LOL INTRODUCTIONS
September/October 2003

Started by Andrea from Germany, who wanted to help people get to know one another better...

My name is Andrea, I'm German and I live in Frankfurt, Germany. I'm 43, single and have 2 cats, no kids, but a god-daughter I dearly love :-).
I'm a software teacher, mainly for MS Office, but due to economical situation my teaching job is almsot nothing, so I work as a waitress in a restaurant of a friend. I do read a lot - books no mags *g*. I love Scotland and everything related with it. I love gardening which I is "balconying" at the mo due to the lack of a garden but I have a small balcony :-). AND I'm going to leave Germany for my trip to the US/Canada where I'm going to meet more hosers personally :-D


Replies:

-My name is Vicki and I live in Indiana. I am 42, married with 2 boys (7&11), one is a bagpiper and one wants to be a drummer. I work at Purdue university in Horticulture. My research area is studying Cold Hardiness in plants. I am also lab coordinator for the Intro. to Horticulture course. We have several fish and 3 hermit crabs. I love reading, some cooking, camping, making bath salts, lotions, etc. (NT) -- Piper Mom, 10:16:06 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm Gina and live in Des Moines WA with my husband. No kids, but I have 1 dog named Mr. Wilson, and two goldfish. I'm a bookkeeper/office manager for a small company in Bellevue. I'm also going to school part time to earn my accounting degree. In my spare time (not that I have much, lol) I like to read, do cross stitch, crafts and spend time with friends and family. (NT) -- GinaR, 10:25:08 09/30/03 Tue

-hahaha, gina, my high school english teacher was named mr. wilson. He was a dog too;) My name is Jen (reid's my middle name), and I'm a college student in New Orleans LA. I'm majoring in English and I'm going to teach high school after I graduate. I'm single, 20 years old, and my favorite things are reading and world travel (NT) -- Reid, 10:37:06 09/30/03 Tue

-My name is Elaine, I live just north of Seattle, in Shoreline, Washington. I have a husband and two sons, and two stepdaughters. We have two cats and we live in a little blue house, and my husband and I both work in the seafood industry. See you, Andrea, at Surrey! (NT) -- Elaine, 10:25:43 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi! My name is Debbie. I am 37, and have been hosed for almost 4 years. I live near Seattle, in Covington. I have a husband and two teenagers - one of each. We have three dogs, and love the idea of gardening, but never make time for it. I am a Girl Scout leader of 7 high school girls who like to travel. I also teach Middle School Math - so I am surrounded by hormonal teens. Oh, and my DH is now the proud owner and wearer :) of 4 kilts! (NT) --DebraMc, 19:40:54 09/30/03 Tue

-My name is Karen and I live in Connecticut. I am 45, married to Jim, with two boys 20 and 15 yrs. I work at Yale University Medical School. I am the research associate for a group studying Leishmaniasis and vaccine candidates for it. I have two cats, would like a dog but DH says no. I like reading, singing, theatre,scottish country dance and Lallybroch! (NT) -- kgp, 10:32:16 09/30/03 Tue

-Karen what the heck is "Leishmaniasis"??? None of my dics know that word. And I am one nosey person *g* (NT) -- Andrea-Germany, 13:07:30 09/30/03 Tue

-Leishmaniasis is an infectious disease of people and wild and domestic animals throughout temperate, subtropical and tropical regions of the world. (NT) -- Jae, 20:10:26 09/30/03 Tue

-Thanks Jae! (NT) -- Andrea-Germany, 12:42:08 10/01/03 Wed

-I'm Michelle. Im also in Indiana...there's lots of hosers here...corn and hosers! My dh travels quite a bit for work so I dont work myself (hows that for an excuse *g*). Im a stay at home mom with two boys and two labradors. (NT) -- M&M, 10:44:34 09/30/03 Tue

-Ha! You can't tell me that 2 dogs and 2 boys are not work! Come on now! : D (NT) -- Piper Mom, 12:15:29 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi, I'm Betsy, another Hosed Hoosier here. I'm 41, the SAHM of 2-year old wee Thomas and married to DH for 12 years. We have a yellow Lab, two cats and 7 fish. Between playgroups, chasing after wee Thomas and doing the newsletter for the Moms on the Move group that I belong to, I don't have much time for hobbies these days. But I do try to read a bit, do some lurking around here and occasionally post. I've been coming to Lallybroch since '99 I think it was. (NT) -- BetsyE, 13:17:15 09/30/03 Tue

-Guess I will squeeze in here with my Hoosier Hoser buds. I am Sharon (Shadow) and I am also in Indiana. I am Wiccan, 42, divorced (and he's dead now, so does that make me widowed?), with 1 cat and no kids. I am a professional Voice by day (yes, I actually get PAID to read!), an OG server by night, and a mac user by choice! *G* (NT) -- Shads, 20:33:16 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi Y'all! I'm Donna Mc - I live west of Atlanta, GA, I'm 40 (it still sounds weird to say that!), married, w/ 2 pickleheads - Ian, 10 & Cole, 5, 1 dog Riley, and 2 cats-Ethel & Bobbin. I'm a P/T church sec., full time homemaker, a proud member of the LallyQuilters! (NT) -- Donna Mc, 10:46:18 09/30/03 Tue

-My name is Colleen, I'm 43 years old, very happily married this 2nd time around to the man of my dreams - (I thank his ex-dw every night in my prayers for giving him up *g*). I am a Labor and Delivery nurse and have been for 21+ years. I have a daughter and two sons, and two adult daughters (along with the one in heaven for a total of three) via my dh - there's also a wee 5 month old granddaughter in the mix now. I love to read, I've met many hosers over these past several years, and though I don't post too much these days, I'm always here! And may I add - I LOVE lallyland - long may she live in cyberspace! (NT) -- ColleenL , 10:54:11 09/30/03 Tue

-Oh Shite! How could I forget my babies! I have two doggies - a 5 year old shih-tzu/eskimo cross, and a 1 year old maltie/pom mix. And I just WUV them to pieces! (NT) -- ColleenL going to bed now!, 21:08:22 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm Emma, I'm 26, married and live in Chatham, Kent (just moved from Brum!) I work for the Legal Services Commission in London, although I'm a historian/archaeologist at heart, and by training. I'm a big animal lover, a mad keen reader, and adore Scotland! (NT) -- Em, 11:06:28 09/30/03 Tue

-Too funny Emma, I was actually born in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, and my mom lives in London, Ontario Canada. Gotta love those recycled names. *G* (NT) -- Aislinn, 11:28:57 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi Em, I didn't know the historian/archaeologist thing! My DH and I met at an archaeology company! He's still working as an archaeologist and historian here in California. Glad to see we have a connection ;-) We spent our honeymoon at many Roman ruins in the U.K. (NT) -- LadyWeb, 12:54:55 09/30/03 Tue

-My name is ______. I go by CF :-D. I'm 50 this year. Single. 5 cats, 2 dogs (and soon to be another...a wee little Cardigan Welsh Corgi...I'm going to pick her up after Surrey). I moved from Angels Camp, California to Caldwell, Idaho last year. And I'm a bum. (NT) -- CF, 11:11:27 09/30/03 Tue

-Oh YEAH? Well, I'm older than ___________ by 2 years and I am lazy! I hang out here, am self-employed, have an office at home, which is why I'm on here all the livelong day, and ..... I like music. :D Live with Rick aka RR aka Mr. Mustache until he shaved it off aka Mr. Judie. We have a daughter Tamara aka Little Judie and our son Desi is in heaven, but he lives on at LOL in Desi's Kids. (NT) -- Judie, 14:51:13 09/30/03 Tue

-and how much am I bid to reveal _______________'s real name???? (NT) -- Colleen_LeHoser - running like hell outta here before she gets her ass kicked! *g*, 21:10:35 09/30/03 Tue

-oooooh, someone loves to live dangerously :D (NT) -- Judie, 22:03:24 09/30/03 Tue

-I know it too! I know it too! Princess Buttercup, C1, Chief, and something SWEET too!!! A woman of many gifts and mulitple AKA's!!! (NT) -- Hedy, 17:23:30 10/01/03 Wed

-Hi - I'm Hedy - aka: Tall Wench. I'm 42 years young & live near Vancouver, BC, Canada and DREAM of living on Vancouver Island - aka: *Hedy's Island*. I work as a Special Projects Coordinator for a not-for-proft. Married to my Best Friend for 11 1/2 years - he has one amazing Daughter - 25 years young. I've been a part of this FABULOUS on-line community since Oct. 1998 and have met some of the BEST and WACKIEST people on the planet here! Long Live Lallybroch!!!!!!!!! (NT) -- Hedy, 11:21:37 09/30/03 Tue

-Jeannie here from the northwestern highlands of CT!! SAHM to 2 cutie patooties, girl-8 practicing to be a teen ager already, and boy-5 who already plays a mean air guitar when we listen to the radio in the car. I read, craft, do the Mom taxi thing, the school volunteer thing, and a scout leader to 3rd year Brownies. (NT) -- JeanClaire, 11:28:59 09/30/03 Tue

-My name is Vicki, I live in Nova Scotia with my 5 yr old daughter. I'm 31 yrs old, divorced and have a wonderful boyfriend. I've been part of LOL since 1999 and have run the Excerpts board since 2000. These days, life consists of work, sleep, housework, sleep and more work. But in my spare moments, I love to read and watch TV!!!! (NT) -- Vicki, 11:30:50 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi! I'm Karen,and live in a small town near Toronto. I'm 46 and married (27 years this month!) to Thom (aka Pookie) and a giant yellow lab named Buddy. Two grown kids one almost 24 and the other 21 both of whom have left the nest, yippee! I am currently unemployed have been part of Lallybroch since August '99 and lucky enough to meet quite a few Hosers in Fergus, Surrey and other mini-gatherings and look forward to meeting many more. (NT) -- Aislinn, 11:31:47 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm **** (!). I'm 28, married, no kids... ever! Live in Flower Mound, TX. Have a dog and a cat, am a Finance Manager for a Tech company, and also own a martial arts school with my husband. Hobbies: motorcycles, both road and dirt, karate, climbing, history, being a Hoser, traveling, eating Tex-Mex, collecting weapons (just starting this, knives, bows, guns). Went to Dallas Baptist University for art (how'd I get into finance?), and I dig my parents. (NT) -- Renfro, 11:52:15 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi, I'm Jeanie, aka Dscini, aka Hoserstein. I am a Floser (Florida Hoser) and I've been here since early 2000. I work for a real estate board, and am also box office manager for our local professional theatre and help market a band. Despite what you may hear to the contrary, I am not a total cardcarrying lunatic and even manage one or two lucid moments a day. (Although I have been pregnant with the lovechildren of Donny Osmond for over a year, the whole Methos incident was overblown...that's my story and I'm sticking to it) Oh yeah...I think this is the best place in the world, and it's made that way because of each one of you! (Sigh...yes, even YOU, Tam!) (NT) -- Jeanie, 11:53:43 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi, another Floser here. I'm Vicki, sister-wife to Jeanie and Sassy (where *IS* she anyway?) I live in Gainesville, FL. I've just turned 39 and prior to disability retirement I was a public relations professional. I live with my DH Steve, lab/golden mix Duke, two kitties Smokey (aka Frankenkitty) and Missy, and an apple snail named Gomer. My hobbies are reading, writing, scrapbooking and music. I think I started coming to Lallyland in 2000, is that about right Jeanie? (NT) -- LallyVic, 16:04:32 09/30/03 Tue

