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Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
There was much commotion in the Opelë.
That is, there was suddenly much commotion there - before that, it had been awfully quiet for awfully long.

But now, there was much commotion and much discussion.

"There must be cheese on pizza!" someone claimed.

"But I don't like cheese!" someone else protested. "More cheese than no cheese is too much cheese!"

"What?" a third one exclaimed. "There is no such thing as too much cheese!"

"Oh, but cheese isn't the only way to cover a pizza," the friendly pi tried to calm down the commotion.
"There are plenty of paths to please your palate with pizza!
You could try what is called in the US a white pizza with some or all of the following: slices of tomatoes, broccoli, onions, garlic, ricotta, olive oil, meats if you desire such as sausage, ground beef, ham, prosciutto - really anything."

"But without cheese, would that still be pizza?" the first one asked, while the others began to drool.

"Of course!" pi answered. "Because pizza is more than just food, it's a lifelong pleasure, a culinary smorgasbord of joy - it's a way of life!"

"It's the Pizza Circle of Happiness!" Inc' agreed with him.

... and so the Tea House suddenly became a Pizza House.

---

Even though some of the members on it aren't around any more, we'll still use the Opelë banner:

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( [] to Sherl who made it)

This, then, is The Tea House - Pizza Circle of Happiness, or, as we say it in Quenya, I Cuiveyulda Opelë: Láramas Rindë Valdëo. (It's Neo-Quenya, of course, otherwise we would be far too limited ... [] )

Elyrka Redsmith is the owner of the establishment, but she is on a well-deserved (and very long) break. Varnafindë, Braeden and a few others have been running the place for her. If you need to talk to Elyrka, you can email her at: clare.sophie.t@gmail.com . (She also has a tumblr, which you can read here if it so interests you.)

She has this to say to all visitors:
quote:
Welcome to the Opelë, where everyone is welcome - except Orcs, of course. Come, sit by the fire and have some tea.

Although we welcome one and all, the Opelë is, as you may have guessed, the unofficial home to the Quenya Defenders. If you mock the name of Quenya in here, the management of the Opelë can claim no responsibility for the consequences.

No 'text message' spelling or grammar is to be used in the Opelë. If you cannot take the time to post correctly, please refrain from posting.

In addition to our new pizza menu, we also - of course - serve all kinds of tea and coffee in unlimited flavors. To go with it, there are biscuits of every conceiveable variety, and peanut butter, and chocolate (Neo-Quenya: hocolatil).

Do share your favorite pizza experience - or any other experience!
Let's come full circle - Pizza Circle of Happiness!
 
Posted by pi (Citizen # 5374) on :
 
First post! Hooray for pizza!
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
[] [] [] []

I feel smug to have found the new thread title - at least its non-Quenya version [] []

I have eaten in an Italian restaurant tonight - but I didn't have pizza. It's been a while since I had any, actually. I should do something about it. []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I am finishing what I call the Hertfordshire homemade Mix, Pizza right now! Mind, does anyone know what the Quenya for tea is anyway? I always thought the title of the last one was 'I'll have a nice Latte.'
 
Posted by pi (Citizen # 5374) on :
 
I'm reminded of My Fair Lady...

In Hartford, Hereford, [Hertfordshire for Hamfast] and Hampshire hurricanes hardly ever happen. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
Mind, does anyone know what the Quenya for tea is anyway?
Aika said that she
quote:
learnt that there is now a specific Quenya word for tea. Tyé. One of the few two-letter Quenya words. (Anyone saying 'but it's three!' gets a [] ) []

 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I must confess I don't drink that much actual Tea. Apparently too much of it can rot your teeth. So, not to take any chances I wash mine down with beer! Although I never was happy with what to do with that teabag thing which floated in the cup. So I tend to stick with coffee.
 
Posted by Tigranes (Citizen # 9076) on :
 
Too much tea may rot your teeth, but too much beer will cause you to have too much estrogene. And I'm certain coffee carries its own risks. It seems you are beset with dangers, Hamfast son of Hobson.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
I must confess I don't drink that much actual Tea. Apparently too much of it can rot your teeth.
Isn't that if you drink it with sugar?
Plain tea might not be so bad (apart from whatever the caffeine does, of course [] ).
 
Posted by Sauron's Secret Agent (Citizen # 1891) on :
 
I just saw Varna's post on the Active Topics, and feel obliged to point out that tea is actually good for your teeth, as it contains fluoride.

It also reduces your chances of cardiac problems and helps increase your immunity to a number of intestinal disorders.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Thank you, SSA! Good news for tea drinkers! []

And I guess it's better not to put too much sugar in it. It ruins the taste of tea, for one thing!
Isn't green tea supposed to be especially good for you?
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Got my exam results yesterday... I passed!
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
That's good news, Telpy!
Congratulations!
 
Posted by Hoom (Citizen # 4497) on :
 
Congrats, Telpy! [] You must be so relieved! []

I've been roaming around the Australian countryside for the past five days, in a place called Tamworth. I was visiting a school in a nearby village for my degree. The entire school only had 36 kids! Now that I'm back in the city, I miss the space and quiet, even if it's nice to be back in my own bed.

A photo:
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One thing that was definitely lacking in Tamworth was decent pizza! *deeply inhales the smell of pizza floating about the Opelë* Nice set up, Varna!
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
They say green tea is better than bleck, due to processing and/or the nutrition gehalt?
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Yes, green tea is meant to be very good for you. I still prefer black but I drink both. (Tea addict that I am I just had to post!)
 
Posted by Sauron's Secret Agent (Citizen # 1891) on :
 
I read an allegedly scientific report last year/earlier this year, which said they are equally good for you, despite the common belief that green is superior.

Of course, putting sugar in tea is the major crime. A hot sweet drink can be anything - if you are going to do that, just drink sweetened hot water, and leave the good stuff for those of us who appreciate it.

Now, I must go and find my Lady Grey. And an orange.

edit: typo

[ 07-02-2011, 11:04 AM: Message edited by: Sauron's Secret Agent ]
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
But tea with milk is supposed to be very bad for your stomach, isn't it ?
 
Posted by Sauron's Secret Agent (Citizen # 1891) on :
 
One does not drink Lady Grey with milk, sir. Nor Picard's favourite beverage.

I so want one of those mugs for tea-geeks....
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Neither the Lady nor the Earl.
The bergamot flavour doesn't go well with milk.

There are other teas that are better with milk than without, though.
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
Congratulations, Telpy! []

quote:
I've been roaming around the Australian countryside for the past five days, in a place called Tamworth. I was visiting a school in a nearby village for my degree. The entire school only had 36 kids! Now that I'm back in the city, I miss the space and quiet, even if it's nice to be back in my own bed.
Wow. I've always thought it would be nice to work in a really tiny school. Smaller class sizes make such a difference to learning. [] It's sort of a given that city schools aren't going to be like that, though.
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
Made pizza. []

Just a simple one: minced meat, taco spice, cheese, corn, pineapple. []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Sounds tasty. And making Pizza can be fun.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Good to see some more Láramas in this thread!
It does indeed sound tasty ... []
 
Posted by Arorë Silvertongue (Citizen # 3570) on :
 
All this talk of pizza! Or láramas as I suppose I ought call it. I am going to have to have some this week. Today is lasagna, tomorrow is BBQ and tuesday we're going out... so it'll have to be later in the week, but I shall have it!
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Thanks []

If you have to pick between tea and pizza, which would it be? []
 
Posted by Sauron's Secret Agent (Citizen # 1891) on :
 
Tea.

No contest.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Depends on whether you mean to eat or to drink [] - but if you mean what I would choose if I had to give up the other for ever, I would keep the tea as well.

But don't let us make this into a contest between the two - this is to celebrate the goodness of both! []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Hot chocolate. []

*is writing a post for a certain RP* []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
*likes pizza*
*doesn't like tea*

Well, that was easy. []

*will vote for chocolate, albeit iced would be better for now* []
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
Keep the tea. That's not limited to pizza, either - I'd choose tea over just about any other food or drink.

*needs to post in a certain RP, too*
*will be doing so tomorrow* []

In the meantime, here is a poem!

Cup of Tea

When the world is all at odds
And the mind is all at sea
Then cease the useless tedium
And brew a cup of tea.

There is magic in its fragrance,
There is solace in its taste;
And the laden moments vanish
Somehow into space.

And the world becomes a lovely thing!
There's beauty as you'll see;
All because you briefly stopped
To brew a cup of tea.

Tea helps our head and heart.
Ted medicates most every part.
Tea rejuvenates the very old.
Tea warms the hands of those who're cold.

(J. Jonker, Amsterdam, c.1670)
 
Posted by Éomer (Citizen # 2824) on :
 
quote:
*likes pizza*
*doesn't like tea*


 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*likes the RPing* []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
It is weird seeing my username as the last user to make a post in the Green Dragon... A post which isn't part of "A Short Tale". []
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
Fixed that for you, Brae. []

I loved your post, though! []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I second that. []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I got rather used at times to seeing my name in the Green Dragon's last post over some weeks.
 
Posted by Éomer (Citizen # 2824) on :
 
*peeks at RtR*

Is Folcmund hitting on an elf? []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Tea AND Pizza AND Chocolate. Three of my favourite things mentioned on one page. I think I like this place. Does it have a crypt? []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Not sure about a crypt - it does have some secret cupboards, though []

Eomer, if you want to make sure that he does - or that he doesn't - feel free to join us again for a while []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
quote:
Is Folcmund hitting on an elf?
[] If he is, Lori's not picking up on it. He's probably just being his usual friendly self. []

However, their horses may have something going on. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Secret cupboards are good too - may I hide from the sun in one? I would hate to melt on the nice clean floor.
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
quote:
Eomer, if you want to make sure that he does - or that he doesn't - feel free to join us again for a while []
I second that. []

Varna, I wonder how many times you've had to write Baru explaining her somewhat unusual background in various RPs. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
Varna, I wonder how many times you've had to write Baru explaining her somewhat unusual background in various RPs. []
Not many times at all, actually. She usually avoids the issue, and in most other RPs she's "an Elf of Rivendell" and any further details than that aren't mentioned. All those times she's referred to as "people having difficulty in understanding/accepting" have happened outside of RPs []

Sometimes she refers to it in a vague manner - as I guess she did in an RP which is nearly finished.
Then she explained it to Alcaira, who accepted it almost immediately. I think the conversation about it with your character is only the third time it happens inside an RP (and the best one so far).

There is likely to be about two more such conversations before we finish this RtR. []
 
Posted by Éomer (Citizen # 2824) on :
 
quote:
Eomer, if you want to make sure that he does - or that he doesn't - feel free to join us again for a while
No thanks. I haven't been in that character's head in, like, five years. I can't really remember his voice or what I'd had planned for him.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Fair enough. []
I expect that Folcmund will stay in the Town Guard until such time as he will escort the Princess back to Rohan (only to find that her father has died). He gets married eventually, and I meant for Baru to meet one of his descendants in a much later RP (only that said RP has died).
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
[]
Today is my third migrane this week.
 
Posted by Arorë Silvertongue (Citizen # 3570) on :
 
[] Migraines suck. I hope you feel better soon!
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
That's awful, Telpy. *hugs* Hopefully this one is the last!

quote:
Not many times at all, actually. She usually avoids the issue, and in most other RPs she's "an Elf of Rivendell" and any further details than that aren't mentioned. All those times she's referred to as "people having difficulty in understanding/accepting" have happened outside of RPs
Ah, I see! [] Well, there's definitely more need for explanation in this RP than in most others - she's not an Elf of Rivendell yet! []

In other news, I've started watching .hack//SIGN and it is awesome. Particularly Tsukasa. [] It's the first anime series I've seen (other than Pokemon and DBZ when I was a kid, and they don't count [] ) and I'm enjoying it a lot! If anyone's seen it - no spoilers please, I'm only a few episodes in!
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
Well, there's definitely more need for explanation in this RP than in most others - she's not an Elf of Rivendell yet! []
And if Elrond doesn't understand or accept her, she may never be allowed to become one! []
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
Well, that'd be one way to wreak havok with Baru's timeline. [] I'd say by this point Elrond is fated to accept her. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*likes playing fate for once* []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
And if he doesn't do it straight away, Lori will make him change his mind. [] After all, she has a very close family tie... []

*is all grumpy-face due to the cold*
*... and packing the rest of her things before the removalist comes tomorrow*
*... plus general aches and pains caused by said packing*
*... plus knowing she'll have to live without the internet (& MT! [] ) for at least 2 weeks*
[]

Speaking of Lori, that other post I wanted to do will have to wait until later... But it'll just be a general "update"; no talking with other characters. []

*goes back to it* []
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
quote:
.hack//SIGN
Is that the name? []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
And if he doesn't do it straight away, Lori will make him change his mind. [] After all, she has a very close family tie... []
And she believed Baru fairly easily.
Gandalf will be ready to plead Baru's case as well by then. Maybe I should have someone else playing Gandalf when he talks to Baru about it - but he is fated to accept her in the end as well []
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
Whereas Yavandië is more: 'I'm not calling you a liar, but...'

*looks forward to next Lori post* []

quote:
Is that the name? []
Yes. .hack//SIGN []

I've just watched episode 5 and it just keeps getting better. []

[ 07-08-2011, 05:45 PM: Message edited by: Aikanáro ]
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Today was the last day of handover at work.
I'm on 'holiday' (aka catching up on tv shows) now! []
[]

Brae:
If you get a change to read this, consider investing in a TENS machins.
It's suppose to be very good.
G'luck with the packing. []
 
Posted by Hoom (Citizen # 4497) on :
 
Aika, .hack//sign is one of my favourite things ever! It really does get better and better - it's so amazingly written, and the characters are all great! It's funny that it's 'just a cartoon', but intellectually is one of the most interesting and insightful things I've ever seen. My login picture for my computer is Tsukasa, that's how obsessed with it I am. []

Oh and smaller class sizes definitely do make a difference. Especially in a country school, when it's not unusual for the kids to have the same classroom teacher for several years. I have never seen kids work so independently.
 
Posted by Hoom (Citizen # 4497) on :
 
E: Double post.

[ 07-09-2011, 06:58 AM: Message edited by: Hoom ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
.hack//SIGN! That's next on my To Watch list.
 
Posted by Arorë Silvertongue (Citizen # 3570) on :
 
I'm afraid I have no clue what y'all's're talking about... as I don't watch TV. []
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
Hoom! You're right, it does just keep getting better, and I love the complexity of the characters and the depth of it. It's particularly meaningful for people who have spent any length of time engaged with online, 'virtual' communities too, I think, there's some really thought-provoking commentary on that.

That and the entire concept is just []

My only disappointment is that there are only 28 episodes! []

And of course you're right about the schools, too. I find myself slightly irritated by the prevailing wisdom here that best practice is for no class to have the same teacher for more than one year. It seems to me that the only rationale behind it has to do with variations in teaching quality. Personally, I think building rapport between teachers and students counts for more, particularly in the early years. But hey, what do I know? I'm not making policy. []

Arorë, .hack//SIGN isn't exactly being broadcast on TV anymore. [] TV is just like any other medium, though - lots of it is absolute trash, but there's some quality stuff too. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I tend to avoid TV too, Arorë. I do watch DVDs though, which is how I know that .hack//SIGN is an anime. Also, with its own set of PS2 games.
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
I've had a movie binge this weekend.
* The Siege
* A Team
* Green Hornet
* Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
* 40 days and 40 nights
* When in Rome
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I haven't seen lots of movies, really - and none of those, Telpy.
Which ones were the best?
 
Posted by Éomer (Citizen # 2824) on :
 
The A-Team was just straight-up awesome. That tank scene! [] []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I've only seen The A-Team of those, great fun. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Team America anyone?
 
Posted by Hoom (Citizen # 4497) on :
 
I watched Frost/Nixon on the weekend, for the umpteenth time. Totally recommend it, the acting is so brilliant! [] Have seen Ghost of Girlfriends Past, which really only succeeded in making me want to punch Matthew McConaughey in the face ... though, truth be told, the only time I've not wanted to maim him was in A Time to Kill. []

Team America wasn't too bad, but I much prefer South Park! There's something about small children being incredibly violent and crass that makes me happy (except when they're my students! [] ).
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Oooh, Frost/Nixon, absolutely superb film. [] Also can recommend Good Night and Good Luck, for those who like their political dramas.
[]
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
I tried watching the Chicago Code yesterday.
Didn't really feel in the right mood for it after the first episode.

Watched Warehouse 13 instead.
[] Addictive!
Finished the first season; though there's only 13 episodes per season.
 
Posted by Hoom (Citizen # 4497) on :
 
I've been meaning to watch Good Night and Good Luck. [] I am a sucker for movies/TV shows on American politics. I don't think I've cried more in any TV show than The West Wing. Yeah, I'm weird. []

Speaking of how odd I am, I bought Portal (yes, the first one) and started playing it yesterday and I swear it gives me motion sickness! [] I was trying to get a momentum jump to work for like 20 minutes and got so nauseous I had to stop. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
quote:
I don't think I've cried more in any TV show than The West Wing.
Heard of it. Never watched it.
I don't remember having cried during a TV show.
I prefer my TV shows bordering with crazy or comedy, usually. (Oh, and eye-candy. [] )
 
Posted by Hoom (Citizen # 4497) on :
 
quote:
Oh, and eye-candy.
Ahem, meet Sam Seaborn, the Ken doll of the Bartlet administration. I am a bigger fan of Charlie Young, though. []

And the West Wing is quite funny once you get into it! The characters are all a little quirky and nuts, so it's often quite amusing.
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
I recognise the second guy from Psyche, though I don't find him all that attracive, but he's a good actor in that show.

[ 07-14-2011, 10:39 PM: Message edited by: Telperaca ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
[] Good Night and Good Luck is quite a good movie, and George Clooney got the acting spot on! It is sad that it's so close to what was happening in the United States at the time... []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
[] [] []
Going to watch the last installment of Harry Potter today! With the Bf!
[] [] []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Well, since no one else is here, don't mind if I blast some dance!ChrisBrown? []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
It suddenly became more quiet again, so I suppose you're free to dance until someone complains []

*serves tea and pepperoni pizza*
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
*accepts tea and hopes not to spill it*

I wonder where everyone is.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
It's often more quiet here in the summer - and some are over at the UP []

Secret Bob is preparing tea, so I'm about to have some in RL, too ...
 
Posted by Hoom (Citizen # 4497) on :
 
I'm here! Have just started my education internship though, so am quite busy. And really, Telpy? Chris Brown in a Tolkien forum? I can just picture him rolling in his grave! []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Chris Brown or Tolkien?
 
Posted by Hoom (Citizen # 4497) on :
 
Tolkien, of course! I'm pretty sure Chris Brown isn't dead. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
It was a ruse to get you back here, if only to complain. []

E: Any Warehouse 13, Lost Girl or Eureka fans here?
I feel quite proud. 3 new shows in a week.
(Though I've only watched 1 episode of Eureka so far!)

[ 07-19-2011, 05:32 PM: Message edited by: Telperaca ]
 
Posted by Hoom (Citizen # 4497) on :
 
I haven't watched any of those, but I have been meaning to watch Lost Girl. Is it any good?
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
quote:
I wonder where everyone is.
Holiday makes for less visits
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Perhaps they went here?

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I've been living "between houses" for a fortnight now. Left my old place on July 9th, stayed at a friend's place until the 12th when I drove to Port Macquarie (4.5hrs north of where I lived before). Stayed at my sister's for 2 nights until our rental house was available, and we've been there for just over a week now... But it'll be another 5 months until our new house is built. So, this just feels like an extended holiday. [] We don't have the internet where we're renting (no phoneline!), so I'm at my sister's right now.

Have done a lot of writing over the past week, but not as much as I expected... I'm going to blame the miserable weather. It is winter, but Port Mac isn't supposed to be this rainy, windy or cold. []

[ 07-22-2011, 01:57 AM: Message edited by: Braeden Fireheart ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Best of luck with the new house, with the rental house, with the writing, and with the weather!
 
Posted by Hoom (Citizen # 4497) on :
 
I've just been reading about the massacre in Norway. [] I hope you and your loved ones are all right, Varna.
 
Posted by pi (Citizen # 5374) on :
 
Indeed, and Artaresto as well. Hate is not the answer.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
We are - I'm on holiday now, and was not in Oslo yesterday.

The offices where I work are only a few minutes' walk away from the government buildings that were hit. All my colleagues are on holiday, but my boss texted us that she had been in touch with the caretaker, who said that the offices are ok. On the third floor, the windows are fine - but the windows in the shops on the ground floor were broken.

I've spent most of the time since yesterday afternoon in listening to the news on radio or reading them on the internet []
 
Posted by Éomer (Citizen # 2824) on :
 
I'm glad you're okay, Varna. Arty's last post made it sound like he was on holiday, too, so hopefully he's also okay. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
And Arty isn't usually in Oslo, anyway - he studies somewhere else, and his hometown is in yet another part of the country.
Chances are that he's fine.
 
Posted by Arorë Silvertongue (Citizen # 3570) on :
 
Glad you're OK, Varna.

My thoughts go out to those who lost someone or were hurt. May they find peace and justice without the need for revenge.
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Glad to hear that you are fine, Varna and your work colleagues and it seems that Arty probably is. Terrible things happen in this world, don't they? []
 
Posted by Hoom (Citizen # 4497) on :
 
Am about to book tickets to Heathrow from 25 Dec - 24 Jan! Yay, travel! []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
quote:
May they find peace and justice without the need for revenge.
[]

I assumed you guys were okay and I am glad to see I was right. []
I was in Finland when that happened, and although I couldn't understand the headlines ( [] ) I could see that it was a big deal for them too. After all, Helsinki is not that far, and it was a reminder of the same kind of things that happened there in 2007 and 2008 in schools. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I think it affected all of the Nordic countries, also because we are so closely connected with each other.

I've been on my summer holiday, and next week I go back to work. I'll be able to go up and look at the damaged buildings. Some of the people who were killed there, weren't even working in the government buildings, they just happened to walk past them when the bomb struck []

There has been so much talk about love and comfort to the victims and their families, though. If some good comes out of it, it may be to teach us to care more for each other.
 
Posted by Arorë Silvertongue (Citizen # 3570) on :
 
quote:
If some good comes out of it, it may be to teach us to care more for each other.
That is my hope, at least. The past is done, we cannot change it - but perhaps we can turn it to the good.

[ 07-31-2011, 07:45 PM: Message edited by: Arorë Silvertongue ]
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
I'm alright - as Varna said, neither my place of living nor my hometown is Oslo. []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Glad to hear you're both safe, Varna and Art.

Currently at my sister's house. I don't think I'll be getting any internet access at our rental until September/October. There's one UK show returning then that I probably won't be able to live without knowing what happens next ( [] ). [] I'm quite positive I'll be okay without my US shows. []

Speaking of UK shows, I was watching the new series of Top Gear a few days ago... Was reminded of Hoom when I saw a boat called "Satori" during the guys' Monte Carlo trip. []

Tomorrow we're meeting up with a colour-specialist for the external/internal sections of our soon-to-be-built house. It'll be 3-4 hours of browsing through house-related shops - kitchens, bathrooms, roofing, doors, etc. Fun times. [] [] []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Hope you'll have lots of fun, Braeden!

I'm back at work now, and on Tuesday I went around town to watch the damages. The streets around the main buildings were still closed off, and on all the temporary fences there were flowers and notes with poems or greetings or just "we'll never forget you".

There had been a memorial service at Oslo Cathedral just a couple of days after the events, and people had brought flowers then, and added flowers over the days. On Tuesday all the flowers were still there - filling the whole section of the street in front of the Cathedral, and the small parks on each side of it. There were flowers, notes, candles, flags, and teddy bears. It reminded me of Kensington Gardens after Diana's death.

They have removed the oldest flowers now and opened the street again, but they encourage people to leave flowers in the park for as long as they want to. And everything will be kept and made good use of - the flowers will be composted and possibly used for a memorial garden.

