59 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'nablopomo 2010':


Congratulations, you Professor Higginses, on your glorious victories!

I finished NaBloPoMo and blogged every day! I am a winner! Who else is a winner? Stand up and be congratulated! And regardless of your status as a NaBloPoMo non-participant, participant or winner, don't forget to enter the book giveaways! I'll allow entries for the rest of the day today and pick winners tomorrow, so you'd better enter while you have the chance!...

srah - Tuesday, 30 November 2010 - 1:35 PM
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He Who Must Be Driven

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 30: How has Harry Potter affected you/your life? I went out this weekend and bought a Dark Ford, which can be summoned from a distance by pushing a thing on my arm¹. Its original name can be rearranged to spell more nefarious things². It speaks to me in Parseltongue³ and once lived on the back of some guy's head4. Also, it has Sirius, but only for six months, and then I guess he will be released. For these reasons, I have named my new car.... Ford Foldemort ¹ Well, it has remote-start that...

srah - Tuesday, 30 November 2010 - 1:25 PM
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Je m'appelle Claude. Je te ploo plee.

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 29: What would your Animagus form be? It's never established as absolute, but it seems like Patronuses and Animagi are usually the same animal. So... probably a fox again. BORING. Anyway, I saw Deathly Hallows, Part 1 again this weekend, so here are some further thoughts to fill up more space: I can't believe I didn't mention it the first time I saw the movie, but it was really exciting to me that we actually got to see Neville in Part 1, since I spent the entire book whining about how we didn't...

srah - Monday, 29 November 2010 - 12:28 PM
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Call me - hic - Winky!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 28: Favorite magical treats I would like to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter mainly to taste all the wizarding treats that I've only been able to imagine. And I would most like to taste the butterbeer! Hermione may also be a house-elf.My friend Molly had a housewarming party that coincided with the opening weekend of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. We are both big Harry Potter fans, so I made pumpkin pasties and brought Witches' Brew and the makings of homemade butterbeer. The butterbeer recipe I found...

srah - Sunday, 28 November 2010 - 10:41 PM
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Tell 'em Harry S Turkey sent you!

Happy Emily Elisabeth Day to Emily Elisabeth, purveyor of presidential lore and much much more! Go on over and wish her a happy birthday! Thus far, I have celebrated Emily Elisabeth Day by giving my sister a President Ford bumper sticker and by starting one of the few Sarah Vowell books I haven't read yet (Sarah Vowell, since I discovered her second, reminds me of EE instead of the other way around). Celebrate as best ye can with the hours that remain!...

srah - Sunday, 28 November 2010 - 9:19 AM
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It smelled like turpentine, it looked like Indian ink

Happy belated Pins and Needles Day! (Whatever that means.) I didn't know, before I looked up that video, that these songs are also by the same band: The Searchers should not be confused with The Seekers: The 60s were a bewildering time for those of us who learned about them after the fact, through oldies radio....

srah - Sunday, 28 November 2010 - 8:45 AM
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In which Harry Potter's Wheezy finds him

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 27: Top 3 favorite chapters It is hard to limit myself to just three. Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 - The Prince's TaleIn which all is revealed about SnapeDeathly Hallows, Chapter 19 - The Silver DoeIn which Ron returns to Harry and Hermione, saves Harry and destroys Slytherin's locketOrder of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 - Christmas on the Closed WardIn which we meet the Longbottoms (I would have forgotten about this one until I had to come up with a favorite missing scene!)...

srah - Saturday, 27 November 2010 - 7:37 AM
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Something from the trolley?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 26: What magical job would you want after Hogwarts? Cakes are on my mind, and I made pumpkin pasties and butterbeer last week so I've already made my entrée into the wizarding baking world. Someone has to invent and bake those treacle tarts and pumpkin pasties and cauldron cakes¹, and why shouldn't it be me? I will be some kind of magical bakery impresario. I'm sure that there's some way I could magick up these delights once I've invented them, so I don't have to get sore feet from standing around mixing and...

