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Via texanne/ [personal profile] anne:

I believe I am competing with [personal profile] anne to be, as she says, the world's most tomboyish femme (for those who don't know me--this is me:

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Although for me, probably just like many another middle-aged woman, moisturizers are SRS BSNS, so I  suppose that's not utterly tomboyish, in either me or Anne).
Click for memage! )

 

 

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Because [personal profile] kalmn did it. Not necessarily the first post of each month, but the first line of a characteristic post for each month:

January: My first day of taking BP meds, my brain gremlin was all like, "you suck! You're such a failure! I can' t believe you can't fix this problem without a prescription, weakling!"

February: drinking electrolyte beverages and eating salted cashews is not the best way to deal with the weird cravings brought on by your blood pressure medicine.

March: Here, have some Bread and Roses.

April: I've mentioned my concentration problems, right?

May:  I'm thinking today about the way we measure ourselves as mothers.

June: Charlie is nearly 2, and is starting to look like a little boy instead of a baby.

July: We took Charlie to the allergist this morning for skin testing.

August: So, I'm growing out my bangs. 

September:  Holy crap, I finished a story.

October: Ok, so yesterday's doctor verdict means that I can't drink Diet Coke any more, and I can't drink Earl Grey tea either because of the bergamot oil. 

November: Jeez do I have a crappy roster of choices for this year's election.

 

December:  Through a concerted effort in both cleaning and shopping today, I have created a situation in which a person could open my fridge and actually want to eat or drink the things found therein; further, they could do so with a high likelihood of not dying as a result of doing so. 

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Via mamagotcha, (who did the less-odd 12-days widget from the same site) I found this thingy that generates New Year's resolutions based on interests & friends in your LJ. It, uh, doesn't work very well if you expect it to create sensible phrases, or non-suicide-inducing resolutions...

In 2011, marydell resolves to...
Cut down to ten computer graphics a day.
Connect with my inner kindle.
Give up writing.
Become a better anti-racism.
Give up books.
Ask my boss for a re-ment.
 
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:
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(Cross-pollinating from Facebook...)

The Rules:  Don't take too long to think about it.  Fifteen Artists who've influenced you and that will ALWAYS STICK WITH YOU.  List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. 

1. Julia Margaret Cameron, 19th century photographer.  Particularly known for portraits of women including Julia Duckworth, mother of Virgina Woolf, and Alice Lidell (of Wonderland fame) as Pomona. Also did one of Tennyson as King Arthur.

2. David Mack. Contemporary comics guy; many cool Daredevil covers.

3. Neal Adams. drew Batman & Green Arrow in the 70s, which are the comics that stick with me the most.

4. Sandro Botticelli

5. Gustav Klimt

6. Francois Schuiten, Belgian comics artist who did/is doing the "Cities of the Fantastic" books.

7. Maurice Sendak

8. N. C. Wyeth, book illustrator who was the father of Andrew Wyeth

9. Henry J. Ford, illustrator of many of the Andrew Lang fairy tale books

10. J. C.  Leyendecker, advertising artist of the 1920s

11. Rebecca Guay, contemporary illustrator--has done some comics and Magic:TG cards

12. Gail Potocki, contemporary symbolist painter

13. Edmund Dulac, 19th c illustrator, particularly of fairy tales

14. Frank R. Paul, early 20th c Science Fiction illustrator

15. Margaret Brundage, who did covers for Weird Tales in the 30s


Color Meme

Apr. 26th, 2010 01:16 pm
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the idea is, you leave a comment here and I give you a color. Then you come up with 10 things you love that are that color and post them in your journal. If you want to, link to your answers here in the comments. It's been around before, but it's fun. :)

[livejournal.com profile] gailmom gave me fire engine red.   I'll fudge a bit to include bright reds generally, since otherwise I will have to limit my list to fire engines, being a bit persnickity about color.