Most of the funerals have taken place now. I'm fairly certain that at least one of them is for someone who would have been a future prime minister if he or she had lived. A girl told a journalist that she had bought a new dress, and she was going to wear it at seven funerals ...
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
What's with all the chaos with the world? []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Well, if I am to be honest, and I will be honest, I actually blame the media and rolling news channels for a lot of at least our preceptions of what is going is on. Yes, there are bad things going on in the world, but they have always been going on. Trouble is that now it seems that every couple of weeks something happens that has all of the rolling news channels breaking everything and having very serious voices about it been the 'Worse such incident of it's kind of this regions or country or city or something etc,' and everything gets build up, sometimes out of all proportion, the country leaders get involved and everyone gets upset. But with instant technology and media it just seems we get to all of these spots earlier. Nothing personal, but say 30 years ago would a gun attack in Norway have been real headline news all over in this country? Or an earthquake in Japan? I have doubts!
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
This kind of attack in Norway has never happened before, so it would have made headlines 30 years ago as well.
 
Posted by Arorë Silvertongue (Citizen # 3570) on :
 
The thing to remember about the media is that they have to report on what people "want" to hear... and few people care about things that they see all the time. So they have to find the unusual. And on top of that - to quote Tolkien...
quote:
[...]things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway.

 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
I have the feeling that I am [] -ing most of Arorë's latest posts... []
 
Posted by Arorë Silvertongue (Citizen # 3570) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Has anyone in London, (or the UK in general) been affected by the riots?
 
Posted by Arorë Silvertongue (Citizen # 3570) on :
 
Massage: []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 

 
Posted by Arorë Silvertongue (Citizen # 3570) on :
 
I just had most of two years worth of stress knots worked out of my shoulders and neck yesterday. [] I can move again.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
... and we listened to things that are good to have (like massage) and we all silently agreed.

Very silently.
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Braeden agreed even more silently because she was busy working on her novel.

However, after many cups of caffeine, Braeden soon realised she had written herself into a river. The destination lay on the other side, but the river was wide and tumultuous, and Braeden wasn't a good swimmer... She turned away from her notes, maps, and, yes, even her caffeine, and decided to listen to the commotion within the Tea House. Or, perhaps the lack of it... []

[ 09-01-2011, 12:58 AM: Message edited by: Braeden Fireheart ]
 
Posted by Hoom (Citizen # 4497) on :
 
Ooh, Satori does enjoy referring to herself in the third person and takes Braeden's post as an invitation to do so. She just took a class of nutty, prepubsecent girls by herself today for the third time ever ... gosh, what chaos. She is exhausted - how do kids have so much energy?!

[ 09-02-2011, 06:32 AM: Message edited by: Hoom ]
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I'm not sure about Brae, but Hamfast is written an awful lot of waffly rubbish in his latest Narnia tale! I'll probably cut out most of it. I wanted to get the Narrator in but now he has a tendency to dominate. Also my characters do seem to be criss-crossing Narnia a lot. I'll have to see if I can't summerize some bits.
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Braeden somehow got over her fear of the river, and took the plunge... And then she was picked up by a handsome man on a boat. He took her to the other side of the river, and she continued on her way through the wilderness of her novel.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Wilderness?
But not getting you lost, I hope? []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
quote:
He took her to the other side of the river
[]

Oh! For a second... []


*sets freshly baked chocolate chip cookies on the table before heading to bed* Help yourselves.
[]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*helps herself to chocolate chip cookies* []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
quote:
Oh! For a second... []
What? [] *naïve*

[] Hey, who's that? []
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 

 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
*needs a good waking-up drink*
Cola doesn't work anymore - I must be immune to it in the mornings. So... *finds a Mocha sachet in the kitchen* This'll do. []
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
Red Bull [] [] []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 

 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 

 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
No thanks. I like my brain the way it is. []
 
Posted by Arorë Silvertongue (Citizen # 3570) on :
 
Caffeine = []
Seriously... the equivalent of one cup of coffee is too much for me. I'm not allergic to it, but it has such a strong effect on me I might as well be. (Not that I like the taste anyway, so... [] )

[ 09-24-2011, 03:32 AM: Message edited by: Arorë Silvertongue ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I don't think caffeine has much of an effect on me, even though I get it so rarely. I'm not particularly keen on the taste of coffee, but it's nice once in a while, and particularly with things like rich cream cakes or gateaux []

For everyday use, I prefer tea []

(Have we forgotten the pizza? [] )
 
Posted by Arorë Silvertongue (Citizen # 3570) on :
 
Well, I normally only drink water, but some teas are quite good too. More in the winter than the summer, since I live somewhere that hot drinks in the summer... not so good, and I have yet to find a tea I like cold.

(And no. We had pizza the other night for a friend's birthday party. It was nom.)
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
I nearly had Pizza take away tonight.
But we ended up having Indian. Feel stuffed.


In other news, I hate the working life. Work itself is ok, but the hours I am doing leaves no time for any social life. []
Oh well, 9 months and 3 weeks to go.
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I can relate to working unsocial hours. I do it and have done for years. No-one else will work the evening shift in my department so I do. It can be a bit of a strain always missing evenings. There are things I might like to do. I can't decide if getting up at 4 am would be better or worse. Still, as long as I can make my chocalate cakes, I'm happy!
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
*Works 7-3* []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
[] At least you can catch some rays after work. I get to use a flashlight instead. Sorta. [] And add about 2 hours of travelling for the day. []

Ooooh, and I'm revising for my driving theory test. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
At least you can catch some rays after work.
Only for a few more weeks - then the sunset will be too early, just for the darkest weeks of the year.
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
I can still absorb the rays left as I work outdoors. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Enjoy them while you can!
 
Posted by pi (Citizen # 5374) on :
 
Been catching some rays before I head off to Virgin Gorda.

 -
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Well, watch the ultra-violet rays everyone! I've heard of the Ozone. Or lack of it in parts of the world.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Very soon it won't be much of a problem for a few months ...
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Unless you live where I am. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
That's right, we're passing our problem over to you []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
We constantly have this problem. [] It just gets worse at this time of year. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 

 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
[]

Just got back from the general assembly of my Tolkien organization. Ouch. [] Let's just say that thankfully I'm off tomorrow and on Tuesday. [] []

Oh, yeah, by work I mean that I started a PhD in chemistry last month. I wasn't really sure what to do and it was a nice offer, so... I gave in ! Hopefully it will go well.

Last thing : any idea of somewhere nice to go at Christmas (not too far from where I am) ? []
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
What! [] You're doing a PhD? [] In/on what exactly? []

[ 10-31-2011, 04:18 AM: Message edited by: Artaresto ]
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
Maybe I should post that in the UP, in order to keep my own thread running [] []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
You can tell us what you think of it here, and what it involves technically in your own thread []
 
Posted by Arorë Silvertongue (Citizen # 3570) on :
 
My sister got her PhD in biology a couple years ago - no way I could do that much research and schooling! Thumbs up to you people who can make it work! []
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
quote:
no way I could do that much research and schooling!
I feel ya. []

I prefer doing this:

 -

 -

[]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
And what are you doing with it?
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
Building it. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Cool. []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Mind your head, then! []
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
More like mind my feet. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Cool monkey frame! []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
So you build it and then you wait for whatever work needs to be done to the façade, and then de-build it ? []
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
That's scaffolding! []

Though the main facade is not the goal here. Work underneath that concrete canopy and then they'll make a facade around it. []

Btw, half of the scaffolding is a cantilever. []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
*looks at picture* We used to have one of those. Now we have a house.

Can't move in for 5-6 weeks, though. []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I don't know if you're aware, Brae, but you cloacking device has been off for a few days! I can see you on the board.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
There aren't many others to be seen, though. []
At least not who are leaving a footprint.
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
*makes footprint* Lets hope it doesn't disappear in the snow.

[ 11-26-2011, 10:33 PM: Message edited by: Hamfast Gamgee ]
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
*makes footprint in snow*
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
*makes footprint in the red red dirt*
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
*wants snow*
[]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I haven't got any snow, and I don't want any either, so you can have mine when it comes. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
I shall make a snow igloo-mountain with a throne inside. And sit there with my mug of steamy hot chocolate and pull a sickie from work! Take that, douchebag boss! []
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
You can have the slush we're having here
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Not a great start to the December month. My phone broke. Well, just the screen, but that pretty much ends everything.

Christmas soon though.

Anyone started shopping yet?
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Indeed not a great start []

I think I've done a fair part of my intended Christmas shopping. The total isn't that grand anyway []
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
Shopping has started. Internet is a friend. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
And with Braeden's recommendations over in the Girls' Room, we'll all be buying Unicorns for Christmas ...

Here's another suggestion from that site:
Prime Cuts of Unicorn Babydoll

[]
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I am so tired. Not sure how I had the energy to login, really!
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Varna: re: my PM... Could you send me both threads? []

*goes back to planning things with the info she has* []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*has sent both threads*
*looks forward to new adventure* []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*added to an old adventure in the meantime*
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Happy New Year! []

Hope it's a good one for you all. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Happy New Year, all! []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Happy new year! Oh and Varna I might be in the mood to write an extremely long post in R2R. Even involving an old Dwarven poem!

[ 01-01-2012, 12:35 AM: Message edited by: Hamfast Gamgee ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
That sounds great, Hamfast! R2R needs some life now []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Is there still tea here? Or have the powers that be decided that tea does not go well with pizza?
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Even if tea didn't go well with pizza (but I think it does), we'd still be serving tea! We won't stop being the Tea House.

We serve any flavour you might like - just help yourself []

Perhaps we can get Hamfast to make us some chocolate cake as well? []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Oooh, does Hamfast still bake those? Yum.

*brews a chai vanilla tea*
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Makes Choclate Cake. Spends 3 hours on it taking loving care with every flake. Thinks that Varna is a nicer boss than my one at work because I would imagine what they would say if I spend 3 hours on one cake!
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
It's easier for Varna to be a nice boss, as she doesn't need to make money from her Tea House.

*enjoys the lovely cake* []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Is the cake still fresh? I learned a charm over at Hogwarts that keeps them fresh for however long you need them, as long as it's on the web. Also charms that can make a cake be whatever flavor you want, and one to make the cake replenish itself when people take pieces.

Cakes are a big deal in Ravenclaw tower.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
On the web you hardly need charms to do that []

I think it's more fun to finish a cake and ask Hamfast if he'll make another []

Edit:
quote:
Cakes are a big deal in Ravenclaw tower.
Now that's a sensible tower. []

[ 01-26-2012, 01:06 AM: Message edited by: Varnafindë ]
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Another one! At this rate, you'll look less like the Eldar and more like Hobbits! Oh, well, bakes cake.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Whatever. *shrugs*

To paraphase Lobelia Sackville-Baggins with Bilbo's silver spoons:
"she took the point - but she also took the cake"

[]
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by Arorë Silvertongue (Citizen # 3570) on :
 
Cake is good! One should never turn down cake (as long as it won't make you sick). []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
We're lucky in the Opelë to have a professional cake expert with us.
Hamfast isn't hard to ask []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
I have an announcement to make.

 -
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Is that what I think it is? []
*hugs*
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Yes.

Signed & Sealed.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Congratulations then []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Hey Lycra, howyagoin'? Married the winger eh?
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
A little bird *coughoverattheUPcough* told me that it's Athene's (and Sherl's) birthday today!

Happy Birthday!
[]

Hamfast - we need a birthday cake ...
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
[] One coming right up! A chocky one fine? *Makes sure it's nice and level!*
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
It's a lovely cake!
I don't know whether the birthday owner noticed that there was another thread that remembered her, but we can always eat the cake ourselves. []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Oooh, wiz zees choccy-choccy gateau, you are spoiling us! it really is important for a Tea House to have a cake expert. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Yes, we're privileged to have him - so glad that he joined us! []

Good that you found the thread and were able to get your share of the cake - it was made for you! []

Only sad that Sherl isn't posting here any more []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Sherl's still PMing, though. []

And she'll start posting somewhere at MT once I kick my muse into gear about that RP... Unfortunately this year's plans have been delayed by a few things. I definitely do want to start it before September, though. [] [] []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
PMing is good []
Yes, I had the impression that you and she were still keeping in touch []
It will be good to RP with her again. []

I'm hoping to recruit another RPer soon - she hasn't tried RPing much, but she's an experienced fanfiction writer. She's busy during March, due to some writing challenge (Back to Middle-earth Month), but she says that in April she will join Road to Rivendell.

I think I need a female human to join Baru at Tharbad - Aika started playing one last summer, and then got to busy work-wise and hasn't been heard of since. I think that another woman in a similar position would work well, so that's what I'm suggesting to my new player.

She's interested in playing 1st Age as well, which we might do over at another site I'm at - and she might play Elves for me here if I need some when we get to Rivendell.

If we get there in the end.
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Thank your for your kind words, Varna I don't always get those! []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
You're welcome []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
I'm hoping to recruit another RPer soon
CrackinAndProudOfIt has joined MT now! []
Crackers, you're welcome to come in for a cup of tea - and cake, or pizza! []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
CrackinAndProudOfIt, I've heard that name before, somewhere! []
 
Posted by CrackinAndProudOfIt (Citizen # 11375) on :
 
Hello, all! [] I am indeed quite happy to report my presence here at MT, in addition to FF [] and I'm really looking forward to getting involved! [] And I'd love a cup of tea, if you don't mind! []
       
quote:
CrackinAndProudOfIt, I've heard that name before, somewhere!
  And I do believe I recognize Hamfast Gamgee, as well! []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
You may well have seen each other at fanfiction.net!

*serves tea to Crackers*

Welcome to the Opelë!
 
Posted by CrackinAndProudOfIt (Citizen # 11375) on :
 
Yes, I believe we R&Red a few of each other's stories in the past!

*takes tea, adds lumps of sugar* Thank you muchly, dear! [] -for the tea and the kind welcome!
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Well, this city is certainly a lot quieter than it used to be. One can argue weather this is good or bad. But we definitely could do with new blood. In fact, I'm impressed with anyone that finds the place in these quiet days with facebook and twitter dominating the internet! Oh, and PS there have been some posts in the Hobbit forum you created Crackin if you hadn't noticed.

[ 04-03-2012, 09:43 PM: Message edited by: Hamfast Gamgee ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
Well, this city is certainly a lot quieter than it used to be.
True - and the Opelë had slowed down a lot even before your time, Hamfast.
It was started in 2003, before I had joined MT, and people say that there were about ten Tea Houses during that year. During 2004, there were 17 []

During 2005 there were only 5, and during 2006 4 were started, the last one lasting for almost a year. The next Tea House lasted for a full year, the one after that for almost three years, and the current one has lasted for nearly a year, and we're only on page 9.

Here are those of the most recent ones that are still left on MT:

I Cuiveyulda Opelë - Á Ortë Ambalya Tára
(The Tea House - Raise Your Banner High)
(29 April, 2006)
http://www.minastirith.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=13;t=000899

I Cuiveyulda Opelë ~ I Velicë Ambal Cilmë
(The Tea House - The Great Banner Selection)
(24 June, 2006)
http://www.minastirith.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=13;t=000903

I Cuiveyulda Opelë ~ Vincarna Ambal an Laito mí Opelë
(The Tea House - Newly-made Banner for New-life in the Opelë)
(15 October, 2006)
http://www.minastirith.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=13;t=000912

I Cuiveyulda Opelë - Láta Omentië Nomë
(The Tea House - An Open Meeting-Place)
(22 August, 2007)
http://www.minastirith.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=13;t=000926

I Cuiveyulda Opelë - I Ráca Ar Lókë
(The Tea House - The Wolf and Dragon)
(22 August, 2008)
http://www.minastirith.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=13;t=000935

The Opelë is meant to cater for new citizens, and has also been a home for lovers of Quenya - we even had a week of banning Sindarin once, just to balance out things []

There's been serious discussion - there's been RP discussion - and there's been light-hearted chatting. So something for everyone. []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
*steals some chocolate cake and runs away* [] []

*remembers that the Inn is open now* []

*comes back, sheepish* [] []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
You were the first one to post in the first re-opened Opelë, just before Athene's Party - almost five years ago []
I think you used to be a regular.

Don't be shy, have another piece of cake - and some tea, if you like []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
[] You're right !

Wow, I don't even remember that. []
So the Inn has been open almost since I joined MT ! I can't believe it. But it's true, now that I think about it, that I remember having posted here for a long time - just not as often as in the UP. []

So okay, as you insist, I'll stick around. [] I miss the activity of 2007, though. Now that I actually work, there's no MT to keep me busy at work ! [] Hey, what do you mean, "it's a good thing ?" []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
So, did the Opele open before the UP?
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
The Opele started as an open Inn. I don't remember when we closed it, but we allowed all who asked politely, to become members, so even while it was for members only, it was a lot more open than the UP.

Then in 2007 we saw that uncouth noobs were no longer a problem, so we made it open again, as it had been originally.
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Uncouth Nobs? Well, Facebook can have them! Or even Twitter. And indeed they do if one hears the News!

[ 04-06-2012, 10:19 PM: Message edited by: Hamfast Gamgee ]
 
Posted by CrackinAndProudOfIt (Citizen # 11375) on :
 
Uncouth noobs! I take offense at that! []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
You may be a newbie, Crackers, but you're not the noob type ...

And you're definitely not uncouth []

Some citizens would call even me a newbie, since I've got a four-digit citizen number. It's all in the eyes of the beholder ...

[ 04-07-2012, 04:37 AM: Message edited by: Varnafindë ]
 
Posted by CrackinAndProudOfIt (Citizen # 11375) on :
 
Why, thank you! []

And, wow- you've been on the site for almost nine years, and you're still new? *sighs* I'll never get out of this stage at that rate! []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Not in the eyes of some people []

Most of the time they don't comment on it, though []

So don't worry, I don't see myself as a newbie, and after a while you needn't either. You're still only a Soldier of Gondor, of course, but after a hundred posts you will become a Guard of the Citadel like the rest of us []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Huh. I completely missed my 10-year-MT-anniversary. *shrugs*

CrackinAndProudOfIt (Crackin? Capoi?),
I'll reply to your PM as soon as I find my Khand stuff... I've had a couple of computer changes since my RPing days, and not everything got transferred over. It should be in an external harddrive, somewhere. []

Btw, welcome to MT! []

Btw #2: I'm also at Fanfiction.net. I mostly do TV fanfic, though.
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
Yesterday was my 5-year anniversary ! [] [] []

It makes sense that I threw a new UP then []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Happy belated anniversary, Inc'!
quote:
CrackinAndProudOfIt (Crackin? Capoi?),
She's usually Crackers. []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
quote:
She's usually Crackers.
She'll fit right in here, then. [] Welcome, Crackers. []

I can't believe that the Party was five whole years ago, but now I come to think of it it must have been, because I had only been in my house for a year and I painted the bathroom blue in anticipation of my guests.

Perhaps when I'm in the new place (which will hopefully be soon) I can think about organising the next one? Of course, most of the denizens who attended last time are no longer regular visitors. Perhaps those of you on the dreaded FB can hit them up to see if they want to come?
[] []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
Thanks, Varna ! []

quote:
Perhaps when I'm in the new place (which will hopefully be soon) I can think about organising the next one? Of course, most of the denizens who attended last time are no longer regular visitors. Perhaps those of you on the dreaded FB can hit them up to see if they want to come?
New House asks for New Party. I say [] [] []
I wonder indeed if some of the lost citizens would agree to come... Some convincing might be needed, and I think I know just what kind []

[ 04-11-2012, 12:16 PM: Message edited by: Inc' ]
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Curry and margaritas? Worked a treat last time!
[]
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
[]

Now I want a Wifey-made margarita []

*remembers he is in the Opelë* []

Hrrm, I mean, "margaritea". It's a new kind of tea. Haven't you heard about it ? [] []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Oh yeah, no, I totally know what you mean. It's a tea, one of those herbal ones, made of Argyranthemum frutescens and lime flowers.
[]
[shouts]AND TEQUILA[/shouts]

[]

Who said that???
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
*waves to Theney* How's your new house?
 
Posted by CrackinAndProudOfIt (Citizen # 11375) on :
 
quote:
I'll reply to your PM as soon as I find my Khand stuff... I've had a couple of computer changes since my RPing days, and not everything got transferred over. It should be in an external harddrive, somewhere.
Btw, welcome to MT!

Thanks a bunch, Braeden! []

quote:
She'll fit right in here, then. Welcome, Crackers.
And thank-you to you, too, Athene! [] Yes, you all do seem quite fond of good eats here in the Opelë! []
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
Tequila in the Tea House? [] Spiking tea might be better suited elsewhere. []

I don't mind, though. []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
*had pizza tonight* []

What ? It's definitely on-topic ! []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*telling about your meals would have been on topic in any Opelë*
*telling about a meal of pizza is even more on topic in this Opelë than in any other*
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
This website would like you to know that: Braeden Fireheart is made of dreams, tigers, and lightning. With a dash of the 50s. []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
quote:
Inc' is made of adobo, family, and rivalry. With a dash of Jeopardy.
[]

"Adobo" ? [] *looks adobo up* []
[] Hmm, yeah right.

Yours is cooler. And probably truer. []
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
Artaresto is made of books, smoke, and ocean. With a dash of Mother Russia.

[] []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Varnafindë is made of soup, pencils, and bewilderment. With a dash of Muppets.

The dash of Muppets I know about: It's Kermit. []

I'll accept the bewilderment as well. As an occasional occurrence. []
 
Posted by CrackinAndProudOfIt (Citizen # 11375) on :
 
quote:
CrackinAndProudOfIt is made of family, copper, and fury. With a dash of Apocalypse.
The copper I'm fine with, the family I'm fine with- it's the fury and Apocalypse that don't make for a very nice combination... []

[ 04-29-2012, 01:45 PM: Message edited by: CrackinAndProudOfIt ]
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Hamfast Gamgee is made of stupidity, brain and bewilderment. With a dash of fanfiction! Not quite sure how they knew that last part? And a slight contradiction there anyway!
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
We are both bewildered []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Was there something wrong with the last batch of tea that I made?

Has it killed everybody off? Why is nobody around? []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I'm nearly always lurking! *lurks*
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
quote:
Athene is made of spotlights, lions and rivalry. With a dash of porn.
[] HOW DID THEY KNOW???

[]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Same way as they knew about my Kermit the Muppet and Hamfast's fan fiction - some mysterious way! []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Has anyone read "Digger" by Ursula Vernon? [] It's a webcomic about a wombat. And a statue of Ganesh. And... um... it's difficult to describe. [] But really, really good.

It is complete and is online under diggercomic.com. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Looks interesting - what is available to non-subscribers, that is.
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
quote:
Aikanaro is made of dreams, spice, and genius. With a dash of Keanu Reeves.
That sounds more like the description of a character from Dune.

Nice to see that this place is still around! I guess this is my annual random visit.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Nice to see that you are still around! []

Will you be back for R2R? I've got a new player - Crackers - and we've left your character sitting at a table while mine goes to help the new one.

I got to know Crackers through fanfiction.net - we were reviewing each other's stories, and got to talking about RPing, and I invited her to join here.
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
It's good to see you, Varna! I'm glad to hear you've got someone new involved with it!

To be honest I can't actually remember much about my character and the plans I had for her. However, I'll have a read of what we wrote last year, and see if I've still got my notes for RTR saved on my computer, and hopefully that'll inspire me to join in again.

When did this red-underlining spellcheck feature arrive? []

And more importantly, how have you been?
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
It's been a busy year, but good!
Still working at the same place, no major changes in my life.

Did you see that Athene's planning a new Party in September?
I wish I could go, but doubt that it will be feasible - but perhaps you could go again? It's not where we were last time, she has bought a house somewhere else now.

Will you be posting at Entmoot, too? We posted in your RP for a while after you left, but we know that we'll only beable to get so far with our own characters if you're not there to drive the main plot forward. Would you have more time for posting there next year?

And do you post on LiveJournal? I haven't seen you for rather long. Nor Annii, but I fear that she uses a new account which I didn't friend in time. I would like to read her news, but I'm not all that interested in the account she made for reviewing series (which I'm not watching). I think I'm still friends with you, only you may not have written much. I hardly ever write anything myself, only comments to other's posts.

How is your job - other than being busy? When are your summer holidays? And how are things other than your job?
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
I saw the Party thread. It'd be fun to attend, but I'm not sure that I can. I'll have to see closer to the time.

Entmoot! Oh dear, I did drift away from that RP when things got busy. [] Thank you for trying to keep it going. [] Do you know if many of those involved are interested in continuing? If they are, I'd love to go on with it, but I suspect after so long (and me disappearing) they'll have lost interest.

I haven't posted on LJ in a long time; it came to the point where I didn't really have anything new to post about. If I ever do carry on there (or create a new account) I'll be sure to add you. This summer I'm also planning on starting a Wordpress blog (under my writerly pseudonym) so I can link you to that when it's up if you like.

