Saturday, February 07, 2009

An Interview With Maddy Gaiman



(Photo of Maddy and Her Father at Last years Beowulf Premiere by Cat Mihos. We think.)

I managed to catch up with Miss Maddy Gaiman, (one of the key people behind the success of CORALINE), post-premiere at her home in Los Angeles. Miss Gaiman was kind enough to invite me to her fabulous mansion, and we chatted poolside, about the whirlwind that is her fabulous life...

FL: Maddy, nice to meet you! So, tell us how you're feeling after your star studded red carpet adventures at the Premiere of Coraline? Was it everything you ever dreamed it would be?

MADDY: Oh thanks I'm so happy to be here. let me tell you, fabulous lorraine, it was everything I dreamed of AND MORE! One of the most memorable moments of my life! so much fun fo sho.

FL: You've read the book and seen the movie, tell us, in a few words how you felt seeing it for the first time? What were you wearing? Did you have popcorn AND Candy, or just a drink?

MADDY: well i LOVED it! I believe the first time I saw it I was all decked out in a long sleeved blue shirt, with some beautiful jeans. the paparazzi just couldn't keep the cameras away. and to top it all off i was eating SOUR JACKS! they are not quite as good as sour patch kids, but they got the job done.

FL: Obviously, you were hanging with the stars of the film, Teri Hatcher, Dakota, Henry Sellick, and, um, who was it that wrote the book? We've seen the pictures, tell us, are they all as cool as they seem? As cool as you?

MADDY: is that even a question? of course they weren't as cool as me SILLY :D i mean who really is? other than you of course. *snickers to herself* I must admit though, everyone was pretty darn cool and i was totally psyched to meet them!!!!!!!!!yay!!

FL: Your Father must be very proud of you, has he said anything about a new car, maid service or a raise in your allowance?

MADDY: let's just put it this way, the private jet will be here soon.

FL: Let's talk about your DRESS! Who made it? WHERE did you get those shoes? Was that gold glitter dust on your eyes? You have been referred to looking like a "A Greek Goddess" that night, where do you get your FABULOUS fashion sense from?

MADDY: truth be told, i got it at good ol' Bloomingdale's. And YES it was gold glitter dust.. courtesy of Catherine "kitty" Mihos thanks for noticing:) and my fashion sense? why, from my father of course. I admire his out-there style, he always seems to surprise us all with his breath-taking ensembles.

FL: Your Father has been quoted as saying "I owe all my success to my fabulous daughter Maddy, and my two favorite assistants" Of all his assistants, who are your favorite two assistants, and how have they contributed to your success?

MADDY: Hmm. Umm....that's a toughie. I guessss...KITTY AND QUICHE! they are basically "the bomb". HOLLA!

FL: And finally, Maddy, I think what everyone wants to know is: What's next?

MADDY: I'm going to take over the world. bye!

Thank you Maddy Gaiman for taking time out of your hectic day to talk to us, here at The Fabulous Lorraine Blog. We hope to hear more from you soon!

Love and Maddy,
Lorraine

268 Comments:

At 4:17 PM , Blogger vampi said...

lol!

best interview evah!

 
At 4:19 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

You gals are the best, did you know that?


Truly, made me smile and I did laugh out loud.

Much needed today, in this part of the world.

 
At 4:21 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

That's great. So clever of you to catch up with the true power behind the scenes. The traditional media seem to have almost completely missed this important personage.

 
At 4:21 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

LOVE IT!

We are truly in the presence of greatness with this post.

 
At 4:21 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Oops, check box...

I mean, just wanted to come back to reiterate my earlier points...kudos.

 
At 4:24 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

World domination by Miss Maddy cannot happen too soon! Please, Miss Maddy, be our fearless leader! With Quiche at your side, of course, to take care of the details. (Your dress was *spectacular*. So is your smile. You are lovely!)

 
At 4:39 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh the media wanted her allright. She is just VERY exclusive...

 
At 4:45 PM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

How did you ever convince her to give you such an exhaustive interview?? Such style! Such grace!!

(She does qualify as a Fiend, junior rank, right? Seems like she would fit right in ;-)

 
At 4:51 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

(And now, all I can think about is Pinky and the Brain. "What we gonna do tonight, Brain?")

 
At 4:58 PM , Blogger Adri said...

Brava for such a fabulous interview! Of course it was the one we were all waiting for from the Coraline premiere!

 
At 4:58 PM , Blogger Beez said...

"The same thing we do every night...."

heh. Great interview.

 
At 4:59 PM , Blogger Beez said...

Oh, Sally-

*hugs* and best thoughts/vibes. What a terrible time out there.

 
At 5:21 PM , Blogger Jess said...

World domination just makes sense. Barack Owho now?

*votes Miz Maddy*

 
At 5:38 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Two MCs can't occupy the same blog post at the same time. (It's against the laws of physics.)

TAKE COVER!

 
At 5:38 PM , Blogger Lexocat said...

Ah, nice work!

 
At 5:47 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Nah, Dan - it's like Billy Crystal and Jack Palance at the Oscars. It's just the concentrated levels of Raw Coolness make the place feel like it can't contain them. I'm sure they've got it under control. :D

 
At 5:48 PM , Blogger Maureen said...

Way to grab an interview! And Miz Maddy's gorgeous green gown was bee-yoo-ti-ful.

So, Lorraine, are you no longer tossing 8 batons and are down to something like 5 or 6?

Just a quick fiend-y wave... back to trying to wrestle my footer text to align at the bottom, not float up top like a dead carp.

 
At 5:58 PM , Blogger Jake Ian Ransom said...

V V nifty. A right sturdy interrogation of this mysterious Hollywood starlet ;->.

Coraline: $4.4 million official box-office take for Friday. Much better than projected. 3rd place finish, great per-screen average, and beat Steve Martin's "Pink Panther" flick. Heh.

 
At 6:03 PM , Blogger Uisge said...

Always lovely to laugh out loud. However did you score an interview? She's supposed to be sooo reclusive.

 
At 6:23 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Sally - cooling breezes, and rain to come your way, as soon as I figure out how to do that. Stay safe - get out if they tell you to. We worry.

Nice interviewing skills, Q - you know how to draw out the interviewee.....

 
At 6:24 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Oh, and Grace and AletaMay and I are in agreement about the irritant in the movie. We still liked it, though.

 
At 6:30 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

We're safe in Melbourne Siri, and cool change came through about dinner time last night.
Right now it is 17.6C./63.68F
This time yesterday it was 45.4C/113.72F. Crazy huh.

Hasn't cooled down in many parts of the state though, still in the mid 30's at my father's place.

Death toll now 35 and still climbing from the fires. Its truly awful.

 
At 6:31 PM , Blogger Siri said...

I can't imagine living with that threat - I'm glad to know you are cooler, too. Tysie any better?

