Hello ladies~ Hope all of you are well. Somehow I've managed to get about three or four days behind at the Halfway House, which means I've got a lot of catching up to do.
~ I'm glad to hear you had a lovely vacation. Your possum story was hilarious and frightening, and how on earth do you think he got in to your bedroom?!! You reacted in a much less girly manner than I might have, as I probably would have left the house immediately and checked into a hotel. Kudos to your hubs for his quick research and smart thinking! As far as Rob's reaction.....I kind of think our adorkable Rob would have reacted a little more like you or me, or possibly just vacated the premises and headed to a nearby pub for a pint..... or three.
~ I loved ActionRob in his swim trunks—too funny. I hope you enjoyed your last free Friday, and am impressed at your massive organizational skills in the classroom this week, as well as getting back to an earlier-to-bed schedule. Smart thinking, hon. And your Daddy is
a sweetie to continue helping you with those classroom projects. A Gigi's in Decautur? Oh my! Good luck resisting those gems. I was glad to read your thoughts on Deathly Hallows Part 2, and I fully understand your emotion at seeing those kids all grown up! I think I cried almost as much on my second viewing as I did the first time, but was a little distracted by occasionally having to explain something to the kids or hubs. I would love to see DH 2 in the theater just one more time, by myself, to truly soak in the experience of the movie in a quieter atmosphere than my previous two viewings. I too enjoyed the epilogue, and especially liked the fact that Alexandre Desplat used the closing music from Sorcerer's Stone (when Harry says goodbye to Hagrid as he gets on the train) for the epilogue—what a great way to bookend the series, and a nice nod to John Williams' music, as well. I'm sorry about your sweet niece's diagnosis, but it's good that you know what you're dealing with....knowledge is power, and all that. Now she can be on her way to having the treatment she needs and learn the best strategies for dealing with her dyslexia.
~ I'm sorry you suffered from that nasty migraine last weekend, especially after having to deal with all the dental work, and glad to hear you're feeling better. Thanks for linking the article on circus—it was an interesting read. Isn't the college mentioned in the article (Hamline), where SonnyBoy will attend, and where you graduated from, as well? I know the show was a huge success, and wish we could have all been there to see it. I also imagine your concession stand skills are certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Good for you for completing your online coursework early! Now will you have a little more free time for writing, before school resumes in a month? I'm sorry to hear about all the issues with SonnyBoy's internship. It certainly sounds as if they've made things very inconvenient and difficult for all of you--especially when he wants to enjoy his last weeks of free time before college. I'd be very irritated and frustrated with this company too. I hope you have a great time at your 35th reunion this weekend.
~ Thanks for linking the Bel Ami
trailer on youtube. Of course I immediately watched it again and nearly fainted from hyperventilating. Rob looks simply breathtaking and passionate and intense, and all those things we know he can be—especially as Angry Georges DuRob—oh dear Lord!
In one of the early trailer scenes--I think Georges is inspecting himself in the mirror when he's first dressed in that period tuxedo—and I love that he brushes his hair back while holding his hand, exactly as Rob does
. You can answer this question in invisible font if necessary, but which character does Georges marry in the movie? I can't tell if it's Kristin Scott Thomas, or Uma Thurman, or someone else. Hope your hubs has recovered from all his experience in the heat during Biggun's Band Camp the past few days. It's been a scorcher here too the past few days, with no relief (or rain) in sight. There's really a “Choice Vamp” award at the Teen Choice Awards....seriously??? Thank God for DVR, or I would go insane having to sit through that entire awards show. We hope you'll still have a chance to check in with us fairly frequently when you're out of town next week.
~ PJ days.....or PJ weekends are the best! Which fanfics are you caught up in just now?
~ I'm glad to hear your job interview went well, and keep us posted. That's great news that your hubs is more open to the idea of you coming to the HH convention! Husbands.....who knows why they do the things they do?
I loved your Facinelli Friday pic with Peter looking swoonworthy as a doctor, from his show Nurse Jackie
, I presume? Jeez, if my doctor looked like that, I'd never survive
the office visit. They's have to hustle me to the hospital straightaway, with extremely high blood pressure and an elevated heart rate. Lovely HumpDay contributions today, by the way.
~ How are all of you doing, hon? We're all thinking about you and sending hugs your way, and for your family, as well. I read the updates to both your stories and loved them. What a wonderful treat for our Mondays! I'm sorry I don't review on fanfiction.net due to past problems with computer viruses, but I'll try to do so over on our Lexicon fanfic thread as soon as I can. I must admit I''m very taken with your new AH story, "Arms", and I read the latest chapter update three times in an attempt to feed my new addiction.
~ Your plate will be pretty fully this fall with family, classes, and work, but you can do it; and we're always here to give you encouragement (or an ear for venting) when you need it. That's good news that you did receive financial assistance for the kids' school.....as every little bit helps. I loved what you said about these very special and meaningful online friendships, and I couldn't agree more.
