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Both Sides of Time, Out of Time, Prisoner of Time, and For All Time by Caroline B. Cooney (re-reads)
I love this quadrilogy (? :)), but had never read all four books in succession. They're good time-traveling romps. Annie unintentionally travels back in time to the late 1800s, where she falls in love with a nice Victorian guy, thus meddling with not only his life track, but that of his spunky younger sister, weak-willed stepmother, Lionel Luthor-esque father, and plain, sweet girl friend who also loves him. Then Time brings her back to the present. So in the second book she goes back again to clean up the mess she created. In the third book the spunky sister, finding herself in an unrelated mess, travels to the present day and ends up in the care of Annie's brother. Finally, Annie attempts to go back in time once more to be reunited with her love - except Time doesn't cooperate and sends her to ancient Egypt instead. They're great books and don't take long to read. I highly recommend them.

Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan
The newest, next-to-last volume in the Wheel of Time. A couple of storylines were resolved, but there are still about a million to be tied up in the last book. While I enjoyed this book, the ending left me feeling completely unfulfilled. I was shocked to turn the page after the last part and find that that was the end. But that's my own fault for expecting otherwise from Robert Jordan. :P I've told many people that the biggest plus of reading Wheel of Time is that it gives you tons of inside-joke vocabulary with those who have also read it. It is fun to greet friends by saying, "I see you. May you always find water and shade."

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (re-reads) Cut for those bothered by HP - major spoilers within )

More next month.
chestnutcurls: (princess)
Both Sides of Time, Out of Time, Prisoner of Time, and For All Time by Caroline B. Cooney (re-reads)
I love this quadrilogy (? :)), but had never read all four books in succession. They're good time-traveling romps. Annie unintentionally travels back in time to the late 1800s, where she falls in love with a nice Victorian guy, thus meddling with not only his life track, but that of his spunky younger sister, weak-willed stepmother, Lionel Luthor-esque father, and plain, sweet girl friend who also loves him. Then Time brings her back to the present. So in the second book she goes back again to clean up the mess she created. In the third book the spunky sister, finding herself in an unrelated mess, travels to the present day and ends up in the care of Annie's brother. Finally, Annie attempts to go back in time once more to be reunited with her love - except Time doesn't cooperate and sends her to ancient Egypt instead. They're great books and don't take long to read. I highly recommend them.

Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan
The newest, next-to-last volume in the Wheel of Time. A couple of storylines were resolved, but there are still about a million to be tied up in the last book. While I enjoyed this book, the ending left me feeling completely unfulfilled. I was shocked to turn the page after the last part and find that that was the end. But that's my own fault for expecting otherwise from Robert Jordan. :P I've told many people that the biggest plus of reading Wheel of Time is that it gives you tons of inside-joke vocabulary with those who have also read it. It is fun to greet friends by saying, "I see you. May you always find water and shade."

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (re-reads) Cut for those bothered by HP - major spoilers within )

More next month.

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Nov. 29th, 2005 02:30 pm
chestnutcurls: (crafty)
Because I felt creative this weekend...an icon post. I don't know if anyone is interested, but I thought I'd share anyway. :)

Smallville, Charlie Brown Christmas, HP art, etc. )

No comments or credit necessary...but positive feedback is nice. :)

Icon post

Nov. 29th, 2005 02:30 pm
chestnutcurls: (crafty)
Because I felt creative this weekend...an icon post. I don't know if anyone is interested, but I thought I'd share anyway. :)

Smallville, Charlie Brown Christmas, HP art, etc. )

No comments or credit necessary...but positive feedback is nice. :)
chestnutcurls: (writer)
I finished it yesterday evening. Wow. Many spoilers within. )
chestnutcurls: (writer)
I finished it yesterday evening. Wow. Many spoilers within. )
chestnutcurls: (hermione mad)
Time to check in with the LJ crew! Today has been a busy day so far, but for the moment I'm clear.

Weekend synopsis: Saw Prisoner of Azkaban with the gang. Maybe I'm not as in touch with the books as I used to be, but I really liked it. It's in an entirely different class from the other two movies, and the Trio actors have improved noticeably. The only big problem was the complete lack of explanation of the Moony & co. connection. That's a HUGE piece of the story, and I had to catch up the non-readers after the movie. Other than that, great job, Cuaron.

