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via [ profile] yogaswirl

( ) Gone on a blind date
(x) Skipped school
(x) Been to Canada
( ) Been to Mexico
(x) Been to Florida
( ) Been to Hawaii
(x) Been on a plane
( ) Been on a helicopter
(x) Been lost
(x) Gone to Washington, DC
(x) Swam in the ocean
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via [ profile] rogueeditor

You Are Rain Boots
You are a very playful and fun loving person. Nothing can slow you down.
You are dreamy, and you can find the romance in anything. The littlest things make you smile.

You are outgoing and friendly. You always find yourself talking to strangers.
You are optimistic about the world. Even when it's raining out, the sun is shining in your heart.

Actually, speaking of that, I need to order rain boots for the kids for the spring. I should get myself some too. :)

(Be careful of this quiz...the post link sent me to an lj post page that was not logged in, I assume deliberately ignoring my logged-in cookie, and was also not secure. I copied and pasted the html to make sure I didn't accidentally give my lj password to a spammer or bot.)
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I am:
Ayn Rand (Alissa Rosenbaum)
This charismatic cult leader occasionally used science fiction as one of her recruiting tools for new converts.

Which science fiction writer are you?

O Rly?
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via [ profile] charliesmum and, later, [ profile] anderyn:

You Are An ENFP
The Inspirer

You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.
You are also unconventional, irreverent, and unimpressed by authority.
Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.
You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're quite the storyteller!

In love, you are quite the charmer. And you are definitely willing to risk your heart.
You often don't follow through with your flirting or professed feelings. You break a lot of hearts.

At work, you are driven but not a workaholic. You just always seem to enjoy what you do.
You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.

How you see yourself: compassionate, unselfish, and understanding

When other people don't get you, they see you as: gushy, emotional, and unfocused

This is a different result than I am used to. But, OTOH, I feel more comfortable in my skin these days than I think ever before, so take that FWIW. (Are there enough acronyms in there?)

I haven't been posting much lately. Being busy is part of that, but not everything. I continue to be interested in reading yor stuffs, though.
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Via [ profile] nuadha_prime
Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate
with you. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

He assigned these topics to me:
Well, this is either a very tangled subject or a very simple one. Like many Westerners who gravitate toward Buddhism, I had and have problems with the faith in which I was raised. My birth family attended a Presbyterian church when I was a kid (still do, just a different one), but I have other relatives who tend toward the evangelical. Some parts of Christianity make sense to me, but other parts I find utterly nonsensical, and the nonsensical parts were usually the tenets considered most important and central. I was rather reluctant to actually declare any other religion for a long time. I researched other faiths, but they were all just sources of interesting stories to me. Nothing resonated, even when I tried, sometimes tried hard, to make myself fit into them. I'm not really sure what turned me on to Buddhism, though I suspect it may have been me reading Mark Epstein's Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, which I did about seven or eight years ago. Buddhism, like other major faiths, have lots of different sub-types. Some of those are devotional in nature, like much of Christianity. Some are not. It's quite possible to be a Buddhist and an atheist/humanist at the same time, unless I am much mistaken. And that's what I have gradually decided I am, after a lot more reading, trying out Vipassana ("lovingkindness") meditation, and other adventures in the last several years. I'm still not really "official" in that I don't have a sangha (congragation) and haven't gone through formal training or acceptance. Some of the stories about the Buddha strike me the same way the story of Jesus' conception does, as allegories that have little literal truth in them, but they do not seem so central to Buddhism in the way that the virgin birth is central to Christianity. And the basics, the central points of Buddhism: the Four Noble Truths, the Triple Gem, the Eight-Fold Path...those *do* resonate for me. So there it is.

I love my kids, and I tend to like kids in general. I sometimes wonder if I relate to kids better than to other adults. :/ I certainly act more like a kid than an adult at times. But, I'm in step with the times on this point, I think. lol.

