Thursday, May 27, 2010

Arithmancy HW

It's Thursday and I can not WAIT until 5pm Friday! It's the start of a long weekend during which I will be heading up to Amish Country, PA to visit my grandparents. This will be the fourth Memorial Day weekend that I will spend with my grandparents - I think I'm just going to start claiming this weekend as my own. There is nothing better than visiting with grandma and grandpa. They're very relaxing people to be around and I love spending time with them, visiting and chatting. Definitely can't wait!

But before I go, a bit of homework to tickle your fancy. I must say that I think this has been my favorite assignment. I LOVE me some SUDOKU puzzles! And Fleur was really nice and gave us really easy ones. Yay!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Who's Who of HSKS 10

PART 1: Find one person for each of these questions. No repeats!

Who is new to HSKS this Term? Mystry Moonbleu, Gryffindor
Who has played Quidditch for their House this Term? Allitrya Spelling, Chaser
Who is working on the same project (WIP) as you? Andromeda Finch-Fletchley, February Lady's Sweater
Who has more items in their Queue than you? Fleur Sweeting, 80 items
Who has donated to SPEW this Term? Elladora Madley
Who has participated in Dueling Club this Term? Rowan Dragonsinger
Who lives within 100 miles of you? Winifred Hornswaggle, Baltimore, MD
Who is from a different country than you? Cel'eena Cree, England

PART 2: Comment on at least one blog from each of the other houses. List their names here and something you learned about them from their blog post.

Clara Clovenhoof made 22 hats in one evening for a charity project. Most were made out of acrylic - which she's allergic to. She's such a trooper!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Perfect Day

I know, from time to time, we like to describe our "perfect day", but what do you do when you have one? Is it exactly as you've always described it, or is it just a day filled with all of the things that make you happy? Well, let me take a few moments to tell you about mine because it's just the kind of day that I've always imagined having, but like nothing I ever have put together.

It started with breakfast (made in my very own kitchen) and Anastasia (I'm having a pseudo-John Cusack film fest). Then I did some cleaning. I know, not something that's usually included in a perfect day, but when it's your very first apartment (that's only yours), it can be kind of perfect!

After reading a bit it was time for the afternoon portion of the day. This included a pedicure with my bestie, Penny. Followed by lunch served by a great character of a waiter. Penny then came by to see my new place and left soon after. So, left to my own devices, I decided to take myself to see Iron Man 2. I also REALLY wanted to see Letters to Juliet, but I was trying to be good - then I decided, what the hell and went to see it anyway.

Let me just say that Letter's to Juliet is WAY better than it should have been. After a very romantic movie (which took place in TUSCANY - the best place EVER!) I really wanted to sit outside with some wine and my book. I lucked out and got the last outdoor table available at Cheestique. I had a lovely glass of wine with some great cheese and bread - all enjoyed in the beautiful spring night with a fun book.

So there you have it. A perfect day consisting of good friends, some pampering, good food and good entertainment. What more could I ask for? What about you? What would today's answer be for a perfect day?

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Potions... el fin!

Part 3:
Take a picture of and list the ingredients and/or instructions to make one of your favorite potions that you have created.

This potion must have at the minimum, two ingredients to make it. Be sure to include you originality marker to prove it's yours!!!

For example it could be something as simple as your favorite coffee (with sugar or creme), or it could be an alcoholic mixed drink concoction that you have created. Your potion could also be an actual potion, oil, salve, or something else that you use as well.

Take one part dark, caffeinated brew, to one packet sparkly sweetener and 1/4 part creamy sweetness and what do you get?

The powerful potion that keeps me sane and perky... COFFEE!

Potions... cont!

Part 2:
Answer the following potions questions:

1. Sneezewort, scurvy grass, and lovage are used to make what?
A: Allergen Solution
B:Confusing Draught
C: Babbling Befuddlement
D: Wandering Agent

2. Porcupine quills are to be added when to a Boil Cure Potion?
A: It is the second ingredient you add
B: Before it is removed from the fire
C: You don't add them, they aren't part of the potion
D: After it is removed from the fire

3. What potion, if brewed correctly, should change color numerous times throughout brewing including deep purple, lilac, and finishing clear?
A: The Draught of Living Death
B: Amortentia
C: Calming Draft
D: Elixir to Induce Euphoria

4. This ingredient in the Draught of Peace, would likely bring you permanent peace since it is poisonous, what is it?
A: Murlap
B: Belladonna
C: Mugwort
D: Hellebore

5. Chopped daisy roots, skinned shrivel-fig, sliced caterpillar, one rat spleen, dash of leech juice are all ingredients to what?
A: Swelling Solution
B: Deflating Draught
C: Shrinking Solution
D: Sleeping Draught

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble...

AKA, Potions Homework!

Part 1:
Go around your house, outdoors, for a hike, or wherever and take pictures of 5 different plants, herbs, or flowers that might be used in potions. Make sure to remember your originality marker for these. Also, include the names of these (if you don't know their name feel free to make one up) and the description of potential use(s) for each.

Here we have mint leaves... great for making the potent potion called a Mojito!

Ahh... a row of lavender. Great for relaxing potions/lotions.

I know this looks like a daisy, but it's actually chamomile. Great for putting restless mind to sleep!

Lemongrass, great for adding a bright note to a marinade.

Here we have a dandelion. I know, you're thinking, "it's just a weed!" However, did you know that it also makes a very fun and yummy wine?!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

First Week

I have now completed the first week in my new place and it has been AWESOME! I love having my own space to my stamp on. There's a lot that still needs to be done - namely, I need a little sofa, a dining romm table and a coffee table.

The walls could also use some life, but I have a thought for one thing I could do. I have this great picture that I took while I was in Michigan last summer. It was taken at about 10pm on the longest day of the year. I'm thinking of making this into a long and skinny picture that I can hang above my couch. Here's hoping the resolution is such that it can be stretched like I want!

So, yeah, the first week has been really good. Still very exciting!