Liz (everinbluejeans) wrote in platform_934,
Liz
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Wash, Rinse, Repeat



  • What sort of profession in the wizarding world would you choose and why? I'd be an Auror. I can't stand doing the same thing day in and day out, and that seems like the only job that wouldn't bore me to death after the first year. My job has to have lots of flux and a little adventure to keep me engaged. Don't get me wrong, I've had some awfully boring jobs, but the only interesting one I've ever had was as a midwife's assistant in a free-standing birth center. No two days were ever alike and the rules were pretty much, "Don't kill anybody." I don't want to say I have a short attention span but...oh, hey, a kitty!

  • If you could teach one class at Hogwarts, what would it be and why? Potions, definitely. I LOVE chemistry, and there's something about the combination of mysticism and reason that appeals to me. I hate structure and rules, but guidelines are nice. It's too easy to get lost without them.

  • This year, The TriWizard Tournament is being held once again and you're of age. Do you put your name in the Goblet? Why or why not? Oh definitely! If I enter, I might lose. If I don't enter, I'll definitely lose, and where's the fun in that? I like competition in that it's a great motivator for me. I really, really hate the idea of beating somebody else into a pulp, but I love that competition makes me work hard to better myself. Wait, that's not exactly true, I do like the idea of beating a big, nasty jerk into a pulp. But under most circumstances, it's more fun to compete against my own standards.

  • If you could choose your animagus form, what would it be and why? Oh hands down I'd be a cat. They're dead quiet, see well in the dark, and are totally unassuming. And they can make a quick getaway when the need arises, so it'd be great for work as an Auror. They also get to take frequent, uninterrupted naps, and as the mother of a six-month-old, that's something I long for every moment of every day.

  • What HP character do you identify with most and why? That's a tough one...I have to say Tonks. She's tough, but not mean. She's gentle, but not weak. She's a leader, but she's not pushy or overbearing. And I have a soft spot in my heart for Teddy as my son was born the day after I finished the book he was born in. :)

  • What would you see if you looked into the Mirror of Erised? My whole family, together and smiling. We love each other a lot, but don't always treat each other well. We also live all over the country and don't get together often enough to justify all the sniping and petty arguing that seems to happen when we're in the same house. It would absolutely be a dream come true for everybody to be in the same place without some minor war erupting over who has or doesn't have what disease/fat ass/ugly pants suit this year.

  • If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it? First thing, I'd build my parents a house. They've been going to do that for 15 years now and just haven't had the money to get it done. I'd also want to establish some kind of scholarship or grant for children to attend better elementary/high schools. There's a lot of that kind of thing for college, but it doesn't do any good for the kids who never get a good foundation education.

  • What was your ideal job as a kid? Has that changed? What is your ideal job now? My ideal job as a kid was Mom. No kidding, that was my big dream. It just seemed like such a glamorous thing! I know, I know, what the hell was I thinking?! Now I think my ideal job would be somewhere in the medical profession. There's no shortage of doctors or nurses where I live, but there seems to be a shortage of souls in the hospitals around here. I've always felt that doctors, nurses, and midwives should be like parents to their patients, or at least advocates of their rights and wishes. That's certainly not a feeling I ever got the last time I was in a hospital, and in my experience, the best way to change something is to get in there and be the change you'd like to see.

  • If you were able to invent one spell, potion, or charm, what would it do, what would you use it for or how would you use it, and what would you call it? I'd create a charm and call it "Empathio." It would the caster and the target to see each other's perspective for a few seconds. I think it would be very useful in my chosen magical career (Auror, for anybody playing along at home (; ), in politics, schools, and personal relationships. A lot of the world's problems would be easier to solve if people could step back and see things from their adversary's point of view.

  • If you were to face a boggart, what would it turn into? And what does it turn into when you throw the counter-spell, Riddikulus? My boggart would be a masked man with my son in one hand and a big knife in the other. This image crosses my mind every time I step out of the house while E's taking a nap. Horrifying. *shudder* When I cast Riddikulus, he'd turn into a big squishy teddy bear. It's something E would love to play with, and something soft for him to land on when Big Evil Dude is no longer holding him up.

  • What do you look for in a friend? Adaptability is probably the best word for it. It's hard for me to establish or maintain structure, and equally hard for me to get along with incredibly organized people. I really like a friend who doesn't mind me calling up to make plans at the last minute. I've also got a pretty broad range of interests, and it's easiest for me to spend lots of time with people who don't mind doing strange things. Or, heaven forbid, are also interested in some of my eclectic hobbies!

