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A fun middle name meme via [personal profile] shadowycat:

Answers all have to start with the first letter of your middle name. No googling!

(I'm adding two challenges for you below to liven up your lazy Saturday afternoon.)

Animal.............. Lynx
Girl's name....... Loretta
Boy's name...... Lupin
Color............... Lilac
Food................ Lingonberry
Something you wear..... Leather
Drink............... Lemonade
Place............... Lower Ninth Ward
Restaurant....... La Mediterranee
Reason to be late..... Laziness
Job title............ Librarian

Ha! That was surprisingly difficult. I don't think my brain stores things that way.

Challenge #1: Can you beat my time? This took me 2 minutes and 30 seconds, not including creating the links or writing the rest of the post.

Challenge #2: Can you guess my middle name? You can find a hint in my responses. I tend not post too much personal info here, but if'd you'd like to guess and you guess correctly, I'll let you know via DM.

And the text box, if you'd like to play along:

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First and most importantly, happy birthday, [personal profile] write_out! Two photos to brighten your day:

A celebratory reminder of both London and Sherlock Holmes )

...and special birthday greetings from Dog R )

And a springtime set of questions courtesy of [community profile] thefridayfive

1. What is your least favorite part of Spring?
Precipitation. Last week I got caught in a downpour with graupel sans umbrella (because I'm optimistic and foolish like that). What's that? You hadn't heard of graupel? Me, neither. Wasn't aware such a thing existed until it was dumped out of the sky on my head. *sigh*

2. What is your most favorite part of Spring?
Longer days! It's such a relief to have a bit more sun in the evenings.

3. What is the latest good book you've read?
Hm. I'm just starting this: Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. Hopes are high. I'll let you know how it goes.

4. What are your plans for this weekend?
The second half of the grading I was complaining about last week.

5. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?
Only qualitative analysis 'round these parts, thank you!

What's a good book you've read recently, flist?
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It's spring break for me this week, and I've been sleeping in, taking naps, and lying on the couch pretty much 24/7. I've gotten a lot of academic reading done, which is excellent--I love having the time to focus--but that's the easy and fun part, and now I need to buckle down and do some grading. *sigh* Grading is my nemesis.

It's been a quiet week in a good way. R and I had brunch with The College Friend We See a Couple Times a Month and talked about our upcoming 25th (!) college reunion, which we're going to. It'll be my first reunion, and I've only agreed because I can combine it with a trip to the library and archives. (I was not a huge fan of the people at college, but I adored the library.) An old neighbor and friend from Small New England College Town (now a Florida resident) came through town with her daughter and her daughter's best friend, which was fun. There's an Unpleasant Thing going on at work via e-mail that I've been ignoring. It'll still be there when we're back on duty on Monday. We've been doing our usual lunch-time walk with Dog R and are taking care of Dog M while her human's away for a few days.

Click for happy doggos! )

Via [community profile] questionoftheday: What do you keep in your workspace to help improve your mood? Does it make you more productive?

Doesn't matter what's in the workspace as long as it's neat! My desk has been a mess for ages Click for sad illustration of the state of things )--a sign I haven't had enough time to file and re-organize. I don't think I'll finish cleaning over the next few days, but hopefully I'd make a dent in the piles.

What do you keep in your workspace to help improve your mood or make you more productive, flist?

Hope all's well with you!
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First and most importantly, a very happy birthday to you, [personal profile] shadowycat! We don't have anything here yet to share, but enjoy:

Last year's daffodils! )

This week's [community profile] thefridayfive:

1. Are we losing the art of listening? As one of life's listeners, I can only say that I'm still listening. :)

2. Have you ever interacted with the police? In a significant way? In the US, just once, when I was in (read: caused) a minor car accident as a teenager. Thank goodness. One aspect of my life in which I've been very, very lucky.

3. Do you like being alone? Love it. Do not get enough of it. The better half even goes out sometimes to give me some space and is always disappointed when I'm surprised to see her again. "You're back already?" I ask every time. "That was so quick!"

4. Who would you share your passwords with? You know, really, I ought to do a better job of sharing them with *myself*, seeing as I don't have any written down and my memory is just not what it once was.

5. What are you grateful for today? Girl Scout cookies. Thin Mints and Samoas, to be precise. I had to package them up just now to prevent further snacking.

