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fernwithy
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Various things
Oh, my cat is fit to be tied. She had a huge snarl in her ruff, where there was no chance of reaching it herself in normal grooming (just above her breastbone), and it was just getting bigger so I had to comb it out. Combing a matted snarl on a long-haired cat is never going to be a great job for either involved party. Oh, well. I gave her treats, and hopefully, we won't have to do it again very soon.

Looking at the beginning of Order of the Phoenix, Arthur just said "We" persuaded Tonks to join after Harry has asked Sirius, Lupin, Molly, and pretty much everyone gathered about why they aren't spreading the word about Voldemort, so I think it's workable that Arthur brought her into the Order, but she already knew a few secrets ahead of time. After all, there was no need for an Order until Fudge refused to believe about Voldemort. Then it was just scattered people who knew and believed various things. It was Fudge who really created the need for them to get together. So when Arthur went to the Ministry, he would know that there was at least one Auror he could talk to without getting thrown in Azkaban. Yeah. (This is actually the part of fanfic writing that I enjoy as a puzzle--the whole retconning thing. Can X be made to work with Y without breaking the whole structure, or will it come tumbling down around my ears like Janga sticks when you pull the wrong one? Provides suspense. ;p)

I can't seem to get psyched about the Nancy Drew movie, though I loved those books when I was little. (The Secret Of Shadow Ranch was my favorite, for reasons I no longer remember. All I really remember is the girls finding a treasure in an abandoned mine.) Sue-ishness and all, I'd love to see a kick-ass Nancy movie, but the commercials on this one don't really look all that kick-ass, you know? Looks more like a "fit into your peer group on your own terms" sort of thing than, you know, a mystery. Could just be bad advertising, like with Bridge to Terebithia, but I don't have that impression. It's too bad. I think there's a niche for a good old fashioned action-mystery series, if it got the right sort of word of mouth.

I really need to start reading some of the summer reading assignment books. I'm always being asked, "Which of these sounds the best?" and I don't know. They don't tend to be books I'd pick up on my own--just things that appeal to me--and my school sure-God didn't assign most of them. Of course, actually doing it during summer reading would be insane, as we have a large population of kids all trying to get at them because they're required. Sigh. I still can't reconcile with the thought of assigned books over the summer. No wonder they never read for fun--it's treated as an assignment from the beginning to the end, and always associated with schoolwork. When would they bliss out on it?

Got my annual henna tattoo yesterday. Just a little one, because I only sat down for it to get the kids interested and talking to the artist. I had to have it on my right hand, as my cat has decided my left hand (the side that's open when I'm on the computer) is her personal climbing aid, and it's covered with tiny little scratches and punctures. (Yes, I discipline the behavior, but I don't have the heart to do much more than say, "No, Cindy!" since she's mostly just very desperate for constant company.)

I'm very psyched for 7/21. Yes, the new book comes out and I'm glad of that, but we're having a big Potter party at the library, and I'm planning lots of games and prizes. In other words, my geekery is actually proving handy at my job! Yay! And gosh, I'll have to read the book overnight, since one of the prizes is given out in a drawing that you qualify for by guessing what JKR will do about four different questions, and I'll have to know what the answers are before 4:30. It's a sacrifice, but someone will have to do it, you know. :finger halo over head:

However, since the game for a Ravenclaw scarf involves riddling, and I also promised the Teen Council another treasure hunt with riddle clues, I'm going to be spending the next month writing rhymed riddles. I've only done one so far. It scans a tiny smidgen of a bit off, but it's not too bad. Why I couldn't just go find some pre-published riddles is... well, where's the challenge?

Soundtrack: An Evening With John Denver

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alchemine From: alchemine Date: June 16th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
We saw Nancy Drew this morning, and there's definitely a mystery, complete with secret passages and flashlights -- the peer-group scenes only take up about 15 minutes of the total screen time, and the majority of the movie is not set at school. I thought it was cute and fun, and my daughter loved it. However, most of the characters are different from the books (at least as I remember them) so if you're a die-hard fan that might be disappointing.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 17th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, good, I'm glad to hear that!
aiglet From: aiglet Date: June 16th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read a lot of young adult fiction -- what are the books on the list? I might have read some of them...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 17th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
It's mostly not YA lit; most of it is in the "literary" range of stuff, and some I really should read in general, like "Cry, the Beloved Country" or "Things Fall Apart," but don't want to read them until I'm doing so because I'm interested, not because I feel like I ought to. Some of the Massachusetts lists are here. Some of the stuff I have read. Just not enough of it.
sharonaf From: sharonaf Date: June 17th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

RE summer reading

My high school had summer reading, but I didn't find it off-putting. They would give us a list of 25 or so boooks and we had to read two. My mom would go over the list with me and tell me what she liked, and sometimes she'd join me at the library to pick some up. I probably borrowed, on average, 10 of them, then read maybe 8, and then chose my two favorites for the assignment.
Got introduced to some great books that way I'd likely not have picked up otherwise. (Not all recommended by my mother!)
I always was a happy reader, though. Don't know how it would have worked for a reluctant one.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 17th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: RE summer reading

