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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Friday Memeage and Random Rambling

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Today is just a beautiful day. Today is a day when a person is happy to be alive.

We had SCUBA training, of course, which has me insanely euphoric. (Swimming helps; endorphins = legal heroin!) We stopped for lunch at Qdoba--or "Adobos," as my f-i-l calls it--and I had a great blond moment. We were sitting and talking about how much of our SCUBA training has been mostly common sense, and I said, "That's why it has to be taught: because most people don't have common sense." Then I went in to get an iced tea refill for the ride home. When Bobby and I eat inhouse at a restaurant, we don't use lids on our drinks to minimize plastic waste. (Yes, I recycle the plastic rings around milk bottles too! *grin*) So I got a lid, proceeded to put it on my drink, and then stuck it under the tea brewer...doh! The cup won't fill with the lid on it. I told Bobby, "Apparently, those common sense lessons in dive training were meant for me!"

Tonight, we are going to see The Illusionist. We saw Little Miss Sunshine on Friday, and I will review it later when I review The Illusionist, but I will say now: See it if you get a chance. It is a fantastic movie, and I do not say that often. At one point, I was laughing and crying at the same time. It follows a dysfunctional family through a rollercoaster of disappointments that only bring them closer, and it is not cheesy. It is freaking hilarious and not in a stupid, slapstick way but in a way that feels like the family might be real, like they might be your own family. Go see it. I will give it a suitably long-winded and raving review later.

Oh, and the Ravens are beating the Fuckaneers Buccaneers 27-0 right now. McNair looks great, Ray Lewis has been awesome, and a rookie nose tackle named Ngata had an interception and run-back that was hilarious. Have you ever seen a defensive lineman run half a football field? The commentator said that he was "rumbling down the field," and that was exactly what it looked like. Bobby and I were both shouting, "Go ahead, Big Guy!" since we didn't then know his name.

I know that I swore to hate the NFL, and I still hate the NFL, but I can't forsake my Ravens. I just can't. So be prepared for some future rants about the NFL and the poor officiation. But I love my Ravens.

Okay, I am behind on memes and stuff, so here is the Friday memeage on...Sunday? Eek. Bad 'gund.

First of all, thefridayfive:

1. If you could pick your own theme song, what would it be?
2. Now be honest...if others had to pick a song that described you, what would they choose?
3. What song would be/was the first dance at your wedding?
4. What song gets stuck in your head most often?
5. What song would you want played at your funeral?


1. If you could pick your own theme song, what would it be?
I have always identified Heart's "These Dreams" as my theme song before. The lyrics are here if anyone is interested. (Posting whole songs on LJ tends to get on my nerves, not to mention that it is technically illegal.) The song talks about the power of dreams and imagination, and I have always felt very close to this idea. My whole life, I have spent much of my time in my head, feeling sometimes like the stories and characters in my imagination are stronger than those in real life.

Lately, though, I feel a very strong connection to Crosby, Stills, and Nash "Southern Cross." There is also a Jimmy Buffett cover that is fantastic. (Lyrics here, if you're interested.) Not only does the song speak about a love for the sea (and adventures thereupon) but it speaks of seeking and desiring a romantic love that will endure anything. I have found that, and I count myself so lucky for it.

This song is good for my soul; one night when Bobby had a really bad day at work, we listened to the song three times in a row, and it worked. Vegetarian chicken soup for the soul! :^P These lines speak to me:

Spirits are using me
larger voices callin'.
What heaven brought you and me
Cannot be forgotten.

I am agnostic, but sometimes, I can't help but feel that I am always pushed for my feet to find the right road. Bobby and I have had challenges in our relationship that have made us as strong as we are today, but we have always found our way back to each other. We are currently facing personal challenges in our lives and "careers," but fate has intervened again, and our feet are back on our road. We have heard the larger voices calling, one could say.

'Cause the truth you might be runnin' from
Is so small.
But it's as big as the promise
The promise of a comin' day.


