LJ Interests meme results

  1. café tacuba:
    I fell in love with this band almost 15 years ago. I'm still in groupie fangirl lust with every one of these guys. They are everything I adore about Mexico rolled up into a music soup: badass chilango attitude mixed with a sincere and profound love for the traditional, the doble sentido personified, laughing and crying all at once. The old gods of Naucalpan would be pleased.

    Do yourself a favor and check them out:
  2. documentaries:
    I'm obsessed with documentaries, as most of my stories come from small snippets of people's lives. They inspire me to get to the heart of the human experience in things. They show me things that I would never see, small stories that I would miss. They connect me with the world in a very powerful way.
  3. harry dean stanton:
    One of the old school originators of the rugged, tragic, down and out sort of sex appeal that made for many of my most horrible relationships.
  4. laughing:
    I laugh at just about everything, most of all myself.
  5. modigliani:
    The first artist whose work made me want to paint.
  6. peppers:
    Hot, hot, hot!! The hotter the better!
  7. richard brautigan:
    Deer Tracks

    Beautiful, sobbing
    high-geared fucking
    and then to lie silently
    like deer tracks in the
    freshly-fallen snow beside
    the one you love.
    That's all.
  8. silvio rodriguez:
    One of the best nueva trova artists to ever come out of Cuba. His music is like cool white wine and green damp grass in summertime.
  9. troubadours:
    Old time, new age...it doesn't matter to me. Whether it's Townes Van Zandt or Sordello makes no difference. They were all troublemakers, with their crazy ideas of chivalry and courtly love. ; )
  10. writing:
    May as well say "breathing." It's what I do, every day. One of these days it might actually come to something.

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catelin: (Default)
( Dec. 31st, 2001 10:43 am)
I think that I shall look back on 2001 as one of those significant years. I've had them before. My first was in 1973. That was the year my mother decided that my long blonde hair was too much to handle and she had it all cut off into this short pixieish monstrosity. That was the end of the "such a pretty little girl" phase and the beginning of the "surly tomboy outsider" phase that lasted until my last couple of years of high school. I remember being surprised when my hair grew back in a honey-red shade instead of the variegated blonde I'd had before.

1977 was also a big year, as years go. It was the first year I went to Mexico...the first time I went for weeks without speaking English. The first time I had an inkling as to how big the world really was and how many possible futures I had in it. It was the beginning of my love affair with a culture that is as much a part of me now as my own.

1983 was the year I had my heart broken. It wasn't a spectacular story, stereotypical, really; but the pain of it had me catching my breath even years later.

1986 was the year I broke off the only really serious engagement I ever had. I was going to marry a tennis player from Mexico City whose family owned shoe factories. I had long Clairol blonde hair again and everyone would say in Spanish "such a pretty little girl" until I decided that wasn't what I wanted to be...not even en español.

In 1994, I made very big differences to a few people. I won an asylum case for a couple from Liberia, both of whom had been viciously tortured. I won the release of a classical violinist from Armenia, so she could be with her husband. They had a baby girl that is named Katya, after me. : ) I got a young crack head from Romania off the streets and into rehab after several tries. He's married with kids, working, happy. I'm very proud of this year.

In 1995, I had my first child and all of the changes that come with that. I was scared to death, alone, lonely. I decided to get back to Texas as quickly as I could...it only took me a year or so. In 1997, I had my second child. This was the year I took the Texas bar exam, 8 months pregnant, working three jobs, and living in a trailer with people I despised. It seemed I'd sunk to a new low. I worked my ass off and got out of that space in my life as quickly as I could.

1998 was the year my worst fear, that everyone I loved would leave me, came true. I lost my best friend, my brother ripped me off and disappeared from my life, my parents didn't speak to me. Everything that I was most afraid of happened, and I survived. I realized who my friends were and that I wasn't nearly as alone as I perceived myself to be. I realized that I was strong enough and stubborn enough to find happiness in even the bleakest landscapes. I did the whole Scarlett O'Hara "as gawd as my witness" thing, except instead of never going hungry, I was never going to be ungrateful again...for anything. Sort of the same concept, I suppose.

Of course, every year of my life is full of memories and milestones...these are just the ones that stand out this morning. But this year in particular has been filled with a lifetime of memories. This is the year I saw my very best friend close old and ugly chapters to open new and beautiful ones, in a new place, in a new home. This is the year that I found my voice. This is the year that I learned to ask for things I really wanted, even though I was afraid of being told "no." This is the year that I discovered the value of friendship, and that there is no shame in having an open heart without regard to whether others do or not. This is the year I learned to cut ties and listen to my own better judgment. This is the year I learned the importance of friends' advice. This is the year that the world changed in ways so profound I am only still beginning to grasp what it is we've lost and what we shall need to find again. Most of all, though, when I look back at this year, I will remember one thing above everything. I will remember this as the year that love found me over and over--in the letters and calls from friends, in the shared stories and lunches, in the jokes and the photos and the wonderful exchanges that reminded me of everyone's value, including my own. This will be the year that Big Love became more that just another wacky theory of mine, and just its existence is enough...but it came with so much more than mere proof of itself that I'm left with no words, just a big silly grin on my face. This has been one of the hardest, happiest years I've had so far. Hope we can all say the same. Happy New Year.
I play the 34 Questions game with Ken and Anois. : )

Right next door to my house...the beginnings of my hill country writers/artists colony.

