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August 03, 2007


I've been tagged by the lovely Zeebah.

1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1. My fingers are double-jointed which means I can bend them backward, but only slightly. This feature hasn't helped or hindered me in any particular regard.
2. I've joined a fiction workshop. Perhaps I can put my vivid imagination to better use than envisioning worst-case scenarios that never come to pass.
3. Once I was stung by a bee. A friend of mine broke open a cigarette, spit on some of the loose tobacco and applied it to my skin like a poultice. It seemed to work.
4. Being a better listener is one of my goals, but I think I may also be a little hard of hearing, especially when there's ambient noise. But then again maybe it's just too noisy at that moment and I just need to ask the person to repeat herself.
5. In kindergarten, a girl named Allison was my best friend. Then another girl joined our class for a while. Margaret had blonde braids, blue eyes, and a navy blue coat with toggle buttons and fuzzy woolen trim on the collar and cuffs. She didn't like me for some reason, and claimed Allison for her own. Now I know that people come and go, that you can't dictate the terms of a friendship, but at the time I didn't understand why Allison was no longer my friend.
6. "Whatever" is a regular expression for me. Usually though I just think it, rather than saying it aloud. When I get worked up about something over which I have no control, "whatever" puts it in perspective, in a valley-girl Zen sort of way.
7. When I'm reading a book or watching a movie, I can be pretty reactive. I will gasp, I startle easily, I get teary when something emotional happens. It's a little frustrating being so easily manipulated like that, but sometimes it's fun to really get into the story.
8. I have walked in a parade - smiling, waving, pulling an Eiffel tower balloon on casters. Now I can cross that off my list of things to do in life.

Tagging deano, sabrina, breadchick, francesca, sstrader, mingaling, robin, sportslady. No pressure - just an invitation to join in if you like.

Have you got 8 random things you'd like to share? Write 'em up in the comments, or leave a link to your own post.

Yours, &c., LC at 12:39 PM | Memes | TrackBack (0)

April 02, 2007


[via z.]

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February 17, 2006

Lists of Four

Mingaling tagged me, and I've been overdue getting this out.

Four jobs Ive had in my life

receptionist/general assistant
library assistant

Four movies I can watch over and over

My Fair Lady
Pride and Prejudice (the 1995 mini-series)
Sense and Sensibility (the one with Alan Rickman)

Four places I have lived

New York City
Pembroke Pines, FL
Oxford, England
Atlanta, GA

Four TV shows I love to watch
Veronica Mars
Battlestar Galactica
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Four places I have been on vacation

San Francisco

Four of my favourite dishes

pad thai
macaroni and cheese
spaghetti carbonara
the cheese grits at the Flying Biscuit

Four websites I visit daily

Google Reader
Blogdex or Blogsnow

Four places I would rather be right now

New York City
Lost in a book
In bed

Yours, &c., LC at 05:37 PM | Memes | TrackBack (0)

February 08, 2006

Internet friends meme

If there is someone on your friends list or blogroll who makes your world a better place just because they exist and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

Yours, &c., LC at 11:23 PM | Memes | TrackBack (2)

January 01, 2006


Tagged by the lovely Breadchick, here are:

Seven Things To Do Before I Die:
1. Run a mile without hacking up a lung.
2. Publish a poem in a respectable literary magazine.
3. Make crumpets.
4. Go on the road, cross-country.
5. Ride a horse.
6. Visit Jane Austen's grave.
7. Go to New Zealand...
7a. and Iceland.

Seven Things I Can't Do:
1. Get things off a high shelf without a stepladder.
2. Forgive and forget easily.
3. Teleport.
4. Tie my shoes like everybody else.
5. Eat incredibly spicy food.
6. Play an instrument.
7. See without my glasses.

Seven Things That Attract Me To Blogging:
1. Thinking and writing more freely.
2. Information sharing.
3. Connecting with other people.
4. Self-discovery.
5. Vanity.
6. Finding my voice.
7. Memes.

Seven Things I Say Most Often:
1. F*ck!
2. Holy crap!
3. Where are my glasses?
4. Um...
5. Librarythisisladycrumpetcanihelpyou?
6. Hey...(in mock whiny voice)
7. I think so.

Seven Books That I Love:
1. The Blue Sword
2. The Hero & the Crown
3. Dragonsong
4. Pride and Prejudice
5. Ender's Game
6. The Mirror of Her Dreams
7. Sense and Sensibility

Seven Movies I Watch Again and Again:
1. Pride and Prejudice (1995)
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3. Willy Wonka
4. My Fair Lady
5. The Sound of Music
6. Amelie
7. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Seven People I Want To Join In Too:
Mr. Arkadin, Francesca, Paul F., Mingaling, Zeebah, Jenica, Silver Dragon

Yours, &c., LC at 11:20 PM | Memes | TrackBack (2)

June 29, 2005

Interview Subject

Linus* kindly has prepared a few questions for me. I shall take some time to think over my answers, which will be posted here at the Armoire. In the meantime, please peruse his own interview.

*He is the first Linus of my acquaintance, which delights me greatly.

Yours, &c., LC at 02:09 PM | Memes | TrackBack (0)

June 08, 2005


Kirsten tagged me with this music meme, so voila!

