Thursday, June 26, 2008

House Quiz Number Three

Hello everyone - here's my Gryffindor homework. Thanks again to Ophelia B for the suggested questions! I'm looking forward to learning more about our fellow students.

  1. Who is your favorite member of the Order of the Phoenix?
    Molly Weasley
  2. Favorite person at Hogwarts?
    Minerva McGonagall
  3. Favorite spell or charm to use?
    Supersensory charm
  4. Best and worst classes at Hogwarts?
    Worst: Potions
    Best: Transfiguration
  5. Favorite flower?
  6. What is your beverage of choice? Coffee, tea, latte, soda/pop?
    Double tall latte (not from Charbucks)
  7. Favorite muggle music?
    Ooh. Toughie. Elvis Costello, Beethoven, Coldplay. Pretenders. I could go on and on.
  8. How many family members do you have?
    Me, hubbo, son T, daughter N
  9. What do you do on your summer vacation? What is your Favorite vacation ever taken?
    We usually go to the North Carolina beach (Outer Banks) for a week. Best vaca ever was the family cross country trip taken when I was 11 (camping through 17 states).
  10. What is your favorite subject at Hogwarts? Why?
    Potions. McPotions (sigh)
  11. How many pairs of shoes (footwear) do you have? Which are your favorite pair?
    Less than I used to, more than I need ... do I really need to put down a number? Okay, 8. Dansko whole clogs with the soft woven tops.
  12. How many projects do you have OTN (on the needles)?
    Many - probably 7 or so?
  13. What is the oldest project you're working on and when did you cast it on?
    Salt Peanuts by Veronik Avery. Three years due to being stupified by the shoulder decreases and shawl collar increases.
  14. Favorite food?
    Chocolate chip pecan cookies.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

My First Meme

Thanks to Calliope Smythwyck, I am indirectly tagged for a meme.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
In 1998, I was working for a rural electric coop association (as opposed to a standard power utility company assn) running an IT help desk, and administering servers as a systems engineer. My DS was just three (and DD not yet a blink/to be born in 2000). I’d been back to school for a few months in a quest to complete my Bachelor’s Degree which I finally completed in 2003.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today?
(a) Remember to take my pain meds, my antibiotic, my muscle relaxer and to stay hydrated.
(b) get up for a short walk following yesterday’s surgery.
(c) get gentle smashes from my DS and DD (hugs)

3. Snacks I enjoy...
Nuts (almonds, cashews), brownies (Ghirardelli), bbq and/or kettle cooked potato chips.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire...
Buy my parents homes and new cars and take care of related taxes and insurance so they need not worry.
Take regular trips to places and people in the US and abroad in need of assistance (learning new skills, building new infrastructure, etc.)
Take trips to Paris and Europe; Hawaii, Australia and NZ. And maybe git me one of those cutie new Mini Coopers, or a Prius.

5. Places I've lived..
North Haven, CT; Washington, DC; Mattapoisett, MA; Winston-Salem, NC; Alexandria, VA

6. Jobs I've had...
Baby-sitter; play stage manager; college paper editorial page editor; stock broker assistant; 401(k) database creator; waitress; retail worker; HIV/AIDS patient companion; legal assistant; admin to two lobbyists; computer operator; IT help desk manager; system administrator; web hosting/data center customer manager; Internet product developer; policy and process developer/implementor. PTA committee chair.

7. Peeps I want to know more about...
Oh, just everybody - I think all of us have interesting stories to bring and share.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Quidditch, Round 2!

It's Quidditch! Round 2 today, per the HSKS Swap site.

And me, well, I'm moving on from St. Mungo's today and magical cures... I'm having some sort of Muggle surgery done on my ailing back. Lucky for me, I'll go, have the surgery with my excellent Muggle surgeon and be back at Hogwarts later today. More on my Muggle blog, if you're interested, here. I'm not sure when I'll be able to post, or send owls for the rest of this week.