On Saturday I went to my boss's daughter's wedding. It was in a park and not like any other wedding I've been to. Since there was no other way to hide them, the bride and bridesmaids were brought to the area in a limo, and the groomsmen walked up to the limo one at a time to collect their bridesmaids. It was neat. The reception was fun and catered by our famous Corky's barbecue. I met a nice girl who works at Sweet Peppers, the new deli Danielle told me about awhile back. I hadn't heard it was open, so she told me where it was and our group went there for lunch after church yesterday. The verdict: I like it (I had the Peppers & Beef sandwich) and the tea is good, but it's not McAlister's. Of course, I was also influenced by the insanely large crowd. Crowds stress me out a little.

The rest of Sunday was wonderful. Evan and I had the whole day together, because- answer to prayer- his store just hired someone who likes to work Sundays. So now he only works one Sunday a month. Yay! :) It was an excessively mushy day with plenty of cartoon hearts. We got a little antsy in the afternoon, so we went to Target to get Friends Season 3. Yay again! Later we went back to church for the inaugural service of our new singles Bible study (I refuse to call it by its name because it's so cheesy). It was good, and we had a good-sized crowd for the first night. Casey showed up, which made me so happy since I'd just been thinking of her. Afterwards, a bunch of us went to El Porton and I had fried ice cream. A perfect ending to a perfect day. (Oh, and also I got to talk to [livejournal.com profile] admael for a while between services- I'd been hoping to run into her. :))

Now it's Monday and I'm overwhelmed by everything that's coming up. Especially in the way of gifts. I have a gift list a mile long right now- birthdays, weddings, Father's Day. Also I'm planning to get some new furniture when Kathy moves out (in only four weeks). Then I'll need money for the New Hampshire trip. All this money can come out of savings, but it's going to be a big hit. I don't have to get the furniture right away, but I want to. So I have no right to complain. :P I'm just excited about re-nesting and having things my own way.

Hope everyone's having a good day!
chestnutcurls: (hermione mad)
Time to check in with the LJ crew! Today has been a busy day so far, but for the moment I'm clear.

Weekend synopsis: Saw Prisoner of Azkaban with the gang. Maybe I'm not as in touch with the books as I used to be, but I really liked it. It's in an entirely different class from the other two movies, and the Trio actors have improved noticeably. The only big problem was the complete lack of explanation of the Moony & co. connection. That's a HUGE piece of the story, and I had to catch up the non-readers after the movie. Other than that, great job, Cuaron.

On Saturday I went to my boss's daughter's wedding. It was in a park and not like any other wedding I've been to. Since there was no other way to hide them, the bride and bridesmaids were brought to the area in a limo, and the groomsmen walked up to the limo one at a time to collect their bridesmaids. It was neat. The reception was fun and catered by our famous Corky's barbecue. I met a nice girl who works at Sweet Peppers, the new deli Danielle told me about awhile back. I hadn't heard it was open, so she told me where it was and our group went there for lunch after church yesterday. The verdict: I like it (I had the Peppers & Beef sandwich) and the tea is good, but it's not McAlister's. Of course, I was also influenced by the insanely large crowd. Crowds stress me out a little.

The rest of Sunday was wonderful. Evan and I had the whole day together, because- answer to prayer- his store just hired someone who likes to work Sundays. So now he only works one Sunday a month. Yay! :) It was an excessively mushy day with plenty of cartoon hearts. We got a little antsy in the afternoon, so we went to Target to get Friends Season 3. Yay again! Later we went back to church for the inaugural service of our new singles Bible study (I refuse to call it by its name because it's so cheesy). It was good, and we had a good-sized crowd for the first night. Casey showed up, which made me so happy since I'd just been thinking of her. Afterwards, a bunch of us went to El Porton and I had fried ice cream. A perfect ending to a perfect day. (Oh, and also I got to talk to [livejournal.com profile] admael for a while between services- I'd been hoping to run into her. :))

Now it's Monday and I'm overwhelmed by everything that's coming up. Especially in the way of gifts. I have a gift list a mile long right now- birthdays, weddings, Father's Day. Also I'm planning to get some new furniture when Kathy moves out (in only four weeks). Then I'll need money for the New Hampshire trip. All this money can come out of savings, but it's going to be a big hit. I don't have to get the furniture right away, but I want to. So I have no right to complain. :P I'm just excited about re-nesting and having things my own way.