Board Games
Easier to schedule than role-playing games, these are my major hobby. I only wish they didn't involve so much sitting! I actually got started with cribbage and pinochle as a kid. Dad was a ruthless cribbage player. My sister M and I learned pinochle at age 6 and 7 respectively. It was our evening family entertainment nearly every night for a long time. I didn't really get into the hobby in its present form for me until college, when it became the biggest thing [ profile] illyaa and I had in common. They are an easy escape, especially now in the age of online games. It keeps my too-brainy-for-my-own-good self busy when I might otherwise be tearing my hair out. By the way, have you tried BSW? I've been playing a lot of Dominion lately. And Power Grid before that. And I'm teaching my kids to play board games. And other people and other people's kids when I get the chance. And helping run train games tournaments at the major conventions.

I have always liked cooking, but it is a love I have been re-discovering the in the last couple of years. I have been using my crock pot more often. I even acquired a second, smaller one, since there have been times that the leftovers, though delicious, were too much. The larger one is the right size for roasting a chicken. The smaller one is just right for a curry for dinner. Too much of our diet had become factory food...pre-prepared foodstuffs with unpronounceable ingredients and no care in their preparation are not good for our health, in my firm opinion. Slowing down to cook also helps fight the temptation to go along with the hurry-up world out there. There are so many great cooking resources on the internet. And I'm very grateful for the Michigan Lady Food Bloggers. I'm a rather peripheral member of this group, have not yet contributed to the joint blog, and am grateful to have been included in some of the gatherings.

The myriad ways humans tell stories to explain the inexplicable and contain their own fears and doubts are endlessly fascinating. We create gods in our own images, the best and worst images included, to try to get a handle on the big, wide, wild world. And then we re-tell, and morph, and alter and re-combine and tell again. Mythology is storytelling with high stakes.


Jan. 17th, 2009 06:46 pm
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via [ profile] jixel and [ profile] neoliminal

1. open paint
2. close your eyes
3. draw a cat

That was really hard.
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In 2009, cherydactyl resolves to...
Give some kids to charity.
Become a better eureka.
Find a better peace.
Keep my impermanence clean.
Cut down on my walking.
Take evening classes in children.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Veg 100

Dec. 27th, 2008 01:22 pm
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via [ profile] fierce_femme21

1) Copy this list into your own journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

1. Natto - It is a fermented soy food traditionally eaten for breakfast in Japan, and I have heard that westerners generally think it's vile. I'd try it, but I wouldn't expect to like it.
Read more... )
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Google name meme via [ profile] ka_crow.
Rules: Go to Google and type in quotation marks, your name and then "likes to" (e.g. "Jon likes to"). Type in the first ten things that come up and re-post in your own note. So: What does Google say that you "like"?

1. Cheryl likes to break this consultation into two appointments.
2. Cheryl likes to spend her free time with her husband, a radiologist.
3. Cheryl likes to liven up everyday foods with commonly used herbs such as parsley and mint.
4. Cheryl likes to wear platform boots -- including black!
5. Cheryl likes to boogie.
6. Cheryl likes to think she is in this category!
7. and Me cheryl likes to watch House and Reba and The Hills.
8. When working with a new client, Cheryl likes to concentrate on both building upon strengths and shoring up weaknesses to help better the client’s success.
9. Cheryl likes to be needed and to care for others, and she often worries about the people she loves. [This one was about Cheryl Ladd.]
10. Cheryl likes to spend her free time with her husband, David Magee, an interventional radiologist, and her two children, Ben and Allison.

