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26 March 2008 @ 11:48 am
Playing catchup (and a Meme)  
I've been trying to catch up with my f-list for while I was gone, and I'm basically back in synch. So much easier when it's only a few days!

Santa Cruz was great-- beautiful weather, only a little chilly (which didn't stop the kids from going in the ocean again and again). Christopher was really sick the day we went and didn't even go to the beach, which was sad. He loves the beach. Looks like he got the same thing Lauren had a week earlier which we'd thought for awhile might be strep throat due to the pain and level of misery. He had fun the other two days, and Lauren loved the trip to pieces (except the hotel's false-advertising of "pool" which in fact is a spa, and that's the second time I've fallen for it. Gah!). Gorgeous area.

We were back in time for Easter (as we are every year, at least until the kids outgrow the Easter Bunny). The wonderful gatheringlight gave me some LJ Easter eggs for the occasion-- thank you! *big hugs and shared chocolate* And then there was lots of unpacking and yardwork. :0

I was tagged for a meme by boogirl13, so here goes:

The Twenty Questions Answered Meme:

1. You've just died. What happens?
Well, not much for me. But sadness on the part of family and friends. :(

2. What is your most guilty pleasure?
Brothercest-- Supernatural or Prison Break. It's not a big secret to LJ people, but a total secret in my RL world. Heck, the m/m slash love is pretty much a secret in RL too. Now, the problem with chocolate on the other hand...

3. Favorite childhood cartoon?
The Loony Tunes ones with guest stars, e.g. Pepe Le Pew vs. the paint-adorned cat, or the little penguin who cries ice cubes.

4. What goes on your hotdog?
Ketchup, mustard and sweet relish. Mmmmm...

5. What was the last movie you saw, for pleasure, and would you recommend it?
Since I don't review movies anymore, ALL my movies are intended as pleasure (whether they wind up that way is another story). It was "Becoming Jane," and sure-- I'd recommend it. I was not too enthralled with the James McAvoy character, though (opinions on him differ).

6. On balance, are you happy with your life as it is, would you change it a little or change it a lot?
I'm sort of happy with it as it is. I was much happier with it about 2 years ago, but I can't fix my husband's depression problem or the impact it's having on our current life and the future. That's the one thing I wish I could change. Or winning the lottery, in which case the financials/employment would vanish as issues and we'd worry less about the future.

7. What's the one possession you USED TO have, but don't anymore and wish you did? What happened to it?
Haha. My "Which Witch" board game that I foolishly sold at a garage sale in college, thinking such a cool game would be around forever and I'd be able to buy another one later if I wanted to. Boy, was I ever wrong.

8. You (as you are now, not a fictionalized you) are a FC in an episode of SPN. What's your role?
The beleagured office worker who cannot BELIEVE that Howard Benson would ever do that to his wife! With the teeth marks and everything! :0

9. Name one person for whom you'd definitely take a bullet, and one for whom you definitely wouldn't.
I’d take a bullet for my husband, but not for Dubya (whether literally or militarily).

10. Worst case scenario?
Zombie or other MOTW and my Legs.Cannot.Run., just like in those recurring dreams I have (where I'm crawling to get away from something. Totally hate those dreams!).

11. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Two beautiful children!

12. What's your greatest frustration?
Being trapped between my dead metabolism and the hypoglycemia that makes me hungry all the time, and trying to lose weight in the middle of it. Gah.

13. For you only, not as a broad political statement: life imprisonment or death sentence?
Death sentence. The waiting'll kill you.

14. Jury duty. Ever done it? What was it like? Wanna do it? Thoughts at all?
Got called up once, and dumped off a panel for something prejudicial I overheard in the elevator. I'd rather NOT do it, because it'll be a timewaster for me. With the lawyer husband and the psychiatrist parents, no-one will put me on a jury. But I'll still get called in and waste a lot of time before getting removed from one panel after another...

15. You discover you've been drafted into military service (to a country to which you hold a citizenship). What do you do?
Move to Canada. I live in the U.S., where the draft can actually occur. And which I believe fundamentally violates the U.S. Constitution. :(

16. Which fictional character could you most see yourself marrying?
Atticus Finch. Actually, in many ways I DID marry him for reals. ;)

17. Describe the flag design of your personal utopia.
Jensen and Jared kissing with utter romance and happiness.

18. Do you have a motto? If yes which one?
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

19. What's in your pocket right now? Conversely, if you have no pocket, what are the three items closest to your right hand, excluding computer hardware?
Nothing in my pocket. Next to me are an empty mug, my Wincon flashlight (!), and a stack of CDs whose lyrics I have to approve before my son can listen to them. :0

20. What place most speaks to you?
The Pacific Ocean, in the more Northern (Oregon-like) settings where the waves are larger and rougher and just keep on cascading in. It's hypnotic.


