tarotgal: (Default)
This week's five...

1. What is your favourite fruit?
Oranges. The sweeter the better. Actually, then, maybe clementines. Sooo yummy and easy to eat and no seeds. Mmmmmmmmm. *wants*

2. What is the last book you read?
Not counting graphic novels or audio books... I guess that would be Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Blood and Fog by Nancy Holder. Not a bad book. I liked how Holder played with the characters during that point in the timeline. But everyone knows there's no such thing as leprechauns.

3. Do you like any of your school photos?
Oh gods no. I think I took a decent one senior year of high school, but I didn't really *like* it.

4. Do you ever blowdry your armpits to get the deodorant to dry quicker?
Nope. Too lazy and usually it dries quick enough.

5. What was the last film you watched?
The Simpsons Movie. I liked it a lot. Dragged in a few places but they did a good job of taking the show to movie format. Everyone was slightly OOC at times, but I could forgive that.
tarotgal: (Thinking Angel)
This week's 5 from [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive:

1. When did you "lose your innocence"?
Um... depending on how strict the phrase between quotes is... I'm going to answer maybe a month or two after I first got the internet ;-)

2. Would you say you have an accent?
Nope. I talk like the people on TV here in the US.

3. Do you hope to be married (married again if divorced)?
I don't know if "hope" is the right word. I think I would be VERY happy to find someone I loved enough to marry, and to actually marry them. On that same note, I think I'd be happy with my life even if I never got married. I don't really "hope" to be married though, no.

4. If you could take one technology to a desert island (the obvious satellite phone excluded), what would it be?
A solar-powered laptop so I could write all the stories that I need to write.

5. What is the last activity you bought a ticket for?
Seeing Avenue Q at the National Theater first weekend of December. The show exceeded my expectations.
tarotgal: (Kiltlove)
I'm a little late.

1. If you could go back and relive one moment or day from your life, without changing anything, what would you re-experience?
Um... hmmm. Maybe one of the days during my trip to Scotland, just to see all those places again.

2. If you could witness a moment in history, again without changing anything, what would you want to see?
I think it would be really neat to witness something of great historical importance... like the signing of the Declaration of Independence... or the fall of the Berlin Wall or oh! Yes, this is totally it for me, August 19th, 1745 in Glenfinnan, Scotland, on the shores of Loch Shiel, watching the Young Pretender, Prince Charlie, raise his standard for all the Highland clans to follow him into battle. Now THAT is something I'd love to be present for.

3. If you could talk to a younger version of yourself, what age would you visit and what message would you give?
I'd visit myself just before third grade and tell myself of all the crappy things about to happen to me and what to do to make it go better.

4. If you could choose one moment that would be guaranteed to happen in your future, what would it be and when would it happen?
Settling down with my true love. I don't care when it would happen, but hopefully before I'm 35.

5. Pretend you left a time capsule for yourself 5, 10, 15, 20 or more years ago. You just opened it. What three things from your past are you now holding and what age were you when you buried them?
Hmmmmm. Let's see. If I were in early elementary school I'd probably put in my first set of Legos, a pound puppy, and my brownie girl scout sash (which holds all your badges, for those of you unfamiliar with the uniform)
tarotgal: (Compassion- Spuffy)
Oohhh. I really like this week's.

1.) Do you believe in God or a higher power?
I believe in some greater something. I believe in spirits and afterlives. I believe in karma. But I don't believe in a creator-god or controlling/rule-making god like in most religions. I don't believe there's a higher power outside ourselves but that, maybe, there's something devine within us.

2.) Are good and evil just concepts, or real powers in the universe?
In my view, it's neither. I see good and evil not as players (I don't believe in God or the Devil) but as forces. I believe positive and negative actions are more than just concepts. I believe in the three-fold rule whole-heartedly but believe we're all capabile of both good and evil and that a million times each day we choose to go in one direction or the other. I believe good and evil are more than just concepts... but not to the point where they're actual beings.

3.) What is your view on forgiveness?
I'm personally very, very bad at it, and that's one of the things I hate most about myself (I can't forgive myself for not forgiving people... wait...). I don't think it's a necessary part of life at all (there are some things I don't believe people should have to forgive NO MATTER WHAT. For example, the idea that some one who was raped and nearly murdered would have to forgive a rapist in order to be judged a good person is total and utter shite to me). But I can see how it can be a good part of a healing process so I'm not going to knock it. And I think that society in general should be a little less quick to judge and a little more forgiving and understanding.

