Saturday, August 2, 2008

What was lost is now found!

After weeks and weeks of flying in circles, Wisteria's owl finally arrived at my parents house in Alabama. Lucky for the owl I was in Alabama for the week-end to pack up the rest of my things and I was able to enjoy my fantastic package!

I have no idea where my camera could be in one of three cities that I currently "reside" in, so when I can, I will post pictures.

I got a beautiful felted bag - I'm in awe of how difficult the pattern looks - I'm excited to use it and maybe get inspired to try one myself. It's the perfect size to hold all my knitting needs - and look great in public!

I got a copy of the Harry Potter Magical Knits - I've been eyeing it , and my husband was really excited - his next project will be the wand holder, followed quickly by the wizarding cap!

I got the most beautiful sock yarn - yummy shades of yellow and grey - I can hardly wait to see how great it knits up! I got a set of double pointed needles and addi turbo circulars - my favorite kind of circulars!

To aid my tea obsession, I was given the yummiest blend of Peach and Blueberry Rooibos - it is amazing iced...and Azteca Fire, which I have been hearing much about and can't wait to try! They both came in the most beautiful tin from Teavana in my favorite shade of purple! I also happily saw the package of tea filters - which will come in VERY handy in my month long stay in a hotel - so much easier to enjoy my tea!

I got a beautiful set of stitch markers - an adorable bumble bee tape measure (I'm going to have to fight my husband over this!) a cute fizzing wizebee tin with Dinosuar eggs (which are quite yummy) and two fun test tube potions!

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!!! I'm so sorry your owl had to circle for almost a month before being able to land - but everything is great!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Quidditch Round 3

1. When Hagrid returns to Hogwarts after being sent to see the giants with Madame Maxime, Professor Umbridge questions him on his late return to school. She suspects that Hagrid had been to the mountains, but where does he tell her he has been?
d. South of France

2. Professor Umbridge comes to Hagrid's Hut and searches his cabin one evening (as she believes Harry, Ron and Hermione are there visiting him at night when they are not supposed to). When she walks past the place where Harry, Ron and Hermione are hiding under the Invisibility Cloak, Harry holds his breath. True or false?
b. False

3. A stately-looking witch in an emerald green shawl is one of the members of the Advance Guard who rescues Harry from Privet Drive. What is her name?
a. Emmeline Vance

4. What is the name of the witch who was killed two weeks after the photo of the original Order of the Phoenix was taken?
b. Marlene McKinnon

5. Which two fifth year Ravenclaw students does Dumbledore choose to be prefects?
d. Anthony Goldstein and Padma Patil

6. Which house was Rose Zeller sorted into?
d. Hufflepuff

7. What is the color of Murtlap's essence?
c. Yellow

8. Name the Ravenclaw girl who became prefect in Harry's fifth year.
b. Padma Patil

9. According to a healer's portrait at St. Mungo's hospital, which disease was Ron suffering from?
d. Spattergroit

10. Which book did Harry give Hermione for Christmas?
a. "New Theory of Numberology"

Picture Scavenger Hunt
Padma Patil
Hannah Abott

Dumbledore's Army

Cedric Diggory

Extra 5 pts - What movie will Robert Patterson star in this December - Twilight

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Hufflepuff Quiz #5

1) What is a Chimaera?
A vicious. bloodthirsty creature with a lion's head, a goat's body and a dragon's tail. Chimaera's eggs are classified as Class-A Non-Tradable Goods.
2) Name 3 of the 4 breeds of Winged Horses.
Thestrals, Abraxen, Granien, Aethonan
3) What are Yeti afraid of?
they fear fire
4) How does a wizard rid a farm of a Nogtail?
Must be chased off the farm by a pure white dog
5) Why are Fwoopers sold with a silencing charm?
Because the Fwooper's song will drive the listener insane
6) Where are Erklings found?
It is native to Germany
7) Name the only spell known to repel a Lethifold.(Bonus if you can name the wizard who survived a Lethifold attack)
The Patronus Charm

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Hufflepuff Quiz #5

I am horrible at these types of puzzles!!! I'll do my best to decode and answer by Tuesday - I'll take any hints my housemates wish to offer!


and with a little help, I came up with...


