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Tired of all of those surveys made up by high school kids?
'Have you ever kissed someone?'
'Missed someone?'
'Told someone you loved them?'
'Drank alcohol?'

Here are 50 questions for the people who are a little more "mature"...

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This really ends with a whimper--it goes from a meme to a motivational day planner.

Day 29 - Goals for the next thirty days

Dude, right now I'm not thinking past three days out. So here you go, goals for the next three days:

1. Go to the beach.

2. Do not get sunburned.

3. Survive the Zweeble's birthday party.

4. Make the Zweeble wear a helmet on his new bike.

5. Teach the Zweeble to steer said bike (this may actually be a 30-day goal).

6. Survive other child's birthday party.

7. Sleep.

Day 30 - Your highs and lows of the month

Yeah, not going there. This has been a whacked-out month.
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Day 27 - A problem that you have had

Like, ever?

Well, when I was five, I could not figure out how to tie my shoes. And my kindergarten teacher plopped an actual shoe down in front of each kid, and we were supposed to tie it. I was freaking out--I am an only child, what can I say? Failure is Not Cool--but I knew how to tie knots, so I tied a really loose knot and tucked the ends of the shoelaces in when the teacher wasn't looking.

Eventually, my grandfather taught me to tie my shoes.

Seriously, though, 99% of my problems are first world problems--the heartbreak of acne; will I ever find a boyfriend; more recently, will I ever get my husband to put his dirty clothes in the hamper?!--and the other 1% are not things I want to get into on the internet.

(You know, it occurs to me that tying those laces into a knot was, technically, tying the shoe.)


Day 28 - Something that you miss

My youthful enthusiasm? The pizza I made last week and ate all of? Fastballs?

I do miss having all my friends nearby. I miss having a group. Right now, as work is crazy (and so is life), I miss my weekends. I miss Buffy and Doctor Who, though the latter will be back next week.

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Day 25 - Someone who fascinates you and why

I'm sort of half-fascinated by Charlie Sheen right now, for no good reason. Me and most of America, right?

In a much healthier way, I am fascinated with Amanda Palmer; I like reading her blog because she talks about Art and making music, and creativity, and crazy people who are apparently too cool to applaud Duran Duran, and her own insecurities/failings/issues, and she pokes fun at her husband (who is one of my favorite authors), and she seems really cool. (And in a total it's-none-of-my-business-at-all-and-I'm-totally-cool-with-never-finding-out-but-I-still-wonder way, I am curious as to whether or not, and if so, how, she and Neil Gaiman plan to consolidate households.)

I get fascinated by artists and writers and musicians in a way I don't tend to get with actors--for the most part, I don't want to know things who David Tennant's S.O. is (though I do know that, anyway) or what ice cream Lauren Graham likes to eat--I don't want to know about their personal lives all that much if I really enjoy their work, because I don't want that to bleed into the performance. But, maybe since their work isn't directly connected to their faces, that doesn't happen with other types of artists.

Oh, and I tend to find my kid pretty fascinating, overall. Like that wasn't readily apparent. :)


Day 26 - What kind of person attracts you

Er ... hm. Well, let me assess my friends and exes, and my husband.

(thinks)

Well, clearly I like smart people. And smart-assed people. I am attracted to creativity and geekiness. I really, really, really like funny people. (My first sentence to [livejournal.com profile] doggiesushi, back when we were ten, was, "You made me laugh." I basically figured we should be friends because he was funny.

I like people who are good at what they do--competence is actually very attractive. I also like people who may not be good at something, but who aren't afraid to try and possibly fail. I like enthusiasm--passion is a good thing. Geek out, it's awesome!

I like it when people can talk, and listen, and have good conversations, and I love people who think around corners or come up with new and interesting ideas. I am also inordinately find of people who read.

winding down )
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Day 22 - How have you changed in the past two years?

Er. Well, I'm two years older ... ? And now I'm the mother of a 4 year old (or will be, in 18 more days).

I don't think I've actually changed that much since 2009. Aside from being better able to handle vomit and other assorted bodily fluids (2009 was the Plague Year around here--we had everything from swine flu to salmonella), I'm pretty much the same geeky, goofy person I was then. I was going to say "less stressed," but let's amend that to "differently stressed."

My hair is longer. And blonde. I am 20 lbs lighter. The Vitamin D seems to have had the bonus effect of helping my skin, so I'm less broken out.

Now, had you asked me how I've changed in the past seven years, well, then we'd have an entry. :)

Day 23 - Give pictures of five guys who are famous who you find attractive

Okay, you know what? I am officially too damn old to do this one. Or that's my excuse, anyway. But I will do an extra day to make up ...

Day 24 - Your favorite movie and what it's about

I'm trying to decide, here. Singin' In the Rain or The African Queen?

All right, let's do The African Queen. Humphrey Bogart plays Charlie Allnut, the captain of a small steamboat in Africa at the beginning of WWI. Katharine Hepburn is Rose Sayer, the spinster sister of a missionary; Charlie delivers supplies to them. Germany occupies this part of Africa, and Rose's brother dies after being beaten by the Germans.

