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I keep seeing things on Facebook about self-care and how to spot a narcissist and ending toxic relationships and if your partner/spouse/significant other does this and this and this, just walk away, and it all leads me to wonder if I was the problem, and he was just following all of this advice before it became meme-tastic. After all, I know I'm not a nice person. But...I didn't mind him spending time with the guys -- I encouraged it. I didn't ever say a word about him coming home with yet another motorcycle -- or dog (and let's not forget who ended up taking care of those dogs). I forgave him for how he treated me for seven months. (I have not yet forgiven him for anything else.) I didn't constantly pick at him about the house not being finished. I thought I was a good wife. But maybe the problem was me, and I just didn't see it.
malinaldarose: (icon of rassilon)
Because I have probably had too much caffeine today and am not really sleepy, I give you a questionnaire that I stole from someone earlier today....

Name a TV show series in which you have seen every episode at least twice:
Battlestar Galactica (the original), Star Trek (the original), Stargate SG1, The Tomorrow People (the original; given that I used to watch it twice a day, I'd say it wins hands down).

Name a (current) show you can't miss:
Doctor Who

Name an actor that would make you more inclined to watch a show:

Name an actor who would make you less likely to watch a show:
Er... If primarily movie actors count, then Nicholas Cage.

Name a show you can, and do, quote from:
Star Trek, Monthy Python (of course), Doctor Who, Babylon 5 (generally Delenn's line about crotchety not being a real word), Buffy.

Name a show you like that no one else enjoys:
No one? It's beginning to look like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. falls into that category.

Name a TV show which you’ve been known to sing the theme song:
The Greatest American Hero. Have the sheet music, too.

Name a show you would recommend everyone to watch:
Um... I can't think of one that I actually like that would appeal to everyone.

Name a TV series you own:
Buffy, Angel, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Wonder Woman, Campion, Cadfael, Robin of Sherwood, Stargate SG1, Forever Knight, Battlestar Galactica (both versions), The Tomorrow People (the first two versions), Torchwood....

What is your favourite episode of your favourite series?
"I, Mudd" from Star Trek. "Window of Opportunity" from Stargate SG1, though "200" is pretty funny, too.

A show you mean to watch, but you just haven’t gotten around to yet:
The rest of the remake of Battlestar Galactica. I saw up to about a quarter of the way through the third season, then we had the cable disconnected. The rest of The Sarah Jane Adventures (I've seen the first season).

Ever quit watching a show because it was so bad?
Yes. Other people thought it was great, but it bored me to tears, or I lost interest.

Name a show you aren't interested in watching, not in the least:
Any sitcom. I pretty much loathe the form. (Though I have to confess that I loved The Vicar of Dibley, so maybe it's American sitcoms?)

Name a show that’s made you cry multiple times:
Can't think of one offhand.

Oldest TV show you like?
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. -- though I can't stand Napoleon Solo. I like spotting people that I recognize from later shows. I used to occasionally watch Mission: Impossible, too; is that later? I know Star Trek is.

Newest TV show you like?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Do you suppose the damned periods are an homage to U.N.C.L.E.?)

What do you eat when you watch TV?
Anything that isn't nailed down. Merlin hates it when I gnaw on him.

How often do you watch TV?
That depends on how you define TV. If you mean "as it airs," not very often. If it's "anything playing on the tube," then generally every evening, as I watch a lot of DVDs.

Do you have a favorite talk show?
I generally loathe talk shows (though not nearly as much as sitcoms), but I do like Graham Norton.

What’s the last TV show you watched?
Er...the Marvel special that was on last week?

What’s your favourite/preferred genres of TV?

What's your least favourite genre of TV?
I may have mentioned sitcoms?

What was the first TV show you were obsessed with?
The Tomorrow People. (The original.) Then Star Trek. Then Doctor Who. There were shows I loved before that, of course (The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, but those were the first ones that I was truly obsessed with...although I did have a Jaime Somers doll, and occasionally played WW when I was forced to put my book down and go outside. (Usually the neighborhood kids were playing Justice League.))

What TV show do you wish you never watched?
Oh, I dunno...Pawn Stars? My aunt and uncle's taste in television is sometimes disappointing, so when I'm visiting out there, I end up watching stuff I'd never watch on my own. Like American Pickers, or America's Got Talent. Ugh.

What’s the weirdest show you enjoyed?
Weirdest? I have no idea.

What TV show scared you the most?
I remember being terrified of Star Trek as a little kid. And Space: 1999.

What is the funniest TV show you have ever watched?
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Favorite host: Clive Anderson)

Which do you think is the best TV series ever made?
I have no idea.
malinaldarose: (dw question marks)
Never can resist a questionnaire....

1. Make a list of 5 things that you can see without getting up:
Other than keyboard and monitor, I presume?
a. Nail polish (Revlon Twinkled Pink)
b. Silvina the Kindle
c. Three photos of me: at age 3, at age 19, at age 39.
d. Packing tape.
e. A mess.

2. How do you style your hair?
What is this "style" of which you speak? When it's long, I simply blow it dry. When it's short, as it is now, it's wavy, and it always dries every which way, so I blow it dry with a comb and if I have time (or sometimes in the evening), I get after it with a wide-barrelled curling iron.

3. What are you wearing now?
Sweatpants, mock turtleneck, sweatshirt that is so old the fleece is pretty much worn off the underside.

4. What's your occupation?
Medicaid examiner. And now you know just as much as you did before.

5. What do you hear right now?
Nothing. It's quiet. Too quiet. Which probably means that a dog is up to something in the back part of the house, since I left the gate open.