The name of someone I loved carved on the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in D.C.


The one constant that does me in: a sharp mind.

John Lee Hooker "The Best of Friends"

In the center of my happiest moments.

Between a rock and a hard place.

I'll get back to you on this next month.

Either one without the other would be awful.

Around 5:30-6:30 in the morning...on weekends I sleep in until 8am or so.

Six Feet Under (if they would ever start a new season)

My electric mixer. I still love to lick the beaters.

The way my grandmother smelled, playing in the sand hills with my brother, learning to swim...there's tons of favorites...I was a lucky kid.

Almost everything.

Cruelty and stupidity in any combination.


Threadgill's...the original one...in Austin, Texas.

I have no idea....all the ones that I would like are long gone.

I believe that something in us continues somewhere else after our bodies quit working, but I don't think I will be the "me" that I am now ever again.

The Wizard of Oz, Where The Wild Things Are, Max The Minnow, Molly Pitcher


Spring...it's too cold to do summer things and too hot to do winter things. The only thing I love about spring is the flowers.

The magic instant sterilization ray.

A small flower on my right hip and two goldfish on my back.

Yes. I call that living. I can't really juggle...but I used to be able to ride a unicycle. : )

Pennies From Heaven



Anything as long as no one else is listening

I don't know!! I suppose...human.
catelin: (Default)
( Nov. 18th, 2001 10:09 am)
Thing I'm most proud of...coming up on two months of not smoking, working out, and feeling better than I have in years.

Creepiest movie I've seen...The Nanny with Bette Davis...gawd but that woman was skkkkeeeery!!!

Best advice I gave twice in one week...."No man is worth carving out pieces of your flesh to feed yourself from."

Most fun I had...making chocolate chip cookies with my kids. We made a huge mess, but boy was it ever fun!!

The thing that irritates me...that the fucking people working on my fence seem to have something against showing up for more than three hours a week.

Finally giving in...a photographer friend has been wanting me to shoot with him for ages...I told him I would.

Good deed...I fought with my boss over getting a guy into rehab instead of sending him to prison...and (I'm sooooooo much more stubborn than him) I won this round! The rest is up to the guy.

Lost things...probably put the final nail in the coffin of a friendship by being honest with his ex-girlfriend (also a very good friend) about his current living arrangements (living with some titty dancer chippie that he left her for). He's moved out, had three weeks to tell her the truth, and I'm not going to lie to her.

New projects...getting all of my holiday gift ideas in order. : ) Also working on several new short stories and doing some painting.

Reading...Speak to The Earth by Vivienne de Watteville and a biography of Rosa Luxemburg.

Best New Journal...I'm particular to Artemis and Athena, generally, but this is one of the best online journals I've seen in a while.

New addition to the menagerie...an old hard-scrabble Tom that's missing an ear...he's been hanging around and getting fed. I figure it'll be at least a couple of months before he'll even let me get close enough to touch him.

Enjoying...the leaves changing, the river's turning from deep green to stone grey, my kids getting excited about the holidays, conversations on the wire, the smells of cooking in my kitchen, life's little surprises.
catelin: (Default)
( Nov. 11th, 2001 10:42 am)
I can't help it. I love these things.

Four things you would eat on the last day of your life:
-- black-eyed peas
-- braised cabbage
-- chili con queso
-- chocolate stars

four cds from your collection that you will never get tired of:
-- ella fitzgerald--clap hands, here comes charlie
-- joni mitchell--court & spark
-- ricki lee jones--girl at her volcano
-- miguel bose--bajo el signo de cain

four celebrities you would have sex with:
-- gabriel byrne
-- jean reno
-- joe strummer
-- chuck palahniuk

four vacations you have taken:
-- a roadtrip from L.A. to Montana
-- Antigua, Guatemala
-- Sante Fe, NM (aka Heaven)
-- entire summers traveled throughout Mexico

four songs you get stuck in your head frequently:
-- stuck in the middle with you
-- my funny valentine
-- autumn in new york
-- let's get lost

four things you'd like to learn:
-- portuguese
-- sculpting
-- how to put a zipper into a dress where it doesn't look like crap
-- woodworking

four beverages you drink frequently:
-- water
-- diet coke
-- carrot/orange juice
-- iced tea

four tv shows that were on when you were a kid:
-- The Partridge Family
-- The Courtship of Eddie's Father
-- Night Gallery
-- The Night Stalker

four places to go in your city: (I'm a country mouse...out in the middle of nowhere, remember?)
-- the lake
-- the river
-- the woods
--Dairy Queen

four things to do when you're bored: (I'm never bored!)
-- write
-- read
-- paint
-- wildcraft

four things that never fail to cheer you up:
-- my boys
-- nice surprises
-- fresh air
-- washing dishes

