Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What's Ailing me?

I went to the infirmary today with a few complaints and I baffled Madam Pomfrey. It appears that I've acquired some ailment that magic can't fix so I'm off to the Muggle Hospital to see if they can figure this out.

I'll keep you all posted. Oh, by the way Olivia and Kitty - It's not contagious! LOL.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Quidditch Round 2 - and a heartfelt THANK YOU!

It's been a strange week here at the burrow. Things are hectic, but I did manage to find a few minutes to catch up with The Raven's Nest. That's when I saw it...I WON, WON. I NEVER WIN! Yippee for me! Can't wait to see what my prize is. Thanks so much! (doing happy dance). Now while I'm still in witch mode, let me get this quiz finished so that I can pop back in to the muggle world and get ready to cook for a dinner party!

1. What animal does the portrait in the Muggle Prime Minster’s office resemble?
a. Rat
b. Frog
c. Cat
d. Lion

2. What drink does Romilda Vane try to give Harry?
a. Gillywater
b. Butterbeer
c. Pumpkin Juice
d. Elf-Made Wine

3. What is the name of the person who heads the Holyhead Harpies?
a. Gwenog Smith
b. Gwenog Jones
c. Glen Jones
d. Glen Smith

4. How many ‘Exceeds Expectation’ grades does Harry receive in his O.W.L’s?
a. 6
b. 3
c. 5
d. 4

5. What is Professor Slughorn’s favorite candy?
a. Cockroach Clusters
b. Sherbet Lemon
c. Acid Pops
d. Crystallized Pineapple

6. What tattoo is Harry reported to have on his chest?
a. Mermaid
b. Blast Ended Skrewt
c. Hippogriff
d. Unicorn

7. What color robes do the staff at the Weasley’s shop wear?
a. Buttercup
b. Magenta
c. Royal Blue
d. Aqua

8. What is the man outside Flourish and Blotts selling?
a. Amulets
b. Cloaks
c. Wands
d. Hats

9. How much is the skull, which Hermione enquires about at Borgin and Burkes, worth?
a. 9 Galleons
b. 18 Galleons
c. 16 Galleons
d. 12 Galleons

10. What are Professor Slughorn’s initials?
a. H.F.G.
b. H.E.F.
c. H.A.L.
d. H.K.D

Since we didn't have a Scavenger Hunt this round we decided it would be a good idea to post a picture of our favorite character. I actually have two -

Ron Weasley and Snape.

We also were asked about our favorite magical creatures. Well, this one is a little harder for me because I haven't become really attached to any of the creatures in the books. I do have an unbelieveable attachment to this fellow though.

That's Max the Dog in his Halloween costume a few years ago.

And just a quick update, the dinner party was a HUGE success. I put my guests in to a food coma! That cheesecake gets 'em every time!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Photo Treasure Hunt

What a lot of fun. Team Tailfeather's didn't win, but we did come in 4th place overall. Not a bad showing if I do say so myself. I love my new badge!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Twisted Take on Photo Hunting

I had to come back to the muggle world for this assignment. It was too difficult for me to get anything done at Hogwarts...it was too quiet. Everyone else went to Hogsmeade. I on the other hand decided to be proactive and get this photo hunt finished.


This is my marker item. He is my blah buster buddy from the Hot Cocoa Swap last winter. His name is Cecil. Cecil and I are on my balcony. I know....you're jealous of my view right? Well this view is overlooking the Caspian Sea in Baku, Azerbaijan. Eat your hearts out! (note - I'm being VERY sarcastic in this statement)

So here goes.

broom - I cleverly disguise my broom in this handy little case. No one suspects me for what I really am...A WITCH!

diadem - Ah, the Webkinz Crown of Wonder. I've been attempting to get this thing for months now. I'm 5 gems away from the highly coveted prize! MOOOAHAHA!

engagement ring - This is my engagement ring. 1 carat Asscher cut set on point. LOVE IT!

fanged frisbee - - Ok, if anyone really owns a fanged frisbee I'd love to see it. This is the closest I have...my Portion Plate that I use for nutrition education with clients. I guarantee you that at some point someone has wanted to throw it at me!

house socks - On the left, my slytherin sock made with the yarn that I received last term in the HSKS5. It's in the Slytherin colorway by Cosmic Fibers! On the right, the first pair of knit socks I ever owned. Gifted to my by my sister for Christmas a few years ago. I LURV the colors.

