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Switch Witch Shotgun Valentine's Edition 2010 Questions!

I will update these as I can and add the link to my signature.   2/14 Are you following the Olympics? What's your favorite sport to watch? Would you be interested in merch? The Winter Olympics are fascinating, but I have been unable to watch because there is no sound on the channel carrying them for some reason and my apartment is in no condition to have someone come over and take a look at our cable! Merch would be okay! I like all sports, particularly Snowboarding!   2/13 These are a few of my favourite things: ...? My cockatiel Zephyr's head which smells like sunbeams and book-dust, hot black tea with sugar and milk, watching bad television with my boyflame, discovering a common interest with someone who you admire greatly, books that I buy on a whim and end up being phenomenal, blizzards, camping tent-less under the night sky, organized BPAL!   2/12 I love to decoupage/collage boxes and notebooks. If you were my witchee, would you like one? What colors/themes would you want it to have? Find cute pictures--inspire me (and other crafty witches)! This sounds lovely. I like Autumn themes or themes with cute but punky goth attributes, skulls and the like.   2/11 If you could have one "unselfish" wish (but personal) what would it be? I wish that I could pay off any debt from everyone in my immediately family and circle of friends.   2/10 If you had to choose SHOES or PURSES? Definitely shoes. My collection is just black shoes in various practical styles (with a couple of exceptions) but I still love shoes, particularly boots! Purses. I haven't purchased a purse in years. I have old ones that I rotate, and free totes that come with gift sets and my new job just gave me a bad-ass messenger/backpack thing that I've been using daily to trek in the snow.   If you could have 5mL of ANY ONE BPAL scent, what would it be? If I could only have one 5ml forever and no more? Swank! If I could have one scent right now? One of the dark Chocolate Lupercalias.   2/9 Who are your fantasy five? This is purely based on sexual factors not relationship factors: - George Cooper (Tamora Pierce books) - Gambit of the X-Men (Remy LeBeau) - Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly & Serenity) - Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan in Criminal Minds - a forumite turned me on to him) - Alessandro Juliani (Felix "Gaeta" in Battlestar Galactica)   2/8 Are there any books you particularly want to read that you don't mind being 2nd hand (or 3rd or 4th )? I don't mind anything secondhand (except gum). I want to read so many books, and I like personal recommendations, so if you've enjoyed a book and it needs a new home, I'm your woman. No romance novels, please!   Do you like gardening,growing vegetables, house plants? Need any small tools, seeds, labels? I do not have a green thumb. It's taken all my attentions to keep one small houseplant alive for a few years and I don't have a place to garden. My balcony is often inaccessible, but I guess I could put a planter out there if I really wanted to.   Are there any soundtracks you'd be interested in getting a copy of? Hmm, Sherlock Holmes, Sunshine Cleaning I can't put my name on one I really wanted. I'll try and come back and edit once it gets off the tip of my tongue and into reality.   2/7 Do you have any personal heroes / heroines and why? It sounds depressing but I really don't. There are many people I admire, but nobody I'd call my personal hero.   Are there any languages or countries that you're really interested in? Oh yes. Languages: Spanish, Sanskrit, Farsi, Japanese, German, Russian. Countries: Spain, Japan, New Zealand, Uruguay, and more!   If you could be in any fictional universe, what would it be? (Harry Potter, Firefly, Lord of the Rings, Silent Hill, wtv.) Ooo. My first instinct is always The 'Verse (Firefly), but now I'm thinking Lord of the Rings because the beauty is just stunning.   2/6 If you were a student at Hogwarts, what house would you be in? Ravenclaw!   I'm a space junky. Love anything galaxy, space, star, etc related. I'm even getting a milky way tattoo one day. And I am a total Star Trek geek. Anyone else? Yes. I was really into Astronomy for a while in high school. My mom spoiled my interest. She bought me a telescope, had a star named after me, gave me star charts and glow in the dark celestial bodies, and more. I still find it fascinating to think on and look upon the night sky.   (I don't believe that this is actually a question, I think there was discussion about it and then SultryWolf randomly bolded it and people started answering it so I'll put it here for reference but I just can't get behind this question) Severed fingers? What? Only if they are made of candy.   If you like tea, what are your favorite kinds? Fruity, sweet, chai, plain, black, green, red, white? See my survey!   What's your Patronus? Non-Potter fans, what's your Spirit Animal? Hmm. I'm going to have to go with the badger.   2/5 How do you feel about handmade stuffed animals? They are so special! I have some from previous witchings. They occupy special places in my heart and my home.   Are there any accessories you'd really like? (Keychains, little purses, etc.) Hmm, I need a new keychain! Something bright but not huge.   What are your favorite animals? All the big cats (cheetahs, jaguars, mountain lions), the peregrine falcon, and many more.   Is there anything you've had to give up that you really miss or want back? Maybe something a witch could help out with? Because of finances I've cut back on body butter (using a huge economy-sized Aveeno), sugar scrubs (I just use a nubby wash cloth) and jewelry. But anything goes!   2/4 Nightgown: Ooo, dark purple, dark turquoise or satiny black. Something with spagetti straps and a midlength to long hem. I love looking at vintage nighties on Etsy.   Flowers: I mostly like them in the ground. Birds of Paradise are my favourites, but they are also really the only flower I like to look at. For eating, however, candied violets are wonderful.   Vegan Baking: I mentioned this in my questionnaire, but I love vegan baked goods! I am an omnivore, but if you are vegan and want to bake me something, have at it!   Dog sweaters: No thank you. I do not have dogs and my cockatiel companion prefers his own coat of feathers.   Lip balm I love lip balm, especially since we're experiencing a particularly dry winter. Any lip balm is fine, though I'm partial to really soft melty sticks or pots, and I like natural humectants like honey, et cetera.   2/3 What color are your eyes? Chocolate Brown (this sounds more interesting than just 'brown').   If you had to choose a color for a nightie to sleep in what color would it be? Dark turquoise, plum purple, or silky black. Do you like guessing who your witch is, or would you prefer to know? Do you mind knowing? I don't mind knowing! I'm okay if my witch chooses to stay anonymous and I also enjoy clues, though I'm not the best detective.   If it's going to be obvious who your witch is, would you rather she played the ninja and sent one big box at the end, or smaller packages along the way? Whatever is appealing to my witch! Ninja antics are always fun.   I custom mix nail polish, a process called 'frankening'. If you were my witch, would you enjoy a custom 'franken', based on whatever colors/theme you chose? This sounds really cool actually.   How are we feeling about Burlesque In all ways good!   2/2 Would you like or accept an energetically-charged item or gift? Something that had power poured into it? If so, do you have a particular purpose that you'd prefer? (Love, protection, money, etc.) This would be welcome and appreciated. My focus right now is my health. I need some help there.   Do you have any significant upcoming events in your life you'd like something for? A child/yourself graduating from high school/college? Are you buying a new home or car soon? Moving in with someone/getting married? Taking a new job? Moving to a new part of the country/world? There is nothing so dramatic as this, however, I am visiting Switzerland to watch my younger sister graduate from University and I will be with all of my immediate family, some of whom I have not spoken to in a long while.   1/26-2/1 What is everyone's take on Valentine's Day? I have always loved Valentine's Day, and it has nothing to do with romantic love. My favourite color (generally, I go through phases) is red. Coca-cola-can red. Heart-shaped-box-o-chocolates red. I love being surrounded by it!   My mom always made V-day special. My little sisters's bedroom and mine both opened into either end of the dining room. On the center table, mom would make an ofrenda for each of us with a handwritten card telling us how much she loved us. Then there would be chocolates and occasionally flowers and usually a small gift or two.   So Valentine's Day to me has always been just about sharing the love: familial love, platonic love, self-love and never exclusively about romance or coupledom. My cynicism about romance and the greeting card and diamond industries trying to make this holiday about the material obligations of romantic love are tempered by my joy in all things red and chocolaty!   