srah - Friday, 26 November 2010 - 9:04 AM
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I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy

Happy National Cake Day! I baked my first cake around 1990-91, then there was a long gap. I don't remember baking another cake until 2004 or so. In the last couple of years, I have developed an interest in cake experimentation, especially when experimentation involves combining booze and cakes. Here are some of the cakes I have baked in the past: Recipes available upon request, if I can remember how I made them....

srah - Friday, 26 November 2010 - 8:58 AM
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'But as they left, Harry was sure he saw Neville slip the sweet wrapper into his pocket.'

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 25: Was there a scene in the books that wasn't in the movies, but you wish it was? Gilderoy LockhartI wish we'd had an opportunity in the Order of the Phoenix film to see St. Mungo's, meet the Longbottoms and re-meet Gilderoy Lockhart.   Alice & Frank LongbottomI love to see the wizarding versions of things like government buildings, pubs and bookstores, so why not a hospital? The scene is not essential to the plot of Order of the Phoenix, but it is pretty darn essential to the character development of Neville Longbottom,...

srah - Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 5:37 PM
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Custard, good. Jam, good. Meat, good!

It's Parfait Day and a trifle has layers, sort of like a parfait, and also Thanksgiving Day is a great day for being lazy. So instead of a blog post, here is a link to the episode of Friends with the trifle....

srah - Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 5:09 PM
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It's funny because Dumbledore appears to be saying 'poo'.

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 24: Favorite HP related GIF/photo/fanvid I may have gotten a little carried away there....

srah - Wednesday, 24 November 2010 - 5:12 PM
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I hate you, Nermal! Almost as much as I hate Mondays!

Happy Zachary Taylor Day! Everything I know about Zachary Taylor I learned from a coloring book I had as a child, so allow me to inform you that the most important fact of his presidency is that his horse used to graze on the White House lawn. You're welcome! For more information on Zachary Taylor, and a number of other subjects, I'll let Tracy Jordan take over:...

srah - Wednesday, 24 November 2010 - 7:58 AM
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Either I'm off my nut, or he is... Or you are!

Happy National Cashew Day! I don't think I've ever cooked or baked with cashews, but if nutshealth.com¹ is to be believed (and why wouldn't you trust nutshealth.com, anyway), they are less expensive than some other types of nuts. Last year for Christmas I made spiced pecans, which I'm sure you could also do with cashews, if you so desired. This year I'm going to try to marry the spices from that recipe with the possibly-healthier (or at least more-potentially-salmonellaey) binding agent from this one, using egg white instead of oil. But it will still be with pecans (or maybe almonds!)...

srah - Tuesday, 23 November 2010 - 5:15 PM
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You ask me 'bout this thing we share/ And he tenderly replies/ It's Guy Love/ Between two guys

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 23: Favorite friendship First, a little mood music: Here's how their first meeting went: Or, if you prefer:...

srah - Tuesday, 23 November 2010 - 12:04 PM
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We're a congress, Mr. Adams, not a literary society.

This is the last book giveaway for the month of November! Today is Stop the Violence Day, so today I'm giving away a novel about the motivation, action and aftermath that surround a violent act: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. Jodi Picoult is a great storyteller and looks at controversial topics from a lot of different viewpoints, showing how many of the things we argue and worry about most are usually not black-and-white but shades of grey. Here's the description of this book from Amazon.com: Best known for tackling controversial issues through richly told fictional accounts, Jodi Picoult's 14th novel,...

srah - Monday, 22 November 2010 - 11:05 AM
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Floo powder power! Floo powder power! Floo powder power!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 22: Favorite mode of transportation (apparition, broomstick, floo powder, etc.) The Hogwarts Express is probably my favorite mode of magical transportation, although there's nothing about it (that I can think of) that makes it particularly magical. It's also a form of transportation that seems to only run between King's Cross and Hogsmeade¹, so it's unusual in that respect. In terms of everyday transportation, I would pick Apparition. In thinking about my answer to this question I ruled it out at first, because it's a little scary and potentially dangerous. On the other hand,...

