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11:45 pm: Book Discussion and Dinner
Marcos came at 10am and woke me up and I gave him the check, so we're all settled now.

We read Farthing this month and since our meeting reminder was in Farthing Set language, I dressed as close as I could to it. I didn't take the tea, which was just as well. Long skirts and purses are really pains to deal with. I don't know why companies don't put pockets in skirts! Our new parents and Tess showed up partway through and we all kept finding ourselves talking about the baby as much as the book.

We opted for dinner at Olive Garden, where we had to wait for about 30 minutes and I snitched an extra chair to sit in while we waited. I don't know if this is a formal agreement, but Tess' mom did all the feeding (expressed breast milk -- she has to go back to her job) and Dad did all the diapering. We were, as usual, having about three conversations at once, with only seven speaking people in the group, and that's always interesting to follow. We finally got our table with this sling thing for the baby seat to go in and since they have pumpkin cheesecake already, I had the salmon and steamed broccoli for dinner (which was very good) and then the cheesecake, which is why I go to Olive Garden in the fall.

Everybody kept making faces at Tess; she's so cute and she has lots of dark hair. She only cries a little, and then only when she's hungry or needs changing, but her parents told us they'll be up at 2am. I'd brought my camera because I'd been told she was coming and took a picture with her and her grandparents (our group's fan/librarian leader and husband) and then asked Jay to take my picture on the way out where the lighting is better, because I rarely dress up this much. They suggested I hold Tess, but I don't hold valuable things because I drop them, so her dad held her up by me:



Cute, isn't she?

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From:kaffyr
Date:September 21st, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
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She is cute. You look like you're having a fine time, and I have to tell you, I love that jacket!
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 21st, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
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Thanks! It and the skirt (and a camisole that I've never worn) came from Holy Clothing who are using Asian workers to bring inexpensive rayon clothing to the US. Normally I would avoid this, but they're the only company that makes sort-of formal dresses in my size. And I am at the very top of their size range. If you've ever seen me in a long dress, it came from them.

It doesn't look like they're making suits anymore -- they've got babydoll minis instead!

Edited at 2008-09-21 07:02 am (UTC)
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From:frostfox
Date:September 21st, 2008 08:52 am (UTC)
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars on ebay do tie dye up to 4XL
http://tiny.cc/bHrSd

The lady who owns the store got talking with me via email when the tsunami hit, she emailed to say stuff might be late and we started exchanging emails. She said she felt like a slave owner, given how little her dyers get paid (she buys the rayon/cotton outfits in one place then sends them to the Philippines for dying). But when she spoke to the dyers, they were happy; she paid more than the going rate for a relatively safe and easy job with reliable wages coming into the household.

FF
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 21st, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I think I'm still larger than that, but I'll check.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 8th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
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I got my order today and it does fit! A bit out of season now, but I can wear it for a while before it gets too cold. Thanks!
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From:frostfox
Date:October 9th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm so glad!
The lady that runs the site is really nice, if you get into an email correspondence with her and let her know the sizes you need, I'm sure she will point you in the direction of stuff which will fit.

I loved the photo of you in the green Holy Clothing set, I have the same one, an xmas present from my best friend a couple of years ago, must root it out for Novacon!

x FF
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 9th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
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I don't wear the suit often because I don't wear skirts (all long) often -- they make it hard to get into the van and get caught under chairs and such -- but almost everybody my age who saw that picture wanted a suit like that and Holy Clothing isn't making it anymore!
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From:roadnotes
Date:September 21st, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
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Cute baby!
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 21st, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
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Yep! We have two generations in the bookgroup and all of us older folk were just cooing at her all the time.
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From:heleninwales
Date:September 21st, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
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Lovely photo! The baby has the cutest expression. :)

You look good too. I like the necklace.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 21st, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
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She's asleep. She's a very calm baby.

Thanks! I think I'll keep it made up for the time being, although I don't really have anything else to wear it with. I can unmake it when I want to use the components.
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From:orbolus
Date:October 3rd, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
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Has anyone mentioned that there is an distinct resemblance to Elijah Wood?

