mollyringle: (iPod)

It has come to my attention today that I've been included in an AP article being picked up all over the country. It's not about my writing, my books I've spent years creating, NO, OF COURSE NOT. It is, like last time, about a moment of online frivolity, and, once again, is not representing my original post quite accurately.

The article this time is about whether "ballot selfies" are legal (answer: depends on the state), and they include a few tweets from those of us who posted a photo on Twitter with the #ballotselfie hashtag. This was mine:

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And you will kindly notice, if you have eyesight, that my ballot is EMPTY in that photo. I would not go posting my filled-in ballot. That's just tacky. Nonetheless, some of the versions of the article, such as this one, say stuff like, "They're posting selfies on social media with their completed ballots," followed directly by the link to my tweet. UGH. NO I AM NOT. Would you LOOK before writing the article, please.

What was the other time I made the rounds in an AP article, you ask? That was back in 2010 when I won the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest with one silly sentence, and was rewarded with headlines calling me a bad writer, because too many people do not understand the BLFC. (i.e., Those sentences are not from actual published books; they are all one-offs, written to be deliberately bad, for fun, by language-loving people with a bizarre sense of humor.)

But, in any case: go vote, my fellow Americans.

mollyringle: (sex/kiss-Stage Beauty)
Back in December I read, or technically re-read, Lady Chatterley's Lover. Isn't it nice how this day and age we can say that with no fear of being arrested? In any case, here's my Goodreads review, for starters:

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Technically a re-read, but I didn't remember much of it from the first time around. This time around I found it very good. Rather than raunchiness, though, sadness, or at least poignancy, breathes through it somehow. I don't know if this is because I was aware (from reading the introduction) that Lawrence was dying of tuberculosis when he wrote it, and had to endure a lot of abuse about the book right up until his death. That certainly could be part of it. It's probably equally likely that it's the setting that makes it sad: post-WWI England was a shattered place, mood-wise. And if that society was messed up about sexual mores too, well, no surprise. Given that supremely messed-up background, the affair-turned-love between Connie and Mellors *is* surprising in its frankness and wildness. But shocking? Scandalous? Hardly, from today's point of view. No one who's read a modern steamy romance novel could think so--and in fact, those of us who write them should consider Lawrence one of our patron saints for paving the way and enduring the firestorm from the prudes.

If the book is occasionally wrongheaded (by modern standards) about some sexual issues--like the brief but derogatory mentions of homosexuality, or the apparent lack of knowledge about the existence of foreplay--well, that's no surprise, given the wrongheaded society it was coming from, which Lawrence illustrates and denigrates so well.

It has a strange repetitive narrative style sometimes, and engages in head-hopping (in terms of POV), and overdoses of dialect within the dialogue, but all of that bothered me much less than it would in most books. As love stories go, or simply as novels go, it worked for me, and I salute its melancholy charm as much as its racier qualities that made it famous.
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Then, curious to see some movie version of it and how the film medium would handle things, I lately found a copy of the Sean Bean BBC version at the library.

Incidentally, it led to this conversation between myself and husband:
Me: So, I'm watching the Sean Bean version of 'Lady Chatterley.'
Steve: *looks a bit confused*
Me: You know, where Sean Bean is Lady Chatterley's lover.
Steve: Oh. Sean Bean. For some reason I keep mixing up him and Mr. Bean.
Me: Yeah, that wouldn't work as well.
Steve: Yeah.

But as for the Sean Bean version (which is merely called Lady Chatterley)...




Cons:
Awkward expositional dialogue and occasional weird camera zooms/movements.
Cheesy dream sequence. (Oh no, movie, you didn't! Gah. You did.)
Overdramatic background music.
Slightly too much lipstick and eyeliner on m'lady sometimes.
Numerous close-ups of Connie's wedding ring during torrid love scenes with Mellors. Yes, thank you, we did remember she's married.

Pros:
Casting. Joely Richardson makes a sweet, natural, sultry Connie. James Wilby is a perfectly deplorable Sir Clifford (poor James; he's good at those roles, but to some of us he'll always be our sweet Maurice too). And Sean Bean is a pretty hot Mellors. Who knew Boromir had it in him? Bean masters that characteristic Mellors mix of prickly-snarky-cocky and moody-vulnerable-tender. Mellors is written as having a mustache, by the way, and we know Bean can look fine with facial hair; but I approve of the clean shave they gave him for this film. A bit more handsome and less sinister.