srah - Monday, 22 November 2010 - 6:51 AM
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World Hello Day

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srah - Sunday, 21 November 2010 - 11:38 AM
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I wasn't interesting. And he was. Interesting... and brilliant... and mysterious... and perfect... and beautiful... and possibly able to lift full-sized vans with one hand

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 21: Which actor would you most like to meet?I'd love to meet The Grint¹, Ian Hart, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Dawn French, John Cleese, Evanna Lynch, Sean Biggerstaff², David Tennant, Robert Hardy, David O'Hara, Bill Nighy³ or David Thewlis4. But if I could choose only one Harry Potter actor to meet, it would be... and don't judge me on this... because it's not for the reason you'd think... Robert Pattinson. I would like to meet Robert Pattinson because I feel like there's always been a twinkle in his sparkly vampire eye, like he...

srah - Sunday, 21 November 2010 - 10:57 AM
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To offer you the sort of help/ You never get from a spouse

Today's book giveaway is the 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale. Amazon.com description: Respected Canadian poet and novelist Atwood presents here a fable of the near future. In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the "morally fit" Wives. The tale is told by Offred (read: "of Fred"),...

srah - Saturday, 20 November 2010 - 10:20 AM
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I am nothing if not predictable

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 20: What would you change in the epilogue? In the epilogue and all the post-Deathly Hallows interviews J.K. Rowling has done, the thing I would change is: More showing, less telling. Don't just tell me what happened to the characters, show me. I don't want you to tell me that Dumbledore was in love with Grindelwald in a post-series interview after you had the opportunity to show it in the book and didn't bother to put it in. This is the best moustache that my Photoshop skills could give you.And I want more...

srah - Saturday, 20 November 2010 - 9:23 AM
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There are SO MANY WORDS to choose from!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 19: Favorite quote "Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix...

srah - Friday, 19 November 2010 - 6:51 AM
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He's like a real-life Robin Sparkles

He looks like a Real Grownup Actor here, more Van Johnson than Van WilderCongratulations on being People Magazine's Sexiest Man of the Year, Ryan Reynolds! According to Yahoo! News, his reaction to this great honor is: "Now it's going to be, 'Sexiest man, take out the garbage.' That does sound better," Reynolds said. "The most difficult part is going to be organically working this title into a conversation with random strangers." I am a bit conflicted about his new movie Buried, because while I like the idea of a movie with nothing to look at but Ryan Reynolds, I also...

srah - Thursday, 18 November 2010 - 6:34 PM
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Who has two thumbs and already saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

Last night, Jason's boss at the drive-in movie theater unexpectedly announced that they were doing an private showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 for employees and their friends. So Jason, Tyler and I bundled up in our blankets and Snuggies and went off to see the movie a day early. I'm sure that some of you don't want to be spoiled, so I'll put the rest behind the jump. Read if you dare!...

srah - Thursday, 18 November 2010 - 5:11 PM
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It's hard to identify other things I love by their smells

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 18: What would your love potion smell like? Amortentia "has a different aroma for everyone who smells it, reminding each person of the things that they find most attractive." So my potion would smell like cilantro and nothing but cilantro, because I hate everything on earth that isn't cilantro. Gingerbread, new babies, new cars, happiness: I hate them all. Cilantro + me = 4EVA. All you cilantro-haters will have to deal with the fact that you think my love potion smells like soap!...

srah - Thursday, 18 November 2010 - 7:03 AM
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Kill the spare!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 17: Death that hurt/shocked the most The death of Cedric Diggory was unexpected and shocking, not just because it was the first major death of the books but also because Cedric was a classmate of Harry's. For all that he was an adult in the wizarding world, he was still only seventeen and a student. Authors, especially authors of children's books, usually keep child characters safe, so the fact that he was killed is pretty shocking. And the way it's presented doesn't sugarcoat it - it's pretty blunt and final. Oh Cedric, how...

srah - Wednesday, 17 November 2010 - 5:14 PM
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'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.'

