Friday, July 13, 2007

Harry Potter Trivia

This seems to be the month of Harry Potter with the New book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) coming out & the Newest movie hitting theaters this week (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)). I haven't had a chance to go see it yet, hubby working LONG hours. I'm thinking I might want to wait a few weeks anyway & let all the hoopla die down. I wanted to re-read the book, but not sure if I will have time. I found some fun Harry Potter trivia. If you are a fan, I challenge you to make a layout about HP! There are some great free fonts out there too.

Enjoy these Harry Potter facts (mental floss):

* Many of the dates used in the Harry Potter books have holiday significance. Harry's birthday is July 31, just like J.K. Rowling's. The young wizard's parents were killed on Halloween, and godfather Sirius Black was incarcerated at Azkaban the following day. Tom Riddle was born on New Year's Eve 1926, and the mischievous Weasley twins – Fred and George – were born on April Fool's Day.

* Author J.K. Rowling has seen both sides of plagiarism cases involving her most famous character. In 2002, author Nancy Stouffer accused her of stealing her character, Larry Potter, from a 1984 book titled The Legend of Rah and the Muggles, but the case was thrown out of court after the judge determined that Stouffer had falsified evidence to back her claims. But only one year later, Rowling and her publisher successfully sued a Dutch publisher trying to push a book about a young female wizard named Tanya Grotter.

* Rowling was once a single mom on Welfare, but earlier this year, Forbes placed her estimated net worth at $1 billion, behind only Oprah Winfrey. The combination of the new book and the pending movies may well help her reach the top of their list of "The Richest 20 Women in Entertainment." Rowling is the only full-time author on the Forbes list, and is thought to be the only author in history to exceed the $1 billion mark. The success of the books has also helped the companies associated with the brand, from Scholastic (the books) to Mattel (the toys) and Warner Brothers (the films). Each has earned hundreds of millions of dollars thanks to the popularity of Harry Potter.

* The timeline of the Harry Potter book series is now ten full years behind "real time." Based on other dates in the book, Harry was born in 1980 and started school at Hogwarts in 1991. The pending book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is set in 1997 during Harry's final year at Hogwarts. (Coincidence or not, the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was first published in 1997.) If Harry were alive today, and if he were real, he'd be preparing to celebrate his 27th birthday at the end of this month.

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-6)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Throwback Thursday

DC Madam List of Names and Phone Numbers

Had to post on the topic, I still cannot believe that the list was allowed to be released. I can understand why Deborah Jeane Palfrey didn't want to be the only one going down. Especially when she dealt with high profile politicians. There is a great article on Palfrey at the Washington Post.

Miz Julia was the pseudonym for Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the woman at the center of a sex scandal that has caused a deputy secretary of state to resign and has lawyers calling around town trying to keep their clients' names out of public view. A one-time law student, Palfrey ran for 13 years what she insists was a legal escort service. Federal prosecutors allege she was providing $300-an-hour prostitutes, and a grand jury indicted her in February on federal racketeering charges.

Palfrey piqued fascination -- and anxiety -- by first threatening to sell phone records that could unveil thousands of clients, and then handing them over, apparently for free, to ABC News.

Here are the actual phone numbers on DC Madam's List. Deborah Jeane Palfrey also has a list of files on her website that has a more complete list of client phone numbers.

Could you imagine being on that list? I still cannot believe I judge released the gag order. I'm actually impressed with him for having the guts to do it. I feel bad for the woman that had cheating husbands and had to find out that way. How very sad!

Slow Cooking Thursday

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This is our favorite Slow Cooker Recipe.

2lbs Beef stew meat
5lbs potatoes, cut in chunks (we prefer red)
2tsp salt
1 packet Lipton Onion soup mix

Mix all ingredients in 4 or 6 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook at setting #3 (low) for 7 to 9 hours or at setting #5 (high) for 3 to 4 hours until meat and vegetables are tender. (Stir stew several times throughout cooking time.)

Of course use what vegetables you like. We are a bit on the picky side. Some short cuts we use is we buy frozen Stew vegatables from Kroger & then just add more potatoes & onions.

When my husband starts cooking the beef, he coats it in flour also which adds a bit of thickness to it. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Hurry, Run on over to Shak in Style to enter this great contest!

Then head over to The FlipFlopMamma blog to win a book!

