Harry Potter Haikus

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‘Tis a wonderful thing when the planets align and creative inspiration flows.  This most recently happened to me last week in the Lowe’s parking lot, where I had pulled into a spot to eat my Steak ‘n Shake drive thru meal and kill time until Ginny’s ballet class was finished.  Somehow or another I had the idea to write Harry-Potter inspired haikus and the ideas just started flowing!  I’ve been trying to be more consistent about carrying my Planner Pad with me and fortunately this was one of the times when it was in my bag.  I grabbed it and began writing.

getting out of bed haiku

 

Below is what I came up with.  No, they aren’t totes amazeballs, but, to have just come up with the idea and to have written them all out one after the other in the space of about 10 minutes, I think they are kinda cool.  What say you?  Do you have an HP Haiku (or any other, for that matter, I love haikus!) to share?  Tweet me @realmugglemom

 

I hear the whispers

And scream as I watch you fall

Away behind the veil

Hermione weeps

Her heart is torn asunder

Ron kissed Lavender

Harry’s bones are gone

His arm is now like rubber

Uh-oh, Skele-Grow

Luna is special

She sees things others cannot

Thestrals and Nargles

Harry is chosen

The Tri-Wizard Tournament’s

First Fourth Champion

Something slithering

Through the innards of Hogwarts

Its a basilisk

Moaning and crying

Inside the bathroom plumbing

Its Moaning Myrtle

Dumbledore’s office

Portraits, spinning things

Thoughts in the pensieve

On the Quidditch pitch

Dementors oughtn’t to fly

They’re cold and scary

Clue: The Golden Egg

When opened a horrid screech

Song of the mer-folk

Draco is trying

To travel between cabinets

Letting in evil

 

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For the First Time in Forever — Follow Up Friday

small_3397858623Why yes, it has been a while since my last post.  What better way to jump back in than with a “Follow Up Friday” post so I can follow up on previous posts and catch you up a bit on what-all has been going on with me.

First, regarding previous blog post subjects:

  • Hermione the bread starter is no longer.  I had a bunch in the freezer but ended up throwing it out in a big clean-out.  I would like to maintain another starter someday, not necessarily the Amish Friendship Bread, but right now I feel like I have enough other things to take care of!blogging word cloud
  •  I still plan to finish my series about our Barking Mad Harry Potter Weekend because it is still fresh and beautiful in my mind and something I will always remember!
  •  I also plan to finish my series about training for my first 5K.  *Spoiler Alert* – I completed the 5K, in a time I was pleased with, even!  Unfortunately I never did start to like running but for a reason which shall be revealed, last month I completed another 5K AND a Half Marathon!  What the what?!
  • We sold our cluttered house and bought what is pretty much our dream house (not necessarily in that order …).  Lots more deets to follow on all that.
  • Since we moved I haven’t been shopping at ALDI very often
  • I’m not sure where my french Harry Potter book is

In addition:

  • I am now working outside the home part-time as an inventory auditor
  •  I have become a “Hunger Games” fan
  • We adopted two cats, adorable solid black brothers we named Toby and Tolkien, aka The Chocolate Drops.  You can see a picture or two of them on my Instagram and on Crookshank’s (might as well call him by his real name now that we have more than one cat! = Teddy) Twitter account, @Teddy0605.  The kittens are so cute and entertaining that I’m working on a new blog about them that I hope to make live soon.
  • Not to brag, but I have over 1,000 Followers on Pinterest — would love for you to join us!
  • I have a precious nephew, “Teddy Lupin,” who turns two tomorrow
  • Time marches on!  Ron is now 17, Ginny turns 13 next month, and Muggle Man and I celebrate our 25th anniversary this year!

What caused this sudden re-emergence into blogging?  An opportunity to write reviews for a website which required samples of my writing.  I sent a link to my blog, which of course I “keep meaning” to update.  As I looked back over old posts, I came across this one, and it was such a wake-up call and reminder of why I started my blog in the first place (I really should print it out and post it for frequent reference!).  My blog needs me, and I need it!

(All aboard The Feels Train)

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Thanks for checking on me, as always please Tweet me @realmugglemom

 

 

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Loved the look of Shell Cottage in the movie!

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(aka Part 1 of My Barking Mad Harry Potter Weekend)

Like all Potter fans I had really been looking forward to seeing “Deathly Hallows Part Two,’ and when it happened, wanted to do it right.  I started by watching some funny parody videos on YouTube.  Here are my faves, Tweet me a link if you know of some other good ones:

Harry Potter Friday Parody  by The Hillywood Show

Hallows Harry Potter Parody by iMandy

Like a G6 Parody (Like It’s Quidditch) by The Station (I think?)

