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Par-Tay! / Re: Large Engagement Party, Small Wedding? UPDATE p20
« Last post by katycoo on Today at 12:31:39 AM »
It sounds like the Australian Engagement party is sort of the equivalent of an American co-ed Shower.  In which case I think it is rude. 

Not in my experience.  But there is usually a pretty big gap between the eparty and the wedding.  Like, over a year.  So noone would have received invites to the wedding at the time of the eparty.

However, it's rare for someone to have both an engagement party AND a kitchen tea (possibly because they are both gift-giving occasions here).

That's not been my experience at all.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Of Steampunk and Helpful Letters
« Last post by aiki on Today at 12:26:43 AM »
Perhaps something involving a writing automaton - http://www.odditycentral.com/technology/240-year-old-writer-automaton-is-the-ancestor-of-todays-computers.html

It's a little earlier than Victorian, but lots of cogs and cams...
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My experience in America is that it's all over the place.

There *is* no trend that I've ever discerned, just individual preferences.
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Family and Children / Re: Notifying of passing
« Last post by TootsNYC on Today at 12:15:29 AM »
There are limited rules of when/how to notify people of a relative's passing. (For example, some one shouldn't find out on FB that their mom died.)

My sister did--or rather, her daughter did, and then told her mom.

My *father* is the one who posted her death on her Facebook page.

He'd tried to reach all of us in the hour or so after her death, and he'd had to leave a message on my sister's phone, bcs she can't access it at work.
   Then he decided he needed to let lots of other people know too, so he put it up on Facebook bcs he figured that would be easy and thorough (before my sister had even gotten the message).

My niece posted, about 12 minutes later, "Grandma died?"

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Life...in general / Re: The charity walk
« Last post by Miss Cathy on Today at 12:12:17 AM »
Thanks ehellions! I'll definitely register. I liked the idea that even if I don't directly contribute to the charity, participating still raises awareness, and getting sponsors isn't mandatory.
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When having a dinner party I always make one vegetarian main dish in addition to my meat.  Okay one time when I made lunch for the staff I made a big pot of ribolita, chicken piccata, and salad.  The soup and salad was filling enough that I didn't feel guilty. 

The biggest challenge recently was when BIL & SIL were visiting. The height of BIL's culinary adventures was when we went to a local Japanese restaurant and he had chicken teriyaki.  While I like my steak black and blue BIL is a well done guy.  No seafood of any type.  It makes a challenge when preparing anything and attempting to have everything ready at the same time.  I do it, but cooking bland is a challenge.   
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I bought room darkening curtains because I can't have anything touch my head when I am sleeping.

When I originally tried the sleep mask, I was worried that having something on my face would bug me. Strangely enough, I found I actually like having something over the top half of my face when I sleep.

All I can think is that it's a holdover from when I was a kid and pulling my head under the covers was the ultimate protection from monsters in the dark--if you can't see the monsters, they can't see you, you know?  ;D My childhood bedroom had a lot of weird corners with potentially monster-concealing shadows, plus a non-latching closet door, and I had a very vivid imagination, so I used the covers protection "magic" a lot--guess I got used to it. :P

I'm right there with you.  I just use a cotton bandana though.  Works like a charm. 
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Of Steampunk and Helpful Letters
« Last post by Nikko-chan on Yesterday at 11:55:35 PM »

Yep, that's it!  I'm not sure she'd use the forum (she can't really type much yet, and her computer time is limited, since, hey, she's 7), but it's nice to have it there, and I can help her log stuff.  I probably won't nudge her to come up with a specific word count, just to write a bit each day or almost each day.

So will you be making the stationery design yourself, or do you have somebody you would send the ideas to?  The plot bunny sounds *really* cute!  Do you make those or buy those?  I didn't realize so much encouragement was involved!  I have several friends who are doing it.

Trimming the quote tree... I am knitting them myself. Its a 6 x 6 square and then folded and stuffed in such a way that it resembles a bunny. And yes, I am trying to be more active this year in the aspect of buying things for my wrimos and what not, considering I am able to do so. And i am going to come up with the design myself as well.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Of Steampunk and Helpful Letters
« Last post by MommyPenguin on Yesterday at 11:50:11 PM »
That's really cool!  So neat that you're a liaison.  I'm planning to have my daughter do it.  She's little, just 7, and she was complaining to me that she has trouble writing books because her hand gets tired from the writing.  The problem is that she's trying to write the entire book in a day!  I thought that having her go through NaNoWriMo (there's a cute little guide book for elementary-aged kids) would be a fun exercise for her to plot a book out and write a little bit each day, helping her with the writing fatigue issue (since she'd only do a scene or so a day).  She's *so* excited about it and can't wait for her guide book to arrive.

I like the fountain pen idea, and maybe a gear in the background?

You can have your seven year old go through the Young Writers program as well. They've got their own forum and everything :) I can PM you with the info if you'd like :)

ETA: I like the idea of the fountain pen and gear, and thought about adding a steampunk typewriter to the mix...

Yeah, that's actually what I signed her up for, the Young Writer's thing.  I'm not sure if it was the forum or just the program itself?  I'll have to look at the page again.  We're going to be gone for a few weeks, so I figured I'd order the writing guide book thing and get her all set up when she comes back.  She's already thinking about the story, which apparently involves a penguin and polar bear who befriend a lost bushbaby...

I love the idea of the steampunk typewriter as well!  Yes!

If you signed her up on the Young Writers Program's website here: https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/   then the forum is included. :)

Yep, that's it!  I'm not sure she'd use the forum (she can't really type much yet, and her computer time is limited, since, hey, she's 7), but it's nice to have it there, and I can help her log stuff.  I probably won't nudge her to come up with a specific word count, just to write a bit each day or almost each day.

So will you be making the stationery design yourself, or do you have somebody you would send the ideas to?  The plot bunny sounds *really* cute!  Do you make those or buy those?  I didn't realize so much encouragement was involved!  I have several friends who are doing it.
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Humor Me! / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by Nikko-chan on Yesterday at 11:39:19 PM »
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