Lost in Tulgey Wood
"I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge." J.R.R. Tolkein
- Name: Flannery Alden Jenny Shaw
- Location: Canton, Ohio, United States
The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure --Mikhail Baryshnikov
Friday, May 19, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
It's all about me...
Peer pressure being what it is, I've succomed to one of the many quizes Big Orange and Redneck Nerdboy have shared...
PART ONE: YOU and your life
1. Were any other names considered for you at birth? Heather, Jeffrey
2. So how old will you be this year? 35, on May 31
3. What is your astrological sign? Gemini
4. Do you check your horoscopes regularly, and do you believe in them? Yes, and not necessarily...only if they seem to benefit me.
5. What are your typical [starsign] qualities? Glibness, flightiness, great communicator and I'm somewhat of a flirt.
6? No 6? OK, moving on to seven...
7. Who are you compatible with? Outliers and cranky people.
8. What kind of house do you live in? 3 bedroom ranch with a hot tub!
9. Who do you live with? My husband, Doc, my two girls, and an old black cat named Midnight/Kitty
10. How is your bedroom decorated? Cardboard Chic (we just moved in)
11. Do you have posters on the walls? Of my bedroom? No. Not since I was 17 (Eurythmics, Adam Ant, Casablanca, Clark Gable)
12. Are your parents still together? Yes
13. So what kind of person are you, in the good ways? I'm funny and sensitive to the needs and whims of others. I like to see people do well and succeed. I'm not a backstabbing bitch, in general.
14. And in the bad ways? I can be imperious and I demand that people find me funny.
15. In what ways do you annoy people? I'm constantly trying to be funny (not so much anymore).
16. What are your strengths? I'm a good listener (right, BO?)
17. What are your weaknesses? Dimples
19. What makes you depressed? Lack of money, my job sometimes.
20. Are you easily paranoid? Nope, unless I should be.
21. What is your current mood? Sleepy and disoriented.
22. Who are your close friends? My family and the members of the Lodge...oh, and my 2 co-workers.
PART TWO: APPEARANCES
1. Insert a picture of yourself here:
Doc and I in Marblehead, MA
2. How important is the way you look to you? I usually want to look nice, but sometimes it is important that I look fierce.
3. How self-conscious are you when it comes to your appearance? I always know if I'm having a bad hair day, a bad skin day, a bad-ass day.
4. How tall/short are you? 5 feet 5
5. What color hair do you have? I'm a brunette
6. How long is it? Shoulder length
7. What would you call your body shape? Imperfect
8. Are you happy with it? Not entirely, but Doc seems fine with it.
9. How do you dress, and why? I follow the rules I learned in Glamour Magazine's Do's and Don'ts column as well as the advice of Trinni & Susanna and Stacy & Clinton on What Not To Wear. I like to be professional yet stylish at work. I want to be stylish at play. When I'm doing work around the house, I like jeans and concert/smart ass tees.
10. How long ago did you start dressing this way? 4 years ago
11. Do your friends dress similarly to you? Some do, some don't
12. How is the way you dress reflective of your personality? I try to hide my quirk til someone gets to know me, so I don't wear my personality on my sleeve, unless I'm at home.
13. What parts of your appearance do people compliment? My eyes
14. What parts of your appearance do people insult? I haven't heard any complaints other than those in my head...
PART THREE: HOBBIES
1. What do you do for a living? I'm a jack-of-all-trades-bureaucrat
2. Are you happy with what you do? Sometimes...I don't make nearly enough money, though. How does that happen? I'm a bureacrat in a government institution and I'm in a union.
3. What are your hobbies? Writing, knitting
5. Name everything you hate: 3-ring binders, vampires, and these words: biometrics, irregardless, and utilize
6. What kind of people do you love: Cranky people, outliers, thinkers, and nurses
7. What kind of people do you hate: People who tuck their sweaters in
PART FOUR: MUSIC
1. I know it's a chore, but list your favorite bands and musicians here: Fountains of Wayne, Clay Aiken, Elvis, Billie Holliday, Black Eyed Peas
