Mad Lib!

This is the story to go along with the list of words from my last post. It's funny in places, but it's odd how boring some of my choices ended up being! Oh well, here it is anyway:

I have to tell you about the dreamy time I had in Diagon Alley last weekend! My friend Patonga Pinkstone and I decided that we really needed some new cable needles and had to get over to Diagon Alley immediately. Patonga put on her belt because it was bright and did not want to get a cold. I grabbed my notebook and we headed to the trains.

While waiting for our train to Diagon Alley, we chatted with Prendolyn the Weird and Victoria Pettigrew who were planning to visit Gringott’s. Victoria did not want to go alone because she was collecting a kitten that was very adequate and brought Pren 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 Yrsa’s Yarn Shoppe, we went into an armchair that sells slimy ice cream!!! As we neared the armchair, we noticed quite a lot of commotion! The armchair owner had set the ice cream-making machine and it had gotten stuck! Ice cream was descending everywhere! I ducked as a cream-filled ice cream came descending right at me and it exhausted into Professor Snape’s sock just as he walked through the door! A cinnamon ice cream did a nose dive and splattered all over the door most elaborately! We made it out of the store just as an ice cream frog and a kettle of Bertie Bott’s every flavor beans collided in a rainstorm of goo!

Since we were still vertical, we walked the thirteen blocks over to Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor! I decided on a cone with chocolate ice cream and Patonga got the hot fudge sundae with extra sour cream! Yummy! Professor Snape had made his way over here as well after the incident at the armchair shoppe and had chosen a lemonade 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 cable needles while Patonga stopped to meander the stitch markers. I found a buttery cable needle made out of steel and made my purchase. Patonga kept hedging between the cable needle she came for and a pattern for a blanket. She chose the blanket pattern and we walked back towards the train station just in time to make the 12:30 train.

After sitting down, we noticed Pren and Victoria were on the train as well. Victoria looked quite sweet to have the kitten with them. Pren however did not look sweet at all. While waiting to go into the vault, a baby goblin waiting in line with his Mommy had slept on Pren getting tacos all over her clean robes! The smell really was just horrendous! Apparently, Pren's protecting spells don’t work well against tacos!! We made our way to a less smelly compartment and talked about how we were going to explain missing Professor McGonagall’s lecture on the valuable ways hippogryffs are working with the Department of Mysteries in solving unsolvable iPods!

Ravenclaw Homework!

Obviously, we are doing Mad Libs this week. This could be funny!

1- An adjective: dreamy
2- A fellow Ravenclaw: Patonga Pinkstone
3- A knitting or crocheting item: cable needle
4- A clothing accessory: belt
5- An adjective: bright
6- Something you always have with you: notebook
7- A HSKS student1: Prendolyn the Weird
8- A HSKS student2: Victoria Pettigrew
9- A noun: kitten
10- An adjective: adequate
11- A noun: armchair
12- An adjective: slimy
13- A food: ice cream
14- An adjective ending in “ing”: descending
15- An adjective ending in “ed”: exhausted
16- A Professor at Hogwarts: Severus Snape
17- An article of clothing: sock
18- A food flavor: cinnamon
19- A part of a room: door
20- An adjective: vertical
21- A number: thirteen
22- A food flavor: chocolate
23- A food topping: sour cream
24- A drink: lemonade
25- A verb: meander
26- An adjective: buttery
27- Something you can knit or crochet: blanket
28- An adjective: sweet
29- A past tense verb: slept
30- A food or drink: taco
31- A Professor at Hogwarts: Minerva McGonagall
32- A magical creature in Harry Potter’s world: hippogryff
33- A noun: iPod

PS The third and final owl from Victoria Pettigrew has arrived! I need to take pictures, then I'll post all of it. Victoria, it's awesome! :D

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?

b. Lupin

2. Which “Harry Potter” character’s first name is the Roman equivalent of the Greek Goddess Athena?

c. McGonagall

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?

c. Viktor

5. Which character’s name is the name of goddess in Indian mythology?

b. Patil

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

7. What was NOT one of the unexpected defense mechanisms that Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Griphook encountered in their attempt to rob Gringotts?

d. The Geminio Curse

8. What was Snape aiming at when he cut off George’s ear?

c. Another Death Eater’s wand hand

9. How much older than James was Lily? (Referring to Harry’s parents, not children).

d. 2 months

10. Food is one of the five exceptions to what magical law?

b. Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration

Picture Hunt
Where the Wild Things Are

Owl #2 has arrived!


