Thanks for all of your kind words and concern about our car, after hitting the deer Sunday evening. Fortunately the damage was not quite as extensive as I feared, and our insurance will cover everything except for our deductible. It was mostly minor body damage requiring repair and/or replacement of the hood, grille, bumper, fender, driver's side door panel, radiator, condenser (whatever that it). It's still costly, but thankfully the engine was not damaged, and I know it could have been much worse. We have a rental car with costs covered for ~ 1 month, and the repairs should take about a week, once the appropriate parts are available. I feel so fortunate that my boss and coworkers encouraged me to stay home from work today (and tomorrow if necessary) to take care of all these issues, and that our insurance company staff have been accessible and helpful during difficult times (this incident, as well as the previous car accident six weeks ago). I hope I'll never have to call them again, and I'm sure they feel the same way.
Did anyone read the lovely "thank you note" from Bill Condon posted on the front page of the Lex?
He is such a classy guy and so appreciative and inclusive of the fans. I would love to see what he would have done with the entire saga in his very capable hands.Sean~
Hopefully your boss will be understanding about your need to miss work and help with your grandma at home while other family members are at the funeral. Amanda Beth~
Those people are nuts! All that commotion for a goody bag?
That's precisely why I don't go shopping on Black Friday. I read your alternate ending to Mockingjay some time ago and loved it, and found it a very fitting conclusion to the series. I wish that Suzanne Collins had seen fit to expound on her version, and always thought the original ending seemed so very rushed.....almost as if she were on some kind of deadline. I love your beautiful banner and think the song "A Thousand Years" is the hallmark of the series.Marielle
~ I'm glad you had a fun time in Antwerp and hope you recover quickly from the festivities. I'm sure your Dad and brother will be a big help during the moving process, and that's also nice that you'll have a couple of weeks off work to accomplish everything. Will you be able to paint before you move in to the house? It's certainly easier to do so without having to move around a bunch of furniture. Rose~
Happy early Birthday to your husband, and good luck planning his party. Is it a surprise party? I'm sorry to hear about your aunt and uncle's impending divorce, and also that you're having to deal with family issues right now. At least in the case of my family, it seems that the holidays exacerbate those preexisting stressors and problems that were already there in the first place, and that puts a damper on everyone's holiday celebrations. Sarah~
I'm sure Jason will love his birthday basket. We too tend to spread out the birthday celebrating for a week or so, which seems appropriate since they only come around once a year. It's so fun establishing your own family holiday traditions, especially in those early years of marriage. Hubs and I purchased simple and inexpensive Christmas ornaments from Pier One Imports our first couple of Christmases, and those are still some of my favorite ornaments to hang on the tree, nearly twenty years later. Lynne~
I, too have seen BD Part 2 twice and may only manage one more viewing if I'm lucky, mostly due to scheduling constraints. How long will you and your family be able to stay at The Sunshine Coast? Do you have pictures of the area? How much time do you anticipate editing of The Crown
will require? Congrats on the official release date for your first book! I can imagine that kangaroos could also do quite a bit of damage to cars, as they grow quite large, can't they? Susie~
Thanks for sending me good car luck; I feel your positive vibes already.
I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that our insurance rates won't go up, but I guess only time will tell. Cleaning the oven.....you mean the oven won't clean itself?! Austin~
I'm glad to hear your wife is feeling a little better, and hopefully she'll regain her energy soon. How old is your stepson now, if you don't mind me asking? So it was YOU who leaked MS, hmmm?
The deer seem to be coming out of the woodwork, especially this time of year, and the body shop repairing our car said most of their recent work has come from incidents with deer. I don't know if it's hunting season or mating season or something else.... but unfortunately, the residential and commercial growth in our area seem to be forcing the deer out of the woods and into more populated areas, and the poor animals have no other place to go. Fi~
Hey there! Hope you're doing well, and thanks for checking in with us. Caryn~
Sadly, as I mentioned above, I'm only at two viewings for BD Part 2. What about you? Are you in double digits yet? Are you saying there will be a longer version of the futuretake (the vision of Bella, Edward, Jake, and Renesmee on the beach) on the DVD? I'll be pissed (but not surprised
) if Summit releases a regular version of the BD Part 2 DVD in March, and waits until everyone has purchased it before they release a second version of the DVD with more deleted and/or extended scenes and extras a few months later.
~ I missed your post as I think we were Lexing at the same time. I agree with you about never buying the idea that Bella and Jake were meant for one another in the previous books. While reading the books in the summer of 2008 before the movies were released, I never thought Bella was really "in love" with Jake, just that she loved him more like a best friend or brother; and then Jake manipulated and twisted her feelings around at the end of Eclipse
to suit himself. That's one of the reasons I was so irritated by Jake in Eclipse
, in spite of finding him tolerable in most of New Moon
, and parts of Breaking Dawn
. Congrats on cleaning the miniblinds....I bet they do