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Another list

Got my mind on NaNo, not wanting to *really* write right now.

Probably a bit too old for this one, but it looked like fun.  And I'm trying to work out this end of DST thing.

Also, I didn't change the first few answers. They were just what I'd want them to be.

1. The phone rings. Who do you want it to be?
I want email.

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?
80% of the time.

3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener?
I chat equally one-on-one but I say nearly nothing in any group bigger than that.

4. Do you take compliments well?
Yeah, I think so.

5. Are you an active person?
In warm weather.

6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive?
If it wasn't cold.

7. Do you like to ride horses?
Yes.

8. Did you ever go to camp as a kid?
Only music camp. It doesn't quite count.

9. What was your favorite game as a kid?
I kind of don't remember. I did crafts a lot, and read books, more than played games. Facts in Five, maybe.

10. If a sexy person was pursuing you, but you knew he/she was married, would you get involved with him/her?
Hmm.

11. Are you judgmental?
Mostly not. People like to say we all are, but I don't believe that, actually.

12. Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you?
Depends which ones, and how important they were to that person. If they were, it would not work.

13. Do you like to pursue or be pursued?
Both.

14. Can you speak another language?
I can read basic French, and know tidbits of various others.

15. If you had to choose, would you rather be deaf or blind?
When would this be a choice and why?

16. What's your favorite food?
olives. or bread.

17. Do you know how to shoot a gun?
not really.

18. If your house was on fire, what would be the first thing you grabbed?
computer.

19. How often do you read books?
every moment possible.

20. Do you think more about the past, present or future?
depends. right now, future, I suppose.

21. What is your favorite children's book?
There are too many to choose from! I'll just say The Dark is Rising, by Susan Cooper. But really, too many.

22. What color are your eyes?
hazel

23. How tall are you?
5' 6 1/2"

24. Where is your dream house located?
I don't know. I haven't been enough places. Next to the sea, though.

25. Last person you talked to on the phone?
the man

26. Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth?
maybe.

27. When was the last time you were at Olive Garden?
summer, I think.

28. What are your keys on your key chain for?
car key, van key, two door keys

29. What's your favorite color?
again with the favorites. periwinkle

30. Where was the furthest place you traveled today?
living room.

31. Where is your current pain at?
i have a headache

32. Do you like mustard?
Yes. mostly the brown, texturey ones.

33. Do you prefer to sleep or eat?
sleep.

34. Do you look like your mom or dad?
yes. Oh, which? both, with mom's coloring.

35. How long does it take you in the shower?
to do which? okay, okay, 5-10 minutes.

36. Can you do splits?
snort.

37. What movie do you want to see right now?
don't know. several, i think.

38. Do you put lotion on your dog or cats?
uh? no?

39. What did you do for New Year's?
watched TV with kids

40. Do you think The Grudge was scary?
what is that?

41. What was the cause of your last accident?
car? none to speak of.

42. Do you own a camera phone?
yes.

43. What are you drinking?
gin, rose's lime, seltzer

44. Was your mom a cheerleader?
no

45. What's the last letter of your middle name?
e

46. Who did you vote for on American Idol?
never saw that.

47. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
about 8

48. Do you like care bears?
i guess so.

49. What do you buy at the movies?
I bring stuff in. the more exotic and hard to eat in a movie theater, the better.

50. Do you know how to play poker?
yes

51. Do you wear your seatbelt?
yes

52. What do you wear to sleep?
different stuff

53. Anything big ever happen in your hometown?
all kinds of things. it's a major metropolitan area

54. How many meals do you eat a day?
2-3.

55. Is your tongue pierced?
no

56. Do you always read MySpace bulletins?
no

57. Do you have pets?
yes

58. Do you like funny or serious people better?
funny

59. Ever been to LA?
no

60. Did you eat a cookie today?
no

61. Do you use cuss words in other languages?
nope

62. Do you steal or pay for your music downloads?
pay

63. Do you hate chocolate?
nope

64. What do you and your parents fight about the most?
don't do that.

65. Is your cell usually on vibrate or ring?
ring

66. Are you a gullible person?
possibly

67. Do you need a boyfriend/girlfriend to be happy?
i really wouldn't know. probably not.

68. If you could have any job (assuming you have the skills) what would it be?
the one I have

69. Are you easy to get along with?
generally

70. What is your favorite time of day?
late evening, depends on the season.


book list

No real reason to do this; it just seemed like fun. I got it from Laura's Vox Blog; she's in my neighbor list to the left. I have no idea who compiled this list or why they made the choices they made. I have read 63 of the 100 listed.

