Book Meme

Mar. 2nd, 2012 11:52 am
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Yanked from [ profile] moiraj

1. What is your favorite genre to read?

For the most part I stick to fantasy and horror.  Sometimes I'll read a mystery but not one of those cutesy ones / themed ones.

2. What is the first romance novel you ever read and how old were you when you read it?

Uh, does the series Clan of the Cave Bear count?  If so, then I was about 13.  *coughs*

Regular romance, though, probably around the same age.  When I'm in the mood for romance, Nora Roberts is fun and I enjoy some of the supernatural romances but, in general, I find most romance stories to be kind of insipid.

3. How many books--paper or ebooks--are in your existing TBR pile?

About 80?  I need to do a headcount, actually/

4. Do you read nonfiction? If so, from which sub-genre?

More so now than I did before but even then, not religiously.  When I do delve into nonfiction then I tend towards: cooking / food, travel, history, science history(?), and some auto/biographies

5. Do you own an e-reading device? If so, which one(s)?

Kindle and I love me my precious - though it makes remembering those TBR books kind of hard ...

6. Which one book have you re-read most often?

That has to be a tie between Lord of the Rings the entire collection and Sword of Shannara.  I took those two books everywhere with me when I was a kid and re-read them both dozens of times.

7. How many library books do you have out right now?

Not a one.  While I still love libraries, I generally prefer to own my books now.

8. How do you mark your place in a book?

Oh, I'm kind of bad about this - I do tend to dogear my books.  I like bookmarks but I almost always lose them or drop them while reading.  I did find this really neat one that you slip over the spine of your book to keep it in place and then there's another part that you move around to mark your place in it.

So far that's kept me on the straight and narrow.

9. About how many books do you typically read in a month?

Depends on the month and what's going on in my life.  When I have time to read, about 4-7 books a month.  When I don't, I'm lucky to even finish one.

10. What was the last book that made you cry?

Feed by Mira Grant.  I read it the same month that Katz had passed away and a few months after both my grandfathers and there were a few crucial scenes that just had me crying.  I normally don't cry like that over a book but, well, probably poor time in my life to read it.  XD

11. What was the last book that made you laugh?

I think Cold Fire had a few moments where I laughed.


Jan. 13th, 2012 06:06 pm
indiana_j: (books)
Pick up the nearest book to you. Turn to page 45. The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

His expression shifts in an instant, from wide-eyed fascination to smirking slyness.

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, Kindle version

...well then!   ;)

Day 10

Mar. 29th, 2011 09:04 am
indiana_j: (imagination)
Day 01 - Introduce Yourself
Day 02 - Your first love
Day 03 - Your parents
Day 04 - What you ate today
Day 05 - Your definition of love
Day 06 - Your day
Day 07 - Your best friend
Day 08 - A moment
Day 09 - Your beliefs

Day 10 - What you wore today

I forgot about this one today and yet I still wore my favorite shirt. ;)  I'm wearing a light sweater, since the highs are only going to be low 50's today and it was cold when I left the house, with three-quarter sleeves; they've got the white cuffs and collar that make it look like I've got a white button down on underneath it.  But it's all lies and trickery as I don't!  It's a dark purple with one diamond pattern running down the left side of it.

I'm also sporting my favorite jeans - which are so baggy on me right now \o/ - and sneakers.  Oh, and cow socks because they were the first ones that I grabbed.

And a simple but interesting silver bracelet on my right wrist.
indiana_j: (Default)
Day 01 - Introduce Yourself
Day 02 - Your first love
Day 03 - Your parents
Day 04 - What you ate today
Day 05 - Your definition of love
Day 06 - Your day
Day 07 - Your best friend
Day 08 - A moment

Day 09 - Your beliefs

Growing up, we were sort of, kind of Protestant in the way that you are when you never go to church and religion as a whole really wasn't discussed much.  We attended church for a bit when I was much younger - in time for a Christmas play, even; Heather was a baby lamb and I was a Wise Man.  I think I wore a beard. - but between the constant moving and life in general, it didn't last.