I'm not connected to Annii wherever she's writing now, either. Let me know if you hear anything from her!

My job is wonderful. [] Stressful at times, and tiring, but that's to be expected, and I still really enjoy my work. My summer starts at the end of July. I'll be taking a correspondence course over the summer for professional development - it's about adapting mainstream schooling for children who have special needs or other difficulties accessing the regular curriculum.

As for everything else? I still haven't bought a house. I'm ready to buy, so now there's just the problem of finding somewhere suitable. Plus, with the current Euro crisis affecting the prices over here (in addition to England's own economic slump) I decided it was maybe wiser to wait a few months more. It'll probably turn out to be less expensive if I do.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
Do you know if many of those involved are interested in continuing? If they are, I'd love to go on with it, but I suspect after so long (and me disappearing) they'll have lost interest.
You've had one answer already [] (plus one from me).

I think the others will turn up as well when they notice activity in the thread/threads.
And it's my turn to post anyway - they've been waiting for me for some months []

I certainly want to read your Wordpress blog []

Great to hear about your job! Stress can be endured, if what you do is enjoyable.

And best of luck with buying a house. If you find something that you really like, don't wait for something cheaper. But if it's only something that you can do with, you might as well wait.
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
quote:
You've had one answer already [ [] ] (plus one from me).
I decided that if I got two or more, I'd carry on. That happened wonderfully quickly. []

quote:
And best of luck with buying a house. If you find something that you really like, don't wait for something cheaper. But if it's only something that you can do with, you might as well wait.
Oh, if I found something perfect, I wouldn't wait. As I'm buying it as an investment property and not to live in, though, in some ways price counts for more than personal taste. Particularly since my personal taste doesn't exactly line up with what's the most marketable.

Are you blogging or writing anywhere else at the moment? (Not LJ so much, I know - any new fanfiction, though?)
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I see about the house - it's different when you're not looking for something for yourself.

My latest fanfic was an entry in a Secret Santa fic exchange - I wrote a Narnia story about Prince Rilian, called Star of Hope.
I haven't posted it on fanfiction.net - perhaps I should ...
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
I had a read - I haven't read The Silver Chair in some time, so I'm sure I'm missing some of the finer points, but I liked the story! Your Rilian is very easy to empathize with, and it's wonderfully well-written. [] I think it's definitely worth posting to your fanfiction.net account, if you'd like to.

I'm almost tempted myself to have a go at writing an epilogue to a certain other Entmoot RP. If I do, would you like to read it?

[ 06-16-2012, 07:43 PM: Message edited by: Aikanáro ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Thank you for your kind words!

I had great help from my beta reader - when I'm back on a computer, I'll add her name, I'm posting from my Nokia at the moment. She helped me both with the structuring of the story ("Don't retell scenes from the book, add new scenes instead") and with pointing out and improving awkward language and sentence structure. Yes, I'll post it on ff - with her help, it's good enough for that ...

I'll definitely want to read your epilogue. If you post one, I could write one myself as well. Do you think she ever invited Baru to visit her home? If so, we might not even mention it, or at least only very briefly (but we could play some of it privately, in PMs).

I think it depends on how close they got in sections we haven't written about ...
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
I'm not sure if I'll post it, seeing as it's been so long since the RP ended, but we'll see how it goes. At the moment I'm having trouble deciding whether to write it from an omniscient perspective many years later or from Tabrîl's perspective just after she went home.

quote:
Do you think she ever invited Baru to visit her home?
It's definitely possible. It would have been a vague invitation, more like 'if you're ever in the area, do stop by, and be sure to mention my name if you have trouble at the border' than 'come visit next year' - but if she said it, she would have meant it.

quote:
(but we could play some of it privately, in PMs).
I'd like that!

quote:
I think it depends on how close they got in sections we haven't written about ...
I want to say quite close. By the end, Baru was picking up on elements of her language (I know that's a Noldo thing, but still. [] ) and when the curse was broken, it was Baru she wanted to tell.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
I'm not sure if I'll post it, seeing as it's been so long since the RP ended, but we'll see how it goes. At the moment I'm having trouble deciding whether to write it from an omniscient perspective many years later or from Tabrîl's perspective just after she went home.
I would suggest many years later - perhaps eight or ten years later - but possibly still from Tabrîl's perspective, if that might work.
quote:
when the curse was broken, it was Baru she wanted to tell.
That was my strongest argument for thinking that they must have got fairly close. She wouldn't have done something like that when they first started talking together. A lot must have happened off stage ... []

*goes to answer her PM*
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Good evening! I do have an idea in my mind about something I might do one day, or maybe hope someone else does one day. The idea is to make a comic version of the first chapter of Lotr and see what happens. Now, I am not the greatest artist in the world. But I could probably use Internet graphics to a competent degree. It would be much cheaper and perhaps not as good in terms of special effects as the movies, but would defintely be more faithful. Any thoughts?
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
quote:
I would suggest many years later - perhaps eight or ten years later - but possibly still from Tabrîl's perspective, if that might work.
I like that idea! I'll try working on it from that point, and see how it goes.

quote:
A lot must have happened off stage ...
Quite. [] Well, it was a long journey.

Hamfast - I think that if you're interested in doing something like that, then go for it! It doesn't do any harm to try, and you might be surprised with how well it turns out. []

In other news, I'm pleased this week because I found out that as of September I'll be taking on a new, more specialized role at work, in exactly the field I'm most interested in. It was just offered to me since the leadership team recognized that as my particular strength. I must be doing something right. []

[ 06-24-2012, 07:55 PM: Message edited by: Aikanáro ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I'm so happy to hear your good news, Aika!
quote:
It was just offered to me since the leadership team recognized that as my particular strength. I must be doing something right. []
You must. [] It's great that they see it and want to use it.
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
An apology. I am afraid that I am using a different type of computer. An iPad to be precise. As my old 2006 one has finally died. It's all right better in some ways,but the dragged keyboard. Or rather lack of a keyboard. I've got. This annoying pop-up thing instead. Which I am not used to. So if I do make the odd typo or outrageous spelling mistake for the near future, forgive me! Thank god I'm not writting sindarin!
 
Posted by CrackinAndProudOfIt (Citizen # 11375) on :
 
I certainly know understand where you're coming from, Hamfast; even after almost two years on my own touch screen, I'm still much faster on an actual keyboard... *sighs* But I guess it's the price to be paid for being up-to-date! []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I'm not up-to-date - I haven't got a touch-screen. No iPhone, no iPad.
I've got an old Nokia with a small keyboard - Qwerty-keyboard, in fact, but too small to write Touch []
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
A touch screen is what counts as up-to-date now? I can't stand them, although they're marginally better than the phones with teeny tiny keyboards that I can't type on unless mashing several keys at once counts as typing. []

Then again, I don't own a mobile phone, so I guess people who use them all the time grow accustomed to it.

I'll keep my desktop PC with full-size keyboard, I think. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I guess my Nokia is like that - I use one finger (or sometimes two) for pressing the keys (which doesn't really count as typing [] ) ...

I also prefer a full-size keyboard. Even laptops often have uncomfortably small keyboards - so when I use my laptop on my desk, I attach an external keyboard to it.
 
Posted by CrackinAndProudOfIt (Citizen # 11375) on :
 
I much prefer a full-size keyboard; it's just so much faster! But it seems like the be- touch screen-ed mobile is usually on hand more often than the PC so, alas! I'm stuck with it... *pouts*
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I have however, just discovered one advantage of this new computer. I can take it to the pub with me. Now at the moment I cant quite figure out how to get on to the Internet there, though I am sure there is a way, but I can save things on a wordprocessor in it. Which should make writing a bit quicker for me. Till I leave it unguarded and someone pinches it I suppose!
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Can you save things on an iPad? I thought you couldn't save anything on them - or can you save it in the memory? []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I think you can download packages and save them. At the least, I have managed to do so with a fairly spartan wordprocessor. Actually one which I think the Ancient Greeks might have rejected for been too primitive. Oh, by the way. I was making a cake earlier. Lemon drizzle actuallly. But I thought that by itself it would be a little plain. So I thought I'd put something in it to give it some oomph. Sadly, I misread the label and this turned out to be curry powder. But only the mild stuff. Still anyon fancy lemon drizzle with curry? It might be a winner.

[ 07-20-2012, 09:50 PM: Message edited by: Hamfast Gamgee ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Did anyone ask for second helpings? []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Second helpings are available. I must admit though I say so myself it isone og the best recipes I've created. Not sure what to call it. It does have a slightly evil twist not for the faint-hearted Sindar. Moria mix sponge, perhaps?
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
But not hot enough to be Orodruin mix sponge? []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
But hot enough to frighten everyone away from this thread? []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Hot enough to frighten everyone away from the entire place it seems.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
It certainly has been more quiet than ever.
Perhaps it picks up some speed when the holidays are over. The summer has never been the busiest time of the year at MT.
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
BWAAAAAAAAAAH BEEP BEEP VROOOOOOOOOOOM. [] [] []

*brings in big trucks and aeroplanes* []

What ? At least it's not quiet anymore. []

*shouts above the noise* How are you doing these days, Varna ? []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
HI EVERYONE HOW ARE YOU
[]
BLIMEY IT'S LOUD IN HERE
[]
DID YOU -
[]
*gives up*
*communicates instead through the medium of interpretive dance*
[] [] []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I'm doing ok, thanks! Had a nice summer - even with a little sunshine, although not much. []

It seems I'll need to try to get more translation work for next year.
Instead of just waiting for literature projects, I should probably do technical translations as well. Translate handbooks, user manuals, contracts ...

I'll have a word with a friend of mine who started doing this a couple of years ago. She's an authorized translator now (English to Norwegian), and is even authorized to translate legal documents.
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
quote:
*communicates instead through the medium of interpretive dance*
[] []
*is hypnotized* []

quote:
Instead of just waiting for literature projects, I should probably do technical translations as well. Translate handbooks, user manuals, contracts ...
Yay more translations ! [] Then again, maybe it won't be so yay when you get to translate a microwave oven user manual []

We're trying to find a name for the new computer cluster at work. Any idea ? It should come from a comics or animated movie... [] []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
I call this piece, "Bored at Work":

*flings self around the Coffeehouse* []
*pulls six grey silk scarves out of bottom* []
*slumps dramatically to the floor* []
[]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
Then again, maybe it won't be so yay when you get to translate a microwave oven user manual
My favorite as weirdness goes, is a machine used in factories that make bread/rolls for hotdogs - the machine that cuts them ALMOST in half, but not quite through.

Do you know what I'm talking about, or are the proper terms too different from this to make this understandable?

Anyway, a friend of mine translated the user manual for that machine - possibly from Italian ... []

Edit:
"Bored at Work" sounds like a good title []

Are there well-known names for enough of the Simpsons family to cover the full computer cluster? []

[ 09-04-2012, 05:28 PM: Message edited by: Varnafindë ]
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
quote:
*pulls six grey silk scarves out of bottom*
That's gotta be painful. []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Not at all. That's why you use silk ones. [] []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
What a waste of silk! []

*Used to think Silk was an awesome last name... not anymore*

E: Oooh, potential job opportunity. [] *fingers crossed* I should probably join a locum agency for the mean time. []

[ 09-06-2012, 08:51 AM: Message edited by: Telperaca ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
When will you know more about the potential job?

And will you be here then to tell us about it? []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Well, that turned out to mostly be a dud. []

On the bright side, I got to watch the finished watching the 19 episodes of Supernatural (Season 7). [] []
Ending was predictable though! []

All is well?
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Things are well with me []
I should probably try to get some more translation jobs - translating leaflets, manuals, articles ... not just literature.
I only work part-time, so some extra income wouldn't be bad []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Is it quite easy to find work, or do you really have to dig for it?
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Posting at Stupid O'Clock. []

Had a dream involving a sword forgery taking place in a elevator shaft. And a masquerade rave at some point.

Anyway, just visiting while I finish of my drink. How's everyone doing?
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
My blood test results came up as "abnormal". Have to go see the Dr next week.
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I had a weird experience today. I think I actually had a high. On a totally legal drug. I was feeling a bit run down on my break at work, I might we overdone the coffee,I have been trying to cut down on the stuff, so I ate lots of chocolate instead. I normally eat around 1 chocolate bar a week. I had 3 in one break. Wow the sugar rush!
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Don't tell anyone - they might try to make sugar illegal []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
They'll end up in hell if they do that! []
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Suuuuugah! Someone from work made some 'sugar quills' from puff pastries and loads of sugar topped on it, and some nifty art work. *wipes away drool*

Further results on the blood work?

[ 10-11-2012, 05:22 PM: Message edited by: Black Dragon ]
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Dude, a catch up is long over due!
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
They'll end up in hell if they do that! []
They would certainly deserve it []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Strangely enough, I remember once reading a sci-fi tale set around 100years from now, where ther was a typical drug smuggling and busting story. But one of the characters said, 'We just have to check this drug out. But only take one small taste to confirm it. This is one of the most dangerous and addictive substances the world has ever produced.' And one lawman took a tiny taste of some white powder. Then we were told it was sugar which had been banned!
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
This is one of the most dangerous and addictive substances the world has ever produced.
They would be right about that, of course - only not about becoming addicted by only one small taste, though []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Talking of sugar, isn't it about time we had some cake again?
Hamfast, would you have the time to make one? []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Cake with magical properties? []

Right. I need a new tv show to watch!

[ 10-21-2012, 06:01 PM: Message edited by: Telperaca ]
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Once Upon A Time? (Unless you're already watching it...)

It has magical cakes. []
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Why don't you plan to come over for dinner one of these evenings and raid my hard-drive. Plus you get to see me. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Seen Season 1. It has a nice cast.
Waiting for Season 2. That'll be sometime next year.

Do you watch Grimm?

How is that a good thing? []
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Ok: evening of fun, or parent-sitting? [] (Don't tell your mum I said that, or I'll never get any more indian foodie-bags [] )

[ 10-22-2012, 05:29 PM: Message edited by: Black Dragon ]
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
HEY! [] Even with the complaining, I enjoy it mostly. Mum's helping me make quilled Divali cards. []

You missed take away from Indigo and home made somosas this weekend.
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Granny hobbie! []

E: [] hobby! []

[ 10-22-2012, 06:33 PM: Message edited by: Black Dragon ]
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Quilting is. Quilling isn't. []
Don't be expecting one of my awesome Divali cards! [] []

You had better save me some cake! [] Or else []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 

 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
*Wonders whether to revive Inc' with mouth-to-mouth*


E: First attempt at quilling..
 -

E2: Now I feel like posting random photos

This is Junior
AWESOMENESS- Want one for my future house!

[ 10-22-2012, 09:11 PM: Message edited by: Telperaca ]
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Fine by me, have a chocolate cake. Might as well make one as I'm not doing anything else at the moment. Actually, yes I am, I'm writing another of my Prancing Pony tales.
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Is it meant to be fluorescent-pee-yellow? []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
No, but I did see some bloody pee in Breaking Bad. That's one tv show I can't blitz though because it makes me paranoid about cancer. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I'm not sure this is cake - but it's sweet enough.

Here's a detail:

 -

Now go and read the full tale:

battle-of-pelennor-fields

It's epic! [] []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Gelatine! []


 -
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Yes, I'm afraid there's just as much gelatine as sugar in that battle field []
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*answers to call* []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Hello, hope everyones looking forward to a nice weekend!
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I certainly am - hope that you are, too! []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Good morning opele!
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Good morning, Hamfast! []

(Although not necessarily the same morning [] )
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Good morning - *looks around* - anyone?

... and not even the same week ...
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
*raises hand* I'm here, I'm here ! []

Hi, Varna, how's it going for you ?
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I've been lurking too. On and off!
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I've been mostly off, lately ... []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
You should come back and be more on ! [] []

*serves nutmeg, eggnog and other Christmassy things he doesn't really know about* []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Yes, I should ... so I'm back now! []

*enjoys the Christmassy things that are served* []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*burps*
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
'Scuse you, Varna. []

And please excuse me... Most of my online time is spent at Tumblr where I occasionally dazzle people with my creativity and intellect. [] I know I used to do that here, but there aren't as many people around anymore. [] Tumblr has thousands of potential fans. [] []

quote:
Telp: Do you watch Grimm?
No. At the moment it seems to be a blend of "Supernatural" & "Once Upon A Time"; and I'm good with just them, separately, for now. I may check out "Grimm" when SPN finishes (hopefully within the next year or so). I hope OUAT continues for another five seasons [at least]. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Happy Christmas, everybody! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
"And please excuse me... Most of my online time is spent at Tumblr where I occasionally dazzle people with my creativity and intellect."
it is the way of the internet. Many have scattered to this place and that, occasionally to return for a visit. Hoping all is well with you Brae.

[ 12-29-2012, 10:07 AM: Message edited by: Snöwdog ]
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Happy 2013 you lot! []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Happy New Year! []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
 -

[ 01-01-2013, 06:21 AM: Message edited by: Braeden Fireheart ]
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Happy new year! I've seen the discussion in Road to Rivendell by the way.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
That's good, Hamfast! Just because Gandalf and your characters are elsewhere, doesn't mean that you cannot join us here. Feel free to invent citizens of Tharbad for the party []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I'll see what I can do. Especially as I am a bit stuck on Tolkien fanfiction at the moment.
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JRRT! [] [] []
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
So I was talking about books with a colleague yesterday, and he happened to mention that he was reading the Silmarillion, and I was all [] [] and much Tolkien geekery ensued.

Then I log in here and discover it's very nearly my ten-year anniversary [] which I remember joking about oh, say nine years ago? Makes me feel positively ancient. []

Much-belated Happy New Year to you folks!
 
Posted by Éomer (Citizen # 2824) on :
 
Belated happy New Year to you, too, Aika! I'm glad to see you're still around.

Yeah, my own ten year anniversary here passed just a couple of months ago. I wish I'd remembered to drop by sooner than just before Christmas so I could have celebrated it. []
 
Posted by Aikanáro (Citizen # 3121) on :
 
I'm glad to see you still here too, Éomer! [] As you were saying in another thread, it's nice to come back every so often and see familiar faces (avatars?) Reminds me of the days of crazy activity where there would be pages of posts to catch up on every day.

I wonder if MT will still be here in ten years' time, holding out against whatever trend social networking sites will have been replaced by. []
 
Posted by Éomer (Citizen # 2824) on :
 
Another ten years might be stretching it a bit, since we have no idea how much the internet will change between now and then, but it would be nice to have a safe haven around to come back to from time to time.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
And I'm glad to see you both!

Aika, it never struck me that you joined less than a year before me. When I got to know you in here (in the days when an Opelë would fill up 40 pages in a month, and I doubled my post count during my first weekend, after two months of slow posting elsewhere [] ), I always saw you as one of the veterans.

Well, looking at percentages of the board's age at the time, I was probably right []

And Aika - could you visit that other board we're on as well? We need you for your RP ...
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Let me post again before a whole month has passed ... []

There's tea for anyone who wants some! Any type you'd like - even chocolate ...
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
What about Tiffin?
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Ah. Life within the Opelë again... I thought I would take advantage of the lull in activity to get some renovations done. Or, at least, get some approvals for renovations done. Still working through some options. []

One particular change being discussed is the caretaker's bathroom. We're looking to do something like this. Any comments? Critiques? []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
Well, doesn't that look nice. []

Is there actually such thing as chocolate tea ? []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Very inviting. [] I hope the teacup bath has a whirly vortex button that makes all the water whoosh round.

Got to take the GFs cat to the vet later to be sexed.
[]
Weirdest sentence ever.
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
Wait, I don't get how bringing your cat to the vet will help him sex you - whatever that means. []

Okay, you saw what I did here. []

So what does it mean ? []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Both GF and I got our respective cats from an animal charity. The charity relies on, basically, a bunch of crazy old cat ladies keeping lots of rescue cats which then get adopted to forever homes. It's a great organisation; they chip, vaccinate, worm and neuter every cat before it goes out, and they visit your home to make sure you are kitteh-ready before taking on your new pet.

The problem, and it pains me to say it as a future crazy old cat lady, is that the crazy old cat ladies are generally both old and, frequently, crazy. The crazy old cat lady in charge of GF's Cat#1 had her in a box with a bunch of her relatives. All black. All together. No collars. No identifying marks.

So Cat#1 was duly handed over, with certificates for her microchip and medical history. Cat#1 has been cherished and adored. Cat#1 is a super girly-girl. Cat#1 had a UTI the other day and I thought, that's odd, only male cats usually get that type of UTI because their urethras are so small.

Cat#1 went to the vet, and... yeah. Cat#1 is actually her own brother, and the medical history and microchip data are all wrong. Vet is evil, not to mention took three years of seeing this bloody cat to work out it was the wrong sex. GF is taking Cat#1 to my vets who are lovely, not only to determine the poor cat's sex once and for all but to check whether the medicine is correct because he's an untrustworthy old lush with shaky hands and a terrible bedside manner who nearly killed Cat#2 on more than one occasion through misdiagnosis.

Cat#1 will continue to be cherished and adored, but GF is pretty upset. []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
DOUBLE POST OF [DOOM]
[]
I cannot believe I just wrote an essay in the Opelë about my cat problems.
[]
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
That's crazy. But one of my friends' cats went through the same - well, actually we did, since for the cats it doesn't change anything - : its sex went from male to female to male again. []

Thankfully, they was no medication involved, so I guess it was not that important.

Here seems to me to be the apt place to discuss such things []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
With all the things that have been discussed in the Opelë over the years, why not cats problems?
quote:
Vet is evil, not to mention took three years of seeing this bloody cat to work out it was the wrong sex.
What do they teach them in vet school these days? []

(Or did he go to vet school in the old days? [] )
quote:
Is there actually such thing as chocolate tea ?
There is. I've had some. I don't know how strong you need to make it to have it taste anything other than hot water, though []
 
Posted by Éomer (Citizen # 2824) on :
 
Is it bad that the main thing I took from that essay is that Athene has a GF? []

I'm not the most observant horse lord. []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Cat#1 is definitely a boy. [] Vet#1 is SO FREAKING FIRED. []

*sips choccy tea*
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
So-called Horse Lord that's because you didn't check out the UP for a while... [] []
 
Posted by Éomer (Citizen # 2824) on :
 
quote:
So-called Horse Lord that's because you didn't check out the UP for a while...
I know. I blame my...

...Fellow UPers for not making the place entertaining enough for me to keep up with! [] []

*runs away*
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
Okay. I'm sorry.

Here's a present ! Those are glasses that allow you to see everyone else naked. You cannot use it in the Opelë, but feel free to come hang out in the UP ! []

*is immune to those glasses* []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
How old does a kitten have to be before you can tell if it has a dingle? I'm no cat expert. But even I can tell if a cat has a dingle!
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Hamfast: They're smallish and set further back than other animals have them. Also they can retract into the body. So... it may be a bit hard to find unless the cat is "out of it" and you go a-poking around. [] Also... y'know, spikes. []

*just saw a picture of one* [] There was no warning! []

They're much easier to look at than the human variety. [] Don't know what God was thinkin' there. But I guess we should all be thankful there aren't any spikes. []

Hang on... This is more UP-talk. []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Basically a neutered male looks very similar (to the untrained eye) to a female - there is the bottom, which is the same in both sexes, and then there is a little opening below it. In males it's a dot, and it's further away from the butt. In females it's a dash and it's very close.

The key words here are "untrained eye".... which one would hope a vet is not. []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
So, do you have to change his name?
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Not really, as his name was not gender specific, but he came with it (or rather came with his sister's name) and GF has never really liked it. So he is being re-registered with one of his nicknames. I chose it. [] I am like the queeeen of naming cats.
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
Okay, I'll do it.

So what is it, then ? []

[]

[ 02-07-2013, 12:51 PM: Message edited by: Inc' ]
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
Basement cat? [] []

[]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
It's past Valentine's Day now, but this picture might still be appropriate ...

 -
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Some places around here are having a Valentines weekend so it fits!
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
And now Valentine's is long past - and it's quiet here ...
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Boo! Pokes thread.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*watches thread being poked*

*... or rather 'having been poked' ...*
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
*has had two days' work experience at a newspaper company* []
*has another nine days to go* []
*has felt very much "at home" there in terms of the work involved* []
*is still getting used to the people, but has no complaints (thus far)* []

*also had a minor head/neck injury* []
*not sure what happened to cause it* []
*is still on the mend* []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Newspaper company sounds good! []
Is there any chance of an extension beyond the nine days?