Do you like traditional Valentine's Day colors (red, pink, white, more?) ? I love Coca-Cola-can red. I like hot pink or deep dust rose, but NOT mixed with red or paired with it (as far as jewelry and clothing are concerned). The first 21 years if my life I loathed pink. But it's crept into my good graces for the past few, in moderation of course.   A Favorite love poem? I'm generally not much for poetry, although one of my childhood friends and several poets here on the forum have occasionally turned my head with their endeavors. Theodore Roethke remains my favourite poet, I think. Occasionally, Edgar Allan Poe. I like Roethke's "The Sensualists" although I suppose it could be argued that far from being a love poem it is one about lust and mortality. His better known work is one that's actually a love letter to his muse (so I discovered when I misinterpreted this and had to be corrected in front of my entire AP English class):   I knew a woman, lovely in her bones, When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them; Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one: The shapes a bright container can contain! Of her choice virtues only gods should speak, Or English poets who grew up on Greek (I'd have them sing in chorus, cheek to cheek.)   How well her wishes went! She stroked my chin, She taught me Turn, and Counter-turn, and stand; She taught me Touch, that undulant white skin: I nibbled meekly from her proffered hand; She was the sickle; I, poor I, the rake, Coming behind her for her pretty sake (But what prodigious mowing did we make.)   Love likes a gander, and adores a goose: Her full lips pursed, the errant note to seize; She played it quick, she played it light and loose; My eyes, they dazzled at her flowing knees; Her several parts could keep a pure repose, Or one hip quiver with a mobile nose (She moved in circles, and those circles moved.)   Let seed be grass, and grass turn into hay: I'm martyr to a motion not my own; What's freedom for? To know eternity. I swear she cast a shadow white as stone. But who would count eternity in days? These old bones live to learn her wanton ways: (I measure time by how a body sways.)   What's everyone's favorite semi-obscure (or underappreciated!) animal? Sugar Gliders! I wanted to get a few as companions, but then my boyflame and I adopted a cockatiel who needed a new home. What is your favorite sign that spring is coming? Robins going nuts for worms and the carpet of wild violets that springs up around here as if from nowhere. Do you like hand-knit Things? I love that which is knit (knitted?), particularly since I cannot knit, sew, et cetera. Yes, I am the dreaded Auntie-craft. icon_wink.gif   For those of you with pets, would you like pet things? Toys, treats, etc? I have one non-human companion right now, an elderly yet vivacious cockatiel. He loves millet but we give him plenty of it.   What's your favorite Love Story? Anything eccentric, unconventional, or odd.   Would anyone like receiving naughty/sexy things? Yay! ViolaVanWilde delighted me with some sexier gifts in a previous round and I revel in them! Nothing is too risque for me; you know, as long as it's somewhat legal. Who on the thread likes attending Ren Faires, SciFi/Comic Cons & the like? And do you dress up for them? I make a yearly pilgrimage to DragonCon and hit my local Ren Faire at least twice each Autumn. I LOVE to dress up and indulge in my fannish side.   Do you need any accessories for your phone, computer, mp3 player, etc.? No thank you. I do not have my own computer (my boyflame shares his), my MP3 player is all decked out, and I don't have a cell phone.   What are your feelings on gently used CDs/DVDs? Always! Unless it is stinky or useless, second-hand items will be loved! And don't feel cheap, it really is the thought that counts. Regifting to me is okay. icon_smile.gif First five songs on the "Top 25 Most Played" list on iPod. I haven't been listening to my iPod recently, but I found an old Wallflowers cd and have had that on rotation (their original, self-titled one).   Would you like a mix cd from your witch? Oh yes. I love to be enabled to music and as long as it's not country, soft jazz, or a cheesy older ballad, I'm game to try it out.   Are you interested in receiving gifts representative of Witch's country or culture? This would be very much enjoyed. I love to learn about different cultures and am very absorbed in learning about my own Spanish heritage.   Do you like candy? What kinds? Even though there are far grander chocolates with amazing and unusual flavours, lately I've been enamoured of/with DARK CHOCOLATE REESE'S. NOMMM. Oh, I like Conversation Hearts and Sweetarts and Smarties.   Do you play WoW? I have an addictive personality when it comes to RPGs on the net, so I stay away. I've never played, but I know I would love it! Would you like one of those Plush Microbes? Yes! Just nothing that sends the wrong message to my boyflame. What are your feelings on Mardi Gras? Yes! My sister lives in New Orleans and I've been there for the Mardi Gras pre-Katrina and at least one New Year's Eve. I particularly like the masks, but only if they are wearable! Would you like homemade sewn stuff? Any fabrics to avoid? Homemade sewn stuff would be awesome. I cannot craft at all. The only fabric I don't like is real fur (not just because of my personal politics, but it's often itchy).   Do you need any kitchen-related gadgetry? No need. I'm rarely to be found in the kitchen. Would you like new nail polish? I have a huge stash right now, but if you insist I won't complain! I don't like pinks or nudes, but anything else goes.   Do you like incense and/or scented candles, and are you able to burn them in your home? If so, what kinds of scents do you like? I'm good on incense and candles for now. I don't burn them often because cockatiels can be sensitive to fumes.   Boxes? For Bpal (bottles and/or imps) or otherwise Hmm. I received a lovely Halloween box last round but just discovered that my 5mls won't fit inside it so I'm using it for imp storage. So a bottle box that can fit like my top 20 or something would be fine if you have a hankering!   Would you use a natural sea sponge? I would indeed.   Are you interested in bacon chocolate? No bacon chocolate for me, please, but any other unusual flavours are good! I think everything except 'meat' and 'caramel' is a go for mixing with chocolate. Coffee, hot chocolate, or tea? Tea and Hot Chocolate! I like flavoured black tea, all herbal tea (except berry flavoured), and all white tea. Would you like some of my favorite recipes? No thank you. I do not cook or bake. I can make a salad or a sandwich. That's about it. Would you like posters, pictures, art? I am definitely not opposed.   Would you like soaps? Especially from Paintbox? And ESPECIALLY the Valentines Special Edition Soaps?? I would totally love the Limited Editions. I already purchased the GC.   New question--I'm calling this "could never happen in a million years": Your Witch is perusing the wares at a local yard sale. S/he looks down and sees [insert impossibly rare item that you've always wanted but could never afford] with a $5-10 sticker on it. Sheepishly s/he takes it to the guy behind the folding table. "Do you know what this is?" s/he inquires. The gentleman states that it belonged to his mother/sister/grandmother/Great Aunt Beulah and he thinks it's for, like, hair or something. With a trembling hand, s/hes pays the man and heads home with the inconceivable riches. So, what is this unobtainable miracle your Witch found? Now that I have Tamora Pierce on the brain, I'd like her paperbacks of the Alanna (Song of the Lioness) series when Knopf Fantasy did them in the early 90s. Here's the first. I can't find images of that same run (paperback) and their corresponding covers, they're not shown on her site.   Okay, I know that cover and byline looks MEGA-cheesy and cliche, but I promise, the author delivers. I want the cover for nostalgic reasons, not because it represents the story well. Do you like salted caramels? I do not like caramel anything. I like salt enough, though!   Imagine that someone hands you their wallet and sends you into a really good bakery. They have everything, from breads to brownies, cookies to croissants, anything you could imagine, and you're allowed to pick out five things for yourself. What do you pick? In no particular order: chocolate croissant, black bottom (black and white brownie/cream cheese cupcake), sugar cookies with hardened brightly-tinted icing, garlic sourdough bread, and a small, moist lemon poppyseed muffin.   It gets asked every round but sockdreams? Hell yes! Size 8 foot and I like all socks particularly with natural fibers but if the design is interesting I like synthetics as well.   Do you like alcoholic beverages? If so, what is your preference (beer, wine, liquor...)? I don't like alcohol. It is the personal mission of my older sister (professional bartender, she is) to find or invent a drink I won't wrinkle my nose at.   Are you into steampunk? Hell yes. For DragonCon last year, I went as SteamPunky Brewster.

