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[livejournal.com profile] varina8 asked me five questions. The answers are below. If you would like five questions, let me know in comments. If you have comments about my answers, let me know in comments. In general, commenting is encouraged all around.

1) You’re snuggled under the covers and the radio alarm goes off, what song is playing?
"Sleep All Day" by Jason Mraz. Why? Because, mainly, this year, it seems like I want very much to be hibernating. Which is what I may do over the Christmas weekend. When I'm not attending gatherings, that is. (Funny, reading the lyrics, I realize this song is bleaker than its happy-go-lucky melody and performance would suggest. I'm going to stick with it, though, because what has always stuck out about it to me was that happy-go-lucky chorus and it's appropriate right now.)

2) If you were given $35 to go to the grocery and buy whatever ingredients strike your fancy, what would you make?
Lasagna. Comfort food. Mine's pretty good. Those ingredients are inexpensive enough that it'd leave me money for a not-half-bad bottle of red.

3) Knowing that you’ve traveled extensively, which destination is highest on your wish list and why?
My wish list. Hm. I have to pick just one? Lately I've been obsessing about Bucharest, where my paternal grandmother was born. But I'd like to see more of the ancient world, which has interested me since childhood--Greece, Italy. Someday, Macchu Pichu, Angkor Wat. I'd love to go back to France because there's so much history there and because I'd like the opportunity to learn and speak more French than I have. I'd like to see Morocco for the architecture and culture. Yeah, picking just one? Impossible.

4) Do you have a favorite Chanukah book for children?
"The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming" by Lemony Snicket

5) If you could take a whole year off work with no penalties to learn something new, what would it be?
Something new. Hm. Sculpture, maybe. I've been thinking that I need to get out of my intellect for a while and into my visual life more lately. Sailing might be a thing. It involves physical activity and travel, both of which appeal. Making movies. Or maybe--diving into my intellectual life even more--rabbinical study, not so much because I'm so very religious (I'm not), but because the discipline and the tradition of challenging and debating ideas appeals so much to me. Which makes me think about studying law and civics. What? You thought this was going to be a simple answer? Have you met me? :-)
scarlettina: (Angel)
[livejournal.com profile] ironymaiden posted a meme wherein they were asked to write about six of their userpics. If you comment "Meme Me" I will pick six of your userpics that you can then write about, thus maintaining meme balance in the LJ-verse. Feel free to propagate or not, ask people to ask you for six userpics, as you like.

A couple of notes before I post mine:

1) I miss doing memes. It was an LJ Thing and we used to do it a lot. I enjoyed them so much that I actually wrote an entry about them here that was a sort of analysis of the phenomenon. That entry ended up being included in the tenth anniversary book that LiveJournal published. Memes bound us as a community and were (and still are) a lot of fun. I'm excited to do this one, even if it's taken me some time to do it.

2) Icons--user pics--are also an LJ Thing. They're like their own language, and we use them on LJ like nowhere else on the web. They are their own messages and commentary on what we're posting, almost like visual hashtags. I love that they're part of how we communicate here. I will still occasionally make a new icon--I do it at least once a year for SIFF.

3) Icons are like a signature: they identify and describe the user. And that's the reason that I'm rigorous about giving credit on my userpic page. They are art as much as anything else. If you're using an icon, you're suing someone's art and acknowledgement is important.

Now, on the meme itself:

Angel

I chose this icon for my default because I wanted to find something that was pretty and sparkly. It's really pretty simple. I found it in some icon community online; it might have been in one particular artist's journal that allowed usage. Also, I'm a child: I like animated userpics. If we want to get mystical about it, then I'll include the descriptive text that appears on my profile page within the Icon Tarot Card included there:
Divinatory Meanings: A figure of power with a broad perspective. Strong, thoughtful, quick to forgive. Awareness of mortality. Loyalty. Humor, Affection. Creative energy.
Reversed: Weakness, fear, narrow perspective, wrath with dire consequences, betrayal, destructive energy.
Element: Fire: Change, transformation.

Reality Check

I stole this image from Rob Brezny's Real Astrology site. Sometimes one does need a reality check. I feel like I often need a reality check. When I am thinking about something and I need to check my reality, I'll use this icon.

DrWho: Welcome to Hell

I found this icon in a Doctor Who icon community. Sometimes you just have to be blunt about it: things are hellish. Might as well get comfortable there. And, you know, if the Doctor's along, maybe it won't be quite so bad (but first, it's going to get worse...).

Happy Sun

When I'm happy, I'm really happy. I made this icon because I wanted something more than a smiley. Sunshine always makes me feel good. And look at that big, wide smile! This may have been the first original icon I ever made. I recently cleaned it up a little bit, but it's still pretty raw. I like it that way.