And my own four...always gotta have a lagniappe!

four of your favorite memories:
--running wild in the West Texas countryside with my little brother as a child
--a bed filled with lilacs
--the first time my kids called me "mama"
--dancing with my grandmother in her kitchen
I woke up this morning believing, in that space before you really wake up, that I was back in my little bungalow on Wilcox with my legs wrapped around my long-haired boy genius, both of us still sticky sweet with Crème de Cassis. Nothing like a dog's nose in your face and kids jumping on your bed to remind you of exactly where you are. After breakfast there were some words exchanged with their father...not an even exchange really; just me sitting there while he bitched. I'm not an argumentative person. I argue for a living and don't care to do it much in my personal life. On the other hand, I am cursed with one hell of an Irish temper. I just got up after a few minutes and quietly hurled his favorite chair out the door...all the way to the street. Who knew I was so strong? Completely childish and totally gratifying...a gesture more laden with meaning than 1000 sour words. Perhaps I should take up the Caber Toss. I'm cleaning house today. And I mean it.

Oh, and I pilfered this from one of the last real southern gentlemen around:
current mood: Where's the Ajax?
current music: "Jesus Christ Pose" Soundgarden
current taste: giant goldfish crackers with spinach dip
current hair condition: unruly
current dress: bare feet, jeans, Low Pop Suicide t-shirt that's on its last leg
current grievance: people who insist that half-ass is good enough
current annoyance: the clutter underneath my feet
current smell: gardenia candles and rosemary hung to dry
current stupid musing: that I could hop a plane bound for Italy like NOW
current longing: the usual
current game: I'm teaching Max how to play Chess
current thing I ought to be doing: laundry and editing stuff...Max and I are making Shrinky Dinks instead
current windows open: my kitchen and living room ones...ok, really Windows, IE, LJ, Morpheus
current desktop picture: Georgia O'Keefe "Poppies"
current favorite artist: Siqueiros (art)/Cafe Quijano (music)
current favorite group: the deer family that hangs out in my yard
current book: Turn of the Screw, Moll Flanders, 2002 Herbal Almanac, and Three Lives
current cds in stereo: only one...I'm so low-fi...Miles Davis "Someday My Prince Will Come"
current dvd in player: No DVD...I'm hopeless....Video: "Inspector Gadget" Helloooo!! It's for the kids!!
current color of toenails: fire engine red
current earrings: silver goddess earrings
current refreshment: water
current worry: Court of Appeals arguments on Halloween in front on an audience
current favorite book: "Winesberg, Ohio" by Sherwood Anderson
current malicious intent: brutalize any armchair that crosses me
current misguided opinion: that I really know what I'm doing
current crush: I'm a recovering crushaholic
current favorite (semi) celebrity: Dennis Hopper...always my favorite
current time wasting wish: if only I could be Empress of the Universe for a while!
current hate: got no time for hate...too much housework to be done
catelin: (Default)
( Sep. 19th, 2001 04:52 pm)
Someone once said my eyes were the color of moss agate...my ears turn red when I get mad...show me some wit and I'm smitten...my grandmother's name was Billie, and yeah, she was that cool...my favorite flowers are violets...in another life, I would have liked to have been a milliner...once in a blue moon, I'll get a glimpse of myself in the mirror right before bed and think what a shame it is that I'm the only one looking...I bought mugwort and yarrow root on my lunch hour...I appreciate the subtle, but have no patience for the cryptic...I make some of the best cinnamon rolls you'll ever taste...I half-believe that wanting is better than having...there's a painting of me floating around somewhere by some Russian painter who was living in Mexico about 15 years ago...and I wear old velvet flowers in my hair when I'm really happy.
catelin: (Default)
( Aug. 20th, 2001 05:15 pm)
Got this from my favorite doctor. Let's see if it cures what ails me. ; )

1. I tell people I weigh 112 pounds, when I really weigh 117.

2. When I was in 7th grade, I got teased for looking like a boy.

3. My daddy still calls me "Sissy."

4. Old Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young songs make me cry--for a lot of different reasons.

5. My relationship with my boys' father makes me feel like I am trapped in amber most days, but I'm really good at ignoring it.

6. I am the worst housekeeper in the world.

7. I'm too fickle for my own good.

8. I don't visit my grandmother, who my uncle put into a nursing home up in Dallas when I wanted her to be closer to where I live, nearly as much as I should.

