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bettielee
12-09-2009, 02:20 AM
may I pimp whore?

can anyone help me wis mah muffins?

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=164776

Cella
12-09-2009, 02:24 AM
sorry BL, I'm bad with muffins. Good luck though, it sounds yummy!!

Sweetleaf
12-09-2009, 03:21 AM
BL, I helped!

And it works too, trust me.

Took monkeys to the zoo this morning. Now just need to abandon one at kindy and I can nap all afternoon. :)

DeleyanLee
12-09-2009, 06:46 PM
HAPPY CAMEL DAY!!!

Cella
12-09-2009, 07:30 PM
already!? WOw!

slcboston
12-09-2009, 07:40 PM
Yes, already.

Though it's not exactly a joyous day here. Still no word from the people who owe me money. Starting to stress over Christmas. I don't care about me, but it's my little one...

I'll be damned if there won't be gifts under that tree for her.

DeleyanLee
12-09-2009, 10:37 PM
I am so so so very tired. My eyes are so very burny.

I'm almost hoping we get whacked with a whole mess of snow tomorrow so I can call off and I can just sleep all day. Well, until it needs to be shoveled.

Sweetleaf
12-09-2009, 11:05 PM
I just played Candyland with two toddlers and a teddy bear.

The teddy bear won.

slcboston
12-09-2009, 11:26 PM
Well, I've traded my headache for a caffeine overdose I will probably regret later tonight.

But at least my head doesn't hurt anymore :D

slcboston
12-09-2009, 11:27 PM
I'm almost hoping we get whacked with a whole mess of snow tomorrow so I can call off and I can just sleep all day. Well, until it needs to be shoveled.

Crap. That reminds me - I need to get a snow shovel. Tonight, if the weather people are to be believed...

DeleyanLee
12-10-2009, 12:24 AM
Either that or stay home until the snow melts. ;)

Fenika
12-10-2009, 06:24 PM
I just played Candyland with two toddlers and a teddy bear.

The teddy bear won.

:ROFL:

Wait, this does not inspire confidence here. You let the bear win, didn't you ;)


Crap. That reminds me - I need to get a snow shovel. Tonight, if the weather people are to be believed...

So, is everything white yet?

DeleyanLee
12-10-2009, 06:34 PM
I don't know about where Boston is (he's a few hours north of me), but we're just now starting to get large white fluffy snowflakes coming down here.

The sport this week has been seeing how many times the weathermen can change the forecast in an hour. ;)

slcboston
12-10-2009, 06:40 PM
Yes, we have snow. No where near as much as everyone else seems to have gotten, somehow.

Which, i have to say, is a nice change.

And not shoveling is not an option when you have to get someone to school and it's far too cold to walk. So I borrowed a shovel from my dad.

morning reppers

Cella
12-10-2009, 06:51 PM
Hi everybody :hi:

Since everyone is giving weather reports.... we had a few teasing flurries but nothing that stayed :(

slcboston
12-10-2009, 07:13 PM
It's sticking here... and still snowing... so there's hope yet :D

Fenika
12-10-2009, 07:36 PM
Take pictures :)

DeleyanLee
12-10-2009, 07:40 PM
* is afraid of what's happening to the poor--whatever it is in Fenika's avatar

slcboston
12-10-2009, 08:17 PM
it's a smibble - and i think it's supposed to be that way :roll:

writeronfire
12-10-2009, 08:49 PM
goodest mornin' to you all!

Seaclusion
12-10-2009, 08:57 PM
Wow, What boots so early in the morning.


Richard

writeronfire
12-10-2009, 09:01 PM
Yeah. I like them so much I never take them off.


And now it's lunchtime where I am.

Seaclusion
12-10-2009, 09:03 PM
I'll bet they give you a 'lift'


It's still breakfasttime here.

Sweetleaf
12-10-2009, 09:35 PM
Breakfast time here too.

Morning reppers! :hi:

slcboston
12-10-2009, 09:58 PM
i had lunch... but I could go for breakfast pastries if anyone has some :D

DeleyanLee
12-10-2009, 09:59 PM
* passes over the Christmas cookies from the building Xmas lunch

As close as I get, I'm afraid.

Seaclusion
12-10-2009, 10:00 PM
i had lunch... but I could go for breakfast pastries if anyone has some :D


At first, I thought you said pasties.


Richard

slcboston
12-10-2009, 10:11 PM
:Wha:

and where do you normally eat lunch there, Richard? :D

DeleyanLee
12-10-2009, 10:28 PM
At first, I thought you said pasties.

You obviously have no connection to the Upper Pennisula of Michigan, Richard. Pasties are these lovely meat pies with flaky crust, served hot with some gravy.

Now I'm getting hungry all over again. It's been ages since I've had some.

rhymegirl
12-10-2009, 10:30 PM
Breakfast pasties?

Good afternoon, reppers!

DeleyanLee
12-10-2009, 10:33 PM
Yunz are my peeps, so I'm going to post my request for good thoughts and wishes here.

I just applied for a job that I really really want. I know I'm not in as dire straights as some of you, but I'd really appreciate some positive vibes.

This new job is half the distance from the house than the present job. It is 1/3 of the responsibilities (only ONE job title--I presently have FIVE). And, amazingly enough, it pays as well as the one I've got now.

Thanks.

slcboston
12-10-2009, 10:51 PM
ooh, good luck Del!

Seaclusion
12-10-2009, 10:53 PM
You obviously have no connection to the Upper Pennisula of Michigan, Richard. Pasties are these lovely meat pies with flaky crust, served hot with some gravy.

Now I'm getting hungry all over again. It's been ages since I've had some.



That must hurt.


Richard

DeleyanLee
12-10-2009, 11:24 PM
That must hurt.

Only if you're a plate.

rhymegirl
12-10-2009, 11:35 PM
Yunz are my peeps, so I'm going to post my request for good thoughts and wishes here.

I just applied for a job that I really really want. I know I'm not in as dire straights as some of you, but I'd really appreciate some positive vibes.

This new job is half the distance from the house than the present job. It is 1/3 of the responsibilities (only ONE job title--I presently have FIVE). And, amazingly enough, it pays as well as the one I've got now.

Thanks.

Good luck!

Sending positive vibes your way.

Sweetleaf
12-10-2009, 11:37 PM
Good luck Del! :)

bettielee
12-11-2009, 02:46 AM
I just applied for a job that I really really want. I know I'm not in as dire straights as some of you, but I'd really appreciate some positive vibes.

