1. Do you like blue cheese? Yes.
2. Have you ever smoked? Still do. I'm made out of nicotine, caffeine, and pure wtfuckery.
3. Do you own a gun? Does it matter?
4. What is your favorite flavor? Chocolate.
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? No, I get annoyed over spending less time being seen than waiting before, during and after any actual care.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? They're seriously bad for you. I like Boar's Head and Sabrett, regardless. The latter's hard to find here (FL; they were so ubiquitous up in NY) and the former's a bit pricey.
7. Favorite Christmas movie? It's A Wonderful Life.
8. What do you prefer to drink? Alcohol: wine. Non-alcohol: coffee. Sweet: lemonade. I'm all about the acids.
9. Do you do push-ups? Ha ha, right. I hate all formal exercise (prefer walking and dancing) and pushups the most.
10. What’s your favorite piece of Jewelry? It was stolen about 16 years ago, a gold Claddaugh ring something like this. The person who stole it (I knew who it was but was unable to use the law to get my stuff back) took my entire jewelry collection and being me, I got so pissed off about it I never bought good jewelry again.
11. Favorite hobby? I'd still say writing but cooking's gaining ground. I'm also into gardening but I'm getting so good at it I can't keep myself as occupied with it as I did in the past. My plants are like, "Hey, we've got this, OK, so bug off.".
12. Do you have ADD? Did you see that? Oh, uh, hmmm...what was the question?
13. What’s the one thing you hate? Wait, there are people? Who hate just one thing? Can I meet them?
14. Middle name? *glances at blog URL*
15. Name three thoughts at this moment. 1) My ankle hurts (it's butting up against a table leg as I write this. I really should move the damn thing but the leg it's attached to is folded over the other one so this would require effort). 2) I need to fart. 3) This is a tiresome question.
17. Current worry? *hums chorus to Gin and Juice*...that if I don't finish the turnover job I started two days ago I won't get the next one (assuming it goes to me and not the other employee, who tends to take whatever I don't - and vice versa. The great thing about my current work is there's no set schedule. The bad thing about my current work is there's no set schedule, and I'm a procrastinator who gets that last minute *rush* from getting absolutely everything - except breathing - done at the last possible minute, and it's been raining and I hate going out in the rain).
18. Current hate right now? How many times and ways are you going to ask me? Do you like to be asked repeat questions? I repeat, do you like to be asked repeat questions?
19. Favorite place to be? Home.
20. How do you ring in the new year? Often by writing about it. It's the most annoying, dangerous and completely overrated night of the year.
21. Where would you like to go? *hums the chorus to Kokomo*. No, seriously, I want to tour the entire song.
22. Name three people to complete this? No, no, I won't.
23. Do you own slippers? Yes, brown suede uppers with spotted fur trim and inners, an open back, and thick rubber tread. I always own exactly this pair of slippers, though I'm on at least my fifth pair in as many years (mostly because I ruin them walking around outside instead of putting normal shoes on).
24. What color shirt are you wearing right now? I'm not. Ha ha, this is not as bad as it sounds. Red - but it's a tank top with spaghetti straps, which I don't think of as a "shirt".
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? No, I like cotton. The thicker/smoother the better.
26. Can you whistle? No, but I can chirp like Chewbacca.
27. Favorite Color? Not a one-part question. Clothes: brown. House: all neutrals with some red (downstairs) and blue (upstairs). In general: red and burgundy.
28. Would you be a pirate? No, I would be a Viking. Pirates these days are some fucking assholes.
29. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don't. I'm more inclined to assemble a blog post in there, for some reason.
30. Favorite girls name? I don't really have one. I'm kind of captivated by the name "Ree" lately, but can't think of any real-life application.
31. Favorite boys name? I don't really have one. I'm sort of beside myself that I've named someone Bowie (in this case, my new kitten) but I'm even more beside myself that Other Person named a sibling of his we adopted a few weeks ago "Pip" and that I call him by cheering, "PIP PIP HOORAY!"
32. What’s in your pocket right now? Blissfully, nothing. I hate having stuff in my pockets.
33. Last thing that made you laugh? Question 31.
34. Best toy as a child? My own imagination.
35. Worst injury? A crushed finger, followed by a more recently acquired (~2 years ago) crushed foot. I'll take my injuries straight with no chaser, please.