#3 and #5 are my favorites.
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via [ profile] nuadha_prime
1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times: Toy Story
2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in a theater: Real Genius (twice during original run), The Rocky Horror Picture Show
3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie: Simon Pegg (just watched Hot Fuzz last night...yowza!)
4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie: Tom Cruise
5. Name a movie that you can quote from: Finding Nemo
6. Name a movie musical that you know all the lyrics to all the songs: Across the Universe, but it's kind of cheating. White Christmas. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. There are others.
7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with: All of the above and many more, including Mulan. I even tried to learn the Chinese version of "Make a Man Out of You"...the Jackie Chan Mandarin (I think it's Mandarin...?) music video is on the DVD, since he did the lead's voice in the Chinese language cast.
8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see: Wordplay
9. Name a unusual movie that you own: The Three Caballeros
10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops: Hmmm...I don't know.
11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? No, sadly
12. Ever made out in a movie? Not since high school, more's the pity
13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't gotten around to it: The Dark Knight (yeah, yeah, I know.), An Inconvenient Truth
14. Ever walked out of a movie? No, though I've come close.
15. Name a movie that made you cry: Pan's Labyrinth
16. Popcorn? Does it have real butter on it?
17. How often do you go to the movies? Maybe three or four times a year
18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater? WallE
19. What is your favorite/preferred genre of movie? Action or Thriller, but it has to have some brains, and I don't mean as zombie food
20. What was the first movie you remember seeing in the theater? Star Wars. I still don't understand how in the heck my totally non-geek parents decided to take the whole family to this movie. This is the only movie I remember *ever* going to with my whole family. I remember buying candy at the mall drug store to sneak into the theatre. It was the first time I'd ever had Now and Laters. I was 7 and my sister was 6 and it was awesome.
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Announcing the arrival of LJ Friend O' The Day!

1. Reply to this entry if you want me to tell you how cool you are!
2. Watch my journal over the next few days for a post just about you and why you rock my socks.
3. Post these instructions in your journal and give your friends a much needed dose of love and adoration!.
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via [ profile] gizelnort

What has surprised you the most about me (if anything) since joining my flist? Was anything completely unexpected or have I always fit the picture of me you have in your head? Post this in your own journal and see how you have surprised people!


Nov. 20th, 2008 05:40 pm
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via [ profile] ka_crow

*Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find the fifth sentence.
*Post that sentence along with these instructions in your LiveJournal.
*Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

12 Simple Secrets of Happiness: Finding Joy in Everyday Relationships

An Article in the February 3, 1984 Los Angelous Times told of a couple in Vista, California, who took ill at the same time.

Okay, that was a bit of a letdown.
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I was wondering what 42 might be in the Dewey system, so I did the meme from my last post over again with my first name only. Those results amused me greatly, especially the paragraph about what the first one supposedly says about me.
C'est bien amusant. )
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I didn't give it any information except my name (lj name) and what color scheme I want. Oh, and my favorite number between 0 and 999. And it came up with these two things.

Freaky, this way--> )
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via [ profile] fossilapostle
When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

As you wish... ;-)

Inigo: Who are you?
The Man In Black: No one of consequence.
Inigo: I must know...
The Man In Black: Get used to disappointment.

Ask me!

Oct. 15th, 2008 10:23 am
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via [ profile] fossilapostle

The problem with LJ: we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away. Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you!

[Note: I reserve the right to not answer, or not answer publicly, anything I don't want my future teenage kids to read.]
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via [ profile] aular

1. There are 30 questions (except they're not really questions)
2. Answer each question with one name from your LJ friends list.
3. Next to each number, write only the name of the person who fits.
4. Don't tell the questions to anyone who isn't doing the meme.

Comment to get the questions, but then you have to answer the questions yourself and post them in your journal.

Some of these were a slight stretch, but the meme says to pick one for each, so here goes:
1. [ profile] folkmew
2. [ profile] sorcycat
3. [ profile] rogueeditor
4. [ profile] folkmew
5. [ profile] theshunnter
6. [ profile] thecranewife
7. [ profile] gillan
8. [ profile] xsaltyx
9. [ profile] presterjon
10. [ profile] gillan
12. [ profile] birdofparadox
13. [ profile] tlatoani
14. [ profile] cornellbox
15. [ profile] theliel
16. [ profile] cpl_hicks
17. [ profile] orogeny2000
18. [ profile] pattimst3k
19. [ profile] slammer2012
20. [ profile] therck
21. [ profile] tlatoani
22. [ profile] theshunter?
23. [ profile] cherydactyl
24. [ profile] tlatoani
25. [ profile] birdofparadox
26. [ profile] illyaa
27. [ profile] gizelnort
28. [ profile] charliesmum
29. [ profile] illyaa
30. Curiosity killed the cat, but you're not a cat, are you?


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