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Jan. 19th, 2015

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HP Podcast

The crew over at Potter Fic. Weekly chose to read and discuss my Luna/Theodore story, The Frog Prince of Slytherin. You can hear the podcast at this link:

They also briefly discuss A Toad of a Hero, which is Trevor the Toad's view of the Battle of Hogwarts. antosha (our resident Luna expert) makes a guest appearance as well.

I listened to the podcast a couple of weeks ago and found it very enjoyable. I haven't had a good HP related discussion in the longest time. Just checking the archive links, and I see they discuss a treasure trove of "classic" HP fic. Check them out!

Thanks again to sueatducksfoot for the heads up and the link!

Jan. 18th, 2015

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Happy Birthday, Megan!

Happy Birthday, megan29! I hope you're having a great day on the ski slopes or eating at a great restaurant or both! All the best to you in the coming year. Lots of love to my good friend. *hearts*

Jan. 2nd, 2015

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Happy Birthday, Lady Whizbee!

Happy Birthday, Meredith! I hope your birthday hasn't been overlooked in all of the Christmas and New Year's hoopla! Here's to a great 2015 for you and yours. *hugs*

Dec. 29th, 2014

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Happy (Belated) Birthday, Gabriella DuSult!

Happy Belated Birthday, gabrielladusult! I meant to post this yesterday, but the day got away from me. Along with the usual wishes for wonderful year, I wanted to comment on your new namesake.

One of twins of the Prince and Princess of Monaco was named Gabriella. (Even though she was born first, her twin brother is heir to the throne. harumpf) Still, I think Gabriella's backstory is almost as interesting as your (fictional) backstory. Born to great wealth and fame with a rakish father and an unhappy mother, she has always felt trapped in her gilded life until she meets . . . Prince George at Hogwarts? :) (I'm out of practice writing fan fic - sorry) Anyway, of course your namesake is a twin!

Hope all is well with you and yours. I hope to see you on live journal one of these days. Maybe when all the kids are back in school? *hugs* Happy Birthday!

Dec. 4th, 2014

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So Many Birthdays!

I've been away and I've missed so many birthdays. I'll start with wishing crumplehornedki a very happy birthday since her birthday is today/yesterday? in the land down under. I hope you have a restful day with all of your children and husband waiting on you hand and foot. (Yes, I write fan fiction, why do you ask?) :) Even though we're not on lj as much, I still enjoy hearing from you when the mood strikes. *big birthday hugs*

Then a big shout out and happy belated birthday to sherylyn! I hope you had a great day (what with your children and husband waiting on you hand and foot - see above). Even though we're not as active on lj, I'm so glad you're still in the fandom and around online. You're a wonderful friend. *hugs*

And finally, I can't forget grandma_kate because she never forgets me! There's a reason your birthday is always around Thanksgiving, and I think it's because you are someone many, many people are thankful to have in their lives. I hope you had a great day (being waited on hand and foot - see above). I look forward to your pictures of Owen (and all of your family members) and I hope you hear some good news about Dear Oatmeal soon. *warm hugs*

Nov. 13th, 2014

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H/G Story: What's Not in the History Books

Title: What’s Not in the History Books
Summary: Lily can’t find her copy of the new revised edition of Hogwarts, A History
Word Count: 1,200
Rating: G
Notes: I wrote this for the Lost and Found Challenge at takingitinturns Be sure to check out the other new H/G stories posted there. Thanks to sherylyn for the beta!

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Nov. 7th, 2014

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Body Image and Aging: Let's Talk About It

So I came across this video about female body image and aging:

I didn't find the video all the interesting or insightful. Yes, women go through different stages of life, maiden/mother/crone, etc . . . Tell me something I haven't heard before. I did find the interview with the creator of the video interesting*, however. *By interesting I don't mean I agree with her necessarily - just that she's making me think.

Here are some pull quotes:

There’s one quote that really kept me going throughout making the film, by Francoise Sagan: “There is a certain age when a woman must be beautiful to be loved, and then there comes a time when she must be loved to be beautiful.”

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Nov. 4th, 2014

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Daylight Saving - Movie Trailer

For arlenerios and all who hate Daylight Saving, this is your movie:

Nov. 3rd, 2014

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HP Reunion Roll Call

At the hp_reunion site, they're having a roll call using this questionnaire. I see a few familiar names over there:

I thought I'd post my answers to my journal, because I'd love to hear your experiences in the comments.
Name/LJ Name: stmargarets
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Oct. 13th, 2014

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Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

We had our turkey dinner yesterday. It was a cold, sunny day, so perfect for having the oven on all day. We had Eddie's friend, George, and his mother over as guests. It was nice to see the boys together (they're always on the computer with each other, so we don't get a lot of face to face contact).

In other news, I hurt my foot a few weeks ago. I'm not sure what I did to hurt it, but hurt it did. When I finally broke down and went to the doctor, I got the diagnosis of tendonitis. It's on the top of my foot and very painful. He gave me an anti-inflammatory pill, which I'm to take for three weeks. Then I'm supposed to have physical therapy as soon as I can get in. (It might take another month since one of the PTs is out on maternity leave). All in all, I was warned that it takes two to three months for tendonitis to heal. *sigh* I really miss walking. I'm hoping after the three weeks on these pills I'll be able to do some walking without pain. I'm halfway through the time, and it does seem better, but yesterday evening I was in a world of hurt because I was on my feet so much cooking the turkey dinner.

Anyone out there ever have tendonitis? I'd be happy to hear any advice/stories.

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