Basically, Rose convinces Charlie to take his boat (The African Queen) up the river and to the lake where the Germans have a gunboat that's blocking the British from making any headway into Africa. They'll rig the Queen with torpedos and blow the German boat up. Charlie thinks this is suicide--the river has rapids, wild animals, and a German fort to contend with--but agrees because he figures after the first obstacle, Rose will fold. Clearly Charlie has never seen a Katharine Hepburn movie.

Most of the film is set on the river, as Charlie and Rose fall in love and make their way to the lake and the German gunboat. Both of these characters are middle-aged, both of them are eccentric, and both of these actors are awesome and not afraid to look ridiculous. It's a deeply flawed film (the ending was, according to the story I heard, completely depressing and rewritten; it is not entirely believable in its final form), but I honestly do not care--it's fun and I love those two characters. Watching it makes me happy.

Plus, it has one of my favorite movie lines: "Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put on this earth to rise above."

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Day 20 - How important you think education is

Well, seeing as how I work in education, I think it's pretty darn important. I like my house, my BBC America, and the occasional meal.

Other than that ... oy. Don't get me going. Let me see if I can sum up:

Education is extremely important. You need to know things like how to spell, how to write a clear sentence and a coherent paragraph. You need to know how to read critically, recognize bias, and think for yourself, even when everyone around you is saying the same things--that doesn't make them right. You need to know math. You need to know history beyond the past five years. You really need, in this word, to know where things are on a map and how to find them when they're tiny and sort of blend in. We so desperately need a basic grounding in science to survive in the world.

Education is more than the grades you make in school. Education is more than a degree, more than four years in college or a certain amount of time in grad school. Does everyone need to go to college? Probably not, and that's okay. But everyone needs to be educated, needs to be able to think, and needs to continue learning throughout his or her life. We live in a world that is getting smaller and smaller, and we need to engage in it regularly. And, seriously people, there are many amazing things in this world if you are smart enough and driven enough to find them.


Day 21 - One of your favorite shows

Really? Have you been reading this blog?

Nah, okay, I won't go there--since we're also talking about education, let's go with this one:



Say what you will, but dude's educated. :)

still to come )
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Day 17 - Your highs and lows of this past year

HAHAHAHAHA!!!

Yeah, we're skipping that one.


Day 18 - Your beliefs

Er. In general?

I believe ... that stupidity, as Frank Zappa told us, is a basic building block of the universe, like hydrogen. I believe that Hamlet is an awesome play. I believe that To Kill A Mockingbird is the great American novel, that comic books are literature, that your sins will find you out, that My Antonia is overrated, that Spider-Man does not need a reboot yet (unless you're talking about the musical, in which case I throw my hands in the air); that William Faulkner was a twisted dude, but pretty cool nonetheless, that I can probably live my entire life without reading Hemingway, Moby Dick or Invisible Man again, and that post-modernism is cool. I believe that people should be polite, kind, considerate, and take care of each other. I believe that common courtesy is a basic right, but that respect is earned. I believe that my husband and I could communicate for an entire day in movie quotes, song lyrics, lines from TV shows, and bits from books. I believe that the Zweeble's hair will turn brown before he's ten, though I'm willing to be wrong on that one. Like Neil Gaiman says, I can believe things that are true and things that are not true. I believe in Art and Music and Books and The Life of the Mind. I believe there might just be a monster in Loch Ness and such a thing as Bigfoot. I believe there is life on other planets, but I seriously doubt they've come to see us. Kevin Costner made me believe that there ought to be a Constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter (and I'm okay with three-day-long kisses, though you need Chapstick if you're going to be doing that sort of thing), but I believe it's way more interesting if you don't believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe that the world is better when there are more creative people working in it. I believe in words.

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Day 15 - Your favorite LJs

Is this asking me which ones I like to read, or my favorite entries? I'll assume it's LJs I like to read, which is basically all the ones on my Friends List, otherwise why would I have added them? I haven't gotten near the point of people adding me out of nowhere on a regular basis, so I haven't had to debate and wonder about adding strangers. I think I've only ever had two total strangers add me ([livejournal.com profile] frankiemouse and [livejournal.com profile] dracoangelica); everyone else was a friend of a friend, or someone I'd added first and they added me back ([livejournal.com profile] djmrswhite, [livejournal.com profile] angevin2, and [livejournal.com profile] moschus).

So, yeah, I don't know that I have favorites, really. I like reading my Friends List. I'm a bit of a voyeur, as we all are, and I find the things people post about to be really interesting on that basis alone.

