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1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

Picked out a dog on my own.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Of course not.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No.

5. What countries did you visit?

No new countries this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

Money.

7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I brought Jack home on October 28. I can't think of anything else significant at the moment.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I don't know that I had any achievements at all this year.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Still not king.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I paid for my trip to London and Paris next summer.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Mine. I didn't kill anyone.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Jack's, when he turned out to have separation anxiety.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Cleveland.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

I don't recall getting really, really, really excited about anything.

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?

I'm not someone who associates songs with things.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
The same, I'd have to say. Not happy, but not entirely sad, either.
ii. thinner or fatter? At least ten pounds heavier, probably closer to fifteen.
iii. richer or poorer? Much poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Reading. Writing.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Obsessing about work. Obsessing about bills.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Because of family things going on, I spent it almost entirely with family.

21. How will you be spending New Year’s?

Freezing my ass off, if today is any indication. I can't believe my toes are so cold right now, and my fingers are cold enough to make typing awkward. And, yes, the furnace is one and functioning properly.

22. Did you fall in love in 2014?

As if.

23. How many one-night stands?

Seriously? This is a question? I don't remember this question.

24. What was your favorite TV program(s)?

Doctor Who. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. (I liked the latter so much I gave my aunt Season One on DVD for Xmas.)

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No, I don't suppose I do, though there are a couple of clients of whom I am less than fond.

26. What was the best book you read?

I did a lot of rereading this year. I ran through the entire Pern series (not Todd's books), started rereading the Harry Potter series, reread some Guy Gavriel Kay, read several Doctor Who novels, some Terry Pratchett, and a lot of fanfic.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Um....

28. What did you want and get?

If this question is asking about gifts, nothing. If this question is asking about things I bought for myself, then lots of stuff.

29. What did you want and not get?

Heh. Lots of stuff.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

I think Guardians of the Galaxy wins.

31. What did you do on your birthday?

My mother took me clothes shopping while my father started to patch a hole that Jack made in my bedroom wall. I will end up finishing it, of course, because the mud was still wet when Mom and Dad left.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Find out that the Twinkie got run over by a bus? (Yes, I'm hanging onto that. Funny how some things just stay with you.) Being able to fix up the house. It always comes back to money, doesn't it?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

Is it clean? Does it not make me look entirely bulbous?

34. What kept you sane?

The assumption that I am sane is a fundamental mistake in that question.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I don't.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

I prefer to avoid political issues.

37. Who did you miss?

Everyone I aimed at; my aim is lousy.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

I don't recall meeting any new people in my personal life. Well, okay, I met my sister's new guy, but he's not in my personal life, and he's probably only transitory in hers, so I don't think he counts.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

Don't take the clingy dog.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

I'm sure there is one, but I'm not going to hunt for 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:
Um...

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?
Sci-fi.

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.
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1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

I went to Montreal in the summer. Never did that before. That trip included a number of firsts: First time I drove in a foreign country, first time I drove across an international border, first subway ride....

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Of course not.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Not that I know of.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No.

5. What countries did you visit?

Canada.

6. What would you like to have in 2014that you lacked in 2013?

Enough money to get the house fixed up?

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Er...the second weekend in July was when I went to Montreal. November 20 was when I had my hysterectomy.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I submitted an entry for the Dark Crystal Author Quest.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Still not king.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Not per se. I went to the ER in July (July was a busy month!) with right-side abdominal pain which led to the discovery of Herbert, a dermoid cyst on my right ovary, which led, in turn, to a hysterectomy in November. (A dermoid cyst, for those playing along at home, is one of those ones that can contain bits of people. Mom says she can tell from the pics that Herbert at least had teeth -- which is probably what caused the pain in July; he was gnawing at me.)

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Oh, gosh. I have no clue. Um...some curtains for the middle bedroom (which hasn't had curtains for the nearly fourteen years I've lived in this house).

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Mine. I didn't kill anyone.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Mine. I didn't kill anyone.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Bills, of course.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Montreal.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?

I'm not someone who associates songs with things.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
The same, I'd have to say. Not happy, but not entirely sad, either.
ii. thinner or fatter? Almost certainly fatter. I think I've put on a bit just this last six weeks at home.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer, but that's thanks to the generous Xmas gift my parents gave me.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Reading. Writing.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Obsessing about work. Obsessing about bills.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

I spent it mostly at home, until it was time to go to FamilyFest.

21. How will you be spending New Year’s?

I don't know, actually. Things are turned around this year since my grandmother is now in assisted living. My aunt and uncle who usually come out for Christmas postponed their trip until New Year; they just arrived last evening. I normally spend New Year's alone watching TV and going to bed early. I have no idea what I'll be doing this year, but it'll definitely involve FamilyFest. Well, and going to bed early, since I don't give a flying rat's ass about Seeing In The New Year, but do give a flying rat's ass about Getting Enough Sleep.

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?

No.

23. How many one-night stands?

Seriously? This is a question? I don't remember this question.

24. What was your favorite TV program(s)?

Doctor Who. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I gave the new Tomorrow People a go, but it doesn't measure up to either of its predecessors.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No, I don't suppose I do.