4.) Do organized religions do more harm than good?
I hate organized religion. Let me just say that up front. And, in my personal opinion, the answer is a HUGE yes. But the SDI-green part of me would need to compile a wealth of data in order to properly answer this question, and I just don't have the time and energy right now. Clearly they do harm, but I know they do good as well (they've saved a lot of people from death, they do service projects, etc. though don't get me started on how much I detest missionaries). But from what I do know about causes of wars and hatred/hate crimes, I've got to say yes, they definitely do more harm than good. See number 3 because there are some things organized religions do that I just cannot forgive them for, no matter how much good they do. Seriously, though, I'd need data to properly answer this, weighing the good and bad statistically.

5.) If you had a day to spend playing God, what would you do?
Okay, that's REALLY hard for me to imagine, given my answer to number 1. But if we're talking the big guy in the clouds looking down type of God, I guess I'd just enjoy being all-knowing for a while (like being able to answer historical and personal questions no one else would know the answer to now). And then I'd spend the rest of the day helping people who needed me- giving them comfort by letting them know I was alive and what I wanted from them, straightening people out who use my name to justify things, etc. But, seriously, I'm having trouble picturing this... not just with the way I picture God but what would a day to God be like anyway? I wouldn't imagine God works in linear time just because that's how we do. But... yeah... this is as close as I can come to an answer.

Friday Five

Feb. 3rd, 2006 11:19 pm
tarotgal: (Eh? Numb3rs)
Ah! It's still Friday! I made it just under the wire.
Unfortunately, I missed Numb3rs tonight because I'm an idiot and having the day off of work really threw me off. Drat again! But I watched the Caps game and Monk and our free month of Showtime hasn't ended yet so I FINALLY get to see two new-to-me episodes of Queer as Folk tonight. SWEET!

1. What is your favorite specialty restaurant (Italian, Mexican, Thai, etc.)?
My favorite is Thai, actually. With Chinese a close second. And a very close third is anywhere that serves breakfast foods 24-hours. I'm a breakfast food whore *G* But I don't think breakfast counts as a specialty food.

2. What do you order to eat there?
Thai- Anything with tofu and peanut sauce. NUMMY! Nothing spicy, though. I don't do spicy- I'm Irish :-)
Chinese- my favorite things are veggie fried rice and vegetable dumplings. I'd practically kill someone over good dumplings.

3. What is your favorite specialty food or dish to cook?
I don't cook. And, if I tried to cook specialty foods, no one (including me) would want to eat them, I promise you.

4. If you could travel to the home country of your favorite specialty food, what would you do there?
Oohh. Probably typical touristy things. Visiting temples, seeing art and historical landmarks, buying at markets, experiencing the culture...

5. What is your worst experience with a specialty food restaurant?
Um. Don't think I've had one? Hmm. Nope. I guess once I went to eat at a Chinese place and it took them half an hour to get the check to us *shrug* Not very interesting though. Typically I only go to places recommended to me by friends I trust, and I only try dishes that are safe or that I've tried before.
tarotgal: (Stud Puffin)
I just added a pretty button section to the sidebar of my journal *snuggles journal*

1. First time you cooked for someone else?
I cooked a meal or two for my family when earning my cooking badge in girl scouts. Pancakes and waffles I think were my first things.

2. First time you threw up in someone else's toilet?
Oh GODS. Um. *panics* Third grade sick at school. Just before Thanksgiving, of course. Not good.

3. First time you did anything illegal?
Um... I guess that would be having a drink or two of alcohol while in college, before I turned 21.

4. First time you saw snow/the ocean (whichever is more exotic)?
I suppose I saw the ocean the first time in Cape Cod when I was 5 or 6 and there for a family reunion with my mother's side of the family. I don't remember being awed or anything. Same goes for snow, though the first place I lived in the US was Vermont so I was never a stranger to snow.

5. First thought when I say "crumple-horned snorcack"?
My gods, that's a random question! I mean, these have all been random but this one especially!
Then I think about writing a Dr. Seuss and Harry Potter crossover
tarotgal: (Sleepy Methos)
1. What is your preferred trusted news source?
CNN, I suppose. I read CNN news in my mailbox every morning (e-mail). I watch ABC World News tonight several times a week (when I'm home in time for it) but CNN is on all the time in my house so I end up hearing news there more than anything else. We also get The Washington Post and I love it muchly.

2. What is a news source that you will never trust?
Fox News (BLEH!!!) or The Washington Times. Or any of the entertainment rag papers with stories about the batboy and duckgirl's bigfoot alien baby that looks like Ton Cruise...

3. What is the news topic during the last calendar year that you feel got the worst coverage?
Oohh good question. Depends how you define "worst".
If it's defined as "badly covered" I'd say probably the Runaway Bride story. I feel sorry for the chica and I cannot believe it got so much of the sort of coverage it got post-exposure.
If it's defined as "not covered at all and should have been" I'd say the world summit held in the UK in July.