Have you ever ordered the Ravioli di Portobello? This is the description from Olive Garden's menu "Portobello mushroom-filled ravioli in a creamy smoked cheese and sun-dried tomato sauce.". I like that I can usually avoid taking home left overs when ordering it, because the portion is smaller than most everything else on the menu.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 3rd, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm, no, but I'll let him know. Yes, when I go in winter or spring, I usually have the ravioli. But I like one of their summer desserts as well as the pumpkin cheesecake in the fall, so I usually go with something with fewer calories when I'm getting dessert.
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From:orbolus
Date:October 3rd, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
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At one time they served this apple, caramel, and vanilla ice cream desert, did you try that? Their ice cream is very good. If I order desert, it is usually the tiramisu, or the strawberry lemon cake.
Soup or salad? I always order the minestrone soup, I have never found their salad impressive.
Have you ever had one of their pizzas? Very good, I was surprised at how good.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 3rd, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
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No, I haven't had that dessert, but it sounds like something I'd like. I don't like coffee or chocolate, so tiramisu is out. I haven't tried the cake. I usually order salad; I like pepperoncinis. I haven't had a pizza, but a friend had one this last time and it looked very good.

So, there's no info on you anywhere and I don't remember seeing your ID anywhere -- why the fascination with my trip to Olive Garden?
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From:orbolus
Date:October 4th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
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You may want to reconsider the tiramisu, if you could split it with someone else. The chocolate is only dusted on the top. I am not really big on coffee either, it upsets my stomach, too much acid.

So, there's no info on you anywhere
Where have you looked? My journal is currently "Under Construction", but you can ask me anything you like. I have added you to my friends list. That will give you my IM addresses and location.

and I don't remember seeing your ID anywhere
2 days ago

why the fascination with my trip to Olive Garden?
The driving force for leaving the comment was the "resemblance to Elijah Wood", the Olive Garden was secondary. I like the Olive Garden, probably my favorite chain restaurant, but would not likely have commented merely on that.

Have you ever been to The Old Spaghetti Factory, it is mostly West Coast, but several eastern states also have one?
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 4th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
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I looked at your LJ, which is amusingly backdated to the year of your birth (before internet services other than ARPAnet); your user info, which didn't have much; and your website, which is empty. I'm much older than you are and info on me is all over the web and Usenet, and I'm used to seeing more info even here on LJ.

Aha! I hadn't paid attention to the icon, and names are hard to read in that purple theme (I used to have it, but got too annoyed at not reading names).

Oh, I see. I guess I've never thought of him as looking like Elijah Wood, but I've known him for seven years now.

No, I don't think we have The Spaghetti Factory here -- no, none in Virginia. I like Olive Garden, but I like Ruby Tuesdays best for chain restaurants -- I like that you can basically order a meal from their side items. A lot of chains are still into the big meat business and I have to limit the amount of protein I eat.
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From:orbolus
Date:October 4th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
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I looked at your LJ, which is amusingly backdated to the year of your birth
I wanted to create an life journal, so do not expect any present day entries for several months.

(before internet services other than ARPAnet); your user info, which didn't have much;
I made the account 2+ years ago, but had not started using it untill early august.

and your website, which is empty.
I have had the domain name since 2002, the orbolus user id begins that year, but no web site yet, although I do use the domain somewhat for email. I checked your web site also, and did not find much.

I'm much older than you are and info on me is all over the web and Usenet, and I'm used to seeing more info even here on LJ.
My account at GameFAQ's is rather senor, but you would need an account to veiw my profile. Most any other orbolus on the web that you find is me (but not all), when I first started using the name it would yeild no results from any search engine.

Aha! I hadn't paid attention to the icon,
I added one new one, and made it default. Best photo that I have, but it is from the DMV.

and names are hard to read in that purple theme (I used to have it, but got too annoyed at not reading names).
I have already significantly modified the theme, including adjusting the background color to match the Draco Malfoy userpic, but it is still too dark to read easily. It was impossible to read before.

Oh, I see. I guess I've never thought of him as looking like Elijah Wood, but I've known him for seven years now
Different facial hair, weight, and he looks tired.

No, I don't think we have The Spaghetti Factory here -- no, none in Virginia.
Fun restaurant, seems to me that the founders were antique dealers, so the original is full of genuine antique furniture. The creamy pesto salad dressing is the best salad dressing I have ever had. I wish they would bottle it, and sell it in the supermarket. Very good sourdough bread (it is served in baby loafs). Do you ever travel to California, Oregon, or Washington? There are several in each state, it would be worth remembering.