The last CD I bought:
I went to Tower Records to get the new Coldplay album, X&Y. But I also came out with used copies of Finally We Are No One (múm), #447 (Marshall Crenshaw), Set Yourself on Fire (Stars), Universal Audio (The Delgados), The Virgin Suicides soundtrack, and Funeral (Arcade Fire). And those were just my selections.

Unless I somehow score free tickets, methinks I shall pass on going to Music Midtown.

Song (CD) playing now:
The Proclaimers' cover of "Five O'Clock World", from the album Born Innocent. I like it, although I prefer the version by The Vogues. My favorite bit? The yodeling. Oh how I love the yodeling. O-de-lay-ee-EEE-ee-ee-YEAH... (And yes, I'm yodeling, albeit quietly, at my desk.)

Five songs I listen to a lot or that mean a lot to me:
"Waiting" - Matthew Sweet. - Did you ever used to spin around and around to make yourself dizzy, until you fell down and the world kept on spinning? This song does that for me. When Sweet sings "I didn't think I'd find you / Perfect in so many ways / But I've been waiting (waiting) / And I want to have you" I get that shiny happy dizzy feeling - and at the same time a lump in my throat.

"Cynical Girl" - Marshall Crenshaw - My new old favorite. The perfect pop love song that in the end is more sweet than bitter. Effortlessly brilliant.

"Hyacinth" - Tim Finn - From the album Big Canoe. This may be a bit overwrought, but I love this song anyway. It's lush and shimmery and makes me imagine big desert spaces at sunset as Tim sings to the woman he loves, asking her to let him be her hero.

"Weather With You" - Crowded House - The opening riff of this song sounds vaguely Egyptian, maybe even sitar-like. I never hear this without feeling a surge of happiness. It's a musical vacation.

"World Before Columbus" - Suzanne Vega - In this the singer contemplates a world without her lover, in which "all the colors would be black and white." The riches sought by the explorers don't compare to the treasure of her love's presence: "they'll never know the gold or the copper in your hair." The song is both lush and spare, and it's a beautiful, heartbreaking piece.

Three people I will tag: You, you and you!

Yours, &c., LC at 06:07 PM | Memes , Music | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

April 06, 2005


I've been tagged by Zeebah. She has faith that I will actually do this book meme, so I don't wish to disappoint her.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Mr. Darcy, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Honestly, I had a crush on Fitzwilliam when I was sixteen and first read P&P. Colin Firth is not completely responsible for my continued adoration of this initially rude, proud, disagreeable man who turns out to be an honorable, kind, decent, loving gentleman.

Masterharper Robinton, the Pern novels - Anne McCaffrey.

The last book you bought is:
Diane Ackerman - Origami Bridges : Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire
I found a first edition in the bargain bin at Border's. I love her nonfiction writing, especially A Natural History of the Senses. I haven't caught up with her lately, so I hope I'll enjoy this.

The last book you read:
The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner.
This was recommended to me by someone I trust. It's helping me to make sense of things, to come to terms with a situation that has been painful, sad, and disappointing.

What are you currently reading?
Buddhism : A Concise Introduction by Huston Smith, Philip Novak
Actually, I haven't started it yet. I just picked it up at the library.

Five books you would take to a deserted island
Dragonsong - Anne McCaffrey
The Hero and the Crown - Robin McKinley
Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen
Sense & Sensibility - Jane Austen
Oxford English Dictionary (the single volume that requires a magnifying glass. Then I also could use the magnifying glass to start campfires.)

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
Confidential Report - Because if he doesn't, I might trade him in for one of the cats that stare inside through the back door.

Little Toy Robot - This robot likes books and likes to write about what he reads.

Don't Get Weird on Me Babe - Currently she's running a Sweet Valley High trivia contest. Her posts can be funny and make me laugh.

Yours, &c., LC at 01:23 PM | Memes | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

July 23, 2004


You are The Mad Hatter
You are The Mad Hatter

One thing is for sure- you're as mad as a hatter.
You have an obsession with time and if tea time
were to ever cease, you would probably be even
more confused.

What Alice in Wonderland Character Are You?
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Yours, &c., LC at 03:01 PM | Memes | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

July 20, 2004

Rhymes with Mitch

I wonder if superheroines ever have trouble finding the right bra that a) goes with their sleek skimpy outfit (e.g., no errant straps peeking out); b) offers serious lift and shaping, and that is also comfortable to wear; and c) is pretty and sexy, instead of paying tribute to the double-barrelled sheaths worn by cafeteria ladies of yore.

See also: Which Marvel Superhero Are You?

[via Catalogue Blog]

Yours, &c., LC at 01:17 AM | Memes | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

May 26, 2004

You've Been Warned

Oh well. So much for that secret stash of arsenic and old lace here in the Armoire.

ladycrumpet is poisonous! Induce vomitting if ingested.



[via zeebah]

Yours, &c., LC at 09:06 AM | Memes

May 20, 2004

Well, I Do Like Blue

What Color is Your Brain?

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Yours, &c., LC at 08:42 AM | Memes

April 20, 2004


My minor search into the origins of the Page 23, Sentence 5 meme doesn't hold a candle to the efforts of LaughingMeme. Check out page 23, sentence 5: an autopsy. Ultimately there seems to have been a crossover somewhere from the LJ (LiveJournal) community over to the general blogosphere. Good work.

