Sunday, April 26, 2009

Mad Lib, Part 2.

I have to tell you about the wicked time I had in Diagon Alley last weekend! My friend Fleur Sweeting and I decided that we really needed some new socks and had to get over to Diagon Alley immediately. Fleur put on her stiletto boots because it was soft and did not want to get a cold. I grabbed my iPod and we headed to the trains.
While waiting for our train to Diagon Alley, we chatted with Hermione Bagnold and Cass Puddlemere who were planning to visit Gringott’s. Cass did not want to go alone because he/she was collecting a couch and that was very squishy and brought Hermione along for her 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 table that sells the clean meatballs!!! As we neared the 11, we noticed quite a lot of commotion! The table owner had set the meatball-making machine and it had gotten stuck! Meatballs were stunning everywhere! I ducked as a cream-filled meatball came stunning right at me and it cracked into Professor Flitwick ’s pencil skirt just as they walked through the door! A tomato meatball did a nose dive and splattered all over the doorway most elaborately! We made it out of the store just as a meatball frog and a kettle of Bertie Bott’s every flavor beans collided in a rainstorm of goo!
Since we were still killer, we walked the 7 blocks over to Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor! I decided on a cone with grape ice cream and Fleur got the hot fudge sundae with extra cheese! Yummy! Professor Flitwick had made his way over here as well after the incident at the meatball shoppe and had chosen a Coke 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 socks while Fleur stopped to run the stitch markers. I found a squeaky sock made out of steel and made my purchase. Fleur kept hedging between the sock she came for and a pattern for a 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 Hermione and Cass were on the train as well. Cass looked quite shiny to have the couch with them. Hermione however did not look shinied at all. While waiting to go into the vault, a baby goblin waiting in line with his Mommy, had swam on Hermione getting bacon all over her clean robes! The smell really was just horrendous! Apparently, Hermione’s protecting spells don’t work well against bacon!! We made our way to a less smelly compartment and talked about how we were going explain missing Professor McGonagall’s lecture on the valuable ways pygmy puffs are working with the Department of Mysteries in solving unsolvable hutches!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ravenclaw Mad Lib

1- An adjective-wicked
2- A fellow Ravenclaw- Fleur Sweeting
3- A knitting or crocheting item- socks
4- A clothing accessory- stiletto boots
5- An adjective-soft
6- Something you always have with you- iPod
7- A HSKS student1- Hermione Bagnold
8- A HSKS student2- Cass Puddlemere
9- A noun- couch
10- An adjective- squishy
11- A noun- table
12- An adjective- clean
13- A food- meatballs
14- An adjective ending in “ing”- stunning
15- An adjective ending in “ed”- cracked
16- A Professor at Hogwarts- Flitwick
17- An article of clothing- pencil skirt
18- A food flavor-tomato
19- A part of a room- doorway
20- An adjective- killer
21- A number- 7
22- A food flavor- grape
23- A food topping- cheese
24- A drink- Coke
25- A verb-run
26- An adjective- squeaky
27- Something you can knit or crochet- sweater
28- An adjective- shiny
29- A past tense verb- swam
30- A food or drink- bacon
31- A Professor at Hogwarts- McGonagall
32- A magical creature in Harry Potter’s world- pygmy puff
33- A noun- hutch

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Final Round of Quidditch- Term 7

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

Monday, April 13, 2009


On the needles:
1. Twisted Flower by Cookie A in some really pretty purple/blue/pink handspun. "Twisted Berry Drips".
2. Django by Cookie A in MadelineTosh "Alabaster". "Alabaster Swing".
3. Trystero by Cookie A in KnitPicks Imagination "Unicorn". "Every Mail Fantasy".
4. Plain sock for Maddy in Bernat Sox "Pink Camoflauge".

Thinking about:
1. Longies
2. Soakers
3. Sleep Sacks

Not for me! I have a family member, and a friend who are pregnant. One is due in Nov. the other in Dec. Thinking about gift knitting...

Need to knit:
1. Angee by Cookie A in Dream in Color Smooshy "Cool Fire". "Hot in the City" for my mother
2. Shoulderette in Caron Simply Soft, in a powdery blue, for Jake's grandmother.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


I am sick, sick, sick. I've lost my voice, and have had a sore throat and a headache for three days now. I've been spending my time watching season 2 of The Tudors (Oh Henry, you rascal, you...) and napping, and playing with the girls. I haven't even gone to Thursday night knit group in the longest time. I feel so...shlubby. LOL Sunday is Easter. Tomorrow, we will be dyeing eggs. My in-laws will be over for dinner, and then afterwards my parents and brother will come over and we'll all help the girls with the eggs. Then, Sunday we'll pop down to the in-laws' for a few minutes to visit, and then to my mom's for a egg hunt and dinner.

Friday, April 3, 2009


I didn’t want to talk about this very much when it was still so up in the air, but it looks like we may be moving to Vegas!

Jake called me after he got done with his interview (he’s in Vegas right now, lol) and said that it went REALLY well. The interviewer is the hiring manager (HM), and they really hit it off. The HM said that he really, really liked Jake. He loved how much Jake knew about the property, and about surveillance in general. They discussed the pros and cons of the different systems, etc. The HM said that he’s about 85-90% sure he’s going to offer Jake a job. The position he applied for has over 100 applicants and three openings. The HM asked him if he’d be willing to take an “operator” (his current title) position if he didn’t get the “lead operator” (shift supervisor) position. He said “Well, that depends. It’s going to be expensive to relocate across the country. Can you give me a ball park as to the salary?” The HM quoted him a number, and it was $5 an hour MORE than his current pay for the operator position, and $7 an hour more than current pay for the supervisor position.

I’m finally letting myself start to get excited! If he gets it, he’ll get an offer in writing in September. Yay! Think happy thoughts, everyone!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Here's where *I* am lately:

~Jealous: that Jake gets to see/be near Lucy tomorrow, and I don't.

~Anxious: for his interview to go well.

~Nervous: about his flight.

~Industrious: I've knit a pair of socks this week, and am starting on another, See?

~Excited: About knitting group on Saturday, and about the idea of paying the first installment on the yarn club I'm in, because that means that I'm that much closer to the first shipment!

~Bored: with the idea of spending my whole day today cleaning the house, because I've been neglecting it to knit socks.

~Apathetic: about the knee socks I'm supposed to be knitting for my aunt. Upside? They're toe up, which is fun. Downside? She's got a size 10 foot, and wants a plain stockinette sock.

~Happy: that the girls are going to get time with Jake's parents and his grandmother this weekend. They don't see her nearly enough.

~Curious: about what life will bring if Jake DOES get the job, and we DO move to Vegas. I've never lived anywhere else but Connecticut. It's going to be a grand adventure, and I really hope I get to go on it.

~Playful: I just want to turn the stereo up and dance around the house all morning.

~Wistful: I miss Lucy. :sigh:

~Hopeful: That today will be a good day with the girls, with minimal melt-downs, and that things will go smoothly. I kind of need that today.

Looking forward to: mid day emails from Lucy, dinner with my family, wearing my new socks, Friday's playdate, Saturday's SnB, and Jake coming home (and he hasn't even left yet!)