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What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Northern. Whether you have the world famous Inland North accent of the Great Lakes area, or the radio-friendly sound of upstate NY and western New England, your accent is what used to set the standard for American English pronunciation (not much anymore now that the Inland North sounds like it does).

If you are not from the North, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Southerner who hates Southern accents and tries really hard to "talk right"; or
(b) A New Yorker or New Jerseyan who doesn't have the full accent

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

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Comment and I'll give you a color that I think represents you, and then you list ten things you like in that color!

[personal profile] alysten says - Peacock! (I'm not entirely sure what this says....)

1. The peacock blue linen in my stash
2. Indian silk saris
3. Lake Michigan on a clear day
4. The spires on Cinderella Castle
5. The Disney Studios intro
6. Antique blue glass
7. One of my favorite handpainted yarns
8. The Rangemaster Toledo XT - in Peacock blue (google images - ;-)
9. Blue and silver Christmas decorations
10. The Regional Device :-)
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Via [livejournal.com profile] xrian

Leave a comment saying ":D" and:
-I'll respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
-Update your journal with the answers to your questions.
-Include this explanation and offer to ask other people questions.

1. I haven't managed to figure out exactly who you are yet -- can you give me any hints?

Ah, I'm one of your groupies. We've e-mailed back and forth via my hotmail account regarding Joomla! vs. Drupal. (Work in progress: www.insaneaboutgarb.com/friesianfrockgirl.com) We're both on the SCA-Heralds list, and I'm on your paternosters list. I've picked your brain directly regarding needlebooks, and (many moons ago) used research from your Paternosters site to make my first paternosters.

Mundanely, I'm a veterinarian. I started out in biotech/genetic engineering. And decided I have the wrong politics and the wrong personality for Academia. I am in medicine because I can be semi-autonomous. Dad opined just the other night that I'm not happy unless I can be in charge to at least some degree. Not sure just how entirely accurate that is - but there is certainly an element of truth. I'm not a minion by nature. Not sure I'm much good at leadership, either. Possibly Empressing. ;-) That might work.

2. I know a number of people in the Midrealm, from my time on the Apprentices mailing list or from Kalamazoo. Who might some of our common friends be?

I live about 1 1/2 hours North of Kzoo, on the Lake Michigan coast. So, wow, could be a lot of people. Though I'm not currently on the Apprentices mailing list. I know most of the folks in Three Hills (Kzoo) including Mistress Siobhan, Baron Logan and Baroness Zaynab, Baroness Katerina, Baroness Failenn. I'm not really sure who goes to the Medieval conference this year, but I'm pretty sure Mistress Emmelyne de Marksbury? She's one of my mentors in the art of research in general. Come November, I'll be officially apprenticed to Mistress Sarafina Sinclair. Come to think of it, I tried to convince you to come cross-country to speak at RUM last year. Still would like to have you if ever we can manage it. Or maybe just come down and take you out for dinner the next time you visit for the Medieval conference.

3. I noticed you were following my LJ a while back -- what got you interested in following it? (Especially considering how seldom I say anything ;)

That had less to do with following your Journal - as you're much more talkative on your other blog and various E-lists - than it was allowing you access to a lot of my research-based posts that I tend to keep locked. I know you are acquainted with [livejournal.com profile] rectangularcat, and wasn't sure if you'd be interested in Dutch and German costuming or not. But I have come to regard you as a wise and useful sounding board, and so I wanted those posts available to YOU - in case you had advice.

4. Have you played in any time periods other than the 16th century, and if so, what?

I started in the SCA purely 14th century. I have a number of GFDs in my wardrobe, some surcoats, etc. I didn't really wander into 16th century until I first found the Leiden portraits, and Karinne Taylor's site. (Sadly, now gone). From there, I happened across the Noord-Holland portraits in the Kaasmuseum. At that point - the hunt was on. It's more the thrill of the chase than anything else.

5. What is your current "dream project"?

Yeah... back to the Ferret with a Cola Addiction....

Not so much a dream "project" - more a dream wardrobe. At the moment, I want to have a collection that includes at least one of the Noord-Holland gowns (preferably a couple variants on the theme), a Saxon lower class, Upper class, and Court gown, a Swabian gown, a Housebook dress, a Kleves/Kolone gown... and I haven't gotten to Sliesia/Prussia/Franconia. Subject to change. And a few outfits for my husband from some of the same regions.

I've been identified by a "talent consultant (how do you get that job, anyway?)" as a Scanner. I don't have a Bliss. I don't have something that completes me. There is nothing I'm so happy doing that I don't find it to be "work." There isn't anything I don't get bored with in time.

I'm only content when I constantly have something to think about. Which manifests as Short Attention Span theater, but really is constant curiosity. My brain has no "off switch." A&S 50 project? Can't concentrate that long.
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I do a lot of memes, but I've never really tried to start one. However, I recently asked on a list for the Milwaukee area SCA group for some general advice on visiting and/or relocation. Among many kind responses was one from Guenievre du Dragon Vert. She commented on various things, and wondered if she might have met me at some point...

