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Spring Challenge on M*E (Sat/Sun)

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Awaiting our Spring dance with all my friends, the Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Rangers , Wizards and fellow Hobbits. It should be a wonderous party.
(Per our Saturday Challenge in M*E team, here are my dress choices, recipe and my date for the Spring dance)

My dress choices:



My recipe:
Seedcake for Pippin
Butter Flour
Baking Powder salt
Sugar Egg
Caraway seeds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch round cake tin. Sift 2 1/2 cups of flour with 1 teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch of salt. Cream together 4 ounces of butter and 1/2 cup of sugar. Beat 1 egg and add to the butter, then add 2 teaspoons of caraway seeds. Fold in the flour mixture, then gradually add enough milk (up to 1/2 cup) to make a smooth, thick batter. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool 5 to 10 minutes before turning out on a cake rack.

My date will be:


Pippin (Peregrin Took)

  
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JAMIECARDER 4/6/2011 1:28PM

    Both dresses are beautiful but I love the blue one! And that is a great choice for your date. ;)

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ANYA_ONION 4/4/2011 12:02PM

    Of course you're going with Pippin! Was there ever any question?!

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AIDELADE27 4/2/2011 11:35PM

    You have the perfect dress and the perfect date, Lyssa! And those seed cakes would go so well with my soup. Yum, I can't wait for spring!

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NIMAWEYGH 4/2/2011 8:05PM

    Oh that Pippin is such a nice looking fellow and I knew all along he was the one for you. I believe you should go with the blue because (my blog) I am wearing that color too. Oh my I cannot wait for your seedcakes but you must make batches and batches.

Oh this is going to be such fun. And you are going to be so beautiful.

Hugs, Mera

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ANGORA4 4/2/2011 4:22PM

    Absolutely wonderful choices! You're right, one pan will never be enough with hobbits around! We are on the last chapter of the Fellowship of the Ring now, I'm sure the thought of you in that dress would make the trip much more interesting for them, not to mention the special seed cakes!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 4/2/2011 4:06PM

    Oh, my goodness!! THIS is sooo *p*r*e*c*i*o*u*s* Lyssa!! I *L*O*V*E* your *blue* dress!! I KNEW Pip was gonna' ask you!! You'll have to get a few of your hobbit friends & your sister to bake more than one pan of those Seed Cakes for Pippin though!! hahaha!! They sound sooo delicious, that I want some too!! emoticon

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The Story of Lyssa, the small, Bracegirdle

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Bracegirdle family was from Hard bottle, a village of Northfarthing in The Shire.

Fredegar Bracegirdle, a Hobbit from Hardbottle, attended a local fair; there he met the prettiest elf he had ever seen. Her name was Narisa Zerin. They fell in love much to their parentsí dismay. In time their families realized that it was true love and finally gave their blessings.

Fredegar and Narisa loved each other very much and wanted nothing more than to have a child. Two year later Narisa was pregnant with their first child, a daughter who they named Lyssa . She was a tiny baby, but adored by all.

It was unusual for a hobbit to venture far from home, but Fredegar packed up his wife, month old infant daughter and move to Far Downs in Westfarthing. They lived there quit a while, and had another daughter, Cloryan. They soon moved on to Hobbiton, also in Westfarthing.

In Hobbiton Fredegar became a farmer. Narisa fit in very well with the other wives, even though she was an elf . She didnít have the furry feet or curly hair, she was taller than the other wives, but they accepted her.

It was not unusual for the family to venture back to Hardbottle to visit relatives and to reacquaint the children with their aunts and uncles.

A nearby neighbor, in Hobbiton, was Adalgrim Took; he became a close friend. Their children would often play together.

The Took family consisted of the parents Paladin II and Adalgrim and their four children, Pearl, Pimpernel, Pervinca and a son Pippin.

Lyssa enjoyed playing with Pippin and his friends. She was a tomboy at heart.
The boys didnít mind her tagging along. After all, being pranksters they tried out their tricks on her first.

