jennythereader: (* Library Fairy *)
The Rules: )

My Wishes:

1. Followers and people to follow on Pinterest. I'm Jennythereader over there, and I'm always trying increase the varity of what I see on the site. (Some more geeky/fannish/counter-culture/non-mainstream type folks would balance things out nicely.)

2. Music! I love classic rock, all sorts of folk, the blues, some country, big band era jazz, and lots of other stuff. I'm also always willing to try something new.

3. Anything from my Amazon wishlist.

4. Yarn in pretty colors. I prefer variegated yarns on the cool side of the color spectrum, and prefer to work with natural fibers. However, I'll take anything. As a bonus, if you give me yarn you get first dibs on whatever I decide to make with it. (You'd get an email along the lines of "I think that yarn you gave me would make a nice hat. Would you like a hat in those colors? Which of these patterns do you like better? How big is your head?")

5. Things that smell nice. Soap or perfume oils or lotion or bath salts or whatever. I like desserty smelling stuff best, but realistic floral or fruit smells are also good.

6. Gift certificates to Sock Dreams.

7. Homemade candy. Especially things which involve chocolate, mint, cherries, or peanut butter.

8. Make something especially for me.

9. Make a donation to a charity. I'm fond of Heifer International. Your local public library or a local literacy organization are also great causes. Do it in my name if you want, but don't get me on any mailing lists if you can help it. :)

10. Sign up to become an organ donor. A heart transplant saved the life of one of my best friends this year. The only way I can repay the universe for that is to be a donor myself and to encourage others to do the same.

And now, I'm off to find other folks' lists and see what wishes I can grant!
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It's going to take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. People questioning a decision/action of mine in a way that implies I didn't put enough thought into it.
2. Things that don't work the way they are supposed to. Although, this seems to be bothering me less recently.
3. Stuff in my eyes.
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It's going to take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. People questioning a decision/action of mine in a way that implies I didn't put enough thought into it.
2. Things that don't work the way they are supposed to. Although, this seems to be bothering me less recently.
3. Stuff in my eyes.
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. I can't stand bananas. The smell makes me so sick to my stomach that I don't even want to be around people eating them.
2. I always have 5-zillion tabs open on any computer I'm using. Any time I click on a link, I open it in a new tab.
3. I think I look awful in both black and white, and so almost never buy shirts or dresses in either color. There are only two times I make exceptions: if I'm required to because of a dress code, or if I love the design of the garment too much to pass it up and it doesn't come in any other color. I will wear black shirts as often as any other color once I own them, but the white ones pretty much never get worn.
4. The sound of radio/TV static drives me nuts. It's worse than fingernails on a chalkboard. I have to change a radio station as soon as it starts to go fuzzy. If it's a really good song or compelling new story, I'll tough it out to the end, but after that...
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. I can't stand bananas. The smell makes me so sick to my stomach that I don't even want to be around people eating them.
2. I always have 5-zillion tabs open on any computer I'm using. Any time I click on a link, I open it in a new tab.
3. I think I look awful in both black and white, and so almost never buy shirts or dresses in either color. There are only two times I make exceptions: if I'm required to because of a dress code, or if I love the design of the garment too much to pass it up and it doesn't come in any other color. I will wear black shirts as often as any other color once I own them, but the white ones pretty much never get worn.
4. The sound of radio/TV static drives me nuts. It's worse than fingernails on a chalkboard. I have to change a radio station as soon as it starts to go fuzzy. If it's a really good song or compelling new story, I'll tough it out to the end, but after that...
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet) by Elizabeth Enright One of my favorites since I was a very little girl.
2. Bound for Glory A bio-pic based on Woody Guthrie's memoir.
3. Girl Genius The best webcomic out there. They've won the Hugo Award three times, and are generally awesome.
4. Holly Near A folk singer with a beautiful voice. One of my favorite things about her is how she advocates for all sorts of issues I'm passionate about, without sacrificing the music. HARP - A Time To Sing!, which she recorded with Arlo Guthrie, Ronnie Gilbert, and Pete Seeger in 1984 is one of my favorite live albums.
5. The Avengers This is the first movie in years that I've seen twice in the theatre. I like it so much that I was seriously tempted to see it three times in the theatre. I don't think I've ever even considered doing that before. the DVD will be purchased as soon as it's available.
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet) by Elizabeth Enright One of my favorites since I was a very little girl.
2. Bound for Glory A bio-pic based on Woody Guthrie's memoir.
3. Girl Genius The best webcomic out there. They've won the Hugo Award three times, and are generally awesome.
4. Holly Near A folk singer with a beautiful voice. One of my favorite things about her is how she advocates for all sorts of issues I'm passionate about, without sacrificing the music. HARP - A Time To Sing!, which she recorded with Arlo Guthrie, Ronnie Gilbert, and Pete Seeger in 1984 is one of my favorite live albums.
5. The Avengers This is the first movie in years that I've seen twice in the theatre. I like it so much that I was seriously tempted to see it three times in the theatre. I don't think I've ever even considered doing that before. the DVD will be purchased as soon as it's available.
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. Moving out to Albany. (Most of the time. Sometimes I wish it was closer to Michigan.)

