Harry Potter Pick-Up Lines

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Fellow Nerds!

I came across this article that features a crap ton of hilariously awesome pick-up lines that are as the title alludes to… Harry Potter themed. Obviously, I love them (some are gold, others are merely bronze, but all are still creative) and thus, they needed to be added to my blog. Enjoy! Or don’t. Either way, I do.

1. Wanna go manage some mischief together? I solemnly swear I’m up to no good.

2. Are you a Snitch? Because you’re by far the greatest catch here.

3. Call Ollivander, because I think my wand has found its master.

4. Girl, are you sure you’re a muggle cause I’d swear that ass is magical!

5. I’m not wearing an invisibility cloak, but do you think I could still visit your restricted section tonight?

6. Are you sure you’re not a Dementor? Because I’m sure I’d die if you kissed me.

7. Did you order some Felix Felicis? Cause you’re about to get lucky!

8. Did you just use the stupify charm or are you a natural stunner?

9. I don’t need accio to make you come.

10. What do you say we disapparate out of here?

11. I might as well be under the Imperius curse, because I’d do anything for you.

12. I can be your house elf. I’ll do whatever you want and I don’t need any clothes.

13. You must play Quidditch. I know a Keeper when I see one.

14. Is this the Hogwarts Express? Because it feels like you and I are headed somewhere magical.

15. I’m very interested in exploring your Chamber of Secrets.

16. Wow, when I said “Accio hottie”, I didn’t expect it to work!

17. I could make you scream louder than a mandrake!

18. We may not be in Professor Flitwick’s class, but you sure are charming!

19. I need to learn Occlumency, because I can’t get you out of my thoughts.

20. The Sorting Hat has spoken, and it says I belong in your house.

21. Are you a basilisk? Because when I caught sight of you, I froze.

22. I may not be the boy who lived, but I can still be your chosen one.

23. You must be my horcrux, because you complete me.

24. Did you say “Petrificus Totalus”? Because you’ve made me stiff.

25. Is your basilisk interested in exploring my Chamber of Secrets?

26. Wanna make me moan like Myrtle?

27. Speak Parseltongue to me and I’ll let my snake out.

28. Are you a Dementor? Because you just took my breath away.

29. What do you say we go look for the Room of Requirement?

Over and out ;)

Weight Training: Just Do It

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Bonsoir, Mes Amis

I should probably be going to bed, well, 40 minutes ago, but my eyes aren’t quite ready to shut down for the night, so here I am. My body, on the other hand, is pretty darn exhausted. I went rock climbing this evening with Max – I hadn’t gone since Saturday, and whenever I take a larger gap the first day back is always a little rough. Entirely worth it, though ;)

Which sorta, kinda leads me into the point of this post. As you probably now, I work out. I rock climb as often as humanely possible, but I also weight train at my fitness gym roughly two times a week. Yes, I said weight train.

For some reason, people tend to have this silly idea that weight training can make women look like female mega-bulky buff machines. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I pretty much exclusively weight train and I am definitely not buff . Am I strong? You bet. Do I have muscles? Mmmhm. However, I do not look remotely buff. I look toned, thanks to weight training.

Too many individuals are under the impression that cardio is the way to slim down and look like models. News flash: there is this thing called photo shop, cardio only works a portion of your muscles, and to achieve even that you need to rotate machines frequently, and also, those models don’t eat. Like, at all. I eat whatever the hell I want when I want, and I’m pretty content with myself. Granted, I eat healthy things, but my food is delicious. Boo-yah! In my opinion, cardio is pedestrian, so I only use it for a warm-up, or if I’m feeling less enthused I will pop a squat on the stationary bike and read a book (two birds, one stone). That being said, it does have its place in the world; it’s just not the way to achieve results.

Okay, I’m getting a little off topic here. Back to selling you on resistance training. First of all, what is resistance training?

It is an activity that involved some form of resistance against a muscle contraction.

You can use many types of equipment for resistance/weight training, such as free weights, weight machines, cable machines, rubber resistance bands, or even the weight of your own body, as well as gravity.
I would recommend incorporating all of the above mentioned into your workout, for they all have their own unique benefits. For instance, machines allow you to slowly add weight, free weights help with stability, cable machines allow you to move in several different planes of motion, which can activate certain stabilizing muscles as well as core strength, and resistance bands are said to aid your central nervous system.

Now, let’s look into some of the benefits associated with this glorious thing known as weight training.

  1. Via weight training, you buildup body strength as a whole as well as core stability. This leads to a healthy spine (shoulders back, head up, chest out!) and a body that won’t behave in a dysfunctional manner.
  2. When you build muscle mass, you are promoting healthy and strong bones. Ladies over the age of 40 who are at risk for osteoporosis: this applies to you.
  3. Resistance training increases your anaerobic power, which is highly beneficial if you are an athlete, either competitively or in a recreational sense.
  4. Working out with weights works your brain! It makes your brain healthier and helps it function at a higher level, as well as increasing coordination and alertness; and who doesn’t love that.
  5. Your flexibility will also increase (believe me; I used to be atrocious in the flexibility department, and weight training has worked wonders), which leads to healthier muscles and a better range of motion. Please make sure you stretch regularly though, and preferably when your muscles are already a little bit warmed up.
  6. Lifting weights helps with a multitude of changes in body composition, such as decreasing body fat percentage and increasing lean muscle mass. What does this mean? You will be looking fabulous.
  7. Finally, overall you will just feel better! Working out releases serotonin, the happiness neurotransmitter, and you can’t hate that.

