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This 25 Random Things About Me meme's been going around Facebook. I thought I'd post it here, too.

1. I have never been able to properly snap my fingers. I just can't manage to produce the right sound. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong, but most of the time I don't care enough to work on it.

2. I don't have perfect pitch. I meet a lot of people who seem to think it goes hand-in-hand with being a composer. It really doesn't, though - I know plenty of composers who don't have it.

3. I went to the nerdiest summer camp of all time (yes, there is something nerdier than band camp): organ camp. It was a summer program for high school age organists, at Westminster Choir college in NJ. I ended up having a really great time, though. Not only was it a great musical experience, but I discovered that outside of the harshly cliquish and conformist climate of my school, I could in fact be well-liked by a group of my peers.

4. I love dumplings of all kinds: potstickers, gyoza, shumai, pierogi, ravioli, etc. Wrap dough around some kind of tasty filling, and I will want to eat it.

5. My favorite snack is Annie's Bunny Grahams. They are so yummy - I can easily eat a half a box in one sitting.

6. I have a massive movie-star crush on Viggo Mortensen. Mmmmmmm.

7. I have a slight phobia of vomiting (emetophobia). Luckily, I haven't done so in about 8 years.

8. I also have a weird phobia of wasps. They scare me beyond a reasonable aversion to being stung. I find them creepy and repulsive.

9. I'm one of the few people I know to have read all six of Frank Herbert's Dune novels. The first 4 are pretty interesting, but I think Herbert kind of dropped the ball with the last two.

10. I look significantly younger than I am. Lots of people think I'm in my 20s. I'm kind of hoping this trend continues. ;)

11. I like being in school or taking classes. I enjoy the whole process, and even like studying. At this point I prefer writing papers to taking tests, though.

12. I look remarkably like my maternal grandmother. Sometimes looking at pictures of her can be a little weird, because I'll run across photos that are like looking at myself.

13. I have extremely vivid dreams. Many of them are like movies, with involved plots and fully fledged characters. I get full sensory perception, too. In addition to seeing and hearing, I can taste the food, perceive scents, and feel physical sensations.

14. My dreaming subconscious has also created its own city to serve as a setting for several of my dreams. It's cobbled together from parts of the various places I've lived or spent a lot of time in over my life.

15. I am not much of a fan of Broadway musicals, except for Sondheim. The genre and it's stylistic conventions just don't do it for me.

16. I'm a really good cook. It's a skill that runs in my family, but I personally think that I might be the best cook in the family.

17. I am currently completely hooked on Janelle Monae's album Metropolis: The Chase Suite. it's not even my usual sort of thing, but I just can't get enough of this.

18. I find advanced astronomy incredibly fascinating. Theoretical physics, too.

19. All of the sports I've ever been interested in taking up or have really enjoyed doing involve deadly force of some kind: fencing, archery, various forms of sword-fighting, martial arts.

20. I only recently started liking cooked fish and other seafood. Growing up, I couldn't stand the stuff, no matter how well-prepared it was.

21. I love my piano almost as if it were a person.

22. I still have all my wisdom teeth. They came in fine, and I've never had any problems with them, so they've stayed put.

23. I've never broken a bone. I may have fractured a toe once, but I've never had a full break.

24. I'm really good at picking up accents. When travelling in Britain, I have to be careful and listen to myself so as not to seem liking I'm making fun of people. I'm also pretty good with learning foreign phrases just from watching subtitled movies.

25. I love looking at modern art and listening to contemporary music because I find I can have a much more immediate reaction to it. There's no weight of accumulated cultural assessment to mediate the experience.

quotes meme

Jun. 1st, 2008 06:44 pm
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From lots of folks:
(The meme: Go to Refresh until you have five that resonate with you.)

Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!
J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997

People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
Rebecca West (1892 - 1983)

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long.
Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990)

We two are to ourselves a crowd.
Ovid (43 BC - 17 AD)

One of the most sublime experiences we can ever have is to wake up feeling healthy after we have been sick.
Rabbi Harold Kushner
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I got lists of interests from [ profile] pantsie, [ profile] aquafolius, and [ profile] jenaflynn. Since there was some overlap, it's not quite 21 interests, and I decided to do them all in one post.
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Clearly I am pursuing the proper field and education.
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[ profile] pantsie gave me the letter W. Even with my vast and varied tastes and collections, this wasn't that easy. I ignored "the" and its foreign-language equivalents.

War Requiem - Benjamin Britten
The Weeping Song - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
W Boru Kalinka (In the Forest) - Warsaw Village Band
What If I Never Speed - John Dowland
Way Down in the Hole - Tom Waits
Wuste - Einsturzende Neubauten
When I Was On Horseback - Steeleye Span
Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues - Frederic Rzewski
The World's Address - They Might Be Giants
Die Walkure - Richard Wagner
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This is a good exercise for today, since I am currently rather displeased with my body, although for mechanical rather than aesthetic reasons.