 
At 6:35 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh yes! Her blood glucose level was heaps better this morning. I don't think its a coincidence that it was much cooler over night.

 
At 6:42 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Expect heavy traffic here. Boss just twittered the interview. *waves to newbies*

 
At 6:46 PM , Anonymous Francesca said...

"Expect heavy traffic here. Boss just twittered the interview. *waves to newbies*"

Prophetic words. Just arrived here via Twitter and had my first good giggles of the day.

 
At 6:48 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

What a great interview Miss Maddy is.

You expect these young celebrities will let the power of carrying a movie of this magnitude go to their heads. She seemed to appreciate the people around her who made her success possible. That's a wonderful, mature attitude for someone so young.

And the fact that she was styling the red carpet didn't phase her one bit. With the gorgeous green dress and the sparkly eyeshadow, she walked the walk with style and grace.

Miss Maddy Gaiman is an inspiration to us all.

 
At 6:52 PM , Blogger inlucesco said...

Maddy, you are adorable. Can you be my little sister? :D

 
At 7:00 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

the fact checking department wonders what part of Los ANgeles does our heroine MG reside?

and gold glitter is the piece de la resistance...
the final touch on all things premiere-y.

love the reporting, Jimmy "Quiche" Olsen, girl reporter!
people are attached to the dress, kids, that green won over everyone. Kinda like Poison Ivy in Batman.

 
At 7:36 PM , Blogger Fluffy said...

My 14-yr-old diva said Maddy would totally be in her group (the Cool Smart Kids) at Fluffyville Middle School. Very funny interview.

 
At 8:17 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

The dress was the bomb to be sure! Perfect for a night of star studded entertainment and pure Hollywood glitz!

Oh; and the movie weren't bad either... :)

 
At 8:22 PM , Blogger Rusty said...

I've met both Maddy Gaiman and The Fabulous Lorraine. I even own an original Maddy Gaiman drawing! I guess it would be one of my prized possessions. It's actually a portrait of ME! (Now I'm just bragging. I know. But can anyone really blame me!)

 
At 9:21 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh, I meant to tell the Fiends about this. We often talk about how wonderful our global gang is, well...
Someone rang the radio station I listen to(which is the "official disaster station) to ask if anyone could tell her how her parents were, as they are in an area decimated by the fires and she hadn't been able to get in touch with them. This morning, when I was listening again an expat in Paris rang in to say that the people in question were okay - they were with their neighbors who happened to be HER parents and she had just spoken to her mum. She rang her mum, because a friend in Holland had been listening to the radio on the net, heard the call, knew it was about where her friends parents lived and sent her an SMS.
Isn't that amazing?

 
At 9:28 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

WOW Sally! That's amazing! :-D

 
At 10:22 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Wow. Amazing that you were able to get this interview. The fiends are so lucky and honored to have such a one as this interviewed by the Fabulous One.

I'll catch up on comments tomorrow. Back from the wedding. "Frida" toast went well. Now I must sleep.

 
At 10:31 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Just did a search on ebay for "Coraline"...i'm amazed at what people are putting up there w/ that name in the title just to get the search hits! Its pretty funny actually!

 
At 10:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

rofl. this should be a regular feature.

 
At 10:59 PM , Blogger El said...

Q- You are a lucky woman to get such an exclusive interview. Ask Maddy to remember the fiends when she takes over the world.

Sally- Just heard about the fires. Are you and yours okay? How awful...

Everyone else- Hi! Much love to you all, I am falling asleep as I write this. Sorry for typos/nonsense...

 
At 11:11 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Hi El
so far all my family is safe. Hopefully the winds will stay int the direction they are now. I feel awful saying that, because it means other people are losing everything.
65 dead so far, but the number is rising.

 
At 11:25 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!

I'm in Spicy Brain Overload!!!!

::SSSSNNNNIIIIIFFFFF::

::pant::

::pant::

Okay. Maybe I'm back down to...wherever we are. I think. Possibly.

Hi to newly delurked Fiends guerilla girl, Francesca, inlucesco, and Rusty! You will like playing, yes? CX

MWAHAHAHAHA!

Well, Ms. Fabulous! What wonderful work to get an exclusive interview with the Magnificent Maddy!

I will try to write more about "Coraline" tomorrow, as I saw it again tonight. :)

Sally, Jacqui, and anybody else in southeast Australia - I hope the fires are soon under control, and preferably out. I was listening about them on BBC World News on my way home tonight on our local NPR station. I'm glad that the temperatures are down at least. I'm thinking about you.

 
At 11:51 PM , Anonymous jacquib said...

RE: Maddy taking over the world.

Does that mean everyone has to re-apply for their positions?

I loved the interview, nuthin better than a great sense of humour!!

Ariandalen, you must be in seventh heaven, or hell, depends on where the Spicy Brains live :) Glad to hear you may have got out for a breather to do what you want to do.

Fires are awful things. I just had friends over who drove through territory quite away from the fires, but their car stinks of smoke.

Unfortunately, this happens for us most summers, but it's been cooler the last few years and we've had a bit of a reprieve. This year though, it has come back with a vengence.

I thank everyone for their well wishes and so would everyone who is affected.

 
At 11:55 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Yup, its meant a lot that Fiends have been concerned.

No matter what Jac, we are still the Aussie representatives.

 
At 12:27 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Home finally!

Hello new Fiends, you are very welcome here, truly!

Glad you liked the interview, yes, we should do more of them. It was WAY fun for us. And it made Boss happy. Good things all round.

Gig was a gig. Got paid. With Bedlam, Johnnie does frontman, and Paul R. most of the lead work, so I just sit back and play, and shake an egg when I really don't know the song. Very like playing with a rock band, those boys. I like it.

Corporate party, meaning they wanted the free food and drinks and didn't much care there was a band, but the club had Bar TV!

I know it sounds horrible, as an artist, but I did just sit back and zone. They had 2-5 minute segments of extreme sports, Windsurfing in 20 foot swell, mountain biking, skydiving off a cliff, worlds biggest sandwhich, women surfers, extreme pogo sticking, funny things like Snake In the Dressing Room.

LOVED it.

 
At 12:31 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

ROLF

And of course Maddy is a fiend. She was a fiend before there was such thing as fiends. She put the "quiche" in "Fabulous".

 
At 12:38 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Not sure -I- would be a Fiend without having a Maddy.

Did you know, she plays violin better than I do? Classical anyway, I may have her yet on improve, but the kid can sure nail a concerto.

 
At 12:46 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

How was the gig?

 
At 12:49 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Paid gig AND zone out tv. Just what you need after the last few weeks.

You should have Maddy as a guest at a gig too - how cool would that be?

 
At 12:53 AM , Blogger Manuel said...