Head/neck injury sounds not so good []
Good that you're on the mend, though ...
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
*is back from Spain* []

*had a lot of hot chocolates there* []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
I'm gonna learn how to make a proper hot chocolate next week. []

As well as a whole bunch of different coffees. []

It's part of my administration course. []

quote:
Varna: Is there any chance of an extension beyond the nine days?
Yes, but I probably won't know about it 'til my last week.
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
How exciting! [] Keeping all appendages crossed for you.
*falls off desk*
[]

Well, maybe not ALL of them. Typing with your fingers crossed is very confusing; try it.
[]
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
*tries it*
quote:
lljfslfjslfruwonsdolnrnfwosfjjndswaoljfxjksjes
[]

Looks like... Welsh? []

*hugs Pangosis*
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Can't be Welsh.
There's only one double l in there. []
Welsh would have a lot more ll's in it.

*is excited for what might happen after the nine days* []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
I think you're forgetting about the little-known tribe of Welsh Aztecs who crossed the frozen tundra to bring shepherding, tin mining and four part harmony to the Americas. []

They lived in their remote jungle settlement of Lljfslfjslfruwonsdolnrnfwosfjjndswaoljfxjksjes, worshipping their god Pwllgowynxacoatlukyu, and sacrificing leek-and-cheese sausages to the sun.

I thought EVERYBODY knew that. []

[ 03-19-2013, 08:20 AM: Message edited by: Athene ]
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 

 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
If it's little-known, how would everybody know it? []

But that explains it. Thank you for your explanation, it makes sense now. []
I for one hadn't heard of them, but I'll certainly read it if I find anything more about them. Do pass on any links you might find []

Edit:
I especially like the part about them bringing four part harmony to the Americas []

[ 03-19-2013, 10:18 PM: Message edited by: Varnafindë ]
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Ah. I thought it looked familiar. I must've done some research about little-known tribes for my trilogy... Or maybe a RP character.
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
quote:
If it's little-known, how would everybody know it?
Damn you and your [sarcastic bunny ears]LOGIC[/sarcastic bunny ears].

[] [] []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
quote:
If it's little-known, how would everybody know it?
I thought the same thing. I guess it's little-known worldwide, but when it comes to people here at MT, it is expected that everyone should know everything ! []

[]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Inc's logic is good enough. []


What Google gives you for 'sarcastic bunny ears':

sarcastic-bunneh-show:
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boadicea_bunny_ears:
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Posted by Amárië (Citizen # 5498) on :
 
*peeks*
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
'ello there! []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Hello peeking friend! []
*hugs*
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
Heeeeyyyyy !!!! [] []
 
Posted by Amárië (Citizen # 5498) on :
 
I haven't been here....FOREVER.

[] [] []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
No, you haven't - so it's great to have you back for a visit. []
Come as often as you like! *hugs*
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
My work experience at the newspaper is over. []

There was no indication of it leading to anything, but I believe my actual presence within the paper (ie: my name attached to printed articles) means there is hope should any similar roles be advertised. []

And I'll be targeting a few other media outlets in the local area now that I'm more confident with my ability to work within the industry. []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Braeden Fireheart: Ace Reporter

I LIKE IT
[] []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 

 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
It does have something of a ring to it, doesn't it. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
It does indeed. []

And it's right that now you know a bit more of what it's all about and how things work. Should be useful.
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
*flump*
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
You know something? After all of these years, I still find the name of this forum vaguely amusing []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Is there a plumber in the city?
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I think there are a few nasty blockages down at the seventh level.
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
When's the last time you cleaned out the Fountain?
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
I had to pitchfork a dead fox out of a fountain once. Hope that's not the problem here, the smell was sinus-meltingly appalling.
[]
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
You should see my facial expression right now.
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
[] + [] + [] + [] ?
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
I spy a Mandin lurking about. [] Haven't seen one of those at MT in a while. []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Haven't seen a Neytari either. Does anyone keep in touch with her? []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
She's still very active on Facebook. [] []

Aiwendil is gone, back to far-away Canada. Won't see him for another three months. [] []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Neytari roams the many halls of Tumblr, and occasionally shows up on LiveJournal and Twitter.

I don't do Facebook so I don't see anybody there. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I'm occasionally on LiveJournal too - I hardly ever post, but I comment on other people's posts. I haven't added new friends lately, though ...
 
Posted by Amárië (Citizen # 5498) on :
 
Psst, if anyone's interested in Rping...

Dor-Lómin Pan-Fandom RPG

It's just a little something my Tolkien-fan-friends and I have started. []

[ 04-20-2013, 02:38 AM: Message edited by: Amárië ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
That site looks pretty interesting Amárië. Wil have to see if I can figure it all out.

Edit: I took a good look at all that was on that link, and though I considered a couple possible characters for this, the registration to Insane Journal wanted me to pay for it. So I'll have to pass. Looks pretty cool though.

[ 04-20-2013, 08:11 AM: Message edited by: Snöwdog ]
 
Posted by Amárië (Citizen # 5498) on :
 
Ack! You don't have to pay.

You just need an invite code.

If you're still interested, I've got like a million, just shoot me an e-mail.

(earendil.ardamire@yahoo.com)
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Ah, ok. May give it a go. You'll know my email when you see it. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I'll keep an eye open for it - I have my other Insane project going, though, and I need to make sure that is running smoothly before I can take on another.

Is it possible to read the stories / messages / posts without participating?
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I'll at least have a look now and then, and perhaps join later.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
I guess the only thing holding me back is my ability to fully commit to a project like this.
Still, will keep an eye on it and see if my idea would have fit in.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
My problem is that I'm mostly interested in exploring the Tolkien world and characters. Not so much in the multi-fandoms.

Perhaps one of the other InsaneJournal Asylums might be even better.
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
So that's the way to do it!
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Made a little mini-mix of tea songs today for someone at LiveJournal:

 -
1. 'English Tea' (Paul McCartney)
2. 'Tea-House Moon' (Enya)
3. 'The Tea Song' (Michael Hurley)
4. 'Taking Tea In Wonderland' (Chris Vrenna)
5. 'Have A Cuppa Tea' (The Kinks)
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Anyone been to Mauritius?
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I've never been to Mauritius.

[] @ your tea-mix, Braeden!
Don't know the songs, but I love the idea and the graphics!
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Never been to Mauritius either. My boss comes from there, though!

[ 05-14-2013, 06:58 AM: Message edited by: Hamfast Gamgee ]
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Boo! Anyone awake?
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Not at the time.

Perhaps now?
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
I'm somewhat awake !
 
Posted by Artaresto (Citizen # 6089) on :
 
Ditto!
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
It's good to see that people aren't asleep all the time ...
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
*goes to sleep, though* []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
*yawn*
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
It's rather yawn-worthy place at the moment []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
So's Australia's political landscape. []

*tries to get a start on Camp NaNoWriMo* []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Gotta love Aussie politics... where else can a duly elected Prime Minister be overthrown in backroom party politics only to overthrow the person who overthrew them in backroom party politics to become Prime Minister again on the eve of an election? Kevin '07 Again!

[ 07-02-2013, 10:31 AM: Message edited by: Snöwdog ]
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
quote:
where else can a duly elected Prime Minister be overthrown in backroom party politics only to overthrow the person who overthrew them in backroom party politics to become Prime Minister again on the eve of an election?
[]
It hurts my brain.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
... and where else can you cut service personel with the claim the budget is bloated, then take a 40% pay rise???

Seriously hurts brain.....
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
It happens everywhere. You just described CEO 101.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
State Government though?
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
The discussion in the Opelë was much more lively when we were discussing Quenya vs Sindarin. []

And when more people were at MT, discussing things at all. []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
I HATE QUENYA ! I HATE SINDARIN ! [] [] []

[]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Orc.

Yeah, it's hard to get any discussion going anymore. Made an attempt to get something going up north, and got a couple replies. But it all seems like it's an afterthought anymore. Oh well.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
It doesn't help that it's summer. Summer always used to be a bit more quiet, even when the rest of the year was more lively.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
So now it's quiet, and quieter....
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Summer? What summer? []

*is wearing two pairs of socks, two pairs of trackpants, and four layers up top* [] Wintry nights here. Days are warmish with the occasional chill wind, but as long as it's not raining we don't complain. []

*has been focused on a new writing project this month* []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*likes the idea of a new writing project* []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Winter in Australia is kinda like summer n Seattle....
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
One month later... []

*has 7 books planned for the new writing project* []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
A month without activity in the Opelë? []
And nine or ten years ago we would have maxed the thread and started a new one in a month ... []

It's a little sad - I should try to do something about it.

Do a little about it, at least. Like I'm doing now.
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Since I won't be able to be here on Sunday (no interwebs for Lyra on Sundays or Mondays [] ), and since it's already the 22nd in places like Australia, China, Pakistan and possibly even Norway, I am here to say this:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO FRODO AND BILBO BAGGINS! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Wow! there you are! Good to see ya! You had an honorable mention in the 13th Anniversary thread. []

Happy Hobbity Birthdays! []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Where is this anniversary thread of which you speak, Halasian?
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Way down south in the Announcements forum! How is life goin' Lyc?
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
quote:
Hey Lycra, howyagoin'? Married the winger eh?
*hem*

Yes.

[]

[ 09-24-2013, 06:04 PM: Message edited by: LyraLuthien Tinuviel ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
... & Mad Mat Married some girl too I heard. Hoping you both are happy with life these days. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
LYRA!
*sends belated hugs after her*
*is aware that they may not be seen for months* []
*sends good wishes after them*
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
It's good to see Lycra still checks in her on occasion. []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Yes, MeMum says all four of us (MadMatt, Lyra, Winger, and MrsMad) are all happier than we were four years ago.

*hugs Varna and Snowdog*
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*is hugged* []

*reads a PM* []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Don't mind me, I'm just taking over active topics. [] I'll have a cup of tea while I'm here though. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
*Hugs Ly back*

It's good to hear!Yes, I'm familiar with how those major life changes are able to make one much happier.

*Hugs Varna and DeaQue too just because*
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Mind my tea! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Sorry. Let me pour some cold water on the stains.... (you look good wet) []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[] It is not the weather for wet t-shirt competitions!
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Its plenty warm enough in here. I could get you a fresh cup of warm tea if you like. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Is it? I'm soooo cold! [] Tea would be good. No sugar. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
I see that. []

You want milk or do you take it straight?
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[] Moving on... A little milk! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Here you go... English Breakfast Tea with a splash of milk....
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
My favourite! For that, I will share my cookies. *pass plate*
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
.....mmmmmm....DQookies......
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
They are indeed. Fresh from the oven! Cookies for all!
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
DQookies & tea! Bliss!
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Well, I think so. [] I appear to have lost my modest-about-baking gene...
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Me too. NGL, I am an awesome baker. [] I invented a Thing the other day - sugar cookies with garam masala. HOOOOLLLLY CRAAAAP they were nice. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
"sugar cookies with garam masala"
That does sound good! I take it you use a basic sugar cookie recipe and add the garam masala? How much?
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Excuse my ignorance - what is garam masala?

And I'm sure you could make something nice with it []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
What's NGL, Athene?

Garam masala? Isn't it some sort of spice mix? I'm probably wrong, but I associate it with curry for some reason. []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Garam masala is indeed a spice mix, usually used in savoury curry mixes. It has a sweetish smell, I think because it has cloves and cinnamon in.

The name actually covers a lot of different mixes but the commercially bought ones are all pretty similar and don't have chilli in them.

The answer to your question, Snowdog, is quite a lot. []

[ 10-21-2013, 04:25 AM: Message edited by: Athene ]
 
Posted by Freya (Citizen # 1558) on :
 
I love the sound of those garam marsala cookies. I would add ginger powder and crystalised ginger. Not to improve on your perfect recipe of course, merely to cater with my ginger obsession. How much garam marsala did you use? I always suspected it would work in sweet stuff.

I made a thing too the other day. Christmas crumble. Make a base of half apples and half christmas mincemeat, add some brown sugar and some nice booze, and top with crumble, home made is best. Add cook it obviously. Ginger works well here too. I would serve with vanilla ice cream, but custard is ok too I guess.

[ 10-21-2013, 03:41 AM: Message edited by: Freya ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
The answer to yuor question, Snowdgo, is quite a lot. []
That is a standard of measurement I understand! []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
HOLY TYPOS, BATMAN!

Post gone back and fixed. []

(NGL stands for Not Gonna Lie)

(Quite a lot means add three teaspoons to a 150g sugar cookie recipe and bite off a chunk of the dough. Keep adding until you consider it nomable. Be sure to bake the cookies until they are crisp because the dough is not nearly as good undercooked)

(MMM GINGER)

[ 10-21-2013, 04:27 AM: Message edited by: Athene ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Apple + Mincemeat = []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Good morning, Opelë. I miss you and your Cuiveyulda. The vercië as well, actually.
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
I've got plenty vercië happening outside the Opelë... []

*turning a different age in 38 hours* []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Happy soon-to-be birthday Brae! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
It is celebration time yet? [] for Brae.
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
*MISSED THE PARTY AGAIN**

Stupid weekends, and libraries being closed on Sunday and Monday.

[]

Much happiness in this year of your life I wish you, Braeden. As in every year.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
*Pokes head into the old inn "I Cuiveyulda Opelë: I Ráca Ar Lókë" and it's memories out of curiosity. Satisfied with it's emptiness (and somewhat sad though the emptiness was for a reason), walks away in search for "I Cuiveyulda Opelë: Láramas Rindë Valdëo" in hopes of pizza, tea, chocolate, and fun. Once found, I begin to wonder if membership is required. [] *
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
Once found, I begin to wonder if membership is required.
Likely not in this day and age. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Vana! Hurrah! *Sits at an empty seat and grabs a virtual cup of green tea, along with a couple York peppermint patties* Now I can peacefully sit here while I'm actually busy at school. []

[ 11-22-2013, 12:42 PM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Membership is not required any more. When we talk about members, we usually just mean regulars.

During the busiest MT years we did have a kind of membership - anyone who was polite enough to ask, was thereby polite enough to be accepted []

But when things slowed down, we decided that there was no more need for even such a requirement, so we went back to Elyrka's original idea of everyone being welcome regardless.

And you're very welcome to become a regular! []

*serves more tea*
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
The UP is about the only thread to still require membership isn't it? Or has that lapsed too? I stopped looking at it as I couldn't post. []

What sort of tea is everyone drinking? Mine is a green at this time of day. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Wonderful! *Sips tea* If I were to have tea now, it would be green. [] But that's probably because I've only recently started to have an interest in the affairs of tea, and the first kind that I liked was green... [] Anybody have a suggestion for tea with a similar flavor? *Eyes the pizza with interest, but was unsure whether to just grab a slice or to ask...*
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
'I'll have some Russian Caravan, no sugar or milk, please."

[ 11-24-2013, 04:33 PM: Message edited by: Snöwdog ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
A good strong cup of black tea is my usual brew, not much like green. I can't think of another which is like green off the top of my head. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
*Takes last sip of green tea* Perhaps a web-search is in order. *Takes out virtual laptop* Apparently, there isn't any, for I have found no evidence whatsoever [] Could I get another cup of green? And maybe a handful of dark m&ms?
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
I don't mind Gunpowder, but right now prefer the smokey dark brew.
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
I'm always willing to share dark M&M's with anyone sensible enough to [] dark chocolate and green tea.

Although I would think that if you like dark chocolate, you might also enjoy black tea as well as green.

Have you tried many black teas, newbie? []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Hmm... dark chocolate MnMs... yum!
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Does American peanut butter have the same taste and texture as that stuff in the middle of a Reese's peanut butter cup?
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
No, American peanut butter is usually more smooth if it's creamy peanut butter. The filling in a Reese's has a bit of a texture like there's granulated sugar or brown sugar in; with peanut butter it's smoothed out. Unless it's crunchy peanut butter, which is still smooth but with bits of crushed nuts in.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
I'm always willing to share dark M&M's with anyone sensible enough to [] dark chocolate and green tea.

Have you tried many black teas, newbie?

Wow, thanks! *Takes a few from Lyra's outstretched, M&M filled hand* You are definitely one of my new best friends! [] And no, I haven't had much of a chance to try black tea, however I am definitely willing! []

quote:
Hmm... dark chocolate MnMs... yum!
Definitely, who could refuse dark M&Ms??? []

quote:
Does American peanut butter have the same taste and texture as that stuff in the middle of a Reese's peanut butter cup?
If you are referring to the slightly crunchy texture within a Reese's Cup and the peanut butter sold in stores, then no, for there are so many different peanut butter textures here. Creamy, crunchy, something in between... All in different jars, of course, creamy and crunchy together would be weird (and, in all technicality, impossible)... []

Edit: Darn, Lyra beat me to it... [] But you know what we mean! []

[ 11-26-2013, 11:26 AM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
that stuff in Reeses is sugar with some peanut butter flavoring. The good peanut butter tastes like peanuts, not sugar.
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
quote:
Definitely, who could refuse dark M&Ms???
Winger. He prefers milk chocolate. [] He also loves Reese's and calls them Reesies.

Friends, then. [] Although your name is bit long and awkward, especially with all the special characters. Since you have professed a liking for tea may we call you tae for short? []

[ 11-27-2013, 07:02 AM: Message edited by: LyraLuthien Tinuviel ]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
Winger. He prefers milk chocolate. He also loves Reese's and calls them Reesies.
Awww, really?? Darn it! And I thought I had it all figured out... [] Reese's are one of my favorites too, especially with dark chocolate. [] My very favorite, though, is York peppermint patties: mint and dark chocolate, best of both worlds... []

quote:
may we call you tae for short? []
Sure, that actually sounds pretty cool! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Well, I know it tastes nothing like OUR PB. I just had this horror that it was all like that over there and that THEN you added jelly to it... [] They're revolting anyway, I need to make something with proper PB and chocolate after eating those to restore my faith in two of my favourite things. []

Thanks all!

E:
quote:
that stuff in Reeses is sugar with some peanut butter flavoring. The good peanut butter tastes like peanuts, not sugar.
So it should!

[ 11-27-2013, 10:36 AM: Message edited by: The DarkQueen Iauraearien ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Take a slab of good dark chocolate and spread some good quality peanut butter on it... forget Rees's.

And DQ, Revolting is an American thing. []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
I had a Reese's cup for the first time yesterday. I was fairly meh about it, but at least the PB was salty enough.

The chocolate, or what passes for chocolate in the States, was repulsive, naturally.
*puts in her monocle*
*clips on the fake moustache*
*has a cup of tea*
[]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
You don't have a monopoly on it! What about the Peasant's Revolt? That was ours. []

I had them for the first time at the weekend, that's why I asked. Awful. I already knew that the "chocolate" would be awful but I didn't expect the "peanut butter" to be THAT bad. The texture... [] [] []

E:
quote:
Take a slab of good dark chocolate and spread some good quality peanut butter on it... forget Rees's.
I make a fair number of nice things with chocolate and peanut butter, but I've never done that. []

[ 11-28-2013, 09:45 AM: Message edited by: The DarkQueen Iauraearien ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
The chocolate, or what passes for chocolate in the States, was repulsive, naturally.

it's funny that I can get 100% Chocolate baking squares in the U.S. & Canada, but not here in Oz. 70% is the best I found sold locally.

Oh, I didn't say that Americans have a monopoly on revolting (or being revolting), but the did kick the tea-drinking pommy @sses up north. [] []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
How odd. [] Still, the sort of chocolate they use in "candy" bears very little resemblence to chocolate in my experience.

quote:
Oh, I didn't say that Americans have a monopoly on revolting (or being revolting), but the did kick the tea-drinking pommy @sses up north.
You think that if it makes you happy. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
True about the candy chocolate. []

quote:
What do they call a North American colonial loyalist? A Hoser, eh!
-Rick Moranis

So I got some tea shipped to the house. Maybe you Great British could tell me what the difference is between English Breakfast, Scottish Breakfast, and Irish Breakfast teas? ( other than one is what the English has for breakfast, one the Scots have for breakfast, & one the Irish have for breakfast) []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
The chocolate, or what passes for chocolate in the States, was repulsive, naturally.
Then what does real chocolate taste like then, if I may ask? []

quote:
Take a slab of good dark chocolate and spread some good quality peanut butter on it
That sounds delicious, actually! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
Then what does real chocolate taste like then, if I may ask?
túrë a enda, go your local grocery store and look for Baker's unsweetened 100% baking squares in the baking aisle.

 -

Maybe the DQ will give a brand that she considers good chocolate there in the UK?
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
quote:
Maybe you Great British could tell me what the difference is between English Breakfast, Scottish Breakfast, and Irish Breakfast teas? ( other than one is what the English has for breakfast, one the Scots have for breakfast, & one the Irish have for breakfast) []
That's probably it. [] I like something a bit stronger than English Breakfast at breakfast, but it is a nice tea. []

quote:
Then what does real chocolate taste like then, if I may ask? []
It tastes of chocolate. You know, cocoa. The main ingredients of chocolate should not be sugar and cocoa butter, but cocoa solids. []

quote:
Maybe the DQ will give a brand that she considers good chocolate there in the UK?
A few years ago I could have done. A lot of the good chocolate brands have started producing awful stuff because, I believe, chocolate has become more expensive due to bad crops. About the best milk (eating) chocolate for us now IMO are the bars produced by Nestlé. I would have said Cadbury but they've gone off since Americans bought them. [] For cooking you want something like Bourneville, or a good own brand dark chocolate with a high solid %, as Snöwdog said. []

I'll shut up now. The degredation of chocolate is something I could complain about for hours. []

[ 11-30-2013, 07:11 AM: Message edited by: The DarkQueen Iauraearien ]
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
But you can't eat Bakers' chocolate by itself, it's much too bitter and waxy! It has to be melted with butter then mixed with sugar before it's edible.

While I do like dark chocolate best, I also like Hershey's milk chocolate, M&M Mars chocolate, Dove chocolate, Nestlé chocolate and Ghirardelli's.

I think Lindt and Lindor are even better, though. They learned their chocolate secrets from the Swiss, I've heard.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
I think Lindt and Lindor are even better, though. They learned their chocolate secrets from the Swiss, I've heard.

Those are some of my favorites. Plus Norwegian brands, Freia and Minde, to mention just a couple. But I don't think they make much for export, so you might not have heard about them.

 -

(from Freia)
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
The Belgians would throw things at you for calling Hershey's chocolate. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Ever had Hershey Squirts?
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Do I even want to know what they are? []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
No, DQ, you don't. This is another thing that falls firmly under Americans being revolting. []

((Varna)) for old times' sake!

[ 12-02-2013, 07:32 AM: Message edited by: LyraLuthien Tinuviel ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
This is another thing that falls firmly under Americans being revolting.
Up The Revolution!

and Lyra, you can eat Baker's. It's what 100% cocoa tastes like. Quite bitter. Those squares make the best brownies.
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
I agree they make fabulous brownies, but eating it straight... []

That was one of the ways my big brothers used to torment my little sister, forcing her to eat Bakers chocolate straight.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
quote:
No, DQ, you don't. This is another thing that falls firmly under Americans being revolting. []
I'll take your advice and curb my curiosity, Lyra!

Ew, no. Not 100% for eating! [] I'm sure it's great for baking though. []

Speaking of brownies, I tend to make them with cocoa rather than chocolate. It's from an American recipe book but almost every other recipe I've seen makes them with chocolate. Very odd. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Never made homemade brownies before... I really should! [] Usually I only use mixes. []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
I've done a few crazy things making brownies from scratch--melting a spatula in with the Bakers and Crisco was probably the worst!

I've seen recipes for brownies that call for cocoa (powder) as well, but as the top choice in the stores for cocoa powder is also--guess what--Hersheys, I'm sure DQ would continue to disapprove!

I haven't made brownies from scratch in a long time, as it takes a while to get over melting a spatula into the batter.

[ 12-03-2013, 11:52 AM: Message edited by: LyraLuthien Tinuviel ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
You should, tae! Might as well buy brownies if you're going to use mixes, IMO. Both are more like cake. []

What's Crisco? You melted a spatula?! [] Very impressive, Lyra!