I have tried to run from truths in my life, convincing myself that something is insignificant when it's not. But I always find my road again.

And my love is an anchor tied to you
Tied with a silver chain.


This should be obvious. :)

2. Now be honest...if others had to pick a song that described you, what would they choose?
I don't know...any thoughts from those who know me? (Even glancingly?)

I'd imagine that it would probably be some hyperactive bubblegum song that sounds like a fifty-cent bouncy-ball from a grocery store vending machine bouncing around a small, empty room! Or maybe it would be something more profound because I can be serious.

I'd love to know if anyone has any opinions on what songs fit me. (Even if they're gawdawful!)

3. What song would be/was the first dance at your wedding?
Bobby and I never fully decided what song we wanted to dance to at our wedding. Then we decided not to have a wedding in the traditional sense, so it didn't matter! I remember that I was favoring Van Halen's "Can't Stop Loving You" (lyrics here) because that song always makes me cry a little, and it's so full of love and spirit, a lot like us. :)

4. What song gets stuck in your head most often?
At the moment, I frequently have Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (lyrics here) in my head. I love this song. It reminds me of something that a wandering bard would sing, beside being very sad. (And the fact that it pertains to boats and water, so of course, I relate to it on that level. But if Maeglin the iPod shuffles this song or I happen to think of it in more than a glancing fashion, I guarantee that I will be singing it for the rest of the day.

5. What song would you want played at your funeral?
I've always wanted "Into the West" played at my funeral, especially if I died young. I know if might seem a little lame, but I do like this song, and it gives me the feeling that death can never be the end. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, right? See, even agnostics have their comforts. :) I fear death less than I fear leaving Bobby alone.

Okay, now for the fannish5, which isn't one that particularly speaks to me this week. But I'll do it anyway because I'm a meme tool. (It's beyond memesheep, you see.)

What five items owned by characters in your fandom(s) would you most like to own?

I suppose that any Silmaniac would first say, "Silmarils!" complete with a rather Feanorian rabid gleam in her eyes.

I'd prefer not to own the Silmarils, though it might be a good way to get a couple of Feanorians to visit the apartment. So what does that leave? Is it totally pathetic that I wish this meme allowed me to include items invented for the Felak!verse?

  1. Nauglimir (sans Silmaril). First of all, it looks good on anyone, so I think I'm safe there. Secondly, it was made for and owned by my lovely namesake Finrod Felagund.
  2. The Ring of Felagund. Not the "Ring of Barahir" because it belonged to Felagund before that ratty mortal got a hold of it. For the same reason as Nauglimir, that it belonged to Finrod is enough for me. Plus, it is connected with history through (and beyond?) the Third Age. It has so many meanings and has seen so much history.
  3. Fingon's harp. That is, the one that he held while rescuing Maedhros, though a lot of fanfics have the harp being lost or broken during the rescue, which makes sense to me. But if it did survive, I'd like to have it, though I wouldn't even begin to know how to play it! (Know anything about harping, frenchpony?)
  4. A Telerin swan ship. This probably sounds dangerous, being as I'm a Feanatic and all. I don't intend to steal one and engage in arson, so no worries. But Bobby and I would like to have a boat, so why not? They're the best boats ever made (and then I'd have more ammunition in my quest to have our eventual boat named "Vingilote!")
  5. A lamp of Feanor. A nightlight that never needs batteries and stays on even during power outages and glows with the light of the stars.... Plus they were invented by Feanor, and even if I don't want his greatest treasures, something of his would be nice.


And finally, I don't even know why I'm embarassing myself with this meme, since I make most of my own icons, and they're pretty terrible. I've still got a lot to learn about Photoshop...and photography too, actually! But I saw this at satismagic (and Juno is a fabulous icon-maker, so I put her meme to shame) and think it's kind of neat. And I'm hoping that someone else will adopt this meme because I often look at the icons used by my flist and wonder as to their origins and meanings.

Look at your LJ userpics list.

