Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Quidditch Round One

1. Which of Arabella Figg's cats ran out from under the car?

2. Which of the following is NOT one of Albus Dumbledore's middle names?

3. Which educational decree introduced a High Inquisitor to Hogwarts?

4. Apart from Harry, Ron and Hermione, who was the first person to enter the Hog's Head that showed an interest in Harry's Defence Against the Dark Arts classes?
Neville Longbottom

5. In the first Quidditch match of the year which player attempted to score first?
Angelina Johnson

6. What kind of bush does Harry hide behind to listen to the news?
A hydrangea bush

7. Why is Mundungus Fletcher disguised as a woman when he witnesses the DA (Dumbledore's Army) meeting in the Hog's Head pub?
He was banned from the Hog’s Head pub 20 years ago.

8. When Harry and Cho go on their first date to Madam Puddifoot's in Hogsmeade, what is it decorated with for Valentine's Day?
Golden cherubs and pink confetti

9. How old is Sturgis Podmore and where does he live?
38 and number 2 Laburnum Gardens Clapham

10. What did Fred and George Weasley do to Montague?
Forced him head-first into a Vanishing Cabinet on the first floor.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

My First Scarf

So my friend muggle friend Neville and I are going to learn how to knit, right? So we go to the LYS and I buy a lovely skein of Manos, a ball of black mohair and a bee-u-tiful pair of Lantern Moon US #17 needles. Before I had gotten 8 inches, Neville was finished! So I took what remained of his primarily red Manos and incorporated it into my scarf as a stripe! I knew I wanted a long scarf...... Well, I ran out of the black Manos and got another ball. THEN I ran out of the mohair and got another ball. THEN I ran out of Manos AGAIN! Got another ball. Notice a pattern? Same problem with cheese and crackers! Anyway, I got my long scarf (better than ten feet!) - and here are pictures to prove it!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

First House Quiz

1. How many goal posts are on the Quidditch Pitch?

2. Who was portrayed in the picture that kept screaming in the headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix?
Sirius' mother, Walburga

3. Who was giving Hagrid all of those bruises and cuts?
His half brother Grawp

4. Who left his shift early, leaving Harry open to a dementor attack?
Mundungus Fletcher

5. What was the name of the Squib who came to Harry's side after the attack?
Miss Figg

6. What position was Percy promoted to that made him have a 'row' with Mr. Weasley?
Jr. Asst. to the Minister

7. What secret does Hermione know about Rita Skeeter?
She is an animagus

8. Name one person other than Sirius Black who was scratched off of the Family tree wall?
Cedrella, who 'married Septimus Weasley'. She was struck off just for marrying a blood traitor Weasley.

9. Who discovers the room of requirement?
Someone in need of it.

10. Where is the first DA meeting held?
Hog's Head Inn

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Showing Slytherin Pride

Green Little Piggies
Green Little Piggies,
originally uploaded by Beanswallow.
This girl is rockin' the green and silver from head to TOES!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

What Carma Means

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.

You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.

A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are confident, self assured, and capable. You are not easily intimidated.

You master any and all skills easily. You don't have to work hard for what you want.

You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you'll knock down anyone who gets in your way!

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.

Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.

Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.

You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.

Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.

You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.

You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Whole lotta talkin' goin' on!

Well! Long letter this morning from my spoiler! Jalanna Kedavra sounds like a delightful woman. Bright, vital, a little athletic and she's got some Mallowsweet wine fermenting under her bed! My spoilee is Miss Emma Scrimgeour and she has some rather ::cough:: exotic pastimes - she's a belly dancer! Anyway, I haven't even signed up for classes yet. Got to get on the stick.......

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Got my girl!

So my spoilee this term is Emma Scrimgeour - naturally one of the Ravenclaw Emmas! I'm really looking forward to getting to know her and spoiling her rotten.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Friday, May 2, 2008

The Bag

originally uploaded by Beanswallow.
How fab is this bag?! I must admit to liking "grown up" looking things and this bag suits me to a T. Almost had to wrestle my playground companion to get the bag back!

The "Main" Yarn

originally uploaded by Beanswallow.
How funny is it that this beautiful hand-dyed yarn was born in Maryland, shipped to Utah, only to be put on a return owl to Baltimore! It is Crazy 4 Dyeing and my picture does not do it justice. Oh, the the stitch markers? The bronze color bits look like coffee beans...

Mini Me

originally uploaded by Beanswallow.
OK, how precious is this?! Cliodna Trelawney made it herself! And it looks just like ME! Funny thing is, Clio had no way of knowing my first real job was in a ceramic shop. Back in the 1970's I bet I painted about 100 owls, pheasants and Elvis busts!

Do I Smell Funny?

originally uploaded by Beanswallow.
Cotton yarns and a crochet hook for a wash cloth (pattern in my binder), a scrubby and nice shower gel and lotion. Unfortunately, the sweet little candle holder for the tea lights was broken (poor Hoot must have dropped the package before he dropped dead).

A Coffee Theme

originally uploaded by Beanswallow.
You should have smelled this package when I opened it! Coffee and vanilla - yum! The mug says "Mom always said beans were good for you".

Magical Fiber Arts

magical fiber arts
magical fiber arts,
originally uploaded by Beanswallow.
A very cool note book that includes sock patterns (one called Ampersand - very cool for a former typesetter), legwarmers, a crochet Swiffer® cover, and other fun things.

Ooops! Sorry Lavender!

I forgot!  Lavender specifically asked for pictures of my goodies!  Here you go, Lav.

Friends Were Impressed

A whole lot of kids were playing there.  But I didn't want to put their pictures on the web without parents okay.

Super Fabulous Package Received

I went to the playground to open it.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

R.I.P. Hoot Trelawney

Today, while I was out shopping for Beanswallow's, Ottis our House Elf, called with some sad news.  It seemed a beautiful little tawney owl was found crushed under a rather large parcel addressed to me.


Naturally, we took care of Hoot's mortal remains in a most dignified and solemn manner.  
Then there was the package!  I went to a lovely playground in the Beanswallow's neighborhood and pondered the old adage "good things are worth the wait".