Harry Potter and the Trip to Starbucks

17 08 2007

I have emerged from my self-imposed hermitage from society and I can honestly say that this was the hardest Harry Potter book to read.  The boys wouldn’t give me any time to myself. So I was relegated to reading times from 10:30pm on, basically reading until my eyes no longer stayed open.

Reading Harry Potter is like watching BBC. It makes me feel cultured, even though there’s a bit of toilet humor. And there’s something about British humor that makes me proud of myself when I get the joke. It’s not that often that we here in America read anything with words like git, prat, codswallop, skulduggery, and snog (my personal favorite). I was hoping to see bollocks (Gordon Ramsay’s second favorite word) used in book 7 when Harry’s 17, but no dice. Perhaps in the British version…

The “bad guy” in the Harry Potter books is the evil Lord Voldemort, who is a much more interesting character than Harry. Voldemort thinks that death is the worst thing imaginable, which means he’s never seen any of the Saw movies.

I didn’t read the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I had J. K. Rowling read it to me. I know, I’m a dork, but that was cool. It was also nice because I could watch that while Karen was finishing the book downstairs. She’s usually such a fast reader…

As a parent I’ve always been on the lookout for great children’s books, and we’ve managed to find a good number of them for our boys to read over the years.  The Harry Potter series is definitely on our “must read with the boys” list.  There are some really awesome children’s books out there that are a lot of fun to read.  So I have a question for you.  Everyone has at least one or two favorite children’s books, either from their own childhood or from reading with their kids.  What are some of yours?

Goodbye, cruel world!

19 07 2007

I’m disappearing for a few days, going offline.  If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s spoilers. Spoilers are evil.  A radio station morning show spoiled The Sixth Sense for me years ago and I’ve never forgiven them.

So I will talk to you all after I have finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Did I say I’m going offline? No computer, no television, no radio, no newspaper, no NOTHING until I’m done reading that book. I won’t even be answering my phone. Don’t call and leave a message, the machine is turned off.  In fact I’m not even going to the store to get it. Amazon is delivering it tomorrow. Crazy, you say? You bet. The only place I’m guaranteed to be safe is at church on Sunday.

But I won’t be able to just sit and read after it arrives. You see, today is Isaac’s birthday. He turns lucky 7 and tomorrow is his pirate birthday party, AAAARRRRRGGG! We’ll be having a whopping 5 friends over so there should be at least 1 pound of candy for each of them in the pinata. Do they sell pirate toothbrushes?

In honor of this auspicious occasion I’m posting a slide show of some of the sillier pictures we’ve taken of Isaac. He can’t have thought I’d keep them to myself. Happy birthday dude, you totally rock!

And yes, I tagged this post “Harry Potter” as a cheap way to increase my hit count. I’m a shameless sellout.  Syndication here I come!