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    Fantasy, Science Fiction, Films, Writing, Art, Music, Theatre, Horseback Riding, Cooking, and many other varied interests. ;)

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  1. We still have 8 Drive-in Theatres in the state, I think? There's one here in the city, and a very famous old one up in Tulsa that was refurbished. We used it for our Graduation ceremony last May for the school I work for, so that our students would get a chance to 'have' one. πŸ™‚ Everyone loved it. Since we were outside, we got to have Confetti Canons! It would be nice if they put in MORE of them. The ice cream place near our house was featured on Food Network. πŸ™‚ (I actually heard about it because a friend in ILLINOIS saw it on TV. lol). It's also in their '50 States, 50 Scoops' article on the best ice cream places in each state.
  2. That sounds so fun, Lily! I hope they have a great Halloween. πŸ™‚ I have no idea what we are doing for it yet other than the city has announced Trick or Treating will be observed 'on' Halloween night since it's on the weekend. Usually we watch It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, if we are actually home (which I am assuming we will be). For years we were never home on Halloween due to the Anime Convention we were running that often overlapped it (which is pretty much giant Halloween anyway πŸ˜‰ ). There are a lot of younger kids on our new street though, so I might bother to buy candy and trick-or-treat items for anyone who comes to our door. Two years ago I got glow-bracelets to give out too, and those were even more popular than the candy.
  3. Well, on top of the items listed in my first post, I'm looking forward to doing NaNoWriMo this year without having to move in the middle of November. Writing is much better when there's enough time! I am also looking forward to cooking Thanksgiving Dinner this year. Last year we spent the three days before Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving day, moving boxes in-and-out of a Uhaul (it took four moves with the Uhaul we had) and nearly broke the whole family, even the teenager. We stopped at a gas station and got Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies (which are basically large hand/pocket pies) for Thanksgiving on our way back to the house with the last load on Thanksgiving afternoon. They are, at the least, delicious. πŸ™‚ Though it will be nice to make an actual holiday meal this year and not be hauling boxes.
  4. I like malts. πŸ™‚ Though not a lot of places seem to make them anymore. I think the cute 50s Soda Shoppe themed ice cream place near our library may have them. We've only just discovered them, but all of their goods are made from scratch in house and what we have had so far is very tasty! This is the first time in decades I've lived near a Dairy Queen (and it's still about 20 minutes away with no traffic, but that's better than none). We don't go there often, but I really wanted something thick and creamy and the local frozen custard places don't make their custard thick enough.
  5. That sounds like a lovely visit, and tasty food. I am so sorry about your sister's dog! That is one of the hardest things. Our very elderly large dog, Xena, is having back issues. Thankfully she doesn't seem to be in much pain, and is on very good medication from our vet, but she's not able to 'feel' her back end much right now. My husband has already been looking into DIY dog wheelchairs in case she does not regain the ability to feel her back legs. 'Best' case scenario, the anti-inflammatories help her long enough for it to heal (if it is a slipped disc. We can't afford an MRI to see if it's a disc or a tumor, unfortunately) Her bloodwork was great and she is otherwise in perfect health, so we are hopeful, but good thoughts and prayers from anyone would be appreciated.
  6. Mmmm that looks delicious! Not a Sundae, per say, but I tried the Pecan Pie blizzard at Dairy Queen the other day after our family walk in the woods. It was awesome! They managed to make little soft caramel-chew type things out of pecan pie filling so it really tasted right. πŸ™‚
  7. I am looking forward to the temperature staying below 90 degrees. (We aren't there yet, but this week it dropped into the 70s and 80s for a solid three days. Now going back to the 90s....sigh). So we went out and enjoyed a lovely nature park in the area we hadn't been to before. Happened across a film set by total coincidence. πŸ˜‰ So that was fun. Also looking forward to hopefully getting to have field trips for our school. I already had to move our September plans to October because people higher-up than our Principal said "NOTHING IN SEPTEMBER." Sigh... we are pushing back on October. Everything we're planning is virtual or outdoors where people can mask and distance properly. I'm glad you had fun with your sister! My son got to attend a friend's sleepover birthday party last weekend (all parties are vaccinated), and they all stayed up until 7am video gaming and eating ice cream. Kitten training goes apace. Got through an entire evening of painting without either small kitten causing problems!
