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Stuff I'm Doing

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  1. Keeping up after the Shmoog.
  2. That pretty much speaks for itself.

  3. Knitting.
  4. Not hanging around Ravelry as much as perhaps previously, but I have been making Jayne hats.  I even sold one on Artfire!  My Etsy account has yet to yield a sale, but I continue to live in hope.

    I'm also auctioning one off for charity: Save Peter & Ericka's Accessible House

  5. Arguing with my phone.
  6. It's dying.  It's a freebie phone that came with the cell plan about three years ago.  It turns off randomly, and will sometimes power up again.

    As soon as the tax return comes in, I will have no more excuses not to get an iPhone.

  7. Blogging.
  8. At least in theory.  I have a number of places of my own, but most recently I've joined up at Gender Goggles, and done a total of One!  One Guest Post there.  I have another that needs to be written, which I'll aim for this week, if the Shmoog's teething will calm down long enough for me to concentrate and write simultaneously.

  9. Making friends.
  10. A regrettably necessary activity when one is in a new city.  I helped a friend start packing/loading truck last night for a move that is taking until the end of the month to be completed; I plan to at least try to attend a moms' group meeting Tuesday evening; a young woman I met through a knitting group has been invited over for dinner Thursday; a crafting/clothing swap night is planned in about two weeks amongst a group of friends to whom tanglethis introduced me.

    I have a good start, it seems.

Another meme

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Because pnkrokhockeymom  asked so nicely. ;)

Answer these in the comments, and post the questions to your own blog if you want to have others answer them for you.

01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favorite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
27) What's your favorite place to hang out at?
28) Do you believe in ghosts?
29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30) Do you swear a lot?
31) Biggest pet peeve?
32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
34) Favourite and least favourite food?
35) Do you believe in God?
36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?


Moving changes things

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So I can update this now:

visited 19 states (38%)

Pennsylvania added, and other eastern seaboard states will probably follow relatively shortly.

Welcome to my meme collection.

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Because that's apparently all I do here.  Stolen from hillarygayle.

Bold what you've tried, strike what you don't want to try, and italicize the ones you actively want to try (as opposed to "I'd try it if you put it in front of me, but won't seek it out").

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (if you count Alligator, which I have had)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder

33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (only HOT counts!)
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (so long ago I can hardly remember it)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (why are these all together? They are so not the same.)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain (OMG so good)
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare (well, it was rabbit)
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

An Announcement -- and another meme

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We're moving to Philadelphia.  By the end of this month.  Joel got a job there (yay!) and we'll be trying to throw our lives together in a van or car in the next week and a half.

Needless to say, there's a lot to do, and not enough time to do it in.  Sleep is one of them.

In light of having something on this LJ, somewhere, I decided I had just enough energy to summon up a music meme, for my own enjoyment.  (Actually, I stole it from <lj user=girlwithoutfear>.

So here it is:  The Top 100 Songs from my high school graduating year, 1995.

Bold == liked it

Italics == not particularly fond of it, but it can get stuck in my head

Strikethrough == didn't like it
otherwise unmarked == don't know it or don't care.