36. Where would you love to live? There are so many beautiful places in the US (and in FL alone) it might take time to decide. Based on weather alone, I'd move north. Based on being by the water alone, I'd stay in FL or move to a coastal island.
37. How many TV’s do you have in your house? Four. One's currently working only as a computer monitor, not a TV. Another is for sale. You don't want it, trust me. Huge. Glass. Tube. *rolls eyes*
38. Who's your loudest friend? I don't like loud people. I can get loud enough myself.
39. How many dogs do you have? Other Person wants one, but we now have four cats, so out of the question for the time being, given space/time/cleaning/financial considerations.
40. Does someone trust you? I certainly hope so? *blanches*
41. What book are you reading at the moment? An unauthorized biography of Eminem, which should really surprise no one.
42. What’s your favorite candy? Lindt Dark Chocolate With a Touch of Sea Salt (yes, the name's quite a mouthful, but so is this chocolate). I've bought two bars a week for years...what price, sanity?
43. What’s your favorite sports team? Don't have one.
44. What song do you want played at your funeral? What funeral? Ashes to ashes, dust to dust...
1. Do you like blue cheese? Yes.
As part of 21 Days for Dreamwidth (our yearly celebration of well, Dreamwidth?) you post for 21 days on Dreamwidth, or post for 21 days about Dreamwidth, or answer 21 questions about yourself in relation to Dreamwidth one question at a time, for 21 days - I'm not sure which. I'll never post for 21 days about anything unless someone pays me, though, and pays rather well.
Hitch is, I'm not bursting with energy, so will try to limit answers (when possible) to one sentence - one word or less would be even better. Pro tip: I will fail to achieve short answers on most of these questions.
Are we playing 21 Days or 21 Questions?
1. Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth?
Linkjacking. There's a lot to unpack in this one little word. Also, the Basic Account fiasco and being owned by Russians. No, I mean, personally feeling owned by them.
2. Why did you choose your journal name?
It's the name of a poem I wrote years ago. Yes, named after my own poem - talk about self-reverential. Ask if I still like or want the name and the answer is ... but of course no one asked.
3. Do you crosspost? Why or why not?
No, no and no. Does that answer these questions?
4. What do you do online when you're not on DW?
Now that I don't update my other blog much anymore, mostly read news, take paid surveys, clip online coupons and stream music via Youtube's autoplay, which is auto-on, how nice. It gets more like Pandora by the day and has a feature where it tracks what I like by what I look for, so it still knows to play music I hunted down years ago in a different part of the state. I no longer leave comments on other websites because I'm tired of the arrogance and condescension from some blog owners, on the one hand, and of comment trolls and stalkers, on the other. I'm probably in my third year of snubbing the entire internet and really enjoying it.
5. How about when you're not on the computer?
Life intervenes. I usually go online long after my day's over and anyone without the insomnia and polyphasic sleep schedule I suffer from has long been in lalaland. It's the only "me" time I have where I feel - even if I'm writing or editing or coding like crazy - that I'm really just fucking off and doing nothing.
6. What do you wish people who read your journal knew about you?
That all your base are belong to us. That I could've been Mariah Carey instead of Mariah Carey being Mariah Carey but chose to keep smoking when she chose to quit in return for her voice - an exchange God actually agreed to, if you believe her. That if I'd right placed/right timed myself I'd be bigger than Veronica Webb right now. Has anyone heard from her lately? Seriously, this is an awful question. If I want people to know something, I'll tell them.
7. What is your favorite community on Dreamwidth?
With a few caveats which I can't discuss without seeming like Scrooge, style_system, because I like geeking out over code, people's coding problems, stuff on Dreamwidth being broken or not operating at peak Dreamwidth, plus I like breaking and fixing things. I also enjoy DW news and keeping up with our maintenance and developer communities, for about the same reasons.
