mellicious: "I think the subtext here is rapidly becoming text." (Buffy quote - subtext)
This is part of what was supposedly a "40 odd things" questionnaire, except there's not much that's particularly odd here and there weren't actually 40 questions when I got it. But y'know, that doesn't stop me from doing it anyway. I didn't get around to answering all of these but I'm posting the part I did. (I stole this from Crickwooder, incidentally.)

(Note, because I might as well get this out of the way at the start: any time you ask me what my favorite movie/tv show/color/whatever is, usually I pick at random from a sort of mental shortlist. I rarely actually have one favorite anything, so if anybody bothered to go check from survey to survey my answers are unlikely to match. This does not apply for things like "do you like blue cheese" or "do you like eggnog" which are always going to be resoundingly negative. Well, unless it's "pizza" but nobody ever asks that, somehow.)

Do you like blue cheese? Ugh, no.

Coke or Pepsi?
These days I mostly drink tea. For years I was a Diet Coke drinker, and hated Pepsi. Now I think they taste about the same.

Do you own a gun? I don't, but my husband owns several (rifles, not handguns). I have fired a gun exactly once in my whole life.

What flavor Kool-Aid? Grape

What do you think of hot dogs?
I eat one occasionally - maybe once a year.

What is your favorite television show?
Let's say the collective Marvel stuff on Netflix (Jessica & Luke & the first season of Daredevil, is mostly what I've seen.)

What is your favorite movie?
 Star Wars (A New Hope, that is)

What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
tea (I head straight for Starbucks when I leave the house, usually, though)

Can you do a push-up?
I seriously doubt it.

What’s your favorite jewelry?
Tiaras. (I love jewelry but I hardly wear any any more. Some of you guys may remember when I used to be all into making jewelry a few years ago, so it's kind of weird. I gave up on earrings because they hurt my ears, and I never liked rings. I wear a bracelet or a pendant once in a while but that's about it.)

What is your hobby? I guess it's nail polish blogging, nowadays. (Not vlogging, which I don't do, just an old-fashioned blog.) (added: in case that interests anybody and you don't already know where it is, it's here.)

Do you have ADD?
almost certainly, although I never figured it out until I was an adult

Do you wear glasses?
yes

What are your favorite cartoons? Miyazaki movies, does that count? I love Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, especially.

Current hates? That would have to be the president.

Favorite place to be? Online :)

How did you bring in the New Year? At home with Anderson & Kathy on TV.

What is your favorite color? Today I'm going with the color of the nail polish I'm about to put on, a bright sort of raspberry color.

Can you whistle?
No, never could.

What’s in your pockets?
I wear middle-aged lady jeans that don't have pockets

What’s your favorite animal? cats

How many TVs in your house?
two, one of which we never watch

Do you like to dance? yes, but I'm a terrible dancer.

Do you enjoy camping? I haven't been camping since I was a kid. I liked it then, though.
mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (autumn - fall leaves orange)
Because Holidailies is starting and this seemed like a good introduction.