1. Gangsta's Paradise, Coolio

2. Waterfalls, TLC
3. Creep, TLC
4. Kiss From A Rose, Seal
5. On Bended Knee, Boyz II Men
6. Another Night, Real McCoy
7. Fantasy, Mariah Carey
8. Take A Bow, Madonna
9. Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days), Monica
10. This Is How We Do It, Montell Jordan
11. I Know, Dionne Farris
12. Water Runs Dry, Boyz II Men
13. Freak Like Me, Adina Howard
14. Run-Around, Blues Traveler
15. I Can Love You Like That, All-4-One
16. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?, Bryan Adams
17. Always, Bon Jovi
18. Boombastic/In The Summertime, Shaggy
19. Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Nicki French
20. You Gotta Be, Des'ree
21. You Are Not Alone, Michael Jackson
22. Hold My Hand, Hootie and The Blowfish
23. One More Chance-Stay With Me, Notorious B.I.G.
24. Here Comes The Hotstepper, Ini Kamoze
25. Candy Rain, Soul For Real
26. Let Her, w Hootie and The Blowfish
27. I Believe, Blessid Union Of Souls
28. Red Light Special, TLC
29. Runaway, Janet Jackson
30. Strong Enough, Sheryl Crow
31. Colors Of The Wind, Vanessa Williams
32. Someone To Love, Jon B.
33. Only Wanna Be With You, Hootie and The Blowfish
34. If You Love Me, Brownstone
35. In The House Of Stone And Light, Martin Page
36. I Got 5 On It, Luniz
37. Baby, Brandy
38. Run Away, Real McCoy
39. As I Lay Me Down, Sophie B. Hawkins
40. He's Mine, Mokenstef
41. December, Collective Soul
42. I'll Be There For You-You're All I Need To Get By, Method Man-Mary J. Blige
43. Shy Guy, Diana King
44. I'm The Only One, Melissa Etheridge
45. Every Little Thing I Do, Soul For Real
46. Before I Let You Go, BLACKstreet
47. Big Poppa/Warning, Notorious B.I.G.
48. Sukiyaki, 4 P.M.
49. I Wanna Be Down, Brandy
50. I'll Make Love To You, Boyz II Men
51. Dear Mama/Old School, 2Pac
52. Hold On, Jamie Walters
53. Keep Their Heads Ringin', Dr. Dre
54. The Rhythm Of The Night, Corona
55. Roll To Me, Del Amitri
56. Scream/Childhood, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
57. Freek'n You, Jodeci
58. I Wish, Skee-lo
59. Believe, Elton John
60. Carnival, Natalie Merchant
61. You Don't Know How It Feels, Tom Petty
62. Back For Good, Take That
63. Tootsee Roll, 69 Boyz
64. You Want This-70's Love Groove, Janet Jackson
65. Tell Me, Groove Theory
66. Can't You See, Total
67. All I Wanna Do, Sheryl Crow
68. This Lil' Game We Play, Subway
69. Come And Get Your Love, Real McCoy
70. This Ain't A Love Song, Bon Jovi
71. Secret, Madonna
72. Player's Anthem, Junior M.A.F.I.A.
73. Feel Me Flow, Naughty By Nature
74. Every Day Of The Week, Jade
75. The Sweetest Days, Vanessa Williams
76. Short Dick Man, 20 Fingers Featuring Gillette
77. Brokenhearted, Brandy
78. No More "I Love You's", Annie Lennox
79. You Used To Love Me, Faith Evans
80. Constantly, Immature
81. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, U2
82. 100% Pure Love, Crystal Waters
83. Ask Of You, Raphael Saadiq
84. Sugar Hill, Az
85. Good, Better Than Ezra
86. Brown Sugar, D'angelo
87. Turn The Beat Around, Gloria Estefan
88. 'Til You Do Me Right, After 7
89. 1st Of Tha Month, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
90. Like The Way I Do If I Wanted To, Melissa Etheridge
91. I Live My Life For You, Firehouse
92. Dream About You-Funky Melody, Stevie B
93. Cotton Eye Joe, Rednex
94. Thank You, Boyz II Men
95. I'll Stand By You, Pretenders
96. I Miss You, N II U
97. Give It 2 You, Da Brat
98. Best Friend, Brandy
99. Misery, Soul Asylum
100. Can't Stop Lovin' You, Van Halen

To pick your year, go to and type the year you graduated in the search box.

Semi-seasonal post: Book meme!

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So madscott  had this up, and I figured, what the hell.

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)


1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (to be fair, I know I've read most, if not all of it)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (are you kidding? that's one entry???)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (duplication much?)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare (and yet a single Shakespeare work appears in the list)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Total count: 25 read
(because, yo, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is part of the Chronicles of Narnia.  Can't really count it twice.)