Hersheys... []

[] Use a wooden spoon next time and get making those brownies!
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Yes, wooden spoons are the way to go!


mmm.... brownies.....
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Crisco is shortening, sometimes replacing butter when greasing pans so that the thing you're baking won't stick to the pan. Also used in actual baking recipes sometimes. [] Really unhealthy for you though, since it's like pure lard, so I haven't used it in a really long time (as in when I was still elementary school) [] I use butter, the spray butter/oil stuff, or Teflon pans. []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
DQ, I hadn't got any wooden spoons at the time, as I was in MeMum's kitchen and less than 15 years old. So I couldn't respectfully chew MeMum out for not recognizing the value of wooden spoons, as I hadn't learned it for myself yet. I have since learned how indispensable they are, and make sure I have them when I am the one responsible for stocking the kitchen with utensils.

tae, Crisco is vegetable shortening, not lard. It is, however, still rather unhealthy, being a chemically modified solid lipid.

[ 12-09-2013, 07:50 AM: Message edited by: LyraLuthien Tinuviel ]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
Crisco is vegetable shortening, not lard
Oops, my mistake than. [] Oh well. And wooden spoons are awesome. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
Ew, no. Not 100% for eating!
Of course not, but it one wants to know what the real deal tastes like.... have a nibble.

Now.... Lapsang Souchong will be my tea of choice today! []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
Lapsang Souchong will be my tea of choice today! []
Fancy! It has a smoky flavor, I hear. [] I'll have ginseng tea. It has become one of my favorites these last couple months. No sugar or cream please. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
You really need to make brownies again, Lyra. []

Thanks both, Crisco sounds vile! I don't mind bad for you when it's something natural, but bad for you chemicals have no place in my cooking if I can possibly help it. [] I agree with tae - butter!

quote:
Of course not, but it one wants to know what the real deal tastes like.... have a nibble.
Is anyone really that curious? []

I'm on green tea again at the moment (next cup will be a nice strong black tea), while I list everything I want to bake for Christmas and what I need to buy.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Having some Gunpowder this evening.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I've never had that. My gran was very keen on it IIRC...
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I guess it's the name of some kind of food []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Or drink!
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
You seriously never heard of Gunpowder Tea?

Today, it's Formosa OOlong in the cup. It is loose tea, other wise it could have been Gunpowder []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
At least I'd heard of it. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
*Looks at description for gunpowder tea* Sounds interesting, though I've never been a honey person, which the site uses as a description for its flavor... [] However, I'd try it if I had the chance. []

Today,though I can not have it for real, I shall try virtual chai tea today. Any suggestions for flavor? []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
I don't taste honey in Gunpowder unless I put honey in my cup.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
I don't taste honey in Gunpowder unless I put honey in my cup.
Ah, darn Wikipedia! You and your falsified information! lol []

Mint tea for me today, please! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
You don't BELIEVE Wiki, surely? []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
You don't BELIEVE Wiki, surely? []
Heavens no! [] I just thought that since dear Snowdog here put it up I thought it was trustworthy! [] But now I know better! []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Exactly what I was thinking: tae wouldn't have trusted a random wiki page, but trusted Halasian's (mis)direction.

Wicked Snowdog.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
I thought EVERYONE knew to take Wikipedia with a grain, or many grains of whatever. It is however, usually a good place to start to go search deeper on other sites. The only mis-direction of Halasian's in this case is of people who think Wikipedia is a 100% truthful source.

My more recent writings have made Halasian even more dark than he was originally....

Here is better reading on Gunpowder Tea

*Note: By providing this linked source, I am in no way claiming credit for, or any knowledge of any discrepancies that may be contained in said website. It is up to the individual to take any information provided and make determinations by thinking for themselves.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
Note: By providing this linked source, I am in no way claiming credit for, or any knowledge of any discrepancies that may be contained in said website. It is up to the individual to take any information provided and make determinations by thinking for themselves.
Nice! [] Thanks, Snowdog!
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
[]
quote:
Note: By providing this linked source, I am in no way claiming credit for, or any knowledge of any discrepancies that may be contained in said website. It is up to the individual to take any information provided and make determinations by thinking for themselves.
That's great! Can I use it? Maybe as a new signature? or not
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
A nice strong cup of black tea please! Just back from second viewing of TH:DoS and I'm so cold! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Aiw, use it!
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Don't take it personally, Rich.

Tae is younger than Lyra...

and may need protection from people with warped minds...

like the people who edit Wikipedia. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Better keep Tae away from me then! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Take what personally?

*hears chopper blades*
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
The upcoming drone strike I arranged.

Oops, did I say that out loud?

DQ, tae is in Kent in WA, USA, not Kent in the UK so I think she's safe for now. I will take this opportunity to warn her away from the Dark Tower, though.

tae, stay away from Dark Towers with warped queens in!

Don't say I didn't warn you.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
She's be safe from me anyway, Lyra. I'm lazy and have little to do with Southrons. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Lesson definitely learned. Wikipedia = bad. Although, I have been hearing that from my Humanities teachers for the last four years. [] *raises an eyebrow at Lyra and DQ* Dark towers, huh? Better keep an eye out then. []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Merry Christmas Opelë folk!

I'm giving TEA to somebody today. []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Merry Christmas Braeden! Good to see you, it's been longtimes.

Is there enough tea of the virtual kind to go 'round?

*also has tea under the tree*

[]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Merry Christmas all! I too have tea, to try to warm myself up. The heater's given up on me. Brrrrr! []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Merry Christmas, all!

Tea under the tree, eh? Catchy! [] I also have some, plus perhaps other miscellaneous things of which I have no intention of telling. []

Edit: Inadvertently used the same "merry Christmas all" as DQ! Forgot to refresh the page! I apologize! []

[ 12-24-2013, 01:36 PM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
Merry Christmas all! I too have tea, to try to warm myself up. The heater's given up on me. Brrrrr!
We had to turn the air conditioner on this morning to keep it cool enough to open presents without sweating all over them. A warm, steamy Christmas Day it was.

Merry Christmas toAie, Brae, DQ, túrë, and to lycra, mad matt, and your new spouses.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[] I don't own that one, tae.

Thanks, Snöwdog! Also, I'm jealous! It's been a nice day here, but so cold! []

Are we all having a fun time? []

[ 12-25-2013, 08:21 AM: Message edited by: The DarkQueen Iauraearien ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Belated Merry Christmas to all Opëlians! []
No White Christmas in Oslo this year - it was raining!
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
We had our white the Friday before. ((Noldo [] ))

Happy 3rd day of Christmas! [] I'm waiting at least til 12th night to take anything down and stop feeling Christmassy. I didn't start until around the 16th of December, anyway, so that's not too long, is it? []

tae, your MCa was different from DQ's actually; you had a comma in and she didn't. [] Is the tea any good?

Snowdog, don't rub it in. I'd like to be warm outside of the wee hours of the morning when I'm drinking coffee while the heater kicks in for the morning, but sadly, I'm always cold after 7:45. Even if the thermometer reads 72F I shiver! []

[ 12-27-2013, 08:08 AM: Message edited by: LyraLuthien Tinuviel ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
It was a clear and cold Christmas here, followed by a storm. Very windy and wet now!

Not too long at all, Lyra. I didn't get the decs up very early either so they're definitely staying up for the full 12 days. []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
If it makes you feel any better, my part of Australia had a grey-skies Christmas Day. [] Thankfully no rain, and the temperature was mild enough to allow short-sleeves, but it wasn't the sunny blue-skies Christmas I had hoped for. []

Btw, the giftee liked her tea (& the large mug that came with it). []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Aw, but at least it didn't rain.

Can't go wrong with tea. I got tea and a fancy caddy last year. It's my most used present. []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Our forecast for Christmas day was cold with thick fogs and clouds all day long and no sunbreaks, but they were wrong. The fog burned off by noon and the skies were blue with some white clouds. :-) It was back to gray foggy cloudy by Friday, though, and today (Saturday) is not much better.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Still expecting some more rainy days in the near future ...
I don't miss the snow, though!
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Clear and freezing cold still here. Brrrr! []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
[] I don't own that one, tae.
quote:
Tae, your MCa was different from DQ's actually; you had a comma in and she didn't. [] Is the tea any good?
Yay! Lol [] And, Lyra, technically it is the same thing word-wise. Such a tiny difference that I barely noticed after I posted! []

And yes, I find the tea quite scrumptious, Lyra, thanks! []

Having smores flavored Poptarts and some of Lyra's green tea present this foggy morning. [] Think I'll have some virtual green tea as well! []
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
My last post was a year ago.
Same message applies!

[]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Happy New Year, Black Dragon! Same to the rest of you. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Happy New Year to all! *Sips some vanilla chai tea, a new favorite* To a new tea, a new day, and a new year! []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
A little early for us, but Happy New Year to those whose who are already there! []

Quite a few good things to look forward to this year!

E: Also to add, hello and welcome to the new face. []

[ 12-31-2013, 01:06 PM: Message edited by: Telperaca ]
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Stalker! []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
quote:
My last post was a year ago.
Same message applies!

"Happy 2013"? Well, that's a bit redundant. []

*has been in 2014 for 19 hours and 41 minutes* []

Happy 365-Day Span, Tea Housers!

[ 12-31-2013, 11:41 PM: Message edited by: Braeden Fireheart ]
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
I'm stuck in a time loop []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[] Black Dragon.

I didn't see the sun yet this year. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Everyone... *clears throat* I have an announ-

Ah, screw the formality! [] I'm getting married! In July! [] []

In Indian tradition, they offer sweet foods to everyone on a happy occasion. []

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[ 01-02-2014, 09:20 AM: Message edited by: Telperaca ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Congratulations Telperica! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Congrats, Telpy! []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
Also to add, hello and welcome to the new face. []
Hello, thank you, and congratulations! [] This calls for celebration! Too bad I was never much of a party starter... [] *Raises her glass of green and white tea* To Telperaca!

[ 01-03-2014, 11:42 AM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Congratulations Telperica! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
DQ, tae is in Kent in WA, USA, not Kent in the UK so I think she's safe for now. I will take this opportunity to warn her away from the Dark Tower, though.
Wouldn't want her to be corrupted by the big bad world now. []

And Kent Wa is named after the cigarette brand... watch Almost Live Cops in Kent. []

Tele-Lady, when is your big day?
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Congratulations, Telpy! []

Happy 2014, everybody!
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
quote:
Telperica
... Did I miss a memo? []

Planned the day for 8th July, in London. If anyone's in London during that week, let me know!

Hi Varna. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Why London of all places? []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
Why London of all places? []
The heart of the British Empire of course. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
It's a horrible place though. Noisy and smelly and busy... []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
It's not in central London, but more towards the outskirts. So more greenery. []
The venue is also quite good for scenic photos too.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
But aren't you in Leicester? []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Possibly.

London is central for everyone. We're almost from opposite ends of the country. []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Dragon!! **glomps**

Wolfie!!! **glomps**

CHOCOLATE!!!!! ***NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM***

[] Scuse me.

Hallo, Opeleär. ((tae)) Thanks for leaving me some Vanilla Chai; now all I have to do is remember to ask Winger to throw a bag or two in my lunch once in a while.

Noldo [] : Happy Carnival. Lots of Kings Cake and Pancakes for everyone from now until Mardi Gras. I will be burning all the sugar on Ash Wednesday. []

j/k.

Srsly though I just processed a record for a kid whose last name is Pancake. I didn't know that existed as a surname, though I have seen a few named Bacon. []

One more thing: tae. Next time you see a Black Dragon or a Silver Wolf in the White City, please to be informing the Nightingale immediately. Songs of Joy will be forthcoming.

E: One more thing: have people checked their pm boxes? I think I left a random huggle or two for someone someplace.

And most importantly thing: Many blessings upon your head Wolfie!! and on your lucky partner as well! how Exciting!!

[ 01-07-2014, 09:44 AM: Message edited by: LyraLuthien Tinuviel ]
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
quote:
I think I left a random huggle or two for someone someplace.
She lied. []
Do we burn people at the stake or just overfeed them with chocolate? []

Nice to see you after such a long time. You certainly brought the hyper-ness. [] What's new? []

[ 01-07-2014, 10:22 AM: Message edited by: Telperaca ]
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Overfeed me with chocolate. []

And you're not the only someone I huggle, dear Wolfie, I think I huggled you on a random [] HP site more recently than I got to huggle Dragonsie.

So tell me more about this person you're tying the knot with in London next summer! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
London is only central for the far south. []
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
quote:
So tell me more about this person ...
He's got a couple loose screws to want to marry dear old Wolfy! []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Yes well this goes without saying. Ths is also why Wolfie fits in so well here in this house of vercië!
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
You better behave, or else.

Enough wedding non-sense, does anyone here watch Grimm? []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Anyone for a refill?

 -
(source)

quote:
I'm getting married! In July!
Congrats Telpy! []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Will they put Cuiveyulda in my cup or my car, or do they only have petrol?

There are espresson stands on Mountain Highway that look like that. I don't think they cater to automobile gas tanks, though.

Hallo, Platypus.

Wolfie, I have two co-workers named Grim, and I watch them very closely. Probably for reasons other than what you're thinking, though. []

[ 01-08-2014, 06:53 AM: Message edited by: LyraLuthien Tinuviel ]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
((tae)) Thanks for leaving me some Vanilla Chai; now all I have to do is remember to ask Winger to throw a bag or two in my lunch once in a while.
You're welcome! [] However, I was rather confused, since when I read the box it said "Black Chai Tea" not "Vanilla Chai Tea", so I'm not sure if I did the right thing! The only VCT there was in the cupboard was the decaf that you oh so graciously gave me as a Christmas present! []

quote:
does anyone here watch Grimm?
Sadly, as of late, no. But when I had cable, I did. Great show! But it's been long enough that the characters' names escape me... []
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
[] but not as cool as a Tardis petrol station would have been.
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
*pokes BD*
*with a stick*
*expects him to explode any moment*
[] Maybe I've watched a little too much Supernatural tonight.

I've never tried Vanilla Chai before.
I generally prefer the herbal teas-bags (peppermint) or making it fresh using fresh mint. Also, cinnamon in tea is quite nice, or just water with cinnamon sticks. Mmm.

I once tried the licorice tea, and trust me when I say, it was the nastiest thing that I'd ever tried. Bleh. BLEH! [] [] Didn't taste anything like the licorice sweets. []

[ 01-08-2014, 01:39 PM: Message edited by: Telperaca ]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Well, let me just say that Vanilla Chai Tea is absolutely delicious! One of my favorites! [] And I'll take your word for it, licorice tea does not taste like licorice! I'll stick with my green teas, thank you! [] Speaking of green and mint teas, I've recently had Moroccan mint green tea. It was wonderfully pleasant! So, I guess I'll have some virtual and real Moroccan mint green tea today, please! []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Came across a patient with the best street address!
quote:
X Unicorn Street
[] [] [] [] [] []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
"X Unicorn Street"
[] Seriously?

I looked it up, found one here in Washington State! Is that where you meant? []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Silly tae, Wolfie is on the other side of the big pond.

And don't get me started on patient names or addresses, soon I'll be violating HIPAA and getting myself in trouble. []

Um, I think the decaf Vanilla Chai, the Black Chai, and some of the Green White Fusion tea is actually still in the cupboard. Plus I have two decaf Vanilla Chai bags here in my desk drawer. []

I'm loathe to brew it with no cream to put in, though. And no licorice tea for me, thank you! I don't much like black licorice anyway.
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Speaking of Unicorn... I bought some Unicorn Camembert this week. []

Aussie brand.
Huh. So the unicorns have been here all this time. []
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Gay horses.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
You're confusing yourself with the dolphins.

Unicorns are glorious!

(I miss Scrubs, except the last season. [] )

[ 01-10-2014, 02:36 PM: Message edited by: Telperaca ]
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
You may be my closest friend by I draw the line at sharing a toothbrush. []
[]
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
I don't think people do that in RL. []

If the world ever suffers from a toothbrush shortage... 15 minutes in boiling water would do the trick. [] (But by the end of it, the plastic handle would probably have melted.)
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
quote:
Gay horses.
A little.

 -

[ 01-10-2014, 07:30 PM: Message edited by: Braeden Fireheart ]
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
A unicorn the day after eating spicy psychedelic chile?
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
I don't know. But prior to running off like that, it stabbed someone with its horn. []

It's from a Supernatural episode. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Rainbow horse fart.... []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
You people sure know how to ruin unicorns for a girl. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Suprnatural spoof episodes, you can't take them seriously.
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
That flick gives a new meaning to rides unicorns, farts rainbows and is ded from snake. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
There are other unicorns I would prefer to that one []

Your speaking of tea reminded me of a chocolate tea I tried once. []
Didn't even taste sweet, certainly nowhere near chocolate. []
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Dragons are way cooler (hotter?) than those gay horses.
Said it!
[]
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Using gay as a pejorative? How delightfully sophomoric.
[]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Black dragons should be the coolest, while red dragons are the hottest []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
White dragons are the hottest, surely?
[] [] [] [] []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
I thought white dragons lived in the crushing ice, and were therefore the super-coolest.

[] tae. Aren't you supposed to be in class? Pay attention. / []

Lovely Monday morning, my cellphone battery is deader than a doornail and won't stay on for 25 seconds.

So call my desk phone if you need to reach me. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Where's the rum gone? []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
WHY's the rum gone?

Oh, and it's probably in the Perch, as Log regulars include a few random teetotallers.
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
It's that elf, Legolas. Gimli converted him into an alcoholic.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
[] tae. Aren't you supposed to be in class? Pay attention. / []
I am, Lyra, I promise! This is my downtime, when all I have to do is study! I only post when I feel that I know the content well. Talking about clothes in Japanese isn't that complicated... []

And as for dragons, I like blue and green ones best! []

I think it was Jack Sparrow that drank all the rum, personally, but we're talking ME here, where there were no pirates that sailed the seas. So, I'm at a loss! []

[ 01-14-2014, 07:53 AM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I know the line is WHY, but that is obvious in a tea establishment. I want to know WHERE you put it. []

[] I like that drinking contest scene, BD.
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Mothers! Does the nagging ever cease?
[]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
BD, you're probably right! We have all seen the chief elf in Mirkwood get positively drunk in The Hobbit, so why not Legolas? []

Or it could have been I that hid the rum in order for there to be this wonderful goose-chase... But if you would like to blame it on Legolas, it's all the same to me! []

*Waits for the perfect moment to unveil the rum's location* [] []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
quote:
Mothers! Does the nagging ever cease?
Says the little mummy's boy! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
but we're talking ME here, where there were no pirates that sailed the seas.
coughcoughcorsairsofumbarcoughcough
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
coughcoughcorsairsofumbarcoughcough
Dang it. I knew that I was wrong, but I didn't bother to check first... It's even in the RoTK... []

*Begins to bang her head against the wall, only stopping when she nearly forgets why she was doing it in the first place* []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Well, there is some debate as to whether the Corsairs were pirates or just a foreign Navy.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Well, they did quite a bit of pillaging and pirating... Would that not dub them as "pirates"? [] []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
There is this:

cor•sair
/ˌkôrˈse(ə)r/
noun
archaicnoun: corsair; plural noun: corsairs
1. a pirate.

The Corsairs were known to raid the coasts as far as Anfalas until Telumehtar son of King Tarondor of Gondor defeated them and slew last descendants of Castamir in TA 1810. Castamir was quite evil while king and so were his sons at least in the eyes of the Dúnedain and many in the North.

But maybe at first they were called Corsairs by the kings of Gondor for propaganda purposes. When Castamir's sons gathered their army/navy in Pelargir they seemed to be more rebels than pirates. After they moved to Umbar the kings of Gondor might have used the label “pirate” to disenchant the Gondor citizenry and diminish any appeal for the rebels. The kings wanted the people to think of them as robbers and thieves rather than simply a group of people who disagreed with the policies of Gondor. Later they proved themselves to indeed be pirates.

[ 01-15-2014, 07:05 AM: Message edited by: Aiwrendel ]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Ahh, so all I had to know was the definition for "corsair" to know that they were indeed pirates, or at least called as such. I didn't even need to look at the appendices in RoTK... []

Now that I think about it, my English is a bit more limited than I originally thought... [] So much for learning a new word a day! []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
If Jack Sparrow existed in Middle Earth... []

What's the best tea for general bloatiness? []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
tae, I told you to pay attention. That applies to the book, too! Headbanging is even worse for your brain than daydreaming about pirates, dragons and tea in class.

Tea on its own could be beneficial, even in class, if it's permitted.

Telpy, I don't know about general bloating, but raspberry tea is good for time-of-month bloating. Maybe it crosses over to general bloating?

You could try it in any case.

I like all colors of dragon. My favorite one here is black. I have a copper one I use for games in other places, though.

As for the rum...perhaps it was Legolas. It would have been easy enough for him to accomplish a crossover rum-run to Jack Sparrow (that's Captain Sparrow to you, poppets!) by way of Wil Turner. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
N&V. [] feel better now though.

Regarding the headbanging, leave that till after the exam!

Tae, what do you study?
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
quote:
We have all seen the chief elf in Mirkwood get positively drunk in The Hobbit, so why not Legolas?
*cough*Drinking contest in Rohan on TTT(EE)*cough*

I see someone beat me to saying that corsairs were pirates, in RL anyway. []

[ 01-15-2014, 02:09 PM: Message edited by: The DarkQueen Iauraearien ]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
Tae, what do you study?
Japanese, Humanities, Calculus, and Extended STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Research. []

You know, Lyra, I usually post during lunch and occasionally during the first half of Japanese. I don't dare do it in Humanities or Calculus, and I don't think my ESR teacher would find my MT posting amusing... So, downtime! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
tae, you kinda have a helocopter mom don't you.
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
I'd never be caught posting on the same forum as my mum.
[]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Perhaps, but I don't mind it too much. Not like I have anything to hide... []

However, it is mildly annoying, Lyra. []
And just for the record, I'm not at school right now... Classes start at eight! []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Lyra will stop nagging, then.

For the record, Lyra was here first. Check the Citizen numbers. []

What flavor of tea is making us happy today? I had an extra cup of coffee this morning but still feel sleep deprived. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
[]

Virtual white and green fusion tea. I swear that's become my favorite tea of all time! [] Had no time to brew some real tea this morning, but I plan to have some after school. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Hey Lyra, if tae doesn't want the coddling, I wouldn't mind some TLC today.

Down with the bug that seems to be passing around. And I hope I'm recovered before I leave for my trip! []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Aww, hope you get better! []

Today, like nearly everyday as of late: a spicy chicken burger for lunch...
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Nothing wrong with being on the same forum as a parent if you share interests. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
There's a saying... Keep your RL separate and your forum life separate.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Yeah, we do share interests, and yeah, I try my best to keep RL out of my forum life. [] Lyra didn't even know who I was at first. I inadvertently told her, thinking she already knew. []
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Wolfy, did you just make that up?
I would have gone along with something more along the lines of don't poop where you eat, but I guess that's not funny when you're ill? (I'll just laugh on your behalf!) []

Keep your friends close and keep your enemies closer (Motillium, Immodium and dioralyte) Feel better. []

[ 01-16-2014, 12:03 PM: Message edited by: Black Dragon ]
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
You're a rotten friend. Just so you know... []
And a brand-snob.
My grannie is making me have the herbal stuff. She swears by that stuff...
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
don't poop where you eat
... or you will likely get E-Coli ....

Fresh coffee here! Barista'd myself a cup of Nicaraguan! []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Ever wondered why rabbits don't get ill from eating their own poo?
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Have your coffee (or tea) in one of these!
 -

And now we're back on the unicorn [topic]. []

For a few posts, maybe. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Unity Corn!
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Back to unicorns than! []

I used to like unicorns and Pegasus under the age of ten, but after I've turned about eleven my fascination turned towards wizards, hobbits, elves and dwarves! (Is that the correct plural for "dwarf" by the way?) []

Edit: Repeated words as I was fixing my first sentence... []

[ 01-17-2014, 07:31 AM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
I want those mugs. Unlike tae I never lost my fascination with unicorns. There isn't enough good literature with them in, though. They're too often symbolic of something else; either that or most of the book reads like fanfic.

Read the LotR appendices, tae. The Professor waxes eloquent on the plural of dwarves...I think I saw a strange word along the lines of "dweorg" or something, the plural of which I do not recall.