If you have fewer than 50 icons, pick every fifth one. If you have between fifty and seventy-five icons, pick every seventh one. If you have over seventy-five icons, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of 'em.

List them on your LJ, and tell everyone exactly (1) why you have it, (2) why it's interesting to you and (3) what significance it has
.


Photobucket - Video and Image HostingBefore I joined a writing community, I used to refer to the characters in my head as "my imaginary friends." However, I quickly learned that very few writers seemed to have imaginary friends, but there were sure a lot of muses running around, leading me to conclude that the imaginary friends we have as children turn into muses somewhere along the way. Say you have an imaginary friend and people look at you like you're nuts. Say that you have a muse, and you suddenly develop an artistic mystique. (Unless you're talking to another artist, who knows that really you're talking about your imaginary friend.) I made and use this icon because it rings of truth to me, the amount of time we all spend talking and complaining about over- or underactive muses, like they're real friends to us. Maybe they are.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI made this icon as a suitable header for posts and comments that contain me ranting about one subject or another. I do this sometimes. It seemed that I was always opening a can of worms on LJ: asking a question out of legitimate curiosity that ended up spurring passionate discussion and debate. I am not complaining; I love that so many people have felt comfortable enough on my LJ to share their views with me. I have learned a lot from everyone. This icon goes hand-in-hand with my journal subtitle "Best Served with a Can of Worms" because--quite often--it seems that my LJ is just that!

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThis one is quite practical-minded. I moderate the Silmarillion Writers' Guild (silwritersguild), and I need an icon to make my official posts look all official and such. It's the same logo that I use on our website. I say it's to keep things consistent, but really, I'm so bad in Photoshop that I don't think I could ever make an icon this good again.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThis was my first icon. *sentimental sigh* Back in the day, I didn't have Photoshop or even an upt-to-date version of MS Paint, so I couldn't resize images without skewing them terribly. This one was already icon-sized and required no tinkering from me, plus it went along with my penname. (It is Finrod Felagund's crest, for those unfamiliar with Elven heraldry.) I keep it around for sentimental reasons, because I still love and admire Finrod Felagund, and also because I can use it to give fair warning to tarion_anarore that my pain-in-the-ass Finrod muses is taunting her in an LJ comment.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting*evil grin* Wonder why I keep this one? Actually, it's one of the icons I use the least. I really don't like to pick at people politically, so I tend to use it only in LJs that I know are unfriendly to Bush and in conversations where it is appropriate. But I do think that it is funny (and true). The artwork, by the way, comes from Northern Sun Merchandising. If there are any progressive people out there looking for hilarious T-shirts, bumperstickers, and buttons, check out this site. Even if you don't end up buying anything, you will have a good time--and many laughs--looking through their stuff.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThis is Napoleon's drawing of a liger from the movie Napoleon Dynamite. I like the movie and so I made this icon. I don't use it much. It's one of those icons that I use when I don't know what else to use and don't want to be too serious but am not in a knee-slapping mood either.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThis is the animated sign at Anthony's Liquors in Ocean City. I have loved the little neon kicking legs since I was a kid, so I took a picture of it last year and made an icon of it. It's certainly one of my more personally significant icons. Most people probably think that I am only encouraging substance-based fun, but in fact, it is meant to be a fun icon that shows--despite my complaining about it--how much I do love my home state and Ocean City in particular.

  • Nauglimir (sans Silmaril). First of all, it looks good on anyone, so I think I'm safe there. Secondly, it was made for and owned by my lovely namesake Finrod Felagund.

    Dammit. My jewellery muse just went nuts.
  • So I got a lid, proceeded to put it on my drink, and then stuck it under the tea brewer...doh!

    ROFL!!!!

    I sort of recycle those milk things...I give them to my cats to mutilate play with.

    What five items owned by characters in your fandom(s) would you most like to own?

    You know, I've never really wanted to own anything really. Well, except Glamdring (but I don't have $300+ lying around so....). I guess I'd say Rochallor, which is not what I would classify as an "item", but oh well.

