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I’m doing fairly well on this blog posting thing this month, don’t you think? Sixteen out of the twenty-two days isn’t bad not including weekends.

Anyway, here’s a friday five for you on a saturday. You know I never do these on the appropriate days.

What is your favorite drink of all time? Does it hold a special memory to you or is it just because it tastes good?

My favorite drink, I’d have to say is an Arnold Palmer. Some people call it by different names, but what it comes down to is half lemonade and half iced tea. It’s called an Arnold Palmer because he supposedly invented it.

I also remember a trip I went on with my Man-of-Honor to St. Martin where I ordered it at a restaurant. The waiter asked me if I wanted a water hazard with that and I said I didn’t know what that was. Well he explained that it was a shot of vodka along with the drink. I said I’d never heard of that, but he said that it was a true thing and that AP himself asks for this himself. I said hey why not and just shot the vodka before I had any food.

Now that I think about it, that waiter was probably trying to get me to buy alcohol. A google search shows me nothing about AP’s request for a water hazard of any kind. And we all know that if it’s not on google it doesn’t exist or it’s not true.

Coincidentally, my brother also likes this drink.

Tea or coffee or hot cocoa?
I will drink tea and hot cocoa, but not coffee. I think coffee has that bitter taste and it’s just not for me. I prefer the plain green tea over anything else, though I do like jasmine and oolong, mostly because that’s what my mother drinks. She always orders jasmine tea dim sum places. She did chrysanthemum tea once. I think we all vetoed that one since we never ordered that again. And I think my mom drinks like fifteen cups of oolong a day.

And you definitely can’t go wrong with a hot cocoa on a cold day, but only the ones made with real milk and chocolate and never those instant mix ones. Those just taste like water and sugar. They’re also good for a quick chocolate fix.

I don’t order hot cocoa as much as I used to because I either need low fat or soy milk and a lot of places don’t have those. Whole milk gives me a tummy ache, which leads to other things. I can’t tell you about the other things because I’ll lose sparkle points. Chris jokes that I’m at negative sparkle points and I’ll never be able to climb out into the positive world of sparkle points.

Best summer time drink?. Arnold Palmer. Duh.

Worst soda brand ever?
I haven’t drunk soda in a really long time. But at Epcot, there’s a soda place that has different soda flavors from all over the world and one of them definitely tasted like puke. But I tried that like three years ago, so I can’t remember the flavor or the country it came from. Also the place with all the soda always has sticky floors, so don’t wear your good shoes in there. Someone will definitely spill soda on them.

Water: flavored, bottled, carbonated, or regular old tap?
We drink bottled water in Florida. The stuff that comes out of the tap is like 50% chlorine. They say it’s because some of the water comes from aquifers that are loaded with sulfur and it’s to keep the water from smelling (and tasting) like your farts.

It’s not so bad when you boil it, but I don’t have the mental capacity to think that far ahead about water.

At my parent’s house, they boil all their water. They come from a country where drinking from the tap may not be the safest thing to do, so they boil everything. It’s easy for them since they have this thing that boils water all day long. Remember my mom drinks a ton of tea? They just pour out the boiled water each night and let it cool overnight. I’m not that industrious.

What about you?

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal

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So you know that meme going around about who you write like, well, I plugged in various blog entries and I got a whole slew of stuff.

My Crafty entry told me this:

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Feed me, Seymour was written in the vein of Ernest Hemmingway. The funnier 4 years ago entry says I write like Dan Brown. And my TV entry is like Chuck Palahniuk(whom I’ve never read).

What this tells me is that I should write scary and satirical action adventure stories with characters that find redemption. Does that sound like me?

Who do you write like?

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal

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Today's Friday Five involves school and whether or not you're in school. Since I graduated college way back in 1999, there's really nothing more to say about that other than that it was almost ten years ago and I hadn't even thought about that until the Friday Five brought it up and makes me think how old I am now and about all the hopes and aspirations I had back in the day that hasn't been fulfilled for one reason or another.

So I'm going to write about the wedding instead, which isn't all that less stressful. I vascillate between being excited and nervous to being stressed and worried. There's some work stuff I need to get done before the wedding, which is less than two weeks away. I try not to overbook myself for that, but things come up so that there's little projects here and there that I need to do before the wedding since I'm leaving for a week after the wedding.