-I believe you're right, Vic...I think we found this place about the same time. Scary, huh? (NT) -- Jeanie, 19:07:47 09/30/03 Tue

-Still waiting for Methos over here! :D (NT) -- Aaaayva, 00:07:07 10/02/03 Thu

-Aaayva, surely you know that you are my own true love. That Dscini person means nothing to me, just a bif of fluff on the side. (NT) -- Methos, 08:45:03 10/02/03 Thu

-My name is Mary and I live just east of Lexington, Kentucky. I am in the midst of getting un-married and I have 2 boys (13 and 7) and 2 dogs (10 and 3). I'm a transplant from northern New Jersey, moved here 5 years ago, and I work from my home as a technical writer. Gives me lots of time to lurk, since I don't post very much. :) I am going to see Herself next week (Oct 8th) when she comes to Louisville and I am very excited about it! Hope I don't babble too much... (NT) -- MC in KY, 11:56:54 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi Mary, when you go to Louisville keep your eyes open for twin ladies who are hosers from way back. Their names are Jo & Suzy, if you meet them tell them Karin says hello & come back to chat !!! *VBG* (NT) -- KarinP, 13:01:10 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi! My name is Roberta and I'm from Edmonton, Alberta, Cananda. I've been hanging around the boards since mid 2000. I'm 39 and work as a computer programmer. I live with DH, 1 stepson, 3 dogs, 2 cats, fish and assorted dust bunnies. I'm also leaving for Surrey in 13 more sleeps!!!! (NT) -- Roberta, 12:08:30 09/30/03 Tue

-My name is Linda, and I live in Fredericksburg, Va with a husband, 2 sons (18 and 12) 1 daughter (16) and 2 cats (14 and 2). I've been a nursery/post-partum nurse for 20 yrs and a hoser for a year this month. When I'm not working or yelling at kids I enjoy reading, baking, knitting, etc, you know, all that susie homemaker stuff. (NT) -- Wee, 12:15:19 09/30/03 Tue

-My name is Colly, I'm 33, divorced mom of Ryan,9 and our dog Lucky. I've been at Lallybroch since spring of 99 and am one of the resident soapmakers. By day I work in an autobody repair shop as an estimator/manager. I don't have much time for hobbies other than reading at this point, but love music and movies. And I'm off to Surrey in a few short weeks. (NT) -- Colly, 12:16:05 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm Serena, quite obviously huh? 26 y/o SAH-PTA-Mom/Witch of 3 girls, Anna (11)~Adrian(9)~Amy(7). Married to my very own Roger for 5 years in mid-October. Living in Kansas. I've lurked around the broch since I think it was '99 and been actively a member for 2 or 3 years...can't remember which. Proud member of the LQ's, & whose hobbies are MIK's, Scotland, reading, Quilting, the Sims, homework by the pound & hosting PNO's! (NT) -- Serena, 12:18:29 09/30/03 Tue

-my name is staci. i am 25 years old. i have been married for just over 3 years. we have no kids and 2 very large cats (17 and 27 lbs. and only one if them is slightly overweight). we live on a postage stamp (4 acre) farm 15 minutes due west of lansing, michigan. i am currently employed as an accountant for a large area hospital. i love to lurk, read novels, cross stitch, knit, and run. (NT) -- stachi, 12:24:35 09/30/03 Tue

-Hello to a fellow Michigander. I'm in Muskegon about an hour or so to the west of you. (NT) -- colly, 13:09:40 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi colly!!! i have many relatives in muskegon. (NT) -- stachi, 06:32:23 10/01/03 Wed

-Send me an email when you get a chance (cmt5556 +++++@++++ cs.com){take out spaces and +}. One of these days we will have to have a Michigan get together...there's a Krispy Kreme in GR! (NT) -- Colly, 08:51:28 10/01/03 Wed

-Don't go without me!!! I'm close to Colly and SueS! North of Muskegon. One husband, one son, 75 high school kids (English teacher), 4 fish, 2 frogs, 1 cat and 2 border collies. 40 acre farm (mainly cherry orchard) and a new house going up!! (NT) -- Lady_Jane, 19:34:48 10/01/03 Wed

-Hi, I'm Karen H. and I live in Victoria (on Hedy's Island), BC, Canada. I am married to a wonderful DH and have a son (4) and a daughter (10). I work in a departmental office at the university. I love lallybroch (mostly lurk) and reading and scrapbooking. (NT) -- Karen H., 12:35:52 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi Karen H. DH and I were just in Victoria a couple weeks ago. We took a city tour and went right past the University. It's absolutely beautiful and we loved it! Just wanted to say how lucky you are to live in such a beautiful place! (NT) -- Shana, 13:36:46 09/30/03 Tue

-My name is Patti, I am 29 (30 in December) and I live in Wake Forest, North Carolina. I moved here in 2000 from Connecticut. I work as an Office Manager for a tech company in Durham, NC. I am married with 2 children, Nicholas, 7 and Alexa, 3. I have a dog (1) and a cat (9). I have been here at Lallybroch a year next month and have loved every minute of it! My hobbies are reading, homework helper, potty trainer, and cooking. (NT) -- PattiR, 12:47:32 09/30/03 Tue

-My name is Tracy, I'm 29, and I believe the ONLY North Dakota hoser. Not that there aren't others, just none so hosed as me, I guess! I'm married and owned by two loveable Alaskan Malamutes (Laska-she came with the name-and Dante-world's most loveable dog). I work retail as an assistant manager at a video game store (you got gaming questions, I'm your girl!), and I've been hosed just over 2 years. Next!? (NT) -- TracyAnn, 12:48:15 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi my name is Julie & I live in Inver Grove Hgts, MN which is just south of St. Paul, I'm 42 years young. I've been happily married to Paul for 17 years (just celebrated on Sept. 26th) and have two super kids. Andrew is 12 and Janelle is 8. Other than reading, I love to sew (anything) and I enjoy music. (NT) -- Julie B., 12:53:37 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi! I'm Katiebug. I'm 32 and I live in St. Louis, MO. I have 2 1/2 year old triplet boys named Colum, Jamie and Ian. I'm a SAHM and also have a dog, Isabelle and 2 cats, Gobwin and Part-Time. I've been married for 8 years. I love reading and I'm very active in my local triplet support group. (NT) -- Katiebug, 12:59:03 09/30/03 Tue

-AHA! I knew I'd eventually find another Show Me state hoser to tag on to! *G* I'm Jay and I'm 42 though I seem to have turned 50 here on the broch a couple of times. *G* I'm currently a SAHM to two girls almost 7 and 9 years old, though I'm also an erstwhile internal medicine doc. Been married for 16 years. We live just outside of St Louis. I found Lallybroch in April of 1999, and have been hanging out here since. Hosers are the best! See you next week, Andrea! (NT) -- Lady Jay, 15:49:40 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm Shelley, from the San Diego area 35, married, 2 DDs Lillian (4) and Evelyn (2) and just aquired two kittens. I'm a PTSAHM and PT Web Designer. I earned a B.A. in Anthropology from NAU, Flagstaff, came back home to work for an archaeology company where I met DH who is an archaeologist. I've only been with LOL since early this year but hope to keep it up forever *G*. See some of you soon in Surrey! (NT) -- LadyWeb, 13:03:21 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi, my name is Rona. I live near Lanark, Scotland. I am married and have three DSs, Ben 9, Jamie 7 and Daniel 2. I am a gardener and work in an unusual plant nursery outside Edinburgh. We have a black lab and a dwarf rabbit and we are getting chickens in 2 weeks time. I am taming two acres of windy Lanarkshire hill into a garden in my spare time. I also love reading, Lallybroch (been here 1 1/2 years), cooking, eating, Scotland, history, drystone dyking and travelling. (NT) -- Rona C, 13:04:53 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi! I'm Jennifer from Houston. I'm 28, a law student and part-time legal assistant. I live with my DBF and 3 cats; Jamie (a girl), Gannon, and Grueden. I mostly lurk here, because of time issues, but now that I have cable internet at home am able to join in chats and participate more in the Lallylites group. (NT) -- JAM, 13:07:04 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm Karin & live about an hour & a half north of NYC in the Hudson Valley. I don't work anymore (SSDI) & have been here since aroundApril 1998. I don't post a lot & I mostly lurk here & at the Kirk tho I do try to look at the other boards too. I've found that chatting is a good way to get to "know" other hosers. Of course meeting in person is even better ! I love to read, play on the puter (tho I'm still quite a techno-tard) & have recently gotten interested in genealogy. OH, I'm also an honorary Floser since I spend most of the winter in Florida. (NT) -- KarinP, 13:13:30 09/30/03 Tue

-My name is Julie, and I live just outside Portland,Oregon. I work part-time as a business manager, and corral my kids the rest of the time. I am married (18 years) to Jim, have three boys (Brendan - 16, Jeremy - 13, Evan - 9), one dog (Bailey) and one cat (Sparky). Our gerbils went to Valhalla, but I do have a lot of ants that are trying to take their place. I am an Irish dance mom, I am trying to write some kind of book (I am a Lallywriter), and am on Atkins to make myself less rotund. Been hanging around here for two years - Tam and I have the same Lallyversary. See y'all in Surrey! (NT) -- JulieO, 13:22:11 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm Page (my real name is Juli) and I live in northeast Arkansas, about 2 hours north of Memphis, Tennessee. I'm 41, married to Phillip, and have two daughters and two married step-kiddos. We have too many cats to count, including 3 kittens we're feeding with an eyedropper! We're active basketball parents, and I'm self-employed as an independent media consultant. My hobbies are reading and genealogy. (NT) -- Page, 13:24:57 09/30/03 Tue

-Forgot to add...I've been coming to Lallybroch since December 1999, and although I don't post much anymore, I'm still lurking! (NT) -- Page, 13:28:59 09/30/03 Tue

