desoto_hia873: (Bella)
Bella and I did make it into--and, more importantly, out of--Toronto alive last weekend. We even did it without getting lost. I gave myself tons of extra time and set off clutching Jim's backup cell phone, but it turned out to be a relatively easy trip. The traffic was MUCH lighter than it had been the day before, although we had to search for a parking space that wasn't as far away from the door as Peterborough, we did eventually find one.

We met Bella's half-sister Miso (and Chris, her owner) at the Ontario Toller Booth. Bella and Miso have the same sire and were born just six days apart, but they look very different. Miso looks very much like her dad, and she's taking a long time to grow up, because she also looks very puppyish. Bella, OTOH, seems to resemble her grandsire, who was longer in back and limb. Bella doesn't have her full coat yet, but she's made a good start on it, and no one would have pegged her as the younger one. Which just goes to show: genetics is a crapshoot.

I also discovered that Bella is relatively tall for a Toller. I hadn't thought she was, but she was by far the tallest Toller I saw there all weekend, and she positively towered over the little female who competed in the retriever trials. She's still not all that big--she weighs just 35 lbs.--so I was quite surprised by this.

It turned out that Chris knows the Minneapolis breeder, at least in a virtual sense, and had told her that he'd check out Bella's front assembly. He's shown both his dogs, so Bella got an impromptu lesson from him in dogshow posing:

Bella - Front

Bella, Stacked 2


Because the traffic was so bad on Saturday, I didn't get home in time to bath her before we went back on Sunday, so she doesn't look as fluffy in the photos as she could have done, and her tail looks downright stringy. :-(

By way of comparison, this is Miso:

Miso


Bella is a very good-natured girl and she loves all other dogs, but she's a bit shy about meeting strangers and children. She was a bit nervous at the start of our shift, especially after someone dropped a bucket nearby with a loud bang, but she accepted lots of treats from unfamiliar people and eventually relaxed enough to lie down on the floor and go to sleep. So we both learned something that day: she can hang out in a really weird, echo-y building and not only be okay but well fed, and I can drive to downtown Toronto without my head exploding. I'm calling it a win.

We're repeating the experience this Saturday afternoon at the All About Pets Show. If you're in the neighbourhood, drop in and say hi!

~*~

On a completely unrelated note, someone on one of my email lists "took umbridge [sic]" to something that someone else had written. So now I finally get the play on words that was Dolores Umbridge's name in the Harry Potter books.

I'm a little slow, but I get there eventually.
desoto_hia873: (iSnape)
This is neat. It's a transcript from a chat session between JK Rowling and many of her readers. Lots of questions answered about who's doing what after the series ended and little facts that weren't revealed in the books.

Don't read until you've finished the book, of course. Spoilers galore!
desoto_hia873: (Hogwarts - gforgina)
Finally finished reading it.

Oh. My. God. She got it just right. I can't even count the number of times I cried.

More later when I can find the words. In the meantime, I have a shamefully neglected house to clean.

::sniffles::
desoto_hia873: (Hogwarts - gforgina)
I got it! Went to the local Chapters with Jim, got sorted into Hufflepuff (which is so not right--I'm totally Ravenclaw; but at least they didn't put me into Slytherin like they did Jim :-), entered some trivia contests, got my picture taken with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and had the book in my hot little hands by 12:45.

So far I've read the dedication. I'm kind of afraid to go any further.

::holds breath and dives in::
desoto_hia873: (iSnape)

Deathly Hallows Banner - wicked_visions
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows banner by [livejournal.com profile] wicked_visions

desoto_hia873: (Hogwarts - gforgina)
For those who haven't heard yet, the last installment of the Harry Potter series is scheduled for release on July 21, 2007. I'm both excited and depressed by this. It's always great fun reading another new Potterverse book, but this is the LAST ONE. ::sniffs:: I plan to start rereading the series from the start this weekend so that I'm primed and ready for the it.

