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Meme caught from [ profile] stryck. This is one that took a moment's thought for me. Dreamwidth users can use their Dreamwidth usernames, of course!
I'm running a test to see who's reading my posts. So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the last letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don't just post a word and not copy - that's not as much fun!
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I'm at my parents' house for a couple weeks — they hadn't seen my son since last September. Their house is packed full of junk accumulated over 35 years, so I've tried to cull some of the stuff I left here after college. While tidying my old room, I came across a paperback novel [ profile] aristeros gave me years ago: Siege of Shadows by Lynn Abbey. I liked the story well enough, but the frustrating thing about it is that the book ends at the climax, clearly anticipating a continuation of some kind... but no sequel was ever written. Does anyone know why? The author has written many books and doesn't seem to have ended her writing career.

Also, a meme! It's been almost two years since I did one. I got this one from [ profile] purrzah. It says I have a vaguely northern accent, which I've been told before.

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on

Northern. Whether you have the world famous Inland North accent of the Great Lakes area, or the radio-friendly sound of upstate NY and western New England, your accent is what used to set the standard for American English pronunciation (not much anymore now that the Inland North sounds like it does).

If you are not from the North, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Southerner who hates Southern accents and tries really hard to "talk right"; or
(b) A New Yorker or New Jerseyan who doesn't have the full accent

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?
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I was going to fill out the Year In Review meme, but as I looked over last year's edition to copy and paste the questions, I realized that most of my answers are the same. The biggest thing by far to happen to me this year was having a child; getting a dog and moving house twice were also pretty significant. I feel like the first half of the year, during which I went to school, was very much split from the second half of the year, when we lived in a different place and when my life was much more baby-centered. Almost like different lives really. It may be petty of me, but at this moment my biggest regret for the year is that I never took cuttings from that rose bush outside our house, which will probably be bulldozed in a month or two.

Anyhow... Year In Review 2008, Y.I.R. 2006, Y.I.R. 2005, and Y.I.R. 2003, for reference.
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From [ profile] eredien. "Comment to this post, and I will list five things I associate with you. They might make sense or they might be totally random. You're encouraged to post that list, with your commentary on each item, to your lj (or just add a reply back at me)."

Anyway! That took me a while to write. If you read the whole thing, I hope you found it interesting. :) I'll supply five terms to anyone else who wants them — I guess that will be a lot quicker than explaining my own.

Poetry meme

Feb. 5th, 2009 08:29 pm
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Caught from [ profile] faeri: "Post your favorite poem."

in Just- by e.e. cummings
in Just-
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little lame baloonman

whistles far and wee

and eddyandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old baloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and


baloonMan whistles

Nice to think of when we're halfway through winter. I think I was introduced to that poem in 7th grade English class... I know it was in some class in school, anyway.

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
Jabberwocky )
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Figured I'd get this out of the way now before I go out of town tomorrow.

Questions and answers )

[For comparison, my answers to the same questionnaire for 2006, 2005 and 2003.]
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From [ profile] stryck.

1. Post about something that made you happy today even if it's just a small thing.
2. Do this every day for a week without fail.
3. Tag 8 of your friends to do the same.

Today's happy thing: I have taken my last final exam for this semester. I have no more schoolwork until the middle of January.

I'll probably end up with two As and two Bs.

This "list something happy" idea is a good one. I'm not in the habit of posting daily, but I may continue it for longer than a week.

Tagged, in alphabetical order: [ profile] 403, [ profile] eredien, [ profile] faery, [ profile] gregstoll, [ profile] nexan, [ profile] odiedragon, [ profile] taldragon, and [ profile] urbpan. I know most of you don't post every day either, so feel free to alter (or ignore) the meme to your taste.
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Caught from [ profile] eredien.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

Property, Plant, and Equipment
Property, plant and equipment are carried at cost less accumulated depreciation. Depreciation of property, plant, and equipment which includes assets under capital leases, is provided on the straight-line method over estimated useful lives, generally ranging from two to seven years for equipment and 30 to 40 years for buildings. Leasehold improvements are amortized over the shorter of their useful lives or the related lease life, generally 10 years.
Revenue Recognition
Company-operated retail store revenues are recognized when payment is tendered at the point of sale.

