Japan Haul

Hi Beans! 

Here are some of my favorite things that Andrew and I brought back from Japan! 


First things first, Gudetama. He was a little capsule toy and he hangs on our fridge. We really love his butt crack.


Pikachu dressed like MARIO! He’s so cute and perfect and we happened to be in Japan on the day he released.


You didn’t expect us to just get Mario? Of course not, his brother is incredible. 

 


My Hakuhodo brushes. My prized possessions. So prized that I can’t handle using them. It’s a sickness. 

My Japanese Harry Potter books! I only got 1-3 because I didn’t want to carry back more than that. I also got Quidditch Through the Ages, Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Tales of Beetle the Bard.


My Totoro music box! This is one of my favorite things in the world. LISTEN!


And last but not least, never least, the most incredible perfect thing to have ever entered my life…


Mr. Wah-seebs himself. My one true love. 

I MISS JAPAN LET’S GO BACK AND NEVER COME HOME OKAY?

P.S. I know I’m a day late. Punish me if we’re still doing that. 

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Happy Belated Birthday

To 2 of my favorite people, Harry Potter and JK Rowling!

Hi Steffi! Their birthday was on Sunday and we spent the first few minutes of the day together at the Cursed Child book release. It was a sort of lackluster evening (mostly due to the butterbeer that was only beer and no butter), but we spent it together. Here’s some celebratory Harry Potter things that I find awesome. Click the photos for links!

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Escape from Privet Drive is a virtual race. It’s 50 miles from Surrey to King’s Cross. I’m thinking about registering so I can reap the benefits of this, fitbit and PokemonGO at the same time. Efficiency.

-Karabean

Reading update: I got to 19% through TNofW

Nerdfighteria

Good Morning Karabean,

I’m sitting on your couch right now. Meta.

Last night we went to a Hank Green concert. It was like this:


We got to the concert and took this adorable but grainey picture.


This picture was taken just after giving WheezyWaiter a high five.


Then, we saw this incredible musician play on an eightstring guitar. It was possibly one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard. Every one of us had our mouths open – entirely dumbfounded by what he could do. His name is Rob Scallion and he’s on YouTube. He was also the drummer for two other bands that night.


Then we wrocked out with Harry and the Potters. I’ve forgotten how incredibly wonderful and fun their shows are and how awesome the community that surrounds them is. I won’t forget that again and I can’t wait to go to another show!


Then Jon Watson showed up and I felt personally attacked.


And then we saw Hank. And it was wonderful. 

We were sitting in the back, of course, like old people and it felt so good seeing this new generation of Nerdfighters signing every word back to Hank. That used to be us. We used to be in the front row – singing back every line. And it was heartwarming to know that although Nerdfighteria has changed – it’s still good. 

And as they say in our hometown,

Don’t forget to be awesome.

25 Things Every HP Fan Did Before Deathly Hallows Was Released

Hi Steffibun,

Last night I saw Andrew Sim’s post from Buzzfeed “25 Things Every Harry Potter Fan Did Before Deathly Hallows Was Released” and I said YASSS to so many of them I wanted to show you with my own pictures.

#1. You obsessively reread every book, combing for information you might have missed on the previous read through.
This is obvious.

#2. To the point where all your books looked like this.

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I barely dare open this one because the spine has split.

#3. Midnight book releases were your jam.
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#5. And you definitely slept on the street at least once for a movie premiere, if you were close enough to one.

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Order of the Phoenix movie release

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Half-Blood Prince movie release

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Deathly Hallows Part 1 movie release

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Deathly Hallows Part 2 movie release

#6. Your bedroom was wallpapered with posters from the films.
Cue Harry Potter wall from baby Kara’s bedroom!
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#7. In fact, your whole room was a shrine dedicated to the series.

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Yes I hung a wand from my ceiling.

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I took a 6 foot holographic poster from a theater.

#8. You’d spend hours clicking through J.K. Rowling’s website trying to find clues.
This was my life during Christmas break!
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#9. And Mugglenet was your homepage so you’d be up to date 100% of the time.
It is still my homepage..
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#10. Movie marathons were a common occurrence at your house.
Correction, they ARE.

#11. And of course, you’d accompany the films with themed snacks.
We made pumpkin pasties and butterbeer for our Harry Potter class in college.

#12. You bought any kind of merchandise you could get your hands on.
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#13. You spent hours assembling intricate Hogwarts Lego sets.
No. But playing the Lego Harry Potter games, yes.

#15. You frequently visited dumbledoreisnotdead.com, reading so far into every theory that came along.
Also the unplottables LiveJournal.