Pretty forests and flowers. The lush beauty of nature is an important theme in the book, so it's good they got that right for the film.

They seem to have dropped what's-his-name the depressed Irish writer from her earlier affairs. (Though maybe that was him kissing her hand at a party.) Good. He was a drag and didn't add much to the story.

More of a clear happy ending than the book gave us, and I suppose that's a pro; though for unfaithfulness to the book's melancholy nature, it could be considered a con.
mollyringle: (Jarvis)
I've been thrice tagged for this on Facebook, so I'll post my answers here, and if I did the "import blog" thing right, it'll appear as a note over there too. Everybody wins. If reading my list of "Ten songs I couldn't live without" counts as winning in your book, that is.

Caveat: Next week I'll probably stop in the middle of the grocery store, smack my forehead, and mutter, "[Song X]! How could I have forgotten [Song X]?" And this may happen several times, enough to revise nearly the whole list. That said...

"Just Like Heaven," The Cure. Obviously I had to pick a Cure song, and might as well begin the list with it, since the three people who tagged me were all people I met in the Cure chat room back in the dial-up age. Top-40-friendly though it is, I love this song and will still turn up the radio for it. But I could just as easily have chosen "Plainsong" or "Boys Don't Cry" or "To the Sky" or "Harold and Joe" or...etc.

"Nine Times Blue," The Monkees (or Michael Nesmith, solo). I didn't actually discover this one (or any of Mike's solo stuff) until over a decade after my initial Monkees fandom flush in the mid-80s. But it quietly crept its way up into my top ten of Monkees songs, for being simple and sincere and charming.

"Summoning of the Muse," Dead Can Dance. I have my "eerie and/or atmospheric world music" side, and this particular track gives me the greatest and most delicious chills. On the world music side, I also felt I ought to include Loreena McKennitt, who I love, but it's hard to choose one of her tracks since they're all fairly similar. (And I like them all.)

"Fall On Me," R.E.M. It took me a while to get into R.E.M., but when I finally did, this was the first song that I really fell in love with, and I'm still quite soft on it.

"Under Pressure," David Bowie & Queen. Finally, a song everyone's heard! Bowie's awesome, Queen's awesome; how could this song not be doubly awesome?

"El Tango de Roxanne," Moulin Rouge soundtrack. Odd choice, eh? Especially so since I never particularly liked the original Police song. But this film transformed it into grand, impassioned, operatic agony. Which is exactly what frustrated love feels like when you're in it. The orchestrations tend to give me actual goosebumps each time.

"Romeo and Juliet," Dire Straits. Yeah, I'm a girl. I love it. Probably because it imprinted me when I was 13 or 14 and reading the Shakespeare for the first time, but so be it.

"Underwear," Pulp. Just as I had to include some Cure song, I have to include some Pulp song. There are a dozen tracks I like equally well (or almost equally), but this one captures the obsessive, tender, creepy, jealous, pervy mood and lyrics that Jarvis Cocker & co. do so well. Hmm, my softness for such things may explain a couple of ill-advised relationships or friendships I've known in the past...

"May It Be," Enya. To commemorate my Lord of the Rings obsession, this one makes the list. If I stay quiet and just listen, it can resurrect that first enchanted feeling of hope, adoration, and hyperventilating fandom.

"Sometimes," James. Most people would pick "Say Something" (and I do love that one, along with many other James tracks), but "Sometimes" is the one that always stirs my inspiration and sparks tender memories the most. Even though I'm still not sure what the hell is going on in the lyrics; or rather, what the verses and chorus have to do with each other.

There. Tag yourself if you want.
mollyringle: (Froud - bad faeries)
25 Things Meme, which I did on Facebook but might as well copy here too.

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1. I'm obsessed with smells. I smell plants, foods, bottles of shampoo in the drugstore, you name it. I'd probably lean in close and smell people if it were socially acceptable.

2. I wrote my senior thesis (for my undergrad degree in Anthropology) about the role of the domestic dog among the prehistoric and historic Plains Indians.

3. I'm not particularly using my Anthro B.A. for anything now, except general human interest.

4. Ditto for my Linguistics M.A.

5. I don't really get sugar cravings per se--I'm more a salty person than a sugary person for snack foods--but chocolate is a class of its own. I require daily chocolate. Preferably dark and with as few extraneous ingredients as possible.

6. I'm becoming a connoisseur of tea as well. All types, though white tea so far strikes me as too bland to be interesting.