1. Apples.  Although I prefer Galas and Fujis to Red Delicious.
2. Lisa Snellings' Poppets.
3. Nail polish
4. Poppies
5. Diet Coke.  The beverage is not red, but the word "Coke" is, and since I'm full-on addicted to the beverage, the mere sight of the word makes me happy.
6. Charlie's red overalls, which he has now outgrown, sadly
7. Roses
8. <a href="http://uminga.deviantart.com/art/HArley-Quinn-v-2-125725819">Harley Quinn</a>
9. Lego bricks, particularly the ones we had when I was a kid, which were mostly red & white.  Those are now the cornerbrick of my collection.
10. Fire engines.  Shiny! Fast! Woo! I may be channeling my son on this one.
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Brain no want thinky hard. Yay, a fun meme! Via [livejournal.com profile] calanthe_b  and [livejournal.com profile] txanne 

SIX NAMES YOU GO BY.
1. Mary
2. Mary Dell--for some reason people tend to call my by both names a lot IRL, they way they would say "Mary Anne" or something
3. Mommy
4. Honey (by Mike)
5. Duck-Pie (by Mom)
6. Darling (by Dad. "The problem with sons is you have to call them by their given names, instead of just calling them Darling or Honey like you can with daughters." )

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW.
1. Eyeglasses.
2. earrings by [livejournal.com profile] elisem 
3. Clunky good-for-my feet shoes.

THREE THINGS YOU WANT VERY BADLY AT THE MOMENT.
1. Cookies (this is always true)
2. 10 solid hours of totally free time
3.  Some effing sunshine, please, FFS.

THREE PEOPLE WHOM YOU HOPE WILL DO THIS MEME.
Anyone who feels like doing it.

THREE THINGS YOU DID LAST NIGHT.
1. Laundry
2. Watched Mythbusters
3. Read Hippos Go Berserk

THREE PEOPLE YOU LAST TALKED TO ON THE PHONE.
1. Husband
2. Vendor from a company that sells fibre switching equipment, which I am not in the market for or in the right part of the department for. Go away, annoying vendor.
3. Dad, telling him we arrived home safely after our trip to visit them.

THREE THINGS YOU ARE GOING TO DO TOMORROW.
1. Go to work
2. Clean the study/library/playroom
3. Read Hippos Go Berserk

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE DRINKS.
1. Diet Coke
2. Strawberry Gatorade
3. Sprite Zero

THREE THINGS THAT MADE YOU SMILE TODAY.
1. The blooms on my weeping cherry tree
2. The book I'm listening to during my commute (Cetaganda by Bujold)
3. Hugs from my little tantrum-thrower
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 Via [profile] shweta_narayan , and actually a bit too late for Invisible Illness week, but I'll go ahead and post anyway.  I actually have more than one invisible illness (food allergies, asthma, endometriosis) but I'm just filling this out for the endo, since that info may be useful and since it's had the largest effect on my life, because it is the cause of my infertility.

 30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know

1. The illness I live with is: Endometriosis. This is a condition in which endometrial tissue builds up outside of the uterus. During periods it sheds just like regular tissue, but has nowhere to go so continues to implant in the abdomen. In addition to extreme pain during menstruation, it can cause infertility (because of blocking tubes, among other issues), fatigue, hormone imbalances (because the implants create aromatase), and autoimmune problems (because of the immune system trying to break down this tissue).  I have experienced all of those problems.  It gets worse as time goes on.  Treatments include laproscopic surgery to zap the implants (works well, apparently, but doesn't stop them from coming back), having a baby as early as possible to reset the whole system, surgical menopause (i.e. hysterectomy), birth control hormones of various sorts, hormonally-induced menopause (lupron), and various pain-management protocols (which don't do anything about the underlying issue).

2. I was diagnosed with it in the year:  Diagnosed with "probable endometriosis" around...1998 I guess.  Formal diagnosis requires surgery which I didn't want to do, since I'm eligible for whatever treatment I want with just the "probable" diagnosis.

3. But I had symptoms since: my first period, age 13. 

4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is:  Not having babies.