Cool Link ~ Eco-Calendars

Since I was little, I always felt the need to protect our environment. My causes were always Environment related or Animal Related. I was a member of Peta at a very young age, lol. I have to admit that I slacked some in past. I got married at 19 & had my first baby at 19. My early twenties were basically spent on learning how to be a wife & mom. I did continue to do my part with recycling, etc. I do have to admit in the Apartment years when I didn't have a water bill, I did get a bit lazy with turning off the water while brushing & very long showers, lol. Now that I am getting close to my thirties, I am back to doing everything I can. Thanks to Al Gore, people are finally taking a stand & doing something. There are so many great resources now to learn tips, ideas, etc, just in blogs alone! One thing that I am really trying to focus on right now is teaching my kids. My kids have learned nothing in school about ways to help the environment. I still remember being taught at school to turn off the water while brushing & going home & bugging my parents to do that, LOL. I was reading a blog today, Keetsa blog and they had a great link up for kids. Eco Kids has a great set of downloadable Eco-calendars! They are perfect for teachers or parents! The calendars are filled with environmental facts, dates, riddles and games for kids everyday! I'm printing July & August right now!

Here are a couple of other great blogs I check out:

No Impact Man
Green Beings

Book Review - Step on a Crack

I just finished Step on a Crack by James Patterson. The only books I have ever read by James Patterson were the Women's Murder Club {which I love}, so when I heard he had a new Series out I wanted to start reading it from the start. I actually read one of the Alex Cross books, but it was out of order & I didn't realize it. I hate reading out of order, so that full series is in my TBR file. Anyway, so I just got the book from the library. It is very good. One thing I have noticed about Patterson is he very easily kills of people. This book was very interesting, had a great plot, wonderful ending! It was also so very sad. The main character is married and has 10 foster kids. His wife is currently dying of cancer. OMG this book was just so sad. The character is very likable & the kids seem wonderful. It was actually a hard read for me, maybe because my grandparents both died of cancer & my mom has it as well. It is a very touching book though & if there are more in the series I will read them. If you click on the Amazon banner, you can get a full book description!

Works for me Wednesday

I honestly didn't know what I was going to post about. My house is in shambles right now, so I am not exactly the organized person I'd like to be, lol. Then as I was surfing the web, I realized that I had a great item for Works for me Wednesday! Since this is done on a blog & all the readers blog, I realized that a lot of people do not know about Bloglines. This service has been amazing for me. I read a ton of blogs & I used to waste so much time checking my bookmarks. This has all my blogs & rss feeds in one spot. I can even save my favorite ebay searches! It is easy to use, free & it does all the work for me!

If you are interested in more great tips, check out Rocks in my Dryer.

Previous Works for me Wednesday ~

Using a cooler for kids on the go

Harry Potter Pre-Order & Will Harry die?

If you haven't pre-ordered Harry Potter yet, Amazon has a pretty amazing deal. It is only $17.99. If you want it guaranteed on time, just pay $3.99 shipping. Also if you pre-order though, they are givinga $5 Amazon GC in August! Pretty cool! I'm not sure what I want to do with this book. If Harry dies, I don't think I can read it. I'm thinking about waiting for spoilers. I know it seems silly, but I just don't think I can read if Harry dies. Part of why I love these books so much is, the underdog is finally winning. Harry loses his parents, has to grow up with awful relatives, gets made fun at school, but he always prevails. I think it gives kids hope & I can't imagine what those kids will feel if he Dies. Hmmm, will have to think about what to do over the next couple weeks :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Check out this great blog! They are also having a contest :)

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Jennifer Crying Over Her Picture

Ten on Tuesday

10 Favorite Things This week's topic is 10 of your favorite things, and to make it a little more interesting, let's see some photos, whether it's photos that you've taken yourself or that you've found on the internet.

1. My Baby Girl

2. My Princess

3. My Husband

4. Cheese Pizza with Mushrooms

5. Chocolate Truffles

6. Scrapbooking

7. Reading

8. The Beach

9. TV

10. Internet

Making Money Doing Surveys

I've been a member for a long time with this company. I have gotten quite a bit of money, plus products to try out. I just did a really long survey & checked out my 8 week history & just the past 2 months, I have already cashed out $20. You can cash out with just 1,000 points which equals $10. You can also earn points for referring friends. Go check it out, here!