We’re conditioned, particularly as women, to be self-deprecating, to not take up space, to not revel in our bodies and ourselves. We can get 150 comments in a thread about when we realized that we were aware our bodies weren’t up to snuff; let’s see how many we can generate praising ourselves.

Your mission: list at least five things you love about your body and yourself. Five is the floor; you can always do more. And no self-deprecation! No offsetting a compliment with a dig.

1. My hair has the best texture ever. When it's freshly washed and brushed, it feels like silk.

2. My upper arms are looking good these days. Moving up to the heavier weights has really paid off.

3. I love my hands. They're really strong and solid and muscular - I'd even go so far as to say they're buff. They look like the skilled piano hands they are.

4. I have nice breasts.

5. I have good teeth. I'm 32 years old and have never, ever had a cavity.

6. My eyes are a lovely shade somewhere between blue and grey.

7. I've got shapely calves and nice delicate ankles.
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It's silly, but worth it for the last two.
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Baaa, meme

Oct. 19th, 2006 09:16 pm
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60 questions )


Oct. 12th, 2006 12:56 am
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Two-word meme from [ profile] a_dodecahedron, [ profile] orichalcum, [ profile] ladybird97 and others. Answer all of the questions with just two words:

1. Explain what ended your last relationship? no sex
2. When was the last time you shaved? Monday night
3. What were you doing this morning at 8 a.m.? At work. In cube. Eating oatmeal.
4. What were you doing 15 minutes ago? microwaving cake
5. Are you any good at math? surprisingly, calculus
6. Your prom night? never went
7. Do you have any famous ancestors? not known
8. Have you had to take a loan out for school? too much
9. Do you know the words to the song on your myspace profile? Myspace, feh.
10. Last thing received in the mail? electric bill
11. How many different beverages have you had today? many teas
12. Do you ever leave messages on people's answering machine? yes, mostly
13. Who did you lose your CONCERT virginity to? Duran Duran
14. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach? no, never
15. What's the most painful dental procedure you've had? orhtodontic stuff
16. What is out your back door? No door. Only windows.
17. Any plans for Friday night? Quest game
18. Do you like what the ocean does to your hair? tangled, stringy
19. Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different popcorns? not personally
20. Have you ever been to a planetarium? yes, pretty.
21. Do you re-use towels after you shower? yes, usually
22. Some things you are excited about? Quest game, composing songs
23. What is your favorite flavor of JELLO? somthing red
24. Describe your keychain(s)? functional, simple
25. Where do you keep your change? glass jar
26. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people? composers symposium
27. What kind of winter coat do you own? green army
28. What was the weather like on your graduation day? college: hot, sunny master's: sunny, breezy
29.Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed? summer closed, winter open
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6 weird/quirky things or habits:

1. I never wear high heels, even for formal occasions, and even though I am short. I am in general extremely practical about my footwear. Sure, I like good-looking shoes, but they also have to be comfortable and sturdy enough so that I can run in them, at least briefly (as one might do to catch the T, for instance).

2. I drink hot tea all year round. Even during August heat waves in an apartment without air conditioning.

3. I don't own a cell phone, and I have no interest in owning one yet.

4. I have never owned a car or had regular access to one. So even though I've had my license for years, I'm still a rather inexperienced driver. It's been a couple of years since I've driven.

5. I hate Billy Joel. This doesn't seem at all strange to me, but a lot of folks seem to find it surprising, because I am a pianist and composer and general music nerd.

6. I can't stand the sound of a running vacuum cleaner. It sets my nerves on edge. Luckily, my husband is willing to do all the vacuuming in our apartment.
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From [ profile] ladybird97
Go here, choose several adjectives to describe me, then see what it says.
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I figured as much )
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Meme courtesy of [ profile] ivan23.

1. My username is ____ because ____.
Kenjari. It's made up. Long ago, Other Kenjari had a long-running D&D campaign. Kenjari was the name one of the countries in his gameworld. The Japanese-influenced, theocratic, ass-kicking, island nation. When I was picking out a LJ username, it seemed like a good one. It's relatively easy to pronounce and spell, yet it's distinctive, and evocative without being a direct reference to most people. I think it suits me and my journal fairly well.

2. My journal is titled ____ because ____.
When comes the wind that blows our words' sails?
This is a line from the song "Boreas", by Einsturzende Neubauten. I had bought their CD Perpetuum Mobile shortly after I began my LJ, and was listening to it almost nonstop. "Boreas" is one of the most beautiful things Einsturzende has ever produced. And the lyrics, which are about journeying in either the Arctic or Antactic, are gorgeous. I thought this line an appropriate journal title.

