ourika's questions and my answers:
1. What color underwear are you wearing right now (or did you wear today if you've already removed them)?
White. Yesterday I wore pink panties and a black bra.
2. If you could drop everything and go somewhere tomorrow morning for a full week, where would you go?
I have absolutely no idea. If I were a good person, I would run around and visit the people who have been trying to get some of my time. If I had airfare, I would probably go to Chicago and Milwaukee - my brother's living in Milwaukee, and I hope leftsphenoid would be willing to see me if I happened to be passing through Chicago on the way. I would love to take a cruise or some other sort of vacation where I had nothing to do but relax, and didn't have to interact with any people at all.
3. What time is it right now?
9:21 AM. But I need to go do work things, so I'll answer this question a second time when I come back to it.
Now it's 10:06.
4. Tell me about one of the best books you've read in the last year.
Kushiel's Justice by Jacqueline Carey. It's the second book of the second trilogy, so I wouldn't recommend picking it up without reading the others first. The world is an alternate Earth, with familiar geography and cultures, but with significant differences. There's character development, political intricacy, religions and religious observance, and a couple of good love stories.
I've heard two major criticisms of the series, both of which have some validity but don't affect my enjoyment. First, too much sex/too kinky sex. I don't see this being a problem for most of my usual social circle. Also, it serves a purpose in the story, it's not just there to titillate. It backs off toward the end of the second book of the first trilogy, at any rate. The second criticism is that the magic/supernatural level ramps up sharply in the third book. This is true. Now, in my opinion, it had been foreshadowed sufficiently and didn't come as a surprise. One person I know told me it ruined the story for him. Clearly, YMMV.
5. Were you happy and ran off on your first day of kindergarten, or did you cling to your mom's hand and shake and cry?
I don't remember. I remember the testing and orientation the previous spring or summer. I remember certain moments from kindergarten. I don't remember the first day. I seriously doubt I would have clung to my mother and cried. I don't think I would have run off happy either. I probably would have been quiet and serious and waited to be told where my desk was.
calloocallay's questions and my answers:
What book(s) do you love despite your own better judgement?
The Babysitters Club series. They are formulaic and repetitive, and got terribly unrealistic long about the third year the girls were in eighth grade, and I was still buying them years later. I think the last time I re-read them was in 1999, while I was living at home and looking for a job down here.
What family member do you think you are the most like?
My family, right? ;-) I am absolutely a blend of both of my parents. There's no question that I belong to both of them. My brother's a lot like me in some ways, but very different in others. I've been told by a number of people who knew her that I'm a lot like my father's mother was, both physically and in personality, but I never met her so I'm not really able to judge.
What would be your ideal job/career situation?
Ideally, I would be independently wealthy and would have no need to work, and I would volunteer with a few organizations I'd like to support. If we're assuming I still have to work... Well, I really do love my job right now. Despite the stress and the problems, there are a lot of good days to balance the bad, and advantages that balance the inconveniences. I would gladly take my current job, at 2 to 2.5 times the salary, assuming also that the currently vacant position was filled with someone I liked, and we had another store room the size of the one in the basement that is overflowing. Actually, I might increase the size and storage capacity of most of the rooms in the building. And I'd like three weeks' vacation per year instead of two, and more ability to actually take it, although another secretary would help with that right away.
Why no pets?
It's a little more complex than that, but that's at the heart of it. I'm not really interested in tank-based pets; I've kept fish a couple of times, but they don't cuddle much. The only pet I really want is a cat. I won't adopt a cat if I'm not certain I can keep it for its entire life. As an apartment dweller, it's harder to find apartments that allow pets. I can't really afford to live around here without a roommate, and my current roommate doesn't want a cat. If I run out of roommates, it's possible I might have to go back to my parents, who certainly won't allow a cat!
DId you ever get a bellydancing tape and how's it going or why not?
I did, I'm very happy about it, and I haven't used it at all yet. Like a lot of other things I had planned for this year, the work situation is making it challenging. Most nights I get home late, and barely have the energy and concentration left to make dinner, let alone engage in physical activity... or creative activity, or social activity. I'll get there, someday.
And, for those keeping track, it's now 4:05.
palingyuan's questions and my answers:
1. Busy Sunday?
Yes, actually. Have a planning meeting scheduled for a thingy.
2. Ultimate dream job/career?
See above. :-)
3. Read any good books lately, what?
I just last night finished re-reading Polgara the Sorceress by David and Leigh Eddings, finishing off two weeks of re-reading the Belgariad and Mallorean. Before that I read Kushiel's Justice, described above. Before that, there was this incredibly silly book I picked up at random, which managed to lampoon quite a bit of popular culture as well as classic fantasy tropes.
4. Any dating prospects or still in planning stages?
Still in planning stages. However, I'm closely observing John's dating process for tips. So far, the best tip seems to be "Don't date gay men."
5. Why don't you ever come visit, I miss you.
You don't invite me over, and it doesn't occur to me to call and invite myself over.