And a question for you: Do you have a favorite Girl Scout cookie, folks who live in places with Girl Scout cookies? If not, do you have a favorite packaged cookie or biscuit?

Hope all's well, everyone! I'm down to about 72 hours before spring break, and believe me, I'm counting every one. More soon!
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Full disclosure: embarrassingly, I do very little cooking and only a bit of the shopping for our household. R loves cooking and shopping and is very territorial in the kitchen, so that's fine with her, but everyone once in a while I realize I'm like a 1950s breadwinner, arriving home just in time for R to put a dish on the table for me. I do try to do my fair share in other ways.

1. Do you make up a dinner plan for the coming week?
Not usually. We usually plan my lunches and even make them ahead of time because it's bit of a push getting me out of the house in the morning, but dinners are more freeform.

2. Do you make up a shopping list and stick to it when shopping?
Yup. Lists are crucial--otherwise I'll forget. Every once in a while I'll realize I have more time than expected and can make a detour to one of the grocery stores, but even then I'll make up a mental list en route. I stick to the list so faithfully that sometimes I'll be wandering down an aisle in the store and realize I wasn't even aware the store sold these things. I'm not a browser. R hates shopping with me--she goes aisle by aisle, looking at everything.

3. What is one thing that you always buy, but never put down on a list?
Everything's got to go on the list! Oh my word, I have a list of everything, including the things I need to check before walking out the door to make sure I don't lock myself out / get caught with no money / have matching shoes on. (Seriously. I double check because I have two similar pairs of brown shoes I've been wearing recently, and one day I realized I'd mismatched them.)

4. Is there anything that you always think you are out of and come home with it to discover you already have a year’s supply on hand?
Not really, but we do get various Asian supplies in the mail from R's mother, unsolicited, and we have enough Chinese sausages to make fried rice for the rest of our lives. Mostly R's mother just wants to stay in touch, and who can argue with getting care packages of food? But the refrigerator is just stuffed with lap cheung. (sp?)

5. Do you get your groceries delivered?
Not the usual groceries, but we do get a box of produce seconds every other weekend. It's super exciting to get surprise veggies that you didn't have to carry home.

What's the most unusual shopping or cooking habit you have, flist?

You can see see both the questions and folks' responses over at [community profile] thefridayfive.
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How are you all? I am behind in wishing you a happy 2019 and restarting my weekly posts, but for the moment, can I offer you two things that might make you happy?

1) Pumpkin bread (recipe) )

2) A bulldog looking for a moment of peace away from his nine pups (video) )

I'll be back this weekend to catch up with your posts and write a full update.
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Fromage-related Five with a side of sociological musing... )

What's your cheese story, flist?

On a related (gastronomical) note, I haven't forgotten my promise to post my pumpkin bread recipe here, and I'll finally have some time to type it up tomorrow. It's been a week and half these past few days. Hurrah for Fridays!
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[community profile] hp_halloween has been delightful, as always. I was especially lucky, receiving a charming and thoughtful ficlet about Arabella Figg's relationship with the wizarding world from [personal profile] shadowycat: Forever In-between, Arabella Figg and Mr Tibbles, G, : Mrs Figg prepares for Hallowe'en. (Thank you, SC! You probably don't know it, but she was one of the first minor characters I wrote and grew to love.) My own gift was for [personal profile] kelly_chambliss: The Two Faces of Power, Dolores Umbridge, G, Sometimes Halloween is a season for masks. Sometimes it isn’t.
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1. With Halloween coming this next week, do you have any seasonal activities you're planning on doing for the holiday? The better half and I had a Halloween happy hour last night, costumes encouraged. Fun, fun, fun, plus lots of food and pumpkin bread, which is my absolute favorite. (Hm. I should pass on the recipe, it's that good. Will come back to this.) Due to school, I'm unfortunately missing out on Friend A's invitation to hand out candy on Wednesday (she has an actual house with a door, where we live in an apartment). ETA: I'll also be reading [community profile] hp_halloween ficlets! How could I forget those bite-size treats?

2. What is your favorite Halloween or dress up party costume you've had? R adores Halloween, so we do something every year. Last year we were Amazon Prime--R in an Amazon warrior costume with headband and sword, and me in all black with prime numbers all over. Apart from the inadvertent advertising for a corporation that does not deserve it, it was fun to watch people guess. The best costume yesterday involved a sateen sash and a loaf of bread (breadwinner--clever, clever).