  • What trait most annoys you about other people? Insincerity. I can't stand people who act friendly and then avoid you like crazy. I'd much rather be told if I'm pissing you off. You can't fix anything if all you ever do is paint it over! Sometimes it can't be fixed anyway, but dishonesty and insincerity certainly won't do anything to help.

  • What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
    1. Honesty. If you ask me what I think, I will tell you. I can't stand deception, even if it's in an effort to protect someone you love. Ultimately, that kind of protection doesn't do a darn bit of good and you, the "protector" come off looking like a liar. And it isn't that I don't appreciate the sentiment behind things like that! It's just that, well, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, right?
    2. Sense of humor in every situation. Just about every difficult time in my life has been muscled through with humor. Remember, everything is funny in retrospect, and laughter will often keep you from knocking someone out. This trait makes me popular with my friends when something unpleasant has just happened. It's a near certainty that I'll either have a good solution or a humorous (if horribly unrealistic) one.
    3. Generosity. If anyone needs something - from a friend who needs a ride to another state to a destitute person asking for food or change - if I've got it, it's yours. This comes from a deep desire to believe the best about people and a sense that something like karma really does exist. But, I'm not stupid about it. I don't offer strangers rides, and I lock my doors at night. There's a fine line between having faith in humanity and ending up starring briefly in a real-life crime drama, and I like to think I walk it with grace and kindness.
    4. Perseverance (or, y'know, stubbornness). Once I've decided something is worth doing, it's getting done. This sometimes results in me scrambling for a solution at the last possible second, but it almost always ends with the task at hand being complete. I even came back for more abuse from you guys after a bajillion no-votes. ;)
    5. Perfectionism. If I'm going to do it, I'm going to excel at it. I tend to triple-check my work on tests and practice my artistic pursuits until they're second nature. If my finished project isn't something I'd publish for the world to see, then it isn't finished yet.


  • What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
    1. Brutal honesty. Sometimes, this gets me in trouble. I don't make friends easily, and sometimes I think it's because I'm far too open with strangers. I do make an effort to rehearse saying things in my head before they come out of my mouth, because it really does matter to me if I hurt people. This also makes me short with my words sometimes. I've been described as an "efficient talker," and this makes my straightforwardness come out as bitchiness, especially in internet forums.
    2. Procrastination. My motto in life tends to be, "If you wait till the last minute, it only takes a minute." I do tend to work best under pressure, but I can't tell if that's the cause or an effect of my procrastination.
    3. Impatience. Once I've seen how something is going to go, I'm ready for it to be over. It's like a puzzle - once it's been solved, I don't care to look at it anymore. Unfortunately, sometimes seeing the solution isn't the same thing as arriving at it.
    4. Demanding perfection from people around me. This makes me a difficult person to do group work with. I tend to edit and check everyone else's work as meticulously as I check my own, and it drives most people up the wall. I can come off as very critical and snobby when my intent was constructive. This goes along with the brutal honesty, I think.
    5. Some hermit-y tendencies. Probably a result of growing up without siblings, and almost certainly due in part to my perfectionist bent, I like to be by myself. Knitting, embroidery, music, and reading are some of my favorite pastimes. Since I've been married, it's gotten easier for me to be around people (thank goodness, because we live in a smallish house). But still, I'm very uncomfortable being the new person in a group of old friends.


  • Define in your own words the following key traits:

    • Courage: Courage isn't about having no fears, it's about acknowledging your fear and moving past it. If you are never afraid of anything, you'll never be brave. Courage is taking the right path, even when it isn't the popular one.
    • Loyalty: Loyalty is right next to love in the emotional encyclopedia. Loyalty is believing in someone or something so strongly that you'll advocate for them no matter who is listening. More importantly, loyalty is an action, not a feeling. Lots of people feel wronged, feel loyal, and do nothing. Doesn't count.
    • Intelligence: Intelligence is often confused with education, but they're not at all the same. Education is how much you've gained, how many things you've been able to memorize. Intelligence is something innate - nobody can give it to you or buy it for you. Intelligence implies a certain amount of common sense and a big helping of situational awareness. Intelligence tends to really show itself in tense or dangerous situations.
    • Ambition: This word irks me, and I can't explain why exactly. It sounds like such a negative thing, like an "ambitious" politician is one who will do whatever it takes to reach their goal, even if it hurts countless people. Ambition, to me at least, implies a willingness to do whatever it takes to reach a goal. That's not always a good thing. There's nothing wrong with wanting something, and there's certainly nothing wrong with working to achieve a goal, it shouldn't be at the expense of other people. See, I told you I can't exactly explain it. *sigh*


  • Name: Liz
  • Age: 23
  • Where did you find out about us? gluedupsidedown sent me.
  • Do you plan on being active in the communities once you are sorted? Yup. Sounds like fun :)

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