6. Who was the last person you hugged?
I don't hug people. I was hugged, however, by my friend C at her mother's visitation. More than once, in fact.

7. What is/was for dinner?
I'll let you know when I get that far.

8. What did you do today?
So far, I have dug my van out of the very heavy snow we had overnight and delivered it to the garage (this took much longer than it sounds). Then I walked home. Then I frowned at the snow plow, which, going by as I was walking up my street threw more shit into my driveway. Then I came into the house and had breakfast. Then I cleaned the kitchen counter and tidied the breakfast bar behind it (which hadn't been cleaned in months; I'm still debating if I should put the tools away or leave them there for when I get back to putting up ceiling tiles and/or scraping wallpaper).

Right now, I'm waiting for the garage to call and let me know how much this is going to hurt.

9. Dog person or cat person?
Depends on the day.

10. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
Sarah Megan Rose Elizabeth Grace Victorine.

What? You asked.

11. What was the last thing that you bought?
I ordered some CDs the other night.

12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I'm sort of fixated on Paris right now, but there are all sorts of places I would go.

13. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Right here. At this desk. Probably on this laptop, completing a LJ meme. How terribly pathetic.

14. Where's your birthmark?
Why are you presuming that I have one?

15. What are you doing this weekend?
I was contemplating an SCA event, but whether I drive to Buffalo for it or not will depend on two things: the weather and the van.

16. What is the best flavor of Jello?
It's Jell-O. There are flavors other than cherry?

17. How tired are you?
Not as tired as I could be or will be later after I've finished shoveling the driveway and slogged back up to the garage.
malinaldarose: (tv jareth)
Suggest to me (if you please):

1. A book I should read.

2. A movie I should see.

3. A CD/band I should listen to.

4. A TV show I should be watching.
malinaldarose: (Default)
The Alphabet Meme: stolen from lots of people.

A - Age: 43

B - Bed size: Queen.

C - Chore you hate: Um...all of them?

D - Don't eat: mushrooms. Ugh.

E - Essential start-your-day item: Toothbrush.

F - Favorite board game: Trivial Pursuit.

G - Gold or silver: Silver, mostly. I have a few pieces of gold-colored jewelry, but I mostly wear gold with red, and I don't wear red that often. In fact, I am wearing red today, but wearing silver earrings because they're set with garnets. I have two gold rings: my wedding bands. One is white gold and has been remade into a ring I never wear; the other is yellow gold.

H - Height: 5' 5".

I - Instruments you play: I used to play the piano and flute (and piccolo, but if you play the flute, you can pretty much play the piccolo, so it doesn't necessarily count).

J - Job title: Examiner. I think the state makes it sound much fancier: social services welfare examiner or some such nonsense, but in this county, it's just examiner. And it's a separate title from Case Worker, which is four paygrades higher and solely in Child and Adult Protective Services.

K - Kid(s): On toast!

L - Love or lust: Meh.

M - Mom's name: Mom. Duh.

N - Nicknames: Fred. Lore. You bitch.

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: None.

P - Pants or pantyhose: If you're trying to stay warm, then pantyhose certainly don't count. But I don't wear 'em, anyway. I wear long enough skirts that I can get away with knee highs. When I wear skirts.

Q - Favorite movie quote: Just one? But there are so many to choose from!
  • "Oh, no! You did not just shoot that green shit at me!"
  • "Humor. It is a difficult concept. It is not logical."
  • I've got a bad feeling about this.
  • She does not get eaten by eels at this time. (Really, that entire movie is quotable.)

R - Right or left handed: Right.

S - Siblings: One of each.

T - Time you wake up: In the morning.

U - Underwear: Hanes.

V - Vegetable favorite: Edamame.

W - Ways you run late: The usual -- doing something else when I should be getting ready to go.

X - X-rays you've had: The standard assortment.

Y - Yummy food you make: Toll House cookies.

Z - Zoo favorite: I can't remember the last time I was at the zoo... No, wait. It was probably when my first husband and I went to the Toronto Zoo on our honeymoon. That was twenty-three years ago.
malinaldarose: (aragorn no beeps)
I am stealing this from a couple of different people....

The book I am reading: I am actually reading a couple at the moment. At my desk (so I can take notes), I am reading Robin Hood (non-fiction, historical, research for a SCA project) by J. C. Holt. The other book is The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen, and I have just started it, so I can't really say where it's going.

The book I am writing: I've been giving a lot of thought lately to my Let's See If I Can Write Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance project. I'm reasonably certain that I could pull it off if I could figure out how to structure the main character's history. There's also the aforementioned SCA project.

The book I love most: You know what? I think I'm going to say The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper, because even after all these years, it still means a lot to me.

The last book I received as a gift: Um. People don't generally give me books as gifts... I think it might have been the three paranormal romances and book of Latin insults that MyAuntie and Nuncle gave me when I was out there last summer. Well, plus the boxful of Tom Swift, Jr. and Star Trek books, of course.

The last book I gave as a gift: I don't know if these count, really, because I haven't given them yet, but I bought my niece a gorgeous omnibus of The Chronicles of Narnia and I pre-ordered a copy of Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them for My Twin for her birthday because she is absolutely a Whedonista. But neither book has been given yet; the Lewis is for Christmas and Whedonistas won't be released for another week or two, and the birthday isn't until the end of the month.

