littlelotte: (Metamorphoses - fly)
I need a list, otherwise I'll forget.

-Post Office to mail off invites. It's kinda cool that they're going out exactly two months to the day.

-Wasserstrom's, a restaurant warehouse. We need a handful of things for the bar for the Buffett concert pre-party on Wednesday and Buffett Day on Thursday. Basically, we get an extra two days of busy-weekend sales because Cincinnati is the birthplace of the Parrotheads and they like to party. The concert this year was sold out seconds after tickets were released to the public. A guy this week told me a story about how he had the Navy atomic clock up on his computer ticking down the seconds, he hit the buy button the second it clicked to the time, and the screen loaded to a Sold Out message.
--Store 'n' Pours
--SnP flat lids
--Can opener
--Wine keys, multiple, because the last time I bought only one it disappeared within days
--Wine bottle stoppers

-I was going to go to the title office downtown to get an Ohio title. I just realized that insurance is unique to a state, so I'll probably try to do that at some point tomorrow instead of going to the title office. I have a temporary plate that's valid through August 30th, so I can do the title next week instead.

-Haircut! Wedding style haircut which means I will have bangs again. Granted, they're shaggy and layered bangs, but still...I haven't had any form of bangs since I was

-Dress alterations. Eek!

-Go over catering contract with Dan, sign, and send off a check.

-Harry Potter in IMax 3D! Yeah! This will be the first one I'm seeing in IMax. I really wish I had made myself see the last one in IMax (it was sold out the first time I tried, and I just never really got a chance after that) because I think that last scene would have been phenominal in 3D.

-Grocery shopping.

...that's all I can come up with for the moment. I hope I'm not forgetting anything!
littlelotte: (Ravenclaw)
The new international trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! All new scenes! I nearly fell out of my chair at the end scene..."But I am 'The Chosen One' *smack* Ow!, kidding." And a Won-Won/Lav-Lav kiss! ROFL! David Yates, I adore you and the people who decided you were the right director for the final four films (yes, four...5, 6, 7 part one, and 7 part two).

This is going to be WONDERFUL! I reallyreallyreally can't wait until July. Oh well, at least I have a new book in a series I'm reading out tomorrow, and the Twilight movie in just under a month.

...I am such an unbelievable dork.
littlelotte: (Ravenclaw)
So...I got some Ravenclaw patches last December, and I finally put one on my tie...hehehe...

I know the movie won't be out until July, but I want to have some level of completion on my Ravenclaw uniform soon just in case they decide to do some sort of special release for the Tales of Beedle the Bard book in December.

Other than that, nothing special has been happening in my life. I've been working obscenely much, even at home, and spent a few hours on both my days off at the restaurant this week. I'm nearly done with all the training stuff, and will be having a trainer meeting next week before I leave for Cincy. After that, I have a couple of smaller things I want to put together for work while I'm out of town, and then I think I'll be pretty happy with where everything's headed.

A little random, but on my mind recently. A lot of restaurant jobs look for people with at least two years experience in the position they are hiring for. After nearly six years in the business it makes complete sense to me. It took me around two or three solid years to feel truly comfortable as a server. I'm starting to round in on two years in management, and I finally am feeling like I've gotten my feet under me, for the most part. It's a nice feeling. I've worked extremely hard, but I really feel that it's all been worth it. Mind you, I'm nowhere near finished with the hard work part of it--I still have a lot to do--but I'm so much more comfortable with how to do things and how to go about things.

I also realized how brilliant OSI's benefits plan is. After one year with the company you get one week of paid vacation. Every six months after that you get one more week. Once you hit five years with the company you get one week paid vacation every three months. After five years I can see one being exceptionally sick of everything, but when you get a paid vacation every three months, how can you really care? Final vacation in year four and six months of hell. Vacation heaven. Six weeks later you're ready to throttle everybody again, but who cares? In six more weeks you get another week of relief! It's brilliant!

Okay, I have things to do before work, but I wanted to say hello. Hope all is going well with you, f'list!
littlelotte: (Ravenclaw)

Harry Potter in the Hood


Nov. 3rd, 2007 12:33 pm
littlelotte: (Ravenclaw)
The Do Not Disturb sign is back on the door at with a Time Turner next to it! You can go back and redo all the puzzles, or do the ones you missed the first time around. I'm taking the two WOMBATs that I missed. I had gotten an Exceeds Expectations on the second one (I caught it the first time around), I just took Grade 3 and got EE, and I'm about to take Grade 1. If you need help with the puzzles/to see what dates are which openings, check out the Lexicon:


Nov. 1st, 2007 02:33 pm
littlelotte: (Default)
I just bought the following...