4. What news item do you feel got too much coverage in the last calendar year?
Michael Jackson trial.

5. If you had complete control of your favored news source(s) (answer to question 1), what would you do with it that is not already being done?
Taking out the snazzy graphics, sounds, and titles of news stories. *facepalm* WHY are those needed? Like a three second graphic of a tree blowing in a wind and "KILLER KATRINA!" in swaying block letters is really adding to my ability to understand the news story? Just get on with it!
tarotgal: (Default)
I still haven't come up with decent answers for last week's. I'm just not creative enough, I'm afraid. But here's this week's:

1. What is the most adventurous food you've ever tried?
Um... I don't know. I thought eating duck once was pretty adventurous. And some of the Indian dishes I've had certainly qualifies as that (especially blue-colored curry). But maybe cat food should be my official answer to this question. It was my first meat when I was a baby...

2. What is the most adventurous food you'd be willing to try?
I don't like trying adventurous foods. I like safe foods. Like plain rice cakes and low sodium triscuts. However, I've always wanted to taste Haggis, even though I'm a veggie. Maybe one day I'll try some of that.

3. Would you have a problem eating dog meat and why or why not?
What, eating DOG??? Hell yes I would have a problem with that. I don't want to eat fish or cow or pig or chicken so why would I want to eat a dog? It's no worse to me than eating a cow, though. I'm not going to go into the whole "but dogs are PETS not food" arguement because it's the same to me as eating any other animal.

4. For the most part, do you consider your diet to be balanced?
It's not bad. I'm sure I don't eat enough protein but I do work hard at it. I practically live off cheese and peanut butter. But I eat a lot of grains and fruits and veggies and sweets as well. So, yeah. I'd say it's balanced.

5. Which is more appealing- being a vegetarian for the rest of your life or being a strict carnivore for the rest of your life?
Uhhh since I already AM a vegetarian, and plan to be for the rest of my life, I think I'd have to go with that option. Duh!

Music

Dec. 30th, 2005 09:01 pm
tarotgal: (Xander)
This week's [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive:

Then:
1) What was the first album/CD/Cassette you ever bought?

My first "adult" tape was Annie Lennox's Diva album (with 'Walking on Broken Glass'), but I asked for and got that for Christmas, so it wasn't something I physically bought. I can't actually remember the first album I actually bought with my own money... but it was some time after that, I think. I'm sure my parents bought all my Sesame Street and Disney records.

2) What was your first fave song?
That would be 'I Think We're Alone Now' by Tiffany. My second favorite was 'Hold On' by Wilson Phillips

3) Which song gives you that "funny nostalgic feeling" everytime you hear it?
OMG So many! I was singing along to 'Angel is a Centerfold' this morning in the car and having a marvous time going back in time. Same with when I heard 'Kharma Chamelian' in the car last night. Pretty much any 80's song takes me back... but so do many old kid TV show theme songs. But top of my list for "funny nostalgic feelings" is probably 'The Electric Slide'. It is the ONLY thing I will dance to when other people are around to see me and brings back SO many memories :-)

4) Name the first concert you ever went to.
The Barenaked Ladies' Stunt tour concert. Went with a friend from high school who also went to my college. His roommate drove us 3 hours south into another state and we stayed with his sister at her college. It was a great weekend and a breathtakingly wonderful concert. Definitely one of my favorite memories ever.

5) What do you consider the worst song of all time?
Anything my sister likes.
No, seriously, um, there are SO many on my list. I freaking HATE stupid songs that just repeat the same words over and over again to a techno beat. Like that 'All Around the World' song. But my least favorite song is possibly 'Ghetto Superstar'. Of course, 'The Thong Song' by Sisqo is right up there, too. I like songs that MEAN something lyric-wise. Therefore, I was amazed at the recent 50 worst songs ever list circulating in the media- I love a lot of the songs others hate, apparently!

Now:
1) Name your fave song at the moment.

'Affirmation' by Savage Garden

2) What is the most recent album/CD/Cassette you purchased?
I honestly don't know the last one I purchased(with my own money). But the last ones I got were the RENT Motion Picture Soundtrack and The Chonicles of Narnia: Music from the BBC Television Series, which I got for Christmas

3) Which song will you never get sick of hearing?
OMG there are so many! I don't really get tired of songs the way most people do. I actually have a tape or two I made when I was younger which is just one song (like the theme song from Free Willy, or Enya's Sail Away) repeated over and over and over again so I wouldn't have to rewind the tape again and again. Honestly, there are thousands of answers to this question. I can't possibly start naming.