Carmencita

Carmencita

 

SW Reveal Package Mix CD Playlist

1. "Finity" - Boards of Canada   2. "Cloud" - Fischerspooner   3. "Supersprøde" - Freezepop   4. "Vegas" - Calvin Harris   5. "Blue Skies" - Tori Amos   6. "In the Morning" - Junior Boys   7. "Dessous Chics" - Supersonic   8. "Wanna Be Startin Something" - 1L   9. "Satisfaction" Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain   10. "Hot in Here" - Jenny Owen Youngs   11. "Sins Can Swim Like This" - Sugarplastic   12. "Ondine" - They Might Be Giants   13. "That's Really Super, Supergirl" - XTC   14. "Universal Traveler" - Air   15. "Clowny Clown Clown" - Crispin Hellion Glover *   * My witch notes that this is the Crispin Glover of "Back to the Future Fame" (Marty's dad), and his middle name is, in fact, 'Hellion'.   I found that to be particularly awesome.

Carmencita

Carmencita

 

Switch Witch Questions Continued Autumn 2009

Does anyone have any symbols they consider to be personally significant or talismanic? Unfortunately, no. I keep seeking one.   Are there any Gods, Goddess, or other mythological figures of whom you're particularly fond? Nobody in particular. I sometimes think fondly of old Charon.   Super villain or vigilante? Which would you like to be? Which would you like to receive? I'd like to be a vigilante and receive a super villain. I don't completely understand this question, I'll admit.   What mythical or fantastic race of creatures (dragons, unicorns, griffins, elves, dwarves, faeries, etc.) do you most identify with, and why? Naiad, the type of nymph who presides over fountains, springs, wells, and brooks. Freshwater spirit. I'm a water baby, and I particularly like the clear smelling-of-stones water sources in the forest and the mountains.   How do you feel about Dia de los Muertos? Are you interested in sugar skulls? Catrina (or other) skeleton figurines? I love Dia de los Muertos. I love sugar skulls. I am constantly trying to become comfortable with the reality of mortality.   Do you have a favorite poem or poet? I don't like poetry much, but I do enjoy the occasional Theodore Roethke piece. My favourite by him would be either I Knew a Woman or The Sensualists (which I cannot find a direct link to).   Can you use pill boxes, a hard ID case, coin purse, etc? Any of the above. I'm looking for a vintage-style ornate pill box like the one Uma Thurman carries in her role in Gattaca.   Any songs you are desperately into at the moment? If You Want Me - Marketa Irglova (it haunts me)   What's autumn like in your neck of the woods? What do you love and/or hate about it? Autumn here is lovely and colorful with mild sun and chill breezes. The leaves turn. I grew up in California where they just browned, so I'm still in awe of all the rich hues of burgundy and marigold and rainbow sherbert trees. What's your favorite product(s) at Trader Joe's? Healthy junk food brownie bites.   If you're caught in front of the tv, what are you watching? M*A*S*H, House, other random things.   Any Amy Brown art fans? Not I. How do you feel about Halloween music? (mix CDs, what have you) I am in favor of Halloween music. I have a weird 80s mix cd of punk bands performing familiar Halloween songs and I someday will get around to obtaining a copy of the soundtracks for Sleepy Hollow and the Nightmare Before Christmas. Who else is reeeeeally looking forward to Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland? Yes. He was born to do a version of this. I have higher hopes for it than for that Chocolate Factory debacle. Is there a store that you love which does not have a location near you (but that has a physical presence somewhere, not just online? Why do you love it so much? Probably LUSH. I have several in my state, but they are inconvenient to me. I love LUSH because I cannot help myself. I have some complaints about the company and customer service, but I am entranced by their products. Well, some of them. Lolcats....yeah or nay? I chortle at many of these.   What is your favorite creepy folk story or legend? Hmm. I'm not certain. I have read many, but none sticks out as a particular favourite. I do like hitchiker ghost tales.   If your witch were to either write something for you or put together a collection of ghost stories, would you rather have it in writing, recorded as an oral telling, or both? Wow. Either, if my witch wanted to go to the trouble. Whatever they preferred. That sounds cool.   If you had the funds to comission an original painting for yourself, what would it be of? What would it be like- colors, size, style? All in shades of red. A forest. An ocean. The only painting I ever loved was a local artist in a local gallery. It was only $300. I was absolutely captivated by it. It was of a sea cove and it was all in varying shades of red, even the moon, though she was pale against the sky. The use of color was masterful. I miss that painting and never found out what happened to it. What's something you're really looking forward to in the semi-near future? The Renaissance Faire.   What fictional character do you most identify with and why? It's never a general sensation of identifying with a character. Certain elements of their personality might mesh with me perfectly, or there will be a moment of sameness and familiarity, but it never extends through the entirety of the book/story/film, et cetera, and so I don't feel like I could name someone here.   Could you use a 'travel' imp case? How many should it hold? Nah. I make do with others.   As a witchee, would you prefer to have many little packages sent to you throughout the round with a not-so-big final package or fewer things throughout the round with one huge final package to seal the sweetness? Whatever my witch prefers suits me just fine. I like to open things, so you could spread it out, but I also worry when it seems my witch is spending a lot on shipping, so you could send it all in one box. Your call.   What is your idea of the perfect evening at home? First, the apartment would be clean and organized. I would drink tea from a beautiful little cup and read from a tall pile of books while nuzzling fort-like sheets and blankets on the carpet.   Are you on any social networks (MySpace, Twitter, LJ, Facebook, Bebo, etc)? If so, make with the links! Are you open to new friends? I am on almost all of those except LJ. But I only really use Facebook, and not too often. You can use the email that was in my survey to find me on Facebook, but then wouldn't it reveal your identity?   What kind of socks? Mostly cotton, please! All kinds, long or short. Nothing super girly, please. How often do you update your wishlist? Rarely. But it rarely needs changing.   May I help you fill out your costuming wardrobe (assuming you costume)? Are there articles you are seeking to enhance your a) Halloween costume, Renfest attire, c) Cosplay, d) Steampunk accouterment? Ooo. I am looking for maybe a set of spats to help with my Steampunky Brewster costume. Or a replica of Carmen Sandiego's ruby necklace. Or a cheap but functional black bodice for Ren Faire; the latter I will probably buy myself.   So, who has a store or ETSY shop or knows of a shop of a fellow BPALer that everybody needs to check out? Many of these are already on my Etsy wishlist.   Who are your favorite artists/illustrators/art periods? I have no favourite artist. I do like some Impressionist stuff, and I am not a fan of modern/abstract except in very specific cases. What's your stance on cranberries? I'm for them! Craisins are love.   Do you mind receiving used (in good condition, of course) CDs or DVDs? (I know this question was on the questionnaire about books, but I didn't see one for DVDs or CDs.) That sounds lovely.   Do you have a crush on anyone famous? Do you have a crush on any literary characters? Would you like fanfiction or fan art based on this/these people? I am now visualizing a fan fiction piece about me and Gambit. Rawr. You're at home, or out, and you want a snack. Something that will get you through to the next meal, or through to the end of school or what ever. What do you grab? Yogurt.   Do you have a favorite bpal bottle art? The Smiling Spider.   Are there any decants from the Halloweenies, Literary Vampires, Gris Grimly, or Hellboy that you would be interested in receiving? Anything with apple or cider!   There has been a lot of talk about chocolate, but none about Candy! What is your favorite Candy? What candy do you hate? I do rather enjoy hard butterscotch candies, candy corn, and Sweetarts.   Do you have a Blu-Ray player? Not yet, but soon.   Do you have any objections to receiving downloads? Is your internet connection fast enough for you to download large files like music easily? Are there any songs, albums, movies, or TV shows that you can't find/haven't been released that you want? I think that all would be welcome.   What BPAL scent have you never tried but always wanted to? What scent have you tried and LOVED, and haven't been able to get more of and why? I have always wanted to try TKO and see if it really helps with sleeping. The scent I tried and loved is Moana. I have one bottle that is somewhat full, but I am always looking for (and never finding) more. I know we're all scent sensitive here. What are your favorite non-perfume smells? Day in the life stuff? My cockatiel's feathers smell amazing. I call that smell sundust. Sharpies, gasoline, fresh hay/straw and playdoh are always on my top ten.   Coffee drinkers, what types of beans to you like? Kona, Sumatra, Kenya..etc. How do you like them roasted? Do you like flavors, such as hazelnut, vanilla, etc. in your coffee? I'm not a big coffee fan. Although, someday I vow to obtain an espresso machine. I like making huge flavoured steamed milk drinks with just a dash of espresso. Who has a birthday falling in this round? I do! October 28th. Scorpios, sound off!   For those of us who like chocolate, do you like anything /in/ your chocolate, like fruit, nuts, or for the more daring among us, chilies? I had the most amazing peppercorn dark chocolate once on the way to Will Call and never fully recovered from the wonderment! I love things in my chocolate, though not as much with the nuts, more like fruit or pepper or chai. Mmm. chai chocolate.   Are there any childhood shows/movies/games/books/etc. that still hold a really special place in your heart? Where the Wild Things Are. This of course, was brought most recently back to my attention with trailers of the motion picture flitting about. Also the tried but true Neverending Story.   Super power? Invisibility. Always.   