The nearest book on my desk: If we're talking on my desk, then it would have to be Jack the Giant-Killer by Charles de Lint, which is next to its sequel Drink Down the Moon, which is next to Eyes Like Leaves, which is next to the 2007 Novel & Shorty Story Writer's Market, which is next to a LibraryThing Early Readers proof of Busted Flush (which I shamefully never wrote the review of, but since it was all about things falling apart while my life was falling apart around me, I just couldn't). On the other side, an equal distance away is Skypoint by Phil Ford (a Torchwood tie-in) and just beyond that is the aforementioned Robin Hood. We won't even get into the fact that I'm sitting in a room with three floor-to-ceiling four-to-five-foot-wide bookcases....
malinaldarose: (dw question marks)'s New Year's Eve. Big, fat, hairy deal. I am stealing this from Moggy, because I can't find it in my own archive, even though I know I've done it before.... End-Of-Year Meme )
malinaldarose: (santa)

The rules:
Step One:
  • Make a post (public, friends locked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

  • If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves)
    could get in touch with you.

  • Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two
  • Surf around your friendslist (or friends friends, or just random journals, or [ profile] holiday_wishes/[ profile] wish_list) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
    • If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

    • You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

    • There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special. here's my list -- and note that there's not a Stupid Holiday Sweatshirt in the bunch....

1. This necklace. Or anything else phoenix-y, like this saucer and teacup.

2. My upstairs bathroom finished. My house needs a lot of work, but most of it, I can probably finish on my own, or with minimal help. But the bathroom? It's been stripped to the studs, there's a bit of floor just not there (because who needs floor if it's only going to be hidden under the bathtub, right?), and there are no fixtures in it, so it needs wiring and plumbing, two things about which I know absolutely nothing and which I can't fake, like I can the mudding and painting and whatever that the rest of the place needs.

3. The exterior scraped and painted. I have paint -- assuming that it's still good after sitting in the basement for two years -- but it needs to be tinted, because I want the house to be repainted sage-and-eggplant, rather than white-and-black.

4. Hell, while I'm making wishes for my house, I want the full-on remodeling of the first floor that I was promised, with the bathroom moved to where the dining room is, thus enlarging the kitchen, the French doors to the patio (and a deck to replace the patio, please!) and the gas fireplace in the "family" room. Oh, and a hot tub would be nice. I mean, while I'm wishin', here....

5. Dog toys that will interest the dogs but that they can't destroy with a few hours' gnawing -- they won't touch the Kongs.

6. Patience. With my dogs and cats, with my clients, with myself. But especially with Cruiser.

7. A Y membership. I have the Weight Watchers basics, and I can find the discipline. But winters are too sloppy around here to walk outdoors unless you're into winter sports, which I am not; the walking/biking trail that I use the rest of the year is not maintained in the winter and becomes an icy death broken limb trap. Aside from the indoor walking track, there are the exercise machines, too, and the pool. I should probably learn to swim, since it terrifies me.

8. I collect Grossett & Dunlap Companion Library books...though I already have three copies of the blue/purple Grimm's Fairy Tales, including my own tattered, childhood copy. I have a couple of the double-books (Aladdin/Aesop's Fables, Five Little Peppers/Alice), Black Beauty, Huck Finn, and Heidi. Of Grossett & Dunlaps' other series, I also collect vintage Nancy Drew books (the older, the better, though I'm also looking for the '70s editions that I had as a kid (and passed on to a niece who destroyed them)), Tom Swift, Jr. (though I now have most of the first twenty-five in the series, since MyNuncle passed his on to me this past summer), The Dana Girls, Connie Blair, Rick Brant, and Tom Corbett (Space Cadet!).

9. Photography books -- which is to say books on technique, not books of pretty pictures.

10. Anything from my wishlists, which should be here, if I did this correctly. Ah, wait, I see. Each sublist has its own URL: Dr. Who/Torchwood, DVDs, Music, SCA stuff, etc.

Doctor Who?

Dec. 2nd, 2010 12:18 pm
malinaldarose: (tardis_bright)
Here's the latest incarnation of the Thirty Days of... Meme. I find I lost patience with it dragging it out like that, so here it is in all its glory....
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malinaldarose: (arwen_reading)
I was tagged over on FB for this, but probably won't post it there, so I'll post it here. The same people will see it anyway.... I'll just change the formatting a little bit.

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malinaldarose: (bored now)
This went around a few years ago, and it seems like time to resurrect it.... (Also, I'm bored.)
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malinaldarose: (fawkes)
Because Moggy made me....

1. What time did you get up this morning?
5:40. I allowed myself ten minutes to get over the extremely vivid dreams of disaster preparation, and to decide that I wasn't, in fact, going walkies this morning.

2. How do you like your steak?
In general: cooked. I haven't had steak in over a year; I am not skilled in the cooking of it myself, and each time I've thought of ordering it as a restaurant, the expense has caused me to have something else. Except during my birthday trip last week, when I determined that I was definitely having a steak. I was prevented that day by steak not being on the lunch menu. Figures.

3. What was the last film you saw?
In the theater: RED for a second time, because it really is as funny as the trailer makes it out to be.

At home: Letters to Juliet, which was enjoyable, but I should know better than to watch romantic comedies.

4. What's your favorite TV show?
Currently? I'll have to go with Moggy's answer of Doctor Who, but I can develop obsessions quite quickly -- witness me burning through all five seasons of Bones in the last four months or so.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Given how long I have been deliberating over this question, I guess I'll just stay in my current home. Since I can't go back to the farm (and the poky little house would really annoy me now, where it never did before -- no room for books).