Then there's adding that my esthetician left to move to New Jersey last month, leaving me with nobody I trust to wax my eyebrows. It isn't my esthetician's fault that she decided to move. There's no reason why she would stay an extra month just for me. There's a really interesting story about it that started with Oprah and ended with a broken marriage. It sounds awful and funny and totally not true, but it was. So she moved up to New Jersey with her boyfriend so that he could be closer to his father and thus make sure he's ok being single again in his 50's. I've had my eyebrows waxed crooked by several people who proclaim that they're wonderful at it and several people who have waxed my eyebrows to oblivion because that's what they thinklooks best on everyone. So I made an appointment with the hoity-toity spa that thought they were better than me. But at least I know the eyebrows will look good.

There are a lot of little things that need to be done that feels like a ton of stuff to do, but it's not. I just need to make some phone calls. It's about two weeks away. TWO WEEKS!!

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I have been busy between work and doing wedding things that I've been remiss in doing anything online. And I've also forgotten that I was supposed to do this meme.

Courtesy of Lori, who gave me "T". These are my top ten favorite things that start with "T". If you want to play, leave a comment and I will give you a letter.

Here are my top ten in no particular order.

1. Tea. I like green tea, mostly. Starbucks does the Tazo green tea iced that I like. Panera's does a passion fruit green tea that is actually green! And I like Arnold Palmers, which is half tea and half lemonade.

2. Television. I know people say that television rots the mind and nothing good comes out of it. And there are people who don't even have television in their homes because they hate it so much. And yeah, it can rot your brain, but that's only if you watch stupid programs. And there are a lot of those out there. Big Brother is especially horrendous not to mention all the shows that regularly appear on The Soup. But you need something that makes you relax and if that's watching a soap opera, so be it. Me, I like my murder shows. I like seeing that the bad guys are eventually caught.

3. Turkey. It's not only for Thanksgiving! You can get it all year long. Maybe not the whole turkey, but the breast. And who doesn't like a little breast now and then?

4. Traveling. I don't like to travel per se. I like to have gotten there. It just takes up so much time getting to the airport, getting on the plane, flying, getting off that it's too much a pain in the ass. But I do like visiting somwhere else. One day, I will visit Europe. I'm sure that I will enjoy being there, but I'll hate getting there.

5. Telephoto lens. I don't know what I'd do without one. You'd all be looking at wide angle shots of landscape, wondering where all my animals were.

6. Toilet paper. You'll understand the next time you're on the toilet and realize someone used it all and forgot to replace it.

7. Tomboys. I think they're adorable. There's currently a really cute one on America's next Top Model this cycle. She reminds me of an actress, but I can't remember her name.

8. Tighty Whities. They make me laugh.

9. Typing. Revising is so much easier when you can type it into a word processor.

10. Tank Tops. Without which, I would die in the Florida heat!

You know, you'd think that it would be easy to find 10 things staring with T, but we ended up coming up with things like typhoid, tuberculosis and tornadoes!

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Because I'm a narcissist, I got Lori to give me questions too.

1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.

2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.

3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.

4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.

5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.

And here are her questions:

  1. When did you realize you wanted to write?
    When I was in high school, I used to read a lot of SF/F novels, some were totally pulpy and others were more serious. I always wrote my own little stories that I sent to Jessica. We'd known each other in middle school, but went to different high schools. She pretty much read every crappy piece I wrote back then. In college, I discovered newsgroups and thus sff.net. From there, I learned about Clarion and Clarion West and decided to attend West because Octavia Butler was teaching. (I'd taken a science fiction literature class during the summer at UCD. We read Left Hand of Darkness, We, and Dawn.) and I just fell in love with Dawn. I hadn't thought about making writing a serious pursuit until after I was done. Not that I'm doing it as seriously as I should now, but those thoughts are in the foreground of my thoughts than the background now.
  2. What's your favorite computer-based game (could be multi-user, arcade-style, whatever)?
    I would tell you that it was World of Warcraft. I enjoyed playing with my friends and doing all that fighting. But I got into an uber-guild and there was too much time and drama involved. So I had to quit. I wish I could go back, but I have no doubt that I will get sucked back in to all that drama and time and I can use my time more wisely doing something else. I envy those who can just play for a little bit. WoW was my first MMORPG and it will most likely be my last.