Happy National Young Reader's Day! Today's book giveaway is I Capture the Castle, a book that is characterized as a young adult book, but which I didn't read until this summer. The description, according to Amazon: I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle's walls, and her own first...

srah - Wednesday, 17 November 2010 - 7:16 AM
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I am Ravenclaw with Hufflepuff leanings. Is that a thing?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 16: House you would want to be in Maybe it's because I've always identified with the house, but I feel like Ravenclaw is the house that has been most poorly treated by Warner Brothers¹. For some reason they changed the house colors from blue and bronze to blue and silver and the house animal from an eagle to a raven. If you want a scarf for any other house, you can just buy it from the Warner Brothers store, but if you want a real, authentic Ravenclaw scarf then you have to have...

srah - Tuesday, 16 November 2010 - 12:28 PM
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No, not on clothes...

Happy Button Day! I will celebrate it by listening to Roy say "button."...

srah - Tuesday, 16 November 2010 - 12:05 PM
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If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 15: Top 3 least favorite characters I don't want to pick the obvious characters who are mean and evil because I think a lot of them are quite good at being mean and evil. The characters I dislike more are those that I think I'm meant to like and do not. The best (and highly controversial) list I've come up with: The movie version of Seamus Finnigan (why is he always exploding?)Dobby (he has good intentions, but why must he accomplish them in the worst way possible?)Sirius Black (irresponsible, immature, says one thing...

srah - Tuesday, 16 November 2010 - 7:16 AM
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I admit I have not been recycling/ In fact, I've been openly encouraging people to be wasteful

Happy America Recycles Day! And hooray for recycling! Recycling is great, but unfortunately, a lot of people don't think about the other parts of the waste hierarchy (I would also add Research and Reflect to this list). I just attended a session about "green" issues in the workplace at my conference, so I'm a little pumped up about the subject. Research & Reflect How are you using things in your everyday life? Are there ways that you could be creating less waste? What are some ways that you could easily cut down on waste? Which ways would be harder? What...

srah - Monday, 15 November 2010 - 7:09 PM
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You called?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 14: Favorite spell I would like to be a witch, because I think that my innate laziness would be infinitely helped by access to summoning charms. Accio TV remote!, I would shout if it was a little out of reach (if I owned a fellyvision or even knew what one was). Accio keys!, I would shout when I wanted them and couldn't find them. Accio blanket!, I would shout if I were a little bit chilly. Accio salmon!, I would shout if my personality were drastically changed and I suddenly developed an interest...

srah - Sunday, 14 November 2010 - 8:12 PM
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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

It's time for another giveaway! If you're not familiar with Sanditon, it's one of Jane Austen's unfinished works. When she abandoned the work in 1817 (months before her death) it consisted of the first eleven chapters, which have been picked up and completed by several authors over the years. This version, published in 1975, is attributed to Jane Austen "and another lady" (it has also been attributed to Marie Dobbs and Anne Telscombe, one or both of which may be pseudonyms for the actual author). Here's the premise of the book: When Charlotte Heywood accepts an invitation to visit the...

srah - Saturday, 13 November 2010 - 10:40 PM
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Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur. Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr.

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 13: What pet would you want to have? (owl, cat, rat or toad) I don't think of an owl as a pet, but as more of as a service animal. It's not an animal that sticks with you (Hedwig always seems to be in the Owlery during the school year and in cages or out delivering during the summer) and it's certainly not very cuddly or loving. I don't think of Hedwig and Harry's relationship as a pet/owner relationship, but more like an employer/employee relationship with occasional biting. It also seems like there...

srah - Saturday, 13 November 2010 - 6:30 PM
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Cute doctors: doctors who are cute