9. I'm a much more fearful person than I ordinarily let on.

10. I really don't think that I'll ever meet a man who can keep up with me.

11. BONUS CONFESSION: I'm a sucker for smart, charming, unavailable men.
catelin: (Default)
( Jul. 12th, 2001 10:24 pm)
If I were a stone, I would be a...turquoise
If I were a tree, I would be a...magnolia
If I were a bird, I would be a...hummingbird
If I were an insect, I would be a...beetle
If I were a machine, I would be an...Elna
If I were a tool, I would be a...Craftsman
If I were a fruit, I would be a...peach
If I were a flower, I would be a...lilac
If I were a kind of weather, I would be...rain
If I were a mythical creature, I would be a...hamadryad
If I were a musical instrument, I would be a...mandolin
If I were a kind of profession, I would be a...finish carpenter
If I were an animal, I would be a...bear
If I were anything in the world, I would be...myself
If I were a color, I would be...violet
If I were a fragrance, I would be...orange blossom
If I were an emotion, I would be...happiness
If I were a state or feeling, I would be...patience
If I were a vegetable, I would be...okra
If I were a sound, I would be...a whisper
If I were an Element, I would be...Water
catelin: (Default)
( Jun. 15th, 2001 04:27 pm)
Compliments of inflammatio. Not necessarily in any order.

7 things you are afraid of:
1. drowning
2. cancer
3. my kids being hurt/killed
4. cruise ships
5. snakes
6. drunk drivers
7. mediocrity

7 things (or people) that make you laugh:
1. Three Stooges
2. Peter Sellars
3. Life in general
4. Spinal Tap
5. poseurs
6. Andy Griffith Show
7. Bill Hicks

7 things that make you cry:
1. heartache
2. rage
3. corny movies, t.v. shows, commercials...you name it
4. seeing extraordinary courage or honor in other people
5. feeling powerless
6. goodbyes
7. missing people

7 things you love:
1. my boys
2. my extended clan of friends and family
3. rainstorms
4. gardening
5. a good turn of phrase
6. beautiful music
7. chocolate

7 things you don't understand:
1. cruelty
2. zealots of any form or fashion
3. what a fractal really is
4. people who CHOOSE to be morose
5. extreme vanity
6. why people line up outside clubs they never get into
7. why everyone in my family is 6' or over and I'm only 5'3"...ok, 5'2" and a half.

7 things on my desk (or table):
1. Magic 8-ball
2. sumo wrestler lunchbox
3. work files
4. a vase of flowers
5. candles
6. a dinosaur punching puppet
7. a little tiny megaphone

Right now you are:
At work, taking a break from issuing subpoenas for upcoming cases, munching on tortilla chips, talking on the phone...oh, and listening to Carlos Vives..

7 facts about you:
1. I am smarter than I look
2. I have way too many shoes for my own good
3. I am a good mother
4. I've had fewer lovers than most people guess
5. I look really ugly when I cry
6. I have dreams that come true sometimes
7. I'm a sucker for a real gentleman

7 things to do before you die:
1. Raise my boys and make sure they're doing ok
2. Publish a collection of my short stories
3. Find my soul mate---after my kids are raised
4. Travel the world
5. Pass on my grandparents' love to my own grandchildren
6. Read, read, and read some more
7. Putter in the garden some more
Shame on me for enabling Kalemachka's quiz habit...and my own.

1. Name(s): Cate

2. If there are 3 wells (love, beauty, and creativity) and you can drink from one of them, which would you choose? What would it taste like? I'd drink of love and I imagine it would taste much like the smell of my freshly bathed children.

3. Do you wish on stars? Sure. You can never wish too often.

4. Would you kill someone? To protect my children--you bet. In a fucking heartbeat.

5. Virgin or not? Dear, I'm a middle-aged broad with two kids. Need I say more?

6. Who are you jealous of? I don't get jealous.

7. Who would you marry? Any one of the gentlemen to whom I'm constantly proposing in my journal.

8. Do you think that the people on the Gap commercials are cool? Sorry. Anything even remotely associated with the Gap is consummately uncool.

9. If you were another person, would you be friends with you? Sure! I've always been a great friend to have.

10. Are you a daredevil? Absolutely not.

11. Would you ever consider running for office? That may be a possibility one of these days.

12. What things are you afraid of most? Outliving my children, having them grow up to be unhappy or unfulfilled.

13. Have you ever told a secret that you swore you wouldn't repeat? Yeah, but I had a good reason for doing it.

14. Do you pray? To borrow a line from my favorite movie: "Pray? No, I communicate."

15. Have you ever met anyone famous? On occasion...and never on purpose.

16. Do you think there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Figuratively, yes.

17. How do you vent anger? I write, I cry, I move on.

18. Are you trendy? Ha. Hardly.

19. Are you passive or aggressive? A nice mix of the two, I'd say.

20. Do you trust others easily? I'm cautiously optimistic when it comes to trusting people.

21. What was your favorite toy as a child? A set of walkie-talkies.

22. What class in school do you think is totally useless? I always found home economics to be a silly one. Do they even teach that anymore?