Copy Cat

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Because girlwithoutfear has one up for the U.S., I had to do this again too. (If you want to go to the northern western states sometime, girlwithoutfear, let me know, and we might finagle a trip together. I've never been there either.)

As this map shows:

create your own visited states map

Of course, I have to do the world map as well:

create your own visited countries map

No other substance today. I'd really like to do some more traveling, though, since I'm thinking about it. Not to the northern prairies today, though. It's cold enough here.


Oops. I missed November.

Well, I didn't miss the whole MONTH. Just the part in it where I have something to divulge in the super-secret or somewhat-secret-friends-only posts, or even just the ho-hum-this-is-today posts that used to be the exclusive justification for putting myself out in the blogosphere, anyway. These days, my purpose is less venting, more, well, sometimes more ranting, sometimes examining, sometimes calling-out. Just not in the way I used to do things. Generally "examining the world and calling people out (and ranting)", rather than "engaging in intense navel-gazing, calling out for support (and ranting)".

My focus has shifted.

I am, however, going to do something of value today. I'm cleaning out my friends list.

If I don't remember you, or don't remember how I'm supposed to know you, sorry, I won't be keeping up anymore. I am probably going to unsubscribe from myriad communities as well, since I'm not really keeping up with them anyway (Sorry, scans_daily. I know where to find you.)

Paring down for simplicity's sake: an all-too-necessary undertaking. Never pleasant, always rewarding.


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Yup, I'm lazy.

Okay, not lazy. Busy. Working a lot does this for me: it makes me spend less time on the computer, and more time with the people around me. But this is my Friday night, for this week at least, and I'm determined to make a bit more of a connection with folks in other places than my home and town.

So I've put a bit out there. The rest of the afternoon will be devoted to catching up with all of you.

This return to LJ brought to you by bluecanarykit and mipish and the number 3.

Big reading week + meme!

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I finally picked up fun reading about two weeks ago, and have ripped through three novels in that time (in addition to doing my homework, yet). During the heap big studying I did for my exams, the only fun reading I could manage had to have pictures, or, better yet, was only pictures. I was sufficiently brain-fried from reading literature that novels weren't even a possibility until about... well... two weeks ago.

I started off with the bookstore lady's recommendation, Absolution by Murder by Peter Tremayne. The recommendation came on the basis that I liked (okay seriously <3 !) the Brother Cadfael mysteries by Ellis Peters. This is a similar genre, and I thought, okay, give it a shot.

What I got was a rather predictable reading experience: I knew who committed the murder within the first 80 pages, and I had seized upon this person as a suspect before the first 40 were up. After that it was all a matter of seeing 1) what happened 2) what nuances led the heroine to solve the mystery. In spite of a few brief high points (the final scene revealing all, a clear homage to Agatha Christie's parlor scenes; a couple of nice twists and turns; the incredible amount of historical detail) I was horribly disappointed by a number of things.
What really frustrated me is under the cut.Collapse )
The next book was An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters.

This was a more satisfying read, even if it left me with some things to ponder.Collapse )
And now for something completely different.

The third book I (re-)read The Golden Compass this week, so in honor of that, here's my daemon! black_kitty reminded me of it, so I thought I'd do this again. I did this before when Kit had this in her LJ, and I had an ocelot daemon named Brynn. My 'new' daemon is...

I started the second book in the series, The Subtle Knife today, and am already a full 50 pages into it, in spite of many other activities.

One of which was getting a job.

I was hired on today to work in Produce at The Merc which honestly tickles me pink. I've been looking for a while now and was beginning to think that everyone would consider me 'overqualified', which is, quite frankly, annoying as hell.

In any case, I'm going to be learning a lot about fresh stuff, which is good, since I like to 1) cook it and 2) eat it. I plan to further my culinary education with the classes they offer there (not a bad thing, and they're free to employees!)

And I'll have a few days off (once the lady on maternity leave comes back) to do what I want, which is working towards becoming a real live translator.


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