Thursday, October 2, 2008

comfort of home

I came home from work early today feeling pretty icky. Now that I'm home, I'm still feeling rotten, but at least I'm in my pj's. There's just something about being home that's so comforting and so relieving.

Blanket: check. Tea: check. Kitty: check.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ravenclaw Treasure Hunt

Here are the items to be found over the next week. Don't worry if you don't get all of them, just try to find as many as you can. Cheer on your roommates, too, because you will only get points for the items your whole team finds. Some are worth more than others, as you can see. Be creative and have fun! And don't forget your originality marker...

broom (5)
diadem (10)
engagement ring (5)
fanged frisbee (10)
house socks (being worn) (5)
magical creature (15)
muggle artifact (5)
glass of butterbeer (10)
government employee (10)
horcrux (15)
lucky potion (10)
public art (5)
raven's feather (15)
shady shop (10)
tree changing seasons (5)
used textbook (5)

Your goal is to take pictures of as many of these items as possible and post them on your blog no later than Midnight PST on Wednesday, October 8. For those of you in Europe, that's Thursday morning. Remember, you must take these pictures yourselves, so you need to place a distinct originality "marker" in each photo: yourself, a piece of paper with your name, a favorite toy, a cupcake, your underwear, etc. This marker must be in all of the photos to prove its originality.

If you have any questions about these items, please post in the comments and I'll answer there so everyone can see. Have fun!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ravenclaw House Quiz

House Quiz

What potion has the strange side effects of excessive singing and nose-tweaking?
Elixir to induce euphoria

What ingredient can be used to counteract the effect of the above side effects?

How much can you get for Acromantula venom?
100 galleons per pint

What is the most powerful love potion in the world?

What antidote does Harry use to help Ron when he is poisoned by Madam Rosmerta's finest mead?
A bezoar

How does Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes' Owl Order Service get their potions past the security at Hogwarts to their customers?
They disguise them in small bottles to look like perfume or cough syrup

What did Draco Malfoy make in Potions class when Professor Slughorn assigned them to make something amusing?
Hiccuping solution

What spells will not work in an area affected by Instant Darkness Powder?
Lumos and Incendio

What are the ingredients for the Draught of Living Death?
Asphodel, an infusion of wormwood, valerian roots, and sophorous bean

How much will unicorn tail hair fetch?
10 galleons per hair

Extra Credit

Answering the following questions are extra credit and will earn you an additional ticket in the drawing for the prize.

Do you prefer to knit or crochet?

What is your favorite weight yarn to knit/crochet with?
Hmmm. I don't know yet. Probably on the finer side.

What fiber contents do you most like to knit/crochet with? What fiber contents do you dislike knitting/crocheting with?
I love wool! and alpaca! and silk! and mixtures of those! I dislike anything synthetic, and cotton and hemp are really hard on my hands.

How many complete pair of socks have you knit/crochet?

What is your favorite item to knit/crochet?
Scarves! I've also gotten into hats, but I'm picky about what I wear.

What is your favorite treat?
Dark chocolate! Not milk chocolate (allergic to milk).

Do you drink coffee, tea, or both?
Both! I love them both oh so much.

Do you have an online wish list? If so, where?
I used to for my wedding. It's on under Speed/Kurth. No one bought us the Harry Potter books. :(

How many Ravelry groups are you in?
Only 18.

Is there any special item you have been really wanting, but can't find in your local area?