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The Five Things Meme

I present to you, my extraordinary f-list, the five things meme! The lovely and talented qadesh gave me these questions and I am supposed to answer them to the best of my ability, which I am about to do. In turn, anyone on my f-list who desires to take place in this meme need only comment to this entry and I'll cook up five questions for them to answer in their own journals. Sound good? Let's get started!

1. Tell me about your kids - I don't think I know anything about them! At the moment, I have one son who is 18 months and fast approaching 19 months - making him a little over 1-1/2. His name is Noah James, he was born on April 11, 2008 and he is the product of my husband and myself. He was an oopsie (who plans to get pregnant at 17?) but we love him just the same and if he could be considered a "mistake" then I'd like to make a lot more mistakes because he's an amazing little boy.

As I'm typing this he's diving into a bowl of Goldfish crackers and making them "swim" across the couch while making "blub blub" noises. Told you he was awesome!

2. Do you think your sort (to Hufflepuff) is accurate? What makes you a Hufflepuff? Oh, definitely. My sorting was overwhelmingly Hufflepuff and I haven't ever regretted that decision. The Hufflepuffs at hogwarts_elite are my favorite people on the internet. To answer the second part of this question, I think pretty much everything makes me a Hufflepuff! I'm hardworking, loyal, ethical, family-oriented . . . the list goes on and on. I think I'd have a harder time trying to find things that didn't make me a 'Puff!

3. In the same vein, do you think you have a secondary house? What do you think it may be? If I have a second house it's definitely Ravenclaw. My mind tends to root itself in "learn things mode" and I amass information without even really trying. Also, my IQ is 140 (at least it was the last time I tested! It's probably gone down with motherhood and limited exposure to high-minded things).

4. Do you have any pets? What kind? Oh, boy, girl, you're opening up a can of worms with this question! The short answer is yes. The long answer is I have 3 cats and a black Labrador retriever. And here's the even longer answer:

Two of our cats are twin brothers and they're Bengal/domestic mixes. The Bengal in them gives them their animal print fur (it's like a variation on the common tabby coat) and they make cute chirpy noises instead of meowing. They're also protective and have picked their "person" which is very common with this breed. They don't much care for house guests but if you stay overnight they'll probably warm up enough to be in the room with you.

Our other cat is a female Siamese/domestic mix. She's aggressively friendly and has a smoker's meow. Also, she has the startling ability to be able to imitate the human voice. I swear I actually heard her say "Water" the other day when her water dish was empty. She has the traditional Siamese coloring, but her fur is shorter like a domestic. I'd say she's our prettiest pet, although all our animals are pretty.

And last but not least, Daisy, the Lab. She's 100% my dog. We rescued her from a shelter where she'd been for about six months, and in turn they rescued her from the pound when she was literally hours away from being euthanized. What was her crime, you ask? Not having someone come and claim her after three days in the pound. THREE. DAYS. Can you say, high-kill shelter? Because I can. :(

Anyway, she'd never been somebody's indoor pet before, so we had a lot of issues getting her used to being inside most of the day. She tried to bury her rawhide in the couch and ruined the upholstery. She chewed up the television remote. She ate countless paperbacks because they smelled like my hands. She was afraid of the stairs, of the refrigerator, of the ice maker, of the microwave, etc. With a little love and a little training, her bad behaviors are pretty much gone and she's a perfectly happy member of our family now.

5. What do you think is the number one, absolute most strongly defining trait of Hufflepuff? I would have to say that my strongest 'Puff quality is loyalty. This is evidenced in a number of ways - my commitment to my family is a big one. Also, if I feel I know someone well enough to call them a friend, I mean it. I don't think I have one friend who I wouldn't defend and stand by no matter what.