Tuesday, March 31, 2009


This week's Ravenclaw homework was to take the word Ravenclaw and make as many words as possible out of it. There were two caveats however. One, each word MUST contain the letter "R". Two, the only letter that can be repeated in the word is "A", since it is the only one that appears twice in Ravenclaw. Also, as a bonus round, you can list all of the words you can think of that DON'T contain an "R". So, here we go.

Words with an "R"

Bonus Round

Monday, March 30, 2009

Weekend in the Park

The weekend following the one with yarny goodness, I headed out to Berryville where my mom lives. Also visiting were my brother Justin, his wife, three daughters and new puppy. I was heading out for only the day, but lots of fun was to be had.

For the most part, we just hung out around the house and chatted. I met my newest niece, Hailey. She generously "baptised" me within five minutes of picking her up. What a welcome! She's awfully cute and has curious look about her. I have this great picture of her with her dad, where he holds her by her feet in one hand, forcing her to use her legs to stand. It sounds very dangerous, but is actually very beneficial. She strengthens a lot of her muscles and learns balance. See the picture below to see what I'm talking about.

Justin holding Hailey up with one hand. See, it's not THAT bad, right?!

Next we went to the park. The two older girls ran around while the adults tried to keep up. Lots of rides down the slide and pushes on the swing were to be had. It was a lot of fun -- and also a reminder of how much I need to head back to the gym! After that, we went for an early dinner and I headed home. All in all, it was a great day! My family rocks!

Justin helping Lexie (the middle girl) walk across the balance beam.

Tessa (the oldest) at the bottom of the slide. Check out the static electricity!

Even the grown ups had some fun!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Weekend of Yarny Goodness!

The weekend of March 14 was all about yarny goodness. Saturday was Knit Happens' fifth birthday and the store celebrated with a great sale. I love the great deals they give you during their sales. This time around, my favorite deal was the 50% off all books and patterns. I got French Girl Knits (Rav link) and another book which I cannot mention because I got it for a spoilee. I also got FIVE skeins of Rowan Big Wool (Rav link) so I can make Wrenna (Rav link) from French Girl Knits. I got all of that for the low, low price of $66! Woo hoo! Thanks, Knit Happens and Happy Birthday!

The next day, the roommate and I headed up to Savage, MD and the Savage Mill for the Homespun Yarn Party. When Wendy and I got there the place was PACKED! We did one turn around the place and then decided to get some lunch and come back for another turn and buy things then. This was an EXCELLENT idea because when we got back from lunch, it was a LOT easier to get around. It was SO worth the drive up there, too. So many great hand dyed yarns -- many of which I have been coveting for a while. I also got to meet one of my swap pals. Shelby from the fall Starbuck's & Yarn Swap has a line of sock yarn that she was selling. I got a skein of Nagini that has silver threads in it. So pretty! I also got some Wullenstudio sock yarn called Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys that is a great blend of turquoise and teal. I also was on the hunt for something for my RAOK package and I found the PERFECT thing. I hope she likes it!

Shelby and I at her booth. Look at all of her pretty, pretty yarn!

The Nagini sock yarn I bought from Shelby.

The Wullenstudio sock yarn that I bought.

Monday, March 16, 2009

HSKS 7 Quidditch Round 2

1. On which day did the Order of the Phoenix come to get Harry?
a. Tuesday
b. Sunday
c. Saturday
d. The day of his 17th birthday

2. During all this chaos with Voldemort and the Death Eaters, people still had lives to live and Ron's oldest brother, Bill decided to marry Fleur Delacour? Who were the uninvited guests at Bill and Fleur's wedding?
a. Voldemort
b. Death Eaters
c. Scrimgeour
d. Grindewald

3. Voldemort had seven Horcruxes hidden in different places. Six of them were hidden at the Gaunt shack, Hogwarts, a cave, inside Harry, inside his snake, Nagini and Tom Riddles Diary. Did Voldemort hide the last Horcrux inside the Malfoy's vault at Gringotts?
a. Yes
b. No

4. Why did the Dumbledore's move to Godric's Hollow?
a. The reason is unknown
b. They were tired of their old home.
c. The father went to Azkaban
d. It was a better place for their children to grow up

5. Harry and Hermione read a part of "Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore," written by Rita Skeeter. Then they met Dumbledore's brother Abeforth and he told them the same story, just with a few details changed. Which of the following did Aberforth and Rita Skeeter agree on about Dumbdore's past?
a. Why the Dumbledore family moved to Godric's Hollow
b. That Dumbledore was friends with Grindelwald for a while.
c. Why nobody outside the family noticed Ariana much.
d. The reason for Dumbledore's father's imprisonment in Azkaban.