2. Celebrating my 21st birthday by going to the medieval fair at The Cathedral of All Saints. That was where I heard about...

3. Going to my first SCA event in November of 1999. That was where I met my husband and several other people who are still important in my life, and directly or indirectly led to me meeting just about all of my friends out here.

4. Going to Arisia.

5. Taking what felt like a major gamble in February of 2010. It continues to pay off beautifully.

6. Suggesting our current living arrangement. While not perfect, it's working pretty well.
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. Moving out to Albany. (Most of the time. Sometimes I wish it was closer to Michigan.)

2. Celebrating my 21st birthday by going to the medieval fair at The Cathedral of All Saints. That was where I heard about...

3. Going to my first SCA event in November of 1999. That was where I met my husband and several other people who are still important in my life, and directly or indirectly led to me meeting just about all of my friends out here.

4. Going to Arisia.

5. Taking what felt like a major gamble in February of 2010. It continues to pay off beautifully.

6. Suggesting our current living arrangement. While not perfect, it's working pretty well.
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. How would my life be different today if I'd been diagnosed with ADD back in middle school, when it first started to have a major impact on my life? I don't really want a different life than the one I have, but sometimes I have this urge to kick either the counselor Dad was sending me to back then or the adults at my school. Or both. Somebody should have spotted that there was more going on there than smart, stubborn, and lazy Jenny not wanting to do the work.

2. How can I contribute to the world? I want to find a place to donate my time and/or my money, but there are so many worthy causes out there. Should I pick one or two and give everything I can to them, or should I give a little bit to everything that seems like a good idea?

3. What else can I save money by making at home instead of buying? I've started doing the math and keeping track, and so far the laundry detergent is worth it but the barbecue sauce was not. That's with me valuing my time at the same rate I get paid at work. If I didn't do that, the laundry soap would be worth it by an amazing margin instead of just a noticeable one, and the BBQ sauce probably would have been a deal.

4. Why don't any of the musical icons of my generation speak to me? I'm not even sure who they are.

5. What will I do with myself while I'm at Pennsic? I haven't made it to many classes the last couple of years. Hopefully I'll do more this time.

6. Should I try to go back to school this fall? If I do, where? How many classes?

7. Why do I prefer the male POV so strongly in certain types of fiction? The theory I've come up with is that it has something to do with suspension of disbelief. That is, I know how that works for me, so if the female character's experience strays too far from my own I have a hard time believing in what's happening. Since I don't know what the male experience is like first-hand, there are fewer things to trip me up and throw me out of the story.

[OK. These are probably interesting only to me. But the meme doesn't say the answers have to be interesting to anybody else. :)]
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. How would my life be different today if I'd been diagnosed with ADD back in middle school, when it first started to have a major impact on my life? I don't really want a different life than the one I have, but sometimes I have this urge to kick either the counselor Dad was sending me to back then or the adults at my school. Or both. Somebody should have spotted that there was more going on there than smart, stubborn, and lazy Jenny not wanting to do the work.

2. How can I contribute to the world? I want to find a place to donate my time and/or my money, but there are so many worthy causes out there. Should I pick one or two and give everything I can to them, or should I give a little bit to everything that seems like a good idea?

3. What else can I save money by making at home instead of buying? I've started doing the math and keeping track, and so far the laundry detergent is worth it but the barbecue sauce was not. That's with me valuing my time at the same rate I get paid at work. If I didn't do that, the laundry soap would be worth it by an amazing margin instead of just a noticeable one, and the BBQ sauce probably would have been a deal.

4. Why don't any of the musical icons of my generation speak to me? I'm not even sure who they are.

5. What will I do with myself while I'm at Pennsic? I haven't made it to many classes the last couple of years. Hopefully I'll do more this time.