I remember my mom saying that this was something that she regretted, not giving us this religious culture while growing up.  I think the thing that I missed out on the most was the culture of going, not the actual religion part.  But I think that goes more in hand with the idea of a home town or knowing one group of people for most of your life desire that I sometimes get and not really out of any desire to develop a religious fervor.

Ultimately, I have no idea if there's an ultimate being somewhere out there.  I'd like to think there is but I have no way of proving or disproving that as I have been lucky enough to avoid any near death experiences and / or miracles in my life time.  I casually talk about there being a heaven or a hell in the way that I'd sort of kind of really like there to be something beyond this particular existence of ours but, you know, I have no idea.

I think Jesus was a real person or an amalgamation of several (I don't know that particular part of history that well) but not necessarily the son of God.  And I think a lot of the lessons that you get from his teachings should be simple common sense (be kind to one another, turn the other cheek, try to help your neighbor) and not just something that one needs to learn while attending church service.

There are good men and women who attend church / temple / what have you.  There are bad men and women who do the same.  And the same goes for those who don't follow any faith.

In essence, I try to live a good life.  I try to be a good person.  I don't need a scripture or someone standing behind a pulpit in order to attempt that.  And in my moments of need - of which there have been a surprising number over the last year - if I bow my head and send out a prayer, it's not that I know for certain someone / something is going to hear it.  It's me giving voice to what's most troubling me at the moment.

And if someone were to hear it - well, it's not like I can prove or disprove it, even if something turns out the way I'd been hoping.  In the end, there's a lot of things that I have no control over but desperately wished I did - it's an outlet, one that helps and never hurts.

Day 10 - 30 )
indiana_j: (Good sleep)
Day 01 - Introduce Yourself
Day 02 - Your first love
Day 03 - Your parents
Day 04 - What you ate today
Day 05 - Your definition of love
Day 06 - Your day
Day 07 - Your best friend

Day 08 - A moment

Last night was the third night in a row that I had gotten into bed before 10:30.  I laid there on my side, listening to the quiet Sleep playlist that I have going every night, and started to fall asleep while gazing out the window.  The rain distorted the lights of Alexandria and DC, so on top of not having my glasses on, it was like some sort of moving Christmas light set.  I fell asleep with the kitten draped over my neck and shoulders, also asleep, more relaxed and ready for sleep than I had in months.

Days 09 - 30 )

Day 07

Mar. 23rd, 2011 10:37 am
indiana_j: (dancing)
Day 01 - Introduce Yourself
Day 02 - Your first love
Day 03 - Your parents
Day 04 - What you ate today
Day 05 - Your definition of love
Day 06 - Your day

Day 07 - Your best friend

I swear, in all of these memes, there's always one part that seems like it's designed to cause drama, isn't there?

Anyway.  Back in middle school / high school, I pretty much labeled anyone with a passing interest in me as one of my best friends.  I don't do that anymore but I've got so many close friendships these days that I don't like to label them because they're all different.  I love my friends and I'm closer to others than some but at the end, that doesn't detract from anything I might have with them.

Days 08 - 30 )

Day 06

Mar. 22nd, 2011 08:50 pm
indiana_j: (Dresden // Polka will never die)

Day 01 - Introduce Yourself
Day 02 - Your first love
Day 03 - Your parents
Day 04 - What you ate today
Day 05 - Your definition of love

Day 06 - Your day (done again since LJ just ate it, sigh)

Since I went to bed at a reasonable hour last night - 10:15! - I was able to get up at 7:25 without me reaching over at like 5 a.m. to reset the clock to 7:50.  With everyone still being at conference, I actually decided to wear an actual t-shirt (I try to avoid them even though it's casual at work - there's casual and then there are t-shirts).  There's like 14 of us in the office and we're all scattered, who's going to care?

No one!

Remembering that I had milk at the office and that there was left over pizza from yesterday's lunch, courtesy of work, I only grabbed my Special K cereal and a Jell-O Sensations cup, snack, when I left the house.  After, of course, playing "Fetch but not really" with Marion - I'll throw something, she'll chase and savage it and then she'll run back to me without it.

I managed to escape without her ending up in the hallway.

