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[31 Aug 2004|12:10am]
[ mood | sad ]

I was just watching the telly, trying to find something interesting, when I saw a special News Bulletin on BBC.

I couldn't quite belive it myself. Is it even true? I can't believe it's true! Lady Diana cannot possibly be dead, she just can't be!

I've looked up to Lady Diana since I was a tiny little girl! I've dreamt of having her life and all... and now she's dead, just like that, from a car crash.

It's so scary.

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[18 Aug 2004|12:04am]
Even though it's months till the wedding, Sarah wanted to go shopping for some potential flower girl dresses. Since she won't relent on wearing pink, I'll have to have the bridesmaid and maid of honor dresses be in a coordinating color. It's too bad, since I'd hoped to have them be burgundy, but that doesn't go with pink at all. Maybe forest green instead? Anyway, I took her out to try on some dresses, but all the ones she liked were too far out of our price range. I mean, we aren't going to be tightwads with the wedding, but we don't have a lot of money to spare, so we want to go relatively simple on the dresses.

School starts soon. I should start packing, I suppose, since things will be pretty busy around here.
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[10 Aug 2004|12:16pm]
Went and got my school things the other day in Diagon Alley. I saw Seamus, Padma, Susan, and Colin Creevey, so it was more fun than I thought. And I didn't really want to say so before now, because it might have been too much like bragging, but I'm Head Girl! Isn't that great? It's something about Hogwarts that my parents can really understand and be proud of.

Mum and Dad had to rescue Sarah from the roof of the house yesterday, but she swore she didn't climb up there... so that's just more indication that she might be a witch. It would be lovely if she were.
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[07 Aug 2004|10:50am]
Is it me or has Muggle music gotten worse this summer? Apparently the newest Muggle sensation is the Spice Girls, who wear very little clothing, gigantic shoes, and preposterous hairstyles. Sarah seems to think they're brill, but I just think they're silly. They're touring in America right now, so at least I don't have to take her to London to see them or whatever.

My preliminary wedding plans are progressing nicely. I need to meet with Katie and with Seamus' mother to be sure that the ideas my mother has are all right. Some of her ideas are much too Muggle, but I'm sure we can bring her around. I mean, if we're getting married in a magical setting (which we might be, I don't know), then a DJ won't be terribly practical for the reception, will it? I need to start picking out fabrics and styles for bridesmaid dresses, too, so that there's time for everyone to agree on a dress style and then time left over to order them to size. I haven't even started thinking about my wedding dress yet, and I think I'd rather just leave that till last. I don't want to have to make a choice of what to wear! And my mum's about a foot taller than me, so her dress won't fit me. We'll see how things go; I mean, we could always alter the dress, but I feel like it would be a waste of fabric. Besides, Sarah got the tall gene; maybe Sarah could wear the dress when she gets married.
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[03 Aug 2004|11:29pm]
Start of term is in a little less than a month; hopefully I can get some of the wedding plans started before then. Planning a wedding and going to school full-time is going to be difficult, but I'm sure I can do it with Katie's help as well as my mother's. It's so insane how much goes into it! Flowers, reception hall, food, church, clothing, shoes, grooming, music, invitations... it all needs to be ordered and paid for, and it's so crazy how much effort it takes.

I ran across Padma at the market in Macclesfield, and she seems to be doing all right. She ended up coming home with me in Dad's car, and we made dinner together. It was really the first time one of my friends from school other than Susan and Seamus had met any of my family--for some reason, witches and wizards don't seem to like meeting Muggles. But Padma has an interest in them, so I can understand why she'd want to meet them.
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[01 Aug 2004|07:29pm]
The luncheon for my bridal party went really well! Katie, Susan, and Padma seemed to really like Vivian, and though she was a bit taken aback by the news that I'm not a Muggle, she seems to be getting used to it. She's asked me some really silly questions, like whether or not I'll burn if tied to a stake or if I can curse people by looking at them, but I'm sure I can help her get over her ignorance.

I hope Parvati is back soon. It makes me so upset to think that she's been gone so long, and I thought that maybe if I included her in my wedding party, it would sort of add some luck to her bank of it, if that makes sense. Like by assuming she's alive, that's one more notch of luck that she really is. Parvati's a fighter, I have faith in her, and I think she'll be back in time for the school year. At least, I hope she will be.

I haven't spent any time with Seamus lately--we need to start planning the wedding. Even though it's a ways off, we'll need to book a location as soon as possible so that we'll actually have a place to have the reception and everything.
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[27 Jul 2004|07:45pm]
I just can't get the wedding out of my head! I mean, it would kind of be nice if I could, since I was a complete ditz at work (I can't even remember what happened), but all I kept doing was looking at my hands while I was serving and thinking, "That's my engagement ring. I, Hannah Abbott, am engaged. I have a fiance. I am a fiancee." It's almost as if it's not happening to me, as if it's happening to someone else.