6. Should I try to go back to school this fall? If I do, where? How many classes?

7. Why do I prefer the male POV so strongly in certain types of fiction? The theory I've come up with is that it has something to do with suspension of disbelief. That is, I know how that works for me, so if the female character's experience strays too far from my own I have a hard time believing in what's happening. Since I don't know what the male experience is like first-hand, there are fewer things to trip me up and throw me out of the story.

[OK. These are probably interesting only to me. But the meme doesn't say the answers have to be interesting to anybody else. :)]
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. Intelligence
2. Creativity
3. Generosity
4. Compassion
5. A well thought out moral and ethical system. Even if I don't agree with it, I admire someone who has put effort into deciding what they consider the right way to behave.
6. A sense of humor
7. A realistic level of self confidence
8. Passion
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. Intelligence
2. Creativity
3. Generosity
4. Compassion
5. A well thought out moral and ethical system. Even if I don't agree with it, I admire someone who has put effort into deciding what they consider the right way to behave.
6. A sense of humor
7. A realistic level of self confidence
8. Passion
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

(This turned into a list of 9 ways in which I am self-contradictory.)
1. For all that I love crafting, and either do or want to learn just about every craft I've ever heard of, there are a few I have no interest in. Spinning and garment sewing are the two that I think will surprise the most people.
2. I love music and listen to a pretty wide range of styles. But I have an awful time convincing myself that buying new music is a worthwhile use of my money.
3. I have an IQ high enough that I qualify for Mensa. I also have Attention Deficit Disorder. This is not the inherent contradiction many people seem to think.
4. I'm extremely introverted, but love New York City, SF conventions, music festivals, and similarly crowded and busy things.
5. I adore musical theatre and visit New York City frequently, but I've never seen anything on Broadway. I just can't justify spending that much money.
6. I love jewelry and own quite a bit of it. But I almost never actually wear any.
7. I'm a SF geek... who doesn't really care for either Star Trek or Star Wars. I don't hate them, but neither really speaks to me.
8. The antivax movement sends me into a frothing rage, but I read several blogs that are passionately against vaccinations because I'm interested in other topics that they post about. Those are mostly related to spirituality and/or self-sufficiency. Conversely, self-rightous atheism annoys the hell out of me, but I read several blogs that talk about that because the other subjects they write about are important or interesting to me. (Climate change, space exploration, science in general.)
9. I make things that many people would probably consider art, but because I'm not very good at drawing I don't consider myself an artist.
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

(This turned into a list of 9 ways in which I am self-contradictory.)
1. For all that I love crafting, and either do or want to learn just about every craft I've ever heard of, there are a few I have no interest in. Spinning and garment sewing are the two that I think will surprise the most people.
2. I love music and listen to a pretty wide range of styles. But I have an awful time convincing myself that buying new music is a worthwhile use of my money.
3. I have an IQ high enough that I qualify for Mensa. I also have Attention Deficit Disorder. This is not the inherent contradiction many people seem to think.
4. I'm extremely introverted, but love New York City, SF conventions, music festivals, and similarly crowded and busy things.
5. I adore musical theatre and visit New York City frequently, but I've never seen anything on Broadway. I just can't justify spending that much money.
6. I love jewelry and own quite a bit of it. But I almost never actually wear any.
7. I'm a SF geek... who doesn't really care for either Star Trek or Star Wars. I don't hate them, but neither really speaks to me.
8. The antivax movement sends me into a frothing rage, but I read several blogs that are passionately against vaccinations because I'm interested in other topics that they post about. Those are mostly related to spirituality and/or self-sufficiency. Conversely, self-rightous atheism annoys the hell out of me, but I read several blogs that talk about that because the other subjects they write about are important or interesting to me. (Climate change, space exploration, science in general.)
9. I make things that many people would probably consider art, but because I'm not very good at drawing I don't consider myself an artist.
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. Travel to Europe
2. Own and use a full-sized loom
3. Have a garden that makes a significant contribution to the household
4. Learn to sing
5. Have a wardrobe that consists of ONLY clothing that I like, that fits me well, and that I wear regularly.
6. Go to the Newport Folk Festival, South by Southwest, Bonnaroo (sp?), or one of the other major music festivals. (Or all of them!)
7. See a play or musical live on Broadway
8. Enter something in the art show at Arisia (or another con)
9. Visit San Francisco
10. Visit New Orleons
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I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It might take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. Travel to Europe
2. Own and use a full-sized loom
3. Have a garden that makes a significant contribution to the household
4. Learn to sing
5. Have a wardrobe that consists of ONLY clothing that I like, that fits me well, and that I wear regularly.
6. Go to the Newport Folk Festival, South by Southwest, Bonnaroo (sp?), or one of the other major music festivals. (Or all of them!)
7. See a play or musical live on Broadway
8. Enter something in the art show at Arisia (or another con)
9. Visit San Francisco
10. Visit New Orleons
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These are from [livejournal.com profile] dulcinbradbury. If you ask, I'll give you seven words to expound upon.

