desoto_hia873: (Wash - Tear All My Clothes Off - naughty)
Stolen from [ profile] ezagaaikwe:

Post 10 things that are going right in your life right now. I don't care how small. You're happy with your cup of coffee. You saw a flock of geese flying over. ANYTHING. Things that make you happy. Things that make you smile. No pressure.

It's small and it's simplistic, but maybe for the time you are compiling your list, you'll forget about the bad going on and focus on something good.

1. I'm 45. Which is better than not having reached the age of 45.

2. I had a surprise phone call from GJ this morning. That warmed the cockles of my heart. After all this time and distance, we are still friends.

3. My colleagues decorated my cubicle with streamers and balloons for my birthday. They also made signs with pictures of Tollers, Guelph Gryphon football players, and Scotch, which I learned to drink at our section retreat this time last year. Hee--they are getting to know me well.

4. It is very warm and sunny outside. In NOVEMBER!

5. Bella. She is my sunshine even when it's dark and snowy.

6. Jim brought a bouquet of flowers home for me yesterday.

7. My father is in England and has bought me a Manchester United cap as a souvenir. 'Cause they're Spike's team.

8. I had a great dream the other night. I was being wooed by both Alan Tudyk and Adam Baldwin. In the end, I succumbed to Alan because I didn't want to break up Adam's marriage. I am honourable even in my sleep!

9. I spent last weekend reconnecting with female family members at Skate Canada. I love watching live figure skating competitions with them. Plus: athletic, fit, young men in tights! ::drools in a creepy middle-aged way::

10. Barack Obama!
desoto_hia873: (Monkees)
In lieu of actual content, a meme:

Choose a singer/band/group - Answer using ONLY titles of songs by that singer/band/group
I think I've done something like this before, but I'm picking The Monkees.

1. Are you male or female? “The Girl I Knew Somewhere”

2. Describe yourself. “I’ll Be Back Upon My Feet”

3. What do people feel when they're around you? These days? “Hold On, Girl”

4. How would you describe your previous relationship? “So Goes Love”

5. Describe your current relationship. “I’ll Spend My Life With You”

6. Where would/do you want to be now? “Through the Looking Glass”

7. How do you feel about love? “Love to Love”

8. What's your life like? “Shades of Grey”

9. What would you ask for if you had only one wish? “Changes”

10. Say something wise. “Peter Percival Patterson’s Pet Pig Porky” :-)
desoto_hia873: (Buffy and Spike 2 - _jems_)
Still a couple of quotes left unattributed in my Movie Meme post.

I'm pretty sure that [ profile] redeem147 could get #10 and [ profile] deathisyourart #14.

Just sayin'. ;-)

Movie Meme

Feb. 19th, 2008 11:52 am
desoto_hia873: (Blue Spike - Flurblewig)
Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
Post them here for everyone to guess.
Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions.

Movie quotes under here. You might need to be Canadian to get a couple of these. )

Icon Meme

Oct. 18th, 2007 08:25 pm
desoto_hia873: (I Love Eyesthatslay's Icon - eyesthatsla)
[ profile] redeem147 picked seven of my userpics for me to talk about. Because I'm lazy, I'm going to do each one in seven comments to this post--that way, I can just use the icon in question and not have to upload it to the scrapbook.
desoto_hia873: (Jayne - I'll Be In My Bunk - kelbellene)
Excerpt from an email conversation between me and Jim while we were both at work yesterday afternoon:

Jim: I have an early curling game tonight.
Me: Okay. Are you coming home first?
Jim: Ya - I need pants (forgot them this morning).

What he meant, of course, was that he'd forgotten to take the pants he wears for curling to work with him, not that he'd forgotten to put any on yesterday morning. But still. ::snickers::

Also, a meme, 'cause everyone's doing it:

Comment on this post. I will choose seven userpics from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are using them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along.

Music Meme

Oct. 12th, 2007 08:41 pm
desoto_hia873: (Poshkitten Spike)
[ profile] cindergal gave me the letter 'K', which turned out to be just as difficult for song titles as 'D' was for film titles. I did manage to find ten, but they were chosen as much for the artists as the songs themselves.

