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Harry Potter, Memorial Day & Malcolm…

I’ve had a busy few weeks, and am just now getting around to posting about it!  I attended LeakyCon 2009 in Boston recently.  It was  a lot of fun, and I came home with the dreaded LC1F09 (or the illness everyone got from LeakyCon!).  I’ll try to give a run down of my time there with pictures!

My friend Abbey that I went to LeakyCon with is on the Leaky Cauldron staff, so I ended up helping out with a lot of the registration stuff.  We spent much time in the coat check putting together name tags and registration bags.  Here is a picture of what we did:


I even got a LeakyCon Staff shirt, though I’m not on staff!  I actually had a lot of fun doing that, even though at times it was stressful and chaotic during the actual registration.  I think we pretty much handled it well and everyone got in to the conference that was supposed to!

So the first day was just registration and then Opening Feast in the “Great Hall”.  Across the street from our hotel was “The Castle”…it was a huge building that looked like a castle in the middle of downtown Boston!  Unfortunately I didn’t get any shots of it from the outside.  Inside however, it was decorated to look like the Great Hall from HP!  It was really awesome.  All the tables were decorated in Slytherin green, Ravenclaw blue, Gryfindor red and Hufflepuff yellow.  Here’s a few shots:

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The banners were amazing, though I’m still trying to figure out why the Slytherin banner was purple and green…I of course got tons of shots of the Ravenclaw banner, as I claim myself to be a Ravenclaw.  The Great Hall is where most of the big events of the conference took place.

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Here is me and Abbey rockin’ it Harry Potter style at the opening feast.

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And what would a party in Boston be without some street dancing?? (Abbey, MJ, Jeff and Josh)

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The highlight of opening feast: finally meeting Hank Green of the NERDFIGHTERS!  You should seriously check them out the vlogbrothers on YouTube.  I’ve meet John 3 times now, but this was my first Hank sighting 🙂

So that was the first night…Abbey and I made our way back to our hotel room after a bit of chilling in the Leaky Suite.  We jammed ourselves into our air mattresses, tucked between 2 beds in the room.  We were sharing with 4 other people, so there were 6 people in a 2-4 person room.  Cozy.  The next day however we were upgraded!  Due to some issues with the hotel the Suite was upgraded, leaving an extra room in the suite and because the staff knew of our cramped conditions they offered it to us.  I unfortunatly forgot to take pictures of the sweet suite (get it??) but it was amazing.  We all had our own cot, bed, couch or air mattress so no one had to share.  And the room was huge.  On the other side was a huge kitchen, 2 large round tables, 2 bedrooms and an outside patio that was AMAZING!  Sure, sleeping at night was a bit of a problem since the LeakySuite is where all the staff hung out at night, as well as some of the confrence speakers and random attendees that tracked down the suite.  Often times the party didn’t break up until 4 or 5 in the morning.  I would usually put on my iPod to drown out the noise when I was ready for bed, which was about 3 or 4 am!  I did manage to get some shots of the balcony:

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You can just see Boston in the background of this shot 🙂

Okay, so day 2 – I spent the morning watching a vender booth for Julie May who was at the key note speaker that day.  Abbey and I rode to Boston with Julie and Kelly.  Julie makes beautiful glass work jewelery and also prints.  She does some of the jewelery in HP colors, so I got some Ravenclaw color earrings 🙂  You should check out her website and order stuff!  That afternoon was “Nosh with the Nerdfighters” which I was in the front row for with Abbey.

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And here are the Vlogbrothers themselves!  Hank & John Green.  They’ve emassed quite the following, and no wonder!  Their videos are hilarious, engaging, informative and they also do a lot of work to decrease “world suck”.  Gotta love them!

Oh, and Hank writes and sings songs.  Some of them Harry Potter themed.  Here is my favorite, and a little vlogbrothers dialouge, too!  Accio Deathly Hallows:

Sweet, sweet nerd music.  You should also check out DFTBA records for more nerd music.  It’s a record company Hank started to release the music of YouTube musicians.  I’m particularily excited about the Doctor Who band Chameleon Circuit!

Okay, so that night was the Wizard Wrock night at the Castle.  I’m not really a fan of Wizard Wrock.  I’ll listen to it when it’s there, but I don’t go seeking it out.  What is Wizard Wrock?  Well, you may have guessed, but it’s band who only sing and write songs about the Harry Potter world.  There are bands called: Harry and the Potters, The Moaning Myrtles, The Remus Lupins, The Parselmouths, Swish and Flick  and others…It was fun just to go and hang out with my new HP friends.