I smiled. And told her she holds a special place in my memory as the first SCA Queen I really took note of. As the first "Queen of Love and Beauty" that I had any contact, she'll always be a significant part of the Dream for me. She wasn't the woman who was Queen when I first joined the SCA. Nor at my first event. But others I only saw from afar - not even getting a chance to sit in Court since Anneliese was often a cranky baby by that point in the day.

So, in honor of Valentine's Day -

Tell me about the first Queen who drew you in. While it was all still new and magical. While the people in the Crowns were lofty and sparkling Presences who would glide past while you were bowed, studying your very un-period shoes. Before the internal Society Politics invaded. Before you were aware of rumors, hearsay, or personal experience with the Crown that may have tainted the Awe.

Who will always be Gueneviere to you? (Even if she spelled it differently)

Post your answer here, and the question in your own blog, to see who others remember in that still-rosy light.
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"I know that 2009 was pretty horrid for a lot of people, and to be honest, 2010 has been no great shakes so far. One way we might make the rest of 2010 a bit better is to spread some love around. So if you care to reply to this post I will give you a response of something I like about you.

If you like participating in these sorts of things and want to repost this in your LJ, that would be fun, too."
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Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."

• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity

• Update your journal with the answers to the questions

• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions (I'll also answer more, if asked)

The questions that [livejournal.com profile] reabhecc asked me:

1. Which of the states you've not visited would you most like to go to?

Hmm, two thoughts come to mind. First, Maine. I'd love to see Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The other is Minnesota. I'd like to visit the Twin Cities, Mall of America, and go visit my Aunt Carol sometime.

2. If you and your family could pick up and live anywhere for a year, all-expenses paid, where would you go?

Maybe Scotland? If I can be completely fantastical about it and not worry about mundane notions like Special Ed for Anneliese, etc, etc.

3. How did you pick your children's names?

Both times we had trouble coming to a conclusion. Anneliese was born 3 months early, hence the not having decided. They asked me mid C-section what her name was. I pronounced it, spelled it, and John (wisely) opted not to argue. Aurora was more a tie-breaker between what he wanted and what I wanted. We try to go for unique without being weird, and a name that has both a formal option and a nickname available for familiar use. (Liesl and Rori).

4. Which of the Disney Princesses do you like best or at least dislike least, and why?

I've always preferred Aurora. Ahem. Gee, that a surprise to anybody? I think it's a supressed wish for dance lessons when I was younger. And she's so darned graceful. The whole medieval thing might have something going for it, too. Plus, her voice doesn't annoy me. Can anybody really stand to listen to Adrianna Caselloti for very long?

5. Dark or milk chocolate?

Milk. Hands down.

6. Would you rather live in a house with a small dining room and big kitchen or a small kitchen and large dining room?

I've always lived in a house with a kitchen - and a kitchen table. So I'm going to go big kitchen, small dining room. Which I probably won't use anyway. Easier to move the couch over and set up a folding table. ;-)
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So, on to the five words meme. I got these from Alesone. ;-) Leave a message if you would like five from me, to post about what those words mean to you in your own journal.

yarn - I'm a yarn addict. I don't so much knit as I collect yarn. My largest weakness are sock yarns and anything hand-dyed. It makes me feel warm, calm, and happy. On the rare occasion I finish something, it also makes me feel accomplished. Whether that's a baby hat for my little one, leg warmers for the older, or a knitted medieval hat for the hubs. Love it all. I don't do fair isle (yet). Otherwise, projects vary by mood and how much attention I want to pay to it.

animals - Yeah, I'm a vet. I make my living with animals. I'm not a card-carrying ASPCA member. And I'm certainly not a vegetarian. I like the fuzzy critters. But for the most part, I prefer to leave them at work. In fact, the longer I'm in this career, the longer my list of breeds of dog I'll never have gets. I have no desire to do ag medicine. But I want chickens. I want to raise bizarres strains of poultry. ;-) Maybe even some chinese pheasants running around. And maybe some wool breed sheep. Cormo? But at this point, I think I'd just bite the bullet and send the wool up to Stonehedge Fiber Mill for processing.

dance - OK, I will admit to a small longing for the fact that I never really got to get into dance when I was a kid - not in the finances. But I try not to fall victim to living vicariously through my girls. And it really is Anneliese who has the thang for Irish Dance. Admittedly, it's a fixation I can get behind. It's cute. It's wholesome. There is no hip-hop grinding or butt-wiggling. And it has all the satin, tiaras, and sequins a little girl could want. Plus, I like the music. So if she has the desire and ability, I will willing become a dyed-in-the-wool Feis Mom. And love every bit of it. Here's hopin'.

cooking - I do like my kitchen. Though I really prefer baking. Again, all those home-y emotions are wrapped up in the kitchen for me. I like comfort food. I like cookies, cobblers, and home baked goods of all kinds. And I like the sorts of baked goods that connect me back across the generations - speculaas, sugar cookies, etc. I did a little bit of test-baking for Peter Reinhart's new book - till I lost my head, fell behind, and haven't done much with it. But, Oh, do I want to build a wood fired oven in my backyard!!!

gardens - I am a frustrated gardener. I lack the space, the time, and the funds to do what I have in my head. I used to inflict some of my cottage garden designs on my mother, but at this point she has surpassed me. I even want to grow some barley, hops, winter wheat, and other non-floral things. The incipient design for Maison Stokesley (the Manor we intend to build after we win the SuperLotto) includes a pottager, an extended walled garden, and a landscape design that incorporates orchard, berries, bushes, hedgerows and a few small critters. Chickens. To raise. And maybe a few sheeps.

