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December 5th, 2013


1. What time did you get up this morning? 7
2. How do you like your steak? I try not to eat red meat anymore, but on the rare (no pun intended) occasions when I have it, I like it medium well.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The Great Gatsby
4. What is your favorite TV show? The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. Also Glee, though it isn't as good as it used to be.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? California, most likely San Diego
6. What did you have for breakfast? granola
7. What is your favorite cuisine? Italian
8. What foods do you dislike? brussels sprouts
9. Favorite place to eat? Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield
10. Favorite dressing? lite Italian.
11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? I don't drive
12. What are your favorite clothes? anything bohemian
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Bermuda, England, Ireland, France, Italy, Israel, Australia, Africa.
14. Where would you want to retire? see #5
15. Favorite time of day? 8-10pm
16. Where were you born? Boston, MA
17. What is your favorite sport to watch? Baseball.
18. What's your dream job? best selling novelist
19. How many siblings? one sister
20. Favorite pastime/hobby? Reading, writing, photography, music
21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? Anyone.
22. Bird watcher? Sure
23. Are you a morning person or a night person? night.
24. Do you have any pets? Benjamin A. Fluffball, better known as Benny  (guinea pig)
25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share? I recently wrote and published a book!
26. What did you want to be when you were little? I always wanted to be a writer and now my lifelong dream has finally come true.
27. What is your best childhood memory? West Brookfield and Camp Grossman
28. Are you a cat or dog person? Neither, I'm a cavy person.
29. Are you married? Yes
30. Always wear your seat belt? Yes, of course.
31. Been in a car accident? I was in a car accident in utero-  some guy rear-ended my mom when she was in the first trimester of her pregnancy with me. Thankfully, she was wearing her seat belt which is the reason she and I are still alive. Hence, the answer to #30
32. Any pet peeves? Wal-Mart, racist/sexist/homophobic people, and bullies.
33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? tomato, basic, mozzerella
34. Favorite Flower? Azalea, honeysuckle
35. Favorite ice cream? peanut butter/chocolate
36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Taco Bell
37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? once
38. From whom did you get your last email? Mike
39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Macy's
40. Do anything spontaneous lately? sometimes
41. Like your job? yes
42. Broccoli? No thanks
43. What was your favorite vacation? My honeymoon in- guess where? San Diego
44. Last person you went out to dinner with? My parents
45. What are you listening to right now? I was listening to Dar Williams "The Beauty of The Rain" CD but it ended.
46. What is your favorite color? purple
47. How many tattoos do you have? None.
49. What time did you finish this quiz? 3:49pm
50. Coffee Drinker? not really but ocassionally decaf

September 24th, 2013

computer survey

Computer Firsts!

When did your family get your first computer?

What type of computer was it?
Apple IIC +

What were your favorite things to do on your first computer?
Play Think Quick! and Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? Then there was the Bankstreet Writer, the word processor.

When did you/your family first connect to the Internet?
1995, I think (by this point we had retired the old Apple IIc and upgraded to an IBM with Windows 3.1 or whatever the most recent version of Windows was at the time)

How did you spend time online when you first connected?
Email and computer games

Copy and paste to your own journal, then reply to this post with a link to your answers.

May 20th, 2013

ABC survey

A - Age: will turn 36 at the end of the month
B - Bed size: Queen
C - Chore you hate: washing dishes. (me too Lisa!)
D – Domestic Animal Names: Benny
E - Essential start to your day item(s) juice and cereal
F - Favorite color: purple and azalea pink
G - Gold or Silver: Gold
H - Height: 5'3"
I - Instruments you play(ed): Guitar and a little piano
J - Job title: Project Assistant
K - Kisses or hugs: hugs..
L - Living arrangements: Jim and I own a house
M - Mood: bored
N - Nicknames: Mouse
O - Overnight hospital stays other than birth: none
P - Pet Peeves: loud motorcycles, mosquitoes, people who talk loudly on their phones on the T
Q - Quote from a movie: Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: one sister
T - Time you wake up: 7, 8 or 9 on weekends
U - Underwear: panties and bra
V - Vegetable you dislike: spinach, broccoli
W - Ways you run late: losing track of time
X - X-rays you've had: dental
Y - Yummy food you make: pasta dishes
Z - Zoo favorite: meerkats

February 20th, 2013

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I can't see the responses to any LJ entries...is it just me?

