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*gets keys, unlocks door* It's Friday - let's Fiesta!
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dernwyn
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Aug 16, 3:57pm

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*gets keys, unlocks door* It's Friday - let's Fiesta! Can't Post

Greetings, all and sundry, to a sunny Fiesta Friday! At least, I hope it's sunny where you are. Our esteemed barmistress, Altaira, is off on a well-deserved vacation!

I've got the blenders ready and waiting, what kind of smoothie would you like? Or, hot cocoa for those where it's blustery right now? And help yourselves to an assortment of fruits and mini-quiches.

So what have you been up to this week? And do you have any plans for the weekend?

*puts quarters on jukebox* How about some happy tunes, today! Smile


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grammaboodawg
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Aug 16, 4:32pm

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Woohoo! Fiesta! :D [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi dernwyn! Thanks for grabbing the keys and blender :D I'm so glad Altaira is having some time off having fun!

It's very sunny and very mild here in Michigan. Absolutely beautiful out... so I must get mineself out there and do something... anything! I have 10 yards of topsoil being delivered next Friday to fix that part of my yard that likes to flood into the basement in the Spring. I figure I'd put in some drainage and re-grade the ground AWAY from the house ;)

Got the g'son moved to Iowa University. That is SUCH a great area and town. You imagine Iowa as being flat farmland throughout... but the city is quite hilly, green, and peppered with fascinating old homes and buildings. I really enjoy it :D

I hope everyone has a great weekend! AND I hope you have some fun planned for yourself, dernwyn :) *grabs pink lemonade* I can't believe we're halfway through August already!


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dernwyn
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Aug 16, 5:02pm

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There's a hilly place in Iowa? The Midwest never cease to amaze! I hope he's settling in well and locating all the pizza places. Laugh

Sounds like you're going to be busy next weekend! Hauling dirt around is not lightweight work. I hope the weather stays this nice for you to do your work in.

Me, well, uh, I've been busy all week pulling things out of my kitchen, because this coming week the remodelers are supposed to come and get rid of all the old cupboards and stuff and put in new...it'll probably take weeks, so we've been gearing up for a makeshift kitchen in the dining room. No stovetop, so I've learned how to make my scrambled eggs in the microwave! Laugh


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Greenwood Hobbit
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Aug 16, 6:44pm

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It's been unremittingly wet here today, but the weather front's moving away now and as the evening goes on we're seeing some watery sunshine. Definitely hot chocolate weather, though! Tomorrow there's a 'Viking festival' in a local park so I'll go along to that - always happy to enjoy a (well-behaved) Viking vibe! I was going to say 'Cheers' but perhaps I should be saying 'Skol'? can anyone tell me if that's right?
Good luck with the kitchen revamp, by the way; I've been making my scrambled eggs in the microwave for years. Timing's critical, but washing up is reduced!


dernwyn
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Aug 16, 7:12pm

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Would you like mini-marshmallows to float on top? Will you be taking the grandkids to the Viking festival? It sounds like an event with lots of dress-up and food and frolic!

Thank you for the good wishes! I think I've successfully figured out how to cook a bit of onion and green pepper in butter first (using a large wide mug), then plop in the eggs, salt, pepper, and herbes de Provence, and give'em a good beating before setting the seconds to cook. This morning's trial came out eggs-cellent! Laugh


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dernwyn
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Aug 16, 7:12pm

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*puts out "Self-Serve" sign* I must head off, but the bar's still open! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Greenwood Hobbit
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Aug 16, 8:11pm

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Mini marshmallows? Always...! [In reply to] Can't Post

I think the family has other plans tomorrow; I have mentioned it to them though, just in case. They're very much into knights and castles at the moment, but to be honest just about anybody from any historical period brandishing a sword or axe is enjoyed - or in the younger's case a bow and arrow! He's very into archery and his name is Robin - he'd better be prepared to face some teasing, I think...


Ataahua
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Aug 16, 9:56pm

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I think I've caught up with myself after flying back from Perth, Australia. I was there for a week to stay with one of my sisters, and to catch the All Blacks/Wallabies rugby match (which we won't discuss in detail, except to say that the ABs had better win tonight's second match or we'll lose the Bledisloe Cup for the first time in 16 years).