Work was work, if slower paced than normal.  Busier than the last few days, though, as I decided not to hop onto Facebook and actually concentrate.  ;)  That's the plus and minus of conference, your concentration is shot because no one's there.  Lots of calls and emails, working on various projects and catching up on the checks.

On my way home, I saw that a guy that had been weaving in and out of traffic - cutting me off - had rear ended someone who had been waiting to make a left turn.  Plus side, though, is that the woman he rear ended was in an SUV and while she only had, from a quick look, a dent in her bumper his front end was buckled.  Well, pay attention next time though I do feel horrible for the woman.  Despite my nerves insisting someone was going to rear end me next, I managed to make it home without so much as a scratch on my car.

Tonight has been spent mostly doing OT and preparing the first dish for Marissa's party, the sorbet terrine.  The flavors are, from bottom to top, raspberry, lemon, vanilla ice cream and blackberry.  I really want vanilla ice cream but it's all in the dish now. D:

I was going to watch Ladron Que Roba a Ladron tonight but Netflix seems to be acting up so I'm going to watch the Discovery Channel and try to call my folks again.

Days 07 - 30 )
indiana_j: (Default)
You know what's creepy and unacceptable?  Following right behind a woman and "jokingly" talking about how you're following her.  Even in an office building, I'm still going to spin around and tell you to knock it off or I'm screaming for help.  (People will get off at the 3rd floor so they can by-pass the locked firegate on the exit stairs and take the stairs the rest of the way up - the problem, here, is that the door to the stairwell is right next to the side door for the office I take.)

He scurried away, looking both startled and ashamed.

I'm sorry for mistaking your creepy jokes about following me, which you started on the elevator, for something creepy.  Oh wait, no I'm not.  They were creepy.


Day 01 - Introduce Yourself
Day 02 - Your first love
Day 03 - Your parents
Day 04 - What you ate today

Day 05 - Your definition of love

Love is really hard to define but I think of love as a solid foundation to any relationship, friends or otherwise, but not a crutch.  Love doesn't or shouldn't make someone else perfect because no one is.  It allows you to accept all parts of someone, both good and bad, and in return, you're accepted for who you are, too.  It also doesn't make two people one - love should always let you be individual.  Love's one of many feelings that make a good relationship.

Day 04

Mar. 20th, 2011 11:01 pm
indiana_j: (Boat)
Day 01 - Introduce Yourself
Day 02 - Your first love
Day 03 - Your parents

Day 04 - What you ate today

Ah, weekends, where I don't eat as well as I do on weekdays because when I'm at work, I have a set routine that almost never waivers.  On the weekends, well, anything goes.

-The remainder of my 12 oz new york strip from Ray's: The Steaks, where we had dinner last night, along with some garlic mash potatoes
-Slice of ice cream chocolate pie for dessert

Glass of iced tea

-Small thing of fried potatoes
-Steak tips marinated with Caesar Salad

I, uh, probably need to start drinking more during the day.  In fact, let me go get some water ...
Days 5 - 30 )
indiana_j: (Reflection in ice)
Day 01 - Introduce Yourself
Day 02 - Your first love

Day 03 - Your parents

Well, anyone who knows me knows I've been looking forward to writing this one. ;)

My parents met while they were both stationed up in Thurso, Scotland during their stints in the Navy.  Thurso wasn't the biggest of stations, or towns, but while they vaguely knew each other it wasn't until some party in January of 1980 that they got together.

It seems that my poor dad had caught the attention of one of the, a-hem, more notorious women at the party and, wanting nothing to do with her since he knew exactly where she'd been, proceeded to do what any strong minded person would do.  He ran.  As he fled, he spotted my mom, who had come without a date, and made a beeline for her; throwing his arm over her shoulder, he told her to play along like they had come together and, my mom, amused, followed suit.

My dad likes to say that once he put his arm around her shoulders, he didn't want to let go.  I know, right?

Their courtship was a fast one.  Dating to engaged to married within three or four weeks, depending on who you ask now though I think they've retconned it to three, they have been married now for over 31 years.  And they got married on Groundhogs Day - how awesome is that?

You sometimes look at them and wonder - how the hell has my mom not killed my dad yet?  I guess that whole being stupidly in love even after 31 years probably helps a lot.