There number six!

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
'Murrikin! I loves me a good bacon cheeseburger! Actually, I've never really given it much thought and, given the somewhat provincial (parochial?) nature of the area in which I live, there aren't many avenues of exploration. You can get Chinese or Mexican and that's pretty much it, unless there's someplace I'm not aware of. Though Wicked Mart is starting to branch out a bit in what they carry, so I suppose experimentation might be in order.

8. What foods do you dislike?
Oh, good grief. The list is long: squash, mushrooms, peppers, venison, most things that are good for me, and so on. Most of the common ingredients in Weight Watchers menus, in fact.

9. Favorite place to eat?
Lately, it's been at my desk, so I can close the door between me and Teh Starvening.

Oh, you mean restaurant-wise? Well, there's this place uptown that I've loved since I was a little girl, when I used to get mashed potatoes and gravy. Back then, it was dark and everything was red. Now it's large, much brighter and the decor is mostly in greens.

10. Favorite dressing?
The honey mustard dressing at the aforementioned favorite restaurant.

11. What kind of car do you drive?
A Dodge Caravan with no backseats -- for various reasons.

12. What are your favorite clothes?
Depends on the situation. At home, sweats and warm things. For work, I have this turtleneck in the Dress Gordon tartan of which I am exceedingly fond (and, yes, I have worn it this week). For SCA events, I've been wearing a black undergown and either a wine or blue sideless surcote. Tomorrow, I'll probably wear the wine.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Stonehenge. Newgrange. London. Paris. Tuscany.

14. Cup 1/2 full or 1/2 empty?
There's a cup?

15. Where would you want to retire?
Here would be fine. Assuming that the western business district doesn't overrun my little neighborhood. Actually, I'm sort of half hoping that that does happen and some big corporation wants to pay me many $$ for my house so I can move into one that a) isn't filled with HTWIWM's left-behind junk, and b) didn't need extensive work.

16. Favorite time of day?
3:52 a.m. Kidding. Though I am a morning person.

17. Where were you born?
St. Francis Hospital.

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
I loathe sports. Though I did learn a lot about football by having to watch it with my first husband. (Oh, yes. There were many times when he required me to watch the game with him.)

19. Who do you think will not tag me back?
Um. Tag you?

20. Person you think will tag you back first?
What is this obsession with tagging?

21. Who are you most curious about their responses?
About whose responses are you most curious? Whose responses are you most interested in?

22. Bird watcher?

23. Are you a morning or a night person?
See above re: favorite time of day.

24. Do you have any pets?
The Pack is down to two: Cruiser (nine-year-old malamute, whose only thoughts are "lovelovelove" and "feedmefeedmefeedme") and Sheila (ten-year-old leggy mutt whose thoughts include "chasethecatchasethecatchasethecat" and "digdigdigdig"). Oddly enough, I've never referred to the cats by a collective noun of any sort. There are three: His Imperial Majesty Merlin I (Emperor of All Known Universes, Except the Boring Ones), Kethri (His Consort), and Princess Nimue Isis Morgana The Starving.

25. Any new or exciting news you'd like to share?
What, you mean that I haven't already? You're kidding, right?

26. What did you want to be when you were little?
According to the time capsule that was buried at me elementary school (it was new, then) when I was in kindergarten and opened when I was a senior in high school, I wanted to be a mommy. *gag* I have also wanted to be a ballerina, an astronaut, and a writer. Guess which one stuck.

27. What is your best childhood memory?
Best? I don't know about best. How about random, instead: My second grade teacher often gave us our vocabulary words scrambled; our task was to unscramble them. One time, I got my paper back with one particular word scribbled out as vigorously as possible in red marker. The vocabulary word was actually supposed to be HITS. I wrote something a bit different, as did my best friend at the time, and I remember our conversation about it, because we both knew that the word we were coming up with was one we weren't supposed to use....

28. Are you a cat or dog person?'re not really paying attention to this conversation, are you.

30. Always wear your seat belt?
Of course...when I'm in the front seat. Oddly enough, I do not, when I'm in back.

31. Been in a car accident?
Yes. Three, if I am remembering correctly. The last one occurred on my very last day of college. I was headed home from my very last final exam and was waiting to turn left at a stoplight. An idiot child who was barely legal to drive was looking for a business that was five miles up the road and drove straight into the back of my car. I loved that car.

The other two both occurred when I was a child, and I remember my parents making me stay in the car -- which scared the daylights out of me, because I knew from TV that when cars collided, they exploded.

32. Any pet peeves?
To borrow [ profile] wintersweet's tag, I have a peeve ranch.

33. Favorite pizza toppings?
Cheese, cheese, cheese, cheese, pepperoni, hamburger, cheese, bacon, cheese, cheese and cheese. Oh, did I mention cheese?

34. Favorite flower?
Violets. I adore violets.

35. Favorite ice cream?
Ben & Jerry's Karamel Sutra.

36. Favorite famous fast food restaurant?
Er...Burger King, I suppose. Or Wendy's; the only reason I go to BK more is that Wendy's is across town and more expensive.

37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test?
Once. Everyone had told me that my test would just be a trip around the block, so when the tester told me to go through the light, I heard go to the light and got into the left-turn lane. He failed me right then, and as he got out of the car, said, "See you next week." And next week, I passed.

38. From whom did you get your last email?
I subscribe to a number of mailing lists. I have no idea from whom my last email came. (Also, bonus points to the author of this questionnaire for using "whom.")