Winter in Perth is *very* different from winter in New Zealand - the faint tan-mark of my watch strap is testament to that. And while it was great to spend quality time with family, I have to admit that the highlight of the trip was that I got to hold a snake. Smile We don't have them in NZ and I've often wondered what they feel like - and now I know! The snake I held was a green python and, even though I know snakes are cold-blooded, I was still surprised that this living animal was so cold to touch. (I also got to pat a wombat and a bob-tail goana [it has a surprisingly hard hide], and a kangaroo hopped over to say hi by nibbling my hand.) Heart

Anyway, we're due for another cold front with snow from the south to hit tomorrow. I missed the tornadoes and large hail while I was away but I guess I can't avoid 'proper winter' entirely.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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dernwyn
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Aug 16, 11:29pm

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No snakes in NZ? [In reply to] Can't Post

I didn't know that! What did you think of the snake's skin - it seems smooth to me, not slimy at all. Was the animal interaction at a particular zoo?

I looked at the map to see how much further north than you Perth is - I tend to forget that Australia is much closer to the Equator than NZ!

You missed the tornadoes, but hopefully the tornadoes missed you (your home)!


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dernwyn
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Aug 16, 11:31pm

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Oh dear, Robin with bow and arrow - how portentous! Laugh


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Ataahua
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Aug 17, 12:37am

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Yep, no damage around my place... [In reply to] Can't Post


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You missed the tornadoes, but hopefully the tornadoes missed you (your home)!


...although one woman got thrown against her house and broke a collarbone in three places. *ouch*

The animal encounter was at Caversham Wildlife Park. They did it superbly: in a large barn there were several stations where you could look at, pat or hold different animals, with a zookeeper right there to manage their animal's welfare. A great way to get close to the animals without them getting stressed.

https://www.cavershamwildlife.com.au/

And yes, no snakes in NZ! The python's skin was really smooth and dry - no slime involved. They're beautiful creatures. Smile

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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dernwyn
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Aug 17, 3:00am

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That poor woman! One has no control when the winds are that strong.

That's a very family-friendly farm! I like their setup, perfect for kids of all ages. Smile

So like Ireland, NZ is an island with no snakes. Are there any legends about why that is?


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Ataahua
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Aug 17, 10:41am

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Now that you mention It, no there aren't. [In reply to] Can't Post

I know stories about Maui fishing up the North Island and why the kiwi can't fly, but nothing about snakes. I guess because they've never been here so there's no need to explain their absence.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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CuriousG
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Aug 17, 12:00pm

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I think the hobbits in NZ ate all the snakes--the real reason. [In reply to] Can't Post

It is cool that you touched one. I've always wanted to. I saw lots of wild snakes growing up in the country, and I'll never forget my dog facing off with one--they were just curious about each other and neither got aggressive, and I know how strange that sounds.

I do have a pretty strong fear of them, but I've known people who had them as pets who say they have personality, and the right snake will let you pet it like a dog. So, someday I hope to pet a snake and tamp down on that fear I have.


grammaboodawg
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Aug 17, 12:27pm

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The remodeling is starting!? Finally!? What a horrible disruption! But it's going to be so great when done. If you're not moving around any plumbing, it'll hopefully go a lot faster. You're gonna miss that stovetop, but the grill will get a workout ;) Then maybe a hotplate? GOOD LUCK!


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Ataahua
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Aug 17, 10:09pm

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As much as I've wanted to touch one, [In reply to] Can't Post

when I went through the reptile house beforehand and saw all these snakes snoozing under heat lamps, I did feel a momentary spark of fight-or-flight. It's probably a human reaction that increases our chance of survival.

But then you see the zoo keeper holding the snake happily and your rational mind gives you a nudge. Smile

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Dame Ioreth
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Aug 18, 1:15am

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This is me (center front row with glasses and the braided hair) with my brand-spanking -new Masters hood! We graduated yesterday in a special ceremony because our last class ended after the Spring convocation.

I'm done. Geez...

I wanted to thank the folks here that cheered me on starting with my application and throughout. I've been wandering again, but I always seem to come home to TORn.

Thank you all, truly.

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ITLs don't get enough FAS. :)

Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.
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Annael
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Aug 18, 1:57am

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The hood is a special thing, isn't it?

Enjoy the moment!

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cats16
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Aug 18, 3:41am

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What an accomplishment! That is so awesome. SmileSmile I definitely remember you first bringing this up (was it 3 or so years ago?).

*raises glass* Cheers, DI! Now enjoy some R&R. Cool

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cats16
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Aug 18, 4:18am

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Hiya, dernwyn. A tall, tall glass of something strong (I don't drink IRL but let's play pretend virtually, just this once).

The short of it is that we were robbed earlier in the week.

The longer version (though I'm leaving out all of the details for obvious reasons) is that we were out to dinner, then came back to find both passenger windows completely blown out of my girlfriend's car. Both of our backpacks were gone. Thankfully she had nothing of financial value inside, but among other things, I had my laptop, a tablet and passport in mine. Obviously we were in deep shock.