*cue Alice in Wonderland Music* - In my world cats and rabbits would reside in fancy little houses. And be dressed in shoes and hats and trousers. In a world of my own. */music*

And about as likely. But a girl can dream, can't she? That I'll someday have time for all the knitting projects. Or at least be able to afford membership in a sock yarn club without guilt. That I can have my small menagerie and Manor with all the plants I can rustle up from weird sources. That Anneliese will improve enough to be able to do normal little girl stuff. And that we can do some girls weekends, maybe at Irish Dance events. Perhaps to someday include Rori, too. Just us girlz. That I can someday cut my hours back far enough to spend more time baking.

Generally, I desire the time, income, and family to reach a state where I can work on ascension to the state of Domestic Artist. ;-) A home that contains a warm, open kitchen, a bright studio for me, spinning wheel and baskets full of wool (and cats) in front of the fireplace, square of practice dancing floor for the girls and high-energy little ones bouncing all over it, and surrounded by all the gardens and landscaping that bespeak our own little world.

Well, a girl can dream, can't she?
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Your Brain is Complex
Your mind is a multi dimensional wonderland, with many layers.
You're the type that always has multiple streams of thoughts.
And you can keep these thoughts going at any time.
You're very likely to be engaged in deep thought - and deep conversation.
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The problem with Livejournal is that we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. Hence, I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don’t know about you.
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But Momma had to check on her and is now awake for a few. So....


Your result for The Totally 1990's Test...

Wow! You Really know the 1990s!!!

150 Bomb!

You either really love the '90s or searched most of this!

Either way, good job. :)

Take The Totally 1990's Test
at HelloQuizzy

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Your International Spy Name is Diva Frost

Your Code Name: Checkmate

You Reside in: Shanghai

Why You're a Good Spy: You can talk your way out of anything

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Still up - in the hopes baby will sleep.... soon.

Still being whiny because [livejournal.com profile] ablackram has yet to return from her cruise. And I'm lonely. (The hubby doesn't count. I'm girly-stuff lonely). So, I bring you.. The artsy meme:

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
- What I create will be just for you.
- It'll be done this year.
- You have no clue what it's going to be. It may be a song. It may be a something costume-y. I may draw or paint something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. It might be metal. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to put this in your journal as well. We all can make stuff!

Spread the Art Love <3
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I took the 43 Things Personality Quiz and found out I'm a
Self-Knowing Creative Romantic
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Which creature of the night are you?
Your Result: Cthulu Spawn

You are really an alien thing, aren't you? I can't describe you because you are beyond. We say "left field" and you say "Krn Grth Thchrang." You are the wild card of the bunch, the unknown quantity

Which creature of the night are you?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
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Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Thursday I donated bone marrow to [livejournal.com profile] realm_of_venus in a life-saving procedure (300 points). In August I farted in an elevator (-6 points). In July I caught a purse-snatcher who stole [livejournal.com profile] edinari's purse (30 points). Last Tuesday I pulled [livejournal.com profile] florentinescot's hair (-5 points). In May I ruled Iran as a kind and benevolent dictator (700 points).

Overall, I've been nice (1019 points). For Christmas I deserve a Lego set!


Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:

I don't feel especially deserving this year, but who am I to argue with a meme?
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The Rules:
Step One

- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ.

Step Two

- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. You an also check out this post http://fabricdragon.livejournal.com/127623.html because she lists lots of charities you can craft for for the holidays. There's also a LJ group ([info]holiday_wishes where folks post lists like this) And now here's the important part:

- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

I have a feeling this year's list will look a lot like last year's....

1. A job for John
2. The much-hoped for break in language development for Anneliese
3. Health Insurance
4. A bigger house. Or rather, a financial situation that would allow us to build (see #1). This place is getting darned cramped.
5. About 6 extra hours per day - three to sleep, and three to get things done in.

And in a more normal sense:
6. Any of the A-Z books from Country Bumpkin. Though I lean most strongly to Goldwork and Whitework. I love pretty much all their stuff. *sigh* To include the new issue of "Smocking and Embroidery." Someone knows my weakness for the chocolate and pink color combo. Boo would look smashing!
7. A couple hours to just roll in the stock at this place.
8. A pie bird. Preferably a vintage style. Actually, I can see me collecting the silly things someday when I have more room. Why? I don't know. Do I need a reason?
9. A heap of fine white linen for coifs, shifts, cut work, etc. I never can find any I'm that happy with. And I could probably go through it in bolts.
10. A new copy of Celtic Twilight 3, as I wore a groove in the last one using it for a lullaby for Anneliese. Busy wearing out "Daddies Sing Goodnight" for Rori. I might need to change it up soon.

My e-mail is on my profile page, in case anybody has helpful hints. Especially as regards #1.

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