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1. What is your favorite food to eat prepared by someone else (parent, spouse, friend, etc.)?
2. How many times a day do you typically eat?
3. How often do you cook for yourself?
4. I wish I ate more:______________________
5. If I want a "real breakfast," I:_______________________

1. I love when my son barbecues me a steak with sauteed vegetables. I never have steak except when he comes to visit.
2. Four - breakfast, mid-morning snack, late lunch, supper
3. Pretty much every day. The only exception is when I'm cleaning up leftovers.
4. Maybe an extra fruit? I try to get two servings a day but I sometimes fail. Really, eating more is not something I need to be doing!
5. Have some protein and a glass of milk. I don't do well with just carbs, and especially with sugary breakfast foods (even toast and jam).

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Today's five questions are brought to us by livejournal user amguynes, the letter F, and the number 5.

1. Your favorite book?
2. Your favorite movie?
3. Your least favorite adaptation of a book to a movie?
4. Your least favorite adaptation ever of anything to a movie?
5. Your first ever novel/comic book/movie character crush?

1. The Grapes of Wrath.

2. Henry V (the Kenneth Branagh version)

3. No idea. I don't watch enough movies to pay attention

4. It was a children's book - The Jim Carey version of The Grinch that Stole Christmas

5. David Partridge of The Partridge Family
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1. Do you like ketchup or tomatoes or both?
2. Do you like grape jelly/jam or purple grapes or both?
3. Do you like cider or apples or both?
4. Do you like cream or milk or both?
5. Do you like zucchini bread or zucchini or both?

Easy questions:

1. Tomatoes.
2. Purple grapes (especially the kind people use for making grape jelly - I will eat them until my lips get tingly).
3. Depends - is the cider alcoholic? Are the apples some interesting heritage breed or at least super tasty? If the answer is yes to both, then my answer is both. Because so many commercial apples are bred for longevity and easy transport, I am not a big fan of apples.
4. Both. I drink quite a bit of milk, but rather like recipes that call for cream.
5. Zucchini, though I won't turn my nose up at a nice piece of zucchini bread.
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1.How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

2.Which is worse, failing or never trying?

3.If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

4.When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

5.What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?

1. Probably somewhere in my early 30's. Old enough to know better, but not yet old enough to behave all the time.

2. Never trying.

3. Who is this "we" you speak of? I do things I need to do for a bigger reason (clean house, financial solvency), but I do an awful lot of things I enjoy. If they stop being fun, I find something different to do.

5. To quote "Miss Congeniality" I would like world peace. No more poverty, inequality, unsustainable living, extinctions... Obviously, it's not going to happen, but that's not for lack of trying on my part.

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Do you use other blogging sites apart from LJ or have done so in past?

I use Wordpress for blogging about my medieval arts research (mostly cooking, some costuming and other stuff). It's at Siglindesarts.wordpress.com, should anyone want to check it out.

Do you play any musical instrument or have done in the past?

I studied piano for many years, and did part of a music degree at university. I also played oboe, flute and tuba in high school (and oboe at university). I was the soprano recorder player in a medieval/renaissance group for about a decade - mostly we played dance tunes. I still play the piano from time to time, but not nearly as often as I would like.

What were the children's TV programmes you watched as a kid?

I didn't have access to TV until I was 7, and then there were only two channels. Mr. Dressup and Romper Room or The Friendly Giant when I was on holidays, and Saturday morning cartoons (Flintstones, Bugs Bunny, and Scooby Doo, plus a few weird things like Hercules, Space Ghost and The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show).

What do you think about GM food or organic food?

I think GM food has great potential to reduce pesticide and herbicide use, and possibly to reduce malnutrition (eg golden rice which is rich in vitamin A). I'm not sure that is always how it is used. I would like to buy or grow more organic food. It is so easily at risk though - recently, there was unannounced spraying for giant hogweed not far from here. It may have wiped out local organic farmers as a result.

Where did you grow up and have you been back there?

