on chapter 20 now…………

    whoops looks like lunch is over and Ihave to get back to work – talk at you later!

  347. laurel said

    Note – I never recommend books i don’t like.
    😎

  348. lwildstar said

    Well when are we going to read something by you? huh Laurel?

    I really need to go back and reread Rifs story and Annalias’ Kieron adventures….I’ve fallen behind reading while I’m writting 😦

  349. lwildstar said

    did you see todays numbers over at the voting site? Blood ties is #8 in nominations – come one we need to get it to number one so that it will move to the top all time favorites voting page…..its kinda like a game πŸ™‚
    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 55580
    The Professionals (1977) 34992
    Les Filles de Caleb 34315
    CSI Miami 29518
    Scoop 28370
    Lancer 24049
    Wagon Train 19240
    Blood Ties (2006) 17511
    Rome (2005) 17089
    The L Word 16272

    yes yes – I’m bored and I’m playing…….work is sooo slow today!

  350. lwildstar said

    Did I chase everyone away?
    I’m sorry…I’ll go back to work now 😦

  351. Claire said

    Bonjour mes amis! I still have not had a chance to read any emails!! Rif! Jeeze I’m glad you’re ok!!!!
    There are so many deer here..I’m always afraid of that!!
    Dani for some reason I didn’t get your message until now! It is still a madhouse here!! with never ending gifts arriving!!! Brittany just got back..and more gift opening!!
    One of Alexandrias friends Liam(who wants to marry her)told his bible church about us..then his parents heard about my sucky landlord problems..so they had a prayer service for us..and then Liams father and some church members came by with 4 shopping bags filled with gifts for the kids!! (at least 8 outfits each,pajamas etc.)how nice was that? more nice Christians Prtfvr!!!! LOL!!!

    Anyway..I’m swamped with cleaning up and putting together toys..Argh!!
    and this may be TMI..but Josie decided to become a woman finally!! on my bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So off to wash all my sheets..I feel like I have another daughter that I have to teach about sanitary products!! Thank God she’s little..so it was not that bad..just a few drops!

    I saw the secret santa thread..I have to take pics and post cause my secret santa rocked!!!

    post at yas later! love yas!!

  352. Danae said

    I will be mailing you a package with more gifts. I just have to finish two more things and wait for my next paycheck before I can send it your way. More gifts to come. That was very nice of the church to do that. My church would always give gifts to us when my parents did the foster care. They didn’t only give to the foster kids but to all of us.

  353. Madonna said

    Hi everyone!

    I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas with your friends and family. I’ll try to post my Secret Santa stuff tonight. Sorry I haven’t been around much. I’ve been horribly busy. I can’t even stay awake here at work today and I’m here until 8 tonight.

    Rifkind,
    Man, how scary that must have been. I’ll bet your nerves were pretty frazzled. I’m just glad you’re alright.

    Did everyone get what they wanted yesterday?

    I got lots of pretty things yesterday but my two favorites have have to be my mother of pearl earrings my mom got me and the Samurai sword my dad got me. That’s right a sword! He got my mom one just like it. It’s about 3 feet long and the hilt is wrapped in fabric and braided cord. Red, black, white and gold. It was completely unexpected and beautiful.

    Guess I know how we’ll be settling family disputes in the future huh? lol….

  354. Claire said

    Serge is playing operation with the girls..so I have a minute!! and Christopher bought the boys a used playstation..that is like new!! So they’re in their rooms!!!
    Rose the kids loved their stuff!! I’ll post pics as soon as possible!

    Danae! Thank you!!

    Madonna..how beautiful! just don’t get into too many family disputes lol!!
    I am happy with everything I got!! Chris ans Britt got me a really nice deep fryer!
    Serge and Nikki a beautiful birthstone ring and a ipod speaker dock in black..so I can listen to my music in any room!! I got a digital picture key chain…Eiffel tower journal…Indian beautiful shirts! Godiva chocolates! So much stuff! And Josie got lots of stuff that she promptly chewed apart!!
    Nikki got an ipod karaoke machine..perfume..sephora gift card..tons of stuff!
    Chris got a nyc teams hat,a video game,a DvD player..and other stuff!
    He bought Brittany a beautiful coat and lovely diamond necklace!
    Yeah..everyone is happy! he also told me quietly that he is saving for the ring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he wants to marry Brittany!!! and he said what he wants most is to have a baby with her real soon! Awe…a guy with baby fever!!
    Nikki…said if Serge doesn’t get on the ball and doesn’t hear those words soon..she’s going to choke him!! He did say he’s preparing to move here by March..yeah..yeah..we’ll see!