7. I got moved ahead from 1st to 2nd grade, mostly because the 1st grade teacher apparently terrorized me, and I was able to handle 2nd-grade-level work. However, this resulted in my being a year younger than my class forevermore. That rather sucked.

8. I remember a time when my younger sister and I would "fix" our hair by bending over at the waist and then snapping upright so it all flipped backward.

9. We owned both My Little Ponies and Barbie dolls as kids, but put them to somewhat un-girly use sometimes. Like putting them on top of things and throwing blocks at them to knock them down. Or sending them cliff-diving into the creek.

10. I pretty much never, ever paint my fingernails. It seems unhealthy, the chance of eating chips of nail polish. That stuff could kill you.

11. But I do paint my toenails. The poor neglected feet need some kind of aesthetic amelioration.

12. I like living in Seattle because I dislike wearing sunscreen. I've avoided a tan or a burn for a couple of years now, and am proud of it. Why be ashamed of your natural skin tone, even if it's pale?

13. I'm very, very inept at most arts and crafts, and consequently don't like doing them. Crafts especially. I sigh heavily in dismay if I have to sew a button back onto a shirt.

14. I can't be a couch potato. I get restless if I haven't left my chair in an hour or more.

15. I had a serious Cure phase in college and shortly thereafter (that is, as a fan of the band The Cure). And earlier this decade I had a serious Lord of the Rings fan phase. People who knew me and paid attention to me during those phases are in possession, undoubtedly, of some embarrassing tales they could tell about me.

16. But at least there was a fun side: one of the only times I've earned worldwide accolades was for writing Lord of the Rings parodies, which got forwarded everywhere in one of those weird quirks of the Internet.

17. I didn't have an email address, or even want one, until 1995. Within a year I was something of a net addict.

18. I'm better now. I like and require lots of time away from the screen.

19. I cannot live without humor. I like most sorts, high and low; sophisticated and silly; ideally many kinds in the same individuals.

20. I'm afraid of lightning. I don't hide under furniture when storms come, but I do feel deeply uneasy. However, I'd like to point out that this isn't an *irrational* fear, since, dude, lightning is HOTTER THAN THE SURFACE OF THE SUN. And can strike ANYWHERE. Even indoors.

21. Which is actually near the top of the list of why I won't ever live in Florida. Along with that anti-sunburn reason. Plus they have alligators.

22. I've spent about seven months total in the UK, over the course of three trips. I still want to go back, as there are plenty of parts I haven't seen yet. Yes, I'm a Britophile. (Why limit it to England, with "Anglophile"?)

23. I'm an excellent driver. Not a mark on my record.

24. But beyond scraping ice off the windows and putting gas into the tank, I'm pretty ignorant of car care.

25. Like a crow or many an easily distracted creature, I like sparkly objects. Preferably in earring form.
mollyringle: (Dr Who - animated Fireplace kiss)
I've seen this a couple times, and what with the cool TARDIS-related Flair [livejournal.com profile] dirae sent me over on Facebook, I guess I better fill it out...

When you see this meme, quote Doctor Who in your LJ.


The Doctor: Come on, we can all have a good flirt later.
Shakespeare: Is that a promise, Doctor?
The Doctor: (sigh) Fifty-seven academics just punched the air.

- "The Shakespeare Code"


The Doctor: Must be a spatial temporal hyperlink.
Mickey: What's that?
The Doctor: No idea. Just made it up. Didn't want to say 'magic door'.

- "The Girl in the Fireplace"
mollyringle: (girl reading with moon)
Sayeth the meme...

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read and hated.
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible - (not sure what to do here, since I've read some of it but not all of it, was forced to read some of it, like some of it, and hate some of it.)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (I read it by choice...and sort of hated it.)
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (Am tempted to strike-through this one, due to absurdly depressing content.)
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I like the ones I'm familiar with, well enough.)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (I can't remember several of them, so I should catch up again sometime.)
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (Isn't this a repeat of #33?)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Well, I read about two-thirds of it...)
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan (Just saw the film. Am a bit in love with James McAvoy as a result. Also want to read the book.)
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac (Again, about two thirds of it.)
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy (Ditto. But with more hating.)
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (I like the ones I've read.)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Look at all those boldfaces! They say six? I have read fifty-seven. Hah. See, I told everyone I didn't need an English degree in order to read the "good" books. Point made.
mollyringle: (winters jewels)
I only do this because today's view was so seasonally unusual. Winter came gallumphing back into Seattle for the morning, leading us all to say, "Uh...???"Photographic proof )
mollyringle: (winters jewels)
1) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
Marriage--faithful, yes, though we're pretty frivolous people rather than serious.

