Still got Harry Potter on the brain


You scored 16% Slytherin, 28% Ravenclaw, 20% Gryffindor, and 44% Hufflepuff!

You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal
These patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil.

Hufflepuffs are known for their loyal, hard-working, and humble demeanors.

Link: The Sorting Hat Test written by leeannslytherin on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Dumbledore speaks

dreams.pngOne of my favorite moments in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is when HP finds the Mirror of Erised.  He goes back two more times to look into the mirror, once taking Ron who sees something entirely different than Harry.  On the third visit Dumbledore finds him and talks to Harry about the mirror.  He tells him the happiest man in the world would look in and only see himself.  He also tells Harry that people have lost themselves looking into the mirror.  When Harry asks Dumbledore what he says he would see himself holding a nice pair of wool socks.  I don’t know if Harry doubted Dumbledore’s answer, but fans did.  Now that the seventh book has come out and we have learned more about Dumbledore, we can guess that what Dumbledore saw was not unlike what Harry saw.

hpdd.pngIn book six, Harry had special lessons with Dumbledore.  He also went on a journey with Dumbledore relating to Voldemort.  Something terrible happened to Dumbledore during this journey and Harry tried to reassure him.  Dumbledore, reminding us all how important Harry is to the future of their world, says, “I am not worried, Harry, I am with you.”

Life after HP

I am just kind of hanging out. We slept late, a consequence of sitting up all night reading, and T headed to rehearsal at 1:30. I have spent part of the day on the Leaky Lounge, a place I have never really frequented. (LInks may contain spoilers) I contributed to a few discussions. Read what people thought were the funniest or most ironic moments, how we wish the epilogue had gone, what we thought were still unanswered questions. I have two sets of unanswered questions: those I had going into the book that weren’t answered, and those that came up while reading the book that were never answered.

I know I will get over it soon, it is after all a fictional story, but it was heartbreaking and wonder, but open ended and somewhat unsatifying in some ways.

I am going to give Best Lady a chance to read the book and then I am going to post some of my favorite moments and lines from the book. I will awesome post my two sets of questions. I might even post how I would have written the epilogue.

Harry Potter – the end

potter.190.jpgI did it.  I read all 6 books before starting #7.  I had about 50 pages left in 6 when 7 came.  I waited for the postman and then was too afraid to see if he actually brought it (UPS maybe).  I started seriously at 4 pm and finished at something like 2:45 am.  That was with bathroom breaks (when i took the book with me) getting dinner (pizza from box to plate) and moving laundry.  I figured it took me about 10 hours total to read it.  Lots of tissues too.  T is still reading.  He didn’t get to start when I did and even went out and got dinner while I read.  He got mad because I kept sobbing and cheering.  He said I was spoiling the book for him.  Well, considering I started crying on like the 3rd page, I don’t know how that could be.  I have read the epilogue three time through now.  I am still stunned.

What did you think?  No spoilers, I am pretty sure at least Best Lady won’t have read it yet.  (You can borrow mine.)

I am my favorite book

I think I took this quiz before, and I think I got this same answer, but that was before the great blog disaster of 2007.

You’re The Poisonwood Bible!
by Barbara Kingsolver
Deeply rooted in a religious background, you have since become both isolated and schizophrenic. You were naively sure that your actions would help people, but of course they were resistant to your message and ultimately disaster ensued. Since you can see so many sides of the same issue, you are both wise beyond your years and tied to worthless perspectives. If you were a type of waffle, it would be Belgian.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

(via bookshelves of doom and Fuse#8)

Harry Potter countdown 3 days left

It has taken me a week to update again because I have been painting my bathroom and reading my HP books. I am at in the Black house in HP & OP. I realized (a little late) I could have watched movies 1-4, gone to see movie 5 and then reread book 6. But now that I remember how much they left out of the movies I am glad I didn’t do that.

We went to see HP & OP on Sunday. It was pretty good. I literally started crying when Sirius came on screen. The only thing I didn’t like was the veil effect. Melissa said books fans wouldn’t be happy in one of the Pottercasts. He is supposed to just fall through the veil (a cloth veil) not get sucked up into the ether. I didn’t like that at all, but the rest of it? Awesome!

I am not sure how I am going to manage to get through 5 and 6. I know I will sob, as I have already started, but I also am not sure I am going to finish in time.

Harry Potter countdown

10 days till Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I had this brilliant idea to reread all the books. I read 1-3 before 4, then 1-4 before 5. I tried to read 1-5 before 6, but I couldn’t read 5 again. I don’t know if I will make it through 5 and 6 again before 7, but I am 1/4 of the way through 1. We’ll see.

Potter650.jpgI don’t know how HP & the DH will end, but some famous writers had some good ideas. Check out The New York Times version of the end of Harry. I am partial to Polly Horvath‘s version, although Larry Doyle knew the right word to end it with. I liked Damon Lindof‘s essay, but I didn’t like Meg Cabot’s David Letterman interview. At right is Andrea Dezso’s image of the end.

I love Memes

I found this meme on Bloomabilities and just had to do it. Not that I don’t have anything better to do.

