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Thread: How Laverne helped me to have my cake and eat it, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennontheisland View Post
    I used to have friends here... went away for so long I don't know where they went. I still have one but he's not on here anymore.
    I'm gaining friends here, want to be gained? I like your avatar. I have an original Yellow Submarine movie poster.

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    This is the real reason AW is worth doing;

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    Oh, wow. I forgot Dolores Haze--not Humbert's Lolita but AW Dolores, my first Beta reader. It was really scary, snail mailing my manuscript--yup, in those days a manuscript was a huge block of paper and required a box and many, many stamps-- to a stranger who lives across the country. And then waiting for it to return, all marked up. Still have that manuscript and your notes in the top of my closet, Lo. Here's a toast --gin and tonic for a summer night! --s6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Hack View Post
    It is. And then there's me.

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    Oh yes, there's you! When I was in despair about the decline of my book sales, you not only gave me excellent advice but you did so with such kindness and compassion for where I was at, at the time, and it's still appreciated more than I have words to express. So, ----> consider yourself thoroughly hugged! (Also, there was that avie of a cat firing an automatic rifle using your butt as cover. Beyond awesome.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GailD View Post
    .... Russian thistle invasion!!!! Shouldn't there be some sort of congressional investigation about this?
    And around Hanford, they're radioactive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaeZe View Post
    I'm gaining friends here, want to be gained? I like your avatar. I have an original Yellow Submarine movie poster.
    It was my favourite movie as a kid. I'm game to be gained.
    You are more than welcome to take anything I say personally, whether it was intended that way or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennontheisland View Post
    It was my favourite movie as a kid. I'm game to be gained.
    Cool! Nice to meet you, Jenn. I was in high school, my boyfriend was a theater manager. He gave me that poster and Wild in the Streets. Fun times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Hack View Post
    It is. And then there's me.

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    Just a week or so ago, I read something you said to another poster about how writer's block is often related to a lack of self-compassion, and it was such a lightening bolt to my head that it helped clear up some of the writer's block I was having. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaeZe View Post
    Cool! Nice to meet you, Jenn. I was in high school, my boyfriend was a theater manager. He gave me that poster and Wild in the Streets. Fun times.
    My mom played it for us as kids. I think I was 5 and my brother was 3... we grew up thinking it was a kids movie. (it was cartoons, and all cartoons are for kids, right??) Set in place my absolute love for cartoons. The indie movie theatre where I used to live had a cartoons and cereal buffet every spring break. Tons of fun.
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    Yep, good place to be. I've been here for over 15 years, going back to the days of AW being only three boards. Met so many wonderful people! Of course, Jenna G. was the first. Then Suzie. There was oarsman, shakey, Silver King, Laverne, Ken, Rich (who laughingly advised me to walk four blocks east) in those first seven years or so, and many others I have friended on FB when recognizing them from AW.

    I don't post much on here anymore. But like an old shoe, I'm comfortable and will hang around for a long time.

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    Good to see you again, stormie--shame about your skeletal but chic slimness! Here is a slice of Vernie's cake. My sister wouldn't let me post the entire cake picture because it showed that her table top was cluttered. By the time she cleared and pledged the table, we had cut the cake! --s6
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    Quote Originally Posted by shakeysix View Post
    ...By the time she cleared and pledged the table, we had cut the cake! --s6
    "Pledged the table."

    How could you not lurve a woman who says stuff like that?










    *Waiting for someone to say "Get a room!"
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    Yeah, I know Ted, but Vernie is hawt nice.

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    Everybody loves Lavern.

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    I blurves me some Vernie.

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    Damn, Haggis...Vernie would be upset, and nobody wants to see that.

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    I can't remember the last time I pledged a table...
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    Me either.

    I just slide across them in my cotton bloomers, and *swoosh* I'm done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggis View Post
    Yeah, I know Ted, but Vernie is hawt nice.

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    Everybody loves Lavern.

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    I blurves me some Vernie.