Tackle it Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme
My tackle it Tuesday deals with my dreaded Kitchen table that I want to get clean for my Saturday Habits. I've been working on it some, but we have been having 100 degree weather with NO air conditioning, so I just haven't felt up to doing it. We are supposed to have some thunderstorms & that should break the weather, so that is my Tackle/Goal for this week!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Tyson goes Antibiotic Free

I am a Vegetarian, have been since 7th grade. My husband & kids still eat meat though, so I am very happy to see this today:

Tyson goes antibiotic free for fresh grocery chicken
Tyson Foods, the nation's largest producer of chicken, announced last month that it has begun to produce all of its fresh chicken free of antibiotics and is selling the chicken in grocery stores under a "Raised Without Antibiotics" label. An estimated 70 percent of all antibiotics used in the United States are regularly added to the feed of livestock and poultry that are not sick—a practice with serious consequences for our health. Bacteria that are constantly exposed to antibiotics develop antibiotic resistance. This means that when humans get sick from resistant bacteria, the antibiotics prescribed by doctors don't work.

UCS applauds Tyson's decision as a step in the right direction for public health. This announcement also presents a great opportunity for fast food-companies like Burger King to adopt strict antibiotic use policies for their meat suppliers. Take action now by signing our petition to fast-food companies!


A couple weeks ago I got a FedEx delivery. I couldn't figure what they would be. I opened it & I found out I won a Scrapbooks, Etc Contest! How cool is that. I had to sign an affidavit that they could print my name, I got that out the very next day, lol. I won $125 worth of Adhesive, $75 Amazon Gift certificate & $102 worth of books. Too cool! About a week later, I got the box of my books. There was a bunch of scrapbook titles & 1 cookbook.

Then today in the mail I got a package from Yahoo Answers. I got this cool tote bag. I participated in the big Environment Question & Answers that they did a few months back. I thought I was getting a CFL for getting a best answer, but I haven't heard anything more about that. I {heart} this tote bag though. I want to switch most of my grocery shopping to bags like this. I bought 3 really nice ones from Farmer Jack for .99 each before they went out of business, now to just remember to bring them!

Book Reviews: Erica Spindler

I had bought the book See Jane Die by Erica Spindler at a garage sale, I believe last summer. I finally got a chance to sit down & read it a few weeks ago & I loved it! I looked up her website & saw that there was a follow up book that had "Jane's" sister as the main character, Killer Takes All. I checked that book out at the library. It was also very good. If you like a good mystery, check these books out! I'm about to read one of her first books now {Red}!

From Publishers Weekly
Jane Killian almost dies when she's run over by a motor boat in the opening pages of the latest mildly entertaining but formulaic romance thriller by Spindler (In Silence; Dead Run; Bone Cold; etc.). This disfiguring event still haunts Jane, even though extensive surgery has reclaimed her beautiful face and she's married to "smart, charming and James Bond handsome" plastic surgeon Dr. Ian Westbrook. Then one of Ian's patients, Elle Vanmeer, is found dead in a hotel room, and Dr. Ian becomes the chief suspect after an initial investigation by Dallas police (led by none other than Jane's sister, ball-busting detective Stacy Killian). To make things worse, an unknown stalker begins sending Jane notes indicating he's the guy who ran over her with the boat—"I did it on purpose. To hear your screams"—and now he's back to finish the job. More women are found dead, and even Jane herself has moments of doubt about her husband's innocence. There are other suspects; in fact, virtually every male character at some point appears to be the guilty party. Plucky Jane takes it on herself to prove Ian's innocence, and with help from her dog, Ranger, and sister Stacy she unsurprisingly succeeds. All of Spindler's suspense novels are stylistically rooted in her romance-writing past and should be enjoyed as such. Serious suspense/thriller readers are advised to look elsewhere.
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Killer Takes All was awesome. I know nothing about Role Playing Games but this book was so interesting. I especially liked the Alice in Wonderland theme. This is such a great book. Here is the description:

The White Rabbit beckons you to follow him, down the rabbit hole, into his world. He’s a deceiver, a trickster. You won’t know what is truth and what is a lie. He aims to best you. Beat you. And when he does, you die.

A friend’s brutal murder turns former homicide detective Stacy Killian’s life upside down. Unwilling to trust Spencer Malone, the overconfident New Orleans detective assigned to the case, Stacy is compelled to return to the investigative role she had fled.

The investigation leads Stacy and Spencer to White Rabbit, a cultish fantasy role-playing game. White Rabbit is dark, violent — and addictive. As the body count mounts, they find themselves trapped in a terrifying game that’s more real than life and death. Because anyone can die before the final moment when White Rabbit is over . . . and the killer takes all.

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