Hope everyone's having a good day!

ciao bella

Jun. 4th, 2004 01:57 pm
chestnutcurls: (cat milkshake)
Happy Birthday to Laura! Hope Prisoner of Azkaban is a good birthday present. :) I'm excited about the movie, but bummed that I didn't have time to read the book again. Now I won't be as aware of all the changes.

I just walked over to Italian Fest with one of my co-workers. We met up with her husband, and his company had a booth there, so we ate a delicious lunch for free! Lately I've been eating big lunches, which leads to guilt when I still eat moderate dinners. I have no self-control. None. I need a world where only celery and lettuce is served.

Yesterday seemed like a good day to spend my Target giftcard on another season of Friends. After scanning through an episode guide I decided I wanted Season 3. Of course, when I got to Target, they had every season except 3. I guess I'll go back next week.

Evan makes me so happy. :) He is the best boyfriend in the world.

Finally, thanks to Lawson, I now have a picture to share of the Fake Tornado. It doesn't look as impressive as it did in other shots, but it's still pretty cool. Smokenado )

ciao bella

Jun. 4th, 2004 01:57 pm
chestnutcurls: (cat milkshake)
Happy Birthday to Laura! Hope Prisoner of Azkaban is a good birthday present. :) I'm excited about the movie, but bummed that I didn't have time to read the book again. Now I won't be as aware of all the changes.

I just walked over to Italian Fest with one of my co-workers. We met up with her husband, and his company had a booth there, so we ate a delicious lunch for free! Lately I've been eating big lunches, which leads to guilt when I still eat moderate dinners. I have no self-control. None. I need a world where only celery and lettuce is served.

Yesterday seemed like a good day to spend my Target giftcard on another season of Friends. After scanning through an episode guide I decided I wanted Season 3. Of course, when I got to Target, they had every season except 3. I guess I'll go back next week.

Evan makes me so happy. :) He is the best boyfriend in the world.

Finally, thanks to Lawson, I now have a picture to share of the Fake Tornado. It doesn't look as impressive as it did in other shots, but it's still pretty cool. Smokenado )

passages

May. 18th, 2004 02:07 pm
chestnutcurls: (cartoon me)
Happy 19th birthday to my sister Debra, the best hermana a girl could ask for! The guys and I are taking her to Chili's tonight to celebrate. She's almost done with teenagerhood...it's scary. Wasn't I just nineteen?

Attention fellow Potterheads, and people who enjoy good web design: J.K. Rowling has relaunched her website. She wrote all the content herself, and there's some very interesting stuff! Check it out if you haven't already.

Lately I feel like the only person in the world who's not on a strict diet or exercise regimen. Kathy has begun a Pre-Wedding Exercise Plan that puts me to shame. I'll benefit from it, though, since I'll exercise with her when I have time. Last night we reinstated the infamous LuAnn workout tape that we used to do religiously in college (we even have video of us and Emily exercising to it). It was rough. Even Pilates has been difficult and painful for me the last couple of weeks. I haven't done anything differently, so I don't know what's wrong. Anyway, the topic of weight keeps coming up with all my friends, and I've been thinking it's such a relative thing. Everyone is healthy at different weights. I shouldn't let myself feel like a cow for not conforming to other people's standards. So my new diet-type motto is: Know thyself. The end. :)

Evan came over last night even though it was Monday, which is traditionally our day apart. I felt like I should tell him not to come, but I had missed him all day and my resolve was weak. :) He brought a book, I took out my current book, and we read in happy silence. Our shared love of reading is one of the things I like most about our relationship. I never thought I'd get to be with a guy who was as much of a bookworm as I am. I didn't know such guys existed. :) Right now I have too many books on my plate, mostly due to over-zealousness at the library. Alli loaned me the second and third Shopaholic books, which she'll want back soon. I need to get cracking.

passages

May. 18th, 2004 02:07 pm
chestnutcurls: (cartoon me)
Happy 19th birthday to my sister Debra, the best hermana a girl could ask for! The guys and I are taking her to Chili's tonight to celebrate. She's almost done with teenagerhood...it's scary. Wasn't I just nineteen?

Attention fellow Potterheads, and people who enjoy good web design: J.K. Rowling has relaunched her website. She wrote all the content herself, and there's some very interesting stuff! Check it out if you haven't already.