2) What was your dream growing up?
Discovering large hordes of never-ending chocolate. This is still my dream, as it happens.

3) What talent do you wish you had?
Musical virtuoso skills--you know, hear a symphony, then play it from memory on piano; that kind of thing.

4) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
Today, an Odwalla protein shake. My braces have put me on a liquid diet temporarily.

5) Favorite vegetable?
To eat raw? Fennel is pretty great. Or mixed salad greens.

6) What was the last book you read?
In the middle of 'Codex' by Lev Grossman now.

7) What zodiac sign are you?
Leo

8) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
Pierced ears, double on each side.

9) Worst Habit?
Snapping at people when stressed.

10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
Sure! (That's only for Rich, not just anyone reading this.)

11) What is your favorite sport?
Sport...that involves chasing a ball or something, right?

12) Do you have a Negative or Optimistic attitude?
Optimist despite it all.

13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
(Again I assume they mean Rich.) Probably get into a lively conversation about books and TV shows and world religions and stuff. And tell him, "Hey, you're a computer guy. Hack into the dealie-bob here and get us out."

14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
I suppose an instance or two of heartbreak.

15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
I don't mind cleaning the toilet, but hate scrubbing the tub.

16) Do you have any pets?
Nope. Aside from occasional ants.

17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
Ask if your GPS sent you way, way out of your path or what exactly. :)

18) What was your first impression of me? (hmmm...careful!)
Probably that you (Rich) were funny. I seem to recall a humorous tale about hotel rooms in Britain.

19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
More on the scary side.

20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
I'd fix these damn teeth without these damn braces.

21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
Conscience, likely. Hopefully that's an either/or question.

22) What color eyes do you have?
Green-brown.

23) Ever been arrested?
Nope.

24) Bottle or can soda?
I lean toward bottles, but generally dislike soda.

25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
Probably home improvements.

27) What's your favorite place to hang at?
Lincoln Park in West Seattle.

28) Do you believe in ghosts?
I want to, but have no definite reason to.

29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Write and read.

30) Do you swear a lot?
Not much, though more than I did as a teenager.

31) Biggest pet peeve?
People not doing what they say they're going to do.

32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
I'll go with "optimistic," though it repeats a previous answer.

33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
Definitely. But I reserve the right to snicker at cheesiness.

35) Do you believe in God?
See answer to #28.

36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
Am doing.

36)(BONUS!)What movie can you watch again and again?
I suppose I ought to say "Lord of the Rings," though I haven't actually watched any of it in over a year.
mollyringle: (Willow - Hi - by aom_leiconz)
Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] new_iconoclast...

1) Players start with 8 random facts about themselves.
2) Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 8 random facts.
3) Players should tag 8 other people and notify them they have been tagged.

So, my 8 random facts:

1. As proof that I'm behind the times, I have never sent or received a text message on a cell phone.

2. As further proof of the same thing, up until about a year ago I thought "MySpace" was a file storage type of site. Which I guess it is, if you count skanky photos and long emo posts as files.

3. After reading about noctilucent clouds on SpaceWeather.com, and seeing photos of them, I thought, "Oh, sure, I've seen those plenty of times." I verified this the other night by looking out the window at twilight and spotting some. Sure, there they are; we get 'em all the time here, I figured. Then I found out I was just lucky, for these are fairly rare at this latitude. So what was I seeing before? Not-so-lucent clouds, evidently.

4. I think I have a bunion on one foot. I'm not sure what to do about that, but my mother-in-law has them and they've nearly crippled her on bad days. Greeeat.

5. I tend to like fantasy but not sci-fi; love stories but not romance novels; true crime but not mysteries. With exceptions for each, of course.

6. I like purple flowers best of all. Then blue. Then white. Then red or yellow. But fragrance is really more important than color.

7. I eat peanut butter with chocolate chips off a spoon (or a table knife) quite a lot. I maintain that this is a healthy snack.

8. I disapprove of most bumper stickers. They're a bad policy. Sooner or later, everyone, even you, does something annoying in traffic. At that point, those who agree with your bumper sticker will be dismayed because you're making their side look bad; and those who disagree with your bumper sticker will just hate you even more for it.