26. What was the best book you read?

Guy Gavriel Kay had a new one out this year: River of Stars

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Um....

28. What did you want and get?

Enough cash to alleviate a couple of problems. (And believe me, it was a huge surprise!)

29. What did you want and not get?

Heh. Enough cash to alleviate all of my problems.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Now I'm trying to think of all the movies I've seen this year. Let's just take the easy way out and say The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (because of the three I remember being specifically this year's, that's the best).

31. What did you do on your birthday?

Worked the troll table all day at Hallowtide. Got called up in evening Court and given the Order of the Cornelian (kingdom award for courtesy).

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Find out that the Twinkie got run over by a bus? (Yes, I'm hanging onto that. Funny how some things just stay with you.) Being able to fix up the house. It always comes back to money, doesn't it?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

Is it clean? Does it not make me look entirely bulbous?

34. What kept you sane?

The liberal application of chocolate. Which is why my fashion concept involves the word "bulbous."

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

You know, I'm really not into lusting after celebrities. Though I do have to say that I have become something of a fan of Tom Hiddleston, but that's mainly because he appears to be a Really Nice Guy.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

I really am a head-in-the-sand sort of person, but I could hardly avoid the ACA since it actually threatens my job.

37. Who did you miss?

HTWIWM, as usual.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Um....

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

If you wait to go to the ER, you'll end up there all night.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

...I got nuthin'.
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1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
I can't really think of anything. Um...joined [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol?

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't really recall whether I made any or not. I do intend to lose weight this year, because I'm within four pounds of my highest weight ever.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
[Unknown site tag] did, as I recall.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My grandfather died in May and my malamute Cruiser died in June.

5. What countries did you visit?
Does the US count?

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Happiness would be nice. Reliable help with the house would be cool, too. (Recycling from last year.)

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I don't know about the dates specifically; I'm not really much of one for dates, but see above re: people close to me dying.

Ah, I know: I specifically remember that the caseload changeover occurred on 23 May. That's the day I went from being solely an SSI Medicaid examiner to being an SSI Medicaid/Nursing Home/Aid to the Disabled examiner. My caseload size went down by a third and my workload quadrupled.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Not going insane after the caseload changeover. Well. Not going insanererer.

Actually...probably deciding to say something to BFT about wishing to go with her to Italy and then actually committing to the trip. That's a Big Thing for me.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I would have to count not loving Cruiser more, poor dog.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I did get a fabulous case of laryngitis brought on by bronchitis in November; I couldn't answer the phone for two or three days before I was off work for a week. It was great.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I'm going to have to say the airline tickets for the Italy trip. The trip itself doesn't have to be paid for for six months yet, but the tickets had to be bought right away to get a decent price.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Um....

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
My gynecologist (for appalled).

14. Where did most of your money go?
Bills, bills, bills, bills, and entirely too many books and DVDs (as usual).

15. What were you really, really, really excited about?
Vacations. I spent a week in Michigan with MyAuntie and Nuncle in July and another at the beginning of September. And the Italy trip, even though it's still eight months off.

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Possibly "500 Miles" by The Proclaimers, but it's more likely to simply remind me of Doctor Who.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?
About the same.
b) Bigger or smaller? Definitely bigger, unfortunately.
c) Richer or poorer? About the same.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Editing photos. (The taking part is easy.) I have tons of pictures still from my vacations, for instance, that haven't been edited. Writing. Always writing. Learning new things, especially SCA-related things like embroidery and heraldry, though I did make a stab at that latter.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
I'd say "working," but I should be grateful that I have a job, even if it does suck like a great sucking thing.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Watching Doctor Who on BBC America until it was time to go to dinner, then back home in time to catch the Christmas Special ("The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe") which was kind of dumb, though I may change my mind upon a second viewing. I think if it had been longer and had explored the world and everyone's motivations a bit more, it would have been better.

21. What was your favourite month of 2011?
July. It's almost always July.

22. Did you fall in love in 2011?
No. Nor do I foresee it happening in 2012. Or ever again, really.

23. What was your favourite TV programme?
Doctor Who. Always.

24. How will you ring in the New Year?
I had intended to ring it in by being asleep, but the neighbor's dog had other plans: he was barking under my bedroom window, the little shit, at precisely midnight. And barking, and barking, and barking. I was not pleased.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I hate exactly the same person I did last year at this time (and the year before). That will never change.

26. What was the best book you read?
That's a difficult one to answer, actually, as I reread several of my favorites this past year, including The Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint, The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien,

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
YouTube, actually.

28. What did you want and get?
A new TV, finally.

29. What did you want and not get?
I think we won't talk about that.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Now I'm trying to remember what films I saw this year...oh, of course. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

31. What did you do on your birthday?
I had workplace violence training in the morning (a total fiasco), then spent the evening shopping and having dinner out in order to avoid my family who would not accept that I did not want to celebrate.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Learning that one particular someone had been run over by a bus.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Same as always: If it fits and is comfortable, it's in. Though the fitting part became more of a trial unto me this past year.

34. What kept you sane?
"Sane?" What is this "sane" thing of which you speak?

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
The Doctor. Or possibly River Song. Hm. Definitely River Song. And John Barrowman.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I don't pay any attention. I really don't.