    Maybe they are.

    Maybe. I think they might be. In that can't-really-imagine-not-having-them-around way, despite the times they annoy me. ;)

    And I'm hoping that someone else will adopt this meme because I often look at the icons used by my flist and wonder as to their origins and meanings.

    I adopted it, though it is a sadly sparse meme for me and my free-account-limited number of icons. *prods Dawn to look anyway*

    I keep it around for sentimental reasons, because I still love and admire Finrod Felagund, and also because I can use it to give fair warning to [info]tarion_anarore that my pain-in-the-ass Finrod muses is taunting her in an LJ comment.


    Speaking of...didn't you say yesterday that he had something to say. I've been on my guard, but nothing has happened yet.

    And I like how Finrod is plural. ;P

    Wonder why I keep this one?

    *sigh* Sometimes I'm embarassed to be from the same state.
    • I sort of recycle those milk things...I give them to my cats to mutilate play with.

      I used to do that too! Well, before the cats got too rotund and lazy to play with them anymore. :^P

      And there are 3 Rs, you know: Recycle Reuse Reduce. Sounds like Reuse to me!

      *prods Dawn to look anyway*

      Will do! (How did I miss it?? I've actually kept up-to-date on my flist!)

      And I like how Finrod is plural. ;P

      Hehe, that was totally a Freudian typo! Though really, I do have two Finrod muses at least: the pervy one who pesters you and the one who actually helps me on occasion with my stories! :^P

      *sigh* Sometimes I'm embarassed to be from the same state.

      Awww, no! You've renewed my hope in Texans! :)
  • And damnit, I forgot to mention (I've been having issues with this today, it seems) that, if you want to ditch the NFL, there's always college football. ;)

    And did I mention that we beat CU. Heck yes!!
    • Ai, but I have too much love for my Ravens. I mean, an unhealthy sort of love. (Though I am wearing a DC United--not B'more Ravens--T-shirt at the moment. Mostly 'cause I slept in my jersey all last week and finally decided to wash it!)

      We UMBC alums are always proud to report that in the uni's thirty-plus year history, our football team has remained undefeated. ;)
  • That "Beer Wine Beer" sign in that last icon actually appeared in a very weird dream of mine sometime last month. It was so vivid I woke up thinking *I* was the one who'd been to Ocean City (the part where that sign was, I mean, not whatever part of Ocean City I actually *have* been to) until five minutes passed and I fully woke up. O_o
    • My icon appeared in your dream?! Wow, that's really cool!

      When you were in OC, chances are you passed Beer Wine Beer. It's around 30th Street (and most of OC is only one street wide, so you have no choice but to drive past!)
  • (Know anything about harping, frenchpony?)

    Well, I know the difference between a harp and a lyre, which not everyone does. King David's harp, for instance, wasn't a harp. It was a lyre. I've seen people play Celtic lap harps, and I've held an African lap harp, though I've completely forgotten which African culture it came from. And, of course, I am a musician, which means that I can pick up an instrument and at least get it to sound nice, if not play it with approved technique, within about five minutes. I also know that harps are not the all-purpose instruments that a lot of Tolkien fans think they are, and one of my minor pet peeves is seeing fanfic writers write about Elves playing harps in a context where another instrument would be far more appropriate. Even the Western concert harp, the biggist mothafuckin harp around, has a very delicate tone. Benjamin Britten used it to accompany the women's choir in A Ceremony of Carols, where it sounds lovely, except in "This Little Babe," because "This Little Babe" is a call to holy war, and the harp is so not a war instrument.

    That enough for you?

    2. Now be honest...if others had to pick a song that described you, what would they choose?
    I don't know...any thoughts from those who know me? (Even glancingly?)


    Life's Purpose by Ron Kelly.

    Icons. . . I'll just describe them before I tell you about them.