… Thus ends my spiel on why you should weight train. If anyone has any specific questions (or if you want me to woop yah into shape at the gym), don’t hesitate. For now though, I must be hitting the hay. Au revoir!

Skinny Love

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Lovelies –

I wanted to share with you a song; a song that I really, truly love, and I have for many years now. It’s had its moments where it makes me cry – though not always – yet it is just so powerfully beautiful that it has to be admired. It also makes me wish I was good at ballet.

The song is called “Skinny Love”; it was originally released in America from Bon Iver’s 2007 debut album called  For Emma, Forever Ago. It was written by Justin Vernon, who happens to be a genius and part of the folk band Bon Iver. Then, in 2011, an English musician called Birdy released a cover and made it extra famous. A few other covers have been released but in my opinion, the original is the best.

First, here’s the original music video by Bon Iver:

Yeah, it’s an “artsy” video; but remember, they’re a folk band.

There was a lot of speculation as to what the song meant, so while Pitchfork was interviewing Justin, they asked. Here’s the conversation:

Pitchfork: Christy once told me that she immediately knew “Skinny Love” was about her when you first sang it to her. It took you a while to mention people like Christy– and especially your ex Sara Emma Jensen– in public. What made you able to talk about it?

JV: I’m not afraid to talk about it, but how do you guarantee it’s accurate? To say that “Skinny Love” is about Christy would not be entirely accurate. We dated and she’s an incredibly important person that I lived with for a long time, but it’s about that time in a relationship that I was going through; you’re in a relationship because you need help, but that’s not necessarily why you should be in a relationship. And that’s skinny. It doesn’t have weight. Skinny love doesn’t have a chance because it’s not nourished.

While listening/watching the first video, you probably couldn’t pick up on all the words. To kill two birds with one stone, here is Birdy’s version (notice the pun??), so you can listen to it while seeing all the lyrics.

Finally, here are two more covers that have gained popularity. I personally love the Das Kapital cover, it’s got a little womp in it that’s fun. The Edward version has a crap ton of views, so the general public seems to enjoy that one.

Well… now that I’ve saturated your day with Skinny Love, enjoy the rest of it!

Glorious Gatherings

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Howdy Hey Beautiful Humans!

I’m sitting on URI campus waiting for my class to start, so I figured giving a quick hello would be a good use of my time. Over the last week or so, two amazing gatherings/festivals have been brought to my attention; naturally, I wanted to share. One is local to us Rhode Islanders, and the other is regional to New England:

Green Market Festival: I don’t know if this is happening again this year, but I sincerely hope that it does. Last year, the 3rd annual Green Market Festival took place (from 10 am to 5 pm) at The Farmer’s Daughter and Landscape Creations of RI, located at 715-716 Mooresfield Road (Route 138), South Kingstown, RI – conveniently, mighty close to where I am currently sitting.

Events of this festival included interactive events for the whole family, such as: Hands-on Demonstrations, Family Fun Activities, Learn from the Experts: Educational Presentations,  Exhibits & Vendors, Live Music, Green Businesses, Great Food, Big Nazo Puppets, Story Telling and BoldrDash Kids. In the “Learn from the Experts” portion, landscape professionals offered workshops on a variety of topics. Admission for an adult was only $10, ages 12-18 were $5, under 12 was free, with $25 maximum per family over 4. Not a bad deal, eh? 

I’ll keep my eyes peeled for this event popping up again, and of course I will keep y’all posted.

Epic Skill Swap: Okay, now this is genius. Of course, it takes place in New Hampshire (live free or die, duh). Basically, this event is amazing; it is a participatory weekend (it just ended – it was Memorial Day Weekend) festival at Camp Wilmot in Wilmot, New Hampshire.

At this event, you can learn new skills, share the skills you have and spend a couple days with some equally as awesome people. The cost depends on your individual situation. There are potluck dinners and a whole slew of other amazing things; click the link I provided to see all the full details. I need to attend this next year. It’s almost too good to be true, but it IS true! Naturally, I’ve already emailed them and I’m crossing my fingers I’ll get a spot for 2016. Now I just need to figure out what skills I want to share… Come join :)

I’ve got to run… class has begun! x’s and o’s.

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Hello Loves!

My summer classes have officially started, so I may not be as on top of my blogging game as I would like. Hopefully though, I can prove myself wrong.

I need to get back to reading (currently eyeballs deep in Economic Institutions), but I wanted to share a link to an article that I think everyone – but New Englanders in particular – ought to read. It’s wildly upsetting and depressing to me, so I hope if I can spread awareness maybe these atrocities will stop flourishing. It takes place in Massachusetts, and being a Rhode Islander, it hits particularly close to home.

Anyway, click here to read.

Some people just suck.

However! To lighten the mood after you read this, check out this bad boy. I think I know what I will be buying one of my sisters for her birthday…

Cat Carrierx’s and o’s, as always.

Cat Hoodies and Evil Zoos