4) What is your current fave music video?
Urh... I don't watch music videos. So I don't have one.

5) If you could be a famous music artist, what type of music would you produce?
Folk music. Of course, then I probably wouldn't end up being famous... but I love folk. I love songs with actual lyrics and meanings and poetry to song *happy sigh*


EDIT: Now that I think about it... the first concert I ever went to was probably an Arlo Guthrie concert my parents tookme to at Wolf Trap when I was seven. I fell asleep near the end because it went really long... but I remember loving it.
tarotgal: (Thinking Angel)
This week's questions from [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive:

1) What word irks you everytime you hear someone say it?
Many things that are grammatically incorrect bug the heck out of me... like when people say Anyways or mix-up I and me. But what pisses me off the most is when people say Lay when they should say Lie. It really annoys me. Sometimes when I see it in fics I don't give feedback specifically because I'm too anoyed by it! Which is probably a good thing, as my feedback would probably consist of "You idiot! He's lying down not laying an egg!" $%^&*#
I also hate when people use "How are you doing?" as a greeting instead of as a question. If you don't actually care how a person is doing, don't freaking ask them! Just say hello!

2) What is your favorite word?
[livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive has asked this before, and I cannot recall giving a good answer then, either. I feel that I really should have a word that I love more than all others... but I cannot think of one/decide on one.

3) What does it mean?
NA

4) What word do you say far too often?
I think it's a toss-up between Sorry, Fuck, and Shite. Wait, can you have a toss-up when three things are involved? Hmm. I don't know. Hope using 'toss-up' incorrectly doesn't irk any of you out there! ;-)

5) Name three words you think other people overuse:
Like, Paradigm, and Would
tarotgal: (Sudoku)
This week's [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive was lots of fun :-)

1. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I remember saying I wanted to be a veterinarian or a pet store owner, because I loved animals. And I remember saying I wanted to be an architect because I loved building with blocks and lincoln logs and tinker toys and duplos and legos.

2. Did you follow through? If not, what happened?
As a kid, I don't think I knew of all the possible jobs out there, so I picked things I thought worked well with my interests... and I think my parents suggested the architect idea. I don't know what happened to those ideas... they just faded as other interests took over and when I learned about all the possible careers out there.

3. Is your life turning out the way you thought it would when you were a kid? If not, is it better or worse?
Well, my best friend and I used to say we'd end up running a vet practice and living together with 500 pets. That clearly didn't happen. I never really looked into the future as a kid... and I don't really do it now, either. (That's my biggest problem) So I don't think I have any way to judge how I'd look at it like a kid. But if I'd known then where I'd be today, I would probably say that's worse than what I'd hoped for.

4. Paradoxes aside, if you could time-travel back to when you were 10 years old, what would you tell your 10-year-old self?
What's that? 4th or 5th grade? Hrmmm. My big troubled time was in 3rd grade, so that's out. Okay, I guess I'd tell myself to be happy with who I am, even when life really sucks. And that I'm as normal and crazy as anyone else out there. And to pay more attention to the people I love. (That would make me paranoid and worried about losing them, but what's new?) I would LIKE to tell myself not to settle... but I think that's a lesson I needed to learn the hard way. Repeatedly. I'm not even sure I've completely learned it yet. So, yeah, just that beginning part.

5. Do you think the child you were, would like the adult you've become?
Excellent question. On the whole, I'd say yes. I would like to think young!me wouldn't like where I am at the moment, but would like me. A lot. I think she would be proud of me and tell me I'm doing just fine. And I think she'd be much more optimistic about where my future's going. *smile* I'd like to speak with her.

This was a good exercise. Really made me think about things I should be thinking about :-)
tarotgal: (Thanksgiving)
Looks like I was far too engrossed in pirates to remember [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive

1. On what day do you celebrate Thanksgiving?
The fourth Thursday in November

2. How do you traditionally celebrate this food filled holiday?
I usually sleep in, set the table, and then try not to kill the rest of my family. This is possibly my least favorite holiday. I'm not terribly food-oriented and Thanksgiving day food has never been my favorite. For most of my childhood I was sick around Thanksgiving every year, so really there's not a lot of happy associated with it. I used to like watching the parade but now I sleep so late I miss it. So, yeah, Thanksgiving is usually a day where my mother spends the whole time cooking, my dad tries to help and washes the dishes wrong, where we all end up yelling at each other about something, and then try to sit down and eat and talk to each other like civilized people as though nothing had happened all day.
As far as food goes... we have: turkey(I don't eat it), stuffing(I don't eat it), gravy(I don't eat it), sweet potatoes(I'll eat a little, but they're not my favorite- my mother tried a new recipe this year that made them taste a LOT better), mashed potatoes, green beens, rolls, fruit salad, and cranberries (I'll eat whole ones-yum- but I prefer the jelly stuff that comes out in the shape of the can- YUM!).