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Here’s Steven.  Kelly found him in the hotel lobby day 1 and brought him up to the coat check room to help us with registration!  He’s now on Leaky Staff!  Go Steven!

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And this is me and Abbey with Farrah LeWinde.  She is a lot of fun and managed to get Hank to donate a dollar to LeakyCon (you can see it poking out of her shirt…).

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Here’s a shot of one of the bands.  I think maybe it’s Harry and the Potters?  They sang one song that I really liked (and one of the only ones I could understand the words) called “Bacon”.

So, Day 3 – I managed to get to some programing!  The first I went to was on Father’s in the Harry Potter world where I found myself defending Lucius Malfoy – who knew!  I’m also apparently on YouTube somewhere, as they were filming the session and the camera woman asked if she could film my answer.  I’ll try to see if I can find it!  I also went to a completly amazing session about the symbols and other liturature that influenced Harry Potter by John Granger.  He has a lot more books than the one I linked to.   You should check them all out 🙂

That night was the LeakyCon Ball.  Everyone got dressed up and rocked out to the music.


Me, Josh and Abbey in our fancy clothes!


They had the Department of Mysteries veil set up, so Abbey and I got our picture taken in front of it

under the veil

And peeking under it, trying to find Sirius Black (the biggest question I have for the whole HP series is what’s behind that veil)!!

I had a great time at LeakyCon – got very little sleep, got swollen feet riding in a car for 20 hours on the way home and contracted the LC1F09, but I had a great time.  We got to Abbey’s place at 6:00 am Chicago time and crashed on Memorial Day.  We woke up at 1 pm to get ready for a Memorial Day party at Le Chateau Oiulmette.

We were both EXHAUSTED but it was nice to get back and see our friends and have some great grilled food!  There was also Smashminton to be had, which I did not play because I feared I would fall over from exhaustion!  Abbey got the LC1F09 very bad so she ended up sleeping during the party and went home early.  She’s just now starting to get better.

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Enjoying the Smashminton…

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Our host, Rev. Tripp in his seersucker and suspendies.

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Of course, the obligatory foot shot, showing of my new Ravenclaw socks!!! 😀

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Sarah and Evy enjoying the game.

Here is a bit of video of the day at Le Chateau…Obsquatch and Trish trying to “team up” for some Smashminton glory!

Sadly, I didn’t make it very long at the party and we left around 8ish and I went home and went straight to bed.

The next day, Justin and I celebrated Malcolm’s 3rd birthday!  We have a tradition of going to our regular pet shop and getting Mal and new toy, then walking to the other pet shop that carries special treats and getting him a “cake”.  We then go home, sing happy birthday, give him is treat and then the new toy!  It was, of course, raining on his big day so instead of a big walk he got a car ride.

at the store

Waiting to go in the puppy shop…


Our pet store guy giving Mal some treats!


The cake…isn’t it cute??

And here we are singing to the Birthday boy!

I was sick, so you’ll have to excuse the shaky voice…

Well, that’s it for now.  Hope you are all doing well 🙂

June 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm Leave a comment

Books of 2008

As is tradition on my website, a posting of all the books I read over the past year:
*Tales of the Slayer, Volume 1 by Yvonne Navarro, et. al.
*Tales of the Slayer, Volume 2 by Todd A. McIntosh, et. al.
*Priestess of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
*Stardust by Neil Gaiman
*Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
*Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
*Tales of the Slayer, Volume 3 by Yvonne Navarro, et. al.
*The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
*People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
*The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks
*Twilight (re-read) by Stephanie Meyer
*The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin
*Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
*New Moon (re-read) by Stephanie Meyer
*Eclipse (re-read) by Stephanie Meyer
*The Host by Stephanie Meyer
*The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (re-read) by Douglas Adams
*Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
*Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (re-read) by J.K. Rawling
*Looking for Alaska by John Green
*Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
*Interworld by Neil Gaiman
*Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
*An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
*Paper Towns by John Green
*The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
*Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay
*Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
*The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
*The Rest Falls Away: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason

January 2, 2009 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment


October 27, 2008 at 11:31 am 1 comment


Yup it’s official, I got Yellow Margo.

So for those of you who don’t know John Green he’s an AMAZING young adult author…but don’t let that turn you away! JK Rowling is a childrens/young adult author and you’d never think of passing up Harry Potter, would you? WOULD YOU???

Okay, back on track. John Green as I said is a very talented very witty author. His newest book is Paper Towns, which I just got yesterday (damn you for being slow). I finished reading his second book, An Abundance of Katherines yesterday, and read his first book Looking for Alaska last month. So far Alaska is my favorite, but that’s with only being 75 pages into Paper Towns. I reserve the right to change my mind.