1. EVER BEEN GIVEN AN ENGAGEMENT RING?
Huh. Actually, no, even though I've been married forever. We didn't have any money so I told him not to bother. I'm not a big fan of diamonds, anyway.
2. LONGEST RELATIONSHIP?
30 years and counting. Married 30 years next spring - that's so hard to believe.
3. LAST GIFT YOU RECEIVED?
Probably nail polish.
4. EVER DROPPED A CELL PHONE?
Oh hell yeah. Without Otterboxes I could never have an iPhone.
5. WHEN'S THE LAST TIME YOU WORKED OUT?
Does three minutes count?
6. THING(S) YOU SPEND A LOT OF MONEY ON?
Lately, moisturizer.
7. LAST FOOD YOU ATE?
A piece of streusel cake.
8. FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT THE OPPOSITE SEX?
Height, I suppose.
9. ONE FAVORITE SONG?
Yellow. (I know it's uncool to admit to liking anything by Coldplay, but for some reason I love that song.)
10. WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
Houston suburbs
11. HIGH SCHOOL YOU ATTENDED:
Small Town USA (actually it's about 10 miles from here)
12. CELL PHONE SERVICE PROVIDER:
AT&T
13. FAVORITE MALL STORE:
Sephora, I suppose, although usually when I actually go in a Sephora store I end up pissed off about something.
14. LONGEST JOB YOU HAD:
Secretary for a bunch of accountants.
15. DO YOU OWN A PAIR OF DICE?
There might be a Monopoly game stuck in the closet somewhere, in which case, yes.
16. DO YOU PRANK CALL PEOPLE?:
I did when I was 12 or so. Recently? No.
17. LAST WEDDING YOU ATTENDED:
My cousin's. Which was a while ago.
18. FIRST FRIEND YOU'D CALL IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY:
I'm not sure I'd tell anybody. (I probably wouldn't be able to keep my mouth shut, but I think it'd be the best idea.)
19. LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR BEST FRIEND:
Well, if my best friend is the person I play games with, he lives on a different coast than I do and I last saw him in person in, like, 2005.
20. FAVORITE FAST FOOD RESTAURANT:
Since McDonald's started serving sausage biscuits all day, I'd have to go with them.
21. BIGGEST LIE YOU HAVE EVER HEARD:
What did Trump say today? (I guess that would be something to the effect of "Oh no, we're not giving any tax breaks to Carrier!")
23. WHERE'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT WITH FRIENDS?
THE place around here for socializing is a Mexican place called Gringo's, so let's go with that.
24. CAN YOU COOK?
When I bother, yeah.
25. WHAT CAR DO YOU DRIVE?:
2009 Toyota Corolla
26. BEST KISSER:
Rob, although it took me a while to come around to his kissing method.
27. LAST TIME YOU CRIED?:
I tear up really easily, so if we're talking a little stealth crying it probably hasn't beeen long. Full-on crying? Not so recently.
28. MOST DISLIKED FOODS:
Slimy things: squid, oysters.
29. THING YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOURSELF:
I'm smart.
And I have good hair.
30. THING YOU DISLIKE MOST ABOUT YOURSELF:
I'm fat. (Honestly, I probably have worse bad points, but that's the obvious one.)
32. LONGEST SHIFT YOU HAVE WORKED AT A JOB?:
I used to work in a restaurant and we did 11 a.m. to close on weekends - probably 13 or 14 hours, a few times.
33. FAVORITE MOVIE?
Let's say Aliens. (Tomorrow I'll probably say something different, though.)
34. CAN YOU SING?
I was a voice major once upon a time. Nowadays, not so much.
35. LAST CONCERT ATTENDED?
It was so long ago I'm not even sure.
36. LAST KISS?
Earlier today.
37. LAST MOVIE RENTED:
No idea. We don't have a working player so we don't do Redbox or anything. I've probably rented something or other from iTunes most recently but I don't remember what.
38.ONE THING YOU NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT:
iPhone
39. FAVORITE VACATION SPOT:
Las Vegas (as long as it's not summer)
43. LAPTOP OR DESKTOP COMPUTER?:
Desktop. I know, I'm all retro and stuff.
44. FAVORITE COMEDIAN?:
Jon Stewart, I guess.
45. DO YOU SMOKE?
I did for about six weeks in high school. I suspect I never really inhaled.
46. SLEEP WITH OR WITHOUT CLOTHES?
Without, unless I'm cold.
47. WHO SLEEPS WITH YOU EVERY NIGHT?:
Nobody. We've been married for nearly 30 years, we have conjugal visits but we don't actually sleep in the same bed. (Free marriage advice? Separate beds are a wonderful thing - especially once you get to the point where somebody starts snoring.)
48. DO LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIPS WORK?:
Never tried it.
49. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU BEEN PULLED OVER BY THE POLICE?
Enough over the years that I've lost count. Last time was a couple of years ago. I was legit speeding but he let me off with a warning.
50. PANCAKES OR FRENCH TOAST?
If forced to choose in a restaurant I'd take French toast. I like Rob's pancakes but not anybody else's.
51. DO YOU LIKE COFFEE?:
Oh hell yeah. (As long as it has lots of milk in it, I don't do black.)
52 HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR EGGS?
Scrambled. And if they're runny I won't eat them. I'm a picky eater, can you tell?
53. DO YOU BELIEVE IN ASTROLOGY?:
No - although I am a bullheaded Taurus and I do occasionally think that's an interesting coincidence.
54. LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?:
My aunt. Actually that's not true, it was some random caller at work.
55. LAST PERSON ON YOUR MISSED CALL LIST?:
Some random number, probably.
56. WHAT WAS THE LAST TEXT MESSAGE YOU RECIEVED?:
Well, now that the election is over it's probably not Hillary. It's more likely to be some robo-text thing than a real person though.
58. NUMBER OF PILLOWS?:
Several. No specific number required, though.
59. WHAT ARE YOU WEARING RIGHT NOW?:
A Longhorn t-shirt and some ill-fitting knit pants that I never wear outside the house.
60. PICK A LYRIC, ANY LYRIC:
Not all those who wander are lost. (Hmm, that's actually a poem, does that count?)
61. WHAT KIND OF JELLY DO YOU LIKE ON YOUR PB & J?:
Grape. (I like blackberry on English muffins but grape on PB&J. Go figure.)
62. CAN YOU PLAY POOL?:
I know how, more or less. Haven't tried in years, though.
63. CAN YOU SWIM?
Sure.
64. FAVORITE ICE CREAM?:
Vanilla
65. DO YOU LIKE MAPS?
I do. I like them a lot, actually.
66. TELL ME A RANDOM FACT ABOUT YOURSELF:
I had heart surgery when I was 12.
(Hey, where's 67?)
68. EVER ATTEND A THEME PARTY?
Sure. Not lately, but that's because I'm kind of a hermit.
69. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON
Fall.
70. LAST TIME YOU LAUGHED AT SOMETHING STUPID?
I do that all the time.
71. WHAT TIME DID YOU WAKE UP THIS MORNING ?
9:00. Then I went back to sleep.
72. BEST THING ABOUT WINTER?:
I live where winters aren't very cold. The best thing about winter is that it isn't 90 degrees all the time
73. LAST TIME A COP GAVE YOU A TICKET?:
Probably 2008. (I briefly a had a very peppy Ford Focus and the Galveston police caught me speeding on the way in to work a couple of times that year.)
75. NAME OF YOUR FIRST PET?
Tiger.
76. DO YOU THINK PIRATES ARE COOL OR OVERRATED?:
Only fictional pirates are cool. Real ones are horrible.
77. WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS WEEKEND??
Nothing much, probably.
78. BIRTH DATE
April 26... a long time ago.
79. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE:
Um. Rich?
(more missing numbers, that bothers me.)
85. ARE YOU ON A LAPTOP?:
No.
87. ARE YOU SMILING?:
I am now.
89. DO YOU MISS SOMEONE RIGHT NOW
Again, not until I thought about it.
90. IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
London, maybe.
92. ARE YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL?:
Ha. Not for a long, long time, no.
93. DO YOU HAVE A CRUSH?:
No, thank goodness, I seem to have finally gotten over those.
94. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NAME?
Moon Unit
95. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR BATHING SUIT?:
Blue.
96. DOES YOUR SCHOOL START IN AUGUST?:
The one where I work does, yes.
97. DID YOU GO ON VACATION LAST MONTH?:
Not unless you count Thanksgiving.
98. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ON A CRUISE?:
Nope. It's my worst nightmare. (Claustrophobic, see. I want to be able to get OFF if I want to.)
99. DO YOU HAVE A SISTER
Yup.
100. ARE YOU UPSTAIRS?:
Yes.
101. ARE YOU IN LOVE?:
Yes.
102. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL?
Yes. (See above, about heart surgery.)
103. DO YOU WISH YOU COULD SEE ANYONE PARTICULAR RIGHT NOW?
My mom, I guess.
104. WHAT JEWELRY ARE YOU WEARING?
None.
105. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO AFTER THIS SURVEY?
Fart around on the internet some more, probably.

