April 19th
 No, it isn’t,” said Harry thoughtfully. “He’s a funny man, Dumbledore. I think he sort of wanted to give me a chance. I think he knows more or less everything that goes on here, you know. I reckon he had a pretty good idea we were going to try, and instead of stopping us, he just taught us enough to help. I don’t think it was an accident he let me find out how the mirror worked. It’s almost like he thought I had the right to face Voldemort if I could. . . . 

J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
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I really liked the first book in the Jack Brenin series by Catherine Cooper so I got the second one.  It was also very good.  I have now purchased the series bundle.  :-)  Technically these are children’s/young adults’ books, but I have really enjoyed the first two. 

I really liked the first book in the Jack Brenin series by

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Yesterday was extremely productive

  • I started designing a thing and realized that it is going to take some serious swatching, but I’m very excited.  I’ll do the swatching as dishcloths which will conveniently turn into Mother’s Day presents.
  • I am spring cleaning one room at a time on Fridays.  Yesterday was the dog area.  It is sort of an entryway at the back door between the kitchen and the living room.  We keep the dog crates there and their food and other accoutrement, as well as some kitchen stuff.  There was intense floor scrubbing and crate scrubbing and toy cleaning. 
  • Four loads of laundry
  • Five loads of dishes
  • Two loaves of cinnamon swirl bread
  • Flat bread dough

Today I need to finish the last two loads of laundry.  We already did the grocery shopping.  I want to make several batches of dog treats between today and tomorrow.  And that is it.  It is going to be a pretty chill weekend.  That makes me happy.  :-)

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 It was one of those rare occasions when the true story is even more strange and exciting than the wild rumors. Harry told them everything: Quirrell; the mirror; the Stone; and Voldemort. Ron and Hermione were a very good audience; they gasped in all the right places, and when Harry told them what was under Quirrell’s turban, Hermione screamed out loud. 
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
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April 18th
 And sir, there’s one more thing . . .” “Just the one?” “How did I get the Stone out of the mirror?” “Ah, now, I’m glad you asked me that. It was one of my more brilliant ideas, and between you and me, that’s saying something. 
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
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I know I’ve waxed poetic about Debora Geary’s books before, so I don’t have to say too much about this one.  I finished the Modern Witch series and now I’m working my way through the Witchlight Trilogy.
Awesome as ever.  I do like that the main characters stay the same in this trilogy.  We really get to know them.

I know I’ve waxed poetic about Debora Geary’s books before, so I don’t have to say too much about this one.  I finished the Modern Witch series and now I’m working my way through the Witchlight Trilogy.

Awesome as ever.  I do like that the main characters stay the same in this trilogy.  We really get to know them.

20140418 @ 1100
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 Harry said, “And the Invisibility Cloak — do you know who sent it to me?” “Ah — your father happened to leave it in my possession, and I thought you might like it.” Dumbledore’s eyes twinkled. “Useful things . . . your father used it mainly for sneaking off to the kitchens to steal food when he was here.” 
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
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April 17th
 You know, the Stone was really not such a wonderful thing. As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all — the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them. 
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
20140417 @ 1600
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After Day Watch, I dove right into Twilight Watch.  At the moment, this is my favorite in the series by a hair (Last Watch is also pretty damn awesome).  There is a new one being released in English this month.  We are very excited in this house.

After Day Watch, I dove right into Twilight Watch.  At the moment, this is my favorite in the series by a hair (Last Watch is also pretty damn awesome).  There is a new one being released in English this month.  We are very excited in this house.

20140417 @ 1100
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 Oh, you know about Nicolas?” said Dumbledore, sounding quite delighted. “You did do the thing properly, didn’t you? 
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
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I use babbel.com. and they just had a little survey for users. The gender question had other as an option. Little things like that help me continue to have faith in humanity.

20140417 @ 0727
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April 16th

Top Gear thoughts

As he rolled over to go to sleep, my husband had a thought he decided to share.

If you put James May and Rutledge Wood together in a room the conversation would be distilled boredom. The boredom would crystalize and take over the world.

James and Rut would be completely into the minuet of car nerddom. Jezzer and Tanner would be rolling their eyes and apologizing for their colleges’ lack of cool. Hamster and Adam would have seen what was about to happen and just headed strait for the bar. So, when the crystalized boredom engulfed the planet, they would already be properly sloshed.

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I reread Day Watch way back in February.  I know I’ve mentioned how much I enjoy Sergei Lukyanenko’s books before, but I REALY love his books.  Anton is seriously my kind of main character. 

I reread Day Watch way back in February.  I know I’ve mentioned how much I enjoy

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alishalovescats1701:

Victorian homes

dauyyum

I swear to Er-Lang, at least half of these houses (or their twins) are in Hamilton, NY.

(Source: bardot-barbiturate, via alt-reality)

20140416 @ 2049
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