An interview with style charme and lots of fun.
Not that she needs a vote to do that, but i do vote for Maddy as world leader. Or if she changes plans and writes books, i already order a signed first print and her Neverwear tshirt

 
At 12:57 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Scroll up Nathilie, I mentioned it when I got home, shortly before you woke and posted. Mostly watched TV, and had a great time!

Oh, Lys and Nathilie, Johnny send you LOVE!

It was funny tonight too, my mouth was FOUL, triple boy band brings it OUT! I made them, if not blush, at least surprised...

 
At 12:59 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Manuel, and welcome! Who can say what this girl will do?????

And Rusty, what is this drawing, and when did we meet?

I would love to have her at a gig, but she has a heavy social calender you know...

 
At 1:13 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Found it. It had not been there when I started to type my message (interrupted by cat who wanted a cuddle and wanted it THERE AND THEN).

 
At 3:38 AM , OpenID february-sky said...

oh that is amazing! she's so fab. wish there were coraline pictures, i'd love to see what this 'gold dust' thing is.

 
At 4:02 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Great Interview! and Quiche, if you are ready to step down as Queen Empress of the Whole of Everything I think Miss Maddy will be the perfect replacement.

Funpost to wake up to!

SAlly, glad it is cooler and Tysie is improving. Fingers crossed that both continue.

 
At 4:08 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Hello to newly de-lurked fiends ;-)

(box)

 
At 4:52 AM , Blogger Jake Ian Ransom said...

Sounds like the gig was worth a little egg-shaking, Lorraine. Do we have anything lined-up tonight. I mean, something to prevent us from possibly watching the Apocalyptic Abomination known as The Grammy Awards?

"And I'd like to thank God, and AutoTune, and...and...AutoTune for this honor!"

 
At 4:57 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

feb-sky and anyone else who missed but actually reads the comments:

of COURSE there are Coraline pictures!

 
At 6:53 AM , Blogger 50sgal said...

What a wonderful interview, pretty darn cute, I'd say. I am a little sad as I want to see the new Neil Gaiman movie, Coraline, but cannot as I am living in 1955 this year! It will be one of the first things I watch when I return to 2010.

 
At 7:24 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

You two make a splendid pair! She is a funny one.

 
At 7:55 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Thanks for the link Mistress, for February and anyone else who missed the pictures. I was going to find it, but am a zombie. That wasn't much like a nights sleep, more like a nap.

Well, Jake Ian, this was a one nighter this weekend for gigs, so no help there, but surely we can do SOMTHING besides the Grammy's!

They seem kind of remote, there are not many artists I like who have one. I have a lot of thoughts going on here this morning, about what makes for great music. Let them simmer down, and we will see what we chat about tonight.

50sgal, not sure what your perameter are for spending a year in the 50's but they did have animated movies then. Not sure they had computers tho (wink)

I don't think I can drink enough tea to be anywhere near alert at work. Of course, I a still WAY ahead of my Boss, poor man.

 
At 8:52 AM , Blogger Na said...

Coraline, Coraline, everywhere. Excellent marketing work on this one. I was wrong about the number of theatres it's in here, I missed all the ones showing it in 3-D. A local entertainment weekly has Coraline on the cover, interview with Boss and a movie review within. Five stars! What movies get five stars anymore?

So, this must have been one of the slew of interviews Boss did in Canada. I will quote one bit here - I smiled for a moment, thinking of all you and Kitty have blogged and Boss has twittered over the past couple weeks. My smile quickly faded to sympathy for Boss and all, for as wonderful and exciting as all of this seems, all I can imagine now is how much it must have also taken out of you all;

"Right now, he's busy promoting Coraline - and even though it's his second major round of interviews in as many weeks, coming right on the heels of his Newbery win, he does a fine job of disguising the frazzled state of this brain."

 
At 10:01 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Sunday's a fine day
for couching and herbal tea
with a Beast on guard.

 
At 10:15 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

A lazy Sunday,
and unseasonably warm;
this is how I roll.

 
At 10:17 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Dust mites in the sun
Twirling gold adorning air.
A cold shower whip.

 
At 10:21 AM , Blogger Ticia said...

Today is Sunday.
It's off to Wicked I go.
Song and dance galore.

 
At 10:23 AM , Blogger adriana said...

WOW, what a scoop!

 
At 10:25 AM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Sunshine in my eyes
Bitter coffee in my mouth
Sunday morning bliss

 
At 10:30 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Combine two measures
wit to two parts fabulous.
Whip to peak. Add nuts.

 
At 10:53 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

my brain is mush this evening so I can't contribute a haiku of my own, but love these. And I think Jess's shouls be adopted as official Haiku to Fiendom Come 2009 ;-)

 
At 10:54 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Sunday surprise here..
Bloody poop on the cat wheel
Not exactly bliss.

Merry Housekeeper!
Come with Spooky Daughter soon!
Make Spooky House bright...

Some Coraline Dunks!
Interview with a young star!
Today I have poop.

 
At 10:55 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

And Quiche spake to them:
"Harken, Fiends! We are the nuts
we've been waiting for."

 
At 11:09 AM , Blogger Na said...

Not all is yet lost
Fiends on Sunday awaken
Wake my mind in turn

 
At 11:15 AM , Blogger Na said...

FabLo - my late kitty got colitis a couple times; source was stress, result was just that kind o' poo. Hope it's something that mild.

 
At 11:18 AM , Blogger Ticia said...

No no Lorraine, we're doing hai-ku not hai-POO.

 
At 11:19 AM , Blogger Maureen said...

I have nothing poetic to contribute, alas.

It's Day 3 of My Footer Text Floats At The Top Like A Dead Carp and the only reason I've not thrown the computer against the wall and driven off to the beach is that there's too much snow for a firebird (and no insurance until March).

 
At 11:35 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Lorraine, is that a sign of something serious?

It is fifty degrees F here today! This calls for swimsuits (after all, we DO have a lot of melting snow)!

 
At 11:41 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Um, yeah...Q, you have delete authority, yes?

Rainy and dreary here today. A day of laundry and housework.

 
At 11:43 AM , Blogger vampi said...

wow. holy blog spam batman!

i guess the recession is hitting everyone hard, if church types have to spam blogs with fiend in the title.

 
At 11:43 AM , Blogger Ticia said...

Wow! I thought I was a thread killer. That Armageddon dude sure knows how to throw a party!

This would be a good "silly string moment". Imagine the cleansing power of silly string.

 
At 11:45 AM , Blogger vampi said...

party like it's 1999 do do do do do do do do

 
At 11:46 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Does anyone remember the hamster/gerbil ARMAGEDDON! audio that got passed around online years ago?

 
At 11:47 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Vampi! I thought the same thing!

 
At 11:50 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Is it me, or does 'this life is the nearest thing we'll know to hell (come join us)' need a little work, as a sales pitch? Chantrelle - I must have missed that one - now v. curious.