Yours, &c., LC at 10:46 AM | Blogos , Memes | TrackBack (0)

April 17, 2004


For some reason, I am particularly curious about the origins of this meme. I only found out about it yesterday, but it seems to have spread for at least a week. I wanted to see if I could find out who started this, but it's not as easy as I thought. Not everyone mentions their source, and those who do eventually lead back to some of the same sources. I've yet to find someone who claims to be the originator. Allan at chem defender was curious enough to draw up a diagram.

Anyway, here's my memetrack:

? >> sternel >> happy potterer >> skelkins >> Long Story; Short Pier >> David Chess >> Caterina >> Daypop* >> icontemplate >> Lora >> Jenica >> Lady Crumpet

[*Added per Nat's comment, thanks!]

Yours, &c., LC at 12:47 AM | Memes | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

April 16, 2004

I'm gonna rouge my knees And roll my stockings down

Joining in on a meme I found via Jenica:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

"That war was not won, for the upheaval that came proved not social but technoartistic, and no one had the weapons with which to contain it - we still don't today, in fact, when upheaval is not technoartistic but social."

[From That Jazz! An Idiosyncratic Social History of the American Twenties by Ethan Mordden]

Yours, &c., LC at 11:28 AM | Memes | Comments (4) | TrackBack (2)

March 19, 2004


18.75 %

My weblog owns 18.75 % of me.
Does your weblog own you?

Clearly Lady Crumpet ought to become more obsessive devoted. It's kind of funny how these quizzes have really taken off. There are quizzes for everything and you can even write your own. Mostly they really don't mean a lot but we all want to take them so we can compare our results with each other.

Yours, &c., LC at 01:07 PM | Blogos , Memes | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

February 23, 2004

Which Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Are You?


You are Rule 8, the most laid back of all the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. While your
forefather in the Federal Rules may have been a
stickler for details and particularity, you
have clearly rebelled by being pleasant and
easy-going. Rule 8 only requires that a
plaintiff provide a short and plain statement
of a claim on which a court can grant relief.
While there is much to be lauded in your
approach, your good nature sometimes gets you
in trouble, and you often have to rely on your
good friend, Rule 56, to bail you out.

Which Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Are You?
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Yours, &c., LC at 11:46 AM | Memes | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

February 03, 2004

Where I've Been

Everybody's done this already. I'm only just getting to it because I'm a bitchy contrarian.

World Map

create your own visited country map

Not counting all the states I've passed through on road trips. California barely counts because I was, like, 8 weeks old:

US map

create your own visited states map
or write about it on the open travel guide

Places I'd like to go to before I die: New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Italy, Czechoslovakia - sorry, the Czech Republic - Hungary, Germany, Morocco, Greece, Ireland. Somewhere in South America or Africa. Japan, because I was really only there for a night. France, because I was only there for a weekend. And I'm always happy to visit the UK.

But perhaps I should think of something closer to home, that's worth a road trip. Oxford, Mississippi? Key West? A Great Ball of Twine?

Yours, &c., LC at 10:21 AM | Memes | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

December 25, 2003

Meme Tree

"The Meme Tree maps its referers in a tree that shows the propagation of the link, i.e. when you create a link to it your branch will be a sub branch of the link that brought you to the Meme Tree initially. The tree grows chronologically."

Yours, &c., LC at 07:28 PM | Memes | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

November 12, 2003

Church Sign Generator

The Church Sign Generator is another web toy I'm finally getting around to. My sample signs, containg actual messages crammed onto signs in other contexts.



Yours, &c., LC at 09:51 AM | Blogos , Memes | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

April 11, 2003

Friday Five

An easy peasy one.

1. What was the first band you saw in concert?
Crowded House, 1991. Georgia Theater, Athens. Met Paul Hester and Nick Seymour. Swooned.

2. Who is your favorite artist/band now?
Gee. Um. Neil Finn, I guess. [heehee]

3. What's your favorite song?
It's too hard to choose. Let's just say that I adore the Split Enz song "Message to My Girl" (penned by N. Finn).

4. If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
Piano or guitar, maybe violin.

5. If you could meet any musical icon (past or present), who would it be and why?
Cole Porter. I'd love to hear him play a new song he'd be working on, to hang out for wicked repartee over drinks and cigarettes. (Having already met Neil, this is more of a fantastic answer.)

Yours, &c., LC at 01:07 PM | Memes , Music

March 21, 2003

Memes are We

A Case for Song

Admit it, there are songs that you really love. Why? Is there some particular memory attached to it - something important or trivial, happy or sad - or is it an ineffable something in the music or the lyrics that just smacks you in the solar plexus? Mike Wolf, the fair and beauteous creature at Randomness Personified, came up with the idea and started up a page for submissions. His writeup for Elvis Costello's "Battered Old Bird" is simply not to be missed. I've done a writeup - gee, it's a Crowded House song, quelle surprise. It's more of the standard "this is a song that I loved when I was lonely teenager holed up in my room" type of thing, but I didn't really want to write about how I literally spun in dizzying circles to Sting's "All This Time" when I was seventeen and in serious like with a boy in AP English, even though that's probably more interesting. Well, remotely. So come on people, we're not looking for some lengthy expository deconstruction - just a good story about a song that means something to you. It doesn't have to be something cool - I mean, you know my weakness for the popcorn cotton candy fluff. Then send it to mike[at]mikewolf[dot]net. And yes, I'm blatantly expecting the people I know to ante up.