  8. Oh dear! I hope you were able to get the tire fixed in time.
  9. So much family visiting. That sounds great! I hope the surgery goes well. I feel like I need to actually see some of Season 1 to have a real opinion on how I think they will portray the Kin. Hoping they come across a little more as a subtle secret society than a ladies' crafting circle. πŸ˜‰ We're two weeks into the school year and we still have new students enrolling (we started a couple of weeks later than most of the bricks-and-mortar schools, and there's definitely families who don't want to deal with how the state is 'not' handling things). Thankfully it's been a good group so far. πŸ™‚
  10. Braum's makes a Spicy Mango Raspberry Sherbet that's fantastic! (I think they use just a hint of red sweet pepper to give it a hint of 'zip' and it's amazing) My favorite Sundae toppings/ice creams involve cookie dough (everything should have cookie dough), raspberries, chocolate, fresh whipped cream (homemade always best!). Butterscotch sauce for sure. I'm totally up for blueberries and cherries too. Nuts! - Pecans being a favorite texture-wise and flavor with ice cream, but hazelnuts are good on pretty much anything, or almonds. I love nuts.
  11. Oh that's stunning! Thank you for sharing the photo. πŸ™‚
  12. Such beautiful places to visit! And I'm glad you love your new home. Big Sur and Point Lobos are my parents favorite spots in all of California. They have photos (My Mom took) and several paintings of those spots along the coast hanging in their home that I've grown up with. Including a (more recently acquired) high-quality museum print off the original of Albert Bierstadt's Point Lobos painting with the Seal. I have never been to either spot, but they're on my 'must go' list whenever we finally do a family road trip up the West Coast.
  13. I'm wondering the same thing about a lot of things, but I am really loving these visuals. When I was first reading them in the '90s (when I was in high school and early college) about all I had in my head from the descriptions were very... Well, European fantasy looking designs. They've run with the setting and made it more 'other' in various ways and it's very cool. I am enjoying the costume choices that involve functional pants on basically every woman, even if she's also wearing an over-skirt of some kind. Also that cage they have Logain in in that one screen-shot..! (And his expression, wow). I hope they do something awesome with the Kin. Then maybe we can do some Kin Cosplay and be recognizable. πŸ˜‰ I have a gorgeous Amyrlin Stole out of silk yarn that my sister-in-law crocheted for me years ago. Have dreamed of making the right dress to go with it. The only thing I currently have is purple Early Tudor, and it's regal enough, but not really right to the place. I'm going to have to see what they have Siuan and Egwene (eventually) in! Ryrin - Pool, dogs, and reading sounds awesome. I'm glad you're getting to enjoy time with your sister too! Lily - PTO is awesome! I'm glad you're getting to relax some and get ahead too.
  14. Well, just checking in. How's everyone doing? Back at work gearing up for the school year (our students come back August 30th). Spent three days out of town last week up at our actual school office (where about 60% of our teachers actually go in sometimes) for professional development and various team meetings. It's honestly pretty fun. πŸ™‚ Since all the meetings are directly applicable to what we do with our students and not stuff that could have been an email. We also did fun things like tie-dye 10th anniversary school t-shirts (last year was Year 10, but we couldn't get together for tie-dye last year, so we did it this year. πŸ˜‰ ). My son wishes summer was longer. He's a HS Junior this year! (I'm planning his 16th Birthday and wondering where my little kindergartener went). Kittens feel totally settled in, much to the sometimes chill and sometimes begrudging feelings of my adult cats. Relaxing mostly by painting and catching up on new anime and books while I wait eagerly for Wheel of Time in November (and Lackey's The Last Herald-Mage trilogy has been optioned for a TV show too! My teenage book-to-tv dreams may all become reality yet. We just need to compete the trifecta with someone doing an awesome version of Dragonriders of Pern).
  15. That's understandable. πŸ™‚ If they would not enjoy having younger cats around it is probably best. My eldest girls were incredibly patient when we brought home new kittens, but they were rare among cats that way. (They also didn't put up with crap. Kittens learned immediately that messing with old queens is a dumb idea).
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