Thanks.

sending you all the good vibes I can muster!! :)

Afternoon reppers!

Tiz_Mee
12-11-2009, 08:30 AM
Fingers crossed for ya, Del. *sends good vibes* :D

DeleyanLee
12-11-2009, 05:10 PM
TGIF!

'Nuff said.

Tiz_Mee
12-11-2009, 05:14 PM
Hiya Del!!

I'm off to the interview I've been waiting for for 2 months. Today, I shall butter my bum beyond belief making myself seem like the most wonderful thing to step through their door. (and of course I'll probably say "uh" a hundred times and look like an idiot)

Seams
12-11-2009, 05:15 PM
good luck Tiz :)

DeleyanLee
12-11-2009, 05:18 PM
Hiya Del!!

I'm off to the interview I've been waiting for for 2 months. Today, I shall butter my bum beyond belief making myself seem like the most wonderful thing to step through their door. (and of course I'll probably say "uh" a hundred times and look like an idiot)

Good luck, Tiz!

Tiz_Mee
12-11-2009, 05:20 PM
thanky thanky! I'm gonna go get some more caffeine, cause like, I don't think I'm quite wound up enough yet!!

Woo hoos! See ya!!

DeleyanLee
12-11-2009, 05:26 PM
The part I hate most about an interview is when they say "And do you have any questions?" What are you supposed to say to that? I've read tons of articles on it, and I still can't figure it out.

Sometimes I think that job interviews are a form of legal torture, y'know?

Tiz_Mee
12-11-2009, 05:29 PM
I hate when they ask "And why do you want to work here?" Like, hello. I. Need. A. Job.
How stupid do they think I really am? Wait. Maybe this is why I've botched the last 4 interviews I went on. Crap.

DeleyanLee
12-11-2009, 05:42 PM
"And why do you want to work here?" is an easy one to bullshit.

For instance, when/if I get an interview with the senior citizen center I applied for yesterday, I can tell the story of how my mother taught seniors when I was a teen and would help her out during the summer and the "important life lessons" I learned from the experience. Heart-warming, friendly, based in fact, and their work-centered.

I know when I hire people, I'm looking for something that shows they have a clue what the company is about (which isn't hard in this town--we're the biggest employer in the city) and what they see is their place in it, not just a paycheck. I KNOW they're going for the paycheck, but give me the illusion that you're looking forward to something else.

Cella
12-11-2009, 05:52 PM
Hi Del! and Best of Luck!!! :snoopy: I know you've needed an employment change for a while and am happy to see you peruse it :D

Morning, Reppers!

:hi:

Tiz_Mee
12-11-2009, 05:53 PM
Okay, I can handle BSing. I'll just be myself. (and throw around some intelligent sounding words relating to my profession, hopefully more times than I say "uh")

I'm off! For realz this time! Gotta gather up my credentials and run. Laterz.

rhymegirl
12-11-2009, 06:36 PM
Morning.

I must say that I hate trick questions by interviewers. If I were interviewing people, I could tell a lot about the person just by listening to them, their body language, whether they smile or not.

I remember back when I was hiring a babysitter for my 3 kids. (to watch them while I was working part-time days) A young woman (in college) sat on my couch, all prepared. She had references with her, great, but it was her attitude and what she said that convinced me she was the right person. I didn't need to ask any trick questions.

I think it should be enough that you be yourself and just try to sound positive.

DeleyanLee
12-11-2009, 06:44 PM
I agree totally, RG. And for some interviewers, that's true. (I once landed a job because I was actually a listener of the interviewer's favorite radio DJ, BION.) Sometimes just being positive is the hardest thing to do after you've been pounding the streets for a while.

slcboston
12-11-2009, 07:13 PM
The part I hate most about an interview is when they say "And do you have any questions?" What are you supposed to say to that? I've read tons of articles on it, and I still can't figure it out.

Pay.

Benefits.

Perks.

Things of that nature that have not come up during the interview.

When can I start? is also a good one. Or, What happened to the last person in this position/Why is this position available?

But I usually start with pay and benefits. :D

slcboston
12-11-2009, 07:16 PM
... and in the ongoing saga of the payment issues I've been having:

I've apparently entered the world of Catch-22. Overseas bank is requesting a number before the transfer that isn't available until after the transfer.

:rant:

I may have to kill someone.

Cella
12-11-2009, 07:16 PM
I am so the wrong person to give interview advice. I've never gotten a job based on an interview.

DeleyanLee
12-11-2009, 07:39 PM
Pay.

Benefits.

Perks.

Things of that nature that have not come up during the interview.

When can I start? is also a good one. Or, What happened to the last person in this position/Why is this position available?

But I usually start with pay and benefits. :D

Hmmm. Never thought about asking what happened to the previous person in the position question. Would be interesting to see if they got evasive, wouldn't it? LOL!

Though, honestly, I've never had an interview where salary, bennies and perks (do those really exist?) didn't come up. They usually take care of that pretty quick if they're interested in hiring.

slcboston
12-11-2009, 07:54 PM
I am so the wrong person to give interview advice. I've never gotten a job based on an interview.

So... and I almost hesitate to ask this... what have you gotten a job based on??

:D

LaurieD
12-11-2009, 08:21 PM
rant-rave-fuss-complain-rant some more.

I found out last night that my house is less than 3 miles from 2 old zinc smelters and the entire town has been listed as a Superfund Site since the year after we moved here.

DeleyanLee
12-11-2009, 08:28 PM
Can you translate for those of us who rent just what that means?

LaurieD
12-11-2009, 08:31 PM
As per Wikipedia -- in short

Superfund is the common name for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), a United States federal law designed to clean up abandoned hazardous waste sites[1] Superfund created the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and it provides broad federal authority to clean up releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health or the environment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfund

The zinc smelters produced/released into the environment arsenic, lead, and cadmium.

slcboston
12-11-2009, 08:38 PM
So in short you're being poisoned and the resale value of your home just went up in smoke.

Sheesh... is it just me, or does a spate of bad luck seem to be plaguing lots of folks recently?

LaurieD
12-11-2009, 08:42 PM
Pretty much, yes.

And all I want, well, it tops the list anyway, is to move away from here -- have wanted to move back to the east coast for like five years now. :rant:

rhymegirl
12-11-2009, 08:44 PM
Hmmm. Never thought about asking what happened to the previous person in the position question. Would be interesting to see if they got evasive, wouldn't it? LOL!

