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18 June 2003 @ 09:32 am
questions from staralshain  

1) When did you learn to cross-stich? Who taught you? What was the motivation behind learning?

I have always been crafty. I have done knitting (poorly), crochet, painting, sewing, clay stuff, collage, etc. I think my first cross-stitch were these little Fisher Price kits when I was probably between 4 and 6. They were these little boxes with a painted scene on the top and all of the yarns/flosses and instructions. I know I did a unicorn and another one of a house. I don't remember being helped, though my mom probably coached me through them.

I distinctly remember there was so much knotted yarn on the backs that you couldn't actually use the boxes.

My first counted cross-stitch piece (which is probably stored in a box somewhere) was this little unicorn on a grassy hill with a rainbow forming from the sun. Very kid oriented. One problem though. In a counting mistake I would never be able to recreate, the rainbow started from nothingness and the sun was setting??? I saw the piece about 6 years ago, so it is presumably still floating around somewhere.

I don't think there was a real motivation for doing it back when I started. It looked fun. Sort of like the woven loop potholders, only with more variation. Now I do it because it keeps my hands busy, keeps me out of trouble, and is very soothing.

2) What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Ask the impossible. The one ice cream that I have had that I actively look for is Hearts and Flowers, which is lavendar and rose, very light and cleansing. For ice creams I have made, it is the batch of strawberry kiwi made last year, one of the batches of ginger (with crystallized ginger chunks), and the Lapsang tea ice cream. They were all reasonably creamy and sweet but with very distinctive flavors.

3) Is there a motivation behind your vegetarianism? If so, what? If not, was there at one point?

Not really. It is healthier than how I would eat if I still ate meat, but not by much. I go through phases in my healthy cooking.

When I started becoming vegetarian, I read a lot of books and I realized it was healthier and what I read about the animals was more than a little sickening. That alone wouldn't have kept me going. Honestly, my parents' reactions of anger and dismay made the change much more satisfying for a bitter teen (vegetarian since 1992: age 16).

4) What would it take to get you to keep your hair its natural color for a year?

Umm, a really good job. As in terrific.

Actually, when I am dead broke it also goes natural, but only for as long as it takes for me to earn enough ducats to pay for some dye. I have been dying my hair since my first year at Wellesley when I didn't make the swim team.

(and well, heck, my hair is mostly natural right now)

5) Tell me one thing you'd try, but which you think none of your friends would be willing to do.

Nothing comes to mind. I do want to run the Boston Marathon (and I do mean actually run the entire thing, not walk parts of it), but even if I start getting back into shape today I won't be able to do that until 2005 most likely. I don't think most of my friends actually like running, so I can't imagine that I could see them doing that. I would also like to do a triathalon. (yeah! individual sports)

But both of those are not very likely. Right now I am just concentrating on getting through to the next day and calmly making my way back to the higher income bracket (mostly because I miss being able to go to a gym).
Feeling like: hopefulhopeful
Listening to: tappity tappity
the name of dog: pandaenochs_fable on June 18th, 2003 01:03 pm (UTC)
if you ever want someone to run with, run with me!
autumneautumnesquirrel on June 18th, 2003 01:07 pm (UTC)
the name of dogenochs_fable on June 18th, 2003 01:23 pm (UTC)
Qarylla Windragar: witchyqarylla on June 18th, 2003 04:49 pm (UTC)
Spirited Away!
autumneautumnesquirrel on June 19th, 2003 04:09 am (UTC)

(did I spell that right?)
Qarylla Windragar: sexyqarylla on June 19th, 2003 07:20 am (UTC)
Why, yes you did, Ms. Lenore. Very good.