Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A quiz

I am tired. And upset. And angry. And I just found out Terry Pratchett has Alzheimer's.

I just . . .

It's not fair.

Something distracting: a meme from Behold My Brilliance.

Elaborate on your default icon:
It's one of the pictures from when I finished my Black Sea hat. I think they make me look kinda chipmunk-cute with my huge cheeks. Plus I love the hat.

What’s your current relationship status?
So, so lonely.

Ever have a near-death experience?
No. I hurt my back badly when I was in grade 9 or so, which was the closest thing to it. I banged my tailbone on the concrete ledge of a pool as I was swinging on a Tarzan rope, and it hurt so bad that I didn't move when I dropped into the water. I yelled when my back hit the edge, so people knew something had happened and a stranger came and scooped me up, thank goodness. The water was only about 5 or 6 feet deep but I was in shock, I think, and I wasn't moving at all.

Name an obvious quality you have:
It's very easy to make me laugh.

What’s the name of the song that’s stuck in your head right now?
S (s, s, s, s) A (a, a, a, a) F (f, f, f, f) E (e, e, e, e) T (t, t, t, t) Y (y, y, y, y). SAFETY. DANCE.

doo doo doo da doo doo da doo doo . . .

Any celeb you would marry?
Hugh Laurie because I think he's a genuinely fascinating, smart, funny, talented man. I'm certain the age difference thing would really bother me though. Perhaps Justin Trudeau.

Who will cut and paste this first?
Somebody who's bored.

Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity?
Yes. My mum used to insist on Nelly Furtado (pre-hoification). I had a friend in high school say Gillian Anderson once, which I don't really see but I will remember forever because who wants to turn that some of comparison down?

Do you wear a watch?
No, I've always got my iPod or phone.

Do you have anything pierced?
Ears. I used to have two holes in each but the second ones grew over.

Do you have any tattoos?
No, but I know what I want. A simple infinity symbol in either blue or black right on the inside of my left wrist. I'm waiting for the right time.

Do you like pain?
No. It is pain.

Do you like to shop?
Depends. My year of no yarn has changed the way I shop for yarn, and then gradually other things. Basically, if it's books or DVDs, I'm there forever. I love the possibility inherent. Anything else, even craft supplies, wears rather quickly.

What was the last thing you paid for with cash?
My disgusting lunch at the coffee shop in the school library. The coffee was fine but they must have dumped an entire can of olives into my wrap.

What was the last thing you paid for with your credit card?
No credit cards - I get into enough trouble with my debit card.

Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
My brother.

What is on your desktop background?
A picture of David Tennant holding a kitten, because I am predictable as fuck. (But it's so cute!!!)

What is the background on your cell phone?
A daisy picture that came with the phone. I don't really get into the whole photos and ringtones on your cell thing.

Do you like redheads?
I daily curse my chromosomes that I am brunette rather than redhead. I have every other aspect, especially complexion.

Do you know any twins?
Two of my best friends growing up. Another girl I knew growing up had a twin brother. Two of my cousins are twins.

Do you have any weird relatives?
Sometimes I think I'm the weird relative. Really, the baseline in my family for normalcy is set rather low. In my immediate family I may be it, which is truly frightening.

What is the last movie you saw?
James and the Giant Peach. I hadn't seen it in ages. It's wonderful!

What was the last book you read?

A trashy novel which I am too much of a snob to reveal.

Is there such a thing as love at first sight, or it is more likely to be lust at first sight?
Lust. The few people I truly love I've known for ages. The shortest relationship we're talking about here is about a year and a half.

What’s your favorite book?
It depends on how I feel at the moment.
Childlike: A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Smart: House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski, or anything from Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series
Pensive: Fall on Your Knees, by Ann-Marie Macdonald (Atonement by Ian McEwan is possibly tied)
Funny: anything by Pratchett, especially involving the Watch. Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms, The Fifth Elephant, Jingo, all greats.
Spiritual (this agnostic doesn't feel "religious"): Lamb by Christopher Moore and Small Gods by Pratchett.
Inspired: anything by Neil Gaiman, or Seventy-Nine Short Essays About Design by Michael Bierut.

I've left a ton out. Do Hamlet or Much Ado About Nothing count as books?

When was the last time you googled your own name?
At least six months. It's rather boring. I'm apparently a very good swimmer, and someone with a name very similar to mine was painted by Picasso.

What was / is your favorite subject at school?
All through school, history, because it was always just reading comprehension. Now it's film studies. I wish I'd put more work into my English classes though.

What was / is your least favorite subject at school?
Science. I stopped taking science as soon as humanly possible. I never had really good teachers and at least in gym class we'd get to do soccer every year.

Do you like having your photograph taken?
I used to. Not really any more, unless I'm in complete control.

What time were you born?
Too late, that's all I know.

Ever seriously questioned your sanity?
Maybe a little bit during first year of university. I just heard on RadioLab that being alone is just as likely to kill you as smoking. I really enjoy being solitary but I've learned since that talking to people is sometimes hard but occasionally worth it.

How many phone numbers do you have remembered and can say off the top of your head?
Perhaps 10-20, and I know at least 3 of those are old ones that are useless.

Can you Limbo?
Never really saw the need to try.

Have you ever killed your own dinner?
If you count unrooting carrots as killing them, then yes, yes I have.

How long have you been living at your current residence?
It depends on your definition of residence. Anywhere from 10 years to 2-1/2 years to 4 months.

What phobias do you have?
Rodents and vampires.

What’s your ideal breakfast?
Something homemade warm from the oven or pan.

Where are you right now?
At my desk.

Why do you blog?
If you look at my blog, it's pretty clear that I don't.

What would you call your autobiography?
I'd take the easy way out and just make it self-titled. Easy to find no matter how it's filed.

What’s the longest time you’ve stayed out of the country / where?
10 days in China. Probably still the best vacation ever.

Do you use ICQ, AIM, etc..?

Do you have nightmares frequently?
I had a dream last night that was a nightmare in retrospect. Let's just say I don't like confrontation, and when you wake up thinking it's over, and then realize it has yet to be resolved: nightmare. I don't remember my dreams enough to really know whether I have nightmares often.

If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
Probably not. I found my doppelganger once and I haven't spoken to her since.

Which TV character could you be friends with?
Willow and Xander from Buffy, the Doctor from Doctor Who, Rory and Lorelai (and hopefully Kirk) from Gilmore Girls, Claire from Coronation Street, Wilson from House. I could think of more but clearly I watch too much TV.

What’s on your mouse pad?
I don't have one. I so have an increasingly shiny smooth patch of desk.

What is your ring tone?
Peer Gynt. Again, one of those default ring tones. If you don't know what it is, picture an ad for Ricola or St. Ives or anything else that uses more footage of the Alps than The Sound of Music. That's the tune.

What did you watch on TV last night?
Gilmore Girls on DVD. Only one episode left in the entire series!

Scary movies or happy endings?
Happy endings, because I am turning into a softie.