Military brat. I have driven through a few of the towns in Ontario where I lived. I was happy not to stop. I would like to go back to Europe though. While living in Germany the second time, I did go back to where I had lived in France and that was great. Germany was definitely better the second time than the first.

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1. Do you like smiling?
2. Would you call yourself a happy or solemn individual?
3. What was that last thing that made you smile or laugh?
4. Do you believe that laughter is the best medicine?
5. Are you smiling now?


1. I do. I feel my mood changing for the better the moment I remember to do it.
2. I don't think of happy and solemn as being opposites. I think of myself as mostly happy, but I don't often express my feelings by smiling. I know this is true because when I'm feeling particularly joyous, people comment about my huge grin. The rest of the time, I have to force myself to avoid a frowny face, even though I don't feel unhappy.
3. Someone's silly description of a killdeer playing injured (OMG dying, both wingsbroken, possibly legs tooo) as her son followed the killdeer to adifferent nest. Not cool mama killdeer, but very funny.
4. No, but it is good complementary medicine.
5. Yes. But mostly on the inside.
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1. How many close friends do you have?
I'm not sure I have any. To me, close friend implies a mutual bestie relationship. I have several people I am fond of and I think the feeling is mutual, but I am no-one's bestie.

2. Do you make friends easily or more slowly?
It depends on the person. Usually slowly, but every once in a while I click instantly.

3. Who is your friend of longest standing? How often do you talk to him/her?
Probably [livejournal.com profile] emortimer or Jennifer. I am friendly with some people from high school (thanks to FB)but those are mostly very casual relationships.

4. Do you think that your closest friends today will be your closest friends ten years from now?
I expect so. I know most of my friends through a club I have been involved with since the early 1980s. As long as it's around and my friends haven't died of old age, not much is likely to change.

5. What's the best basis for friendship: shared values, shared opinions, or shared activities?
For me, it's shared activities. I have friends with significantly different values and opinions to mine, but our shared interests keep us going. The diversity of opinions and values add interest.

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1. If you could, would you be a movie star or a rock star?

2. Have you ever been in the media (TV, Radio, Papers)?

3. Do you know anyone who's been on a reality TV show?

4. Have you ever met anyone famous?

5. Who would play you in a movie?



1) I wouldn't mind being a star, but in a much smaller way - say, first oboe in a symphony orchestra.

2) Yes. I think the most fun was when I was in northern Brazil and had to be rushed from one TV studio to another, and then to a radio station - all to do interviews in my rather primitive Portuguese. Apparently they don't get many foreign official in Natal (which was a lovely place). The most embarassing was the time I rushed to the opening of an art show in El Salvador, and gave the welcome speech for TV and the papers, only to discover after the fact that I had on two different coloured shoes (curse my habit of buying multiples when I find something that fits! Thankfully, one was black, the other was navy, and the lights were low).

3) My son's hockey coach tried out for Canadian Idol a couple of times. He didn't get on.

4) Lots of political famous people, but the only popular famous person was Christopher Reeve. He came to a reception to celebrate the banning of driftnet fishing when I was working at the Canadian mission to the UN (it was one of my files). My colleague and I had a very grown-up conversation with him about protecting the oceans. When it was over, we hid behind a potted palm so we could swoon like schoolgirls. He was every bit as handsome and charming as one would expect Superman to be.

5) Angela Lansbury, back when she was playing Jessica Fletcher (middle aged, likes to travel, takes no guff, and doesn't worry about being perfectly dressed). Failing that, Amy Schumer (though she's younger than me, I like her smart mouth, the fact that she is comfortable in her own skin, and takes no guff).
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1. Can you remember the first book you read?
2. What was the last book (electronic or otherwise) you read?
3. Do you read for enjoyment, work or both?
4. What is your favorite genre of book to read?
5. If you could visit your younger self, what book would you tell yourself to steer clear of?

1. The first book I really remember is "I Love My Grandma", a Little Golden Book that had a fuzzy sweater that grandma had knitted for the little girl who was the narrator. You could touch the sweater in most of the pictures.

2. Jhumpa Lahiri's "Unaccustomed Earth". It was a collection of short stories about Indian-Americans (primarily from Bombay). Most of the stories were set in or near Boston.