3. Which do you like better, apple cider or pumpkin spice flavoring? Pumpkin spice! Although having had unpasteurized cider in northern New England, I can understand why people like apple cider so much. It's so subtle and delicious it makes the supermarket stuff taste like apple juice.

4. What is your favorite scary movie and why? *sheepish* I can't watch any scary movies. They're all bad to me. The last one I watched was Poltergeist in, oh, 1982. I couldn't sleep for months.

5. What traditionally "scary" monster or fear do you think is the most overrated and why? Again, they're all scary! (I have a low tolerance for scary things.) Although I do have to say I love cemeteries. There's something lovely about seeing so many individual lives honored in one place. They've never struck me as scary. ETA: Plus I love black cats. Surely they've never brought anyone bad luck?

As always, I'd love to see you complete [community profile] thefridayfive yourself (and thanks to the good folks over there for keep us chatting). But if you're only up for chatting in comments and not a full post, tell me: what's the best Halloween costume that you've created or that you've seen?
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There's slightly Too Much Real Life going on right now, folks. A close friend just got married in an amazing three-day extravaganza (R officiated), and I just met a big deadline at work. While I'm very, very happy about both, I need to say that I was not cut out for this one-thing-after-another lifestyle. I need more tea and downtime than this!

So rather than a full Friday Five this week, I just want to note that [community profile] small_gifts is back for its 13th year! Sign ups should go up tomorrow, and claiming will take place on Sunday, October 28th. Mark your calendars!

We're just shy of the twentieth anniversary of the introduction of Remus Lupin and Sirius Black, now that I think about it. Together? I think so.

And, in the spirit of starting some discussion every week, here's a question for you: what's something you've changed your mind about?
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birthday soup

A belated but very warm "happy birthday!" to you, [personal profile] therealsnape! Have a bowl of R's roasted acorn squash soup to celebrate the new season?
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Thinking of those facing down Florence and Mangkhut tonight.

1. Have you ever experienced a hurricane firsthand? No, luckily.

2. Have you ever experienced outside heat over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celcius)? Often when I was young; I grew up on the edge of the high desert. But 100F / 38C and dry is ten times better than 80F / 27C and muggy. My worst moment was just arriving in Hong Kong, passing out for a moment in the heat, and falling at the end of an escalator. I was a sweaty, dizzy mess with a skinned knee and a sprained ankle. Not my best moment.

3. When and where was the coldest temperature you have ever experienced? Objectively? Probably in January in northern New England, where the temperatures sometimes fell to close to 0F / -17C. Subjectively: the weekend I found myself in St. Andrews, Scotland, in mid March with insufficient clothing and/or backbone. I actually had to turn around and get back on the train and head to London, I was that miserable and unprepared. (These were the days before this California girl had discovered wool. That was a bit of a revelation.)

4. Is your household prepared for a possible power outage of two to seven days? No.

5. Do you have a go bag? No. Hm. I'm starting to think there may be a lesson here.

Textbox below (you can link back to thefridayfive), or just stop by and leave a comment: When and where were you your hottest and coldest, flist?



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And on a completely different and much happier note: a very happy birthday to the incorrigible [personal profile] lash_larue! I spotted this months ago and thought of you....

Your kind of cat... )

Hope you've all had a great week, flist!
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I went to a pop-up wedding* this weekend, so let's take a thematically appropriate set of questions from [community profile] thefridayfive archive:

1) Do you want to get married? Already did. We did everything backward--became friends first and then started dating, moved in together and then started thinking long-term, celebrated multiple anniversaries and then decided to have a big party.

I'm not sure I ever made a conscious decision about marriage, especially since it wasn't legal for same-sex couples at the beginning of our relationship. There was no big question about love and forever-ness, only a number of logistical hurdles to overcome. We got a domestic partnership certificate from my partner's work early on (specifically in order to get health insurance), another certificate a few years later from the town we lived in (also to support a health insurance application and, less crucially, to get a library card), and a marriage license from our state when it became legal there (largely to safeguard our meager assets for the other in case of disaster, since we have hostile families). (Coincidentally, that was on 09/09/09, nine years ago yesterday.) Finally, we had a party because the better half is the type of person who didn't want to miss the opportunity for a very large, very fun party with everyone she knows.