-Hey former fellow radiobabe! I miss ya! (NT) -- Jeanie, 13:49:56 09/30/03 Tue

-I miss you, too!!!!!!! mwahhhs and hugggs! (NT) -- Page, 19:11:20 10/01/03 Wed

-I'm Shana from Moses Lake WA. I'm 33 yrs old and a SAHM. I have two children 9yr old daughter and 6yr old son and have been married for 13 very happy years to my best friend. I like to help out at my kids school, read, family stuff on weekends. I have been hanging around here for only about 6 months and love it here! Would love to join a chat sometime if I can ever remember before its over! (NT) -- Shana, 13:29:12 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi, my name is Marie. I'm 46 (and a couple of months). Married for 15+ years, no children (by choice). I work as an accountant in a manufacturing company . I'm trying to finish Harry Potter #5 so I can get it back to the library in time. I like knitting and reading and hanging out in this board while I should be working. :-D (NT) -- MarieT, 13:33:39 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi I'm the other Betsy! although on this board I'm Elizabeth! I'm 43 but who's counting? I've considered myself a hoser since the Companion came out and I finally found all these great people! Currently live in Michigan (Ann Arbor/Saline) but have lived all over the place while DH was active duty army, he's a reservist now. Married 22 years..two kids DD 18 a freshman at Penn State (Hi Merc!) and DS 17 senior in HS. I have worked as a special ed parapro for the last 10 years and love all those extraspecial kids! Lallybroch is my homework! Don't post much but lurk nightly! Have met many hosers and consider them the bestest of friends! and someday I'll get to Surrey! (NT) -- ElizabethG, 13:37:17 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm Shari. I live in Medford, Oregon with DH of 20 years. We have 3 boys, Jeffrey, 19, Jason, 16, Jordan, 12, and ONE ON THE WAY! AHHHHHHH!!!!!! I still can't believe it! O.K., I'm O.K.... I've been hanging out at the Broch since October, 1998. (NT) -- Shari, 14:00:16 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm Heather from Clarksburg, WV. I am 25 yrs old, married for 6 years and have a 7 year old daughter (Shallyn) and a very spoilt cat (Roxy). I work as a program coordinator for our local tv station. I do not post very often but I am always lurking..okay does anyone else think that word is a little creepy? Love Lallybroch, reading, watching movies and spending time with my friends and family and am anxiosly awaiting meeting herself at VA on Oct. 6! (NT) -- Heather C, 14:01:16 09/30/03 Tue

-My name is Kris and I'm a 37 year old SAHM to 2 DS. Cody (10 1/2) likes skateboarding, karate and remote control cars. Sam (will be 4 on Halloween) likes to ride his bike and dismantle anything stupidly left within his reach. My DH, Randy, and I will be married 13 years in Nov. I volunteer at son's school, take a strength-training class and love to run, hike, read, scrapbook, all things Jamie & Claire and I would LOVE to learn how to knit. Maybe some of you knitting pros could suggest a could place to learn the basics?! I'm new to DG and the boards as I just read all 5 books over summer break and just started hanging around the boards. Looking forward to meeting Herself this Sat. when she kicks of LJGPM book tour in Scottsdale. (NT) -- Krisabaliz, 14:02:48 09/30/03 Tue

-Oh! And we have Mr. Bootsy (cat), Cinder (black lab), Mattie & Maisy (rats) :o) (NT) -- Krisabaliz, 14:05:02 09/30/03 Tue

-DOH!!! I live in Phoenix, AZ (NT) -- Krisabaliz, 14:11:26 09/30/03 Tue

-Krisabaliz, I don't know if this will help but a friend of mine decided to learn to knit and got herself a book called I Can't Believe I'm Knitting I don't know the author but in no time at all she was knitting hats and scarves and last I saw her was starting on a sweater. She made it seem so easy I was thinking of giving it a shot! *G* (NT) -- Shana, 14:44:00 09/30/03 Tue

-Shana-Thanx so much for the tip! It was just the sort of thing I was looking for. Once I get started I'll have to let you know how I do. :o) (NT) -- Krisabaliz, 23:41:27 09/30/03 Tue

-Mr. Bootsy! I call my son Bootsy all the time! (NT) -- Elaine, 14:23:25 09/30/03 Tue

-Oh my goodness - he's not black and furry with white paws, I hope?! *G* (NT) -- Krisabaliz, 23:39:28 09/30/03 Tue

-SOMETIMES! (NT) -- Elaine, 09:54:06 10/01/03 Wed

-I'm Maxine, I work in the Environment Dept of my local city council, but I really want to go back to college to study for a history PhD. Married with three boys, oops sorry thats 2 boys and a DH. Been at Lallybroch since 2000. Live in the UK and at Lallybroch! (NT) -- albion, 14:06:45 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi, I'm Karyn, 39, part-time Environmental Consultant, part-time official un-packer (we just moved, but will probably never be *moved-in* *G*). I've been at LOL about 3 years now (wow!). I live in El Sobrante, CA (which is northern-california, east bay). I have one son, 16 and the dh, who is like a 2nd kid most days. My hobbies are goofing off, going to Tempest shows and hanging out with other hosers (which I just did last Saturday *G* Always a great time!) (NT) -- KarynM, 14:12:45 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi I'm Mandi, I live Down Under in Canberra (the "nations capital" but is really a big country town) and I have 1 DH and 3 kids - 2 girls 12 and 6 and one nearly 3 yr old boy (of dogbite fame *g*) I am a SAHM and also work from my puter part time (almost full now) as an audio transcriptionist so I have my hands full! We live in a tiny sleepy little village at the edge of Canberra with not much here except horses and dogs and a few people, but its quiet :-) We have one kelpie dog and 5 chooks and 2 ducks and we babysit a miniature horse sometimes. The kids are on school holidays here at the minute and are driving me WILD!!!! Oh yes, I'm 33 and have been married 14 years in November :-) (NT) -- Mandi, 14:37:09 09/30/03 Tue

-Bit sad to see I'm the only Aussie Hoser so far - however it is only 7.30am over here so maybe they are all still sleeping? I did mean to say though, Thanks Andrea for doing this!! Its fun to find things out about people and see what we have in common (other than The Books *g*) (NT) -- Mandi, 14:38:50 09/30/03 Tue

-Oh Mandi there ARE many other Down Under Hosers! I'm not but I know KarenO lives in New Zealand and I think there are quite a few in Australia. I'm not terribly familiar with the geography down there but you should post a new message on this Social board to find your Aussie Hosers. Not sure if they have a separate newsgroup or board but it seems that there has been more than a few of you all wanting to get together. Do it!!! (NT) -- LadyWeb, 14:58:09 09/30/03 Tue

-UK Hosers are very much in the minority as well. I'm Kirsten, I live in the UK, in Lincolnshire on the east coast of England. I'm half Danish, hence the name. I've been happily married for ages with a son and a daughter ( I'm inordinately proud of both of them). I'm a Primary School Teacher (10 year olds), my job takes up most of my 'spare' time so I can only indulge my hobbies in the holidays. I love reading and have been a hoser since last Christmas - is that all? - seems longer! I've made new friends through Lallybroch and I think it's great. (NT) -- Kirsten, 15:00:30 09/30/03 Tue

-LOL, Kirsten how do you think I feel, being one of the verra few German hosers here? To tell you the truth I feel verra good among my friends ;-)) (NT) -- Andrea-Germany, 00:30:55 10/01/03 Wed

-I'm Kathy - I live in Heidelberg Germany. But I'm not German, sorry Andrea. I'm an American working for the US Army here, been in Germany 2 years. (been to Scotland twice - love it!) I'm 35, single, but searching, searching, looking, where is my Jaime? ;) I have actually be a long, long time lurker..uh I think since 98, this is my first post!! I love reading what you guys all say, gives me a connection to home (Seattle area) when I feel homesick. Obviously love the books, hosed a few friends, met DG in Enumclaw in 2001. Great idea this thread - maybe I'll have the nerve to post more now! (NT) -- CoolKath, 08:22:53 10/01/03 Wed

-Kathy pls send me a mail. Antje lives in Reinheim which is half the way down to Heidelberg. We have to have a mini-gathering when I'm back from the US!! Take out the NOSPAM of the addy (NT) -- Andrea-Germany, 11:41:52 10/01/03 Wed

-Mandi, Kylie is also in Australia, but she's off on holiday just now, look for her when she comes home in a week or so! (NT) -- Serena, 23:23:36 10/01/03 Wed

-Sleeping at 7.30am, Mandi? - I wish! Hi I'm Kaf, (Kathy) another Aussie, living in western Sydney (and GO THE PANTHERS IN THE GRAND FINAL THIS SUNDAY!) I'm almost 38, have a DH and 3 DSs (aged 12 and 9 - the DSs that is - the DH is 38 too). I'm a casual teacher (ie a substitute teacher for you northern hemisphere folks). When I'm not teaching I'm the chief executive of Mum's Taxi Service - I only ahve 3 clients but they keep me in constant work (although the pay sucks!) I've been around LOL for about 3 years or so now, but real life buts into the cyber-world more frequently these days, so I don't post as often. You never know where I'll be lurking though *G* (NT) -- Kaf (I was Kathy F when I first joined LOL), 16:46:05 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi, I'm Jane. I live in northwest Ohio and I teach middle and high school special education. I'm 29 (30 in Dec.) and not married, no kids (except for the 20 I spend 6 hours a day with), not even a pet. Next summer I'm moving to Virginia and going back to school for my Ph.D. in special ed. (NT) -- JaneC., 14:55:08 09/30/03 Tue

-Where in Va, Jane? Close by I hope! (NT) -- Wee, 04:57:09 10/01/03 Wed

-My name is Nic (I'm only called Nicola when I'm very naughty*G*), I'm 32 and live on the England/Wales border with my boyfriend who when we marry will make me a MacGillivray(a lifetime of spelling my name out*G*). No kids which I'm very happy about. No pets, I'd love a dog but we both work fulltime so it wouldn't be fair. I'm an admin assistant who likes to read,travel, eat, drink and be merry!! (NT) -- Nic, 15:08:37 09/30/03 Tue

-Oh I've been lurking round lallyland for almost a year now and posting when ever I pluck up the courage*G* (NT) -- Nic, 15:14:34 09/30/03 Tue

Welcome out of lurkerdom, Nic! :) (NT) -- Eva, 00:23:15 10/02/03 Thu

-What a lovely idea Andrea. I'm Gwen originally Lady Gwenllian been here since Jan 1999 (real name Angela). I'm 45, with a ds Nick who just turned 18 woo hoo, and a dd Ceri who is 16. I have a fab DH Alan who has posted here on the odd occasion (like when was in Surrey in 2000 which was a dream come true for me - me going to surrey I mean not the dh posting) and a cat called Gwynno. I'm an assistant Accountant studying to be a real one. I love this place! (NT) -- Gwen, 15:09:18 09/30/03 Tue

