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Hogwarts is My Home

Just in case you forgot.

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The Weekend Review

1. Have I told you that I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series? Again? These books have cast a spell on me (har har har!).

2. Fitocracy.com is a cool website and iphone App that marries physical activity with the level-up systems of RPGs. I get to burn calories while simultaneously satisfying my nerdy desires to gain experience points. Currently, I’m a level five paladin fitocrat, and I only have 864 points to earn before I level up.

3. The office staff had their monthly meeting, and our manager bought everyone Panera’s. In the past, we were allowed to customize our orders to our hearts content, but that took a long time, and it cost a lot of money. Now, our manager just buys a bunch of turkey sammiches and asiago steak sammiches for everyone. Except for me. I just found out that she orders the Mediterranean Veggie sammich special for me. It is a small gesture, but it actually made me feel appreciated.

Coffee and Mango

Coffee and Mango

4. Mangoes. I’ve never been a mango fanatic before, but now I cannot get enough of them. I eat them plain, I eat them along side homemade coconut rice pudding, and I eat them on top of steak salad with homemade honey lime dressing.

5. Three Day Weekend! Thanks to Memorial Day, I get one more day to really mess up my sleeping schedule.

 

 

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Is it possible to re-read a series too many times?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I’ve mentioned before (here and here), when the seasons shift from Summer into Autumn, I re-read the Harry Potter series. The crisp air, the Fall colors, and the overcast skies make me think about feasts in the Great Hall, trips to Hogsmeade, and mugs of butterbeer. This year, the hankering to re-read Harry Potter has come two seasons early. I blame it on Al Roker, who has been reciting Harry Potter-themed trivia on Comcast On Demand for the chance to win tickets to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. After hearing Hedwig’s theme for the umpteenth time, I could resist no longer, and I decided to hunt for my books. You’d think I wouldn’t have to “hunt” for something I cherish and read so frequently though. Alas! I am dreadfully unorganized.

I embarked on another re-read around midnight on Saturday. After cracking open the cover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the 8th time, at least, I was struck by a memory of my first, true re-read. My final semester at college, right before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part one) hit theaters, I decided to re-read the series from start to finish. I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time in probably 10 years, and I was flabbergasted by how much I forgot. I had become so accustomed to the introduction in the movie that I forgot all about Vernon Dursely’s uncomfortable day at Grunnings and the shower of shooting stars over Kent, which was probably bewitched by Dedalus Diggle. Since then, it’s been a rare occasion that more than a year should pass before picking up at least one of the books to read (last year was one such occasion), and I feel I could practically recite parts of the series.

I wonder if there is such thing as reading a book (or in my case, a series) too many times. Is it possible that one day, the spell these books have cast on me will run its course? …Naaaaaah! Surely not. That’s kind of like saying one day I will stop craving my mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup!

What book(s) do you frequently re-read? Have you ever felt like you read a book too many times? 

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Revisiting the Magic of Harry Potter

It’s that time of the year again. I’m having cravings for pumpkin pasties, cauldron cakes, and licorice wands! So, I pulled my dusty copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone off of my book shelf and dived in. (Note: The book was dusty because I’m really bad about dusting surfaces, not because I haven’t read it in ages.)

Harry Potter, the boy who lived
via weheartit

Cracking open a Harry Potter book is like visiting with old friends. For a moment I stare down at the book and think to myself, “Gosh, it’s been a while,” and “My, how times have changed”. And then when I start reading, it’s like I’m reliving all of these fantastic antics from yesteryear for the first time. When I’m finished, I place the books back on my shelf, sad that it’s ended. Like the time spent together was too short. But then I remind myself I’ll see them again in a year or so.

I do this every year, re-read Harry Potter. It’s a tradition I’m not keen on breaking any time soon. This year, I thought I’d do something a little different though. I’d like to incorporate my journey through the seven books in my blog. I’ll be honest, I only have a rough idea of what I’d like to accomplish with this– reviews or maybe thoughts on characters, places, and magical beasts. Maybe I’ll actually get around to trying out the different recipes for Butterbeer. The sky is the limit when you have a Nimbus 2001 a Firebolt.

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You probably won’t find these teas in Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop

I discovered Adagio Tea allows you to create your own signature blend of tea. You can select one of their popular formulas as a template and edit the types of tea, or you can create your own special formula from scratch. You can further personalize the tea by naming it and adding your own original artwork to the packaging. You also have the option of keeping your specialty blend to yourself, or you can share it with the rest of the Adagio community. It’s not badly priced– about $10 for a 3 oz. bag of loose leaf tea.

There are a lot of really creative ideas like Sci-Fi Chai, an entire collection dedicated to the Zodiac, and a handful of teas based on popular books and teevee shows. Now if you’re familiar with Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop, then you probably already know where I’m going with this.

There is an entire collection of teas based off of the Harry Potter books! *squeals in delight*

 


Harry Potter Tea was created by Cara McGee and is a blend of Masala Chai, pumpkin spice, and caramel. Cara described this blend:

Treacle tarts, Pumpkin Juice and deep, warming spice. Boyish, yet brave, resourceful, and powerful.

 

The Luna Lovegood may not include dirigible plums (thank goodness), but it is a unique blend of Earl Grey Lavender, Rooibos Jasmine, and guanabana. Cara describes it:

The sweetest, softest, warmest tea imaginable, with a wild, surprising finish.

 

Neville Longbottom’s blend includes Irish Breakfast tea, Rooibos Vanilla Chai, and peach. This is surely a blend that characterizes Neville to a T(ea). Cara describes it:

Sweet, a bit befuddled, but all together warm and reassuring. A tea stronger than you’d expect, and endlessly comforting.

There are also blends for Remus Lupin, Hermione Granger, Severus Snape, Sirius Black, James Potter, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Cedric Diggory, and Peter Pettigrew.

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Stand up badgers!

In case you were wondering (you were wondering, weren’t you?), I was sorted into the Hufflepuff house on Pottermore! I think the placement is pretty spot on! As for the site, while the potion brewing and wizard dueling is pretty fun, what I love most is reading about Professor McGonagall’s backstory. She’s such an intriguing woman!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

May your Valentine’s Day be more  than Harry and Cho’s first date!