Saturday, June 28, 2008

Mosaic Meme

Go to and type your answers to the following questions (one at a time) into the Search Box.

The questions are:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favourite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favourite colour?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favourite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favourite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

Choose 1 image from the FIRST page of results, remember the image you choose doesn't have to be exactly what you were looking for - just the image you like best from the first page.

Copy your URLs to the Mosaic Maker here and publish your mosaic to your blog.

I will tag Lavender Ackerly, Emma Dumbledore, and Stuart Cauldwell!

Movie Madness

Yesterday was a very quiet day for me. Both Professor Lufkin and Professor Townsend were involved in staff meeting all day in preparation for the end of another term at Hogwarts. So I found myself with nothing to do! Minee was preparing to go away for the weekend with her family and I haven't seen Luveday in days and days. I do hope she is still attending Hogwarts and that we didn't scare her away.

Anyway, since it was so quiet I decided to sneak off to the Muggle world where I saw 4 movies! Yes...4!! First I saw a very cute movie called Spiderwick, followed by an action picture called Jumper (not my favorite). Then it was The Kite Runner which I thoroughly enjoyed and must now read the book. Finally, last night I saw Wall*E, which is very entertaining. I recommend it to everyone. I was amazed how good a movie can be with almost no dialog.

In between all those movies, I managed to read a few chapters and to put the finishing touchs on the kit for my spoilee. I am hoping to get my little owl Paisley into action yet this weekend!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Quidditch Round 2

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

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

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

4. What spell are the students studying in McGonalgall's class when Umbridge is doing her inspection?
Answer: 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

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

7. Moody used the Disillusionment Charm on Harry.
Answer: Yes

8. Which of these Death Eaters is Sirius related to?
Answer: 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?
Answer: b. 8

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Holiday in Hogsmeade

Headmistress Wartbobble recently gave us permission to leave Hogswarts and visit Hogsmeade. I was so excited to get away for and spend time with my friends, both old and new. My sister Fleur, Minee and I tried hard to convince Luveday to come with us, but she is extremely quiet and so very shy; we couldn't talk her into joining us. She said she much preferred to spend the time in the quiet Common Room alone with her nose in a large stack of books and with her knitting. I really haven't had much of an opportunity to get to know Luveday because she is so quiet. Hopefully next time she will join us.

Fleur donned her best peacock colored robes, I grabbed my favorite purple, and Minee was a rainbow of flashing colors as we found our way to Hogsmeade. There were students and professors milling around everywhere, chattering and laughing. We first headed to The Three Broomsticks where we indulged in a few mugs of its delicious butterbeer. I hadn't seen Madam Rosmerta since the beginning of the term so it was fun to say hi. Naturally, it was packed wall to wall, but we managed to find a tiny table in the center of the room which we shared with some of the other prefects and head girls.

Next it was on to Scrivenshaft's where I picked up some new quills and parchment. I suppose at some point I should attempt to do some homework! Fleur, of course, had to have peacock feather quills. I hate to admit it, but they are spectacular!

I said goodbye to my friends and then wandered off on my own. I just happened to accidently run into Professor Lufkin standing in front of The Hog's Head. He was most definitely fascinated by the hanging sign on the front of the pub with the severed boar's head and the leaking blood. He invited me to join him in one of the private rooms on the upper floor of the pub. Of course, we discussed DADA.....

I finally had to excuse myself so I could make a stop at Gladrags Wizardwear to see the latest in quirky merchandise. I found the most magnificent socks that undulated in purple and silver which I just had to have. I also found a new shimmering purple robe that found its way into my bag.

By that time I was definitely in need of refreshment so I wandered over to Madam Puddifoot's tea shop. Imagine my surprise when I discovered visiting Professor Townsend in a quiet corner. He invited me to join him and he bought me a lovely cup of tea in a lavender cup. I had to giggle when violet petals and confetti began to shower our table thanks to the floating golden cherubs. What a enchanting change of pace.

