What are you most excited about doing at the Harry Potter park?
|Eating the food||
|Riding the Hogwarts Journey ride||
|Riding the Dueling Dragons||
|33415 votes in total|
Afternoon everyone. Bookworm Jen it’s so good to hear from you too. I hope you are well. The big changes at work are only a new system in which I download and upload medical dictation. It’s not too difficult, but a definite change in my routine and takes some getting used to.
Oooh, the Broadway shows sound exciting. We get them here in my area quite often. I have enjoyed a few, but would def like to see more. I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July weekend. We always go see the fireworks, but other than that, not sure what the family has planned. =)
Well, I watched the trailer. It gave me shivers down my spine. What I don’t like is that they only give you tiny snippets, and you have no real idea of what you’re seeing. And yes, I know that’s what a trailer is for, to make you ache to see the film NOW, but I just hope hope hope they do this properly.
Jen, it’s good to see you back! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your trip, and your meeting with Mistic! Don’t forget to post the photos soon. Did you get enough books?
I hope all of you in America have a great weekend.
Okay, finally have a chance to get back here to read this page.
Oops, I guess I should have read all the way through before replying – LH, I see you had already mentioned on this page that 9 to 5 had been on Broadway.
The handling of the Priori Incantatum explanation in the movie is yet another detail that has always bugged me. Would it have been so difficult to thrown in a few extra lines to answer what exactly it was? One of the jokes on PotterCast was that for the movie-going audience, Priori Incantatum is the spell that brings dead parents back, since DD says, “Priori Incantatum…you saw your parents, didn’t you?” (or something like that). Overall, though, I do love the trailer. I get goose bumps every time I watch it. I can’t wait to see it on the big screen. I really hope they’re showing it with Eclipse here; I’ve been seeing a lot of comments from people complaining that it didn’t play when they saw Eclipse.
Mistic, I’ll be eager to hear how well that OFF clip-on works for you. I’ve been seeing a lot of commercials and ads for it, and I’m very curious. Sprays and citronella candles never seem to work for me; I’m always eaten alive. If the clip-on works, I’ll be stocking up on it!
Hey Laura! I still have to catch up elsewhere, so you may have already explained, but what is your big river trip? Are you going white water rafting, or something else? Either way, I hope you have a great time! I don’t have any plans for the 4th so far, but the weather is supposed to be beautiful, so hopefully someone with a house and a yard (in other words, either my aunt or my sister, LOL) will decide to host a cookout or something. We usually end up deciding on these things last minute, then scrambling to get everything together. ;)
LH, I’m glad you asked about the Wicked dates; I just went to double check and it’s actually Sept 1 – Oct 17. I’d been thinking it was later in October because that’s when it usually comes to Boston; I think it’s been here twice at the end of the month for me to see it on its anniversary (Oct 30). I do know that there are currently two tours running, and seeing the overlapping dates, we’re apparently getting different casts…we’ll have to compare notes! :) I’ve still never seen CATS – I do like a lot of Andrew Lloyd Webber, but for some reason, that one’s never really appealed to me.
I agree completely with your assessment of The Color Purple; it’s not one I’m dying to see again. And though I haven’t seen Dreamgirls on stage, I didn’t love the movie, so I wouldn’t be overly eager for that one either. I do want to see SHREK, so I hope that makes it way over here. I saw Young Frankenstein last fall (that was one of the tours that opened here). It was okay – another one that I wouldn’t be particularly interested in seeing again. Spamalot is another one I’m not really interested in, but will see if it pops up as part of my susbscription at some point, just to say I’ve seen it. Beauty & the Beast is actually very good. It’s one of my favorite Disney movies to begin with, and I really love almost all of the music added to the Broadway version. That’s one I’d definitely see again.
Overall, my subscription is pretty good this year, other than the first show, which I’m not too happy about – it’s the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. If they wanted to bring the show here, fine, but I don’t feel like it should be part of the “Broadway series” package; it should have been a stand-alone show. (Especially since Mamma Mia! is coming, but isn’t being offered in a package, only individually.) We’re allowed to exchange one ticket per season for a second ticket to a different show. The way it’s worded, they make it sound like you have to take a ticket to a show that’s already part of your package, but I’m going to see if I can get them to let me do Mamma Mia instead. The other 5 shows are: South Pacific, In the Heights, The Lion King, Next to Normal, and West Side Story. South Pacific was the only one I wasn’t that excited for, but since you said it was a pretty good production, I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it.