I do wish that more of my real-life friends were posting more. For a while, at the beginning of this Great LiveJournal Experiment, when [livejournal.com profile] doggiesushi and [livejournal.com profile] sugarcoatedlie had gotten on LJ and then I got on, and then [livejournal.com profile] dealio, [livejournal.com profile] gnadige, and [livejournal.com profile] jkason joined in, this was how I kept up with all of my friends. And we all got out of the habit of e-mailing each other about our lives, and now that it's pretty much me and Tiffany posting, I have no idea what's going on with the rest of them. (Which would be okay if they regularly posted on Facebook, but like that's happening, either. :) )

Then again, there is texting. Which we've all started doing. Well, JC, as always, gets sent a text and replies three days later--but that's John. There's nothing you can do with him except smile fondly and wait three days for his text back (usually at 1am).


Day 16 - Your views on mainstream music

What is mainstream music?

I like that the internet has made it possible to not only find non-mainstream music easily and buy it, but also to go along feeling like your out-there artist is mainstream. I mean, Amanda Palmer put out her new album. Well, I read her blog, her husband's blog, follow them both on Twitter, read stuff by other people who know them both and have been talking about the album ... and it really feels like the entire world is listening to "Map of Tasmania," too. Even though every time I mention the song to someone face-to-face, that person looks at me blankly.

I don't have issues with "mainstream" music.

Okay, no, that's a lie. I have issues with crappy mainstream music. Auto-tune is evil. Melisma on every song is the work of the devil. If I see one more woman in a bikini writhing and wet in a video, whether her own or someone else's, I will probably have an aneurysm.

However, I do like Pink, and I get a kick out of Katy Perry (she seems like she's having a lot of fun with her firecracker/whipped cream bras, and even Madonna didn't seem to be having fun with her cones). I sort of vaguely admire Lady Gaga, but her voice doesn't thrill me. I like her attitude, her embracing of the freaky, and I love the different covers and mash-ups of her songs I've heard. Plus--I remember when the media was trying to situate Britney Spears as the next Madonna, and it bothered me because Madonna has always seemed to be very driven. She had something she wanted to say, an agenda she was pushing--maybe it wasn't "cure cancer," and maybe it changed as she went along, but she had a plan. Britney ... not so much. But GaGa, now, she's got a plan. I watched "Telephone." I have no idea what the hell that was about, but I bet if you asked Lady GaGa, she'd be able to tell you.


future! )
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Day 13 - Somewhere you'd like to move or visit

I like where I live, for the most part. I'm happy with my job, glad to be near my family, and I love the water and prefer not to be without it. So there aren't many places I would move. Scott and I kick around the idea of North Carolina, but we'd have to be in a city and not the middle of the mountains--we like visiting Murphy, but living there would drive us both insane.

All of that said, I would love to live in London. Maybe not forever, but if the opportunity arose, I'd do whatever I needed to make it happen. Same goes for Edinburgh. (I might consider Cardiff, if that Rift thing could be closed.)

I would love to visit Australia and see more than twenty minutes' worth of Italy.

Day 14 - Your earliest memory

Um ... I think my third birthday. I remember pretending to be surprised by my party, and my green Scooby-Doo cake. I got a yellow plastic Peanuts lunch box.

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My iBook is about to be retired.

It's been glitchy and slow for a while now. None of the newer web browsers work on it. It's been driving me crazy, and my family--crazy, lovely people that they are--chipped in to give me the cash to buy a new laptop.

So I did. The thing is, while I am happy about the new Macbook, I am not as excited as I think I ought to be. Part of this is because I won't have time to really play with it and get things moved onto it until this weekend, but a lot of it is also that ... well, I love my iBook.

It was our first Mac, the Kool-Aide, if you will. It was the first piece of tech that I owned and got super-excited about. Yes, we got an iPod back when they were like small bricks and had buttons along the top (Scott still uses that one, actually), and I thought it was really neat ... but the iBook was mine. And unlike my previous laptop, it worked the way it was supposed to. For the most part, aside from the issues of old age, it still does.

I love the keyboard and the way it feels. I love the size--I am, actually, not thrilled at the extra inch on the Macbook--and the squareness of it. I will be happy to be rid of the LCD and the letters that can rub off the keys, and with the Zweeble running around the magnetic power cord will ease my mind a lot, but ... I love this computer.

I have written a lot of stuff on it. Read a lot on it. I surfed the web on it with my tiny Zweeble lying on the couch next to me, two days after he came home from the hospital.

My dad is taking it, once I unload all my stuff from it. This is a nice, gentle retirement; my father wants to write some stuff, maybe load pictures on it. He's kind of excited about it. So I'm sending it to a good home, my little iBook, but still. I will miss it. It's been a really good little laptop.

All right. Enough misty sentimentality over a piece of equipment. Onto the meme!

Day 11 - Put your iPod on shuffle and write 10 songs that pop up

All right, here's the thing: I share this iPod with Scott and the Zweeble. It's the family iPod. I have a Nano that I planned to use as my personal iPod, only my music on it, but in the end it was just easier to make a playlist on the family iPod. Or, well, ten. :) (Really, while I'm giving my father the iBook, I ought to see if my mother wants the Nano.)