3. Both, andsometimes work reading bleeds into pleasure reading.

4. When I want to relax, there is nothing like a trashy murder mystery.

5. I can't think of any.

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These questions were written by spacefem.

1. Where does clutter pile up in your home?
2. How many junk drawers do you have?
3. What's an area you're proud to say is relatively organized?
4. How do you decide when to keep something and when to toss it out?
5. What are you keeping around that you don't use?


1. Anywhere I have craft supplies - sewing room, basement store-room, and beside my bed.

2. None

3. Overall, the main floor is pretty good. There are advantages to an open concept main floor.

4. When I can't imagine using it for anything, out it goes. As an inveterate crafter and repairer/re-maker, this can be hard. Sometimes I throw out a thing every day, just to get myself into the habit of decluttering.

5. I have a pasta maker and a krumkake iron, plus a few smaller kitchen gadgets and a spare lunch box.
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These come from [livejournal.com profile] feodora

1. Do you live a house, a condo, or some kind of apartment?

I live in a semi-detached house. The other half is three apartments. My house may also have been three apartments, many years ago.

2. Do you rent or own?

Technically, I own it, but I actually own a little over half. The bank owns the other half.

3. What’s one thing that you would change about it if you could?

I would refinish the floors. I have hardwood (beautiful maple) throughout, but life hasn't been kind to it.

4. Would you like to move?

Tough question. Some day, I might like to go on a posting abroad again, but for now I'm content to stay here. My location is perfect - great access to public transit, many shops, my workplace, and many amenities (library, swimming pools, my ballet school) within walking distance. Eventually, I'll have to admit it's too big and look at downsizing, ideally to a place with no stairs.

5. Do you read the answers of others before answering yourself?

Depends on the question. Sometimes I want to know how other people responded, and may not even want to comment. Other times, I can't wait to share my thoughts.

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1. What is your favorite food? Spaghetti and meat sauce.
2. What was your favorite food when you were a kid? Spaghetti and meat sauce.
3. What is the best tasting, quick to cook meal that you make for yourself? Spaghetti and meat sauce.
4. What is your favorite food to order in a restaurant? Often, some variant of pasta (but not spaghetti and meat sauce, because I get plenty of that at home).
5. If you could go anywhere in the world to any restaurant, what would you order for yourself? I have no particular favourites. I love to travel and really enjoy whatever is local, traditional, and very typical of the community. That means I eat lots of variants on pastas, rice, and beans. The surroundings are usually not very fancy, but the food is often delicious and the experience is amazing.
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The Friday Five
This week's questions are brought to you courtesy of anonomyous, the letter F, and the number 5...

1. Describe your favorite outfit. Probably my multicoloured (but mostly pink and blue) Ugli bathing suit. The water is my happy place.
2. Describe your personal style. Umm...middle-aged wanna-be-a-hippy but have to be a manager in a government office job?
3. Approximately how much do you spend on fashion/personal care annually? As little as possible. I like to shop second-hand or sew my own clothes, rarely wear make-up and get a hair cut about four times a year. I love shoes, but there are limits to the number of sensible flats and sandals one needs.
4. Do you dress for yourself or for everyone else? Myself, except at ballet class or a belly-dance show.
5. Give us your best fashion/personal care advice. Wear what makes you happy. If it's the latest fashion, fine. If it's funky second-hand and home crafted, awesome. If it's your Pokemon onesie at the grocery store (I have actually seen this), I can deal - and giggle a little.
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1. What was your favorite book during childhood? - I had a big book of children's literature. It was a mix of short stories, fairy tales, and excerpts from larger books, illustrated in a variety of styles. It was my introduction to The Hobbit.
2. What is your favorite book now? I don't have a single favourite novel, but I return regularly to Margaret Atwood's "Alias Grace", and I like Pride and Prejudice a lot. Non-fiction non-cookbook is probably my two-volume Die Merowingerzeit (even though I don't speak much German, it has tons of useful info). For cookbooks (a huge passion), I'm torn between the 1964 Betty Crocker Cookbook and Apicius (a Roman cookery book).
3. What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book? Mary Poppins.
4. Do you prefer checking out books from the library or buying them? I try to check them out when possible, but most of the books I want are out of print or rare, so I do end up buying more than I should.
5. Have you ever been let down by a book that was highly recommended to you? Rarely. I hated the Foundation Trilogy.
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First time in ages I'm around to do a Friday Five and I don't have any good answers. Oh well - here goes anyway...