Whoops…we’re on a new page now! Well, when I refer to “this page” in my previous post, I actually mean page 10…though I’m sure you’d all figure that out on your own, LOL.
Good luck with the new system, Twin2! I always hate getting used to something new. Even if, as you say, it isn’t difficult, it’s frustration to feel like you’re wasting precious minutes as things you used to be able to do quickly take a bit longer.
Hi Asti! I will probably get the picture and book list up tonight. I’m going to start getting ready to head out of work shortly, but I’ll come back on from home later this evening. If I miss you, have a good night, and I’ll talk to you tomorrow! :)
Welcome to Hufflepuff. Long live the bumbling badger of mediocrity.
Sorry to Hufflepuffs out there, but this was pretty funny.
Jen – my river trip is that I’m teaching geology, paleontology, and archeology to 13-16 year olds as we raft down the Green River through Dinosaur National Monument. It’s a 7 days trip, 1 day hiking, 4 days on the river (with some hiking in the afternoons), and 2 days (or at least half days) travel. I’m psyched!!
Asti, thank you very much for your well-wishes. I understand how hard they were to send. Germany playing England was fun to watch, but it would have been hard if USA ended up second in the group instead of England. It would have been painful to see my adopted country trounce my home country.
I am very surprised that the Netherlands beat Brazil. I sure didn’t see that one coming.
Lady Hawke, I had no idea you did ballroom dancing. It looks like you were very much into it with the talk of the shoes and the dresses. Have fun, and I hope your daughter does, too.
Master LEW, can I go on your river trip? It sounds like lots of fun.
Jen, thanks for all of the info on the trailer. The last HP movie I saw was Prisoner of Azkaban transmutilated into German. I have no idea what the movie-only audience knows or doesn’t know.
Deanie, I hope you are having a great 4th of July weekend already.
My family isn’t celebrating the 4th of July. We are civilians, so we can’t go to the US military base to watch the fireworks, and Germans tend to not celebrate the US independence day. They set off their fire works to celebrate the new year.
My sister-in-law has not read Harry Potter because she avoids reading books that are hyped as much as the series has. (She hasn’t read Twilight for the same reason.) I encouraged her to do so in another few years when the hype has died down. In the mean time, I bought second-hand copies of books 1-5 and have been writing notes in the margins. Most of it is pointing out things like how both Dudley and Harry have a “stick” required for school and the reactions to the Smeltings Stick and the wand. I plan to lend her my marked-up copies when she is ready to read them so she doesn’t miss the subtleties that make the books so great.
Jen and Mistic, it’s a great picture, you both look really happy. I love it when the chance to meet occurs. I am still so happy to have met LEW, I know how lucky I was to have the opportunity, living in the UK.
LEW, that sounds like a fun trip. For you as well as the students.
Hermine, that is a really really great idea! I might have to steal it….. I keep trying to get my sister to read HP. No one in my real world understands. If I could only get her interested a little bit…… I am reading the first book to my 7 year old daughter. One way or another, I’ll get myself another fan!
What a surprise result earlier! And….. WIMBLEDON SPOILER……
I was sorry to see Murray go out. Inevitable, I suppose, as Nadal is so so good. But the straight sets win didn’t reflect how well Murray played. Oh well.
I took some time to put together the list of books I picked up at the ALA conference. First, the ARCs (Advance Reader Copies), which were all free (I’ve listed the dates they’re due to be published):
Touch Blue – Cynthia Lord (August 2010)
The Infernal Devices, Book One: Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare (8/31/10)…prequel to her Mortal Instruments series.