Though, honestly, I've never had an interview where salary, bennies and perks (do those really exist?) didn't come up. They usually take care of that pretty quick if they're interested in hiring.

I have asked "what happened to the previous person?" or actually both. I've asked, "Is this a new position or am I replacing someone?"

Last year I went for THREE rounds of interviews just for a receptionist job! You'd think I was interviewing to be the director of the place. Salary did not come up right away. Some positions only seem to require one interview. So you'd want to know about the money and benefits since it's the only time you're gonna be there. (I didn't end up getting the job after all those interviews!)

One time I went for an interview, again as a receptionist, at a community center. Amazingly, there were 6 people seated at the table ready to grill me with questions. I couldn't believe that. At some point in the interview, I did ask about the salary. When one of them said it was $7.00 an hour I almost laughed out loud and got up and left. I was thinking: Here I am being grilled by six people for a receptionist job that only pays $7.00 an hour. Totally nerve-wracking to have all those questions being thrown at you and not even worth the effort.

I think they sometimes leave the salary 'til the end because they're afraid if the person being interviewed doesn't like what they hear, they'll get up and leave like I almost did.

DeleyanLee
12-11-2009, 09:13 PM
I also have a tendency NOT to apply for jobs I don't know the salary range for, honestly. That's a necessity where I live/work.

Y'see, I live in an area where the average pay for my job is $4-6 LESS than what I make in the next county. So while it's a royal pain of a commute, there is some benefit for doing it. And if I'm barely getting by on what I'm making now, getting that much less is going to sink me. Knowing upfront is the only way I'm going to go all out for the interview in the first place.

DeleyanLee
12-11-2009, 09:13 PM
Pretty much, yes.

And all I want, well, it tops the list anyway, is to move away from here -- have wanted to move back to the east coast for like five years now. :rant:


* sending the crazy squirrel mondo moving mojo

LaurieD
12-11-2009, 09:18 PM
* sending the crazy squirrel mondo moving mojo

Thanks muchly Del.

What I really need is mondo money making mojo in the area we want to move to. We know exactly where we want to be - it's just the supporting ourselves once we get there and with kids, winging it isn't really an option.

DeleyanLee
12-11-2009, 09:19 PM
* sends mondo money making mojo to everyone in the thread (including herself)

:D

LaurieD
12-11-2009, 09:22 PM
:D

Sounds good to me!

LaurieD
12-11-2009, 09:35 PM
Hey Wayne -- how's you?

slcboston
12-11-2009, 10:10 PM
* sends mondo money making mojo to everyone in the thread (including herself)

:D

wow - thanks a lot for that.

Course, I'll really thank you when it kicks in :D

slcboston
12-11-2009, 10:11 PM
Hey, the Wayne-iadtor is back!

:hi:

DeleyanLee
12-11-2009, 10:12 PM
Course, I'll really thank you when it kicks in :D

When it kicks in for everyone, we should invade someplace fun and party our keisters off.

slcboston
12-11-2009, 10:18 PM
That was what I had in mind, actually :D

writeronfire
12-11-2009, 10:53 PM
good afternoon!

It's Friday! I'm gonna go out and buy some wine or somethin'.

writeronfire
12-11-2009, 10:54 PM
Ooh, and I just saw that I'm 4 pts away from 500 posts.

slcboston
12-11-2009, 10:57 PM
good afternoon!

It's Friday! I'm gonna go out and buy some wine or somethin'.

Everyone has drinks but me... :e2drunk:

Damn I hate being broke.

writeronfire
12-11-2009, 11:00 PM
Everyone has drinks but me... :e2drunk:

Damn I hate being broke.

Aww. You can have some of mine.

I'm broke, too. I just drink wine instead of soda or milk.

Sweetleaf
12-11-2009, 11:02 PM
Just getting an early jump on Christmas folks, nothing to see here. :)

slcboston
12-11-2009, 11:10 PM
Aww. You can have some of mine.

I'm broke, too. I just drink wine instead of soda or milk.

I don't have soda. Can't spare the coffee... and can't give my little one wine. :roll:

But otherwise it's a good idea.

:D

bettielee
12-11-2009, 11:13 PM
I actually have milk in my house. I'm so excited, I don't know what to do with it first. Make hot choclate? put it in my hot cereal? Use it in my chicken n rice?!

It's a rare occasion, I tell ya.

slcboston
12-11-2009, 11:19 PM
I vote hot chocolate. But that's just my preference. :D

DeleyanLee
12-11-2009, 11:28 PM
I don't have soda. Can't spare the coffee... and can't give my little one wine. :roll:

But otherwise it's a good idea.

:D

When my kids were little and I was seriously broke, the big treat was Kool-aid. The cheap little packets mixed with an astounding amount of sugar (which I cut down, but still....)

We liked to take an empty gallon milk jug and mix two of the flavors together. (hint: Tropical punch mixes with anything--grape doesn't play well with other flavors.)

That was the biggie drink treat for the household for many, many years.

rhymegirl
12-12-2009, 12:35 AM
... and can't give my little one wine. :roll:
:D

Why not? Then you'd have a very mellow kid. :D

I need some booze right now. My mouth is really hurting.

Cella
12-12-2009, 01:16 AM
So... and I almost hesitate to ask this... what have you gotten a job based on??

:D


Ha ha....somehow, I don't think that you hesitated for a moment ;) :roll:


All of the jobs I've had I've gotten through people I've known.
A fair enough question....should have seen that coming....

Ellefire
12-12-2009, 01:26 AM
Was this site down for a bit? About half an hour ago? Couldn't get on for love nor money.

Bettielee, we buy about 24 pints of milk a week, and on really good weeks, it even lasts the full seven days :D I'm sure the kids bathe in the stuff!

slcboston
12-12-2009, 02:26 AM
Ha ha....somehow, I don't think that you hesitated for a moment ;) :roll:

I said *almost*

:D

Cella
12-12-2009, 02:28 AM
I said *almost*

:D

true that....

Tiz_Mee
12-12-2009, 05:08 AM
Pay.

Benefits.

Perks.

Things of that nature that have not come up during the interview.

When can I start? is also a good one. Or, What happened to the last person in this position/Why is this position available?

But I usually start with pay and benefits. :D

Ya know. I didn't read this before I left, and I totally did this. Uh, like the women was so unprepared for the answer she had to go to the file cabinet.

And you know what she asked me? "What are 2 things you would try NOT to make happen if you are employed with us?" Omg. I can't even count the "uh's" that escaped.

