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The Friday Five

1. Do you enjoy reading?

2. What is the first book you remember reading?
The Little Engine That Could. Yes, really.

3. Who is your favourite author?
::Whines:: I could never pick just one. Um. Fine. Terry Pratchett.

4. What is your favourite book?
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. Only because reading it aloud is such a treat.

5. What is the last book you read and the first you'll read next? [sic]
I am almost ashamed to admit this, but I recently completed New Moon, the second Twilight Book and have just started Eclipse, the third one. I'm not reading the series so much because I like it, more because I want to see what the fuss is about. And because I have a 10 year old daughter, so refreshing myself as to how stilted adolescent thinking can be might be helpful. But the heroine is just so dumb about herself and some of the things that go on around her (which can alternately be interpreted as Stephanie Meyer being really bad at writing a character who's clueless compared to the reader). It's not horrible, but it's not great either.
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So I'm a little late. So sue me.

The Friday Five

1. Do you download music not from the popular genres of Top 40, pop, rock, rap, dance, R&B, or country?
When I have downloaded stuff, it has definitely been off the beaten track, so, yes.

2. Are there any musicians for whom you've downloaded a significant amount of their material yet own few or none of their albums?
Only one: Steve Burns. I have downloaded his debut album and very much enjoy it. I intend to buy it, and his forthcoming second album, but I haven't gotten around to it.

3. Have you ever enjoyed a downloaded album so much that you went and bought the physical album?

4. How many different ways of playing music do you own (such as radio, stereo system, computer, Walkman/Discman, mp3 player, mp3-ready phone, etc.)?
Hm. It's not clear if this means different methods or different devices, but anyway, MP3 player/radio, PDA/phone, boom box, clock radio, kitchen under-cabinet radio/CD player, an old Discman, computer, car radio, van radio/CD/tape player, and my tv/dvd combo (technically, I can put a CD in there and play it, I'm pretty sure--I have never actually used it this way). So, lots. I am sure this is true for most people.

5. Do you still have and/or play a favorite vinyl album, cassette tape, or 8-track tape?
I still have some of our vinyl records. One of these days I may even try to transfer the rare things, but for now they are just being stored. One that I miss listening to is the Middlebury College a capella group album I have, the (Something-or-Other)-Eight. I wish I could remember. They performed at my high school. I was so enthralled that I bought their album on the spot. It includes a version of the Powdermilk Biscuit Theme (and I didn't know what Prairie Home Companion was until *years* later), a great version of Love Potion No. 9, and Blue Moon actually done as a ballad, well, for about two thirds of it anyway. I just love that album. I can hear that version of Love Potion No. 9 in my head right now.
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The Friday Five

1. Remember the scene with Molly Ringwald putting lipstick on by holding it in her cleavage? Name one really bizarre thing you know how to do. No matter how small.
Is there anything really bizarre left in the universe to do? Okay, fine, I gotta think for a moment.
Slow my heart beat and lower my blood pressure through breathing exercises? True, but not that bizarre.
I don't know; nothing is popping out. Anybody have a candidate for my bizareness to put forward?

2. What's your favourite way to pass the time?
With others: play a game, of course. Solo: Read. Or find people to play a game. :)
Or, actually, by teaching math. Teaching is like saying, "Isn't the universe cool?!?!?!?!," but in a useful way. Learn something? See, I told you I have too many interests.

3. What's your favourite restaurant and why?
Jerusalem Garden. Mostly because my older daughter and I have been there a few times now, she enjoys it (yay! new cuisines!), it's cheap and yummy, and their outdoor seating people-watching potential is huge.

4. Which TV/Radio show did you like that's not aired any more?
Firefly (following the likely herd here...)
Bill Radkey's old public radio show, whose name I am forgetting
Le Show, put on by Harry Shearer on public radio as well (though maybe it's just that the local station stopped carrying it?)
Almost Live (comedy show from a troupe including Bill Nye before he was a public science geek, out of Seattle)

5. if you had a choice of learning another new language, what would you choose? what do you think that reflects about you?
Seriously. Then I could read ancient and sacred texts in their original, with connotations intact instead of shredded by the translation process, and understand more about the culture that gave birth to yoga and to Buddhism.

Unless maybe you could download written Japanese into my brain?...logographic languages give me problems. Then I might want Japanese, which I currently have at 0.02 out of 10. That is, I can say hello, thank you, ask where the bathroom is, ask "What?" and not much more. Heck, I think I could communicate more effectively in American Sign Language than Japanese, even after a year of college study.

