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Tagged TWICE!

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Tagged by both girlspell and ladywhizbee , I bow to the inevitable.

The so-called rules of the meme...

A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs & replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

B) Tag 8 people to do this quiz & those who are tagged cannot refuse. Oh bosh! Of course they can refuse! Who thinks up these stupid rules? These people must state who they were tagged by & cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by. Continue this game by sending it to other people. 

Here we go:

1. How has LJ changed your life?

Hasn’t, really. I know a lot neat people I never knew before, including those who tagged me and those I’m tagging. It also got me into my writer’s group.

2. What do you do before bedtime?

Depends. Load the dishwasher; read; write; fool around on LJ; other stuff I’m not telling. :)

3. What will your dream wedding be like?

Definitely a girl-question. I liked my wedding: Seating in the round, several friends who spoke, both the rabbi I grew up with and the minister my wife grew up with, ocean in sight, great food.

4. What is the city of your dreams and why?

There are many cities I adore: Victoria (BC), Toronto, Siena, Bergen (Norway), San Francisco. These are small cities with neat people, interesting history and usually great food. (Do you notice a theme yet?) I’m also fond of Providence, where I live, and Boston, where I almost lived.

5. Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Introvert. Always have been.

6. Do you trust easily?


7. Is there anything that has made you happy these days?

Going to the Wesleyan Writers Conference was like a vacation, summer camp, intensive seminar, sentimental walk through my past and name-dropping opportunity all rolled into one.

8. Is being tagged fun?

It’s always nice to be asked to do anything by anyone – nice to be thought of. But memes, in general, are silly things, and this one’s no exception…

9. What should you be doing instead of wasting time on this meme?

Writing or reading.

10. Will Andy Murray win Wimbledon?

I’m calling the department containing the people who care.

11. Would you have 100% safe sex with a stranger for $10,000,000?

This question was written by a 16-year-old, probably a suburban girl. I mean, really. It has that particular brand of silliness of which one is incapable after the age of 25.

However, let me opine that this is probably a markedly different question for a woman than for a man, probably a markedly different question for a married person than for a single person, and a markedly different question for a middle-aged person and a teenager.

12. What's better to give or to receive?

To give. And also I agree with Plato, that it is “better to suffer evil than to do it.”

13. What were your parents going to name you if you'd been born the opposite gender?


14. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?

They’re both sweethearts. Especially they are supportive and encouraging of my attempts to be creative.

15. What’s your favorite item of clothing?

I’m not sure there are many straight men who think in such terms, but I really like my sky-blue linen suit.

16. What websites do you visit daily?

LJ and Duotrope are the only ones I reliably visit these days.

17. What color are Charlie Weasley’s eyes?

I’m making another call to the people-who-care department.

18. Name a book character you’ve crushed on.

Crushes on fictional characters. On fictional characters. *Shakes head.*

I think Elizabeth Bennett would be a fun date. So would Harriet Vane. I’ve had inappropriate thoughts about Hermione Granger, but I think that’s a matter for therapy.

19. What do you like for breakfast?

Lots of things. Pancakes (I have the world’s best recipe); melted cheese on toast; peanut butter & marmalade on toast; Cheerios with bananas; oatmeal with raisins or dried cherries; bagels with cream cheese and lox; eggs and bacon; shall I go on?

20. How many questions did you change? Come on ‘fess up.
None. (I used Meredith’s list.)

I tag:

  • I loved your answer about breakfast. You made my mouth water. Love to read about food. Heck, I'd be happy if you wrote a story about food. Yep, that pancake recipe would be great.

    I'm keeping an eye out for the July issue of Nature Physics
    • Have you heard of Alimentum? They publish food fiction.
      • Thanks for the link! I swear, I never heard of this journal/magazine or even food fiction. Sounds delicious. I'll see if I can dig up some table of contents and use interlibrary loan!
      • Food fiction?! I can do that! My stories always seem to have lots of people cooking and eating delicious food which needs to be described in detail.
      • Late to the game... but couldn't resist adding. Isn't food fiction what Anne Shirley inadvertently wrote? Rollings Reliable Baking Soda, I believe? ;-)
      1. Pre-heat a large skillet or stovetop griddle to "low", or maybe to "2".

      2. Sift together:

        • 1/2 cup stone ground cornmeal.

        • 1/2 cup unbleached white flour

        • 1/2 tsp baking soda

        • 1/2 tsp salt

      3. In a separate bowl, mix:

        • 2 eggs (beaten)

        • 1/2 cup lowfat plain yogurt

        • 1/2 cup lowfat milk

        • vanilla to taste

        • grated zest of one lime

        • (Note: Ideally you would use a whole cup of tan the liquid that drains out when you strain homemade yogurt, rather than the mixed yogurt and milk, but if you don't live with an Armenian you might not have access to it... Buttermilk works too...)

      4. Dump wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then mix thoroughly.

      5. Add fresh blueberries (other fresh fruit would do as well).

      6. Put a good amount of peanut oil in the heated pan. I like to swish it around with a bunched-up paper towel. I like to coat the bottom, but I don't want it deep.

      7. Add small amounts of the batter (no more than a rounded TB or two at at time) to the pan.

      8. Flip pancakes, remove from pan when golden or light brown, set aside to warm while making the next batch.
      9. .

      If I have an overripe banana, I'll mash it and then add the wet igredients to the banana before I add them to the dry ingredients.