TV Watcher

I wanted an icon to use when I talk about television (which used to be far more common than it is now). Rather than create an icon for every TV show, which I knew would get unwieldy after a while, I decided to make a general one that I could use across the board. Then I got it into my head that I wanted to put me inside the TV. I searched for a vintage-looking TV set online. Then, with a little bit of Photoshop craftiness later, this is what I came up with. I don't use it as much as I thought I would, but I like it.

Circle of Life

I love Disney's "The Lion King." It may be my favorite Disney film ever. And I adore the song "The Circle of Life." I saw an ironic take on the lyrics similar, though not exactly the same as this, somewhere else on the web--as a poster or something--and I nabbed the concept to make it fit into a 100x100 userpic. I couldn't help but nab it because, sometimes, that damned circle of life kicks you in the ass and you want to tell it, "Shut up, Frank." Also, because sometimes I burst into song and get told "Shut up, Janna." It's a reminder. :-) And I like giraffes; giraffes are inherently ridiculous.
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[livejournal.com profile] gnomi made me do it:

I promise* will do my best to make something handmade for the first five people who comment. They must are encouraged* in turn post this and make something for the first five people who comment on their status. The rules are it has to be handmade by you and they must receive it before 2012 ends...who's in with me?!

*I changed this from the original because I feel uncomfortable promising in case I default, and I don't like making people participate in memes if they don't want to.
scarlettina: (Have A Cookie)
Comment to this post and I'll tell you one thing I love about you, and/or one reason why I'm glad we're friends.

Then you can all copy and paste this and we can start 2012 with lots of love between us ♥
scarlettina: (Awesome me)
First meme of 2011: [livejournal.com profile] twilight2000 asked, and so I must acquiesce to her request. With these exercises I have found that it is often most effective to be as specific as you possibly can be; the more specific you are, the less likely it is that someone else has done what you have.

Ten Things I've Done That You (Probably) Haven't

1. Written a Live Journal post from an internet cafe in Mombasa.

2. Sung the Indiana Jones theme as I climbed down the side of the great pyramid at Chichen Itza.

3. Bought a desk for some school children in Malawi (but you can if you want to).

4. Sold a photograph to National Geographic.

5. Gone flounder fishing off the coast of Long Island.

6. Sung on a local NY television show as a child.

7. Had poetry published in Asimov's.

8. Run an imaginary convention online.

9. Attended the American Numismatic Association's summer seminar to learn about U.S. tokens.

10. Watched sunset from a rock outcropping in the middle of Tsavo, Kenya.
scarlettina: (Live and learn)
I woke this morning to discover frost on the balcony railing. It's 9:15 AM in Seattle, and the old year is slowly winding down. Here's my annual year-end survey, possibly the most useful meme ever to emerge on LiveJournal.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
1. Traveled the North Cascade Highway
2. Trod through the tidepools at Golden Gardens park
3. Attended the Highland Games
4. Gave Spanky medication by injection
5. Went to the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum

Complete survey beneath the cut. You may find a recurring theme or two. )

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
I don't think this was a learning so much as it was a reminder: Be true to yourself, no matter how hard it may be.
scarlettina: (GWTW: Pleased as punch)
I haven't done a meme in a while. This one didn't require excessive thought and was lots of fun.

The idea is, comment here and I will give you a color. Then, in your journal, list ten things you love that are that color.

[livejournal.com profile] twilight2000 assigned me the color pink. Here we go:

1) Cherry blossoms
2) Raspberry sherbet
3) The blanket on my couch
4) Flamingos
5) Tulips
6) Piglets
7) Cotton candy
8) My stripey scarf in many shades of pink
9) My pair of Disney princess glove/mits (yes, really)
10) The pretty sunstone spiral choker I made late last year (that someone ought to buy ::grin::)

Wanna color? Just ask!
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...stolen from the inestimable [livejournal.com profile] mimerki.

Okay, my game playing and game designery friends, here's a meme for you. I dare you! I double-dare you!

If I were a summonable monster, how would you summon me? (Include items to lure monster-me and method for said fell ritual.)