-Oops sorry forgot to say I'm in Wales UK (NT) -- Gwen, 03:54:56 10/01/03 Wed

-I'm Joanne, just to be original *G* I'm 42, and have been here since September '99 (wish me happy Lallyversary!) and live in Brisbane Australia. My DH David lurks occasionally and considers himself a hoser, and my kids Rhianna 8 and Zachary 5 totally accept Mum's internet friends and Lallybroch world as part of life. Hugs to all who have posted here...hosers rule :-) (NT) -- Joanne, 15:42:13 09/30/03 Tue

-Cool idea, Andrea! I'm Merc from Central PA, aka Mercedes, aka Deb, a REALLY old fart hoser, having been around here since a few months after Judie opened the place. I'm fifty, married 28 years to my best friend. Have two kids--my DS is a college sophomore waaaaaaaay down in Texas, and the DD is in ninth grade. I work as an academic counselor and attempt to keep all of my yellow stickie reminder notes in order so that I know what the hell I'm doing each day. :-) (NT) -- Merc, 16:18:10 09/30/03 Tue

-My name is Karen, I'm 38, married 14yrs (this month) to Craig, I have 3 DD's, Tayla 9, Tegan 6 and Jaime 4. We live in Auckland, New Zealand, but I was born in Wellington (capital of NZ). We have one cat, Fluffy, but I would dearly love another dog. I am a SAHM, and have a wee job in the weekends at a call-centre for pocket money and mental health. My hobbies are LOL boards, reading, cooking. (NT) -- Karen O, 16:25:40 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm FloraMac. (a few here now know my *real* name--shhh). I am sneaking up on 40. I live 26 miles west of Boston, at the starting line for the Boston Marathon. I have been marrit for 12 years (In Nov) to my best friend. I have 2 bairns, ds (10 1/2) and dd (almost 3). I have been a stay-at-home goddess since ds was born. I am an orphan and miss my parents daily. I dabble in everything and about the only passions I have are reading and baking. A bookstore/cafe would be my idea of heaven. (NT) -- FloraMac, 16:35:36 09/30/03 Tue

-This is cool! I love getting to "know" all of you :) My name is Heather. I'm 32-years-old and I live in central North Carolina with my two beautiful children, Jacob (5) and Rachel (4). I'm divorced, but engaged to the greatest guy around and plan to be married in the spring or summer. I am a social worker and single mom, so I have very little time for hobbies at this time in my life. I still try to find time to read and lurk (occasionally post) here. I've been around Lallybroch since December 1999. I can't believe it's almost four years! Wow! Nice to see both old and new faces. (NT) -- HeatherS, 16:55:39 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi, Dawna from Northwestern Ontario. I'm a full time medical lab technologist and in my spare time I teach piano. I have three incredible children, DD age 13, DD age 12 and DS age 10 and a 14 year old dog named Smokey. Mostly I lurk or post on the joke board. I've reread Outlander so many times my copy is falling apart. The four of us are looking forward to this year's Christmas card exchange. It was fun for all of us checking the addresses of the cards that came last year. (NT) -- DawnaL, 17:08:35 09/30/03 Tue

-My name is Pam and I have been hosed since July 2000. I am a chemist and now work as an environmental consultant to industrial clients. I live north of St. Louis and will be married for 25 yrs in about 6 weeks. No children, but lavish love on our Siberian Huskie and two parrots. Love to garden (perennials for me - vegetables for DH). I visit the boards at least weekly, but have not posted in a while. (NT) -- Pam S, 17:13:06 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm Caitlin; I'm from Louisiana, but i'm a full-time college student in Alabama. I'm 20--gasp!--and i've been at the broch since I turned 18. :-) (NT) -- Caitlin, 17:14:37 09/30/03 Tue

-Oh! I'm a business major--CIS and English minor, and one of my life's goals is to travel to the British Isles--one that will hopefully be fulfiled this May--Fingers crossed! (NT) -- Caitlin, 17:20:39 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm Sylvia, 50 years old and married for 28 years to George. We have a 22 year old son, Mike. We live near Edinburgh in Scotland and live and work on a farm / gaming estate. I paint,cross stitch, read and quilt and love the music of Enigma and Robbie Robertson. (NT) -- Syl, 17:23:27 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi, I'm Susan. I'm a New Zealander living on the Gold Coast of Australia. I'm single, 37 and a registered nurse. I love my job, my family and anything book/movie related. Hosers rule! (NT) -- SueP, 17:26:43 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm Karen(yes, another one!). I live near Sarnia, Ontario. I've been married for 12 years, have four kidlets(9, 7, 6, 3). I'm a teacher but I'm currently on a one-year leave of absence to smell the roses and take care of my family. I'm even taking a woodworking course. I lurk most of the time, but usually check in here once a day to relax. It's addictive! Been here for about six months. (NT) -- KarenV, 17:33:25 09/30/03 Tue

-Amanda here. I am 34 & 3/4's *g* and live in Auckland, New Zealand. I am an ex-pat UKer & have lived here in NZ for 16 yrs. I have one 2yr DS (Kristian) and a DP (dear partner!!), Shane. I have been hosed for about 4 or 5 years now - I honestly can't remember - when did TOC come out? Anyway, I am around a lot during the week as I lurk from work and occasionally on the weekends. Love ya all!! (NT) -- AmandaW, 18:09:22 09/30/03 Tue

-Great idea Andrea! Hi! I'm Chris and I'm a Lallyholic. :D I'm 45 (just turned), single, no kids and live in Houston. Been here since January 1999 (Hi Gwen, Katie, Mandi). I'm an Audiologist and visit Lallybroch at least once if not several times a day. Lallybroch is my internet "home" even though I visit other sites daily as well. No pets, though did have a dear cat who died in April 1999 . (NT) -- Chris, 18:12:14 09/30/03 Tue

-Chris! I'm an audoilogist too! Fancy that! We'll have to have a special hoser meeting at AAA someday. (NT) -- KatS, 13:44:20 10/01/03 Wed

-Wow! How rare is that? Am going to the Scott Haug Audiological Retreat in the am. Fun times! :D (NT) -- Chris, formally "Spondee" in chat, 19:26:31 10/01/03 Wed

-My name is Amy, I'm in my mid 30's, married for 13 years next month (been together for 20) I have 2 boys ages 5 and 6, a dog (doberman). I love reading, yoga, pilates, autumn, walking on the beaches around here (south shore of Massachusettes), chocolate and coffee. I am a (retired for now) dental hygienist, SAHMom, and small business owner. I'm teaching myself to knit and I love to waterski!!! (NT) -- AmyGirl, 18:33:36 09/30/03 Tue

-Forgot to say I've been posting here at LOL for 15 months and lurked for 2 years before that. Also I love country music!!! (NT) -- AmyGirl, 18:49:39 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm Rose, one of the lucky NJ hosers. I'm mom to Paul, almost 11, and Jacob, 6. Although I, sadly, won't be able to make the NYC area gathering on Sunday to meet Andrea, anyone who wants a tour of the Burg can contact me! I've been at LOL almost 2 years (!) and hang out with the most talented writers over at the Lit Forum. (NT) -- rosemcg, 18:34:54 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm Carla, 34 with 3 DSs (5, 2 and 5 months (he's currently sleeping in my arms as I type)). I'm a SAHM and a freelance writer for a parenting magazine in Vancouver, BC. I'm also working on becoming a certified prenatal teacher. I live just outside Vancouver in Langley (about 20 minutes from the hotel where the Gathering is). We moved here two years ago from Toronto, ON and may be moving again to Moncton, NB as the DH has a chance at a job there (he lost his job here 3 months ago). I grew up in Newfoundland, an island off the east coast of Canada. I've been hanging around Lallybroch since last Christmas and have been lucky enough to meet some of the Wet Coast Hosers here in the Lower Mainland. Can't wait to meet even more of you in a few weeks!!! (NT) -- CarlaDM, 18:50:25 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi, my name is Kris and I am 31, married for 10 yrs (Oct 16) with an 8 y/o DD, living in Kansas (Hi Serena!). I am SAHM, after working in Information Technologies for about 5 years. I was hosed by a co-worker, who drove me to distraction to read Outlander. I have really enjoyed reading everyone's posts, I think this is great. I mostly lurk, since I am now homeschooling my daughter and that doesn't allow for nearly as much down time as I had working. *bg* (NT) -- kroud, 18:52:22 09/30/03 Tue

-HA!!! Finally I have back-up to prove that Kansas is the land of Oz, not Australia! No one every beleive me when I say that Dorothy told me so, and her little dog too! lmao Whereabouts Kris? I'm in the big W. (NT) -- Serena, 23:27:33 10/01/03 Wed

-Hi! Scotlynn (SherriD) checking in from Columbus, Ohio. My half century celebration is approaching at light speed and I may just step aside and let it whoosh past me :o) I am single, have lots of nieces and nephews and am known at work as the "knitting nurse" (there's always a Lallyclickit project on my needles for the new bairns here at the Broch). I love college football, yarn stores , a good cup of coffee, autumn and curling up by the fire on a winter night. (NT) -- Scotlynn, 18:54:14 09/30/03 Tue

-Gawd, I hope there is not going to be a test on all of this ;-) I'm Charyl Hoser, I'm currently living outside Philadelphia. I've been married for 26 years, two girls 17 and 18 years old. I've been around the Broch for a long time and I love it here. (NT) -- Charyl, 18:58:37 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi Scotlyn! I'm Susannah in Columbus OH, and I have two enormous kids, two warm cats, a marvelous husband, and I work at Ohio State University in the library. (NT) -- Susannah, 06:53:29 10/01/03 Wed

-Fancy that! I work in UA near Kingsdale Shopping center. Maybe we could have a mini get-together at lunch someday. (NT) -- Scotlynn, 16:47:35 10/01/03 Wed


-SueW checking in from the other side of Atlanta from Donna Mc. I'm an artist, but most of my time is spent caring for DH, DD, Licorice, and Max (those last two are black Labs). I just had my 3rd Lallyversary and some of my best friends "live" here at the Broch! (NT) -- SueW, 19:10:53 09/30/03 Tue

-Holy, moly!!!! HI!!! I am G(too unusual of a name to post).I also am a Labor a Delivery nurse for 14 years(wow!!!). I am 44. Have a wee Sean of 20, Wee Rhiannon 8("the cat queen*g*) and wee Rachele 6. We have 2 dogs(Genevieve and Chichi), 3 cats(Michi, Tom and Mittens) and one fish. My sister lives next door to me. We live south of Tacoma, WA. We (the DH and I) love and are fascinated by by Celtic everything. I enjoy these boards and the fact that I am not the only one out there that dreams MIK and that is effected by "Jamieitis". I will not go to Surrey but I am planning to attend the "3rd place book" and meet D. for the first time. Nice to meet you Hosers!!!!!! (NT) -- Lady Grace, 19:18:27 09/30/03 Tue

