Jul. 22nd, 2007 09:48 am
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So, yeah. I went to the party at Borders. (If I had known that U of O was having a Potter Party, I would have gone there.) Still, lots of cool people went. We had dinner first with [livejournal.com profile] fearga and K, as well as [livejournal.com profile] vesta_aurelia at Ambrosia, and that was lovely and fun. The food was excellent, and all of us had dessert (of course). I changed my mind about going as Ginny and decided to go as Tonks instead. Much more fun with the wardrobe. I meant to have [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre take pictures, but that didn't work out.

I'm actually a good deal more excited about this than I thought I would be. Harry Potter phenomenon aside, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy around my solar plexus to realize that all of this hype is happening about a book. Books are awesome. I just wish other books (like anything by Terry Pratchett, ahem ahem) got this kind of hype here in the states.

The Potter Party was fun, but very, very warm. I do not believe there should be that many people in one building. (The fire marshal agreed with me. There were repeated warnings that people should vacate the building immediately after collecting their books, and also that people should get the hell out of the aisles (my words, not theirs) while they were carting the books in because the book pallets were "very heavy and hard to stop.")

We met up with a bunch of lovely people, took over the English History corner where it was nice and quiet, and chatted and read and knitted as we wished until it was time to go and get our books. Then we went home. It was the quietest trip I've ever been on--[livejournal.com profile] fearga and [livejournal.com profile] vesta_aurelia started reading immediately. I managed to read up to "Kreacher's Tale" before I fell fast asleep at about 3:30 in the morning.

I finished reading the book on Saturday. I'm not going to talk about it here, but [livejournal.com profile] fearga is setting up a HP Discussion filter. I will say that I believe that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows is far and away the best book in the entire series. I was not disappointed. As soon as I finished, I passed the book to [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre and said, "Book. Read. Now." Then [livejournal.com profile] vesta_aurelia and I retreated to my office to discuss the book without spoiling it for [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre.

We had lunch with Trudy (who has an LJ but I don't know which one it is), and that was fun. Fondue for dinner. We watched Animaniacs and then stumbled off to bed.

I don't know what we're doing today. I should be doing some homework, but that will honestly only take me about ten minutes. (I do have to do it today, however, and I keep putting it off.) I suspect that today will be pretty relaxed.

Time for coffee!
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Academic Update first:

I'm meeting with the Head of the Medieval Studies Department on Monday. It looks like, no matter what, I'm going to be finishing my double major. However, I'm going to go the Extremely Relaxed Route--graduate school (assuming I get in) starts in January. I'm not going this January, but next January. That would give me the time to take two classes next term, two class Spring term, and then two classes the term after that. In that way, I'd finish up in time for January (and there's always the chance that I'd take three classes Spring Term and only one Fall Term next year). In any case, I get an easy term next term, still graduate in time for graduate school, and still get my double major. Of course, this still depends on my meeting with the Department Head and a meeting with someone at the graduate school of my choice. I need more application information.

Evil Plan Update:

Well, it's actually not that evil. My dad's birthday is on November 28. I made him a Harry Potter scarf--he is a huge Harry Potter fan. I was hoping to get it to him by today so that he could wear it to see the movie...though, on second thought, I doubt he's going this weekend. In any case, I'm going to send him an e-mail that tells him that I received a package that I think belongs to him, and that I think that the owl got lost. Then I'll give it to him on Tuesday. I also wrote a letter that goes with it that's signed "Arthur Weasley." Hee. Dad will be the envy of all his coworkers. (They're all Harry Potter fans, too.)

Today, I get to go and do research. Yay. I'm looking forward to getting evil, evil final papers done.
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Yarrrrrrrr! It be Talk Like a Pirate Day (in case ye hadn't noticed). Be sure to enjoy it, me hearties! I be going to the dump this day to clean out the bilges. Yeccchhh. A pirate's work never be done, arrr.

Sadly, it has come to me attention that me crew has better hats than I. This must be remedied at the earliest opportunity, yarr and other salty seadog exclamations. Aye.

I finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince last night. Let me just say this: I guessed right. I am mighty. *does a woogie dance of triumph* In other news, I'm looking forward to the next book, but I am not looking forward to the hype. Since the next book is the last, the hype is going to be horrific. I may have to go and hide in a cave for about six months beforehand.

I have many theories regarding the future events of Harry Potter's adventures:
It's Spoileriffic! )

All in all, I would say that this is probably the best-written Harry Potter book thus far. It's much, much better than Order of the Phoenix. I was highly impressed. I don't believe that J.K. Rowling is OMG THE BEST WRITER IN THE WORLD!!!!, but I still finished the book and felt quite satisfied. I can see why many fans wangsted, but I believe that their wangst was unnecessary and a result of the mistaken belief that authors should do everything that their fans say they should. Everything that happened was, in my opinion, necessary to the story. Harry's growing up, and so are his friends. Nothing lasts forever. I love how the characters are changing and growing as the story progresses. It makes things more interesting.

That's pretty much what I have to say about that. Now, it's time to fold clothes. In a piratey way, of course. Arrrrr...


My pirate name is:

Dread Pirate Read

Like the famous Dread Pirate Roberts, you have a keen head for how to make a profit. Even through many pirates have a reputation for not being the brightest souls on earth, you defy the sterotypes. You've got taste and education. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from fidius.org.

That be me, all right. YARRRRR!


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