#16. You got super into role playing on various online forums.
Hogwarts Is Home LiveJournal!! Also, Neopets guilds, so many Neopets guilds.
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#17. After Half-Blood Prince came out, you theorised non-stop about Snape’s loyalties.
Whilst in tears.
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#18. You spent a lot of time writing or reading unhealthy levels of fanfiction.
Harry Potter and the Amulet of Time! ❤

#19. You listened to Mugglecast so much that you got to the point where you considered Andrew, Ben, Kevin, Eric, Micah, and all the rest of the gang to be your friends.
They’re all I listened to during long vacation car rides to Mexico and California.

#20. If you lived in the right area, you went to all the fan conventions.
Or not, I went to one in Florida.

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LeakyCon 2011

#21. And if you lived too far or your parents didn’t let you go, you’d just look at photos on the internet and be sad.
I remember when I missed out on Azkatraz.

#22. You made so many online friends who shared your undying love for the series.
Just friends in general. You know who you are.

#23. If you weren’t in a Wrock band, you sure listened to a lot of it.

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Harry & the Potters concert 2013

#25. But mainly, your time was spent waiting impatiently for the next book release, so you could devour it in a few hours and repeat the whole cycle.
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Sorting Disorder

Hi Steffi,

I’m still reeling in my results from taking the sorting hat quiz again last night. I mean, how does one identify as a Hufflepuff and somehow get this:

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And you in Ravenclaw, TWICE? I took it again today and I was sorted into Ravenclaw too. Again. But since I’m a Huffleclaw, I guess this is alright. When will the universe agree with me that I’m a Hufflepuff dammit.

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Who else has taken this irreparable test? What absurd result did you get?

Happy Christmas, Ron!!

Hello Karibbean and Cheese, 

I didn’t post anything yesterday. Why? Because it was Christmas and I have a moral obligation to not do anything on Christmas. It’s against my religion to do anything other than relaxing and eating. Which is precisely what I did! 

I was also very spoiled this year (which happens every year) and I was given some unbelieveably thoughtful gifts. 

  First, my Nespresso. I’ve wanted this since we went to Hilary’s and we tasted the sweet lifeblood that is made from this machine. My mommy was so kind to get me this! 

  Second, these amazing freshwater pearls my mommy gave me. She nailed it this Christmas. I just wish I had had these on my wedding, they would have been so beautiful. But I will find more than one excuse to wear them!
  
Mule mugs and Lush box from my momma and I got Loop Inc. for Mr. Pants.

  
Andrew’s dad got me the Hogwarts Library! I have all the books separate but this collection is incredible. 

  
Andrew got me the illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (!!!!) and my momma got me the HP coloring book.

  
Last, but certainly not least, my mommy-in-law got me one of the best presents of all: a black Santa. She knows me so well. 

I hope you had a wonderful, amazing, relaxing Christmas, my Keddah, and I can’t wait to hear what Santa brought you this year! 

To the furthest star and back!

DIY Harry Potter Wreath

Hi Steffi, I accomplished some goals this weekend! I pretty much ignored what I normally do/need to do on the weekend and I spent my time doing only things that I could cross off my list. Here’s what I did!

#87. Make a wreath
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Thanks for the ideas pinterest! Here’s how I made it:

20150926_131659Materials! I got this stuff for less than $20 and I already had the glasses, time turner, etc.

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I cut strips of tulle about 2 feet long.

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I tied the strips of tulle all the way around, alternating colors.

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I put some craft glue on the backside to keep the tulle from undoing and sliding around the foam ring. It dries clear!

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I put all the details on with craft glue and some sewing pins. TADA!

I also completed:

#63. Make a homemade pizza
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#69. Make a dessert in the crock pot. Slow cooker chocolate lava cake
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#80. Use a face mask
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Other things I was able to cross off recently:
#41. Make a fungeon. This was “man cave” before but our fungeon is so much cooler.
#56. Make a light box
#59. Floss everyday for a month
#60. Rewatch Lost
#65. Keep up a regular workout schedule
#79. Get a massage
#84. Go to a beach
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I’m now over halfway done with just under a year to go!

End Date: August 23, 2016
Progress: 54/101

Goals to be completed next:
#8. Read a new book every year. Just one more to go!
#11. Make 10 recipes from pinterest. (8/10)
#15. Try 5 new foods (4/5)
#23. Start a pay it forward in a coffee drive thru
#28. Have a Hunger Games movie marathon
#68. Go to 3 states we’ve never been to. (I’ve never been to Nevada!)
#86. Try quilling