Haven't done this for a while. I guess some of these F5 questions piqued my fancy.
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1. If you could retroactively erase one TV show from the history of entertainment, which one would you choose?
Er, what? This is a pointless question

2. Are you more like your mother or your father?
Mother, physically and probably otherwise too.

3. If you could take a year-long vacation, what would you do?
Get yoga teacher certification. Read. Nap. Go to some concerts. Go to a lot of museums, including every one that is part of the Smithsonian, and some New York art museums. Go hiking in the Rockies, Canadian Rockies, and the Appalachians. Do yoga everywhere I go. See live tapings of "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me," "A Prarie Home Companion," and perhaps "Wha'd ya Know." Go to England and see some more museums and do more yoga. Go to a lot of game conventions.

4. Can you think of a reason not to answer this question?

5. What's the nicest thing you've ever done for someone?
It's not for me to judge. I just hope the answer is not the empty set.
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1. Would you rather serve in heaven or rule in hell?
Neither, at least if you meant the regular christian interpretation of these things. If you mean a more colloquial thing, well, serve in heaven. I'm not really happy causing suffering on purpose.

2. If you had evidence that would catch a killer, but also put you in jail, would you use it?
I've actually fantasized about being put in jail in the last few years. Bear with me here... Being put in a place without need to worry about fixing meals, no possibility of me screwing up some responsibilty worse than being absent and nothing I can do about that, and finally lots of free time to pursue yoga and thinking and meditation. With a possibility that I would be able to get some writing or reading done. Yeah. Jail actually sounds nice.

3. If you could work the worst job you have ever had, for three years and then never have to work again, would you or would you rather work the job you always wanted but not be able to retire until well past the age of retirement?
Only if I could do this worst job without it unduly impacting my kids. If you had asked me this before kids, I would have said sure. Then I could VOLUNTEER for that job I always wanted, and not be worried by taking sick days, office politics, and other crap that sucks the joy out of life.

4. If you could write four newspaper headlines, which would come true, what would they be?
Iraqi Government Brokers Mid East Peace Treaty
Universal Heath Care Makes the Grade
Moon Colony Anniversary Celebrated
Education Funding Record: federal funding to be quadrupled over next ten years

5. A video of children in Florida fighting, while adults cheer on, was posted on the popular web site MySpace, The popularity of "gang videos" has also increased, and there has been renewed interest in re creating the infamous "Faces of Death" video series, do you feel there should be laws limiting extreme videos?
It's easy to see that such things would not be posted if nobody looked at them and gave them attention. Even "look how awful this is" is attention. Enough said.
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It's been a while since I participated...

1. If you were a crayon, which color would you want to be?
Magenta. Er, Lime Green. Um, Fire Orange. Lavender. so many pretty colors. something purply-blue, maybe? Do they make iridescent crayons?

2. Which color do you think you would be regardless of what you wanted?
Cornflower Blue: pretty, not too showy.

3. Would you rather be used and get blunt, broken and lose your wrapper, or not be used and stay pristine?
Definitely want to be used to make many pretty and interesting pictures. Then you can melt the nubs down to make a rainbow crayon. :) Ooooh. Maybe I should be a rainbow crayon!

4. Would you rather be in a small set of crayons or a large set?
Large set. Variety is the spice, baby!

5. Would you rather be Crayola, or a different brand?
High-quality all the way! Rich, exotic color. Good texture. Some high-end arthaus brand? *shrugs* Crayolas are good. Just not RoseArt please, those are waxy and bleah.

F5 jobs

Oct. 14th, 2006 11:24 am
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The Friday Five

1. What job do you have, and why do you like/hate it?
I am an office manager for a school, a small private school. I do morning care, supervise lunch, I do some office work, including organizing transport for field trips, arranging subs, managing files, buying supplies, and other little details.

I *really* love my job. I love almost everything about it. (Boy I sound sickeningly fawning.) My co-workers are awesome, interesting people. The kids are totally awesome, with enough spice to keep things interesting. Their parents are pretty cool too. I just wish there were a few more hours in the day, 'cause there's too much work to do in the time allotted. Slightly better pay would be nice, but there's time for that as the organization grows.

2. As a kid, what did you want to be when you "grew up?"
I was clueless. Nobody talked to me about career, only about school. Ever. Really. Which tells you something about why it's taken me so long to figure out. I liked lots about my grad student experience in computer science, but I could never wrap my head around being a researcher or professor, for example. It just didn't make any sense to me. But I think I've finally found a job I belong in. And there's room for me to keep working on becoming a yoga teacher too. Yay!