3. How do you like your stuffing cooked (in the bird, separately in a dish, store bought, etc.)?
I hate stuffing. I don't eat it at all.

4. What is your favorite dessert to eat on Thanksgiving and who makes it?
Mom usually makes 2 pies- one pumpkin and one either apple or cherry. And then she makes cups of pumpkin piefilling for herself since she can't eat wheat/pie crust. This year (and usually every year) it's apple. I LOVE pie. Apart from pies with meat in them, pies are my FAVORITE foods. So, yeah, that's it. Pie. Any kind of pie. Love it. With coolwhip straight from the freezer.

5. Can you name five things you are thankful for?
Yes. I can.
Oh! You actually want me to LIST them? LOL Should have rephrased the question, then ;-) Here we go:
-having a place to live- because I've lived outside in a cardboard box and it was NOT fun
-having a job that might actually be both fun and more rewarding in the new year
-the presence of a wealth of fandoms that give me constant entertainment and inspiration and emotional stimulation
-my muses and an ability to write
-having a chance to turn things around in my life
tarotgal: (Hufflepuff)
This week's questions from [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive:

1. What do you do for fun?
Hrm. Write, sleep, read, hang out with friends, go see movies, watch TV/rent movies. That's about all I have time for.

2. Is there a person from your past you would like to talk to again, even if it would be a potentially painful conversation?
Oohhh good question! Um... maybe one of my grandparents who've passed away?

3. What is your favorite comfort food?
Hot chocolate, definitely. You can't drink a whole cup of hot chocolate and still feel miserable. *gets idea for a Remus-bunny*

4. What is your preferred form of self-expression? (Do you dance; or express yourself through music, conversation, etc.)
Writing, definitely. I trip over words when I speak out loud and I'm even WORSE with moving my body (what I do definitely doesn't resemble what dancing's supposed to look like) So, yeah, I like how I sound on paper.

5. You just received $5000; what do you spend it on?
First I'd pay off the rest of my car loan. Then I put $2000 into savings. I'd donate $500 to a charity or two and buy all the holiday presents I need to buy. I would spend whatever's left over on myself, buying a wardrobe for my new room and then knocking off a few lines on my DVD wish list.
tarotgal: (Thinking Angel)
My answers to this week's questions from [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive:

1) What is your favorite noise to hear?
Oohhh this is a tough one! I assume I can't just say someone speaking with a Scottish accent and be done with it ;-) I like so many sounds... waves crashing on the shore of an otherwise silent beach, long rumbles and rolls of thunder as opposed to sudden cracks of it, a mocking bird I've heard before but who has added a new song to the end of its routine, the way woodpeckers pecks echo so it seems to come from everywhere around me at once, the quiet purring of my cat when he finds me awake in the morning and wants some petting... but I also really adore silence (or near silence, as complete silence makes my ears ring) because silence leaves me alone with my thoughts. The very first thing that popped into my head was the sound of night where I live. The occasional cricket, gentle breezes sweeping by and sometimes shaking leaves on trees, and the occasional sounds of cars passing on streets far away. I like the sound of night here. It's very calming and peaceful. I'm not sure it's my favorite but I've rambled enough for this answer.

2) If you could live in any era of time, what would you choose and why?
Hmmm. I'm VERY tempted to say early 18th Century Scotland because I ADORE that time period to death and know more about it than any other. But, as Diana Gabaldon reminds us, it isn't usually as romantic as I find it. I'd probably find it impossible to adapt, what with the food and clothing and unsanitary conditions. I feel panicked just thinking about visiting the Middle Ages, much as I'd love to do that, also. Any time I'd love to observe, I feel I wouldn't fit in well enough and die in no time. So, realistically, I'd choose to live right here where I am. But if it was for a temporary visit, I'd pick Scotland just before and at the start of the Jacobite rising.

3) You just found $50 while cleaning your house. Where do you decide to spend it?
I'd probably want to buy something on my desired DVD or Book list. However, I owe myself about $500 at the moment (I had to dip into my savings when my car needed to be fixed, and it's nearly depeated) so I'd probably go straight to the bank and put it into savings. But if I was feeling really lazy (which I assume I would be after cleaning the whole house!) I'd just stick it in my wallet and use it when needed. The only times I use cash are when I go to the movies (HP4! RENT! LWW! RENT again!) so I'd probably wind up spending it there.

