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Old 03-02-2012, 04:31 PM   #4081
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So V, do you want to do the zoo on Friday and Mt. Diablo on Saturday?

Anything we might have to contend with on that Saturday, being St. Pat's Day?

Doesn't look like Danville has anything.
I'm bringing a green shirt to wear on St Pat's so you all can't pinch me... <--see? Green!
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I can give you uncertainty of the weather. Today 63, Sunday 78, Monday 82, next Thursday 70. Friday and the weekend isn't up yet. I'll keep checking and let you know. DS1 has his Odyssey of the Mind competition tomorrow - we leave school at 7.30 and hope to be home around 6pm. Looooong day. We will be around on Sunday as we're cleaning the carpets! So I hope we get a chance to chat very soon. So excited.
Yay!

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No, not really...

But he does drive up to pick up the carryout pizza once a week
Ah... he has the culinary mastery of STBX, LOL!
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Kind of crazy here. Madly deep cleaning the house for our visitors. Not that it's dirty by any stretch of the imagination but my in-laws have NEVER visited us here so I want it to be perfect. And, of course, for a certain Otter too.
Awww...
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Wow on all counts. Hope everything works out.

And enjoy vacation - I am jealous!!

But I think it is for the best that Leona had to cancel the San Francisco train trip. Not only was she in a money bind, but this siding project has had lots of major ripple effect to my wallet.

New Andersen storm door $350 (incl installn)
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Pay someone to put brick steps back together $450
Black metal trellis to replace old wooden one (so it matches new metal front fences) $150

Oh and I forgot, pay painter to paint the wood & new surround trim on the sliding glass door to match, and as long as he was here, paint all the trim in the house to freshen it $300

So I guess it boils down to, I better spend my vacation in my unexpectedly pricey courtyard this summer.

Wine and cheese on the patio, anyone?
I'd LOVE to join you... although possibly maybe when it warms up just a wee bit?

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Went great!

You know, I have a few really good friends and a lot of casual friends.

And the latter are in groups:
Dog park crew
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They don't co-mingle much....
I know what you mean about different groups of friends. I think that's why the Super Bowl party was fun... stamping friends, kayaking friends, car friend...
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No, not really...

But he does drive up to pick up the carryout pizza once a week
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YDS made me a toasted cheese sandwich tonight - our family's super easy no fuss alternative to grilled cheese. Toast the bread in the toaster, when it's done toasting, assemble the cheese between the bread, then pop it in the microwave for about 8 seconds on each side to get the cheese melty.
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So I guess it boils down to, I better spend my vacation in my unexpectedly pricey courtyard this summer.

Wine and cheese on the patio, anyone?
That sucks about the unexpected expenses.

Do we have to partake of the wine and cheese fest on the patio? Could we, perhaps, share with your neighbors in a common area?
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Hey, I'd buy those inflate-a-bed things for you, LOL

And you can see my new siding and fugly orange fence. Well the fence isn't up yet, but will be soon.
You are too generous!!!!
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Rainsong--dearly loves growing older
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Jane, I'm sorry about all the turmoil you've had this week. {Hugs}
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I got the media wall re-arranged. CDs and DVDs. Still some VCR tapes but I'm going to free cycle a bunch.
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Yeah that sounds good. The only thing I know that happens around here for St Pat's is a parade in Dublin in the morning. I've never been. Best route to Mt Diablo is basically driving back roads from my house so depending on zoo day and how your back is feeling we might even just head up there after that? I read that the observation platform is closed do to structural leaks but the museum should be open and the parking area still has good views. Wasn't planning on a hike unless we stop at Wind City on the way down for a look at the caves, those are close to the parking spot too. We can be up at the summit until sunset so whatever works out best is fine by me.
I'm fine with whatever works for both of you!
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Hey Jane - I thought you might be able to use this.

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Rainsong--dearly loves growing older
Awwww...

Yup, that part bites.
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Wow..pretty nasty weather by Charla and Amber...Amber is apparently okay, lost her barn and not sure about her house yet. She was elsewhere. Haven't seen anything from Charla since she was in her sister-in-law's cellar several hours ago.
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I stayed home today..couldn't see. Went to the doctor. I have an infection..not the worst he's seen but in the top 10 he told me. Got steroids and drops. It's awful!
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Wow..pretty nasty weather by Charla and Amber...Amber is apparently okay, lost her barn and not sure about her house yet. She was elsewhere. Haven't seen anything from Charla since she was in her sister-in-law's cellar several hours ago.
I thought her dad lost his barn?
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Bwa ha ha ha ha

I know I posted this before, but here's a pic DS drew once after trying to explain something to me. Sorry it's small and light, looks better when you click on it.
Oh, that totally cracked me up!!! I think 3/4 of what my kids say goes completely over my head, LOL.
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Oh, and trying to catch up in the Pond. I think I'll have to give up on it though 'cause I can't remember half of it and am jealous of the other half.