Two smaller patches for tie/robe if I think one below is too large for robes once I get some

Large patch for robes

Ravenclaw prefect pin

Next: Sweater. I don't know how I want to do the robes yet, or where to get them. I haven't seen any styles that particularly strike me yet.

I really wish Alivan's had a lindenwood wand :-( As is, I guess I'll just have to find something else.

Again, *hides*
littlelotte: (Default)
*laughs* Great video of Daniel Radcliffe being asked about the little tidbit into his fate that Jo gave him after taking him and his parents out to dinner after seeing Equus (speaking of which, there are plans to bring it to Broadway with both him and Richard Griffiths...also, HP6 has started filming):
littlelotte: (Ravenclaw - LindsayPolias)
Call me silly, but...I didn't get to listen to a lot of the pre-DH Pottercasts before the book release, so I've been listening to them all the past couple of weeks. I love hearing all the HP theories that people had before now that I'm done with the's really interesting. Also, new Pottercast two days ago downloading now--titled "Wandlore"... Yay!
littlelotte: (Ravenclaw - LindsayPolias)
ROFL! Do NOT roll your mouse over the following link if you don't want any spoilers...


More spoilers below involving above link... )
littlelotte: (Ravenclaw - LindsayPolias)
If you haven't read Deathly Hallows yet, don't follow these links until you do (unless you're interested in all the post-story stuff and not caring much about spoilers).

Three. The first post-DH fic that I've seen. "Three" details the three funerals of the four major deaths in that final set of battles. Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking.

THE web-transcript with Jo. Jo answers manymanymanymany post-Epilogue questions from fans, and a few other nagging things (like the matter of the person who would do magic "late in life"--she changed her mind by Book 3, and so the person never actually existed. Ha.). We hear more professions and more families made. Also, for all the Hufflepuffs out there, she details the Hufflepuff dormitories, what Dudley possibly saw when he saw the Dementors and how that may have sparked how he was in the seventh book, what event triggered each horcrux, Dumbledore's boggart, how muggleborns get magic, how a couple of the deaths we didn't get to "see" in battle occured, and a LOT of other things. She also said to keep on eye on her site because she'll work on posting more answers over time.
littlelotte: (LiT - Not hopeless)
Well...after filling out all the evil forms of doom from LaBelle Mgt for Bennigan's I find myself even more adoring of OSI and aware of how much more employee-oriented they seem to be. We'll see how orientation is and how actually working there compares to what the handbook says, though *shrugs*

In other news, we have tickets for the Harry Potter midnight showing tomorrow :-D :-D :-D Way excited.

In other other news, I'm still sick, it's freaking SNOWING outside (it has been all day...and accumulating), AND the heat has gone out in my car. Not just the heat, but everything heat related including the very winter-necessary defrost aspect of it. I think my car may end up at Firestone tomorrow at some point. Oh well.

Now it's time to curl up in a very warm bed.

Oh! Christine: you may enjoy these if you haven't already seen them...
littlelotte: (Lindsay - flower)
If anybody wanted to get me something for Christmas and is at a loss for what...

Or...if you're feeling really generous...

Of course I'm just teasing about that last one. Though I think I would possibly kill to own it, but not spend $300 for it yet.

Two rooms picked up. Two more to go. Then Swiffering and mopping and scrubbing the tub and sinks. A swiffer is a necessity in an apartment with wood floors. Sweeping does hardly anything :-P Cleaning in general sucks. I've also finished a couple of pages for my site. It's up, but you may very well not find it. I'm going about things kinda backwards. I'm doing all of the sub-site stuff first, and then putting the main page up once they're all done.

I need to pick just a couple things up from the store, but I think I'm going to wait until Dan gets home to see if he wants to go with. I want to get a pumpkin and I want him to help pick it out if he wants to go :-D
littlelotte: (HP - Dumbledore Adventure)
Who else wants a Dark Mark over their house? This is way too cool, and perfect for Halloween.


Oct. 2nd, 2005 10:48 am
littlelotte: (Ravenclaw - LindsayPolias)
The Ukranian Harry Potter Book 6 cover artwork was released:

These were a couple of the comments about it and my thoughts on them:

I think it gives too much away, i have noticed this with foreign covers. Wheras with the American one, it is a bunch of different aspects of the book formed into one picture/design.