"Rules" (They're more like guidelines...)

Here's the deal: People who have been tagged post their answers and replace any question they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves. Tag 8 people. Those who are tagged cannot refuse (Yeah, right. Refuse away, gang). These 8 people must state who they were tagged by. You cannot tag the person who tagged you.

I tag anyone who wants to play! And poke me with your answers if you do. :)


 
 
 
Deadbeat Nymph: dean stubble softdeadbeat_nymph on March 26th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
The Loony Tunes ones with guest stars, e.g. Pepe Le Pew vs. the paint-adorned cat, or the little penguin who cries ice cubes.

I loved those! I basically loved WB cartoons overall, except for the one where somebody ends up in hell - the devil scared the bejeesus out of me! I think one of my favourites was the Viking one set to Wagner. Oh, and the yeti one! To do this day, I have a fondness for expressing my affection as 'I want to love him and hug him and squeeze him and call him George!' (Which is how my stalker cat got the name George once I finally gave in and admitted I loved him.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on March 26th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
I think one of my favourites was the Viking one set to Wagner.
"What's Opera, Doc?" Boy, I wish we could find some of these on DVD to show the kids. All we've found is the random stuff.

And the 'I want to love him and hug him and squeeze him and call him George!' is unforgettable. I still say it even now!

Do you remember (probably Tweety and Sylvester) the green witch who would cackle and then zip away, leaving spinning hairpins in her wake? Another favorite. :D

(Which is how my stalker cat got the name George once I finally gave in and admitted I loved him.)
:D Is he an official pet now? We don't have stalkers, but our cats have a "friend" that comes over and hangs out with them. Once, I was outside whistling for the cats (like people do for dogs), and that one showed up panting and waiting to see what I wanted. "I'm sorry-- I'm only calling for the cats that actually live here." :0
Deadbeat Nymph: dean stubble softdeadbeat_nymph on March 26th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Do you remember (probably Tweety and Sylvester) the green witch who would cackle and then zip away, leaving spinning hairpins in her wake?

I do remember the witch! I loved her hairpins. For some reasons he never scared me.

Is he an official pet now?

Stalker Cat a.k.a. George is not an official pet. I just finally allowed him to come into my apartment after months of him meowing at me and visiting me every night. And then I loved him and hugged him and squeezed him and called him George. Then his friend, Stalker Cat's Friend a.k.a Martha, started coming by, too. Then winter came and I haven't seen SC since, but SCF comes by fairly often.

To note, I have never fed them, ever, but for some inexplicable reason, they seem to love me. Like, I would stick my head out my back door and SC would just appear from out of nowhere and run down the alley, through the backyard and dash up the stairs to the third floor and rub himself all over my feet. So, yeah, I gave in and luffed him. And the next time he came by, he brought a friend, and I luffed her too. Now that spring is coming, I really hope that SC comes by again. Since I gave in and luffed him, I miss him now. :'(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 26th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Now that spring is coming, I really hope that SC comes by again. Since I gave in and luffed him, I miss him now. :'(

Oh, I can believe it.

It really isn't all about the food. Once a cat has been domesticated, especially if it's a very friendly cat, it never stops wanting love, even if it's a stray.

One of our cats is a rescued kitty that someone dumped in a field about a mile from my office. She was living in a tree, and she so badly wanted a home again. Now she's ours-- we've had her for 11 years. :)
Deadbeat Nymph: dean stubble softdeadbeat_nymph on March 26th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
It really isn't all about the food. Once a cat has been domesticated, especially if it's a very friendly cat, it never stops wanting love, even if it's a stray.

I don't even think they are strays. They don't have collars, but they're perfect - perfect weight, perfectly groomed. They're the healthiest looking cats I've ever seen, and have absolutely perfect fur. And they smell like flowers. SC is a gorgeous short-hair orange tabby with eyes that are sometimes minty-green and sometimes more limey-green. SCF is a long-haired orange tabby with golden hazel eyes. They're beautiful. And they smell like flowers. *boggles*

Sigh. I love creatures that love love.

One of our cats is a rescued kitty that someone dumped in a field about a mile from my office. She was living in a tree, and she so badly wanted a home again. Now she's ours-- we've had her for 11 years. :)

Awww! That's so sweet. I'm happy to hear she found such a good home. :')