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    Damn, Haggis...Vernie would be upset, and nobody wants to see that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggie Maxwell View Post
    Here's cake with pie in, for those who can't make up their minds.

    What mischief have thou wrought? My spouse walked by as I was reading this thread, saw that image, and now wants us (meaning mostly me, although he will help) to try making it.

    I will just wallow in the wonderful people here to take my mind off the thought. ***huggles everyone***
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    Quote Originally Posted by cornflake View Post
    Have him look at this instead. Or this.
    That asparagus thingy is INSANE.
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    I like the colors but would have to pass on sampling the asparagus thing. Reminds me of those sandwich cakes that my mom used to make for her Bridge Club. I think they were called ribbon something. The layers were sandwich fillings like cheese salad, cucumbers, chicken salad. The frosting was mayo. Mom used to get all crazy with sliced pepper daisies as a garnish. Wow--maybe we should start a thread dedicated to Bridge Club foods of the 1950s. Petite Fours anyone?

    Probably should have capped the p on Pledged. My first word choice was " Beheld the table" but wasn't sure everyone would get the pun. --s6
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjdebenedictis View Post
    What mischief have thou wrought?
    Mischief is my middle name.

    Quote Originally Posted by shakeysix View Post
    I like the colors but would have to pass on sampling the asparagus thing. Reminds me of those sandwich cakes that my mom used to make for her Bridge Club.
    The asparagus is made of frosting Or fondant. Or something that is not actually asparagus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shakeysix View Post
    I like the colors but would have to pass on sampling the asparagus thing. Reminds me of those sandwich cakes that my mom used to make for her Bridge Club. I think they were called ribbon something. The layers were sandwich fillings like cheese salad, cucumbers, chicken salad. The frosting was mayo. Mom used to get all crazy with sliced pepper daisies as a garnish. Wow--maybe we should start a thread dedicated to Bridge Club foods of the 1950s. Petite Fours anyone?

    Probably should have capped the p on Pledged. My first word choice was " Beheld the table" but wasn't sure everyone would get the pun. --s6
    Oh ye of little faith. The asparagus is all sugar. Fondant asparagus it is -- here's a tutorial, with in-process pics on how to roll your own insanely convincing asparagus, from the baker who did it (for fun, for someone who'd been training for a thing and eating endless asparagus) posted it, and got tons of mail asking how to do it and got kinda Internet baker famous.

    She also helped start the rainbow cake thing. She has a cookbook out now.

    Oh, also, I posted this someplace. These kind of recipes?

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    Well thank god for that! But seems like a lot of time spent in a kitchen. Like the Ribbon Sandwich Cake--asked my sister for the name of that one--some people just naturally feel at home in a kitchen, doodling around with spooky stuff like fondant. Not even sure what that is. Which is why I have kitchen resource people, like Vernie! And my sister, who actually has a drawer for baking parchment. Another kitchen mystery. Do you cook with it, or jot recipes on it, with a quill pen? --s6

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    Quote Originally Posted by shakeysix View Post
    Well thank god for that! But seems like a lot of time spent in a kitchen. Like the Ribbon Sandwich Cake--asked my sister for the name of that one--some people just naturally feel at home in a kitchen, doodling around with spooky stuff like fondant. Not even sure what that is. Which is why I have kitchen resource people, like Vernie! And my sister, who actually has a drawer for baking parchment. Another kitchen mystery. Do you cook with it, or jot recipes on it, with a quill pen? --s6
    You line pans with it. It's good for baking cookies on, or cutting into rounds and placing inside cake pans.

    I find cooking and baking very soothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornflake View Post
    Oh, also, I posted this someplace. These kind of recipes?
    Oh, you must have a look at these: Gallery of Regrettable Food
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmig View Post
    Oh, you must have a look at these: Gallery of Regrettable Food


    I looked at the meat ones.... where's that barfy smiley... oh my...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornflake View Post
    Have him look at this instead.
    Never mind the spouse; them's my kind of vegetables. **licks chops**
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