23. Do you keep a diary? I've kept journals for years...gotta leave some surprises for everyone after I'm gone.

24. Have you ever intentionally hurt another person? I have been vicious when provoked.

25. Have you ever been in a mosh pit? Back in my salad days, they weren't called mosh pits. That was only years later.

26. What is the new saying that you've been using a lot? By the time I hear any catchy "new phrase" it's usually so over and done with, I don't bother.

27. What is your all time favorite song? North Dakota by Lyle Lovett

28. What was the best Christmas present you received? A long maxi-dress that my grandmother made for me when I was about seven. It was midnight blue with pink flowers and lace...made me feel like the grooviest kid alive.

29. Could you be a vegetarian? I was for several years. I'm not now.

30. What word do you use when you think something is good? I stick with the standard, "that's good."

31. What band has the funniest name? Trotsky's Icepick always made me giggle.

32. Who is your favorite white rapper? Not a one...although I adore the Beastie Boys...who I suppose started much of that white boy nonsense.

33. Would you rather wear uniforms to school? Please. Children have ALWAYS worn uniforms of one sort or another to school. They always will.

34. Have you ever given money to a bum? Not often; but yes.

35. Do you ever wear overalls? Constantly.

37. Do you think you are strong (emotionally)? I know I am. I'm still here in one piece.

38. Do you hate anyone? Nope. I don't have the energy to spare on that.

39. Who is your Best Friend? Raindog is my oldest friend.

40. Do you regret anything? I regret several things; but I don't worry about them now. I learned my lessons and moved on.

41. What are you going to do next? Refill my water glass and clean my desk.

42. What is your favorite quote? "You know, Harold, I believe that much of the world's sorrow comes from people who are 'this' yet allow themselves to be treated as 'that.'"

43. Have you ever considered a religious vocation? Hardly.

44. What's your biggest dream/wish? That my children grow up to be happy, healthy, kindhearted people who do right by themselves and others.

45. What is the one modern thing you could never live without? A water heater.

46. Have you ever done anything illegal? Nothing more dastardly than having a beer when I was underage.

47. Have you ever thought with another's head? In my hands? Between my legs? Resting on my chest? Sure.

48. What would you do if you were walking down the street and saw some models standing on the sidewalk? Nothing out of the ordinary.

49. What do you regret doing or not doing in your life the most? I regret that my grandmother didn't live to see my kids. She'd have been loopy over them.

50. What is the most important lesson you have learned outside of school? To have a profound respect for myself...that's gotten me through a lot of hard things.
catelin: (Default)
( Jun. 1st, 2001 08:10 pm)
Given all of the recent quiz snatching I've been doing lately, I figured it was only fair to add one to the fray. However, in the spirit of brevity, this is a one-word quiz. Think of one word only for each question. Please feel free to add a question. : )

1. Favorite time of day? dusk

2. Type of life you've led? bittersweet

3. A scent that fills you with yearning? gardenias

4. What do you aspire to be most? graceful

5. What is it that comforts you daily? laughter

6. Your worst fear? bereavement

7. What you despise most about people? truculence

8. What you admire most about people? compassion

9. What is your worst personality trait? peevishness

10. What is your best personality trait? loyalty

11. How would most people describe you? content

12. A talent you have that would surprise people involves a(n)...? unicycle
catelin: (Default)
( May. 26th, 2001 10:24 pm)
Compliments of my favorite partner in crime of the literary kind, Verian....

1. If you had the opportunity to stop the assassination/early death of 1 person from history for the benefit of all mankind, who would it be and why?

Can't imagine that one person would make such a difference, and most of my choices range from sheer curiousity as to how it would have all played out to just a feeling that the world would have been a little better for their presence...here's a few:
Abraham Lincoln because he had more to accomplish.
Empress Elisabeth of Austria because had she lived history may have been very different.
Martin Luther King, Jr. because things may have really turned out differently with him here.
Steven Biko for the same reason above.
Salvador Allende because that was just so fucking wrong.
JFK, Jr. because it would have been interesting to see if Camelot could have been "reborn" in the 21st century.

2. You take part in a chain photography event and are allowed to take one picture that best illustrates where and how you live before sending the camera on to the next person - what picture would you take and why?
I would take a photo of mysef and my kids on the banks of the Guadalupe River. I can't imagine anything else that would show more clearly who I am and what I'm connected to.

3. The country in which you live is about to be wiped out by a nuclear attack. You have your finger on the button that will launch a counter strike wiping out your attackers, would you press the button?
No way. No use in fighting if you have no chance to win...In that situation, I'd prefer to minimize the number of "losers" overall.

4. Your neighbor tells you that he knows the whereabouts of a convicted and self-confessed pedophile who is on the run from the Police. He has teamed up with other locals and the unruly mob is on it's way, toting petrol cans and torches, to burn the pedophile alive. Do you join the mob, do nothing or phone the Police?
I would definitely call the police.