 
At 11:55 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, that was special!

Why is it that perfectly wonderful people, who would make lovely Fiends are out there lurking and afraid to comment because they are too shy to , or feel they have nothing to say, while people like that, who have exactly nothing to say, feel free to hop on in with utter rubbish?????

If this happens any more, I will give several of you, in different time zones trash can power.

 
At 11:57 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I think it was my Hai-POO that set him off.....

Fear the Poo!!!!!!!!

His life must be shit and he responded to it.

 
At 11:58 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

It's a mystery. And never from anyone willing togive their own name...

 
At 12:00 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

FabLo, you must be right, like calls to like ;-)

Maybe Venus / Mim can manage zombie poo next time to scare him off...

 
At 12:01 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

And Magic can pee on him!

 
At 12:05 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Well, rats. I always miss all the fun....I didn't see the Armageddon dude, and it's all gone, and now I have nothing about which to get righteously indignant. Grrr.

Got my next vacation all booked - pre-fiendfest I get to go to Traverse City Mi to visit niece, husband and 2 kids, traveling with the Great Grandfather of them all.... Lucky me.

 
At 12:28 PM , Blogger Siri said...

not only am i a slacker, i'm a threadkiller.

sniff. (and not the spicy brains kind of sniff...a sad, i'm all alone sniff.)

guess i'll go count windows and doors and find the hot water heater.

 
At 12:30 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

No, you're not a threaskiller. It's just I had pancakes to eat.

 
At 12:31 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I'll raise your sniff and see a cough.
What? We aren't playing strip poker?

 
At 12:34 PM , Blogger Siri said...

As I said before, in another place...

mmmmmm, pancakes......

 
At 12:39 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

siri, had you lost the hot water heater?

 
At 12:42 PM , Blogger vampi said...

marjorie needs to see the movie ;)

 
At 12:46 PM , Blogger Siri said...

From Coraline, the book:
It was time to visit her father in his study, She walked down the hall.
"Hello, Coraline."
"Mmph. It's raining.
"Yup. It's bucketing down."
"No, it's just raining. Can I go outside?"
"What does your mother say?"
"She says 'You're not going out in weather like that, Coraline Jones.'"
"Then, no."
"But I want to carry on exploring."
"Then explore the flat. Here's a piece of paper and a pen. Count all the doors and windows. Mount an expidition to disvober the hot water tank."

That was the reference. I do know where mine is. Really I do.

 
At 12:48 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Ahh, of course. I should have recognised it becasue it's in the book.

Did I mention I had some wine with the pancakes...

 
At 12:50 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Mmmmm wine.....

There is a funny bit in the movie when she finds the hot water heater, or tank, as it's called in the book. It's also called a flat in the book, rather than the American "apartment." I find those little britishisms interesting.

 
At 12:54 PM , Blogger vampi said...

my family called it tank as well. maybe interchangeably. it wasn't like i though tank was inherently British growing up.

 
At 12:57 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

I'm not sure if there were different versions of the book - I know in the copy I have it is very definately set in the UK - references to trains to London etc

 
At 12:57 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Could be a regional thing, too. I always called them hot water heaters. I also drink pop and carry groceries in sacks (vs soda and bags.

 
At 1:01 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

I always find variations in language fascinating. Went to a great lecture once - talking about (UK) regional accents and the fact that broad Yorkshire, or Somerset, is oftn percived as being 'illiterate', but that they in fact have their own grammar and consitency.

 
At 1:03 PM , Blogger Siri said...

"They dropped her father of at the railway station. He was going into the city for the day to see some people."

I'm copying from the graphic novel adaptation adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell.

The novel, illustrated by Dave McKean says "He was going into London for the day to see some people."

Interesting.....

Yes, I have multiple copies of this story. I don't have, I believe, a hardback version. I am a slacker. How on earth is Maddy going to afford college if I don't keep buying?

 
At 1:05 PM , Blogger Siri said...

The P. Craig Russel version did say "off", not "of". He's a better typer than I am.

 
At 1:08 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

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At 1:08 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

I have a hard cover copy. But not the graphic novel. Although I do have the graphic novel of neverwear.

 
At 1:08 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Oh, and for the birders in the group - I have a flock of cedar waxwings in the tree in front. It's a little early for them to be back, so maybe this is a sign that winter is over, indeed!

 
At 1:27 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Aww! I can't believe I missed the Armageddon Troll. I need to know what happens when I get Left Behind! :O

Come out, shy nice people! We need to restore the balance of Fiendy Joy! \o/

Thanks to the manwife I struggle to remember terms like "parking lot" and "hot water heater," and my family picks on me when they catch me saying things in British. It's embarrassing: I don't actually have any British ancestors. We're all Polish. So while he may be resigned to living here, he's evidently got his own back. :D

Siri - I have never in my life even glimpsed a cedar waxwing-- and you've got a flock?! Quit hogging them! ;)

 
At 1:28 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Hmmmmm...

I appear to have missed Armageddon.

Guess that's what comes of sleeping in on a Sunday.

 
At 1:28 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Why do we have ahot water heater? You know, you don't have to heat hot water....

Come to think on it, why do we have a pair of panties, and only one bra????

Why do we drive on a parkway and park in a drive way????

Why does "cleave" mean both split apart and stick together?

Why is a pear called a pear when there is only one?

 
At 1:31 PM , Blogger Siri said...

I'm thinkin' armaggedon is still in the offing, if we have to ponder unponderables like that!

And why can I spell armaggedon correctly, but not seperate?

And, is 5 considered a flock? That's how many there were. I call it a flock. It might just be a herd.

 
At 1:34 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Aaagh, my brain!

What happens when you actually have a pair of pears? I suppose you'd achieve perfect lingustic nirvana then. Ommmmmm.

 
At 1:38 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Om mani pearme Ohm?


or my personal favourite:

Om mani Pad Thai.....now with extra Tao. Tsing Tao, that is....

 
At 1:39 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Now I'm hungry.

 
At 1:44 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Have some tea, dear. And I hear there are pancakes about somewhere...

 
At 1:48 PM , Blogger Jess said...

There's a brand spankin' new Chinese restaurant just down the street from us. I'm thinking quite hard about it.

 
At 1:52 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Oh, Chinese! Now I'm hungry too.

Or pancakes, those would be fine.

Hm.

I've been at work all afternoon wrestling the evil database. I win.

And, um, playing with photos from my new DSLR - very exciting! I love toys. And art toys are possibly the best kind, especially the ones with lots of buttons and dials, and SLR cameras definitely have that.

Though now it is time to depart. Hooray!

Working on Sunday is much more relaxed than work-week working, though quite productive, but still.

 
At 1:55 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Still no fun, Phiala - especially when you have to go right back there tomorrow.