5. Most people assume:  that my cramps are no worse than their or their female friends' cramps.

6. The hardest part about mornings are: Mornings aren't bad, now that I'm on various treatments.  When I was still cycling, Mornings when I had my period were ok as long as I'd gotten up every 4 hours during the night to take pain medicine.  Otherwise there could be an hour or so of very bad pain while waiting for the drugs to kick in.

7. My favorite medical TV show is:  Mystery diagnosis

8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is:
I love many gadgets, but none of them help with cramps or endo.  I am one of those people whose cramps are made worse by heat, alas, so no heating pad for me.

9. The hardest part about nights are:
Nights aren't bad either, now that I'm on treatment. And when I was still cycling, they were ok because sleeping & lying down helped with the pain.

10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins. (No comments, please) Let's see - zantac, singulair, benadryl or zyrtec depending on circumstances, usually also 2 small vitamin c pills and an acidophilus tablet.  All of that is because of my allergies, but I'm including them here because the treatment I'm on for endo makes my allergies worse.  Every 3 months I get a depo-provera shot for the endo, which has helped tremendously.  Because of this shot's tendency to nibble on one's bones I need to be taking calcium and vitamin d daily, but I haven't started--I can't swallow multivitamins or any very large pills reliably because esophageal problems (food-allergy-related), so I need to get some small ones of these soon, before I start losing bone density.   Before the depo-provera I would take 12-14 advil in a day during my period, as well as a flexiril or half a flexiril.  I've also tried vicodin which didn't help the pain much but made me not mind it particularly.  Depo-provera is better, for me anyway, even with the increase in allergic problems.
11. Regarding alternative treatments I:  Nah. I think a lot of alternative treatments for menstrual cramps may work--I thought for a bit about trying accupuncture--but they seem geared to more normal-type cramps, and they don't stop the build-up of endometrial tissue.  Endometriosis is a progressive disease, so just addressing the pain isn't enough, IMHO.

12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose:  I wouldn't choose either, but if I had a choice to make, visibility wouldn't enter into it.  Not-very-relevant note:  like a lot of illnesses, it's not 100% invisible.  The fatigue contributes to my high body weight; the treatment I'm on gives me zits, and so forth.  Nobody could diagnose me by looking at me, but I can see the effects.
 

13. Regarding working and career:  I have an excellent career, but in the past couple of years I've had to make use of FMLA to make sure my job was protected when I missed work above and beyond my alloted time off. Companies of a certain size have to give you unpaid time for chronic recurring illness, if you document everything properly and get approval.  Part of why I decided to go on depo-provera is that there is a large project going on at work, and in this economy I'd rather not be the person who keeps missing work because of female trouble. But also parenting a toddler is work, and the endo was interfering.

14. People would be surprised to know: That despite being crazily in love with my son, I am still filled with grief about the other children I tried to have, and filled with rage and angst about being unable to just add to my family when I feel like it.

15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been:  Living my whole teen and adult life with the deeply ingrained notion that being female is a source of ever-increasing pain, and that my body hates itself. 

16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was:  succeed in a demanding career

17. The commercials about my illness: There are no commercials for endo, except vague references to cramps in the YAZ commercials.  

18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is:  Nothing.  Getting diagnosed has, for all of my illnesses, been a godsend because it's the doorway to treatment.  The diagnosis doesn't take anything away from me that wasn't already gone.

19. It was really hard to have to give up:  Trying to get pregnant. In order to treat the endo, I have to be on a contraceptive. After 4 years of trying it was clear it wasn't going to work, but it was hard to totally let go of that. 

20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is:  Adopting babies :)

21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would:  I have never felt normal.  If anything, the way I feel now, having  no periods at all, is abnormal, and I would totally hate to go back to what was normal for me.

22. My illness has taught me:  That illness sucks?  That natural living is not good living, for me, and that accepting a certail level of medical maintenance is what allows me to feel good and live relatively care-free. Sadly, also, that preserving fertility and improving quality of life are sometimes at odds.