I got another owl from Victoria this week, and you will not believe what she brought me! LOOK AT THIS!!


It's a frog bag, and it is the most amazing, adorable thing EVER! Victoria, did you make this?? (I have a friend who wants to buy one, if you're interested...)


And, as you can see, it also came full of goodies!

In this one, you can see the loot that was inside the frog:


An amazing, completely unexpected frog bag FULL OF CHOCOLATE.

Wow. I am totally gobsmacked. Thank you, Victoria!

An owl brought me a present this week!

My spoiler, Victoria Pettigrew, sent me a little package that arrived this week. She plans to send me several little packages rather than one big one, which promises to be fun! This week's had a few, very cute items, including a Japanese flip-book and a couple of "matchstick gardens." The matchstick gardens promise that I can grow wildflowers and herbs from them! I can't wait to try them out!

Thanks, Victoria! I'm looking forward to the next installment. :D

Quidditch, Round 2

1. On which day did the Order of the Phoenix come to get Harry?

c. Saturday

2. During all this chaos with Voldemort and the Death Eaters, people still had lives to live and Ron's oldest brother, Bill decided to marry Fleur Delacour? Who were the uninvited guests at Bill and Fleur's wedding?

b. Death Eaters

3. Voldemort had seven Horcruxes hidden in different places. Six of them were hidden at the Gaunt shack, Hogwarts, a cave, inside Harry, inside his snake, Nagini and Tom Riddles Diary. Did Voldemort hide the last Horcrux inside the Malfoy's vault at Gringotts?

b. No

4. Why did the Dumbledore's move to Godric's Hollow?

c. The father went to Azkaban

5. Harry and Hermione read a part of "Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore," written by Rita Skeeter. Then they met Dumbledore's brother Aberforth and he told them the same story, just with a few details changed. Which of the following did Aberforth and Rita Skeeter agree on about Dumbledore's past?

b. That Dumbledore was friends with Grindelwald for a while.

6. When Harry and Hermione visit Godric's Hollow, they visit the graveyard to see Harry's parents' graves. Harry walks by a tombstone that we later learn belong to tone of "The Three Brothers." The brother buried there once owned what?

b. The cloak

7. The Trio finds out that Luna had been kidnapped by the Death Eaters , and that they won't give her back until they got Harry Potter. Why did they kidnap Luna?

a. Her father sided with Harry and Dumbledore

8. After Voldemort killed Snape, he left the room and Harry came out from under the cloak. Snape gave Harry some of his memories all the way from when he was a child to just months before. Harry dived into the Pensieve and which of the following did he not see?

c. Snape and Lily having fun in a potions class

9. On the search of the Lost Diadem, Harry finally gets to talk to the Gray Lady. Who was the Gray Lady when she was alive?

c. Helena Ravenclaw.

10. Which of these is not one of Harry or Ron's children?

d. Victoria

Picture Scavenger Hunt
These pictures must either be posted to your blog or linked to from your blog.
Godric's Hollow

weekly posting

Wow, this has been a crazy week. It's supposed to be my "quiet week," but it sure didn't turn out that way. Work was crazy and then I was totally beat afterward so I haven't even managed to do my homework! And I love writing stories! :(

I may try to do it tomorrow anyway--the start we were given is intriguing! Also, I need to remember to go read everyone else's take on it in their blogs. It'll be fun seeing the different directions people go.

Sorry this is such a short post; I'll try to do better next time. :)


Wow, another week has gone by already?? I've been so busy with (school)work and things that I've hardly had a chance to talk to anyone! Today's busy-ness was of a fun nature, though. We went to see Coraline 3D! I'd already read the book so I was very interested to see how the movie came out (and how well the 3D effects worked with it). I was VERY impressed! The movie was great and the 3D definitely seemed to add to it--it wasn't just a gimmick.

If you still have the chance to see it in 3D, you should try to go! (Unfortunately, it got kicked off most 3D screens as of yesterday so the Jonas Brothers movie could take over the space--Bleh.)