future
My vision of the future has always been oddly farsighted. I have a much clearer vision of what things could be like for the world as a whole 100 or 1000 years from now than what my own life will be like 5 or 10 or 15 years down the road. As I've learned more about Attention Deficit Disorder I've discovered that this inability to picture my own future is actually fairly common among people with the disorder, and that it frequently leads to the same sort of paralysis I experience. If you can't figure out what your end goal is, it's hard to figure out what path will take you there, and it's just easier to stay on the one you're already walking. I'm learning that the common advice to "figure out where you want to be, and work backwards from there" isn't very useful to me. What does seem to be working better (if slowly) is to try each day to take one action that will make it better than yesterday.

dressing
Clothing is something I think about a lot more than I think people would guess from looking at me. The way you dress is most people's first clue as to what sort of person you are. I like to think of myself as a fairly interesting person, but the way I generally dress doesn't reflect that at all. I'd like to dress more interestingly in my everyday life, but I'm nervous about how people would react (based on a long time pattern of bad reactions from people around me when I've gone quirky in the past). Right now I'm slowly going through the clothing I already own and getting rid of the stuff that I don't really like. Once I've done that I'll build my collection back up, mostly with things that are a better reflection of who I am at this point in my life.

apple
Apples are Gramma Beard. They're love and happiness and safety and acceptance. They're the pie and applesauce that she made everytime she visited because she knew how much the guys and I loved them. They're the "baked" apples she made in the microwave with cinnamon candies. The smell of apples cooking with spices is the most homelike smell in the world.

ice
I have a love/hate relationship with ice. It can be one of the most beautiful things imaginable, and I love looking at the world after an ice storm has changed it into crystal sculpture. But I hate how the cold makes me feel. The cold that goes along with ice feels like a physical presence holding me back and weighing me down.

spun
When I was a child I could spend what felt like hours on the merry-go-round at the playground, being spun around and around until I was so dizzy the world kept moving even when I wasn't. Sometimes I didn't even bother with the merry-go-round, instead I'd find a bit of floor or level ground that was clear of obsticals and spin until I staggered. My favorite rides at carnivals and amusement parks were and are the ones that spin in multiple directions at once. My body can't handle being spun quite as well as it could years ago, but it's still fun.

pepper
Pepper comes in so many different flavors. Most people only think of it as hot, but it can also be sharp, or sweet, or smokey, or tangy, or any combination. I don't like food that's so spicy all the other flavors get buried in the burn but as long as it's kept below that level pepper is one of my favorite flavoring agents. Ground red pepper or red pepper flakes are usually my first choice when a dish needs a little more zing, and paprika is a favorite if the red pepper isn't quite right.

honor
I had to remind myself of the exact definition before I could write about honor. Of all of the different meanings of the word, this is the one that matters most to me: 8a : a keen sense of ethical conduct : integrity ~a man of honor~. I have my own standards of honorable behavior that I try to live by.

- I don't make promises I'm not completely sure I'll be able to keep.
- I don't lie unless I truly feel that the pain caused by the lie being discovered would be less than the pain caused by telling the truth in the first place.
- I try not to gossip, although the line between talk and gossip moves so much that it's a hard one for me to stay on the right side of.
- I try to give people the benefit of the doubt. I've always liked the saying "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity," and usually add to it 'never attribute to stupidity that which is adequately explained by ignorance or thoughtlessness.'
- I try to live by the Golden Rule, in all of its variations. (See the sticky post at the top of my LJ.)
jennythereader: (Blue Fractal)
These are from [livejournal.com profile] dulcinbradbury. If you ask, I'll give you seven words to expound upon.