Extraordinary – Nancy Werlin (September 2010)… got it signed
Grace – Elizabeth Scott (September 2010) …got it signed
Up from the Blue – Susan Henderson (October 2010)
The Clockwork Three – Matthew Kirby (October 2010)
Beautiful Darkness – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (10/26/2010)…sequel to Beautiful Creatures
Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins (12/2/2010) This is the one I’d mentioned I was looking for; the author is married to Jarrod Perkins of the Wizard Rock band Gred and Forge. I’ve already finished it, and I absolutely LOVED it; it’s a wonderfully sweet YA romance about a girl who is sent to an American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school.
There were definitely fewer ARCs than there’d been at the Midwinter Meeting in January. I’m not sure how much of this is because I arrived so late on Friday; I think they’d already gone through a lot of them by the time I got there. However, there were definitely a lot more author signings, and I picked up many books that have already been released. They usually charge for the books that are already available in stores, but there were a few publishers that were giving away copies. The ones I got are:
All I Ever Wanted – Kristan Higgins…got it signed
Courtesan’s Kiss – Mary Blayney…got it signed
Miss Julia Renews Her Vows – Ann B. Ross…got it signed
The Most Wicked of Sins – Kathryn Caskie…got it signed
Ravishing in Red – Madeline Hunter…got it signed
Thin Rich Pretty – Beth Harbison…got it signed
Also, I was over-the-moon excited to be given How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, How to Ruin My Teenage Life, and How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Reputation by Simone Elkeles. I had gone to the booth looking for an ARC of her next book, Return to Paradise. The rep said they didn’t have any left (Damn my getting there late!), but asked if I had these yet. I was ready to pay for them, since I’d been planning to order them from Amazon anyway, but he said I could have them. Woo hoo!
(Oh, when I picked up the Cassandra Clare ARC, the rep also handed me Holly Black’s White Cat, which I actually already own, but I figured I might as well take it, since it was free. But later a girl in front of me in line for a signing was so excited when she saw I had it that I gave it to her.)
Finally, there are the books that I did pay for…and most of them are actually ones that I already own, but I bought them so I could have them signed. (They sell them at very discounted rates: $8 – $10 for hardcovers and $3 – $5 for paperbacks.) I had thought about bringing my own copies there with me, but figured it would be too much to carry back, with the new books I’d be getting. If I’d known how few ARCs I’d pick up, I probably would have just brought them, but oh well. I’ll either use the unsigned copies as my lending copies or donate them to the library (or, if any of you are interested in any of them, let me know and I’ll be happy to send them to you). So, the ones I already own but bought anyway are:
Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing, and Going Bovine (for which she won this year’s Printz Award)
Simone Elkeles’s Rules of Attraction
John Green’s Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (which he co-wrote with David Levithan; they both signed it)…I actually had the ARC of that from the January conference, so it’s nice to have the “real” book. Oh, I am going to keep my double copies of Paper Towns since my original was the hardcover and this signed one is the paperback – they have different covers and I like them both. But if you want any of the others, let me know.
Jeri Smith-Ready’s Shade
And then the ones I bought to have signed and did not already own:
Captivate – Carrie Jones (She was definitely one of the nicest authors I met…she saw I was from MA and said, “A fellow New Englander; I’m from Maine,” and when I told her my mom lives there now, she gave me her email address and said to let her know next time I’m up there!)
How to Say Goodbye in Robot – Natalie Standiford
Marcelo in the Real World – Francisco X. Stork (Cheryl Klein, continuity editor on HP 5-7, was the editor for this one)
Princess of Glass – Jessica Day George
Tales of the Madman Underground – John Barnes (a Printz Honor book)
Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone – Jeri Smith-Ready
Oh, and I also bought some kids books for my nephews.
So that’s it! Sorry this post is so long. If you want any more details about any of the books, just let me know! And now I’m going to do a quick run-through of the rest of my sites then head off. Talking about all of these books has me eager to go read! I’ll probably write some more tomorrow to talk a bit about some of the actual events I attended at the conference. Have a great night all! :)
P.S. I’m hitting “Submit” with my fingers crossed that I didn’t mess up the italics codes anywhere or this is going to be a mess, LOL!