UPDATED to post Quidditch assignment
1. At the beginning of the year feast, who is the only person who rudely interrupts Dumbledore during his speech?
a. Professor Snape
b. Professor Umbridge
c. Hagrid
d. Harry Potter

2. Off what street is the alley where Harry first met Sirius?
a. Diagon Alley
b. Little Whinging
c. Magnolia Crescent
d. Privet Drive

3. Tonks’ mother had two sisters, both pure-bloods, and both left on the Black Family Tree. What are their names?
a. Elladora and Meliflua
b. Bellatrix and Elladora
c. Narcissa and Bellatrix
d. Meliflua and Narcissa

4. What spell are the students studying in McGonagall’s class when Umbridge is doing her inspection?
a. The Acquiring Spell
b. The Shrinking Spell
c. The Demolishing Spell
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 Dursley’s house during the summer before his fifth year?
a. Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Alastor Moody, Sturgis Podmore, Dedalus Diggle, Hestia Jones, Elphias Doge, Nymphadora Tonks, Mundungus Fletcher
b. Alastor Moody, Albus Dumbledore, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Nymphadora Tonks, Dedalus Diggle, Sturgis Podmore, Emmeline Vance c. Alastor Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Elphias Doge, Dedalus Diggle, Remus Lupin, Emmeline Vance, Sturgis Podmore, Hestia Jones
d. Remus Lupin, Alastor Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Sirius Black, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Elphias Doge, Dedalus Diggle, Sturgis Podmore, Hestia Jones

7. Moody used the Disillusionment Charm on Harry.

a. Yes
b. No

8. Which of these Death Eaters is Sirius related to?
a. Lucius Malfoy
b. Bellatrix Lestrange
c. Regulus Black
d. All of these

9. At what age did Sirius leave his home?
Answer: Age 8

10. How many of the original Order members were killed (don’t include those who disappeared)?
a. 9
b. 8
c. 6
d. 10

Kingsley Shacklebolt

Bellatrix Lestrange

Nymphadora Tonks

Remus Lupin

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Scorching Spell?

Seems that we've been under a heat or scorching spell at home (I apparated away from Hogwarts to tend to family matters)... Over 100 degrees here, which finally broke last night. Now if only to deal with the very large tree across the back yard that came down in last week's storm (which also took out power). My muggle spouse spent most of Sunday taking smaller limbs off the top of the tree, alongside of our neighbor ('twas his tree which fell). There's still 30 feet of trunk and another 20 feet of larger branches to be dealt with. And I'm not helping due to a strange bone malady that I've made a visit to St. Mungo's for, as Madam Pomfrey wasn't able to help.

In other Hogwarts news: I am making progress on my Swap kit for my spoilee. Hoping to be done with that shortly. A winner was selected for the latest Gryffindor house quiz (!) and we're working on the next one already.

Gryffindors: Hope to see you all in Common Room on Thursday at 5pET

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Gryffindor House Quiz Number Two

I just noticed it's been a week since my last post. Notwithstanding the muggle power loss for the past seven hours, I have no excuse. Upon logging on this evening, I noted Morgana's post of our second house quiz with great pleasure. This was fun and difficult.

1. onihexp = phoenix
2. nro = Ron
3. mayr = Army
4. seelway = Weasley (is our King!)
5. hrigda = Hagrid
6. ifdynrrgof = Gryffindor (Roar!!)
7. dawn = wand
8. oshawrgt = Hogwarts
9. busnim = nimbus (alas, mine is the older 1800 model)
10. bdulodeerm = Dumbledore (Albus Brian Percival)
11. bydob = Dobby
12. bugmrdie = Umbridge (decree 23)
13. emionehr = Hermione
14. rhayr = Harry
15. arkreech = Kreacher
16. riissu = Sirius
17. dootvlemr = Voldemort
18. ptrote = Potter
19. hwgedi = Hedwig
20. ebtahlkclso = Shacklebolt (he also has style!)