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Funniest Reaction to an Earthquake EVER! [May. 17th, 2009|08:46 pm]
We just had a 3.1 earthquake about 12 miles from my house. My mother yells from the other room, "Leslie, was that a raccoon?"

I have no words.
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Dalai Lama [May. 8th, 2009|01:26 pm]
Does anyone want to go see the Dalai Lama? The tickets are free.

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Tagged by the lovely archerpren [Dec. 17th, 2008|04:19 pm]
Ok, it's been over a month since I was tagged, and I'm never going to find time to do all 7, so I'm going to have to answer 1 per day for a week.

Basically, you comment to this post, and I will choose 7 of your interests that I am curious about. You post about them in your own journal and we continue from there. So--

All definitions are what they mean to me...not from a dictionary, wiki, or other source.


I started collecting armadillos when I was 14. The president of my high school church choir (Lutheran) had a friend who was a sculptor, and made these weird armadillo sculptures, and donated one to the auction that we had to raise funds for our summer tour. It was the strangest thing I'd ever seen, and I just had to have it. Pretty soon, people started saying to me, "I saw an armadillo last week--you have to go buy it." Before I knew it, I had an armadillo collection. I'm particularly enamored of the Pink Fairy Armadillo, which is a tiny, 3-banded armadillo in South America, because, well, you know, anything pink is better than anything that isn't pink. My favorite in my collection is one made of abalone, that I got at the Hotel Hacienda Vista Hermosa, I don't remember where in Mexico.
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Tagged by the lovely archerpren [Dec. 17th, 2008|03:49 pm]
A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.

B) Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

What are your nicknames?
I've never had a nickname.

How do you style your hair?
Sometimes I remember to brush it.

What's the last book you read?
Currently reading Men, Women and Pianos: A Social History

What colour shirt are you wearing now?

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Do you nap a lot?
My body doesn't do that

Who was the last person you hugged?

What's your current fandom/obsession/addiction?
Walking the puppy. Beginning stages of the program to get in shape to walk from the Lake District to Yorkshire. http://llightfoot.livejournal.com/18305.html

What was the last beverage you drank?
Pellegrino Limonata

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
If this includes reading e-mail, at least 2 hours. If that part doesn't count, 20 minutes.

What websites do you visit daily?
New York Times, Washington Post, The New Republic, Congressional Quarterly, LiveJournal, Kevin Drum at Mother Jones, Political Animal at Washington Monthly, Talking Points Memo, The Corner at National Review, Hotline, Robert Reich at Blogspot, AustenBlog, Shakespearegeek, Panda Blogs at San Diego Zoo and National Zoo, Sasha Cohen, Terry Teachout at ArtsJournal, Dennis Bartel at KUSC, Fashionologie, Velvetine Kimi, soiveheard, & GeorgianaDuchessofDevonshire at Blogspot. These don't all have new content every day, checking them is just part of the morning routine.

What's the last movie you watched? Either in the cinema or at home.
The last movie I watched all of was Dangerous When Wet. The last movie I kind of DVR forwarded through was the one with Rupert Everett as King Charles with all of his spaniels. The dogs are the best part of the movie.

What time is your usual bedtime?
between 10 and 2

What is your favorite mythical creature?
Pink fairy armadillos. Oh wait, those are real.

What is your favourite weather?
Barely cool enough to be comfortable in cashmere

What's your dream career?
1st choice--Queen of the Universe. 2nd slightly more realistic choice--alto in a group like Anonymous 4.

How are you?
Lovely, Thank you!

How is your day going?
Not too bad.
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Oh, dear lord, these people have really drunk the Kool Aid [Oct. 29th, 2008|11:11 am]
I knew the National Review was out of touch, but this really represents dizzying new heights of denial:

Fresh Palin Breeze [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

We were rightfully critical of Republicans in our editorial yesterday on Ted Stevens. Sarah Palin is encouraging in many respects, and one of them is Ted Stevens. She represents an effort to clean up the GOP, getting it focused on principles, guided by love of country and conservative instincts. She took on corruption in the party in Alaska. And there's no reason to believe she won't in the White House — she'll represent the Right direction on so many issues. John McCain's choice seems especially encouraging this week.