There have been rumors this week that George Clooney was spotted around town, scouting a location for an upcoming movie. None of these rumors seem to include any reports of anyone actually talking to this supposed George Clooney, though, so the cynical part of me thinks that it was probably just a guy who looked kind of like George, or maybe a well-groomed Bigfoot. It would not be totally unheard of for a movie to be filmed here, and if it turned out to be true, it would be the most exciting celebrity sighting since I did or did not...

srah - Saturday, 13 November 2010 - 8:07 AM
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The truth is, in the end, I'm pretty useless without friends

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 12: Who would you want to be friends with at Hogwarts? Who wouldn't I want to be friends with? Well, I would not have any Slytherin friends. I don't object to Slytherins on principle, but the few Slytherins we meet in the books are not particularly nice people. I wouldn't rule it out, if it turned out that Daphne Greengrass or Tracey Davis were nice once you got to know them.Go Ravenclaw! My first choices, if I get to pick my Hogwarts friends, would be Neville and Hermione. I think Harry and Ron...

srah - Friday, 12 November 2010 - 10:22 PM
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Ex-boyfriends are off-limits to friends. I mean, that's just, like, the rules of feminism.

For those of you who would like to celebrate Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day in a different way... here's some macros related to a movie with a character named Cady. I have always assumed it was a reference to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, because otherwise... why name the character that? One of the following is a special dedication for Alfie, but only she can guess which! What are your favorite Mean Girls quotes/macros?...

srah - Friday, 12 November 2010 - 9:45 PM
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Take heart, for Mrs. Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again

Happy Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day! There don't seem to be any movies about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, so instead I will share with you a movie I watched recently about the later generations of suffragists who picked up where she left off.   (I don't think this is actually a very good trailer, in that it doesn't tell you a lot about what the movie is about or how moving it is. You may want to watch this section of the film as well.) If you have an opportunity to watch this, I recommend you do so!...

srah - Friday, 12 November 2010 - 9:25 PM
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Three dimes, a hundred dollar bill and 87 ones

Dear srah-of-six-years-ago: You wondered, while right in the thick of graduate school: Grownups, will there ever be a day when I can read again? Does Real Life include the joy of reading for fun? Yes, srah-of-six-years-ago, being a grownup means that there is finally time to read for fun, and to finally read fiction again. And this, more than anything else¹ is the thing that prevents you from wanting to go back to school and get a PhD. ¹ With the possible exception of having not yet stumbled upon a topic you'd like to spend several years of your life...

srah - Friday, 12 November 2010 - 6:51 PM
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Oooh, that was a particularly juicy one!

This sketch will not get out of my head today....

srah - Friday, 12 November 2010 - 5:53 PM
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What say you, Draco? Will you babysit the cubs?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 11: Favorite professor I feel like I have said enough about Remus Lupin('s moustache) already this month, so here's a damn video for you little bastards....

srah - Thursday, 11 November 2010 - 10:03 PM
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Dream

I dreamt last night that I was in this giant furniture store that spanned acres and acres, with a river and trees and plants right inside the store. I met some of my fellow shoppers and then all of a sudden we were in an ensemble romantic comedy (à la Love Actually) with hilarious misunderstandings and estrangements and reunions. And I, as the spunky best friend, hooked my do-gooder volunteersy friend up with Kyle MacLachlan, who had just been to Ghana with Semester at Sea and was obsessed with that country. Then they set off to go build houses in...

srah - Thursday, 11 November 2010 - 12:05 PM
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Lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals and fruit bats

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 10: Favorite magical creature To prepare for today's question, I finally sat down and read all 42 pages of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which I've had sitting around for months did extensive research on the topic. Now I'm armed with knowledge of all kinds of Fantastic Beasts, both those that appeared in the Harry Potter series and those that make their only appearance in this guide to magical fauna. So I've picked one of each: He is, of course, in pyjamasGHOULMinistry of Magic Classification: XX (Harmless/may be domesticated) The ghoul,...