1. Your name spelled backwards: nwad
2. Where were your parents born? Mom in St. Louis, Dad in Utica, NY
3. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer? photos
4. What’s your favorite restaurant? The Marina or The Chelsea Royal
5. Last time you swam in a pool? Last summer or the summer before, I hate bathingsuits
6. Have you ever been in a school play? Yes, the last school play was my senior year in HS (although for my husband it was last year)
7. How many kids do you want? 1 or 2
8. Type of music you dislike most? Rap and Hip-hop
9. Are you registered to vote? Yes.
10. Do you have cable? Yes.
11. Have you ever ridden on a moped? Nope
12. Ever prank call anybody? In middle school maybe
13. Ever get a parking ticket? Yes, for being parked in Faculty/Staff in college during move out week. I got it torn up. One and only ticket.
14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving? Nope.
15. Furthest place you ever traveled? Great Britain
16. Do you have a garden? Yes, but I wish someone else would weed it
17. What’s your favorite comic strip? Chickweed Lane, For Better or For Worse, Luann
18. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem? The first verse
19. Bath or Shower, morning or night? Shower in the morning, except in the summer when it is sometimes the afternoon
20. Best movie you’ve seen in the past month? We’ve been NetFlixing, so The Virgin Suicides
21. Favorite pizza topping? green peppers and hamburger
22. Chips or popcorn? POPCORN!!!!
23. What color lipstick do you usually wear? I wear lipbalm, but I like Burt’s Bees Nutmeg.
24. Have you ever smoked peanut shells? Huh? No.
25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant? I prefer scholarship pageant. And yes, once. 2nd runner up thank you.
26. Orange Juice or apple? OJ please, fresh squeezed.
27. Who was the last person you went out to dinner with and where did you dine? Actual dinner out? My husband at Top of the Hill Grill with my sister and her friend. Although last night, I had BK in the car with my mom and sister.
28. Favorite type chocolate bar? I am not a huge chocolate fan, but I like Three Musketeers.
29. When was the last time you voted at the polls? I was too sick in March so I missed it altogether, so last November.
30. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato? I don’t like tomatoes.
31. Have you ever won a trophy? An actual trophy? I don’t think so.
32. Are you a good cook? not really
33. Do you know how to pump your own gas? Yes, but I don’t if I can help it.
34. Ever order an article from an infomercial? Proactiv, it worked, but it bleached my towels.
35. Sprite or 7-up? Sierra Mist Free
36. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to work? Not a uniform per se, but I had to wear a button up shirt and khaki pants when I waited tables.
37. Last thing you bought at a pharmacy? My prescription.
38. Ever throw up in public? I don’t throw up much, so I am going with no.
39. Would you prefer being a millionaire or find true love? I have true love this time, so I want money the next time.
40. Do you believe in love at first sight? Nope, I knew my husband many years before I even liked him.
41. Can exes be friends? Yup. I still like most of mine, although I don’t see many of them often.
42. Who was the last person you visited in a hospital? Marcia when she had KIDney Sto-nes, just after she had Eliza (when I was too sick to visit).
43. Did you have a lot of hair when you were a baby? hair, yes, lots, no
44. What’s your all time favorite Saturday Night Live Character? I only really ever liked Weekend Updates
45. What was the name of your first pet? Pillsbury (not named by my family)
46. What is in your purse? wallet, journal, calendar, stuff bag, keys, knitting, iPod, camera
47. Favorite thing to do before bedtime? read
48. What is one thing you are grateful for today? a/c (we put it in finally yesterday)


octopus.gifMister Teacher at Learn Me Good tagged me for a meme. I am really excited to do it, because no one ever tags me. Thanks Mister! Edit: I have also been tagged by Ms. Whatsit. So have to get it done.
I’ve got to tell you 8 random things about myself. This always sound easy until you get to, like, number 5 and you run out of stuff. Mister Teacher didn’t take it very seriously, but I am not creative enough to lie.

1. When I was 14 I got a subclavian blood clot I had to spend a week in the hospital on a Heparin drip and then take Coumadin for 3 months. Fun right? Not so much. But at least I got to introduce myself to my new neighbor like this, “You might not remember me, but you were my doctor when I had a blood clot at 14.” “Of course I remember you Lady S.” It’s a great conversation starter.

2. Except for when I went to college, I have always lived in the same town. In fact, until we bought our house, I lived in 3 places within less than a mile of each other. I still on live a nile from my parents.

3. My third favorite holiday (after my birthday and Christmas) is the Fourth of July. I was going to blog about it this year, but this week has been nuts.

4. I have worked on 2 world premiere musicals and have another coming up in the spring.

5. I work across the street from a Nuclear Power plant and I don’t mind it at all.

6. I was the second runner up in a (very) local pageant. I did a cobbled together monologue from Antigone.

7. I got into my first choice college, but they wouldn’t give me enough money to afford it. I went to my second choice and was very happy there. The only thing I would change about it is its location. If I had it to do over, I would probably apply here.

8. When I was a little kid (3, I think) I counted like this: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-9-10-11 and wondered why I had 11 fingers and my mom said she had 10.

Most people I read have already done this meme, so I am tagging everyone else.