    Anyway..someone calling my name..see yas!!

  355. Danae said

    Time for me to go bellas. I am beat, so tired. Between the reunion this past weekend, midnight mass on Christmas morning, and getting woken up early Christmas morning so I could get over my mom’s early enough to bring over a few more presents that I had to work on after midnight mass. I wasn’t in bed until 2:30 or 3 o’clock Christmas morning.

    Ciao!

  356. laurel said

    Rif – glad you guys are okay!
    I’ve had that same thing happen with the deer out here. I lost a tail-light and had to get the rear bumper repaired a couple of years ago when one cut back just when he would have been in the clear. I always wondered which of us was the most terrified by the experience, the deer or me with the two little girls in the car!
    As bad as the deer are I am more afraid of the drunk drivers on the road. I guess your guardian angle was keeping up with you!

    Danae, go get some rest! We’ll talk at you later.

    Claire – I can almost picture you – standing in the eye of a hurricane – typing out a greeting on the computer just before the wind picks you up and carries you off through the house. You household sounds a little crazy but we can clearly see how much you love the bustle and joy of life your family provides.

    Madonna – you need a nap too? I hope your day goes smoothly and quickly so you can go home and put your feet up. πŸ™‚ Yesterday was lovely and I got some things I really had only hoped for but not expected. Very thoughtful gifts, and lots of laughter.

    wildstar – I’ll try to send you the next chapter’s edits by e-mail in just a minute!

  357. rifkind said

    Thanks everyone for your well wishes. I do feel VERY lucky.

    Claire,
    I hope to get a second box of gifts off to you tomorrow.
    I’m glad that the kids liked the first round!

  358. laurel said

    Hey! Where did everybody go?

  359. lwildstar said

    I’m here – I was trapped on the phone with my sister…thankfully the kids started screaming and she had to hang up so I’ got away…he he he …ok thta was bad….but I was working on the writing file and screwed something up becasue she was talking…oh well Ian easy fix….

  360. lwildstar said

    besides I was searching the web for Dylan photos πŸ˜‰ just for you – well Mags – but you too….

  361. rifkind said

    Come on WildStar…
    Laurel has edited the next chapters…. and I’m waiting… πŸ™‚
    hee hee

  362. lwildstar said

    sorry Rif – she just emailed me her edits for chapter 8 and I’m out of ink – so I’ll have to wait till I get to work and print them out…then maybe I’ll work on them at lunch but I won’t be able to post chapter 8 til I get home….
    he he he …I’m torturing you aren’t I ?
    I was tryin to work on chapter 20 – to give you an idea of how slow it was at work – I worte half of the chapter between things I was suposed to be working on, just to give me something to do….so I may have tht finished by the weekend…

    Well Im out for the night!

  363. susana said

    sorry Rif!

  364. rifkind said

    I guess that I will have to wait…
    WildStar’s story IS really good! I hope that you all can get to reading it too!

  365. lwildstar said

    Blood Ties (2006) 17821

    I promise to work on the next chapter Rif! I printed out Laurels edits and I’ll work on them at lunch – what a slave driver!

  366. rifkind said

    Hee Hee
    The writing book I’m reading says to find a writing buddy who will push you a bit… so SEE I’m just being a real good friend… πŸ™‚

  367. lwildstar said

    LOL!!!
    ok Rif – I’lllet you have that one!
    But I’m already working on Chapter 20 – I don’t need much of a push to work!

  368. Danae said

    Buongiorno bellas.

    I am supposed to be having my year end review today or tomorrow. I am nervous. Of course I am always nervous.

    Wildstar can you email me the link to your story? Thanks.

  369. lwildstar said

    Dani – I sent it in a group email – so let me dreg that up – if I can – and I’ll resend it to you

  370. Danae said

    Thanks I got it. I did get it when it got sent in the group email but it got buried.

  371. vicki said

    Hey all…

    Christmas was GREAT!!! The kids got just about everything they wanted and Whitney and I had decided not to get each other anything becasue we had gone to Colorado…BUT that man went and bought me a Dooney adn Burke purse!!!

