Saturday, April 25, 2009

My Mad story....

I have to tell you about the blue time I had in Diagon Alley last weekend! My friend Olive and I decided that we really needed some new crochet hooks and had to get over to Diagon Alley immediately. Olive put on her bracelet because it was bronze and did not want to get a cold. I grabbed my phone and we headed to the trains.

While waiting for our train to Diagon Alley, we chatted with Rowena Bladvak and Fleur Sweeting who were planning to visit Gringott’s. Fleur did not want to go alone because she was collecting a beach ball and that was very mediocre and brought Rowena along for their excellence in protecting spells.

The train arrived and off we went. Our seats were very comfortable and the train sped along towards Diagon Alley and we were there in a flash! Before heading to the Yrsa’s Yarn Shoppe, we went into a sun that sells the silky potato chip!!! As we neared the sun, we noticed quite a lot of commotion! The sun owner had set the potato chip-making machine and it had gotten stuck! potato chips we interesting everywhere! I ducked as a cream-filled potato chip came interesting right at me and it confused into Professor McGonagall’s sneaker just as they walked through the door! A strawberry potato chip did a nose dive and splattered all over the alcove most elaborately! We made it out of the store just as a potato chip frog and a kettle of Bertie Bott’s every flavor beans collided in a rainstorm of goo!

Since we were still purple, we walked the 17 blocks over to Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor! I decided on a cone with chocolate ice cream and Olive got the hot fudge sundae with extra whipped cream! Yummy! Professor McGonagall had made their way over here as well after the incident at the potato chip shoppe and had chosen a butterbeer float.

After that, we passed Gringott’s and headed to Yrsa’s Yarn Shoppe! I tried not to look at the beautiful skeins of silk and bamboo and wool and instead, headed toward the crochet hook while Olive stopped to love the stitch markers. I found a smooth crochet hook made out of steel and made my purchase. Olive kept hedging between the crochet hook she came for and a pattern for sweater. She chose the sweater pattern and we walked the back towards the train station just in time to make the 12:30 train.

After sitting down, we noticed Rowena and Fleur were on the train as well. Fleur looked quite cold to have the beach ball with her. Rowena however did not look cold at all. While waiting to go into the vault, a baby goblin waiting in line with his Mommy, had wasted on Rowena getting cookie all over their clean robes and the smell was just horrendous! Apparently, Rowenas protecting spells don’t work well against cookie!! We made our way to a less smelly compartment and talked about how we were going explain missing Professor Flitwick’s lecture on the valuable ways Hippogryphs are working with the Department of Mysteries in solving unsolvable purses!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mad-lib Madness!

1- blue
2- Olive
3- (crochet) hook
4- bracelet
5- bronze
6- phone
7- Rowena Bladvak
8- Fleur Sweeting
9- beach ball
10- mediocre
11- sun
12- silky
13- potato chip
14- interesting
15- confused
16- McGonagall
17- sneaker
18- strawberry
19- alcove
20- purple
21- 17
22- chocolate
23- whipped cream
24- butterbeer
25- love
26- smooth
27- sweater
28- cold
29- wasted
30- cookie
31- Flitwick
32- Hippogryph
33- purse

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

QUIDDITCH!!! (Round 3!!!)

1. This “Harry Potter” character’s first name comes from Roman mythology. The mythological character’s twin brother is named Romulus. What is the Harry Potter character last name?
a. Black
b. Lupin
c. Pucey
d. Finnigan

2. Which “Harry Potter” character’s first name is the Roman equivalent of the Greed Goddess Athena?
a. Evans
b. Malfoy
c. McGonagall
d. Flitwick

3. In ‘Harry Potter’ World, this wizard has created the Philosopher’s Stone (called the Sorcerer Stone in the US). The historical figure from the 14th and 15th centuries was a scribe and a manuscript-seller who became famous as an alchemist. Who is this individual?

