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#1 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 04:16 AM

Happy New Years (shortly) to all of our Sclero Forums members who observe the Gregorian calendar.

We are throwing a Sclero Forums Virtual New Years Party and you are invited to attend and strongly urged to participate. This is the perfect time for new members (or old members who have not posted yet) to jump into the fray.

I'm going to hold the virtual party at my place, here in Minnesota. It's going to be a pot luck dinner where the guests are expected to bring party items and their own entertainment. Keep in mind it is cold and snowy here so you must also wear your overcoats and galoshes. Out back, you can snowshoe, downhill ski, skate, slide, ice fish, etc. Someone will have to bring the hand warmers!!

What are you going to bring for a hostess gift, your potluck meal, your party supplies? And, pulling your talents out and dusting them off, how are you going to entertain us?

The party starts in...3...2...1....now!!!
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 04:44 AM

Since I'm going to need to hurry and get ready to catch my flight to Minnesota I am gong to bring Shelley a dozen of roses for being so kind enough to throw the New Years Eve party. I'm hoping I can buy those at the airport when I arrive in Minnesota. I am bringing my booties so I can heat them and put them on my feet after I go ice skating and ice fishing. I think I'll bring my warming blanket too. I would imagine it is a little colder there then it is here in PA. I will get a cab to get to Shelleys house (unless someone is willing to pick me up). Since I need to travel so far I'll order PIZZA once I get there. I am so hungry for PIZZA. I know that tomorrow I'm going to pay for it because I'll be more swollen than what I am today. I'm not much of an entertainer so I'll just watch what everyone else has to share and I'll enjoy that. I need to catch my flight so I'll see you all in Minnesota.
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 06:17 AM

Shelley - Minnesota, eh? OK. This year I'll give it my best (can I bring my dog - he'll need to pull the sled?). Next year may I suggest a member who lives in a wee bit warmer climate. Not that I'm not grateful Shelley :). You know, I've never been there. I hear it's beautiful. I grew up in Rochester, New York and that's a mighty chilly place. I live in Northern California now and although I complain about the cold, it's nothing compared to Minnesota! Now, as far as entertainment, that's a tough one because I think most of us will be piled under tons of blankets and using our hands may be a bit difficult. But I'll work on that. Food. I'll bring the Nexium, Prilosec, tums, etc. It should be a glorious party!! Great idea Shelley. See you later. Hugs, Ann

#4 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 06:34 AM

Gigi and Ann, welcome to the party!

Gigi, Gene has offered to pick you up at the airport. He'll park out front of the baggage area.

I'm so glad you'll be ordering the pizza! Would you mind making it gluten-free, casein-free and soy-free for me? I know it's a little bit of a bother but pizza sounds so good. Here in Minnesota, there's a great ham, sauerkraut and pineapple pizza that I'm sure you'll want to try; one should never pass up those unique culinary treasures while traveling, you know. Seriously, that's called a Minnesota-style pizza for all you non-believers.

Oh dear, 5 people just cancelled out of the party upon hearing all that. Okay, make it a regular pizza, your choice.

Ann, could you please double up on the heartburn remedies? Sounds like we're going to need them! Dogs are not allowed in our condo, but then again, neither are wild parties or anything more rambunctious than fish. I figure, if we're all gonna end up in the slammer for it, we might as well go for the gusto with this party. So yes, bring your dogs, and any strays you find along the way, to pull the sleds.
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 06:53 AM

Shelley, what a great idea - the nice thing about going to someone else's place is not having to clean up the mess. That is my hostess gift to you: a virtual maid service to come in and clear the rubble afterwards.

I have brought cheese and crackers - easy to prepare and the cheese is good for dreams, they say. As for entertainment, you can all have a chuckle at my hippy rags. That's about all I am good for tonight.

By the way, it's 6 1/2 hours till midnight here in Scotland where New Year's Eve is known as hogmanay. We Scots celebrate the new year so well we get two days off afterwards. In just about an hour, I will open up the chat room. Hopefully some of you will find us there. In fact, feel free all evening to gather as you show up to the big virtual party.
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 07:21 AM

Shelley,

The flight got delayed. They said it was too cold on the airplane and they forgot to warm up the blankets. So I'm waiting for the blankets to get warm.