And now...I disobey the rules by not tagging anyone, but inviting anyone to take part who wants to. I have a cold; I get to bow out early.
mollyringle: (laughing - hates life)
Just in case you ever wondered, it costs $45 for a locksmith to come let you back into your house when you've locked yourself out. Or maybe I was robbed blind and it really should cost less. I don't know. I've honestly never done it until today. Go me!

Yes, we do indeed need to start keeping a spare key somewhere outside the house. Like maybe under the mat or under a flowerpot next to the door, because no one would ever think of looking there.

Grumble. So, now, a meme from [livejournal.com profile] modmerseygirl.

1. YOUR NAME: Molly
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?: My middle name is the same as my mom's best friend's name. "Molly" just sounded nice and American, which my folks wanted after six months in France.
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY?: Hmm...really cry? Hard to recall. Tears in the eyes? The Buffy episode "The Body," watched a few days ago. Yes, I'm a sappy fan sometimes. But that was a *sad* episode--anyone who has seen it can back me up.
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?: Not my cursive. My non-cursive, which I use far more often, is OK.
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?: Chicken. Or maybe roast beef.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?: Sure, if I ever met me, which would be hard because I don't get out much.
7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL?: Far too many.
8. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?: Definitely! (That was [livejournal.com profile] modmerseygirl's answer, which amuses me because she's so ridiculously sweet, and I associate sarcasm with harsher people, like me.)
9. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?: Yep.
10. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?: Probably not, though oddly I think I could skydive.
11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?: Cheerios.
12. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?: Not lately.
13. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?: I think I'm stronger than I think I am. If that makes any sense.
14. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?: Any kind with chocolate cookie or brownie pieces in it.
15. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?: Probably hair; it's easier to assess from a distance.
16. RED OR PINK?: Red! I actually eschew pink.
17. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF?: What a very odd question. Uh...my eyes...?
18. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?: I suppose grandparents, and not just mine.
19. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?: No; they should post it on their own journals. ;)
20. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES YOU ARE WEARING?: Faded blue jeans; no shoes.
21. THE LAST THING YOU ATE?: Cookie dough, molasses/chocolate.
22. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?: The cold wind outside and my own typing.
23. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?: Pine green.
24. FAVORITE SMELL: Rain in a warm season.
25. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?: The locksmith.
26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?: Very much. :)
27. FAVORITE DRINK?: Water, or English/Scottish/Irish Breakfast Tea with milk and sugar.
28. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH?: I don't, really. I zone out within seconds.
29. HAIR COLOR?: Blondish reddish brown.
30. EYE COLOR?: Greenish brown (hazel)
31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?: Nope.
32. FAVORITE FOOD?: There's never just one food I could eat forever. But chocolate is an obvious contender. Cheese is up there too.
33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDING?: I prefer a happy ending, but a really great story would have it all.
34. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?: 'Free Enterprise,' via Netflix
35. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?: Brown
36. SUMMER OR WINTER?: I prefer fall and spring...but winter is less hateful to me than summer. If it's too hot to wear jeans, then I find it too hot.
37. HUGS OR KISSES?: Well, who we talking about caressin' here, sweet thang?
38. FAVORITE DESSERT?: Something with dark chocolate integrally involved in it
39. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?: Whoever wins the "most bored today" award.
40. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING?: 'Three Junes' by Julia Glass. I can't quite decide if I like it or not.
41. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?: Grayness.
42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST ON TV?: Probably a Buffy episode.
43. FAVORITE SOUNDS?: The soothing voices of familiar radio personalities
44. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?: Definitely Beatles, though I like a few Stones songs pretty well.
45. FURTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?: If I calculate correctly...Inverness, Scotland
46. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?: I can actually finish writing novels instead of just saying I would like to write one someday. Sorry. Make that: "Snarkiness at all the wrong moments."
47. LEAST LIKELY TO SEND THIS BACK?: N/a
48. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?: Oregon
49. NEW YEARS RESOLUTION?: To be a more considerate driver, and try to view other drivers as human beings and not demons.
mollyringle: (narnia)
A goofy meme picked up from [livejournal.com profile] rachel2205. Some of it makes little sense, but it's still funny.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, lemonlye sent to me...
Twelve soundtracks publishing
Eleven stars reading
Ten cosmetics a-skywatching
Nine clouds kissing
Eight linguistics a-cooking
Seven sociolinguistics a-writing
Six geeks a-dabbling
Five pre-e-e-etty boys
Four used bookstores
Three northern lights
Two sparkly earrings
...and a bioluminescence in a david bowie.
Get your own Twelve Days:


And for the many Jewish folk on my list, a very happy Chanukah! I have no particular familial ties to Judaism, but have long had ties of friendship and respect. Also, yesterday I heard a podcast story about Aaron Lansky, the man who rescued and collected 1.5 million books written in Yiddish, and it warmed my linguist/librarian-wanna-be heart. Apparently he has a book about the whole experience.

