Also: keep your eyes peeled (tomorrow morning? Or evening?) for a picture of what I'll be wearing tomorrow. I don't think it's that daring, but my mother keeps giving me funny looks every time I mention it. Keep in mind that it's COLD in that casino.
Tomorrow the huge rummage sale at the Presbyterian church starts! It's famous in these parts. I'm getting up extra early so I can snap up all the good stuff before everyone else gets to it.
windandtherain, I'm going to fill your survey out soon! In the meantime, have a meme:
Things I'm thankful for that begin with the letter E:
(Now I'm curious why I reminded mrs617 of an E. Very, very curious.)
1. Everybody on my friends list. :)
2. E. Nesbit, Edward Eager, and Edgar Allen Poe; all fantastic authors who have the letter E in their name.
3. Egg, bacon and cheese sandwiches. There really are no words to describe how wonderful these are.
4. Etiquette, proper. I like when people behave nicely.
5. Enter and Exit, two things I do a lot, mostly in and out of doors.
6. Email makes me happy.
7. Elevators, jumping up and down in. Or riding express elevators all the way to the 65th floor.
8. Earnest, the Importance of Being. A most excellent play.
9. Eyebrows and the ability to raise them.
10. Evening. I am a creature of the night. Which is probably why I volunteered to work three-to-midnight tomorrow.
Well, a few things that I won't mention, but among the ones that I will -- I went on a road trip alone, planned and pulled off a midnight Harry Potter release party, started weight lifting, took a prescription medicine the entire year, lost several toenails, and went without electricity for over three weeks total due to two major ice storms.
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I sort of unconsciously resolved to read more books in 2007 than I did in 2006. My forthcoming End of the Year Book Wrap-up Post will prove that I managed this one quite successfully.
I always intend to make some grand resolutions but come the beginning of a year I rarely think of any worthy ones. I don't like to make vague ones like "be a better person" because 1) I should always be trying to do that anyway, and 2) there's no official end where I can say that I fulfilled it, and that's discouraging.
1) Do you keep up with the news? If so, how do you do it (websites, newspapers, TV, etc.), and which subjects interest you most?
As I learned last week, I feel quite cut off from the world when I can't keep up with the news! I used to listen to news radio almost constantly, but working changed that. Now I browse the papers at work, local and national, (The Wall Street Journal is a favorite), check The Drudge Report throughout the day, and listen to talk radio as I can. And I am lulled to sleep each night by the soothing accents and international news of BBC radio or Deutsche Welle. The only thing I don't do is watch tv news, apparently. Sometimes I catch CNN or Fox News at the gym while on the elliptical, but frankly I'd rather be reading a book. Subjects: politics, politics, weird and random things, and politics. (What other kind of news IS there? Actually I'm interesting in almost anything -- it's a blessing and a curse -- but I can't think of how to describe any other kinds of news. Heh heh.)
2) If you had to choose betwixt perpetual summer and perpetual winter, which would you choose and why?
My summer clothes are more fun, I get to wear sandals, and I hate being cold!
3) Which of the following things would you most like to possess: an amazing singing voice? irresistible skills of persuasion? or stunningly quick wit?
I have an average singing voice which does everything I need it to, and my wit is generally sharp enough to provide occasional amusement without being one of those annoying endlessly-wisecracking folks, but I would definitely love to be persuasive enough to MAKE EVERYBODY DO WHAT I WANT AND THINK IT'S THEIR IDEA. Now that would be awesome. My ideas are always great, I just need to be able to make other people think that!
4) What is one of your favorite things about your life today?
The freedom I have. I still have family and work obligations, but pretty much anything I really want to do, I can. Not that I do ... but knowing that I could is fun. :) Being a first born, and a female, I feel all sorts of obligations and responsibilities to people, and so I'd never use my freedom unwisely. But I could. *evil grin*
5) What kind of animal would be your ideal pet, if any?
Cats, duh! They're playful and cuddly and funny and never take themselves too seriously. Also great for providing warmth on cold nights. Did I mention adorable? And fuzzy?
I can't remember the exact meme now, but windandtherainasked me to explain the following, which she picked from the interests I have listed on my profile:
bohemians: Uh. Well. I like gypsies, the orginal bohemians. I sometimes dress in bohemian hippie-chic styles. As far as other definitions, "a person whose paramount interest is literary or artistic in nature" fits pretty well. I can be unconventional, although probably not in the ways bohos are usually thought of as being.
conspiracy theories: I believe in them! Okay, not really. But they're always fun to speculate over (I've told you my theory on why coffee is addictive, right? Not that I myself am addicted. Nuh uh. But if I was, it wouldn't be my fault.) Also: the movie is great.
libraries: Fairly obvious, I should think; I live and breathe libraries. I work in one and come home to surround myself with my home library. When I grow up I'm going to have a separate library room with a floor-standing globe and a library ladder. I still would like to have a sleepover at the library.
sebrings: This one is a good reminder that it's time to go weed out old interests, heehee. My dream car used to be a Chrysler Sebring. Why? Beats me. Now I have one much better looking. *pats the Sir Galahad*
crypic sisters: Aaaand this one is far too classified to discuss in public, unfortunately. Here's a hint: there's only one other person on LJ who lists this as an interest.