2) Where would you like to get married? As it turned out, we had the party in our backyard, the one and only time in my life I've lived somewhere with a backyard. (Very convenient.) We put up a white tent, rented some chairs and tables, got a local Chinese Malaysian restaurant to cater a banquet, and made a dozen cakes ourselves, the night beforehand.

3) If you were getting married in a week, who would be in your wedding party? Hm. The same folks who showed up and helped out eight years ago, probably. A few high school friends, a few college friends, and a few more recent friends. We have one very close friend in town right now--who's planning her own second marriage for next month, coincidentally--but by and large the people we each know are scattered across the country (and in some cases have moved abroad).

4) What would your wedding colours be? We used purple, because the purple-loving better half cared and I didn't.

5) Does marriage mean to you 'til death do us part?' Not necessarily. People grow apart. I'm doing everything I can to keep this relationship working, but I recognize that even the best intentions and hardest work can't always keep two people together forever.

* Pop-up: my term, not the couples'. The decision to marry was made on a Sunday, e-mail invites were mailed out on Monday, and the guests were instructed to bring potluck items. It took place on a Saturday morning in the couple's basement apartment (tidied up and decorated with flowers) and was over by noon. So lovely and so simple! It made me happy to see how happy they were.

How are you doing, flist? Want to share wedding fantasies or stories?

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Sorry! Didn't mean to post and then disappear last week. Every time, I forget what a big push the beginning of the semester is. (You'd think I get the hang of this after so many years, but no.)

Catching up with last week's Friday Five, all about food:

1. What is your favourite food? Any fresh baked good: croissants, bread, cake, baos, cookies.
2. What is your favourite food preparation method? Stir fry! It's the only thing I do, really, other than eggs and some breakfast foods.
3. What is your favourite cuisine or style of cooking? This is really difficult question: the one I like most of the time? The one I want right now? The one I'm most excited to eat when I have the chance? Mexican, because it's what I grew up eating at local restaurants, and it's always appealing to me, no matter the mood or situation. Malaysian, because it's a successful blending of two of the world's great cuisines, Indian and Chinese, with some amazing Malay spices and dishes thrown in. Ethiopian for vegetarian dishes. Vietnamese for soup. American for syrupy breakfasts and chocolatey desserts. Cantonese for dim sum, one the world's great cultural contributions.
4. Do you have any dietary restrictions and if so what are they? Not really. I'm very lucky this way.
5. If you could introduce the whole world to one ingredient to improve their culinary experience, what would that be and why? Hm....not sure I'm in a position to suggest anything to anyone--all of my food knowledge is a subset of someone else's. A basic ingredient I couldn't do without? Onions. Sometimes when I follow a delicious smell out to the kitchen and ask the better half what she's making, she's only started to brown the onions.

Also: my 2018 fall pledge: Every week when I post, I'm going to mention something lovely about fall, which has always elicited an unnecessary sense of dread in me. (Winter is bad, yes, but it doesn't really start until January here--there's no reason why I shouldn't enjoy September to December.) This week: I can continue to wear sandals well into September! The warm weather lasts weeks into the school year, and my toes can be free and happy for a long while yet.

And last but perhaps most important of all: happy birthday, [personal profile] minervas_eule! For you: a gorgeous 19c library that my students always say "reminds them of Harry Potter." (Not a music performance space, unfortunately, but an important music library locally.)

library interior

Sorry I'm so slow on comments, everyone! I'll catch up with last week's over the next day or two. Hope your September is off to a good start.
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The school year (and my commute) are starting again this week, so let's answer a relevant Friday Five from the archives this week:

1. What is your current main mode of transportation? e.g. car, bike, subway, walking etc.
Ideally, walking; I do as much in our neighborhood as I possibly can. But I take the bus to get downtown and the metro and the commuter rail to get to work.

2. Are you satisfied with your current main mode of transportation (answer to question 1)? Why? Yes! I love being able to walk. It's one of the joyous discoveries of adulthood, that you don't actually need to own a car. (Other joyous discoveries of adulthood: you don't actually need to live in a single family house, and you don't need to date men. :) We selected our apartment and neighborhood primarily for their proximity to grocery stores, transit, stores, and restaurants. And we've been especially lucky because the neighborhood's added quite a few options even in the time we've lived here.