Also, there's a very fine pic of Daniel Radcliffe in the buff here. He's going to be appearing onstage in a production of Equus. I'm wracking my brains trying to come up with an appreciative comment on our grown-up Harry that doesn't sound like a dirty old woman lusting over a minor.

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I got nothing. I'll just sit here and drool quietly.

Question

Dec. 23rd, 2006 11:17 pm
desoto_hia873: (Hogwarts - gforgina)
So, J.K. Rowling announced the title of the final Harry Potter book this week. If you want to play the game she set up, go to www.jkrowling.com, click on the eraser, figure out how to open the study door, and play a game of hangman.

Question under cut. So is the title. )
desoto_hia873: (Hogwarts - gforgina)
I saw it this morning. :-)

A friend of my cousin's (well, actually, we have a slightly more complicated history than that, but I won't go into it now) works for the local paper and has access to tickets to press screenings. Knowing that my cousin and I are both HP fans, he got us two passes. Cool.

Can there be such a thing as spoilers for a movie based on a book that's been out for several years?

The jury's still out on that one, but just in case. )

Afterwards, my cousin told me that we *have* to take part in the events of release night for the final book. HAVE to, she said. It's a global thing and she wants to be a part of it, she said.

Heh. Methinks she's just discovered fandom.
desoto_hia873: (Hogwarts - gforgina)
I'd always heard that she didn't like it much, but I found this quote today:

"People will always have a few unanswered questions that they wonder, things about the characters and those things will probably be answered in fan fiction, you know, people get a lot of enjoyment writing their own stories about my characters and good luck to them. If they enjoy it then that's fantastic, and some of it's very good!"

http://www.quick-quote-quill.org/articles/2005/0705-itv-coad.htm
desoto_hia873: (Hogwarts - gforgina)
For those who have finished reading Half-Blood Prince and want to check out an excellent analysis and batch of predictions, take a look at http://www.livejournal.com/users/garlandgraves/3409.html .

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] petzipellepingo for the link.

It's gonna be a long wait until Book 7.
desoto_hia873: (Hogwarts - gforgina)
Finally finished reading.

Spoilers )

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Jul. 20th, 2005 09:45 pm
desoto_hia873: (Effulgent Spike - red_sunflower)
Have made it to p. 304 of Harry Potter. I think I can say, with conviction, that I've never seen so many semi-colons used in one book before.

Teeny spoiler for HBP )

In other news, Dad has made it to Blood Ties in BtVS S5 and called me tonight to ask where Glory had gone. He thought maybe he'd seen the last of her - I don't think he's quite grasped the idea of the seasonal Big Bad yet. He hated the episode Triangle (I rather agree with him on this one - it was a weak episode), but liked Lydia from the Watcher's Council in Checkpoint. I told him that Lydia's thesis is available online (http://www.channelingboards.com/SpikeThesis/) and have just discovered that an updated bound version is available for purchase (http://www.cafepress.com/teaattheford.12070289). Hee - I might have to get a copy of that.

Oh, and his theory for what happens to Buffy at the end of the season? She becomes a vampire. Heh.
desoto_hia873: (Hogwarts - gforgina)
I picked up my copy of Harry Potter yesterday and am almost halfway through it. Part of me wants to slow down and spell it out (spell, heh), while the other part wants to finish it so that I can read what everyone's saying about it. All of me thinks that J.K. Rowling needs to write faster - two years to wait for a book that is demolished in just a few days. And only one more to come! Wah.

Thanks to everyone on my flist who has put spoilers under cuts when posting their thoughts - I remain happily in the dark.

And now, a meme:

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

Usually I come out as an INFJ which, according to this quiz, would be Dumbledore. I must be feeling indecisive today.
desoto_hia873: (Hogwarts - gforgina)
I've been re-reading Order of the Phoenix and am almost done, and in the mood for more! Anyone have any Harry Potter fic recs? Either stories or authors would be great.

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