navygreen: (HP: Dramione)
The news release that Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) will be presenting together tonight at the MTV Movie Awards makes my little heart go all *pitter-patter* with glee.

Icing on the cake? Today is Draco's birthday, too. (Again.) He would be 31 now, just like me. *rowr*

Add to it that they're presenting a sneak-preview clip of Deathly Hallows, Part 2, and... I'm spent. ;-)
navygreen: (HP: Harry - *gulp*)
A few weekends ago, I secretly plotted a special treat for my boys and some friends of ours. These friends were picked specially for 1) being such nice people, and 2) actually knowing things about Harry Potter. Why was that a requirement?

Because you can't truly enjoy BUTTERBEER without knowing it comes from Harry's wondrous world!

Butterbeer and Banana Crunch Muffins.
Butterbeer!


This special beverage was so rich, so creamy, and so very sweet. The deeply caramel syrup makes a frothy foam, perfect for making "mustaches" on your first sip. The homemade brown sugar whipped cream adds a distinct flair to the pretty pint, and we all enjoyed it immensely. To complete the snacktime, I served up fresh Banana Crumb Muffins and Peanut Butter Banana Bites, too.

More pictures, plus the recipe. )

It was a well-received snack/dessert, and my boys keep requesting for me to make it again (though Jack wants to try it with cream soda next time). In addition, a couple neighborhood boys who *didn't* get to try it have been begging for me to make it again, too! :-)
navygreen: (HP: Harry - OotP)
I just watched the full preview for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and... GUH. It looks to be so, so good!

The cinematography looks beautiful, the landscapes (whether real or graphic) breathtaking. It made me both giddy and sad just to watch it: excited for the last installment of the story, but nostalgic for the story itself.

Watch it here for yourself: http://www.mugglenet.com/trailer.php
navygreen: (HP: Avada Kedavra)
Did everyone pick up their copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince today on DVD? If you're not moving, you have no excuse. Heck, even if you are, you still don't!

I can't wait to crack it open and watch the extra features. Oh, but as luck would have it, my license plate frame cracked on Sunday afternoon - the day before we hit the road. I was gonna save that puppy with my "SLYTHRN" license plate. Boo.

I've got a fantabulous idea for my next plate, though...

Oh, and speaking of all things fangirly, did I mention that I've now seen New Moon SIX times? I know I mentioned it over on FB, but yeah. Oooh, I swear it gets better each and every time.

/geek to bed
navygreen: (HP: Draco - pick your side)
The movie was great, the company even better. :-)
navygreen: (HP: Wood - snitch)
'Cuz in school, yeah. I was a total Hermione. I'm not much now, but I definitely was then.


Your result for The Mega Harry Potter Character Test...

Hermione Granger

Don't fight it...it is who you are!

You are super intelligent and try to help the world. Not just witches and wizards, but also house eleves. You are the natural born healer.


Take The Mega Harry Potter Character Test
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navygreen: (HP: Riddle - smirking)
(That's 'Marvolo Gaunt'-speak for you, though I've heard the Gaunts aren't in this film.)

The teaser trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been released.

And it is AWESOME.

Seriously, Ralph Fiennes' young relative Hero truly looks the part of a child Riddle. I'm so impressed. And Gandalf Dumbledore looks awesome in the fire scene (which, I assume, is to beat down the Inferi at the lake).

I'm definitely pumped!

115 days to go.
navygreen: (HP: Draco - nametag)


'Draco Catching the Snitch'
Draco - catching the snitch (drawn expressly for me by 'justdbear')



Look at the beauty that [livejournal.com profile] justdbear drew just for me! Isn't it gorgeous?! I'm in love! Thanks so much, girl! :-)

'Fess up.

Aug. 17th, 2007 11:19 pm
navygreen: (Shakespeare: quill)
Alright. Who wrote the longest entry on your flist today? Was it me?

Sorry 'bout that, but I get very word-y sometimes. Especially when I am trying to get the details in. At least I put most of it behind a cut, right?