6. When Harry and Hermione visit Godric's Hollow, they visit the graveyard to see Harry's parent's graves. Harry walks by a tombstone that we later learn belong to tone of "The Three Brothers'. The brother buried there once owned what?
a. The ressrection stone
b. The cloak
c. The wand
d. The sword

7. The Trio finds out that Luna had been kidnapped by the Death Eaters and that they won't give her back until they got Harry Potter. Why did they kidnap Luna?
a. Her father sided with Harry and Dumbledore
b. They though he would come to her rescue
c. She was a muggleborn
d. Her father failed as a Death Eater

8. After Voldemort killed Snape, he left the room and Harry came out from under the cloak. Snape gave Harry some of his memories all the way from when he was a child to just months before. Harry dived into the Pensieve and which of the following did he not see?
a. Dumbldore telling Snape that at some point Snape had to kill him.
b. Snape telling Lily she was a witch
c. Snape and Lily having fun in a potions class
d. Snape talking to Dumbledore on a hilltop

9. On the search of the Lost Diadem, Harry finally gets to talk to the Gray Lady. Who was the Gray Lady when she was alive?
a. She didn't remember because she had been dead for so long.
b. Rowena Ravenclaw.
c. Helena Ravenclaw.
d. A girl who was put in ravenclaw 800 years previously

10. Which of these is not one of Harry or Ron's children?
a. Rose
b. Hugo
c. James
d. Victoria

Picture Scavenger Hunt
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Catching up with my classmates

Going through the blogroll of my fellow Hogwarts students taught me some great things this week.

Minerva Lovegood of Gryffindor suffered from a small panic attack last week. I hope it wasn't because of our hat duel! Those are supposed to be fun, not stressful. I should have sent her some chocolate with my hat, it would have smoothed out the rough edges!

I learned through Violet Starfire that the Puffs are learning more about their fellow students. Have they caught on to how the Claws find the snitch?! Uh oh! Also, she has a bit of a sweet tooth and is using Drooble's Best Blowing Gum to trap a jumping spider. What a clever girl!

Emma Gorodok, a fellow Ravenclaw, is a VERY lucky girl. She's about to leave for a visit with her parents. Then she's off to London and then finally Edinburgh to visit with the European contingent of HSKS. Have fun! Oh, and I also saw fabulous pictures of her in a newly crocheted lace shawl. What talent!

The biggest lesson I learned was from Callisto Verity of Slytherin! I know, a SLYTHERIN had something to teach me! ;) But while she's currently recovering from a broken arm (courtesey of a bludger in the last Quidditch match), she caught up on a LOT of her school work. It made her wonder though about us Claws. She wondered what we DID with all of the knowledge we seek. She sees the Gryffindors and Slytherins putting it to practical use, but can't say the same for the Ravenclaws. I believe that searching for answers and knowledge DOES serve a practical purpose. It leads to the great findings of our lives. Sometimes, pure research is what it takes to make those great discoveries and breakthroughs. It's later that the theories and knowledge can be put into practice.

Thank you to all of my fellow classmates for teaching me so many great things. I learn so much from all of you and greatly appreciate it! :)

Friday, March 06, 2009

What a week!

Greetings! I have just returned to VA after spending the better part of a week in Miami. And let me just say that I was loathe to return! I was in sunny and warm climes and returned to dreary and cold winter. Not exactly my dream.

So, I was in Miami for the eRetailer Summit (which is my association's mid-winter meeting). The hotel we were at, the InterContinental, was really nice. I had such a great view! Check it out! I got to see the pretty water. I have another picture which shows you the cruise ships that I looked down on as well, but it doesn't look as good.

I am the Education Manager at ERA, which means that I am in charge of all of the logistics for the speakers at our meetings as well as helping to create the educational content. At this meeting, we had two GREAT keynote speakers. One was Greg Waldorf who is the CEO of eHarmony. He's in the picture to the left, standing on the stage. His presentation was so great and such a treat to watch. Our other keynote speaker, Chris Rosica, gave everyone so many great ideas on how to get their brands out there. Over and over I just kept hearing about how great the educational offerings were, which really brought a smile to my face!

In other news, I completed the second round dueling hat for HSKS7! This time, the pattern was a little trickier as I had to learn a new stitch. Looking at the picture below, I can't really tell if it lives up to its name of "Quilted Diamonds", but whatever. It's on its way to the cold north of Northern Michigan. Here's hoping my owl doesn't freeze!
Anywho, it's time to get back to all of the post-meeting follow up. I'm really excited about it... I swear!