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Wednesday, July 18, 2007 Potter Weekend
By the time the last Harry Potter book hits our front doorstep on Saturday (requiring me to build a new one shortly afterward), I'll only be about halfway through my first reading of the fifth book, and, barring unforeseen circumstances, will not have seen the fifth movie. My current goal is to see the film before reaching the third act of the book. I'll probably be finishing up Lengthy Hallows some time around Labor Day.
Trash, not so much. As with the last two books, she's going to try as hard as she can to read it all in one sitting.
This is a little difficult when you have a two-year-old in your house. I'm not saying it's more difficult or less difficult than it was two years ago, when we had a baby in the house, but it will probably be difficult in a different way. For instance, two summers ago, most of every weekend day was spent either getting ready to feed M. Tiny, feeding M. Tiny, cleaning up after feeding M. Tiny, or dealing with the diaper-borne results of feeding M. Tiny. But at least then he wasn't prone to persistently asking, "What'cha doin', Mommy?" every time she sits down. And of course, he isn't old enough to understand that you don't interrupt mommy when she's got a new Harry Potter book.
So here's the idea I had, which, for one reason and another, will not be happening, at least not this weekend. And since the surprise is blown anyway, I give the idea to you, for free, for use if you live with a beloved Pottermaniac as well as a toddler, baby, or needy roommate. Here it is:
1. In secret, pack up your loved-Potterhead's most comfortable clothes and pajamas. Leave room for plenty of their favorite snacks and beverages. Include the snacks and beverages too, or else you've got an underpacked bag.
2. Make a reservation for one at a local hotel. It should have room service. Ideally, it should have a cancellation policy that doesn't leave you stuck with the bill on your credit card if plans change, but that may be hard to find.
3. As soon as the Potter book arrives (you'll be able to tell the exact moment by the sound of the approaching mail truck, or a spike on any standard household seismograph), pack it, your loved-Potterhead, and the toddler or baby (or needy roommate, if he or she is really needy) and drive to the hotel. Don't forget the bag you packed. If there's room in there for the book, you didn't pack enough snacks.
4. Check in. Leave the book and the loved-Potterhead. Some cash wouldn't hurt either. Take home the toddler or baby (or needy roommate), who is your sole responsibility for the next twenty-four hours.
5. Rack up huge points. Keep in mind that most of them will be deducted if you neglect to pick up the loved-Potterhead the next day.
6. Tell me how it went in the comments.
Or maybe you already have plans for Potter weekend. If so, tell me about them. I’m going to be playing video games in a hotel room while Trash takes care of the kid by herself, but that's just me. posted by M. Giant 8:13 PM 12 comments
My mom has always taken my daughter to her house for Harry Potter weekend. Partly because I work at Barnes & Noble and don't get home til 4 in the morning on Harry Potter night. My husband could take over all the child care duties, but if I actually want to read this thing it's best if she's out of the house. This is the first year that she'll be old enough to come to the party, though, so that's kind of cool. Good luck! -Carly
...I have people flying in from out of town for this.
Well, it was going to be me, my couch and my ipod until I finished, but we were able to get the leaked copy file and I'm done already. So now I can sit back and enjoy the release party on Friday night instead of worrying that someone is going to ruin it for me. And of course I'll be keeping all secrets to myself so I don't ruin it for someone else.
I'll be staying up all night (I missed the Amazon guarantee by deadline, so my husband is going to stand in line for me tomorrow night.) and praying my kids don't get up. I'm a pretty fast reader, but I've got a giant roll of duct tape to tape them to the walls if they get out of hand before I'm done.
I have a test worth 35% of the grade for a class I may not technically be passing; that's on August 1. Later that day I'm volunteering at a thing for underprivileged kids who need medical care. It'll probably be one of them who spoils the book for me.
Nevermind; I'm on page 493 now.
...aaand, problem solved.
So, what did Trash think? Was the book worth the wait?
Well *I* think it was. I am now jealous of my husband, who hasn't started it yet and gets to experience it fresh and new.
I'm with you GhostGirl. My family actually thought I should put the book down to feed and clothe them - silly fools! They forcibly removed the book from my hands and made me go on the boat without it. Jerks. I didn't start it till Sunday morning, but their interference prevented me from finishing until 1:15 p.m. Monday. Jerks.
Wow Bunny, I admire your self restraint. In my world, that's a stabbin'.
I was in Lake Placid on Harry Potter night, so I had to wait until 9 AM the next morning. Sneaking out of the hotel would have woken up The Husband and The Daughter, and that would have gotten me killed. Spent much of the rest of Saturday reading while The Husband "relaxed" and watched the kid.