    The game that I enjoy most these days is Scrabulous. I play with a bunch of different people, some good, some ok, some that totally trounce me every time. And yet, I still return for more ass-kicking. How else am I going to learn?
  3. What's your superpower? (Not one that you'd like to have; one that you have now.)
    The ability to recognize actors before everyone else in Scene It. Since I have such bad vision, I've learned to recognize things by general shapes and outlines. When I can't find my glasses, I have to extrapolate where things approximately are.
  4. Fantasy or science fiction?
    I started out in fantasy because I liked all them dragons and princesses. Then I turned to science fiction after I read Ender's Game. But now I think I'm more into fantasy, if I had to pick between the two. If I hadn't though, I'd say mystery. I'm reading a lot of them these days.
  5. What's your favorite geek toy?
    My PDA phone. I originally bought it because I could write on it. It has Microsoft Word on it and an SD card that has a backup of my stories. But I like it the most because I can text message on it. And my favorite thing to send? "You know what?"

Ok, your turn again!

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1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.

2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.

3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.

4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.

5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.

Here are the 5 questions she asked:

  1. What do you like about living in Florida as opposed to California?
    I like the weather a lot. It's warm here, and even during the hottest muggiest weather, I'd rather be here than elsewhere. I remember being in Davis, California when it was particularly cold and rainy. I had so many layers on just to go outside, and then by the time I hoofed it from the parking lot to the library, I was already wet from sweat. But if I wore less, I'd be freezing. And then I had to take off the three outer layers when I got to the library otherwise, I'd overheat. I felt very much like a soggy Stay-Puffed Marshmallow Woman during those days.

  2. Which authors do you most admire?
    This is a tough question. I have several authors that I enjoy reading and will snatch up pretty much anything that they write. But I don't admire them so much as I admire the writers that are able to write and work a day job, and are still able to balance family and friends. It's easy to say the day job or the family or friends are taking up too much time. I'm completely guilty of that. I've chosen to go out on Saturday nights instead of staying in and writing for a big block of hours. And on some evenings, my brain just doesn't want to work anymore after 6 hours or more of programming. But I see other writers who do all that and then some and I admire them more than published NY Times Bestsellers.

  3. What's your favorite way to relax?
    I hate to say this, but I enjoy spending time by the pool, but not at any pool. I have a pool here at the townhouse, but they have no umbrellas. I'm very conscious of the fact that the sun is much more intense here than in California. So I always try to sit in the shade and if I'm not in the shade, at least I have a big hat on. The pool at the townhouse has none of those and my hat isn't big enough to cover my whole body. You can burn in 10 minutes in Florida if you're not careful.

    But at the J.W. Marriot where Chris' family stays when they come visit, they have lots of chairs and umbrellas. And they have a lazy river. You can float around that pool on an innertube and the current in the pool will lead you through the twisty maze that's the pool. It's so much more fun than a rectangular or a peanut shaped pool. Chris and I mostly swim through the lazy river. And I also have a swimsuit that I bought on sale at the end of the summer last year that I have yet to wear, so it's about time to put it on!

  4. Of all your current most-played music, what's your favorite song?
    My favorite song of the moment is "Cartoon Heroes" by Aqua. You know, the same people who did "I'm a Barbie Girl." Oh yes, it's the same group. I know most people find her voice very annoying, but this song is so happy and boppy that it makes me laugh whenever I hear it. I originally heard it on Dance Dance Revolution Extreme (which is too extreme for me. I need to go get like a Disney DDR version. I'm not that coordinated!).

    I've also been listening a lot to Cascada. They're all dance-type music. They're always much more upbeat than what I hear on the radio, which always seems to be so angsty or just plain sad.

  5. Dessert: pie or cake?
    Don't you know that cake is a lie? But I don't like pie. I'm not a big fan of cooked fruits. Dried fruits, I'd eat, but cooked ones always seem so much more tart than they should be. But there is a very lovely dessert at a restaurant here called Louie's and Marie's. It's a family owned place. Marie is this 60-year-old grumpy woman that owns and runs the place. But they make the best chocolate canolie cake. And it's not what you expect. It's not a canolie. It's chocolate cake with canolie as the filling. It's always moist and delicious. Not the dried up defrosted things you get at Friday's. But I think my favorite dessert is something called a Pizookie. It's a cookie (we usually get chocolate chip) that's backed in a pie pan and topped with vanilla ice cream. The cookie is always warm because it's fresh out of the oven and it always melts in your mouth. We usually get it at BJ's or Uno's.

Ok, it's your turn!

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