Category Archives: Harry Potter

Strange Dreams

Rupert GrintI had the STRANGEST dream last night involving Rupert Grint [ZOMG over this photo. haha]. He was on tour with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson for Harry Potter. In my dream they were performing it live on stage.

Totally random, but instead of having an actual tour bus that drove them around, they had a rickety old van that they were driving around the country in and they just so happened to stop at a roadside diner/cafe that my mom, brother Johnny, and I were at.

He walked past and Johnny was all excited about seeing him in person. Anywho, he came over to talk to us after Johnny said hi and was all personable and friendly. I woke up today wishing that I could have an actual conversation with him about acting [instead of the imaginary one we had in my dream].

I think this must mean I miss acting. Oh, sigh.

A Casual Vacancy: Review

Casual-Vacancy

Oh, J.K. Rowling, you really know how to get me.

Let’s be real here… I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. They’ve helped me through many very difficult parts of my life including depression, moving, lack of friends, high school, my parents separating, college. I owe a lot of my successes and hanging on to Rowling and her characters.

That being said, this novel is a completely different beast in and of itself. Please read it as such. I happen to really love Rowling’s writing, she captures her characters under such a real light that I can’t help but be entranced and drawn in. And the subject matter is politics, so it really takes a good writer to keep me interested!

Don’t let my Rowling love deter you, though… the novel is a really incredible account of how one man’s death can affect an entire town. It’s worth checking out if you’re looking for your next novel!

Awkward & Awesome Thursday

Awkward:
-How long it’s been since we’ve washed our bedsheets! Icky! We’ve gotta make a big run to the laundromat this week!
-Franklin being exceptionally smelly the other day! Boston terrier farts are the worst.

Awesome:
-Sleeping owls. Aren’t they adorbs?!
-Watching The Walking Dead season 2 on Netflix! It’s sickeningly well-written and acted!
-Crocheting! My bobble blanket is coming along soooo nicely. I’m actually quite proud of it!
-Finishing ‘Life of Pi’ the novel with Mitchel! We read aloud to each other every night… it’s super romantic! And now we start on the Harry Potter series, since he’s never read it before!!

10 Reasons Why I Wish I Lived in Harry Potter

Inspired by Amy Morby’s post on Star Wars, I decided to write my own:

1. OWLS!!!! Owls, owls, owls. So corny. But I want a pet owl. A pet owl that delivers my letters for me and affectionately nips at my fingers. =)

2. Quidditch. Best. Sport. Ever. I’d love to lounge in the fall weather and cheer on my fellow Gryffindors [I got sorted on Pottermore] as we rage broomed battle on the other houses. All while trying to catch the Snitch and end the game. Also, wouldn’t hot cocoa be great at a game?

3. Butterbeer. I had some butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and it was the best tasting beverage OF ALL TIME! It was like cream soda mixed with root beer… so delish!

4. Wands. This may sounds super nerdy I know it’s super nerdy, but I would really love my very own wand. I think the whole process of the wand picking you is pretty whimsical and I wonder which wand would pick me and what spells I’d be best at.

5. Classes. Even Herbology would be much more interesting than any sort of class I took in highschool. I think Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts would be my best courses. Just sayin’.

6. Hagrid. He’s super kind and he always has Harry’s back. He’s such a strong support system. And he’d take you on all sorts of adventures in the Dark Forest. I’d be up for that. Minus the spiders of course. Why couldn’t he say follow the butterflies?

7. Hogwarts. The school has great classes AND hidden passageways!? The staircases switch depending on the day, too! At first, I was freaked out by that notion, but the older I get the more exciting the idea is of having to take a new path every day.

8. Weasley’s Wizards Wheezes. I’d love to visit the twin’s joke shop! They certainly brought laughs throughout the novels with their antics, and I’d like to be up to no good myself.