Must get back to watching old Buffy episodes.
mollyringle: (MST3LOTR-dance - arwen_elvenfair)
Everyone else is doing it...and Colbert is kind of cute, so...

You're on notice! )
mollyringle: (Finian's Rainbow - gold)
Post this in your journal, asking your friendslist (or whatever stranger that happens to wander by) to respond with whatever they know about you. It can be as matter of fact as 'Your name is Bridget, you're 25 and attending Harvard.' to the absolutely useless 'One Thursday, you tried to hop down a flight of stairs and you fell on your face'.

Tag five people. A week later, write an 'about me' post to fill in the gaps in your friends knowledge.


[livejournal.com profile] sopdetly tagged me, so here we are. Note to self: write post next week to fill in the gaps.

I tag...hmmm...random selection: [livejournal.com profile] rachel2205, [livejournal.com profile] kali_kali, [livejournal.com profile] wandererrob, [livejournal.com profile] bluesound, and [livejournal.com profile] amber_flashing. Hee. Get used to memes, K8...LJ doth crawl w/ them.
mollyringle: (parfumerie)
I did this one a couple months back, but upon [livejournal.com profile] darthbeckman's tagging, I shall think up more pleasantries:

Name ten of life's simple pleasures that you like most, and then pick ten people to do the same. Try to be original and creative and not to use things that someone else has already used.

1. The smell of my baby's skin. He can go days without bathing and still smell fresh and sweet. So unfair.
2. Plants that like neglect. How can I be the only one listing this as an LJ interest?
3. Rain in summer
4. Sun in winter
5. Calm high tide in Puget Sound, where it looks like a giant glass of water brimming over
6. Ignoring the knock on the front door, and finding a Jehovah's Witness brochure stuck there afterward. Best call EVER on not answering the door!
7. Dreaming something so silly that I wake up giggling
8. Adding stuff to my Amazon.com wish list
9. Huckleberries. The red ones will be getting ripe soon! Sweet!
10. Heckling the TV with my husband

I tag: ah heck, anyone.

Also, this Inis cologne is growing on me. Fragrance notes, according to the Fragrances of Ireland website: "...based on a rugged and robust muguet (lily-of-the-valley) to embody the coolness, clarity, energy and purity of the sea. Added to this is a top note of sparkling, diffusive citrus notes along with traces of marine notes, balanced with base notes of sandalwood and oak moss and deepened with spice notes of cloves and nutmeg." It still smells sort of like L'Eau d'Issey and CK Escape (for men), but fresher and less perfumey. Has shades of Irish Spring, or this cheap body spray called Chill Out that my sister and I bought for a little while in high school. I've never seen it since; I don't think it lived long. But I always liked it.

I'm trying to get my hands on the "Inis Arose" variety too, which is specifically feminine and supposedly is inspired by Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" painting. Top Notes - Sunny Sicilian Lemons and Bergamot, palest pink Geraniums, Cyclamen and Muguet (Lily of the Valley). Middle, or 'Heart', Notes - Pink May Rose from Grasse, White Rose , White Damask Rose Absolute and traces of Turkish Rose Attar. Bottom, or 'Soul', Notes - Penang Patchouli, finest Mysore Sandalwood, Vanilla from Madagascar, Incense, Tonkin Musk and Atlas Cedarwood.

Anyway, just wanted to give Fragrances of Ireland a bit of advertising, since I hate it when my favorite scents get discontinued.

Also trying to get my hands on a sample of Chanel No. 19, since it's also supposedly rather fresh and woodsy, and one reviewer said it smelled like you would smell after a wild romp in the grass with Mr. Darcy. What better advertisement is there? :)
mollyringle: (Legolas - do I please you?)
I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] sopdetly...

Name your Top 10 List Of Lust, in no particular order. Your neighbor or grade school teacher doesn't count. The list can be male, female or mixed. They can be real life celebrities or characters in a movie or TV show. For example, you might want to gag Viggo Mortenson, while still lusting after Aragorn. Tag 5 people on your flist to do this meme.