      The original recipe came from the Tassajara Recipe Book, but I've altered it so thoroughly that it's really my recipe now.
      • Oh, yum!

        I've never tried cornmeal or adding tan before, but that sounds really interesting. Almost like corn-cakes...

        Have you ever tried mixing oat flour in? We've had great success doing half white flour, half oat flour--it adds a nice depth to the pancake. I love mixing in over-ripe bananas, too, they blend in so perfectly. Yum!

        I think we may have to have pancakes this Saturday...!
        • The original recipe simply said "whole-grain flour," but my best results have been with cornmeal.
  • Pish! Silliness? What silliness? *grins*

    Yes, of course this is silly...but then, that's the point to all these sorts of things, yes?

    I'm glad that you bowed to the inevitable and even more thrilled that you used my list as your guide. *grins again*

    btw...a sky-blue linen suit, eh? That sounds quite dashing!

    You know...if I'm not mistaken, Hermione really likes blue, sky-blue especially...or perhaps it's Ron's sky-blue eyes...? We should ask that committee on eyes...they seem to be very concerned about the exact color of these sorts of things right now... *winks*

    • Yes, but there's silliness and silliness. I doubt that you, left to your own devices, would have written that "sex with a stranger" question if you were dreaming up this meme yourself.

      I get lots of compliments on the suit. Actually it's the only suit on which I regularly get compliments. Wrinkles easily, though.

      Please, please don't get me involved with that eye-color committe. Oy vey.
      • Oy vey, indeed. Don't worry! I wouldn't dare submit you to the committee...there's silliness and then there's silliness. Yes?

        Your suit sounds summery--perfect for New England. I think it sounds lovely, but yes, you're right--linen does wrinkle something awful.

        And don't worry--I couldn't come up with a meme if my life depending on it. Well, that's not true...but I would spend entirely too much time analyzing the depth and importance of each question, and by the time I finished I would have bored myself to death and therefore never post it. lol. Silly me!
  • Ken, your response to #10 and #17 made me laugh out loud! Mostly because I can't bring myself to give a d*mn either!
    • It's very interesting to note the particular microcosm your friends in habit. I have a lot of friends who care about Charlie Weasley's eyes. I don't, I really don't...
  • RE #13 - No they were not! Really? Did they tell you that? And why on Earth did it take them 3 whole daughters to get around to using it, then?
    • Carolyn's the name they told me, yes. Although maybe thay said "Caroline." (They wanted to name me for Uncle Carl.) As for why it took them three daughters to get there, I remember quite distinctly that when Betsy was born, our parents agreed immediately, "That is definitely a Besty." I don't know the story behind Margie's name.

      You, as you will recall, went unnamed for something like two weeks, so it's not like they were rarin' to stamp the name "Carolyn" on the first kid who walked by. (Although, to be fair, the main problem was that everyone was pressuring our parents to name you "Dora.")
      • Well, I don't so much recall per se, but yes that's what I've been told ;P. I hadn't realized the "Dora" issue was the impetus for the delay; I thought it was the "Carolyn/Caroline" debate (FYI, it was a really long time before I realized it wasn't standard for older siblings to get a vote regarding what to name a baby). I'm sure I would have hated being named "Dora" - it sounds lovely today but it the 80s would have felt embarrassingly old fashioned. It's curious that they didn't just go with "Diana" though, instead of bothering with the double middle name business.
        • I don't remember getting a vote.

          I know Mom badly wanted to name you after Aunt Rose, and she would have done it without compunction if Dora hadn't died six weeks before you were born. Dad was with Mom, but Bernie really put the pressure on to "do the right thing." :P

  • Well, I completely missed this, so I'm just now seeing that you tagged me. :-) I had fun reading your answers, though! I laughed out loud over the 10,000,000 question. I remember complaining recently that all memes appear to be written by high school girls. One of these days someone should write one with keen, psychologically-driven questions, and a target audience of married adults over 30. Too bad I don't know anyone who should be writing at this time of night... *cough*

    Even so, it's always fun to learn more about you. The description of your wedding is lovely. How many years has it been for you? And I have to admit -and I'm completely giving away my secret identity as a Texas goy - I've never tasted lox.
    • Meme-writing? I like asking people to compose things.

      Our wedding was pretty self-indulgent and silly in a lot of ways, but I sort of think that's appropriate.

      I've eaten lox my whole life, and it's hard for me to imagine what it would taste like to someone who'd never had it. Salty and oily? But really mellow, too. On a bagel with cream cheese and very thin layer of red onion, there's nothing like it. If it weren't so expensive I'd eat it all the time. Neither my wife nor my children like it. *sigh* Makes me miss my childhood.
      • Someday when I finally meet you we'll have to go find a place that makes lox the way you like it. Then you can enjoy laughing as I try to summon the courage to consume it.

        By the way, on a completely different note, the other day I found myself musing about how Hermione was doing running Hogwarts by herself, and whether or not the rest of the wizarding world had tracked her down and charged her for genocide. I've mentioned to you before that I've found my mind wandering back to your story at the oddest times. Apparently it still haunts me!

        • Ta, Joia.

          I had bagel and lox (with capers) yesterday morning in honor of you. :)

          I actually have 2,800 words of a sequel to "The Torch," called "The Schoolmistress." But I don't know how it ends, and I've been avoiding FF while I write my original stuff.
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