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08 January 2006 @ 09:40 pm
Not Just Another Meme...  
So a bunch of people I know and know of and me, we all sorta got together and created this little meme thingy. And now I have to answer it. So here you go! :)

1. What is your favorite fanfic Story and why? (give a link if possible)

This really isn't as easy a question as I am going to make it seem to be, but this is a story that I read and re-read at an alarming rate. "Awakenings" by Carola Eriksson, (ST:VOY, Torres/Seven).

The story has everything that I adore: humor, first times, seemingly untenable situations, romance, humor, weddings, babies, more humor. Did I mention the humor?


2. If you were invited to a pot luck, what would you bring? (salad, appetizer, dessert, wine, etc) Would you make it yourself or buy it?

Either a pasta dish (I'm rather fond of the Spicy Orange Vodka Sauce I just made up the other day) or perhaps chicken breasts roasted over whole rosemary stalks, lemons and blood oranges, because it's easy to make, portable, and so damned good. :D

3. You're planning a long weekend (4 nights?) and have a budget of $1500. Where would you go?

Right now? Today? Vegas.

If we're talking with a certain someone, then to an out-of-the-way cabin in the Rockies. Colorado. In the Summer or early Fall. :D

4. Disney World, Vegas, San Diego, NYC?

Vegas. Or NYC. Damn, that's a tough one. How about Vegas first, then NYC?

5. Food allergy?

Eggs, whole milk. And we're still working on migraine triggers, but I do know chocolate is definitely one of them.

6. Do you have a famous, interesting, or otherwise notable person amongst the branches of your family tree?

I've been told that I come from a long line of horsethieves. However, on my father's side, I am distantly related to a man that had something to do with making Tiffany's the premier jeweler it is today. Distantly related. Distant. Really.

7. Origami or batik?

They are so beautiful, both of them. But I think origami is more accessible an art.

8. What is the most unusual thing you have ever done in pursuit of a romantic relationship with someone?

I invited her to a surprise party for a woman she LOATHED. Not just any surprise party. A themed party. Come as a Six Year Old. She brought a Cooties game and showed up dressed as the cutest six-year-old ever. But I was too chicken to tell her how I felt and I guess she was too and we never did have a relationship other than friendship.

9. List the names of five deceased people you would have wanted to meet and why.

Eleanor Roosevelt. One of the most amazing Human Rights activists of any day or age.

Hroswitha the Nun, of Gandersheim. Because she was the first woman ever to be publicly revered as a playwright. No small feat for the 10th century.

Gandhi. This requires no explanation.

Leonardo daVinci. This requires no explanation either.

Miriam, sister to Aaron and Moses. The unsung Jewish heroine of the Exodus.

10. The best meal you ever ate. Describe it. Was it a special occasion? Was it homemade or eaten out? Details, people. Details.

It was my then-lover's birthday. We had dinner at Upstairs at the Square in Boston. From an amuse bouche of cold cucumber soup, to appetizers (hers was fois gras), to entrees, to dessert (hers was a triple chocolate torte that the chef wrote Happy Birthday in chocolate around it on the plate and mine was Coconut Profiteroles), to aperatifs (hers was Godiva liqueur and mine was Limoncello)... Plus two glasses of house wine, a $60 bottle of red with dinner, and two complimentary cordials gifted to us by the owners of the restaurant. Not to mention the gold and diamond bracelet I put on her wrist in front of the whole dining room. It was a good damn thing we didn't drive. By the time dinner was over, we were both too drunk to get down the stairs safely. But we were a hit with the waiters. Every last one of them a flaming gay man. LOL

11. What's the worst date you have ever had? Where? When? Who? Why?

Oh dear god. You made me remember this, didn't you? I drove to Atlanta to take this girl to DragonCon. She was living in a trailer with her ex and her ex's new GF (who she was having an affair with, but I didn't realize that at the time), 4 Beagle puppies, 5 cats, and a hamster named Digger. I don't remember this girl's name to save my life, but I do remember her handing me the hamster and telling me to play with him while she went outside with the others to play with the dogs. I didn't notice the cats. Staring. Waiting.

Then WHAM. One of them pounced and got the hamster! I screamed and lunged for the cat, who dropped the hamster, who lay on his back, wheezing. Time stood still. Me and five cats, watching a hamster have a heart attack. Then we all lunged at the same time. But I won! I got the damned thing. I lifted him up triumphantly...only to have him bite me in the next second...on a vein. So--spurting blood and screaming for trashy girl--I ran into the kitchen to keep from staining the brown trailer carpet. She came in, I handed her the hamster, the cats were all gone as if to say "We were never a part of this", and I left the next morning. I never spoke to her again.


12. Where's the strangest place that you have ever engaged in sexual shenanigans?

A pickup truck, while driving cross-country. Actually driving. Like on the highway, going 80mph. Not my most brilliant moment. LOL Luckily I wasn't the one driving. And luckily she was good at multi-tasking. O_o

13. Do you believe in God? A higher power? Something greater than yourself?

Absolutely. Right down to the iron atoms in my blood cells. But can I name it for you? Not at all.

14. Imagine your personal Hell. Name the five people who would populate it, thus making it your own personal Hell.

Any pedophile.

Any Casey Hater.

Robert Beltran.

George W. Bush.

Brannon Braga.

15. Ten Million (dollars, pounds, Euros) is offered to you to betray either your spouse/partner, or your country. Which do you choose to betray? (yes, I am guessing you pick one *g*)

With this administration in power? Fuck, I'd betray my country. They've already betrayed me so why not?

16. Name one thing about you that would surprise your f-list.

I think Ben Kingsley is one of the sexiest men on the planet.