I would have loved to have seen Part 1 in 3D immediately followed by Part 2 in 3D.  However, this option was only offered starting at 9:00 PM.  I wanted to be fully awake and alert for my viewing and preferred to go during the day.  Of course I pre-ordered our tickets — three (for Muggle Man, Ron, and myself) for Saturday afternoon.

Thursday I started a movie “countdown” by watching my “Order of the Phoenix” DVD.  Friday morning I picked up our tickets and that day I also watched “Half Blood Prince” and made sure I had all the ingredients to make Butterbeer Cupcakes.

Saturday morning Muggle Man and I watched “Deathly Hallows Part 1” on DVD.  Ron and I donned our RIPT Apparel Limited Edition ‘Horcrux Collectors Club” Tees.”  We’d been saving them to wear to the movie!  I also had some Harry Potter-shaped 3-D glasses that I had ordered from the UK off eBay. 

Cute glasses, too bad they didn't work
Purely decorative “3-D” glasses

Unfortunately, when I tried them out at home they did not work.  I stuck them into my purse just in case, though. 

Our tickets were for the 2:00 3-D IMAX show.  We arrived at the theater about 1:15 PM.   There was already a line outside the IMAX theater, but at that point it wasn’t too bad.  There were maybe 30 people in front of us?  The way the line wrapped around, we were positioned in line right outside the theater door, with the first people in line between us and and the entrance.  I heard those people say that they had arrived at 12:45.  Several people commented on Ron’s & my T-shirts, and/or asked where we had gotten them.

A little after 1:45 they started letting people into the theater.  We tried to figure out the best spot to sit.  We knew we wanted to be in the middle but weren’t sure how far up or down to go.  The people who had been first in line were slightly to the side on one row so I suggested that we sit in the middle of that row,  next to them.  I figured if they had stood in line that long to get those seats they must be good, he he.  I was very interested in experiencing an IMAX movie since I’d only seen a couple before, at science museums.

The screen lit up with the first of a couple of trailers.  They were SO LOUD I could not believe it.  I would have brought ear plus if I had known.  Poor Ron, who is very sensitive to loud noises, had his fingers in his ears.  I remembered that I had some ear plugs in my purse from the Taylor Swift concert Ginny and I had attended recently so I gave them to Ron (wishing that I had more for me!).  Thankfully once the actual movie started, it was not quite as loud (or maybe my ear follicles had been dulled enough by then that it didn’t seem as loud?!).  I put on my British fake 3-D glasses just to be sure they didn’t work.  Nope.

The movie kept me enthralled the whole time (didn’t check watch, etc.).  The only distraction was the kid next to me wh osqueaked his drink straw up and down almost the entire frickin’ movie (grrrr  — Silencio!”).  The audience was pretty quiet for most of the movie, one funny incident was the first time Lord Voldemort appeared on the screen and a little voice said, “Got your nose!” 

 I was glad that I had remembered to stick some tissues into my purse as I spent at least the half hour of the movie blowing my nose and dabbing at my eyes.  I really liked Part 1 and had been worried that Part 2 would somehow be a letdown.  I think I also was worried that the majority of the movie would be a violent, bloody battle.  I was not disappointed at all and I thought that overall the battle was portrayed very well.  I really want to go see it again!

A Barking Mad Harry Potter Weekend

Sign of the Deathly Hallows

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The weekend of the “Deathly Hallows 2”  premiere was a big weekend for many Harry Potter fans, and I was no exception.  Here’s how it went down:

What a weekend!  It was so awesome that I feel each event deserves it’s own blog post — Coming Soon!

Je commence `a lire Harry Potter en français

Platform 9-3/4 Entrance tribute to Harry Potte...

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Harry Poter a L'Ecole des Sorciers

The cover of the French version of Harry Potter

One item on my 43 Things list is to read Harry Potter in French (the first book, possibly the whole series?). A while back I purchased a copy of Harry Potter A L’Ecole des Sorciers but, as with many other things that I *wanted* to do (vs. things that I felt that I *should* do), I never got around to reading it. Now that I am working on doing things for me (rather than doing things because I think it’s what someone else wants or needs me to do), it’s time to start reading.

So far I’ve read the first chapter, Le Survivant (The Survivor – which seems to be the French equivalent to “The Boy Who Lived”). It’s pretty cool to read the book in another language, like getting a fresh look into a story that I already know so well.

Since I’m translating as I read I really have to pay attention to what I’m reading. There are quite a few words that I’m not sure that I remember correctly (it’s been a loooong time since I did much reading in French!), have to guess at, or don’t know at all. I’ve decided that I will read through each chapter once to get the flow of the story, then go back through and look up words that I’m unfamiliar with or want to double check. I’d like to keep track of these words so that I can have a little Harry Potter French-English Reference Sheet.