10/29 01:16 PM
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Tagged by the lovely archerpren [Jul. 23rd, 2008|02:13 pm]
The Purse MEME!!
Rules of the game: You cannot add or subtract what is currently in your purse - at this very minute!! Number your photo and tell us what is actually in your purse.

I'm not taking a picture of the insides of my purse, because I have no idea how to do that.

1. Organizer (which doubles as wallet)
2. Pretty pink cell phone
3. iPod. Black--not pink (and I'm still angry that if you buy the most expensive iPod, you can't get it in pink).
4. 2 haircombs. Maybe the universe is telling me that I should comb my hair.
5. A plethora of change, which constantly falls out of the organizer.
6. A Folger edition paperback of The Taming of the Shrew.
7. Ticket to Shakespeare Festival/LA performance of Taming tonight, which needs to be put away in the organizer before I lose it.
8. Scrap of fabric for the dress that I didn't finish for Anniversary.
9. Extremely worn printout of library card catalog, of Eating India: an odyssey into the food and culture of the land of spices, which I need to check out when I go to the library tomorrow.
10. Seeds from Renee's Garden--Antique Sweet Peas Jewels of Albion. I have no idea how that got into my purse.
11. Tea bags--Ginger, and Lemon Echinacea Throat Coat.
12. Business cards for Ginevra's friend who came to the last Bardic Circle, and taxi driver in Ashland, OR.
13. Embroidery floss purchased in San Luis Obispo on the 4th of July, when I had the insane idea that I could not only sew a chemise by hand in 5 days, but that I could embroider the sleeves in 5 days as well.

If beathog can ask me whether I like boys or girls, she can tell us what's in her purse. Consider yourself tagged. Come to think of it, Rosalie didn't place a tagging limit. I tag usqueba, ngelinadb, mindymoon and operagirl25.
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????? [Jul. 21st, 2008|04:34 pm]
What is a quadruple peer?

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(no subject) [Jul. 18th, 2008|01:41 pm]
Happy Birthday archerpren!!!!!!!
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Tagged by the lovely archerpren [Jul. 9th, 2008|09:32 pm]
1. What I was doing 10 years ago: Aside from spending the 4th of July in Ojai, not entirely sure—I think I’ve blocked it out. Probably working at an import/export company that was eventually bought by FedEx. No, I take that back—I just checked an old resume. I didn’t start working at Tower Group until September, I was going to summer school at FIDM.

2. What 5 things are on on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):
I can only pick 5?????
Sew green bodice—have ready for Angelina to fit
Chemise—finish edges of last gusset, and draw embroidery pattern on sleeves
Finish reading Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon
Clean car
Finish reading all Quilting books
Plant everything that can be planted in pots, water and start plotting where to plant everything else (I bought about 30 plants in Cambria and Paso Robles this weekend)
Fill out passport application
Write resume
Apply for job at KUSC

3. Snacks I enjoy:
Stuffed Basil Leaves
Cheese and crackers
Soy parmesan on toasted pita bread
Watermelon, grapes

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Buy a Birkin bag . And dog collars to match.
Build a beachfront Palladian villa in PV Estates, with a courtyard strongly resembling the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, a couple of acres of gardens, the most enormous bathtub known to mankind, and an even bigger walk-in closet. And a library on every floor.
Take a cruise to Antarctica
Go to India for 6 months to study yoga.
Quit my job, take voice lessons and riding lessons, and start training to walk across England, compose a symphony and an opera, maybe write a novel.
Move to France, and learn to speak French.
Pay someone to make all my garb.
And then I would have to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. This is the part where I start using the money to make a positive impact on the world. Maybe something to do with literacy.

5. Places I have lived:
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Claremont, CA
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Are you sick and tired of squirrels running naked in the trees around your house? [Jul. 9th, 2008|01:02 pm]
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