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(Huh, why is it cutting off the end of my little graphic?)

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(There, that's better.)

holidailies

2015 quiz

Dec. 31st, 2015 04:38 pm
mellicious: Happy New Year! (new year gif)
I copied somebody's (fairly long) quiz about 2015, and this isn't the whole thing, but this is the questions I got around to answering!

Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't generally make them, because I learned long ago that I'm terrible about remembering they exist a week later, much less for the rest of the year.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
No.
Did anyone close to you die?
Unfortunately yes. Our friend Art, who was my mother's long-term boyfriend. We moved into the apartment complex he lived in after the storm in 2008, and we're still here. We didn't see him daily or anything, but we always had dinner with him at least every month or so. He was much older than my mother, but he was in good health until this last year, when his health declined rapidly, and he passed away this past summer. He was 92.
What countries did you visit?
Just this one.
What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
I try not to look too much at the previous answers, but the person I got this from said "Confidence" and I think that's a good answer. I veer back and forth on that but in general I could stand to have more
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Being very, very useful at work. It's not an exaggeration this year to say the place would have fallen apart without me. (At least, the database would have.)
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I started to say "Donald Trump" but it's not so much Trump himself (since I had a very poor opinion of him to begin with) as that of his supporters, who think that saying "Mexicans are rapists" is just fine and dandy.
Where did most of your money go?
Way too much went to nail polish I didn't need and various other items from Sephora, etc. (I am now a Sephora VIB, which tells you I spent way too much money there.)
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Star Wars movie. I had my tickets two months early and I felt like December 19th was Christmas.
What was your favorite film of this year?
The shortlist is Fury Road, The Martian, Spotlight, and The Force Awakens. They're all very different, so it makes it hard to pick just one.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I think I worked, actually. I've mostly stopped telling people my age - but I'm sure if you poke around my LJ you can find the answer pretty easily. It's not that I'm seriously trying to hide it.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
My personal fashion is extremely boring - jeans and various knit tops. The funny thing, though, is that I have Pinterest fashion boards with many followers - I just don't extend that to real life.
What political issue stirred you the most?
Black Lives Matter

