sareini: "Normal People worry me!" (Normal People)
1) What is the most outrageous style you've ever rocked?

- In my teens, I'd sometimes wear a bodystocking/leotard, tartan hot pants, fishnet tights, ankle boots and a black gauze blouse that tied at the front. I thought it made me look older and more dangerous.

2) As a teen, were you an emo, goth, punk, grunger, or prep?

- I was... probably somewhere between goth and grunger, as that was when my lack of interest in what I was wearing began. I wasn't very good at buying my own clothes even then, so I'd either wear old stuff that in retrospect was hilariously terrible, or simple dark clothes, baggy t-shirts and the like.

3) Have you ever had a crazy hairstyle/colour?

- I've had very short hair a few times. I have it right now, in fact! I've dyed my hair a fair few times as well - purples, reds, blues... probably the strangest was when I bleached my hair and then put in what turned out to be a pale blue-green which was only visible in streaks.

4) Do you think we ever really grow out of our teen selves?

- I haven't.

5) Is there any fashion style you wish you could wear but maybe don't have the confidence?

- Again, I've never gotten the hang of fashion. Maybe full-on goth, but even then I suspect part of the attraction for me is the monocolour.
sareini: The truth shall make thee fret - Discworld (The Truth)
1) What's the weather like where you are today?

2) How does this type of weather make you feel?

3) What's your favourite time of year (thinking about the weather)?

4) Is there any weather that just makes you want to hide away indoors?

5) If you were moving somewhere purely for the climate, where would it be - what's your perfect year-round weather scenario?

1 - It's... grey. Lots of cloud, but it's white/pale grey so not really overcast. AccuWeather tells me it's 16 degrees C, with no rain. So basically your regular English summer day :P

2 - Comfortable, really. I do not do well in hot weather, being of larger frame and pale skin, but of course it's no fun when it's freezing and pouring down with rain either. This is nicely in my weather comfort zone.

3 - Autumn. It's getting cold but not too cold, and it's often windy. I like wind (not stuff like hurricanes or tornadoes, of course, although I did get to walk to school in the Great British Hurricane of 1987, because my mother believed every word Michael Fish said).

4 - Extreme heat. Like I said, I don't do well in the heat, so when it gets too hot (and I'm talking about when it gets to 25 degrees C and above, because I'm British and we're just not used to temperatures like that) I tend to try to go into a reverse-hibernation.

5 - South-East Ireland. Yes, half my family comes from there and I spent a good portion of my childhood there so I might be biased, but the weather there is much the same as it is here, with the exception that when it's warm it's more comfortable because it's on the coast. Other than that, just anywhere where there aren't any extremes of weather. I'm pretty easy-going on this subject otherwise.

(From here.)
sareini: (ringu)
1. Have you ever been to summer camp?

2. If so, was it fun or did you hate it?

3. If not, did you ever wish you had?

4. What movie says "Summer Time" to you?

5. Did movies like "Friday the 13th" put you off summer camp?

1. Summer camp isn't really a thing here in the UK - or at least it wasn't when I was growing up. Now they have PGL stuff for kids and families to go to, which is where my younger niece worked for a couple of years before buggering off to Australia with her boyfriend for two years.

I went to Guide camp a few times though. Mostly weekend stuff; I made it most of the way through a week-long camp once.

2. I did my best to enjoy myself; however the very first time I went on a weekend camp I broke into hysterics for no discernible reason on the Saturday night. When I got back I discovered that my father had been taken into hospital on the Saturday evening, and that was were he stayed for the next week until he died of cancer. So after that I developed a bad case of magical thinking - something bad will happen while I'm away from home. Which tended to put a damper on things. Plus I tended to be bullied, which didn't improve matters much. If I'd been left to my own devices a little more and we'd all understood why I'd develop a growing level of panic as the week went on, I'd probably have had a lot more fun.