2. Your favorite genres: Rock, blues, country
3. Any particular favourite songs? King of the Road, Galang
4. Albums? Revolver (Beatles), Utopia Parkway (Fountains of Wayne)
5. Insert some of your favourite lyrics? "I killed a man in Reno, just to watch him die...", and...
Girl, you had me, once you kissed me
My love for you is not iffy
I always want you with me
I'll play Bobby and you'll play Whitney
If you smoke, I'll smoke too
That's how much I'm in love with you
Crazy is what crazy do
Crazy in love, I'm a crazy fool
6. What band do you listen to when you want to feel happy? The Wiggles
7. The most depressive music? The Cure
8. Do you have any favourite music videos? Prince Charming (Adam and the Ants), anything by the Black Eyed Peas
9. Are you in a band? No
10. If so, what is it called?
11. If you are not in a band do you want to be? Yes
12. If the answers yes, what would you call it? Productive Cough
13. What would your part be in the band? Dynamic Front man
14. What kind of music would you play? Tribal Blues
15. Who would be in your band? Elvis Costello
16. What would your music videos be like? Mournfully sincere
17. What kind of songs would you write? The hard truth and love songs
18. Can you write songs/music? Not really
19. What would the vocals be like/what kind of singers: Gritty and expressive
20. What instruments would the music have? Guitar, piano, drums (bongos, tympani), bass, and the occaisional harpsichord
PART FIVE: LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS, ETC
1. Seeing anybody right now? Taken!
2. The obvious question: Straight/bi/gay: Straight.
3. Do you have crushes? I have TV boyfriends: Tom Bergeron (AFV Host) Jeff Probst (Survivor Host), in particular. Also, I have loved Harvey Corman ever since I was 12.
I4. If so, do you like them for their personality, or for their appearance? Both...and their dimples.
6. Ever been in love? Yes.
7. Are you now? Yes
8. How confident are you when it comes to relationships? Very confident
10. What would be most important to you in a relationship? Trust
11. Your ideal guy/girl, personality: Adores me but still can give chase (just like Doc)
12. Your ideal guy/girl, appearance: Dimples are a must. We can work on the rest
13. What's more important to you, appearance or personality? Personality
14. What are your turn ons? Jokes and laughter
15. Turn offs: Sincerity
16. Fetishes: None
17. Fantasies: I'm not that kind of blog.
18. How dirty-minded are you? I don't think I'm very dirty minded. But sometimes my imagination gets carried away with itself when I hear double entendres.
20. What kind of things would you like to share in common? A moral code
21. Does any particular dress sense turn you on? Baseball uniforms and the outfits men wore during the American Revolution
22. Do you remember your first boyfriend/girlfriend? Yes, he was a spunky reporter for our school newspaper. He was two years older than I was and I thought he was very cool. He ran for US Representative two years ago.
23. The most romantic songs you can think of? Clay Aiken singing anything (I know, I know)
24. The sexiest bands? Adam and the Ants, The Smiths, REM
25. The sexiest singing voices? Micael Stipe, Morrisey, Clay Aiken
PART SIX: MOVIES, TV etc
1. What are your favorite movies? Zoolander, Capote, Batman Begins, Romie and Michelle's High School Reunion, Desperately Seeking Susan
2. What kind of movies do you love to watch, and why? Comedies, because I love to laugh
3. What kind of movies DON'T you watch, and why? Horror or gore...I'm too squeamish and jumpy
4. Favorite actors: Phillip Seymore Hoffman, Alan Alda, Johnny Depp, Hugh Grant
5. Favorite actresses: Kathleen Turner, Katherine Hepburn
6. Most romantic movie you've seen and one of your favorites: Love Actually
7. The most sad movie you've seen and one of your favorites: Fahrenheit 911
8. If you could have starred in any of your favorite movies, which one would it be, why, and what character would you have played? Zoolander...Katinka: I'd love to kick some ass and hang out with anyone of the actors in the movie.
10. TV Shows you watch: Survivor, CSI, American Idol, Best Week Ever
11. Cartoons you watch: Spongebob Squarepants, Fairly Odd Parents, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad
PART SEVEN: THE END
1. So, how was it? Lengthy
2. Did you enjoy it? Yes
3. What's the time now? 9:09 p.m.
4. What was your favorite section? The music section
5. Any last words? "Better to arrive 4 hours and a few minutes late and completely in control than 4 hours late and a total mess"
Saturday, May 06, 2006
The Wonders of Technology
Monday, May 01, 2006
A Bold, New Initiative
Are you ready, Alice? OK; here we go.
I kindly request the the word "anal" be banished from the lexicon, excepting its use when describing medical conditions between doctors and patients, and I further request it be replaced by the equally descriptive yet less offensive "fussy".
For years I have been waiting patiently for the word "anal" to go the way of the dodo, remembering that the English language is constantly in flux and hoping that this word shall soon become passe. Nearly twenty years later, I'm still being surprised by its use in polite society, in particular, business meetings.
"I'm so anal about data," someone will proclaim.
Shocked by the casual remark referencing the nasty nether-regions of my colleague, I can think of nothing else for a few short seconds but their ass, imagining them reaching for the Preparation H whenever someone brings them a report. I don't want to go there, Alice, to coin another dead turn of phrase.
So join with me, won't you? Start today. When you are in conversation with anyone but your physician, make a point to describe someone's nitpicky behavior as "fussy". Try it as a game. See if you can change the tide of vulgarity and gently guide the lexicon away from this ambush of yukiness awaiting you at your next team meeting.
I have shared very much with you here in the Wood and have asked very little in return. Kindly consider joining me in my quest to forever rid us of the anal invasion that crosses our tongues, assaults us in the workplace, and makes itself insidious in our minds. Join the fussy rebellion. Afterall, fussy is only one letter longer, the same amount of syllables and equally descriptive without being offensive to anyone, unless they are more fussy than I am about language.