We are forbidden to work any OT right now, despite the fact I have about 10 hours of work to do each day. Oh well. What gets done gets done, and the rest doesn't. Not my choice, not my fault.

 
At 2:00 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Siri, you're funny! I'm not getting PAID for this. I'm here because I have scads of work and not enough funding to have more help.

Overtime. Heh.

(To be fair, I do get paid pretty well, though nothing like I'd make if I went into corporate consulting. [But ick.])

 
At 2:01 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Bah. would have commented sooner but the damn screen froze:

We don't drive on parkways so I'm going to give that a miss.

Didn't pantaloons / bloomers used to come in pairs? Separate legs and lacing in (what I would imagine would be) uncomfortable places?

The pancakes are all gone now. But I think Chantrelle may still have some left over waffles.

 
At 2:01 PM , Blogger louisa said...

I missed Armageddon and pancakes??? Jeez-a Louisa. Btw is Pancake Tuesday/Mardi Gras next week? Not that I ever need an excuse to eat pancakes. I've never tried them with wine, closest would be Grand Marnier on crepes. Or was the wine not actually on the pancakes? Enquiring minds need to know....

 
At 2:04 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Fat Tuesday is Feb 23 - two weeks out.

 
At 2:07 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

no, the wine wasn't on the pancakes. The pancakes were plain (But slightly spongey due to having accidently used self-raising flour instead of plain) and had only lemon and sugar on them. The wine was drunk mainly as a cooking aid.

I shouldn't worry about missing armageddon. There's sure to be another along sooner or later.

 
At 2:13 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Mistress, you work for the government now, corporate consulting, well yes ick, but if you think about it....

Spooky House is nearly clean and free from POOP!!!!!!!! Cat wheel has gone outside until spring when it can be properly cleaned.

Back to work soon for me too. Must cook for a very tired author. And take a dog out to pee.

(author generally manages both these things on his own, but this is kind of a special set of circumstances, these past couple of weeks would do anyone in..)

 
At 2:13 PM , Blogger louisa said...

Thanks Siri, I might have to practise before then though, just to be sure I can still make them y'see.

Lemon & sugar, the only way I ever ate them as a child. But then I moved to Vermont and now, whatever else may be on them, a pancake isn't a pancake without maple syrup.

I will keep my eyes peeled for the next Armageddon. Better not happen before next Sunday though - ooohhhh Marjorie, this time next week we'll have seen Coraline!!

 
At 2:14 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Success! I have bent circumstances to my will via the medium of wishful thinking. It really is a new era of Hope! New Chinese place, here I come! Huzzah! \o/

 
At 2:17 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Yep, i have a few waffles left:
http://phodroid.com/8zpr2t

 
At 2:17 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Louisa, I know. I'm so excited! (Just as long as the Evil Weather does not defeat us....) You know, I have some maple syrup, and it didn't occur to me to put it on the pancakes.
Quiche - relieved to hear Boss is getting fed! (And that he doesn't require anu other assistance...)

 
At 2:22 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

very sleepy and full of pancakes. It must be bedtime.

 
At 2:22 PM , Blogger Siri said...

That's right - there's another fiend meet and greet soon, isn't there. Wonder how the ones in Indiana turned out. At least, I think there were fiends in Indiana going to meet.

 
At 2:33 PM , Blogger louisa said...

Chantrelle, are you sure you have enough there??? I believe that's what's known as "a stack". Or does a stack only refer to pancakes?

Happy Dog & Author minding Q, and congrats on having a poop-free house!!

We had tons of snow this morning, Marj, and by tons I mean an inch or two - we are by the sea - but it was gone by midday. I'm determinedly optimistic!

Bed is a good idea for this time zone, nighty-night Fiends.

 
At 2:40 PM , Blogger Siri said...

We'll miss you, Marjorie and Lousia. Dream of button eyes!

 
At 2:44 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Poop free, yes, but Mim seems to be bleeding out of her butt, which , call me kooky, can't be good.

Waiting on the vet, but I am thinking parasites, from my web searches. May not have to have an ER vet bill, fingers crossed....``

 
At 2:54 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I've heard of web viruses, i didn't know you could get parasites from web searches!

Sorry, didn't' mean to make light of your poor kitties butt.

Hope she's ok!!

I'm being evil other mother again--i snuck hot chocolate behind ben's back again...so bad!! But its dreary out and i was going to fall asleep if i didn't ! Tea just wasn't cutting it.

Trying to muddle through the NYTimes crossword and flailing miserably this week.

 
At 3:31 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Well, am I ever glad I'd had my tea and toast for breakfast before I read all those lovely food comments.
If anyone REALLY wants to read the armagedeon (how do you spell it) post, I can email it to you.

I was reading it thinking wow - this person must have been in Victoria this weekend. 108 dead now, and still rising. Suffice to say, I'm upset and numb at the same time.

 
At 3:48 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hee-hee, yes, you can get parasites from the web, we had one earlier today, didn't we?

Going to the vet now.

Hugs Sally, no fun....

 
At 4:07 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Sometimes, Sally, I need to remind myself that wind and ice aren't really such bad things after all.

Hugs from me ...

I would like to see the Spam post! EmilyOliveP@yahoo.com ... I was one of those who missed the fun. I think maybe my eye just slipped over it when I commented in a rush and didn't have time to read all the other comments ....

I'm in a panick now. I have to get some internship work done by ... er ... well, within the next half hour. Good-bye for now, Fiends. (scurries)

 
At 4:07 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Sally - I suspect the Armageddon Troll hasn't been anywhere near real evil in his or her entire life. And I suspect that right now you're in a better position to talk about it than they are.

Just reading the latest on the Beeb-- that is really horrible. Are you in a safe place I hope, Sally? Gah. :(

Yikes, Q-- I didn't realise we were talking about bloody poos. Poor Mim! I hope she's okay, too. Keep us posted!

 
At 4:22 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Oops, things aren't going to work out so well. Am hoping my own boss understands this.

 
At 4:25 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Hang in there, Em! Do what you can.

 
At 4:35 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Sent the 'stupid' post to you Emily.
Hope things sort out and your boss is understanding.

I have to tell you all, your concern and support means a lot. I haven't been personally affected, I have to say yet, because there is the chance one of the big fires may swing around and threaten my dad and stepmum.
I've been listening to the radio, the tales of loss and death are so so sad. Whole towns have been razed. Nature at its cruelest.

 
At 4:40 PM , Blogger dabbler said...

Thoughts of peace and safety coming your way, Sally. Dreadful the power and randomness of such things....

 
At 4:43 PM , Blogger dabbler said...

Sheesh. Took me three tries to get last comment to post. Penalty of spending six hours in center of costuming maelstrom. but we did get some stuff done. A good thing since I was waking up in the wee hours with anxiety dreams about small people and green fabric.