8. What community do you wish was more active?
There have been soooo many that have gone inactive. Eventually I unsubscribe from them because I can't stand dead communities or journals on my list. There have been so many that I can't even say anymore what they were about. *checks for current shortlist*
OK, how 'bout...android, common_nature, cookability, dreamsheep, dreamwidth_haikai, dreamwidthlayouts, dw_beta, dw_codesharing, dw_design, dw_nifty, dw_styles, dw_suggestions, dw_volunteers, dwim, emily_dickinson, factfinding, gardening, linux4all, literaryquotes, lj_refugees, omnomnom, polls, pretty_pixels, reallycutefurrycritters, stock_icons, stylemakers, the_style_kit, visualwit, and written_by_hand.
(Disclaimer: the last one is mine, and would be awesome if anyone would ever post to it). But our dead Android community burns me up. Someone make it undead, please... :(
9. Are there two people on your reading list that you think should meet?
*checks profile* No. Actually, yes! But I'm not sure if they could stand each other. italiceyeball and revolutemind are similar writers and thinkers (but, I suspect, not similar personalities).
10. Tell me about your default icon.
We don't talk about that 'round here. ;) I will say I got it for its more rebellious aspects but keep it because it matches my layout, if not my feelings so much, and it makes people laugh.
11. What features do you think Dreamwidth should have that it doesn't currently?
Omg, the features. Ask denise because she knows - I have all her rejection letters and the published polls to prove it. To this day I'm clogging up the Suggestions queue with even more features that have not been voted on. How about the one I thought of tonight? In which, when you subscribe to someone or just up and grant them access out of nowhere, that you should get a notification in your DW Inbox about it, so you don't forget who you subscribed or gave access to? I literally don't have time to jot down and request all the features I want because so many occur to me, often when I'm unable to record them.
12. What do you consider the five most "telling" interests from the list on your profile? Why?
I don't have interests on my profile. I had hundreds but deleted them years ago in the interest of having less lists to maintain. See imperfect coding/no more tags.
13. Do you have any unique interests on your user profile? What are they? How'd they get there?
14. Did you have a gateway fandom? Still in it? Why or why not? Is there a community for it on DW?
Not in fandom.
15. What's your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination?
What captures my imagination is there being a redemptive aspect to the time we spend on Earth. Also, that's two questions. Anything that interests me can obsess me, but most things don't. That said, web design is my forever love/obsession.
16. What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about?
There are things that others were glad for, which in turn makes me feel good, but I wouldn't necessarily post about them because that's "tooting my own horn" - which can make me feel a bit tacky.
17. How many people on your reading list do you know IRL?
*checks profile again* One. Five, if you count not meeting in person but communicating away from DW, and if you also count the one person I sort of know IRL who I'm no longer subscribed to.
18. What don't you talk about here, either because it's too personal or because you don't have the energy?
Almost everything! I can write and write and exchange tons of comments and PMs yet feel no one knows me any better when I finish than when I started. It sort of makes me feel - outside of things, I guess - but that's because I want to live my life, as opposed to describing it.
19. There is no question 19!
20. Yes, but what are your thoughts on yaoi?
I can't even.
21. What's your favorite thing about Dreamwidth?
It's the closest you can get on any LiveJournalish type of platform to owning your own website - without the headaches or hassles of owning your own website. I'd like DW to roll its own user analytics so I can take the stupid stat counter down, and I'd like to add plug-ins via JS (never going to happen!) or s2 (which might!) but other than that - and my perfectly endless feature requests - I feel like I've got what I need here.
1. State your name: None of Your Business. Generally shortened to NYB, nice meeting you, too. *hat-tip* Seriously, who cares what my fucking name is.
2. State the name that your parents almost named you: Desiree, and yeah, it fits.
3. Which of your relatives do you get along with the most? My relatives are all dead. Except for a half-sister in Boston whom I haven't spoken to in about 15 years.
4. The least? Um...
5. Did anything embarrassing happen this week? I existed. Tres embarrassing.
6. Do you miss your ex? At times.
7. White chocolate or dark chocolate? 70% dark. Really fucking dark. I go through two bars a week.
8. Do people praise you for your looks? Yes, but I'm not sure why. I'm a bit odd-looking.
9. What is your favourite colour of clothing to wear? Red, pink, aquamarine or brown. Probably brown.
10. How do you wear your makeup? A coat or two of dark mascara (my eyelashes are blond-tipped/light brown), dark eyeliner up top, concealer over broken blood vessels above my eyes (yes, they broke for a reason), a touch of bronzer to even out my currently dark and freckle-y skin-tone, and that's about it. I never wear lipstick because my lips are already deep deep pink, quite full and curvy, and I rarely wear nail polish.