I'll look for Gene when I get there and off the plane. Hopefully my feet will move from the cold.

I can't wait to try Minnesota Pizza. I will still bring pizza - but am willing to try it with ham, sauerkraut, and pineapple. What kind of sauce is on that? I am ordering a special pizza just for you that is gluten-free, casein-free (not sure what that is but I'm sure they'll know, and soy-free. I won't guarantee that you're going to like it that way but since you're willing to open up your home and let us all join you, I'll make sure that you get what you want.

Jefa - I love cheese and crackers so I know I'll enjoy what you bring. I'll even go for the hot cheese tonight and just drink lots of water.

This sounds like so much fun. More fun then sitting at home in my chair and doing nothing.

Okay- they must have the blankets warmed up so I'm off and flying.
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#7 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 10:16 AM

Jefa, thank you for the virtual maid service! They showed up already though, a bit early, I think they are from a different time zone? They want to know where the "bier kegs" are. The guys have hairy legs, and plaid skirts. Did you order maids or butlers?

Oh dear, gotta run, somebody is at the door, probably Ann, as Gigi's plane hasn't arrived yet.
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#8 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 12:20 PM

Hi All,

Woohoo, a party! Great idea Shelley! I'll bring sparklers and party hats - the kind with furry earflaps, OK? Ooops, no sparklers on the plane~ How about mylar balloons and streamers?

Carrie, I hope you have a very happy Hogmanay and get first-footed by a tall, dark, handsome fellow bearing a whole scuttle full of coal! Should we bring a haggis pizza to Minnesota and really give them a taste treat?

Can't wait to meet you Gigi and Ann. I'll be the little short woman in a heavy green coat, hat, and gloves. You'll recognize me easy - I'll look like a cross between an undecorated tree, Rudolph (red nose, y'know), and Ralphie - the kid who was so bundled up he couldn't get up when he fell down!

Happy 2009 everybody!!

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 01:45 PM

wow, a party.....I'm coming from Ontario (Canada)....it's really cold here too! Calling for more snow tonight. I have 4 cats to bring along. How long can we stay??? I make a wonderful butternut squash soup, it's a real comfort food and especially good in cold weather. I love to just wrap up in a warm cozy spot with a mug full of it. It has good Canadian maple syrup in it.....mmmmmm.....Happy New Year Everyone! - Lisa
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 02:20 PM

Well what food could I bring from ole Blighty? How about the ever traditional chicken tikka massala with the unnaturally bright red sauce thanks to colourants, or chinese sweet and sour chicken with chow mein and MSG from which its flavour comes, or fish and chips with Pollock as cod is dead.

Please supply me with Fritos instead as I ain't had such a crunchy yet greasy snack in years. I will bring just for me (no gastro) a chilled, oaked bottle of Australian chardonnay that I will drink straight from the bottle with a straw once someone with working hands opens it for me.

Post chardonnay m hands do a mean impersonation of plastic barbie hand or floating manaquin hands or I can play the pick it off the floor game where I flounder like a flapping seal whilst trying to pick up an object, any object off the floor.

Well the food's done and entertainment but wait I can't come...I can't stay awake that long and oh I must medicate! You all have a great time and someone snowshoe for me. I can't think of a better bunch of people I'd really like to partay with.

Here New Year's come and gone it's now 2009, full of fun and possibilities for all us extraordinary people with equally extraordinary family/friends surrounding us. :lol:

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 02:26 PM

Shelley, have a grand party. I am too tired to participate. Besides, I just can't leave all this Florida sunshine and warmth. It is way too early for me to leave the warmth for heavy clothes and cold fingers and toes. I hope you do bring in the New Year with those that you love. Here's wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year. I have missed bringing in the New Year many, many times. I will be sound asleep until the noise makers decide to shoot off their guns and awaken me for a short 15 minutes or so. Happy New year to all and to all a good night. I did send some grouper and fresh shrimp for all your special guests to enjoy. Eat and be merry. Sheryl
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#12 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 02:43 PM

Er um, do we have any tall, dark and handsome firefighters out there? Jeannie set off the sparklers next to our large oxygen tank and kabooom....wow, shook the rafters and it finally made the neighbors quit complaining about the dogs barking and the "bier" keggers kicking up their highland heels!