Loved the interview! Want pancakes.

Healing wishes to Mim. She is the kitty who hasn't been eating, yes?


About to have Chinese food...then sleep!

Love to all fiends, new and old.

 
At 4:51 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yes, that wasn't a British expression, but rather an actual description of what is going on. Mim has medicine now, and more consulting and poo testing tomorrow.

She HATES it when blood comes out of her butt.

 
At 4:51 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Me too!

 
At 4:52 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Uh, no Mim eats. Venus is the one who hasn't been eating right.

One would think they were my first cats!

 
At 5:01 PM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

Q, I almost asked earlier if you meant "bloody" literally or cursively. Sorry it's literally :-(

The Indy meetup didn't happen probably because I found somewhere locally here in Lafayette that was showing Coraline in 3D. And Husbeast and I are somewhat reclusive in real life :-/ We were going to go see it again today but I slept all afternoon thanks to a migraine. Might be related to lack of pain (I get them after stress has passed), might be from the 3D, might just be because it felt like it.

Sally, I've been catching news about the fires here and there. I can't believe people have been intentionally setting them - what is WRONG with people?!!

 
At 5:05 PM , Blogger Ian Ransom said...

GAH! Break-out the Veuve Cliquot. Coraline finished 3rd at the box-office for the weekend.

Over $16 MILLION.

BIG hit for a film of its kind. All expectations exceeded.

Stunning.

Congrats to All Who Made It Possible (Including...Us~),

JIR

 
At 5:09 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I just remembered my family has been touched...my eldest (step)sister's stepson had just moved to one of the towns that has been wiped out a week ago. Luckily, he went home for the weekend. Home and all his possessions lost but he is safe. It didn't stick in my mind because I haven't met him yet - extended families being such, well, extended things.

 
At 5:17 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Sally - yikes! I hope it gets no worse for anyone, but especially for you and yours.

Q - I was hoping that was figurative, not literal. Poor Mim, poor you. Could it be from the stress of the past couple of weeks?

I am all full of Japanese food from the really good Asian place around the corner. Soba noodles and yummy Japanese dumplings... mmmmmmm. I blame Jess. Apparently I'm speaking to her again. :)

 
At 5:28 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Mwahahaha! Tonight I shall bend everyone to my Asian-food will! All shall eat with chopsticks!

Actually I'm crap with chopsticks. Forks ftw. :D

Last I read on the Beeb there were actually people re-lighting fires where they'd been put out-- it's just horrific. Glad you're safe, Sally, and your nephew.

 
At 5:32 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Unlike Jess, I'm awesome with chopsticks. For someone from a fork-using culture, anyway. I learned from my grandfather, who'd been stationed in China during WWII. I've been using them so long that I don't actually remember learning.

 
At 5:36 PM , Blogger dabbler said...

You got me,too, Jess. We're eating Chinese...with chopsticks...

 
At 5:38 PM , Blogger Jess said...

The last time I tried to use chopsticks, it took an extra hour to get out of the restaurant. 100% FACT. \o/

 
At 5:38 PM , Blogger dabbler said...

Lorraine,

Glad Mim has been seen and things started. Was hoping current symptoms might shed light on the pickyness, but not likely...unless she and Venus are closer than we think!

Warmth and scritches to her, and peacefulness to you.

And bed, for me.

 
At 5:43 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

That is amazing about Coraline! To say everyone is happy does not cover it! And yes, including us!!!!!!!

We don't know yet why this is happening to Mim, but the vet thought starting meds was a god idea whatever it might be...

 
At 5:45 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Technical question Lorraine...how much blood? Tysie gets bouts of Colitis, and we know when that's playing up because of the bloody mucus. Not a lot of fun.

 
At 6:01 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Kind of more blood than one would like. And this afternoon big drops of it on the table.

I'm not Worried, everything I have read today doesn't seem alarming, I am sure we can fix it, and our vets are so cool, he met me at the clinic, said he had to go u anyway, and gave me medicine, so I didn't have to pay the $100 ER fee, which was nice.

It's just kind of WEIRD....Like, huh???????

 
At 6:08 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Sally, I'm glad to know you are safe, but will be thinking about your family and sending good wishes and good Fiend vibes.

Lorraine, that sounds like a really lousy situation for both you and Mim; I hope her system relaxes soon.

 
At 6:10 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

And thank you thank you thank you, Sally, for e-mailing the Armaggedon comment. It was uproarious.

 
At 6:29 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Poor Mim!!!
And poor Quiche....I've had FAR too much experiences w/the "leaking blood from a bad place " (though, really, are there any good ones? Esp for a cat?) to be other than HORRIBLY sympathetic and concerned. Good that you got treatment started right away; your Vet is a keeper. Unmarried, by any chance? *jk*

Hugs and scritches behind the ear to both of you (okay, my bad, all three of you. What's that? My math sucks? OKAY!!! ALL SIX OF YOU!!!!!!!)

Sally, having missed the Armageddon due to sleeping in (well, tis Sunday after all...) would you mind terribly emailing me the trollishness? I could use the laugh.
And PLEASE do take care! Our Santa Barbara fires were more loss of property than life, but I SO know the experience here as well of watching the flames and wondering which direction the crazy winds will make them go. Best fortune to you and yours, my dear.

JIR--Nice brand of Champers! You, too, are a keeper. And, must say, did like your bit of dialectic regarding tree warts and melting bits of ice. And now I'm probably going to offend some one--but you are far too sensible to be quite as Catholic as it seems, rather, that you ....well...ARE.

Enough rambling for me, except to add my Congrats to the pile for all and sundry involved w/the beautiful movie. Well done, my dear! How exciting that the public is recognizing quality--Coraline is the only movie in the top five Box Office, I believe, with a nice high freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes!

 
At 6:35 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, Lys, couldn't say married or not he's, uh, a guy, not really my thing you know.

Mim is ACTING just fine, so I am not too worried, and she is getting meds and tests and whatnot, can't be too bad.

Fire's are no good. I remember being so worried about Dread Val as the fire got closer last year.

Coraline however, oh yes!!!!!!!

(and I like the way Jake Ian puts words together!)

 
At 6:40 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Me, too!

Anyway....to soothe those annoyed by Grammy overload, may I point out that BBC America is still running coverage of the BAFTAs? Well worth it....*they* were cool enough to honour the actual best actor in 'In Bruges', for example. though honesty forces me to admit that all were great in that film...

 
At 6:48 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Plus the Grammys can't be all bad:

Pop Instrumental Album: "Jingle All the Way," Bela Fleck & The Flecktones (Rounder)

(Not to mention wins by Juno for Soundtrack and Al Gore for Spoken Word--though he had help :))

I'd worry about being a spoiler, but I don't think any of the above are actually telecast. Darn, that totally disproves my point, doesn't it...?