It was then time to start the trip back to Hogwarts. Professor Townsend offered to accompany me. On the way we stopped at Honeydukes Sweetshop where Professor Townsend bought me some honey-colored toffees and lavender flavored nougat.

Sigh...what a wonderful day. I hope we get another Hogsmeade weekend soon!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

My Patronus

What Is Your Patronus Charm?
created with
You scored as Owl Patronus

Although it took a bit of work, you managed to produce a wise Owl Patronus! Exceptionally intelligent and unbelievably clever, you are by far a genuine person with a mind filled with brilliance and the potential for great things. You generally keep to yourself, but you have a lot going on inside of your head. Any way, you are a wonderful and useful friend. Now go kick some dementor butt!

Owl Patronus


Butterfly Patronus


Horse Patronus


Rabbit Patronus


Dog Patronus


Fox Patronus


Swan Patronus


Cat Patronus


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Meme About Me

1. What was I doing 10 years ago...

My oldest child had just gotten married. My middle child had just graduated high school so I was in the midst of college prep for him. My daughter was getting ready to start her last year of high school so I was taking her for senior photos, voice lessons, choir practice,etc. Both were playing summer traveling soccer so I was spending lots of time on the road going to soccer games. My time during all the things in the Mom job description were coming to an end and I was looking forward to having time to do the things I wanted to do, rather than spending all my time seeing to the needs of my kids. I was also working full-time in the same job I'm in now.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today...

Put the final stitches in a cross stitch piece
Pack away winter clothes
Go for a long walk
Take time to read

3. Snacks I enjoy...

Popcorn is the #1 snack I can't resist. I also love summer fruits. I'm not really into chocolate unless it's very good chocolate.

4. Things I would do if I was a billionaire...

Build the house of my dreams
Pay off my children's student loans
Buy houses for my children
Set up college funds for any/all grandchildren
Travel to all the places I have dreamed of seeing
Set up neighborhood summertime progams for kids, including a traveling library

5. Places I’ve lived...

Fargo, North Dakota
Wheatridge, Colorado
Longmont, Colorado
Bloomington, Minnesota
Tunis, Tunisia

6. Jobs I’ve had...

Legal Assistant

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

All my Hogwarts friends, new and old, including

Andromache Tonks
Cecilia Kettleburn
Agatha Ackerly
Miranda Moonstone
Violet Le Veela

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

My Alter-Ego

This just doesn't surprise me at all. Lupin was my favorite character until Luna Lovegood came on the scene.

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

My Week Away

Last week a Muggle friend visited from Canada. She had never been to a wizarding school so I had a great time showing her around Hogwarts, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. It was a exciting week, even if we didn't get much sleep. Unfortunately Professor Lufkin was busy with DADA classes (right? He was there, right?) so he couldn't join us. I showed Amelie around Ravenclaw Tower, the Great Hall, and the grounds of Hogwarts before heading to Diagon Alley and major shopping. She was constantly panicking when the staircases moved, jumping when a portrait talked to her, and grabbing my arm in a death grip when one of the ghosts floated overhead. How different our wizarding world must seem to a Muggle!

While relaxing one evening in the Crystal Cave, a wonderful purple drink arrived at our table. I searched the interior of the pub, but all the tables in the dim candle-lit room were occupied and everyone seemed to be in quiet conversation. I couldn't figure out who had sent the drink. It was a lovely lavender flavored drink with lots of lilac colored sugar crystals on the rim. Soooo delicious! When a second drink arrived, I just had to know who had sent it. The waitress tilted her head in the direction of the far corner and indicated a very interesting mysterious man sitting alone. He smiled and nodded his head. My Muggle friend's jaw dropped. She tried to stop me but, being the friendly person I am, I immediately got up, walked to his table and introduced myself. Meet McGuiness Townsend, a visiting professor of History of Magic from Salem Witches' Institute in the United States. He is visiting Hogwarts to lecture in his very unique manner. History being my favorite subject, I can't wait to attend his lectures! There will definitely be no sleeping in class and I will be in the front row!