Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ravenclaw House Quiz

House Quiz

What potion has the strange side effects of excessive singing and nose-tweaking?

What ingredient can be used to counteract the effect of the above side effects?
a sprig of peppermint

How much can you get for Acromantula venom?
it may fetch up to a hundred Galleons a pint on the open market.

What is the most powerful love potion in the world?

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

How does Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes' Owl Order Service get their potions past the security at Hogwarts to their customers?
products are disguised as cough syrups or perfumes

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

What spells will not work in an area affected by Instant Darkness Powder?
Lumos (and other common light spells) and Fire Magic

What are the ingredients for the Draught of Living Death?
wormwood, asphodel, valerian roots, and a single Sopophorous Bean.

How much will unicorn tail hair fetch?
Ten Galleons a hair

Extra Credit

Answering the following questions are extra credit and will earn you an additional ticket in the drawing for the prize.

Do you prefer to knit or crochet?
Knit, I don't know how to crochet

What is your favorite weight yarn to knit/crochet with?
Depends on the project and what I want to do with it

What fiber contents do you most like to knit/crochet with? What fiber contents do you dislike knitting/crocheting with?
I really love merono and silk... I dislike really cheap acrylics, ut other than that I like them all

How many complete pair of socks have you knit/crochet?
2 halves, which isn't a whole because I've never finished a pair... I'm working on two at once right now so when I finish that I'll actually have finished a pair

What is your favorite item to knit/crochet?
Probably hats, their quick and easy... and everyone seems to like them for gifts

What is your favorite treat?
Frozen Yogurt

Do you drink coffee, tea, or both?
Both... I'm a caffeine addict

Do you have an online wish list? If so, where?
No, I don't actually

How many Ravelry groups are you in?
a bunch? I don't know

Is there any special item you have been really wanting, but can't find in your local area?
Maybe, but I look for stuff on-line all the time so... nothing particular comes to mind... Unless someone knows where I can find the Malabrigo Sock Yarn :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Dead in the First Round... Again!

My hat from Draco Firewalker came in the mail today, and I have been out-dueled.... Even though my hat was out into the mail on Tuesday during my lunch break... and has yet to leave Las Vegas! I'm seriously resisting donning a Guy Fawkes mask and blasting the 1812 Overture ....
That being said.... my hat is lovely... and it fits and it's beautiful. I'm impressed! And I really like it. :-D I hope that my hat gets to him soon and that he like it... and that it fits his supposedly big head. :-D

I got some other goodies in the mail this week! 1st was the first installment of the UK covers from Cosmic Fibers... I have all the US ones, and it was absolutely necessary for me to have all of the UK ones too... The second was my "Sweeny Todd" color way... Which is actually Silver Silky Sock... It's beautiful and sparkly and I LOVE it! Despite it being "sock yarn" it's definitely not going to turn into something that will go on my feet. :)

Quidditch Round 1

1. At the beginning of the book, Cornelius Fudge is talking to the Muggle Prime Minister. Which member of the Order of the Phoenix has recently been found dead?
a. Hestia Jones
b. Elphais Doge
c. Emmeline Vance
d. Dedalus Diggle

2. What animal does Bellatrix Lestrange kill when she and her sister, Narcissa, are going to see Professor Snape?
a. Owl
b. Fox
c. Rabbit
d. Cat

3. What time does Professor Dumbledore collect Harry from Privet Drive?
a. Midnight
b. 11 p.m.
c. Noon
d. 11 a.m.

4. What did Professor Slughorn transform into when he was trying to hide from Harry and Professor Dumbledore?
a. An armchair
b. A bed
c. A table
d. A wardrobe

5. What grade did Harry get for Herbology?
a. E – Exceeds Expectation
b. P – Poor
c. O – Outstanding
d. A – Acceptable

6. Herbert Chorley, the Prime Minister’s Junior Minster, has been entertaining the public by impersonating which animal?
a. A hen
b. A duck
c. A lion
d. A squirrel

7. What is Professor Sprout’s first name?
a. Pimmy
b. Pomony
c. Pommy
d. Pomona

8. What are Dumbledore’s idea of ‘a few words’?
a. nitwit, odder, blubber rand tweak
b. nitwit, odder, bubblegum and tweak
c. nitwit, oddment, bubblegum and tweak
d. nitwit, oddment, blubber and tweak

9. Who is Marcus Belby’s famous uncle?
a. Bertie
b. Damocles
c. Tiberius
d. Savage

10. What is Snape’s mother’s name?
a. Helana Prince
b. Eileen Prince
c. Lily Prince
d. Elizabeth Prine


Professor Sprout
Professor Dumbledore

Monday, September 22, 2008

Picture day

Which of course... is a bad hair day and a the work office ran out of air day... It's just like high school! Except I feel less of a need to ditch and partake on other forms of teenage rebellion....