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mellicious: "I'm bored. Episode 1 bored." (Buffy quote - bored)
This came from here (it's a "friending meme") but I'm not exactly participating in that part. I mean, anybody who wants to is welcome to friend me but I only make periodic appearances here at LJ these days.

The Basics

name: Mel
age: *cough* older than I want to say - let's just say I remember when the first movie came out

Star Wars

favorite prequel trilogy character (s): I'm not much of a fan of these - Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, I guess. I like Padme at times and the rest of the time I think she's an utter idiot.
favorite original trilogy character(s): the "legacy trio" - isn't that what they're calling them now? - of Luke, Leia, & Han. I can't say that I like one more than the rest, really.
favorite sequel trilogy character (s): Rey
favorite ships: Han & Leia (I'm tempted to say the Millennium Falcon)
favorite movie in the series: the original one (A New Hope) and Empire Strikes back, almost equally
favorite scenes/moments in the series: man, that's hard to choose. Han being encased in carbonite. The battle scene when they escape (are allowed to escape) from the Death Star in the first movie. (I started to add something from the new movie but I can't think which one to pick.)
favorite actor/actress(s): Carrie Fisher
Contribute to the fandom in anyway?: no. I didn't even know it existed in such an organized way, for a long time. I never had much to do with the Expanded Universe stuff at all, either. Although I did play SWTOR for a while, does that count?
Darkside or Lightside?: well, light-side, theoretically, but light-side tends to be kinda boring. In real life we've all got a bit of both, I would say. (Sorry to bring real life into this.) In SWTOR I played both sides. I had a sith who I played for dark points so she had to do bad things periodically in order to get those. Most of my other dark characters I didn't really play as particularly dark. And for that matter, I played some of my light-side characters fairly dark, too. What it comes down to is, I'm just contrary.

Other

other fandoms: fandom communities tend to make me insane - ship wars, all that stuff where people think their opinion is the only possible one. Because of that, I tend to hang around on the periphery of various fandoms but never really get heavily into them. That said: Buffy, Harry Potter, X-Files, among others.
other ships: My OTP is probably Mulder & Scully.

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mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
I forgot to say that this came from a Holidailies participant named Pearl (who I don't think is anybody I was acquainted with previously, unless she's disguised herself well). I always feel like I have to do at least one of those during Holidailies. So here you are. I'm sure I've answered most of these questions before, but the answers tend to change from year to year, anyway.

1. Do you know what you want for Christmas already?
Hmm, yes and no. I know what I'm getting, for the most part, and I'm happy with that. I couldn't think of much that I really wanted. I think it's maybe part of getting older, that THINGS don't matter so much to you? I dunno.
2. Have you done any Christmas shopping yet?
Yeah, I'm done, basically. I started buying stuff early. (Lots of Star Wars merchandise passing through this house; I figured that was a proven winner, especially this year.)
3. Do you like Christmas?
I'm somewhat iffy about it these days because it feels now like it belongs to a religion that's not mine. But I was brought up celebrating it so I still have a tie to it. And I adored it for most of my life.
4. At whose house will you celebrate this year?
Probably my aunt's, although it's still up in the air. (I told this tale a week or so ago, so scroll backwards in my journal if you really want to know!)
5. Is there someone in your family you are not looking forward to seeing this Christmas? If so who, and why?
Eh. I have so little family left that I treasure them all, even the ones I didn't always care much for!
6. Do you decorate the tree early, or late?
We don't have anything up yet except a wreath on the balcony, so I guess we're on the late side.
7. Do you use tinsel?
I'm kind of nutty about tinsel. I don't use the old tinsel icicles, though, if that's what this is referring to - can you even buy that any more? (I'm probably dating myself by even asking.) Tinsel garland feels kind of old-school tacky now, too (it's the fat kind I'm thinking of, if you know what I mean), and I don't really use that any more, either, if I ever did. But I have a whole tinsel tree, now, actually. We quit putting up a green tree (fake or real) because it was too much trouble.
8. Do you own any antique Christmas bulbs?
Real ones? No. I'm fascinated with them, though; I have jewelry in that shape, and Christmas cards decorated with them, and stuff. (If I remember I'll put my icon up for this!)
9. Do you put a star or an angel on the top of your Christmas tree?
I've had both at various times. As I said, I don't really do the kind of tree that you have to decorate these days, so it's not an issue any more.
10. Do you hang stockings?
We have them (with our names embroidered on them and everything) but we live in an apartment so we don't have a mantel or anything to hang them on.
11. Do you drink eggnog?
Ugh, no.
12. Have you eaten a candy cane this year yet?
Actually yes, because one came in a box in the mail (with some nail polish, I think it was) and I ate it. I'm not that much of a fan of candy canes that I go out and buy them especially to eat, though.