What do I love about John Greens books so much? Hmm…good question. It would definitely be the characters. They are so real and raw. I think teens can really connect with these characters and adults can look at them and see themselves as well. These are not clean cut people. They have issues, they have major problems sometimes, they get into trouble and they are not the innocent people adults want to imagine teenagers are. They drink. They have sex. They swear. They are, in essence real. That may shock some people. To be honest, when I first started reading Alaska I was shocked that it was listed as teen/young adult fiction because of all the drinking, swearing and sex. However, as you read the book, you find that it’s not about any of those things. It’s about these vulnerable people trying to find themselves and trying to deal with life. These books aren’t encouraging the “vices” of the characters. The “vices” are just kind of a back drop to the actual heart of each story. I would highly recommend these books for any person, and for any teen!

Another thing I like about John Green – NERDFIGHTERS!!! In 2007 John and his brother Hank decided to not have any text based communication for the whole year: no email, text messaging, instant messaging, etc. So instead they did daily video blogs to each other. Again, highly recommend you go through each video on YouTube and watch them from the beginning. After the year was over, they decided to still do weekly updates as they had developed this amazing fan base (the Nerdfighters) and many inside jokes and traditions. There are punishments, book discussions, songs and more – all with a nerdy theme!

This coming Friday my fellow Nerdfighter friend Roger and I will travel to Naperville, IL to a book signing with John Green.  It’s going to be totally jokes and made of lots of AWESOME!!  I can’t wait.  He’s also doing a signing in Chicago which I really hope I can get to.  I’m working on a secret project to give to John Green on Friday.  Hopefully I’ll have some pics to post on Monday of this weekend.

PS – I kinda secretly wanted Blue Margo…

October 22, 2008 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Doing my HAPPY DANCE!!!

*do de do de do*  – That’s the sound of my HAPPY DANCE!  Just found out today that my friend Abbey is moving to Chicago!!!  YAY!!  *do de do de do*

This is Abbey.  She’s a Green Bay Packers fan, but I don’t hold that against her 😀

She got an awesome job and is now apartment hunting.  She starts November 1st, so she’s hoping to move down here within the next few weeks!  I’m so excited!  I’ve missed her tons since seminary but sadly we’ve only seen each other 3 times since then, and two of those were this summer.  All I can say is Target better watch out because we’re back and we LOVE the Tar-gét!  Ooo…we’ll have to have Harry Potter parties!  We can go to LeakyCon together next spring…this is gonna be great people!

October 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

This is NOT okay!!!!!!

POO!!! POO!!!! POO!!!!!!

This is NOT okay with me…I am NOT well pleased!  I’ve been looking forward to that!  *sad face*

Stupid money making movie producing bastards.  Who cares if you want more money – I want more Harry Potter!!  Jerk heads…

You know, many many many things in this world would be so much better, so much more pure and enjoyable if money was not involved.  Money always comes in and screws everything up!!!!!  Just think how much better life would be, how much any experience would be enhanced if it wasn’t attached to stupid pieces of green paper type things!

People are in poverty because of money…

People are greedy because of money…

People are spoiled because of money…

People kill over money…

People die for money…

The whole world revolves around it.  Experiences that everyone should be allowed to have and enjoy are not available to everyone because they lack the funds to do it – basic human freakin’ rights!!!!!!

This has gotten way off the topic of Harry Potter…don’t worry, I’m not THAT upset about a movie.  I’m angry, but it’ll pass.  This really has to do with the fact that the world is screwed up and needs to be changed.  Problem is, there’s really nothing that can be done for it.  We live in a messed up world, and it would seem for the time being, it’s the best we can do.

August 15, 2008 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

Wizard Wrock

My good friend Abbey was in town this past weekend for the Terminus Convention – yup, that’s for Harry Potter! I went down to hang out with her on Friday and had an awesome time, helping her look for her dueling partner, cruising through the vendor booths, and going to the Wizard Wrock concert at Reggie’s Rock Club that night to hear some wizard bands. It was a ton of fun, and I hope to be able to go to Leaky Con next spring myself!

At the concert was this guy, Hank Green. He and his brother have this project called “Nerd Fighters.” He sang a couple of his Harry Potter inspired songs. They were awesome. I post here the one called “Accio Deathly Hallows”, written just before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released. Enjoy!

And just for a bit more nerdiness (like I needed it!), here is another of his songs with a Star Trek theme called “What Would Captain Picard Do?”

August 12, 2008 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

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