Yours, &c., LC at 12:35 PM | Memes

February 28, 2003

Friday Five

Back to innocuous content.

1. What is your favorite type of literature to read (magazine, newspaper, novels, nonfiction, poetry, etc.)? Novel.

2. What is your favorite novel?
Pride and Prejudice. "You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." Please do, Mr. Darcy.

3. Do you have a favorite poem?
"Suzy's Enzyme Poem." (I ran to the library at lunch to look it up and found it under a slightly different title in Zimmer's most recent anthology.)

An Enzyme Poem for Suzanne
What a drag it must be for you!
I slog along, ignoring you like my heart beat.
I gurgle and mold like an old fruit cellar,
Then suddenly you'll walk through a door
And foam me up like an ancient cider in heat.
Then I'll fall all about you, blathering
With lost time, making you numb with words,
Wanting to mix our molecules, trying
To tell you of weeks in fifteen minutes.
Sometimes you must wonder what the hell
It is with Zimmer.
                               This is to tell you
That you are my enzymes, my yeast,
All the things that make my cork go pop.

        --Paul Zimmer

4. What is one thing you've always wanted to read, or wish you had more time to read?
The Golden Bough, not the single abridged volume, but the massive encyclopedic set.

5. What are you currently reading?
*sigh* Should I really admit this? The Book of Shadows by James Reese. My coworker lent it to me, because I saw a blurb on the cover from another writer I like, Diana Gabaldon. There are witches, demons, incubi and succubi, as well as sundry supernatural perversions.

Yours, &c., LC at 03:40 PM | Memes , Writing & Language

February 21, 2003

Friday Five

1. What is your most prized material possession?
My wedding ring - a solid heft of gold, with delicate Celtic swirls.
For sheer materialism, my collection of Crowded House/Neil Finn bootlegs.

2. What item, that you currently own, have you had the longest?
Uhmy person? Although given today's curtailments on civil liberties, perhaps not for long.

3. Are you a packrat?
I don't think this term is sufficient enough for me, but yes.

4. Do you prefer a spic-and-span clean house? Or is some clutter necessary to avoid the appearance of a museum?
My mind longs for spic-and-span. It's so zen. But I'm always astonished at the pictures in the house and home magazines - where's all the stuff of daily life? Your keys, the mail, your current reading material, the music you're spinning on the stereo. My ideal is sort of a cozy English cottage type feel - everything is tidy and orderly, but there's a sense of life to the place.

5. Do the rooms in your house have a theme? Or is it a mixture of knick-knacks here and there?
If the apartment has a theme, it's in medias res - ongoing little projects. Clutter, clutter everywhere, with hardly a space to think. I realize this doesn't advertise well for me as a librarian, but my work life is more together than my home life.

Yours, &c., LC at 10:10 AM | Memes

December 31, 2002


1. Stay in or go out on New Year's Eve? Going out on the town. Swanky dinner at Vong's, then maybe a party some friends are throwing. Lady Crumpet is getting dolled up!

2. If you stay home, do you stay up to ring in the new year, or fall asleep earlier? Stay up. There was the notorious year where we went to New Orleans for a party thrown in honor of some friends who had just eloped. We drove down from Atlanta on New Year's Eve and intended to head into the French Quarter that night to celebrate. But our post-drive nap turned into a full night of sleep. Ooops. We did make it to the party, though.

3. If you go out, do you prefer to attend a party at someone's home, or go to a bar/nightclub/restaurant? A private party - I'm not keen on celebrating with random strangers. Then again, we don't really know anybody but the hosts at this party, either.

4. Make resolutions, or do you not bother? I wasn't going to, but I'm jotting a list off the top of my head. Completely unbinding though, so as to avoid the guilt and pressure of keeping them.

5. Ever been to Times Square on New Year's Eve, or just watched the ball drop on TV? Our first year in NY we passed through the edges of Times Square. We rang in the new year on the train ride home. The conductor was jovial enough to let the passengers know when the clock struck midnight.

6. Toast the New Year with champagne or a soft drink? Oooh, bubbly, please!

7. Do you have a special New Year's dinner or not? My family would either make a special meal or we'd go out for dim sum. My mom said there was something about having special noodle dishes - the long noodles being symbolic for long life or something. Maybe we should go out (or eventually make!) a New Year's brunch.

8. Do you already have your 2003 calendar, or do you wait to buy one until the stores mark them down? My lovely mother-in-law (who insists I call her Mom) gives us each a calendar every year. Mine features collector teapots! (Yes, I squealed in delight when I unwrapped it.) Otherwise, I'll wait till the stores mark them down.

9. Take down Christmas decorations: before or after New Year's? We didn't put anything up this year, not even our cards. But theoretically, after New Year's.

10. Funny hats and noisemakers, or a quieter celebration? Silly hats and loud noisy toys!

Yours, &c., LC at 01:13 PM | Memes

December 27, 2002

Friday Five

1. What was your biggest accomplishment this year? Pulling off a long-distance wedding. Talk about project management!

2. What was your biggest disappointment? Not yet getting to pay a visit to my friends and their new baby. Soon hopefully!

3. Will you be making any New Year's resolutions? Nothing formal. Too much pressure.

4. Where will you be at midnight? Do you wish you could be somewhere else? At a party perhaps, with the sweetie and glasses of bubbly.