Because the American one didn't have a picture of the Dark Mark above Hogwarts on the front? And the American Book 5 didn't have a picture of the hallway in Harry's dreams on the front? I could go on. That was only the earlier books, but even they generally gave away MAJOR spoilers (which of course you couldn't really place until you'd read the book, though).

I don't so much care for this particular cover. I agree that it's awfully pretty but it isn't so appealing, I am not going to walk down a row of books and see two men in a boat with hands sticking out of the water and say "OOH I wannt read this!" I would say "Hmmm. I will only read this because it's Harry Potter and I LOVE Harry Potter"

(that was from the same person) Why would someone pick up the sixth book in a seven book series if they didn't already know the story? They would be beyond lost. While this is fine to do with the first three books, there's no way I'd pick up any HP book past three had I not read the others first, anyway.

And then another person...this is especially hysterical in light of the first comment I posted above:

This is nice. I prefer these stylized, more interpretative covers to the direct illustrations of the story like the American and the Swedish art.

So, the last person doesn't like that it's direct and thinks the American ones are more interpretive/stylized. This person apparently hasn't read Book 6 or something because, though they're calling it more stylized, this is just about as direct of that scene as you can imagine. Yes, it incorporated one small thing with the boat that happened before they got into the boat, but that just means it's giving away more spoilers of that same scene.

The Ukrainian artist has picked out the magical dimension and maybe overdone it a bit, but still it imposes less on the story than art that tries to spell out the storyline.

Again...apparently they were hiding under a rock when the cave scene happened in Book 6, because this cover COMPLETELY spells out that part of the storyline.


In other fun news, however, you can add Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to your schools list:


Jul. 11th, 2005 08:27 pm
littlelotte: (Ravenclaw - LindsayPolias)
So...I'd not heard about Bloom's railing against HP. It doesn't surprise me at all, but reading the article itself amused me. Aside from the fact that he's a horrible misogynist, he's a rather brilliant literary critic. It's really too bad that he used such poor examples--if he'd used some relevant ones then I may have been able to take his argument more seriously.

Though the book is not well written, that is not in itself a crucial liability.

All of them are rather horribly written, actually. I'm not a fan of the writing at all, but that didn't stop me becoming entirely swept away by the series.

In what follows, I may at times indicate some of the inadequacies of "Harry Potter." But I will keep in mind that a host are reading it who simply will not read superior fare, such as Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows" or the "Alice" books of Lewis Carroll. Is it better that they read Rowling than not read at all? Will they advance from Rowling to more difficult pleasures?

Not entirely true. I know a number of people who have read the likes of those he listed and are still Potter fans. Also, a number of people (children and adults alike) have gone on to read those stories/stories just like those mentioned.

Harry Potter, now the hero of so many millions of children and adults, is raised by dreadful Muggle relatives after his sorcerer parents are murdered by the wicked Voldemort, a wizard gone trollish and, finally, post-human. Precisely why poor Harry is handed over by the sorcerer elders to his priggish aunt and uncle is never clarified by Rowling, but it is a nice touch, suggesting again how conventional the alternative Britain truly is. They consign their potential hero-wizard to his nasty blood-kin, rather than let him be reared by amiable warlocks and witches, who would know him for one of their own.

...which is exactly why one needs to read the entire series before saying things like this. We know exactly why Harry was left with his relatives now.

Hogwarts enchants many of Harry's fans, perhaps because it is much livelier than the schools they attend, but it seems to me an academy more tiresome than grotesque.

The first half of that says it perfectly. How many of us would much rather be in Potions with Snape than in...math, for example? How many of us would love to live in an atmosphere like that? How many of us would rather shout "Scourgify!" than actually wash our tubs? It's a much more interesting world to think about than our own.

One can reasonably doubt that "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is going to prove a classic of children's literature, but Rowling, whatever the aesthetic weaknesses of her work, is at least a millennial index to our popular culture.

Nah. I think they have exactly what it takes to become a classic, actually. No real time period is indicated, and that's generally a mark towards a good piece of fiction--a timeless piece of fiction. While the writing might be awful, it's timeless. It's been the door to a whole world (especially) of science fiction and fantasy for a number of kids who hated reading prior to reading it.

Perhaps Rowling appeals to millions of reader non-readers because they sense her wistful sincerity, and want to join her world, imaginary or not. She feeds a vast hunger for unreality; can that be bad? At least her fans are momentarily emancipated from their screens, and so may not forget wholly the sensation of turning the pages of a book, any book.

