did you know that they auction found luggage?
Laura says: hey still there?
Claudine says: hi
Laura says: ah...I missed your ever-presence earlier today...spent all day nervously waiting for the DHL man to show up with my briefcase...which is still AWOL
Laura says: how was your weekend?
Claudine says: sorry, i was beat and i had a couple of hours comp-time from a late night last week so i decided to come in a little late
Claudine says: it was good, too short
Laura says: ah, well...o I survived. Harry Potter is very diverting
Claudine says: which one?
Laura says: Goblet of Fire
Claudine says: good?
Laura says: entertaining
Laura says: I resisted reading them for a while because of the popularity...but figured if I am going to try to write a kids book, I should give them a whirl
Claudine says: good idea
Laura says: and they are fun...sometimes repetitive, but I just skip over those parts
Claudine says: i liked the first one enough. I don't really understand the huge popularity with adults though, it felt like a book/series that I would have loved as a kid.
Laura says: yeah...it's an easy way to kill time, but really, should be left to the kids.
Laura says: takes the fun out when your parents are discussing it--which is exactly what shouldn't be done
Laura says: I am grateful to Rowling...she opened up a huge market though for that age group
Laura says: though now even more people are insisting on writing kids books
Laura says: I got a little silly gift for you in
Laura says: bring it home
Claudine says: yeah, it's great that it gets kids to read books that are that length
Laura says: (so it's not a candelabra, sorry)
Claudine says: or give it to me when i come visit :)
Laura says: YAYAYAYAYAAYAYAY!!!!!!
Claudine says: no problem
Claudine says: i think we're all set with the lighting
Laura says: I'll leave it then for a future anniversary gift or something.
Laura says: see Johnny on the red carpet last night?
Claudine says: yes i did
Claudine says: and his stupid wife
Laura says: all gorgeous and perfect, as always
Laura says: but really..."long-time girlfriend" there's still hope for us single ladies
Laura says: right
Laura says: I like the bit about his son disparaging his shoes
Laura says: can you imagine what Johnny Depp's son must be like?
Laura says: or daughter?
Laura says: very odd family--half Depp and half French
Claudine says: very odd
Laura says: I was wondering today back on the whole staying for the summer. Seems sort of silly. Like I'm trying to pretend I have a life that I don't really.
Claudine says: truthfully i think if you have the opportunity to stay you should. You can work in the fall.
Laura says: I think sometimes about how nice it would be to just home, in the house...easy though...
Laura says: I worry that it will just be easy
Laura says: and that's the path that will lead me to unproductive spinster hood rapidly
Laura says: Would you come to visit then though?
Laura says: We really would have a blast in
Laura says: Blake can come too if he wants...though it might be frightening for him...sort of a high-cultured weekend-long version of a Gilmore Girls night
Claudine says: actually he just started classes, he wants to get certified as a medical assistant, so that he has some skill he can get paid for
Laura says: I had no idea he was interested in the field
Claudine says: so that's why I might be able to go because he won't be able to take a vacation this year
Laura says: But his wives will
Claudine says: yup~
Laura says: :D
Claudine says: apparently when he was really little when he was in the hospital at first he wanted to be a doctor, but then he was in the hospital more and then he definitely didn't want to be a doctor. he seems really into it so...
Laura says: Glad to hear it
Laura says: Couldn't ask for a more caring medical assistant, that's for sure.
Laura says: Does this mean I need to find a...
Laura says: WAIT
Laura says: this doesn't mean your pregnant right?!??!!??!?!
Laura says: :S
Laura says: you're leaving me hanging here
Claudine says: nope, still not knocked up
Claudine says: although i don't quite see where you were going with that
Laura says: not that there's anything wrong with it
Laura says: no it just occurred to me that Blake needed to "get a proper job"
Laura says: might mean to support you and your child
Claudine says: that's just so we don't get evicted
Laura says: I was first going with the...since Blake is getting real skills, does that mean I do to?
Laura says: ah…good...I need to keep my
Laura says: its' strange, they are predicting "big snow" (not sure what that means in
Claudine says: we're getting "big snow" tonight too
Laura says: awe...we can think of each other as we watch the world whiten
Claudine says: how nice, i'm hoping for a snow day tomorrow
Laura says: yeah...lucky me, I was hoping to get to
Laura says: ah...what service...a glass of red wine as I gab away with my friend...
Laura says: jealous
Claudine says: a little
Laura says: there is an elegance to certain parts of my Euro life that I will miss--or try to integrate. But it's just easier to have a glass of wine with dinner when a bottle of good vino costs $3
Claudine says: true
Laura says: did you know that they auction found luggage?
Laura says: the airlines...isn't that odd?
Laura says: (I was trying to figure out what the extra cost of extra luggage would be if I have Dad bring my hockey stuff over
Claudine says: that is weird
Laura says: actually, sounds like great fodder for a book or a play
Claudine says: i guess it's better than throwing it away
Laura says: (tell Blake he should write something up)
Laura says: true
Laura says: I would be curious to go to one
Laura says: maybe back in the states--if they do them there too
Claudine says: yeah, do they open them up or do you just take your chances on what's inside? like blind lots
Laura says: and then what's inside--all these sort of personal clues about the people who never claimed their luggage...why did they never come back
Laura says: I'm really intrigued actually
Laura says: so how long is the course that Blake's taking?
Claudine says: 10 months
Laura says: wow that's a big commitment. Is it everyday? Evenings I presume?
Laura says: man this Lufthansa web site sucks
Claudine says: 9-5, five days a week
Laura says: woah...wow. I'm really impressed. I feel so...out of the loop.