After that we went to Mom's for dinner and visiting. Now I'm back but I'm afraid I don't have time to do much other than this quick post before bed!

Quidditch, Round 1


1. What momentous event was the reason that the members of the Order of the Phoenix felt it necessary to move Harry out of the Dursley’s house?

d. Harry’s upcoming birthday

2. Who revealed the actual date of Harry’s transfer to Voldemort, despite the misinformation the Order had been spreading around that the move would occur on the eve of his actual birthday?

b. Snape

3. With the use of Polyjuice Potion (and to confuse any possible attack by Death Eaters), six member of the Order were disguised as Harry and escorted out of Privet Drive, along with the real Harry. Which member of the order did not survive that night?

a. Mad-Eye Moody

4. Who informed Harry, Ron and Hermione of the bequests left to them in Dumbledore’s will?

d. Rufus Scrimgeour

5. During the wedding celebration for Bill and Fleur, Kingley Shacklebolt sent a Patronus to tell the guests that the Ministry had fallen, Scrimgeour (the Minister) was dead and the wedding celebration was about to be attacked by Death Eaters. What form did the Patronus take?

a. A lynx

6. Escaping from the wedding to London, our three friends found themselves confronted by a pair of Death Eaters, disguised as workmen. This close brush impressed on them the need to find someplace to hide. Where did they decide to go?

b. Sirius Black’s house

7. Kreacher’s animosity towards Harry, Ron and especially Hermione (a Mudblood) was well documented in book five, “The Order of the Phoenix.” His initial interaction with them showed that his attitude had not changed. How did they win him over?

d. By giving him Regulus Black’s old locket

8. Who did they eventually find was in possession of the locket/Horcrux?

d. Dolores Umbridge

9. What did Harry find embedded in the door of Umbridge’s office?

a. Moody’s magical eye

10. After retrieving the Horcrux, they tried to return to their safe place but they were pursued (actually Yaxley tagged along when they disapparated). This meant that the Death Eaters knew their hiding place and they had to go somewhere else. Where did Hermione take them?

d. To the site of the Quidditch World Cup

Week 2 Homework

Hey everyone! I'm back from Hawaii and settling in at Hogwarts (only a week or so later than everyone else...). Can't wait to meet more of my schoolmates--this term is going to be fun!

Here's my homework for the week:

1- What form does your Patronus take? What does it symbolize for you?

A mountain lion. Strength, courage, and resilience.

2- Did you bring a cat, an owl, a toad, or other pet with you? What is their name?

A cat; her name is Tobias (Toby for short).

3- What is your favorite class here at Hogwarts?

Arithmancy--I love numbers!

4- What is worth sneaking out of the castle for, even if you got caught?

Escaping to spend time at a yarn shop or with a knit group is ALWAYS worthwhile!

5- What has made you laugh so hard that you've had butterbeer come out your nose?

My brother--when he gets on a roll, he's the funniest person ever. Even better when my brother and my husband start playing off each other.

6- What yarn do you covet? Link please...

Hmm. I'm not sure there is a specific yarn I'm coveting at the moment. I love indie-dyed sock yarns with a passion, though--I'm sure there are many out there I haven't experienced yet! If I stumble on something specific, I'll come back and update this.

7- What is your favorite flavor... the one thing you could simply not live without? Is brand important?

Lemon...? Not sure what my favorite flavor is--I like lots! As such, no, I don't think brand matters.

8- How many HSKS terms have you participated in?

This is my third! :D

9- Do you have a birthday, anniversary or other big Muggle event during this year at Hogwarts? If yes, please tell us what.

Er, not exactly...not a traditional event anyway. However, next Saturday (Feb 21) marks two years cancer-free, so to me that's a pretty big day.

10- You in 5 words.

Kind, empathetic, analytical, creative, stubborn.

Did I mention that I'm in Hawaii?

I took this photo just a few blocks from where I'm staying:

Kailua Beach

I think I've done a pretty good job this week of participating in Hogwarts happenings even though I won't really be joining you all at school until next week. I doubt if anyone has really noticed that I'm not exactly there, thanks to a combination of magic and muggle technology.

It's so lovely and warm here, I don't ever want to go home!


Yay, it's almost time for the new term to start! I can't wait.