    Claire–Tell Nikki now I have a small version of her coach bag! LOL…

    I was ready to kill him..I dont have that shoe and purse gene that most women have…so it is something I would NEVER buy for myself…so he bought it…

    It is lovely…and now..(DARN IT) I need a matching wallet! HEEHEHEHHEHH

    Vicki
    The Diva

    P.S.=—- We are leaving to go skiing in Snowshoe WV today…so I will catch up when we get back on SUnday…

  372. Claire said

    Afternoon sistas! Slowly getting back to normal here..although the kids are still on their don’t know what to play with next..sugar cookie high!
    I”ll post my secret santa reveal in a bit..Nikki took some funny pics.

    must go make lunch..love yas!

  373. Arrowyn said

    Gypsy, if you haven’t received an answer yet about converting flash files to .avi files, maybe this would help. This is just recon (Googled “flash file to .avi file” and got a ton of hits). I don’t know anything about any of this stuff.

    http://www.bytescout.com/swftovideo_convert_flash_to_avi.html

    http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/convert-flash-video-flv-to-avi-avi-or-mpeg-mpg.html

  374. lwildstar said

    just stopping by to say HI before I go off to work on edits – I don’t want Rif beating me anymore πŸ˜‰

  375. lwildstar said

    Wow – ok – either I am getting better – or Laurel went easy on me πŸ˜‰
    chapter 8 is edited and will be posted tonight…

    I’m off to check emails and then to work on chapter 20…

    Have fun and play nice!

  376. Linda said

    Hi everyone,

    I was looking under the secret santa threat and didn’t see all the new posts from yesterday. *duh*!

    Laurel & Rifkind — Thanks for the info on transferring the itunes library. I believe there is a new feature now, called “restore from back-up” which might work too. I will let you know…

    Rifkind — So glad you were not hurt! A close call like that really leaves you shaken for quite a while after.

    Hope everyone had a good Christmas…
    I have to go into work to make travel arrangements for my boss. Hopefully that won’t take long. I am supposed to be on vacation… but always on call.

  377. lwildstar said

    well lunch time is over – and since its quiet over here……anyway I have to get back to work.
    Our office manager just let us know that we can wear jeans tomorrow and Monday – and Monday they are going to let us leave at 3! whoo hoo! provided we’ve finished with all the policy renewals for 1/1/08.

    TTFN my dears – I’ll check in later!

  378. Arrowyn said

    Guess this is a recon day for me!

    I got this from a Google Alert. Has any gamer out there also been contacted or knows about this?

    http://teresab313.livejournal.com/15714.html

    Blood Ties Game
    Dec. 26th, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    If this isn’t proof of the popularity of Blood Ties, I don’t know what is! I received an e-mail from RealArcade for a new game to evaluate. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to get into the evaluation site (waiting for tech support to respond), so I haven’t been able to see what it’s about. If anybody else evaluates games for them, please check it out and let me know. Pass the word for any other game evaluators. I’ll try to post this on other BT sites as well.

    Blood Ties (43.5 mb)
    Help private detective Vicki Nelson solve a series of unexplained missing persons cases that appear to be connected to a secret society. Is the connection real? Unearth hundreds of items in beautiful and unique locations throughout the city to discover the dark secrets behind this mysterious cabal.

    To access the evaluation games, click on the RealArcade Game Eval tab in the Game Evaluation version of RealArcade or go to https://gameevaluation.realarcade.com

  379. rifkind said

    It looks like the person needs to review the FAQ for RealArcade. The problem could be with her cookie settings and temporary internet files.

    I skimmed through the FAQ and I see :
    You can sign up and evaluate the software.. getting it to work could require changing some settings on IE
    There is a TIMER on the game. So you will only be allowed to play it fot 60 minutes
    IF the game makes the cut, the game will be available SOON:
    From their FAQ:
    Since the Game Evaluation process is intended to improve the quality of the games we publish, some games just don’t make the cut. For the ones that are good enough to be released, they will usually be available within one to two months after the evaluation is over.

  380. Madonna said

    Hi y’all!

    If you all haven’t looked there is a beautiful picture of Nisi over on the Secret Santa thread.

    Mark this down because I don’t get to say it often. I’m getting off work 3 hours early today! Woo Hoo!!!!

    Laurel,
    Yesterday I did a lot more than go home and put my feet up. I simply had some leftovers and all but passed out.

    Danielle,
    Good luck on the review although I’m sure you don’t need it.

    Linda,
    What kind of work do you do that you always have to be on call?

