From this break month's PuffleCards II comes three guest posts about the loves of Hufflepuff.
Honey Badger Cete
This was my first term as a full student of the House Cup. I knew
very early on in my NQFY term that I wanted to be sorted into
Hufflepuff. I could feel a sense of family, here in Hufflepuff. As a
Firstie, I was not let down at all! Between the camaraderie in the
Uncommon room to the warmest welcome and embracing I received in my cete
(go Honey Badgers!), I felt like I had snuggled into my perfect corner
of the Den. I knew I didn’t ever want to leave! I have truly enjoyed the
competitive push I got from my fellow Puffs; I wanted to contribute as
much as I could to our points, but I also never felt like I was being
pushed to give more than I could (for several weeks, I was out with an
My hats are off to all of our staff members in Hufflepuff! Between
the activities, spreadsheets, cheerleading and help, our Puff staffers
have done a fantastic job making this term go by so smoothly (and
quickly!!). I know that I used a ton of the tidbits throughout the Den,
as well as getting direct help from my cetemamas (craftyshanna and RavenLuna)
and cetemates. One day, I hope to be in a position in my life where I
can be a staffer, give back a little of what I’ve gotten during just my
The people in Hufflepuff have been the warmest, friendliest, and most
encouraging folks that I’ve met online in a very long time! I used to
be part of an online community, where I felt like I had found a family,
but it unfortunately didn’t last. Now, in Hufflepuff, I’m feeling like
I’ve found that again and it feels so good! I’ve made quite a few
friends, particularly in my cete, although when looking back I realize
that it wouldn’t have been hard because Hufflepuff is filled with such
I love Hufflepuff for all these reasons, plus it would just be plain hard not to! The muffins don’t hurt, either!
I am a Knitting Ninja. At least according to the pin I have on my
knitting bag. I stealthily transform ordinary yarn into extraordinary
However, this year, in the midst of making numerous items for
Christmas gifts I found that I lost my drive to make those extraordinary
things. I was ending up with Works-In-Progress, not much drive to
finish them, and nothing made for myself.
I have actually been a member of the Cup group for awhile, but never
participated. After a couple others, a fellow Hufflepuff and a
Slytherin, encouraged me to try it I signed up and am so glad I did! The
class assignments gave me fun ways to finish many of those
Works-In-Progress, start and finish other projects, and to make myself
something in my queue I had wanted to make for a long long time. It was
structured without boxing me in. I had a deadline, but was able to fit
whatever I wanted to make into the prompts.
This is why I love my Hufflepuff Family and the HouseCup! Now I have
my Knitting Ninja mojo back again and I’m looking forward to Pufflecards
during the break month, and a second tearm next month!
Ch-ch-changes, The Hufflepuff Way
I hate change.
Totally absolutely can’t stand it.
Doesn’t mean I won’t do it but I don’t like the upheaval involved.
I took a rather long sabbatical from the House Cup after it’s second
year. It was the fact that some changes had been made in how it was
organized that allowed a friend to convince me to do so. This was not
enough change to terrify me as it really did not fully affect me. It was
a change that I did not actually have to “live through” as it were.
However, when I left, Hufflepuff Common Room was simply one thread on
the House Cup Group so I was a bit surprised when I didn’t see it (or
any common rooms) on the discussion board there. That is until I found
out it was a group of it’s own.
Now, we’re getting into scary territory. BIG change. Whole new group. New ways of interacting in the group.
Cue me being dragged into this virtually kicking and screaming. I had
decided it was too big and too scary for me to do anything more than
maybe converse in the Common Room thread. That lasted one day when I
woke up to find several pages of conversation that had to be read.
Okay, fine, I decided. I would just do my projects, post my classes,
notify the Den with posts in the Common Room thread that I had posted my
classes and Advanced Studies. That worked fairly well for my first term
Then the Pufflecards post went up and I thought there was no way I’d do much there. coughcough managed to get a complete set coughcough
But I still wasn’t thrilled about how the simple thread for the house
had become this big active group. However, it turns out there was
another change in store. This term we were required to be in a cete. I’m
not a joiner and, in case you hadn’t realized it yet, I’m not thrilled
with change. I had no idea what cete would be a good fit but I
remembered posting in one last term for a challenge so when we had to
fill in which one we wanted, I picked that one.
Change can be good.
waits for audience to recover from the shock of me saying that
This one was. I found the cete to be warm, welcoming and supportive. I
even branched out and posted in and used “The Hufflepuff Way” thread
and Huffletainment and a few other threads I’d never thought I’d be
Change can be good. Cetes can be and are very good. The Hufflepuff Way does work.
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