It's nice to be out of the Infirmary and back in my own room again, that's for sure. It was so crowded in the Hospital Wing, and as Nora got sick, too, there wasn't even a reprieve from her while I was there.
I've never had a magical virus before. I'm assuming that because I used so much magic while I was sneezing and recovering, my body's just exhausted and that's why I'm having difficulties completing my practical work? I'm managing a bit, but it seems I'm having even less luck with the coursework I've tried today than what I attempted yesterday. Maybe I ought to rest a bit more - I want to be able to perform in class tomorrow, after all.
Well, this is a lovely way to spend Valentine's Day.
I've apparently come down with this new bug as evidenced by the surge of wandless magic that occurred today during Potions and ruined what Alice and I were working on. It's a good thing I'd heard the announcement yesterday about the bug, else I'd be more embarrassed - I haven't had a surge of magic like that in years, since before I began at Hogwarts probably and started learning to control it.
I just hope this won't affect my marks too much and I'll be out by the end of this weekend so that I can continue with classes on Monday. Though several people have already been in her for a few days and Madam Pomfrey seems to have no intention of letting them leave.
Understandable I suppose but...oh, it's a rotten time to get sick, really. Now I'm not even going to be able to see the Quidditch game tomorrow.
As much as I hate having to give up on anything, I really think after I take my OWL I'm going to have to drop Divination. It's getting rather ridiculous. It occurred to me as I was working on my coursework for tomorrow, that I have made up every single thing related to that class this year - all dream interpretations, zodiac charts, tea readings...anything Professor Trelawney's assigned. I can't even be bothered to attempt it anymore. Professor Trelawney
isn't sober enough doesn't even seem to notice, so it's come to the point that I don't find it worth it to even try. And as for when Professor Firenze takes the class...well, I just feel completely mundane and that I'll never get what he's talking about.
This isn't meant to be an insult on Divination and those who love it.
Well, too much. I just...much as I hate ever having to admit this, I think I'm just hopeless. If I haven't got it by now, I don't think I'll ever get it, really.
Well, at least, now that I've decided this, I can take the bit of focus I was putting on the class and transfer it to other subjects. I've been wanting to do some extra reading for Runes because what we're learning right now is just ever so fascinating, but I really don't have the time with OWLs this year.
I actually rather enjoyed the food fight
especially since for once Ravenclaw's not getting in trouble for it. It was a nice interlude from the horror they like to call OWL year.
Honestly, I'm pulling out my hair here. Could they possibly give us any more work? I'm unbelievably swamped. And I can't believe I signed up to help with that fund-raiser now - where am I going to ever find the time for it?
To make matters worse, I was finally getting used to the fact that I was giving my Potions work to Professor Trimble and switching my DADA over to Professor Takeshi, and now there's yet another new Professor for Potions (so will I go back to Professor Trimble for DADA then? Ack?). All this switching is making me dizzy and quite confused.
I'm ever so stressed right now. I really hope things calm down soon.
This is the second game we're missing, and honestly, I know the situation wasn't conducive at the time of our match against Hufflepuff, and I know it's supposed to be rescheduled but...
Ugh, it feels like someone up there is trying to stop us from playing. What is this, honestly? We really could have used the points we'd have gotten from that game. And I know we could've ended up with more than 150.
Bloody Slytherins. This is the worst Quidditch season ever.
It was a very nice ceremony, at least.
Rest in Peace, Headmaster Dumbledore.
I think my feelings are probably quite similar to most everyone else's at the moment. I mean...bloody brilliant, Harry! This is just...wow.
It's hard to believe it's real, though. Hearing about You-Know-Who since I arrived at Hogwarts, the fact that it's finally over...And Headmaster Dumbledore. He's been such a pillar here. Always so kind, and helpful, and for some reason the memory of the time he sent Dobby the house-elf to give me the notes on the House Swap I wanted to read comes to mind. That's the kind of person he was, and I can scarcely believe that he's gone.
I think it just all needs to sink in. That's probably why we don't have classes, just so it can.
I can't decide whether or not it's appropriate to engage in celebration. Though I suppose if others are, it certainly can't be too bad.
Can you believe it's almost 1998? It's amazing how time flies when you think about it. It's just a few more days until we're back at Hogwarts, and I think I'm feeling up to it now. I really did need this break to be at home and with my family.
I think in some ways we all did.
Here's a toast to 1998, then. Let it be an improvement on '97.
Happy New Year!
Happy Christmas, everyone!
Oh, it's so good to be home! I swear my brother's grown another foot and school is going well for him. You know, it's never until I see him that I realise how much I don't see or talk to my brother anymore. I guess that's to be expected what with me off at school for so much of the year, but it's really too bad. Because he's a pretty good kid most of the time. I'll have to see if we can't start owling each other more often.
Last night we went to church and later today we're heading over to my aunt Ginny's place to see my cousins, which should be a good time as I haven't seen them in even longer.
Oh, I do so like home. I'm glad I'm here.
::This year, Stacey sends brownies she made with her mum to: Emma Dobbs, Leona Barlock, the members of the Ravenclaw Quidditch team, Harry Potter and friends at the burrow (because Ron plays chess and Ginny's nice, too), Brittany James, Professor Lupin, and the others in her house and year.::
Packing for home...well, I never liked packing but I always like home.
Is there anything specific people want for Christmas?