srah - Wednesday, 10 November 2010 - 9:20 PM
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We have nothing to fear but fear itself and also this one other freaky deaky thing

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 9: What would your Boggart be? I just got back from a conference in Indianapolis. This conference always happens in November, and it's always a challenge to work NaBloPoMo duties in around sessions and receptions and dinners and all the activity that conference-going infuses into my humdrum life. So yesterday morning, when I was writing my day 8 post before going to my first session, I thought, "I should read the day 9 question now, and start formulating my answer." So I read it yesterday morning, thought about it all day, thought about...

srah - Tuesday, 9 November 2010 - 9:51 PM
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I really do have better things I could be doing...

Triceratops and her human scale companion, Bust of Thomas Jefferson, Tiny Princess Leia, Squirting Emperor Palpatine and R2-D2 would like to wish you a happy Parade Day!...

srah - Tuesday, 9 November 2010 - 9:15 PM
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The telling of a story, like virtually everything in this life, was always made all the easier by a cup of tea.

According to Emily Elisabeth's master list, November 1 was National Author's Day and National Family Literacy Day, November 6 was Book Lover's Day and November 17 will be National Young Reader's Day. According to an email I got from Better World Books, November 8 was also National Bookstore Day. So I guess November is trying to tell me something, and that something has to do with books. I have decided therefore that I will hold a couple of used book giveaways on this here blog (idea shamelessly ripped from EE¹). I have several books to give away but I'll try...

srah - Tuesday, 9 November 2010 - 7:26 PM
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What do you like me to call you when we're alone together?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 8: Which character are you are most like? I feel like everyone's going to say Hermione, and that was my first thought too. But then I considered it a little more and I think I'm going to go with Arthur Weasley. Why not? I've always thought I'd probably make a pretty good dad....

srah - Monday, 8 November 2010 - 8:03 AM
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What, exactly, is the function of a rubber duck?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 7: What class would you most want to take? I always think it's interesting when the students I send abroad have an opportunity to take an American Studies class in another country. Even if it's not in a formal academic setting, one of the most valuable experiences students have abroad is the opportunity to see their home culture from an outside perspective, but it's especially interesting when they find themselves learning about America in a foreign classroom. For this reason, I think it would be interesting, as a Muggle, to take a Muggle...

srah - Sunday, 7 November 2010 - 11:51 AM
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Give her hell from us, Peeves!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 6: Favorite villain This isn't a question I've really given much thought to, so to answer the question, first I tried to remember who all the villains are. There are probably some minor villains¹ (and perceived villains²) that I forgot, but this is what I came up with: Quirinus QuirrellVoldemort (via diary)Peter PettigrewBarty Crouch, Jr.Hem, hemDolores Umbridge, Voldemort and Death EatersThis is a weird one. I suppose Draco could be considered a villain, and you're led to believe that Snape is one too, but there isn't really a central villain in the way...

srah - Saturday, 6 November 2010 - 12:10 PM
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Remember, remember what rises from embers

Today is Doughnut Appreciation Day, but there aren't enough doughnuts in this town to appreciate. So in honor of Guy Fawkes Day, here is a picture of a guy with Fawkes: (Apparently you're going to get some Harry Potter even in the non-Harry Potter posts!)...

srah - Friday, 5 November 2010 - 10:05 PM
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I find their choice of prize highly illogical, as the average Trekker has no need of a medium-size belt.

I've been doing NaBloPoMo for several years and I've never won a prize, but I've also never donated a prize. It always seemed like really crafty people were the ones who donated NaBloPoMo prizes. But this year something on the NaBloPoMo site inspired me with an idea of something I could actually do. So the prize I'm offering will be a mix CD: and some kind of homemade treat, to be determined by me and the winner once they're selected. Cookies? Spiced nuts? A cake that will arrive a bit smushed? Only time will tell!...

srah - Friday, 5 November 2010 - 6:48 PM
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And Jane Austen novels!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 5: Favorite pairing I will allow the Ministry of Magic and whoever made this video to answer that for me: While Ron and Hermione are definitely my favorite canon pairing, I think an honorable mention should go to Voldemort and Quirrell:...