I like Olive Garden, but I like Ruby Tuesdays best for chain restaurants -- I like that you can basically order a meal from their side items.
Never been to Ruby Tuesday, I looked them up and saw that there are 3 in Oregon, but none of are located in Portland. Beaverton is not too far away, I shall keep it in mind.

A lot of chains are still into the big meat business and I have to limit the amount of protein I eat.
Have you ever been to Sweet Tomates (Souplantation in some states). Very good for buffet, many good pasta selections.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 4th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
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If you want to create something to remember, you might want to try LJBook, which will make your LJ into a .pdf book. That way you don't have to worry about LJ falling apart.

There's a lot of stuff on my website, there's just no index page. ;) If I ever have time, I'll put one in. In the meantime, you can look at my beadwork and cats.

I've used mostly mjlayman online, but a couple places where it's mostly people I know, I use Marilee.

I didn't mean your theme, I meant the purple one that Mary Kay uses. You can't read the names on the dark purple, so I never really noticed your name. My default icon is a couple years old, but I haven't changed much.

Yes, he gave a half-day seminar before coming to bookgroup partway through and then out to dinner, so he was pretty tired. And babies make their folks even more tired.

I live on disability, so I only travel once a year to Minicon in Minneapolis. I have a lot of friends who come from all over the country, so I get to visit with them there.

I have a cousin in Beaverton, but I've never been there. I've been to Portland, but the last time was more than 25 years ago. I expect it's changed.

No, neither Sweet Tomatoes or Souplantation in Virginia. North Carolina is the closest, and I live in northern Virginia. It sounds nice, though.
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From:orbolus
Date:October 4th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
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If you want to create something to remember, you might want to try LJBook, which will make your LJ into a .pdf book. That way you don't have to worry about LJ falling apart.
I am looking in to it. The quality/cost of "Print on Demand" available now is surprising.

I didn't mean your theme, I meant the purple one that Mary Kay uses.
Oh. I am able to read the names on her page, but with great difficultly, but if I have followed the name to an individuals journal it becomes impossible.

And babies make their folks even more tired.
I suspected that was the primary cause. How old is Tess, and what if anything is that short for?

I live on disability
What type of engineer were you?

I have a cousin in Beaverton, but I've never been there.
Same last name? Beaverton is an suburb of Portland. In fact where I am was at on time the town of Lents, before it was incorporated into Portland.

I've been to Portland, but the last time was more than 25 years ago.
Any specific reason?

I expect it's changed.
Some, but it has not grown as fast as Seattle. Have you been to Seattle? It is very similar, but no sales tax, and we do not pump our own gasoline here in Oregon.

Have you always lived in Virginia?
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 4th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
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She was a month old that day and that's short for Theresa. They're strong Catholics, so she has a saint's name.

I started in SIGINT but my last job was as chief design and test engineer for the communications software on the Tomahawk Cruise Missiles.

Nope, she has her second husband's last name. I've been disabled for 22 years now, and that's why I know it's more than 25 years since I've been to Portland. If I had to guess, the last time I was there was in the early 80s, to give a seminar.

I was born in Seattle, lived there from age 8-12, and took my one year of college there. I grew up on Navy bases, but I've not only been in Virginia most of my life now, I've owned this condo for more than five times as many years than I ever lived anywhere else.
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From:orbolus
Date:October 9th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Since you have an permanent account, and an registered domain name, yet no index page. You ought to remap it to your journal, then modify your bio to serve as simple index.

You may also want to think about trying out the LJ-Talk, it allows you to send voice mail, and make voice posts. Permanent accounts can post 20 voice posts per calendar month. The voice mail messages are sent to the recipient's electronic mail box as wave files.

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From:orbolus
Date:February 17th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
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I have finally gotten around to viewing all of your beadwork, and cat photographs. I did like the turtle. What are the dimensions of that piece? At first glance I thought it may be an throw pillow.

The white cat is one very fine looking animal: what is the animals name? I was able to ascertain the names of the other two.

Can you tell me the name of the individual seated to your left in this photograph? She appears familiar, but I know we have never met.
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