The party has mostly moved outside now. Have a nice bonfire going (the house)...and still waiting for the pizza delivery. Thank goodness Jefa brought the cheese and crackers and Amanda flew in a veritable feast. Whoops, the keggers just found the Chardonnay...I think I hear someone else knocking...who's there, can somebody get the door?
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#13 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 11:02 PM

WOW -- By all accounts, the New Year's Eve party was a real blast!!! Jeannie's sparklers were a real hit, so to speak. The virtual firefighters really livened things up!

The food was fabulous, all followed by chasers of antacids. We still have some leftover Minnesota-style pizza, but everything else is gone. Plus some, as we cleaned out our cupboards for roasted marshmallows and hot dogs over the bonfire. Ladyhawke's butternut squash soup was tremendous, remind me to get the recipe for it.

Sheryl appeared by video feed, from Florida. Well next year I think she should host the party, so much nicer weather there. Jefa, people are still laughing over your hippie rags, that was a great entertainment idea, and much more popular than my lame attempt at the violin.

Ann found to her surprise she actually LIKES Minnesota and is out tracking down a real estate agent. Literally tracking, through the snow.

Due to the unexpected complications (aka bonfire), we have moved the party to the Westin Hotel, just down the street at the Galleria Mall. After we get some rest, a New Years Day party will resume. So stragglers should head on over to the hotel...and leave messages here regarding their party adventures.
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Posted 01 January 2009 - 03:50 AM

Sorry I missed the party!


Happy New Year!!
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Posted 01 January 2009 - 04:36 AM

Sorry I missed the party but got invited to my daughters house for a lovely meal - it's the very first meal in her new house that she's cooked for me.

But A Very Happy New Year to everyone!

I have to say if I could have come I would have brought a really good malt whiskey to toast the New Year & a piece of coal for 'first footing' (my hubby used to do this because it's meant to be someone tall & dark haired but sadly he is now a distinguished silver, who would come knocking on your door at midnight with a piece of coal).

Enjoy the party!

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 01:21 PM

Oh man, I am so bummed....I missed a perfectly good party, with all the right people!!
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Posted 04 January 2009 - 06:17 PM

I'm so glad your party was a hit, Shelley... I just knew it would be!

You had a great turnout, it looks like...I'm sorry I couldn't join in, as I love a good party!


I just hope all have a very special New Year...in 2009!

Special Hugs to all!

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#18 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 05:29 AM

Hi Lisa, Jensue, Sweet and Susie,

The last of the New Year's partyers have finally left, a few of them by force as they had become instantly addicted to the maid service and breakfast in bed at the hotel, refusing to leave their room. Yes, I admit, I was one of them.

Now we're back home. Everything is all cleaned up, thanks again to Jefa's gift of virtual maid service. Even the graham crackers and marshmallows are restocked, ready for our next virtual party.

That was quite a way to ring in the New Year! Thanks to everyone who attended...including those who in their excitement forgot to leave a note.

By the way, we have a Lost and Found box for the party. In it are:

1 blue woman's swimsuit size 14;
2 dogs (no tags);
1 sled, slightly dented;
miscellaneous pills -- cyclophosphamide, antacids, plaquenil, acetaminophen, etc.;
a full set of adult-size dentures;
1 pair of women's pink and purple striped bell bottoms;
5 children, assorted sizes and colors;
3 cell phones;
1 purse with $15,000 in freshly minted (or printed) U.S. $1.00 dollar bills; and
1 pair of flip flops with big yellow plastic sunflowers.

You can claim your items by posting here, with no proof of ownership required.


Warm Hugs,

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