1. Kathy’s Song – Simon and Garfunkel. This is one of S&G’s prettiest songs. I don’t know who Kathy was, but she sure got a nice one.

2. Kiss of Life – Peter Gabriel. I love the album this song comes from (Security)—there are no bad songs on it.

3. Kiss the Flame – Jewel. Certainly not my favourite song by Jewel, but not my least favourite either. I think she uses the whole ‘kiss the flame’ thing rather too much on this album (Spirit), but I listen to it all the same.

4. Kitty – Cat Stevens. If you don’t know Cat Stevens, go get yourself Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat, pronto. This song is from a compilation CD called First Cuts that is made up of odds and ends.

5. Know Where You Go/Tell Me Your Dream – Blue Rodeo. I never liked Blue Rodeo very much until an ex-boyfriend dragged me to one of their concerts. Their energy and enthusiasm made me an instant convert. Five Days in July was supposed to be their break-through album into the U.S. market, but it never really happened. Which is too bad—they’re a consistently very good band.

6. Knights in White Satin - Moody Blues. I saw the Moody Blues on a reunion tour. Justin Hayward played the biggest red guitar I’ve ever seen. For some reason, I always want to see someone do a spoof of this song called Whites in Night Satin.

7. Knowing Me, Knowing You - Abba. Abba are fun. Silly, but fun.

8. Kodachrome - Paul Simon. This is a neat little song about materialism.

9. Kokomo - Beach Boys. Who doesn’t like Kokomo?

10. Knights of the Round Table - Monty Python

It's a busy life in Camelot
I have to push the pram a lot…

desoto_hia873: (Spike - Drama Queen - crimsonlady)
[ profile] cindergal assigned me the letter D, as in list ten movies that I like that begin with it. D turned out to be a surprisingly difficult letter. I suppose it would have been easier if I'd seen any of the Diehard movies.

In no particular order:

Dead Poets’ Society--I love this film. The first time I saw it, I was knocked into silence for several hours. Carpe diem, the central theme, inspired me to pick up and move to Newfoundland to study whales for my MSc.

The Devil Wears Prada--Good fun. Meryl Streep was deliciously nasty.

Dead Man Walking--This was a tough film to watch, and it stayed with me for a long time afterwards.

Driving Miss Daisy--I haven't seen this one in years, but I remember enjoying it at the time.

Danny Deckchair--I watched this one on a flight from the Netherlands to home. It's a fun bit of fluff.

Dave--One of my sister's favourite movies. Kevin Kline does a great job of portraying two completely different men.

Dazed and Confused--I'm a little too young to say that this was my high school experience, but it was close, and I'd say it was dead on for a friend's older sister.

Death Becomes Her--I'm not sure that this movie has stood the test of time, but I thought it was pretty funny when I first saw it. Mind you, I thought Ishtar was hilarious the first time too (::deep shame::), though it didn't take long for the bloom to fade from that rose.

Dead Zone--One of my father's favourite movies. I never saw it in the cinema, but he said that the truck sliding down the hill towards the car at the beginning was very impressive on the big screen.

101 Dalmations--Yeah, I'm cheating here. I couldn't find another title starting with D that I'd seen and liked! In any event, I'm referring to the original cartoon version, not the remake.

Want to play? Let me know and I'll give you a letter.
desoto_hia873: (Effulgent Spike - red_sunflower)
Gakked from [ profile] marsterslady, who stole this cool idea from [ profile] ishtaritu and [ profile] pnksaph.

PIF meme: I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet, but you will receive it within 365 days. The only thing you have to do in return is "pay it forward" by making a similar agreement on your blog.

The "gift" you send doesn't have to be handmade. It can be fic, icons, whatever.
desoto_hia873: (Spike - Anti-hero - vampkiss)

Your Score: Freak- INFJ

20% Extraversion, 66% Intuition, 33% Thinking, 66% Judging

Well, well, well. How did someone like you end up with the least common personality type of them all? In a group of 100 Americans, only 0.5 others would be just like you. You really are one of a kind... In fact, I do believe that that's one of the definitions for the word "FREAK."

Freak's not such a bad word to describe you actually.