While Lyssa and Cloryan were still young, their parents left them with the Took family while they went back to Hardbottle to care for a sick relative. On their way home their wagon overturned, killing both Fredegar and Narisa.

The Took family looked after Lyssa and Cloryan until their uncle and aunt, on their motherís side, came to visit.

Being Elves they found it in the childrenís best interest to be raised with the Hobbits.

Paladin II Took had four sisters. Esmeralda was married with a family of her own. Lyssa and Cloryan stayed with the Tooks until they were old enough to live on their own.

Cloryan decided to move back to Hardbottle.

{This whole story is subject to change}

  
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-COURT- 4/3/2011 9:07AM

    Thanks so much for everyone's condolences and kind words. I do hope to blog more on my adventures as time goes by.

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1MIN17SECB412PM 4/3/2011 5:43AM

    I had read this a while back, meant to comment, got distracted, and... well... here I am, but like a wizard, I am never late!! This is gonna' be a gr8 extended biography/story, of Lyssa, and I am sooo *happy* you are bringing her character a deeper/richer life.

She... has already endeared herself to my heart. I have HIGH HOPES for Lyssa's adventures. I do sooo love that she was raised with Pip, because he came from a good family, which means... there was much healing for her there.

Her parent's tragic wagon accident was a terrible sadness for me, but... if Lyssa can move forward, then I too, must, in order to be a part of her tale. Thank you for sharing her beginnings, and I'm anticipating more of her adventures!

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NIMAWEYGH 3/25/2011 8:40PM

    Lyssa,

I am also so sorry for the loss of your parents at such an early age. I myself lost my mother at 8. One always has a spot to be filled but it seems the Tooks did all they could to do it.

It sounds like you had a wonderful upbringing and it has shapped you into the hobbit you are.

I hope that our pathway crosses that of your sister eventually as I do so love a good reunion.

Until then Mistress Elfbit (yes I remember all you have conveyed to me) we are so blessed to have you as part of our brotherhood.

MeraMoon

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SUETINGE 3/25/2011 3:16PM

    Lyssa, I'm so sorry that you lost your parents when you were so young. I know that was very difficult, but I can tell you had a loving home with the Tooks.

I look forward to our journey.

Olůrin.

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ANYA_ONION 3/25/2011 8:16AM

    Lyssa,
I'm sorry you lost your parents so young, but then you were lucky to be taken in by the Tooks. I imagine you know all of Master Pippin's tricks!

VolindŽ

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ANGORA4 3/25/2011 3:19AM

    Such fun! We just finished the Hobbit, and picked up the Fellowship of the Ring on CD yesterday. I've been doing all the reading aloud to the family, this time someone else gets to read! Off on a new adventure. . . .

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-COURT- 3/25/2011 12:11AM

    Dear Acalewia
Thank you very much for your condolences. It is greatly appreciated. It did happen long ago, but being so young, I miss out on what they may have taught me in my later years. My sister and I haven't seen each in a long time. I know our paths will cross someday.

As for a nickname, I'll have to think on it.

It doesn't have to be a shorten of your name, it can be for your position, character, attitude etc. Lew or Lewia would be a bit too informal, I suppose. I'll sleep on it.

If I had a long first name, I would have gone with Brace....I like different, weird, funky names. (look at Courti. lol)

I do so need to master the Hobbit lingo, I'm glad I'm going to reread the Hobbit...although I'm also reading a western/romance. Hope I don't get the two mixed up. lol

The hobbit drew her six gun and blew the Troll away.

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AIDELADE27 3/24/2011 11:12PM

    Dearest Lyssa,
I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your parents. You have a very caring shirefolk who took you in and took care of you. Thank you for sharing your tale with us.

Fondly,
Acalewia
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BR>P.S. I really do need to come up with a nickname, lol. Any suggestions?

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BLC-16 - Newbie sign up link

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) has opened it's doors for newbies to sign up - for round (#16).

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=49555


Anyone interested, please click on the link above.

