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Apr. 14th, 2009 10:52 pm
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The post that hurts the most. Except that it's pain-free. /send help

Okay, now that I have a Dreamwidth account I'm stupid excited. And okay, it's not that I don't know any of you guys over on LJ, but being here and seeing all the names of people who are getting Dreamwidth accounts, it's like being at a high school reunion, only without all the horror, fear, remembered pain, shame and misery.

So not like a reunion at all. More like, whee! Glad to be here. \o/
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Default)
1. How do you feel right now?



2. What's your favorite pastime?



3. Do you consider yourself a strange person?



4. What's your favorite fandom?
I'm not actually involved in any fandom, as I'm more of a person who likes tv shows and movies and books and sometimes likes to discuss them with her friends. I like Doctor Who for all its many, many faults, but would rather replace my bike seat with razor blades than venture into Who fandom ever again. Fuck you, DW fandom.

Also, I like them all equally-- don't you oppress me & make me choose.

Also also, I can't believe I have no Cinematic Titanic or Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible icons. Please help!















5. OTP?



6. How do you describe yourself?



7. How do others describe you?



8. What's your favorite icon to use that's not default?


9. Do you have an icon of your future husband/wife?


10. Do you have a LOLWHUT icon?
Oh my, so many. How about one of these?







viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Suddenly You are Squidded!)
Did chores, biked to comic shop & health food store, then came home to make tofu lasagna and our first raw food dessert-- a brazil nut, date, coconut and carob powder concoction that took about .159 minutes to make. Unfortunately it makes about 900 pounds of dessert so ya'll are going to have to pick up a fork and help out. After that Vali and I drank tea and played Pandemic and Scrabble and watched songvids. It was a night straight out of Moody Bible Institute's Christian Courtship, only with less swearing and farting. Perhaps.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Darkplace Rich in Imaginative Imagery)
[livejournal.com profile] violetisblue and I experimenting, trying to see how crunchy we can become. It's performance art.

Case in point: I made Sprouted Bread yesterday. Actually, I started to soak the wheat berries and mung beans on Saturday, rinsed and washed for three days, then had the time to knead and rise and bake the bread last night. It were Teh Awesome Sauce.

One thing? I didn't add any water and had to add an extra 1/2 cup of vital wheat gluten and a 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour just to make the darn thing hold together, otherwise I would've had Whole Wheat Soup.

It was delicious. And now I have a new bread recipe! I can make it with chickpeas, wheat berries, rye berries, lentils (a new way of getting rid of the zillion pounds of brown lentils omgyay), and all sprouts that are good. And ingredients-wise, it's not very expensive at all, even less so if you leave out the flax seeds, pepitas, and sunflower seeds, but who in their right mind wants to do that?
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Last night, I read the latest Vanity Fair article about Bernard Madoff with a mix of horror and fascination. I told Vali last night of the time I was overseas and fell for one of the oldest scams in the world-- changing money from a person on the street instead of at the official kiosks-- and still remember vividly the shame and embarrassment when I realized he'd made off with my money. I was ashamed at my momentary flash of greed, disguised as a bargain for me, and remember thinking everyone in the currency line that didn't fall for it were secretly judging me, the stupid, greedy American. I had to cut my trip short because I didn't have enough money to continue staying there (I didn't get a credit card until I was nearly 30, thank the heavens for that accidental piece of good fortune) which is just as well as I promptly got strep throat on returning to the States. Not one of the best vacations I'd ever taken. $100 isn't a lot, but it was a lot for me at the time.

I was just thinking of that tiny sliver of shame and betrayal and embarrassment and magnify it to encompass your life savings at the time you're supposed to retire on all the money you'd saved your whole life and I feel like I have to breathe into a paper bag, and I didn't even lose anything. I haven't even mentioned all the foundations this has cleaned out, *wheeze*. As for me, I save money from my paycheck every month, but that could be wiped out in a second in a car wreck. I feel like the rose in The Little Prince with her thorns-- fierce to her but insignificant to the goat who might want to eat her for a snack.

And yes! I really did just make Madoff all about me! *bows*

The article comes with pictures of Madoff, who I hadn't seen before. I was wondering where I'd seen that smirk before and then I remembered. It's the same smirk we'd seen on a drunken frat asshole cowboy who stood before everyone and lied us into war and fucked up our country and hasn't had a shred of remorse about the whole thing, because in order to have remorse you must be capable of thinking about what you've done.

But on the lighter side, Alpha Delta Phi PWNS The Westboro Baptist Church. Check out the Youtube clip, it's the greatest thing I've ever seen.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Boosh Reading Leads to PURE LIQUID EVIL)
Was in Indianapolis yesterday and today. I meant to take a look at the new library, but I started reading An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and between that and Twittering all evening I sort of lost track. Seriously, why does anyone read mystery novels that aren't written by P.D. James? I sort of worship her and stuff.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Black Books: Manny Bo Peep)
Was on vacation last week. Didn't go anywhere, was very busy with random busy stuff, and yet I am mellow and relaxed and am clearly unfit to go back to work. Which is good because tomorrow I'm going down to Indianapolis for ILF's Legislative Day.

Went to comic book discussion group tonight and had a great time as I do. Read Watchmen, which I haven't read since I was a whippersnapper and am very wired from the endless cups of coffee I couldn't help drinking. I feel vaguely like an alcoholic waking up from a bender and wondering whether or not I have to call everyone up to apologize.

