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Jul. 28th, 2014

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HP Memories and a Question

So I was looking for more info about The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and found this website:

Wow - what a treasure trove of fandoms! I found some good articles on the Lizzie Bennet Diaries under "web series." I also read up on Percy Jackson and then I looked at the HP category.

I really enjoyed this article (click on the link for an explanation of the theories):

Seven Crazy Harry Potter Theories We Wished Had Come True
7. The Department of Mysteries would be revisited (and actually mean something)
6. Neville Longbottom’s parents were communicating using gum wrappers
5. Harry Potter was the Heir of Gryffindor
4. James Potter and Remus Lupin secretly switched bodies
3. Harry used a Time Turner, and witnessed his parents’ murder in 1981
2. Neville Longbottom was the real chosen one
1. Ron Weasley and Albus Dumbledore were the same person

Notice they didn't touch shipping!

I remember quite a few of these theories, but I don't know if I ever read anything about James switching bodies with Lupin or Harry using a Time Turner. In the comments a few people mention the Mark Evans theory from OotP (because Evans was Lily's surname, he must be a long-lost relative of Harry). Off the top of my head I can only remember the Percy/and or Ron-is-a-Death-Eater theory.

Any others you can think of? Surely there were some theories about the Slytherins - especially Draco and Snape, but I can't remember any. (Of course, I was all about the shipping - so I didn't pay much attention. And the Snape threads at Sugar Quill gave me a headache).

The only fortune-telling I remember coming true was megan29's prediction that one of the twins would die. (*shakes fist at JKR for that one*)

Oh, and a question for someone who has a Pottermore Account. What was the by-line under Ginny's World Cup Articles? Was it Ginny Potter or Ginevra Potter? I ask because Rita Skeeter refers to her as Ginevra. (Yes, I'm still writing a little story based on Rita's article, but I'm waiting for July 31 to come and go since the good folks at Hypable seem to think JKR is going to write/announce something on the seventh anniversary of Deathly Hallows)

Jul. 23rd, 2014

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It's a Beautiful Day Here

Take a peek:

This is the web cam set up at our riverside park. That's the Mersey River. It probably looks a little different than the one in England!

Jul. 21st, 2014

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Q&A With Stmargarets

But before the questions, I wanted to share this interesting tidbit. In the final credits that TheLizzieBennetDiaries produced (see above), the actions of the characters reflect what task the crew was involved in. For instance, under "Make up" we see Bing and Jane "making up." Very cute.

Okay. Questions:
Question 1: Where do I find the discussions? You Tube Comments? I did read the posts on Austenprose, but that's about all I've found that really compare/contrasts the series with P&P. I saw there was some controversy about the Lydia/Lizzie fight, but the You Tube comments are all scrambled, so I can't follow a discussion. This is a totally different fandom from HP.
Question 2: Is it sad that I immediately noticed Lizzie was wearing the dress from 60 in the postscript pictures?
Question 3: How many of you immediately knew which episode 60 was?
Question 4: Can someone explain seahorses?
Question 5: Do they do anything with the lion and eagle stuff, or is that just an inside joke with Fitz and Gigi?
Question 6: When Darcy and Lizzie discuss costume theater, is that really a thing? Is Dr. Gardiner modeled on anyone?

Jul. 18th, 2014

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Is There a Cure for This?

Here's a six minute fix of LBD. Thank goodness I didn't get into this while it was ongoing. I would have been insufferable.

Jul. 16th, 2014

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Strawberry Jam and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Small Batch Strawberry jam

Eddie had some of his friends over for a sleepover on Sunday. One of his friends brought me a quart of very ripe strawberries, which was nice, but we had just had strawberry shortcake the day before and I didn't know what to do with them. So I thought I'd make some jam for their breakfast toast. I've never made jam before and it was surprisingly easy. Here's how:

1/4 cup sugar for every one cup of sliced strawberries.
1 Tablespoon lemon juice for every two cups of strawberries.

So I had 4 cups strawberries. 1 cup sugar. 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Put a plate in the freezer to chill. Then place strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a large surface pan (like a dutch oven, stockpot or a deep frying pan) over medium heat. The berries will release their juices and will begin to boil. Stir constantly until mixture thickens, about 10 min. Pull pan off heat. To test: put small amount of jam on that cold plate to expedite the setting process. After 30 seconds tilt the plate to see how runny it is. If too runny, return pan to heat and boil it a little longer. When ready, pour into a heat proof container and refrigerate after it cools. Since you're only making a small amount and you're going to serve half the jar to ravenous teenagers, you don't have to worry about sealing the jar.

And in other good things (so far this week) I finally dove into the awesomeness that is the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I was at the library looking for something to get me through my car appointment at the garage and I found this:

Yes, I know. I'm supposed to watch the video series first, but I'm a reader, so the book was just what I needed. I loved it. Read the whole thing last night and this morning I dove into the videos on You Tube. What fun. I love the casting, the acting and all of Lizzie's cute outfits. I'm squeeing as I'm writing this. (Sample squee: Bing Lee is adorable, but so boyish. Darcy really does seem capable of running a company while also being clueless about relationships. Loved her friendship with Charlotte and her love for her family and how she grew as a person.) I haven't watched all the videos yet, because I knew which ones I wanted to watch first. :) It was great to have all of the videos and to watch in one big gorge, but I'm sure I missed out on that feeling of anticipation as you were living this story along with Lizzie. So aggiebell90 or ladywhizbee or anyone else who has watched the series, please come and squee with me in the comments.