You are deep, complex, secretive and extremely difficult to understand. If that doesn't scream "Freak!" I don't know what does. No-one actually knows the REAL you, do they?

You probably have deep interests in creative expression as well as issues of spirituality and human development.

You've probably even been called a "psychic" before, because of your uncanny knack to understand and "read" people without quite knowing how you do it. Don't fret. You're not actually psychic. That would make you special and you'll never accomplish that.

You're also quite possible the most emotional of them all, so don't take this all too hard. Nevertheless you most definitely have the strangest personality type and that's not necessarily a good thing.


If you want to learn more about your personality type in a slightly less negative way, check out this.


The other personality types are as follows...

Loner - Introverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving
Pushover - Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging
Criminal - Introverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving
Borefest - Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging
Almost Perfect - Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving
Loser - Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving
Crackpot - Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging
Clown - Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving
Sap - Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging
Commander - Extraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving
Do Gooder - Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging
Scumbag - Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving
Busybody - Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging
Prick - Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving
Dictator - Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging

Link: The Brutally Honest Personality Test written by UltimateMaster on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
desoto_hia873: (Spike - Peek A Boo - tinkermellie)
1. If you want to be interviewed, leave a comment here.
2. I'll ask you five questions.
3. You'll post the answers on your own lj, along with these rules.
4. If anyone replies asking you for five questions, you'll ask them.

[ profile] cindermom interviewed me:

1. Who is your all time favorite figure skater (or pair) and why?

Ooo, that’s a tough one. How to pick just one above the rest? I guess I’d better go with my first love in figure skating. I was only a very casual watcher of skating until the Lillehammer Olympics. While most of the world tuned in to watch the outcome of the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan fiasco, I was busy being mesmerised by a short, stocky up-and-comer with the unlikely name of Elvis Stojko. His programs that year suited him perfectly: his short program was set to a fast techno piece, while his long program was skated to the music from Dragon and complemented his long-standing interest in martial arts (he has a black belt in karate). I liked his go-for-it attitude and the non-traditional style of his skating. In later years, I grew to wish that he’d try to extend himself a little more and not skate to macho movie soundtracks quite so often—he kind of got stuck in a rut. I’ve had lots of other favourites since then, both Canadian and not so much, but Elvis will always be my first love.

2. You're about to make a big move. What are you most looking forward to about life in your new place?

Getting the packing and unpacking over with. :-) Seriously, I’d have to say a sense of home. I’ve moved a ridiculous number of times, have lived alone for most of my adult life, and haven’t lived in a house (as opposed to an apartment) for decades. My parents are divorced (although enough time has passed that they’re now pretty good friends again), so I don’t have the old family home to visit. While there are some good things about living by yourself, having no one but the walls to greet you at the end of the day gets a little depressing. Being able to watch a movie with Jim or play a board game with the kids without having to get into a car and drive away afterwards will be pretty nice.

3. You're having a dinner party and can invite any five people, living or dead. Who would you invite and why?

I guess the typical answer is to list five people I look up to in one way or another (or possibly lust after :-). I’m kind of shy, though, and would have a hell of a time trying to think of anything intelligent to say to any of them. I'd spend the entire time stammering and blushing. However, if I were going to go that route, I'd say Katharine Hepburn (because she was a neat, neat lady), Joss Whedon (well, duh), physicist Richard Feynman (fascinating guy), Carl Sagan (his books were what persuaded me to go into science in the first place), and my great-great-aunt Charlotte (who died when I was seven years old; I never really got to know her and she sounds like she was a really cool person).

OTOH, if I wanted an evening of comfort, laughter, and mild drunkenness, I'd say my old friends Rob, Dan and Elli, Rod, and Jim--five of my favourite people, four of whom I have not seen for too many years too long.

4. What is your favorite BtVS episode and why?

Fool For Love. 'Cause it's all about Spike. And the backstory they gave him was inspired.

Once More With Feeling is more fun to sing to, though.

