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Meme Lemming

I don't do these - don't much like them - but I thought this one was cute, so I'm stealing it from rocksryan 

Fill in the blank:

Hey Eloise, what's your favorite ______?


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Jul. 9th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Jul. 9th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
Ouch! That's like asking a parent which is their favorite child! Not to mention that it changes over the years. I'm going to go with three for different reasons:

Patricia McKillip: Her early stuff is good, but "The Book of Atrix Wolf" and everything since mesmerize me. I come unglued when I hear she has a new book out.

Two others: Guy Gavriel Kay and David Eddings. Kay's fantasy/historical novels are marvelous, and Eddings in his Belgariad universe is an old friend. Whenever I'm down and need a pick me up I dive into his books and come out happier.
Jul. 10th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
See, this is valuable information because I know you have good taste and I also know you are a perfectionist & do not suffer fools lightly, & nothing bugs me more than badly written fiction. So I'm probably going to hit the B&N tomorrow to check out Guy Kay (I'm a sucker for historical fiction). Let me know what I should start with, if you have any good recs.
Jul. 10th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
She recced The Lions of Al Rassan to me ages ago, and I bought it...but I still haven't read it. :"> (I have about 20 books that I MEAN to read but still haven't. If you noticed the little shelf above my bedroom door, that entire shelf was unread books that I keep intending to get around to.
Jul. 10th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
They're not really historical fiction, they're fantasy on a historic framework. He researches the heck out of a time and place and people in history and then tweaks it and hangs the story off of that. Like Mel pointed out, I think "The Lions of Al-Rassan" is my favorite of them. I actually just finished re-reading it. It's an adaptation of 12th century Spain. "Under Heaven" is the new one that I just finished (Tang Dynasty China), and now I'm re-reading my way back through his stuff. His best knows titles are the Fionavar Tapestry trilogy, which is an Arthurian fantasy. They're okay, but the others are better.

If they don't have "Lions," my next choice would be "Sailing to Sarantium" (Byzantium of Justinian) but be warned - it's one of two. "Under Heaven" was spectacular, but I don't think it's out in paperback yet.
Jul. 9th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Flavour of ice cream?
Jul. 9th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
Chocolate chip. I have flings with fancier flavors, but I always come back.
Jul. 9th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
*plain* chocolate chip? As in vanilla with chips in it?

I've never even SEEN plain chocolate chip ice cream before. Mint chocolate chip, yes, but there's more 'mint' than 'chocolate chip' to that stuff. (I love mint chocolate chip, actually.)
Jul. 9th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Plain chocolate chip. Vanilla with chips in it. It's getting harder to find actually - not fancy enough these days I guess.

I love mint chocolate chip too, and the more mint the better. But I get tired of it quickly.
Jul. 9th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)

BTW. THANK YOU DORIGEN. omg, the English ale was amazing. I was good and shared the bottle with Ryan last night at dinner.
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Jul. 9th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
Chocolate malted milkshake.

And thank YOU. I can't do all nighters gracefully any longer. I've gotten too old for that shit.
Jul. 10th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
::moans in pleasure::
i haven't had one of those in far too long.
Jul. 10th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Last Saturday. Dairy Queen in Milldale. :-)
Jul. 9th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
...trick for keeping yourself organized?

(Sorry for turning a silly idea serious...but I need all the help I can get sometimes.)
Jul. 9th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)

I am the queen of lists - I LOVE a good spreadsheet. My Pennsic packing list has multiple tabs - list by category, list by packing container, list of stuff in the storage unit, list of things that need to go in the storage unit. You should SEE my budget spreadsheet.

I break things and tasks down into their component bits, and list it all out in the order it needs to happen, then tick my way down. Lists are my crutch.

I'm not very good at spontaneity.

Bob hates my lists.

But I get a lot done!

Jul. 9th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Why would anyone hate a list?!
Jul. 9th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
I think I crave a level of structure that makes him feel trapped. He craves a level of spontaneity that makes me feel out of control. It's one of those things where both sides give a little. He doesn't complain about my lists, and I don't make them for him. :-)
Jul. 9th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
I hate spontaneity. Haaaaate. It literally makes me ill. I was never very spontaneous but somewhere around the end of 2002 or in early 2003, I was completely done in for anything other than a very regular schedule. Sure, just lazing around can be stuck in anywhere, or MAYBE a sudden trip to the city to the usual places to see the usual people, but a sudden visit from a friend who has never visited before? A trip to the grocery store sprung on me at the last minute? A letter from ODSP saying I need to call them to make an appointment to see someone?

Total derailment resulting in physical breakdown that can range from mild to quite intense.