17. What is your favorite movie quote?

"Of course he has a knife, he always has a knife, we all have knives! It's 1183 and we're barbarians! How clear we make it. Oh, my piglets, we are the origins of war: not history's forces, nor the times, nor justice, nor the lack of it, nor causes, nor religions, nor ideas, nor kinds of government, nor any other thing. We are the killers. We breed wars. We carry it like syphilis inside. Dead bodies rot in field and stream because the living ones are rotten. For the love of God, can't we love one another just a little - that's how peace begins. We have so much to love each other for. We have such possibilities, my children. We could change the world." Eleanor of Acquitaine (Katharine Hepburn), The Lion in Winter

18. Name three people on you "to do" list.

Angelina Jolie. Lucy Liu. Allison Janney.

19. How much of the real you is in what you post?

I hold back some. Not a lot, though. 90% is real me.

20. Where's the fifty dollars you owe me, bitch?

I'll have it for you next week! I swear! I swear to GOD! Please don't hurt me!

21. Which is your favourite toe?

The toe to the left of the big toe on the left foot.

22. What do you fear the most?

Being alive and mentally whole but unable to communicate. It terrifies me.

23. Poetry, music, art or literature?

Music. Without music, the other three are not possible.

24. You're lying on your deathbed and some mystical force offers you the chance to revisit one moment in your life. What would it be?

There was a moment recently that only two other people in my life know about. A moment so filled with perfect love that even thinking of it now makes my eyes fill with tears. It is the moment that I was the most cognizant of God's presence in my life and soul. That moment. I'd like to revisit that moment again.

25. Can you tie a tie?

Why would I want to?


My State of Mind: amusedamused
ralstralst on January 9th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
I think you just won the 'worst date ever' competition hands down. Bloody Nora, that was surreal.
seftiri: All is Deathseftiri on January 9th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
And that was just the worst part of it. There were two meals and a trip to a lesbian bar involved. All with her ex and her ex's new GF. Thank God she didn't insist on bringing the hamster along to those.

ralstralst on January 9th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
lol it sounds like another world.
eclecticfaneclecticfan on January 9th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
as my dad would say - so search for the day after thursday..

wow - that's just... wow

seftiri: All is Deathseftiri on January 9th, 2006 05:54 am (UTC)
Did I mention the fleas? Cuz yeah, I slept on the couch out in the cats' domain. And it was covered in fleas.

I had to wash my clothes in bleach when I got home.
eclecticfaneclecticfan on January 9th, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
we're still working on migraine triggers, but I do know chocolate is definitely one of them.

that just SUCKS

22. What do you fear the most?
Being alive and mentally whole but unable to communicate. It terrifies me.

Babe, I am so there with you! ::shudder::
seftiri: Casey Controlseftiri on January 9th, 2006 05:57 am (UTC)
Aphasic migraines with paralysis suck more. LOL I'll live without the chocolate.

I know you understand, having had them yourself. ::hugs::
eclecticfaneclecticfan on January 9th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Ooooo, hugs

cool for me!!

::hugs back::
Shut up and smile: N/K Heaven by your sidemorningafter2 on January 9th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
Oh, hell. In a moving truck? On the highway? *shakes head* And you're alive to tell that tale?

I'd like to try this one. *looks at clock* o_O Tomorrow. Later today. Whichever.
seftiri: Benson Cute Smileseftiri on January 9th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
Yes indeedy, I still live. :)

Yes, later. Don't you have school or something in a few hours?

Shut up and smile: Claire staremorningafter2 on January 9th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
Not in the have-to-catch-a-bus-in-five-hours sense. Homeschooling allows me that one perk. An extra half hour's sleep. But yeah, school. I'm never in bed before twelve thirty anyway though, since I can't sleep before one. (I can be sick, exhausted, and on NyQuil, and I'll be up until one at least.)

Yeah, bed. Now. Before I find something else to distract me.
Katie: Thumbs Uporacledelphi617 on January 9th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
And I thought my Worst. Date. Ever. won...I stand fully corrected now and admit you entirely have that honor.
seftiri: O_oseftiri on January 9th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
I'm not sure the experience rates the word 'honor' but thanks! LOL

What I should get is a prize! A good date! With someone sane! Who doesn't own hamsters!

Katieoracledelphi617 on January 9th, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
Or a trailer that comes equipped with an ex and the ex's new girl...
Tiffany: vegas baby ocpiekid on January 9th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
I know of something else that you could have put for #16. :D

seftiri: SmirkYeahRightseftiri on January 9th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
After yesterday's commentary on the "OMG-bleach-my-eyeballs-I-had-an-Alex-Cabot-dream" post, I wasn't sure that would be all that surprising.

Tiffany: demons of stupiditypiekid on January 9th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's true... or at least, you would hope so.
Rebecca: bunny kissestheniwokesoftly on January 9th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
Dude, I love Carola Eriksson's writing. Have you read "The Last Letter"? I cried. Twice. It's on P&P, under 'original'.

Hee, you're like me with Hroswitha- I'd meet Hildegaard of Bingen. First known woman composer, also thefirst person to write about the female orgasm. And she was a nun O.o.
seftiri: All Smilesseftiri on January 9th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
Carola "Ryu" is a dear, sweet friend of mine. :D But I have not actually read The Last Letter! I shall have to go read it.

Hildegaard was obviously a woman way, way ahead of her time! :D
(Anonymous) on January 16th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
Pardon me for butting in, I just wanted to say a sincere thank you to both of you for the high praise. *happy smile*
seftiri: All Smilesseftiri on January 17th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
Carola, my dear, you deserve the high praise!

It is my pleasure to extol the virtues of your writing in the hopes to spread your influence. :)

::hugs and hugs::

::and hugs for Callie, too:: :D