For the record, the Ministry supports brevity. "Stick it to da Man!" - that's what I say, and why I write like I do.

*grins*
navygreen: (HP: Harry and the Potters - signed my BO)
This trio of posts has been causing me stress. LJ's Scrapbook feature wasn't working properly for me last night, and after much tearing-out-of-the-hair, I finally just gave up and resigned myself to finishing up today. But now... now, it can be completed.

** By the way... I cannot stress highly enough that clicking behind the LJ-cut (a bit down the page) would be EXTREMELY unfriendly to dial-up users!

I mentioned back in Part 1 that, "Jack had an idea to share his birthday cake." Well, we'd been planning for a very special event for a couple of days, and it just so happened that the event was to take place on Jack's birthday. And said special event? Harry & the Potters returning for a concert here in Omaha, but also bringing Draco & the Malfoys along!

And Jack wanted to share birthday cupcakes with them!

(insert big-time *SQUEEEEs* of all sorts here)

We're not new to "wizard rock." In fact, we're such old hats at rocking wizard-style that we've joined the craze that refers to it as "wrock." In our car - at any given point in time - there are at least two wrock CDs. In our house, at least one wrock album is in the bathroom CD player during bathtime. And, frequently, iTunes can be found jamming on the computer to... you guessed it: one of a variety of wrock songs.

Harry & the Potters, Draco & the Malfoys, Katerina (of Mugglenet's U-Bend parody fame), Cousin Wizardface, Dumbledore, Stubby Boardman, The Whomping Willows, Hermione & the Grangers -- you name it, we listen to it. There are TONS more wrock bands out there, and we can't turn them away. We're not even new to the wrocking concert scene: as a family, we all attended a Harry & the Potters show last year here in the Omaha area. They were spunky, charismatic and fun then, but things were bound to even better now, when we've spent the last fourteen months living and breathing by their songs. We were PUMPED!

While the cupcakes were baking, I tried calling the Omaha Public Library. The previous concert had been in the Ralston Public Library (I type "libarry" every time, by the way), and it was a much smaller venue, as well as very family- and kid-friendly. In the larger, more "official" library (ack - again!), I wasn't sure whether they'd even allow us to set foot in the door with foodstuffs, much less allow us to ask the bands whether they'd share them. Unfortunately, however, their website was down for a major portion of the day, and the only phone number I could find yielded a friendly, yet decidedly computerized, voice - reciting the day's hours and schedule of events, but unable to answer questions.

So we took a gamble. We made the cupcakes anyway, and it we crossed everything crossable, hoping that we'd be allowed to take them inside the library (ha!). Again, Jack had picked an Orange Supreme cake, frosted in Chocolate Fudge and decorating in orange icing. I had bought two disposable pans, and we put a dozen cupcakes in each one, decorating just a few of them to be special. We spelled out his name, of course, and we made a spiffy '6' on one cupcake, and then I decorated a few for the guys in the bands.

See?


(And, in case you have trouble spotting it, there's also a pic of Jack pointing out the lightning bolt cupcake - that was his favorite. Note the "wrocking" hand!)


Once the cupcakes were ready to go, we dressed for the event. I decided not to wear the same things I'd worn to the movie and book releases this summer, only because I feared I would be too hot. Sadly, the boys each have only one HP-related shirt, and they're the same shirts they wore to the Harry concert last year (thank goodness they were big then!), but it made choosing outfits go quickly. Choosing items for possible autographing, however, was another story...

Last time, I had my copy of Book Six signed inside the cover. I decided to do the same with my copy of Book Seven. A.J. was going to take his paperback copy of Book One, but he changed his mind at the last second to his Book Seven release poster, and Jack followed suit with his own poster. It was a great idea for A.J., and I'm glad that it made Jack change his mind, as I had my doubts about how easy it would be to sign the sword of Godric Gryffindor (Jack's original choice).