So this is not entirely indicative of my tastes. And as it is late, I'm just looking at titles and not listening to the songs. But here we go, anyway:

1. "Every Day Is Exactly the Same" - Nine Inch Nails, With Teeth

I love NIN. This isn't my favorite song, but it's not bad. And I am psyched that Trent Reznor won an Oscar.

2. "Clint Eastwood" - Gorillaz, Gorillaz

"Rhythm, you have it or you don't, that's a fallacy, I'm in them ..."

This is a great song. I have it on one of my "cheer Laura up" playlists because it makes me smile when I hear it.

"I'm useless, but not for long, the future is coming on ..."

3. "Spider In My Room" - Barenaked Ladies, Born on a Pirate Ship

Hm. I know I know this song, but when I try to remember it all I do is sing "Boris the Spider," which ain't it. I like quite a bit off this album, but apparently this song didn't stick in my mind. I'll have to listen to it tomorrow when I take the boy to school.

4. "Hey You" - No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom

Scott bought this album. I liked one or two songs off it; I like Return of Saturn better, overall, and Rock Steady is actually my favorite No Doubt album. I haven't really been into Gwen Stefani's solo career, but I remember seeing No Doubt on SNL ages ago and really digging this girl with hennaed hands fronting a band.

5. "The Abduction of Margaret" - The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love

I love this album. I love the ambition of it, and the depth and the sound of it. This is a song you really need in context; unlike "The Rake's Song" or some of the other ones, it doesn't stand alone well.

I remember sitting in dead-stopped traffic, the Zweeble asleep in the back seat, listening to this album.

6. "Flathead" - the Fratellis, Costello Music

No idea. Scott must have bought this. Something else to play tomorrow morning.

7. "Just You Wait" - Julie Andrews, My Fair Lady

One of the great spiteful, I-hate-you songs of musical theater. And Julie Andrews rocks. I like Audrey Hepburn, but dudes. Plus, apparently Audrey Hepburn sang but was still dubbed? I dunno, Hollywood has always been weird, I suppose.

8. "My Friends Tigger & Pooh Theme" - Playhouse Disney Musical Block Party

Totally the Zweeble. That Darby kid is a blasphemy. And why, exactly, did Tigger and Pooh need to be detectives? Not that they were particularly good detectives ... I will say, however, that the episode where Piglet and Tigger switched bodies was pretty hilarious. Teeny Piglet bouncing around like a not was kinda fun.

9. "In a Big Country" - Big Country, The Best of Big Country

Much like "Solisbury Hill," this is a song that makes me feel like I'm in the opening montage of a movie whenever it plays.

10. "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" - Tori Amos, Strange Little Girls

I have heard the original, and let me tell you, Tori Amos creeps me out way, way more than Eminem. Then again, was he trying to be creepy? I don't know. All I know is, this song makes my skin crawl.

All righty. That's it for now. Bedtime. I was so exhausted today, and wound up napping, and I can only hope I haven't screwed up any possibility for sleeping tonight.





This awaits you, with long pointy teeth! )
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Day 10 - Discuss your first love and first kiss

My first love was Meeno Peluce. It was fourth grade, I thought Voyagers! was the greatest TV show of all time, and ...

... wait, do they mean, like, real-life kind of first love?

Oh. Well. Um ... well, 15 year old me would be really pissed, but I seriously think Scott counts for this, as he's really the love of my life, sunshine of my existence and so on. But I think what the meme is really looking for is the first serious boyfriend/girlfriend, and that would be sophomore year (I had a boyfriend for a few weeks in 8th grade, and he was a really nice guy, but it wasn't the same sort of thing).

I think, for a first serious boyfriend, that relationship wasn't bad. We were young and I think we were both more into the romance of being a couple, but who isn't at 15? We were grossly affectionate, broke up, got back together, then broke up for good the summer before senior year. The end was a bit messy--then again, what else was it going to be in high school?--and we were really snotty to each other afterward. I ruptured my spleen while we were together, which probably put a lot more ... I dunno, emotional baggage onto the whole thing than it needed, but aside from that I'd say it was a normal enough first love.

He was also my first kiss. It was in my room. I had this addition to my room that was pretty much all windows, and we were sitting on the floor of that, all the blinds open, the sun streaming in, and he said he wanted to kiss me. We hadn't been together for very long, and I said okay--neither of us had ever kissed anyone before--and we kissed. And ... it was kind of awkward, and chaste, and I thought that's it? and kissed him again, and that time it was a lot less chaste and a lot less awkward.

That was 22 years ago, and the memory of kissing my boyfriend on the floor of my bedroom in the sunshine still makes me smile.

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catching up

Mar. 8th, 2011 09:56 pm
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All right, I made it downstairs. The boyo is sleeping and the guys are in the middle of a game. I'm not sure if I want to play tonight or not, but in the meantime I'll do some catch-up.

(If you want the rest of the meme, use the 30 days tag. I am become lazy.)