December 24th, 2012

2012 survey

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Audition for a professional theater production (didn't get cast, though)

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolution(s)?
If I remember correctly; they weren't resolutions but goals- to get my book published, to get more hours at work, and to redo my kitchen. I did finish writing my book but I'm still working on getting it published, I did get more hours at work, and my kitchen is still the same.

3. Will you make more for next year?
To exercise more, to get my book published, and to finish writing my second book.

4. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister (baby Eliana born 12/19/12)

5. Did anyone close to you die?

6. What countries did you visit?
None. I didn't do much traveling at all this year- except for a weekend in NH and another one in CT.

7. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
A full time job; a publishing deal

8. What date(s) from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
December 19, 2012- the birth of Eliana

9. What was your biggest achievement of 2012?
Finishing my book

10. What was your biggest failure?
Not getting the promotion at work- but I did get more hours for another project

11. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was sick with a cold on both my birthday AND on my anniversary!

12. What was the best thing you bought?
Um...I have no idea...new shoes, maybe?

13. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Obama and everyone who voted for him

14. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

15. Where did most of your money go?
Food, bills, gasoline, etc.

16. What did you get really excited about?
The election
The birth of Eliana

17. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Call Me Maybe- Carly Rae Jepsen
Somebody That I Used To Know- Gotye

18. Compared to this time last year, are you:

-Happier or sadder?
Happier and more optimistic.

– Thinner or fatter?
A little fatter, but not bad.

– Richer or poorer?
A little richer.

19. What do you wish you’d done more of?

20. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sleeping late

21. How did you spend Christmas?
Spending Christmas with the in laws tommorow

22. Did you fall in love in 2012?
Nope. I've been married since 2005.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Glee (even though it's not as good as it used to be), The New Normal, Bunheads

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

25. What was the best book you read?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Also, I've been on a Bronte kick since September when I found a novel at the library called
"Charlotte and Emily," about the Bronte sisters. I took it out and read it; and then re-read Jane Eyre, both versions of Emma, Villette, and Wuthering Heights; and now I'm reading Shirley, which I haven't read before. I hadn't read Wuthering Heights since my AP English Lit class in high school. I didn't like it then; but I absolutely LOVED it now!

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Muse; Florence & The Machine

27. What did you want and get?
An Obama victory, a new camera, and a new computer.

28. What did you want and not get?
A full time job, a publishing deal, a new kitchen

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was sick but Jim and I went out for dinner a few days later when I was feeling better. I was 35.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A publishing deal

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Classy bohemian

33. What kept you sane?
Books, music

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

35. What political issue or news stirred you the most?
The CT shootings

36. Who did you miss?
Whitney Houston

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Denise, I met her via email.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
I'm kind of stuck on this one...I'll get back to you, maybe.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Don't stop believing, hold on to that feeling!

40. List some other notable things that happened in 2012.
Dave & Beth's wedding and Renee & Aaron's wedding

November 16th, 2012

1. When they greet you, "How are you doing, honey?" say, "Oh, I'm doing fabulous! Better than I've been all year! Ever since Barack Obama got re-elected, I've been in a constant state of bliss!

2. If they have everyone go around the table and say what they are thankful for, say, "I'm SO thankful that Obama won, because he will continue to make this country a better place by taxing the rich even more and giving women free birth control and giving all of us Obamacare and making gay marriage legal in all 50 states...." Go on and on, naming all the things that the Republicans don't want Obama to do. When you are unable to name any more, make stuff up, i.e., "and he'll make candy bars become nutritious and he'll cure my hemmoroids and he'll make this year's season of Glee not suck so bad and he'll make my house clean itself automatically..." The more ridiculous, the better! Keep going until you are forced to stop.

3. At dinner, refer to the turkey as "Mitt Romney." Say "Could you please pass the Mitt Romney...I mean turkey. Turkey! Get it, because Mitt Romney is a turkey!"

4. When there is a break in the conversation, say, "I just LOVE Barack Obama! I think he's the best president ever! In fact, if I were to have a baby, I'd want Barack Obama to be the father!"

5. Set your watch or phone to chime at random times throughout the day. Each time it does, pump your fist in the air and chant, "FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!"