I tremble with alternate fear and delight at the prospect of your answers.
scarlettina: (Have A Cookie)
I have been assigned these words. [livejournal.com profile] ironymaiden associates them with me. I must discuss them. Comments welcome. Also, if you want words that I associate with you, well, say the word.

broad: Hm... I'm broad where a broad should be broad? I'm perhaps a little broader than I'd like to be. I suspect I'm a lot more comfortable describing myself as a broad than I'd be were someone else to describe me that way (although I suppose I'd accept "She's a grand old broad" around the time I hit 70). If I used this word to describe myself, it would a probably be defined as a woman who is strong, funny, practical, no nonsense, bawdy, and dependable. At least, I'd hope that's how it would be interpreted. The word has been viewed as a pejorative; I'm takin' it back. It's a compliment.

butterfly: I equate butterflies with emergence. Caterpillars realize their potential when they emerge from their cocoons; it's a beautiful metaphor. I sometimes feel like I'm constantly cocooning and emerging, cocooning and emerging. Maybe that's what life is: a series of rebirths. When we visited the Pacific Science Center recently, [livejournal.com profile] selinker observed that if one goes into the Butterfly House in a bad mood, it's simply impossible to leave in that state. One can't help but smile around them. I think that they--and kittens--are the universe's way of reminding us to laugh.

orphan: The first words that occurred to me--no kidding--were Annie, Superman...and me. Interesting company, eh? It's not a word I was ever comfortable using to describe myself. I have been aware that my condition is technically "orphan," i.e., parentless, but I've always felt more the latter than the former, if that makes any sense. And yet, I was not parentless; I had parents. One of the reasons I framed pictures of my parents and put them in the living room was to remind myself that I didn't start in this world alone. But I do miss my parents even now and every day. I was fortunate in being parentless, in that I had my brother, my cousin Ellen, I had friends, and I had an aunt and uncle who loved me for exactly who I was. But the truth is that there are things you share with your parents that you can't really share with anyone else. And sometimes when I want to share one of those things, sharing them with my brother or a friend or a cousin just isn't enough. And that has always been hard. It always will be. A friend said to me once that he didn't think my parents would want me to mourn them and I'm sure he's right. But the hole is there and no other peg will ever fit it.

expat: It's a word that always had this romantic sound about it to me: people living in other countries, experiencing a life different from that at home, adopting those foreign ways. There's no question in my mind: Seattle is a different country than New York City. The people, the habits, the manners and expectations, the way business is done is all different. And I'm reminded every day that I'm Not From Here, whether it's cracking someone up with a broad NY accent (really, it's the easiest way to get a laugh in this town), or being a little more assertive than is generally considered acceptable here, or dressing up a little for work rather than dressing down, as 90% of the folks in this town do. There's no question that I love this place, but New York's in my DNA. I'm a NY expat living in Seattle--it's as true as the day I moved here, truer perhaps after all this time. At the same time, perversely, Seattle's become home and I like the contradiction.

confidante: Someone to whom you tell personal stuff in a trusting way. I'm fortunate to have some true confidantes in my life. I hope they feel that way about me, too.
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-Describe me in one word--just one single word. Positive or negative.

-Leave your word in a comment, before looking at what words others have used.

-Copy and paste the meme to your journal to find out how people describe you when limited to one word.
scarlettina: (Blood love and rhetoric)
You know the drill: If you'd like five questions, just ask.

1. You can send a ten-word message to your 17-year-old self. What does it contain?
It reads as follows: Break up with Fred now. Pay more attention to Mom. Fred was my then-boyfriend. By the time I turned 17, he still hadn't gotten abusive--that would come within months, though. And the day I turned 17 was the day my doctor chose to tell me that my mother was going to die. (He was a peach, let me tell you.) I went into pretty deep and serious denial. I could have done so much more for my mother than I did. Fear and denial kept me at a distance from her.

2. Feb 3, 2009 vs. Feb 3, 2008: compare and contrast.
On February 3 of last year, I made a locked post here about being single. I'd spent the evening with two couples, found myself feeling conspicuously alone, and fled the scene as soon as I was able to do so without attracting undue attention. It was a tough, tough night. Not much has changed significantly on the relationship front since then.

I am now, unlike then, unemployed. I am further along in the room switcheroo project, though it has stalled.

And we have a new president with whom I'm much more politically and philosophically aligned than we had then. This is an enormous relief to me. I feel like there's some light at the end of the tunnel we've dug ourselves into as a nation, and I"m feeling hopeful about the country for the first time in a long, long while.

3. What are you going to do right after you finish answering these questions?
Wash dishes and consider what I may want to have for dinner. Maybe watch Keith Olbermann.

4. Five hundred years from now, what common 21st-century American practice will be most horrifying to the average person?
I can think of several things: invasive surgery, cigarette smoking, creating non-recyclable products, using petroleum-fueled vehicles, putting chemicals into food, poisoning our water supply.