39. From which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Or, if you mean brick-and-mortar stores, Barnes & Noble.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
Not really. I am not Spontaneous Lass.

41. Like your job?
I loathe my job. But it pays well and has good benefits.

42. Broccoli?
Fish custard?

43. What was your favorite vacation?
I quite enjoyed the two times that HTWIWM and I went to the Outer Banks. I have also enjoyed every trip I've made to my Auntie and Nuncle's house in Michigan. This past summer's was quite fun.

44. Last person you went to dinner with?
My best friend on Sunday night. She treated me for my birthday.

45. What are you watching right now?
Letters appearing on my screen.

46. Favorite color?
Blue! No, yellow! Aaaaaaaaaa!

47. How many tattoos do you have?
Just Fawkes. (See icon.)

48. Are you in love?

49. Have you jumped out of a perfectly good airplane?
No. Nor am I likely to, being not a) stupid, or b) brave enough.

50. How tall are you?
5' 5".
malinaldarose: (Default)
So I asked my mother why she didn't tell me that her chinois set was in the garage and I could have it if I had a use for it. Her response? "I did, yesterday¹."

Um, yeah, okay, Ma. Maybe in the Mirror Universe, Goatee-Ma told Goatee-Me that, but in this one? Not so much, or I wouldn't've spent almost $30 to buy one for myself.

But there's no point in arguing with her; her memory shapes the universe. (Remind me to tell all y'all sometime how much and how angry it makes me.)
I spent about forty-five minutes standing talking to my other neighbor -- the new² one -- over the fence yesterday afternoon. I try to avoid talking to him because he talks and talks and talks and talks. He doesn't seem to know how to end a conversation -- which I understand, as it's a failing I have myself sometimes. But honestly. All I wanted to know was whether or not he still wanted the wood from the crabapple tree; since it's been a year since he said he'd take it, I didn't just want to chuck it over the fence. I didn't need to know that he is already refinancing, I didn't need to know how much he paid to have the place painted or what a half-assed job the painters did (I could see that for myself, as they clearly didn't scrape before painting), I didn't need to know where he got all his plants, or that my previous neighbor left the place a mess.

In fact, I was very much annoyed with him over that last, because he just goes on and on and on and on about what a horrible person she was without thinking to ask if we might have been friends. Which we were, and I already knew about the bad treatment she'd had at their hands and how quickly she had to move out, so it's no wonder if the place wasn't spotless when they moved in. She was out of there at midnight Saturday and they were moving in twelve hours later.

But...he may know someone interested in the Thrice-Damned Loader....
Also? The person on Facebook who wrote "visa vie?" I hope she was talking about the shopping life, but I'm doubting it.
My new garb arrived on Saturday and I tried it on last evening. The necklines on the two kirtles are a skosh too wide, as I expected, and, unfortunately, the white one has the same problem I had with the one I got earlier this year: my unders show through. Guess I won't be wearing that one under a sideless surcote. I think I'll wear the black kirtle under the wine-colored sideless to Harvest Raid next weekend, though. The long-range forecast is calling for sun and weak autumnal warmth. At least the close sleeves of the kirtle mean that I won't end up with my sleeve tangled around my bowstring, as I did last year when I was wearing the Irish gown with the huge-sleeved chemise....
I played my piano for a bit yesterday afternoon, mostly to see what the dogs would do. They were supremely uninterested, though Merlin was interested enough to jump up on the top and lean over and delicately paw the high keys. It's been a long, long time since I played, and I found that when I got into it, it was more muscle memory than actually reading the music, as I seem to have forgotten how to read the bass clef and couldn't even remember the mnemonic device(s) for naming the notes. I'll have to look those up, I suppose.

But it was a miserable experience; even songs I played relatively well when I was playing all the time were torturous, and they put me in mind of National Honor Society inductions my senior year of high school. For some reason, I got it into my head that I wanted to play the piano at the inductions (I was inducted my junior year, 'cause I'm special), so I made sure to always be noodling around on the piano where the Honor Society president could see me -- and he took the hint and asked me to play.

Most of it was pretty harmless, just mainly background playing during the dinner and while the new inductees were called up, and anything I could play well was suitable, so I was okay...until it was time to play the Alma Mater (and I'm not certain whether that should have quotation marks or be italicized or what; I'm sure it's got a proper title, but I don't know what it is). The OHS alma mater is a bear of a song. It's a dirge with four flats (which means nothing to you if you're not musical), and I think it's a minor key to boot -- not really the sort of thing to inspire school spirit. Although I could play it very well, indeed, on my flute (and being in the band, I had to, though I could never manage to memorize the damned thing for marching band). Playing it on the piano, though.... Oy.

My piano teacher always had me learn the treble line first, then the bass, then put them together. I couldn't do it. I tried really hard. I practiced for hours. I just could not get that stupid song to sound right.

And then it was time for the inductions. I got through most of it okay. Nobody was paying any attention to me, anyway. But then it was time to sing the alma mater.... It started well enough, but I soon lost the thread of it and dropped the bass line altogether, deciding that I'd just finish on a solid chord. Did I mention four flats? Yeah. In the final chord, I missed one...or more...and the sound of the misplayed chord seemed to echo forever³.

I vowed right then never to play the piano in public again, and so far, I haven't. I'll play my flute, but never the piano. For all my hubris as a teen about how musically talented I was, I really only had middling abilities, and they were shown to full advantage that night....
And, finally, a bit o' meme:

Day 8 - A show everyone should watch

Given my television preferences, I can't imagine anyone else actually wanting to watch anything I think they should. So, once again, I have no answer.
¹ This was in an exchange of emails late last evening, so by "yesterday," she means Saturday, when she knew I was looking for one at garage sales.