She of course was justifiably hysterical, as she just got this car due to an incident weeks ago while parked overnight that left her previous car totaled. I got her into the backseat and drove her home (later, in better spirits, I compared this moment tonally to the scene in Reservoir Dogs where Tim Roth's character is bleeding out in the backseat, if you've seen it). Fun stuff.

The next day was spent on the phone with too many places, between getting the passport canceled and putting other preventive measures in place just out of an abundance of caution. A police report was filed. She got the car windows fixed today. We're slowly getting back to normal.

Could have been much, much worse, of course. But it's been a rocky week dealing with it all and living with that bad feeling in your gut knowing that some Orc has your stuff. They even got the book I had been reading! But it's just stuff. And if anything else, this whole saga has let me affirm that I really don't care about stuff, if it means we're okay.

So, life moves on!

Work was kicking my butt the rest of the week (not in a retaliatory way, mind), though my boss gradually did become quite unreasonable and difficult to be around, especially given everything else. I don't think it was consciously done, but I had several moments later in the week where I just wanted to throw my hands up and start sobbing (and I'm not really a sobber). So another lesson learned this week, regarding how I *won't* treat people like that when I'm in a position of authority.

I was bummed out a bit this morning, looking ahead to a weekend of more work and little fun, when a nice older man, who was my Uber driver, got me into conversation. We spoke of filmmakers we like and respect, not just for their work but for the zen-like presence they've developed too. We even spoke of PJ and both agreed that he had the right kind of aura that brought out the best in people working with him. The conversation then related this to the robbery/work incidents, and it ended with him wishing me all the best and noting that as he gets older, his appreciation for every human being's complexity, secrets and hardships only increases. I wouldn't put it past this guy to be into Tolkien and on TORn, but regardless, this is me publicly thanking him for helping me out in that moment.

This is turning into a longer post than I'm used to! Anyway, I hope everyone else had a slightly less dramatic week. I know there's a lot worse going on in the world than what we dealt with, so I feel fortunate nonetheless.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Cats

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Dame Ioreth
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Aug 18, 7:16am

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I have 2 Bachelor degrees that I am very proud of, but now that my profession has moved on to a terminal PharmD degree, I really wanted to move on too. I could never make a PharmD work. It's been decades in the making, but I finally found a degree program that fit with my other life obligations and captured my heart and mind. Hospice and Palliative Care has been a life goal for over 20 years!

And the benefit of getting a degree later in life? I was really conscious of the moment. I can remember that 90 seconds because I was consciously marking the moment I walked up and they put the hood over my head.

And who knows? If my professor decides to create a PhD program, a longer hood may be in my future.

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Heed WBA when building blanket forts.
ITLs don't get enough FAS. :)

Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings






Dame Ioreth
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Aug 18, 7:25am

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Yes! I celebrated with my family yesterday - 4 out of 5 kids were able to get to lunch - and today after work I celebrated by binge-watching Endeavor season 6. Cool

Now I need to work on carving a career out of a degree that could very well become the most expensive hobby I've ever had. There is no *official* place for a pharmacist in Hospice and Palliative care. We do not have provider status so we can't bill. In the world of healthcare for profit, we are second class citizens.

But I've learned so much. And I'm using what I've learned in my current position to the point where people are asking for me at the counter and on the phone. If I make a difference in patient's lives then the last 2 years have been worth it.

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Heed WBA when building blanket forts.
ITLs don't get enough FAS. :)

Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings






grammaboodawg
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Aug 18, 2:32pm

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I'd say you got it right :D [In reply to] Can't Post

"A toast, Skol (written "skŚl" in Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish and "skŠl" in Faroese and Icelandic or "skaal" in transliteration of any of those languages) is the Danish/Norwegian/Swedish word for "cheers," or "good health," a salute or a toast, as to an admired person or group."


I hope you had a great time and that the weather cooperated :D The nice thing about a Viking outing... I imagine there are a lot of cloaks, headgear, and boots to keep you warm and dry ;)


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grammaboodawg
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Aug 18, 2:42pm

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What a great break :D [In reply to] Can't Post

Having the change and a hint of a tan this time of year is always fun :D I hope the weekend is everything you hope for!


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grammaboodawg
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Aug 18, 2:47pm

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*wild applause* WOOHOO!!!! :D [In reply to] Can't Post


OMG!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You really are an inspiration! Your pic isn't there ;) but I can just imagine the HUGE smile on your face! WOW!!! *massive hug* WONDERFUL!!!!


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