5. You have died and are moving along a road when you come to a junction, a left turn will lead you to truth, peace and enlightenment, a right turn will lead to you having a bloody fantastic time. Which way are you going to turn?
Peace & enlightenment are my idea of a bloody fantastic time. I'm going left. : )

6. If you where able to erase one thing from your past and still be able to end up where you are now (should you wish to) what would it be and why?
I would erase the years I barely had any relationship with my parents.

7. Tomorrow is the end of the world. You have only twenty four hours left. How would you fill those hours?
Doing everything I could to make my kids happy and peaceful.

8. You accidentally discover that you have the ability to become invisible at will. How would you use this ability?
Hell yeah!!!!!!! I'd be an invisible crime fighter, baby. Oh, yeah...and I'd go around giving Depo Provera shots to junkies...and I'd spend a lot of time scaring the shit out of certain people...and I'd give people decent haircuts while they slept...and I'd slap George W. right across the puss at least once a week just to make myself feel better.

9. You are in a swimming pool and desperately need to pee. Do you swim over to somebody and pee near them so as to 'muddy the waters' as to who it was when the blue dye appears?
Blue dye when you pee??? Never heard of it. That said I'd probably be blissfully relieving myself, leaving a trail of blue dye. Hey, when ya gotta go, ya gotta go.

10. Your teenage child confesses to you that they killed someone in a hit-and-run accident. You have the ability to create the perfect airtight alibi for them. Would you do it?
Nope. That would be hard, but I know that there is a freedom in accepting responsibility for our actions. I wouldn't ever want my child to live with the guilt and shame of not doing the right thing. I think that would be a worse betrayal than not saving his ass with an alibi.
catelin: (Default)
( May. 24th, 2001 07:56 pm)
This is from razorart:

1. What little thing about a person who would otherwise be attractive to you, could turn you off completely?
Bad manners...perhaps it's my southern upbringing, but that's the big deal breaker for me.

2. What do you prefer to wear to bed?
Nothing but a pigtail.

3. Bed preferences/rituals?
I sleep with a ceiling fan, but lots of covers...and I rub my feet together until I fall asleep. I got in the habit of doing this when I was a kid and used to listen to the crickets outside my window.

4. Do you answer the telephone if it rings in the middle of the night/early morning?
That's about the only time I will answer the phone...always fearing that someone's been hurt or died.

5. Have you ever kicked someone out of your apartment?
Nope. I was always the one who left. If the connection went bad, I usually didn't want to hang around the place that reminded me of it.

6. Have you ever been kicked out of a class/bar/domicile, etc? Why?
I got kicked out of my eighth grade science class for biting a guy's leg during a fight. He was twice my size and was holding me by my ankles upside down. I actually bit through his Levi's. Boy, was I mad! When you're little, you learn to fight dirty. Heh.

7. Have you ever had a near-death experience? What did you see?
No. Thank goodness!

8. How old were you when you found out how babies were made and how did you find out?
When I was about five, my parents gave me a book called "Life and Its Origins." It had a chapter on the whole baby-making thing.

9. Your first experience with porn?
My best friend and I found a discarded Hustler in the neighbor's garbage. I think we were about seven. The only thing I really remember was that the whole "beaver" reference really confused me.

10. If you were offered immortality, would you accept?
Immortality: a nice idea in theory, but the reality of it would probably stink. I'd pass.
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( May. 18th, 2001 03:23 pm)
What’s your favorite sexual position?
Anything that doesn't require gymnastics and/or extraordinary coordination.

Leonard Cohen, Donovan, or Bob Dylan?

Have you ever let anybody pee on you?
Nope...unless a scared shitless cat in my lap during a road trip qualifies.

Do you think Japan is "cool"?
I love sumo wrestling...but that's about the extent of my fascination.

What brand of beer do you favor?
None. I don't like beer.

Mac or PC? Why?
PC...because I'm still a DOS person at heart.

What’s your favorite cable channel?
American Movie Classics

Who is your favorite Sci-Fi writer?
Frank Hebert

Live or recorded music? Why?
Recorded. I can listen to it in my underwear.

What is best about the pop culture of the 60s? 70s? 80s? 90s?
60s: righteous indignation, hippies, Laugh-In, space, imagination, communes, music, drive-ins
70s: futurism, M*A*S*H, cb radios, Redford & Newman, pantsuits, crochet, sweathogs, Sex Pistols
80s: baby goths, Breakfast Club, Madonna, hair bands, Valley girls, Mr.T, "You are no John Kennedy"
90s: Joey Buttafuoco, Seattle music scene, Twin Peaks, thigh-highs, Ninja Turtles, "Run, OJ, Run!"

Vintage clothing or latest designer labels?
Vintage, garage sale, home sewn....whatever's cheap and looks good.

How did you lose your virginity?
In that typical gangly, no-clue, totally "THAT was what the big deal has been all this time? What a gyp!" kinda way.