3. Is the job you have now anything like what you imagined as a kid?
Obviously not. I had a big blank before.

4. Do you have a five-year career plan?
Weirdly, yes.

5. In order to get the job of your dreams, is there anything you wouldn't do? Why?
Yes. Ends can easily be corrupted by the means used to get them. And a job is really not an 'end''s a process, and therefore it's even more vulnerable to corruption.
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A perrenial late night conversation starter....Superpowers. Talk about your regressive therapy!

1. If you could have a super power, which one would you have?
I find this amusing. I always wanted teleportation. And imagined it as line-of-sight teleportation, aka LIMITED. No overreaching for me, I was staying within my points budget. I used to fantaisize about which building I'd teleport to the top of and where to from there when I was walking to my college classes. It's so funny that I wouldn't just go with teleportation and had this need to limit it.

2. What would be your supername?
Er. Do I have to have one? Why do I have to be a superhero if I have a power? Can't I just hide? (still the me that wants a LIMITED superpower talking here.)

3. Who would be your arch-nemesis and what would be their superpower?
Nope. Don't want one. But if I had to, it would be somebody mean and nasty who hurt my feelings.
Insenitivity, I guess. We could call them The Bull. As in bull-in-a-china-shop, and/or bully.

4. Who would be your sidekick and would they have a superpower?
nope...I'm not important enough to have a sidekick. Though I could imagine BEING one.

5. What would be your motto?

As you can see, I was too scared to be a super hero....
I think I just found my meditation subject for a while, actually.
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The Friday Five

1. If you could pick your own theme song, what would it be?
Hmmm....I think it would vary by the day. I'll pick Things Can Only Get Better, though maybe Pearl in the Shell would be more apropos.

2. Now be honest...if others had to pick a song that described you, what would they choose?
I have no frickin' idea.

3. What song would be/was the first dance at your wedding?
I wouldn't choose it if I had it to do over, but it was Just You and Me by Chicago.

4. What song gets stuck in your head most often?
Pearl in the Shell. I just love the horn parts.

5. What song would you want played at your funeral?
If You Love

If you love,
You know you're gonna feel the hurt.
See the flowers
Growin' from the muddy earth.

You never see the sun,
You're never gonna feel the rain.
With your life under glass
In the middle lane,
You'll never feel the joy;
Never feel the pain.
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The Friday Five

1) This is the 1st of September, what do you want to accomplish by the 31st?
Not mess up at my new job. Be used to getting up early, get there on time every day, and do a good job for the school. It's an intstitution I really believe in, which is why I'm so thrilled to be working there.

2) What does September make you think about or feel?
I have a long history of September anxiety...bad dreams before school starts of being required to be in two or three places at once and fulfill other impossible requirements while eveybody seems to have no idea why it's a problem.... On the other hand, I love September weather. Cool in the morning, but warm enough for shorts later in the day.

3) September is the ninth month; can you name nine memories so far from this year?
Holding my nephew, on New Year's Day, when he was less than a day old.
Visiting the Jiffy Mix tour at the Chelsea Milling Company in Chelsea, Michigan with my older daughter.
Holding my younger daughter when she came out of ear tube surgery and was groggy and cranky.
Holding my niece, the first one related to me by blood, not marriage.
Being beaten in the Ticket to Ride Final at Origins by my husband. Barely. He got lucky. ;-)
Running crazily around my house when I found out that Howard Jones would be holding a concert at a venue only an hour from my house.
Being thrilled to be hired at my daughter's school.
Helping my summer camp students perform the sign language version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears for their parents.
Going to see Cars at the first show on the first day with my older daughter.

4) What does September have in common with three other months and can you name them?
Is this a brain-teaser type question? To me, it's a transition month so it has parallels in January and June...but maybe that's too University of Michigan centric, since those are when the terms start. On the brainteaser side, it's one of the misnumbered months (Sept = 7) that resulted from the historical changing of the calendar. Once upon a time March was considered the start of the year, so September, October, November and December used to be the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th months, as is reflected in their names. (Octa = 8, Nov = 9, Deca = 10) This actually screws me up every year. For some reason I always start writing October dates with "8/." I know exactly why, but it's still kinda embarassing.