5. Aside from (possibly) staying up late, do you have any other New Year's traditions? No, but I should think of one. Any ideas?

Yours, &c., LC at 05:03 PM | Memes

December 24, 2002

This or That Tuesday, Holiday edition

1. Opening 'em open with all abandon, or carefully open, preserving the pretty paper for recycling? If the paper's ugly, then I rip with abandon. If it's pretty, I open it carefully so I can save some of it for the scrapbook that I'll keep someday.

2. Do you and yours take turns, opening one gift at a time, or does everyone just rip into everything at the same time? Nobody takes turns; it's chaos in the living room, with the family dog barking excitedly.

3. If you get something you don't you try to return it, or keep it so as not to hurt the giver's feelings? So far, the only thing I've returned is a Mariah Carey greatest hits cd; it was just something I had to do. But no one's given me anything so heinous that I couldn't put it somewhere and forget about it.

4. Do you spend the holiday at home (yours or someone else's), or do you go out and eat, see the newest movie, whatever? It's been a weird couple of years for us, so we try to do something outside the house. Our first year in New York I took Scott into the city, and we ended up seeing The Straight Story. Last year we visited my family. This year, since we can't go anywhere, we're gonna hang with Zeebah, Lauren and Sarah and we'll honor the day with an outing for LOTR: The Two Towers. (Woohoo!)

5. What do you do with Christmas cards after the holiday is over? Save them, or toss them? Save them! The ones I care about, anyway.

6. Cook Christmas dinner, or does someone else do that? Hah. Somebody else.

7. It's Christmas Eve, and you have run out of wrapping paper. Do you go out and buy more, or wrap the rest of the gifts in the Sunday comics? The comics, or tissue paper. I have rubber stamps so I can decorate plain surfaces.

8. On Christmas morning...up at the crack of dawn, eagerly anticipating the loot...or would you rather sleep in? Crack of dawn when I was a kid, but these days we sleep in. I still like the early Christmas mornings, though, when the whole day is ahead of you, and your favorite people are going to be there to spend it with you.

9. Do you want a white or a green Chrismas? The people who are all dreaming of a white Christmas better also be dreaming of shoveling all that white stuff. A light powder's okay by me, but the stuff that makes getting around a burden I'm not so keen on. Not when I have to go to work the next day.

10. Going to church on Christmas...yes or no? Going to see The Two Towers is my form of worship.

Yours, &c., LC at 11:46 AM | Memes | Comments (2)

December 13, 2002

I'm a Gryffindor! Guess

Want to Get Sorted?
I'm a Gryffindor!

Guess I should get around to seeing Chamber of Secrets. ;)

Yours, &c., LC at 12:09 PM | Memes

November 12, 2002

Two For Tuesday

1. Hershey's Kisses: with or without almonds? Both.
2. Wizard of Oz: Scarecrow or Tin Man? The Tin Man. He's much more earnest and sweet.
3. Meat eater or vegetarian? I'm an omnivore.
4. Buy books or borrow them? Both, though I'm trying to borrow more than I buy.
5. At the bank: ATM or human teller? ATM - it's too expensive to deal with a live person!
6. Oil or gas (or other) heat? I have no idea; probably gas.
7. Pen or pencil? Usually pen.
8. Drive or use public transit?
Both, but mainly public transit. I love that you don't need a car to get around the city, though cars are good for road trips and toting things and gaggles of people.
9. Who IS James Bond: Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan (or any of the others in between)?
Sean Connery is, was, and forever will be James Bond. He alone captures Bond's ruthlessness and calculation, while at the same time presenting Bond's devastating charm. He's not some pretty, poncey nancyboy selling brands of vodka and cars and watches. My other Bond, though a somewhat distant second, is Timothy Dalton. Serve him up for breakfast, please.
10. Your ideal breakfast: full (bacon/sausage, eggs, pancakes, etc) or continental (bagels, muffins, fruit, cereal)?
Ah. I love breakfast. Between breakfast, brunch, and tea life would be a dream. Full on breakfast, ideally with fresh bread, sweet butter, whole milk, serious bangers - I'm not so keen on the baked beans and tomatoes of the traditional English breakfast. But pancakes or french toast, bacon, eggs scrambled with cheddar, crispy, flavored potatoes...bliss. One of the most decadent breakfasts I've ever had was at the Flying Biscuit down in Atlanta. Banana bread french toast, stuffed with cream cheese and topped with slices of banana and maple syrup. Scott and I each ordered one, but we should've gone in on one plate together. It was so divine, we went home and passed out from all that brunchy goodness. I even have the recipe, but I don't know if I could ever attain that level of nirvana again.

Yours, &c., LC at 12:42 AM | Memes | Comments (3)

October 18, 2002

Not my usual Technicolor show-stopping

Not my usual Technicolor show-stopping self the past few days. But hey, it's time for The Friday Five!

1. How many TVs do you have in your home?
2 - a little one in the boudoir and a bigger one that I bought when one of my old bosses was cleaning out his apartment in order to combine it with his place upstairs.

2. On average, how much TV do you watch in a week?
Too much. Hardly ever "live." We tape everything and then try to catch up.

3. Do you feel that television is bad for young children?
Sure. Parents shouldn't use the tv as a babysitter all the time, tempting as it is. Kids shouldn't have their creative energies stunted, they should be made to run around and play. (Of course, I'm such a winning example.)