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I just don't want to pay 4.55 a gallon for gas.
Certainly has put a damper on our planned camping trip from WA to CA - or CA to WA - we haven't yet decided...
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Marge the only answer is we should all visit you. How many of us can you fit? I'm sure the girls would be happy to fit 3 or 4 in a bed. Or sleep on the floor.
I sleep on the floor.


I look really funny getting back up again (like a turtle crossed with a something-else-that-can't-flip-and-stand), but I can do it

Of course IL is one of the states I've already visited and don't really need to visit again
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He auditioned for the All Virginia High School Band yesterday, on alto clarinet.

He made it!!!!!

Congrats to him, and to you for supporting him!
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I'd LOVE to meet your Mom one of these days! Maybe one day after I've visited Alyson I can come back!
If we time it right, you can visit us for 4th of July (must be seen here! fireworks on both sides of the water, including insane neighbors who spend tens of thousands for their own exhibitions, not to mention we're 10 mi from reservation w/unlimited fireworks).

Then you can help me drive down to CA (presuming DH is still working there...) and we can stop and see V and Wrose again
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Over here, it wouldn't even be an censoring issue if he'd gone for a single entendre on a late-night show. My Canadian cousin was pretty shocked at the stuff people are allowed to say on TV.
Me, too - I'm never sure whether to let the kids watch a show or not, LOL.
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NoCA is the weather of your dreams, Jane!

(obligatory self-serving response - so is NW WA )
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That sucks about the unexpected expenses.

Do we have to partake of the wine and cheese fest on the patio? Could we, perhaps, share with your neighbors in a common area?
I'd have to get permission first

I do have some very nice neighbors. But unfortunately we also have Weasel (aka The Chinless Wonder), Napoleon, Warden, the Stupid *****.....

Such a wonderful cast of characters.
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Wow..pretty nasty weather by Charla and Amber...Amber is apparently okay, lost her barn and not sure about her house yet. She was elsewhere. Haven't seen anything from Charla since she was in her sister-in-law's cellar several hours ago.
Oh no...

When I saw the tornadoes in Kentucky I wondered about our Pondies. How terrible. If anyone hears more, let us know.
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Did I ever tell you about Charlotte? She is the Board president's sister.

She's from Philadelphia; her husband died; she started dating again, then her new boyfriend died.

Meanwhile her sister (our Board pres) lost her job, was out of work for 6 months, had to take a job downtown at half her former salary. She went from a 5 minute commute to an hour++ train commute.

Anyway about 1.5 years ago they decided the Philadelphia sister Charlotte (who works from home doing medical transcription) should sell her Phila house and move into the townhouse here. Share expenses since Board pre' salary was so much lower. So that is what they did. They called it survival.

Even though Board pres & I have a testy relationship, I get a big kick out of her sister Charlotte. Charlotte is "funny", always cracking jokes, very irreverant. She's done a few things with Leona and I and she came to my New Years Day lunch. And we chitchat almost every day when we see each other out walking dogs.

Anyway.....she had gone to Florida to visit the parents of the boyfriend who died. She wants to make them a mini scrapbook.

So she asked my help. We are heading to JoAnn's and Michael's this morning, and then to lunch. JoAnn's has lots of scrapbook stuff on sale and they have a 15% coupon good for entire purchase -- including sale items!!

And I have a JoAnn's gift card that a co-worker gave me as a retirement gift.

So it should be fun!!
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Hey Pondies.
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Amber sent me a message on FB late last night. Her family wasn't home when the worst of storms went through, so they are all safe. She had been in contact with some of her neighbors, who reported to her that the house is missing some shingles and siding, but otherwise looked OK. She said the kids' play set was gone, along with "the barn" (she didn't specify but I'm pretty sure that's her dad's barn).
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Just a thought...

if we get to 5000 posts by next Monday, do we want to start a new thread to celebrate our Pondiversary? The Pond will be 5 years old!


(Old enough to go to kindergarten, LOL!)
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Yes I am, oh were you not talking to me?

Yesterday the schedule for that week went up. SQUEE! Three days off in a row and visitors to boot!

Jane do you realize you'll be traveling during Spring Forward time change? ERK doesn't do it I don't think so you'll be suitably confused when you get here.
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Just a thought...

if we get to 5000 posts by next Monday, do we want to start a new thread to celebrate our Pondiversary? The Pond will be 5 years old!


(Old enough to go to kindergarten, LOL!)
Yes!!

We are FIVE?!?!?! Wow! I was just thinking on Thursday night (when PH and I were talking about how the kids are growing so fast) about how long we'd been friends.
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