Sooo … it looks like I might have GPS-type OCD.
Every day is Take Your [My?] Dog to Work Day @ Studio K!!
Here’s my security detail, on-duty & on-edge, as ever …
they don’t call her Crazy [Eyes] Daisy for nothing!
Confession: My daughter is a Potterhead [defined by Urban Dictionary as “an extreme version of a fan of the Harry Potter books”].
True confession: I’ve read only the first Harry Potter book, and seen the movies only spottily.
For this alone, my Potterhead daughter is rather ashamed of me.
But, while I thoroughly enjoyed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as well as the movie slices I’ve seen, and while I’ve got the utmost respect for JK Rowling as a writer and creative genius, and while I’d love to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, fantasy fiction isn’t really my deal.
I’m simply not called to it the way I am some other genres. It’s just not my jam.
So I’m content letting the boy with the lightning-shaped scar be all hers. I’m happy to indulge her fangirl fetishes … her unanswered prayers for a letter from Hogwarts [delivered via owl, naturally], her love of Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood and Bellatrix Lestrange, her sniggering about Snape’s uncrackable countenance, her grief over Dobby the house elf.
Oh – and of course, her relentless ridicule of Voldemort’s serpentine scantiness of snout. [Oh, yes, she found the above meme hilarious.]
And one day, I’ll be just as giddy as a newly-sorted Gryffindor to follow her all around the aforementioned theme park, and let her show me all the pleasures, great and small, of Potterhead-dom.
Harry’s her world. And I’m happy being the proud Muggle mama of a Potterhead girl.
image via buzzfeed.
… but never call them by their American name. 😉
Tuesday Trivia: Apparently, it’s almost impossible for Germans to pronounce the English word “squirrel.”
Watch ten of them try …. then try to pronounce the German word for squirrel, “eichhörnchen.” Turnabout is fair play!!
*No Germans were harmed in the recording of this video, and it’s ok for me to post a video harmlessly poking fun at Germans, as I’m of mostly Germanic descent myself.*
Don’t write off good handwriting yet, y’all! Apparently, penmanship still matters – especially to your brain.
In “What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades,” the New York Times reports that neurologists and psychologists alike are finding new evidence suggesting that the connections between handwriting and broader educational development run deep:
“Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information.”
And – get this – cursive [remember cursive, anyone?] writing and printing look like they might activate separate brain networks and engage more cognitive resources together than printing alone does. But regardless of the letter-loopiness …
“… the benefits of writing by hand extend beyond childhood. For adults, typing may be a fast and efficient alternative to longhand, but that very efficiency may diminish our ability to process new information. Not only do we learn letters better when we commit them to memory through writing, but memory and learning ability in general may benefit.”
Now go write someone a lovely, longhand note!