So, we were dress'd, cupcake'd, and souvenir'd, and we were on our way. )
navygreen: (School)
I'm interrupting the trio of Jack's birthday posts to get this one up in a timely manner: The First Day of School!


Walking down the path together.


Today was a happy day for me. It was a tiny bit sad, for now both of my "little" ones are off to real school, but mostly it was full of proud and happy moments. I know without a doubt in my deepest heart-of-hearts that holding Jack back last year was the absolute best gift we could have given him in regards to his school career, and the confidence and self-esteem he had as he set down the walk today practically left his footprints in the stone.

A.J. never ceases to amaze, either. He is ready for a new year of learning, ready to soak up the most knowledge he can, and he's also really excited about sharing "his" school with Jack for the first time. He was just as proud of Jack as I was, and that was a pleasant revelation. He is in charge of walking Jack to his classroom each morning until we're sure that Jack will get there on his own without dawdling, and he will gather Jack at his classroom door each afternoon before they walk to the exit together each afternoon.

At the 'Meet the Teacher' event this past Thursday night, Jack was a bundle of energy and ease. He had been sorted into Mrs. Mutzenberger's classroom, and, while we had never met the teacher before, Jack was extremely familiar with the classroom - it was the exact same one he'd been in during the three weeks of summer school back in June. Not only that, but several of his friends from summer school were also in his class, and he greeted them heartily while his friends returned in kind. He was giddy to see that his desk was even right next to his buddy, Tyler - awesome! (Bets on how long the teacher will keep these two super-chatters together? *wink*)

A.J. has a young teacher that is newer to the school, but Ms. Johnson seems extremely warm and friendly. She made a fast friend in A.J. when she readily responded to his enthusiasm for Harry Potter. He'd been explaining to her that he'd just finished reading Book One, and that he was about three chapters into Book Two, and she was able to get on his level and "talk shop." I'm excited for him to have just as great a year as the past two have been.

And speaking of Harry Potter, it really has been amazing to see A.J. come to love the series in a new way - his own way - as he finally journeys into the books. He'd asked many times in the past couple of years to read the books, but I didn't want him to become overwhelmed with the heavier text of the books by reading them too soon, so I always told him that he could read them once he turned nine (the Scholastic targeted reading age is 9-12 years). In the last month, however, especially with the influence of a "very Harry" summer, it's been a driving desire of his to begin reading. I caved, and I let him start Book One about two weeks ago. He chose to buy the paperback with his money, and he read it cover-to-cover in six days. And he was plugging away at me with questions every time he looked up from the book, asking about things that were different in detail from the films, so I'm certain that he truly read it. Then we spent over two days searching for Book Two in paperback before we located it (all the bookstores are short on the paperbacks right now, in the wake of the release of Book Seven, it seems), and I thought he might just crawl up the wall. He's over halfway through it as well now, and I went ahead and picked up his own copy of Book Three last night to have ready (but he's buying it himself - I just didn't feel comfortable walking away from it while I had it available).

So I have my HP books, and A.J. has his very own. We each love them in our own way, and it wonderful to share such a special connection with him as he begins to truly appreciate one of my favorite things. :-)

But now, onto the pictures of the day. There are several of them - enjoy!

Back to School, version 2.007 )
navygreen: (Default)
It is so nice to finally be able to begin talking with folks about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I read it a bit slowly, having to peer and squint at my computer screen to do so, but I still finished it a day and a half ago. I smiled nicely at folks but didn't say anything about/from the book last night at the midnight release party (though I did have a few people ask me straight questions).

I have pics from last night, too. [livejournal.com profile] treehuggies was a great Luna Lovegood. *squishes her*

But for now, let the discussion begin! And, it should go without saying, but - this post is absolutely safe, but the comments most definitely will NOT be! Don't look if you don't want to be spoiled. :-)

ACK.

Jul. 17th, 2007 12:50 am
navygreen: ('Affairs:' snivellus happened)
I have a regular, stupid Borders gift card.