1. What's your favourite musical? For songs, I prefer My Fair Lady but On The Town has the best dancing. The most fun overall is Some Like it Hot
2. Would you rather star in a musical or movie? Musical - no question
3. Which actor do you think deserves to be in a musical rather than a movie? No idea. I don't see many movies (and most of them are musicals, so my favourite actors are already there).
4. Which is bigger in your opinion, the Oscars or the Tony Awards? In terms of attention paid, probably the Oscars, but I don't pay attention to either.
5. Should old musicals be shown in cinemas for those who didn't have the chance to catch it? Sure?
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What haven’t you framed yet?

A sweet little painting I bought in Senegal two years ago. I work on maternal and newborn health, and food security/water issues, so the semi-abstract painting of a pregnant woman carrying a jug of water seemed appropriate. Plus the painter was very nice.


What haven’t you thrown out yet?

Oh so many things. This week in particular, it's a box of lawnmower wheels I acquired in order to set up a course for hound racing. Sadly, my lazy scent hound refused to consider a game designed for siht hounds and the local passion for playing this game has fizzled. Also, my dog died several years ago. I discovered them on a shelf in the storage room last week but forgot to put them into the trash.


What haven’t you repaired yet?

Today it's a duvet cover that is too wide for its duvet. Plus a curtain that I have trimmed but not yet hemmed. I would get on with it, but one of my cats is sleeping on top of the fabric - as they do.

Whom haven’t you called or emailed yet?

My parents. They live in town and I do a terrible job of keeping in touch.


What haven’t you seen yet?

The new production of Cinderella by Ballet Jorgen. They'll be in town in few weeks, so I need to get some tickets soon.
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1. How long do u usually spend in the shower? bath?

A little over 5 minutes. I listen to the national news, weather, sports and traffic until 6:15, then get out of bed and shower in time to dress while listening to the 6:30 local news.

2. How many bottles (shampoo, conditioner etc.) are lying around your bathtub?

4 shampoo and 2 conditioner. My daughter and I both use more conditioner than shampoo.

3. What is your favorite type of shampoo? conditioner?

Dove, for both.

4. Do you always buy your shampoo and conditioner in a set (as opposed to buying different types for each)? I always buy the same brand, but my daughter likes to buy different products in matching pairs, so I use all kinds of shampoo with my favourite conditioner, just to get rid of the excess.
5. Do you prefer stationary showerheads or movable?
I love my movable showerhead. It makes no difference for my shower, but it's critical to how I clean the tub.
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1. When was the last time you wrote a check at a store?

Maybe 15 years ago? Probably longer.

2. When was the last time you looked up something in a book?

Yesterday. I love my books, especially my rare and out-of-print cookbooks (which is what I was using yesterday).

3. When was the last time you used a rotary/dial phone?

I think it might have been just before we moved to Germany in 1977 and didn't have a phone for several years. By the time we got one, the world had moved to push buttons. I remember looking at one in early university, but I think they were retro even then, so I don't recall that I actually purchased one. If I did, it was certainly abandoned by the time I moved home with my parents in 1985.

4. When was the last time you played cards with actual paper cards?

At my old cottage, with my kids, I think. I have been divorced for 8 years, so some time before that.

5. When was the last time you talked to a stranger?

Yesterday, at the year-end dance show at my daughter's school. There were two very polite young men who came to sit beside me, then left to join friends. Their seats were then taken by a quiet couple about my age, who chatted briefly. On my other side was a lady with a purse as big as mine, who turned out to have a daughter in my daughter's class. We managed to keep an empty seat between us to store our purses.

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