3. Do you think you'll change your means of transit soon? e.g. buy a car, get rid of your car, walk more etc.? If so why?
One day I may decide I can't handle the mega-commute to Neighboring City to get to my job, and we'll move there--a move that will probably entail buying a car, since Neighboring City's not as walkable. But at the moment I'm happy where I am and feel as if the trade off (lots of things within walking distance and no need to own a car vs. long commute to work) are worth it.

4. If time distance and money were not factors how do you prefer to get from point A to point B?
Mm. That's a hard one. Ideally, Apparating? Bullet train? Given the current constraints of my Muggle life, I'd take a taxi more often to eliminate the frustrating metro portion of my commute. Or I might take a taxi at odd hours when the bus or metro headways are especially long. I have transit impatience.

5. What was your worst transit experience? Being in car accidents as a child, hands down. Nothing that's happened on bus, train, metro or plane ever since has been as destabilizing. (And I've never even been in a serious accident that left someone injured.)

How are you all doing, flist? Are you celebrating or mourning the end of summer?
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1. What bad habits [of your own] bother you the most? My tendency toward occasional over-eating/emotional eating. It always seems so logical and necessary at the time, and in retrospect seems like automatic, mindless idiocy. Or the advent of my period, which is always preceded by two days of ravenousness and crankiness and catches me by surprise every time.

2. What good habits do you most admire [in others]? Regular exercise and regular writing. I can do both, but I need to work myself up to it, every time.

3. What unusual habits do you observe in your family members? Do they bother you? Knee-bouncing. I can't imagine having that much extra energy!

4. Which bad habit do you think would be the most difficult to get rid of? Why? Anything emotional or tied to childhood attitudes or fears. Speech patterns or verbal or physical tics. (I still, like, sound like girl raised in the 80s, you guys.)

5. Which good habit do you think would be the most difficult to develop? Why? Well, habits I don't actually want to develop (like skipping dessert) are difficult for obvious reasons, even when I'm in in a self-improvement mode. A lot of the habits I really do want to acquire but can't seem to develop properly (going to bed earlier, for example) are in conflict with other things going on my life.

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In other news, I bought the neighbor's wardrobe! Thanks for the encouragement, flist. Right now it's a really expensive vacuum closet, but soon I'll figure out how to make better use of it (and, honestly, I really wanted to put that vacuum away, so that at least makes me happy). We have a walk in closet in the bedroom but no other storage in the apartment, so as you can imagine there are a number of living-and-dining-room-related items which can probably go in there. And we still have three unpacked boxes from the 2015 move, so perhaps we'll finally be able to put those away. Tidy apartment = happy me.

We saw Crazy Rich Asians yesterday. Actually quite fun, all things considered.* (R's read the book(s), I haven't, so I wasn't sure what to expect.) And while there's a lot of talk about Asian and Asian American representation in Hollywood, which is wonderful and important, YAY!, it's also a movie with some really fabulous roles for women, which hasn't been discussed the same way. Michelle Yeoh was excellent, of course, but Constance Wu was, too. And Awkwafina! Hope you get to enjoy these fabulous women soon.

Pre-semester meetings this week, class start next. Summer 2018 is on the wane.

* There are some big caveats that need to come with this movie--see my comments to TRS below.
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Whoops! I somehow missed a week there. How have you all been?

* I'm just back from a long weekend in Denver, where my partner had some work meetings and I was able to catch up with my college roommate, whom I hadn't seen for an extended length of time since the 90s. I'd been thinking about her a lot recently because she was the one who convinced me to do a semester in London with her when we were in college and then pushed me to travel with her once we were there. We did so much on a modest budget: dozens of places in London, maybe six or eight overnight trips to locations in England, Scotland, and Ireland. I've often explained our slightly Odd Couple relationship by saying that she's both a homebody and a traveler like me, but before her I was really just a homebody; she's the one who showed me I could travel. We were both in London for a few days earlier this summer, and it was so good to share our love of the city and remember how we got started on this path.

* I've just finished my first babysitting gig with the sweet little bulldog ) we've been walking at noon on weekdays. His humans have arranged for housekeepers to come clean the apartment occasionally and wanted to know if we could take care of him in the apartment for an hour or so while the housekeepers were working. No problem! I said. But he really was a bit anxious, even after introducing him to our apartment several times last week. (We live two doors down, on the same hallway.) Pet aunt-ing is difficult! But he seemed to be fine in the end, after a lot of treats and lot of petting. Dogs aren't so different: new situations are stressful, and positive reinforcement, food, and lots of attention go a long way for both of us.