11. What are some of your nicknames? NYB, MM, M and M, emn...oh, you mean in real life? I answer to two diminutives of my real name, but nothing besides. In the past I've gone by Little Guy (an early ex-boyfriend's pet name; loved it), Dooby (because I used to act high when I wasn't), Sunshine (because there was this time, for much of my life, when I was kinda cheerful), and Marie (because some people like my middle name better than my first name; so do I).
12. How many bedrooms are in your house? Not a house (lost that two months ago) and two.
13. How many bathrooms? Two.
14. Do you have a job? I wait on people. Do you want fries with that?
15. Do you have a car? Why, need a ride? Inherited it from my mom but I don't drive.
16. Do you work out every week? No, but I walk 3-5 miles a week, do housework and stand on my feet for a living. I am looking at lifting weights in the future. Not Grrrr-He-Man weights, just weights.
18. Have you ever kissed someone you never saw again? Yes, many someones.
19. Have you ever sung in front of a crowd? Yes. Elementary/junior/high school choir (high soprano) and at home/bars/in the car/outdoors only if I'm deliberately off-key, cracking, at the top of my lungs, until everyone looks at me like I'm crazy. Yeah, it usually takes all that, which makes me laugh.
20. What kind of bathing suit do you wear? One piece/skirt. I need to replace it (I believe it's over 20 years old) but the style is so old lady it's getting hard to find. A while back someone offered me her bikini but a) I don't wear your already-worn bikini, thank you, and b) no.
21. Do you like your eyes? I do, because other people do.
22. Do you think you are pretty? When I was younger/thinner/smoother, yeah, sort of maybe. Not so much now, but still maybe sort of. But even at my best *sigh* I am a bit odd-looking.
23. Who was the last person you talked to in person? Ray.
24. How much money is in your account? You broke or something? $100.
25. Are you single? Yes. Sort of. Maybe. I don't know! Ask Ray.
26. Do you want kids? Yes - with the right person (no, not my ex, never my ex, but if it had been with my ex, there was always adoption - not because I didn't want a child with him, but because I think he would've been too permissive with it and too broke for it) but too late now - I'll be 42 in a few more months.
27. Tell me what your backpack looks like: Black and unbranded, just a nice strong canvas thing for hauling small stuff, like my laptop, around.
28. What celebrity do you think is hot? Charlie Sheen. I've been able to look at him! For those of you who read this thing, you know he looks almost just like my ex. And that I could never look at him nor watch Two And a Half Men for that reason. But I'm lovin' me some Anger Management lately.
29. Last movie you saw in theatres: Don't recall. Last movie I almost saw in a theater before blowing off the invite? The Hunger Games. Wound up seeing it at home with the same person who asked me see it at the theater.
30. Are you dating the same person you dated last year? I'm
dating (uh, OK, I don't know what to call it anymore) the first person I've dated in two years. Unless you count the week I spent last year with revolutemind as a "date"; in that case, the answer's still No.
31. Has someone you were dating ever cheated on you? Yes.
32. Have you ever cheated? I guess. I don't know what you'd call it, but I did it, whatever it was.
33. Have you kissed someone whose name starts with a ‘J’? Yes, Jeff, my first boyfriend, and Jeff, someone else's boyfriend, about 20 years apart. Also John, who christened me Little Guy.34. What do you like to do in your spare time? Cooking, keeping a crappy blog, keeping another crappy blog, updating my user script, listening to music,
In honor of everyone else doing it over Dan Gilbert getting pissed about LeBron's desertion, which led him to write this letter...in Comic sans, which as all us web-aware folks know, is completely unforgivable, I'm rocking the Comic Sans serif this weekend. We'll be viewing Everything Else in this strange and tacky font until Monday morning, because I enjoy getting in on stupid memes.
So I have to:
A. List ten habits/quirks/facts about myself.
B. Tag ten people to do the same.
*deep sigh, over just how introspective and self-aware I'm not...*
In no particular order, just as it pops into my head:
- I'm a control freak. There's nothing I do or work on that doesn't excite, intrigue, and interest me to an almost fetish/obsession level. This is both a curse and a blessing - a curse because it slows me waaaaaay down as I obsess and sometimes get sidetracked altogether over the tiniest details, and a blessing because I'm so damn thorough you just don't know what hit you.
