Harry Potter is Back?

Harry Potter, although, aging, is back in a new short story by JK Rowling.


The 1,500-word story, published on the writer’s Pottermore website, describes the now 33-year-old Harry as having “threads of silver” in his black hair.

A fictional gossip column written by Harry Potter journalist Rita Skeeter in the Daily Prophet says he continues to wear his glasses that she says are ‘better suited to a style-deficient 12-year-old’.


Skeeter writes: “One always hesitates to invade the privacy of young people, but the fact is that anyone closely connected with Harry Potter reaps the benefits and must pay the penalty of public interest.”


The fictional gossip column says Ron Weasley, has aged less well with his ginger hair “thinning slightly”. His wife Hermione, Harry’s wife Ginny, and their children all feature in the story. Ron entered into employment within the Ministry of Magic alongside Harry but left two years later and suggests he could even have a mental illness. [!!!!!]

Harry Potter



Rowling also gives fans a hint of Harry’s new life by describing a mysterious cut over his cheekbone which signifies his work as an Auror.



J.K. Rowling

Go to Pottermore here.


A Time in History



Here are some pictures from yesterday’s historic moment when the Bartholomew County clerk started issuing marriage licenses to anyone who wanted one – including same-sex couples!


























If you support marriage equality in the state of Indiana, please click the link below to sign a petition that will be sent to Attorney General Zoeller. 

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Jason Sudekis & the World Cup

Ummm….this is hilarious. 


and there’s Jason Sudekis. *geek swoon*


If you haven’t seen this, watch it now. 


If you have, I apologize for re-posting old material…I’ve been in Mexico with no communication for 10 days. Watch it again anyway…it’s too funny!


(and yet it hits a little too close to home in how some people feel about soccer in the US.)


For the record: I love the World Cup and Soccer. I also love Hockey, which is just as much misunderstood as soccer in Indiana/Midwest. Go figure. :)


My “Chopped” Challenge judging experience…

OK folks…I have a confession to make…

I love the Food Network/Cooking Channel/any food tv show. 

Seriously. I will totally eat a meal while watching whatever is on Food Network hoping my food would taste like what they are making… (I think Jim Gaffigan did a stand up bit about this…haha)

OK- so now that confession is out of the way, needless to say you can understand my excitement when Dan and I were asked to be JUDGES for a local “Chopped” competition. 

This competition? At our friend’s house. The Chefs? Still in Elementary School! 

Meet Carson and Leyton. These young aspiring chefs blew us away with a wonderful dinner last night “Chopped” Style! 2014-06-23 19.44.35

Last night was their 3rd “competition.” This all started when Michelle (Leyton’s Mom) was going to prepare stuffed peppers for dinner, but Leyton wasn’t all into that. Michelle came back with a “How about you make dinner then.” And that’s exactly what Leyton and Carson did- they took the ingredients for stuffed peppers and made it into a casserole that was more to their liking. Needless to say this started something…and I wanted to see it for myself!

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Michelle (Mom) explaining the rules.

Here’s how it worked: Mom brings in a bag of mystery ingredients. Carson and Leyton had 5 minutes to discuss their plan of attack after seeing ingredients and then 50 minutes for dinner (same for the dessert round, except they only had 25 minutes). Much like the show, they had access to the “pantry” aka anything in the kitchen and fresh herbs outside, and every judge had to have the same thing on each plate. 

So what was for dinner? Here were the ingredients these two had to use:

-Flour Tortillas
-Green Onions
-grilled chicken 
-black beans
-mozzerella Cheese2014-06-23 19.34.22

And here is what they created: A tortilla pizza! they pulled tomato sauce from the pantry to make this delicious treat. 

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They did run into a problem though- not enough tomato sauce…so what did they do? Made their own with Diced tomatoes, salt and sugar! I was super impressed.

And even though I thought THAT was good…the best was yet to come…

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The ingredients:

-italian waffle cookies
-whipped cream
-mini chocolate chips

Now I could eat all these things on their own. but what Carson and Leyton created was amazing! 

They found ice cream in the freezer- added strawberries, blueberries and chocolate syrup to make their own ice cream flavor! (slightly melty, but you can’t blame them for that- they only had 25 minutes!) then they made these wonderful sandwiches and even added some mint! 2014-06-23 21.07.37

So the moral of the story (if there is one) is this…watch out parents, your kids just may surprise you. And if it has anything to do with food please invite me over! :)

Thank you again Leyton and Carson for an amazing dinner and to Michelle and Sara for allowing us to come see the competition and judge! 

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PS: Boys will never stop being boys. Left- Dan enjoying chocolate milk from a wine glass, Right: Leyton finishing off what was left of the “ice cream”

Was it a hoax?

Remember when we talked about the three year old that was asked to leave a KFC? Turns out, that may have been a hoax!


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I apologize for sensationalizing this story and being part of the problem. The thing is, no matter if this story is true or not, a little girl is being hurt. Mostly, by her grandmother who is exploiting her. Shame on you, grandmother. Shame on you.


This is the face of a girl that needs more than a grandmother who takes advantage of her condition.


Songs of Summers


A list of the top Summer Songs from 1962 – today! My friend posted a link from NPR that included a list of the top songs. I picked a few years to highlight, but you can read the whole list here



Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – Fancy




Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – Problem





Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong







MIke Posner – Cooler Than Me 





Katy Perry – California Gurls




Taio Cruz – Dynamite



2003 – The Year I Graduated High School


Chingy – Right Thurr




Beyonce ft. Jay-Z – Crazy in Love





Matchbox 20 – Unwell





1999 – The Turn of the Century



Christina Aguilera – Genie in a Bottle





Smash Mouth – Walking on the Sun





Len – Steal My Sunshine





1984 – The Year I Was Born


Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time





Prince and the Revolution – When Doves Cry




Remember, you can view the full list by clicking here.