-Lady Grace! DH and I lived on Ft Lewis four years, and DD was born at Madigan. I also met lots of L&D nurses at St Joe's during my short stint as hospital baby photographer. Is ER Rogers still in Steilacoom? (NT) -- SueW, amazed she remembers how to spell Steilacoom, 22:15:29 09/30/03 Tue

-But do you remember how to pronounce it Sue? What about Sequim? *g* (NT) -- DebraMc, 22:29:03 09/30/03 Tue

-"Stellecum" is the best I can write it. We had a memorable 2nd anniversary dinner there which was fine until DH's new shellfish allergy appeared. Had to rush him to the hospital, where he was taken first to keep him alive. He did survive, tho, and tells me the other town is pronounced "Squim". *G* "Cat queen"- hahaha! that's funny. (NT) -- SueW, missing Mt. Rainier, 03:54:00 10/01/03 Wed

-Hei!! Had the "cat queen" at Madigan in "94. You know, I hvna been to ER Rog for years. Donna if it's still standing *g*. (NT) -- Lady Grace, 23:05:51 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi! My name is Bev and I'm a Jamieholic. Seriously, I'm 53 and live just outside of Boulder, Colorado. No husband or kids, but I have two kitties, Murphy (named with the help of hosers) and Maggie. I've met Herself 3 times - at signings in Denver and last August in Edinburgh and hope to see her again on the 23rd. I've been to Scotland twice now and hope to go back next June for Mid-Summer. My other obsessions are figure skating and Sean Bean. The latter has been an expensive obsession since I went to London to see him on stage in Macbeth last November. Oh! And Andrea, who started this thread is coming to visit me in less than 2 weeks! (NT) -- Bev, 19:27:59 09/30/03 Tue

-BWAHAHAA!! I was thinking EXACTLY the same thing....all these, "Hi, I'm so and so..." Well...I'm a Gabaldon addict too, and my name is Jane. I live in Michigan, near the lake of the same name. I'm married, had a DS, 4 fish, 2 frogs, 2 dogs and a cat! I teach English (yuk...paperwork) and love to read and play piano. This place rocks! (NT) --Lady_Jane, 19:46:26 09/30/03 Tue

-Echo here.I did this thread 3 yrs ago /tallied profiles.I'm one of the Bevs,54,orig.from VA ,now in TN.Married 34yrs to my best friend,2DDs(28 & 14),1 blond cocker,a proof reader,sometimes crafter/artist.credit the books w/saving my sanity.Have opinions out the ying yang.Hope to met some of you in future.Wish I was a SAHM. (NT) -- BGWJ in E.TN, 19:43:56 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi My name is Chele (real name Michaelle) I live in West Virginia and am a Lurker and seldom poster!! I'm a SAHM with a DD who is 20 and a DS that is 16, I have been married to DH for 21 years. We also have one Lab, a mix mutt and a very bossy calico cat. The new edition to the family is a Siberian Husky which is driving the cat and i nuts. :) I enjoy cross stitching, crocheting, ceramics and reading. (NT) -- Chele, 20:06:46 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm Jae or Jason, a swinging single white male of 35. I like moonlight boat rides and long walks in the park.... oh, sorry - thought I was writing a personal ad again. hehe Um, Springfield, Illinois and own a hardwood flooring business. And as of tomorrow morning (Oct 1st) I'm a deer hunter again for the next 3 months. : ) (NT) -- Jae, 20:14:43 09/30/03 Tue

-Watch out Bambi....He's back!!! Better get the hell out of the woods...*VBG* (NT) -- LyndaJ, 21:36:53 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi, another Kiwi - Aussie here (born in NZ (Palmerston North) and now live in OZ (Melbourne). I try to visit at the Broch most days, but I mainly lurk. I met DG in Melbourne in Sept. last year on her FC Tour. I work 2 days a week for an educational organisation. (NT) -- DonnaC (Melbourne Australia), 21:12:09 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi..I'm LyndaJ from Appleton, WI, formly of Littleton Colorado, and Akron Oh...were I was born...'ve been here since Feb 2001on the day I got my computer and have been lucky to have been to Scotland twice. (wavely at Andrea & Sylvia) I love to read and beside Outlander series my favorite books are fantasy. I love music and am an hockey and football fan....and I love going to Highland games...this year was my first trip to Fergus...next year Surrey...I've enjoyed meeting many of you over the last few years...and have made some very good friends here in Wisconsin because of LOL...Andrea thanks for starting this I offen wonder where people are from..this was a great idea...This is a one of a kind web-site..with very special people. (NT) -- LyndaJ, 21:22:29 09/30/03 Tue

-I most not forget my friend Cathy in Colorado...if not for her saying something to me in B & N I may have never known about this place or about the trip to Scotland in 2000 which was a trip of a life time for me.. A chance meeting with my arms full of Diana's books give me one of the best friend I'll ever have. (NT) -- LyndaJ, 21:29:15 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi, Katie here. I am 47 and from a little town called Pinch just 10 miles north of Charleston WV. I am an administrative assistant at an Engineering firm. I have one DH, 2 DD's, 1 SDD, 2 Dgd's and 1 Dgs, 3 cats, 1 dog, and a large extended family who mostly live in VA. I love reading "the Books" and have been a lurker here for over a year and now post frequently. I love this place. So friendly and have "met" so many wonderful people. I hope to make the trip with those signed up for HHT05 to Scotland in 2005. What a blast to spend time with some wonderful hosers in the land where Jamie and Claire lived and loved! (NT) -- Bandruidh, 21:29:57 09/30/03 Tue

-BTW, I did get to visit Scotland in 1999 for 3 weeks with the DH and had the most wonderful time of my life. Ah, dreaming of the heather covered hills again... (NT) -- Bandruidh, 21:39:49 09/30/03 Tue

-Brigadoon ......anyone? I envy you. Hopefully we'll get to go next year (NT) -- Lady Grace, 23:11:12 09/30/03 Tue

-Hi I'm Maria, I lurked at LOL since early 1998, started posting in 2000 when we aquired our own computer and internet access versus lurking at the library. Married 16 years last Friday to DH, DS just turned 11, DD is 6 1/2. I work nights as a retail merchadiser for Procter&Gamble. Hobbies have fallen by the wayside along with cleaning since I went back to work, but I used to enjoy gardening, ceramics, hand painting furniture, refinishing furniture, and reading. I'm pretty much down to just reading at the moment *G*. I live in southern lower Michigan in a rural area being fast overun by commuters from good sized cities in 3 directions! I'd love to travel and also am wishing for a private estate with my own bathroom, as long as we're all trying to get to know each other. *G* (NT) -- Maria - I did buy a lottery ticket today *G*, 22:38:05 09/30/03 Tue

-I'm astrokath, real name Kath (suprise!) and I live in Adelaide South Australia. I'm 45 next week, married 24 years in Dec to a wonderful DH, two sons 16 and 13, and one Border Collie called Whisky. I'm a SAHM, but do astrology (mainly for hosers) as a part time sort of thing. I like reading, cross stitching, knitting, decorating my house. I walk every day and go to the gym. I love Australian Rules Football (go the Crows - next year!) and cricket, which is just as well as my boys both play both sports. (NT) -- astrokath, 00:09:17 10/01/03 Wed

-I'm Eva, and I'm a Lally-holic! :D And since I live on the Italian side of the moon, I'm always late. Wife to one DH, mom to DS Matteo (nearly 18), DD Giulia (15 1/2) and DS Sergio (nearly 11), part time taxidriver for the kids, occasional taxi driver to help the DH, but other than that I don't work (HA!), and I try to keep it that way. I love music, to sew, to read, have a huge garden and am proud of my triple citizenship (born Swiss, become Italian by marriage and adopted by the Clan McHoser 3 1/2 years ago :D). Love this place! (NT) -- Eva, 01:38:35 10/01/03 Wed

-My name is Katie, I live in Tasmania Australia, but am considering relocating to Westeren Australiaat the beginining of next year (are there any perth hosers here?). I am a beauty therapist and have been for two years. I am 20 and still live at home with my parents(we are very close more like best friends) and am an only child but I do have a 13year old puppy called sam. Hes a labarador cross. (NT) -- KatieM, 01:56:28 10/01/03 Wed

-Kate, LOLKate lives in Perth. I guess I should tag on too. I am 66 but don't feel it. Born and raised in Glasgow but have lived in Houston for almost 40 years now and still not used to the climate. 2 married DDs each with 2 little DDs. Was divorced but married to a good one this time for 15 years. Retired but still busy, quilting, gardening, reading, etc. etc. Found LOL in Fall 1998 just before Moultrie meeting. Attended 1st Fergus gathering but didn't get to mix too much as we were late arriving to the dinner. (NT) -- MhairiS (with an 'H' :), 08:02:11 10/01/03 Wed

-Wendy here I'm 47 married 23 years now and my DH works away for about 8 weeks at a time , a DD 18 next March DS 14 in December. I live in Great Yarmouth Norflok UK along with a Rabbit, guinea pig, chicken, dog and about 30 gold fish . I am looking for a job at the moment. I do cross stitch, flower arranging and read *G* I have been on the boards for just over 3 years now. (NT) -- Wendy W, 04:52:38 10/01/03 Wed

-oh and I thought this was a great idea so I am going to copy all of the posts in this message and save them. Only way I will remember it all (NT) -- Wendy W, 04:55:10 10/01/03 Wed

-Wow! There's a lot of us! I'm Jody (duh) and live in Northern Virginia. I'm married (16 years) and have a DS ( almost 9 years old) and a DD (9 yrs old) and have a big black and white cat named Domino. I'm an Investment Manager in DC, would love to move to Portland Maine or Cape Cod, love to read, cook, garden, do crossword puzzles, find cool things with my kids, sleep, and hand out with you people. What a great group. (NT) -- Jody T., 09:24:18 10/01/03 Wed

-My name is Mairghread (and, yes, that is my name *g*) and I am 52 and living in Vancouver, BC, Canada though I was born and raised on the east coast. I have a grown daughter and step-daughter and lost my husband last year. :( Huge fan of the books for almost a decade and at the Broch for 4 years. I work with persons with disabilities in our social service system and have too many interests to even begin listing 'em. :) (NT) -- Mairghread, 10:06:44 10/01/03 Wed

-Mags, ED will be with us forever here at Lallybroch! (((((Mags))))) (NT) -- Eva, 23:52:29 10/01/03 Wed

-Hi, I'm Florence. I must be the most senior member of LOL, I am somewhere in my seventies, (trying to forget where). I've just recently completed an on-line course in astrology that, I believe, is more pschology than astrology. I am retired, a widow with a grown son and daughter. I am busy with several interests, and LOL is very special to me so I always make time to get here, Oh, yes, I live near Sacramento, in No. California. (NT) -- Florence, 13:30:36 10/01/03 Wed