3. My subtitle is ____ because ____.
I don't have a subtitle.

4. My friends page is called ____ because ____.
gletschergenossen. I discovered this word in "Boreas", the same place I got my title. It means "glacier companions", which I thought a good title for my friends page. I liked the German better than the English.

5. My default userpic is ____ because ____.
It's me, in one of mine and Other Kenjari's wedding pictures. Our photographer was amazing, and the pictures came out beautifully. In case the picture doesn't make it clear, we had a medieval-dress wedding.
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Mal: If someone tries to kill you, you just try and kill 'em right back!

Mal: You've only got to scare him.
Jayne: Pain is scary.

Zoë: Captain'll come up with a plan.
Kaylee: Well, that's good... right?
Zoë: Possibly you're not recalling some of his previous plans.

This past weekend the Coolidge Corner theater ran a Firefly marathon as it's Saturday midnight movie. All fourteen episodes on the big screen. Other Kenjari and I couldn't resist, especially since the Coolidge is a convenient walk from our apartment. We only stayed to 5am (about six episodes) because I had to catch a train early Sunday afternoon, but we definitely got our money's worth. There was a pretty good turnout, and the audience was pretty enthusiastic. People (myself included) sang along with the theme song, and the favorite lines and scenes got applause. Some folks even came dressed up - there were several people sporting knit hats like the one Jayne's mother made for him, there was one person dressed up as River, two guys in dark suits and blue latex gloves, and me in my brown duster. At around 2:30am we were provided with a Chinese food buffet free of charge - and it was good.
Oh yes, and I have to put in a plug for the Coolidge Corner theater in general. The staff there is extra great. At around four I went out to the lobby for some tea, but all they had was flavored tea, and I wanted something a bit more plain. So the manager went in the back and got me some very good oolong from his private stash.
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Joy meme

Sep. 15th, 2005 12:21 pm
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Tagged by [ profile] sen_no_ongaku.

List 10 things (in no particular order) that bring you a moment of joy and tag 5 friends to do the same.

The feeling of warm sunshine and a light breeze.

Those times when I'm playing a favorite piece on the piano, and everything is just right.

A Red Sox win.

Eating really good chocolate.

Looking at pictures from my honeymoon in Wales.

Either beginning or completing a composition.

Reading an amazingly good book.

There are many, many pieces of music that bring me joy to listen to. So I will lump them all together into one collective item.

Trying a new recipe and finding it to be scrumptious.

Getting unexpected compliments.

I'll tag [ profile] oelker, [ profile] ivan23, [ profile] zfarcher, [ profile] stolen_tea, and [ profile] hca
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A - Age you got your first real kiss: 17
B - Band listening to right now: Master Musicians of Jajouka
C - Crush: my husband
D - Dad's name: Ludger, but everyone calls him Lou
E - Easiest person to talk to: Matthew, [ profile] epilimnion
F - Favorite bands at the moment: Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and Einsturzende Neubauten are my usual favorites
G - Gummy worms or gummy bears? Neither - they're like eating plastic
H - Hometown: Waterford, CT
I - Instruments: piano, organ, and I'm a composer
J - Junior High: Clark Lane
K - Kids: nope, not ever
L - Longest car ride ever: CT to Florida - with no air conditioning, in July
M - Mom's name: Jacquelyn
N - Nicknames: I don't really have any. My name doesn't lend itself well to shortening. There have been a couple of attempts to attach a nickname to me, but nothing has ever stuck.
O - One wish: to get into a doctoral program
P - Phobia[s]: wasps, heights
Q - Quote: wow, I cannot think of a single memorable thing I've said right now. Feel free to help me out on this one.
R - Reason(s) to smile: my husband, music, good weather, good backrubs, my Dad not having cancer
S - Song you sang last: Surprisingly, I don't sing out loud that often, so I really can't remember.
T - Time you woke up [today]: around 6:30am
U - Unknown fact about me: I can't snap my fingers.
V - Vegetable you hate: I don't really hate any vegetables. I am less than thrilled about eggplant, cauliflower, and some kinds of squash.
W - Worst habit(s): chewing my nails
X - X-rays you've had: teeth, chest (many times - I get a lot of chest colds, so doctors like to check for pneumonia a lot). Oddly, though, I've never broken a bone, nor been x-rayed for the purpose of determining if I had.
Y - Yummy food: chocolate, tea, most fruit, marzipan, pierogies, Japanese grilled eel
Z - Zodiac sign: scorpio
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1. Reply with your name and I will write something random about you.
2. I will then tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I will pick a flavor of jello to wrestle with you.
4. I will say something that only makes sense to you and me.
5. I will give you a nickname.
6. I will tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I'll then ask you something that I've always wondered about you.
8. Put this in your journal (this step is, of course, absolutely optional)
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Accentuate the positive...
Reply here and I'll tell you something I adore about you.

Afterwards, copy and paste this into your own journal.


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