Jul. 8th, 2014

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JKR Writes a New Rita Skeeter Article for Pottermore

It's a write-up of the Quidditch World Cup and her (Rita Skeeter's) speculations about various members of Dumbledore's Army.

It's rather amusing - and follows the epilogue. All ships are still sailing. The only new info that I caught was that Luna and Rolf have twins (or was I supposed to know that?), Percy is head of Magical Transportation (I wonder if he dropped the ban on magical carpets) and that Hannah has retrained as a Healer so that she can be matron at Hogwarts with Neville.

Jul. 7th, 2014

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July Hurricane

I've been meaning to post for awhile now, but I keep getting side-tracked. You would think it would be easier parenting teenagers compared to younger kids (They don't need to be buckled into their cars seat, for instance) but they keep you just as busy.

June was a busy month for Eddie with end-of-school events like Prom and finals, practice driving, working, and setting up his internship for the summer. About the only thing I didn't have to be involved in was final exams. For example, for Prom, I had to get him outfitted. We don't have a men's clothing store in town - so that meant a 40 min trip each way to buy dress pants. He couldn't come with me since he was working, so I had to make a second trip to exchange sizes. (Of course!) I fully realize that outfitting a boy for prom is waaay easier and less expensive than outfitting a girl, so I don't feel too bad about the return trip. He had a great time at prom, btw. Unlike my big suburban school prom, all the grades are allowed to attend and it's not at a hotel. The prom committee decorates the gym and a good time is had by all. I don't have any pictures of him that aren't in a big group. They actually took a Pharmachoice group shot of all the kids who work at Pharmachoice to give to their boss. I thought that was really cute, since they're a tight team over there.

And speaking of work . . . Getting him to work means letting him practice drive (gulp) to and from. It's a little nerve-wracking to say the least. Bill has been taking him out for longer runs, but my nerves can only stretch for that five minute ride through town. It's not that he's not careful, or doing a bad job - it's just hard letting go of that control.

So I keep wondering where the time goes and why I haven't done very much writing, but then I look at what I'm really doing, and I can see that I do do a lot. It just doesn't "show" like pages of text. :)

This morning I drove Eddie out to Nova Scotia Power for the start of his summer internship. He's going to work there for a hundred hours this summer in the machine shop. He looked so grownup in his steel-toe boots and coverall and safety glasses. *sigh*

I'm hoping he can finish his hours before August so that he take some sailing classes and relax a little bit. He's enjoying all of his new experiences, but he needs some balance.

In other news, we had a hurricane/post tropical storm Arthur hit us on Saturday. It was the weirdest storm in that we were on the "wind" side of the track and we had very little rain. In fact, it was sunny all afternoon while the wind was blowing 90kms an hour! We lost power for about 12 hours, which wasn't as bad as it sounds since there were restaurants in town that never lost power and we went out to eat rather than open the refrigerator door. Of course the whole town had the same idea, so it was fun to socialize while we waited for the storm to finish. When the back end of the storm arrived in the late afternoon, the wind shifted in the opposite direction. I think that rogue wind pushed over a lot of trees, since we never get wind from that direction. And it was so weird to see the wind push against the tide so forcefully. I've never seen water boil like that before.

So that's all the news in my neck of the woods. How is everyone?

Jun. 17th, 2014

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Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, moonette1! I hope you had a great day. I found this in my internet travels and thought of you. It's Honest Trailer's view of 300. (Warning: adult themes, etc . . . But it's pretty funny)

Apr. 16th, 2014

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Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, auntyros! I hope you have a great day. I remembered your birthday because it falls one day after Eddie's birthday.

Eddie is now 16.

Let that sink in, my friends. My baby is now 16. It really doesn't seem possible, but there it is.

I made him a black forest cake for his birthday and he requested pizza for his birthday dinner. Then he had driver's ed that night, so it really wasn't a very exciting birthday for him. But he was okay with it since he is busy this week with work and school. Next week they have Easter Monday off and a teacher in-service day so he's hoping to have some sort of party then.

I've been busy, too. I finished an 8 week course given by mental health services on anxiety. It was very intense and challenging, but I learned a lot. Go ahead, ask me anything about anxiety. :)

We also had the floor and ceiling replaced in the bathroom, which made quite a mess. We just have to finish painting and then that will be done. It looks so much better - and it feels so fresh and clean. The next project will be the annual painting of the deck. I won't have much scrapping to do because all the shoveling wore most of the paint down to nothing. Hopefully we'll have some warm, dry days soon. Maybe? It's cold and rainy here today.

Mar. 25th, 2014

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Out like a lion . . .

3:56 PM ADT Tuesday 25 March 2014
Blizzard warning in effect for:
•Queens County

Heavy snow and widespread blowing snow on Wednesday.
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I just hope we don't lose power! Eddie said they announced at school that "when school resumes" it will be day seven. Looks like they expect it to take a couple of days to get back to normal.

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