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  1. My sister is always there when I need her. Sometimes we get together and talk about what is annoying in our day. It's just nice to talk to her. She also really supports me in whatever I want to do. I love doing stuff with her. I love painting our nails and dressing each other up so we can take photos of each other. I also really like dancing with her. I like teaching her tap and watching her do acro. I also really enjoy painting with her and doing whatever I can with her. Also, my sister's birthday is coming up and I made her a llama pillow because I know she loves llamas. (Shhh! Don't tell her.)
    6 points
  2. I really like kawaiis because they are really, really cute and they make me smile a lot. I look them up on the computer and if they are super cute, I have to save their pictures. Sometimes I see really cute clothes items that are kawaii themed that are really cute. Kawaiis are cute food items that they add faces to. I've found a lot of Harry Potter-themed ones that are adorable. I like the watermelon kawaii. I also see a lot of cute Disney kawaii people that are really cute. I found a really cute kawaii choker. I especially like kawaii pugs because I love pugs. Pugs make me happy. When I think of them, it makes me smile. I think how cute they are.
    6 points
  3. When Fels proposed us doing countries of the world, for this year in Wonders of the World, I immediately thought of Finland, because of Monty Python. What? You've not heart of "Finland, Finland, Finland" sung by Michael Palin? Oh. Okay .... Well, maybe you have seen pictures of the Northern Lights in Finland? The best time, according to some, to see the Aurora Borealis in Finland is from December to March. You might even watch them in comfort -- "In Finland, you can view nature's most spectacular light show, the Aurora Borealis, from purpose-built spaces like glass huts and luxury suites. Did you know that the Northern Lights are visible roughly 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland?" Even in the summer, though, with the snow gone, the countryside is so wild, so beautiful ... Welcome to Wonders of the World - and Finland! We'll have a great time exploring the sights and sounds and magic of this wonderful country.
    5 points
  4. picture shows Christmas Tree and season decorations at Rockefeller Center Click here for larger image. Starting on December 1st, Hufflepuff celebrates O' Tannenbaum! All of HOL Hogwarts is welcome to participate, have fun and earn Diamonds. This year our holiday event will revolve around the one symbol most people associates with this holiday... The Christmas Tree! It matters not the size of the tree but the joy it brings to those who will be sitting around it enjoying the memories of the decorations and lights. This month I hope as you take part in our event, we hope the trees in the games brings back some happy memories of you and your family. I will be offering my daily Trivia Challenge and, in addition, we will have discussions, puzzles, colouring pages, and other things for you to participate in and play with each week. All challenges and/or activities will be due on December 31st (HOL 11:59pm). We will, however, be offering bonus Diamonds to those who finish them within a week's time of the activity being posted. If you participate in at least half of the activities presented, both Trivia and Forum activities, you will earn a nice Award to add to your treasures! ...... Mark the Forum to follow it (see above for places to click to follow either forum and topic) so you get notifications of new things when they appear! If for accessibility reasons you can't complete any of the activities, please just let Tarma or me know and an alternative can be worked out – we might give you something to research and write up about, but we will come up with an alternative!
    5 points
  5. I would definitely say that my partner is the one who is always there for me no matter the circumstance. We don't read each other's minds and he may not always understand why I am feeling a certain way (half the time I can't put a finger on it myself), but he will always support me when I am facing difficulties. As mentioned in my previous discussion post, when I am in a creative slump or feeling burnt out, I can definitely spiral and let go of my ambitions, but during the pandemic when I didn't feel I was able to do anything or motivate myself, he encouraged me to find ways to keep creating. It helps that he understands where said motivations stem from, the desire to create something and leave one's mark upon the world no matter how small. He introduces me to new music and new experiences and relishes the life around him in a way that manages to bring a smile to my face even when I'm down.
    5 points
  6. So here I am again mentioning Harry! I can always depend on him no matter what! However, to make things less monotone, I am going to talk here about Jack! So Jack is my best friend since I was like 11, and we have always been on good terms, but good very close when we were 14. Since then, we pretty much inseparable! He moved to my house and he lives with me, Harry and our kids. We also work together - he is a guitarist in my bad. Even his birthday are close to my! He was born on 15th July and I was born on 20th July!
    5 points
  7. We all have someone or something special that always makes us feel better when we are down. It can be a pet, a movie, a best friend or even your favourite food! In no less than 100 words, tell me what is that someone/something that always makes you happy! Photos are more than welcomed! Post your answer below. This task is worth 25 diamonds, and is due Friday, 30th April, 11:59pm HOL time.
