May 30th, 2003

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Late as usual

For everyone to whom I owe e-mail, comments, etc.:

I know I said I would get to it tonight. But tonight I needed something to stick on the TV while I was folding laundry, so I stuck on Excalibur which I had not watched in easily a decade. And, you know. Nigel Terry. Patrick Stewart. Helen Mirren. Liam Neeson. I kind of spent two and a half hours completely engrossed in watching it (and tomorrow I need to spend at least a few minutes listening to the director's commentary to see if I can figure out where they filmed the scenes on the hilltop with the standing stones). Did I mention I found the DVD for $6 on in perfect condition?

So that is my Thursday excuse. In fairness I have spent the last half-hour trying to read my friends list and reply to comments only to get the "This Page Cannot Be Found" Screen of Doom. I was astounded the update page came up! So have a lovely night/morning/whatever it is in your part of the world and I will get to all my correspondence ASAP!

Go download ashinae's "Silence" vid. Boromir angst. RM or WMV.
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Friday Five:

1. What do you most want to be remembered for?

I don't think there's any one thing. This is going to sound terribly trite but I would like my friends to remember me as loyal, my family to remember me as someone they liked being related to, my children to remember me as someone who helped them grow up to be whoever they're going to be, my colleagues to remember me as someone who did good work and was enjoyable to be around. It would be nice to think I'll be remembered for making a difference in something somewhere, but the rest would be enough.

2. What quotation best fits your outlook on life?
"God, whose name I do not know, thank you for my life. I never realized how big..." (Tom Hanks in Joe vs. the Volcano)

3. What single achievement are you most proud of in the past year?
Getting through a horrific situation involving one of my kids with my sanity intact, and not having tried to kill the person responsible.

4. What about the past ten years?
Keeping a balance between parenting and doing work that means something to me.

5. If you were asked to give a child a single piece of advice to guide them through life, what would you say?
To quote Shakespeare, "This above all: to thine own self be true..."


Pointed out by lexluvsclark, this wonderful interview with Michael Rosenbaum in which he speaks of Lex's loves delightfully freely of gender restrictions.

Gacked from meanarose:


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Junk collection

Alongside my obsession with collecting Tarot cards, I collect illustrated decks of playing cards -- some transformation cards, some that are just interesting decks with different pictures on each card face. Tonight my kids' game pile avalanched and I decided to swipe the cat deck and aquarium fish deck before they got destroyed by boys, so I took them upstairs and started moving around some of my vast collection of decks of cards.

And then I decided while I was arranging stuff to do something about my jewelry box, which is mostly a collection of smaller jewelry boxes holding what small treasures my grandmothers left behind -- a couple of gold pins commemorating the volunteer work my father's mother did at Deborah Hospital, a couple of charms for necklaces that say "#1 Mom" and things like that. My mother's mother collected watches -- or I should say that she never threw out a watch once it had stopped working, since none of these were particularly rare or ornate watches -- and my mother had had a pin made for me with the faces of some of the watches.

So after arranging the jewelry box, I moved on to the little chest on my nighttable where I keep hair clips, hippie necklaces on hemp and cord, and my two Native American fetish necklaces, plus the animals from a third necklace that I found broken in a parking lot. And I made space for the runes I bought in Glastonbury and the hamsa charm my mother got me at the Jewish bookstore earlier this week.

And it occurred to me that in this fit of organizational anality, I really should put away the two baskets of laundry sitting neatly folded in front of the bookcase. But what's the fun in that? So instead I came back downstairs and organized the kids' games even though just about every box is trashed, which makes it really hard to deal with card games especially. I am really glad I bought them their own Lord of the Rings Tarot deck to keep them away from mine.

Don't ask me why I'm telling you all this. Probably to avoid putting laundry away.