I don't think rabbits have e.coli in their poo. Or if they do, their upper GI is better able to deal with it than humans. Elephants also eat their own poo, especially little ones. Still a lot of nutrients in there, and a robust GI immune system. The human digestive system is relatively weak; plus, with all the humanity and compassion and all that, humans will go to great lengths to increase the survival chances of the weakest members of the species. Most animals, on the other hand, leave them to die, or even kill them and eat them. Except elephants. Elephants seem to actually love eachother. []

Also for Wolfie::
((huggles))
**brushes Telpie hair, brews teas, cooks chicken and vegetable soup, and provides bananas, rice, apples and toast**

The BRAT diet. Excellent for digestive ailmants. And maybe sharing it with Dragon will help him be less of a brat!

*(huggles) Dragon too, who knows me well enough by now not to take me seriously...i hope...*

How do I choose between a cup of tae's tea and some of Snowy's coffee? []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
I will read the appendices after school today, than! [] When I have time to spare, that is! Homework has really piled up recently... []
And no, it's not due to negligence! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
quote:
There's a saying... Keep your RL separate and your forum life separate.
Fairly bad saying, when you think of all the people who meet friends-for-life and spouses on games, forums, etc. A load of my current circle of RL friends can be traced back to MT. []

E: I never grew out of unicorns and pegas...i? (What IS the plural of pegasus? [] ) But I don't really like these rainbow-maned beasts which are so popular ATM.

[ 01-17-2014, 11:53 AM: Message edited by: The DarkQueen Iauraearien ]
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
tae:

Please also study than vs. then. One or two I can count as an aberration. But you're doing it all the time!

I hope you haven't made this error in any of your college letters. []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
All of this unicorn stuff reminds me... I need to rewatch Legend. Even if it's got an awkwardly-young Tom Cruise (not to be confused with the awkwardly-current Tom Cruise) and cheesy special effects/music, it had a good story. []

*does have the DVD* []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
Please also study than vs. then. One or two I can count as an aberration. But you're doing it all the time!

I hope you haven't made this error in any of your college letters. []

Of course I quadruple check my college apps for any grammatical errors before I dare send them! I'm not quite as meticulous in threads and such though. []

Edit: Grammatical error. Ironic, eh? []

[ 01-17-2014, 03:23 PM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
*wonders if Lycra has a phone to text her kid on*
*considers this may be cause of the further deterioration of the White City she mentioned in another thread*

I have wondered why most people have scattered.
Hoped the scent of the fresh coffee would draw some back.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Then/Than is a pet hate of mine, so many of my friends do it. It's only a matter of time before I throw a dictionary and/or a grammar book at them. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Well, I'll be more careful as to not get hit in the head by a dictionary/grammar book then. *Almost used "than" instead of "then" just to see if she would really get thrown at...) []

I'm sick today, probably because my dad and stepmom have been sick interchangeably for over a month. [] Lets get a cup of hot herbal tea together, Telpy! (Or, are you better?) [] And a bowl of hot chicken and rice soup! ^^ (<-- We should really get a smilie for that, you know, without the toothy grin!) []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Official English plural of dwarf is dwarfs.
Dwarves is Middle-earthian (or Tolkienian, with his own reasons).

My favorite unicorns are the Narnian ones. []

Did you know, btw, that they are planning a new Narnia movie now?
It will be The Silver Chair.
They don't know yet how long it will take before it can be made - but some years. They haven't even got the script ready, just got someone to write it. But they've finally got somebody to replace Walden Media (eventually).
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Awesome! I was wondering which book they were going to do next! I was kind of hoping for The Silver Chair. [] I wonder if they will be doing The Magician's Nephew or The Horse and His Boy at all... I just hope they do Puddleglum right! []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I know that they want to do all the books - difficult to say when it can happen, though.

Do you ever read www.narniaweb.com ? They are fairly up-to-date on the latest news there.
(It's a good board, I've been a mod there for the last year and a half [] .)
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
No, I haven't! I'll be sure to go on it when I feel Narnian-like from now on! Thanks! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[] Don't test my accuracy with books, tae. I'm well known for it. My group of friends includes pet-haters of bad spelling, grammar and punctuation/capital letters. Nobody is safe! []

I've was just thinking about the Narnia films and if there was going to be another the other day, so thanks Varna! Saved me some searching. []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
quote:
My group of friends includes pet-haters of bad spelling, grammar and punctuation/capital letters. Nobody is safe!

I've was just thinking about the Narnia films

[]

Thank goodness for the edit button (& consequential 'edited by' line). []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I don't apologise for that, it was a typing error resulting from the reworking of a sentence after a very long day. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Right! []

Now I'm almost completely better except for the occasional sniffle and cough! [] Ramen time! []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
quote:
I don't apologise for that, it was a typing error resulting from the reworking of a sentence after a very long day.
I do that a lot too. Especially in chats where I can't fix the mistake afterwards and boo myself for a few seconds for not proofreading. [] I do it on Twitter as well - 'cause sometimes it's hard getting a thought within 140 characters - but as soon as I see the error I redo the tweet and delete the offending one. []

*did a lot of writing early this morning* []
*proud of herself* []
*probably made a host of errors MSWord didn't catch* []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Yeah, it's easily done. Can't catch them all. Besides, got to allow people some target-practice. []

Word misses loads of things, in my experience, or wants to change things it shouldn't. It might as well not bother. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Has MSWord been removing useless vowels again???
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
I don't know, spell check can be a bit helpful, you know, for words like Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Yes, it is a word. Something about a volcanic ash related lung disease. Eesh. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Sounds like a very unfavo(u)able thing to experience.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Just because you people are too lazy to put all the letters in... []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Oh no, I don't use the auto-fill on MSW or on mobile devices, it annoys me. I typically ignore it because I usually have the choice to use it. However,sometimes it decides that I've spelled some word wrong and replaces it with something else, when it was actually a name, or something in Japanese... [] No. I hate auto-fill. [] Spell check, though. It does help sometimes!

*Takes out a virtual York peppermint patty and a mocha* Today is a chocolate and coffee day! []

Edit: I made a edit before I posted it and realized that I forgot a period at the end of one of my sentences... []

[ 01-22-2014, 09:08 AM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by Gollum Gollum (Citizen # 11392) on :
 
quote:
unfavo(u)able
Nice idea of uniting British&American English. Never thought of that before...
Chapeau, Snöwdog! [] [] [] And thanks []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Surely even MsWord with a Medical Terminology patch would squiggle Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis in red.

Especially as the preferred spelling is Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis.

[]

[ 01-22-2014, 10:52 AM: Message edited by: LyraLuthien Tinuviel ]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Nooo. Actually, the MT spell check didn't catch that... I checked on Word and it was in fact wrong with the "c". [] Oh well. I will now check my posts four times rather than three times before I post. []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
quote:
Sounds like a very unfavo(u)able thing to experience.
quote:
Just because you people are too lazy to put all the letters in...
Especially the R. [] []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
That was a good experiment. Fireheart wins! []

What use is the letter Z except for a prefix to the name 'Ed'.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Ah, the parentheses threw me off! I lost! []
Great job for catching that, Fireheart! []

*Has no clue on what to order today* Perhaps a virtual cup of Black Chai tea? []

[ 01-23-2014, 07:29 AM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I think Snowdog just doesn't want to admit that he made a typo. []

Re: lazy with letters, I meant more American English than Predictive word-processing. []

Time for a green tea. []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
I think Dark Queen of the Vowels is correct, personally. I saw the lack of r and just [] because I see no point in calling Rich on his typo's.

I need more coffee, I never do really feel awake anymore.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Colorized > colourised
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
quote:
Then/Than is a pet hate of mine
More of a peeve than a hate for me is using Your instead of You're.

But, I shouldn't cast stones since my grammar can be pretty bad sometimes. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Then there is the Oxford comma...

And, grammar is the difference between knowing your sh|t knowing you're sh|t.

[ 01-24-2014, 12:06 AM: Message edited by: Snöwdog ]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
It's always been a bit of a pet peeve of mine, too. But as I also make grammar mistakes sometimes... []

Today I'll go with herbal tea... Feeling rather stuffed up this morning. Apparently ginger, lemon and honey tea is great for congestion. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I hate that one too. [] It's not as though they're difficult things to learn.

I like Oxford commas though. []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
I had a teacher who told us never to use the Oxford comma (though he didn't call it that).

When MeMum would kindly type up my essays for me so I could get some sleep, she would put the Oxford commas in.

I would therefore get less than C's on my papers, if MeMum typed them instead of me.

In 1986 MeMum could type much faster than me. I don't think she could anymore.

Teacher's reasoning was the legal one; he said that if you were listing a group of people or entities, and put the Oxford comma in between the last one in the series and the conjunction "and," what you were actually saying was that it was just another name for the one before that.

So "Lyra, Snowdog, Braeden, tae, and DQ had tea together" would, the way HE saw it, mean that tae and Braeden were both the same person, and she had tea with Lyra, Snowdog and DQ.

Which would mean that four people had tea instead of five.

To this day it makes very little sense to me.

[ 01-27-2014, 11:03 AM: Message edited by: LyraLuthien Tinuviel ]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
I've never really had a teacher like that, but I was always told that it was better to leave out the Oxford comma. Thus, I never got a bad grade for not using it. It was rather confusing! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Luycra, your teach was all sorts of AFU... but then a teacher of the 80's, what did they know?
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
 -

There's a more Unexpected Party-appropriate example here. []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
I use it. []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
I would only view your words as going with the second picture if there were "quotation marks" around "I had eggs," Braeden.

And yes, Martin the Beloved was all kinds of AFU. All my male Lit teachers were; only the female lit teachers presented as fairly sane at FWHS in the early 80's.

One of them was far more freaky than Martin. []

Why is there suddenly a "u" added in to my name? I understand the "c" because it's been there ever since the one night stand...

[ 01-28-2014, 07:29 AM: Message edited by: LyraLuthien Tinuviel ]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
It may have been just a typo, Lyra, as the "y" key is right next to the "u" key. If there's another reason, you may just have been officially dubbed as "Luycra"... []

Chamomile tea sounds nice. Some relaxation would go a long way with me right now. []

[ 01-28-2014, 10:36 AM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
The Oxford comma is a great thing and I've never been told off for using it, fortunately. []

I forgot my tea and now it's cold. []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Luycra isn't even pronouncable.

I expect it was a typo.

I forget my tea and let it go cold all the time, especially when I'm multi-tasking. []

And I wouldn't expect a teacher in England to mark down for using the Oxford comma; only a 'merican teacher would do such a thing.

tae: what was your initial symptom with the bug you just got over? The glands in my neck are sore and swollen today, and I rather expect you've infected me. [] Text me!
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
It may have been just a typo, Lyra, as the "y" key is right next to the "u" key. If there's another reason, you may just have been officially dubbed as "Luycra"
túrë q enda is correct. Phat Phingers on fone touchscreen does that. I only use "Lycra" because thin-microfibre-that-goes-transparent-when-wet is way too long... []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
quote:
I forget my tea and let it go cold all the time, especially when I'm multi-tasking. []
Same, to the point where I acquired a taste for cold tea. Hot is better though. []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Queenie, I am in complete accord. Lukewarm tea is acceptable. Hot tea is []

And washer/dryer machines are not good to Lycra. They make Lycra fall apart. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Ice tea with lemon is quite nice on a hot day!
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
I prefer sweet tea to iced tea with lemon. That old sweet tooth of mine--and now I find out that the pain back there for the last two days was a gingival abcess. [] I was sure it was either infectious mono or my (still mostly buried in the gums) wisdom tooth.

Antibiotics and painkillers are nice.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I've never had iced tea (apart from when I really forgot a cup of tea [] ) and keep anything sugary well away from my tea. []

The parents of one of my friends used to INSIST on making my tea weak, milky and sugary even though they always asked how I took my tea and that was NOT what I said. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Never liked my tea sweet... Or milky! [] I drink mine with nothing in it, and steeped as long as it can handle! (You know, without getting it super bitter!) []

I actually had white/green fusion tea this morning, but neglected to finish it! [] I plan to finish my next cup. My virtual one, that is! [] Black chai tea, please! Oh, and a raspberry scone! That sounds positively delightful! []

Edit: Like you need to know! []

[ 01-30-2014, 02:12 PM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Of course we do!

My tea is generally cold before I drink it ATM because it's so cold in the room with my computer. Very annoying. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
No, trust me, you don't! It was something so small... []

Stupid room. Go find someone else's tea to turn cold. []
The room doesn't have to be cold for me. I just have to get preoccupied. The tea's cold fifteen minutes later. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
OOlong for me today... black.
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
I know it's a tea house, but do we always have to talk about tea?
[]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
How about coffee... a long black double will do fine.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Ew, coffee. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Getting back to tea then, back in the 70's I used to put some green tea mixed with shredded greenbud in the infusor. Lovely tasting medicinal treat! []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
What about mushroom tea?

I saw that once in Jamaca. Some claimed it was an interesting blend.

This coffee drinker has no further comment on the subject of tea. it's just not, well, my cup of tea.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
No mushroom tea for me. Never cared for that fungal taste.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[] Sounds revolting.

I recently discovered a nice blend of green and black teas. Comes out the oddest colour though, looks vile. []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
It's quite all right to talk about coffee if that's what you drink, Aiwr.

There used to be a couple of regulars who strongly objected to the very existance of Starbuck's, but I haven't seen them around lately.

I've been getting Folger's Black Silk lately.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I'm told by drinkers of coffee that Starbucks coffee is revolting and they don't make good tea or hot chocolate. Not sure what they do do well...
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Yes, but Starbucks in very convenient. There's one on every corner. []

I used to drink their Café Americano every morning when I worked in a building that had a Starbucks in it. Not bad. Just watered down espresso but tasty. Their regular coffee is a little strong for my taste. I prefer a lighter coffee such as Folgers House Blend or Dunkin Donuts regular coffee. Just old fashioned mild coffee.

I am also a purest as far as coffee drinking goes: I drink it black! Nothing added, just hot coffee. yum

[ 02-03-2014, 05:09 PM: Message edited by: Aiwrendel ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
I'm told by drinkers of coffee that Starbucks coffee is revolting and they don't make good tea or hot chocolate. Not sure what they do do well...
Marketing. Being a Seattle native, there were many many better coffee places around in the 70's, like Olives East. And later, Tully's was a fair rival to them since they made better coffee, but alas, they went broke trying to compete. Starbux is an absolute last resort if there isn't anything local to get.

Folger's? Really? They still a contender with their canned coffee? Have to say they do make the best instant I ever had.

Here in Brisbane, my coffee of choice is Elixer

[ 02-04-2014, 02:00 AM: Message edited by: Snöwdog ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Costa looks like it might finally be beating Starbucks over here, which is good. They apparently make very nice coffee and they make nice tea and hot chocolate for the rest of us. [] Good cakes and things too...

Canned coffee? Cold, or like those odd things that went out of fashion where you did something and the can heated up?
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Canned coffee grounds. As in scoop some grounds out of the can and put them in a coffee maker then just add water and electricity.
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Folgers >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Starbucks.

It is what I drink.

Starbucks tastes like they brew an 8 ounce cup with ten pounds of ground beans over a period of seven weeks. [] Nasty, bitter stuff it is, precious.
They do make a decent chai tea latte, but that and their cold bottled frappucinos are the only drinkable Starbucks beverages I know of.

[ 02-04-2014, 01:43 PM: Message edited by: LyraLuthien Tinuviel ]
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Costa is good, but I prefer Cafe Nero.

Should have made a stop over before heading into work.

Quiet day = slow day. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
When I was in school, I used to wake up to the smell of Folgers brewing in the percolator on the stove. Mom had to have her coffee while making us breakfast before school.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
their cold bottled frappucinos
are favo(u)rites of mine []

Now there's a Starbucks' even in Oslo.
I haven't bought anything there yet, though.
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
I read an article the other day about how most Starbucks hot drinks were bad for you (mostly because of the amount of sugar and cholesterol in them). I guess it's not true for every drink, but it made me glad that I never go there. []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
quote:
...their cold bottled frappucinos...
quote:
... are favo(u)rites of mine

...and mine as well!

All three: the mocha, the vanilla, and the coffee.

Everything I consume has too much sugar and/or too much cholesterol.

Except Raisin Bran with Flax Seed, which I consume as an offset (and to make myself less food-guilty).

[ 02-07-2014, 06:39 AM: Message edited by: LyraLuthien Tinuviel ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I stopped worrying about what's supposedly good/bad according to such articles. One week something's a superfood, the next it'll kill you. Easier to ignore them. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Agreed, as in, I love the cold bottled frappes too! [] I also don't trust those article things about super foods and weight loss. However, I try to be as health-conscious as possible. Not giving up chocolate, though... []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
TAE,

Answer your text messages. I'm trying to plan my evening.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Lyra, I thought that we were supposed to keep real life and MT life seperate! [] I don't typically use my cell at school, much less read and reply to my text messages! If my phone vibrates, I quickly make it stop and not look at it until lunch or after school. []

Now, I'd like some ginseng tea. And would Lyra mind sharing her dark M&Ms again? I seem to have run out... []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Ladonna likes airing family laundry out by hanging it from the walls of the White City. []

quote:
I stopped worrying about what's supposedly good/bad according to such articles. One week something's a superfood, the next it'll kill you. Easier to ignore them.
I agree. All things in moderation, especially if one enjoys something. But don't tell me I cant have this or that which I like because it might kill me, or that I need to eat this or drank that which I din't like because it will make me immortal.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[] Snowdog.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Agreed! []

Today I work on two essays, for which there is supposed to be a rubric posted on the school website, but there isn't. Shame on you, Mr. Quesada. Lying to your students. []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
[] if you think that's dirty laundry your nose is too sensitive.

tae, let me know when you've figured out the private message button, and I'll use it next time. Or, you know, just pay attention to your cell phone.

My dark m&m's are also gone. Have some of Winger's Rollos instead.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
I've known how to use the private messages button since day one on this site. Pretty simple. [] []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
And people wonder why people don't stay on this board very long.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
What's that supposed to mean? []

And I've had plenty of Rolos... I'll have me some virtual dark M&Ms then, as Lyra apparently can't magically pull out some virtual ones! [] *Takes out random and magical dark M&Ms from nowhere* []

Edit: Missed a detail...

[ 02-08-2014, 04:31 PM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
My virtual internet magic works better in the Ravenclaw Common room than it does in the White City.

Unfortunately, tae got sorted into Hufflepuff House, and the Chamber closed all the common rooms down. And I don't even recognize Pottermore anymore!
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
[]

Haven't been on Pottermore in a while, and it's sad that COS is down. Has PM really changed that much? I don't remember my password and username information, and I'm too lazy to go figure that out... []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
CoS isn't down, it's revamped.

I haven't been on PM for a long time either, but I heard on AV that it's almost unrecognizable and even less user-friendly than before.

Plus you have to update your browser every month to use it.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Okay, I'll be sure to go back on one of these days... Same thing with Pottermore, but as I do have a lot of things going on right now... []

Coffee today. Lots and lots of coffee. A cappuccino sounds great! []

Edit: Confused the Opele thread with the Randominity thread for a second there! []

[ 02-10-2014, 08:25 AM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
Confused the Opele thread with the Randominity thread
This thread has unofficially been re-named Lyra-túrë kitchen table []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Nothing wrong with a nice hearty victory song, though I'm not certain of the etiquette of singing in a tea-house.

It would probably have gone over quite well at the Mandolin Café. Pity it's changed proprietership, and since then the ambiance has been altered drastically.

It's business as usual here in the Opelë, though: friends, warm caffeinated beverages, a touch of insanity, and...Quenya. Hm, the prevalence of Quenya has gone down a bit. I've always been better with Tengwar than with Quenya, though. I've even been known to commit the heinous crime of mixing Quenya with *gasp* Sindarin. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Oh the blasphemy, the shame, Lyra! To mix Sindarin and Quenya! [] Not that I should be one to talk, for I have done it as well... []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I'm hungry... []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Your face does look a bit thin.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
[]

How about some black chai tea today? I really have come to enjoy the flavor, maybe a little more than green tea... Not! No, I've just been having a lot of green tea lately.... []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Had decaf vanilla chai last night...

No tea for me this morning, just lots of coffee with milk and sugar as usual.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I don't see the point of decaff... Tea or coffee. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
For those who don't want to be hyped up on caffeine, but wants the taste of coffee or tea? I had this delicious decaf vanilla coffee once, and the only reason I had it was because I wanted coffee but I also wanted to sleep that night... []
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Because I didn't want caffeine to keep me awake until 2 a.m., didn't have any hot chocolate, and was too cold to enjoy a cold beverage.

Makes decaf tea/coffee ideal after work and before bed.

And decaf vanilla chai is especially good, at least to my taste buds. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Agreed []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I can't say I find tea or hot chocolate very caffeine-y. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I'm not addicted, so I don't need the caffeine []
I drink tea for its taste - and often I avoid coffee for its taste []
Sometimes I enjoy even the taste of coffee, though. And it goes well with some kinds of cake - or chocolate []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I like coffee-flavoured things, but not coffee. Too bitter for me. []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Coffee and chocolate? That sounds good. I might try that. I do on occasion like a little after dinner liqueur and coffee combination of B&B (Benedictine and Brandy) in a small snifter with hot black coffee. Take a small sip of B&B immediately followed by a sip of coffee. Very warming and the flavors complement each other perfectly. If you add a small puff of tobacco smoke the flavor combination is complete.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
There was this lovely dark-chocolate infused coffee for sale when I was in Seattle. If I see it again, I'll buy some to bring back with me.
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
I myself am actually quite sensitive to caffeine; it only takes a little to get me hot and buzzed, and if I have less than I'm used to in the morning I get headachy and cranky.

Chocolate+coffee is excellent, as anyone who's ever tried a good mocha knows. Although I'd have to agree with what Ron and Harry said about the "cappucino's" they got in Tottenham Square, they probably were revolting. The gra(/e)yish colo(u)r described would be a clue that it wasn't a good one. There's a world of difference between a good espresso and a bad one, and most of Starbuck's ones are bad!
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Most? You mean 'all'.
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Back to the job hunting board we go.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
May you find something quickly Tel!
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I loathe mocha. [] Any coffee drink is out as far as I'm concerned but why ruin good chocolate? []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
What if its average chocolate made better by being infused in coffee?
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Just got back from a long four-day weekend of housework... Looking at these last few posts and going: [] Good luck with the job hunting, Telpy! []

I personally love mochas. The best I've ever had came from a coffee stand, the name of which escapes me right now. [] I've heard Bigfoot Java is good...

Mocha, please, with whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top. *Starts snacking on red dark chocolate M&Ms that were in a crystal bowl at her table* []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
quote:
I'm concerned but why ruin good chocolate?
Depends on the chocolate.
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
It's not ruining chocolate, it's improving good coffee. Not always in the mood for mocha, but I like one now and then.

tae, was it Caveman Coffee? Fox Hollow? Perks, the cute little stand shaped like a teapot out on Canyon Road? The one that looks like a ladybug fancier designed it up by your optometrist?

Can't name them all, there are too many all up and down Meridian, Pacific and Canyon. Some better than others.

Good luck, Wolfie. [] It's no fun sending countless resumés off into cyberspace and getting a fraction of nibbles on the hook. [] Plus then when you finally get that job it's good for a month or so and then just as boring and depressing as any other job you've had--especially when all your co-workers do is complain about the lousy job everyone else is doing. []

[ 02-20-2014, 08:40 AM: Message edited by: LyraLuthien Tinuviel ]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
tae, was it Caveman Coffee?...
No, none of those... I really can't remember! [] It was a rather random stand. It was near a Barnes and Nobles I think? []

I'm not going to pretend that I know this job cycle, so I'm just going to say that it'll be fine, Telpy! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Where's this week going? []
 
Posted by Hoom (Citizen # 4497) on :
 
All of your coffees are belong to me.

P.S. Hi all.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Hey Hoomer. howyagoin'?

*has one fresh brewed morning coffee at home, and stops by a local-to-work cafe for another large to propel me through the day*
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
All of your coffees are belong to me.
Nooo! I like my coffee! [] *Had a cup this morning with almond milk and sugar* And hello []

I have an announcement. *Bubbles with excitement*
I have been accepted to Pacific University with a $10,500 annual scholarship! [] Still sort of in denial... []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
That's great, túrë! I'm sure given your intelligence you very much earned it!

Now comes the real (fun) work!
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Congrats túrë a enda!