My dad's a great guy, one of the best men that I've ever known.  Sadly, I've inherited his gift of gab but not his storytelling ability.  He's utterly comfortable around any group of people and has a million plus stories that will make anyone bust out laughing.  He's as straightforward as you can get - injustice doesn't sit well with him, especially if it's aimed at his people at work, and he has no qualms in telling someone in no specific terms what's wrong and what should happen now.  The drawback, of course, is that he thinks he's right - the really awful part is that he USUALLY IS.

His humor runs the gamut from the slightly perverse - though generally not around us, though I've heard some of the stories he'll tell other former military and government folks - to the kind of humor that four year olds think is hilarious.  He's stubborn as hell and intelligent enough to back it up, too.  I tend to spend more time with my mom but I'm starting to want that to change - not to lessen any time with her but to gain more time with him.  I'm far more like him than I ever thought I was and when we aren't butting heads because of it, I see that more and more.

I think the best way to describe my mom is to say that she's awesome and I'm sort of desperate to have her meet other awesome mommies so that their awesome-ness can expand and take over the world (hi Aisy's mom!).  She's probably one of the most down to earth people I know - it helps to keep my dad grounded when he's being bizarre - and one of the easiest to talk to.  I think a defining moment that would probably tell you what you should know about her is that the Marine's in Switzerland dubbed her their Marine Mom.  The entire lot of them.  She's a great influence on whatever group she's with, more intelligent than she might give herself credit for and I've never seen her lose her cool in any situation.

She's the kind of mom that let me buy her dinner when she, I and all the roommates and Lauren went out to dinner - but turned around and bought us all frozen yogurt.  If anyone needs anything, you know she's there for you.

We spend quite a bit of time with each other, as much as you can when you live an hour + from one another, and it's a relationship where we can either talk or have a comfortable silence.  When I, or anyone, talks to my mom, you know you're going to get an honest answer from her about any given situation.

I think one of the reasons my parents work so well together is that they compliment each other.  My mom grounds my dad and he makes her laugh.  Even when they don't agree on something, they work around it.  31 years is a long time and they could have gotten complacent but they poke and prod at each other and, in the end, they have a stronger marriage for it.

In essence, my folks are amazing.

Days 4 - 30 )
indiana_j: (Default)
Day 01 - Introduce yourself
Day 02 - Your first love

Up until last year, I sort of thought I was kind of broken when it came to the love department.  I had had a few boyfriends over the years, plenty of crushes (I am a champion crusher) but never, really, been in a relationship and in love.  And then Neil came along and it went both good and bad, as these things sort of go.

I had met Neil a few years ago through Amanda and Evan and I remember very clearly Amanda commenting that Neil was, essentially, catnip for women.  He was cute, flirtatious, intelligent and we met at a RennFaire.  Yeah, I'd say catnip was pretty accurate.

(Funny aside.  Both Marissa and I thought he was cute but she, being adorable, told me to go for it and she'd step back.  Of course I didn't go for it then but it was a story that amused Neil when we did start to date.)

I didn't seem him again until a party at A & E's place in the fall of 2009, where we decided to keep in touch this time and grab some coffee.  Of course, when January came with a giant helping of disaster and grief, we finally managed to grab dinner in February or March of 2010.  We'd see each other two more times over the next few weeks before I finally decided to go for it and ask him if he was interested.

I knew from Evan that Neil was notorious for not dating or being all that serious when it came to, well, anything really.  And he pretty much told me the same thing - that he was attracted to me but wasn't looking for anything serious.  And at the time, that was just fine - casual dating appealed heavily to me, as you get all the fun stuff without all the work, essentially.

The relationship lasted, surprisingly, about half a year.  I have never had as much fun with anyone as I did with Neil.  Our senses of humor were pretty much the same and we watched a lot of movies, hung out at each other's places, went on a lot of dates that involved finding really good places to eat and really good food.  (And I did my first double date ever with A & E, which I still love to look back on.)  He made me feel attractive and like I was the most awesome person on the planet.

The trouble, of course, came in about the fourth of fifth month when I realized I was falling in love with him.  How could I not with how well I was being treated and how much fun I was having?  But I was terrified, not only because it was this bizarre, mythical love thing but also because I knew that wasn't what he wanted, so I didn't say anything.  But I'm not very subtle and Neil caught on pretty quickly and not long after, we had broken up.

