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What the heck, I always sit here for a bit while waiting to make sure Maggie made her bus, I'll do a meme.

Respond and rework/answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own.

From [livejournal.com profile] joyeuse13. As Joy did, I won't tag anyone.
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celticdragonfly: (Library)
What the heck.

Grab the book nearest you. Right now. Turn to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post that sentence along with these instructions in your LiveJournal. Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
When Abney brought me here this morning, to consider what was to be done, I instantly perceived that you had been obliged, throughout the meal, to look at this creature; and, naturally, I realized that the spectacle of a ferocious beast, in the act of springing upon its prey, could not be thought conducive to conviviality, and might, indeed, be offensive to a person of sensibility.
From The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer.
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So I must reboot and I'm closing up tabs, and found this, found from [livejournal.com profile] selenite doing it.

Your result for The Steampunk Archetype Test...

The Charming Noble

9 Swashbuckling Engineer, 0 Crazy Clockwork Tinkerer, 87 Charming Noble, 33 Roguish Pirate, 15 Mechanical Fian and 8 Aetherist Bodger!

You are surrounded by adventure and mechanical marvels which you helped bring about. You don’t dirty your hands with the details, instead having one of the many engineers, bodgers, and tinkerers under your employ do the work. Your time is better suited for balls and social occasions where you charm and regal bearing makes you the center of attention and you can keep the conversation steered away from the unsettling topic of the anti-royalists who keep posting flyers all over the city.

Take The Steampunk Archetype Test at HelloQuizzy


Jul. 10th, 2008 11:27 pm
celticdragonfly: (a floralish dragonfly)
Because I am a sucker for purple things, what can I say. If you click it for me, we'll see what happens.
Adopt one today!
I'm waiting for Karl's computer to finish scanning, so he can play with me some more.

I have photos I need to put up - but it's late. Somebody nudge me if I haven't done it tomorrow.
celticdragonfly: (bikerchick Vicki)
a. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
b. Tag seven people to do the same.
c. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag "whoever wants to do it".

  1. Although I am not fluent in German by any means, nonetheless I have been known to slip into German occasionally for a few words.

  2. I grind my teeth in my sleep. I wish I didn't. It's caused problems. Right now it seems to be causing the growth of a bone spur, and I have to go see an orthodontic surgeon next week.

  3. Like my dad before me, I do mix up my kids' names. However, I almost always get the gender right. I end up mixing up Brendan's and Jamie's names, or Maggie's and Alanna's, but rarely across gender.

  4. I am not much for eating typical cooked vegetables. However, I adore salads, and have a lot of raw veggies I enjoy in them.

  5. It used to be that when I tried a new form of fiber arts, I'd be sure that I couldn't do it, that it would be too hard. Actually, this isn't just true for fiber arts, but many other things, too. Then I'd get into it, and find that I did well at it, and then I'd say oh, it's easy, it was no big deal. [livejournal.com profile] selenite has been working hard to eradicate this quirk! I'm doing much better.

  6. Most of the time I am practical, pragmatic, and pessimistic - however, I have an impulsive, optimistic, and romantic streak underneath, just being held in check.

  7. Despite being an ordinary stay-at-home mom, I am developing an occasional alter-ego as a biker chick. (At the moment, just as a passenger. But I have dreams for the future.)

I am tagging [livejournal.com profile] selenite, [livejournal.com profile] fordprfct, [livejournal.com profile] tyledra, [livejournal.com profile] rlseiver, [livejournal.com profile] faxpaladin, [livejournal.com profile] dartpoly, and [livejournal.com profile] tmrlinnc. And thank you to [livejournal.com profile] kitanzi for tagging me!
celticdragonfly: (Vamp Willow - Bored Now)
Life is chaotic and I really should post, but I haven't felt up to it, so here's a meme.
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ganked from [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman

Please post something you think I should do or try to do in 2008. Big or small, silly or earth-changing.

I shall screen the comments on this one. :)
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From What Privileges Do You Have?, based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.

Bolding what was true for me, italicizing comments.

Father went to college
Father finished college
Mother went to college

Mother finished college
(Mom did finish college - but after I was out of the house going to college myself)

Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home

Mom, Dad, did we have that many? Probably.

Were read children's books by a parent
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
This is supposed to be a meme about privilege that was handed to you - so although this one is true, I don't think it counts. I think they mean did your parents hand you a card. I got a job young, and used that job to qualify for a JCPenney card in my name, before I was 18. I remember my mom was impressed, and it was only then that I found out she'd never had one in her name - which was a bit of a shock to me.

Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
Went to a private high school
Went to summer camp
Had a private tutor before you turned 18
Family vacations involved staying at hotels
Yes - although most of those were either Dad's business trips or Exxon moving us to a new location.

Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
There was original art in your house when you were a child
Yes, on technicalities, I believe. Mom and Dad had both produced works of art - needlepoint and such - and we had those hanging. And our local library would let you check out pieces of art, and I think those were original art, and we used to have those frequently. Cool program.

Had a phone in your room before you turned 18
You and your family lived in a single family house

Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
Does this one mean "buying, not renting" or "paid off mortgage"? Yes to the former, no to the latter

You had your own room as a child
Much of the time, yes, also shared some

Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
Had your own TV in your room in High School
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
Went on a cruise with your family
Went on more than one cruise with your family
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family
celticdragonfly: (Curiosity)
And [livejournal.com profile] autographedcat just used the icon I shared with him a while back, so I suppose I'll play too. Not that I'm expecting any, but what the heck.

1 question...
1 chance...
1 honest answer...
That's all you get...

Ask me 1 question. Any 1 question, anything, no matter how crazy it is. An honest answer.

No catch.
Except one. All comments will be screened so your question stays private between you and me, and only you will get to see my answer to your question.
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[livejournal.com profile] 17catherines hooked me on this
It's got levels. It allows me to get competitive about my vocabulary. And the longer I play, the more rice it donates to people in third-world countries.

I'm never going to get anything else done again...
Me either. This is FUN. And oh yes, the competitive streak in me loves it. The FAQ says "There are 50 levels in all, but it is rare for people to get above level 48." HAH. I have been up to 50 (yes, briefly, but still) several times.

Calling this an exercise in English vocabulary is only true if you have first clearly admitted that English "not only borrows words from other languages; it has on occasion chased other languages down dark alley-ways, clubbed them unconscious and rifled their pockets for new vocabulary." (from [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll)

A lot of the more complex stuff I know from reading Georgette Heyer. So THERE to anyone who wants to decry the idea that romance books can be real and complex literature!


Oct. 4th, 2007 11:26 am
celticdragonfly: (Firefly - Kaylee - Yay!)
I just got SUCH a cool package in the mail from [livejournal.com profile] xinef, for the LJ meme about making things for people. It's a biscornu, a cool pincushion that is like origami in fabric. With DRAGONFLIES cross-stitched on it. They are so cute! And a package of dragonfly button thingies, which I seriously want to use for something, but as she pointed out there's no clear way to attach them to anything, so I will have to see what my backbrain can come up with.


Looking at this and what [livejournal.com profile] 17catherines sent me, I'm seriously concerned about what *I* am going to come up with for this meme. Eeek. After this week I won't have guests, and clearly it's time to buckle down and have at it.
celticdragonfly: (a floralish dragonfly)
1. Botanist
Sorry, black thumb
2. Biologist
Could be great, if I had the training
3. Veterinary Technician
Vet was one of my childhood "when I grow up I wanna be" plans
4. Historian
OH yeah that'd be great
5. Zoologist
Sorta a combo of 2 and 3, really.
"Museum curator" was probably my earliest "when I grow up I wanna be" plan!
7. Biological Tech
See #2
8. Paleontologist
OH yeah, oh yeah. In college, I considered it a natural pair with the anthropology classes.
9. Veterinarian
See #3
10. Taxidermist
Taxidermy is fascinating
11. Marine Biologist
Took a class in high school, was very interesting
12. Archivist
Records and libraries and books, oh my! I'm a bit surprised "librarian" didn't show up on the list.
13. Microbiologist
Took a class in college, was interested, wasn't really great at it.
14. Anthropologist
That's what my degree was in. I wanted to go into forensics. Sigh.
15. Pharmacologist
Could be good, yeah, I think I'd do reasonably well
16. Computer Support Person
That's what I did up until just before Maggie was born

I will now skip several for which the reaction was going to be "what?" "nah, don't think so" and "what is THAT?"

21. Website Designer
done that
22. Technical Writer
I used to think this wouldn't be bad, until I heard some of [livejournal.com profile] joyeuse13's stories


26. Forensics Specialist
Yeah, that's what I had in mind in college

34. Interior Designer
Heck no. I'd just put bookcases all over and everybody except the geeky types would hate me.

38. Computer Trainer
Did some of that at TRW, enjoyed it and would have liked to get into it more

[livejournal.com profile] selenite asked me about the seemingly irrelevant ones, so I read them to him. He described what
"17. Industrial Designer " would be - and apparently Natalie Wood's character in Brainstorm fits that. THAT would be cool.

The frustrating thing is, of course, that I am NOT doing any of these things. I'm home with the kids. And since I am home with the kids, I expect I won't get to do these things in the future.
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Okay, mostly because having seen what others+mine looks like, I want to see what it looks like when I post it in my own journal.

Get your own spectral analysis from Area 23®


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