Since presumably my dear husband doesn't count as a celeb, I regretfully list only ten guys you might have heard of. Here we go with picspam! )

Tagged: [livejournal.com profile] elycia, [livejournal.com profile] kalquessa, [livejournal.com profile] trilliah, [livejournal.com profile] dirae, [livejournal.com profile] modmerseygirl, or really anyone at all.
mollyringle: (Rain - flower)
[livejournal.com profile] trilliah tagged me!

Name ten of life's simple pleasures that you like most, then pick ten people to do the same. Try to be original and creative and not to use things that someone else has already used.

1. Dark gray stormy clouds against bright spring flowers and foliage (see also: snow falling against daffodils, which actually happened here on Thursday)
2. A long drink of water after a good walk
3. The smell of Puget Sound, which is like the ocean tempered
4. The dizzy feeling of watching very tall trees swaying overhead in wind
5. Dark chocolate melting in the mouth (you knew I wouldn't get through this without mentioning chocolate)
6. Getting a particularly anticipated Netflix DVD in the mail
7. Cheerios; bonus points for dried cranberries on them
8. The smell of a thick paperback (not very original, but I do like it a lot)
9. The perfection, in my mind, of the stories I haven't written yet
10. My husband bursting into laughter at some facial expression or awkward movement made by our baby

Edit: forgot the ten people! Well, I don't like to assign homework, so please do take it if you want to. Whoever you might be.
mollyringle: (Froud - bad faeries)
I had it do my entire friends-list, so it's a bit long. Happy Halloween, and don't forget to turn your clocks back, fellow Americans!

[livejournal.com profile] lemonlye's Halloween party:

_persephone_ dressed as James Buchanan.
agentobscura dressed as Mary-Kate Olsen with her very own conjoined Ashley.
all_timeqb dressed as a goblin.
astrogirlx2 dressed as something big, but what, specifically, you can't tell.
atherisch dressed as a frost.
berlynn_wohl didn't even show up and doesn't get any candy.
bluesound dressed as a famous mummy.
caitirdamisa didn't dress up, spoilsport.
camilleophelia dressed as a new member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Pesty Scholar.
cassieclaire dressed as the Duke of Kalvir.
celtic4 dressed as the spirit of their dead grandmother Vera.
damnyellowcap dressed as Optimus Prime.
darthbeckman forgot to put on clothes!
darthdogbert dressed as Barney the dinosaur.
dirae dressed as a character from Harry Potter and the Clouds Queen.
ellejohara dressed as Green Lantern.
elycia dressed as a pixie.
fictualities dressed as the Governor of Alabama, though it looked more like a devil.
hj didn't dress up, spoilsport.
i_harobed dressed as someone called "Sergio England", but you've never heard of them before.
iharthdarth dressed as a diplomat from Taiwan.
impetuousnote dressed as a Level 9 thief.
inkpirate dressed as your grandmother, and it suited them disturbingly well.
innogen dressed as the love child of Howard Stern and Tipper Gore, though it looked more like the Indigo Power Ranger.
iq2hi4uok dressed as a pimp.
jazzypoet dressed as Brad Pitt's grandmother.
jedmiller dressed as Denise Richards's brother.
kali_kali dressed as your aunt.
kalquessa dressed as a average adventure.
kateelvellon dressed as a bottle of Pentvance.
katiegorn dressed as a Kohr, Harper & Kesl TechnologyCorporation employee.
kenshi dressed as Uhura from "Star Trek".
killingwish dressed as Kathie Lee Gifford, though it looked more like a Amiga Guru Meditation Error.
kim_jong_il__ didn't even show up and doesn't get any candy.
lala dressed as Tom Cruise, and it suited them all too well.
lemonlyelit dressed as a character from "Die Hard".
lordreaibn dressed as a fullback for the Seahawks.
lush_rimbaud dressed as a elk.
madbard dressed as a first baseman for the Indians.
matildafilch dressed as an iPod.
modmerseygirl dressed as Kylie Minogue.
mollyringwraith dressed as the Silver Power Ranger.
mosellegreen dressed as Optimus Prime, and it suited them disturbingly well.
northy dressed as the spirit of their dead grandmother Valerie.
noyen dressed as a equation.
otisgal737 dressed as a Marcoco, Incorporated employee, and it suited them disturbingly well.
partywhipple dressed as a Wolf, Cleveland & FoudaCooperative employee, though it looked more like the Cardinal of Sweprevide.
patientx dressed as a skeleton.
puabi dressed as David Beckham riding a eagle.
rachel2205 dressed as George W. Bush.
radiofreecarbon dressed as Rutherford B. Hayes.
raethe dressed as a pizza.
ramaustin dressed as Dick Cheney, though it looked more like a can of beer.
ripleynikki dressed as a disturbing self-made character called "Loopy Chucklehead", and it suited them disturbingly well.
scottishtyrant didn't dress up, spoilsport.
shazza_gordon dressed as a giraffe.
shinyhappylinks didn't dress up, spoilsport.
star_sign dressed as the Earl of Gorprotomax.
tdj dressed as a sub-adjunct network administrator.
teasel dressed as the Vicount of Pittsburgh.
terrylj dressed as a mummy.
thomas_a_kempis dressed as a new superhero: Sky -naut.
titaniawaking dressed as the Duke of Green Hickory.
trilliah dressed as a 1960's hippie child.
trilliart dressed as Michelle Trachtenberg.
wandererrob dressed as Dan Fouts.
wee_minxy dressed as a new superhero: Albino Lad.
zenzucht dressed as Meatwad.