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mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (spring flowers)
I copied one of those really long questionnaires from Tumblr earlier, and I answered this question and I might answer a few more later on. It's like, 99 or 100 questions so I know I will never answer them all. But I still seem to have a weakness for these silly things.

Do you drive? If so, have you ever crashed?
I live in Texas. There are very very few people here who don't drive, unless they're too poor to afford a car or their vision is too poor or something. We have no public transportation to speak of, except in cities, and it's not very good public transportation even there. So yeah, I drive.
I have had a several crashes, mostly minor. The worst one was when somebody ran out in front of me and I broadsided them. I guess that's what people nowadays call a "t-bone" accident, but this was many years ago - before airbags, I might add. They were in an F-150 pickup and my car was very small, or they would almost certainly have been killed. (Also I think I hit them right behind the cab, which would have helped.) My Toyota was totalled but I was not seriously injured - I had a lacerated knee. They were at fault, of course. I wasn't speeding.
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
Well, I was sort of saving this until closer to Christmas, but I don't seem to feel like writing anything else right now, so here you go! Some variation of this seems to float around every year, but I ganked this one from azurekitty, I think. (My way of doing this kind of thing is to copy it, delete the other person's answers and then let it sit for a day or two so I'm not just regurgitating their answers, hopefully! Which is why I also sometimes forget where I got them...)

1. Eggnog - Yay or Nay?
Nay - can't stand it. It's gross. (Don't worry, you're allowed to disagree with me. Just because I think it's gross doesn't mean you have to!)

2. Do you say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays"?
Really, I didn't used to think twice about it one way or the other. But nowadays, well, this is what the "War on Christmas" has done for us - every time somebody says "Merry Christmas" I wonder whether it's a greeting or a political statement. (This is especially true if it's a business we're talking about.) It's funny, though, "Merry Christmas" still pops out of my mouth sometimes - it's what I was brought up with, I guess. In writing I'm much more likely to say "Happy holidays" without even thinking about it. Kind of strange, but there you are.

3. Does your family have any special Christmas Eve traditions? Share them, if you'd like.
We say "Christmas Eve Gift!" to one another, along with a hug and/or kiss. I guess that's the gift, see. Also my grandmother (who is gone now) used to always try to open a gift on Christmas Eve, even though we don't do that in my family. That was a tradition, too - everybody waited for her to do it (and I suspect she knew that perfectly well).

Other than that, the tradition is that the grown-ups sit around and drink and the kids play games and squabble. (That's just what everybody does, right?) And we have some sort of casserole or something for supper that isn't too much trouble to prepare - we save the big meal for the next day. But you're allowed to dip into the desserts so everybody still gets utterly stuffed anyway. Some years we have gone to the carol service in the past, but the last time we went it turned out to be contemporary and not real carols at all, which infurated me. So I am on strike there unless somebody guarantees me the real thing.

4. What is your favorite Christmas song?
I think maybe I'd have to go with some of those real old-time Christmas carols on this - "Angels We Have Heard on High" maybe.

5. What is your favorite Christmas memory?
My mother pretending she heard the reindeer bells, when we were little. We got so excited.

6. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
White Christmas, I guess, even though I am not especially a Bing Crosby fan. (My sister and I particularly like to make jokes about the "Sisters" number.)

7. What's the best gift you've ever gotten? What about the worst?
We had a discussion on Twitter the other day about toothbrushes as a bad gift. (It began with talking about giving toothbrushes at Halloween, which is a whole different matter.) I think it was when I was 17 that we were on a trip and my mother wrapped up toothbrushes and gave them to my sister and me as gifts. We both thought that was very silly, although I suppose we should have been more gracious about it. (We were 17 and 16, it's not an age where one tends to be gracious about things like that.) I know we got some other gifts that year but that's the one I still remember. On the other hand, we were in TELLURIDE. SKIING. That was a damn good gift, right there. So maybe that year was the best and worst all wrapped up in one.