She took 3 pages of notes while I talked. Not sure if that is a good thing or not. Raised her eye brows alot and smiled. I think maybe she was laughin. :roll:

Oh well.

Seaclusion
12-12-2009, 05:32 AM
And you know what she asked me? "What are 2 things you would try NOT to make happen if you are employed with us?" .


A thermonuclear accident and taking TARP bailout funds from the govt.

At least that would be my answers.


Richard

Tiz_Mee
12-12-2009, 05:38 AM
LOL!!

Dang it. Why couldn't you have posted that earlier? I so would have used that.

Seaclusion
12-12-2009, 05:41 AM
You didn't ask earlier. I always answer, not that everybody likes the answers.


Richard

Tiz_Mee
12-12-2009, 05:52 AM
I . . . you are totally correct.

Still LOL!!

Seaclusion
12-12-2009, 05:54 AM
Sarcastic, inapproriate, and off-the-cuff interview answers cheerfully given.


Richard

Sweetleaf
12-12-2009, 06:21 AM
Richard, I'm coming to you next time I go for a job. :)

Seaclusion
12-12-2009, 06:27 AM
Glad to help, but I'm much better at getting people fired than i am getting them hired.


Richard

Cella
12-13-2009, 01:34 AM
Seriously?

It's 3:30 and I'm the first repper of the day to show her face here? Wow.....and I just had a four hour nap :e2bouncey

slcboston
12-13-2009, 09:18 AM
*kicks thread*

*then feels bad and spends 20 minutes fluffing the sofa pillows*

think I'm about ready to crash :sleepy:

slcboston
12-13-2009, 09:20 AM
the women was so unprepared for the answer she had to go to the file cabinet.

That would worry me.


And you know what she asked me? "What are 2 things you would try NOT to make happen if you are employed with us?"

Let them take my red swingline stapler.

And/or move me to the basement.

But mostly the stapler.

bettielee
12-13-2009, 09:23 AM
^^ I beleeve yu hab my stabular?

slcboston
12-13-2009, 09:31 AM
*mutters something about burning the place down*

Tiz_Mee
12-13-2009, 06:26 PM
Mornin peeps!!

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:j74X3hZAsvs9yM:http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2271/2099145387_744801f478.jpg%3Fv%3D0 http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:lYXHDJ-FAQvNBM:http://www.nofussfabulous.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/marsh5.jpg http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:rRfrOFMLVvFC1M:http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j199/ptotheenguin/12-2007/PeepsCutouts2.jpg

Seams
12-13-2009, 06:28 PM
Morning Tiz...wanna shovel my driveway? I'll give ya cocoa...after

Cella
12-13-2009, 06:57 PM
hi guys!

Seams
12-13-2009, 07:06 PM
Mornin' Cella, hope your day is well

Cella
12-13-2009, 07:09 PM
Hi Seams, thanks. It's okay.

Mornings in general are like a parade in my house so I look ever so forward to that mid-morning nap my son takes.

so, thinking about reading for people, i see?

Seams
12-13-2009, 07:11 PM
well considering it, i have yet to fully understand what all goes into being a beta reader, and of course it all comes down to whether people would be interested in having me be one for them. one can want and still not get.

hope the lil guy takes a nap :)

Tiz_Mee
12-13-2009, 07:14 PM
I'm back after having puter difficulties.

Hey Cella!

Cella
12-13-2009, 07:18 PM
Seams, check out Beta Readers, Mentors and Writing Partners (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=30) here and let them know you have some time to read something. There's nothing wrong with saying what kind of crit you can offer (in-depth, overall readability, etc...)

People are always looking for someone to read their stuff. I've read for people and have no sort of "qualification" other than just having an opinion. :)

eta: TIZZY!!

Seams
12-13-2009, 07:37 PM
okay what does ETA mean in here? i know it means Estimated Time of Arrival but i don't think that's it :(

i will take a look at the link you mentioned, Cella, have to make sure 'reader/writer' match in thoughts of what reviews they wish, as you said.

thank you

Cella
12-13-2009, 07:39 PM
eta: edited to add ;)

I didn't know at first either..

Seams
12-13-2009, 07:42 PM
oh, :) thanks

Tiz_Mee
12-13-2009, 07:43 PM
20 more to go. Wonder where I'll be.

What should I do with it Cellz?

Cella
12-13-2009, 07:53 PM
i dunno.....maybe start a thread?

Seams
12-13-2009, 08:00 PM
shssssh Cella, can't ya see she's sleeping :P

Tiz_Mee
12-13-2009, 08:06 PM
No, I'z watchin Havana Nights right now.

Cellz--yeah, I start a thread. Bout what? I know, I can just talk to ma-self there.

Me--"So, what you up to today?"

Me answers--"Just gonna sit here and talk to ma-self"

Me--"That's a shame. You should get out more"

Me answers--"I don't like you anymore. I refuse to acknowledge your pressence any longer."

Me--"I'm sorry. I was just tryin to help"

nothing

Me--"Hello? You there?"

nothing


Thus the end of thread.

Cella
12-13-2009, 08:10 PM
you just ruined the ending ! :D

gotta go. Bye for now :hi:

Rowan
12-13-2009, 08:16 PM
Seams, check out Beta Readers, Mentors and Writing Partners (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=30) here and let them know you have some time to read something. There's nothing wrong with saying what kind of crit you can offer (in-depth, overall readability, etc...)

People are always looking for someone to read their stuff. I've read for people and have no sort of "qualification" other than just having an opinion. :)

eta: TIZZY!!

Just poppin' in to concur. I'm not published and I beta read because it actually helps with my writing! The key is to discuss beforehand what you expect from a beta (if offering up your own work) and let the writer know what sort of critique you'll offer--try and find a happy medium. Some people don't respond well to criticism even if you sugarcoat it but don't let that get you down. ;)

I often don't know what critique I'll offer until I start reading.... but I say go for it and I think you'll be surprised by how it helps your writing. Oh, and I highly suggest going with the "1-3 chapters rule" (agree to start with 1-3 chapters to see if the MS is something you'd enjoy, etc.). That way you don't commit to something only to find you just aren't into it. :)

Tiz_Mee
12-13-2009, 10:40 PM
*breathes in life* <--cause I have nothin better to do

http://www.meddean.luc.edu/Lumen/Meded/hmps/ekg.jpg

bettielee
12-13-2009, 11:10 PM
Tiz - it's better than the alternative!

