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We just got back from our trip to New Zealand, and I thought I'd share my Hobbiton pictures, right off. The set was rebuilt for The Hobbit, and they actually added 7 more Hobbit holes. This time they won't be tearing down any off it. As a matter of fact they are looking at establishing a number of additional facilities.
Stage 1 (immediate)
- Establish 'satellite' cafe inside the Green Dragon.
Stage 2 (2013-2014)
- Establish 'Hobbit Hole' conference and incentive centre for hosting groups.
- Establish a movie screen in the lake for showing 'outdoor' movies
Stage 4 (2015)
- Establish future multi-purpose exhibition space for the display of movie stage sets and movie memorabilia.
- Establish new Visitor Centre (larger than the current Shire's Rest)

They already started work on the road to the Shire's rest, It's being widened to handle an increase in two way traffic

Here's my slideshow of what The Shire looks like now. HobbitonCollapse )

Trip to New Zealand

Hi everyone. Hope you're all well.

We're planning a trip to New Zealand in 2012 and am looking for recommendations for tour companies. Any suggestions?


MS Office 2010

I have the opportunity to beta MS Office 2010. I haven't installed it yet. Has anyone else have a peek at it? Anything I should know before installing it?

Not all emails offering money are spam

I'm the webmaster for my quilting guild and my webmaster email address is the only one on the site. I see very few legitimate emails at that address so when I got one today saying someone has grant money for us but they need an address to send it to, I automatically assumed it was spam. (The guild never applies for grants without giving full contact information, and that would not have been the webmaster email address.) That is until I got to the signature line, which was from a large, well known, organization. I am so glad I didn't ignore it. I replied to ask for info regarding this grant and the reply came a minute later with the names of two employees who work there and submitted the grant request. I happened to know both of them through the guild. So I forwarded the information she needed.

I have no idea how much money it is, but the guild can use every penny it can get right now. And I'm sure J & P will be glad to know their requests were granted.

Book Reviews

I know I haven't done book reviews this year. And it's sad that I am finally posting one now just because I read a book I did not like.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
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I had had high hopes for Niffenegger's second book since I really enjoyed The Time Traveler's Wife so much.

To counter that negative review, Here is my favorite book of the year.

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Audio - Fiction - Mystery - Read by Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and Juliet Mills Read more...Collapse )

I read many more books than just these two this year. Some good, some not so good. Some just for escape, like J.D. Robb's "In Death" series and a new series for me "Sisters of the Moon" by Yasmine Galenorn. I read four books in each of those two series. Loved the J.D. Robb ones best, but the Galenorn ones were good fun ones too. I read plenty of YA books too. The latest two in the "Secrets of Nicholas Flamel" series by Michael Scott (good series); all six books in the "House of Night" series by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast (some of them better than others); of course The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (can't wait for the Percy Jackson movie to come out, just love the series); and the "Mortal Instruments" series by Cassandra Claire (loved the entire series, made MG read them and she devoured them).

I think next year I'll go back to writing my reviews. It's good for me to think about what I read and put it down into words.

Happy Holidays everyone.

Vegas baby!

Only insane people, (translate that to runners and spouses) will spend 10 hours+ in a car to spend 2 hours running. At least we get to spend the night there, since we have to be at the race start at 6 AM tomorrow morning. Good thing we're not much for gambling or it would be a very disappointing trip.
As I go through various online job posting sites, the one thing I have discovered is that I should have gone into the medical field. I'm beginning to believe 50% of the jobs out there are all related to that field. It appears to be the only thriving field.

Waves Hi

Just thought I'd stop by for a bit. Not happy about having the stomach virus, or being unemployed for so long. But other than that, life is good.


Looks like Peter Jackson will be at Comic-Con this year - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/06/movies/06jackson.html?_r=2

David Eddings passed away today.

His Belgariad and Malloreon series books were still as good a read the 10th time I read them last last year as they were the 1st time, many years ago.