² For certain values of "new," since he's been living there for well over a year, maybe even two by now.

³ And I heard about it for the rest of the school year, though I'm the only one who remembers it now, of course.

TV Days

Sep. 19th, 2010 02:12 pm
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I finished the second coat of mud in the living and dining room(s) and have moved all the furniture most of the way back to the wall. I won't be sanding for a couple of days even after the stuff dries because my shoulders hurt -- which is going to make archery practice this afternoon very interesting. Well. Maybe it'll rain.

I realized earlier that I am behind on the TV Meme, so here's an attempt to catch up.

Day 5 - A show you hate

Oh, this one's easy. Pick a reality show. Any reality show (with the possible exception of BBC America's The Choir. And What Not To Wear, if that counts as "reality.").

Day 6 - Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show

Another easy one! I have two favorite shows, if you'll recall. For Star Trek, my favorite episode is "I, Mudd." The Enterprise is kidnapped by a crewmember who turns out to be an android named Norman. When they arrive at Norman's chosen destination, the ship's crew -- including, of course, all the stars -- are beamed down to the planet, where they find galactic ne'er-do-well Harry Mudd (previously encountered in "Mudd's Women") enthroned over a Whole Pile of Androids, including a number of beautiful female models ("Let's take the Alices on a trip through Wonderland," says Kirk, later in the episode) -- and a single copy of his wife, who inspired him to go to the stars. And everytime he thought of her, he was inspired to go farther into space.... It's a full-on comedy episode with Spock intoning that he loves one Alice model, but not the other, then stating that logic is a little bird tweeting in a meadow. It has the characters "killing" Scotty with finger-phasers and whistling because he's just too happy to live. The hijinks are all aimed at the androids, of course, to confuse them into catatonia, but the whole thing just gets too ridiculous for words. And I love it.

My favorite episode of Doctor Who is "The Doctor Dances," the second part of a two-part story set in WWII London. It's a story from the first season of the new series, with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor. This is the story that introduces the infamous Capt. Jack Harkness. It's also the story which to really understand the ending, you have to have watched the original series, not just started with the new one. By beginning with Eccleston, you certainly get the idea that there's a lot of mayhem in his past. Well, by this point, he's let Rose know that all his people are gone, and viewers, at least, are aware, even if Rose isn't, that it was somehow the Doctor's fault. So, at the end of "The Doctor Dances," when he cries out with joy that "Just this once, everyone lives!" new viewers will have an understanding of that joy.

But older viewers, those accustomed to how often everyone around the Doctor dies -- some episodes, only the Doctor and his Companion survive -- will have a deeper understanding of what that means for him. Heck, you only have to watch "The Parting of the Ways" to get an idea of how much mayhem surrounds the Doctor.

But that bit, where he spreads his arms and releases the nanogenes to fix all the Gas Mask People, when he tells Rose that "Everyone lives! Just this once, everyone lives!", I always tear up. 'Cause it's just gorgeous.

Day 7 - Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show

Hm. Well, this is easy enough for Doctor Who: My least favorite episode is "The Talongs of Weng Chiang." Set in Victorian London, it features the Fourth Doctor (wearing a deerstalker cap) and Leela (wearing a costume that is women's wear on top, but boy's wear on the bottom, and with her hair in a Gibson Girl poof -- and her Janus thorns in her pocket) roaming around in the dark a lot. It's entirely too long, fairly boring, and always seemed to be the episode that was playing whenever I tried to really get into the show.

Star Trek is harder because I really haven't seen the show in some time -- though I've seen every episode multiple times, of course. I remember not being too terribly fond of "Charlie X," though I don't recall any specifics.
malinaldarose: (scotty_miracles)
Day 4 - Your favorite show ever

I have a tie. A fairly predictable tie, I suppose: Star Trek and Doctor Who.

I was first exposed to Star Trek when I was young enough to find it scary (since I was born in the late '60s, I didn't see it "live"), and I particularly remember a scene from "The Doomsday Machine" that scared the bejesus out of me. We had a black and white TV at the time (we didn't get color (or cable) until I was in junior high -- in about 1980), It was night, and the living room lights were off. My parents were out of the house, out working in the garage. There's a scene in that episode where Kirk is alone on the ruined Constellation, which is about to be destroyed. The transporters aren't working properly, and that driving background music (da-da da-da, DA-da, da-da, da-da, da-da, DA-da, da-da) that means that Something Is Going To Happen is playing...and I had to run out of the room. Seeing the episode when I was older, I found it laughable that I was so frightened as a child, since Kirk's dialogue in the scene is pretty funny. "Now would be a good time, Scotty [to get the transporter working]." It's virtually identical to Chekov's dialogue in Star Trek IV when he and Uhura are aboard the actual Enterprise and radiation from the reactors is interfering with the transporter, in fact.

I was a junior in high school when I really became enamored of the show, thanks in part to the musical Oliver!. (Yeah, there's an exclamation point. Silly, but there you have it.) I was Old Sally (the one who has Oliver's mother's locket; my lines consisted of "Locket! Locket!") and the kid that played...oh, I can't remember the character's name. The one who runs the orphanage and sells Oliver. Anyway, since I had a scene with him, I spent a lot of time in the wings with him and he was a Trekkie. We struck up an impromptu trivia contest one afternoon, and it just snowballed from there.