-I forgot to mention I've been coming to LOL since July of 2000. (NT) -- Florence, 13:49:53 10/01/03 Wed

-Lady Lin lives in Durham, NC. Married for 6 years, one son Alex who is almost 1 year old. I stay at home with him, but I am searching for a job as a pastor of a baptist church. (NT) -- Lady Lin, 13:32:27 10/01/03 Wed

-L O. My name is Linda. I live in Bridgend, South Wales, Uk. Married for 28 years, DS is 25, DD1 is 22, DD3 is 19. We have a cat named Humie, as in Who, me? Im a secretary for two Surveyors just now but looking for part time work. SIL introduced me to the Outlander series Christmas 2002 and I havent looked back since. DH and I have just finished building a conservatory at the back of the house and vow never to try anything like it again. Next year its back to the garden. Recommend getting the DH to read CS or O, amazing results (g) (NT) -- LindaE who really should be packing for Inverness, 13:37:38 10/01/03 Wed

-My name is Carole, and as of tomorrow, I'm 30! I live in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada, which is about 45 minutes east of Vancouver. I am married to Bill, who hails from Newfoundland, and we met on the internet. We have 2 cats - a 17 pound orange tabby named Strider, and a 4 pound gray calico kitten named Willow. I work as a long term disability case manager downtown Vancouver. I enjoy walking, hanging out with friends, roleplaying (like Dungeons and Dragons), reading, and cooking. I love CSI (the original), Star Trek:TNG, and Babylon 5. I've been on the boards since 2001 I think. Back then I was shy - not anymore! (NT) -- CaroleM, 13:38:57 10/01/03 Wed

-Happy birthday, Carole! :) (NT) -- Eva, 08:43:30 10/02/03 Thu

-I'm Brenda and I live in Chilliwack, BC, Canada with my DH, 13 year old son, 10 year old daughter ,and 8 year old yellow lab. I am 38, am a grade 4 teacher, and make soap in my free time (what free time?) (NT) -- Brenda, 13:45:57 10/01/03 Wed

-Great idea. My name is Penny and I live in a small town in North Yorkshire, UK. For those of you who are familiar with the James Herriott books it is the town which is the real life Darrowby. I'm 28, just, and a relatively new hoser of a couple of months. I live with my DB who is an artist and I work in a bookshop which I love, most days!! My hobbies include reading ( obviously), patchwork, cooking and films. I would love to travel more but DB doesn't like to fly. I love Lallybroch as I feel I have just become part of a huge loving family. I would love to meet some hosers in the flesh so if any of you are ever passing, let me know!! (NT) -- Lady Penelope B, 14:27:49 10/01/03 Wed

-Hi, my name is Dave. I am a proud DH, married to a Hoser named Rhonda for 23 years. Been on Lallybroch since '99. I have been associated with a wee hamster named Hammie, let that be a warning about running jokes. I am a hazardous materials specialist for Texas A&M, and I still have all 11 fingers and toes. (NT) -- Dave, 14:39:50 10/01/03 Wed

-Hi, I'm Susankd, I've been hanging around here since 1998/1999. I'm 35, married almost 3 years, no kids yet, except the furry cat kid, who answers better to Dawg than she does to her name, PB. I live in Indianapolis & I'm a mortgage processor. Gotta mortgage/real estate/title question, I'm your man (er, woman)! And I also crochet & sew &I'm trying to get my DH into a job that makes enough that I can be a SAHM someday soon! (NT) -- Susankd, 14:48:59 10/01/03 Wed

-My name is Kimberly, I met many LOLers and Diana at Surrey 2001. I live in Salmon Arm BC Canada were I am a Social Worker - Youth Alcohol and Drug Prevention Coordinator. I am 28, single, never married and I have a 6 year old son. I love to read, my house is running out of space for bookshelves and I have 3 copies each of the Jamie and Claire books, only 1 each of DGs other books. *G* (NT) -- Berly, 15:03:17 10/01/03 Wed

-I live in Nashville TN and grew up in Louisville KY. I'll be 41 in December. Married 11 yrs to wonderful DH. We have a beautiful DS (he'll be 4 on Oct 30) and a sweet black cat (he's 14). In my sparse spare time I like to read and make jewelry. I also like to cook and go camping in the Smoky Mtns. I work at Vanderbilt University in the development office but would rather be a school librarian. Wish I didn't have to work at all. With money and time I'd travel the world (first stop Scotland!). My degree is in art history. I was introduced to the books by my SIL in July 2002 and came out of lurkdom to join LOL a year ago this month. (NT) -- BrownEyedGirl, 15:23:07 10/01/03 Wed

-Wow..HELLO Hosers!!! So glad to see all of you posting. Thought I better get my FWA here and post too! Here goes...I'm Marcie from Baton Rouge Louisiana...not a Cajun, but I play one on TV *G*....I'm 48, married 25 yrs to DH Mike..almost got him trained! We have one son, Adam, 22. I am a retired florist and now help DH in our commercial floor waxing business...professional strippers as it were. *G* Been at LOL since Aug of 1999 and don't have a clue what I did before that! Reading, computers, gardening and traveling are my passions. (NT) -- Marcie, 16:17:21 10/01/03 Wed

-Hi I'm Lucy and I'm 50, have 2 grown children. Daniel who is 24 and the father of the most perfect grandchild Emily, and Jennifer 22 whos DH is in Iraq at the moment. Been happily married for almost 28 years to my soulmate. In the fall of '98' my life was in an uproar and I went looking for some sanity on the web. I found Lallybroch instead. *BWG* much better. It has been an education to say the least. I have very much enjoyed "meeting" a lot of new people and reaffirming how many wonderful people there are. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and have 2 bratty birds and 1 brat cat. They keep me hopping now that the kids are grown. I like to read and take care of my new DGD. (NT) -- Lucy, 16:32:11 10/01/03 Wed

-Hi! My name is Lorraine and I live on Long Island, NY. I'll be 40 this November, married 17 years, have an 8 yr old DD & 4 yr old DS, plus an assortment of pets. I run science education programs for high school & college students, and do bird/environmental research at a local bird sanctuary. It was so wonderful to get to know everyone here!! (NT) -- Rollaine, 16:56:47 10/01/03 Wed

-Coming late to the party...I'm Valerie. I live in Northwest PA and have 2 sons now in college. We have 5 cats and the hound from hell. I am a college librarian and do editing for author Sharon Kay Penman (will be going to France with her next month). I run LallyQuilters and try to do LallyOrnaments every winter. I can't imagine my life without LOL and all you wonderful people. (NT) -- Valerie L., 17:02:29 10/01/03 Wed

-I'm Donna,31 years old. I am a New Zealander, I joined LOL about 4 years ago when I was still in NZ, and the timing for LOL chats was allways frustrating and difficult for me and many hosers outside USA because of time zones, so I came up with the idea of having a chat marathon. I wrote to Judy, she put it in the newsletter, and then I posted it on the social board. So we had our first ever chat marathon (which has becomme an annual tradition) which lasted 'a global weekend' from Friday 5pm New Zealand time to Monday AM Alaskan time. It was no small part a success due the efforts of the Aussie hosers and one RDAWN who spent the most time in the chat room than any other hoser ( myself included). So I becamme very close with RDAWN who gave me the idea of travelling to USA. (I'm a nanny by trade) So I came over. I live in New Jersey now, and have been in USA for 3 years( all thanks to LOL) . My passion: I love to sing karioke, and I go at least 2 x a week. (NT) -- dmaustin, 17:16:34 10/01/03 Wed

-PS: I was also the very first hoser to post on LOL in this centuary!! ( it helps when you live in the first time zone *g*) (NT) -- dmaustin, 17:21:56 10/01/03 Wed

-Well, I hope I'm just fashionably late, but I'm here! I'm Sara from Berks County, PA. I have been married for almost 12 years and have an 8-year-old DD and a 2-year-old DS. I'm a Middle School Spanish teacher in my 10th year of teaching. I got hooked on The Books last summer and have been lurking around LOL for a little over a year now. I love seeing what is going on over here! (NT) -- SaraH, 17:56:47 10/01/03 Wed

-Before this scrolls off...I'm Mary from Petaluma, CA, 40 years old with wonderful DH of 17 years, 3 kids (ages 14, 12, 9), 1 dog (Emma), 2 cats (Heike & Trixie) and not enough time to visit here as often as I'd like (since Feb 2001). Wonderful people in this community! (NT) -- MairiS (without an h :-)), 18:48:01 10/01/03 Wed

-drm- aka diana, from South Jersey, this month will be 4 yrs I've been at LOL. Some stats-.married 24 yrs, 22 yr old DS, 20 DD, male shep mix Bandit, female black chow Ebony, Cats - Buster 15, Fuzzy 11, Sunny 2 - all boys. Still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. In my spare time besides hanging here, I like to read, take care of pets and 100+ houseplants, watch pro football and haunt the local thrift & second hand stores for junk. (NT) -- drm, 19:03:13 10/01/03 Wed

-Well, better late than never! I'm Renate from Orange County, NY (southern NY-state). I'm 36, married almost 11 yrs, and we have one 5-1/2 yr. old son who just started Kindergarten. I read Outlander 1 year ago & have been at LOL since last November! Had a blast meeting Hosers at Fergus this summer & am looking forward to our NY/NJ gathering this weekend!!!! In my free time I like to read, ski (in the winter) & go bicycling! (NT) -- Renate R, 20:04:46 10/01/03 Wed

-My name is Ann. I'll be 33 in Nov. I'm from Cincinnati, OH. The DH and I celebrate 4 yrs of marriage next month. I have dog (black lab/shepherd mix) named Truman. I work as a techician in the R&D lab of a chemical company . I've travelled to Scotland and Fergus (where I met Herself ). I joined the LOL boards in April 2003 and met some awesome Hosers!! (NT) -- Ann S :->, 20:35:21 10/01/03 Wed

-Hey there! My name is Cheryl (aka stirlingirl) from Grizzly Flats CA. I'm married to Ray with 2 DDs, Brianna 14 and Shelby 12 to whom I am currently employed as a taxi driver. I've been hosed now for about 2 1/2 years and still goin' strong. Love anything Scottish, but especially those MIK's! My hobbies at the moment are anything to do with staying warm for the winter (think stacking wood, lotsa lotsa wood) but do sneak in some shopping time and of course visiting this totally cool site. (NT) -- stirlingirl, 20:39:04 10/01/03 Wed

-I'm Ginger, American, 27, German elementary teacher. Studied in CA, Germany and Scotland (2002-3) where I met my bf <3 I have 1 cat, Lady, who is the first love of my life :) and DBF will be visiting hopefully w/in the next few months. (NT) -- Ginger, 20:54:00 10/01/03 Wed