I’m working a half day today, so I’ve been popping in and out. Did everyone see the teaser poster that was released yesterday? I absolutely love it. It’s a very sad image, but it’s beautifully done. And as people have pointed out, it’s a nice counterpoint to the PS/SS poster, which also showed the castle, with the tag line “The magic begins” and now we have “It all ends here.” Ahhh! It gives me such chills. As I said on the news page, the only complaint I have it that I wish it would have said “Deathly Hallows” instead of just HP7.
Deanie, I’ve just realized that in my excitement over my conference, I forgot to ask – How was your family reunion? I hope you had a great time!
Asti, feel free to steal my idea of marking up your HP books like they are Snape’s copy of Advanced Potion Making. I forget so many things I think about, that it is nice to have a set of books to mark up.
Take heart that England did better against Germany than Argentina did. I fully expected Germany to lose, not win 4-0. I wonder how long the Germans will drive around honking car horns and blowing vuvuzelas. There isn’t much point in putting the kids to bed until the excitement dies down.
I hope all of you American types enjoy the 4th of July. We may be visiting my (German) in-laws because it is supposed to rain, canceling our plans to visit the public pool tomorrow.
I’ll apologize in advance for what will probably be another long post, but I wanted to write a bit about my conference. :)
On the shuttle back to the hotel, the woman sitting next to me noticed my school’s name on my badge and introduced herself – she works at the RI Office of Library and Information Services. So within just an hour or two of arriving, I’d already made my first contact! :) She’ll be a useful person to know, whether it’s just for assistance finding info for a course assignment, or for on-the-job help.
The first program I attended was the Romance panel on Saturday morning. Authors Mary Blaney, Kathryn Caskie, Beth Harbison, Kristan Higgins, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Madeline Hunter spoke for about 10-15 minutes each about their books and what libraries have meant to them, then took questions before setting up for the signing. I got a free book from each of them except Elizabeth Hoyt, who had run out by the time I made it over to her line.
After that was the presentation “Children’s Rights, Parental Demands, and the Librarian’s Role.” I’d thought it would be a lot about censorship and book bans/challenges, but that was only a small portion of it. They talked a lot about children’s rights in terms of privacy and access to information, and how to balance the librarian’s code of ethics – which states that we are to keep patrons’ circulation files and information requests private – with parents’ desire to monitor what their kids are doing. There are definitely some sticky situations, so it was a very interesting discussion.
The final program I attended that day was definitely my favorite. It was about using book trailers to promote and review books…as well as getting kids involved in making their own trailers. There was a great panel, including author Simone Elkeles, who showed two of her own trailers (a touch-in-cheek rap video for Perfect Chemistry, and a movie-like trailer for its sequel Rules of Attraction…they can both be seen at her site http://www.simoneelkeles.net/ if anyone’s interested). There were also 3 librarians who use book trailers in various capacities, as well as a media exec from Random House who talked about how the company now uses book trailers as part of their marketing campaigns.
When that program ended, a girl in the audience called out, “If anyone’s looking for a dinner partner, I’m here alone, and I don’t want to eat by myself again!” Being the shy person that I am, for a moment I considered just sticking to my original plan, which had been to bring some food back to my hotel and relax for the evening, but I realized that this was a perfect opportunity to meet people without having to make the first move, so I went over and found the girl. There ended up being 7 of us, and we had a great time…and one of the women who joined us is actually an author of kids books, Katie Davis. She has one called “Kindergarten Rocks” which I’m definitely going to get for my nephew who’ll be starting in the fall. It was a lot of fun, and because we’re all YA fans, we were all going to the same events the next morning, so I then had a group to sit with. I was very glad that I had joined them!
Wow, okay, this is already getting pretty long, so I think I’m going to stop here now. I’ll continue later! :)
Hi Hermine! I hope you have a good time visiting your in-laws! (Do you get along with them, or will the visit be something you’re not looking forward to?) I didn’t watch the match, but congrats on Germany’s win! :)
Wow Jen, what a wonderful lot of books! Though you’ve made me feel very ignorant… the only authors I’ve heard of are John Green and Simone Elkeles, and I only know of those two due to you and Ava posting about them before! I enjoyed reading about the conference. You obviously got a lot out of it, and well done for joining that girl for dinner!!