magical creature - This is one of Fangs pups. I call him Max. "No MAX! Don't eat Cecil"

muggle artifact - This is my husbands prized artifact! Smokey Joe.

glass of butterbeer - Where was this photo hunt a few days ago when I was making REAL rootbeer floats? You'll have to trust me on that....this is as close to foaming as I could get. It's hard to see, but note the foam that has settled on the counter top? LOL SUDS.

government employee - My US Marine

horcrux - I really wanted to get a picture of the sheep that graze just up the street from my apartment but wasn't quite sure how I would get Cecil close enough. In the interest of my personal safety I opted for this....the Geranium horcrux.

lucky potion - This potion is guaranteed to get you a few nice compliments such as "I wish my wife smelled like you" - it's true. It's great to hear things like that...of course when the wife is sitting right there it's a little uncomfortable. LOL

public art - This is such a dirty dusty city. They try to make up for it by putting colorful tiles in the play areas.

raven's feather - Given that the Azeri national bird is the platic bag you'll just have to settle for the next best thing to a Raven's feather. A feather from my down comforter!

shady shop - I took the picture last night, but forgot to include Cecil! ARGH! I'll figure something out in the next day or so! Good grief! Ok, this is not the original shady shop...so here is the closest shop to мой дом (my house - moy dome). I never use this shop because they sell moldy bread! Shady, VERY SHADY! But hey, in a pinch I'll use them for points!

tree changing seasons - There aren't many trees in Baku and the those in the city near me are of the piney variety and don't change color. I'm not sure if the tree in this picture is dying or is changing seasons(see it there on the right with a hint of gold?)I was lucky enough to capture this shot from my balcony.

used textbook - I love this book. I received it in last terms swap also. It is a handy little reference and definitely well used.

So there you have it. My version of the Photo Hunt. I hope you enjoyed it.

And, I think that my dorm name should be Tail Feathers. Fitting for a Ravenclaw room I think...don't you?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Our First Ravenclaw Quiz

House Quiz

What potion has the strange side effects of excessive singing and nose-tweaking? Elixir to Enduce Euphoria

What ingredient can be used to counteract the effect of the above side effects? Peppermint

How much can you get for Acromantula venom? 100 Galleons

What is the most powerful love potion in the world? Amortentia

What antidote does Harry use to help Ron when he is poisoned by Madam Rosmerta's finest mead? A bezoar

How does Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes' Owl Order Service get their potions past the security at Hogwarts to their customers? disguised as innocent items such as perfume and cough potions.

What did Draco Malfoy make in Potions class when Professor Slughorn assigned them to make something amusing? Hiccoughing Solution(???)

What spells will not work in an area affected by Instant Darkness Powder? Light spells and fire magic

What are the ingredients for the Draught of Living Death? wormwood, asphodel, valerian roots, and one sopophorous bean

How much will unicorn tail hair fetch? 10 Galleons per hair

Extra Credit
Do you prefer to knit or crochet? I prefer to knit.

What is your favorite weight yarn to knit/crochet with? I enjoy worsted weight and heavier yarns (cause they knit up quickly). I'm an instant gratification kind of girl.

What fiber contents do you most like to knit/crochet with? What fiber contents do you dislike knitting/crocheting with? I enjoy natural fibers. I love alpaca, mohair and bamboo.

How many complete pair of socks have you knit/crochet? I have completed one pair of socks and have 2 socks that currently don't have mates...I plan to fix that soon though.

What is your favorite item to knit/crochet? I enjoy knitting scarves and bags.

What is your favorite treat?

Do you drink coffee, tea, or both? Both, but my FAVE is hot chocolate.

Do you have an online wish list? If so, where? Not really, but I have recently started saving things to my favorites on Etsy. I also have an Amazon list, but that is pretty much for my husband and mom for Christmas ideas.

How many Ravelry groups are you in? Too many! LOL 12-15

Is there any special item you have been really wanting, but can't find in your local area? I don't have access to any local yarn stores here (I did just hear of one so I'll be checking that out soon). I order most everything I want or need from the internet with no trouble. At some point I need something to organize my circular needles in. The case that the Harmony Interchangeables come in is PATHETIC.