If I send you whole spices or coffee beans, would you be able to grind them or would you prefer them preground for your convenience? No coffee beans, please. All I would use them for is to clear my nose while smelling various BPAL.   For the tea and coffee drinkers: Opinion on tea- and/or coffee-related accessories/etc? (Teaware, sugar crystals, infusers, tea chests, etc)How do you take your coffee (or tea)? Black or with cream and/or sugar? I have always wanted my own supply of German Rock sugar. I love small tea spoons. I take my tea usually with honey, but depending on the style, I add cream. For instance, I almost never drink black tea without some sort of creamer. And I use sugar as opposed to honey with black tea.   Restaurants you'd like a gift certificate to on Restaurant.com? Use the zip code on my survey... - Bombay Grill - Cazabe Restaurant and Lounge - Frisco Grille & Cantina - Greystone Grill - Hickory Ridge Grill - Maruha Steakhouse In your perfect world it is chocolate and...? What? My world is chocolate? Mmmelty. How do you scent your home: tarts, reed diffusers, BPAL, candles? Since reading heavy scents can harm pet birds, I haven't been doing much. I leave tarts out unheated in certain corners of the apartment to sweeten the air.   What's your favorite dessert treat? Ice cream? Cake? Pie? Fudge brownie cake with pie flavored ice cream on top? CAKE. Storebought if it's chocolate cake with white and multi-color frosting. Otherwise, almost every type of cake. Gurgle.   Do you believe we control our destiny, or does our destiny control us? I think it's all chaos that we can occasionally interfere with.   What one thing that is missing from your life would you like to have above all else? Stability?   What was your favouritest job ever, and why? Today my current job is my favourite. I was listening to old Toad the Wet Sprocket songs while reading traditional Russian Fairy Tales. And I was supposed to do this! And I was getting paid! Although, one time I got to house sit at a place with a beautifully lighted swimming pool. That was pretty sweet.   Which three albums would you take to your apocalypse bolt hole and how would you power the generator? The soundtracks to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Vanilla Sky, and Down by Law and I would power the generator on a human-sized hamster wheel.   What GC scent have you been putting off getting since it'll "always be there"? Most of them. Too many to list here.   Any cooks? Could you use anything cooking related? Aprons? Cookbooks? Measuring Cups? Recipes? Herb/Spice containers? Fancy Spices? Dish Towels? Cocktail napkins? Amazing Beaded Pot Holders? (like from our very own Pottersville! ) Something else?   I do not cook and have only occasional interest in learning. I can always use more dish towels and pot holders though as I often destroy them! I also love spices and herbs in natural forms. Are you an avid reader? What's your favorite book/series? I am still an avid reader, though not as avid as I was before I had to work for a livin'. My favourite series is probably The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce, because it was my gateway drug to literature.   What's your favorite candy to stock up on at Halloween? Candy corn and those pumpkin-shaped candy corn things. Also miniature Mounds bars. What are your phobias? Very specific scenarios where loved ones or vulnerable ones are being hurt and I am helpless to come to their aid.   What is your favourite flower (or plant)? I'm rather fond of Birds of Paradise and Aloe Vera plants. Duct tape purses and wallets and things are pretty darned cool. Who else thinks so? Oh hell yeah.   An anonymous benefactor gives you $500 (or an equivalent amount of money in your currency of choice) with the following stipulations. You must spend all of it within a week: any money left unspent must be returned. You must spend at least half of the money on yourself. You may not use it to pay off debts or bills of any kind. What do you do with the money?   I would spend it all on me if it were $500. If it were several thousand I would share. Hmm, I'd probably secure a hotel room for next year's DragonCon with that money. That or buy myself a full spa day.   Who likes coloring books? Me, that's who.   Do you have a Good Reads profile? If so, make with the link! If you don't have one, go make one! I do not. Perhaps I will go do that later. Not tonight, though. It's late. You're in the kitchen at the end of a pay period and groceries are pretty scarce. Do you take the five ingredients you find first and make something fabulous, or do you order take out? Take out or starve as I cannot cook.   If you could decorate/redecorate any 1 room in your home, what would it be and how would you decorate it? I would completely redo the spare room and turn it into a Firefly/Serenity sanctuary. Any rabid sports fans out there? What teams do you root for? I always support Spain for soccer and Spain or the USA for Women's Water Polo. But I only really watch the Olympics.   What's your favorite animal? (You can have more than one.) Peregrine falcon, fanged frogs, R.O.U.S.s (they do exist).   This is how the world ends... zombie apocalypse, robot uprising, alien invasion, return of the elder gods... which doomsday scenario do you prefer (or make your own!)? Alien invasion! If hostile, it might be the only thing to unify all peoples in our world, if friendly, they may help us clean up our act and save the planet!   In the year 2525... if man is still alive... what sort of future do you imagine? (apologies to anyone who gets that song stuck in their head!) I think we'll all be extinct and there will be a fantastic menagerie of creatures on the planet thrivign without us.   Do you believe in magic (or magick, if you prefer)? What does it mean to you? I do believe in magic, but I don't know what that means or how to describe it. If you found the puzzle box from Hellraiser, what would you do with it? ( and would you be able to resist playing with it? ) I never saw Hellraiser! Though I met the pinhead at DragonCon!   Do you like pinup art/images? Yes. What are your plans for Halloween? Have you made any yet? Do you have any traditions? I requested off work, so we'll see. I will try and find a party to join or a place where I can gift trick-or-treaters.   Who are your BPAL forum buddies? You know, people I could conspire with to Witch you! I am grateful to have many I might use that term for, but here are a few: Greylen, Wildbriar, Eoywin, Schackjj, Aquazoo, Beneathglass (just kidding)....   What is your favorite color? Usually red. Coca-cola can red. The past year, however, it's been deep green/blue turquoise.   Any other steampunk fans/lovers? You know it! I was SteamPunky Brewster at DragonCon.   Describe your ideal picnic lunch. Where would you go? Who (if anyone, and yes there can be multiple people) would accompany you? What sort of food would you take? And, of course, if a picnic lunch sounds like a horrible idea, feel free to say so! I'd take a picnic lunch to the Yuba River. I'd eat green seedless grapes, sharp cheddar cheese, extra sour sourdough bread, Martinelli's sparkling cider, and I would go alone to swim in the evening air!   Any Gamers here? What kind? Board games? RPG? Miniature? MMORPG? I used to game in many platforms and ways, but I abstain now. I got addicted too easily.   Is anyone playing this round of SW into ABJ? (asian ball jointed dolls) No, but that sounds interesting.   What is your favorite Halloween icon? Stellans SwitchWitch ones for this round!   Imagine that you're given a shoebox-sized time capsule, and you are asked to put any number of items in the box that symbolize who you are. The items can be may be anything you can imagine, and money is no object, but they must fit within the box. Which items do you choose? A silver acorn, a book of fairy tales, a costume sword, a wax seal complete with blood red sealing wax, a medieval gown, junk food, and the complete set of Firefly DVDs.   Are you involved in any long-term, ambitious project? something like decorating your house or saving for a trip to the other end of the world, for example. Not really.   Favorite kind or take out kinda burger? Whats your burger preference? Veggie,meat or ???? BK sourdough burger sans bacon and cheese. This is very hard to find, but apparently they sell it in Baltimore or DC.   Whats your favorite childhood toy? Jacob's Ladder, Jenga, a repaintable doll house.   If you have a pet, what kind of gifts would be good for them? Neon green, fluffy, cottony scraps of fabric, millet sprays, non-toxic ring-shaped objects. Do you Tweet? What is your Twitter name? I occasionally tweet. I'm Carmelonia on there.   Are you on Ravelry? What is your Ravelry name? Nah.   What are everyone's favorite Halloween-y/Autumn-y/spooky movies? Are there any you don't own but would like to? Nightmare Before Christmas, Sleepy Hollow, Halloween (orig), Lady in White, Hocus Pocus, The Bad Seed... Are roasted pumpkin seeds and home made chex mix the best fall snack foods, or what? I don't know if I've ever had roasted pumpkin seeds; sounds good. Chex mix is kind of meh to me.   Whats your favorite pie, my dear SW's? Strawberry rhubarb.   What kinda socks ar you wearing tonight? I am barefoot.   Do you like socks? Blankets? Wrist warmers? Arm warmers? Headband? Shawl? Or what kind of knitted thing would you love the most? I like all those things!   How do you feel about ghost stories? Do you like to tell the old tales around a campfire? Read true accounts on the web way past your bedtime? Do you like to pick up a good anthology of Poe stories on a blustery day? Or is all that too scary for you? I love all of that. Being scared makes real life seem less frightening. Who here is LOVING Warehouse 13? Bwah? Is that like District 9?   Nother question! Coffee or Tea? Tea, naturally.   Interested in locally produced products? Food, skincare or both?Olive oil? Lavender oils or soaps? All of the above.   Does anyone in here wear a lot of dangly earrings or collect pendants of all kinds?? How about hair clips or pony tail band things? Yes, yes. Precisely. Those snap open and shut hair clips are fun too. I always wear dangly earrings and collect pendants like they're going out of style. What is your favourite historical period? I don't really know now. I like the romantic elements of portions of history more than the actuality of them.   What other hot beverages everyone likes for fall? Spiced cider, tea, hot cocoa. Did you order anything from the most recent update? No! And I want almost all of it. I am broke.   Vampires or Werewolves? Or some other monster? Psychic vamps.   What sort of odd or regional foods do you crave? Black pepper, lemon juice, and salted butter on sourdough bread.

