I saw this first at either or 's LJ, but I'm actually taking it from .
It should not be assumed that items are listed in order of rank.
THREE THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND
1. Parents who don't discipline their children.
2. That whole 10 hotdogs/eight buns thing.
3. The appeal of “reality” television.
THREE THINGS THAT SCARE ME
1. Lime green polyester.
2. The erosion of civil rights.
THREE THINGS I'D LIKE TO LEARN
1. To speak French, fluently.
2. Same for Italian.
3. To draw.
THREE THINGS I AM WEARING RIGHT NOW
1. My Fossil Kaleidoscope watch.
2. A very comfy new bra (striped, red/black/grey/white)
3. Really old Ryka sneakers, partly chewed by Cleo.
THREE THINGS ON MY DESK (table)
1. Coffee mug of pens.
2. Metal cellist sculpture.
3. VSD “still the prettiest” coffee mug.
THREE THINGS I WANT TO DO BEFORE I DIE
1. Publish a novel or a regular column.
2. Design a line of comfortable career clothing for geek women.
3. Become independantly wealthy.
THREE GOOD THINGS ABOUT MY PERSONALITY
1. I'm (relatively) calm, most of the time.
2. I'm honest.
3. I'm witty.
THREE BAD THINGS ABOUT MY PERSONALITY
1. I'm mercurial.
2. I tend to babble.
3. I'm impatient.
THREE PARTS OF YOUR HERITAGE
THREE THINGS I LIKE ABOUT MY BODY
THREE THINGS I DON'T LIKE ABOUT MY BODY
THREE THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME (until now)
1. I love model trains.
2. After a lifetime of being mainly agnostic, I'm starting to explore religion/faith/spirituality.
3. I whistle when I'm happy.
THREE THINGS I SAY THE MOST
3. “No, Mom, you do not have the plague.”
THREE PLACES YOU WANT TO GO
3. An Alaskan cruise.
I first heard about it one morning in Starbucks. The woman ahead of me in line was talking with the baristas as she waited for her nonfat latte, and mentioned that she'd found a great source for hard-to-please or already-has-everything family members. “It's very cool,” she told us. “It's this website where you can donate a cow in someone else's name.”
The website is Alternative Gifts International and while you can't really (at least in this year's catalogue) buy a cow, you can donate money to be used for a pig or an ox (for a family in Uganda) or a day of tutoring (for a child in LA) or textbooks for kids in Haiti, or water purification equipment for folks in Tanzania.
I'm all for donating to worthy causes, and pleasing people at the same time, and while I won't necessarily do any giftgiving from AGI this year, I'm intrigued enough to post about it, thus creating an instant reminder.
Cross-posted to Pensieri Casuali
Originally seen in 's LJ, but stolen from and now updated with four items snagged from
Also, my formative years were split between New Jersey, Colorado and Central California, with Northern California and South Dakota affecting my speech patterns later.
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1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks? Creek (rhymes with seek)
2. What's the thing you push around the grocery store/supermarket? Cart, rarely wagon, never with a modifier like 'shopping' or 'grocery'
3. A metal container to carry a meal in? Lunch box
4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in? Frying pan, unless it's specifically a cast iron skillet (though I only use those for cornbread)
5. The piece of furniture that seats three people? Couch
6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof? Gutter
7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening? Front porch, back patio, though my grandmother had a back stoop (i.e. it was basically 3×3 feet, and had two steps down to the back yard.)
8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages? Soda
9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup? Pancake
10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself?Hoagie, or sub.
11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach? Trunks
12. Shoes worn for sports? Sneakers
13. Putting a room in order? Straightening.
14. A flying insect that glows in the dark? Firefly
15. The little insect arthropod that curls up into a ball? Roly-poly
16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down? Teeter-totter
17. How do you eat your pizza? With my hands, after first blotting away the oil, and, if the slice is large, folding it in half. Point-first for wedge-shaped pizzas. Good crust is eaten, bad crust is fed to the dogs. And in my world, there is no such thing as “pan” or “deep dish” pizza. Ick!
18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff? Garage sale
19. What's the evening meal? Supper or dinner, used interchangeably.
20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are? These are rare in California, but my natural inclination is to call them a cellars.
21. Place where you put your towels to dry, above the boiler?
Don't have a boiler. I use a dryer, and sometimes a clothesline.
22. Piece of cloth with which you wash your face? Washcloth.
23. Day after Christmas? December 26th
24. Thing women (mostly) use to tie their hair?
To tie ribbon, I guess. To otherwise pull back, rubber band (which includes covered rubber bands) or scrunchie (which is generic for fabric over sewing elastic (as opposed to a rubber band))
. , and Could you all please email me your snailmail addresses? I managed to lose everything that was programmed into my Palm, and the backup was on the OLD computer.
Ymedath AT ymedath DOT org is the email address to use.
Another quiz, also stolen from
Oh dear, you are Bookish, aren't you? You are a
highly intelligent and witty bluestocking,
whose beauty is hidden behind spectacles. Your
dress sense is eccentric and a little
unfashionable, and you consider yourself plain.
You have very little use for men, who find your
knowledge of Shakespeare, interest in politics
and forthright speech formidable. You are
undoubtedly well-off. The only reason for your
presence in a novel of this kind (which, I
might add, you would not dream of reading,
although you have occasionally enjoyed the
works of Miss Austen), is your mother, who is
absolutely determined that you will make a good
marriage. Rather than defying her directly,
you are quietly subversive, dancing with anyone
who asks you, but making no attempt to hide
your intellectual interests. The only person
who can get past your facade is the man who is
witty enough to spar with you, and be amused at
your blatant attempts to scare your suitors
away. While you will, no doubt, subject him to
a gruelling cross-examination to find out
whether his respect for your intelligence is
real or mere flattery, you may be sure that he
is your match, and that you, he AND your mother
will all live happily ever after
The Regency Romance Quiz: What kind of Romance Heroine are you?
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posted her results to a Christmas Carol Quiz, so of course I had to take it.
You are 'Silent Night'! You really enjoy
Christmas, and you like your Christmases
conventional. For you, Christmas is about
family and traditions, and you rather enjoy the
rituals of going to church at midnight and
turning off the lights before flaming the plum
pudding. Although you find Christmas shopping
frustrating, you like the excitement of
wrapping and hiding presents, and opening a
single door on the Advent Calendar each day.
You like the traditional carols, and probably
teach the children to sing along to them. More
than anyone else, you will probably actually
have a merry Christmas.
We turned on the blue icicle lights tonight, and tomorrow I'll start working on the inside of the house. More lights, of course, and moving furniture around to accomodate the tree.
If anyone is interested in coming over to help decorate said tree either this Sunday (12/07) or next Sunday (12/14), we'd love to have the company, to, say, decorate in the late afternoon, and have dinner after. And maybe even break out board games.