4) What magazines to you subscribe to/read on a normal basis?
This is easy. I only get/read two magazines.
1- The Highlander- The Magazine of Scottish Heritage. It's published seven or eight times a year and is PACKED with lovely articles I can't get enough of. This last issue, in fact, was my absolute favorite: an article about Robert the Bruce, the aftermath of Culloden, history and significant events regarding Witches in Scotland, info and artifacts about/of the ancient Picts, and humorous poetry. Fascinating and enjoyable.
2- Real Simple. Because, apparently, I identify best with middle-aged housewives. LOL! I ADORE this magazine. Fantastic articles, tips, product evaluations, tips, nummy food, and did I mention tips? This last issue had an article about life lists that really spoke to me, what looks like a fantastic and easy recipe for spinich & artichoke dip, an article about how to send/mail cards, the differences among artificial sweeteners, as well as (most importantly for me!) how to make various choices.

5) If you could witness any event in history, but not change anything about it, what would you choose and why?
Oh wow. I remember answering a question like this in a meme before. There are a dozen I can think of... the signing of the US Constitution or the battle of Troy or Woodstock or the invention of the light bulb or the very first Stanley Cup series... But I might actually pick the Kennedy assasination, though. I wasn't born when it happened so I can't do that "I remember where I was when..." bit but it is such a huge event and I wish I could be there just to position myself where I could look at certain spots to actually determine where the shot came from and who fired it and solve that once and for all.

Yikes!

Nov. 4th, 2005 01:26 am
tarotgal: (Hufflepuff)
This week's [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive

1. What are you most self concious about?
Does it count if I say 'me, myself, and I'? LOL I worry about my apperance because I'm sooo the opposite of stylish and don't care to make an effort in that department. And I'm self-conscious about my communication skills when I'm around people I don't know/feel comfortable around. I never know what to say and I'm sure I come off looking like I'm an idiot.

2. What's your favourite word?
Oohhhh! Excellent question! Ever since 11th grade I've always felt I should have one. A poet came to speak to my creative writing class and said his favorite word was 'nightmare' because he really liked how it sounded. I like it, too, but I want to find my own. Every so often I'll read/hear a word and say it's my favorite... but I can't recall a single one of them now, so I certainly can't claim they're my favorites. So maybe 'sneeze'... *w*

3. What's your biggest fear?
My absolute biggest fear is being stuck somewhere where I am unable to get oxygen and breathe. But there are a handful of things that easily tie for spot number two.

4. What's the weirdest thing ever to happen to you at work/school?
Weirdest? Um... *shrugs* I seriously can't think of anything I'd call weird. I can never think of the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to me either (everything's embarrassing- see #1 above- LOL). But maybe building a mountain in my high school auditorium and sleeping underneath it? Or becomming friends with someone and, a year later, realizing you'd actually met several years before that under completely different crcumstances but neither of us remembered. Or, um, pretty much any normal day at my work is pretty damn weird. LOL

5. If you were going to have a revolution, what kind of society would you create?
A society where people are more respectful of differences and choices. A society where people take things more slowly. They'd take time to appreciate things and would be less job-oriented. It would emphasize creativity, intelligence, personal responsibility, family/friends, and environment/animals. There would be an equality of self-worth and group-worth. Everyone would look out for each other and want to contribute to the good of the society (sort of a large-scale, realistic variety of communism). There would be no cell phones and no smoking in public places. Information would be free and truthfully conveyed and people would learn to think for themselves. Everyone would get an equal say in decision-making. And it would probably last a total of, oh, 5 minutes before it all came crashing down. :-)
tarotgal: (Hufflepuff)
This week's 5 6 questions from [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive

1. If you had all the money in the world and could choose to own anything, what you would get and why?
The first thing that popped into my head is a library and/or every DVD in the world because I crave new stories. Then I called myself totally shallow and the second thing that popped into my head was a house. I think I've been watching too much of Suzie Orman (sp?) but a house is totally what I'd buy as it's the best investment ever and you can live in it. So, yeah, I'd buy my dream house- a modernized old castle on a large plot of land surrounded by forests. There'd be a studio for me to write in and a dolphin fountain in the entry hall but it would have that old castle feel to it still.