Intermediate Accounting, by Spiceland, Sepe, Nelson, & Tomassini, Chapter 3, "The Balance Sheet and Financial Disclosures": excerpt from Summary of Significant Accounting Policies — Starbucks Corporation
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"Princess Bride Meme: post your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not 'As you wish' or the Inigo Montoya speech."

Edited To Add: I'm not sure I have a particular favorite Princess Bride quote; the title of this post was the best one that came to mind at the time.
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I'm sure I've seen the 5 Questions thing go round before, and I thought I participated, but looking back, I can't find it in my journal posts. [Edit: That's because before, the number of questions wasn't necessarily five. Interview meme #1 part 1 and #1 part 2 and #2] Anyhow...

From [ profile] taldragon:
1. does it feel any different being married?
This question is going to take so long to answer, I'll save it for another post. I've taken long enough to answer the other questions.

2. what's your ideal job?
I think it would be partly teaching adult education, and partly tramping around outdoors, learning stuff. The teaching part would have to be not merely docent work or dispensing trivia: I'd want people to take away a skill they hadn't had before.

3. where would you live, if money was no problem?
In a treehouse in a city park. With an elevator.

More realistically, I'd like to live some place in or close enough to a major city that there is a wide selection of restaurants and cultural activities (museums, concerts), within a few hours' drive of both a beach and a highly forested area, not too much ice/darkness in the winter, not too much heat in the summer, with shady parks to walk around or skate in. The east coast of the U.S. is more convenient to relatives than farther west. For a while I've thought the Washington, D.C. area might be a nice midpoint between my family in the south and other relatives farther north, but I've only lived in a few places, so in years to come I may find a place I like better.

4. if your cleric dies, what do you want him/her to reincarnate as? :)
That character just started, and you want me to pick a new species for her? :) I can't think of much that's better than human. I could say "elf," but what difference does that really make? A unicorn would have a hard time carrying items and climbing ropes or ladders, an elephant wouldn't fit through most doors, and a snake-taur... hm... actually, that might work. Whatever it is, it has to be something that has hands and a face, and breathes air.

5. will you visit the UK next year?
We're tentatively planning on it. The limiting factors are budget and [ profile] aristeros' available leave.
Have questions of your own for me? Want me to ask you questions? Leave a comment.
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Snagged from [ profile] taldragon . :)
"Comment on this post. I will choose seven userpics from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are using them. Post your answers (and this explanation of the meme) in your own journal so others can play along."

yin-yang with Chinese name I use this symbol to represent my ethnic identity. It is a yin-yang, but instead of being black and white, I colored it yellow and white, to represent that I am of half Asian and half European descent. Overlaid on the yin-yang is the Chinese name which I chose for myself when I took a Chinese class. It is composed of three parts: my mother's family name; the word "little," which my teacher said was frequently part of girls' names; and the word for "peaceful/serene," which I asked for and which some may recognize from the logo for the TV show "Firefly"/movie "Serenity." According to my teacher, this is also the word used in library signs telling people to keep quiet. Considering the Asian yin-yang symbol and the Chinese name, I think this icon underrepresents my Western side, but I couldn't think of a good way to balance that. I use this icon when discussing topics relating to culture or ethnicity.
Mao's head This is Mao from Cooking Master Boy! It's an anime about a boy who sets out to be China's best chef ever, basically saving the world through cookery. It's fairly entertaining, but watching it always made me hungry for Chinese food. I use this icon when I post about cooking.
smiling red panda A red panda, Ailurus fulgens. I have a special fondness for them. I used to think baby harp seals were the cutest animals in the world... until I saw pictures of red pandas. I generally use this icon for cute stuff.
Banded Sphinx moth A banded sphinx moth, Eumorpha fasciata, with wings spread to reveal the full pattern. Moths hold special meaning for me as creatures of subtle beauty and elegance where one might not think to look. I use this icon when discussing the natural world.
red wolf A red wolf, Canis rufus. Wolves were my first favorite animal, even before dragons. Red wolves are smaller than gray wolves (Canis lupus), and their range includes the southeast US, where I grew up. It's hard for me to explain why, but for me the wolf means solace. I use this icon when talking about my feelings, especially if they're tending toward the maudlin.
candle I wanted an icon to represent issues of faith and spirituality, and a candle flame was the obvious choice to me. The strangest thing about this picture is the difficulty I had finding a photo I liked to iconify.
This icon has been distracted by a shiny object.  It may be away for a while. This is my most recently added icon. I thought it was funny and fitting: I am often distracted from the task at hand by some fun thing to play with. If I recall correctly, the person who made it made several other similar icons with different sayings; but she seems to have deleted her LiveJournal account.