    That was Teresa’s livejournal site that was posted earlier. Does everyone remember her? Anyone know why quit posting here?

  381. Danae said

    No I don’t know why she quit posting here but I thought I remembered her.

  382. Linda said

    Madonna — I was half joking when i said that. I am the office manager for a real estate development company. When i am out, there is no one there who can cover for me. Anyway my boss knows I am home this week, so if something comes up he really needs my help with, he will call or email. I hope this will be the only time!

    I have to go out of town to truly get away. Speaking of which, are any of you going to Megacon? It sounds like it is shaping up to be really great. I think a weekend in Orlando in March might be just the thing to perk me up!

  383. lwildstar said

    Hello!
    Anyone home?

    For those who care I posted chapter 8!

    Laurel – I made a change or two after your edits…..

    Off to hunt down some dinner – but I wanted to let Rif know I finished… πŸ˜‰

  384. rifkind said

    Cool! I will read it right away!
    Thanks WildStar!

  385. lwildstar said

    LOL! Rif how did I know you would be the first to respond!
    Off to cehck the email to see what you’ve said πŸ˜‰

  386. laurel said

    I figured I’d better check in. I’ve been writing all day and lost track of time. πŸ™‚ This time I’ve been working on my own story and I am really on a roll.
    Unfortunately, that means I haven’t sent lwildstar the edits for the next two chapters of her book. I have to transfer them from my notes to the computer so that I can send them via e-mail.
    Sorry Rif. 😦

  387. Nisi said

    Wildstar – who are you hunting down for dinner?

  388. Margaret said

    Linda: I know Cheryl, me, Anne, possibly Madonna are going. If I’ve left anyone out please let Linda know. I think its going to be a blast. Probably be the first and last time I’ll do it so I’m going to make it worth my while. I told me mom about it and she said, yeah, I can only guess how thrilled those young men will be to see all those older women coming at them. lol. I just about fell out of my chair laughing. After all Henry did say: “Older women can be quite intoxicating”, now let’s hope Kyle and Dylan feel the same way.

  389. Margaret said

    Cree lives in Apopka and will be coming, we’re just not sure what day/s.

  390. lwildstar said

    Ha! Nisi! LOL!!!
    I wasn’t hunting any one – just trying to “rustle up” something other than leftovers…at least by doing the meal the way I did ther was very little in the way of leftovers – I think only two meals worth – I had one for lunch and couldn’t face the same thing for dinner…I found one last tortilla, and some cheese so I made a chickn roll-up (ok I used the leftover chicken). Now if that bag of cookies mom brought over would just stop call ing to me…
    this is the second bag of cookies – I gave the first one away…shes not helping the diet any πŸ˜‰

    anyway – Laurel – I forgive you – I want you to work on your stuff so I can start reading more!….now Rif my not be as understanding πŸ˜‰

  391. Linda said

    Margaret — LOL!! Well, Kyle did say he liked his older women fans. Sounds like lots of fun and probably a once in a lifetime opportunity. After all, having Kyle, Dylan and Tanya, under one roof at the same time is amazing. It would also be great to meet ya’ll in person.

    I am going to start checking airfares…

  392. lwildstar said

    well the cookies won – I gave in – but I threw the bag in the freezer so they won’t tempt me anymore…
    Well I havn’t heard from Rif yet Laurel – so I think you’re safe :0

  393. Margaret said

    Linda: Please email me at margaret_32955@yahoo.com. RE: Hotel & Airline Info.

  394. lwildstar said

    ok – well I still need to wash my hair and its getting late – so i’m out of here!

    nighty night! sllep tight! I’ll see you in the morning! πŸ™‚

  395. lwildstar said

    thats sleep tight – geeze you can tell I’m getting tired…

  396. rifkind said

    WildStar,
    I read the chapter once.. and was half way through the second time when we went off to dinner.. I will send you my comments after the second round.. I found a section or two confusing.. so maybe an additional sentence or two of explanation will help..

    Laurel,
    No worries.. you need to get your creative writing going too!

    I’m off to finish reading chapter 8 of WildStars.. send her an email..
    Then try and load more software.. and get some writing in too!

  397. rifkind said

    I always liked this song

  398. lwildstar said

    I’m a bad bad girl – I couldn’t wait when I got Rifs email of edits and started on them as soon as I could –
    ALL DONE!
    lets just say its a good thing it dead here at the office this morning!