Day 07 - Your zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality

You know, I'll just answer this with a quote from my LJ of 1/13/11:

So I saw this thing today about how the zodiac is all off now, so we're not actually the sign we thought we were. So I click on it. 37 years of being an Aries out the bloody window; guess what, I'm a Pisces.

What?! I don't really buy into astrology, but I've always liked being an Aries. Then again, I love the water, so well ... okay, I think, let's go check out what Pisces is like.

Allow me to recreate the moment for you:

Web site: Pisceans tend to be weak-willed and malleable, easily led ...

Laura: (sputtering) Weak willed and malle--that's it, I'm still an Aries! Bite me! ... Er. Yeah. Heh.


So, yeah. I suppose being an Aries does suit me.

Day 08 - A moment you felt the most satisfied with your life

I've had a few satisfied moments. Like, This is good, my life. Awesome. The one that comes to mind first is when the Zweeble was about six or seven months old ... well, hang on. Let me back up.

Z. came a little early to the party that is Life Outside the Mommy. Not terribly so, but early enough that it was a bit scary. He lost a lot of weight right after he was born, he was this tiny little thing, I'd never had a baby before ... and frankly, I spent the first six or seven months of his life totally paranoid that he was just going to, like, evaporate or something because he was so small (he was 6 pounds and change at birth, so it's not like he was actually that small, but we're not talking rationality here).

But there was this night, six or seven months in, where I was lying on the couch and Scott was on the floor with the baby on his robot blanket digging on the ceiling fan and making noise, and I realized that I was totally relaxed. Because the Zweeble was solid, substantial, and I was no longer afraid he was going to evaporate on me. He was firmly tethered to the world, and at that moment life was awesome.

Day 09 - How you hope your future will be like

Oh, I'm pulling for totally dystopic.

I don't think I want killer robots, though. Or nuclear war (but if there is a nuclear war, I will be sure to stock up on glasses), or kids having to kill each other for entertainment. So maybe a sort of Blade Runner future: rainy, with tech and trenchcoats. Post-plague would be okay, if I can skip Nebraska and Vegas, and maybe make my own little community in, like, Arizona somewhere. I do have the zombie apocalypse contingency plan, so a world destroyed by the shambling undead works for me, too. Or perhaps the world will merely move on, and we'll all have to adapt.

I shall wear leather and have a spiky haircut; Scott will shave his head and wear combat boots and a trench coat. The Zweeble will have a little mohawk and studded wrist-bands. We'll carry weapons: a shotgun, a semi-automatic, and a crossbow will be our favorites. We'll travel the land on our motorcycles (the Zweeble in a sidecar), helping the helpless with problems involving mutants, demons, the undead, cyborgs, aliens, murder, kidnapping, disappearances--whatever our particular apocalypse has left to menace the innocent.

Or maybe the Doctor will finally show up and I'll get to see what happens when the Zweeble yells, "What does this do?!" and yanks a lever on the TARDIS the Doctor has never seen before.

(Reading [livejournal.com profile] dracoangelica's posts first is sort of cheating, because I get ideas ...)

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I'm waiting for Z to fall asleep before I hit the basement to play Magic and watch a movie. There are reasons for this, but I'm not in the mood to go into them. But I'll go ahead and finish the 30 interesting facts about me thing while I wait:

21. I play Magic and read comic books. What do you mean, that's not interesting?

22. I am not, in fact, all that delicate. But I am pretty klutzy.

23. I'm smart and funny. (Hey, it's celebrate women day, says the paper, so here I am celebrating the awesome that is me.)

24. I was an extra in the movie "A League of Their Own." I was sitting behind home plate in the climactic scene. Madonna was not very good at catching baseballs. We watched her practice between takes.

25. I didn't get my driver's license until I was 23. I also failed the test twice.

26. I am irritated with myself right now for not bringing my notebook in here with me.

27. The last movie I saw in the theater was Scott Pilgrim. That may be more sad than interesting, actually.

28. I love the water, but I can barely swim.

29. My favorite cities are London and Edinburgh. I'd love to go to the Edinburgh Book Festival.

30. I am glad this part of the meme is finally over.

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Mar. 7th, 2011 12:27 am
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Okay, seriously, I'm ready for life to be a lot less scary and people to be a lot less annoying.

So, here's some more of the 30 interesting facts about me. Seeing my good friend Robyn (someone who is not annoying) yesterday, and remembering our travels in the UK helped me come up with some more:

12. I can fix a pair of glasses with a ballpoint pen cap. I discovered this when my glasses fell apart on a trip to ... oh, lord, somewhere in England, and I didn't have a glasses kit with me. Periodically the screw would pop on my frames and I'd have to re-tighten it, and Robyn had the pen with the cap that worked.

13. I jumped into the lake at Leeds Castle to save a roll of film. (Indeed, I do pre-date digital cameras!) It fell out of the handy-dandy elastic strap and I heard it plip into the water. I remember standing there for just a minute, aghast, then shucking my trench coat and backpack in one motion before climbing over the side into the water. Well, onto the rocks lining the side. I managed to creep out on some more rocks and reach the bobbing plastic canister before it floated far enough to force me to wade. And the film was dry when I opened the canister!