Turns out that everyone in the book group gets "their month" to pick something. I'm frankly intrigued. I'm not sure if I want to listen to people give me their opinions about Fun Home or Birth of a Nation, but am unsure what would be good to pick. If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them. Anything out of the ordinary is good.
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Why does everything on god's green earth have to be under a cut-tag these days? If we're all that goddamn busy we shouldn't be palling around on LJ in the first place.

Yours respectfully, etc.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Valentine Hot Fuzz Cuddly Monkey)
Himonkey.net is getting us ready for Valentine's Day. A wealth of goodies: shortbread recipes, what to write in your V-Day cards, every good thing. <3
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Skull!)
Have you ever made a joke on someone else's joke, and they turn around and take you seriously by mistake?

And it was about Star Wars, for the love of god.

Sadly, the post I'm referring to was bahleeted by the mods, so I'm just rambling in an incoherent sort of way, horrified that there's someone out there who thinks I take Star Wars seriously. Or take it at all, even.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Boosh Says F**k the Animals)
Went to Indianapolis for the 2nd annual Humane Lobby day yesterday, and I have to tell you that it was pretty great.

A couple of things:

Sending in a note to your state rep that reads "Hi, I'm (name) and I would like 5 minutes of your time to discuss H.B. 1468 and H.B. 1683" guarantees you'll wait outside for at least an hour. I watched her look at shoes online, getting more and more pissed (I'M MORE IMPORTANT THAN GODDAMN ZAPPOS GODDAMMIT) until I thought to send in a 2nd note: "Hi, I'm (name) and I would like 5 minutes of your time. Signed me, Town o' residence." She came out a couple of minutes later so I could tell her that puppy mills were bad and stuff and left. I loved her little nose-crinkle when I told her about H.B. 1683 that would make canned hunting legal in Indiana (ick, btw). Thought bubble: Hunting is like, so queer. Meeting with our state senator was a positive experience as well.

The thing I'm really excited about though is the state rep from the next town over. I had the presence of mind to slip her the text of the Delaware legislation that created a spay/neuter voucher program with dog license fees. Here's hoping, yeah?

I'm remembering last summer when I went to D.C. to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] carolcarolcarol and to go to an ACLU rally and to meet with our legislators. I don't know, but I was railing about lobbyist this and that and Caryl-Sue reminded me that lobbyists are not all Jack Abramoff, that ordinary people can be lobbyists, too. It made an impression on my little tiny peanut head. <3
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  • 10:45 happy that she snagged linda lawson's cell #. \o/ #
  • 15:43 omg lots of windmills at mile marker 191 US I-65! #
  • 17:36 Home again, wrapping prezzies for vali's b-day next week, a little punchy from lack of sleep. #
  • 21:48 CaseyKatt smells v. gamey. I blame the new food she's on and not the fact that the house can start to smell like feet by late winter. >.> #
  • 23:04 howdy fellow hoosiers, puppy mill bill coming up for a comm. vote tomorrow: tinyurl.com/cck8jd #
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  • 12:07 @violetinbloom was it paragraph-skipping poopypants? i can't remember. #
  • 14:49 @violetinbloom "Paragraph-skipping BUTTWAD," I stand corrected. <3 #
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  • 16:15 there are about a billion fire trucks outside the times bldg atm. i totally didn't do it. >.> #
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viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Stop Splaying)
I'm one of ones who's jazzed that Neil Gaiman won a Newbery for The Graveyard Book and I haven't even read the darned thing yet. If I had my way he'd do nothing but write YA books like Coraline just to make me happy, but you know how that goes. I've always liked that Gaiman is outspoken on the rights of comic book artists, and libraries, and free expression, and all that jazz, and that he'd keep doing it if he never won a thing in his life. He just strikes me as that kind of person.

Anyway, this commentary on Gaiman and the Newbery made me think about the unconscious signals we send to kids. If we roll our eyes or sigh or act like a book is something to be endured, then we send the message that that book isn't valuable. Maybe we don't think that book is valuable, but it doesn't always have to be a choice between what's popular and what's good. Maybe a Newbery award winner can be a good book once in a while, even if it isn't "entertaining"? I know a lot of kids (hell, I *was* that kid) who love to read dark, depressing problem novels because it may either relate to their own lives and or makes them feel less alone, or may think this is how "real life" works. Whatever. There are so many reasons we all seek out books.

I once went to a library conference where a librarian stood up and talked about a list of books that were interesting to her, but probably weren't appropriate for children because of sex, violence, language, etc. All around me, heads were nodding in agreement. I thought I was on a different planet. None of these librarians read outside their reading level or sought out books with "adult" themes? You run into more librarians than not who'll look for reasons not to recommend a book to a kid. Sometimes they're too titillating; now they're too boring. Hrm.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Boosh Reading Leads to PURE LIQUID EVIL)
This book I'm listening to for book group (I started reading it but gave up on page 20), it's like someone stuck parts of 10 different serial killers in one. He's a lawyer! A photographer! A child-molester! A cop killer! An English major! A cop raper! He is master of teh Interwebs! NOW HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PAY.

This villain is so ridiculous I'm having trouble remembering This Rr Srs Biznuss.

Anyway, if someone wants to recommend Michael Connelly's "The Poet" to you, just smile and tell them you have to wash your hair that evening.

Sometimes it's a real pain in the neck being limited in your mystery book club selection to books you can get through the Indiana Humanities Council or Kokomo Howard. They've always been very generous, but they only have so many mysteries to choose from and I'm starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel here.
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I am more excited about today than I was about Christmas, New Year's and my birthday combined. I was going to take the day off but now I'm glad I decided not to-- it's fun to be at work wearing my new Obama t-shirt and it's getting lots of compliments.

And I'm wearing a skirt today. What? It's a special occasion! My inaugural ball gown.

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