Campos Dark coffee for me this morning.
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
STARIO []

*had to look up old posts to remember her name for Hoom* []

Which means you clearly have been away from here far too long. []

*is posting for the first time in two weeks* *is proud of that* []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
Proud of not having posted for two weeks or proud of posting ? []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Proud of posting about not posting in two weeks? []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Thanks guys! []

And []
Surely Braeden is proud of not posting for two weeks? Can't say the same for myself, though! Four days has been my longest no-posting-period! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
I think I went a year or so back in '01-02 sometime... at least minimal posting here anyway.
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Have you seen my post count‽ [] Thankfully MT doesn't seem to rank citizens by post count anymore... [] tae presumes correctly, btw. []

My unintentional hiatus may've lasted longer if Hoom hadn't showed up. We used to live in the same suburb, but only met up once. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Why is it so hard to find some cherry flavoured chocolate?
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
*gives Telpy a pack of mini Cherry Ripes*

Might not be what you're looking for, but... I [] them. Coconut gets stuck in my teeth, but that's all part of the experience. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
quote:
Why is it so hard to find some cherry flavoured chocolate?
Synthetic cherry chocolate... [] [] [] []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
I've never been much of a chocolate+fruit kind of person, but I do like a couple. I like those fruit shaped chocolate things... []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Agreed. Fruit+Chocolate=Bad unless it's Black Forest Gateau. []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Chocolate+Strawberry = []
Chocolate+Cherry = []
Chocolate+Orange = []
Chocolate+Apple = []
Chocolate+Banana = []
Chocolate+Grape = []

*can't think of any other fruits she's had with chocolate* []
 
Posted by Gollum Gollum (Citizen # 11392) on :
 
Agreed. Except for:
[] for strawberries, but that's just because I can't stand strawberries, even if they are with chocolate [] (and yes, I know that people tend to [] strawberries and they don't understand how it is possible not to like them... [] )
[] for chocolate+banana... I like this combination []

[ 02-26-2014, 01:23 AM: Message edited by: Gollum Gollum ]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Yay, Black Forest Gateau! Uh, not so much for the other chocolate+fruit stuff! []

*Decided to make an announcement* *Also decided formality is overrated*
I've been accepted to Western Washington University and The University of Washington in Bothell!!! []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Brae, I've tried a Blueberry and Chocolate; it was nothing special.

I do love chocolate and orange; especially that flavoured cake. Yummylicious! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Congrats, túrë! Both on your good taste in choc-fruit products and your acceptance! []

[ 02-26-2014, 02:26 PM: Message edited by: The DarkQueen Iauraearien ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Du they actually study at WWU, or do they just party with the Canadians?
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Thank you! []

And they do study at WWU, not just party in Canada, which is part of the reason why WWU is my top choice... []

*Dances* I have been accepted to George Fox University! I've filled out five applications and got four acceptances so far, so I'm feeling pretty good right now... [] *Decides she's being too celebratory and calms down* []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Just saw this and [] [] []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
I was gonna say that the only bad thing in being accepted everywhere is that you were now going to have to choose among all those universities (too many possibilities = nightmare [] ) but it seems like you've already made your choice []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
That's nice, Telpy. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
That's actually really cool, Telpy! I definitely want one! []
I've been learning guitar lately, so I would love to have it! []

Cookies, chips, and cupcakes this morning! []
Wow, just noticed they all start with "C"! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
My tea's gone cold again. []
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
That should not be a problem when you have a resident fire breathing dragon at hand
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
What? No tea cozy?

Dragon breath can change the flavor of your tea. hmmm For better or not?
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Smoked tea?
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Lapsang souchong? Not quite. [] However, I think 'Lapsang Souchong' is a great name for a dragon. []

Here are some "smoked teas".

quote:
Gollum²: for chocolate+banana... I like this combination
I've only tried it at The Big Banana, and I hated it. []

quote:
Telpy: I've tried a Blueberry and Chocolate; it was nothing special.
I'd never try that because I don't like blueberries. I'd say I don't like any berries since Strawberries aren't berries, but Bananas are... []

*is very linky today* []

*consumes a Cherry Ripe* []

[ 02-28-2014, 09:54 PM: Message edited by: Braeden Fireheart ]
 
Posted by Gollum Gollum (Citizen # 11392) on :
 
quote:
I'd say I don't like any berries
How about cucumbers? For they're also berries... [] []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
quote:
That should not be a problem when you have a resident fire breathing dragon at hand
Sadly, I don't. []

quote:
What? No tea cozy?
One does not generally put said item over a cup of tea.
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Right. Typically a cozy would go around the pot. But there are cup cozys.

 -


Or how about a bunn warmer? Plug it in and sit, uh, set your cup on it.

 -
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Love the smoked black teas... Lapsang Souchong, Russian Caravan, Formosa Oolong....
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I thought those were called Mug Hugs. [] Anyway, I may be a knitter but I'm not giving my mug a jumper, especially as most of the heat escapes straight up and I'm not a fan of gadgets so you can keep your warmer. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
[]

Never tried any smoked teas... *Tries a virtual one* Right! []
*Has been accepted to all five colleges* *Takes another sip of tea* []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Don't like gadgets, DQ? How do you brew your tea?

túrë,
How are you going to choose which college?
And, congratulations! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Nope, I don't like them much. I'm boring and old fashioned. [] I do use a kettle, but I've been known to use a pan to boil the water... Tends to taste a bit funny though. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
How are you going to choose which college?
Research, campus visits, and my gut. [] So far, WWU is my favorite option. And thank you! []

*Grabs another cup of tea, ginseng this time* I wouldn't use the mug warmers just because I wouldn't want to get tea stains on them! That, and it would be rather awkward to hold... []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
So far, WWU is my favorite option.
Other than WWU & UW satellite, what other three choices do you have?
quote:
And they do study at WWU, not just party in Canada,
Yeah, but the Canadians love to come down to Bellingham to party at WWU []

Orange Pekoe today...
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
The other three are Pacific University, George Fox University, and Whitworth University. I was offered a scholarship from the first two. []

Oh well. I've never been much of a party-person, so no partying Canadians for me. I'll just study and read in a lounge chair, thanks! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
quote:
Oh well. I've never been much of a party-person, so no partying Canadians for me. I'll just study and read in a lounge chair, thanks! []
Sounds good to me. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Yeah, suppose out of all those, WWU is the bestest choice. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
Sounds good to me. []
I know, right? []

quote:
WWU is the bestest choice. []
"Bestest"? [] Yeah, I think so too. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
This is my 155th post! Over the last four months, that's around one and a half posts per day! [] *Sips a cup of white tea then bites out of a white chocolate scone* []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
No, no, no! Plain or fruit scones with tea! []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
But I like white chocolate scones with my tea! [] I also like raspberry scones with tea. [] *Will no longer have virtual chocolate scones with virtual tea as to not be scolded for it* [] [] *Has a cup of virtual coffee with almond milk and sugar along with a virtual dark chocolate chip filled scone* []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[] Well, fine, I'll let you off. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
eCalories!
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
quote:
[] Well, fine, I'll let you off. []
Yay! *Happily eats her other white chocolate scone, this time without tea* []

quote:
eCalories!
[]
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
quote:
DQ: I may be a knitter but I'm not giving my mug a jumper, especially as most of the heat escapes straight up
You need a mug/cup with a lid. []
 -  -
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[] I want the blue-and-white one, now!
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Yeah! The blue and white one is so beautiful! *Wasn't able to see the images on the school computer* *Creates a virtual version of the cup, except the blue was replaced with light red* *Fills it with green tea* Cheers! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I collect blue and white crockery, preferably willow pattern. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
The problem with collecting for me is that whenever I start, I never keep going. I always end up stopping at around the fourth collected object. [] But cool! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
You just need to find something you REALLY want to collect, then the problem is stopping. []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
I don't collect anything that takes up a lot of room. I have 184 different ***** ******* that fit in my "Serenity" lunchbox. []

[ 03-13-2014, 07:06 PM: Message edited by: Braeden Fireheart ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
You collect asterisks? []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
They're such sweet little things. []

[ 03-15-2014, 02:14 AM: Message edited by: Braeden Fireheart ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
You should collect them in different colors, then.

*drinks tea*

It's good to see such an active teahouse again. When we reach 40 pages, I should pull it down and build a new one. Any suggestions for a new name? And is anyone able to work out a Quenya version of whatever name we choose?
(We could cheat and combine some elements from old teahouses, to make the translation easier ... [] )
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
[] !!!!

*glomps huggles and [] [] []

How's Norway? And Secret Bob?

*wriggles with happy*
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*is glomped huggled and [] [] [] *
[]

Norway is surprisingly warm for the season. At least the area around Oslo, where I live.
This year, autumn/fall lasted till mid-January. Then we had a month of winter, and from mid-February there has been spring (with some more autumn-y days in between). We're more than a month ahead of the usual situation []

Secret Bob is listening to classical music on webradio []
We've been out walking in the sunshine for nearly two hours today - we're having a very nice weekend []

It's been the first sunny week for all of this year. There's been clouds and rain (and sometimes snow) most of the time. They say that Oslo had 17 hours of sunshine in February. []
So we really appreciate this week's sunshine, even though it's not very warm yet.
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
quote:
They say that Oslo had 17 hours of sunshine in February.
[]

I'm not sure I still want to go, now. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
It's been rather sunny these last couple weeks, except a couple days of rain. []

A new name already? Aww, I'm gonna miss The Pizza Circle of Happiness... []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Happy first day of Spring everybody! [] *Sips a cup of white/green tea*

[ 03-20-2014, 07:10 AM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
First day of Autumn for me. [] Temperatures are still around 28C (83F), but the rain's getting more active. []
 
Posted by Gollum Gollum (Citizen # 11392) on :
 
SPRING [] [] []

Poor you, Braeden [] (unless you like autumn and/or winter, of course [] )
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Should have remembered the whole "different part of the world different season" thing. [] Well, if you like Autumn, then: [] If not: []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I prefer autumn myself, but we're having the most autumnal spring I can remember. Lots of mist. []
 
Posted by Gollum Gollum (Citizen # 11392) on :
 
We're having great time. It's so sunny and warm... [] []
But, frankly speaking, we've hardly had any snow this year. Just a few days in January. I think all the snow and frost were in North America this year. Good for me...
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Anyone watching Suits?
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
I have too many shows to watch, and Suits is in the Hiatus pile for the moment. I'll probably catch up in a fortnight.
quote:
Gollum²: Poor you, Braeden (unless you like autumn and/or winter, of course )
I prefer Spring/Summer 'cause it means Daylight Saving Time again (we say goodbye to it on Apr6)... And also, for some reason, it's easier to be cool than warm here. I know Australia doesn't get as cold as some parts of the northern hemisphere, but it has its own kind of chill factor. [] I still get headaches whether it's hot or cold; the cloud cover on winter days results in an awful lot of glary sunlight.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
I have come to the conclusion that it is considered "cold" in Australia when it gets down to single digits °C. []
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
Winter, I will miss you. []
Although you didn't really exist this year. What happened to cold and sunny days ? []

Spring, here you are. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
It was a bit cold here, with one snowfall. Not terribly eventful, but it sure was windy! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
It was a bit cold here
I see! N.S. Cold! []

Tea Time... Formosa OOlong!
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
We got 80 inches of snow (watching it melt as I speak) and had a few days when it was colder than the South Pole. Chicago colder than the South Pole. hmmm.

The good news is I got a lot of exercise shoveling 4 foot drifts of snow, watching the wind blow it back, and shoveling it again...and again...

Ah, Spring! My lawn, formerly grass, now resembles a peat bog.

*Trying to keep a good thought and failing*

[ 03-21-2014, 09:38 PM: Message edited by: Aiwrendel ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
It should be all melted by May 2nd when we fly in.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
quote:
They say that Oslo had 17 hours of sunshine in February.

I'm not sure I still want to go, now. []

That's very, very unusual, though.

And I wouldn't advise you to go in February anyway [] - it's much nicer in the summer []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Well, I do hope it quits snowing in Minnesota soon....
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
April snow brings... []

Three inches of snow here in Chicago on the 15th. Melted in three days but it's still, as it has been for months, 10-30 degrees below normal almost every day.

Minnesota will have to wait.

April snow? Lemon curry?
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Will be arriving there on the 2nd, winter or not.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
*Realizes this is her first post since March.* [] *Takes her usual spot and sips a vanilla latte frappe, acting as if it wasn't.*

Really sunny today! []
Who wants to guess what today is? []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
*wouldn't mind trying some lemon curry* []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
You can try it virtually! *Lemon curry magically appears on Telpy's table* []

I turned 18 as of yesterday! *Had received a bunch of York candies and York cupcakes as a present* *Feels great about that* []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Aww, Big Birthday Wishes to you! [] Not yet legal for a drink? []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Thank you! []
And, no, not in RL. [] []
Nah, not all that interested in alcohol. []

Edit: Typo

[ 05-01-2014, 08:17 AM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
It's like autumn here again... All foggy and wet. []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Ever wondered why rabbits don't get ill from eating their own poo?
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
As I was unaware that they did, no... []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
What about dung beetles?

Never mind. This is a crappy discourse.

Ready? Eveybody groan.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
No kidding. []

*Promptly settles down into a comfortable position to enjoy a cup of coffee, even if somewhat unsure if she could completely enjoy it due to the odd conversation*
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
It's not that coffee that's been passed through a cat, right?
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Ugh. No, but the thought makes the coffee thoroughly unappetizing. [] *Sets coffee aside and thinks about anything except what has been said* *Coffee disappears and is replaced by a mint tea* Excellent! []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
You do know what male cats do to mint bushes when they're feeling territorial. Right?
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
[] *The cup of tea shatters as it hits the ground with a crash and splash* *Is now officially scarred for life* *Settles for a glass of purified water* []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Aw, tae. Have a cookie. Cookies always help.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
*Gratefully takes offered cookie after her recovery* Thanks, DQ! [] *Nibbles cookie and was pleasantly surprised by it's extra chocolate-y goodness* []

*Has completely recovered* Now, I am still wary of the tea, but I would like an Italian soda please. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
You have the soda, I'll have the tea! I'm brave. [] Curses, I left it to get cold again. [] When am I ever going to drink a cup of tea while it's still warm even, never mind hot?!

I'm just waiting for someone to come up with something disgusting about Italian soda now... []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Nooo, and I thought I could trust you! [] *Looks at cookie with a raised eyebrow* []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
It's fine, really! Nothing bad in the cookie! []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
A few days ago I was going to mention something about purified water involving fish and excrement but restrained myself.

Now Italian soda. ah, I could say something about tha...

*Internet Connection Terminated*
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
[]

Anyways, I got absolutely soaked today. Forgot my jacket and umbrella, typically a big no-no here in Washington. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Edit: Um, it double posted for some reason... []

[ 05-08-2014, 08:30 PM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[] It happens. Though I've not seen a double for a while.

Typical, isn't it? [] I was fortunate and managed to avoid all the rain yesterday when I went out. Ususally I step outside and it starts pouring. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
No kidding! The only time it rains is when I think it's not going to rain, and then it pours. [] Probably should have learned to not forget a jacket by now, then, huh? []

So excited for this evening!!! [] *Has a York peppermint candy that has somehow popped out of thin air* []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
So what was exciting about your evening - anything you can tell us about?
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
It's Eurovision, what else needs to be happening? []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
That's certainly an event in its own right.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[] Certainly is.

I wanted The Netherlands to win. []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I'd just like to see a contest where the British don't get destroyed for no other reason than that we have a decent song and don't have allies next door to vote for us! On the plus point, at least it makes x-factor or those search for a star programs seem rubbish by comparision.

[ 05-11-2014, 11:40 AM: Message edited by: Hamfast Gamgee ]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
*Doesn't have a clue about said event that had to do with the Netherlands*

It was a family outing/date. It was wonderful. [] That is all. []

It was a nice day, Mother's Day. Mum and Grandma were pleased. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Hamfast, we RARELY (I'd say never, but Bonnie Tyler is generally good) have a decent song, even by the standards of Eurovision. Besides, the voting wasn't as political this year. I doubt Austria could have broken that 49 year losing streak if it was. []

Sounds good, tae. How can Americans STILL not know about the brilliance of the Eurovision Song Contest?! (Where's Daddy when you need to educate people about Eurovision?! [] ) Go and look it up, immediately! I suggest looking for Latvia's Cake To Bake and/or Ukraine's Tick Tock. [] As for The Netherlands, they submitted a (very unlikely to win) country song and it came second (somehow!), to a drag queen bearded lady representing Austria. []

[ 05-12-2014, 07:26 AM: Message edited by: The DarkQueen Iauraearien ]
 
Posted by Gollum Gollum (Citizen # 11392) on :
 
In my country Mother's Day is on May 26th (every year). I wonder why... []

[ 05-12-2014, 08:55 AM: Message edited by: Gollum Gollum ]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
I will look those up! [] And Daddy? []

quote:
As for The Netherlands, they submitted a (very unlikely to win) country song and it came second (somehow!), to a drag queen bearded lady representing Austria. []
[]

As for Mother's Day being on the 26th rather than the 11th, I believe it's the whole second Sunday thing here.... []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I didn't watch it, and I don't know how Norway did. We don't often do well, we've won it only three times (last time was "Fairytale" with Alexander Rybak 4 or 5 years ago).
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
How odd, Gollum. [] It's in March here anyway so I find it confusing when people start talking about it in May.

Have fun. [] Yes, Daddy! Thingol of Doriath is my KnK father. []

You didn't do too badly, Varna. Tasteful, sung by a guy who makes doors (IIRC). I liked it. [] MUCH better than our song. (But really, who watches Eurovision for tasteful well-staged songs? [] )
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Hmmm. It's interesting, I'll grant you that! []
And, ah. Thingol. I haven't seen him around much, so I'm not sure how he fits into this discussion on Eurovision. And I'm unsure what KnK means. []

Anyways, this week's pretty busy. Can't go a day where there's something huge going on... []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
*paddles by to explain* []

"KnK" or "K&K" is short for "Kith & Kin"... a bunch of inn-like threads that used to exist in The Prancing Pony forum [back in the Good Ole Days of MinasTirith.com [] ].

It was led by yours-truly and revolved around a makeshift "family" of MTers with occasional major family gatherings like weddings. I think there were three weddings... and possibly one reunion. []

As an added bonus, some family members took on animal identities. []

For example: I am a Platypus. I have a Kangaroo Father & a Penguin Mother. [] My sisters are a Pangolin, a Dolphin, and an Otter. There was also a brother but... we don't talk about him. []

I married a Goose! We adopted two children - a Llama and a Dairy Cow. And then sometime later, Goose and I produced a Numbat. []

And the family tree is MUCH more complicated than that. []

It's been many years since I gave up the K&K and the majority of people who were a part of it are barely posting here now.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
What Brae said. []

I'm busy this week too. I really should be doing something more useful than posting on MT... Procrastinating? Me? []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Interesting. [] []

Probably should be doing that too. Procrastination? Never. [] []

I have some news... Anyone wanna guess? []

[ 05-14-2014, 03:59 PM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
You finally stopped procrastinating? [] I have no idea, tell! []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
I have been accepted to go on a trip to Japan!! [] It's a sort memorial, rebuild tourism in Japan thing. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
No fair, I wanna go. [] Seriously though, congrats! []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Congratulations on your acceptance on the trip to Japan! []

The K&K was waning even at the time when I joined the site.
I got posting rights, but mostly as an observer, and not much was going on anyway. And I never joined any of the families.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Enjoy Japan! May go there myself someday. But next for me will be France in July.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Thanks! []
I had been quite busy these last couple weeks, so I had been unable to do any threading. [] But it should be easier now that I have an iPhone. Ah, the joys of re-adding people to the contact list! []

Edit: Spellcheck []

[ 06-07-2014, 11:54 AM: Message edited by: túrë a enda ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I need more tea... []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
I want some hot chocolate...in the bone china cup.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Hot chocolate in a china tea cup? []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Hot chocolate in a bone cup made in China.
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Barbara! Bring me some hot chocolate in the English bone china cup!

Sorry. I guess this silliness more belongs in the "random" thread.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
I'll have one of these please!

I know.... malt beer & vanilla ice-cream.... I had my reservations, but it seriously works! I used a Holgate Temptress Stout with good vanilla bean ice cream.... I'm sold! []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
Sorry. I guess this silliness more belongs in the "random" thread.
Not at all - the Opelë used to be known for its craziness - "verca", to stay with the Quenya.

In 2005 we had an Opelë titled Vinya Coranar, Vinya Meldonya, Vinya Vercië (= New Year, New Friends, New Madness).

So silliness and randomness should be accepted even here []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
It should be accepted everywhere, people are generally far too serious. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Silliness especially. []
Randomness can be counterproductive to a running thread, at least a discussion thread - but in a chatting thread it's fine.
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Derailing's not always a bad thing. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Dq-railing is quite fun and entertaining actually. []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
DQ seldom rails against anything.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
DQ seldom rails against anything.
De-rails for anything?
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
One way to derail a topic...

 -

That most excellent emoticon was created many years ago by a member of another board. The board is mostly empty these days but was once a thriving community in the early to mid 2000's with dozens, somethimes hundreds of posts every day.

Thanks, Jesthar for this creation!
Stolen, I mean, borrowed from http://www.mystcommunity.com/board/
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
 -

Great emoticon!

There seems to be many a board that has gone into dormancy if not outright dumped by an expiring domain name or defunct board service (EZBoard anyone?).
 
Posted by Gollum Gollum (Citizen # 11392) on :
 
It's great! []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
And it has DQ's eyes.
[]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Which makes it all the better.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
.. has DQ's eyes
kinda like Bette Davis Eyes []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Exactly like that. [] (I have that song in my playlist.)
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
 - the  - of this thread... []

[ 08-06-2014, 06:25 PM: Message edited by: Snöwdog ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 

 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 

 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
°
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Lovely to see that craziness still lives here! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Of course, how could you doubt it? []
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
There was no doubt; the craziness just has hibernation periods! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Telperky is back!
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
True, true. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
True²Perky?
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Where are Aika and Sandy when you need them? []

The Noldor & the Sindar... It's a tea (I think). []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
LislBR has quite a poetic imagination. I wonder what she could do with Beer and Shire pubs?
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
...except there is no 'tea' in it. More like a herbal infusion? Guess it's "a drink"

The Noldor and the Sindar – a drink

Ingredients:

25g Lemongrass – aka the Sindar: pale green, elegant, strong yet gentle, smells lovely

15g Ginger – aka the Noldor: golden heart under a rough skin, noble, strong and bold, will burn your throat when you least expect it

2-3 Tbsp Honey – aka the stuff that bonds the Quendi: beauty, song, nature and the hatred of Morgoth

500ml water – aka the echo of the Music of the Ainur

- Crush the lemongrass just a bit to release the aroma (kinda like Morgoth did with the Sindar in the First Battle of the Wars of Beleriand)

- Peel and cut the ginger (to expose the Noldor and their past)

- Cook all the ingredients for 20 minutes (these are the golden years of the peace of the sun), pass it through a sieve (or through a mountain range into a hidden valley) and enjoy the warmth (the best of both groups blended together)
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Ouh, I've tried that. An epically strong and spicy version of that. It has cinnamon in it too.

Just too lazy to make it on a regular basis. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I think I'll stick to tea. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Tea will stick to you if you spill it on yourself
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I suppose it might.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
... let me clean that up .... []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[] In your dreams.

[]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
[] [] [] []

And now for a steaming pot of Russian Caravan....
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Caravan? That doesn't sound very nice... []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
... oh but it IS! []

Today I made some Formosa Oolong
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Several interesting teas and other drinks ... []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I've got green tea again today, I've not been making good black teas lately. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
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Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
[] []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Haven't had much of an opportunity to make tea on a regular basis recently. [] However, a few days ago I had some white tea... It was quite nice. [] *Walks over to her usual spot- of which was now unfortunately covered with a thick layer of dust.* Looks like I haven't been here a while! [] *Brushes it off and has a York peppermint patty and green tea as per usual.* []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
[] Endy! []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
*reads through past Opelë threads* Fun times. []

E:
quote:
quote:
I suppose the only other alternative is not to post at all. But how dull would that be?
Éomer: Extremely dull! I can't imagine how bored you people must get when I don't post for a couple of weeks.
[] It'll be a couple of years next February... WHERE ARE YOU YOMER? []

[ 10-28-2014, 12:10 AM: Message edited by: Braeden Fireheart ]
 
Posted by Telperaca (Citizen # 4298) on :
 
Maybe he got married, has a couple of kids, and no time!
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
Telperaca said: "Maybe he (Eomer) got married, has a couple of kids, and no time!"
Life Happens!
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Life shouldn't get in the way of posting. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
One would think... [] Taking a break from all of my art projects! I'm out of tea... [] []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
quote:
Life shouldn't get in the way of posting.
Indeed.