srah - Friday, 5 November 2010 - 12:34 PM
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We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup

Happy National Candy Day! What a great excuse to eat candy! As if I needed an excuse! I bring you, in celebration of this joyous holiday, some candy-related haiku: On the decision-making process for choosing Halloween candy My halloween treats: Junior Mints and Take 5 bars Kids, try something new! A Take 5 bar has Too many textures with both Peanuts and pretzels. Fun-sized Take 5 bars Are better than big Take 5s They're less peanutty. Junior Mints? You know Of my love for these nuggets Of soft gooeyness. On trying a new seasonal treat Caramel apple Flavored Hershey Kisses:...

srah - Thursday, 4 November 2010 - 11:24 PM
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You can't go to Pigfarts. It's on Mars.

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 4: Top 3 favorite characters My top 3 Harry Potter characters are: Neville LongbottomNeville's one of the characters I most enjoyed seeing grow and change throughout the books. He started out timid and lonely, with low self-esteem, but you could see that as he had opportunities to stand up for himself, win points for his house and find subjects that he could excel in, he gained confidence in himself throughout the series. You might not have expected that the Neville Longbottom losing his toad in Sorcerer's Stone would turn out to be the...

srah - Thursday, 4 November 2010 - 5:36 PM
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True love is the greatest thing, except for a nice MLT, where the mutton is nice and lean

Happy Sandwich Day, everyone!...

srah - Wednesday, 3 November 2010 - 9:02 PM
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Dolores, I live in fear/ My love for you's so overpowering I'm afraid that I will disappear

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 3: What would your patronus be? I established, once upon a time, if I lived in the universe of His Dark Materials I would want my dæmon to be a fox. So I suppose if I lived in the Harry Potter universe, I would choose the same animal for my Patronus. I share a Patronus with Seamus Finnigan (but I don't think that says much about shared personality traits, because Dolores Umbridge and Minerva McGonagall both have cats). I think our Patronus could hold its own in a fight; foxes are pretty feisty...

srah - Wednesday, 3 November 2010 - 8:15 PM
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What a stupid lamb.

Yesterday, according to Emily Elisabeth's master list, was National Author's Day, and today is Look For Circles Day. In honor of these two holidays, I bring you this thing that I did not make myself, but which I am posting for the sake of blogging about these holidays. see more Funny Graphs...

srah - Tuesday, 2 November 2010 - 5:50 PM
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You're Harry Freakin' Potter!

According to The 30 Days of Harry Potter, today's topic is your favorite movie, and I already missed yesterday's, which was your favorite book. So, since Gretchen and Jennie! have already done this, let's see mine:We are not judging your dress robes, Ronald. We are judging your hairstyle. Books Prisoner of Azkaban (3)Order of the Phoenix (5)Half-Blood Prince (6)Goblet of Fire (4)Deathly Hallows (7)Sorcerer's Stone (1)Chamber of Secrets (2) Movies Half-Blood Prince (6)Prisoner of Azkaban (3)Order of the Phoenix (5)Sorcerer's Stone (1)Goblet of Fire (4)Chamber of Secrets (2) I'd say my most important decision-making factor when ranking the books was...

srah - Tuesday, 2 November 2010 - 12:45 PM
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In an action that surprises even me...

I hereby declare that I am participating in National Blog Posting Month. I've been thinking, that since I'm such a blog slacker, November would be a good time to pick it up again (and getting on the NaBloPoMo wagon gives me an excuse for the fact that I'm not on the NaNoWriMo one). Today in quick succession I learned that Jennie! is doing both NaBloPoMo AND NaNoWriMo, so it certainly would be a shame if I weren't doing either and Emily Elisabeth has declared that we must save November, and in listing off holidays for each day of the month,...

srah - Monday, 1 November 2010 - 12:38 PM
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