Greetings, you crazy Reppers!

slcboston
12-14-2009, 12:04 AM
I'm not crazy.

Just sanity-challenged.

:D

Seaclusion
12-14-2009, 12:25 AM
I'm not crazy.

Just sanity-challenged.

:D


Are you bragging or lamenting?


Richard

Cella
12-14-2009, 12:58 AM
maybe a bit of both?

slcboston
12-14-2009, 01:04 AM
I'd say somewhere in the middle, yes.

Or perhaps just observing :D

Seaclusion
12-14-2009, 01:04 AM
I always thought so.


Richard

Cella
12-14-2009, 01:10 AM
Indeed.

slcboston
12-14-2009, 01:25 AM
We're either having a really deep conversation here...

Or just too lazy/preoccupied to type more :D

Cella
12-14-2009, 01:27 AM
we're waiting for you to say something poignant.

slcboston
12-14-2009, 01:37 AM
... going to be waiting a really, really long time then.

I can't just burp those out at will, you know :D

Cella
12-14-2009, 01:38 AM
well not with a burp, no.....

Tiz_Mee
12-14-2009, 03:26 AM
Are you bragging or lamenting?


Richard

like, the icecream I just ate f'd up my brain. I had to keep rereading this. I thought it said laminating like 10 times. I was like "WTH does that mean?"

DeleyanLee
12-14-2009, 05:58 PM
Good morning, reppers!

Tiz_Mee
12-14-2009, 06:07 PM
*waves* Hiya, Del!!

Howz you this Monday morning?

Cella
12-14-2009, 06:07 PM
Hi Del :hi:

how goes the job hunt? I guess probably not much over the weekend, huh?

eta:

Hi Tizzy!

Tiz_Mee
12-14-2009, 06:16 PM
Hey Cellz. How you doin?

DeleyanLee
12-14-2009, 06:19 PM
Cella: Nope, nothing much on the job front over the weekend. I didn't expect it, honestly. I nailed the application in the first two days of posting and usually they take applications for at least a week. With the holidays and all, I don't expect anything until next year, honestly.

Cella
12-14-2009, 06:22 PM
Hey Cellz. How you doin?

I'm good, Tiz. Thank you :) Trying to drink more water, atm.


Cella: Nope, nothing much on the job front over the weekend. I didn't expect it, honestly. I nailed the application in the first two days of posting and usually they take applications for at least a week. With the holidays and all, I don't expect anything until next year, honestly.

Hmmmm.....well that's probably a good way to look at it. Keep yourself patient and all. :)

slcboston
12-14-2009, 06:43 PM
I have no patience. Well, most of the time.

But things are at long last looking up here as well. When I can see through the sudden and immovable smudge on my glasses. Think a trip to the eye doctor is in the makings this morning...

morning reppers :D

Cella
12-14-2009, 06:52 PM
maybe something's wrong with your eye? ;)

LaurieD
12-14-2009, 06:52 PM
Morning all --

Have a good Monday and whatnot -- can't stay to chat but saw the thread on the first page and thought I'd stop in for a sec...

Kitty
12-14-2009, 06:58 PM
maybe something's wrong with your eye? ;)

maybe it's just me but...

:roll:

slcboston
12-14-2009, 07:03 PM
maybe something's wrong with your eye? ;)

Now that's a cheerful thought. My glasses are fine, I'm just going blind or something. Pbbt. :wag:

No, it's my glasses for certain. It goes away when i take them off, and it isn't there with the contacts, either.

slcboston
12-14-2009, 07:04 PM
maybe it's just me but...

:roll:

Yeah... It's just you. :D

Cella
12-14-2009, 07:06 PM
Now that's a cheerful thought. My glasses are fine, I'm just going blind or something. Pbbt. :wag:

No, it's my glasses for certain. It goes away when i take them off, and it isn't there with the contacts, either.

Well, it's probably lip gloss. You know the story...you put it on in the car then get out to walk into the mall, the wind blows your hair all over the place, into your lips, then you go to pull your hair behind your ear and it flips up onto your glasses, leaving an impossible to remove smudge.

I hear ya.......



ETA: course, I shouldn't have been standing so close to you ;)

DeleyanLee
12-14-2009, 07:10 PM
Well, it's probably lip gloss. You know the story...you put it on in the car then get out to walk into the mall, the wind blows your hair all over the place, into your lips, then you go to pull your hair behind your ear and it flips up onto your glasses, leaving an impossible to remove smudge.


* is going to have nightmares of this scenario happening to Boston now....

slcboston
12-14-2009, 07:16 PM
You're not going to be the only one with nightmares about that, Del. :eek:

:ROFL:

DeleyanLee
12-14-2009, 07:55 PM
I so do not want to be at work today, but I am.

I'm starting to think that is the real power of the almighty dollar. ;)

slcboston
12-14-2009, 08:06 PM
I think you may well be right about that Del... cause I don't have a job, don't really want a M-F office type job in the first place.... but kinda need one. :D

DeleyanLee
12-14-2009, 08:23 PM
I generally don't mind the M-F office type thing, but I'm just really dragging today. The last weekend was NOT all that relaxing, but I did get about 2200 words somehow. Might actually finish the Secret Santa story tonight, if I can figure out how it ends.

Cella
12-14-2009, 08:28 PM
okay, so I didn't work on my story but I DID make strawberry pancakes! and they turned out and everything!! :hooray:

some of you will know how big of a deal this is for me!

*high fives BL wherever she is*

writeronfire
12-14-2009, 09:12 PM
Good afternoon! HO ho ho!

Cella
12-14-2009, 09:13 PM
hi WoF :hi:

writeronfire
12-14-2009, 09:14 PM
Hi Cella! What's new?

Cella
12-14-2009, 09:16 PM
not much I presume.

I see you broke 500 posts! Congrats!

writeronfire
12-14-2009, 09:20 PM
Yes, I finally did it. I thought I was talkative here (or post-ative?) on AW, but I guess not.

I'm really supposed to be job-hunting.

Cella
12-14-2009, 09:28 PM
I'm an unusual case....

I have better things to do, I just don't do them. :D

som1luvsmi
12-14-2009, 09:30 PM
*runs into thread*

Hi everybody!!!! :D

*runs out of thread*

Cella
12-14-2009, 09:33 PM
SOM!!!!

Where ya been! I missed you!

som1luvsmi
12-14-2009, 09:36 PM
*runs back into thread*

kids, reading (6 books in a week), just a bit of the lazies. :)

Can't talk, though. Gotta go shower and get ready to go to my friends house.