All my usericons are listed here. Where I could, I've tried to give credit for the source of the image. I can't remember where I found the wolf picture.

33 things

Jun. 22nd, 2007 10:04 pm
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Three people on my Friends list got this meme from [ profile] sioneva, whom I don't know. I guess she's popular.

One of the three asked people to fill it out. I've done a 34 things survey before. The questions are almost the same. Below are the ones that are different.

4) Q. If I bought you a drink what would it be?
4) A. Chocolate malted milk shake. :9

10) Q. If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
10) A. Would I recognize you as an acquaintance? Would you look like you needed a ride? Most importantly, would I be driving a car? If yes to all of the above, then sure.

17) Q. What if i showed up at your house unexpectedly?
17) A. I suppose I'd invite you in and offer a snack, or at least something to drink.

18) Q. What was your first impression of me?
18) A. Very creative. Bear in mind this was in a newsgroup, and we were much younger then; but I still think you're very creative.

26) Q. Would you date me?
26) A. No. Even if I were interested in girls, I don't think our personalities would suit each other.

27) Q. What's your favorite place to hang at?
27) A. Probably home.

34 things

Mar. 24th, 2007 10:21 pm
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Apart from my purchase of sophisticated and dangerous exercise equipment, I haven't done a whole lot today.

Here's a survey I saw on [ profile] dakania's journal.
34 things )

I wanna post a poll, too, but I'm not sure how to add that in. I may have to post it separately. Let's see...

[Poll #953202]
serenissima: Eastern screech owl (observer)
Hello, 2007! Welcome to now!

2006 In Review )

I am reminded how many of these questions are inappropriate to my life.

Later I may post my goals for 2007, but I've got chores to work on right now.

Horse meme

Dec. 18th, 2006 08:10 pm
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Caught from [ profile] siege.
"So small, so cute, so shy... the miniature horse is a favourite with kids. You are quiet, and prefer to be with your parents or someone else you feel safe with. You are painfully polite... and everyone loves your big, watery eyes.
"You are likely owned by a family, and the children come to you every day to pet you and feed you treats. Sometimes, you are hitched to a small wagon for fun.
"You can be any colour that an equine can be."

Small, adorable, and naive, the world seems like a huge place to you.  You love your family and are still dependent upon others.  You are liked by everyone, for your cute charm is impossible to resist.
What breed of horse are you? Find out!
Figures. :) This goes with the hamster-bubble seduction style.
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I've seen this from three people now, but [ profile] 403 was the first:
"This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished, and put an asterisk* beside the ones you loved."

I'll take "loved" to mean "I liked it enough to recommend it, without regard for its reputation."
the list )
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If you read "Sheldon," a comic syndicated by United Media and shown on the web at , be advised that it is moving to tomorrow. The author is taking the comic independent and apparently United Media won't let him publish an "I'm moving" notice and his new URL in the comic itself or on the website. I don't read that particular comic, but I like webcomics in general.

Information from [ profile] howardtayler.
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'You scored as The Sun' )

I would like to know what my runner-up results' descriptions are.

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I actually got this via email, but I saw that [ profile] homasse did it a little while ago.

Name four... )


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