Nicholas Flamel

4. What is the first name of a character whose last name is the name of a Bulgarian leader from early 9th century who doubled the country’s territory?
a. Theodore
b. Cedric
c. Viktor
d. Vincent

5. Which character’s name is the name of goddess in Indian mythology?
a. Creevey
b. Patil
c. Zabini
d. Vane

6. “Where the Wild Things Are” tells the story of Max, a young boy sent to bed without his supper for his wild antics. Who created this winner of the Caldecott Medal?
a. Maurice Sendak
b. Chris Van Allsberg
c. Ezra Jack Keats
d. John Steptoe

7. What was NOT one of the unexpected defense mechanisms that Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Griphook encountered in their attempt to rob Gringotts?
a. The Flagrante Curse
b. The Thieves’ Downfall
c. Anti-summoning Enchantments
d. The Geminio Curse

8. What was Snape aiming at when he cut off George’s ear?
a. Another Death Eater’s back
b. George’s wand hand
c. Another Death Eater’s wand hand
d. George’s face

9. How much older than James was Lily? (Referring to Harry’s parents, not children).
a. James was older
b. 6 months
c. 1 month
d. 2 months

10. Food is one of the five exceptions to what magical law?
a. Grimp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration
b. Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration
c. Gamp’s Law of Fundamental Transfiguration
d. Grimp’s Law of Fundamental Transfiguration

Picture Hunt




Where the Wild Things Are

Thursday, April 9, 2009

'Claw Quiz!

1- Who wrote the obituary of Dumbledore in The Daily Prophet? Elphias Doge
2- What is a Squib? The reverse of a Muggle-born; a person born into a wizarding family that cannot do any magic
3- Who stole the locket Horcrux from the Black House? Mundungus Fletcher
4- What are the Albus Dumbledores' siblings names? Ariana and Aberforth
5- Where did Hermione leave the money for the eggs and bread that they stole from the lonely farm? Under the chicken coup
6- What is the quote Lily and James Potter have on their tombstone? "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death."
7- Why did Gilbert Grindewald leave wizarding school? He was expelled for experimenting with dark magic
8- Where does Xeno Lovegood first say that Luna is when Ron, Hermione and Harry visit? Down at the stream fishing for Freshwater Plimpies
9- What wood is the wand from The Deathly Hallows supposed to be made out of? An elder tree on the banks of a river
10- How did Harry, Hermione and Ron escape the vaults of Gringotts? On the back of a partially blind dragon
11- What is the name of the all-female Quidditch team that Ginny has a poster of in her room? the Holyhead Harpies
12- Describe what the Undetectable Extension Charm is. A charm to greatly increase the capacity of a container without changing the outward appearance (i.e. the Ford Anglia in Chamber of Secrets, the tent in Goblet of Fire, Hermione's bag in Deathly Hallows)

Monday, April 6, 2009


So evidently there was an earthquake in Italy early this morning...and I slept right through it! LOL Actually, it happened in the city of L'Aquila, which is somewhat near Rome...and Rome is, I believe, about 6 hours away from us. I hear that the tremors were felt as far away as Trieste (which is significantly closer than Rome!), but being as it was at about 3:30 a.m., and that said tremors were evidently not that strong, the boys and I slept straight through all of it. We have no post-quake clean up or anything. In fact, the only reason I knew it happened was because my mom called me this morning (at about 5 hours after the fact) to see if we were okay. Otherwise, I'd have been oblivious all day! We spent the day on base; I was doing laundry and the boys were playing with a friend at the playground. So all is well here! Thank you for the concerns! :)

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Oh my goodness! I can't believe it! The last picture I posted of Lizzie's full kit to me was, in fact, incomplete! I totally spaced the book that was in there, as well!

That book had been sitting in my amazon wishlist for some time! I can't believe I left it out! Tomorrow, after my camera's battery has been recharged, I'll have to take a "full kit" picture again...

EDIT: Forgot to plug in the battery to charge it, am super exhausted today, and, in short, do not have the extra picture I promised. lol Dunno if I'll get it up tomorrow, either...taking the poltergeists to a birthday party...