  
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BILL60 3/20/2011 4:08PM

    Perhaps next time.

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Now What Did I Do?

Monday, February 14, 2011

I usually have good intentions but screw something up. Iíve been trying to exercise my stomach. I want a flat stomach. Itís mainly my lower abs, that's where I have a problem, but I exercise the whole stomach area.

Saturday and Sunday I was really putting in the minutes to make some definition, upper, lower and obliques. Also, I was holding my stomach in real tight all day Sunday.

We have measurements again this Wednesday on one team, so thought last chance go to make a difference on my inches.

Now I have off and on pain under my left rib. Sometimes I get a twinge in my stomach. I know I didnít break a rib as I donít have trouble breathing and it doesnít hurt all the time.

Why do I go gunho when I should go slow? Now I guess Iíll have to lay low on those exercises.

I used a heating pad last night and took a pain pill, but still get a twinge/pain now and then.

I wonder if it is okay to workout with weights for my arms? I do need to work on my hips too. Guess those exercises shouldnít hurt my stomach/rib area.

Oh Shoot! I just joined the Stomach Must Go team. {heavy sigh}
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IRISH_AGUIRRE 2/15/2011 1:54PM

  I'm glad you got some good advice, so I'll just send emoticon

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MK_MONKEYTOES 2/14/2011 11:25AM

    Hey Courti~Can't tell ya what is wrong without being able to see you in person (I am an athletic trainer and am trained in assessing injuries however, it is difficult doing so online)....what I will say is that it may just be muscular and you still can do light lower ab work ESP when doing hip things. I LOVE to incorporate my ab workouts with entire body training and rarely focus SOLELY on abs because you need your abs to be strong throughout motion...ie, when your whole body is moving. Your abs are in so many different positions that even when doing your lower and upper body exercises you should be working your abs as well.

Also quick question: When you are saying "I was holding my stomach in real tight all day Sunday." WHERE were you holding? Upper or lower?

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WANAKA 2/14/2011 10:43AM

    Couldn't tell you WHAT you did, but I hope you do get it rested and take it easy so you can heal. Sorry for your pain and that you have to slow down!!

My lower abs is my disappointing area too!

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NANCY-GIRL 2/14/2011 8:48AM

    Oh Courti, you do things big or don't do them at all, huh? Don't forget that your abs need rest days, too, between work-outs. But ouch, I hope that rib(?) feels better!
Gentle hugs from another all-or-nothing girl.
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Challenge of Harry Potter - Winter Term Week #5

Monday, January 31, 2011

We had to pick 3 SMART goals to work on this term. My pick was:
1) Work on spare bedroom
2) Catch up on my reading
3) Exercise at least 20-minutes a day

This challenge we must write a blog listing our goals and what obstacles keep us from our goals and how we plan to overcome these obstacles.

I met the first goal. The bedroom looks like a bedroom now. When we went away on vacation, my dhís sister and her son stayed here. He slept in the spare bedroom. Needless to say, the bedroom is back in shape, although, I do have to wash and make the bed.

The second one to read my books is pretty well caught up. I had this goal from last term and I had read a couple books by the end of the term. I did start the next book in the series so that is my goal, to read the series. I only have one more book in the series; Iíll have to find the next two books.

The last goal is to exercise 20-min a day. I do at least 30 minutes. My normal routine is to do a 5 minute warm up then 30-minutes on the treadmill.

Obstacles:
I find that I tend to play more on Facebook farming, etc. I will cut back on my games and do more reading before getting on FB.

If there is something that comes up that I have to do in the mornings, I try to get up earlier to get my exercises in.

  
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AIDELADE27 2/1/2011 6:54PM

    Wow!!! You're already halfway through your goals already. Nicely done, Courti!

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DIAMANTHA 2/1/2011 4:16PM

    Good goals!!! Keep it up. :)

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 1/31/2011 7:01PM

  Good goals & self-assessment! I'm glad to see how well you are doing on reaching your goals.

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