5) The first weekend in September signals the end of summer for many even though it doesn’t really end for weeks. When does summer end for you?
All the seasons don't so much end as give way to the next. September is partly Summer and partly Autumn. Summer 'ends' for me after the last bought of hot weather, or so-called "Indian Summer," which is often in late September around here, but varies.
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The Friday Five

1. How much time do you spend on the Internet daily?
On average...maybe an hour or hour and a half. Some days 0, other days 3, for example.

2. What are your favorite 3 websites? Er...

3. Do you eat at your computer? Occasionally, though I am trying to cut down on the unconscious eating.

4. Pick one and why - Reading the news online or in a newspaper? Er, no. I read both. Different focii.

5. How many people are on your instant messenger buddy list? 17, though I cleared it out some recently.
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The Friday Five

1. Are you named after anyone? If so, explain.
My mother. It's her middle name. Sigh.

2. Do you have your children's names picked out already? If so, is there any significance?
Um, yeah. They are 7 and 3, respectively. Their names are ones I liked, from books and other sources, plus from my mother-in-law's first name.

3. If you were born a member of the opposite sex what would your name have been?
I have no idea. Interesting question, though.

4. If you could re-name yourself what name would you pick and why?

5. Are there any mispronunciations/typos that people do w/ your name constantly?
I always seem to type Cheyrl...does that count? Now, my last name attracts weirdness all the time...
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The Friday Five

1. What talent(s) do you have that could make you famous?
I don't particularly want to be famous. Nor do I think talent is the key ingredient in fame. But, I'll just go with it. I'm a pretty good teacher. I sing as well as a few pop stars you could name, though that says more about them than me. I write decently.

2. If you could be famous for one day, what would you do?
Make some contacts. Network. Do some good deeds, since the one thing fame does give you is visibility.

3. If you were so famous that money was no object, where would you live?
There are plenty of famous people who have little or no money. Why do you think there are rock group reunion tours and TV shows like celebrity boxing and The Simple Life? If I had so much money that I could choose to live anywhere...I'd buy a house in a college town walking distance from campus/downtown. Ann Arbor, for example.

4. If you could meet any famous person, who would it be?
Howard Jones
followed closely by Alton Brown

5. What would be your famous catch phrase/quote/motto/last words?
*raises eyebrows* You tell me.

Friday 5

Jul. 14th, 2006 08:44 pm
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The Friday Five

1. What about you makes you unique? Um, what doesn't? My DNA, my life experiences are both unique to me.

2. What aspect of your physical appearance do you think makes you stick out from the crowd? I'm told I have nice eyes and nice legs, and sometimes a nice behind.

3. What do you always have with you while out in public? (for example, earrings, purse, wallet, watch, etc.) Wallet, cell phone, asthma inhaler, keys, wedding & engagement rings

4. Is there anything about your body that you think isn't normal? Yes. But define 'normal' anyway.

5. What are you complimented on (looks, smarts, anything) the most? Why do you think that's the case? Often my legs. Occasionaly for kindness or attentiveness or intelligence or creativity. Because I try to be kind, and true kindness requires one to pay attention, and think anylytically or creatively to help other people. It's all related. The legs are good genes and lots of walking.
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The Friday Five

1. When you were a child, what was your favorite game to play? Pinochle. Because my parents would actually talk to me and play with me and my sisters.

2. What is your favorite game to play right now? Oh, wow. Um, I have to pick *one*? Okay, I guess Ticket to Ride. You realize we have like 6 shelving units full of games...?

3. Can you share a good story about playing with others or yourself? Yes, I can. Do you really want me to show my game-geekiness? Since you insist... I am quite proud of the fact that I came in second at the Origins Ticket To Ride final. And can tell you in great and exacting detail how I could/should have done better, and why my husband got first place. You see, he drew cards for northern-route-across-the-board tickets (Seattle to NY), whereas I drew LA to Miami and therefore blocking him was difficult for me to do without screwing myself... Do you really want me to keep this up?

How about this one instead: I knew my daughter S (now age 7) was a gamer when she came to me, unprompted, to tell me that she had trounced her dad at Uno by going out in a hand he got more than 200 points for. At age 5. A true gamer geek. I am so proud. Then, this past weekend at Origins, she made it to the second round in the Set tournament, playing against older kids and adults. The youngest player ever to do so in the history of the tournament. Go S!

4. What do you do for play time fun now? Play board games at the local club, compete in board game tournaments at conventions, play online (mostly TTR online at Days of Wonder, but also Wizard and others), play board and card games with my family...