4. What TV shows do you absolutely HAVE to watch, and if you miss them, you're heartbroken?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Sex and the City (Last year I also managed to keep up with ER, but I couldn't let myself get hooked this season. I'll just wait for the DVDs.) The season's barely begun and we're already behind.

5. If you had the power to create your own television network, what would your line-up look like?
Oh boy. Mostly British. All of the Jane Austen adaptations. As Time Goes By. Horatio Hornblower. The collected works of Colin Firth, Jeremy Northam, and Ewan McGregor. Other stuff, like Max Headroom, Buffy, Angel, X-Files, Star Trek (but only through Deep Space Nine). Rock 'n Roll Jeopardy with Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray as the permanent contestant. On the homemaking front: Trading Spaces. Katie Brown. Naked Chef and Nigella Bites. Martha Stewart's various shows. And the mushy reality shows on TLC - A Wedding Story, A Dating Story, A Makeover Story. Oh, and all the stuff that's good for me, like most of the lineup on Turner Classic Movies.

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October 11, 2002

The Friday Five

The Friday Five

1. If you could only choose 1 cd to ever listen to again, what would it be?
Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House w/ bonus live disc (which I can be heard on, if you know where to listen)

2. If you could only choose 2 movies to watch ever again, what would they be?
Pride & Prejudice (with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth)
Sense & Sensibility (with Emma Thompson)

3. If you could only choose 3 books to read ever again, what would they be?
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey

4. If you could only choose 4 things to eat or drink ever again, what would they be?
arugula salad with stilton, honey-glazed pecans, slices of granny smith apple, dressed in vinaigrette
potato pancakes with sour cream
my parents' pad thai
toasted crumpets slathered in butter and lemon curd (of course!)

Drink: water, wine, tea, and coffee (with cream and sugar)

5. If you could only choose 5 people to ever be/talk/associate/whatever with ever again, who would they be?
I just can't. I'm too grateful to have more than five people whom I care about and who might actually feel the same about me. But if I had to choose only one person, then my choice has already been made. [That would be my husband, in case he's reading this and I have to spell it out for him. ;) ]

Yours, &c., LC at 04:56 PM | Memes

October 04, 2002

The Friday Five

1. What size shoe do you wear? 6, 6.5

2. How many pairs of shoes do you own? 25, I think.

3. What type of shoe do you prefer (boots, sneakers, pumps, etc.)?
Slides, because you can slip in and out of them easily. But I ought to get pedicures more often when I wear the open-toes.

4. Describe your favorite pair of shoes. Why are they your favorite?
Black mary jane shoes with a chunky heel by Nine West, although I can't remember the style name at the moment. They're pretty, go well with dresses and are fun for (pathetic attempts at) swing dancing.

However, my dream shoe, my madeleine of shoes, is an Isaac (by Isaac Mizrahi) shoe. (I wish I could find a picture online!) Rounded toe mary janes, with pretty, spindly heels, in a beautiful deep 1940s sort of red (also available in black). At $195 they're not impossible, but highly improbable. I'm told I should at least try them on. I fear they will be completely divine and I will further obsess, or they will totally not work for me and thus force me into the depths of despair.

5. What's the most you've spent on one pair of shoes?
Around $60. Outlets and sales are the way to go, although I long for the chance to wear Manolos or Jimmy Choos. Although where and with what I have no idea.

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October 01, 2002

Two for Tuesday

1. When you're tired, do you embrace sleep -- either by napping or calling it a night -- or do you fight it and stay awake?
I fight sleep tooth and nail. I resent that there's so little personal time in my days - my commute is a real time-suck, I have work, school, stuff that needs to be done at home. If I was a good girl and really did everything I was supposed to, I would have no life. So I go out anyway, knowing there's the long train ride, or stay up with Scott to watch one of our Netflix picks. Big surprise that I have trouble making it through the whole film. The past two nights we saw Unknown Pleasures and Chihwaseon at the film festival and I kept nodding in and out of consciousness. It's so frustrating - I wish we had 36-hour days so that I could do everything and have a life. But just today Zeebah put it this way: "You can sleep when you're dead." And so I'm gonna slog on.
There are times when I do go for the power nap, which usually coincides with being in the middle of a paper that I'm trying to get through. As long as it's short, it gives me an excuse to step away from the computer screen and come back with a clearer head.

On the other hand, I fight waking up. You get so comfortable, you're warm and nestled, all snuggly - and then it's time to get up again?

2. Do you have any funny sleeping rituals or habits?
Sometimes a leg stuck out over and around the blanket. We set out a little soft fuzzy blanket that the cats like to sleep on. However, one of our cats, Tabitha, has decided she really likes sharing my pillow and has been sleeping above my head. Hence, lots of pillows, so I can shove her onto one of them when I'd like to hog my own, thank you very much.

Yours, &c., LC at 05:45 PM | Memes

September 24, 2002

This-or-That Tuesday

1. "Gone With The Wind" or "The Wizard of Oz"?
Oz rules! I've played both Toto (kindergarten) and a Munchkin (4th grade, with a disco soundtrack), seen the ruby slippers in person and now have "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on the brain. One of the first magical movie experiences for me, thanks to repeated viewings on television.

2. "Toy Story" or "Shrek"? Toy Story.
Funny and sweet. I guess Scottish ogres with ear wax aren't my thing.