37. Whom did you miss?
Everyone I aimed at. I need to practice.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
We had a new person come into the shire who has turned out to be a fairly nifty person.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
Don't just sit there; say something. Alas, I will probably not act on it all that often.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
It would take me entirely too much time to come up with one. Really.
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: (dw question marks)
So...it'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: (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 is...no 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?
Bicycle?

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?
Um...you'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 [livejournal.com 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?
Amazon.com. 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?
*sigh*

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".
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Stolen from [livejournal.com 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?
Me!

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.
Er....

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.
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Okay, I'll play...but I don't guarantee I'll answer. Stolen from my Friends List:

“The problem with Livejournal is that we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. Hence, I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don’t know about you.”

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May. 15th, 2009 02:43 pm
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] greyeyedpixie about two weeks ago.
Lengthy questionnaire )
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Snagged, as is often the case, from [livejournal.com profile] greyeyedpixie. Read more... )

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Mar. 25th, 2009 09:12 am
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] chelseagirl47, an early morning questionnaire.
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] wintersweet....

What are your nicknames?
Fred, Lally

What's your Chinese Astrology sign? Be specfic, with the element and stuff!
You're kidding, right? Oh, all right, what's the Internet for, anyway?
Fire Ram

What's the last book you read?
The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett. I am currently reading What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool.

What color shirt are you wearing now?
I'm wearing a pink-and-navy striped sweater with a pink tank top under it. It's one of my favorite sweaters. Alas, I'm so cold that I'm also wearing a black cardigan.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Introvert.

Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer?
Firefox.

Do you nap a lot?
Not as much as I used to when I had someone to nap with.

How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?
Thrrrrrrree.
Duh.

What's your current fandom/obsession/addiction?
Criminal Minds and NCIS. That will, undoubtedly change.

What are you currently reading?
This question should have immediately followed the last book question. See, therefore, above.

What was the last thing you ate today?
A chunk of canteloupe.

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Ready for what?

What websites do you visit daily?
My various webmail providers, LJ, Facebook, CNN.com, SciFiWire.com

What's the last movie you watched?
At the theater, Quantum of Solace. At home, Get Smart? I can't remember.

Do you like to clean?
Are you crazed?

What time is your usual bedtime?
Between 9:30 and 10:15.

What kind of mp3 player do you have?
Random questions, much? An iPod.

What is your favorite weather?
July sunshine.

Iceland is going bankrupt. If you ended up buying it at the auction, what would you do with it?
Move it someplace warmer.

Where would you see yourself in ten years?
Where would I see myself? Under what conditions?
malinaldarose: (bored now)
1. Are you a good worker?
Yes and no. When I have work, I will work like crazy to finish it. When I don't have work, I will goof off like crazy.

2. What do you carry?
I'm afraid that I do not understand the question.

3. Do you know your neighbors?
My immediate neighbors, yes. It's a old-fashioned neighborhood where I actually could go across the street and borrow a cup of sugar if I needed to.

4. Where do you like to go for a day trip?
Buffalo. Rochester. Erie.

5. What is at your feet?
Static mat.

~*~*~

1. Describe where you grew up:
Well, it was a house. On a street. In a small city. The lot was fantastic, though. Apparently, there was supposed to be another street through the middle of our block, but it was never put in, so everyone on the block had these ginormous yards that went halfway back to the street behind us.

2. Do you wear any jewelery?
Yes. I like jewelry.

3. What do you have too much of?
Some people would say I have too many books (I just went over 2,000), but there's no such thing.

4. Who is a fool?
Everybody. We're all just fools about different stuff.

5. What's your nickname?
Fred. Yes, really.

~*~*~

1. Are you a people watcher?
Sometimes.

2. Who do you hang out with?
Whom do I hang out with? Nobody, really.

3. Did you work hard this week?
Meh.

4. How do you show a date a good time?
I make them take me to the movies.

5. What's your favorite rule to break?
Noun/verb agreement.

~*~*~

1. Do you like the thrill of a chase?
No.

2. What winds you up?
People. Also a little key that is stuck into the middle of my back.

3. Are you a loud talker?
No. In fact, my husband complains regularly that he can't hear me and makes me shout at him.

4. What comes easy to you?
Things with words.

5. What did you dream about recently?
I don't recall.

~*~*~

1. Where do you like to walk?
I like to walk in the woods. I usually walk on a paved walking trail which has nothing to do with woods.

2. What does your hair look like?
It's medium to dark brown, mid-back length, mostly straight. I have bangs in front. I have worn the same basic hairstyle for most of my life.

3. What are you jealous of?
Anyone who writes better than I do, which is a great many people.

4. What kind of promises do you make?
I don't make promises.

5. What makes you stare?
I don't stare. It's rude, and my mother brought me up better than that.
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Because it's Friday and what's a Friday without a meme? (Via [livejournal.com profile] ellyssian) 50 questions through here )
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] greyeyedpixie this time, I think.
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Mar. 26th, 2008 08:20 am
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Stolen from Moggy, 'cause she has all the best memes!
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