I wantwantwantwant one of these, instead. Specifically, the Snape one (he's a friend, I swear it!).

No fair. I would use it forever, if Borders allows you to keep re-charging them.

*pimp*

Jul. 16th, 2007 11:41 pm
navygreen: (HP: Draco - pick your side)
My own HP community is still out there, though I've been extremely lax about remembering it myself.

[livejournal.com profile] 07_21_07 - if you're looking for a place for discussion without overwhelming your flist, that is. :-)

In other news, I remembered a birthday today that I'd been so worried I'd forget (again). Yay, memory!

Loved. It.

Jul. 11th, 2007 03:16 am
navygreen: (HP: Snape - worst memory)
I arrived back home from seeing Harry Potter just 15 minutes ago.

My overwhelming thought? I can't wait to go see it again!
navygreen: (Music)
Now, really.

Cut for movie spoilers left wide open in soundtrack titles. )

Other than that, what we've listened to so far has been good. I'm on Track 7 currently (and no, I won't say the title!), and it's very nice - balanced well between suspenseful and light and fluffy. Oh, but there's no trace of Hedwig's Theme in the first track in this one either (like the soundtrack to the fourth movie), and it still throws me off. I guess after three consecutive movies using that track for the opener, I'm just expecting it.
navygreen: (HP: Slytherin Prince)
I'm painting my nails green right now.

It's all about the preparation, baby. :-)
navygreen: (Teeny Super Guy)
My babysitter backed out this morning for tonight. Tonight was to be my first meeting with the Shuttlebugs. I called for about an hour this afternoon, trying to find a substitute, and then I called for another 45 minutes later. I couldn't find anyone. I called the contact person for the group, but she said, "Absolutely not - no children allowed." She was very nice in saying it, and I understand her reasons, but I was so very disappointed to miss the meeting.

I had to get off the phone suddenly with her because my doorbell rang, and it's just as well - I had started to tear up, and I really didn't want my voice to betray me. It's so silly, really, but I don't guess I had realized how much I'd been looking forward to meeting this group for the past few weeks until I was faced with knowing I couldn't make the meeting. I'm happy with what I've made so far - I really am - but by the same token, I also feel very stifled, and I so anxiously want to learn more. This group only meets once a month, and the next meeting is the night before school starts up again, and I'm already afraid I won't be able to make it to that one, either. So in not making tonight's meeting, I really feel as if I'm putting a halt on progress for at least another two months. :-( And so I sniffled a little bit for a minute or two, wiped my eyes, and picked up the phone to call hetterrific Heather.

And she was just the ticket. We talked for almost two hours, and by the time I got off the phone, I felt much better about everything in general.

I walked out to the mailbox and received a much-needed pick-me-up there, too. After a slow weekend, I had a box chock full of goodies:

- sample of Monistat® Chafing gel
- Eat Better™ ring
- sample of Goody's® Cool Orange™ headache powder
- Whiskas® Purrfectly Fish + bonus cat treats
- my Slytherin earrings (which arrived in a cute, gold drawstring bag)

But the very best thing was a bright yellow envelope addressed to me from bigbrain61 Brian. He drew a little cartoon across the front of the envelope, and I giggled when I saw that he wrote 'Sealed with Awesomeness!' across the lick-and-seal in the back. Inside was a very cute Hallmark card (he cares enough to send the very best) of a turtle and a snail, and it was a "Hope you're back on your feet again soon" kind of card. He wrote a funny, sweet message inside as well, and he continued with more cartoons on the outside of the card, as well as adding "speaking bubbles" to each character. It made me laugh, smile and then smile more - the special smile of knowing that someone cared enough to go to such trouble.

And it arrived at the perfect time. As I've said before, I love the Bri. :-)

(Speaking of which, do you remember when that pic was taken, Brian? I have it in 'random' in my images, and not sorted by date as per the usual. And I can't find where I posted it in your journal, either...)

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