3. Honestly, if I could do it over? I'd not have gone. Not because of fears of people dying, but because I was trying to do "normal" things to make other people happy, like socialising with people I didn't really like and doing things I didn't want to do. Now, of course, I know that there are better things I can do for that that don't involve sleeping in a tent with 4 strangers and having to do washing up on the ground next to a patch of nettles (ask me about my allergy to Sting-Eze after that!)

4. ...this is a question I've never thought of before. The first movie that comes to mind for it is Grease; I think more because of the fact that it seemed to be on TV every summer holiday when I was growing up.

5. If any horror movie was going to have put me off summer camp, it would have been Sleepaway Camp. Not because of the murders, but because of all the horrible, bullying kids there.

(From here.)
sareini: (thoughtful)
1) What was the first recipe or food you learned how to cook?

2) What recipe or food did you cook most recently?

3) What recipe or food do you cook most often?

4) What is your favorite recipe?

5) What is the recipe you make that impresses other people the most?

1) - It would be either apple crumble (from Year 7 Domestic Science - Food) or scrambled eggs (from my own learning when my mother first became sick and she could no longer stop me from using the kitchen (to say my mother was over-protective at times would be something of an understatement).

2) - Burgers and potato waffles. It would have been cheeseburgers in buns, but I forgot to buy the cheese. and the buns.

3) - Sausages and potato waffles. Or, more generally, potato waffles. I like potato waffles.

4) - My sausage and bean casseroles, which I really should start making again. It's very easy to tweak the recipe to include just about anything and in the slow cooker it's incredibly easy to make.

5) - I've not cooked for anyone in a while. Nick used to say that I cooked chips, burgers and steak to (his standards of, which in the case of steak was well done to charcoal) perfection. I've been praised for my Nutella cupcakes and maple and pecan muffins. And I devised walnut and pine nut fried rice for my vegan friend once that went down surprisingly well.

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sareini: A quote from the book Good Omens (Good Omens)
Because the Friday Five was a little late this (last?) week...

1. What is your current main mode of transportation? e.g. car, bike, subway, walking etc.
2. Are you satisfied with your current main mode of transportation (answer to question 1)? Why?
3. Do you think you'll change your means of transit soon? e.g. buy a car, get rid of your car, walk more etc.? If so why?
4. If time distance and money were not factors how do you prefer to get from point A to point B?
5. What was your worst transit experience?

1. It's a combination of walking (very short distances as I don't like to go out), buses and taxis. I'd walk more if the anxiety didn't leave me a shut-in most of the time.

2. Taxis are expensive, but they're the only way to get to some places (like the vets, or home from grocery shopping at Tesco's). Buses are cheaper but often crowded and I occasionally get the paranoid belief that people on the bus are watching me or reading my thoughts. I like walking but it takes the longest and that doesn't fare well for the anxiety. So in conclusion, all my modes of transport have their problems, but they're not things I can easily fix so I'm stuck with them.

3. I'd like to walk more, but see above. The longer I'm out of the house, the more I panic; plus I get paranoid that people are going to randomly shout abuse at me from passing cars. So unless I win the lottery and hire a chauffeur or wake up tomorrow completely cured of all my mental illnesses, I can't see anything changing.

4. Trains. Trains are nice. Yes, they can get crowded too, but you can wedge yourself into a window seat and just stare out the window at the pretty countryside and play cow/sheep/horse spotting for the entire journey.

5. Oh, this one might be a long one. Way, way back in 2001 Nick and I went on holiday to Disneyland Paris (the holiday itself was great). On leaving day, we went to get on the coach to take us to the airport... only to be denied by the driver who believed we were scamming a ride (he thought our tickets were invalid). Eventually we got proof from the travel agent that the tickets were fine, but we had to get a different coach and so missed our plane. Then we spent eight hours in Charles De Gaulle airport trying to get another flight, being told we needed about £600 to even get put on a list for tickets and discovering that the airport actually closed at midnight, before our travel agent finally stepped in and saved us before we had to go native or find an underground poker game in the hopes that Nick could win us the money to get home without having to use me as collateral. Did I mention that Nick spoke all of two words of French and so I had to translate/negotiate everything?