    5 points
  8. I've mentioned Taya before in these 'Wonders' discussions, and again, she fits the criteria. She's here for me no matter what (and I'm here for her, no matter what). She's a Catahoula Leopard Dog. (The word catahoula is of Choctaw origin and is translated to mean “sacred lake.” Catahoulas are the only breed of dog to have historically originated in the state of Louisiana.) According to the online search I just did for that breed of dog: "Temperment: Intelligent, Energetic, Inquisitive, Independent, Loving, Gentle". Another place says, of Catahoulas "Catahoulas are loyal and protective. They're strong and sometimes forceful, but not aggressive. They do, however, intend to make sure you are safe at all times. So please don't do anything with your body that doesn't look normal." You notice that no where is the word 'obedience dog' listed. That is quite another thing! She hears me and almost always 'decides' what she will do. (It's not the automatic 'yes of course' of many other breeds.) While they might be great at hunting bears and such, they are not noted for being obedience dogs. She's nifty. I often thank her for being with me.
    5 points
  9. The person who always is there for me and has my back and I can trust no matter what is definitely my husband, Louis! I met him around 11 years ago and I am absolutely amazed at how close we got through all those years! He has not once disappointed me and he is always there for me. He has never forgotten about our anniversary or birthdays, he has never forgotten to buy me a gift for any occasion. He buys me flowers every week and helps out in the chores! So, he is my best friend no matter what!
    5 points
  10. That person would be my husband, David. We have known each other for forever, it seems, and what started out as friendship many years ago gradually blossomed into love. Eleven years and one daughter later, he remains my soulmate, my husband, my best friend, protector, sounding board, and so much more. No matter how tired he may be or how stressful his day might have been, I can always count on him to be there for me no matter what. We have been through many things over the years, and he has always had my back. He is probably the kindest person I know, but he would die rather than admit that
    5 points
  11. My mom is one of the few people whom I can depend on even in the toughest of times. Even if I'm in the wrong, I did something stupid, you name it- she will help me get out of it. She will NEVER turn her back on me, even if it will benefit her. She took the Wizarding World Sorting quiz, and she says hello to all her fellow badgers here.
    5 points
  12. This is ironic, because I don't consume alot of science fiction, but two of my favorite programs and ultimate comfort television is Star Wars and Doctor Who. I was introduced to both of them fairly young and while many shows I watched as a child don't have the same appeal for me as an adult, those two still make me starry eyed. They are very much equivalents of a bowl of hot soup and a cozy blanket for me. As for personal favorites within them, the original Star Wars trilogy is my favorite and for Doctor Who, I like the first and the eleventh one best.
    5 points
  13. My best friend. He's been my best friend for 15 years. He compliments my personality in so many ways! Where I tend to be rather emotional, he's very logical and down to earth. He lives in constant physical pain, but he's grateful for every moment of life on this earth. he helps me put it all into perspective. He never looks at things the way most people do, and helps me look at things from other angles and sides I never thought of. We have the same sense of humor. We love to debate, He introduced me to Harry Potter, and wasn't at all happy when Snape became my favorite character!! oh, the debates we had! For several years, he created a private radio station, just for us, and at Christmas he would stream the most beautiful music and we'd go about our day, listening to the same music in the background. He can always cheer me up.
    5 points
  14. Ever since I was first introduced to it, Doctor Who has always played an important part in my life. And though I did not start out with Matt Smith's incarnation of the Doctor (namely the 11th), I would daresay that he is my favorite one thus far. Quirky enough to make me laugh, yet serious enough to hold my interest, the good Doctor became my 'go to' when I was down. No matter how bad my day got or how upset I may have been, watching Doctor Who has always made me feel better. I know it may sound silly to say about a television show, but in a lot of ways, it's pseudo-therapy as much as entertainment. It's my happy place
    5 points
  15. In the quiz I got the following result: You can't live without. . your job Some people work to live, but you live to work. Once can only have so much money. So rather than inflate your bank account, why not find a meaningful cause to support? You can volunteer your time, skills, and resources to make the world a better place. I personally don’t agree with it. Sure, on many levels I can’t live without my job - I need to pay the bills and have something to eat. But it’s not like this is the thing I can’t live without on the emotional level! I’m more of a family guy!
    5 points
  16. My quiz results indicate that I cannot live without love. You can't live without...love! Love never fails! You can't live without receiving love but also you need to show it to others to feel truly complete. How can you be loving today? In big ways and small, your showing love will make all the difference. In some ways this is true, as I am often too nice to other people, which is sometimes a huge problem, especially when I am too nice to people who don't deserve it! I have always heard that i am too naïve as well, which I think adds up to it too!