  399. rifkind said

    LOL,
    Now don’t go getting yourself in trouble!
    I sent a few more edits just now… and I am off to work.
    Later!

  400. lwildstar said

    Well now I have something to do at lunch!

  401. Annalaise duChat said

    Hi Ladies,

    I hope everyone had a great holiday. I hope you all got everything you wanted. I hope you all got to enjoy spending time with family and friends.

    Wildstar — I got to read the first 5 chapters. I love it so far. You do excellent work.

    Hey, I think we’re about due for another writer’s chat. What do you think ladies? Tonight 12:00 am EST? The Hen House? Any body else who want s to join in is welcome too. Read Wildstar’s story and we’ll have a book discussion about it. Sound like fun?

    For those of you following Kieron I posted some revisions, and Chapter 20 is up also as I promised.

  402. Danae said

    Buongiorno bellas!

    I unfortunately cannot afford to go to MegaCon and it is killing me. I can’t afford it. Somehow I am going to get myself to MamaClaire’s for the weekend. I may have to drive but it will be done. She can’t go either because there is no one to watch the quads. We are going to wallow in misery together. I am trying to talk Kelly into going with me.

    I finally managed to get all my pictures I took uploaded. Here is a link to Ambers 5th birthday party slideshow I created. From there you can go to my other albums I think. If you can’t let me know.

    http://s213.photobucket.com/albums/cc317/luvslegolas3000/?action=view&current=e0752b85.pbw

  403. lwildstar said

    Annalaise – are you seriously asking for a midnight chat tonight? I’d love to join but I might fall asleep by then – I’ll check in earlier and see if any one is around.
    Thanks bunches – I’m glad you like the story so far.
    Thanks to Rif I tweeked chapter 1 again and posted the changes to chapter 8 this morning……

    Going out for lunch so I won’t get to work on any more edits till i get home tonight.
    Talk at you later

  404. Well we chat it earlier. What time would be good for everyone? 9:00pm? I just picked that time because that’s when we’ve chatted in the passed, but I guess there’s no BT anymore and no real reason it has to be at that time.

  405. Woah, sorry about the typos That should have been “we could chat earlier” and past not passed. Duh!

  406. Danae said

    I was over at the Secret Santa thread. I loooove that picture of MamaClaire with her pillowcases. Wow do I envy her!

  407. lwildstar said

    starting around 9pm my time (eastern) is good for me – I’ll go to thehen house around then and see who shows up.

    Sexy mamaclaire! I’m going to use that picture to go with my cards…and ms. moonbeam….how pretty you look.
    I got Annalaise and Nisi’s pics form that thread too….

    chat at you tonight!

  408. Danae said

    Wildstar I didn’t have any pictures of me taken this year because I was the only one using a camera. I was behind it the whole time. I will have someone take one of me this weekend sometime.

  409. Danae said

    Here are two more remixes of pictures.

    This is Christmas
    http://s213.photobucket.com/albums/cc317/luvslegolas3000/?action=view&current=1132ff3c.pbr

    And this is Chris’s baby shower
    http://s213.photobucket.com/albums/cc317/luvslegolas3000/?action=view&current=a781a929.pbr

  410. Danae said

    The one of Amber’s birthday I had to delete. I messed it up. I will fix and repost later.

  411. lwildstar~I’ll have you know that I had to quickly get my picture with my delicious bread because that was only half of it! The other half was long gone……man is that bread absolutely amazing….Definitely had to hide it and give the menfolk the word about eating it!!!!!!

    I sure love seeing all of the pictures and hearing about all of the Secret Santa experiences!!!!

  412. Madonna said

    Danielle,
    You have a beautiful family, and Amber looked so excited. How is your sister and the baby doing. She still hasn’t delivered yet has she?

    Don’t know if I’ll make the writer’s chat or not. For some reason I’ve been absolutely exhausted this past week and I haven’t passed up any opportunity to sleep when it comes my way.

  413. Danae said

    Nope no baby and now I am really getting fidgety. He is no longer in danger. My sister says that the doctors fought so hard to keep him in at the beginning of the month he decided to stay in there. Thanks for checking.

  414. msgypsy said

    New thread is FINALLY up. https://msgypsy.wordpress.com/2007/12/28/another-friday-night-and-i-aint-got-no-blood-ties/

    Read the intro to that thread for info about my new LJ community, Ihasavampire.

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