Lately I feel like the only person in the world who's not on a strict diet or exercise regimen. Kathy has begun a Pre-Wedding Exercise Plan that puts me to shame. I'll benefit from it, though, since I'll exercise with her when I have time. Last night we reinstated the infamous LuAnn workout tape that we used to do religiously in college (we even have video of us and Emily exercising to it). It was rough. Even Pilates has been difficult and painful for me the last couple of weeks. I haven't done anything differently, so I don't know what's wrong. Anyway, the topic of weight keeps coming up with all my friends, and I've been thinking it's such a relative thing. Everyone is healthy at different weights. I shouldn't let myself feel like a cow for not conforming to other people's standards. So my new diet-type motto is: Know thyself. The end. :)

Evan came over last night even though it was Monday, which is traditionally our day apart. I felt like I should tell him not to come, but I had missed him all day and my resolve was weak. :) He brought a book, I took out my current book, and we read in happy silence. Our shared love of reading is one of the things I like most about our relationship. I never thought I'd get to be with a guy who was as much of a bookworm as I am. I didn't know such guys existed. :) Right now I have too many books on my plate, mostly due to over-zealousness at the library. Alli loaned me the second and third Shopaholic books, which she'll want back soon. I need to get cracking.

one-liners

Jan. 30th, 2004 03:32 pm
chestnutcurls: (Bun)
Happy Friday! Hace mucho frio hoy. The high was supposed to be 50-something, but now they say we'll struggle to reach 32. February is coming, and that's often a snowy month for us. ("Snowy" meaning "several flurries, with one accumulating two inches.") :)

After hearing this news, I'm even more excited about the Super Bowl! Because of my trips, I haven't gotten to watch the game with friends in two years. We're having a church party. I'm looking forward to it. Root for the Patriots: it's what our founding fathers would have wanted you to do. (Was American football even invented in 1776?)

Kathy is re-reading the Harry Potter books. I need to re-read Book 5, because our discussions have kicked up again. The other day she came into the living room and announced, apropos of nothing, "Somewhere there's a snake that's Harry's friend." I quickly understood what she was getting at, but Daniel, who does not read fiction, thought she had finally gone nuts.

I forgot to mention that Evan and I did see Big Fish last week. It's well worth your time. If you liked Moulin Rouge, you'll like this because it has the same surreal quality. I thought it was a beautiful movie.

So who's watching The Apprentice? I never thought I'd get into this show, but it's addictive. Evan is more hooked on it than I am, which I find hilarious.

[livejournal.com profile] stacye13 just told me that they have brown corduroy pants at Target, so I may be completing my pants mission after work. Woo hoo! Have a great weekend!

one-liners

Jan. 30th, 2004 03:32 pm
chestnutcurls: (Bun)
Happy Friday! Hace mucho frio hoy. The high was supposed to be 50-something, but now they say we'll struggle to reach 32. February is coming, and that's often a snowy month for us. ("Snowy" meaning "several flurries, with one accumulating two inches.") :)

After hearing this news, I'm even more excited about the Super Bowl! Because of my trips, I haven't gotten to watch the game with friends in two years. We're having a church party. I'm looking forward to it. Root for the Patriots: it's what our founding fathers would have wanted you to do. (Was American football even invented in 1776?)

Kathy is re-reading the Harry Potter books. I need to re-read Book 5, because our discussions have kicked up again. The other day she came into the living room and announced, apropos of nothing, "Somewhere there's a snake that's Harry's friend." I quickly understood what she was getting at, but Daniel, who does not read fiction, thought she had finally gone nuts.

I forgot to mention that Evan and I did see Big Fish last week. It's well worth your time. If you liked Moulin Rouge, you'll like this because it has the same surreal quality. I thought it was a beautiful movie.

So who's watching The Apprentice? I never thought I'd get into this show, but it's addictive. Evan is more hooked on it than I am, which I find hilarious.

[livejournal.com profile] stacye13 just told me that they have brown corduroy pants at Target, so I may be completing my pants mission after work. Woo hoo! Have a great weekend!
chestnutcurls: (pink me)
The sun is out today! It's been about a week.

Tutoring has been cancelled tonight, which is kind of nice because I can have free time, just me and the cat. :) I'm going to watch Friends, do some ballet, and work on my scrapbook, and then go to bed early. I'm looking forward to it. However, I had a worrisome dream involving Yolanda (my tutoree) last night- I dreamed she was in some kind of trouble and was taking drugs or something. I was looking forward to seeing her tonight and being reassured that she is okay. I'll have to save the "just say no" talk for next week. :)

Do you know what really annoys me? When I wear my boots and my socks keep falling down, causing the tops of the boots to scrape my legs. I hate that feeling. I can usually prevent it by wearing knee socks, but I only have a few pairs.

