Due to the beta-testers flooding the site, the general access date has been pushed back to the end of October. You can keep up with all updates and feedback by visiting the Pottermore Insider here: http://insider.pottermore.com/. Also, I'm going to fill you guys in with more details about the site.
    When you first create your account and have access to the site, you'll go to your Pottermore profile. Towards the top of the page, there's a bunch of dots and a few different symbols. These represent the seven different Harry Potter books and the chapters with in. You'll need to explore each chapter to collect items for your trunk, and you can also collect Wizards Cards. You don't get a wand until about Chapter Three, but it's totally worth the wait. You'll be given a series of questions, and then your wand will choose you. If you unlock the exclusive content, you'll be able to find out what the different parts of your wand say about your personality. You'll be sorted into your house the same way; and I'll warn you right now, there are some hard questions on that quiz. It's not like it tests your knowledge, but the questions themselves are just questions you wouldn't normally be asked, so they're really hard to answer.
    I won't go into any more detail, but I will say that you can brew potions and duel other wizards to earn house points and help your house win the cup.
    Hope you're excited for the site, I think anyone who joins will find it really interesting :)
Last night I got my beta-tester welcome email from Pottermore, which I've been waiting for for months.Exploring around the site, I was really disappointed at first. But as I progressed through the chapters I started to get into it. Being chosen by my wand(A Redwood 12.5 inch with a Phoenix feather core ;D) and sorted into my house(Ravenclaw) was really fun and interesting. I'm sure everyone joining the site next month will be very impressed with all the work that's been done.
As of right now, I am completely caught up in all the work I missed while away in D.C.. I've been at it since ten this morning, took a break at noon to go driving with my grandfather(he said I did really well, we're both now comfortable with me operating a motorized non-stick shift vehicle)then went right back to work. Then I took a two hour break to to play the Sims 3, and then I went to work again. Not including break/meal times, I have put in 13 hours of my day to get caught up on geometry and algebra 2 homework. I never, ever, want to miss a week of school again. Ever. Except for during my senior year when I'm hoping to be an outdoor school counselor.

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Prepare to have your mind blown: Today I wore a dress.

After school today, I went to the veterinary hospital and turned in my application. Only a half hour later, I received a phone call from the woman who would be hiring me, asking if I could come in tomorrow for an interview. I'm really excited about this, because it means I'm one step closer to getting this job. Wish me luck tomorrow :)

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Alright, so I am back from D.C., and I'm not going to lie; When I came back to school today, I was absolutely dreading all the homework I have to catch up on. Apparently, I had good reason too. I have twelve chapters to read for Honors English, two chapters to read for World Studies, vocab for both of those classes, and in the most literal way possible, two stacks of math homework this thick: I                          I

On the bright side, I picked up an application for a veterinary hospital that's hiring high school students today. I was worried that the job would be snatched up while I was away, but it's still available. I've spoken to the woman hiring a couple of times, and I'm pretty sure I have a good chance of getting this job. I would only be working three days a week, not on weekends, and for only a couple of hours after school. It would leave me plenty of time for speech and debate and the huge load of homework I have every night. I'd be getting paid minimum wage, and after three months(if I get the job) my performance will be reviewed and I could get a raise. Cross your fingers for me!
I've tried to post this blog a gazillion times, I'm tired of it, so I'm just going to post some pictures instead.

Tomorrow after school I'm leaving for Washington D.C. I'll be taking a night flight with my grandmother, and we'll be there until next Monday. I'm looking forward to the culture of the art museums and hunting the Smithsonian for the meteor my some-great-grandparents donated. On Saturday, my best friend of nine years, who moved to New York last February, will be taking the four hour trip to our hotel on the border of Virginia to stay with us for a night. I haven't seen her in a really long time, and I'm so excited :) It's going to be a fantastic week, and I'll update my blog everyday I'm there. Can't wait to get into Portland :)
Today was my first day back at school, and it was amazing. I love all of my classes, not necessarily because of the subjects, but because of the teachers. Mr. Reynolds brings world history in to relate with the little things we do everyday; Mr. Duncan is just my favorite teacher; Mrs. Rhodes is extremely passionate about the subject she teaches and is determined to teach all she can; and Mrs. Klumph is able to make me understand anything and everything having to do with math. The bus ride home wasn't bad either. I can already tell, this is going to be an amazing year :)