Carmencita

Carmencita

 

Beneathglass has many Pseudonyms

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Carmencita

Carmencita

 

Summer Switch Witch Condiment

***7/3-5*** Do you play any musical instruments? Which ones? If not, are there any you'd like to learn? What styles of music do you play, and are you interested in learning any different styles?   I have this quiet dull yearning to learn ocarina. Yes, because of Legend of Zelda.   Are you partial to any kind of comedy?   Dark comedy as can be found in Heathers and the like. Also absurdist comedy like from NewsRadio.   What did you do for the 4th and/or the holiday weekend?   I made hamburgers for the very first time and enjoyed a day off of work.   Partials, samples, sniffies?   Oh all the way!   Have you read anything by China Mieville, Neil Gaiman or Charles de Lint? If so, what? Like/dislike...?? I don't like de Lint at all. Neil Gaiman I've read a couple of things, but I would like more. His newest stuff I haven't even touched yet. I am unfamiliar with China Mieville.   Other than books/cds/dvds are there any "things" that you collect or symbols which you have an affinity for?   I think I already covered this on my survey, but I collect wigs in unnatural colors and anything to do with the television series Firefly or its corresponding feature film Serenity.   As far as a symbol? I'm still looking for one. Do you like musicals? What have you seen? What do you want to see? Any you'd like to own?   I like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Buffy's Once More With Feeling and Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog. I also wonder if I would like Sweeney Todd, but I've never seen it.   What are your thoughts on J.R.R. Tolkein?   Is that spelled correctly? Anyway, I'm a sucker for anyone who makes up their own languages. I've only read part of the Lord of the Rings series though. I did see all the films, which I liked well enough.   If you answered that you would like recipes, are there any national or ethnic cuisines you prefer or don't prefer?   No recipes please, as I really cannot cook, but I do like Spanish cooking. If you find some inexpensive, but natural saffron, I'll be your slave!   What's your favorite summer activity?   Nightswimming! But I rarely get a chance to do so anymore. My gym used to have a 24 hour pool, one that was open outdoors in the summer. Now it's just open until midnight, which is too early for me (night owl here).   Would you like a recipe booklet (homemade) for homemade smoothies and shakes?   Please no! It would only be ignored or if I decided to chance it, 'twould only result in a mess in my kitchen and some inedible byproduct.   What's your favorite vacation spot?   Costa de Sol, Spain and the Yuba River.   Would you like anything nostalgic? Things you loved from their childhood or maybe things you've always loved that were from a time before your own?   Nostalgic? Well, I sort of wear fairy wings and play with face paint and read children's books, so I'm kind of caught in nostalgia either way. I do miss slap bracelets....   ***7/2*** What styles of jewelry do you like? Bold and funky? Delicate and dainty? Short necklaces, long ones, chokers? Bracelets or anklets?   I covered this in my survey, but to sum up: I like bold an funky and Kawaii-ish. Cutesy and brightly-coloured, and also elegant and dark and gothic. I like short necklaces or ones no longer than 18" (the chain at least). Chokers me likes. Bracelets and anklets, no!   Does my witchee like hats, a floppy summer sun hat or something more stylish? Would you like a hand knit cap or hat?   I love hats! Any kind except please no bonnet styles or a baseball caps. I already have a Jayne hat though. What kind of shopper are you? Do you make a budget? Planner, or compulsive? Do you like to buy what's new, special offers, only the usual?   I can never do a budget, but I am trying to plan and prioritize more. TMI: I went for several years rotating the same two bras (one black, one white) because I kept putting off buying new ones and instead, spent the money on hair accessories, cosmetics, and bath products. Luckily, I had some money recently and Victoria's Secret had a sale, so I landed three new pretties!   ***7/1*** Non-melting candies....what are your favorites?   Butterscotch hard candies and sour patch kids (those don't melt much, right?).   What are you happiest about (besides SW)? What makes you feel good this summer? Any summer?   I'm happy to have a roof over my head and cheesy television playing in my bedroom, and a cupboard of indulgent products, and LOADS OF BOOKS! Nothing in particular makes me feel good this summer, but I don't feel down either. I'm not a fan of the humidity, but fortunately, we haven't had too many unbearable days yet this season. Do you like coffee and/or wine?   Not really. I like the way coffee beans/grounds smell, however.   What are your thought on World Market?   Umm, the website? I like to browse it, sure. If you are a dog lover, or gigantic dog nerd like I am, would you like any breed-related items from this site? If so, which breed(s)?   I like canines well enough, but have never known any very well. I would like one someday, but not in the near future.   A witch wants to cheer you up. What are we cheering you up from? In other words, what are the most pressing problems you're facing right now?   General feelings of inadequacy and occasional frustrations with financial matters. Also, things at work have been really rough lately, on both a personal and professional level. But I have a good support system and I keep training myself on how to deal with life's little curve balls. Nothing of terrible calamity has happened to me nor mine recently, so I really can't complain too much.   Who out there is equally challenged and would appreciate icons/banners as witchy gifts?   Ooo. I'd be game. Something to do with Firefly or Tamora Pierce, or just something you think of now getting to know me from my survey. I have enough icons right now though, so no pressure. Just if you feel inspired.   Lip balm?   Not in a jar, but otherwise, yum, yum. I'm into natural balms with nourishing ingredients.   What's that one thing you keep meaning to get but keep forgetting or passing over?   New pillowcases!   ***6/30*** Have you any desire to read Hannibal?   Like Hannibal Lecter? Meh. I'm good. It's not a high priority on my reading list right now.   If your witch goes to Convergence (or is bestest friends with someone, same thing), is there anything you'd love to have?   Perhaps a fascinator? Or a silk bookmark? Or something sparkly and spooky.   Are you freaking out over any of the discontinued scents, dear fellow Witches?   - Madrid - Succubus - Marianne   I won't be heartbroken if I cannot get them though... I have a feeling they'll be resold/swapped in the future.   For those candy loving witchees. Are there any 3 that u love and would like more of?   Mounds! Sweettarts. Sour strips.   And, are there any 3 that u just cannot stand and would not like any of?   No caramel please. And I'm not too keen on candy with nuts. Also, no grape.   Do you have an electric stove, and would you like a bowl and tarts to use the residual heat (and for extra safety)?   I have a gas stove. I already have a tart warmer, and plenty of tarts, so don't trouble yourself on that end. What is your favorite classic fairy tale or children's story ?   