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Normally I'm not a HUGE Halloween fan... I normally get irritated over how stupid people my own age act over the holiday. However, I LOVE carving pumpkins (just check out my 2 favorites from a 2 years ago below) and I LOVE handing out candy to little kids.However, this year I'm super excited for halloween. I have ideas for at LEAST 7 pumpkins... Mostly themed, and I'm not leaking any of my ideas out. I'll post pictures when I finish them though. :) I almost have an entire costume ready. (I just need a couple of things.) Mauricio and I actually even decided on matching, couple costumes... We're going to be Speed Racer (Mauricio's costume obviously) and Trixie (my costume, and Speed's gf if you're not dorky enough to know.) I might even dress Rocky up as Chim-Chim. He and I are are planning/working on a party for the holiday since it's actually on a Friday and we both actually can do stuff... Plus most of our friends are available for fun too. Yesterday I spent, I kind you not, looking for costume accesories and missing pieces and different decorations for almost 2.5 hours yesterday. And then I rambled on about it all for about 2 hours to Mauricio who is totally exhausted this week between not really having a relaxing weekend, school (which was all tests this week for him... I sympathize, but his test load isn't as hard as mine ever was...), and working so I don't think he was listening all that much. So I'm posting all my excitement here. Hoping that maybe other people will like hearing about it. :)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

HSKS6 survey

I have another hour and a half AT least until my flight home... And then it's straight to bed and off to work. I'll update more about my weekend trip later, but right now I'm thankful for this survey to keep me occupied. (Some quick quips about the trip: I actually got sunburnt in Utah! Craziness, I left 100 degree weather for the mid-80s and got sunburnt! It's madness... And also this whole only 3oz of a liquid thing is just ridiculous...)

Potter Name:
Fleur Sweeting

Rav ID:

I am allergic to:
grasses and pollens, bananas

Pets that I have:
a pug

My favorite yarn:
Malabrigo, Lorna's Laces, Cosmic Fibers

If you are a Ravenclaw, do you prefer the film colors or the book colors?
book, but I don't like when bronze becomes orange

My favorite flavor:
for what? ice cream, yogurt, lattes.... it depends. But I do LOVE both vanilla and raspberry.

My favorite holiday: Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas:
Thanksgiving normally, but I'm really hyped for Halloween this year!

I would like to receive a: (Sock kit, scarf kit or yarn dyeing kit)
Preferably sock, but I'd be ecstatic with anything

List your favorite brand of needles or hooks, including size and length:
addi turbos size 2 24", or knit picks same size

Is there a brand that you are dying to try?:
I'll try anything :)

I've participated in HSKS: (How many times have you participated in HSKS swaps?)
this is my 4th

Do you have a birthday during this swap? If so which day?
Not this time...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

This weekend

I'm headed off to Salt Lake City, UT and Wendover, NV this weekend... Spending time with Mauricio's family. Originally we were flying, but there were complications of sorts so now Mauricio and I are driving up with his grandparents, which should be interesting. (The whole reason we were originally going was for his grandfathers birthday, hence the necessity of us driving them up... they refuse to fly.) I'll be so out of the loop on any car conversation because it'll be in Spanish!!!!! Maybe I'll get some practice in... It'll be a looooooong weekend though because we're busy the entire time up until we fly home at 10pm on Sunday. Plus, I was unable to get ANY days off in September because everyone else has vacations so I pleaded to work an early shift for this trip.

Hopefully I don't miss the Michael Phelps SNL... Oh how I wish that the Olympics were still on and swimming was still on tv so that I could see more than Phelps... Oh well.

Anyway, I'll be semi-away from internet access, Mauricio will have his laptop but I don't know if I'll have time to get on it, so this will probably be my last post until Monday or Tuesday... I have access to my emails on my cell though. :) YAY technology!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Excuses... Excuses...

Apparently, despite my new resolve and my constant thinking of only knitting, the only knitting that I got done this entire week was done on Sunday, while I marathon watched season 2 of Dexter... and not much progress was made on any one thing because I was way too A.D.D. seriously switched between all three of my WIPs constantly... Plus, I was paying A LOT of attention to Dexter. New season starts the 28th!! Then I finally joined the masters team this week, so I've been getting up around 4:30am to go swim, and then go to work from there. Then I come home and pass out, literally on a couple of occasions... Today I cleaned out my room, and baby sat Sara and Ellie. I think Ellie is actually starting to like me, finally.