I believe this is how the rest goes: comment if you'd like me to pick some of your interests for you to explain to the world. :)
I am so going to find something to eat for supper now.
Hannah: No, but when I wear heels I'm the same height. Booya.
Marie: Yes. But I'm still taller if I wear heels as well. Booya!
2. Do you have a favorite type of pen?
Hannah: YESYESYESYESYES. Pilot G-2. It's awesome.
3. Look at your planner for November 14. What are you doing?
Marie: You think I bring my day planner on vacation?
Hannah: Day of Prayer! Which means no classes! Woohoo!
4. What color are your toenails usually?
Marie: Sparkly pink. Or coral, or purple, or red. Or gold.
Hannah: No comment.
5. What was the last thing you highlighted?
Hannah: A textbook, no doubt.
Marie: book catalogs.
6. What color are the curtains in your bedroom?
Marie: Black. Very black. But sheer.
53. Last time you saw a semi truck?
Hannah: In front of me going down the mountain and taking both lanes. it was amusing.
Marie: One almost hit me today.
54. Do you remember Ugly Kid Joe?
Marie: Sounds like that kid in my Sunday school class when I was five.
55. Do you have a little black dress?
Hannah: All my clothes are, by definition, little.
What vacation did you take last?
A road trip to see windandtherain and ransomedsea ! What good memories that trip holds. :)
If you could spend three days exploring a location in the continental U.S., where would you go?
New York City. Although three days would hardly be enough ...
What films have you recently enjoyed? what books?
I haven't watched enough movies recently to say - lol, now that I think of it, Braveheart was the last one, and it was what, at least three weeks ago? I did enjoy it, though! As for books, right now I'm reading two that are very good and thought-provocing, if disturbing: My Mother's Wedding Dress and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: the frightening new normalicy of hating your body.
What do you want to be remembered for when you die?
I would like to be remembered as someone who was there to provide whatever was needed. And as someone who lived joyfully and found beauty everywhere.
Do you have a favorite type of tree? If yes, which?
Weeping willow. :) Or aspens ... beautiful aspens.
What was the last dish you baked?
What is your favorite pasta dish? quick-fix meal?
Favorite pasta, hands down, is baby shells with a lemon creme sauce. YUM. Quick meal: a sweet potato with lots of butter.
How much do you enjoy cooking?
I would love to spend my days puttering about the kitchen.
How adept are you at sewing?
Pretty good. I've been using mom's sewing machine since I was a wee lass (my first projects were all blankets for my dolls, I think). I can hand quilt, embroidery, stuff like that. I'm not so great at sewing clothing, but I've made some costumes (am working on a medieval one now) and with mom's advice here and there that's taught me a lot. I can alter clothes pretty well; a very needed skill when you have a body like mine!
How well do you sing?
I don't think I have a clear enough voice to sound good solo, but I blend in harmonies very well. I grew up singing with my parents, and we sound good together. Haha, no false modesty here! I love singing harmony (I can sing everything but bass!), and although I can also read music, I can do it by ear very well. It's so much fun. I owe it all to my parents, who sang constantly when I was little.
What painkillers do you take?
More at a time than I should. =P (But they don't do anything otherwise!)
What is something you have always wanted to do, yet doubt you ever will do?
Hm. I can't really think of anything that I really, really want to do that isn't likely to happen. I guess I don't have very many real goals or something. I want to go to Europe, but when I decide that I really really want to go ... well, then I'll go.
I wouldn't really want to be a musician "for real" because of the constantly traveling lifestyle, but I would love to have the skill to play with a Celtic band. Or I could just marry Nelson and be part of such a band by proxy. Hm.
Did you ever write out a list of desirable characteristics in a spouse?
Not as such. But I have a few ideas in the back of my mind. *wink*
If not the piano, which instrument might you play?
What are some activities you enjoy doing alone? with Jason? with girlfriends?
Okay, ignoring the Jason part -- lol -- I enjoy doing most things alone. Is that terrible of me? Especially reading and cooking, but also eating out, shopping, pretty much anything you can think of. Now picnicing: that's a two-or-more-person event. And I love doing a great many things with other peope; it's just that I'm rarely unhappy doing them alone.
What weblogs do you enjoy?
I cruise news sites more than I do blogs.
To what fictional character do you relate?
Impossible question! I relate to some part of most of the characters I read about. I suppose the one that is most like me would be Ayn, from the novel I wrote several years ago for NaNoWriMo. Because I based her off of myself. :D
What trivial things irk you? (e.g., grammatical errors or toilet lids left up; possibly a.k.a. "pet peeves")
People who talk just to hear the sound of their own voice and say nothing useful or needed. Bad grammar. Typos in newspapers that should be able to afford editors. People talking about "PIN Numbers" or "ISBN Numbers". Redundancy! People who use a fancy word when a small one would do perfectly well.