Yay! No cartoon talk for a whole two hours! :e2woo:

*runs back out of thread*

LaurieD
12-14-2009, 09:52 PM
I so do not want to be at work today, but I am.

I'm starting to think that is the real power of the almighty dollar. ;)

aka bribery for grownups.

Does the little grownup want his house? Does the wittle grownup want her car? I gives you the money to pay for the house and the car, you do this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and while you're at it...

And they tell us to not bribe our kids...

slcboston
12-14-2009, 09:56 PM
this is why in my next life I'm going to be a thief. :D

slcboston
12-14-2009, 09:57 PM
*runs into thread*

Hi everybody!!!! :D

*runs out of thread*

you know... I *still* look at that AV and think it's Alleycat :D

Cella
12-14-2009, 09:58 PM
boston's at 9900!!!

Seaclusion
12-14-2009, 10:06 PM
Yes, but have have to decide 9900 what.


Richard

LaurieD
12-14-2009, 10:08 PM
this is why in my next life I'm going to be a thief. :D

In my next life I'm coming back as my dog.

S-P-O-I-L-E-D.

and no job worries outside of staring out the window at everyone going by, barking ferociously at the garbage man, and barking less ferociosly at anyone else who drives on "my" side of the road.

slcboston
12-14-2009, 10:11 PM
Also, with the ability to...

:Ssh:

Though maybe that's more appealing for boys.

Cella
12-14-2009, 10:15 PM
Also, with the ability to...

:Ssh:

Though maybe that's more appealing for boys.


:roll:


yeah, right!

LaurieD
12-14-2009, 10:21 PM
I have only girl dogs right now. My boy dog did enjoy his personal harem though, at least until one of the two girls figured out that sitting down pretty much puts a stop to all my boy dog's attempts at, er... romance.

Seaclusion
12-14-2009, 10:23 PM
I have only girl dogs right now. My boy dog did enjoy his personal harem though, at least until one of the two girls figured out that sitting down pretty much puts a stop to all my boy dog's attempts at, er... romance.


Poor guy.


Richard

DeleyanLee
12-14-2009, 10:45 PM
Not having a girl dog in the house anymore doesn't stop the beagle. He seems particularly fond of "wooing" the cat that hates him.

Can beagles be suicidal?

slcboston
12-14-2009, 11:36 PM
Based on our own personal experience with the breed, I don't know about suicidal, but I will vouch that they aren't the smartest dogs in the kennel.

Lovable. But dim.

DeleyanLee
12-14-2009, 11:39 PM
How many beagles does it take to change a lightbulb?

Lightbulb? That thing I just ate was a lightbulb? You can't eat lightbulbs, right? It was pretty tasty. Can I have another?


Yeah, I know.

Cella
12-15-2009, 12:10 AM
My dog once ate an entire box of tampons. I'm glad I noticed what he was doing otherwise it would have killed him. The vet told me to give him a few tblspns of hydrogen peroxide to make him throw up. I was amazed.

cray
12-15-2009, 12:13 AM
that will also give him (or you. or anyone) fresh breath.
the hydrogen peroxide, not the tampons.

slcboston
12-15-2009, 12:15 AM
:ROFL:

yup, that about sums it up.

Seaclusion
12-15-2009, 12:16 AM
that will also give him (or you. or anyone) fresh breath.
the hydrogen peroxide, not the tampons.



That's not what it says on the box.


Richard

som1luvsmi
12-15-2009, 12:19 AM
I'm back. Friend had to reschedule (after I was already on my way). :(

Guess you guys are the only grown-up conversation I'll be getting.

I know, that thought scares me, too. :D

DeleyanLee
12-15-2009, 12:21 AM
Guess you guys are the only grown-up conversation I'll be getting.

*debates on whether or not to be insulted at being called a "grown-up"

slcboston
12-15-2009, 12:30 AM
I know she didn't mean me, so I'm not worried about it :D

DeleyanLee
12-15-2009, 12:44 AM
If she didn't mean you, then who did she mean?

slcboston
12-15-2009, 12:55 AM
*looks around*

You know, that's a darn good question.

Richard, maybe? :D

Cella
12-15-2009, 12:57 AM
*looks around*

You know, that's a darn good question.

Richard, maybe? :D

that would certainly not be the case.

slcboston
12-15-2009, 01:12 AM
Are you implying he's not an adult, or that you are and I somehow overlooked you? :D

Wait, who am I kidding... it *has* to be the former. :tongue

Seaclusion
12-15-2009, 01:16 AM
Are you implying he's not an adult, or that you are and I somehow overlooked you? :D

Wait, who am I kidding... it *has* to be the former. :tongue


And to think, I refrained from giving you a dig earlier.


Richard

DeleyanLee
12-15-2009, 01:17 AM
And to think, I refrained from giving you a dig earlier.

That'll learn ya.

Seaclusion
12-15-2009, 01:20 AM
To quote George W Bush:


"Fool me once, shame on you--fool me, you can't get fooled again."

http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/bushvideos/youtube/bushfoolme.htm

Richard

Cella
12-15-2009, 01:24 AM
Are you implying he's not an adult, or that you are and I somehow overlooked you? :D

Wait, who am I kidding... it *has* to be the former. :tongue


And to think, I refrained from giving you a dig earlier.


Richard

Don't argue boys, there's plenty of my immaturity to go around. :)

DeleyanLee
12-15-2009, 01:25 AM
Maturity. Hmmm.

Ah!

* blows the dust off the box marked "Maturity"

Wait--it's empty!

Seaclusion
12-15-2009, 01:28 AM
It's in short supply around here.


Richard

DeleyanLee
12-15-2009, 01:29 AM
Hmmm. No, there would be a better price on it since there's pretty much no demand for it anyway.

Damn. So much for making a quick buck.

slcboston
12-15-2009, 01:32 AM
To quote George W Bush:

"Fool me once, shame on you--fool me, you can't get fooled again."

*hums The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again"*

:D

slcboston
12-15-2009, 01:33 AM
And to think, I refrained from giving you a dig earlier.

:Wha:

Hey, I was the one claiming you were an adult.

Or is that the problem? :D

Seaclusion
12-15-2009, 01:39 AM
:Wha:

Hey, I was the one claiming you were an adult.

Or is that the problem? :D


Everyone knows I haven't grown up. I know that from all the "Will you please grow up" reps I get all the time.