future
My vision of the future has always been oddly farsighted. I have a much clearer vision of what things could be like for the world as a whole 100 or 1000 years from now than what my own life will be like 5 or 10 or 15 years down the road. As I've learned more about Attention Deficit Disorder I've discovered that this inability to picture my own future is actually fairly common among people with the disorder, and that it frequently leads to the same sort of paralysis I experience. If you can't figure out what your end goal is, it's hard to figure out what path will take you there, and it's just easier to stay on the one you're already walking. I'm learning that the common advice to "figure out where you want to be, and work backwards from there" isn't very useful to me. What does seem to be working better (if slowly) is to try each day to take one action that will make it better than yesterday.

dressing
Clothing is something I think about a lot more than I think people would guess from looking at me. The way you dress is most people's first clue as to what sort of person you are. I like to think of myself as a fairly interesting person, but the way I generally dress doesn't reflect that at all. I'd like to dress more interestingly in my everyday life, but I'm nervous about how people would react (based on a long time pattern of bad reactions from people around me when I've gone quirky in the past). Right now I'm slowly going through the clothing I already own and getting rid of the stuff that I don't really like. Once I've done that I'll build my collection back up, mostly with things that are a better reflection of who I am at this point in my life.

apple
Apples are Gramma Beard. They're love and happiness and safety and acceptance. They're the pie and applesauce that she made everytime she visited because she knew how much the guys and I loved them. They're the "baked" apples she made in the microwave with cinnamon candies. The smell of apples cooking with spices is the most homelike smell in the world.

ice
I have a love/hate relationship with ice. It can be one of the most beautiful things imaginable, and I love looking at the world after an ice storm has changed it into crystal sculpture. But I hate how the cold makes me feel. The cold that goes along with ice feels like a physical presence holding me back and weighing me down.

spun
When I was a child I could spend what felt like hours on the merry-go-round at the playground, being spun around and around until I was so dizzy the world kept moving even when I wasn't. Sometimes I didn't even bother with the merry-go-round, instead I'd find a bit of floor or level ground that was clear of obsticals and spin until I staggered. My favorite rides at carnivals and amusement parks were and are the ones that spin in multiple directions at once. My body can't handle being spun quite as well as it could years ago, but it's still fun.

pepper
Pepper comes in so many different flavors. Most people only think of it as hot, but it can also be sharp, or sweet, or smokey, or tangy, or any combination. I don't like food that's so spicy all the other flavors get buried in the burn but as long as it's kept below that level pepper is one of my favorite flavoring agents. Ground red pepper or red pepper flakes are usually my first choice when a dish needs a little more zing, and paprika is a favorite if the red pepper isn't quite right.

honor
I had to remind myself of the exact definition before I could write about honor. Of all of the different meanings of the word, this is the one that matters most to me: 8a : a keen sense of ethical conduct : integrity ~a man of honor~. I have my own standards of honorable behavior that I try to live by.

- I don't make promises I'm not completely sure I'll be able to keep.
- I don't lie unless I truly feel that the pain caused by the lie being discovered would be less than the pain caused by telling the truth in the first place.
- I try not to gossip, although the line between talk and gossip moves so much that it's a hard one for me to stay on the right side of.
- I try to give people the benefit of the doubt. I've always liked the saying "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity," and usually add to it 'never attribute to stupidity that which is adequately explained by ignorance or thoughtlessness.'
- I try to live by the Golden Rule, in all of its variations. (See the sticky post at the top of my LJ.)
jennythereader: (Default)
1. Name: Jenny

2. Preferred gender pronoun: She/her

3. Birthday: October 22

4. Where do you live and/or time zone: Upstate New York

5: What are you studying/What are you working as: I do boring data entry for an insurance company.

6. What makes you happy/hobbies: Reading and making stuff

7. An interesting fact about you: I have more siblings than anybody else I know - 3 full, 4 half, 3 paternal step, and 4 maternal step (one of whom recently passed). Add in my husband's siblings and all of the spouses, and there are at least 25 people who could be considered my brothers and sisters.

8. Are you in love/have a crush at the moment: More than I ever expected to be.

9. Favorite place to be: My home office

10. A word to describe yourself: Self-contained

FANDOM
1. Favorite Fandom(s):
At the moment the Avengers Movieverse.

2. OTP/OT3: None at the moment, although I suspect one will show up as I read more Avengers fic.

3. Celebrities you flail over: None I flail over, although there are a few who make me go a bit gooey-eyed.

4. Favorite music: My favorite band is the Beatles, but I'll listen to almost anything. Classic rock, folk, Celtic, and blues are all favorites.

PLUS
1. One thing you like about LJ:
The ability to filter posts

2. Two things you like about yourself: my smile and my eyes

3. What House in Hogwarts are you in/would you be in? Ravenclaw

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