Checking In

I was feeling a little homesick, so I was able to leave Hogwarts this past weekend to visit with my family. Sometimes it feels like the trip just takes forever, but it was such a great visit, it was worth the traveling.

Happy to report that my loving husband is doing well off by himself and he is so happy to have out little dog with him. Sergei stayed with me for the first two weeks, and then went to visit Mark and he will stay with him in the cabin the rest of the summer. He is thoroughly enjoying chasing the geese and squirrels, they have white squirrels there which are protected by state law, but Sergei still enjoys giving a good chase. His doggies friends Izzy and Gertie are back for the summer as well, and now that all 3 have had their summer haircuts, there is much fun to be had outside. Excitement of the weekend was a masterclass with Yo Yo Ma, arguably the world's best cellist and possibly musician, followed by an amazing concert featuring Yo Yo playing the Dvorak cello concerto. Fantastic weekend, but now back to studying and catching up on Hogwarts news and projects.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Quidditch Round 2

1. At the beginning of the year feast, who is the only person who rudely interrupts Dumbledore during his speech?
b. Professor Umbridge

2. Off what street is the alley where Harry first met Sirius?
c. Magnolia Crescent

3. Tonks’ mother had two sisters, both pure-bloods, and both left on the Black Family Tree. What are their names?
c. Narcissa and Bellatrix

4. What spell are the students studying in McGonalgall’s class when Umbrdige is doing her inspection?
d. The Vanishing Spell

5. Who comes to warn Harry and the rest of Dumbledore’s Army that Umbridge and her group of followers are coming to break up their meeting?
Answer: Dobby (five letters)

6. Who are the members of the Order that met Harry Potter in the Dursely’s house during the summer before his fifth year?
c. Alastor Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Elphias Doge, Dedalus Diggle, Remus Lupin, Emmeline Vance, Sturgis Podmore, Hestia Jones

7. Moody used the Disillusionment Charm on Harry.
a. Yes

8. Which of these Death Eaters is Sirius related to?
d. All of these

9. At what age did Sirius leave his home?
Answer: 16

10. How many of the original Order members were killed (don’t include those who disappeared)?
b. 8

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Curious Meme

I was tagged by Catriona Lestrange for this meme, so here goes!

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
That would be the summer of 1998...I attended the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Minneapolis, decided to transfer schools, made several life-long friends, and realized that with help I could puruse this crazy dream of being a professional tuba player.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today?
Do laundry
Go to work
Call my sister
Call my husband
Look for jobs

3. Snacks I enjoy...
Parmesan Goldfish crackers
M&M's (the chocolate cherry ones are amazing)
Bit O'Honey

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire...
Pay off all my student loan debt
Pay off all my sister's student loan debt
Buy a new car for my husband and me
Travel - spend a LARGE portion of my money doing this
Buy homes for my whole family within a one-hour drive of each other
Pay off my closest friends student loan debt
Donate to St. Jude/Susan G. Komen/Human Society

5. Places I've lived..
Louisville, KY
Lafayette, IN
Decatur, IL
Newark, DE
Omaha, NE
Greencastle, IN
Vincennes, IN
Highland, IN
Cedar Falls, IA
Spring Hill, TN
Tallahassee, FL
Pine Bluff, AR
Tucson, AZ
Tempe, AZ
Oxford, AL
Athens, GA
Macon, GA
Brevard, NC
(umm, we move a lot???)

6. Jobs I've had...
Grocery Store Cashier/Bagger
Parking Guard for a Performing Arts Center
Short order cook at the K-Cafe (K-Mart)
Youth Minister
Adjunt Professor of tuba and euphonium
Graduate Assistant
Assistant Dean of Students
I sold Stryker Tanks to the Government
Footwear Manager
Video Store Assistant Manager/Shift Leader/Customer Servivce Rep
Principal Tuba Player in orchestras and brass quintets

7. Peeps I want to know more about...

Penelope of Flitwick
Antonio dela Weasley
Eleanor Wigworthy
Perenelle Ballycastle