    1. Wolfie! My first icon. I needed one, I found one. I love Amadeus, both as the wonderful movie that it is and for the lovely performances of and skewering of Mozart. I love the party where Wolfie dresses as the unicorn and Leopold dresses as the Black Ghost. It's lively, creepy, fun, and sad all at the same time, and it kind of reflected how I felt about life at the time.

    5. Obelix: These [ethnicity of choice] are crazy! <lj user="kln1671> made it for me, along with four Asterix ones, when I mentioned that I wanted an Asterix icon. It was the first time someone on the Internet that I'd never met had done something like that for me, and I was just blown away. 10. Two foilists having at it. I wanted a fencing icon or two, just because I love the sport. This one was graceful, modern, active, and a picture that people could readily identify as actually being fencing. 15. Laura and Mary Ingalls, circa 1882. I wanted an icon or two of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who has had a greater influence on my writing than you'd think, and who was, of course, the original French Pony. This is only a part of the original photograph (Carrie is in it, too), which is the earliest known photograph of Laura. It's a little hard to tell in the icon, but there's something about her expression in the photo that's compelling.
    • Dammit, it cut off!

      Anyway. . .back to Obelix. He's part of a set of Asterix icons that <lj user="kln1671> made for me one day when I mentioned offhandedly that I wanted an Asterix icon but didn't know how to make one. It was the first time that an Internet friend that I'd never met in person had done something so nice for me, and I was just blown away by it. 10. The fencers, in this icon. I wanted a fencing icon, because I love the sport. This one has the advantage of being graceful, modern, active, and readily identifiable as fencing even at this small size. Plus, as an épéeist, I can snigger about how the leaping foilist isn't actually scoring a point there. 15. Laura and Mary Ingalls, circa 1882. I wanted an icon of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the original French Pony, whose writing has far more influence on my own than many people realize. This is actually part of a larger picture in which Carrie stands at the far left. It's the earliest known picture of Laura. Though it doesn't come across well in the small icon, there's something about her expression in this one that I find compelling.
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    • Oooh...that is weird! So I guess it fits. ;)

      (Wonder if I'm Beauty or the Beast? This is a little OT, but I always thought the Beast was cute...till he turned into an ugly prince. Ick.)
  • Playing catch up with elll jeee as you know the ambarussa hijacked me for something else.

    2. Now be honest...if others had to pick a song that described you, what would they choose?

    My first thought was Beautiful Day of U2. This has mainly to do with our correspondence we often have about so many things. *grin*

    Especially for these parts:
    Touch me
    Take me to that other place
    Teach me
    I know I'm not a hopeless case

    What you don't have you don't need it now
    What you don't know you can feel it somehow
    What you don't have you don't need it now
    Don't need it now
    Was a beautiful day


    It is a song of hope. :)

    I'd prefer not to own the Silmarils, though it might be a good way to get a couple of Feanorians to visit the apartment.

    Well to wreck and destroy the place? You know how they think about someone else possessing them. *Down Turco* ;)

    And I'm hoping that someone else will adopt this meme because I often look at the icons used by my flist and wonder as to their origins and meanings.

    I have... 108 user pics!!!!! Eum!

    If you have over seventy-five icons, pick every tenth one.

    Mmmm okay then. For you. Or shall I pick those which I made myself?


    • My first thought was Beautiful Day of U2. This has mainly to do with our correspondence we often have about so many things. *grin*

      Oh, I love that song! {{{{{Rhapsy}}}}} It makes me want to run along the beach on a beautiful sunny day. It's so full of energy and life. Thank you for picking such a lovely song.

      Well to wreck and destroy the place?

      Well, I was kind of thinking of tossing it to them as soon as they broke down the door. (Or maybe if Maedhros was in the lead, they would knock politely? :^D) Then invite them in for a beer and homemade ice cream.
  • Ha, oh, the dancing drinks. I kept staring at it, expecting it to move, until I realized it was a photo.

    ...I apologize, I am on your LJ & posting on your old posts; how horrible of me. ._. But I saw you were a Sil-person in Baltimore & couldn't resist. :D (none of my friends are Sil-people.)
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