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Writer's Block: Once upon a time… [Aug. 24th, 2011|02:49 pm]
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What is the first line of your favorite book?


Toss up between:

"The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn."

and

"When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton."


With

"Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof."


"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

and

"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."

rounding out the top 5.
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Looking for ideas [Mar. 10th, 2011|08:52 pm]
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I haven't been posting much lately. Mostly due to lack of time.

I'm not even sure who still reads LJ anymore. Give me an idea what you'd like to see me post about, ask me a question, or give me a prompt. It'll spur me into writing more.

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Wedding rings [Feb. 12th, 2010|07:00 pm]
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Poll #1524866 Wedding rings

If you are married (or were married), do/did you and your spouse have matching wedding rings?

Yes
2(20.0%)
No
8(80.0%)

Are/were your rings the same colour? (i.e. both silver or both gold)

Yes
7(70.0%)
No
3(30.0%)
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Google on the first day of spring [Mar. 22nd, 2009|07:00 pm]
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I love it!
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Failblog made me laugh today [Feb. 2nd, 2009|10:25 am]
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http://failblog.org/2009/02/02/furniture-ad-win/

Definite win! If I lived in Illinois, I'd shop there!
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Tolkien for November 11 [Nov. 11th, 2008|09:48 am]
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"But," said Sam, and tears started in his eyes, "I thought you were going to enjoy the Shire too, for years and years, after all you have done."

"So I thought too, once. But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them ... and you will read things out of the Red Book, and keep alive the memory of the age that is gone, so that people will remember the Great Danger and so love their beloved land all the more."
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Motherhood - it's always your fault & Why Women shouldn't be in Politics [Sep. 5th, 2008|10:51 am]
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This starts off with Sarah Palin. I really don't know how I feel about her. I don't know if she's qualified. (But then I don't know if Biden is qualified either.) I don't know whether I'd vote for her if I was an American. I don't know whether she contributed in any way through bad parenting to her daughter's pregnancy or whether she did everything she could to instill values in her and her daughter decided of her own free will to go another way. I've known both kind of parents. As a Canadian, who ever the U.S. V.P. will be affects my life so minorly that I don't plan to spent much time figuring it out either.

What I do know is that I am sick of critics (both professional and person on the street) saying that this is a bad time for her to be seeking office and that she is selfish. She has a disabled child - she should not be in politics, but should be home with him. Her daughter is pregnant - she needs her mother and should not be in politics. She has 2 other school aged children - she should be home with them and not in politics. I've even heard people say that because she has a son going to Iraq that she should be home. I can't figure that one out. What is she suppose to do, sit by the phone all day? I find this annoying because I know that if Obama, McCain, Biden, Harper, or Dion had the exact same family situation (5 kids, one disabled, one pregnant, one in the army) that no one would say that this would be a bad time for them to go into politics and that they were selfish to put political ambition before their family. But Sarah is selfish for wanting to be in politics just like the men. She is also selfish because she is exposing her pregnant daughter to national ridicule. The fact that she was already a governor and that her daughter would be exposed to state level ridicule is presumably okay.

If you are a mother who wants a career, you are selfish for wanting one and sometimes having to put it before your kids. Of course, if you don't want a career and want to stay home with your kids, you are wasting your life and setting a bad example for your daughters that they shouldn't aspire to be anything else in life but "just a mother."

If you are a woman who chooses not to have children, you are selfish. You are vain and not willing to sacrifice your body, career, or lifestyle to foster a human life. You are not fulfilling your destiny as a woman and some day you will live to regret it.

If are a woman with only one child, you are selfish for raising your child as a lonely, only child. Any wrong decision your child ever makes will be your fault for your selfishness.

If you are a woman with 3, 4, 5, (or sometimes even 2) children you are selfish for bringing more humans into an overpopulated planet. It is your fault that we have pollution, global warming, and a hole in the ozone layer. And you are setting a bad example that a woman's primary purpose in life is to bear children.

If you are an unmarried female politician, you are a dried up, ball-busting, shrew who is probably too bitchy to find a man. You should not be in politics because you are such a bitch.

If you are a married female politician who is childless or an empty nester then you are not helping real women. You can't understand juggling family and career life. Your choices just reinforce the exclusion of women with children from politics. You are living the life of a male politician and therefore have nothing relevant to contribute to women.

If you are a female politician who is a mother, you are selfish. You should be at home with your children. This is not the time for you to be in politics.


The conclusion is that women are inherently selfish and always unsuitable for public office.
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SYTYCD [Jul. 23rd, 2008|10:27 pm]
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My running commentary of tonight's show: http://community.livejournal.com/_sytycd_/585918.html#cutid1
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Sleep Overs [Jul. 7th, 2008|11:43 pm]
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Poll #1219587 Sleep overs

How old were you (to the best of your memory) the first time you slept over at a friend (non-relative)'s house?

5
3(20.0%)
6
3(20.0%)
7
3(20.0%)
8
2(13.3%)
9
2(13.3%)
10
0(0.0%)
11
0(0.0%)
12
1(6.7%)
13
0(0.0%)
14 or older
1(6.7%)

How old do you think children should be today before they sleep over at a friend (non-relative)'s house or have one sleep over?

5 or younger
4(28.6%)
6
3(21.4%)
7
3(21.4%)
8
2(14.3%)
9
2(14.3%)
10
0(0.0%)
11
0(0.0%)
12
0(0.0%)
13
0(0.0%)
14 or older
0(0.0%)
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What ever happened to Strawberry Shortcake [Jun. 11th, 2008|07:50 pm]
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/11/business/media/11cartoons.html

She got a makeover. I can see the need for modernizing, but she also lost about 40 pounds. Check out those arms. I (tongue in cheek) asked my husband, "Meth or coke?" He said it looked more like good old fashioned sticking your finger down your throat after each meal. Well she's got to compete with those vapid, Paris-Hilton-eque Bratz.

What on earth are we teaching our daughters?


SYTYCD in 10 minutes!!!
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