Hermine, congratulations to you and your adopted country! I didn’t see the match, I was at work, but I was expecting Argentina to win. And lolololol…. the first thing my DS said to me when I got home was that England did better against Germany than Argentina did! Enjoy listening to the celebrations….. and I hope the little ones sleep eventually!
After a busy day at work, I’m going to relax with the newspaper. I’ll be lurking!
Planning on going to the HP Park at Christmas break. Master Lew, was at StageCoach Park about 2 weeks ago. The Yampa was out of it’s banks, is the Green safe? Especially with kids that age?
Man, Germany is just playing so well this Cup – they’ve been so much fun to watch. I was definitely pulling for them in that game (even though a Argentina win was my last hope at points from my bracket), and they deserved that win. Hermine, I hope you’re able to enjoy some of the celebrations.
Jen, your conference sounds like it was fantastic!! And what a haul! I’m glad you were able to get so much out of it – it’s the way a conference should be!
asti, I hope you’ve been able to have a nice, relaxing evening.
Hi, Izzysgamma, the Green should be fine. We’re past peak flow and the Green is pretty heavily controlled by dams. I was on the Arkansas in early June with kids younger when it was flowing around 3500 cfs and they got through just fine. And we don’t hit any rapids higher than class 3. It should be a great trip!
Hi Master LEW did the Royal Gorge, made it to the Royal Gorge Xz, lost my nerve on the Numbers. Now I happily float on the Lazy River at Water World.
Happy 4th of July to those in the US! :) I can’t believe it’s Leaky’s 10-year anniversary too. It seems like I’ve been coming here forever, but I realize now that it’s only been about 4 years. I didn’t start reading the books until HBP was already out; I finished them in April 2006, and discovered Leaky shortly after that. (I just missed the Memerson April Fool’s joke.) I didn’t discover the poll comments until December of that year, and didn’t work up the courage to jump in and post (outside of a post to answer the actual question, that is) until January 2007. It almost seems silly to remember the dates so clearly, but they turned out to be important milestones for me! LeakyCon registration will be opening this week, and I’m excited to learn what the other two surprises will be. :D
Laura, sorry, I forgot to say that your river trip sounds wonderful! I’ve never been a very outdoorsy person, but I bet that if I’d had opportunities like the one your giving these kids, I’d be much more comfortable with such activities. And even now, I think the trip sounds like a lot of fun, though I’d probably be a nervous wreck, LOL. Have a great time!
Asti, most of the books are YA books, and I actually hadn’t heard of a lot of them beforehand either. I only became familiar with several of them when I saw their names on the list of authors participating in that Coffee Klatch program I attended (the one Deanie said sounded like speed dating – which it was like!). I barely made a dent in the list of books I’d wanted to read so I’d know their work, but I did discover a few that I really liked. I also knew of some of the authors from Twitter. I’ve found it to be a great tool for discovering new authors because so many of them know each other or at least recommend each other’s work. And from following their posts, it feels like I know them, which is a strange feeling since they have no idea who I am. There were a couple of times at the conference when an author would walk by and I’d say hi really excitedly because it felt like I was greeting a friend…before realizing that it was an author that I don’t actually “know”. Everyone was very friendly though; I didn’t get a single strange look, just “Hi” back! :)
Hi Izzysgamma! Welcome to our little corner of Leaky! As you may have noticed, we tend to go off topic here. ;) Hope to see you stop in again! :)
Welcome back Izzysgamma. It’s been a while since you posted here. Or did I miss a few? ;)
BW Jen I am soooooo glad your conference met your expectations! Will this send you back to school with a new purpose? ;)
Master LEW, Have fun on your trip. And don’t dose the kids into unconciousness. (jk) ;)
Major “intestinal upset” here. Off to tend to it. ;)
Hi Deanie! Yes, I’m even more excited to return to school, and I will now have a more definite purpose – the conference helped me to really cement my desire to work with teens. I’ve been wavering a lot, thinking that I might enjoy working with young kids more, even though I really love YA lit. But after being at the conference and realizing that the programs I was loving, the books I was getting excited to pick up, the authors I was most eager to meet, and the people I was clicking with were all YA-related, I’ve acknowledged that I’ll be most passionate about a job working with teens and dealing with these books on a regular basis. I do have to keep my options open because the job market is so tough in the field right now, but at least as far as school, I can make the rest of my course work as YA-focused as possible. :)
Feel better, Deanie.
