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SirDennisC
Half-elven


Jan 12 2013, 2:23am

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Does best RWTR as the All Seeing Eye impression: [In reply to] Can't Post

"I can see you-hoo." Laugh

Congratulations Rosie! Can you see me now?

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entmaiden
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Jan 12 2013, 2:27am

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It's 50F here in Chicago! [In reply to] Can't Post

so I'm not sure I have much to trade. This week we broke a record for the longest time between snowfalls - over 320 days! But we're supposed to get cold tomorrow and maybe some snow.

Good news for us northerners - it's getting a bit lighter every day, so spring will come eventually.

So what did you think of Lindor? I thought Bret did very well, and it was great to see him.

It was nice to see your husband earlier, and now you too! So great to see you both around these parts. Miss you all lots!


Kimi
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jan 12 2013, 5:00am

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*Slipping in late* [In reply to] Can't Post

Raising a glass of something cold to the lovely Rosie!

Speaking of lovely, we had the loveliest of days yesterday: very dear friends of ours from when we lived in England are briefly in New Zealand, and spent the day with us. We hadn't seen them in over 20 years, but it was as if we just picked up the conversation from where we left off then. It was a very special day.

Now I'm off to fire up the barbecue. Tuna tonight.


The Passing of Mistress Rose
My historical novels

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Jan 12 2013, 5:10am

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I did the first time we went, but not this time. [In reply to] Can't Post

Wearing the beard for three hours got pretty uncomfortable. After the movie I complained about my nose dripping in my mustache, and my son said, "Welcome to my world." So this time I took it off after the previews started. But I put it on after the movie was over.

The first time, as we were walking in, a man with a very impressive real beard said to me, "Nice beard." I thanked him.


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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Kimi
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Jan 12 2013, 5:13am

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My goodness! [In reply to] Can't Post

What a sight for sore eyes you are! Wonderful to see you here, NZS.


The Passing of Mistress Rose
My historical novels

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


Kimi
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jan 12 2013, 5:14am

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Yay! [In reply to] Can't Post

You'll probably enjoy it all the more for having waited. :) Have a great holiday, Ataahua.


The Passing of Mistress Rose
My historical novels

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


Oiotári
Tol Eressea


Jan 12 2013, 5:31am

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mmmm... smooth and delicious [In reply to] Can't Post

we're supposed to give presentations next Friday comparing and contrasting our road trip with the ones taken in On the Road by Jack Kerouac (ours was quite a bit more mellow Tongue )

As for grad school, first I do a couple years of classes, and at some point (often during the second year) I will find a research group and thesis adviser. Point is, I'm thinking astrophysics as my subfield, but I won't know for sure until I find a research group.


..The land of long-forgotten name:
......no man may ever anchor near;
..No steering star his hope may aim,
......for nether Night its marches drear,
..And waters wide no sail may tame,
......with shores encircled dark and sheer.

..O! Haven where my heart would be!
......the waves beat upon thy bar
..For ever echo endlessly,
......when longing leads thy thought afar


Jazmine
Tol Eressea


Jan 12 2013, 9:53am

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Wow! Moving there! [In reply to] Can't Post

How do you feel about that? We are only there for a few days, so will be doing self drive, but may try and book in on a glacier tour if we get the time. It looks breath taking though, really beautiful, and so remote.

Little niece is doing well, my other niece Ria is turning 2 at the end of the month, she is enjoying being a big sister. I think they will grow up being very close. :)



Patty
Immortal


Jan 12 2013, 9:57am

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Welcome, Rosie! [In reply to] Can't Post

Have a drink on me.

Permanent address: Into the West






imin
Valinor


Jan 12 2013, 11:53am

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Wow that is cold! [In reply to] Can't Post

Cumbria doesnt get anywhere near that cold, i would say its coldest which is also usual is around -5C just the coldest i have experienced it drop to was -10C without windchill.

I have been to the Cairngorms in Scotland over Hogmanay when me and my dad (was a few years ago) did some hiking and with the wind chill, that felt very cold - once on the Cairngorm plateau it also kinda looked how i imagine somewhere like Antarctica to look like.

I cant imagine what it was like to actually go about daily business in that weather, i have always loved the cold (helps with some parts of hyperhidrosis as well) but -25C to me is extreme.

Just another question here, lol. How cold is it in Fall/Autumn in New England? My mum hates the cold but its been a dream of hers to travel to New England and see all the trees and the architecture. Also is there anywhere in the few states that make up New England you feel are must sees? i would like to surprise her with the holiday in the next couple of years to thank her for supporting me whilst at uni Smile


dernwyn
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Jan 12 2013, 2:27pm

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I guess it means [In reply to] Can't Post

that we'll have to take a trip there sometime, too! Smile

She's been living down in Atlanta, a thousand miles from here, so to me it's just another long distance. But I know she's not been happy with that area, it's just too hot for her much of the time.

Ria is nearly two? Already? Where does the time go! Ii sounds like she can't wait to teach Sya everything she knows! Laugh


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dernwyn
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Jan 12 2013, 2:50pm

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The Cairngorms! [In reply to] Can't Post

We took a brief trip to Edinburgh a few years ago, and travelled by train to Inverness one day, so we only saw them from a distance. That country has a rugged loveliness!