I’m also planning to record my progress in my blog – how much I’ve read, comparisons between the two versions, and any other comments I care to make. I’ll also note names and terms that are different from those used in the English books. For example, in the first chapter I found the following:

  • Le Survivant = (The Survivor, aka The Boy Who Lived)
  • Vous-Savez-Qui = You-Know-Who
  • Les Moldus = Muggles
  • l’Eteignoir = The Deluminator
  • Madame Pomfresh = Madame Pomfrey

Another noteable difference is the name of the book. Rather than the British “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” or the American “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone,” the French title translates to “Harry Potter at the School of Wizards.”

Have you read Harry Potter or any other favorite books in more than one language? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @realmugglemom.

Related content:

Review by someone else who read the book

How I Celebrated Harry Potter’s Birthday

The evening of July 30, I just happened to be flipping through a local magazine and saw an ad for “Harry Potter Day” at the children’s museum.  Last year the children & I attended an awesome “Hogwarts School” event at the museum (which was $25/person & required pre-pregistration) so I was definitely interested, but sad that we wouldn’t be able to go.  Then I saw that there was no preregistration required, the events were open to anyone visiting the museum that day.  Score!

Saturday morning we dressed appropriately – I wore my “Property of the Half-Blood Prince” shirt, Ron wore his “I solemnly swear I am up to no good” shirt, and I let Ginny wear my “Muggle” T-shirt.  (This may actually have been a mistake, because all day people would ask her “Are you a Muggle” and she would say “No!!”).  Last year she wore her Hogwarts robe & I crimped her hair to look like Hermione’s, but this time she did want to do either of those things.  We were delighted that Muggle Man decided to join us.

A schedule of events was posted online and Ginny asked me to write down a copy for her.  I made a really cool looking schedule written in Calligraphy on “parchment” and, after admiring it, decided it would make a great photo for the blog.  Too bad I didn’t snap the picture then, because in the car on the way home (much to my horror!!!) Ginny ripped it to pieces 😦   As you can see, I decided to piece it back together and make a picture to share anyway.  It actually looks a little more authentic now, no?!

Hogwarts Schedule

Anyhoo, we arrived at the museum, checked in at the desk, and then the children used “quill” pens to sign a “parchment” stating that they were students at Hogwarts.  We headed upstairs, where Ginny got a lightning bolt painted onto her forehead, then we went to the “Charms” lesson.  As we were approaching the area, this innocent looking little blonde girl dressed in pink points her “wand” at Ginny and says “AVADA KEDAVRA!”  (the killing curse!).  I was enraged that she would do this to my child.  Ginny was in shock & just stood there staring.  I looked at the girl and said, “That wasn’t very nice!” and we moved on.  Well a few minutes later she came over to Muggle Man and said “AVADA KEDAVRA!”  to him!”  Brazen, this child.  Well without missing a beat, Muggle Man responded, “Expecto Patronum!”  The Death Eater in Pink responded, “I’M not a Dementor!” to which Muggle Man replied, “Well you look like one!”  This stopped her in her tracks for a second and thankfully she moved on.  My mouth had dropped that Muggle Man had said that to her.  I ended up laughing about it the rest of the day.  It was especially funny because he does not even know what a Dementor is!

The “Charms Professor” started with his “lesson.”  He needed a volunteer from the audience and guess who he picked – yup, Pink Death Eater!  He quickly regretted his decision because she kept saying things like, “You’re supposed to be Snape” and pointing out other inconsistencies with the book (I do have to give her props for her HP knowledge), and not cooperating with what he wanted her to do.  At one point he actually took her face in his hand and said “And you are now going to keep your mouth closed and not say anything else.”  Alrighty then.

Next we went to the wand making.  This was pretty cute.  There were several shades of brown & gray construction paper and the children were told to choose which kind of “wood” they wanted for their wand, and to get a “unicorn hair” (piece of tinsel).  They then decorated the paper however they wanted, taped the unicorn hair inside, rolled up & taped the wand. 

At this point it was time for “Care of Magical Creatures.”  We all later agreed that this was the highlight of the day.  A woman from a wildlife rescue program had two owls with her and we got to learn all about them.  It was very informative and we really enjoyed seeing the live owls. 

