I sorted into Hufflepuff!

Hufflepuff! I sorted into Hufflepuff! That’s what I get for answering the questions on Pottermore honestly. Hufflepuff!

When Pottermore first started a few years ago I signed up, but never got around to being sorted into a Hogwarts (Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry) house. So I figured I would finally give it a try today and I got sorted into Hufflepuff! Yes, yes, everyone likes Hufflepuffs and they are loyal, patient, fair, hard-working, and true and even J.K. Rowling says she likes the Hufflepuff house the best, but that’s coming from a woman who was sorted into Gryffindor. Once you are sorted into a house the Pottermore site does not let you change, so once a Hufflepuff, always a Hufflepuff. Some famous Hufflepuff’s include: Helga Hufflepuff, Nymphadora Tonks, Cedric Diggory, and Newt Scamander. But why did Helga Hufflepuff pick a badger for a house mascot and the house colors of canary yellow and black? Sigh.



I was also sorted into the Ilvermorny (Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry) house: Horned Serpent. Which was “Named by Isolt Sayre after the great horned river serpent that has a jewel set into its forehead; Horned Serpent house is sometimes considered to represent the mind of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Horned Serpent favours scholars. The house traits are: Represents the mind. Favours scholars”.


My wand is: Elm wood, dragon heartstring core, 12 ½” in length, and brittle flexibility.


And my Patronus is: Black Mare

They say it’s your birthday…

Today is my birthday! The evil twin’s birthday too. And it was my Grandmother Kay’s birthday too. So a very good day.

An amazing photo by Ben Cooper of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent my friend Paul with the start of my birthday. Thanks Paul!

New book review published

New book review published: Alec Ash’s “Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China”. Library Journal, March 1, 2017, Vol.142(4), p.95. This is book review #125!!!

With this book review, I have been reviewing books for Library Journal for over 10 years!

The bad back returns!

I once had a student worker that sneezed and threw out her back. She was crying on the floor behind the circulation desk when I found her. It was one of the saddest and craziest things I have ever seen. How could someone be in that much pain due to a sneeze? Sadly, due to the car accident/incident back in Paris in 2013 now I know. No idea how I threw out my back this time, as its been well over a year since its been this bad and this painful, but my guess is that its one of those perfect storm situations: chiropractor appointment on Monday, lots of stress last week and the beginning of the week, more than normal walking on Wednesday and Thursday, flying on Thursday, lifted a chubby cat or two, extreme swollen foot and walking slightly weird the past few weeks, coughing, etc. It all added up and left me in extreme pain on Friday. Luckily I was able to get into the chiropractor this morning and am going back in a few days, so until the pain and swelling diminish I am canceling as many things as possible, as walking, driving, sitting, and just living is difficult. Sadly with a back injury you just never know what will set off your back and disrupt your life.