6.. At that moment after dinner, when everyone is exhausted from eating too much turkey and is just collapsing on the couch, loudly announce, "At this moment, I am going to peform a dramatic re-enactment of how I responded when I found out that Obama won." Sit up straight, put your hands over your mouth, gasp, and say, "274? OMG that means Obama won!" Jump up out of your seat, exclaim, "Obama WON!" Jump up and down, and scream, "OBAMA WON! OBAMA WON! WHOO HOO!" Kneel down and say, "Thank you, God! Obama won!" Get up, and start dancing, and chant, "O to the B to the AMA! O to the B to AMA! O-BAMA! O-BAMA! Hey hey, O-BAMA!" Hug all of your relatives, especially the Republican ones.

7. While watching the football game, say, "It looks like (name of team) is going to be the LO-SER, just like Mitt Romney!"

8. If, at any point, Obama comes on TV, stand up, say, "That's my PRESIDENT!" applaud, and sing "Hail To The Chief."

9. While having dessert, say, "This apple pie is delicious- just like the SWEET victory of Obama over Romney!"

10. At the end of the meal, groan, put your hands on your belly, and say, "I ate like a pig- just like Romney, because he's a pig!"

November 10th, 2012

election results

The poll on the Live Journal homepage asked "How do you feel about the election results?" I checked "I'm ecstatic!" Truly, I was ecstatic on Tuesday night- as well as shocked, joyful, grateful, and most of all, RELIEVED that Mitt Romney won't be President.
In a way, I'm even more ecstatic than I was four years ago. Don't get me wrong: Barack Obama's victory in 2008 was a wonderful historic moment for the nation as we elected our first African-American president, and it was thrilling to be a part of it and to know that I helped make it happen.
However, in 2008, there was no doubt that Barack Obama would win, while in 2012, I seriously was preparing myself for a Romney victory. Therefore, this time, the joy was due to knowing that President Obama overcame so many obstacles to get re-elected: a highly electable opponent who was vindictive and had lots of money to spend on campaigning, slow economic recovery, all the polls showing the two candidates were nearly tied, the Republicans in Congress working against him to prevent him getting re-elected, and yet he overcame all of them! I have to admit, I'm still a little shocked that President Obama not only won, but won by a clear, significant majority of both the electoral and the popular vote; and not to mention that he won before Florida's votes were in!
I felt like it was Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and the Fourth of July all in one! Thanksgiving because I was so grateful for Obama's victory, Christmas because I got everything I wanted on my wish list (all the candidates I voted for got elected, both the ballot questions I voted for passed, and the one I voted against didn't pass), Easter because my hope and faith in America has been resurrected, and the Fourth of July because I'm reminded of how proud I am to be an American.

June 26th, 2012

I hate ontd_glee (rant)

Can I just say how much I hate the community ontd_glee? It really should just change its name to glee_sucks. It's nothing but an anti-Glee community, not to mention an anti-Matthew Morrison and anti-Darren Criss community.  It also bugs me that the mods of that community refuse to listen to anyone with opinions different from theirs and that they don't welcome discussion from dissenters. Also, how they treat their opinions as fact.

But what really bugs me is when they post links to garbage such as an obviously photoshopped picture of one of the Glee cast members holding hands with another celebrity, along with claims that they are dating AND THEN THEY DON'T BOTHER TO MENTION THAT IT'S A FAKE and act like it's true. That crap just really bothers me. If you don't like a particular celebrity, that's fine, but circulating false rumors about him is just not cool. And then, when a poster tries to be the voice of reason, he gets slammed with "you must be new" comments and similar sarcastic replies.

They remind me of the "elite" cliques at school that have a bunch of inside jokes and turn up their noses at anyone who's an outsider, and put everyone else down every chance they get. I suppose that must be why they hate Glee so much- because the show has such a strong anti-bullying stance. How dare a show ruin the fun they get out of making other people's lives miserable. /sarcasm

Sure, I get that people have different opinions, and that they have the right to express them, but it really bugs me that ontd_glee is  the most updated Glee community on LiveJournal. I keep telling myself to stay away from that cesspool of a comm but sometimes it's the only place to find updates on Glee.

March 17th, 2012

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What does today have in common with a punk rock band from California?
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