I'm glad to hear it. Alas, many of the summer assignments are moving toward "Read this book" instead of "choose from this list." (I also have a moral objection to assigning work over a vacation. Kids have a right to take time off, same as adults do!)
aebhel From: aebhel Date: June 17th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I must say that the more you tell me about the way kids are taught to read, the more I appreciate my mother's decision to home-school me.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 17th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
The more I see of school, the more I understand why more and more parents are homeschooling. My mom had to do a lot of enrichment work, especially in geography, but at least school could be counted on for the basics.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 17th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
(Also, I learned to read at home, by the accidental home schooling that happens when you have one child in a house with four adults. I picked up reading mostly from my great-grandmother, who had to run her finger under the words to keep her place!)
aebhel From: aebhel Date: June 18th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, I guess that works. Reading was actually really hard for me to learn - even though I'm a complete bookworm now - and I feel awful when I think of the tantrums my mom had to put up with trying to teach me.
hymnia From: hymnia Date: June 17th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
However, since the game for a Ravenclaw scarf involves riddling, and I also promised the Teen Council another treasure hunt with riddle clues, I'm going to be spending the next month writing rhymed riddles. I've only done one so far. It scans a tiny smidgen of a bit off, but it's not too bad. Why I couldn't just go find some pre-published riddles is... well, where's the challenge?

Will you post them here for us to guess (I mean after the party)?

I've written tons of Harry Potter riddles. If you run out of time and need to borrow a few (most are too fandom-ish for your purposes, but a few might work), want to read them and get some ideas, or just want to exercise your Ravenclaw mind by guessing riddles someone else wrote, please take a look.

Another of my favorite 'Claw-ish activities is Harry Potter Tribond.
From: irmwii Date: June 18th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Nancy Drew

I feel the same way about the film. I always pictured Nancy Drew as someone a bit less giggly and squeaky-voiced and more like a tall, slim, blond, incredibly smart, quiet-but-sleek kind of girl, and I always imagined her looking between the ages of 18-21 instead of this Emma Roberts who looks 15. I don't want to see the film because I worry that it'll ruin the books for me, and I absolutely loved the books when I was younger. So I'm keeping my mental image of Nancy Drew, woman of power, and doing my best to ignore this set in modern-day tweenager flick.
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: June 19th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nancy Drew

How old is Nancy in the books? It's been years since I read them, and I thought she was perhaps 16.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 19th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nancy Drew

According to The Secret of the Old Clock, Nancy's "an attractive girl of eighteen." :)
From: irmwii Date: June 19th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nancy Drew

According to The Secret of the Old Clock, Nancy's "an attractive girl of eighteen." :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 20th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nancy Drew

I think Nancy's age was one of the things they changed in the mid-60s revamp; I seem to recall reading somewhere that she used to be a couple of years younger.
From: irmwii Date: June 20th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nancy Drew

A-ha! So we are all correct!
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 18th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)

grooming long haired cats-tip

Many years ago I had a Persian cat which is a breed famous for matting. I read a tip in Cat Fancy that a safe way to break up a mat is to use a seam ripper to cut the mat up into pie shaped smaller pieces. This makes it much easier to comb out and is much safer than using scissors. Before reading that tip I accidentally cut my cat badly when trying to remove a mat and we had a midnight visit to the emergency vet clinic for stitches. Afterward, I always used the seam ripper. The cat didn't like the process any better, but at least she was safe from having her skin cut.

The Goblet of Fire fic is great. I'm really enjoying reading it.

Maureen
springdove From: springdove Date: June 18th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was rather surprised when I finally saw which movie was being advertised after seeing several seconds of the Nancy Drew preview. It was way too modern looking for my tastes. I may or may not ever end up seeing it.

We had assigned reading in high school over the summer, and it was usually the boring books that I was NOT excited about (even though I LOVE reading). The first three years, you had no choice...THIS is what you WILL read. I remember every book: 9th grade was The Old Man and the Sea (not too bad) and Ethan Frome (hated it). 10th grade was Sister Carrie and The Grapes of Wrath. I never actually finished Sister Carrie, but I thought The Grapes of Wrath was pretty good once you got past the really slow...agonizing...first chapter (which I admittedly tried to read while on Valium before my wisdom tooth operation). 11th grade was A Tale of Two Cities and Wuthering Heights. I liked both of those. The summer before 12th grade, I had a list to choose from, but I had to choose at least 1 play and 2 novels from the list. I chose Waiting for Godot, A Room With a View, and Beloved. I began my love affair with Toni Morrison's writings that summer. :)

Looking back, I might have been more excited about summer reading if I'd had a choice, as mentioned in an above comment. Fortunately, the whole thing didn't kill my love of reading. :)
reihla From: reihla Date: June 20th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
"The Secret Of Shadow Ranch was my favorite, for reasons I no longer remember.."

For me it was the horses. Reading that one coincided with the start of my "horse" phase and there was Nancy: riding a cool looking, rearing black horse on the cover.

If you haven't been dealing with matts on a regular basis there is probably hope. For some cats even regular brushing doesn't help. I've shaved many a hopeless unhappy long-hair. If it starts to happen often, especially now during shedding season, you might consider a de-matting comb.

Petsmart's version looks like this:
http://www.petsmart.com/global/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441813618&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302025565&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=2534374302023690&bmUID=1182376833471&itemNo=26&Nao=24&In=Cat&N=2025565&Ne=2
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