Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Back from a magical journey

Hey guys. I've been away for several days visiting family and friends. Nothing much to add since my kit has been mailed and received (and I'm still looking forward to receiving mine!). Thought a share with you the lovely gift I received from a very dear friend. Pretty special, huh? Most of my knitting has been given away. I'm really looking forward to making something very special for myself with this yarn.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Round Three

1. This “Harry Potter” character’s first name comes from Roman mythology. The mythological character’s twin brother is named Romulus. What is the Harry Potter character last name?
b. Lupin

2. Which “Harry Potter” character’s first name is the Roman equivalent of the Greed Goddess Athena?
c. McGonagall

3. In ‘Harry Potter’ World, this wizard has created the Philosopher’s Stone (called the Sorcerer Stone in the US). The historical figure from the 14th and 15th centuries was a scribe and a manuscript-seller who became famous as an alchemist. Who is this individual?
Nicholas Flammel

4. What is the first name of a character whose last name is the name of a Bulgarian leader from early 9th century who doubled the country’s territory?
c. Viktor

5. Which character’s name is the name of goddess in Indian mythology?
b. Patil

6. “Where the Wild Things Are” tells the story of Max, a young boy sent to bed without his supper for his wild antics. Who created this winner of the Caldecott Medal?
a. Maurice Sendak - under protest.

7. What was NOT one of the unexpected defense mechanisms that Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Griphook encountered in their attempt to rob Gringotts?
d. The Geminio Curse

8. What was Snape aiming at when he cut off George’s ear?
c. Another Death Eater’s wand hand

9. How much older than James was Lily? (Referring to Harry’s parents, not children).
d. 2 months

10. Food is one of the five exceptions to what magical law?
b. Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

My Very Wonderful RAOK

Miss Winifred Hornswaggle aka angel101580 sent me this lovely package. The lanolin hand balm is scented with orange, clove and cinnamon (some of my favorite smells!), a pair of delicate "no snag" stitch markers and a package of note cards featuring sock yarn. I especially appreciate that every items is from an etsy seller. Supporting entrepreneurs and artists is a big thing with me. Thanks you so much. Truly, it is if you knew me. Couldn't have been more perfect.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Foodie Rockstar

True story.

This week I met the man who invented tiramisu. And he took me into the kitchen of his bakery! Seriously, if I were a squee-er I'd be sqeeing my little cold, black Slytherin heart out.

Here's the back story. A few weeks ago I found this adorable little Italian bakery that is really off the beaten path. You can tell the place is relatively new, but it is very homey and the pastry case is to die for! I've been telling people about it and have gone in a couple of time. I was extolling the virtues of the place to a grad student from Hopkins and he googled it on his cell phone, but found it listed under a different address. When I got home I checked the website to make sure I'd been giving people the correct address and while I was there I checked out the media tab.

So on my next visit I introduced myself to Bruna, Carminantonio's wife and asked if he was still baking. She assured me he was in the kitchen making the Easter breads. Several minutes later, as I was sipping my cappuccino, he came out to introduce himself and say hello.

I swear I would not have been any more impressed if it were Emeril or Martha Stewart! A very unassuming man, we chatted for a few minutes about the baked goods and holiday baking, then he invited back into the kitchen.

Did you get that? He invited me back into the kitchen!

Stand mixers that I could bath in, stainless steel tables as far as the eye could see and a walk-in oven. We kibitzed a bit about the difference between panettone (Christmas bread) and pani pasquali (Easter bread) (mostly it's just in the shaping) as he nibbled the proofed raw dough. I told him of my love for Fiori di Sicilia (literally "the flowers of Sicily" - a flavor extract of orange and vanilla) and he flourished his own orange extract under my nose.

Easter is this coming Sunday. And although I am not a Christian, Friday I plan another visit to Piedigrotta to get one of those fragrant, raisin-studded, cross-shaped loaves. Sunday morning I will have it toasted with a schmear of fresh butter and a cup of my own house coffee and no doubt feel the promise of spring.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Oh Crap!

Hester is missing! I've checked with Cass, Crucio and the babies and she's not there. I thought for certain she was off visiting friends and family - she so loves to travel. I'm practically heartsick.

I can't stay home looking for her as I have a package ready to ship of to Felly and must get to the owlery today. There's one more little thing to stuff into the aleady overfull box, I'm off to hire a professional courier. With the weight of this box, my little Buzzard would drop dead over Kansas and never make it to Oregon.