    5 points
  17. I am not a huge fan of travelling but because of certain circumstances I had to travel quite a lot. First, I had to move from Poland to England. Then, I got married to a French Canadian. This led to me frequently going to both Canada and France (his mum lives in Canada and his dad in France). Also, I was in Spain once to visit his great grandma. I really like Canada, especially my partner's home town - London (the one in Canada). I would like to visit each region because of the beautiful environment and the amount of wild life. I love wolves and I know there are tones of them in the Yellowstone National Park. I would love to visit this Park and maybe see some wolves! Another dream place to visit is a place in the USA. It's a small town called Ely and is in Minnesota. It's truly lovely and it has a huge lake, forest, and as you probably already guessed it - WOLVES! To be honest, that's how I got to know this place even exists. I found a book series called 'Werewolves from Mercy Falls'. Great book series, made me very emotional. So I decided to dig deeper into the book series and I found out that Mercy Falls is based off Ely. This made my number one place to visit and see all the scenes described in the books!
    5 points
  18. I wish to address something which Astor wrote -- about 'home' being a wonder. I feel so lucky (?)(is that the word?) to have been posted here where the strait is but 10-15 minutes drive away, I can see mountains and am surrounded by verdant and abundant plant life of all kinds. Here, too, I have my 4-legged friends, who are always a source of quiet and peace (except when they're not ) and I just feel privileged to live in a beautiful place. Amy, your post reminded me of another wonder, which I absolutely loved when I was a kid. Another aunt and uncle had a house/cabin/cabins up in the mountains. It was built sort of around a HUGE granite boulder,' the house and cabins were in a L shape around two sides of the boulder. An absolute joy to me was to be with that boulder -- to climb it, rest upon it, be with it. That might have started my love of climbing up granite mountain sorts of things. One day I climbed to the top of a large-ish ridge and it was a steep and deep drop-off on the other side. Welling up, on an updraft, were hundreds and hundreds of monarch butterflies, swirling, flying, gorgeous in flight as they floated up out of the small valley and up to soar out in front of me and up over my head. *beauty*
    5 points
  19. Unlike the others that have posted, I have seen the movie! There were definitely some shocking twists that I did not expect to happen (I try to stay away from any kind of spoilers, as to see it from a fresh mind, plus the Sett is having issues with posting with spoilers right now). It was very difficult reading your posts knowing that I had seen the latest movie, and couldn't respond to your posts without giving away anything. While deciding what to post for this, without having my entire post be all spoilers, I decided to focus on what I love about the series! I love the bond between Jacob and Newt, Jacob and Queenie and Newt and Tina, and we get to see more of them in this installment. We get to meet some new creatures, and there were several new ones that I loved in addition to my favorites from the previous two installments, the Bowtruckle and the Niffler. When I first found out that the movie was releasing a day earlier in my area, I got right on and reserved seats for my family and I to see it! They even have luxury recliner seats in my local theatre now, so we got to see it with all the relaxation of home! This was such a good first movie to see back in theatres (as the last movie I had seen in theatres was in December of 2019). When the movie was over, people in the theatre applauded! Highly recommend this movie to EVERYONE. IT WAS SO GOOD!!!!! P.S. TARMA, watch this movie, so I can talk to you about this! P.S.S. Tomorrow, I finally get to see The Cursed Child perform after a two year delay!!!!!
    4 points
  20. Yet another woman who has been my inspiration is great great grandma, who has sadly passed away a long time ago, in 1984, so I know her mostly from stories. She was a Native American, and she was a Lakota. She was less than a year old during the Wounded Knee Massacre, which was the last major war between Native Americans and Americans. Almost three hundred Lakota people died in it, including my grandma's mother. As she was being raised in a Reservation camp by her father, she grew up to be extremely proud of her culture and was teaching traditions to her children to ensure that they won't be forgotten.
    4 points
  21. Another woman that madly inspires me is my older sister Kate. She has always been an extremely independent person and was always walking her own path. She is my best friend and I have always admired how much she was focused on her own self rather than what other people say. She has recently graduated from her master's degree. She wants to be an architect and she is working hard to pursue that dream. I have no doubt in my mind that she is going to be whoever she wants in life as she is that sort of a person.
    4 points
  22. The most obvious choice is my mum. I have always been so inspired by mum and she is such a wonderful person in my life that it would be impossible for me not to pick her as my inspiration. She is such a kind person, who always takes care of others, but she is also extremely wise and eloquent (let's just say she is a mix of a Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw). I have always been inspired by her impressive knowledge - she is a great lawyer and worked really hard for her success. She can also speak fluently in five languages.