5. If you were able to invent a game, what would you call it? Um, that would depend on the game, wouldn't it? If you mean, what's a cool name for a game I would like to develop/invent... Chaos. Or how about Chimera?
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The Friday Five

1. What is (or would be) your dream vacation?
Right now, a full week away *without kids*, somewhere I can visit friends or people interested in some of the things I am. Perhaps a yoga or meditation or spa retreat, a long game convention where I could play train games, or even just a week on my own during which I can sleep, read, do yoga, and gad about as I please without being responsible for anyone but myself. Heavenly. Oh, add a Howard Jones concert and a half-marathon, please, while we are in dream mode.

2. What's one thing no vacation can do without?
A new-to-me good ripping adventure-y, mystery, science fiction, or fantasy book. Something like a new Harry Potter book, a new Eve Dallas novel, a new Tim Powers, a new Laurel K. Hamilton, a new Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett, oh, or something new or unknown to me by several other authors I can think of. I can buy a new tooth brush practically anywhere; the hotel or b-n-b will have shampoo; but shopping for reading material whilst on vacation is often pathetic. Though I *have* picked up some fun trashy thrillers that way, it can be hit and miss.

3. What has been the best trip of your life so far?
Our recent, impromptu Memorial Weekend. We were only away two nights, but we had a good time at the zoo and Meijer garden on the west side of the state. Good food, not stressful. I could have used more sleep. The kids did not want to go to bed. Most of our trips seem to end up as stress-fests, but this one went smooth as silk.

Second place goes to the last vacation we took when I was pregnant with our first. We were suppposed to do D.C. and such for half a week then visit friends in Charlottesville, but the friends ended up cancelling so we did a B and B on the Del-Mar instead. Williamsburg, The Smithsonian, frolicking in the Atlantic, fantastic seafood dinners at that restaurant that was far too far away from our BnB for walking.

Third place to our trip to Estes Park Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park. I love hiking!

4. Who was with you on that trip and what is the role of that person in your life?
My family: husband and kids.

5. What's the worst thing that can happen during a vacation?
Getting sick. With stomach flu. Happened to me and my husband both on our Disneyland trip about a year and a half ago. Just awful. And then having sick kids on the (two-day) train ride back to Michigan sucked pretty bad. Nothing like knowing your kid has a fever and there is very little to do for her but give her tylenol from the rapidly dwindling supply on hand, while thanking whatever powers there be that you at least packed that much.
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The Friday Five

1. What type of mood are you generally in on a rainy day? Usually hopeful. Often this is due to a lifting of the sinus-busting pressure before the rain. I love the ozone smell after a thunderstorm especially, and I'm sure the groovy ions in the atmosphere feed into that.

2. What are your favorite things to do when the weather is gloomy? Curl up with tea or cocoa and a good book, or an arty movie I've been meaning to watch.

3. Have you ever been kissed in the rain? (I'm assuming you don't mean by my kids.... ;-) No. But I'm certain I would like that a lot!

4. After the rain stops, do you continue what you were doing, or do you run outside to do something else? Hm. I used to run out and splash in the puddles, but it's been a while since I had rain boots. Splashing barefoot, while something I like to do, is not that good and example for my kids at present. I worry about broken glass or other hazards.

5. What is your favorite drink/food to have when it's raining outside? The aforementioned cocoa or tea.
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The Friday Five

If you knew you were going to die on at specific day at a specific time, what's the last...
1. song you would listen to?
The Wedding Song, by (who else) Howard Jones
2. book you would read? some cool new fiction, something with a provocative or scandalous title, but I have no idea what exactly
3. person you would talk to? My children
4. food you would eat? berries
5. goal you would accomplish? Make sure my will was in order!
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The Friday Five

1. Who was your first kiss (your mom does not count)? Dan. Wow. (9th grade.) Wow. Wowowowowowowowow.
I should say I am not counting the little peck in 6th grade from Greg. I was doing first real kiss with passion. And tongue.

2. What is your idea of the perfect date? One with some conversation tucked in somewhere. Extra points for cuddling and conversation. Bonus for adult language and sexual situations. 8^D

3. What music needs to be on when you are “getting your thang on”? I want to say something silly. Bow chicki bow bow... Though I don't think it translates in the written word. Actually, it kind of depends. Sorry, kind of a non-answer.

4. What is the most amazing experience you’ve ever shared with a partner? I'm sorry, my blog is rated PG-13, not X.

5. Sex is best saved for: love, marriage, alcohol, days that end in “y”? Days that end in Y sounds good. Not that I'm getting very close to that ideal right now. I suppose if I actually did get there I might want to dial it back down a notch.


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