~ That's awesome that your bf has become more interested in possibly traveling to Chicago with you. I love it that he had to hear from a colleague how fun Chicago could be, he just couldn't take our word for it....could he?
It sounds like you had a busy weekend with your “slow” guests—that must be so frustrating. I hope your Dad has smooth and safe sailing these next few weeks. How long will he be out at sea this time?
~ I'm glad you enjoyed your nice and leisurely lunch with Ginnie and Brenda
over the weekend. Time certainly does fly by unnoticed when we're visiting with Halfway House friends. I hope the computer upgrades went fairly smoothly today and without too many complications over the next few days. I'd meant to ask you.... what were your thoughts about the Deathly Hallows Part 2 soundtrack? I love the ethereal, haunting sound of Lily's Theme, and especially the way it's woven throughout a couple of other tracks. I also love Neville, the climax of Dragon's Flight, the majestic and epic Statues and Courtyard Apocolypse; and I nearly lose it listening to Snape's Demise, Severus and Lily, Harry's Sacrifice, and The Resurrection Stone.
~ I hope you had a great trip with your boyfriend and enjoyed visiting Bergen. I guess I better grab a map because my geography knowledge is sadly lacking, and I'm not sure exactly where that is in relation to you. How are people in your country faring this week? I'm sure the news is still very focused on the recent terrorist act and investigation, upcoming trial, etc. You'll continue to be in our thoughts and prayers, for healing and comfort for your country and communities.
~ Great to see you! Good for you for spending more quality time with hubs, and good luck to you both with the job hunting. I hope your children had a great trip. I loved the new wallpapers you made, especially the one with Bel Ami stills. I completely lost focus for about ten minutes when I was mesmerized by your regular banner again......and the headboard, and upper, middle, and lower trapezius muscles, deltoids, biceps, triceps, latissimus dorsi.....................................THUD
~ I think getting more involved in activities at your church sounds like a great idea. I hope you're enjoying all the baking, and I'm sure your family members are happy to share in the fruits of your labors.
~ It sounds like you had a nice time visiting with your parents. And you and your bf painted the outside of your house last weekend
?! That's quite impressive! The Harry Potter EW issue went in the mail this past Saturday, and hopefully it will arrive at your place within a week or so.
Apparently the camper was a smashing success, and I'm so glad you all had a great time camping last weekend. I too love the new expressions and terminology we learn from our international members of the Halfway House. I also assume that “ripper” weekend means fantastic, or something similar.
~ You've certainly had your share of trials and tribulations recently, hon. Good luck getting the car and the bank card issues all sorted out, and I'm glad that you have GB to help you get through these times.
~ Welcome to the Halfway House! I hope you had a great time meeting Ginnie and Christina
over the weekend. Disneyworld is pretty amazing, and you almost need a vacation after your vacation
, to fully recover. I can't believe you have a son in junior high and triplets--I'm amazed that you find any time to post here at all. I'm Tracy, by the way. I've been posting around the Lex (but mostly the Halfway House) for a couple of years. I live in sunny, humid, and hot middle Tennessee, and am married with two children (a 4th grader and a 6th grader), and I'm employed part-time as a physical therapist in a skilled nursing facility. We'd love to see you around here, whenever you have a chance to check in with us, and Hump Days are certainly a good place to start.
~ I bet your daughter looks adorable with her new glasses. Is she adjusting to them fairly well?
I'm so glad you're enjoying your vacation--as it was well deserved. Will you resume classes in late August? It's so much fun to convert someone into a Twilight fan, and I'm sure it will be special to share this love/addiction with your sister. Hope your Dad is okay, and that the kidney stone has officially passed. My hubs had one years ago, and he loves to remind me that they say the pain can be comparable to the pain women experience during childbirth.
You cracked me up with your diet comments, and I totally empathize. I can just picture you glaring at your hubs as he innocently ate ice cream right in front of you---so like a man.
I just had my yearly and lovely annual visit with the gynecologist, and knew I'd gained ten or twelve pounds since I saw her last spring. We discussed how it's much more difficult to lose weight as we grow older, especially around our midsection.... which is where most of mine has piled on. I've used Weight Watchers in the past with fairly good success, but my GYN gave me a list of all the foods to cut back/avoid with a high glycemic index which keeps your insulin levels high (all the yummy stuff like potatoes and rolls, as well as sugary foods like cake, candy, cookies, pastry, doughnuts, cokes; as well as chips, crackers, chocolate, and virtually anything containing refined sugar and white flour. I knew
this, but still....what a bummer!! Anyway, I'm going to try make smarter food choices and substitutions over the next two weeks, and see if I have any luck. It's not as if anything else I'm doing is working right now. Good luck to you too!
Paula and Rachel
~ Hi there! Just check in with us whenever you have a chance.