8. Do you leave cookies out for Santa?
Only if there are kids around, which in recent years there haven't been. The kids presumably go through this ritual at their own houses.

9. Do you believe in Santa? If not, who convinced you that he’s not real?
I'm a natural skeptic, I stopped believing when I was 7 or 8. I pretended I did for a couple more years, though - I was afraid if I admitted it I wouldn't get presents any more!

10. Do you go caroling?
Not in years. In high school I was in choir and we did actually go around and carol at people's doors in the old-fashioned kind of way. Even in the 70s this seemed pretty retro and a lot of people didn't seem to know how to respond.

11. Have you ever gotten a kiss under the mistletoe?
Yes, but mostly not anybody terribly interesting. Seems like back in high school, a million years ago, some boy that I thought I liked did kiss me, but I don't even remember who it was any more. That's sort of sad, I wish I remembered!

12. Who would you most like to encounter under the mistletoe?
I dunno, Karl Urban, maybe. Sadly, I can't even think of a particular celebrity crush to mention right now.
mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (Dr Who - giant robot)

As I have undoubtedly said before, I have never understood that "5 random things make an entry" meme. I find it unaccountably annoying, somehow. Why 5? What's wrong with three? or seven, for that matter? (Which isn't to say that I'll stop with three, anyway, I'm just sayin'.)

I've been reading back over my old Holidailies entries, and maybe I should resolve with Stef to talk LESS about the holidays, odd as that may seem. (Everybody needs to read Stef's entry, in any case, because it's awesome.) I can just refer you back to the last five-years-plus of old Holidailies entries for pretty much any particular holiday subject, anyway.

I've been doing this for more than 5 years, actually, if not quite from the beginning, but the oldest ones were on Diary-X and are long-gone. There's lots of whining about that in the LJ archives, too, if you're interested. (Also some on my old Whys and Wherefores blog, which I had forgotten about until I went looking for the CW bit that I linked yesterday. There are also some resurrected entries from Diary-X over there - the link above is to one - that I had forgotten were there, and I can't say that I remember exactly where I resurrected them from, either. Maybe I had just saved some of them on Notebook or somewhere like I'm doing with this one now.)

I'm at work and it's slow, so this might be a long entry. Or if it gets really long, I might go ahead and post it and start another one! Hopefully it won't be THAT slow, though, or it's gonna be a long afternoon. Generally I am good at finding ways to fill my afternoons on slow days, though. I read Go Fug Yourself, or look at Pinterest, and I used to fool around with Glitch, a year or so ago when I was still all into that. I mention that because I was just over  there - although being there generally seems kind of useless now, since it's about to shut down. I had a bunch of credits, though, so I bought some wardrobe stuff, just the same (see below) - I think it's appropriate that I go out wearing a tiara! (Old joke which a few of you will get...)

In other game news, our current one is Guild Wars 2, which I am not going to talk about too much right now, because I'm sure there will be one or more entries about at a later date, assuming I follow past patterns. I will say, though, that my sylvari elementalist is up to level 75, now, since I've been playing her exclusively. And the reason for that is that Col, my normal game-playing partner, has been off writing a novel. (Not doing NaNoWriMo, or he'd be done now - theoretically, anyway. He's just writing a novel.) Anyway, sticking with one character is not something I normally do, much, and it does do wonders for leveling. 80 is the cap in this game, so I'm going to get there, and soon. I'm not anywhere near done with the story part of the game, though.


Really completely random thing: my dad got stung by jellyfish so many times that he became immune. (I think it was Guild Wars that reminded me of this, because there are jellyfish pets. They are much cooler than real jellyfish. Or cooler than the jellyfish that I have personally encountered, anyway.)


I am amused that half of the Holidailies entries I have read so far are something to the effect of, "Fuck, why did I sign up for this?" I've been doing this long enough that I have quit panicking about it. I always manage to think of something to say. It's never great art, but oh well. (That could be my motto in life, actually.)


My Glitch character:
glitch

mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (Xmas - pink aluminum)
I haven't done a silly meme thing in ages. So here you go:



You Are a Caramel Brulée Latte



You are sophisticated and classy. You tend to be more of a simple pleasures type of person.
You understand how important quality is, and you're not fooled by cheap knockoffs or imitations.
You are understated and elegant. You have a lot of natural grace, and it takes you far.
Your tastes and influences are a blend of new and traditional, high brow and low brow. You mix it all together beautifully!