Autumn in New England is very pleasant! The temps are usually around 10-20 C, and there's a delightful nip in the air, but many days you need only a jumper/sweater to go walking.

Boston is a great place to walk around (but not for driving!), and many of the buildings are colonial period. Many seaside towns have quaint village architecture; I'd recommend driving along Route 1, which hugs the coastline much of the way, and goes through many of them. Cape Cod is an old area, and at that time of year most of the tourists have left.

For foliage, I'd recommend the Mohawk Trail (Route 2 in Massachusetts, which takes you to Williamstown, home of Tolkien scholars Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull), and also the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112 in New Hampshire). Or just about any road, between the end of September and the end of October!

There's a few of us on these Boards who live in and close to New England, let us know when you start planning the trip! Smile


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"






dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jan 12 2013, 2:53pm

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*looks at snow on ground* [In reply to] Can't Post

Barbecue...*sigh*... Do you have a special marinade for the tuna?

It's a wonder, isn't it, how you can meet up with someone you haven't seen in years, and it's as if it were yesterday that you had last been together! Now that is true friendship. Smile


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"






Annael
Half-elven


Jan 12 2013, 6:10pm

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thank you! [In reply to] Can't Post

At the moment I'm turning the dissertation into a book, which was my plan all along - I tried to write it first and realized pretty quickly that I didn't know enough, nor did I have the authority, to write a fairly scholarly book on women's literature. So I took care of that and am now going forward again! I have two publishers who've expressed interest already and once I've got another chapter or two nailed down, will send them book proposals. We'll see . . .

I make my living as a freelance editor & writer, but this past fall I taught a class on myths & archetypes in film that was so much fun to do and got such rave reviews from my students that I've been asked to come back and teach it again. I'm also in the throes of creating a workshop based on the book that I will beta-test hopefully in March, and if that flies, will take on the road - I have several organizations interested in sponsoring it, already. So doors are opening!

The way we imagine our lives is the way we are going to go on living our lives.

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Greenwood Hobbit
Gondor


Jan 12 2013, 7:27pm

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Congrats to Rosie, and good luck Daniel! [In reply to] Can't Post

An uncomfortable weekend for me, as I have shingles (herpes zoster) - seriously not impressed! Still, The Hobbit soundtrack helps, and I'm getting on with some sewing. Also, the antivirals I'm taking still allow me to drink, so - cheers to all, wherever you may be!


Kimi
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jan 12 2013, 7:38pm

Post #166 of 178 (241 views)
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Bon voyage! I hope your adventure [In reply to] Can't Post

goes marvellously well, Daniel. Wishing you unusually calm seas. :)


The Passing of Mistress Rose
My historical novels

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


sador
Half-elven


Jan 12 2013, 7:50pm

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Radiant sunbeam indeed! [In reply to] Can't Post

Congratulations, and good luck!

I'll try to give you as little trouble as possible. I hope you'll do the same for me. Smile


Arandiel
Grey Havens

Jan 12 2013, 8:55pm

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That's wonderful news! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's so good to hear, after all the work you've put in to the process! Much success to you as you bring your vision to reality!

Me, I'm weighing similar issues. I want to do the project regardless, which I hope would generate a book, and I'm trying to figure out what my best path to it is - independent research, normal PhD track, or try to find out if I can do the doctoral program backward (project first, since the multitasking that comes with intensive coursework seems to burn me out for a while afterward).


Walk to Rivendell: There and Back Again Challenge - getting thirteen rowdy Dwarves, one grumpy Wizard, and a beleaguered Hobbit from Bag End to the Lonely Mountain by December 2012; and the same Hobbit and Wizard back to Bag End by December 2013

Join us, Thursdays on Main!


DanielLB
Immortal


Jan 12 2013, 10:22pm

Post #169 of 178 (231 views)
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Oh no! I hope you get better soon. [In reply to] Can't Post

I've known people to get the virus, so I understand the irritation you have right now. I hope it passes quickly for you.

Smile


DanielLB
Immortal


Jan 12 2013, 10:44pm

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Thanks Kimi. :-) Have a great weekend. / [In reply to] Can't Post

 


imin
Valinor


Jan 13 2013, 12:53am

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Wow things sound like everything is awesome for you :) [In reply to] Can't Post

That's brilliant news about your class and your book.

I wish i could right something - anything, that other people would be interested in enough that they would want to buy.

They say everyone has one book in them though, so hope yet, lol.

When you get famous, we will be able to say we knew you before everyone! Smile


silneldor
Half-elven


Jan 13 2013, 2:29am

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I am smiling with you Starling. [In reply to] Can't Post

I surely am. Smile

It is an awesome experience. Cannot help feel changed coming out of the threatre.















Alcarcalime
Tol Eressea


Jan 13 2013, 10:21am

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Oh, you have my sympathy . . . [In reply to] Can't Post

on the shingles. I have had them. Not fun, but the antivirals worked fairly quickly. I just looked bad because they were on my face.




Rosie-with-the-ribbons
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jan 13 2013, 1:06pm

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Those are fancy [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm absolutely looking amazing with these on!



Rosie-with-the-ribbons
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jan 13 2013, 1:11pm

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Yep [In reply to] Can't Post

Lot of sweeping going on!

I think I'll be deleting a lot of hot-dwarve pictures, will be a lot less of drool to clean Wink (but of course I will be saving all those pictures for myself Wink)


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