I liked Jessica's post yesterday about praying for God to fix certain problems in us, and then complaining about it when He sends problems to do so. I'm seeing that in several areas, including work. Sometimes I get so tired of the legalistic big-company mindset. There's a position open at Ryan's company, which currently has five employees, and where they have weekly remote-control car races on the roof of their building. I'm half tempted to apply for it. I know I won't, though, because I have too many benefits here to justify leaving. My family depends on me for free hotel rooms. :P I just get annoyed with people in other cities coming up with new rules and policies and forms every time I turn around. I find it all so boring that it's getting hard to muster any enthusiasm in my work, which I know is hurting my job performance. BUT...God provided me this job. He's enabling me to take care of myself and help others. So He must be using it in some way. I need a better attitude about it.

The Prisoner of Azkaban trailer is up! I have high hopes. Now that Chris Columbus isn't there to cheese everything up, this movie ought to be much better than the previous two.
chestnutcurls: (pink me)
The sun is out today! It's been about a week.

Tutoring has been cancelled tonight, which is kind of nice because I can have free time, just me and the cat. :) I'm going to watch Friends, do some ballet, and work on my scrapbook, and then go to bed early. I'm looking forward to it. However, I had a worrisome dream involving Yolanda (my tutoree) last night- I dreamed she was in some kind of trouble and was taking drugs or something. I was looking forward to seeing her tonight and being reassured that she is okay. I'll have to save the "just say no" talk for next week. :)

Do you know what really annoys me? When I wear my boots and my socks keep falling down, causing the tops of the boots to scrape my legs. I hate that feeling. I can usually prevent it by wearing knee socks, but I only have a few pairs.

I liked Jessica's post yesterday about praying for God to fix certain problems in us, and then complaining about it when He sends problems to do so. I'm seeing that in several areas, including work. Sometimes I get so tired of the legalistic big-company mindset. There's a position open at Ryan's company, which currently has five employees, and where they have weekly remote-control car races on the roof of their building. I'm half tempted to apply for it. I know I won't, though, because I have too many benefits here to justify leaving. My family depends on me for free hotel rooms. :P I just get annoyed with people in other cities coming up with new rules and policies and forms every time I turn around. I find it all so boring that it's getting hard to muster any enthusiasm in my work, which I know is hurting my job performance. BUT...God provided me this job. He's enabling me to take care of myself and help others. So He must be using it in some way. I need a better attitude about it.

The Prisoner of Azkaban trailer is up! I have high hopes. Now that Chris Columbus isn't there to cheese everything up, this movie ought to be much better than the previous two.
chestnutcurls: (hey baby)
Happy happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] aardwolf and [livejournal.com profile] apestaartje!

Much happened this weekend. It kicked off with my and Kathy's Harry Potter adventure at the local Bookstar. We found out that they had 50 unclaimed copies, for which they'd be giving out tickets at 10:30. Just to be safe, we got there at 8:30 and set up camp.

Me: We're 23 years old. At the head of the Harry Potter line. Playing Uno with Spider-Man cards.
Kathy: We are such losers.
Me: Our dignity is gone.
Kathy: We had dignity?

So we happily claimed tickets 1 and 2, got our books by 12:30 am, and managed to read the first chapter at home before collapsing in exhaustion. We've been reading in three-chapter increments ever since, to discuss things thoroughly and to ensure that we don't get ahead of each other (we would be bound to give something away). I'm on Chapter 25. This is an annoying method, but it's good because I'm getting a lot out of the first reading. Besides, we're just going to want Book 6 as soon as we're finished, so why rush it? :)

On Saturday we went to Low's Bridal in Arkansas, and Kathy picked out her wedding dress. It is beautiful. I highly recommend Low's, because the salespeople are incredibly nice and really know what they're talking about. (I learned a lot about matching veils and headpieces to dresses, by the end of the morning.) In the evening, I had dinner at the Beauty Shop with several RUF girls of my era. Casey wasn't there, though, and I'd really wanted to see her, so I was kind of bummed. I ended up going home right afterwards, and spent the evening reading and talking to Evan on the phone.