* I might buy a used Ikea Hemnes wardrobe from a neighbor tomorrow. Would this be too big in a medium-sized room? We have so few closets in this apartment I'm inclined to get it. Surely more storage space will help make the apartment more tidy?

* I have the end-of-the-summer blues. Only two more weeks before classes. I'm treasuring every last moment and writing like a madwoman. If any of you have ever lived on an academic schedule, you'll appreciate this cartoon:

Perception of summer cartoon

Friday five: On journaling )

* Last but not least: A very happy birthday to fandomer extraordinaire (and RL superwoman) [personal profile] alisanne! Here's a happy image ) to celebrate the day. (Source.)
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I'm currently playing hooky from not one but two parties I thought I'd have to go to this evening. Our current house guest is off at one, my partner is at the other, and I'm all alone in the apartment, sipping tea, listening to the radio, and feeling gloriously alone.

To counter the mid-year lull 'round these parts, have an interactive meme! Thanks to both [community profile] thefridayfive and [personal profile] therealsnape for contributing some of the questions, and to [personal profile] therealsnape for encouraging memeage more generally.

How to play? Well, first, read through the questions and leave me the number of the question(s) you'd like me to answer. (Please, ask away! I'd love to chat.) If you're up for answering questions yourself, paste them at your journal so we can ask you, too. Text box with questions below!



Twenty seasonal questions...

1) What season are you currently experiencing in your part of the world? Has the weather been typical of that season recently?

2) Apart from the weather, how can you tell what season it is? What about your life or local life changes with the seasons?

3) What's the best thing about the current season? The most annoying?

4) Does the current season affect your mood or your daily habits?

5) Are there activities, events, or traditions that accompany this season in your part of the world?

6) Are there local foods that are only available or that are more available this season?

7) Are there memories you associate with this season?

8) Do have plans or goals for this season? For other seasons?

9) If you could live perpetually in one season, which would it be? Is that the same as your favorite season?

10) Do the conventional designations (i.e., summer, winter, etc.) describe the changing seasons in your part of the world? If you could rename your local seasons, what would you call them, and how would you describe them?

11) Are you sensing the effects of climate change where you live?

12) Do you have different clothes for different seasons? Do you prefer one wardrobe to another?

13) Do you use heat, fans, or air conditioning? Do you and your family or housemates agree on how to regulate the heat, fan, or air conditioning?

14) Do some seasons seem to last longer than others, to you? Has that changed as you age?

15) Do you decorate your house or change your environment in any way to mark the change of the seasons?

16) During what season are you most likely to want to get away from the weather, and where would you go if you could?

17) Are there any idioms or sayings about the current season where you live? Any local wisdom?

18) Imagine the depths of winter where you live. Would you rather have 1) less precipitation, 2) warmer temperatures, or 3) more light/longer days?

19) Imagine the peak of summer where you live. What would make it more bearable?

20) What's a book, film, or tv show you associate with the current season?
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We've been doing some dog-sitting and cat-sitting again, flist. They are darlings, all of them.

Meet our four-legged clients. (Warning: large photos because I'm that besotted.) )

Every year I forget how quiet it gets on social media at this time of year. Happy mid-July, everyone!
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1. Is there a smell that will immediately sicken you? Hm. Not really. Though it might be important to point out here that I have a really terrible sense of smell generally, and there aren't many things that smell good to me, either.
2. When you want quiet, where do you go? I *always* want quiet, so I look for it everywhere. But the quiet that's nicest is the quiet of being by yourself in public, at a coffeeshop or walking in the street, when others are chatting in the background but you're very much alone.
3. Do you need/prefer total darkness when you sleep? Ideally. More so as I get older and sleeping well becomes harder.
4. What is your least favorite taste? Fish sauce. Blue cheese. The errant tomato in my sandwich. (I'm not a big fan of raw tomatoes.)
5. How heavily do you rely upon your sense of touch? Not heavily. I'm a bit touch-averse, actually. Everything is in the head or on the screen for me...except books, where the feel of the page is everything.

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