Ha, sophisticated and classy, understated and elegant. Not really so much, but okay. Also I'm pretty sure I've never had a caramel brulee latte in my life. (Unless that was what that thing was that I got at Christmas a couple of years ago and then threw away. I remember that I didn't like it but I don't remember exactly what it was.) I drink lattes all the time, and actually there's one sitting next to the computer right now, but I like my lattes unadorned by syrups and cremes and such.

Also, the local Starbucks has a huge sign in front that says "OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY." Poor baristas.

Etsy fame

Feb. 19th, 2010 12:52 am
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I mostly have been neglecting my little Etsy store terribly - but look, somebody put me into a Treasury! This is way cool.

treasury

(Mine is at the bottom left.)


Hmm, I had some other random things I was going to say, but then I saw this and got excited and forgot what the other things were, except for the little bit of linkage below. Maybe I'll remember later.


I am amused by this slideshow of Obama Feigning Interest in Mundane Things - but actually, my personal view of Obama is that he is such a geek, he probably really was interested.

One more, and it's a meme, but it's a really cool one, unlike any other meme I've ever seen. (I bet some of you have seen it already) - What Type Are You? (and that's "type" as in "font")  Me? I'm Universal.
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Gosh, I almost forgot my Halloween haul for this year!

My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
mellificent goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Corpse Bride.
anjea tricks you! You get a 3.5-inch floppy disc.
columbina gives you 1 mauve mint-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
miz_hatbox tricks you! You lose 1 pieces of candy!
mslilly gives you 4 yellow vanilla-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
nonelvis gives you 6 tan grape-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
peebles tricks you! You get a block of wood.
profrobert gives you 16 dark green cola-flavoured wafers.
seweccentric gives you 7 orange spearmint-flavoured gumdrops.
ursulahitler tricks you! You get a 3.5-inch floppy disc.
xeney gives you 5 orange cola-flavoured wafers.
mellificent ends up with 38 pieces of candy, a 3.5-inch floppy disc, a block of wood, and a 3.5-inch floppy disc.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.

Ooh, floppy disks, cool!
mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (lotus)
Somebody on my Facebook friendslist posted this, and I got interested and wrote a bunch of stuff. (As usual, I'm not tagging anybody but I would be interested to see the answers if you feel like doing it!)

1) When was your wedding day?
May 2nd, 1987

2) What day of the week was it?
Saturday (and like this year, it was Derby Day)

3) Did you get married in a church?
No, we had both the wedding and reception in my parents' back yard. They lived in the country at the time and it was a big back yard - room for tables and a gazebo and all kinds of stuff.

4) How many people in your wedding party?
Three - Rob's dad was the best man and my sister was the maid of honor and my cousin was a bridesmaid.

More wedding stuff here! )

26) How long have you been married?
Twenty-two years. It blows my mind.
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This is actually surprisingly close to my real attitude toward the holidays.



Your Christmas is Modern



Your wish for the New Year is more happiness.

For you, Christmas is secular holiday. Religion doesn't play a big part in it.

You are patient when it comes to Christmas. You don't celebrate too early, and you don't like seeing holiday decorations in October.

You like Christmas traditions, but you're not uptight about them. You do things your way.

You have some preferred ways of celebrating Christmas, but you're open to compromise.

You love Christmas. You enjoy almost every aspect and tradition of the holidays.

You give a bit during the holidays but nowhere near as much as you'd like to.

mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (Xmas excess)
Things that made me happy today:
-- coffee
-- the necklace I made to give my mother-in-law (blue and green Czech glass)
-- reading So You Want to Be a Wizard (more A Wrinkle In Time than Harry Potter, but good)
-- shopping, even though I didn't buy much
-- the holiday decorations on the gigantic houses in the River Oaks area in Houston
-- sourdough bread from Central Market


So I made my more-or-less annual trip into the horror that is Houston traffic today to go shopping. The traffic wasn't really too too horrible, and in fact I drove around considerably more than I really needed to, just to look around. In fact, I think it's fair to say that the purpose of these trips is as much to get in the holiday mood as much as it is to actually shop. I generally do get some shopping done, just the same. (See last year's entry for actual numbers, although I didn't spend anything like that amount today.)