2. If you were to do something that scares you, what would it be?
Go parachuting. It really scares me but I think I'd like it... so long as I was doing it in tandem with someone who knew what he/she was doing. I can think of a LOT of things that scare me more (like bungee jumping or scuba diving but there's NO way I'd ever actually DO those things)

3. What was your first pet?
My parents had a cat and a dog before I was born. And then they took in a mommy cat (who ran away a week after the kittens were born) and kept one of her babies. But when we moved back to the US we only took the two cats with us (the dog apparently used to get colds and that was in a tropical climate. She never would have survived a Vermont winter!). So my first two pets were cats: Puss (female) and Liklik (male). I used to call Liklik my big brother; he was the sweetest cat I have ever met in my life.
Pictures:
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Liklik watching me (I just love his face in this one)
Just Liklik and Just Puss


4. What's the farthest you've traveled?
That would be the trip mentioned above: Papua New Guinea to Vermont. All the way across the world. I was a baby and don't remember it, though. The longest one I can remember would be one of the cross-country trips (VA to CA and back again) unless VA to Ottawa beats that distance-wise. I'm not good with estimation but it took us longer to drive across the US.

5. If you were a season, which one would you be and why?
Winter! Because it's depressing and cold and bleak and... man, I don't think much of myself today, do I? LOL No, really, I'd be winter. It's romantic and terrible at the same time. It gives you delightful, surprise snow days but also work in shovelling, etc. It can be enjoyed inside or outside. The nights are long and days are sleepy. Yep. I'm definitely winter.

Extra one: If you were a song, which one would you be and why?
I'm going to have to go with Affirmation by Savage Garden yet again because that song expresses so many of my ideas and values.

EDIT: Oohhhh! I just found the best Halloween picture of my mother, Liklik, and me! I'm totally posting that on Monday :-)
tarotgal: (Green Fairy)
This week's [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive is: Don't Fall For It

1. What do you like or dislike about autumn?
LIKES: Temps getting colder, crisp night air, getting darker sooner, getting to set the clocks back an hour, Halloween/Samhain takes place, the gorgeous changing leaves all around, the sound of fallen leaves crunching underfoot, migrating geese flying overhead, frosts cut down on my allergies
DISLIKES: No snow (but as I don't expect snow in this season, I'm not disappointed *loves fall for what it is*), having to worry about squirrels running across the road as they burry nuts

2. Have you raked leaves into a pile just to jump in them?
Not just to jump in them. I've raked them because they needed to be raked and then jumped in the pile. However all of my pile-jumping experiences have been let-downs. The piles are never as huge and soft as they should be in my imagination. Plus, at an early age, my parents made me paranoid about getting stabbed by small sticks hidden within the piles so, I gave up on the jumping. I've raked a lot of leaves, though.

3. Have you ever carved a pumpkin and how did it turn out?
Sure. I make one nearly every year. Even when I was in college some of my clubs had pumpkin carving. Mine is never very good (even if I use one of those design templates). I just don't have the cutting abilities. I love ripping the insides out and then baking the seeds and eating them, though. And one year when I was a kid I dried all the seeds and used them in pretty art projects. But my pumpkins... look deformed and sloppy even when I try really hard. *pouts* I'm just not an artist.

4. Have you ever eaten anything made from pumpkins other than pie?
Ummm... my boss' wife made chocolate and pumpkin cake a few months back. Very nummy. And I think I've had pumpkin bread. And, again, I've eaten the seeds. So I guess my answer is 'yes'.

5. Where is a good spot to see the leaves change color where you live?
The Blue Ridge Parkway!!!!!!! I lived about 15 minutes from it in college and I miss it so! It's several hours away here, but WELL worth the drive (my family used to do a leaf drive every year but we won't this year for certain because of gas shortages). The trees in the Blue Ridge Mountains are well known to be breathtakingly beautiful when they change colors. As for even closer to home... there are a number of parks in my area (Hidden Pond, for one) I like to visit to see the colors. And there are plenty of pretty trees in my neighborhood as well.

Superhero

Oct. 14th, 2005 04:48 pm
tarotgal: (Thinking Angel)
From [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive

1. Who is your favorite superhero?
While I adore the X-Men, and I've always loved geeky Spiderman and buff Superman, Batman has always been (and probably will always be) my favorite. He's just a normal guy who's able to fight the forces of darkness with brains and fighting skills, and he does it because he *wants* to help people.

2. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
I'd love to be able to manipulate time. Slow it down, stop it, reverse it, travel through it, etc.

3. What would your super outfit look like?
Uhrm... how about just my normal jeans and shirt? :-) Oohh and a cloak! I love cloaks. Maybe a pretty navy blue one with a hood. Yes yes. Easy to switch from my normal outfit to superhero outfit and back again if it's just a cloak.

4. What would your super villain/nemesis be like?
Hmmmm. Destructo. A bad guy who goes around causing havoc and destruction everywhere. Pushes a school bus off a cliff or causes eathquakes or plants bombs, and I'd have to use my special powers to save people. Then I'd stop time for my own benefit and get a *lot* of work done. I could learn years of courses in just a matter of weeks and never worry about sleeping! I'd sooooooo be able to get the one-up on Destructo each time I meet up with him!