-Diane, here. Wrong side of 45, Scorpio, live in Atlanta, Georgia with DH of 22 years and two children, DS/15 and DD/12, three cats, two ferrets and an undefined number of fish. My DH and I both work at home, but in different jobs -- I own a small company that does marketing and mailing list management and am also the administrator for a large soccer club. I've been a Girl Scout leader for 8 years, for the past 3 years in charge of 84 troops between school, Scouts, soccer and church, not much else gets done except obsessive amounts of reading (2-3 books a week), but would enjoy scrapbooking and cross--stitch if there were another six hours in the day! I've been hanging out in Lallybroch since -- '98?! Has it been THAT long?! (NT) -- Lady Diane B, 07:33:34 10/02/03 Thu

-What a nice idea. I haven't had time to visit the boards these last three days, and look what happens. My eyes are burning and it took me at least half an hour to read everything. I am Ilonka, I am 39, Divorced, mother of a 12 year old son. I work as office manager at a Japanese publicity agency. My son and I have 5 cats and 5 rabbits. I live in a small town near Amsterdam. I bike to and fro work and supermarkets everyday (Holland is a very small place!). I love to renovate old furniture (paint mostly)/make things (lamps, earrings) with beads. But my absolute favourite hobby is reading. I am usually reading three books at a time (one next to my bed, one next to the diner table and one travels with me so I can read while waiting in line by the supermarket/or during my lunch break). I try to read the QOTD everyday, but there is only 24 hours in a day and I do not always manage. (NT) -- ilonka, 08:43:53 10/02/03 Thu

HI all. I'm 34 year old female- married for 14 years mother of 3(demond seeds) Richard (13) Christopher(10) Steven(7).We live in Sarnia Ontario. Just 5 mins from the Port Huron Michigan Boarder! No four legged animals in this house. Alot of testosteron*sp* I've been hanging out at Lallybroch aprox 3 years or longer and I have had the pleasure of meeting very many lally folks. Mostly at gatherings in Fergus. My hobbies are lallyquilters, vodka slushy's, men in kilts and reading when I have a spare minute. Just started a job at a jewlery store part time! I love it. As you can see I love to verbally vomit all over people. Talk to ya all soon (NT) -- shawn, 10:25:13 10/02/03 Thu

-Weeeeeeeeel, I've been away for ages, (HI MARCIE!!) but I'm here now.. I'm 26, young??, free and still (damn!) single! A florist from Finland that reads alot, spends time with her friends when not doing crazy hours at work.. (NT) -- Chirre, 10:38:06 10/02/03 Thu

-Hi, I am Alexandra and I live just outside Edinburgh in Scotland. I'm marrit to Daibhidh(David) and we have 5 bairns, Keziah(15), Aaron(14),Kyle(10), Blair(8) and Iona(5). I work part-time as an I.I.U. nurse and I'm also studying History and Scottish History at Edinburgh Uni. I founf Lallybroch just before the big Edinburgh2000 gathering and it was one of the best things that's ever happened to me. Now I'm looking forward to the UK hosers gathering in Inverness this weekend. (NT) -- AlexandraK, 10:41:24 10/02/03 Thu

-And I can certify that they are the lovliest family ever, in real life even!!! :) (NT) -- Eva, 11:58:06 10/02/03 Thu

-Hi .... I am Rachel M and I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Not married, no kids and no pets ....... yet! :-) I've been hanging around LOL since the summer of 2000 and although I don't post lots I am here everyday to see what my Lallypals are up to! (NT) -- Rachel M, 10:57:34 10/02/03 Thu

-My name is Robyn or Ribyn depending on the typing skills that day*G* I have a DH Mike of 8 years, 2 DS's Jordan(8) and Dylan (6). I am 28 y/o and live in Burnaby (Vancouver). We have a cat named Spike.I have been a LOL member since early 2001 and love it here! I have met many Hosers and hope to meet lots more in the furture. (NT) -- Robyn, 11:02:12 10/02/03 Thu

-Another one late to the party...my name (contrary to popular belief) is actually Christine (I remember early days of "Is your name REALLY Ceilidh?? *G*) and I come originally from the East Coast of Canada but was a military brat and ended up all over. Currently I live in New Hampshire with my DH of 12 years (oh yeah...I'm 32) and my two boys Joey (aged 7 going on 17) and Declan (who just turned 2). I found LOL in spring of 1999 but didn't have the guts to post until August of that year. Once know as 'boy crazy' and the person who could 'find a pic of ANY man" *G* the first pic I posted was of Brendan from the 'shower scene' which had the LOLers frantically looking for a scroll bar on the side of the picture to view "lower" :) (NT) -- Ceilidh, 11:22:09 10/02/03 Thu

-I'm Donna, gang-hosed in May 2000, by Rhonda, Dave and Chris. *G* Live in Bryan, Texas w/ my very tolerant DH Tom, & owned by 2 very spoiled rescue mutts, Rowdy and Cassidy. Hobbies are reading, cross-stitching, gardening, Scottish fests and Renaissance fairs, volunteer at the Hoston Livestock Show & Rodeo ($92 mil. in scholarship funds given since its inception!) and web-surfing. And I have a really warped, goofy sense of humor! (NT) -- littlebit, 11:28:45 10/02/03 Thu

-Hi everyone - I am Merilee, 34, live in Richmond BC (a stone's throw from LOL Head Office-literally !!). I work as an Office/HR Manager for a high profile manufacturer. I am a writer who also enjoys reading, gardening, wine, cooking and going for road trips in my PT with my DH of 10 years. I have been a mostly LOL lurker for at least 5 years. (NT) -- Merilee, 12:39:40 10/02/03 Thu

-My name is Stephanie, not Reilly(though a form of it is one of my real names), and I am originally from the Mountain State of West Virginia, but now live in Northern Virginia. I'm 30, never married, no kiddies...I have one very handsome black kitty, Luna. I'm a flight attendant who gets laid off from her job about once a year, but currently am flying and loving it. I also am a substitute school teacher. And have dabbled in the culinary field for a couple of years now with plans to have my own cafe someday. I like to travel, cook, read, watch way too many movies, love to try new things, and never stop learning. (NT) -- Reilly - who's feeling much like a beauty pageant contestant at the mo, 12:35:50 10/02/03 Thu

-Ok here goes...I'm Chessie (actually Cheryl but there are so many of those...). Married to DH John for 8 years. Unemployed right now but I used to do Computer Help Desk or Computer Operations. No kids, one dog, Nicholas the Wonder Poodle--he's 16 years old, acts like a four month old puppy. :) I live in beautiful downtown Midlothian, Virginia. Hobbies include writing (I'm a Lallywriter!), needlework and touring historical sites with DH (Williamsburg is a favorite). And while you guys argue about Methos & Donny Osmond, I'll run off with Kip Winger... :P (NT) -- Chessie >^..^<, 14:08:20 10/02/03 Thu

-Chessie, is that Main Frame Computer Operations??? (NT) -- Karen O, 17:41:00 10/02/03 Thu

-Sad to say, yes! (But I do have a line on a job...cross fingers everybody!!!) :) (NT) -- Chessie >^..^<, 18:01:15 10/02/03 Thu

-I was a Main Frame Operator for about 12 years, before I had the kids. (NT) -- Karen O, 20:53:32 10/02/03 Thu

-Wow, I've been doing it for about 15 years...I just got laid off last month, and there are no jobs around where I am for Mainframe ops (hence the remark 'sad to say'!). But I did have a good experience when calling about another job, looks like this person will have an ops job coming up soon! Time to brush up on JES2 commands... >:) (NT) -- Chessie >^..^<, 08:07:50 10/03/03 Fri

-So I'm not too late? Yippy Skippy!!! My 'puter has been naughty lately, but is now working fine. So....here's me: I am from Wisconsin and have been an LOL'er since the summer of '99. I am 46. Dan and I have been married for 20 years. We have two wonderful kids -- Ben is 16 and Emily is 13. Some of my favourite pastimes are: reading (duh), listening to ALL kinds of music, playing in my flower gardens, quilting, and after October 18 I'll be adding hiking to my list. I love to travel with my family AND I also love visiting Hosers whenever I can. My life has been so enriched from all the marvelous friendships I've made here. CIRCLES! (NT) -- Sassy, 14:13:19 10/02/03 Thu

-JUDIE.....Thank you for all your work to keep this Mother of a post going....I think Andrea's idea was great and has been fun reading about everyone...and I know everyone here really appreciates your doing this for us... (NT) -- LyndaJ, 05:12:50 10/03/03 Fri

-Yeah I get a chance too! My name is Nancy I am 30. I live near Montgomery, Al. I am married to my highschool sweetheart, for 9 1/2 years now we have two fabulous DD's ages 7 and almost 3. He is in the Military so we have been blessed to see alot of the country between living out west and the trips getting to and from each side of the country!(we are originaly from FL) We also lived in Italy for 3 yrs and would really like to get back to Europe. I am a SAHM, I recently started back to school for my AA in History thanks to the Series!! I am so blessed my sister encouraged my DH to get me the books for X-mas in '00, haven't looked back since! I love to read and would rather do that than anything around the house! Our family are huge Harry Potter and LOTR fans so when I am not reading DG I have my nose in the others! My husband thinks I am a wierdo for coming to this site daily but I think this is a great place with great people all with something special incommon! :) (NT) -- NancyH, 14:35:21 10/02/03 Thu

-Okay, my turn. I'm Margy (Margaret) and I live in Twydall (pronounced twiddle) Kent, UK. DH Richard of 13 years, DS Jake 11 and DD Megan 8, (9 this month). I;ve been here about 18 months and post more often during school holidays. I work in the Finance Dept of the Local Education Authority (Medway Council) and am lucky enought to be term-time only. We have a cat Ned, who is 15 and annoying, a rescue dog Tess who is 7ish, we've had her one year, and a couple of goldfish. I should be sleeping now, going to Inverness for the Annual UK Gathering tomorrow. Yahhh! Oh yes, I should say I'm a sometime Saturday night chatter, when Tess wakes me up in time to catch you (mainly stateside) hosers. And I originate from near Rotorua, NZ. (NT) -- Margy, 14:54:12 10/02/03 Thu

-Be sure to take pictures!!! (NT) -- LadyWeb, 15:13:10 10/02/03 Thu

-Ok. Let me try this. My name is Tracy, 27-yrs-old, and I live in Charlotte, NC. I'm a single parent. I have one child, 7-yr-old son, and his name is CJ... I am currently employed by a freight forwarder, but eventually wish to pursue the chance of becoming a published author. :-) Lady Lin presented Outlander to me as a Christmas gift in 1998, and I became an instant addict. ;-) I've developed a lot of special friendships via the social board, and the DG booksigning in Raleigh - Dec '01... Also the proud owner of a brand new 2003 Hyundai Accent... whoohoo! heh heh (NT) -- Moonlight Poetess, 15:25:11 10/02/03 Thu