3. "Saturday Night Fever" or "Grease"?
Grease is the Word! I actually saw these films as a double feature when I was a little kid. Olivia Newton-John was my idol, to the point where I told people my name was Sandra.

4. "Casablanca" or "Citizen Kane"?
Rick and Ilsa. Thwarted romance. "Here's looking at you kid." *sob*

5. "When Harry Met Sally" or "You've Got Mail"?
WHMS - the scene in Katz's Deli - mortifying and yet hysterically funny. A better battle between the sexes, without the depressing corporate greed of the latter. YGM pales, although Meg Ryan has prettier, blonder hair in that one.

6. "Forrest Gump" or "Titanic"?
Ugh. Neither!

7. "Pretty Woman" or "Working Girl"?
Working Girl. Melanie Griffith is actually okay...and HELLO! - her leading man is Han Solo!

8. "The First Wives Club" or "Thelma & Louise"?
Haven't seen FWC, so Thelma & Louise, I s'pose.

9. "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" or "James & the Giant Peach"?
I've only seen Wonka, but I adore it. Gene Wilder is so wonderfully unhinged, the songs are terrific and Veruca Salt is hysterical. What's even more hysterical is how much Grandpa Joe pisses off my husband.

10. "Legally Blonde" or "Bridget Jones' Diary"?
Reese Witherspoon is spot on as the adorably dizzy but brainy blonde ("Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously deranged!") but BJD has more heart - a great adaptation of the book. My cinematic heart belongs to Colin Firth, Mr. Darcy/Mark Darcy. Hugh Grant is a delicious cad. Renee Zellweger rocks for putting on 30 pounds and the British accent. And of course, the divine kiss at the end and Colin Firth's snappy line is just perfect! I saw this four times in the theater, because I had to make sure all my friends didn't miss it, of course.

Yours, &c., LC at 05:23 PM | Memes

September 20, 2002

The Friday Five

1. Would you say that you're good at keeping in touch with people?
So-so. I keep in touch with the people who mean a lot to me, and who keep up with me. But my turnout during the holidays is rather pathetic. I can't get to writing out my cards before New Year's, and so don't send out any. Hopefully this year will be different.

2. Which communication method do you usually prefer/use: e-mail, telephone, snail mail, blog comments, or meeting in person? Why?
In order:
e-mail - Easiest way to keep in touch; I think more clearly when I write.
meeting in person - E-mail only goes so far; there's nothing to cement true friendships than lots of big hugs.
telephone - Sometimes a gal just needs a good yak on the phone. That's yak as in chat, not the hairy mammal.
snail mail - Though I don't write in longhand enough, I still have a fondness for fine paper and pens, for interesting stamps and postmarks. Of late my correspondence has leaned towards occasions - my most important feelings to my friends are expressed in ink.
blog comments - Maybe it's because I'm still new to this, but blog comments strike me as the most informal. Sharing the occasional thought. If I'm really going to talk something over at length, the comment box doesn't seem the best fit.

3. Do you have an instant messenger program? How many? Why/why not? How often do you use it?
I do, but haven't used it in ages. I signed up with ICQ and Instant Messenger, because those were the ones my friends were on. My best chat partner was my friend Mark in England; I was able to set up ICQ on my laptop at work and we'd occasionally IM in the afternoons, while I was doing work and he'd just gotten home from his job.

4. Do most of your close friends live nearby or far away?
Far and away. We've all moved a lot, though it seems more of my friends are now on the West coast. I'd have to take some weeks off to properly visit everyone out there! Thankfully, our various methods of communication make the distance less of a burden.

5. Are you an "out of sight, out of mind" person, or do you believe that "distance makes the heart grow fonder"?
A bit of both, I guess. If we were only casual friends, then I'm out of mind to the other person as well. But my close friends - we might not get in touch for ages, but then we'll pick up right where we left off. But I know I need to make more of an effort - I don't want to be a "forward friend," where I merely send jokes as the extent of our interaction.

Yours, &c., LC at 01:19 PM | Memes

September 17, 2002

This-or-That Tuesday

Once again, Liz, my personal blog guru, finds more neat stuff for her blog that I in turn have to steal for my own. Good thing we're friends!

1. Portland, Maine or Portland, Oregon?
I've passed through Portland, Oregon on a layover, so I guess I should stop by Portland, Maine someday. Outside the airport even.
2. New York or New Jersey?
Oh come on! New York! Even Ol' Blue Eyes, who hails from Hoboken and hated it, knew which was A Number One.
3. Van Gogh or Van Halen?
Van Gogh. Cutting off your ear is so much more original than an onanistic guitar solo.
4. Bill Clinton or Bill Gates?
Gosh, I dunno. Both could screw you over for money and power. But Clinton would at least pretend to care.
5. Leonardo daVinci or Leonardo DiCaprio?
daVinci, who led the true Renaissance life. DiCaprio's only given us Titanic.
6. "American Pie" or "American Idol"?
Neither - talk about American Crap!
7. George W. Bush or Curious George?
Curious George. A little monkey may sometimes forget, but at least he's not trying to ape his daddy by becoming President.
8. Billy Joel or Billy Idol?
Give me "Dancing With Myself" over "Piano Man" anytime!
9. Donny Osmond or Donald Duck?
Donny Osmond. He's still cute, he can still sing, and he knows he's supposed to wear pants out in public.
10. Dr. Seuss or Dr. Kevorkian?
Dr. Seuss. If you want your Theodore Geisel twisted, did you know he did propaganda animation in the 30s?