5. What would your catch phrase/calling card be?
A little hour glass. Oohh or a pretty silver pocketwatch on a chain!

Friday Five

Oct. 7th, 2005 12:01 am
tarotgal: (Default)
This week's installment of [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive... (OMG, I actually remembered)

1. How long have you had your LiveJournal/blog?
Urm... *checks* I've had this one for roughly 2 years, 7 months and 23 days. But this is my third online journal (second LJ).

2. What do you consider to be the main purpose of your LiveJournal/blog?
Annoying people with my pointless ramblings? ;-) No, really, I suppose it's just to share a bunch of fannish and sneezing-related thoughts and fics with people who actually read/like the same! Though lots of my RL bleeds through as well.

3. If you could change something about your personal blogging style, what would it be?
Less bitching. Sure it's good therapy to rant (and as I don't have health insurance this is certainly more cost effective than a therapist) but y'all shouldn't have to read it as though I were some angsty, complaining teen or something :-)

4. What are your criteria for adding someone to your friends list/blog roll?
On my other blogs, my criteria is if I like the content of their journals (similar interests, fics/art I like). On this one, however, it's mostly others who share my fetish. If someone adds me as a friend, I'll probably add right back unless I really don't know the person at ALL and/or their journal is blank/full of things I'm not interested in.

5. Name one thing that you've never before written about in your LJ/blog.
OMG what an interesting question! *thinks hard* I don't really go into a lot of RL personal specifics (though more than I probably SHOULD but my paranoia has slipped due to convenience and laziness). And I don't talk nearly as much about current events/news and politics as I do in RL. I tend to think of this blog as something that distracts me from the Hell that's the country/world at the moment as it slowly falls apart. I'll post about things once in a while, but I tend to like to keep this journal as a refuge, distraction, and comfort. For example, the missing VCU girl whose body was identified today. Hits WAY too close to home, that, and I've been following that closely, especially as her family lives about 20 minutes from my house. But I've never mentioned it until now on my LJ.
tarotgal: (Geekmobile)
[livejournal.com profile] smokeycat_430 does these Friday Five memes every week and I can never remember on Friday to do them, though I've always wanted to. So yay for me for finally remembering! LOL From [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive

1) What was the first song you remember hearing and enjoying on the radio?
That's probably 'I Think We're Alone Now' by Tiffany but that's a really hard question!

2) If you could only listen to five CDs for a year, which five would they be? (Boxed sets can count as one CD. Sigh.)
Hmmm. Another toughie. And it would be better if I actually had my CD's in front of me.
1- RENT soundtrack by the original cast
2- Sons of Somerled by Steve McDonald (but it's a close tie with his Legend album)
3- A compilation tape made for me by a friend in high school of the Bawdy Balladeers songs (do tapes count as CD's?)
4- My mix CD of women folk artists (Dar Williams, The Indigo Girls, Ani Difranco, Joan Baez, etc.)
5- The Best of Queen box set
Paint the Sky with Stars by Enya and the Billy Joel box set are tied for 6th place though. Breaks my heart not to include them here! Ohhh... and then there's my favorite songs mix CD... gah! No! I'm sticking to those five! It's just for a year, right?

3) What was your favorite year, music-wise?
Oh gods. Um, I don't know years very well. Probably some time in the 80's because I adore 80's music. But I don't know which year. (Where's VH1's remember the 80's when you need it?)

4) If you could witness one historical music event through all time, what would you pick, and why?
A Queen concert. Preferably one of the later ones but one where they still played all their best songs. Because I adore Queen so very, very much for the music and the lyrics and their absolute brilliance and their style and their look. And since Freddie's dead it's not like I'm ever going to be able to go to a concert and watching them on TV's just not the same. Hope that counts as an historical event :-)
What'd you think I was going to say? A Beethoven concert or the birth of heavy metal or something?

5) Do you have a song that never fails to cheer you up? What is it and why does it do that for you?
I have a whole CD full of them now *EG* It used to be Wilson Phillips' 'Hold on for One More Day' because the message in the song was very comforting and reassuring. But now it's definitely Savage Garden's 'Affirmation' because it describes me and my outlook on life so perfectly that it makes me feel good to know I'm not coming out of left field with how I feel about things. No matter how horrible I feel, that song always makes me feel better, especially when I sing along at the top of my voice in the car with it blasting. *hits steering wheel in time to the tamborine beats* Plus, you know, nummy QaF images going through my head *EG*

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