 
At 6:59 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Point Lys, and Cheers for Bela, Juno and Al Gore, all three deserve it.

I think it is the overproduced music for money and no soul that turns people off. There has to be something interesting going on.

I love all music styles. I don't "hate rap" do I go there first? No, have I heard things I like, yes. Same with C&W and Pop (LOVED what Madonna did with the ABBA sample!)

If it's good, I like it.

If it is real and honest, go for it.

My definition of success has has nothing to do with how many albums one sells.

Just because a lot of people buy something doesn't make it good.

My favorite band currently is the Oysterband. How many people know them, and they have been around, Fods, 25 years now?

(Random tired thoughts getting thrown out here, tired of talking about my cats bleeding butt)

 
At 7:00 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I forgot the Grammy's were tonight. Have been watching Americas next top model.

No, I do not know why, but I like it.

 
At 7:10 PM , Blogger El said...

America's Next Top Model is like the television form of crack. They suck you in, you're just going to watch a couple minutes and then it's a MARATHON and before you know it you've spent the entire day watching a whole cycle.

...not that this has ever happened to me, no.

 
At 7:11 PM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

Oh, I love Oysterband! A couple of exes introduced me to them, one of the few good things to come out of those relationships ;-)

And I'm totally with you, Q, about what measures success. My measurement is that you enjoy what you're doing and can support yourself and the others who depend on you. What you do isn't nearly as important, nor how other people measure your 'success'.

We're eschewing TV tonight for Goldeneye. It's brain and eye candy, at least. ("I am invincible!!")

 
At 7:17 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Poor Madame Mim! Glad she's got the good meds and a good doc.

Agreed, Q: there has to be something interesting going on. I'm not crazy about rap, for instance, but I can recognise something like The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as an important work, because it's artful, and has significant things to say about American culture. It's that kind of stuff that people will remember a hundred years from now. I'm not sure that most of the stuff that wins Grammys these days really meets the same sort of standard; much of it seems to be based upon who knows whom, or who's getting a lot of attention in the charts.

That's what I love about lastfm-- it's a treasure trove of great beands no one's ever heard of. I keep finding such neat stuff. :)

Okay, that's three of us who went out for Chinese. Mwahahaha! What a tangled food-web I weave. Tomorrow: Moroccan!

 
At 7:19 PM , Blogger Jess said...

"Beands"?! Curse you, Titivillus!

*shakes fist at sky*

 
At 7:20 PM , Blogger TommyB said...

Wife and I have just returned from Coraline 3-D. Wow.

Just wow.

I feel sorry for that 80% of the crowd who beat it to the exits as soon as the credits started. The bit at the end was a nice way for the 3-d folks to say "Ok- we kept a lid on things to keep from taking over the story- but now that we've made it though that...get a load of THIS!"

Loved the story (haven't read the book, so I got to figure it out as things went along) and the actors were superb. Bravo!

 
At 7:25 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Digital Heroes of Hiphoprisy!!! Hey, they covered Burroughs.....

and of course Oysterband, they are gods we all agree. I DREAM of them crossing the ocean once again (every time I get an email "one last show!") but, what with Cutter saving his corner of the world in such a tangible way I just don't see that happening any time soon. Sigh.

Was watching a tv show the other day, one of those police procedural/CSI type shows, and realized the plot/storyline *was* The Oxford Girl. heh.

 
At 7:35 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Aww, I wish I'd seen it in 3D-- our local's only showing 2D. I didn;t realise that the flying terriers would be twice as exciting!

I know where they're playing it in 3D-- but there've been some scary shooting incidents there in the last few years. Really nice theater, but I'm not sure i want to go back.

 
At 7:36 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Salutations, Manuel, February_sky and 50sgal! I'm so glad you came to play! You know, there's no going back now. CX

::SNIFF:: Aaaahhhh! Definitely Spicy!

Hee

Hee hee

Hee hee hee hee hee!

 
At 7:37 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

El, yeah, exactly what happened. Tiv'd it. Sucked RIGHT in...

I remember years ago, Emma and I took a gig, and then found out Oysters were in town. It was Adam who said "Get used to it, if you are working there is ALWAYS going to be something you are going to miss"

I don't think they will come back to the US.

TommyB Glad you liked it! No go enter for your Coraline shoes!

Jess, well spoken!

 
At 7:39 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Jess, it's worth the risk. I'm just saying...

Oh Fods, Adriandalen is having a field day with the new Fiends! Well, they will learn.

 
At 7:45 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I'm despondent. Coraline isn't opening here until May! So long to wait.
Wish the Grammys were being telecast here - nice sense-less viewing. But alas, no.

 
At 7:46 PM , Blogger Jess said...

I'm not sure that Get Shot for Coraline is quite the marketing angle we ought to go for, Q. :D

 
At 7:49 PM , Blogger Ian Ransom said...

Glad to know Mim hath been stabilized. Kinda grand how one can get the proverbial scoop on an incident by scanning a thread and then, just as you start to worry about someone else's cat vicariously, you can jump to the good news by scrolling faster.

I was looking at my old, rickety Digby this evening; him snoring away like a buzzsaw on his chair. We're lucky these little beasties put up with us, eh?

Sweet dreams, fiends of all descriptions~

 
At 8:27 PM , Blogger Na said...

Wow, that Armageddon bit was special. Saw it in email, too... kept reading, expecting a punch line.

Saw Coraline. Lovely film! I admit to a thing bothering me, too. But enjoyed it much. My monster said he'd like to see it again. :) After reading the book, didn't think the monstress ought see it with us, so she gets to wait. She got to stay home and have a cookie, which made her very happy.

Bummed to learn one must be a US resident for the shoe contest, though they still had the "for those in the know" message at the end.

Homemade pizzas here for supper. Berries for desert, as they are coming back into the stores.

Winter over? I should not get my hopes up. And still they rise.

Hope Mim shall be quickly well. Thoughts of safety to Victorians. :) More wellness wishes for your friend, Chantrelle.

Hmm. Think I'm tee-eye-erd. Or the pumpkin hour comes early tonight.

 
At 9:08 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh, my dears, I am sleepy and do have an early day tomorrow, and a long one, so I am off to sleep. But chatter me some nice things to wake to yes?

 
At 9:12 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Glad Mim has been seen and action taken, Ms. Fabulous. Seems like a good sign to me, too, that Triple M is acting normally. :)

"Coraline" came in third this weekend with $16 million! W00T!!! I do have a question, though. Do the people that calculate box office take for a weekend only count Friday and Saturday? Seems to me that Sunday box office should count, too.

Hope the winds die down in Australia.

 
At 9:13 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Just got home from a wonderful meal. Our favorite italian place in town. Artichoke soup, sardine bruschetta and spaghetti and meatballs (not my usual order there, they don't typically have the "traditional" --read americanized--italian dishes there but it was cold and rainy and the comfort food sounded right....YUM!