I usually do this on a Thursday or Friday, and so I was trying to decide how much of the reduced foot-traffic I saw today was the economy, and how much was just that it was Tuesday. I suspect it was both. There were a lot of parking spaces at Highland Village, but the stores I went in mostly seemed to be doing decent business - except for West Elm, which was almost deserted. There were a lot of people in Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel - particularly the latter. There was an exceptional number of very fashionably-dressed women in Pottery Barn, but that may just be that women like that don't work and so they're free to wander around shopping on weekdays. Or maybe it has something to do with that this particular Pottery Barn is about two doors down from Tootsie's, a very chi-chi women's clothing store. I don't know. Usually I buy some ornaments and stuff like that at one place or another, but today I didn't. That might have partly had to do with the economy, too - or it might just be that I can't really justify buying ornaments for the tree I haven't bothered to put up.

I spent the most money in Central Market, actually. I don't think I'd been in there in a couple of years, and I'd forgotten how much stuff they keep around this time of year that's gift-able. We are supposed to be holding down our gift-giving to the minimum this year, more or less, but I sabotaged that by buying, among other things, a big jug of maple syrup for Rob. (Is that a weird gift? He had expressed interest in having some, and it's very expensive. [livejournal.com profile] columbina has already informed me that giving my father-in-law apples is a rather odd choice, but Rob came up with that idea so I don't take any responsibility. I just bought some nice organic apples that looked like they might survive the trip, and I added some locally-grown honey to it, that seemed like something most people would like.) (Also, I pointed out to Col that if the apples came from Harry and David and cost about three times as much, nobody would think it was odd at all. Which he agreed was a valid point.)


Something I noticed on the tollway coming home - and to a certain extent in Houston proper - is the number of roofs still held together by blue tarps. There are still quite a lot of them, three months after the storm.


Today's Holidailies prompt was "Write the annual holiday card/brag letter for your family." but I have already done that. (And I wouldn't exactly call it a "brag letter" except in the sense of "Can you top this?" -- Which, come to think of it, is one reason I didn't send it to people who are local - because many of them can.)
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I almost forgot that [livejournal.com profile] anjea  tagged me on this:

The rules are that for 8 days you have to post something that made you happy that day. Tag 8 people to do the same.

I will go along with the posting but not the tagging. I don't like to tag.

I can post more than one thing that made me happy, right?
-- the omelet I had for dinner (even if it barely deserves the name - it was yummy, if rather messy)
-- the silly Christmas decorations that turned up all over WoW today, and the goblin contraption that turns you temporarily into an elf
-- the pretty card I got in the mail from [livejournal.com profile] athenais 
-- my back stopped hurting. That's important.

(We'll see if I can remember to do this again tomorrow!)

And I hope some of you do feel like playing along - it's not exactly a painful thing to do!

mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (Maleficent)
I don't think I've done this one recently.

01. What are your nicknames?
Mel is a nickname, as are mellificent and mellicious and all the silly variations. Those are the main ones these days.

Cut to spare those bored by too many memes! )

mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (baa)
I think I do this one every year, but somehow it always comes out rather amusing:

On the twelfth day of Christmas, mellificent sent to me...
Twelve politics drumming
Eleven restaurants writing
Ten cats a-gardening
Nine books advertising
Eight texas a-reading
Seven candles a-singing
Six museums a-quilting
Five co-o-o-omputer games
Four used bookstores
Three equal rights
Two new orleans
...and a space in a history.
Get your own Twelve Days:

mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (baa)

Your rainbow is shaded violet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is says about you: You are a creative person. You appreciate beauty and craftsmanship. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.
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Your result for The Which Lolcat Are You? Test...

Longcat

73% Affectionate, 50% Excitable, 42% Hungry

Protector of truth.


Slayer of darkness.

Loooooong.

Longcat may seem like just a regular lengthy cat, but he is, in fact, looong. For proof, observe the longpic.

It is prophesized that Longcat and his archnemesis Tacgnol will battle for supremacy on Caturday. The outcome will change the face of the world, and indeed the very fabric of lolcatdom, forever.

Be grateful that the test has chosen you, and only you, to have this title.


To see all possible results, checka dis.


Take The Which Lolcat Are You? Test
at HelloQuizzy



(Fair warning before you go and take it yourself: it makes you register before it'll give you a result. So if you aren't going to want to register - I'm looking at you, [livejournal.com profile] columbina  - don't go and take it in the first place, or you will be very pissed off and I will say "I told you so.")

mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (baa)



Your Inner Child Is Happy



You see life as simple, and simple is a very good thing.

You're cheerful and upbeat, taking everything as it comes.

And you decide not to worry, even when things look bad.

You figure there's just so many great things to look forward to.



(from [livejournal.com profile] melissamh )

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