I don't even like to be asked to go shopping without 48 hours notice.
Jul. 10th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
I'm not that bad, but I do tend to come somewhat unglued when we go off-plan.

Okay, maybe more than "somewhat."
Jul. 10th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
I'm that bad. I pout if my sister asks me to go shopping with her 'tomorrow'. Sulk. She's gotten used to it (I've broken her in!) and now she asks several days in advance. :)

I need to know what I'll be doing well before I have to do it, or I'll be so stressed out that I'll start inverting words and spilling Spoonerisms *everywhere* and then I'll have to sleep through the whole next day.
Jul. 10th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Why hate lists
For me it was Pavlovian conditioning. I'm not a morning person...my mother is. I'd come down bleary-eyed and low-blood sugared and she'd be sitting there with her list. She'd already have had breakfast and finished her coffee and she'd be all bubbly about what's on the list and what needs to go on it and... Gah. My day would be planned for me before I had a chance to contribute.

Oh and don't even get me started on her calendar -- tiny squares, tiny handwriting, and absolutely no input from me.

I turn 44 this month and I'm finally able to make them without feeling like she's "won". Even though I've *always* used checklists at work. Sad that it took a selfhelp website to wake me up to my inconsistency.

Hm...rereading that it makes my mother sound like a demon. She's not...she's just born-organized, and not a good teacher. And I'm sure I wasn't a good learner since the lessons always seemed to be when I wasn't awake yet!
Jul. 10th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Re: Why hate lists
Well, that's about control (or not getting to have any.) I'm in total control of all MY lists, as they contain items that concern only me. (Make hairsticks, clean table, go for a long bike ride, nap, remember to email Connie, make supply order, etc.)

I'd hate people making lists for me, too. Actually, with our family dynamic (I have a much more dominant personality than my mother does...she's a softie who just does what everyone wants her to do) it simply could never have worked that way, but I suppose my dad could have done it, were he prone to making lists.

I have MS, so my memory is very poor, and if I'm doing anything out of the ordinary, my head gets all screwed up and I forget half of everything I'm supposed to do, so lists are super necessary just as a brain-sorter. Plus once it's written down, I feel like it's pegged in place and can't slip away. I rarely have a schedule for completion, just a priority list and perhaps an ultimate overall deadline if one is necessary. (I needed to get all my weeding done a week before Meri came to visit, for example, since if I was doing heavy gardening the day before she came, I'd be too tired to do anything with her when she got here.)

I would never want anyone organizing ME and my life. But I do like lists. Everything flies out of my head, without them...I just can't keep anything sorted or even remembered.
Jul. 11th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Re: Why hate lists
They're proving to be very useful now that I've gotten over the mental "NONONO"... but I've had decades of practice avoiding them for anything other than academic/professional and packing. So the last few years of using them at home is a victory of sorts.

And things are starting to get done, too...funny how that works.
Jul. 11th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
Re: Why hate lists
PS I'm glad to hear of someone else who does the lists without the schedule...makes me feel slightly less disorganized.
Jul. 10th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
I'd love to see the budget spreadsheet actually. Numbers removed of course. Creating one is actually on my list ...ironic that, if you compare it to my other comment about why I hated & resisted lists for years. If you're willing, I'd like to take a look...but don't stress it, because I was figuring I'd try the flylady.net program. (Since she's the one who helped me start getting things back into a semblance of order...sigh.)
Jul. 10th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Heck, you can see it with numbers in. I don't stress about that sort of thing. That *particular* list got us out of debt in five years.

I don't mention things I'm not willing to show. :-)
Jul. 10th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Speaking of spontaneity...Rob's picking Rasmus up at the airport tonight and taking him to Lakeside. I'm joining them tomorrow. I was thinking about just dropping off three boxes of 3T clothes I packed up for Charlotte...but you've got visitors. Would that be Very Bad Timing?? Or would it be okay to stash 3 copy-paper-sized boxes and scoot off?
Call in the morning if you get this...otherwise I'll assume I should leave you guys alone.
Jul. 10th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Sure - stop by if you've got time and inclination.
Jul. 11th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Feh, I was logged into the other email account in the basement PC, I didn't get this until too late. It worked out for me though, because up until the moment I left for Lakeside I was finding things to slip in the edges.
Suffice it to say that I've de-randomized many "stash-n-dash" containers, and more than half filled the shiny new recycle-it-all container that the town dropped off last week. I'll be rambling on my lj shortly because Rob's busy, Sitto's putting V to sleep, and Rasmus&Scott&Jessica went to a concert. I've just got to find a way to fit some groceries into the fridge...
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