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
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.
(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. )