Richard

Cella
12-15-2009, 01:42 AM
:roll:

slcboston
12-15-2009, 05:57 PM
Morning reppers!

*leaves coffee, pastries, and a hidden stash of Oreos*

DeleyanLee
12-15-2009, 06:12 PM
Morning, Boston! How's it going?

slcboston
12-15-2009, 06:30 PM
Slowly, so far.

Still only on my second cup. But otherwise progressing fine. I have discovered I like having to walk my daughter to school. Gives me a few moments of quiet time outdoors on the way home.

When it isn't raining, blowing, or seriously snowing, of course.

DeleyanLee
12-15-2009, 06:32 PM
Of course. I believe that goes without saying.

Unless there are puddles. I love puddles. There's nothing like coming home soaked up to the belly button from a really good puddle.

:D

slcboston
12-15-2009, 06:49 PM
Not when it's heading towards freezing, there isn't :D

Cella
12-15-2009, 06:54 PM
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/zz320/cellasboots/DrRiviera.png

DeleyanLee
12-15-2009, 07:08 PM
Not when it's heading towards freezing, there isn't :D

If there is a puddle surviving AS a puddle when it's heading towards freezing, then it seriously needs to be jumped in before it turns to ice.

Though boot-skating is fast becoming a lost art in itself. *sigh*

Cella
12-15-2009, 07:27 PM
this thread seems to be moving a bit slowly lately......


*starts puddle jumping*

som1luvsmi
12-15-2009, 07:59 PM
Morning reppers. :)

slcboston
12-15-2009, 08:22 PM
Though boot-skating is fast becoming a lost art in itself. *sigh*

It's becoming a lost art bcs I tend to fall on my *** when I try it these days. :D

LaurieD
12-15-2009, 09:11 PM
*swipes Oreos, munches noisily in the corner*

Status Update:
1. Girl home sick, day 2.
2. Mr. D working evening shift and overtime = 12 hour shifts when he usually sleeps.
3. Wind chill of 3 degrees this morning with an anticipated high of 33 degrees.
4. My sister got in touch me.

Can I go back to bed and hide for the rest of the week? Please?

slcboston
12-15-2009, 09:19 PM
Hmmm... is your sister being in touch a good thing or a bad thing or a "let's wait and see what she wants this time" thing?

Cause that might make a difference :D

LaurieD
12-15-2009, 09:30 PM
I'll give you an example and let you decide.

During one conversation with her, I mentioned that an uncle had stopped by on his way north (he's a truck driver). Her comment was that he was stalking me.(:Wha:) Conversation more than a year later, my aunt tells me my uncle doesn't want me to feel like I'm beng stalked and that's why he hasn't stopped by and has no plans to, even though he goes through my area several times a year.

I never thought I was being stalked. I thought it was nice to see family out here in BFE. Of course, I said so to my aunt, but, since I only hear from them in a Christmas card or "be nice or God will punish you" emails, I don't think she believes me.

Oh well. My family is nuts.

Just one example, I have dozens...

Someday, I will move. IwillIwillIwillIwill.

When I do, my family gets a PO box address. In the next town or two over.

DeleyanLee
12-15-2009, 09:35 PM
And I thought my family was bad.

The only reason I hear from one of my sisters is that someone's dead or they want something expensive from me. All other news (like births, weddings, moves, parents in the hosptial and not expected to live, anything normal) eventually gets filtered through my children.

Cella
12-15-2009, 09:39 PM
"be nice or God will punish you" emails,


you mean you don't like those forwards?!?!
















:roll:

LaurieD
12-15-2009, 09:45 PM
you mean you don't like those forwards?!?!


:roll:



:crazy: :Wha:

Sweetleaf
12-15-2009, 10:16 PM
Hey guys. Just dropping by. :hi:

Your families make my crazy sil look normal...

DeleyanLee
12-15-2009, 10:28 PM
Y'know, I'm always glad that the Santa in OT's siggy can't hold a gun straight so it's never aiming at me. I think he's had FAR too many milk & cookie stops.

Just sayin'

Sweetleaf
12-15-2009, 10:59 PM
Y'know, I'm always glad that the Santa in OT's siggy can't hold a gun straight so it's never aiming at me. I think he's had FAR too many milk & cookie stops.

Just sayin'

QFT :D

slcboston
12-15-2009, 11:11 PM
So glad to know I'm not the only one who thought that :D

slcboston
12-15-2009, 11:12 PM
I only hear from them in a Christmas card or "be nice or God will punish you" emails, I don't think she believes me.

You should show them what you've been working on lately, writing-wise. :ROFL:


Oh well. My family is nuts.

Yes. Yes they are.

Mind you I think all families are to one degree or another... but yours seem a bit more so than the norm. :D

DeleyanLee
12-15-2009, 11:49 PM
The only thing that makes me upset about families is when I meet someone who has one of those absolutely mythical ones, where the family members get along famously and parents totally supported their children.

My best friend has one of those families (verified--I've met them and known them for 20 odd years). I honestly didn't believe they existed until I met her/them.

I do wonder how she's got enough story fodder to write books, though. One of those mysteries of the ages.

Cella
12-16-2009, 01:31 AM
if you all don't wake up soon I'm gonna go on a wild repping spree.......

slcboston
12-16-2009, 01:44 AM
if you all don't wake up soon I'm gonna go on a wild repping spree.......

:sleepy:





:D

Cella
12-16-2009, 01:57 AM
tell me when to stop...... ;)

bettielee
12-16-2009, 01:58 AM
I had a friend whose family when on a family vacation every year.

My parents went on vacation without us. We would go on camping trips, but anything that cost a plane ticket, we were left behind.

slcboston
12-16-2009, 02:23 AM
I have to say my family's been pretty good, step-family and all. Some of the step-siblings leave more than a little to be desired, but both sets of parents have been supportive and all that through the years.

Tiz_Mee
12-16-2009, 04:29 AM
Cella--like the cat makes me dizzy. Srsly.

How's everyone this evening? Looks like I missed out on family time. Bummers.


My Dad is awesome. He's always lookin out for me and he's like--"Here's some money, don't tell your mom" and stuffs a wad of 100's in my pocket.

LaurieD
12-16-2009, 08:17 AM
You should show them what you've been working on lately, writing-wise. :ROFL:. :D

Actually, the only one who knows I write is my 89-yro grandmother and she only knows about the children's stories. She has no idea about the darker stuff. Or the smut. :D

LaurieD
12-16-2009, 08:24 AM
I have to say my family's been pretty good, step-family and all. Some of the step-siblings leave more than a little to be desired, but both sets of parents have been supportive and all that through the years.