A very important argument for the book, really.

And yet I feel a discomfort with the Harry Potter mania, and I hope that my discontent is not merely a highbrow snobbery, or a nostalgia for a more literate fantasy to beguile (shall we say) intelligent children of all ages.

Well...many of those books were written at a time when harsher stories were deemed acceptable for children. You'd be hard-pressed to find many parents who will read fairy tales such as those written by the Grimms to their children nowadays. That I'd be one of those is completely beyond the point (though I would also read them HP), and probably just another reason why Lindsay shouldn't have children ;-)

Intelligent children require slightly intelligent role models, frankly. My mom read to me constantly growing up--all sorts of stories--and I grew up to be a bookworm. Yes I read silly stuff, but I also read classics--both then and now. If it weren't for my mother talking about O. Henry and Franny and Zooey and Big Brother when I was younger I probably would never have picked up any of those books--but I did, and they led me to others.

Sadly, I can't seem to find the critique that A.S. Byatt (a female contemporary literary critic) has written (unless I want to pay the NYTimes four dollars for the archived article), but I've heard "goblet of bile" quoted a few times now. She also has a slightly more understanding explanation for despising the series, at least--apparently her (absolutely amazing, if you haven't read it yet READ IT NOW) novel, Possession, fell in behind two of J.K. Rowling's HP novels in a "recent poll of the 50 greatest books written by women." I'd be angry, too, if I'd written Possession and that happened.

Found the Byatt article!

Ms Rowling's magic wood has nothing in common with these lost worlds. It is small, and on the school grounds, and dangerous only because she says it is.

Slightly true. While there aren't some of the things more prevalent in other forests of fiction, we have been introduced to some true "dangers" within her forest--who can deny that things such as the centaurs and Aragog's family would make one wary of travelling within the Forbidden Forest? While there might not be Will'o'the Wisps or pixies hiding around the next corner, Bane or Aragog or a werewolf (which we've actually been given no proof actually exist in that forest...probably just rumors from Lupin's days) or something equally as frightening might be.

In this regard, it is magic for our time. Ms Rowling, I think, speaks to an adult generation that hasn't known, and doesn't care about, mystery.

I think many of us would very much deny this. I adore mystery within my stories.

Sadly, being taught literature often destroys the life of the books.

Well...this depends on both the student and the teacher. I will always remember the teacher who introduced me to Ayn Rand, and I will never forget the teacher whom I credit as the reason I despise reading Shakespeare (and who also managed to ruin one of my favorite books that I had loved before her class).

It is the substitution of celebrity for heroism that has fed this phenomenon. And it is the levelling effect of cultural studies, which are as interested in hype and popularity as they are in literary merit, which they don't really believe exists. It's fine to compare the Brontes with bodice-rippers. It's become respectable to read and discuss what Roland Barthes called "consumable" books.

...which is exactly why I hate "cultural studies" types of classes. Toni Morrison and Stephen King and many many others are not deserving of the praise heaped upon them, frankly. I won't deny that the HP books are "consumable books," but you'd never see me discussing their merit as amazing pieces of literature. They're fun to wonder about, though.

I realize that the phenominon of Harry Potter may well die to a dull roar later on down the road--once all the books have been released. Right now we're in the middle of it all--not knowing how it ends, not being able to know until all the books have finished being written. Because of this not knowing that we have, we're intrigued, we're curious, we've fallen in love with a number of characters and actually care about them and what happens to them next. Soon enough we'll be in a place where all seven books can be read in just a couple of weeks, and things won't be like they are now. Things won't need to be like they are now. People who are fans now will read them to their children, their own children will remember them from their youth and likely read them to their children next, and the trend could well continue for generations and generations. I do see this series becoming a classic. Not a classic in the "wonderful piece of literature" sense, but in the "always able to sweep us away" sense. I really believe that that's inevitable.
littlelotte: (Lindsay - flower)
KittenOfTheAlley: major annoyance: WHERE THE FUCK IS RALPH FIENNES?!?!
Kyrie Truant: VOLDEMORT! we can't see VOLDEMORT!
KittenOfTheAlley: YES we can!
Kyrie Truant: we can't see voldemort until the movie opens, dork!
KittenOfTheAlley: I want to see SEXY VOLDIE!
Kyrie Truant: we will, but we shouldn't
KittenOfTheAlley: I'm going to get the dark mark tattooed on my ass with the innitials RF
Kyrie Truant: ROFLMFAO!


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