What movie do you watch repeatedly?
Harold & Maude

What drug do you take repeatedly? Why?
The only drugs I do are caffeine and nicotine. I have no patience or use for the others.

Why are you so into LJ?
I'm a writer by nature, I am fascinated by stories, and I find the people here to be smarter and more interesting than elsewhere on the 'net.

What would you like to know about "Kalemachka"?
How her photos look like Mexican movie star stills from the 60s (and I mean that as a compliment...beautiful) when she is so darn young!???

Why the internet? Why not real life?
Why do people presume that one always replaces the other? I find them to be quite complimentary.
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( May. 17th, 2001 09:24 pm)
All these interesting quizzes I've been missing....I'm such a sucker for these. This one is courtesy of Banshee.

What is your mental age?
On a good day, I feel as young as I am. On a bad day, I feel as old as I am.

Truck or no truck? [Note: this Canadian (tuck or no tuck?--I haven't a clue what that means) question has been Texanized for my protection. ; )]

What is your favorite disco anthem?
Knock on Wood

In your opinion, who is the most overrated celebrity today?
M:Tom Cruise. He looks like a lizard.
F:Calista Flockhart. She's just too damn boney. Period.

What dance step have you perfected?
The momwithtwokidsgottaworkgottacleangottagottagotta shuffle.

If you were a film director, who would you be?
Almodovar with a bit of Peckinpah thrown in for good measure.

What was your least favorite college subject?

Elizabeth I or Elizabeth II?
Actually, I'll take Eliza Doolittle.

If you weren't Canadian, which nationality would you pick?
Hmmm...well, I'm not Canadian. But if I weren't Texan, I'd probably make a good Mexican.

What song are you listening to right now?
The birdsong outside my window. I have a nest of redbirds.

Beatles, Rolling Stones, or The Who?
The Who

What is the last poem you read, and when?
"Car Ferry to Paradise" by Charles Levenstein....about 2 hours ago.

Any shows you'd like to see re-run on TV, but which probably don't have a hope in hell?
"American Gothic," "Cupid," and an old series called "The Sixth Sense"

What colour is your hair now, and which colours has it been in the past?
My hair is auburn now. It's been just about every color you can think of (sometimes several at one time) in the past.

Guilty pleasure pop song?
Anything by the Bay City Rollers

Do you have a favorite word?
I have many...my faves include: hubris, naco (it's a Spanish slang term, full of meaning), pell-mell, matriarch.

Are you good with houseplants?
Most of the time, but the ones in my office are pretty sad looking lately.

What's the best thing about your job?
I get to argue for a living.

Favorite hockey player?
I live too far south to provide an answer to this.

Who is the first person you ever had a crush on?
My first serious crush was on a boy named Mark when I was in seventh grade.

Which was the best year of your life?
All of them so far.

If you could own one piece of art, what would it be?
Anything by Diego Rivera.

What proverb or aphorism do you use most?
Everything comes full circle.

Broom or vacuum cleaner?
Both. I have three cats and two kids.

Do your ex's hate your guts?
Nah...they're still too busy wondering what the hell happened.

A song that you loathe to such a degree that if you never heard it again, it would be 20,000,000 years too soon:
Anything by Michael Bolton.

What's the next film you'll be seeing?
Whatever the next kids' movie is...ah, motherhood.

Who's your favorite revolutionary?

What's the dumbest female name you can think of?
Tiffany, Courtney, and names of that ilk.

Are you sick of hearing about/from Tori Amos?
Is she still around?

Where are you going on your next vacation?
Probably New York...or Vegas....or my bedroom.

What is your most common facial expression?
Smiling...or rolling my eyes.

Which book(s) are you embarrassed to admit you've never read?
"War and Peace" and "The Second Sex"

Who's the most famous person you've ever gotten drunk with?
I never was a big drinker.

Are you good at cards?
Only greeting cards.
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( May. 17th, 2001 08:03 pm)
Life would not be complete without completing a Razorart quiz. ; )

1. What is the name you *wished* you were born with?
When I was younger, I wanted a really glamorous name like Hedi, or Lana...once I grew up, I realized that my own name actually suited me better.

2. What feature of the opposite sex do you hate the most?
Hmmm....this certainly doesn't apply to all men equally, but that whole sports mania thing can be really annoying.

3. What feature of *your* sex do you hate the most?
The way we can be such catty bitches to one another.

4. Give me your list of annoying occurrences:
Top five: 5)dirty restrooms; 4)petty office politics; 3)taking out the garbage; 2)that grating "Cleo the Tarot Card Reader" commercial that comes on every two minutes late at night; 1)junk mail

5. Who do you hate the most out of everyone you know/ever knew and why?
I wouldn't really say I hate anyone, but the person who has disgusted me the most that I actually know: a 19-year-old heroin junkie who was a consummate user even before she began to shoot dope, who stole from my kids, who can't seem to grasp the concept of birth control, and who is no longer anyone I give two shits about.