- I'm also a big-picture person who forgets to tweak the final copy because I'm having such a head rush over how I got the big picture. Once my ego deflates (decompression normally takes a few minutes but can take up to a few years) I go, "Oh, wait, I completely fucked up or else forgot every important detail here", which has something to do with being a perfectionist, and which somehow relates to or is caused by being a control freak. At this point, my head explodes trying to figure it out, which I can't, so on to the next oddity.
- I can't type. I could teach myself, but I don't. I have a list of things I "want or need to do" so long I can't fit typing in without bumping something more high-priority. But when I think of how much time I spend editing, I cringe. It takes me as long to edit as it does to type, so if I were to add all the minutes of editing up over the years, I could easily have crammed about 20 full-length typing courses into it.
- I don't keep lists. I have no formal (or even semi-formal) list of things to blog about, buy, or do around the house or in the yard. I just keep a running to-do list in my head. As a result, I can go weeks without buying things I need at the store, because if I don't initially remember something, even if it's important, I won't go back just to get it. I believe punishing myself like this improves my memory.
- Astrology is garbage, but one thing (well, two things - being transcendentally close to my real friends and family is also true) on this page rings true: I'm all about secrecy/privacy. The trick is to make it *look like* I'm open but, honestly, I'm not. I support the idea that in a perfect world, I would share my life with more people, but it's not a perfect world, so I don't share much with anyone. Some stories will never get told. And don't think it doesn't kill me because, depending on which secret we're not talking about, sometimes it feels like it will.
- I write with my left hand balled up over a pen or pencil - which is rare and just as uncomfortable as it looks - but that's the only way I can hold a writing implement. I do almost everything right-handed - except write and throw a ball. Mouse? Right-handed. (I could use it left-handed up 'til 2004, but once I switched hands, I couldn't switch back). So I do photo-editing right-handed, which took years to pull off without my right hand shaking. I consider it one of my most glorious battles (the battle of Right vs. Left - similar to kicking my own ass, but more rewarding).
- I think everything of what anyone, except for perhaps a perfectly rude and obnoxious stranger, thinks of me. I wish I was not so swayed by other people's opinions, but I figure if I wasn't, I might be a much more obnoxious person now. I'm pretty obnoxious in spite of this check on myself, so I guess it's a saving grace of some sort and/or a way of having my more negative personality aspects reined in.
- Another 2-for-1: I have a crooked toe, black spots on my irises, completely double-jointed arms, my feet are two different sizes (off by one half size exactly), and I like to stand on my head "for fun". Other than head stands, though, I'm no acrobat. The physical defects are thanks to an anti-nausea drug my mom took. The head-stands? I have no idea, but for some weird reason they relax me, like laying on the floor and flipping my feet over and behind my head relaxes me. It's just goofy and fun.
- I'm extremely energetic. When I was young I had so much energy I shook constantly, day in, day out. Couldn't stop. Taught myself to stop at the age of 14, but it would still sneak up on me. I didn't lick it 'til my early thirties. I can run circles around most people I know, not because I'm competitive and driven (which I totally am) but because if I don't get rid of the excess energy, I'll never sleep, which makes this another 2-for-1: I'm a night owl. Most of anti-aol was written after 10pm and edited even later.
- I get bored easily. It's weird having excess energy and absolutely nothing that I feel like doing, when my to-do list is always a mile long and there's always more to do, but the drone-like repetitiveness of doing the same shit over and over drives me out of my mind if I don't just go find some novelty for a while.
This was sort of stream-of-consciousness, so forgive me if it's not exactly Shakespeare...I just spit it out.
- av8rmike, 'cause you say you want to write mo...
- bobdeloyd, just because
- homestargirl7, 'cause you must have something else to discuss
- kimberlyknits, 'cause I know you'll pass on this
- micwa, 'cause no matter what you say, it will make me laugh
- touchofgrey, 'cause I want to distract you, if only for a minute
- steve90852, just because
- mylaptopisevil 'cause you only ship Twitter anymore