5. What was your first piece of fanfiction and what inspired you to write it?

My first fic was The First Light of Day. I'd been reading a lot of stories over at All About Spike, and I really liked [ profile] redeem147's ficlets, particularly Four Wishes. I liked the way she could take a bit of canon and twist it in an unexpected way. For some reason, the image of the demigod in his chair of fire stuck with me, so I wrote a Powers That Be ficlet.
desoto_hia873: (DeSoto - awmp)
...a meme. Gacked from [ profile] bookishwench, but I'm only doing 10. I have an iPod now, so I can actually do this--whee!

Step 1: Put your media player on random.
Step 2: Post the first line(s)/your favourite lines of the first 20 10 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly. Guess as many as you can!

This is, er, a rather eclectic mix. Most are not from this decade, nor even the last. What can I say? I'm old.

One does, however, mention vampires. :-)

Lyrics under the cut. )
desoto_hia873: (Bookish Fred - cheesygirl)
From [ profile] wesleysgirl via [ profile] mireille719: a holiday fic feedback meme.

Directly from WG's post:

How to play -- Leave a comment to this post with a reliable link to a story you've written that you'd like me to read and leave feedback for. (Caveat -- This is only open to people who have actually interacted with me before. Honor system. If you've never left me a comment and/or I've never left you one, please don't play.) [Actually, I'll go caveatless for this one. Ask away.] Please keep in mind that fic in fandoms I've NEVER read and am completely unfamiliar with will result in less exciting feedback for you. If you're unsure whether a particular story would work for me, feel free to leave a "back-up" second story from a fandom you know I'm familiar with. Also, unless you state otherwise, this is warm-fuzzy feedback of the "this is what I liked/loved" variety. If you want con-crit or to ask if specific things worked, you have to say.

What I promise -- That I will read all fic and leave a minimum of a paragraph of feedback. Depending on how many people sign up, it might take me a while, though. ;-) At some point, if the list gets too big, I will call a halt to sign-ups.

What I'll read: nearly anything--het, slash, gen, angst, fluff, whatever. I don't like non-con, incest, or character bashing. I love plot, but good PWP is OK, too.

Fandoms I'm comfortable reading in:
Harry Potter
Starsky & Hutch
Life on Mars

I've never read any Veronica Mars, Battlestar Galactica, Prison Break, or Lost fic because I just haven't gotten around to it, but I'm up to date on all those shows.

If there's something specific you want me to read and it's not on the list, feel free to ask. And if you have questions, ask away.

And if you feel so inspired, post in your LJ.


Nov. 10th, 2006 08:02 pm
desoto_hia873: (Poshkitten Spike)
LogoThere is:
person with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

And here I thought I was unique.


Aug. 10th, 2006 11:33 am
desoto_hia873: (2x2 Hands of Blue - cyrstalkirk)
Gacked from [ profile] scribbles1977: Tell me all about you! Comments are screened.

1. Name:
2. Age/Birthday:
3. Single or Taken:
4. Favorite Movie:
5. Favorite Song:
6. Favorite Band/Rapper/Artist:
7. Favorite Book/Comic Book:
8. Tattoos and/or Piercings:
9. Favorite TV Show:
10. Favorite Video Game/Board Game:
11. Do we know each other outside of Livejournal?
12. Would you give me a kidney?
13. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:
14. If you could change anything about your current life, would you?
15. Will you post this so I can fill it out for you?


Aug. 7th, 2006 09:44 pm
desoto_hia873: (Bookish Fred - cheesygirl)
I got tagged by [ profile] boschette:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people.

"I must pay attention to the feelings of my staff, Nacoya, lest I perpetuate Bunto's thoughtlessness."

Nacoya only nodded. Time for talk was past, as the painted red-and-yellow litter and rows of marching warriors filed into the dooryard. Mara fingered the emerald and jade bracelet on her wrist and strove to maintain decorum as the Anasati honor guard snapped to a halt and Jiro's bearers set down his litter before her doorway.

OK, that was four sentences from Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. Jim borrowed the trilogy from me and just returned the second volume this weekend. Hearing him talking about has kinda made me want to read it again.

I tag whomever's left that hasn't done this meme yet, except I think everyone already has!

How I Die

Jul. 2nd, 2006 11:41 pm
desoto_hia873: (Forgot Kermit - awmp)
Gakked from [ profile] redeem147:

'What will your obituary say?' at

Hee! Lewd behaviour with muppets!


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