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Old Dec 10 2014, 08:11 PM   #2961
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Madison is ten. Melissa is the one who just got married. which was one of the thing held against her. mat has been married for five year. they are working it out. both have dropped child support and is trying to set up visitation on their own. we think Madison said she wants to spend more time with her father and someone took it to mean she wanted to live with him. mat has 2 other kids one the same are as seth, four year.

what she does not know is that one has muscular dystrophy, they are not sure what type yet. i think one of the reasons she wanted to go there is because of all the health problems the other two have. it has been a stressful year. i think because of how smart Madison is people tend to forget that she is only ten year old.
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Old Dec 12 2014, 10:34 PM   #2962
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Today, two clubs at my high school put together a Winter Formal for the students in the program I teach in. They did an amazing job and the student had a blast. These are the times, I feel so proud of my high school.
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Old Dec 13 2014, 01:28 AM   #2963
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i hope a good time was had be all


emmi is doing much better. she is the big kid of the house and is taking the job seriously. she wanted to redo her room so she can have her desk in there like a big girl. she has been helping Melissa around the house and is behaving much better. i think she is enjoying her new role
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So happy to hear about Emmi. I hope it continues.

Last night I saw 3 meteors, lots of jets, and my feet got cold. 30°F temperature is not conducive to long periods of meteor watching!
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Old Dec 14 2014, 08:49 PM   #2965
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Glad to hear the good news about Emmi.
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Old Dec 15 2014, 01:41 AM   #2966
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Madison was at Melissa this weekend and she left clothes on emmi floor. emmi started yelling that she can't take it any more. she was only happy after Madison picked her clothes up. it was Madison first time there since she left.


Melissa was hoping to spend a lot of time with her. emmi woke up screaming in pain and throwing up. Melissa took her to the e.r. she is all stopped up and can not poop. she is a little better today, and was able to go a little. still in a lot of pain. if it is not one thing with the kid it is another.
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Old Dec 15 2014, 05:53 PM   #2967
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Went to the dentist this morning, a specialist. My regular dentist didn't want to touch me because of the condition of my teeth that showed up on the x-rays. Ended up getting one pulled. Hopefully I haven't waited too long and I can get the rest to last for years to come. But I didn't want to go to work at the prison and be dealing with my job while under the influence of the hydrocodone pain meds. So at the moment I have mixed feelings. On the negative side, I am going to be dealing with trying to cure periodontal disease, which is going to take time and money, money, money. On the plus side, I can maintain a pleasant little buzz for a while and I'm not dealing with hammerheads at work....... or the convicted felons, either.
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Old Dec 17 2014, 12:52 AM   #2968
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Last night I met with a group and played Cards Against Humanity and Forbidden Island. I had a great time.

Allen, I wish you as painless as possible healing for your teeth.

Mawra, I wish Melissa the best.
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Old Dec 17 2014, 02:28 AM   #2969
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A book I have been working on for a LONG time is mostly finished. Needs editing which it will be getting very soon. I have been looking at writer workshops. The best one that is at all close to being affordable is the writer's track at Dragoncon. I actually found a room, a mile away from main hotels, for an almost reasonable amount. Kibby and I will be going next year.
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Fantastic! I know you will have a wonderful time!
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Old Dec 17 2014, 08:25 PM   #2971
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We loved the convention the years we went and I have missed it. However, one reason for not going is that next year Jeff is retiring and I would like us to start saving for trips to some of the national parks. We had new tile put in two bathrooms a couple months ago and hardwood floor in our bedroom, not cheap. We've already decided to skip Disney next year because of that expense so a convention is pretty much not in the cards either. Take lots of pictures!
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Old Dec 17 2014, 09:32 PM   #2973
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I plan on it. This also means I probably won't make it up your way any time soon.