Basically this post served to make several lame excuses for not knitting... Tomorrow is breakfast at Nana's, I'm not sure if I'm going yet though... I'll see if I feel up to facing my stupid aunts and uncles when I wake up. Right now I'm leaning towards the NO option, but we'll see. If Luke goes, I'll feel more obligated to go, and if Mauricio wants to go then I'll have to, but with the 2 of them there the stupidness of my stupid relatives won't bother me as much. Then Mauricio and I are meeting up with some friends at a bar to kick of football season. Should be fun! But it's unlikely I'll get any knitting done tomorrow either. lol


The new term starts soon!

I went back to Ravanclaw... after being in slytherin last time around. I'm excited!

Friday, September 5, 2008

For the new term/my VIPs

I stole this idea from a friend of mine on LiveJournal, but it's actually a good idea so I'm going to use it here. Basically I'm going to use this post to explain who all of the important people in my life are so that every time I make a post (which I'm vowing to do more frequently) I don't feel that it's necessary to say that Sara is my mother's friend from works daughter whom I adore and babysit all the time OR Luke is the elder of my two younger brothers who.... anyway, you get the point. And then I'll link to this post in my sidebar under "VIPs" so that anyone can find it when I mention a person. It'll also be a work in progress so, I'll update it with information. So here it goes:

Updated Jan 26, 2009

Family Members:
  • Mom - my mom is the literacy specialist at an elementary school
  • Dad is currently in Wyoming working. He should be home at Thanksgiving.... Back from Wyoming... Now he sits at home and hinders my tv usage... LOL
  • Rocky - my pug... I baby him and humanize him too much and I'm sure the Dog Whisperer would tell my that is the reason he doesn't always listen to me.
  • Luke... The older of my 2 younger brothers. He's 3 years younger than me. We used to be SUPER close, not as much anymore; he's moved out, I've graduated, we work different jobs, but we still hang out occasionally. If I have a complex relationship with anyone, it's my brother Luke.
  • Logan... My other younger brother. He's 7 years younger than me. He and I are pretty close. He likes most of the same movies and tv shows that I do.... And he reads the same comic books. Like Luke (and I guess me) he's a swimmer too.
  • Nana and Papa - are my grandparents and they live next door to us
  • Aynsley - My cousin, she's my age and the person who taught me how to knit. She used to live next door with my grandparents, but now she lives in boulder city. She hates everything girlie... Her younger sister Rachel works with me.
  • Mauricio - my bf of 4+ years. We've known each other for nearly 8 years. He works at the Palm's hotel and Casino as a front desk clerk/VIP clerk. He likes science fiction and is majoring in history... He wants to go to law school... Most of our friends/some family members have trouble pronouncing his name so he gets called Mo. He's Cuban/Mexican and his entire family speaks Spanish. His grandparents are his only relatives still in Vegas and they only speak Spanish... His parents live outside of Salt Lake City.
  • Alex - Mauricio's best friend, he's a bartender/waiter
  • Some of Mauricio's work friends that we hang out with: Jason - an assitant manager, Lyndsey - recently engaged to her bf of 6 years
  • Veronica/Ronnica/Rowena Bladvak - appently she has lots of names.. lol... She's my long lost twin that I met in the HSKS5 swap. I'll be venturing to the East Coast for the first time ever and visiting her in February! Her blog
  • Michelle - my bfff (which is kind of a joke between us)... she's been my friend for 10+ years. I love her death but she literally drives me to the limits of my sanity on a daily basis. I work with/for her... she got me the job... More or less I've been driven to the limits of my sanity with her right now... I've been avoiding her.
  • April - She is the younger sister I never had. She was on the swim team that I coached, and my brothers swam for... She used to live SUPER close to us so we gave her rides all the time and we've bonded. She goes to school in GA, and she swims there too. I miss her while she's at school :(
  • Sara - my 6 year old mini-me. I baby sit her frequently. She loves Fancy Nancy, princesses and is in the 1st grade. I love her. Her mom (Vanessa) works at the elementary school with my mom. Her dad is Dave and her baby sis is Ellie.
  • Armani/Bobbie (she changed her name because of identity theft, but I use both names when I talk about her) She is my hairstylst/friend. I text her ALL the time. She has a baby, Chloe who is the cutest, most well behaved baby ever.