Sunday I went to church (the sermon was excellent), went to lunch, got home, and flew into an unprovoked rage. I was suddenly stressed about everything. The laundry, the old clothes I needed to take to Goodwill, the three activities I was supposed to choose from for the evening (thereby making someone mad no matter what I did). I ended up skipping out of [livejournal.com profile] rawee1's party (I'm sorry, Robin) so I could stay home and relax and regain some serenity. :P I think it did some good, because I feel calmer and more refreshed today.

Maybe more later.
chestnutcurls: (hey baby)
Happy happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] aardwolf and [livejournal.com profile] apestaartje!

Much happened this weekend. It kicked off with my and Kathy's Harry Potter adventure at the local Bookstar. We found out that they had 50 unclaimed copies, for which they'd be giving out tickets at 10:30. Just to be safe, we got there at 8:30 and set up camp.

Me: We're 23 years old. At the head of the Harry Potter line. Playing Uno with Spider-Man cards.
Kathy: We are such losers.
Me: Our dignity is gone.
Kathy: We had dignity?

So we happily claimed tickets 1 and 2, got our books by 12:30 am, and managed to read the first chapter at home before collapsing in exhaustion. We've been reading in three-chapter increments ever since, to discuss things thoroughly and to ensure that we don't get ahead of each other (we would be bound to give something away). I'm on Chapter 25. This is an annoying method, but it's good because I'm getting a lot out of the first reading. Besides, we're just going to want Book 6 as soon as we're finished, so why rush it? :)

On Saturday we went to Low's Bridal in Arkansas, and Kathy picked out her wedding dress. It is beautiful. I highly recommend Low's, because the salespeople are incredibly nice and really know what they're talking about. (I learned a lot about matching veils and headpieces to dresses, by the end of the morning.) In the evening, I had dinner at the Beauty Shop with several RUF girls of my era. Casey wasn't there, though, and I'd really wanted to see her, so I was kind of bummed. I ended up going home right afterwards, and spent the evening reading and talking to Evan on the phone.

Sunday I went to church (the sermon was excellent), went to lunch, got home, and flew into an unprovoked rage. I was suddenly stressed about everything. The laundry, the old clothes I needed to take to Goodwill, the three activities I was supposed to choose from for the evening (thereby making someone mad no matter what I did). I ended up skipping out of [livejournal.com profile] rawee1's party (I'm sorry, Robin) so I could stay home and relax and regain some serenity. :P I think it did some good, because I feel calmer and more refreshed today.

Maybe more later.
chestnutcurls: (Panicked Harry)
I spent my lunch hour today helping Nina take canned goods to Hope House, one of the charities my company sponsors. I'm so glad I went. One of the ladies in charge showed us around and told us the stories of some of the children there. They were so heartbreaking. I can't imagine the pain that those kids and their parents have been through- there was such hardship everywhere. I have been so blessed.

Only three days are left until Order of the Phoenix, and I am so excited. But I would like to post this warning: I am completely spoiler-free. I haven't listened to the audio excerpt or read the summary from Scholastic. I know nothing. This has taken enormous willpower. So please, fellow Potterheads, honor my sacrifice and use the cut tag when talking about the book. I pre-ordered my copy from Amazon.uk, so I have no idea when it will arrive. I'm terrified that I'll be in line at Kroger or something on Sunday, and some ill-thinking person will start talking about the book and completely ruin it for me. Kathy suggested we cloister ourselves for the weekend, but that's not possible. (Too bad- I could use some rest.)

Funniest Book 5 prediction so far )
chestnutcurls: (Panicked Harry)
I spent my lunch hour today helping Nina take canned goods to Hope House, one of the charities my company sponsors. I'm so glad I went. One of the ladies in charge showed us around and told us the stories of some of the children there. They were so heartbreaking. I can't imagine the pain that those kids and their parents have been through- there was such hardship everywhere. I have been so blessed.

Only three days are left until Order of the Phoenix, and I am so excited. But I would like to post this warning: I am completely spoiler-free. I haven't listened to the audio excerpt or read the summary from Scholastic. I know nothing. This has taken enormous willpower. So please, fellow Potterheads, honor my sacrifice and use the cut tag when talking about the book. I pre-ordered my copy from Amazon.uk, so I have no idea when it will arrive. I'm terrified that I'll be in line at Kroger or something on Sunday, and some ill-thinking person will start talking about the book and completely ruin it for me. Kathy suggested we cloister ourselves for the weekend, but that's not possible. (Too bad- I could use some rest.)

Funniest Book 5 prediction so far )

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