I am trying to watch t.v. the card table is out, because we have been wrapping presents on it. The cats keep getting on the table and blocking the t.v. When I try to push them out of the way with tubes of wrapping paper they attack the paper.
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I understand. Priorities! I really enjoyed your book and hope to see it in print. That writers workshop. Do you know who is running it?
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I attempted to make fudge yesterday. It is still thin and runny but tastes delicious. I now have three good sized containers of "Priscilla's Super Special Fudge Sauce" - great on pancakes, waffles, ice cream or to dip fruit. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
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Old Dec 18 2014, 09:08 AM   #2976
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Nancy Knight is who ran it last year.
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Bought ice cream and strawberries to "test" the fudge sauce.
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Another place you could try is the Slush Pile forum at Baen's Bar on the Baen website (baen.com under baen community). This is not the submission area for them, but an area of the forums for people who are working on becoming writers. There are a number of people who have used this for editing of self-published items with much success* and several people have either been approached by Baen itself or smaller science fiction and fantasy publishers** who also watch the bar slush pile. You do not have to participate in the rest of the forums at Baen's Bar to use the slush pile, and in fact I would say that many McCaffrey fans would find them a bit difficult due to the personalities involved in some of the fanbases.

*Most notably milscifi writer Chris G. Nutall who uses it to polish his books before he releases them. These days he pretty much makes enough off of his self published books to be a full time writer.

** Again Chris Nutall, but the big one is John Ringo who does make enough off of his books to be a full time writer. He or more the people who are his fanbase however are one of the reasons that I say many McCaffrey fans would find the main bar not to their taste


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I found a great recipe for peanut butter fudge last year. It is much easier than my other fudge recipe, although I've been making both!

2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (I normally eat natural peanut butter, but the hydrogenated stuff really gives it a smooth texture.)

Mix the milk and sugar in a medium saucepan, heat to boiling, then cook for two and a half minutes, stirring constantly. Mix in vanilla (watch out, it can splash!) and peanut butter. When peanut butter is completely mixed in, pour out into a greased 9 inch square pan.

My modification: as soon as it's in the pan, sprinkle with 1 cup miniature chocolate chips. Cover with a tray to hold in the heat; after a few minutes, when chocolate is completely melted, use the edge of a spatula to spread it smoothly. Later, when fudge is mostly cooled but chocolate has not yet set, cut into squares - if you wait until the chocolate is hard it will not stay attached to the fudge!
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Old Dec 20 2014, 12:55 AM   #2981
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One year, I hope to go to DragonCon.

Mawra, good luck and I look forward to seeing your book in print.

I'm off on winter break... time to relax and enjoy myself a little.
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Old Dec 20 2014, 01:42 AM   #2982
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Old Dec 20 2014, 03:51 AM   #2983
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I plan to.... I've started with season 11 of NCIS. I'd love to work for Gibbs and with Abby.
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I am being mean to Mom. One of our large six month old kitten was bugging our smallest dog. So I called Mom into the livingroom. As usual Murphy ran and leaped into her lap, which means Murphy is bugging Mom, not Jazzy.

Murphy is at least ten pounds. Every time Mom comes into the livingroom he runs across the room and takes a flying leap into her lap. It is funny to watch.
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I am confused. Is this six month kitten ten pounds?! If so, are you sure it is not a tiger or lion in disguise?! That is big!
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Old Dec 21 2014, 01:17 AM   #2987
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Murphy is that large. We have two that are bigger. On the other end of the scale is Duncan, who is only a couple of pounds at four months. She is about half the size of her siblings. I think she forgot to grow. She is the sweetest one of all the cats.
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Abby rocks!

On Wed, we will be flying to Kansas City, Missouri to visit my cousin for a week in Haysville, Kansas. We will spend Wed night at a hotel near the airport then pick up our rental car the next day and drive to my cousins. I can't wait to spend the week with her. However, keep me in your thoughts while flying with my two boys.
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Old Dec 23 2014, 01:53 AM   #2989
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I hope you have a wonderful calm flight. Make sure the boys take things to keep them busy while flying. They should be fine.
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We aren't going anywhere. The kids will be here at various times over the next week. Mike is making his delicious chicken parmesan for Christmas dinner (Jeff's request). I just baked a pumpkin pie, that's my contribution. My pies do not look fancy with all the curly edges like you get at a bakery or mass produced. They do taste good. I'll go for taste over looks any day!