9. The Marauder’s Map. Oh, the Hogwarts crew: Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs… those notorious troublemakers and their magnificent map. I would like to manage some mischief on the Hogwarts grounds and this map is just the trick. Well, that and the…

10. Invisibility Cloak. So much awesomeness in one teeny bit of magical cloth. Throughout the novels, this was such an important connection between Harry and his father James. Only in the 7th novel do we learn it’s exceptional history and powers. Either way, how cool!! So cool that scientists are working on their very own invisibility cloak. I kid you not!!

*For you Muggles out there that haven’t read the books, there’s a pretty substantial amount of information on this site.

Five Facts

1. I love reading. Often when Mitch is off playing his video games, I can be found huddled under a blanket with a book and some hot tea. At the moment I’m reading my way through the Modern Library’s Top 100 Novels of All Time. I started at book 100 and I’m not on The Adventures of Augie March! I also have an extensive Harry Potter obsession and a love of The Hunger games. If you aren’t new here, you already know this. ;]

2. I lived in France for 3 weeks my Junior year of high school! :] It was the trip of a lifetime and I’d love to travel across Europe again!!

3. My favorite restaurant [if we're not counting my love of Korean food] is O’Charley’s!! Their overloaded potato soup is freakin’ aweshum!! I’ve never had a bad food experience there.

4. My life Motto? Fake it til you make it! Basically it means if you’re not in a good mood and pretend to be in a good mood, eventually you will forget you’re faking it and you’ll actually BECOME in a better mood. It’s taking control of your own happiness. :D My OCD loves when I can take control of things like this.

5. Lactose Intolerant. Why, body, why? All the best things have lactose in them: cheese, milk, ice cream… need I say more? This is not to say that I don’t still eat that stuff, it just makes me sick if I eat too much of it. DRATS.

My Collections: Harry Potter

Welcome to nerd-central! I’ll be your host, Sarah.

Just kidding, guys. But seriously… I have a collection of Harry Potter items that I am quite, quite proud of. I’d like to show it off to you all now!

First things, first… this is the glooooorious Harry Potter paper flower wreath that I made when I first started my blog! =) I love it oh so much! I’m going to make toooons more for my Etsy shop when I finally get around to opening it!

Next, I have my collection of Harry Potter prints from Made by Renee. She made a custom listing for me to just include these three!! She’s so wonderful to work with… and this really flows with my Harry Potter/book pages corner of my dining room.

And here is my adorable Hermione-styled Keep Calm poster. Honestly, I printed this from the internet and stuck it in a cheap frame. And it’s STILL one of my favorite parts of this corner. haha.

MY HEDWIG!!! A Christmas gift from my wonderful friend Tyler 2 years ago! It’s made of paper, too! Super super cool!

And last, but CERTAINLY not least, my collection of Hardcover Harry Potter novels. The 4th-7th books are all first editions, and all seven novels are what I would call “well-loved”. haha. I’ve read them all too many times to count!

Project 366

[Photo 16]

Watched Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix last night. I was feeling stressed and crazy as it may sound, Harry Potter is my happy place.

Also, my tv is a Vizio. haha. Did not mean to namedrop that in my photo, but whatcha gonna do?

Things I’m loving right now

[via PeelandStickDecals]

[Starbucks Nonfat Vanilla Mocha. I am obsessed!]

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[via Afra]

[Penguins holding hands. I <3 it so much.]

[via StickerX]

[via CircusBearOwl]

[Firefox Live!!!! Take a "cute" break today! ]

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[The Hunger Games. If you haven't read this yet, read it now. I am completely blown away by the writing, characters, and creativity of this novel!!]

What are you all loving right now? =]

Things I’m loving right now:

Things I’m loving around the Etsy world right now:

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[via Jenya2]

[via RebeccaPlotnick]

[via CraftyTeapot]

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Any cool finds lately?? Leave them in the comments for me, folks!

30 Things I’m Thankful For:


1. I am thankful for my family. My family is much closer than most and I am so grateful for that. We are a family of best friends!
2. My health. Not everyone can say that and I never stop being appreciative for being blessed with very little health issues.
3. Mitchel. What in the world would I be doing right now if he wasn’t a part of my life? Sometimes we know each other far better than we should, and I adore that about us.