Probably the Maid Maleen. Sorry there are no paragraphs in that one, but I believe it's verbatim and the version I liked. I don't know why I liked this tale. Perhaps because of what she accomplished with her handmaid without any help. It's not a hugely inspiring or distinctive tale, but I liked it nonetheless.   What of the summer update (Egyptian, Lawn Ornaments, etc.) appeals most to you?   I'm so out of it, I haven't even checked it out yet! With all this talk of chocolate, do you prefer milk or dark?   Dark, dark, dark.   ***6/29*** Do you like coconut?   Indeed!   Puddin' posts ebay sales of older stuff every now and then - what of the current lot are you dying for?   I'm always on the prowl for more Punkie Night   Do you tweet?   Yes. I'm carmelonia there. Say you're from BPAL and I'll add you.   What kind of mythology are you interested in?   I have no particular leanings. I like it all. I find it all of interest.   ***6/28*** Which flavors are you interested to try from the Chocolate Research Facility?   Those with pepper and those with mixed fruits. Almost everything on their site, except for the coffee and alcohol ones.   Do you wear makeup or nail polish? Need brushes, containers, storage, mani/pedi supplies? What colors and brands do you like? I like bright colors and metallics, from cheap brands to OPI. Admittedly, I have tons of nail polish right now, and I fear I won't wear it all before it hardens with time. I love cosmetics and like cheap brushes (or fine paintbrushes you can purchase at art stores and they are much cheaper than cosmetic brushes). I love crazy bold and bright or dark eye shadow colors, any brand, although I'm a fan of small mineral makeup companies and Back to Earth on Etsy.   Do you like shiney hanging porch decorations like windchimes or those things that spin and swirl in the wind?   No thank you. Someday I'd want some, but as of now, my balcony is inaccessible.   Hair adornments?   I loved those little gems that had velcro on the back that you could just place in your hair. They were big in the late 90s/early 00s. I can't find them now.   Is there any infomercial product you're dying to try even though you know it probably sucks?   I already have a PedEgg, which I like. And Smooth Away only works on legs, no other area. I'm curious about cleaning and bonding products though, so if you have a free sample sitting about, I'd take it off your hands.     What are your favorite websites (besides this one, and the online shops you listed in your questionnaire)? www.bustedtees.com, and Anthropologie and Free People.   I love slaughtering time at websites like: www.fmylife.com and all the post secret communities. We have so many talented witches and they really need to promote themselves more so, if you made something by hand for a previous witchee or have an etsy store or some other outlet for hand made goods, will you post it here with pictures or links? Or, if you want to brag on a previous witch's talent, this is the place for that as well.   I can make nothing. Except sandwiches! If you could make your perfect scent (or at least most desired at the moment!) what would be in it?   Spiced cider, black pepper, cardamom   or   Sea Salt, white pepper, mint   So I have a question for the witchees, and hopefully mine will answer as well...In trying to decide what to fix for dinner, I thought that I've received some great recipes from friends (particularly the culinary mastermind that is scotchgrrl). I also have a few great recipes of my own. So would anyone like to receive some original, or very much loved recipes from his/her witch?   I cannot cook, so please, no recipes.   List things you DO NOT need any more of:   I do not need more:   - candles - tarts - soap (unless you highly recommend it or make it) - eyeshadow - journals (unless they're really unusual) - stuffed animals   ***6/27*** Is there something that would offend you if you received it in your mail/gift/email)? (as in profanity, a bad words in an email/card/music ... or a card or something with a scantily dressed man/woman pictured on it, crude/immature humor tshirts, etc ...)   I don't think I could be offended by anything a witch would give me. Have at it!   What do you like to snack on? - Pringles - Green seedless grapes - Applesauce - Dried Fruit - Sugarless gum   What is the color scheme you use most when you decorate?   My boyflame established it. Lots of forest greens and dark burgundy and gray. The walls are a slightly-off white. It works.   If you have music or DVD's on your wishlist, do you mind getting a burned copy? How about if it is original packaging but previously used? Or do you only want it new?   I love music recommended to me by others. Any form is acceptable and appreciated!   Who is your favorite artist? What are some of your favorite pieces of their work? Dzigurski I guess.   Are you a candles person, incense person, or just a BPTP spritzer for room scents? What is your favorite latin or faux latiny phrase?   At the moment I have too many candles and incense I never use. I love BPTP spritzers! Nothing floral, though.   ***6/26*** How are you doing for BPAL storage? Need any boxes?   I'm pretty good there. Is there any place you've visited where you feel like you left your heart there?   Spain. Costa del Sol. What one item would you just love to have that is made by a Switch Witch?   Something that s(he) likes to make.   Is your abode a palace covered in fur, a disaster area ,or a neat freaks delight?   My dream abode is cold and dark and clean. In reality, my place is warm and messy.   Are there any phobias you have that you absolutely, positively, do NOT want anything from your witch referencing?   Nah. Are you a good witch or a bad witch?   Do I have to choose? I'm a good switch witch and a bad hedgewitch.   What kind of a car do you drive and would you want something you could use in your car? Rear view mirror charms, steering wheel covers (a new thinkg for the knitters ), car blessing medicine bags?   I don't have a car. My boyflame does, but I don't decorate it for him. Aside from encouraging him to put a bumper sticker on that says, "My Other Car is a Firefly".   Do you want to know when you have something coming in the mail, or would you rather it be a complete surprise?   It can be a surprise. It's up to my witch. I'd been keen on either.   What is your mailbox situation? I have a PO BOX that I visit at least four days a week as it is on my way to work. If you want to use a delivery service that does not send to PO boxes, let me know and I'll give you an alternative mailing address.   ***6/25*** Are you interested in Tarot or Tarot art?   Not directly. But I'm curious now.   What would you think of soap samples/shampoo bar samples? (I believe the latter can be used as soap if you are not shampoo bar inclined). Or other sample sized bath/beauty products, for that matter?   I love sample sizes! I have a lot of soap bars right now, so unless you think it's really good, I don't need more bars of soap, but other items, sample size is awesome because then I can transport it easily.   What about burnables as in candles, tarts and/or incense?   I'm good there. I don't need any of those.   Who knits? Do you also spin and dye? What supplies, that you wouldn't buy for yourself, would you just love to have for that activity?   