bitchet: road sign reading "hope next exit" (♠ | here's to drinks in the dark)
+ Had a good time at trivia today, mostly thanks to the amazing sangria they had as we came in third. I did however laugh myself silly at one point. It was a category called "same name" and the question was something along the lines of: this term for a group of owls is also the name of a brand of cigarettes.

We rattled off all the cigarette brands we could think of with "Kools" coming up more than once and each time someone else say "kool with a k?"

So yeah, my next trivia team will be named a Kool of Owls.

+ I was thinking about areas in Chicago where I might want to live and I came up with a tentative list. Any Chicago people who may have suggestions, feel free to chime in. I'm looking more at the city but am open to the suburbs and I definitely want somewhere where there's lots of restaurants, bars, theater and access to public transportation.

Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs )


Shipping Meme: Day 16 & Day 17 )
bitchet: grass growing (♠ |  bloody feet across the hallow'd gro)
Welp, it's pretty close to official - the house is in foreclosure. Bank of America is willing to work with my brother for a payment of $22,000 but considering that they're already pulling stunts like mailing him things weeks later (he was supposed to get this information in June, he got it last week), I'm not optimistic. Actually, I agree with my eldest brother (Ray) that throwing more money at this would be stupid. Its time to get a lawyer and cut our losses.

So tomorrow we will all be meeting up for dinner and to discuss this. And I've already found a potential place near my work while looking online. I'm going to call them tomorrow and find out more about the place.

Shipping Meme: Day 13, 14, 15 )
bitchet: woman holding apple (♠ |  games that I can handle)
So JKR has revealed that Teddy Lupin's full name is Edward Remus Lupin.

Guess who had Edward in her character notes instead of the more popular Theodore? Moi.

I still want it to be Asteria. I'll spell it Astoria and given the whole Rabastan/Rastaban thing I'm prepared for it to be Astoria, but I want Asteria!

Maybe there's a dyslexic midwife at St. Mungo's.

Shipping Meme: Day 11 )
bitchet: owl painting (♣ | starts so soft and sweet)
- Letters mailed! The UK letters got enough stamps to look like they were mailed by a Weasley. I should be getting my global stamps later this week.

- I had something else to say but I have completely forgotten. Oh well.

Shipping Meme: Day 10 )
bitchet: road sign reading "hope next exit" (♠ | here's to drinks in the dark)
"Ron Weasley’s character is consciously written as somewhat bigoted. Not as bigoted as Malfoy, of course - he doesn’t scoff at muggleborns and halfbloods, and he doesn’t see himself as superior at all. Still, he unquestionably accepts the inferior position of house elves (they love serving), when he finds out that Lupin’s werewolf his reaction is not only scared but also disgusted (Don’t touch me!) and he is clearly very uncomfortable finding out that Hagrid is half-giant (giants are wild and savage).

And this is brilliant. Because it demonstrates that bigotry isn’t only present in clearly malicious and evil people, in the Malfoys and Blacks - it’s also there in warm, kind, funny people who just happened to learn some pretty toxic things growing up in a pretty toxic society. And they can unlearn them too, with some time and effort. Ron eventually accepts Hagrid’s parentage, lets Lupin bandage his leg and in the final battle, he worries about the safety of the house elves.

Some people are prejudiced because they are evil, and some people are prejudiced because they don’t know better yet. And those people can learn better, and become better people. And that’s an important lesson. The lesson taught about discrimination shouldn’t be “only evil people do it”, because then all readers will assume it doesn’t apply to them. Instead old JK teaches us “you too are probably doing it, and you should do stop ASAP”.
- lurknomoar on Tumblr, with revisions by dannylaceyjo


I pretty much agree with this? I think Ron and the Weasleys are a good example of how far a lot of the bigoted attitudes present in the Wizarding World go and how hard they are to escape. Going back to that buzzfeed link I posted, the British Wizarding World is very insular and tightly-controlled and that allows them to push a toxic agenda. Hogwarts was one of the few places untouched by that agenda thanks to the efforts of the staff and Dumbledore. But Hogwarts was likely the exception to the rule given the state of the Ministry, the Daily Prophet, and wizarding society in general.

Shipping Meme: Day 08 )
bitchet: obama looking off into the distance (◊| this tired world could change)
+ This is pretty much my view of the wizarding world. Especially #3, 4, and 9.

+ [personal profile] i_am_girlfriday and [profile] libbi, your post will go out this week! I had a real devil of a time getting stamps. Used to be I could get them at the gas station but now it's pretty much the post office or nothing.

30 days of shipping: Day 07 )

Boring note to self. )
bitchet: actors as ship icon (♥ | Be the one who changes him)
+ I signed up for [profile] crack_broom to rec some more Draco/Asteria, probably around October. I have tons of fic and art for that pairing. Mostly old but still.

I was thinking of signing up for Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny also but I have a total of one fic for both :\

And that's all I have to post about so let's have a meme!

30 days of shipping meme )

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