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rhapsody11's precious little Kevin asked for my favorite cuddly toy. That would be Nelyo, my stuffed unicorn, though he highly resents being called a "cuddly toy," insisting that he is a living creature who--like any living creature--requires food, water, oxygen, love, and sunshine.
Nelyo was acquired at a Candy Kitchen during one of Bobby's and my winter excursions to Ocean City. We were buying candy for our families, and I saw a bin full of white unicorns, and picked one up to cuddle it. Next thing I know, the unicorn is on the counter with the candy. I argued weakly with Bobby but ended up walking out of the store with the unicorn.
For the next year, he lived on my desk. The next winter, I read The Silmarillion for the first time and finally named him "Maedhros," which has been changed to "Nelyo" over the years. I think he might be the first possession named after a Sil character.
These days, Nelyo lives in our living room. I do sleep with him on occasion, though my tendency to pull the blankets around my head tends to smash his ears, and he doesn't really like that. If he looks slightly gray...yes, that is dirt and evidence of how well-loved he is! And the dark bit around his neck...well, he's wearing one of my necklaces. He is a Feanorian!
Rhapsody asked to see my bookshelves. Well, I have three, so there's a lot of pictures! When we moved in, Bobby and I each brought a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf. Well, the books were two rows thick on some of the shelves, so we bought a third. The books are still two rows thick.
When we got the third bookshelf, Bobby, Potter, and I spent an afternoon organizing books, so they are (mostly) organized by subject now. I have photographed each shelf and will include a brief description beneath of what sorts of titles are on that shelf.
(And, yes, Rhapsody, I am going to look into that library index you mentioned! :^D)
The Bookshelf in the Study
This shelf is half computer games (the Rollercoaster Tycoons...all mine!) and some of Bobby's political science books. The model is an Oliphaunt that might or might not be completely modeled. I haven't worked on it in a year, so I don't remember! Next to that is Bobby's beer mug. The globe on the top is so old that it still has the USSR on it.
The next shelf is more of Bobby's political science books and Dawn's Tolkien books. The model is Feanor on Dragon, which is terribly unfinished. Some of my D&D books are also here, and the masses of papers--I suspect--are notes and such that I've made on the campaigns.
The next shelf is still more of Bobby's political science books. He is well-read in his field, as you can see. The C.S. Lewis books that Bobby bought for me are here as well. Sadly, I've only made it through one and a half. Some of my computer geekery books have been shoved here; they were likely on the desk and getting on Bobby's nerves. My animal rights books are just above that. The blue book rolled behind those is the US road atlas that we got from WalMart a few years ago for $15. I love maps, so I do on occasion take this down and actually "read" it. The big white tome to the right of that is my stats book, which I didn't even realize was missing from my shelf at work until doing this meme. Oops. Non-book stuff includes my artist's dummy (missing a foot) and the head to Bobby's Squire Stratocaster guitar.
The next shelf is more nerdy stuff. The green binders are my DM binders; between them are yet more D&D books (and some are at work). Next to that are gaming magazines (Bobby's) for Warhammer and some old game guides for Nintendo Entertainment System (mine). More of Bobby's political science books are to the far right. The doggie statue was a gift from my grandmother-in-law and reminds me of the dog Buffy we had when I was a child. The notecard is a list from last year of people I had to make Christmas candy for.
The bottom shelf is just junk: mostly gaming models that I am in the process of building and painting and might finish in the next forty years.
The Bookshelf in the Living Room
On top of the bookshelf in the living room are books that we can't fit anywhere else. Our diving textbook sets are up there. My Magical Creatures book is to the left. After that are some recent copies of National Geographic and review books that we got for boning up on our chemistry and biology before going back to school. The notebooks are Bobby's for school.
The next shelf is mostly nature and animals. My birthday cards are stacked on the shelf in front of Dog Stories. To the right, we start to get into some of my psychology books from my university days.
These are mostly tall books that do not fit on the shelves above, though this might be where they belong. Our biology and my psychology texts are here. Our old study guides from high school and college are here too. The magazines to the far right are back issues of The Hockey News and National Geographic--the latter of which were purchased at the library for ten cents a piece! The Gems and Crystals book belongs to Feanor.
I just realized that half of my psychology books were missing and that I had missed photographing a shelf! I'll post it with atanwende's shoe request.
The bottom shelf is more tall books and miscellaneous stuff that won't fit anywhere else. The white binder is our wedding photo album. The notebooks are Bobby's from university.
The Bookshelf in the Bedroom
The bookshelf in our bedroom is mostly fiction. These are the top two shelves. There's some pretty embarassing titles/authors here from when I was in middle school and thought cheesy = good! The political thrillers are all Bobby's.
More fiction. There is the occasional duplicated title since Bobby and I--before we lived together--would buy two copies of books so that we could each have one. For some of the Shakespeare, this was required for our classes. On the bottom shelf shown here, the white magazines to the right of the Harry Potter books are old copies of Bartleby magazine. I am published in the first white book and edited the fiction for the skinny black book and next white book.
Still more political science books belonging to Bobby as well as my "writing" books, sports, and social science books.
The bottom shelf: more sports, Titanic history (which was my obsession when I was younger), art, comic strip collections, and music books.
Niki (sinneahtes) asked for the inside of my refrigerator. Well, I went a bit beyond that since I find the outside of the refrigerator more impressive, since Bobby and I collect magnets from every place that we visit, and I display all of the postcards sent by family and friends. Also, in the house of an ice cream creator, the freezer is where the action's at, so I've posted pictures of that too! The pictures are captioned and pretty self-explanatory.
Outside of the Refrigerator
Inside of the Freezer
Inside of the Refrigerator
Alina asked to see my recently acquired Elven ears. I tried putting them on but they really require glue and makeup, so you'll only see them in the package until I break them out for the Renn Fest later this month. Again, captioned and so pretty self-explanatory.
Sharon asked for a picture of us suitable for printing and framing. Since she's my sister, this isn't too creepy. :^P I hope this works since I took the picture myself! (Bobby looks cute, but I look kind of weird.
Nienna asked to see my rollerskates! My skates have a long and sordid history that is partially represented in the captioned photo.
In short: I got them when I was twelve years old, so I have used them for almost thirteen years now. They were $125 when I got them, which was expensive at the time. The wheels alone were $10 a piece--also expensive at the time. It seems rather quaint now, but when I was twelve, having rollerskates that cost more than a Benjamin...that was seriously cool.
The toestops have been replaced once (last year) after the right one cracked down the middle. The bearings were replaced for the first time around the same time--a bearing broke, and it sounded like I had a tormented mouse in my wheel--so my skates have served me well.
Most importantly, my wheels have never touched an outside surface, so while they look nasty-dirty, consider that that's nearly thirteen years worth of minimum once-per-week use. Not bad, I don't think!