Laura says: How long has he been in
Claudine says: don't feel out of the loop
Laura says: I am...
Claudine says: today's his first day of classes
Laura says: sadly
Claudine says: no one else knows
Laura says: ungrounded and out of the loop
Laura says: oh...ok
Laura says: I will keep it under my toul
Laura says: touk
Laura says: hat
Claudine says: thanks
Laura says: did you see Million Dollar Baby
Laura says: ?
Claudine says: nope
Claudine says: actually didn't see any of the movies nominated
Laura says: I ended up ruining it for myself reading though a stupid Oscars report
Laura says: argh
Laura says: I saw...The Aviator
Laura says: which was enough to know it should not have won except for Kate Blanchette
Laura says: (it was the only option in
Claudine says: the only ones nominated for anything that i saw were eternal sunshine of the spotless mind for best original screenplay, closer for best supporting actress and born into brothels for best feature length documentary
Claudine says: Aviator didn't win that much actually, compared to what it was nominated for. I bet million dollar baby would still be worth seeing even if you know what it's about
Laura says: yeah...sounds gut-wrenching actually, even thinking about what was described.
Laura says: Dinner time...I'll be back in a bit though, if you're still on
Claudine says: of course
Laura says: still there? working hard?
Claudine says: oh yes
Claudine says: blizzard just began
Laura says: seriously?
Claudine says: yes
Laura says: cool...my invite link didn't work though...can you send it again?
Laura says: Did you know...this on Dutch news...that there are old age home caretakers taking pictures of elderly people in compromised pictures and selling them? The only thing grosser is the idea that there are people out there buying this stuff
Claudine says: that's nauseating
Laura says: seriously...there are a range of deranged people I simply can't imagine
Claudine says: its truly disturbing
Laura says: grrr, all Luftansa could tell me about transporting my equipment was that I need to call the local office--which there is none of here
Laura says: useless
Laura says: if you were to come over...when were you thinking?
Claudine says: after school ends
Laura says: cool...June?
Claudine says: anytime after june 16th
Laura says: ok, just wanted to be sure it wasn't around Easter--as I'll be trying to get into
Claudine says: no, i'm getting my hair done on good friday ;)
Laura says: of course
Claudine says: although depending when the school's closed that would be a good time to go
Laura says: ah...just thought...timing will be perfect, you can trim my hair again. Just remember to pack the scissors in your carry on
Laura says: then you can join me in
Laura says: joy joy
Laura says: and a little nippy
Laura says: you'd love Timo...he makes Blake seem blaring and over-pronounced
Claudine says: wow
Claudine says: so I’m allowed to use my own scissors this time?
Laura says: It's funny because I don't know if he got a little louder or I jsut got used to it , because I could understand him much better without leaning in so often last visit
Laura says: well, no, I expected that you would go to the Knolls
Laura says: I need you to pick out a few perky summer alfits from my closet too...so I can pick up a cute Scandinavian for the summer
Laura says: you don't mind, right?
Laura says: ;)
Claudine says: of course not
Laura says: always looking to improve my fashion sense
Laura says: the shame of the blog is that the emoticons don't turn up...that’s what almost makes it better that you actually have to write "angry pineapple lady" now
Claudine says: yeah, i noticed that
Claudine says: LIGHT SNOW HAS OVERSPREAD THE AREA AND WILL CONTINUE TO FALL ON THE LIGHT SIDE THROUGH AROUND 4:00 PM. AFTER THIS... STEADIER AND HEAVIER SNOW WILL DEVELOP IN TIME FOR THE EVENING RUSH HOUR COMMUTE. SNOWFALL RATES BY 5:00 PM MAY BE AS MUCH AS 2 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR... CAUSING WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS. MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO HEAD TO THEIR DESTINATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Laura says: wow...a real storm
Laura says: our warnings are clear skies at the moment
Laura says: that's a lot of snow they're talking about
Claudine says: SNOW WILL ARRIVE EARLY THIS AFTERNOON IN ADVANCE OF A NOR'EASTER... AND MAY BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. SOME MIXING WITH RAIN OR SLEET WILL BE POSSIBLE THIS EVENING... WHICH COULD HOLD DOWN SNOW ACCUMULATIONS SOMEWHAT.
Laura says: heading home early then?
Claudine says: EVEN SO... CURRENT INDICATIONS ARE THAT AN 6 TO 10 INCH SNOWFALL WILL OCCUR BY THE TIME THE SNOW TAPERS OFF AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. WINDS COULD ALSO BECOME QUITE STRONG DURING THE PERIOD OF HEAVIEST SNOWFALL. NORTHEAST WINDS OF 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH MAY CAUSE NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS... WITH CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW AND SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES.
Claudine says: unfortunately no word of that so far, i would be very happy with a snow day tomorrow
Laura says: most definitely
Claudine says: according to the hourly forecast on weather.com it is going to snow and snow shower until 9am on Wednesday
Claudine says: and then stop only for a couple of hours
Laura says: ooo…definite potential there for a nice cozy day at home with the kittens...get to work on some more bathroom planning
Laura says: but you must get outside and take some nifty photos too for me to see
Claudine says: of course
Laura says: ummm...i'm going to make some hot cocao for myself and tea for joske (with Speculoos!) brb
Laura says: mmm...marshmallows...mini-jet puffed...the taste of being a kid and being happy
Claudine says: lucky you
Laura says: here's an inane conversation starter--what is jet-puffed about a marshmallow
Laura says: and hey you had us all drooling with your french toast sticks the other day
Claudine says: sitting at my dsek having french toast sticks from the cafeteria and sitting in