4. My job. In a time where good jobs are hard to come by, this girl with a BA in Theatre & Drama is thankful to have one of the good ones. Even if I dislike it at times, I am appreciative of being able to have a job to dislike in the first place!
5. My ladies in Hawaii. Girlfriends until the end. What is it about us 4 that we’ve never stopped being friends? I am so very blessed to have 3 sisters like you in my daily life. You help me survive. I love you all so much.

6. I am thankful for this opportunity to blog and get my writing juices flowing. I was feeling so stale with my writing and it’s really helped me to open up and keep being creative.
7. A working vehicle. I know this list is starting to sound like a list of THINGS I am thankful for, but really I’m just stating how blessed I feel to have all of these conveniences that other’s do not have.
8. I feel incredibly thankful for being an American citizen. I know our country has a lot of problems, but I’m grateful for the freedoms I enjoy here in the US. I’m also grateful for all of the people fighting to change things and make the United States a better place to live.
9. Starbucks Hot Chocolate. It’s a special treat when I get to stop by Starbucks on my way in to work, one I’m very grateful for as it gets colder and colder around here.
10. My furbabies. =] I am so thankful for all of their cuddles and kisses and love.

11. I am thankful for all of my work friends, including but not limited to: Lynn, Robin, Chris [& Ashlee and the girls], Julius, Rohan, Steve, Joel, Annette, etc]. They make work survivable.
12. Socks. Clean, white, padded socks. I adore them. I wear them to bed. They make my life happy and snuggly.
13. My Uncle Dana & how close we’ve become this past year. I can’t believe how much we have in common and it sounds weird, but it feels like we’re so much more of a family lately!
14. Harry Potter. I can’t believe how much this one book series has completely changed and molded my life and personality.  JK Rowling will never fully understand the impact her books have had on so many lives.

15. My apartment. That has heat. And tons of space for me and my cats and dog.
16. Every. Single. Veteran. SO VERY THANKFUL FOR YOU ALL!
17. Monroe County Civic Theatre. They let me in and cast me in my first lead role. I feel like I’ve really grown as an actor with them… I feel thankful for all the theatrical opportunities they’ve led me to!
18. ANYTHING FLEECE!! Did I mention that I love feeling cozy?! This blanket is my absolute favorite.

19. Artists of all sorts that inspire me on a daily basis. I can see something someone else has come up with and take the idea in 5 different directions allowing my own creativity to shine through.
20. My Aunt Donna, Uncle Chris, and cousin Kristen. Kristen has Cerebral Palsy and she is still the happiest person I’ve ever met. I don’t know who I’d be without these three… they’ve all taught me so much.
21. My Christianity. And everything that it has done for me in my life. God is so all encompassing and Jesus Christ has turned my life upside down in an AMAZING way.
22. Warm sweaters, warm coats, warm gloves, warm scarves.
23. Jen [from JenRaytion Creation] and her boyfriend Soto. It’s become more and more apparent to me just how much I’m going to miss their presence in my everyday life when they move in January. I’m grateful for this next month of adventures with them!

24. Thrift stores with old jazzy records. I can support a great cause and add to my record collection? Yes please!
25. Having healthy breast tissue and being able and strong enough to donate it to the IU Simon Health’s Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank of Indianapolis. Although it was a difficult and nerve-inducing process, it is the best I’ve felt in YEARS being willing and able to help such a worthy cause. The other donator’s were completely inspiring; everyone had an incredible story to share.
26. Tattoos and the artists behind them. Body mods are beautiful, and to me, what better way to honor your body than to turn it into a work of art?

27. Mitch & Sarah Adventures!!!! =] They are my absolute favorite thing and I don’t know how we’ll keep them up during the winter, but don’t you worry, world… we’ll keep ‘em coming!
28. Hugs. What would the world be without them? I don’t want to know.
29. My brother moving home. It’s been such a blessing to spend more and more time with him!

30. All of you who read my pointless musings and leave comments and make me feel like I can actually write and make a career out of this someday. You guys are my inspiration.