Doctor Who, on the other hand, took me longer to get into. I caught a few episodes on PBS, but they didn't really make that much sense and they were boring, besides. Turns out I was catching a "Part Two" here and a "Part Four" there. And I seem to remember that they kept showing "The Talons of Weng-Chiang," which is absolutely not among my favorite episodes, and could easily be edited into a four-part episode from a six-parter. Eventually, however, I did catch a few episodes in order and decided that I liked it. When our local (for certain values of "local") PBS station finally picked up some of the Pertwee episodes, I was delighted; I thought, at first that Pertwee, not Hartnell, was the original Doctor -- I had no idea at the time how very long the series had been running. Heck, at that time, it was still running. (Davison was probably just ending his run at the point that I got into the show.)

And...Cruiser just peed a trail literally all the way through the house from the living room to the back door; please excuse me while I go clean that up.

Today's lesson, boys and girls: If Cruiser says he needs to go out, don't ignore him just because it's not "time." (Though if I hadn't been home, he probably would have held it until it was time to go out.)

Now, where was I? Oh, yes. Doctor Who. Although I've seen all of the Pertwee, Baker (Tom), and Davison episodes, there are plenty of episodes that I haven't seen, so there is always new Doctor Who.

And I lovelovelove the new series. I love that the format has been changed from sprawling (often boring) two- to three-hour stories told in half-hour episodes to much tighter, more exciting hour-long episodes with only occasional two-part stories. So far, I have adored each of the new Doctors, though I think angsty Eccleston, fresh from the Time War and haunted by his actions, remains my favorite of the three (though Donna remains my favorite Companion). I love the season-long, underlying arcs. I am beginning to wonder, though, now that they're nearing the supposed limit to a Time Lord's regenerations, how they're going to handle the change from Twelfth to Thirteenth Doctor, because I think we can confidently expect the series to continue that long.
malinaldarose: (tv jareth) the continuing stooooooooory of the TV meme....

Day 3 - Your favorite new show (aired this t.v. season)

Since this season is just beginning and since I rarely watch new shows, I'm going to have to go with favorite new-to-me show, which would be Bones. I am up to the beginning of the fourth season; I believe the show's sixth season starts tomorrow evening, and I'm still debating whether I'll watch it "live" this season or catch up on DVD.

I started watching it because I caught a couple of episodes -- probably with My Auntie and Nuncle, who are fond of the show -- and it appealed to me, so I ordered the first disk from Netflix. And then I tore through the first three seasons as fast as I could order them. I haven't ordered the fourth season yet because the first four episodes of the season were included with the third season DVDs (it was a surprisingly short season, so I suspect that's when the writers' strike occurred), and as long as I know what happened at the beginning of the next season, I'm content to wait.

A little while.

I love the chemistry between the main characters. They're both somewhat inflexible, though, and Booth can be an asshole, but that could just be digging in his heels to make a point to Brennan who sometimes makes him feel inferior, since he's obviously not as smart as she is. I also love Angela and Hodgins as a couple and I was vastly disappointed in the way the last episodes I saw left them. (Though I have to say that I adored the character of Grayson, Angela's husband, and the way he looked at the universe. The scene where he saw Angela and Hodgins kissing and all the bicyclists went by ringing their bells? Gorgeous.)

I am amused at the conceit of turning things with relation to real person Kathy Reichs and Temperance Brennan inside out, so that Brennan, who is Kathy Reichs' character, becomes the author of books whose main character is a forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs.

Although I have come to like the character of Camille Saroyan, I have to say that I was not pleased when they replaced Dr. Goodman with her. I really, really liked him in the first season, and I thought he made a great boss. Growth and change, right?

I am still trying to decide how I feel about the way season 3 ended. An actor left the show, but not in the usual way of these things. Instead of a hero, the character left the show a villain. And not even a true villain, but a sidekick. It sort of came out of left field and I'm wondering if the writers' strike had anything to do with it, since they didn't really have time to develop the Big Bad and the whole apprentice story as I think they were hoping.
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I was feeling very, very lazy last night. While I wanted to cook some fabulous meal from scratch, I also didn't want to cook at all and ended up at Burger King having a Whopper Junior. *sigh* When is someone going to write a decent cookbook with healthy recipes for one person? With, I might add, dishes that I would actually cook and eat? 'Cause I have a couple, but there's nothing in them that I would actually eat.

I am actually feeling pretty lazy this morning, too. I didn't get up right away; I was awake in the middle of the night, and my alarm clock went off when I was sound asleep (finally), so I just shut it off. And now I'm wasting time noodling around online. If I don't move soon, I'll be late for work...but somehow, I just don't give a rat's ass.

It's definitely getting autumnal. The leaves are starting to turn, and you can see it in the hills. On Saturday, they were still green unless you looked really closely, but there are more hints of color there every day. The two early trees down the street from me are fully turned already and one has dropped half its leaves. My crabapple has lost half its leaves, too, but that started dropping a month ago. I checked the ten-day forecast this morning, and temperatures aren't supposed to get out of the 60s -- and not out of the 50s on Thursday. I hate this time of year...the slow slide into winter. I feel like I just started to get warm, and now someone has switched off the heat.

It just occurred to me this morning that autumn means one more thing: new seasons of TV shows. I'm glad I checked the schedule, or I'd've missed the premieres of NCIS and Criminal Minds next week. I do hope they show the season finale of the latter tomorrow evening; I missed it. I'm told Bones premieres this week, too. I'm debating whether or not to start watching the current season; I'm still two seasons behind on DVDs.