Now I know why people get irritated since brides-to-be can't stop talking about their fiance or their wedding. It's because there's nothing else they think about. They're so excited, so happy to know that they're going to spend the rest of their lives with the person they love, so excited by thinking about what they're going to do, that they get blinded. I'll have school to distract me soon, but I think for the next month, the wedding is really going to be foremost in my mind.

Today is the bridesmaid luncheon. I hope it goes well; I hope Vivian takes the news that I'm a witch well. And I hope that everyone has a good time.
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[26 Jul 2004|05:13pm]
I'm so excited! I've already decided on my bridal party. As hard as this was, I decided not to have any of my Muggle friends except for Vivian. It would be too hard to explain, really, if I had more Muggle friends than just her. And besides, I can't risk exposing the wizarding world to everyone. So Vivian is my maid of honour (of course, since I've known her since I was about six years old) and my bridesmaids are Padma, Parvati, Susan, and Katie. The flower girl will be Sarah, of course.

Mum and Dad are so happy--I almost wasn't expecting them to be this happy, honestly. I was sort of expecting them to have more reservations than they did, but I think the fact that we emphasized that we were sure we wanted to get married and would have a long engagement calmed their fears. I just wish Seamus' dad could be here to see

I have never been this happy in my entire life.
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[26 Jul 2004|12:55am]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

I still can't believe it.

Even though I'm wearing the ring.

Even though he said the words to me and then we kissed in the beautiful glade I've loved since I was three years old.

Even though I've been in love with him since I was twelve.

Mrs. Hannah Carol Finnigan.

It has a nice sound, doesn't it?

Oh, I'm so happy. I haven't been this happy ever before.

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[25 Jul 2004|05:35pm]
I made a black-and-tan today for a customer. I'd never made one before, but it got me thinking... wouldn't it be fun to try to make a black-and-tan out of other things? And I started to think.

Black-and-tans are served in pilsners, so it would have to be something that could be served in a pilsner. And it would have to be relatively clever, and be made of things that were the same colours as the ales used in a black-and-tan. And then it hit me! Chocolate and butterscotch pudding! All you'd have to do is layer chocolate pudding and butterscotch pudding in the pilsner glass! Voila--nonalcoholic black-and-tan. Even safe for the children.

I miss Seamus; hopefully I'll be able to go see him soon.
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[24 Jul 2004|10:16pm]
Our neighbours-next-door still have their Christmas wreath on their front door. It's brittle and dried and brown now, and really completely ugly. I wish they'd take it down, not only because it isn't bloody Christmastide anymore, but also because it's an eyesore.

I drove past a church this morning and saw a wedding! The bridesmaids were wearing powder blue dresses with gorgeous shoes dyed to match, and the bride's dress had tiny burgundy roses embroidered all round the hem. They all looked so happy. I hope that when I get married, I'm that happy. I hope I have a dress that beautiful. And most of all, I hope my father agrees to cater it! That way, we'll have a lovely cake. I don't care so much about the rest of the food, but I do want a grand cake.
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[23 Jul 2004|09:42am]
Mum and Dad went out last night, so it was just the four of us at home. I made minestrone soup and then tried to bake a loaf of bread, but overbaked it and it got burned. But the bread from the bakery down the street worked just as well, and I got the smell out of the house with a candle. And the soup came out really well; I just followed a recipe I found in a book in the house, and it came out great. Sarah helped out by making a salad, but as usual, Gabriel and Jonathan just sat watching the telly. I made them wash the dishes, though, so it wasn't like they were thoroughly useless.

Today I'm working dinner at the restaurant, which is much more interesting than breakfast. It will also be my first time working there when my dad isn't there, so that should be really interesting.
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[22 Jul 2004|11:28am]
Today at breakfast I learned how to operate a juicing machine! I'd never done it before except when using oranges, but today I learned how to make fresh papaya juice, fresh kiwi juice, and fresh mango juice. It was really fun! But I still wish I could help my dad in the pastry kitchen. I just know I could make such good danishes and muffins! But they really need waitresses, so unfortunately I won't be able to help him out at all.

Everyone else was out when I got home, so I amused myself for a little while changing the car different colors. Unfortunately though, it was pink when they got home, and I can't perform magic in front of them, so I had to send them away in order to change it back to the ugly greyish color it is naturally. It's so much fun to do magic! I can't wait to get back to school.
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[21 Jul 2004|09:22am]
I live in a little touristy town called Wincle, in Cheshire. It's touristy because of all the beautiful natural things around us; we have a lot of waterfalls and beautiful forests. Some of it almost looks like something out of a fairy tale.

