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01 September 2006 @ 12:39 pm
Memememe.... Meme!  
Tagged by fiddleyoumust to provide what will definitely be too much information about me...

Once tagged by this entry, the assignment is to write a blog entry of some kind with six random facts about yourself. Then, pick six of your friends and tag them; no tag backs. This explanation should be included.

1. My username, halfshellvenus, is because my hair is similar to that of Botticelli's Venus (from the "Birth of Venus") in my default icon. I also like the calming associations with that larger picture, and with the goddess of love as well.

2. My metabolism is virtually nonexistent. This means that I burn (on optimistic average) about 1300-1400 calories daily WITH 6 days a week of intense exercise. Any more than that and I start to pack on weight (currently suffering from this right now. Grrrr.) And given this, it’s nearly impossible to lose weight once I’ve gained it. The time from no-calories to thermostat shutdown (further lowering the metabolism) is perhaps a day or two. :(

3. I have reactive hypoglycemia. That means I’m hungry virtually all the time (some people are nauseated instead), and almost anything I eat will set off the roller coaster to repeat itself in about 90 minutes. Think about how much fun THAT is combined with #2 above…

4. I was a painfully shy child who didn’t understand other kids all that well. Interestingly enough, I think this applies to most of the great people I meet at work AND on the Internet!

5. I read a lot of my kids’ fantasy or wacky-humor type books. Some of them I read and they don’t! Adult fantasy is really hit-or-miss for me, but less so with kids’ stuff. So while I haven’t read the Harry Potter stuff yet, I’m a big fan of the “Dragon Slayers’ Academy” series (Deirdre! Get these!), any fantasy by Eva Ibbotson, anything by Vivian Vande Velde, lots of Bruce Coville, “The Enchanted Forest Chronicles.” Good stuff!

6. I have a horrible weakness for cute, but I tend to detest “cutesy.” The difference lies in the eye of the beholder...


I tag some people whose mystery (or shyness) intrigues me: particlesofgale, bluesister, acostilow, sargraf, tyrical, and dragon9maiden.
 
 
 
bluesister on September 1st, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
#5
I knew library work was for me when my 50-something coworker, a children's librarian, *had* to read YA novels. And I don't even like most of them but I like having the option. Of course, their quality has gone way up in the last 10 years so that they're often considered better than adult fiction (as a huge generalization).
Point is, I read some and they are a good reminder of the value of entertainment along with literary-ness.

And #4--why is that? Are we just bad actors? Didn't peak early?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 1st, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
And #4--why is that? Are we just bad actors? Didn't peak early?
Maybe we're just more comfortable in an anonymous medium as mooyoo (Rachel) says.

Plus, on the Internet people don't tend to judge you on your appearance. Even if you look all right, shy people tend to feel that everyone is noticing them too much (and too critically).

On the Internet, I'm deluded into seeing people as their icons. Hence, many of my f-list people have the mental picture of a cute man associated with them in my head. ;) But on the plus side... I often think I'm seeing the parts of them really matter. :)
bluesister on September 2nd, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
On the Internet, I'm deluded into seeing people as their icons. Hence, many of my f-list people have the mental picture of a cute man associated with them in my head.

Yeah, I guess I do pull up an icon as a mental image. Hence your being a Renaissance beauty and my being Tank Girl. Right on!
PamalaXpamalax on September 2nd, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
4. I was a painfully shy child who didn’t understand other kids all that well. Interestingly enough, I think this applies to most of the great people I meet at work AND on the Internet!

I have to agree with you on this being common because its something I've heard from so many people I know on line. I find it very interesting
because I was always anything but painfully shy... I think its very
possible I came out of the womb meeting, greeting and networking the
doctors and nurse in the room.