Speaking of TV: Day 2 - A show that you wish more people were watching

And...I have no answer for that. None at all. I don't, in general, watch what most other people do, and I don't expect people to share my taste in television anymore. So...I dunno.

Rather a disappointing answer, but there you have it.
malinaldarose: (tv jareth)
And because my day is never complete without books and TV, I present a meme!

The Question List )

A show that should have never been cancelled

Hm. The first thing that springs to mind is Farscape. Sci Fi had already promised a fifth season of the show when they suddenly cancelled it after Season 4 -- which ended on a cliffhanger, with John and Aeron disintegrated, right after she had accepted his proposal of marriage. Though at least we got The Peacekeeper Wars which gave fans closure, more or less.

And the second thing that springs to mind is Firefly. I will admit to being one of those people who just did not Get It when it aired, but it just didn't make any sense to me. And then when I saw it on DVD in the proper order, I fell in love. I am very much a person who needs to see things in order; if I miss the first few episodes of a new show, I just won't watch it. Which is why I am only now getting into Bones, Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Burn Notice. There's just so much story in that show that we'll never find out now, like what exactly was the deal with Shepherd Book? and how many times would Mal allow Jayne to betray the crew? and so forth.
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Stolen from [ profile] gwynraven, because who can let book commentary go by?

1) What author do you own the most books by?
I think I probably have a three-way tie between Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey, and Marion Zimmer Bradley.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Why would anyone buy multiple copies of the same book? That's a question I never could quite come up with an answer to until I learned that three books I had loved when I was younger, and which I own in mmpb were coming out in trade paperback. I ordered the trades, but kept the mmpbs. I also have newer trades and my original mmpbs of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
The first one did a bit, but sometimes, the easiest way to write a sentence is not always the most grammatically correct.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
In love with? None. I'm not silly like that. However, I am quite fond of Samantha Carter, Diana Tregarde (who reminds me of my Auntie), Wil Stanton, Dorothy Gale, Beatrice & Benedick, and many others.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
Hrm. Probably The Wizard of Oz, which I checked out of my school library at least once a year from the time I was in second grade until I bought a copy with my allowance when I was in junior high. Followed by The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
See above....

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
The worst? I would have to say Doctor Who: The Story of Martha, which was supposed to be the tale of what Martha did during the Year That Never Was, but which ended up being a collection of short stories that weren't really related and weren't really very good, either. I was very disappointed.

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
The best? Now that's harder, because I read a lot of good books.

9) If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?
Oh, good grief. I have no idea. One of Guy Gavriel Kay's novels, perhaps, probably Tigana or Ysabel.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
At the moment? The Hobbit.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Anna Karenina. And I'm sure it's been done.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
I read a fanfiction novel last year set in the Harry Potter universe called James Potter and the Hall of Elders Crossing which was about Harry's eldest son's first year at Hogwarts. I think that would definitely qualify.

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Technically, it'd be Les liaisons dangereuses, which I read in French while I was still in French grammar classes; I had changed my major in my junior year, so if I expected to graduate on time, I had to double up on classes.

In English, though, the most difficult was probably something I read in high school and didn't understand. That happened a lot.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
Given that I've only ever seen Much Ado About Nothing actually performed.... I've seen the movie versions of Much Ado and a few different versions of Hamlet and possibly one of Romeo and Juliet. Nothing obscure at all.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Oh, gods. The French. The only thing Russian novels are good for is burning to keep warm during the long, long, long, long winters. Trufax: in the movie The Day After Tomorrow, they're not only burning tax law references, but boring and overlong Russian novels. (Nah, I just made that up.)

18) Roth or Updike?
I've only ever read one Updike novel and no Roth, but the one is never likely to happen again and the other is never likely to happen.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Who, now?

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Oh, Shakespeare, for sure.

21) Austen or Eliot?
Austen. I've become quite the Austen fan in the last few years. In fact, I'm likely to read Eliot because I've read Austen.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Well, if I don't know about it, then I can't be embarrassed by it, can I? Since I was never an English major, I guess I wouldn't know.

23) What is your favorite novel?
Oh, good grief. Just one? How about a few:
  • The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  • The Copper Crown by Patricia Kennealy[-Morrison] (it's just "Kennealy" on my copy)
  • Moonheart and The Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint
  • The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  • Everything by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Burning Water by Mercedes Lackey
  • Dragonsong and Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
  • The Silver Sun and The Sable Moon by Nancy Springer

24) Play?
I have to go with Gwyn on this one: Shakespeare - "Much Ado About Nothing" Absolutely hilarious.

25) Poem?
Er... I'm not a poetry fan.

26) Essay?
You're kidding, right?

27) Short story?
I rarely remember short stories.

28) Work of nonfiction?
I'm really rather fond of the Smart Pop series by BenBella Books. They're just fun. I suppose that more or less answers the essay question, too.

29) Who is your favorite writer?
Guy Gavriel Kay.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
I haven't the slightest idea.

31) What is your desert island book?
How to Survive On A Desert Island And Attract Help In Twenty-Four Hours

32) And… what are you reading right now?
A bunch of non-fiction, actually: A book on Kuan Yin, Governess by...someone whose name I've forgotten, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart by...someone else whose name I've forgotten, Doctor Who: Feast of the Damned by...someone whose name I didn't bother to learn.

Sonnet 116

Mar. 5th, 2010 12:52 pm
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Or, there's good Ol' Will....

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.


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