I can do nothing with fiber arts. Or other arts for that matter. I admire greatly those who are crafty like that.   Do you like coffee? Whole bean or ground? Bold/Medium/Mild roast? Not really. I'm a hot cocoa girl m'self.   So you have enough socks and wraps... (shush, VCW!) Are there any other knitted goods you might like? Lap blanket? Fingerless gloves? Arm warmers? Little knitted animals? Silk scarf? Head band? Wrist cuff? Dish clothes?   I need more socks and wraps. All the other things sound lovely! Except the knitted animals, which I don't desire.   ***6/24*** Are you obsessed with honey? If so, is there a particular kind you like best? Spun honey, flavored honeys, certain types of honey....etc.   I love Hawaiian white honey and Tupelo honey, and Greek honey, and flavoured local honey. All kinds really!   What are your favorite materials? Or material things? Some people like jewelry, some like woods, some plants...   I like woods and papers and fibers and jewelry and everything really.   Is there anything you've been wanting to learn that your witch might be able to help you with?   I'm not in a place to take on more things to learn at the moment. Posters, yes or no?   Okay! What are your favorite animals? Or, what animals resonate strongly with you?   I like peregrine falcons, spiders, snakes, cheetahs, pumas, hyenas, ravens, rabbits, frogs... I like almost everything really.   Are there any historical figures you are particularly interested in - say, that you'd enjoy reading about, or movies, etc.?   Not really. Whoa. Maybe I should read more history.   What, if anything, are you earwormed with right now?   Crowing- Toad the Wet Sprocket What scent are you wearing right now, if any?   Punkie Night!   ***6/23*** Anyone reading an amazing book right now? It's okay. I just finished 'Not in Kansas Anymore' which is a study of 'How Magic is Changing America'.   What socially respsonsible site would you recommend to ALL Witches?   Er.... I dunno. HRC?   What is your favorite anime, or if you don't like that what is your favorite animated series?   Anime: Serial Experiments: Lain (but you can enable me to others as I haven't watched much Anime)   Animated series: X-Men   Do you like villians that are funny because they are meant to be, or are you like me and love the villian that just can't seem to get his evil schemes to work?   Oh I'm all for Wile E. Coyote or however you spell it. And Sylvester.   Tea. How do you feel about it?   I have a lot right now, but pumpkin spice tea is very, very welcome. Also tea with lavender. No green tea, no rooibos, please. Would my future witchee like to receive steampunk style jewelry?   Hell, yes, that would be welcome! Does your feline like catnip?   She does, but she doesn't live with me so... not a good idea.   Salt soap bars (soap made with a large quantity of salt, like salt-scrub-in-a-bar)?   You know what I said about having too much soap? I'll MAKE room if you send me salt soap! How would you feel about homemade jelly/jam from home-grown berries?   That sounds positively delish. Homemade dill pickles? Made from cukes, beans, snap peas, baby zucchini?   Eh, not so much. I'm a very, very occasional pickle-eater   ***6/22*** Based on Prior Carnivale act prototypes...which one are you truly excited about?   None, really. Feel free to enable me!   Would it bother you if you are not the first person to receive the same gift? Imagine a Witch who always sends her favourite book, for example.   No, I like personal 'signature' touches like that   Pets: What do you have, and do they need/want anything?   Zephyr likes anything soft and bright green.   Does anyone play video games? What platform(s)? Are there any new or vintage games you would like?   I have an N64 and nothing new. I don't play video games that often.   Twilight fans, would you be interested in any products from this Etsy seller? If so, add the items you like to your Etsy favorites and make sure your wishlist is posted somewhere for your witch.   I like Twilight snark, not Twilight fandom. I'm intrigued by the crazy following it has. So I'm okay with Twilight stuff, but nothing too gooey.   Are you in need of decanting supplies, wand caps, or other scent-related paraphernalia?   Ooo, wand caps.   ***6/20-21*** Are there any single notes (likely non bpal) that anyone is dying to have/try?   Spearmint if it exists?   net flick or the likes gift subscriptions? A month of Netflicks vs a DvD?   I have Netflix already and like it.   Adorable Japanese characters?   Definitely, but in moderation. Batz Maru is chill.   My fiance sent me an early dvd rip of Coraline that he was given (pretty sure it's not been released yet, but I sometimes have a hard time keeping up) and I was wondering if anyone would like a copy of it?   Nah, I will wait for it to come out.   Do you collect dolls or miniatures? What kind? Do you like to get new clothes or items for them?   I collect neither. Although I find miniature props interesting.   If you were to make a seasonal mix CD for this summer, what would you name it?   Switchwitchery! Not very creative, but apt.   Would you like any recycle/upcycle supplies for your crafting?   I do not craft, but I like recycled stuff!   Is there a program you might have missed or show you love which is gone from the airwaves which might be found (or burned) for you by a Witch?   Bramwell Profit Do you play any online games, like World of Warcraft? If so, what server do you play on, what's your character's name, etc.?   I don't because I'm afraid if I ever tried it I would get addicted. Severely addicted. Would anyone like bath bombs or bath melts scented with one of their favorite Bpal scents? I do these for myself sometimes and find them to be quite enjoyable.   That would be lovely.   Would you like homemade cinnamon buns or sticky buns?   Nah, only because I think they wouldn't travel well in the hot summer USPS.   Is there anyone here that likes Hello Kitty or any other Sanrio Characters?   Somewhat.   Any non NZ or Aus witchee that I get gets Tim Tams, OK?   Bwah?   ***6/19*** For non-US witches: is there anything from the US you'd love that you can't get where you live now?   N/A If someone outside the US can get me lemon fanta I would be a slave.   How many potential witchees have an iPod, or download MP3s?   I have a currently non-functioning photo iPod.   ***6/18*** Are there any of the BPTP bath oils you adore (particularly ones that you cannot get anymore). What about the room sprays?   Anything ice or snowy.   How would you feel about an ultra-girlie shawl or wrap in summer-weight (lace)?   Summer breeze, makes me feel fine... this sounds really cool. What would you think of hand-dyed items?   I would think, oooo. I would be all impressed-like. So, I hear you don't like lacy wraps! How do you feel about hand-knit socks?   Want!   ***6/17*** What kinds of crafts does everyone either enjoy making or enjoy getting? Do you have a certain type of handmade item that you love to collect? Socks, boxes, jewelry, dolls etc?   Handmade socks, handmade jewelry is cool too.   Clearly, vegans are not into soaps with honey or milk, etc. But, if you're NOT a vegan how would you feel about soaps made with emu oil? Squicked out/concerned about animal cruelty, or willing to try them?   I'm willing to try.

