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19 June 2003 @ 03:46 pm
questions from autumnesquirrel  
I knew I would get to them eventually.

1. After you get that big tattoo you're planning what are you going to do fun with your body next?

Heh. The big tattoo. Over a 1000$ (based on the cost of my small tattoos) which is a sign of my anime fangirlness. A tall sakura winding its way up one side, scattering petals across my back and shoulders (and possibly down my arms), with a katana (sakabato?) down my spine, and kanji Aku Zoku Zan overlayed on the sword.

Aku Zoku Zan - the motto of the Shinsengumi from Kenshin - roughly meaning "Suffer evil not to live" or "Kill evil quickly."

After that I don't know. I am hoping that will satisfy my urge to decorate myself for a number of years. If not, then I will probably want something subtle like flesh toned vines winding their way up my legs or something similar, something organic.

Every once in a while I think it is a goal of mine (still not sure) to have my entire body decorated in some form before I die. (C-kun would love that one.)

2. Happy Birthday?

Thank you. Even for the thong.

3. If I make 'spice cookies' will you test them for me?

Yes. I have been thinking about a few other things to try. I just want to do too many things.

4. If you didn't have to worry about allergies, space, Dante, etc. what would you want for a pet?

Easy question. A kitten for C-kun (preferably in my mind as something white or gray with lots of fur) and a small dog (like some of the 'teacup' chihuahua I've seen) for me. Not quite a menagerie, but something to hold. And well, feeding and caring for a pet daily is sort of what I do anyway. What do you think all the plants are. Lots of pets.

5. What's your favorite fabric?

I have a lot of gorgeous fabric here (including a few bits of purple rose-patterned velveteen), but the best fabric I ever saw was tapestry (upholstery) fabric at North End Fabrics (now out of business I think). It was black and golden brown in the background and decorated with bright metallic and red or blue dragons and peonies. I really wanted to buy the whole lot. I had this vision in my head of finishing my bookshelves by staining them with a dark wood staining or painting them with a black lacquer paint and then lining the tops and backs (like a runner going down the front of the shelves) of each shelf with fabric. But alas, the fabric was something like 22$ a yard (before sale/after sale I can't remember), so it stayed on the shelf.
Feeling like: cheerfulcheerful
Listening to: 93 and birds and keys
the name of dog: pandaenochs_fable on June 19th, 2003 01:06 pm (UTC)
cute icon. :)

What is a sakura? And why that motto?
Qarylla Windragarqarylla on June 19th, 2003 01:28 pm (UTC)
Sakura (cherry tree). You'd think I would remember to use the English more often.

As for the phrase. 1) it is all kanji. 2) it is one of the embodiments of Kenshin for me (the fight against evil/oppression/etc. though not to the death). 3) the leader of the Shinsengumi is hot in that subversive/not wholesome sort of way. 4) the kanji will match the other kanji I have on my body. 5) I just can't make myself be as fangirlish to have "Oro...." written on my back.

^_^; but I could see having oro written on both feet.... darn...
the name of dogenochs_fable on June 20th, 2003 08:20 am (UTC)
Ok, I need more translations. :)

The Shinsengumi? "Oro..."

A friend of ours has vines tattooed from the small of her back to the back of her neck connecting the kanji for (I think) "spirit" and "power."

I'd love to get tattoos if I could erase them when I changed my mind. But I love seeing other people's tattoos when they've obviously put a lot of thought into their selection.
Eeeekameranthi on June 22nd, 2003 08:23 pm (UTC)
I don't know if she already translated these for you or not...

Shinsengumi is a...gang is probably the best word, in Kenshin. Not sure what that translates to.

Oro just means "huh?" approximately. Again, it's a Kenshin reference. :)
Qarylla Windragarqarylla on June 23rd, 2003 07:42 am (UTC)
Umm, more information.

Gang is really inaccurate (and I have been trying to find more complete historical references for this).

Kenshin is historical Meiji-era shoujo manga (for the most part).

Shinsengumi is a political military group (referred to as Mibu's wolves or the 'police') that was said to support the revolutionaries (this is where I falter in my history), rather than the current Tokugawa regime (which is what the Ishinshi [sp?] support). The best book I have on Japanese history completely glosses over the Meiji restoration (all of 4 pages), so I am trying to find a history text that focuses on that time period.

More info forthcoming when I actually have a source book.
the name of dogenochs_fable on June 23rd, 2003 08:05 am (UTC)
Ok, so what's the reference?
Qarylla Windragar: shinsengumiqarylla on June 23rd, 2003 08:20 am (UTC)

It is an exclamation that Kenshin says when surprised, asked a question, hit on the head, etc.

It indicates a plethora of emotions with the primary ones being confusion and surprise. Sometimes the exclamation is used as a small addendum to a normal sentence to emphasize the the uncertain nature of the information (You want to go to eat, huh?) but often it is used where one would normally shout an expletive. (If I fell through a roof, I would probably just shout "Shit!" Well, Kenshin uses "OROouuuu!" - long and drawn out)