Yours, &c., LC at 06:01 PM | Memes

September 14, 2002

The Friday Five! (late edition)

1. What was/is your favorite subject in school? Why?
English. I've always loved to read and discuss literature.

2. Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
Mr. Cicero, who taught my junior year of high school English. His hair was silver, and he wore light tortoiseshell reading glasses that were crescent-shaped - half-moon rims, I liked to call them. His low, melodic voice was a pleasure to listen to whenever he would read passages of some of the great American authors - Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Melville, Miller. He even made Hawthorne seem interesting. He engaged you - if you made an observation that he felt truly expressed the essence of a work, he'd look you in the eye, point your way and emphatically say "yes!" Each class seemed heady, intoxicating, as if these literary doors and windows were flung open just for us.

He won me early on. Over the summer I had read Russell Baker's Growing Up and was particularly struck by the chapter about his essay "The Art of Eating Spaghetti," where he first realized he could be a writer. Besides the typical papers and readings, we also had writing drills to prepare for the AP exam. For one of our first, I wrote about having just gotten a dachshund puppy, just to get something, anything, onto paper. The next class, he read it out loud, and my heart was in my throat - the experience seemed to echo Baker's when his own teacher read his words aloud to the class. To have Mr. Cicero find merit in my writing was a dizzying thrill. (Sadly, all I've got to show right now are a few poems and this blog.)

3. What is your favorite memory of school?
I have several:
On the first day of first grade, as my father walked me to school, I asked him where I would go to college. He truthfully answered that he didn't know.

Being a volunteer in the fourth and fifth grade and by turns annoying and amusing Ms. Segal, the school librarian. Later, in another school, another place, the library was my retreat from the agony of seventh grade - that was the year I discovered Anne McCaffrey and the joys of Harper Hall.

On the last day of Mr. Cicero's class, I got my fellow students to stand up on their desks - yes, like in Dead Poets' Society, damn it! I read the last passage from Whitman's Song of Myself ("I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world"). He was certainly surprised! Corny as hell, but heartfelt anyway.

4. What was your favorite recess game?
Red Light, Green Light. One person is "it" and while she counts with her back to us, the rest of us rush up as far as we can from our designated line, then freeze in position when "Red Light!" is called. We move again when she says "Green!" and try to reach to safety, while the "it" girl has to try and tag people out before they get there.

5. What did you hate most about school?
The feeling of not fitting in, because my family always moved just when I started to feel settled. The emotional and physiological angst of adolescence. People trying each other on for size as friends, then dropping some in favor of others. I was by turns a drama kid, an alternative/New Wave kid, student government, honor society...trying to figure out who I was, where I fit in and with whom. Never mind having unrequited crushes and thinking no one would ever want to go out with me.

Yours, &c., LC at 12:07 AM | Memes

September 06, 2002

Friday Five

1. What is your biggest pet peeve? Why?
Mostly transit-based : when people rush into your subway car before you can get out. When people hog the seats with their stuff or guys sit with legs sprawled so you either choose to let them have both seats or just sit down and squash your way in. When someone hogs the entire pole by leaning against or hugging it so other people can't hold onto the pole while the train is moving. People who have no clue that they are not alone on the sidewalk and shuffle five across with their friends or family. People who suddenly stop in front of you and trip up your momentum. But I think the worst has to be when people stand in the middle or on the left of the escalator instead of standing to the right so people can pass, and who are then self-righteous about it. Usually, I'm in a hurry because I really have to get to my railroad train, which has less frequent departure times than the subways, so I can't just let it go. If you're gonna be a moron or a jerk, you'll get a curt "Excuse me!" or if need be, an elbow or a less-than-cautious shove with my bag as I squeeze by.

I am not coldhearted when it comes to the elderly or the handicapped or people with small children. I speak of the able-bodied but feeble-minded, or those who know what they should do but don't give a damn anyway. Really, the people who commit these transit sins have the same flaw in common, which I suppose is my biggest peeve : People who think only of themselves.

2. What irritating habits do you have?
I have trouble with punctuality, unless it's for something important, like an interview or a haircut. ;) It's a wonder I make my morning train. I'm really messy at home - books, papers, CDs, clothes, lots of piles all laying about. It's hard to live with myself like this.

3. Have you tried to change the irritating habits or just let them be?
I try - I hate being late, I hate forcing people to wait on me. I hate running for the train, like this morning. When I'm due to have a visitor, I can really clean up. Or when it's too messy to even think straight, I'll fly into a rage and just slave away. But there's got to be a healthier approach to housekeeping - such as regular maintenance. I really wish one of us was the neat freak, cheerful and jolly to be vacuuming and ironing away. But then that's why Dear Husband's so perfect for me.

4. What grosses you out more than anything else? Why?
This is really all-out disgusting : the puddles of phlegm that guys hulk up on the sidewalk, although maybe worse is hearing it happen. I'd rather step in dogshit. Barefoot.

5. What one thing can you never see yourself doing that other people do?
"Reality" television. I can't stand those shows with every fiber of my being.

Yours, &c., LC at 05:25 PM | Memes