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I prefer taste and home made to appearance, too.

I'm spending Christmas with my two kids and their families. Son has recently shifted house to a place with the popular "indoor-outdoor flow!" In that the big doors from the kitchen/dining area open onto a balcony with a BBQ and the kids trampoline in site.

Hubby, with fond memories of cold christmasses when he was growing up in UK, likes a hint of stodgy Christmas fare so .............

I made a traditional Christmas pudding which I will serve with brandy sauce (oh, perhaps had better make a jug without the brandy for the kids) Apart from that we'll have a cold meal.

He won a raffle recently which included a fancy Christmas cake which I have not cut yet. On top it has a bath tub with santa reclining in it, and bubbles made with little sugar balls. I'm dying to know what's underneath him in the bath!!!!! The rest of the raffle prize was some sweets, and about 20 bottles of sauces of various sorts! I have given away most of them.
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Thanks everyone. The boys will have their electronics (ds & chrome). I'll have my books.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, Happy last night of Chanukah tonight to those who celebrate & Happy 3rd day (I think) of Yule to those who celebrate. May everyone enjoy whichever holiday they celebrate if they celebrate. See you all in the new year.
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I am done wrapping Christmas presents. I am out of tape so can not wrap more even if there was more to wrap. I have been wrapping for everyone in the house for a solid week. Unless I was shopping, eating, or sleeping I have been wrapping. With short breaks to get on here. I have even wrapped thing to me that Kibby has put into boxes and put in the pile.

The cats have had a blast playing with all the paper. We have scraps of paper all over the house, from them carrying scraps around. There is on very long piece of ribbon that they have been having fun dragging all over the house. This last litter of kittens all love to carry things. They are going to be disappointed when it is all cleaned up.
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So? Why tidy? Give the kits some prime time!
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Easy Xmas this year. First Christmas Day we'll go out for an Italian Christmas Dinner with my brother and his wife, so I only have/get to cook one dinner this year. To compensate I invented a pre Noel family dinner we had in November in which all my siblings and spouses we're invited and that had a "Van der Boom Family Game Dinner" theme, October and November being game months We had pheasant, duck and deer plate service with the same in patés as entrees, a clear soup and game stew as between courses, a strawberry spoom and chocolate covered crepes with banana icecream and exotic fruit as desert (with Belgian chocolate bonbons, liqueur and coffee afterwards).

Anyway, the Second Christmas Day dinner with my son and his wife to be (will be married in May 2015!):

- Amuses with lobster salad, duck paté and warm Chevre goat cheese
- An small cup of oxtail soup
- Vitello Tonnato (veal sliced very thin with a tuna sauce, capers and rocket sla)
- Pheasant with sage, apples and bacon in a cider gravy
- Wild Boar in read wine sauce with andives
- Broad beans with bacon
- Fried chicory (with caramelised sugar and orange juice) as well as
- cooked chicory with raw German ham
- with baked barbecue potatoes and a potato gratin with Emmenthaler cheese
and
- Creme Brulee as dessert

Like I said, an easy xmas dinner for me
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Old Dec 24 2014, 11:54 AM   #2997
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You can send the creme brulee right over here! See how I focus on the important stuff!) It all sounds lovely!
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Do the kids know where Santa is? Take a look at NORAD's Santa Tracker!
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WoW Hans! An EASY dinner !!!!!! So I shall keep my question to an easy one - what were your exotic fruits? Were you able to get fresh fruits?
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Checked in for tomorrow's flight as long as it is not cancelled like today's flight.

May everyone have a wonderful holiday over the next few days!
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