Master LEW, there are supposed to be fire works at a military base nearby, but I don’t have a military ID to get on base. It gets dark so late that they probably won’t shoot them off until about 10:30 pm, anyway.
Jen, the rain cleared out by about 9 am and the kids were not showing signs of cabin fever, so we stayed home and caught up on house-cleaning and baked cookies. After naptime we went over to visit some friends on the spur of the moment and had a great time.
Off to send my dryer Patronus to tame the Diaper Dementor.
*Jen,I I think it’s great that you’re certain of the area in which you want to work. A lot of teenagers, especially boys are so anti reading, thinking it’s geeky, boring and uncool. (I know, I have one, and I despair.) My own passion won’t tempt my son to read. Perhaps if he were in contact with a figure of authority, as you will be, he would be inspired. I wish you luck! (………and I remember the exact date I plucked up the courage to post here for the first time, and met you all!)
Deanie, sorry to hear you’re poorly :(
Hermine, what a lovely way to describe the laundry!!! I hope your Patronus is strong!
Hi, LEW, yes, I did thanks!
Happy 4th of July Leaky friends in the US!!
BWJen – I loved hearing about your conference. It is amazing that you can pick up all these books for free and getting an author to sign them is such a BONUS.
Hate fireworks… :( People could blow their eye, fingers, toes, hair out. :( :(
My neighbors have no such fear. They are currently starting the third world war outside. They have so much ammunition. The dogs are horrified. I have Chino hiding his head behind my back and the other dog is at my feet. The cat is hiding with Pete
upstairs. Sigh. The Pets think the world is ending. I don’t blame them. :(
I’m back at work for another half day, running the 4th of July sales updates. So far, we’re not doing as well as everyone had predicted we would. Hopefully yesterday was a big day.
This afternoon I’ll be going to my aunt’s house for a cookout. As I’d hoped, they decided at the last minute to throw something together. I think they’ve done this for several years now, so it would be a disappointment if they didn’t do it, even though every year they don’t “decide” until pretty much the day before, LOL.
It’s the day after the 4th but we still have plenty of people here. I will have to say that our fireworks display was one of the best I have ever seen. The only down side is it sure left a mess in my yard and the back field. Little pieces of paper everywhere. We will have to clean off our roofs too. It sounded like rain coming down on the garage. The person who set them off sure knew what he was doing.
We didn’t have to call the police this weekend so things went pretty smoothly. I know I am very tired from all the extra hours we have spent at the store.
Jen I enjoyed your recap of your conference. Just think how you have changed. You would never have met up with strangers for dinner a few years ago. See how enjoyable it was. People who have common interest never have to wonder what to say to each other. Lol
MM My dogs feel the same way about the fireworks. They spent the evening under the beds. Lol Poor babies.
Master Lew I hope you enjoy your trip down the water. It sounds like a lot of fun even though it will be work involved.
Hermine For some reason I thought your DS was in the service and you were stationed in Germany.
Twin2 Good luck with figureing out the new program. They always think they have improved the way a program operates. In some cases it’s true but in others, it just makes the work take longer.
I guess I’m just getting too old. I understand baseball, basketball, and enough football to follow the games but I just don’t understand socker. I was lost at every game I attended for the grandkids and was lost at the games I watched for the World Cup. Lol
Much better, thanks. ;)
BW Jen, When we were doing our regular grocery shopping at midnight Sarturday there were a bunch of people picking up hotdog rolls and hamburger buns, both at Kroger and Wal-Mart. Perhaps your sales were just as delayed. It seems that people were not planning in advance as much. ;)
Off to check in elsewhere and to see what else has been brought in. We are having “pot luck” here all day, since we have to be here, but don’t expect to be busy. As the organizer put it,“We’ll just graze all day”. ;)
I made a big post here last night. I made specific posts to lots of people. Where did it go?
Well, the DS is up so now I don’t have time to try and reconstruct it.
Have a good day all!