5. Humanity: are we gonna make it?
That's a pretty large question. Humans are remarkably adaptive. We are also often stupidly blind. I think we'll survive, for certain values of survival. I think that climate change, drug-resistant disease and new, presently unknown diseases, pollution, and war will be our biggest challenges. As a result of these, I expect significant population shrinkage. But I do think we'll survive. I do think we'll avoid nuclear war. We'll continue to remake the planet. We will do nothing to make any of it easier on ourselves. We will probably cause the extinction of many other life forms before we're done. But we'll hang on. We are mammalian cockroaches. Just who eats who in the end will be interesting to discover.
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Snurched from [livejournal.com profile] quietspaces:

Bold the things that you've done:

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
Cut for flist mercy )
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Today was my last day at MSN Tech & Gadgets. I made up little bags of M&Ms with small thank you notes for all the folks I worked with and passed them out this afternoon. Gotta say: I really hated saying goodbye to everyone. This was my best year at MSN: good people and I felt as though I really made a contribution and a difference. I'm hoping some of these folks will keep in touch. I'd hate for this to have been Just Another Contract.

Tonight, as a salve against enforced change, BC and I are going to see a late showing of The Dark Knight. What the heck; I don't have to be up early tomorrow.

Well, that's not entirely true.

Tomorrow, [livejournal.com profile] e_bourne and I are zoo-going and art framing. We want to be sure to catch the critters up and about, which means an early start. Also, I want to penny-smash while we're there, so I'll have to hit the bank for a roll of quarters.

I can do it. There will simply be lots of caffeine involved.

And under the cut, that three-word meme everyone's doing... )
scarlettina: (Spirits)
[livejournal.com profile] dthon asks:
Have you ever witnessed your own ghost sighting, experienced a haunting, or was involved in an instance of 'paranormal' phenomena?

Answer beneath the cut )
scarlettina: (Truth shall make you fret)
Since these two questions are so closely related for me, I'm answering them in the same post.

[livejournal.com profile] barefoot_grrl asks:
Do you ever wish you'd never heard of/gotten into the book publishing thing?

No cut necessary: Yes. Absolutely. And then I stop and think about all that I'd be giving up if I asked for a do-over and get over the whole notion.

[livejournal.com profile] kistha asks a corollary:
Is there an alternate "life path" that you didn't take that you wonder about? If not, what other kinds of life would you liked to have had?

Answer beneath the cut )
scarlettina: (DrWho: Jiggery pokery)
[livejournal.com profile] mevennen asks:
I'm always interested in what people cook. I believe you do cook (from memory of previous posts), and if so, what do you cook?

Answer beneath the cut )
scarlettina: (All my own stunts)
[livejournal.com profile] spazzychic asks:

You always have had like, 10 levels of super-successful powerful woman with berets of steel in my mind. So my question, and please ignore the connotations that I can't help but have but really don't intend you to kill me with your brain by it but...

What was it like when you were 25?


Answer beneath the cut )
scarlettina: (All my own stunts)
From [livejournal.com profile] ironymaiden

Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post* about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, favorite type of underwear, etc. Repost in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other. or not.

No, I'm not screening comments. o.o If I have to write about it, you have to ask about it where others can see. ;)

i do not allow anonymous commenting.


* Your filter may vary. Post can occur at any time within say, the next two weeks. Veto power can be exercised with explanation.
scarlettina: (Awesome me)
I should be out of bed and in the shower. I am not. I'm finishing my morning e-mail and LJ run, which has run long this AM. And it's too damn cold to get out of bed.

Five Questions: That five questions meme got a huge response here at Scarlett Letters; I still have four more people for whom I must provide questions and my creativity is failing me. To fill all orders and not blow out the engine, I'm trying to provide questions to at least two people each time I log on. I'm hoping I'll be done before I go to bed tonight.

Writing: I'm doing something different with the story I'm writing right now, and it's meant my writing the piece differently than I would ordinarily. It's an interesting process. I'm not as far along as I should be at this point, which is making me antsy, but I'll get there and I will deliver on time and on target.

Room Switcheroo: Through the miracle of Craigslist (and some extremely accommodating and assertive friends) I may have the bookcases and desk I've been looking for before the week's end. We Shall See.

Photography: KA and I have signed up for a National Geographic photography seminar (Photos that tell a story) in Portland in March. We haven't figured out the travel logistics yet, but I'm probably going to advocate for a Powell's trip, and maybe even some sort of meal/meet with the locals. Will keep the Portland people apprised as things develop.

Hungry. Must go start the day.
scarlettina: (DrWho: Who I AM)
1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not. ([livejournal.com profile] scarlettina's codicil: You may not ask me directly. Be creative about the comment you leave here.)

2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.

3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.

4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.

5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.

[livejournal.com profile] tbclone47 asks:

1. Name three things you miss most about New York. More questions beneath the cut )

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