What I should do is make a list of books I think everyone "should" read, and why.

Instructions: Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you've read, italicize the ones you might read in the future, cross out the ones you won't touch with a 10 foot pole, and do not do anything to the ones you've never even heard of.


1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride And Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4 Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (JRR Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (JRR Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (JRR Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)

9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (JK Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix JK Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (JK Rowling)

17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (JK Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)

26. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)

30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)    
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) 
34. 1984 (George Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)

36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)

41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Gift & Award Bible NIV (Various)

46. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)

48. Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She's Come Undone (Wally Lamb
)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52.  A Tale of Two cities (Charles Dickens)
53. Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (JRR Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)

63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brahares)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones' Diary (Helen Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)

79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (John Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)

84. Wizard's First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Michael Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)


QotD: Today's Top 5

Books, movies, music; what's in your top 5 right now?

Let's see...these won't be favorites, just what I'm into at this precise moment.

Books, currently reading Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen, and The Game by Laurie R. King, and a few old issues of Post and LIFE. My favorites of those are the Astronaut's Wives issue of LIFE, dated September 21, 1959, the July 17, 1965 issue of Post, which has Sean Connery on the cover, and the February 5, 1965 issue of LIFE, which features Churchill's funeral.

I haven't had much time for movies lately; here's what at the top of my Netflix queue:

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

Rio Bravo

Onegin

A Fine Madness

The Dinner Game

Music, this and that, as usual. I've been trying to track down some of my favorite disco/funk hits from 1978-79, and always have the lounge-jazz thing going. And I got the new Weird Al recording.


Vox Hunt: What I Love About Vox

Photo, drawing, video, screenshot: show us what you love about Vox.

Well, mostly, everything is so simple, so elegantly-designed, so utterly user-friendly. My only complaint is that my music files don't show their images, even though I personally added them all myself on my hard drive. Also, I like the neighbors. I'm not even social, but it's pretty cool the way people are just interested in each other here, and add you to their neighborhood. I'm a little concerned about how that will be for the future, but it might work out all right.




QotD: What I Love About Vox

In honor of Vox's launch tomorrow, what's your favorite feature or aspect of Vox?

Well, uploading music is super cool. Inserting items is cool. The way the comments work is cool. The QotD, Vox Hunt, etc., are super cool.

It feels intimate right now. That may be what I love most about it. There is a really good, positive vibe here. I sincerely hope that continues somehow when it goes "public."

This place is everything MySpace wishes it was.

The day before I discovered Vox, I reuploaded 3 years' worth of Blogger posts, and so I've been reluctant to just move my normal blog here. If I'd discovered this first, there'd be no question.

So I decided my Vox page would be where I do my free-style creative writing, and that I'd use the QotDs for prompts sometimes. It feels special this way.


QotD: All My Computers

How many computers do you have in your house? 
Submitted by Foomper.

short answer: 2 during the week, 3 on weekends, 5 if you count the ones we don't use. It's a Fibonacci thing.

The kids have a G5 iMac, I have a G4 iBook, the LP has a G4 PowerBook, and there is a bondi blue iMac in the basement, don't really remember why we gave up on it, except it was too slow for OSX, and I also have a G3 PowerBook, which is in a permanent coma. I think it's the internal power unit. I've kept it because there are stories on it that could be extracted if the hard drive were put into something that works.


QotD: Good On A Cold Day

Cafe Borgia:

put one or two shots of espresso in a large mug, then pour a cup of hot chocolate made with milk over it. top with a layer of whipped cream. then grate some orange peel directly over it, so that a bit of the orange oil falls into the cup along with the peel.

I think you could make it with half strong coffee, half hot chocolate, if you don't do espresso.

and believe it or not, this drink is also delicious with a sprinkle of cinnamon added along with the orange peel, or in the hot chocolate or coffee as it's being made.