Thanks for the wellness wishes. Sarah starts chemo on tuesday. The good news is the bone marrow scan was clean (phew!) but treatment will still be intense. :( We're going to start a food delivery for them between a bunch of us and also hopefully groceries as well as the pre-made dinners. Life is going to be rough for them and their 2 1/2 yr old :(

On a much happier note, i have a flight of the conchords episode to watch!

Hope you stay safe Sally!

Hope the kitty-kitty heals Q!

sweet dreams!

 
At 9:32 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

More on "Coraline."

I ran into a friend and her husband at last night's showing. Lots of parents with their, and others', kids, though the theatre was not full. No screaming/crying kids, not even from the two infants, and this was at the 7:30 PM showing. It was the first movie my friend and her husband had seen in 3D, and throughout the movie they were going, quietly, "Oh, Wow!" She turned to me after the credits and went, "That was good!" with a big smile and glittering eyes.

What really sucks is that the Waco newspaper ran the Associated Press review which wasn't exactly stellar, though it wasn't a pan. Suffice it to say, she (the reviewer) definitely didn't "get" it. Fortunately, most of the people I know mostly ignore reviews in the newspaper.

 
At 9:53 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Lorraine -I hope the kitty problems are all behind you... No pun intended.

I know things will be busy tomorrow, but what a wonderful end to the exciting launch of Coraline... Box office exceeding all expectations!

Sally - The tragedy of arsonist caused fires is appalling. There is no excuse for loss of life and homes due to purposeful negligence. My heart goes out to all affected by this.

I'll end my good night soliloquy with the revelation that I had a stupendous time in San Francisco today. "Wicked" was magical.

 
At 11:02 PM , Blogger doctawho42 said...

Hello, I wish to be a fiend.
*smiles nervously at screen*
Maddy is dynamite BTW.

 
At 11:09 PM , Anonymous kali_licious said...

All the things I missed because I was feeling bad and lurking:

-Armageddon trolls
-pancakes
-haiku
-hai-poo
-more spicy brains
-philosophical conundrums
-waffles (Mmmm)
-Chinese food (now I want some..)
-bleeding cat butt (Ew, hope the Mim is ok.)
-more fires in Oz (I think of you every time I hear about them, Sally)
-Chopsticks
-Grammys/Oysterband/good music
-and of course, Coraline (which I still haven't seen yet, because I was supposed to see it with a friend of mine and we're STILL having scheduling issues.)

You all are the best antidote for Bad Day-itis and always make me smile:)

 
At 11:11 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Repeat after me doctawho42
mwahahahahaha
spicy brains, spicy braaaaiiiinnnnsss

right, you're a Fiend now.

 
At 11:15 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Well, welcome doctorwho42! Just admitting you're a fiend around here is enough.

Ariandalen is asleep right now, but she'll sniff you out later.

I'm not really part of the normal.... Well, Abby Normal welcoming crew, but I'm awake.

As are the REAL welcoming crew! I should have realized! It's always fiend time somewhere! I blame my lack of functioning brain cells on my busy weekend. (denial is my friend!)

 
At 2:32 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

'Denial is my friend' I love that thought!

Helo & Welcome Docatawho42. Ariandalen will be by to sniff your brains shortly! As Sally says, you're a fiend now. There is no going back...

Q hadn't realised that the 'bloody' was literal. No fun for you or her, but hope that the meds work and she is better soon.

Sally, sorry to hear about your nephews home, but what a relief that he was not at home at the time. Hope winds continue to saty away from your dad.

 
At 2:37 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Indeed, poor little Mim. Thank goodness, the unpleasantness does not seem to have altered her state of joyous excitement.

 
At 4:07 AM , Blogger dabbler said...

Good morning all. Sally, continued cooling thoughts headed your way...No words can really help, but know I'm thinking of you. The real horrors of the world far out weigh the cinematic and written ones.

 
At 4:56 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Good morning all- and Sally, echoing worried and cooling thoughts your way, hope you and yours are all safe. missed all the excitement this weekend-visiting friends with no computer, hope all had a nice weekend-interview was fun as were seeing all the pics from the premiere. hurrah! coraline seems to be doing splendidly - i did see a barnes and noble in chicago with huge coraline displays, right next to a huge newberry award winning graveyard book display. have a great monday all, off to teach i go.

 
At 6:07 AM , Blogger Jess said...

A haiku for you
Ms. Who-Four-Two: welcome to
this here shindig. Wooo!

How is Madame Mim this morning? And everyone else, for that matter?

Oog. Coffee.

 
At 6:11 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I am back to work finally so yeah (and bleah too). Tea is helping and a poppet just arrived in the mail.

 
At 6:44 AM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

I'm awake, moving slowly, and need tea. I think my migraine needs more caffeine before it will be satisfied and leave.

And it's a dreary, rainy, Monday.

 
At 6:58 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning Fiends! And Welcome Who42!!!! Yes, please come and be a fiend, if your heart is good and you think strange thoughts from time to time, you belong here!

It feels a lot earlier than it ought for some reason. And it is going to RAIN all day. In February???? Strange times...

No word from the vet yet, but no blood either.

 
At 7:18 AM , Blogger Jess said...

No blood is a good thing.

Gonna be sunny here, and 52 degrees. I've decided that the groundhog was wrong and spring's come early. If my wishful thinking made Chinese food happen, surely it's powerful enough to make it be spring! Or am I perhaps going too far?

 
At 7:22 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Jess, I think Spring may take mopre effort than chinese food (It's bigger, and has to cover a wider area) Maybe is we all think wishfully about spring at once? After 3
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Any signs of spring yet?

 
At 7:34 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Ooo! Marjorie! My little weather alert says that the temperature here just went up a degree! How's that?

 
At 7:38 AM , Blogger Dread Val said...

*Claws Under the Door*

Okay, so let me tell you all how much fun scrapping your computer and starting all over ISN'T. That was after the epic Day of No Sleep, where I got up at 6 a.m. on Friday and did not go to bed until after the long day at the studio, around 10:30 on Saturday night. Hurrah.

Quiche, the interview with Maddy was a riot. Hopefully the medicine for Mim works and she starts feeling better soon… that's more than mildly unnerving.

Sally, wow, do I ever feel for you with the fires. Good luck, and if you want to vent to someone who will not think you're a moron because you've refreshed maps of the fires 84 times in the last 60 seconds, get hold of me.

What was the Armageddon troll all about? Are we all burning in hell again? Was there a memo? I mean, I know I AM the Bitch-Queen of the Universe and all, so this isn't exactly news to me, but I can see how some of you haven't been expecting it.

Okay, now more coffee and figuring out how to get more sleep (2.5 hours was not enough, oddly).

 

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