Well, last night I was down at the little lake near my house (it's not the one that draws all the tourists, but it's very similar, and usually less crowded), and I remembered all the things I used to pretend there with Vivian. We used to pretend we were fairies, or pixies, or queens, or elves, or other magical beings. And now that I actually live in a magical world, it's so hard for me to see that place the way I did when I was young. Because I know that elves aren't beautiful, independent, knee-high creatures the way I once thought; they're ugly and servile. And pixies aren't brunette and dressed all in silk; they're electric blue.

So that place has lost some of its magic for me since I gained magic. Which is odd, really.
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[20 Jul 2004|04:29pm]
Played MASH with Sarah today, just like I used to do with Vivian when I was her age, and after a few rounds of people I'd known as a kid, I decided to do an updated, Hogwarts version. It wasn't terribly accurate...

Well. No offense to you, Harry, but I don't think I'd like to marry you. And I don't play Quidditch near well enough to do it as a profession! I can barely fly to begin with!
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[19 Jul 2004|11:58pm]
[ mood | curious ]

Does anyone know of any wizarding areas of Wincle? Or heck, even of Cheshire? I mean, really the only wizarding places I've been are Diagon Alley, Hogwarts, and Hogsmeade, so I'd love to explore more of them. Besides, it'd be great to be able to do magic again. And I'd also like to maybe meet more young wizards and witches, ones who don't go to Hogwarts.

Anyone know?

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[19 Jul 2004|07:42pm]
Lady Diana was on the telly today, raising money for a children's fund. I wanted to call the number and give her a few pounds, but Mum told me it was useless. I'm earning my own money--I ought to be able to do what I like with it. Still, maybe I can use it to help buy my schoolbooks when I go to Diagon Alley.

I didn't have to work today, which made me happy. Not that I don't like working at the restaurant, but I'd much rather work with my dad and help him make pastries and cookies and such. I think I inherited his cooking gene. He makes the best cannolis, but I am getting pretty good at making the ricotta filling--he thinks soon I'll be better than he is at it!
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[18 Jul 2004|02:43pm]
Really, customers. I was working brunch today at the restaurant, and I served this middle aged man his omelette and toast. "This toast is burned," he said. "Well, sir, I'm sorry, but that's not my fault," I said politely. And that's true, I mean, all I do is serve the food. I don't cook it. If it isn't made to their liking, then I can't do anything about it. I was tempted to take the plate back to the kitchen, point my wand at it, and set it right for him, but I knew I'd get into trouble with the Ministry for that, so instead I just smiled at him, said "Yes sir," and brought him a new piece of toast.

Well, apparently this toast was UNDERdone for his taste, so I had to run back and get him more toast. "Oi, you're spoiling my nice holiday here in Wincle!" Well, sir, oi, you're spoiling my summer hols here in Wincle, which, excuse me, is where I LIVE! Wincle isn't just for the tourists, you know, though it is a nice little Cheshire village to visit. Now, this time, the toast was the way he wanted it, but he was whinging that his omelette had gone cold! Honestly, people are so horrid. I'll never be unkind to a waiter or waitress again in my life after this summer.
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[17 Jul 2004|05:26pm]
[ mood | neutral ]

Met up with Padma today (my day off) and had some coffee with her in Diagon Alley. It was hard to get Mum and Dad to let me use the car all day to get to London, but it was worth it. I wonder if there are any witches or wizards in my area who would let me use their fireplace to Floo places? It would be so much more convenient.

Anyway, we talked about our common goal--wanting to become a Healer. And I told her that before I knew I was a witch, I wanted to be a doctor--and so that led to a long conversation about Muggles. Padma likes Muggle Studies, so talking to her about Muggles was much easier than it is with most people I know in the wizarding world. It was also good to see her because I miss Parvati and am worried about her

Hopefully supply lists for the new school year will come soon. Then I can go get my new books and do some reading instead of just working at the restaurant. Living in a town where there are a lot of tourists can be fun, but a lot of the time it is just a pain.

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[13 Jul 2004|02:51pm]
My dad got tired of seeing me moping around the house so much, so I'm working with him at the restaurant, waiting tables. Stupid Muggle tourists, half the time they send back their food and the other half they complain about it. At least Dad's the pastry chef so they can't really complain about that. He makes the greatest pastries I've ever had.

It would be nice if I could do magic now that I'm home, but I can't even though I'm not underage anymore. Doing magic at home would be considered doing magic in front of Muggles, and that's not allowed. So I can't even brush up for N.E.W.T. year; I'd get arrested for it.

Time to take Gabriel to his girlfriend's house. Ugh.
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