We then went back upstairs to “Divination.”  I’m not a fan of  “fortune telling” but Ginny was interested so we did it, although we did talk about how it was just for fun.  The gal doing the “divination” did a great job.  She had on oversized cat-eye glasses & a big shawl and had a big “crystal ball.”  She said things like, “What grade do you see yourself going into?”  and asked Ginny if she saw any animals inside the globe.  Ginny said she saw kittens, and the gal said that the animal you see gives a clue as to your personality and that Ginny must be sweet and friendly.  Again, very cute.

After this we went to “Potions Class with Professor Snape.”  The same guy who was Snape at last year’s event was back, although I was disappointed that he did not have his pageboy wig on this year.  He did a great job of getting into character and you could tell he knew a lot about the books. 

The next event was the “Quidditch Obstacle Course.”  Ginny was interested in this so we got in line but once she saw what it was (basically an egg-in-spoon race, on broomsticks) she changed her mind.    The next event was a “Harry Potter Dance Party” but it was over half an hour away.  We were all hungry for lunch but I knew that if we did not go to the dance party, Ginny would think she had missed something wonderful, so we hung around until it started.  I don’t know who picked the music but it was not good music to dance to at all (?!), in a dark room with a disco ball on a table in the center.  Muggle Man & Ginny danced for 5-10 minutes and then we convinced her to leave.

Definitely a successful outing!   At this point it was almost 2:00 and we were all starving.   I had a gift card to Red Lobster and we figured there wouldn’t be that many people there at 2 in the afternoon so we headed to Red Lobster.  We got there and the waiting area was full.  What the heck?!  It was pouring rain and I figured by the time we went back out (in the rain) to the car and went somewhere else (and got back out in the rain), we were probably just as well off staying and waiting.  So, wait we did.  Needless to say, once they finally arrived those cheddar biscuits never looked so good!

We enjoyed a nice luncheon and headed home, with a quick stop on the way home at the grocery store so I could run in and buy an ingredient  I needed for the recipe I wanted to try that afternoon — Butterbeer!

My cute Dad had cut an article about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park out of the newspaper for me a while back, and it had the following butterbeer recipe: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38019021/ns/today-todaytravel/  The recipe was very easy and I couldn’t wait to try it.  It wasn’t quite as thick and sweet as I had imagined, but it was a close enough approximation.  If I made it again I would probably put a little less cream soda in it, but, I wasn’t planning to drink the cream soda afterward & I went ahead and used it all up.  Another change I would make is that I would not bother with the topping.  When I poured the cream soda in it made plenty of thick, foamy head all on its own.   Ron & Ginny just drank a sip of their drinks so I put their Butterbeers in the fridge and I think it may have tasted even better the next day.

A pint glass of homemade butterbeer

Al

All in all, a fun day and fun celebration of the books we love so much.

PS – In case you’re interested, check out my post about making Butterbeer Cupcakes (link below):  https://realmugglemom.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/butterbeer-cupcakes/

You can please some of the people some of the time … (or, “I Gotta Be Me!”)

You can please some of  the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

I really enjoy tweeting via @realmugglemom and would do it even if nobody ever read my tweets (which may often actually be the case). I’m not hung up on how many “followers” I have (good thing!) but it is interesting to watch the numbers change. For a while I hovered between 25 – 29. I wondered if I would ever make it to 30? Or if it would go all the way down to 20? I’m not sure what happened but in the space of about a week my followers doubled. The number stayed the same for a while, then, it seemed like each day it would go down by one. Of course each time it goes down you cant help but think, “I wonder what I tweeted that pushed this person over the edge to hit “unfollow?!”

I know one “problem” I have is that I don’t fit a neat “niche.” I am a Christian, but I found out a while back that that does not necessarily mean that I automatically fit in, or don’t fit in, with certain groups. It seems that I’m “too Christian” for secular groups but “not Christian enough” for others.

Here’s an example. When I was expecting Ginny I was on a pregnancy due date message board. Years after the babies were born the board was still going strong. However, as people left the board along the way, it ended up that most of the board members were not Christian and were single or divorced. There was a lot of what I felt was “bashing” of “marriage” and of “Christians,” and even though comments were made in general, I took them personally.

I finally decided that I needed to find a board with more like-minded Moms and joined a Christian moms board. Unfortunately it was a really unpleasant experience and I did not fit in there, either.  I grew up in a very tolerant and open-minded, “mainline” Protestant church and on this board I quickly realized I had been living in a sheltered world.  I also figured out why my friends on my other board didn’t like “Christians.”  Whoa.  It was a very eye-opening experience, and it made me doubly determined not to try to “hide” my faith, and also (by not hiding my faith) to share with others that not all Christians are like the ones I encountered on that message board. 