14. I have kissed the Blarney Stone, but that doesn't mean #12 and #13 aren't true.

15. I went to Northern Ireland and got to go inside an Army base because it was built around the remains of the ancestral castle of the girl I was traveling with.

16. I can fit the following things into an L.L. Bean school backpack: a week's worth of underwear and socks, a sweater or a flannel shirt (also L.L. Bean), three t-shirts, a Minolta SLR camera and lens, film (doesn't take much space), pens, a small day planner, a map, money and passport, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner in small bottles, soap, a composition notebook that was my journal, my teddy bear, and a paperback copy of the Alexander complete works of Shakespeare (in very, very small print).

17. I was going to take my bear, anyway, but he was handy in another way: my mother was very upset that I did not come back from my high school Europe trip with pictures of myself in any of these famous spots I visited (to be fair, my only group shot was one of everyone's backs as they watched the Changing of the Guard, so clearly I wasn't interested in people on that trip). So when I spent the semester abroad, I made sure to get a photo of myself wherever I went (Robyn got good with my camera). However, I didn't trust strangers with my camera, so when I went somewhere alone, I took a picture of my teddy bear instead.

18. I am very excited that my friends John and Tiffany are finally getting married, but right this second, I am more excited because when I go to Michigan to take part in their wedding, I will not have to haul all the extra crap I had to haul to Ohio. I am scheming to make it so that Scott and I have one backpack as a carry-on between us.

19. Speaking of plane rides, I can also change a small child's clothing from the skin out in an airplane seat while waiting to disembark the plane.

20. Okay, this one is because of 's answers to this part of the meme: I can't stand Thin Mints. This is because when my mother was a Girl Scout leader, she stocked up on them--all three of us were nuts for them--and froze them. Well, I pretty much gorged on Thin Mints for a month, and made myself thoroughly sick of them. Trefoils, now, are my downfall. And Lemonades.


And that's all I have for now. I will endeavor to think of some more stuff and finish this question soon.
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Oh, ho ho; I thought I wouldn't be on today, but I did not count on the relentless complaining of the Zweeble. "I want to go NOW!" he says. "We can't stay here forever ..." "Over and over and over and over. Even Spongebob could not save me. Thank every last possible diety in the universe for Nick Jr.'s preschool games site. He is playing, and I am posting a "regain my sanity" post.

So, let me see ...

Previously, on Laura's Journal.

Day 06 - Write 30 interesting facts about yourself (1-11)

This may take two or three parts, just because of busy-ness. But okay. Here we go.

1. I have no spleen.

2. I have 8 more or less noticeable scars from various stupid/klutzy things I've done, and one from my kid biting me.

3. I have the same birthday as William Shatner.

4. My favorite joke: How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? A duck! (Scott now claims this as his favorite, but much like the Mini Cooper, I liked it first.)

5. I want to do a Dadaist picture of a naked baby doll being thrown down the stairs by a toddler and call it "Nude Descending a Staircase." (I thought of this last night.)

6. I was 18 before I saw real snow, and then I saw it in the Italian Alps.

7. I sing in the car every chance I get. I belt until my voice goes wobbly.

8. I realized recently that while I would settle for being a companion, I really want to be the Doctor.

9. I have an evil twin, [livejournal.com profile] jkason. That doesn't mean I'm the good one; we are, as Scott said, evil in the same ways--twins that are evil. (Jason's the one with the beard, though.)

10. Speaking of Jason, we used to tell people in college that we were cousins. It started out having as legitimate a reason as these things can have, but quickly evolved into just seeing how out-there we could make the story before those people figured out we were making it up.

11. I have a crush on Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb.

... Okay, my break is over and the Zweeble is bouncing around. More facts later!

Still to come! )
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Previously, on Laura's Journal.

Day 04 - Your views on religion

Hm. Well. Let me see.

One, I am the daughter of a very lapsed Catholic and a not-really-practicing Baptist, who told me I could be whatever religion I wanted to, later on. I've been to Mass and spent a lot of my childhood attending Methodist services and VBS. Oh, and for a while my parents had me in a freaky Fundamentalist day care that gave me some very wacky ideas about God (seriously, Fundamentalist Christianity as seen through the eyes of the sorta kinda Catholic and Baptist kid with the overactive imagination and only child issues. It was not all the Fundametalists' fault, really; I was weird. But still).

So, here I am, happily ... something. Really, don't ask me to try and untangle the shaggy shape of my belief system--I'm not sure I can, but since it works for me I'm good with it.

My views about religion in general are ... well, you know, I think it works for a lot of people. And there's a lot to be said for a community of people who are there for you and help you when you need it. I think that serious, thinking faith is a marvelous thing.