23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: Oh, yeah, I had a really hard time getting pregnant, too, it took, like, months. [My sympathies are totally with anyone who isn't pregnant YET, but when someone already has a baby, they do not get to commisserate with my total lifelong infertility, goddamnit]

24. But I love it when people:  Tell me about the cool drugs they take for their conditions.

25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is:  " http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch-RcZ3bLh0" - That's Life, the Sinatra version.

26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them:  Get on some kind of treatment right away - don't let it keep progressing, because the longer you ignore it, the more it will take away your choices.  Of course, typically people have this for years and don't get diagnosed until it's well advanced; really what I'd say to someone who just thought they might have it is to discuss it with your doc and see what they say.

27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: That ignoring it really doesn't make it go away.  The cyclical nature of Endo and the brain's way of forgetting pain makes it easy to think it's ok for 3 weeks, and then it hits you again.

28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was:  I can't count the number of nice things my husband has done in 13 years of living with me. He is a nurturing soul.

29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because:  my friends are being brave and telling their secrets, so I think I should do the same, in case it helps someone.

30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel:  embarrassed. One of the hardest things about living with & talking about my illness is that it involves menstruation, which I have deeply ingrained shame about, as with all things female and physical.

 Thank you for reading this. Feel free to ask about anything I haven't covered.

 


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ColorQuiz.com Mary took the free ColorQuiz.com personality test!

"Lives life to the fullest. Has a high energy leve..."


Click here to read the rest of the results.


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Go Here to see what this is about. Elise ([livejournal.com profile] elisem ) made the amazing pendant and Jo ([livejournal.com profile] papersky ) made the wonderful first poem and the meme.


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What I know of Oracles

1. They see things.  Yes.  Everyone knows this, even me.
2. They see through the lens of you.  The visions have no form without the lens. Without me.
3. They fear the things they see. If they are brave, they warn; if not, they leave you be.
4. My Pythia flinched in that long-ago springtime. She could not bear to see.
5. Days later, I understood. Your death had been there all along, shining through the lens of me.
6. I know nothing more of Oracles.  They will not look at me.

-Mary Dell

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Apparently I am not a weird, self-centered chick after all; I am a weird, self-centered dude.


So, marydell, your LiveJournal reveals...



You are... 4% unique (blame, for example, your interest in analog graphics) and 29% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy writing). When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is intellectual.

Your overall weirdness is: 24

(The average level of weirdness is: 29.
You are weirder than 53% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!









The Blogalyser reveals...

Your blog/web page text has an overall readability index of 15.

This suggests that your writing style is conventional
(to communicate well you should aim for a figure between 10 and 20).Your blog has 16 sentences per entry, which suggests your general message is distinguished by verbosity
(writing for the web should be concise).

CHARACTER MATRIX



male malefemale female
self oneselfgroupworld world
past pastpresentfuture future

Your text shows characteristics which are 56% male and 44% female
(for more information see the Gender Genie).
Looking at pronoun indicators, you write mainly about yourself, then the world in general and finally your social circle. Also, your writing focuses primarily on the present, next the past and lastly the future.

Find out what your blogging style is like!

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xposted from FB

15 albums that changed your life

Think of 15 albums, CDs, LPs that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life. Dug into your soul. Music that brought you to life when you heard it. Royally affected you, kicked you in the wasu, literally socked you in the gut, is what I mean. Then when you finish, tag 15 others, including me. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill...

1. Thin Lizzy: Vagabonds of the Western World
2. Dave Matthews Band: Before These Crowded Streets
3. Kate Bush: Hounds of Love
4. Tori Amos: Boys for Pele
5. Golden Palominos: Pure
6. Sinead Lohan: No Mermaid
7. The Decemberists: The Crane Wife
8. Ben Folds: Rockin The Suburbs
9. Tears for Fears: The Hurting
10: Cherry Poppin Daddies: Zoot Suit Riot
11: Elvis Costello: King of America
12: Peter Gabriel: Us
13: U2: Achtung Baby
14: Paul Simon: Graceland
15: Poe: Haunted

(If you feel like doing this, consider yourself tagged)

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Via[livejournal.com profile] fledgist , except I got this from his facebook and am doing my followup on LJ, which is deliciously immoral. 