Are you where you saw your 23-year-old self being?
As a very young child, I figured I'd be married by now -- but I'm thankful that I didn't have the power to make things happen when I thought they should. :) Other than that, I never had many dreams of what I would be or do when I grew up. Even if I had, I never would have imagined it being as wonderful as it has turned out to be. :)
What would make you a better person?
Never having PMS!
List all the LJers on your friends list you've actually met in "real life" before. Post this on your own LiveJournal, and ask all of your friends to do it as well.
These are the people I've met: _haydee_,angelsjoshie, bioniclesz, clothofdreams, emkay_smiles, fealinde_13, homeofmyown, jennymae, jkgeroo, laraemily, melyndie, mrsaudio, patrick___, pianistamy, ransomedsea, savetheolives, siemova, shooless, shorty1114, sicilianocalvo, and violetvale, and windandtherain.
(from ransomedsea and savetheolives)
Head to IMDB.com and look up ten of your favorite movies. List three plot keywords for each movie, and then see which of your friends can guess what movie you're talking about.
1. No opening credits, Adopted son, Car bomb
2. Adversity, Death of Hero, Birthday Party
3. Unwanted Guest, Swimming, Bed Jumping
4. Whimsical, Senior Citizen, Zoo
5. Plate Glass, Piano, Fiancee
6. Navel Officer, Corset, Anti-Hero
7. Hidden Corpse, New York, Honeymoon
8. Rhyming Slang, Elevator Shaft, Mormon
9. Quicksand, Arranged Marriage, Funny Accent
10. Lyrical, Mockery, Presumed Dead
sir_flute gave me the letter 'P'.
01. Perfectionist: something I've been accused of being, to my surprise. Perhaps in certain parts of life.
02. Parrot: something I think my favorite saint would have...?
03. People: I have mixed feelings about them.
04. Poetry: I like some of it. I should read more of it.
05. Personality: I wish I knew if other people liked mine.
06. Penelope: something I would never name my daughter. (Also something I pronounce in my head as PEN-a-lope, and have to think about the correct way to say it before I speak.)
07. Pratchett, Terry: Best British humourist evah. Or at least of this century, because there are a lot of other British humourists I love (who are mostly older and Dead).
08. Pippi: As a girl I loved Pippi Longstocking; then I grew up and loved Pippi DeLena.
09. Patrons, library: definitely have mixed feelings about these, too. I love some of 'em. Some of them are insane. And a few are the dregs of humanity.
10. Photography: something I love to do, provided it's digital.
LJ Interests meme results
Statistically proven (sez I) to promote Brain Health and Growth.
Of which mine is DEAD. *wails*
My favorite? That would be black...no, red...on second thought, make it brown. Or maybe plum. Or is that more a shade of burgandy? So many shades, too few names.
- fairy tales:
Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful princess named Mari...
Amo l'Italia: la lingua, la coltura, l'alimento, la gente. Spero di sposare un gangster italiano handsome e ricco. Vivremo in Sicilia e saremo molto felici (Forsake i suoi sensi criminali dopo che siamo sposati, naturalmente.)
- minor-key hymns:
An interest I share with savetheolives.
When bored, I think about paradoxes, and the paradox of it all keeps me occupied for hours.
Um...I would say something satirical, but I'm not that bright right now.
I like to sing. Yes. Blame my parents.
Ho hum. I like to write. Sometimes I'm good at it. The one thing I've written that I really, really like I won't show to anyone. Isn't that ironic?
Enter your LJ user name, and 10 interests will be selected from your interest list.
eattheolives is Me because I got into LJ through the influence of my best friend savetheolives, and being the type to want to annoy her whenever possible, I determined that while she was saving those precious olives, I would eat them (even though I, in fact, detest green olives and only mildly enjoy black olives. I do, however, love olive oil.)
1. Total number of books owned:
As close as I can remember, I'm up to 470, not counting the stacks of at least another 30+ that I've bought recently and haven't had time to catalog yet. Eeep.
2. Last book bought:
The Encyclopedia of Philsophy, all four volumes. My mom is going to KILL me.
3. Last book read:
It's Only a Movie, a biography of Alfred Hitchcock. You'd like it, savetheolives.
4. Five [favorite/impressionable] reads:
This is really hard...
1. Gone With the Wind
2. Lord of the Rings (so I'm cheating and it's three books plus the Hobbit plus the Sil, who cares?)
4. C. S. Lewis (cheating again!)
5. The Pendragon Cycle (which has, incidentally, seven books. Mwaha!)
So we have GWtW, which is the size of at least two books, a series with arguably 3-6 books, Lewis who wrote multitudes of books, and a seven book series. Pretty good for only five spaces.
5. Currently reading:
Voices from the Front, The Sunday Philosophy Club, The Illiad, and literally--yes, literally--a stack of books two feet high by my bed which I can't remember all the titles of because it's late and I'm tired.