I think that, like most human endeavors, there are great examples of religion helping people, giving people strength, feeding their souls. And there are examples of religion controlling people, feeding their fears, and hurting others. I, personally, am not really a church-goer, or an organized religious observance person, but I don't have issues with people who are.

(That said, when the Jehovah's Witnesses came around the other day, and the guy was trying to find the passage in the Bible he wanted to point out to me, I wished my grandfather was there to quote it to him. My grandfather was a junior deacon, once upon a time, and I swear he had the entire Bible by heart.)

Day 05 - A time you thought about ending your own life

All right, since I will be busy tomorrow and not much on the Internet, I don't think, one more. Because it's short.

I have never, in fact, considered ending my own life.

Oh, there are days here and there where I think that if a bus hit me it'd solve a lot of my problems, but I haven't gone looking up a schedule.

I think I have been extremely lucky to have always felt like bad times are temporary. There was a time where I didn't think a bad time was going to end, but I knew that it ought to, so I tried to find out how to get things moving out of the bad times. (Therapy, gang, it was a good thing for me.)

So, yeah, I've never been suicidal. Near death via stupidity, sure, but never suicidal. :)


Still to come! )
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Previously, on Laura's Journal.

Day 02 - Where you'd like to be in 10 years

Ten years--agh, I'll be pushing 50, so okay, I'd like to not be doing that with a bum ticker. I'd like to be successful in one or the other of my careers, but that's as far as I'll go in that direction right now. There are a couple of things I hope for Scott, too, but I'm not going to write about them on the internet. :)

I'd like to be living in a slightly bigger house, as I will be living with a husband and an almost-fourteen-year-old at that point, and I am sure we will need the space. I'd like to be planning a trip to Europe with the guys and my mom; that would be awesome.

I'd like my life, just a bit ... more.

Day 03 - Your views on drugs and alcohol

My views on drugs and alcohol, oh lord. Okay, people, you are dealing with a woman who is related to, or knows, a variety of substance abusers, recovered, recovering, and, well, not so much so. I am biased.

Bearing that in mind, I do not drink or do any drug harder than the occasional antihistamine. I've loved some legally-prescribed painkillers in my klutzy-ass life, but after a day or so of "Wow, have you ever really watched a guy paint a flower? I mean really watched a guy paint a flower?" I get aggravated because I can't focus enough to follow a storyline or read a book, and I'm ready to suck it up and take Tylenol.

I tend to be uncomfortable around drunk people. It took me until I was about 19 to realize that there are, in fact, people who can drink without being alcoholics and ruining everything. It doesn't stop me being uncomfortable, but it did stop me from being snotty and judgmental when my roommate decided to get tipsy after finals.

So my view on alcohol is something like my view of a snake or a spider: I am extremely suspicious and cautious until I can get a better look at the situation, and even then I am Not Thrilled. But I can live and let live so long as I don't get bitten.

My view of drugs is mostly that they're kinda stupid and unproductive, in addition to the snake and spider thing.

Still to Come, on Laura's Journal )
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... and the fact that I'm a big ball of brooding and obsessiveness. It's another 30 Day meme! Which means it'll take me six weeks, even if I double up on days when all I do is snark at a topic!

But what the heck. It'll be fun. Or "fun."

Day 01 - Your current relationship. If single, discuss how single life is.

Okay, I don't think anyone needs the full-on blow-by-blow of the 19 years that are the Laura and Scott saga, but our relationship is ... well, sometimes it's the most awesome thing ever and we are totally in sync, having fun and reading each others' thoughts, cracking one another up. And then sometimes it's not all that great and we're misunderstanding each other all over the place, rolling eyes at each other and arguing.

It's, you know, a marriage (when I talk about my marriage, I'm including the years we weren't actually married, by the way. I know, I know, but it's my brain). What are you going to do? I like the guy. He likes me. We've been through one hell of a lot of stuff together, good and bad and sometimes ugly, and yet here we are watching Torchwood and snarking at it. We made a Zweeble. And if you think being together for sixteen years before you have a baby together means you can predict what sort of parenting style your partner will have ... well, think again, my friend. New aspects of our personalities abound nowadays.

He's still my favorite person to hang out with. He's a good kisser. Making him laugh always makes my day; I never expect to, and then I'll say something and that hilarious giggle bursts forth and for a moment, I am a god. :)

I like my relationship. It's my foundation.

next time, on Laura's Journal ... )
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... because that's what's tickling my fancy right now! (The end of the long Doctor Who meme.)

Day 30 – Whatever Tickles Your Fancy

So I've been watching Torchwood as it pops up on BBCAmerica; god forbid they should show it in order, but [livejournal.com profile] jkason gave me the run-down of the overall plots a while ago after he burned through it on Netflix, so I can fill in the blanks. (It's a bit like when I watched Farscape.)

Anyway, it's wildly uneven so far. And as Jason pointed out, Captain Jack from Doctor Who is not the same person as Jack on Torchwood, and this bothers me a bit since there is some overlap. But I love Ianto; I love the actor's body language, I love how he seems to be sort of helplessly in love with Jack but doesn't trust him at all ...