    4 points
  23. This reminds me of the other traditions we have in our family! After the dinner and opening the gifts, my family forms two groups. The first group, with me in it, goes to church and the second one stays at home with Louis. Louis is not religious and probably the last thing he would want to do after dinner is to walk and then sit in a cold church. I have always been religious and so every year I go to church to listen to the choir. I love this part of my tradition because it always gives me that proper holiday vibe.
    4 points
  24. I agree 100% with @Harry Walles (but you have to admit going to the zoo is fun! AND ALL OF THOSE GIFT SHOPS ...I am totally NOT spending too much money. ). In two weeks time, we are going to Colchester, to visit one of the biggest zoos in the UK! It has tones of animals (including my favourite wolves) but it also has tones of wild cats. It also has one of the most endangered cats in the world, Amur Leopard. There are just 200 of them left in the world. I am a proud “parent” of the Amur Leopards. I have adopted this species with WWF a few years ago and I am considered to be a golden member of this charity Can’t wait to see my ‘small’ babies
    4 points
  25. There are multiple cat yokai (supernatural creatures or spirits) in Japanese mythology, one being the nekomata and another the bakeneko. Since 'neko' means cat in Japanese, it makes sense that both contain the word somewhere in their names. Apparently it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two, but usually the nekomata has two tails while the bakeneko has one. It is said that the nekomata is often born of old cats whose tails have split into two, while a cat may become a bakeneko after being raised by humans for a set amount of years (though the number differs across various Japanese prefectures). Some cats may also become bakeneko if they are treated poorly by their owner and set out for revenge. Cats are seen as supernatural for a variety of reasons: they are very difficult to control or please, they maintain an air of wildness despite being a domesticated creature, and quite notably they are able to walk around without making a sound.
    4 points
  26. My quiz result said I could not live without my job. I have to say I agree with it. I LOVE what I do... even on the days I come home wanting to open a bottle of wine because the kids drove me nuts that day. Teaching 56 students this year has been quite challenging to say the least but they all hold a place in my heart. I love the people who I work with, we make a good team. Each one of us has a different way of teaching but we all help each other when ever we can. What's hard at this time is trying to decide if I retire next year. Yes, I would love to be home to do some traveling with the hubby (now that we can) but I do love going to work! I know I would miss the staff and students and teaching. I have until February of 2022 to decide, and believe me... every day I'll be changing my mind.
    4 points
  27. The last movie I have watched was a documentary movie about dinosaurs. It was a video on YouTube, and the quality of this video is was pretty alright. I watched the movie with my son Adi, who loves dinosaurs as much as @Louis Wallesdoes! The movie was a well animated movie about the last moments of the lives of dinosaurs. It was a great documentary and it was very interesting to learn more about the world of dinosaurs, and how they have tried to survive, but as we know, they failed to do so. The movie also went into a bit of detail about the lives of the mammals, and how they evolved into what we know them as now.
    4 points
  28. Our new Wizarding Times looks beautiful! Thank you Sirius and Cosmo. <3
    4 points
  29. Some people may know this about me already, I am what some people would consider to be introverted. So, for me my wonder would be anyplace that is quiet with no one around to be in my space or making too much noise. One of my favourite places to be is at work, at 5 a.m. before anyone else comes in, so I have time to figure out where I am at with work before I begin the day. I also like to be at home in my room if people are home making a lot of noise, or anywhere in the house if there is only one or two others at home. It has become a lot louder here recently, since a relative moved in, with a toddler, and a baby (we already have cats and dogs here too). At work and at home, I suppose I could just turn off my hearing aids if the noise is bothering me (at least that is what others tell me I should do), but it doesn't seem to be the right solution to my issues with noise. There is really only one place I can think of, where being around a lot of people doesn't bother me as much, and that would be at the dojo I go to. So, I guess you could say I have a few wonders, and it just depends on the situation which one I would prefer to be at.
    4 points
  30. Now that I think about it, it is hard to find a place of wonder in the city. If I am there in the island where I grew up, I could list many places. However, in the city, it is a challenge, with the many people bustling through life, ourselves included. Maybe the nearest to our home is my university. I am fortunate to study in a university that is wide and has many greens. I love it when the wind blows and the trees sway and leaves fall. It feels refreshing. It is also magical in the night. The orange glows of the lampposts bring that magical feeling. I would love to sit on a bench and just look at the scenery. Even the many people cannot prevent one from reflecting in that place. And it's also a bonus to recall your memories when you were younger. Place of wonder indeed!
    4 points
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