-Hey, Tracy!! Long time, no see. (NT) -- Lady Lin, 22:26:29 10/02/03 Thu

-Hello all! I'm Jessa. I'm 19 and in my first year of vet school at OVC in Guelph. I like World War 2, Antarctica, Scotland, wierd British music and horses. My biggest goals are to learn to fly, sail and event at the Olympics. (NT) -- Jessa, 15:30:17 10/02/03 Thu

-Oh I'm so glad I didn't miss this!! My computer was having connection problems....Anyway, I'm Melissa, 27, from Port Charlotte, FL. Been with my SO, Keith , for 13 years, engaged for over a year with no wedding date in sight, 2 lovely doggies who are my 'babies', love reading, beading, eating and sleeping (g). I did get to meet some Flosers when DG came to Ft. Meyers last year, but I missed out on the Sassyfest :-(. And I love this place, even though I don't post much. (NT) -- MJT, 16:02:39 10/02/03 Thu

-Ok, here's mine. My name is Christina, 27 yrs old, not married but living with the DBF for over 3 yrs now, and we have two kitties named Cleo and Ajax. I am an archaeologist for Iowa (live in Waterloo, btw), and travel in the off season wherever a jet will carry me. (NT) -- Christina V., 16:39:45 10/02/03 Thu

-Hi ChristinaV! You seem to be the hoser I have most in common with..inside please... -- MJT, 17:09:50 10/02/03 Thu

-Loved reading about the other hosers, I quess it's my turn, My name is Amy ( Amy Hope) 34, married 14 yrs to my college sweetheart. DD, Reese is 3. I work in landscaping. I've lurked around the boards and finally started to post about a month ago, so I guess I'm a newbie, but I'm learning my way around. Oh yeah, I live in south Georgia. And my 3 year old is driving me crazy righ now with 20+ questions... (NT) -- Amy Hope, 16:51:34 10/02/03 Thu

-Great idea Andrea! I am Angel (aka Angela) living in the hot state of TX, transplanted from TN 6 years ago. Was married in Duns, Scotland last Oct to my DH Tim, and enjoying every minute of it. We have 3 cats (Domino, Autumn and Blackie) small Shetland Pony (really a great dane) named Zeus and several fish...no 2 legged kids in our future! Love to read, sew, horseback riding or horse anything and I am just starting to get into designing and make stained glass panels. And of course, there's Lallybroch! CIRCLES!! (NT) -- Angel, 17:31:20 10/02/03 Thu

-Hi, I'm Traci Mc., 38 yrs. old, and live in Maryland. I've been married 14 years this month and have two DD, ages 8 and 5, and a DD in heaven. I've been a SAHM for the past 6 years. I enjoy reading, crafts, baking, and gardening. I love different types of music, but my favorite band is Clannad, an Irish band that sings a lot of songs in Gaelic (very beautiful, almost haunting melodies). One of these days I hope to make it to a chat, if I can figure out how (I'm used to chatting in Yahoo and MSN groups). (NT) -- Traci Mc., 21:29:10 10/02/03 Thu

-Man am I late to this party!!! Go away for a few days and it's a freaking LOL/AA Meeting. Hi my name is Tam and I'm an LOLaholic. It's been 2 days since my last fix. *G* My name is Tam (really Tamara, but there are too many of us) I used to go by Lady Tam...but they laughed at me. Been married to DH, for 17 years. We have DS Matt 12, and DD Kaitlyn almost 8. DH is a Naval Flight Officer so we move a lot. Maine, California, Virginia, Tennessee and Florida. Yup, I'm a FLOSER, they'll let anyone in...they let Jeanie in, right?! *EG* I'm currently a SAHM and unemployed art teacher that turns to subbing when forced. (hahaha) I found LOL in October 2001 and celebrated my one year Lallyversary at Surrey and can't wait to get there again this year to meet some new Hosers. WOOHOO! My hobbies are reading, chatting *G* and writing. I'm a soccer, gymnastics, swimteam mom and Navywife...that pretty much deletes the words boredom and freetime from my vocabulary! *G* (NT) -- Tam, 21:42:19 10/02/03 Thu

-Whew! I'm even later to the party. Nice to learn so much about you all. I'm 36, SAHM of Teagan (8) Max (6) and Duncan (4). Currently have my sister and her 1 and 2 yos living with us so busy household. I was a social worker before kids and am now a La Leche League leader (breastfeeding counsellor) which is timewise a part time job but it doesn't pay unfortunately. We also have Flash (12yo bassett), Tigerlily (kitty) and Rainbow (fish). I live in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada...just an hour from Fergus where I've met so many great hosers! DH Jeff loves hoser gatherings (any excuse to wear his kilt) even though he hasn't read The Books. Looking forward to meetings lots of hosers in Surrey. (NT) -- Fiona, 07:36:38 10/03/03 Fri

-I'm AnjaG. My real name is Jae; there used to be a guy on the boards who spelled his name the same way, so I changed to AnjaG. I live near Minneapolis, MN. I am 34 years old, married with two cats, Quigley and Machka (which means "cat" in Bosnian.) My DH is a pastor, and I am an ESL teacher--well--at least that's what my license is-- I'm currently subbing, and also work at a clothing store and do some volunteering for an adult ESL program in Roseville, MN. My hobbies include reading (mostly historical fiction and bigraphies, and reading aout the Amish), writing (I'm still working on my "Westward Home" book.) I also play guitar and sing, do cross-stitching, and like to do crafty-stuff. I also like to learn languages. On Sunday, I am going to attempt to sing "Be Thou My Vision" in IRISH! (Wish me luck!) Anyway--that's me. (NT) -- AnjaG, 07:42:52 10/03/03 Fri

· Jae, that guy *G*, is still here...somewhere. *G* (NT) -- http://users.voyager.com/profiles/?tamhttp://users.voyager.com/profiles/?tam --Tam, 12:23:07 10/04/03 Sat

-Better late than never! My name is Rachel. I'm a graphic designer and I work as PR director for a private school. I'm a native Texan and I live in Houston TX w/ my dh Larry, 3 kids (Michael is in college in Ohio, Sara is in HS and Emily is in Jr. High) and our sheltie, Libby who has a fetch addiction. I've been hanging round Lallybroch since 99?? about the time I got addicted to Gabaldon. In addition to reading all the time, I like to cook and bake, sew, weave, do needlework and I also sing in my church choir and cantor at Mass. (NT) -- Rachel, 08:07:18 10/03/03 Fri

-Hi all! I'm Jeani and I'm another Hoosier Hoser. I live in Indy with my DH Jason, two cat-kids, and one human-kid on the way (due in Feb). I'm a program coordinator for a graduate program at IU and going back for my PhD in Ed Psych. I like to crochet and read and I dabble in web design for friends. I've been hanging around here for about a 1 1/2 yrs now and got my DH to read O, DIA, and V and he even wears a kilt occasionally! I love celtic music and am learning to play the bodhran and the dulcimer. (NT) -- JeaniC, 08:37:23 10/03/03 Fri

HELP! Please do NOT repost your info. If you already posted the other day, then it's in one of the first replies to this thread. The thread got so huge it was screwing up the board so I had to delete it. And I've turned off the "verbose" reply format for now. So please, do not repost - once the replies are saved we will be making a web page and uploading it and all info will be there. We shall keep you informed. :D (NT) -- Judie, 11:54:26 10/03/03 Fri

· I am awfully sorry Judie!! That was for sure not my intention.... :-( (NT) -- Andrea-Germany, 19:08:47 10/03/03 Fri

· ROFL - no problem. Quit worrying and get on your vacation!!!!!! I just noticed some people thought they have to repeat their post cause it was missing - it's just moved - we'll get them all. :D (NT) -- Judie, 19:59:15 10/03/03 Fri


late to the party as usual, my info is inside -- Beladona, 19:54:41 10/03/03 Fri

Hey, how did I miss this one the first time around?? Well, anyway...I'm Jodi YoB and I'm from Calgary, Canada. I've been at LOL for 4 years now and adore my hosehead friends. I'll be 36 in a month (how did that happen!), married with a 5 yr old son and we just built a new house that I love! YoB stands for "Yo! Bitch!" and I got that endearing handle at Surrey where to be called a bitch means that you are loved. Really! So I treasure my name and the fact that I was lucky enough to have stumbled into this site. (NT) -- Jodi YoB, 22:31:01 10/03/03 Fri

This is almost like an AA introduction. Hi my name is Jackie Riches and I am addicted to Lallybroch. I have been around for 3 1/2 years. I live in Western Australia. I am 33 married with 2 girls. Briana aged 6 and Tameka aged 4. I named Briana after a favourite uncle 2 years before I found the books- fate. I am a Kindy teacher (4 year old Children). I love to read, chat, water ski and camping. I like to involve myself in as much as I can around the broch although I have been missing in action for 10 months due to computer problems (NT) -- JackieR, 02:45:11 10/04/03 Sat

Better late than never *G* My name is SarahB, I am 23, been married just over a year to DH and live in Texas. I teach 3rd grade. I 've been trying to convince my DH to read the books but no luck!! It's great to read about everyone else!! (NT) -- SarahB, 08:56:00 10/04/03 Sat Hope I'm not too late, I've been busy at work. Hi, my name is Lois, I live in Sydney Australia, and I've been lurking about and posting infrequently at LOL for about 2 years. I'm 45, married, no kids of my own, but step mother to 4, and step grandmother to 4 more. I have 3 dogs and a cat. (NT) -- Lois, 00:36:18 10/05/03 Sun

· I'm Daintry, live on Hedy's Island, aka Vancouver Island British Columbia, and have been here for 4 years of hoserosity. I live on a mountain with DH, the eagles soar overhead and the deer frolic in the backyard. By day I am a confidential legal secretary for the Province of BC but my passion is sewing. I do love to make things, my new interest is soap and lotion making. I also love to cook and bake, garden takes a lot of my time but I don't love it so much, only the outcome. I am from Niagara Falls and will be missing Surrey this year to visit family there. I aquired the Princess moniker when DH gave me a tiara for Christmas 2 years ago. (NT) -- Princess Daintry (PD), 08:31:56 10/05/03 Sun

Hi all! My Name Is DeAnn Z and I am a Hoser. *g* I am 29, from Minnesota, a mum of two boys, ages 6 1/2 & 4 1/2, and married to my DH for 8 1/2 years. I am a Rec. Coord. at a Care Center and a Nursing (RN) Student. I love reading, SUMMERTIME (It's been cold here!), crafts, gardening and just being social. I was much more active on the boards a few years ago, but now, if I get on once a week, I count myself lucky. I am so excited to meet DG and the other MN hosers on Friday! Whooo Hooo! (NT) -- DeAnn Z (Take out the spaces on my email), 09:05:50 10/05/03 Sun

 

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