And I got to see the episode where Spike comes back (I'm sorry, I know they named the character, but he was really just Spike with a wristband and no fangs ... and I am perfectly okay with that!), and damn but I adore tormented, messed-up James Marsters. He's this utter evil bastard, and then he just shoots this one vulnerable look ... and I feel bad for him.

I really liked the episode with Tosh and the frozen soldier from 1918, but Scott didn't. Still, I thought it was a much more solid episode than the one where the weird dude is manipulating them with ghosts to get them to open the rift spoilers )

Honestly, the best one I've seen so far is Gwen's wedding. That one was a freaking riot, and worked so well, and how come "adult-oriented" (as opposed to how Doctor Who is more family-oriented) means depressing? I mean, sure, let's have all the sexy bits, but could we maybe have more fun? Adults have fun!

But maybe I just haven't seen the fun episodes yet.

Day 31 - What do you mean, they missed Day 19?!

All right, here. With thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jenifoto, who posted it first.





Okay, all done. Here are all the links and stuff:

Day 1: Favorite Quote

Days 2 and 3: Favorite Classic and New Series Episodes

Days 4 and 5, Favorite Doctor and Companion

Day 6, Whatever Tickles Your Fancy (Scott's Opinions on Questions 3-5)

Days 7-8, Favorite Piece of Music and Favorite Who-Related Photo

Days 9,10, and 11, Who-Related Photos That Make You Angry/Sad and That You Took, and Favorite Season

Day 12, Whatever Tickles Your Fancy (Season 5 Finale)

Days 13 and 14 - Favorite Villain and Villain That Scared You the Most

Days 15, 16, and 17 - Favorite Who-Related Tumblr, Fanfic, and a Piece of Who-Related Fanart

Days 18 and 20 - Whatever Tickles Your Fancy (Questions I Would Have Asked) and The Character That is Most Like You"

Days 21, 22, and 23 - Your OTP, Who-Related fan Site, and Who-Related YouTube Video

Days 24, 25, and 26 - Whatever Tickles Your Fancy, Favorite Who Actor and Actress

Days 27, 28, and 29 - An Episode You Wish hadn't Been Made, An Episode Idea You Created Yourself, and Who You Think Should be the Next Doctor
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Day 27 – An Episode You Wish Hadn’t Been Made

Okay, I could probably answer this question much better for, say, Star Trek, which I grew up on and have seen in all of its incarnations, more or less. (Is it just me or are there huge chunks of ST:TNG that have not aged well at all? There's an odd smugness there toward the end that bugs me. And yet Patrick Stewart is always awesome.)

I did not enjoy "The Doctor's Daughter," for example, because I felt like they left a lot of the actual plot out of the episode, and it kept me from really investing in Jenny the way I needed to in order for the show to work. But I don't wish it hadn't been made--it's got some great lines and fun moments. Much like Buffy, even the worst episode of Doctor Who is better than the best episode of many other TV shows.


That said, however, I am sure that if I watched every single available episode of Doctor Who, 1st Doctor on, I'd find some episode that I'd cringe at enough to answer this with, much like Star Trek.

Day 28 – An Episode Idea You Created Yourself

The closest I came to this was telling Scott that I'd like to write an episode of Doctor Who where the Doctor gets into some sort of serious trouble and the current companion has to gather as many of the previous companions as possible (ie, as many of the actors and actresses as are willing and able to do it) to save him. Then, at the end of season 4, it was like Russell Davies got half my idea on the fangirl wavelength. (Hey, maybe he got the whole thing, but the budget went for the F/X and not the casting.)

Day 29 – Who You Think Should Be the Next Doctor

When this was an actual, current concern, I was really pulling for Paterson Joseph; I still think he'd make an awesome Doctor, based on watching him in Jekyll and Neverwhere. And, you know, James Nesbitt is awesome, too ...



Day 1: Favorite Quote

Days 2 and 3: Favorite Classic and New Series Episodes

Days 4 and 5, Favorite Doctor and Companion

Day 6, Whatever Tickles Your Fancy (Scott's Opinions on Questions 3-5)

Days 7-8, Favorite Piece of Music and Favorite Who-Related Photo

Days 9,10, and 11, Who-Related Photos That Make You Angry/Sad and That You Took, and Favorite Season

Day 12, Whatever Tickles Your Fancy (Season 5 Finale)

Days 13 and 14 - Favorite Villain and Villain That Scared You the Most

Days 15, 16, and 17 - Favorite Who-Related Tumblr, Fanfic, and a Piece of Who-Related Fanart

Days 18 and 20 - Whatever Tickles Your Fancy (Questions I Would Have Asked) and The Character That is Most Like You"

Days 21, 22, and 23 - Your OTP, Who-Related fan Site, and Who-Related YouTube Video

Days 24, 25, and 26 - Whatever Tickles Your Fancy, Favorite Who Actor and Acress

still to come )

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