So very interesting and you got pondering it all over again. ;o)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 2nd, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
I find it very interesting because I was always anything but painfully shy... I think its very possible I came out of the womb meeting, greeting and networking the doctors and nurse in the room.
There ARE a few on my f-list (and life, of course) who are chatty and confident and outgoing. But more who are not. :D

When my son was 3, we were out at a restaurant and as soon as it was time to leave he turned around to work the table behind us. I apologized and started to pull him away, and one of the women said, "I want his autograph! For when he becomes President." And really, he IS just that kind of kid. Where does he get it from? :0
I'm for wine and the embrace of questionable women: chloemissyjack on September 2nd, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Wonderful to find out more about you!

Runs off to read memes of those you tagged.

(of all my icons - think of me as Chole!)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 2nd, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
I'd have tagged more, but was limited to six. Hope we get to read yours at some point. :)

Chloe's a fun person to be. Just promise you won't bite anyone! Because sometimes I wouldn't put it past her. ;)
mercurybard on September 2nd, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
“The Enchanted Forest Chronicles.” Good stuff!

I love those books, though I think one of my brother's stole my collection. The mix of humor and adventure is just too much fun.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 2nd, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
:D I'm glad someone besides me has read them. They're so tongue-in-cheek and slightly bizarre, and my daughter just loved them. We wound up buying her the boxes set. :D

mercurybard on September 3rd, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
I discovered them the year I worked in the school library. My dad ended up buying me all four in one volume from the science fiction bookclub he belonged to.

How can you not love a book that features a Cauldron of Plenty that can't do desert?
Entendre? Make mine a double.: Halsey glassesdeirdre_c on September 5th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC)
the “Dragon Slayers’ Academy” series (Deirdre! Get these!)
I've seen these around, but haven't had a chance to read them with the guys yet. They sound right up my alley! When we go up north we always get lots of reading in, because there's no tv or computer. Right now we're in the middle of a Terry Prachett YA book called Only You Can Save Mankind (which has some serious themes, so it's really for 7 and up) and the "Great Brain" series which you may have read as a kid and is all kinds of awesome!

Also, I am one of those weirdo out-going people. Go figure?

And, I totally approve of you thinking of me as my icon. That's why I chose her! But I'm sorry if this disappoints you, I don't look much like that in RL, except for the glasses.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 5th, 2006 07:27 am (UTC)
The "Dragon Slayers' Academy" series is one of those books that are entertaining for kids, but also throw jokes to adults. I've loaned all 16 of ours to a friend from my office who has no kids, because she finds them as funny as I do!

The Academy features "Scrubbing Class" (because the headmaster is cheap). There are regular encounters with an entirely incompetent wizard who makes the kids' adventures worse. The land is ruled by Queen Barbara and King Ken, and includes the towns of Toenail and East Armpitsia. Plus, dragons to be slain (and a main character who is afraid of blood and gore, so these books are appropriate for ages 4 and up). They are wonderful. :D
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on September 8th, 2006 09:42 am (UTC)
6. I have a horrible weakness for cute, but I tend to detest “cutesy.” The difference lies in the eye of the beholder...

Totally with ya there, but - what I deem 'cute' makes most people cringe...Except for Ronin - he's cute and everyone agrees! Gottalove it when you and the world see eye to eye!

Sorry about the hypoglycemia - I have a couple of friends who have that, and that and diabetes run in my family as well - so I feel for ya honey!
*Hugs you*

*Sends love*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 8th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
:D It's all so individual.

Penguins? Cute. Dogs in clothes? Ummmm... maybe. Women with houses stacked to the rafters with teddy bears? Uh-oh.

One of my nieces has a weakness for what I can only call "ugly-cute". As in, she loves naked mole rats. These are hairless, disgusting little animals that often have bright orangey-yellow teeth an inch long. And scrabbling claws. Ook.

Mu husband's ugly-cute is Persian cats. He loves their mooshed-in faces. Whereas I prefer cats with _pretty_ faces. :0

The hypoglycemia sux. And the medical profession is uninterested in really understanding or solving the problem, because it's usually not life-threatening. If it weren't combined with the metabolic problem, it would be so much simpler-- because I'd just eat more often. But with THAT extra factor, it's a constant struggle. Bleh.

Thanks for the hugs! They make any day better. :D