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From Joe at RevSF: Since the memes will not stop until morale improves, we at RevolutionSF.com take a stand.

Here's a nerdy one created by Joe Crowe, for you to irritate all who try to make you tell 38 personal tidbits about yourself to everyone and their mama. And appear cool while doing it.

1. Answer these questions using the first letter of your first name. [or the first letter of your LJ handle]
B. You can't use the same word twice. (Part of a title is OK, but you can't use "Batman" as every answer. That would be crazy.)
3. Multiple word answers are OK.
4. If the so-called "friend" who sent it to you has the same first letter as you, you have to use different answers than them. Brutal, we know.
5. Snarky comments are encouraged.

Here's mine:

1. Star Wars character: Mon Mothma

2. Star Trek character:  Miri

3. Cartoon character:  My Little Pony

4. Marvel superhero:  Moira MacTaggart.  Superpowers would be {poorly} mothering various mutant headcases, and haunting her exes.

5. DC supervillain: Man-Bat, Bride of

6. Superpower: Mesmerism

7. SF or fantasy book title:  Marooned in Realtime

8. Sci-fi-ish gadget, device, or weapon: Nerve stapling!  Brought to non-compliant citizens by Sid Meier.

9. Sci-fi, fantasy, horror movie: Five Million Years to Earth, a.k.a Quatermass and the Pit

10. Sci-fi-ish TV show: MacGyver

11. Monster, creature or alien race:  Minbari

12. Actor from sci-fi stuff:  Mira Furlan

13. DC superhero:  Martian Manhunter, J'onn J'onzz, the superhero with chronic mild-to-moderate depression

14. Marvel villain: Emma Frost, the White Queen

15. Whedonverse character:  Mal Reynolds, woo!



Ok, your turn!  If you are a nerd, consider yourself tagged.  
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1. I was tagged by Patrick Nielsen Hayden in his modified version of the current meme: http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/011015.html

2. I have more than 5 asian ball-jointed dolls

3. My baby was born while I was hanging out with friends at a convention

4. Our cat has only three legs, so I named him Ahab

5. I am tall

6. I can jump from the floor to my desk in a single bound

7. I am allergic to chocolate, eggs, milk and mangos

8. My husband owns the Dell corporation

9. I am fluent in one language

10. I use vi professionally

11. I attended church twice a week as a child

12.  I am one of seven siblings

13. Johnny Cash waved at me once

14. I saw Sojourner Truth in Springfield and in Battle Creek, and have the pictures to prove it

15. I worked in a bindery once, with glue

16. I am not good at spelling

17. I draw Celtic designs and naked people, but not together thus far

18. Some days you get the food pellet; some days you get the electric shock

19. 25 is more items than my attention span will bear
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Got (stole*) this from [livejournal.com profile] cloudscudding :

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Became a mother.  Went to a convention. Collaborated with other writers.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I have New Years' goals, not resolutions, and I frequently accomplish them.  It's an important ritual for me to make them and I will definitely be making more for next year.  I might even post them :)

3. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
Relaxing with husband and baby.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
The US of A!  Specifically, Minnesota & Indiana & Pennsylvania

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Good health.  Calmness.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 25, the day we became parents.

8. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?
Adopting my son.  Not because of the parenting part, which has been relatively easy, but because of the endless run-up--paperwork, training, learning to be comfortable with open adoption, travelling while ill to have out-of-state social worker meetings, etc.  There is no momentum in adoption; you're fighting inertia the whole way.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Oh, this was a pretty good year.  I'm a little fatter than last year, instead of skinnier, but, meh, whatever.  I haven't been very good about my food-allergy diet, but again: meh.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yep.  Endometriosis, as usual, and allergic stuff including a nasty bout of esophagitis. 

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Hmmm, I guess that would be my Elfdoll Hazy BJD.  I also got some great jewelry from [livejournal.com profile] elisem and [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange

12. Where did most of your money go?
Adoption expenses!  And baby expenses--furniture, clothes, $9-a-jug monkey vomit (a.k.a. "hypoallergenic formula"), etc.