Neil came into my life at a time when I needed him.  2010 was probably one of the worst years I have ever experienced in my adult life and, for six months, I had this wonderful, bizarre relationship but not boyfriend / girlfriend situation going on.  And it made me realize two things:

1)  I'm not damaged or screwed up, I can fall in love with the right guy - or the wrong guy, too.


2)  Falling in love should only be terrifying in that "oh my god, is this love" way and never in that "Oh god, what if he finds out?".  I don't regret a minute of the relationship but I think the next time, there shouldn't be that kind of barrier.

Day 3 - 30 )
indiana_j: (Memories)
 Since I can't really seem to sit down to think very much right now, a meme stolen from [ profile] incandescently :  Reply to this post, and I'll tell you one reason why I like you. Then repost this and spread the love.

(Edit @ 1 pm: Which I will answer when I get home since I just saw the time and yeargh, I meant to leave, like, now! *FLEES*)

indiana_j: (Default)
Because we never really know each other as well as we think, in response to this post I'd like you to ask a question. Anything about which you are curious, anything you feel you ought to know about me. Silly, serious, personal, fannish. Ask away. Then copy this to your own journal, and see what people don't know about you.

Book meme

Nov. 17th, 2008 09:11 am
indiana_j: (Doctor Who // The Master Poster)
Grabbed from a bunch of people.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next seven sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

"What did you do before the war?" Malarkey said he was a student at the University of Oregon.  Ike wanted to know who won last fall's Oregon-Oregon State football game, and whether Malarkey intended to return to college after the war.  Then he turned to Churchill and suggested that the Prime Minister might have a question.

"Well, son, how do you like England?"  Malarkey assured him that he liked it very much, as he had always enjoyed English literature and history.  Churchill promised to get him back to the States as soon as possible.

Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose

indiana_j: (Default)
So I'm thinking hard about the answers to the ones that were posted, but in the mean time - you can do me! ;)[Poll #1292499]


Jul. 3rd, 2008 01:13 pm
indiana_j: (Default)
Grabbed from [personal profile] nute.  Make a drabble request in comments and I'll write something for you.  Any of my normal fandoms/shows or if you just want to give me a prompt - anything!


Jun. 25th, 2008 01:45 pm
indiana_j: (Doctor mentioning time)
Grabbed from [personal profile] nute

When you see this post, quote from Doctor Who on your LJ.

"So, that's the trap. Or the test or the final judgment, I don't know. But if I kill you, I kill her.  Except that implies - in this big grand scheme of Gods and Devils - that she's just a victim. But I've seen a lot of this universe. I've seen fake gods and bad gods and demi gods and would-be gods - out of all that - out of that whole pantheon - if I believe in one thing... just one thing...I believe in her."

(And an extra one. ;)

Where are you?"

I'm just towing you home. Gravity-schmavity. My people practically invented black holes.  Well - in fact, they did. In a couple of minutes, we'll be nice and safe. Oh, and captain - can we do a swap? Say, if you give me Rose Tyler - I'll give you Ida Scott? How about that?"
indiana_j: (Default)
1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee. Whoo!

Nute )


Rossi )


For Em )


Also, I've decided that on nights I don't go to the gym I'm going to walk (unless it's raining).  Which means that my weeks will look like Gym x3, Walk x4 and for the start, I'm just doing from my house down to the end of the neighborhood and back.  It's a little over a half mile walk (is that good to start?) and while I pushed myself into going a little faster than normal tonight, I can probably do that in about 10 - 15 minutes.

Have you ever had your limbs feel like mint?  You know that shocky burst you get when you bite into mint?  Yeah, my legs feel like that right now. :D


Mar. 11th, 2008 10:59 pm
indiana_j: (*smirk* Weasleys)
"Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on yaoi, favorite type of underwear, graphic techniques, etc. Repost in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other."

(With a side that there are a few topics this journal shall never see discussed outside of a very -very- limited friendslock, but if you happen to hit on one of those, I'll let you know)

Grabbed from a few.


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