Writing can, though. If one is suddenly writing a lot, then one is allowed to stop posting.

*wrote a lot in November* []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
NaNoWriMo, Brae?

quote:
I'm out of tea...
[]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Some Gunpowder Green for Endy:

 -
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
*drinks Irn-Bru* []
quote:
NaNoWriMo, Brae?
I was a NaNo Rebel (as I have been most years). I used the NaNo site for motivation purposes... and I'm sad that it's over. []

Now who's gonna tell me what day next year I'll reach 50000 words? []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
I started off as a NaNo Rebel, too. I wrote about 360 words on November 2nd - and then not another word for the rest of the month []

Not much rebelling in that. []
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
[] I was looking at your wordcount and thinking: I hope Varna's just forgotten to update or she doesn't have access to the net. []

I didn't actually write anything until November 9. [] I had been updating my wordcount before that [part of my rebelling [] ], but only 50-100 words a day... and then the actual words just stormed at me. [] I was a very happy camper for the following fortnight. [] The last week was a bit of a drizzle, but I bumped up the wordcount with fanfic-planning. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I don't use the site but I do usually do NaNoWriMo. Didn't get much done this year though. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
A lot of other things happened during November - and I'm struggling with that project anyway. It's not suited for random input, so ninjas won't help ...

It doesn't mean I've given up on the project, though. Those 360 words will go into a first draft at some point. I just won't promise when []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
T time.... []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
 -

[]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
túrë time!
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
123... Easy as JRRT. []

Happy Birthday, Professor! []

[ 01-02-2015, 07:24 PM: Message edited by: Braeden Fireheart ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
A toast to The Professor. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I had no drink at 9pm. If I had kept my tea that long, it would have been cold. []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
A late toast, for lack of diligence. [] [] *Holds up tea* Cheers! *Tea is gone in seconds*
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
To the Professor.

And to watching the final installment of the movies on himself's birthday.

It turned out well.

I just wished I'd watched it with someone I could actually discuss it with, instead of someone who can't tell dwarfs from hobbits or elves from transvestites. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
elves from transvestites
[]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
[]
I really want to see it, based on everyone's raves - from what I can tell, that, is! *Makes herself a cup of chai tea and has a snickerdoodle* []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Tea, I need tea... [] [] []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Here you go...

 -
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[] Thanks.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
You're welcome.

Now, for a Bucket T
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Are those Thrush glasspacks on that buggy or did you just slap on the logo?
[]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
[]
That's so awesome! *Knows next to nothing about cars.* []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Great T, Snowdog! []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
We're going back from T to S here - snow!
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
T n A DQI?
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
[]
túrë! Are you all right? You don't look at all well.

[]
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
It must be all that Tea. It can make you feel a bit funny, you know!
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
I'm alright! []
And that was a lot of Tea... But I fear it's more the massive pile of homework on my desk than the Tea. []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Jamaican fungal tea?

[]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
But what can you expect from a Tea House? []

Speaking of that, we're past page 40, and it's time for a new tea house. If you have suggestions for a new name, complete with Quenya version, do tell me. If no suggestions come up, I may have to try to come up with something myself ... []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
I don't speak Quenya but I do have some tea and lemon cake. Would anyone else some? []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
I don't speak Quenya but I do have some tea and lemon cake. Would anyone else some?
Yes maam!
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Happy Birthday Sherl and Athene!

*wonders if either of them will grace us with their presence* [] []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
It's their birthday?
Happy Birthday, both of you!

I would also like to see them here again ... []
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
Oooh, I'm a day late but this is much appreciated!

THERE WAS CAKE []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
[]

Cake for all! []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
And chocolate.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
mmmm.... chocolate []
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
[] Well, if anyone cares to help me celebrate, my birthday is less than two weeks away. I like angel food cake, and I adore caramel with my chocolate . . . But if I have to settle, I'll take just the caramel. [] Oh - And did I mention cognac? []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Angel food cake, caramel, chocolate, and cognac?

All mixed up in a bucket?

[]
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
Perhaps a very large bucket . . . A barrel just might serve better. On second thought, with all of the members on here, we may have to keep multiple barrels at the ready. [] *faithfull signs off, while singing, "Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me . . . !"*
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
What a combination! []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Followed up with a waffer-thin mint?

[]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Tee Time!

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Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
And then just tea time. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
quote:
Followed up with a waffer-thin mint?
Absolutely. Maybe with a side of Spam?
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
"Eggs, Bacon, & Spam!"
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Egg and Bacon for me, please. You can have my spam.
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Would you like to be munchy-wunching lomticks of toast with that?

*I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain...*
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
mmmm.... bacon & maple syrup icecream .....

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Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
I couldn't agree more, Snowy (I hope it's okay for a newbie to call you that). Posted at the top of page 42 - Obviously the solution to 'whatever.' []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
I couldn't agree more, Snowy (I hope it's okay for a newbie to call you that). Posted at the top of page 42 - Obviously the solution to 'whatever.' []
You may faithfull.

I really have to try this. It's like a 'Stout Float' or as they say here, a 'Stout Spyder' .... it sounds rather nauseating on the surface, but I had to try it. As long as good stout and good vanilla ice cream is used, I give it a []
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
Hmmm - Well, I know of a porter that tastes a bit like coffee and dark chocolate. I can imagine floating a bit of ice cream in that. Bacon and maple syrup, I'm thinking I'd have to be a "pretty stout fellow" to put that in my mash. [] Beer with ice cream? How stout does one wish to be? []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Sounds like a rather peculiar recipe ...
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Love Lee Recipe! []
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
Ever so adventuresome! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
... salted caramel squares for everyone!
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
Ooooo . . . Snowdog, you fair have me drooling . . . [] [] []
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
quote:
let me know when you've figured out the private message button,
[]
Look who's talking. I sent a pm to Lyra in March.

[ 06-29-2015, 11:43 PM: Message edited by: faithfull ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
Ooooo . . . Snowdog, you fair have me drooling . . .
You look good all wet.... []

One just for you faithfull....

[ 07-01-2015, 03:18 PM: Message edited by: Snöwdog ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Every conceivable type of cake is available in the Opelë []
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
And then she said, "Let them have cake!" []

Chocolate cake... With lots of chocolate... []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*joins in in the desire for chocolate cake* []

Hamfast, where are you? Or do we need to get something out of the freezer?
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
[QUOTE] [You look good all wet.... [] /QUOTE]
said Fangorn after the rain shower . . . oh, wait, I think we're in the wrong thread. []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
*sit peacefully in corner with cup of tea and homemade banoffee sundae*
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
....cuppa gunpowder...
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
quote:
....cuppa gunpowder...
Thanks, Snowy, I needed that. [] I promise not to throw any on the fire. I really enjoy a welcoming little blaze. So peaceful! ^_^
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
A good cuppa gunpowder is quite soothing me thinks. I like Formosa. []
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Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Looks like a cuppa worms trapped on a sunny sidewalk.

Okay, it doesn't. It ws my first impression and I couldn't think of anything else.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Back in the mid 70's, used to mix a bit of Sinsemilla in the infuser with my Gunpowder Tea. Made for a very soothing and relaxing cuppa. []
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
quote:
used to mix a bit of Sinsemilla in the infuser
Nutmeg works, and is legal everywhere, I believe. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
quote:

used to mix a bit of Sinsemilla in the infuser

Nutmeg works, and is legal everywhere, I believe. []
[] not the same.
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
quote:
not the same.
Snowy, you tried it? Was the nutmeg fresh? []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Fresh ground before use.
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
[] Well, I must say, Snowy, that I admire your adventurous spirit! I really can't comment on a comparison between the two, since I've never (purposely) inhaled anything green, nor am I certain I've ever used enough nutmeg to become, ummm, relaxed. []
I know this is a tea house, but did you ever actually try the maple/bacon confection, pictured above, in your beer? []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
I'm glad you didn't "inhale" tea. I myself drink it. Nothing adventurous with that, whether it has nutmeg or cannabis flowers in the infuser.

It's an Earl Grey night tonight.
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
quote:
I'm glad you didn't "inhale" tea. I myself drink it
[]
And, the answer to the second question? []
BTW, I applaud your taste in tea. []
Oh, and I have a question for a Seattle area native-type person: A random guy stopped me in my tracks as I went walking, commenting upon something he termed my, "Proctor District swagger."
Was that a compliment? Should I "own" it? []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
"Oh, and I have a question for a Seattle area native-type person: A random guy stopped me in my tracks as I went walking, commenting upon something he termed my, "Proctor District swagger."
Was that a compliment? Should I "own" it?"

Hmm.... never heard of that term whilst in Seattle. Probably some new hipster term. or he was reaching into his lexicon to try and flirt and compliment the shifting wiggle of your butt. []

And yes, I have had maple & bacon flavoured beer... Bacchus Brewing here in Brisbane makes 'Smokin Mountie' ale. It's an acquired taste, but the Canadian expats love it.
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
I Googled Proctor District swagger and got no hits that included the swagger. There were more than a few Proctor Districts but no swagger. I didn’t bother reading most of the pages so I might have missed something. But, I agree that he was just flirting and hoped you would ask him what he meant. An interesting pick up line.

Do you really swagger or shift and wiggle when you walk? Just wondering.

hmmm. I just noticed the Location in your profile, faithful. Where are you the other half of each month?

Or is it from a Norwegian fairy tale?
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
quote:
he was reaching into his lexicon to try and flirt and compliment the shifting wiggle of your butt. []
Yes, he was flirting. []
quote:
hoped you would ask him what he meant. An interesting pick up line.
He claims he was complimenting my, "confident style."
quote:
Do you really swagger or shift and wiggle when you walk? Just wondering.
You'll have to get Bombadil's opinion on that one. He has seen it, live. []
quote:
hmmm. I just noticed the Location in your profile, faithful. Where are you the other half of each month?

Or is it from a Norwegian fairy tale?

I read the folk tale when I was little, and I always liked the idea of the title. Since becoming a Christian I have related it to the idea of God's grace, and the verse that speaks of God casting our sins as far away as the east is from the west. So, I live in the state of grace, which is east of the sun and west of the moon, always (north and south having definite poles, for geographic reference). []
When I am not being theologically deep, I swiggle all over the world, and presently am in the Pacific Northwest. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Where is the ol' Bomber at these days? Ah yes, facebook and around the world. You his traveling companion??? []
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
quote:
Where is the ol' Bomber at these days? Ah yes, facebook and around the world. You his traveling companion???
I've been solo for a number of years. []
As to Bomber, the last public post I'm aware of from him on the subject referenced, "Taylor" []


Facebook
Jack Sidney Brown
July 30, 2012
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
*swerves in, and drops into a bar stool*

Friends, I have calamitous news.
[]
Yes, yes. *waves you into silence*

Where once I was a passionate devotee of the arcane and mysterious art of Tea, my palette has been adulterated with that most deleterious of concoctions:

COFFEE

[] [] [] [] []

I KNOW.

It started when I met a maiden fair, with sly fox eyes and raven hair (that rhymed beautifully but she actually looked like that OK). The maiden showed me to the magical kingdom of Elenarassë, a land overflowing with mellow, pungent streams (of coffee) and delirious sweetness (that would be the caramel sauce).

So now, my boon companions of so many years, I have passed into the shadowy twilight realm of being unable to drive for two bloody hours in any given direction without stopping for a venti skinny caramel macchiato with extra shot.

The maiden is long gone, her own sweetness a distant memory. And yet, in my grief, I have sunk ever deeper into this foul addiction that now consumes me.

I come to you clad in the tattered rags of my shame. [] Now put the kettle on, I'm gasping.
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
quote:
whilst in Seattle.
[]
I love this forum. Where else does one find language like this in common usage? [] []
BTW, I'll have very irregular access to internet for a couple of weeks. I'll miss you mightily. []
Athene, have you tried doing a 50/50 blend of coffee and tea? Yum! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
I've been going to too many medieval faires....

Get Athene a cuppa tea, for coffee can only remind them of this maiden fair, with sly fox eyes and raven hair.
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
quote:
Athene, have you tried doing a 50/50 blend of coffee and tea?
HOLY FËANOR'S WELDING PANTS, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU

[] [] [] [] []

*runs around house wailing NOOOOOOOOOO*
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
One doesn't do that then?
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
No Way. It has to be either coffee, or tea.
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
I didn't even know this was a thing. The night is indeed dark and full of terrors.
[]
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
[] []
Where is the icon for: "Y'all are just old sticks in the muck"?
Anyway, the first time I tried it, it was an accident. Now, I do it on purpose if the coffee is lousy. The tea somehow smooths it out . . . []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
quote:
[]
[]
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
[]
Half of my taste buds just jumped out of my mouth in utter fear.

Edit: Another in a series of never ending typos.

[ 08-23-2015, 05:51 PM: Message edited by: Aiwrendel ]
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
quote:
Where once I was a passionate devotee of the arcane and mysterious art of Tea, my palette has been adulterated with that most deleterious of concoctions:

COFFEE

How odd, Athene! I've recently started drinking coffee with caramel too, having always drunk tea before. []

quote:
quote: Athene, have you tried doing a 50/50 blend of coffee and tea?

HOLY FËANOR'S WELDING PANTS, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU

I second this. Disgusting idea! []

[ 08-23-2015, 10:02 AM: Message edited by: The DarkQueen Iauraearien ]
 
Posted by Sauron's Secret Agent (Citizen # 1891) on :
 
quote:
my palette has been adulterated
But don't the drinks just run off it as the T.Rex of spelling thunders through the circles of the City?
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
[] There's a T-rex of spelling? It's thundering through the Fair City? Oh, sweet leaves of Athelas, whatever shall we do? []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Learn to spell, quickly!
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
SSA,
You left out tasebuds. (Corrected above)

DQ,
A typo, not a misspelling.
(Are there one or two s'sss in misspelling?) []
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Palette isn't a typo... []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Miss Spelling

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Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Ah. Two! I see Two. There are two letters "s".
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Do you guys really not know what's wrong with "palette"? []
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
quote:
Do you guys really not know what's wrong with "palette"?
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/03/12/174132392/synesthetes-really-can-taste-the-rainbow
 
Posted by Athene (Citizen # 3473) on :
 
As the originator of "palette" (not "palate") in this thread, yes I do. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Pilate...
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Pallet...
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Pallette...
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Palate...
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Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
quote:
Do you guys really not know what's wrong with "palette"?
I simply meant SSA didn't include my typo/misspelling along with "Palette".
 
Posted by LyraLuthien Tinuviel (Citizen # 5173) on :
 
Happy Hobbit Day []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Have some of the Gaffer's homebrew!
How you doin' Lyrca?
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
*Walks in and wipes off her now dusty chair* Hmm. Seems there has been much talk of coffee, tea, and spelling since I've last been here... [] *Has the usual York peppermint patty and green tea* []
I've come to the realization that I really need to reread the LOTR series, I'm a bit rusty! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
I've come to the realization that I really need to reread the LOTR series, I'm a bit rusty!
I highly recommend it! []
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
. . . dusty . . . rusty . . . musty . . . crusty . . . lusty . . . gusty . . .
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
And don't forget trusty []
As soon as I get my hands on the series again, I shall! Maybe the library will have a book or two! []
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
quote:
And don't forget trusty
How could anyone? [] I left room for audience participation. [] Thank you for cooperating! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
I have family coming over tomorrow so just did a huge house tidy up. No one felt like cleaning if we cooked so we ordered some pizza. [] and the pizza reminded me of this place! []
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
Oh, goody! Warmed-over pizza, Black Dragon-style. []

I hope the family visit was pleasant. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
Warmed-over pizza, Black Dragon-style.
Sounds delicious []
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
quote:
Sounds delicious
Yes! [] Is there more wine? What a lovely, blustery day!
 
Posted by The DarkQueen Iauraearien (Citizen # 2041) on :
 
Merry Xmas, have a cup of tea on me. []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*drinks tea*
Thank you!

And a (belated) Merry Christmas to you, too []
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
The Force has awakened! []
 
Posted by Hoom (Citizen # 4497) on :
 
Merry Christmas, all! I hope you've had a wonderful year. [] Don't mind me, I'm just lurking as I am wont to do.
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
I saw this and thought of you.
Happy New Year
[]
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Dang, look at that - first poster of the new year!
Happy new year! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
We were waiting for forty four twenty two. Now that that has happened... []
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
You're welcome []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
I also [] in your general direction... []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I'll get out the air fresher! I'm not sure the founding ladies would appreciate fart jokes! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Well, they're not here, so.... [] again.

And with that, I'll have a toasted English muffin with butter, cinnamon and honey with this Lapsang Souchong tea.
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
I suppose it must be the Coffee! It certainly isn't my chocolate cakes.
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
....mmmmmm. chawclit cakes & tea!
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*is reminded of the left-over piece of chocolate cake in her fridge*
*goes to finish it* []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
How long has it been in the fridge?
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Less than a week. I've been treating myself to a piece every day, and this was the last piece. It had not been forgotten []

Delicious, and very rich - otherwise it might have been cut to larger pieces and would not have lasted as many days as it did. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
A treat that kept on giving!

Have some tea to wash it down? The kettle is on to boil.
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 

 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
If the tea kettle is still boiling, I'll have some tea, please.

*waves after Braeden* []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
It sure is! Have some fresh!
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
If anyone wants to watch the swedes beating up the Italians tune into the Euros! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Pay me some Euros and I might.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
There was a Swexit - and then a Brexit ... []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
So is it still called the 'UK'? Things appear well disunified. My Scottish friends are really letting it fly. Interesting times.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Still UK.
Still even Great Britain.
Many Scots, though, say that they voted to stay in GB so that they could stay in EU, so now that England and Wales want to leave EU, the Scots want a new referendum about leaving Great Britain so that they can stay in EU. Either join EU as a new country, or even just take over the membership of GB (as they would then be the part of GB that wants to remain).

They haven't left EU, they have only decided that they will start negotiations for leaving it. Those negotiations are expected to take a couple of years, and the UK haven't started them yet, only declared that some day they will start.

So there's still a bit of confusion as to what will happen when.
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
Does that mean once the Brexit is finalised, GB/UK won't be in Eurovision anymore?

That might be one of the reasons why Scotland wants back in the EU. [] A minor reason, but an important one nonetheless. []

It'd be nice if Australia could no longer be in it though. I thought last year was gonna be it.
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
No, Eurovision isn't only for the European Union, as far as I know, but for all of Europe.

If you're thinking of the Eurovision Song Contest, there are more countries in that contest than just EU members. Norway is not a member of the European Union, but we do take part in the Song Contest (this year we didn't reach the finals, though).

Now with even non-European guest participants, perhaps they will eventually change it into a world-wide song contest?
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
So, changing hemispheres, let us say that for some reason of extreme stupidity in enough U.S. states and they go for trump and he actually wins the presidency in November, would that be enough for Australia to tear up the ANZUS treaty?
 
Posted by Braeden Fireheart (Citizen # 1953) on :
 
*had to Google it* []

quote:
"The treaty says the signatories will "consult together" and "act to meet the common danger". (src)
Interesting. []

Such information goes around political circles, no doubt. From what I've seen, most Australians stay away from that palaver unless it suits our current needs or there's an election in the next couple of weeks or it's mentioned on The Project. Which is probably why I'd never heard of the treaty before (or it hadn't stuck to my brain). []

But we are all very very wary of what US citizens might do in November. []

E: My mother had never heard of it either. []

[ 08-13-2016, 11:29 PM: Message edited by: Braeden Fireheart ]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Really? It's a cold war relic, and I believe what was used to request Australian and New Zealand involvement in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. The Kiwis said 'Yeah No'to the last two, but John Howard was more than happy to join the effort.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
*Wanders in and sees political posts - considers wandering back out towards the pub* *Sits down anyways on her underused chair*
Is there still tea left? []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
"Aye Turenda! Tea it is! You wish green or black?"
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Huzzah! I would like some green, please! []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
"Lovely choice... I have some gunpowder that just finished brewing."

Pours Turenda a cup.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
*Takes cup happily.* Why thank you! *Slowly sips her tea while contemplating what might go best with it.* []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Looks at túrë's enda and says,

"I do have some maple bars here... but they usually go with coffee. Maybe you would prefer this light biscuit?"

Takes a sip of coffee before asking Miss Enda...

"What's your mom been up to?"
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
Why, that would be lovely! *Gingerly picks up one of the offered biscuits.*
I haven't seen her much these last few months, but talking to her last night confirms her well being. *Nibbles on the biscuit.* She's been preoccupied with her work, and I with school. []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Ah... well, next time you are in touch, say g'day from the Dawg.
 
Posted by túrë a enda (Citizen # 11399) on :
 
I shall indeed! []
*Locates the nearest bowl of chocolates and takes a minty looking one.* So how have you been fairing? []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
SWell, my grandson gave me a cold, and I in turn gave it to my wife. Other than that, things been pretty darn good for me! []

*finds a carmel chocolate in the mix*
 
Posted by Black Dragon (Citizen # 4422) on :
 
Sharing is caring after all. []

Visiting this place after hours (i.e. When I'm already in bed after having brushed my teeth) gives me the munchies. It's all that cake and chocolate talk.

*contemplating getting up for a couple of Bourbons*
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 

 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
[]
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
*Enters breezily with a small package tucked under her arm*

Hello, good citizens! Here is a small token of my regard - Some sweet 'n' spicy rooibos tea to share around. It's just right for whatever season, warm or cold. I hope you'll all try some! []
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*tries the sweet 'n' spicy rooibos tea*
*enjoys it* []

Thank you very much!

*looks at the page number*
Now when did I last say that we need a new teahouse and thus a new quenya name for it - more than a year ago?

*waves to friends she hasn't seen for rather long* []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Alas, I’m a reached outcast not being a tea drinker. Has anyone some coffee (or beer?) Oh,wrong conversation, wrong thread. []

*speaks to special friend; she drinks and loves tea.*

Not a connoisseur as are you fine citizens but drinks tea daily. Bigelow Orange and Spice. Also Constant Comment Black Tea.

I have no idea what all of you are talking about, but has anyone a nibble of something that goes well with tea? ...to share with my favorite tea drinker?

*also thinks she needs to move into this city to talk about LotR and tea; two things of which she is fond*
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
Oh, there's coffee here as well []
*goes to find some and serves it*
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
[] Thank you very much! Perfect. Black and strong. Just like I like my women.

Okay. A terrible joke. Just groan and hit me on the nose with a rolled up newspaper.
[]

Edit: Another of my numerous typos

[ 01-08-2017, 09:21 AM: Message edited by: Aiwrendel ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
*groans*

*can't be bothered to look for a newspaper* []
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Just one more day at work before my holiday.
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
Great! You wouldn't happen to be here with us in Jamaica, would you?
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
*brews himself up a cup of gunpowder*
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
Actually, nowhere as sunny as Jamaica I'm afraid, just in this country. Though I am going to Scotland in a couple of weeks, that should be good. It doesn't have heat, but does have wildlife and a bit of history.
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
A "bit" of history? Centuries of history! I'd love to go to Scotland. Some day. Some day.

Snöwdog? What are going to do with the cup of gunpowder? Concocting a new blend or tea?
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
quote:
Snöwdog? What are going to do with the cup of gunpowder? Concocting a new blend or tea?
Um.... Gunpowder is a Chinese green tea that dates back to 600 something AD, so no. []
 
Posted by faithfull (Citizen # 11417) on :
 
[] Hello! It's my birthday, and I am happy to celebrate here among all of you! I think it would be lovely to have cake and ice cream, with fudge and sorbet, and carmel toffee, plus fresh fruit. I'll also have some lovely black tea with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Then, I'll have some French roast coffee (from Arabica beans), sweetened with just a little bit of honey. Alright - That's breakfast. If I'm not comatose later, I'll post the luncheon menu. [] [] []
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
Hmm.... she must have passed out.
 
Posted by Inc' (Citizen # 6274) on :
 
Honey in coffee ? [] [] []
 
Posted by Aiwrendel (Citizen # 965) on :
 
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That's breakfast
I can't wait to hear the lunch menu.

HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY!

[]
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
I'll just grind a clove and a dash of Ceylon Cinnamon with my coffee beans and enjoy the cuppa.
 


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