13. What song will always remind you of 2008?
"Lawyers, Guns & Money" - Patrick sang it at 4th street, and Mike and I played it in the car during our mad rush to Indy to get Charlie.

14. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Hmmm, nothing really.  Maybe writing but I've actually written more than usual this year.

15. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Being sick

16. What was your favorite TV program?
Storm Chasers

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Naw.  Dislike, yes, but not hate.

18. What was the best book you read?
The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler.  Also really liked Born Standing Up by Steve Martin and Schuyler's Monster by Rob Rummel-Hudson.

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Um.  I got "Rocking the Suburbs" by Ben Folds but I don't think I can call it a discovery; everybody has it, right?


20. What was your favorite film of this year?
Favorite film that I saw was probably "Pan's Labyrinth."  I think it came out last year?

21. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I had a party (on or near the date), and I turned 40. 

22. What kept you sane?
I'm sane?

23. Who did you miss?
My husband & baby.  Working full-time & commuting 2 hours a day is a little hard right now.

24. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a heap of wonderful people at the 4th street fantasy convention--some online friends made flesh; some brand new buddies, and some new creative playmates.  My life is so much richer for having made that pilgrimage.  But my favorite new person, hands down (well, hand down, as he only has one),  is Charlie Dell...my darling, my young chevalier.

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Dreams can come true long after I've stopped believing in them, as long as I keep pursuing them.  Sort of a Pascal's wager for life goals. 

*dunno if this is something going around or something unique she wrote--in the latter case I'm stealing it.  Gleefully!
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Via [livejournal.com profile] pnh 

The overnight meme: List the towns or cities where you spent at least a night away from home during 2008. Mark with a star if you had multiple non-consecutive stays.

Indianapolis, IN*
South Bend, IN
Bloomington, IN
Springfield, IL
Minneapolis, MN

Goodness, what a mole I am!




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Via maryrobinette, who got it from Matthew Jarpe:

Put the things you've done in bold.   (By this list, I seem to have done very little!)

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumping
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (The English ones. Not the Irish & Scots ones)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London (I think. I was 4 when we were last there)
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day


marydell: My hand holding a medusa head sculpture (by me) that's missing its snakes (Default)
via [livejournal.com profile] geekosaur :


1. Stop talking about politics for a moment or two.

2. Post a reasonably-sized picture in your LJ, NOT under a cut tag, of something pleasant, such as an adorable kitten, or a fluffy white cloud, or a bottle of booze. Something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.

3. Include these instructions, and share the love.



In "Tasty Planet" from Reflexive Arcade you are a microbe that grows as it eats, and gets to eat bigger things as it grows.  Eventually you eat the fabric of spacetime itself.


marydell: My hand holding a medusa head sculpture (by me) that's missing its snakes (Default)

I initially decided not to do this one, because I'm having trouble thinking of things at the moment, but then I decided that's an excellent reason to go ahead and do it.  So, via [livejournal.com profile] elisem :

 A happy meme.

Post 10 things that are going right in your life right now. I don’t care how small. You’re happy with your cup of coffee. You saw a flock of geese flying over. ANYTHING. Things that make you happy. Things that make you smile.


1. I have shiny things arriving soon from Elise Matheson *and* Amanda Downum

2. my little guy smiled at me this morning, even after I pissed him off by sticking a suction-thingy up his nose

3. my new desk/storage thingy has cubbies in it for books, papers, electronics, and dolls

4. A writer I admire loved a story I wrote

5. I have hooked up on a project with an astute group of creative types, who are teaching me things about my writing and challenging me to do things differently & better

6.  My husband got hooked on Criminal Minds even more quickly and thoroughly than I did

7. Territory is available for the Kindle

8. So is To Reign in Hell

9. I weigh less than 210 pounds

10.  I have three stories and a drawing in various stages of drafting right now.  For many many years, I had time to create but no flow; now there is flow but little time, which is indescribably better.

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