That's awesome. :D

My family is an aberration of nature. I've come to the conclusion it's better to walk away, keep the contact next to zero. It works for me. :D

slcboston
12-16-2009, 08:46 AM
She has no idea about the darker stuff. Or the smut. :D

Put it in the Christmas cards. It'll solve all your family problems...

Either that or it'll double the "God will save you" emails.

50/50 on that one.

:D

LaurieD
12-16-2009, 09:22 AM
Put it in the Christmas cards. It'll solve all your family problems...

Either that or it'll double the "God will save you" emails.

50/50 on that one.

:D

LOL - my Christmas cards went out the first week of December.

:D

DeleyanLee
12-16-2009, 05:22 PM
My Dad is awesome. He's always lookin out for me and he's like--"Here's some money, don't tell your mom" and stuffs a wad of 100's in my pocket.

Does he want another daughter? ;)

DeleyanLee
12-16-2009, 05:24 PM
HAPPY CAMEL DAY!!!


There. That's about as seasonal as I can handle today. ;)

LaurieD
12-16-2009, 08:21 PM
*throws fistful of candy canes in Del's direction*

there ya go.

DeleyanLee
12-16-2009, 08:23 PM
Thanks!

* waves wand and transforms fistful of candy canes into 3 pans of Rice Krispie treats


Gotta love the magic of the holidays, don't you? ;)

LaurieD
12-16-2009, 08:33 PM
Why yes! Yes I do!

*waves Del's magic wand over coffee*

Mmmmm... Kahula Coffee...

Sweetleaf
12-16-2009, 09:16 PM
I'M GOING TO THE BEACH WITH FENIKA TODAY!!!

Just stopping in to have a skite before I start baking some gluten free choc chip muffins for us to take.

That is all. :)

LaurieD
12-16-2009, 09:19 PM
Happy Beach Going OT and Fenika!

Glad it's summer somewhere.

Sweetleaf
12-16-2009, 09:20 PM
I'm taking my camera. May have to post photos. :)

som1luvsmi
12-16-2009, 09:21 PM
That's so awesome, OT!! Tell her I said "Hi!" :D

Hope you both have a great time.

Sweetleaf
12-16-2009, 09:43 PM
This is where I'm taking her:

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k189/conflict138/Picture006-1.jpg

DeleyanLee
12-16-2009, 09:44 PM
Oh look at the big rock! Who's jumping off? :D


Seriously, that's gorgeous.

Tiz_Mee
12-16-2009, 09:44 PM
OT--holy crap! That's awesome!

You two have fun.

Cella
12-16-2009, 09:58 PM
I haven't been THIS jealous in a LONG time!!!!

take me! take me!!! :hooray:

writeronfire
12-16-2009, 10:13 PM
I wanna go too!

Hi peeps!

bettielee
12-17-2009, 12:23 AM
Greetings, Reppers! I hope Fen and OT post lost of pics... so we feel like we're there with them....

does that sound a little creepy? It sounds a little creepy to me now that I look at it...

DeleyanLee
12-17-2009, 12:27 AM
Why is that creepy? I mean, if this was real life and they came back from a trip like that, we'd all get to see the piccies and not think anything of it. The only difference is that we're not there physically to see the photos.

Which is good. I mean, then they don't have to see us roll our eyes after the 300th photo and we can do it when we can stop and enjoy it.

It's the best of all worlds!

bettielee
12-17-2009, 12:28 AM
(I mean the "like we're there with them" part....)

:)

**hugs DeleyenLee**

DeleyanLee
12-17-2009, 12:29 AM
It's summer there. I could only dream of being that warm today. LOL!

DL Hegel
12-17-2009, 12:47 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2518/3740437797_0ef371527b.jpg

bettielee
12-17-2009, 12:52 AM
ya got a box with a ?, DL....

why is it that sometimes on my mac I can rightclick and open the image in a new window and see it, and I can't on the PC at work?

cuz PC's suck, I guess.

slcboston
12-17-2009, 02:16 AM
I'M GOING TO THE BEACH WITH FENIKA TODAY!!!

Just stopping in to have a skite before I start baking some gluten free choc chip muffins for us to take.

That is all. :)

Hmmm.... Well now I know what that blinding glare will be on the sattellite images of New Zealand.

:roll:

slcboston
12-17-2009, 02:20 AM
and... in more personal news:

I had a major weight lifted from my shoulders today. As some of you are aware, there's been a wee bit of financial stress, and I was concerned about it impacting Christmas for my little one.

My stepfather and his girlfriend came through for us in a major way today. Aside from buying the items on Moira's list, they also went through the basement and helped me dig out a lot of my sister's old toys. I came home with four storage boxes of stuffed animals, books, puzzles, and enough goodies to get through Christmas, her birthday, and a few other things in between.

I'm still broke. The washer is still broke. The shower still leaks.

But I will have a happy little one on Christmas morning, and right now that's all that counts.

Cella
12-17-2009, 02:23 AM
and... in more personal news:

I had a major weight lifted from my shoulders today. As some of you are aware, there's been a wee bit of financial stress, and I was concerned about it impacting Christmas for my little one.

My stepfather and his girlfriend came through for us in a major way today. Aside from buying the items on Moira's list, they also went through the basement and helped me dig out a lot of my sister's old toys. I came home with four storage boxes of stuffed animals, books, puzzles, and enough goodies to get through Christmas, her birthday, and a few other things in between.

I'm still broke. The washer is still broke. The shower still leaks.

But I will have a happy little one on Christmas morning, and right now that's all that counts.

that's great news!!!

slcboston
12-17-2009, 02:28 AM
Yup. She's got an entire *box* full of Care Bears- which were on the list but are hand-me downs from my sister who was into them when they first came out. And it's a big box, too.

:D

Cella
12-17-2009, 02:29 AM
Care-Bears were one of my favorites. I was CheerBear for Halloween more than once.

bettielee
12-17-2009, 02:59 AM
I'm glad for you Boston! It's unexpected stuff like that that helps you go on when things sorta suck!

**hugs (and snuggles) boston**

Kitty
12-17-2009, 03:03 AM
Care-Bears were one of my favorites. I was CheerBear for Halloween more than once.

...am I the only one who felt they (like Barbie) needed to be decapitated?

Sweet that it all got sorted. I'm sure she's gonna be uber stoked over it all :D