(from here.
sareini: Image of the Bursar from the Discworld universe (Bursar)
1. How did you name your pets?
2. Poirot or Miss Marpel?
3. Do you have a FB account too?
4. Books - hardcover or paperback
5. Mobile(cell phone): Windows/Android or Apple?

1. Of the current two? Lily came with her name. Callie's full name is Calliope Tulip Shodan. I wanted a muse name and a strong name (Mazikeen was a close second). And Shodan was because every cat has a bit of supervillain in them.

2. Of the two, I think I watched more Miss Marple growing up, but honestly neither of them are on my list. I much prefer DI Jack Frost from the Touch of Frost series.

3. Yes, although I'm on hiatus from it right now. Periodically all the bad news and stuff I can't help my friends with gets too much for me and I have to step back for a while or get too depressed to function.

4. Both. And eBooks. And sometimes audiobooks (I've discovered they're good if you're working on a long crafting project). Basically if it's a book-like entity, I'll probably try to read it.

5. Android all the way. I refuse to use anything as overpriced as an Apple and I don't trust Windows phones enough yet.

(from here.)
sareini: default (Friday Five)
1. Do you consider yourself young, old or middle aged?
2. When you think of your parents at your current age, did you consider them older than dirt?
3. What were you really into when you were a kid?
4. Who was your best friend in elementary school?
5. What do you bring with you everywhere you go?

1. I think, at 36, I'm officially in the "middle-aged" category now. Sometimes I feel older though, because really, I've been through an awful lot for 36 years.

2. When my parents were 36 I wasn't even alive, so I tend to think of them as young. Which is strangely contradictory when you consider I now think of myself as "middle-aged"...

3. Pretty much the same things I'm into now, actually. Transformers, super heroes, comic books, cartoons... I also watched a lot of Real Ghostbusters cartoons, for example. And of course because I was a precocious freak I was also into reading all kinds of stuff about UFOs and ghosts (and believing nearly everything I read to boot, which is the only real difference between then and now). Basically, I don't appear to have grown up very much.

4. In primary school I didn't have many friends. I had one friend who was friends with me for about three days because we had the same shoes, then she decided she hated me because I dared to talk to someone else (5-year-old politics!). I had a friend called Lynette and another called Hugh for a few years, then when I changed schools it was a girl called Ruth and a boy called Mark.

5. My keys and my phone. And my numerous dysfunctions. Not that I go many places.


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Jan. 5th, 2007 10:57 am
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Pets )

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Nov. 3rd, 2006 12:20 pm
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Music... )
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Cooking )
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Internet )
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Names )

* - yes, the astute will probably be able to figure out my 'real' name from that...
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Names )
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Friday Five - Random )

And now... the meme which came from [ profile] amara_m to [ profile] ebon_bear to [ profile] thorne1966...

Go to Wikipedia and look up your birth day (excluding the year). List three facts, two births and one death in your journal, including the year.

1881 - The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone, Arizona.
1977 - The last natural case of smallpox was discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination.
1984 - John D. McCollum shoots and kills himself after spending a day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records; a lawsuit is later filed by his parents over the song "Suicide Solution", but the case eventually gets thrown out.

1947 - Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Lady of the United States and Senator from New York
1973 - Seth MacFarlane, American animator

1440 - Gilles de Rais, French serial killer (b. 1404)
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TV and Movies... )

Friday Five

Sep. 9th, 2005 06:11 pm
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Music )

[ profile] thefridayfive
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Jobs )

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Cloning )

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Bloody internet. Well, bloody NTL to be exact. There I am, happily roleplaying away with a friendly female troll on City of Heroes (I was playing my 'imaginary friend' character), when the damn thing pitches a fit and throws me offline. And then won't let me get back into the game.

I feel terrible. If I ever manage to get back online, there'll be multiple apologetic e-mails sent to my new friend (who hopefully realised what happened). I'm just thankful it didn't happen in the middle of a fight, as she was only level 4/5 and I was level 14 and doing the sidekick/mentor thing...


Breakfast )
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Travel... )

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