My “online handle” is “MuggleMom.”  So far it seems that most of my followers are either other “Mom” bloggers (mostly Christian), or other Harry Potter fans.  I don’t think the Christian Mom Bloggers dig my Harry Potter tweets, and I don’t think the Harry Potter fans dig my “Mom” tweets.  I could “focus” on just one of these areas in an effort to attract more followers, but, as my handle indicates, these are two things that are very important to me and I don’t want to downplay either one, just to be more popular.  I know I don’t agree/just love every Tweet that the people I follow Tweet, so I’m assuming that those who choose to follow me, do as I do and skip over the ones they don’t care for and enjoy the ones they do.  (If any of  you happen to be reading this, thank you for bearing with me and taking the “bad” with the “good”)!   In the meantime, my plan is to keep being “me” and to keep blogging and Tweeting about the things I love.

30 Things I Vow

This is a list of “30 Things I Vow” that I will do this summer.  Though I thought it might be hard to come up with 30 things, in typical overachiever fashion (and after years of honing my list-making skills), I actually came up with 36 items for my list.  I’m rather pleased with it as I feel it is a nice combination of “wants” and “shoulds,” things that will benefit the family, things that will benefit my marriage, and things that are just for me.  I was inspired by this post http://angryjuliemonday.com/tag/mama-kats-writers-workshop/  from Angry Julie Monday, which in turn was inspired by this prompt http://www.mamakatslosinit.com/2010/06/writing-prompt/ from Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.  I’m looking forward to updating my progress as I check items off the list during the summer.  It’s go time!

1. Watch “New Moon”

2. See “Eclipse”

3. Take the kids to see “Toy Story 3”

4. Finish the book I’m reading, “Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades and What You Can Do About It”

5. Clean out and organize our garage

6. Clean out and organize our attic

7. Clean out and organize our refrigerator!

8. Clean out and organize our hall closet

9. Declutter every room in the house

10. Paint our bathroom

11. Visit Trader Joe’s for the first time

12. Purchase the LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 game when it comes out

13. Do the “The Pilates Promise: 10 Weeks to a Whole New Body” workout for 10 weeks

14. Work out at the health club regularly (2 – 5 times a week)

15. Have a monthly massage

16. Have a facial

17. Get a spray tan

18. Get a pedicure

19. Give my notice for a certain committee that I’ve been chairing

20. Go through the stack of papers on our dining room table

21. Complete the scrapbook I promised someone I’d make

22. Complete the scrapbook I promised Ginny we’d make

23. Get our family web site up to date

24. Get our deck set up, and then enjoy it!

25. Visit at least one winery I’ve never been to before

26. Clean out and organize our laundry room

27. Take the children to a historical museum that recently opened nearby

28. Have the children’s friends over

29. Take naps and don’t feel guilty about them

30. Have some lunch, dinner, and movie dates with my Muggle Man

31. See the new Tom Cruise movie (don’t judge me!)

32. Read “The Prophet of Yonwood”

33. Buy the new EA Harry Potter game when it comes out

34. Plan something special for our wedding anniversary

35. Try some recipes from “Skinny Italian”

36. Make homemade Moravian sugarcake with Ginny

Hello world!

For a long time I thought I had to be “perfect.”  Even though now I know that’s not true, there is still a part of me that feels guilty for not being so.  I guess that’s why “confessions.”  “Muggle” because to me that says, there is not anything special about me, I’m just your ordinary gal (and, obviously, Harry Potter fan!).  “Mom,” because being a Mom is what consumes most of my time and energy these days.  So here we are, “Confessions of a Muggle Mom.” 

A spot to unload my daily thoughts in the hopes that I can go through my days a little more clear-headed.  This is a big step for me because in the past I have kept my journaling private.  I still am not ready to totally put myself out there, and that’s why for now I will just be Muggle Mom (MM).  My dear husband of 20 years shall be known as my Muggle Man.  Our 13 year old son is “Ron” and our eight year old daughter is “Ginny.”  And our big, fat, crazy cat is “Crookshanks.” 😀

The topics that run through my head the most include (in no particular order):  Harry Potter, Twilight, reality TV fluff, exercise, reading, cooking, baking, eating, my faith, losing weight via Medifast, my home-based business, my son’s issues (ADHD/Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism),  dealing with my mother’s Alzheimer’s, decluttering/organizing, and learning to blog.  I figure that after a while I’ll end up focusing on just a few of those and I’m interested to see which ones. 

Please feel free to comment via Twitter @realmugglemom.

I’ve been putting off this Very First Post for a long time but am finally jumping in with both feet and am going to Just Do It.  I must say, even though I know it’s not a very good post, it feels great just to have it typed out and finished.  Plus now things can only get better from here, right?  (I hope?!).