6. Which celebrity deserves to be boiled in oil?
That's a tie between Charleton Heston and Rosie O'Donnell.

7. Do you have a voodoo doll?
I do. It's stuck to my file cabinet at work with a magnet.

8. Have you ever harbored murderous thoughts? Why?
There are a couple of people I could easily take out and gut shoot if it weren't going to cause me so many problems. I figure it's easier to let karma gnaw away at them.

9. What is the best song to strip to?
Sad to say...but my stripping days are over...and they've been over for so long, I can't even remember any good strip songs. Grrrrrrr.

10. Have you ever dabbled in witchcraft?
Nope. I don't "dabble" in it.

11. How many one-night stands have you had?
Enough to count on one hand.

12. Have you ever had an abortion?

13. Who do you hate most of all on Live Journal?
Haven't run across anyone who even annoys me yet.

14. Who could you see yourself having sex with on Live Journal?
I imagine he knows who he is.

15. What is your dream job?
I have it...except a hiatus every summer to concentrate on my writing would be nice.

16. Have you ever been issued a summons/sued/arrested/been in jail?

17. Are you a sadist or a masochist? Give some examples.
I'm neither.

18. What religion were you brought up to be? Do you still practice it?
Wasn't brought up to be anything. Now I'm what you'd consider a bit of everything.

19. Do you like to give or receive hugs?
Both, and often.

20. Do you rejoice in any bodily functions?
Never gave that much thought. It's always nice when everything works like it should...other than that I don't pay much attention.
catelin: (Default)
( Mar. 20th, 2001 10:18 am)
I am actually supposed to be working on a brief (why the fuck they call them briefs is beyond me--they are anything but) today at home, but a girl's gotta take time out for coffee and procrastination at some point. If anyone asks, it's Danny's fault. ; )

Fave Board Game:
Careers (I haven't seen it in ages. My grandparents had this game and we'd play it in the summers. I always got to be a miner and discover uranium.)
Fave Magazine:
Interview before it turned to crap, and Sunset
Fave Comic:
I have a collection of scary comics from when I was a kid...any of those I loved.
Now I am obsessed with Red Meat
Fave Food:
Anything spicy or laden with garlic and cheese
Fave Ice Cream:
Mint chocolate chip
Least Favorite subject/class:
Hmmmmm...it's been so long, I don't remember.
Fave thing to drink:
Coffee, margaritas, and mead
Fave weekend thing:
Best advice or tip:
Never say "yes" to something you don't fully understand.
If I could meet one person it would be:
Frida Kahlo
Do you have a crush?:
Surprisingly, yes.
Who was your first crush?:
Jack Wild from H.R. Puffenstuff
Have you ever been in love?:
More times than I should have been

~*~*The Past Side*~*~
What do you remember most about the '00 year:
How fast it flew by
Memory (thing) you miss the most:
The way my grandmother smelled--a combination of Wrigley's spearmint, Max Factor, tobacco, and love to last me 'til I see her again.
What's the first thing you thought of when you got up this morning?:
I've got to get that damn brief done TODAY.

~*~*The Future Side*~*~
Where do I see myself in ten years?:
I never think about that...I always end up right where I'm supposed to be.
What is your dream car?:
One that comes with a chauffeur
Where do you plan on living after college?
Hmmmm....yet again a reminder that I'm outside the demographic of most surveys.
Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?:
Only when it's brought into my bed by one of my children.
Anything pierced?:
One hole in each ear is plenty, thanks.
Have you ever been convicted of a crime:
Ha! No.

~*~*The Feelings Side*~*~
Do you believe in yourself?:
Yes, I'm quite sure that I exist.
Worst Feeling(s) in the world:
Outliving your children
Best Feeling:
Being sure that you've done right by your stay on the planet.
What religion are you?:
One thing I'd change about myself:
I'd try to be less cynical.
Are you a health freak?:
I smoke Camels...next question.

~*~*The Left Over Crazy Side*~*~
Have you ever been attacked by a big dog?
Only of the human sort.
Fingers or a fork?:
I find both useful, depending on the circumstance.
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( Feb. 28th, 2001 07:05 pm)
It may be the season...the waiting for spring...but I find myself full of desires lately. I am longing to:

--grow violets on my windowsill
--take long baths in the middle of the day
--write a novella
--rollerskate on my lunch break
--kiss someone until the sun comes up on our swollen lips
--have a secret to keep
--wear dangerous lipstick
--start a lifelong correspondence with someone so that when we are gone our letters will be left for others to gasp and wonder over
--cut my hair
--dance in the moonlight
--catch some rainwater
--languish on a divan
--buy some reeeeeally high heels
--drink mead and tell stories
--meet a tall dark stranger

For now I'll have to be satisfied with buying a new pair of glasses...fucking compromises.


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