Throw your own party at the Hallomeme!
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mollyringle: (iPod)
The "7 years ago" meme, taken from [livejournal.com profile] darthdogbert...let's see how good my memory is.

7 years ago:

How old were you? 23
What grade were you in? No grade; was out of college and working.
Where did you go to school? Before that, would have been U. of Oregon.
Where did you work? Same place I do now
Where did you live? Capitol Hill, Seattle
How was your hair style? Similar to now, but longer; and possibly dyed a more reddish color.
Did you wear braces? No
Did you wear contacts? No
Did you wear glasses? No
Who was your best friend? Steve
Who was your boyfriend/girlfriend? Also Steve
Who was your celebrity crush? Johnny Depp, Rupert Graves, David Hyde Pierce, to name a few
Who was your regular-person crush? In a lightweight non-serious sense, this older guy at work
Were you a virgin? To be coy I'd say "same answer as now," but that's kind of a giveaway...
How many piercings did you have? Five, all in the earlobes
How many tattoos did you have? None
What was your favorite band? The Cure
What was your biggest fear? Possibly an earthquake causing the collapse of the brick apartment building we lived in.
Had you smoked a cigarette yet? Approximately one puff - i.e., my life total so far.
Had you gotten drunk or high yet? Mildly drunk; never high.
Had you driven yet? Yes
If so what car(s) did you use? Think we just had the '92 Pathfinder at the time.
Which of your pets were still alive? Had no pets of my own
Which members of your family were still alive? All that are alive now, with the exception of my uncle on my dad's side, who has since died.
Which members of your family were not born yet? None; they're all at least 7 by now. I know of one who was not conceived yet, though. ;)
Where did you chill on the weekends? Farther up Capitol Hill, in parks or record stores or bookstores.
You feel old now don't you? Nah; I feel more grown up, but not old. Though I do kind of miss those Capitol Hill shops.
mollyringle: (chocolate)

LJ Interests meme results



  1. chocolate:
    What's not to like? Prefer dark, bittersweet, smooth solid chocolate; but also like it as a drink, mixed with warm milk. I'm hardly alone in this.
  2. e-publishing:
    Will it reach the mad popularity of mp3s, or go the way of the 8-track? I don't know, but I'm riding the wave to see.
  3. fiction:
    By far my favorite type of reading and writing. And if you're going to write nonfiction, I like it to be written in the style of fiction. Otherwise I will call it a "reference book." Those have their time and place, but they don't exactly transport my soul, y'know?
  4. hair:
    One of my top two or three favorite external-aesthetic features to admire on others. Prefer thick, shiny, clean, wavy; all at once. NOT a reference to the hippie musical.
  5. jane eyre:
    (dork voice) Probably, like, one of my favorite books in the universe. Read for its skills and magic. (/dork) Romance, vintage Gothness, virtue, the northern English countryside...ahhh.
  6. macintosh:
    My home computer of choice for life so far.
  7. pacific northwest:
    My home of choice so far.
  8. satire:
    Not quite as friendly as "parody" or, perhaps, "irony," but still awfully funny in the right hands.
  9. tact:
    "Before you speak (or type), ask yourself: 'Is it true? Is it necessary?'" Still working on enforcing that on myself.
  10. words:
    A fine place LiveJournal would be without them.


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