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Books I've read in 2009

Beedle the Bard Ender in Exile The Persian Girl All the Twilight crappy crap Not in Kansas Anymore - Wicker The Theory of Everything In Cold Blood Leaves of Grass Catch-22 The Beach The Stress Cure The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted Bloodhound Seven Experiments That Could Change the World

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Questions I Want Answers To

Do Vegans wear pearls?   What's the best way to get rid of fruit flies without killing them?   How do you stay clutter-free without adequate storage for your belongings?   Why do I continue to read the Twilight series?   Where can I find advice on modern day social etiquette for weird girls (such as myself)?   Can squirrels be domesticated?   Which is better? Laptop or Desktop?   How do you politely, but firmly call someone on it when they use the term 'gay' as a negative adjective?

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SW Questions (not answered yet)

Do you like honey? Will you like to try creamy honey with black sesame or with cinnamon powder? This sounds amazing. I love creamy honey. Actually, I love any kind of honey. I use it on plain yogurt, for tea, and sometimes as an ice cream topping.   What cartoons did you grow up watching? Any animated shows you still watch? I used to watch Gargoyles, X-Men, Batman, Animaniacs, and others.   Who are your forum friends, person or people your witch can contact for ideas? Greylen, Stellans, DenMother, Wildbriar   Are you planning on buying anything off your BPAL wishlist during the round? No. I specifically left things off my wishlist that I might buy for myself, so my wishlist is all up for grabs.   Which witches would want Bpal boxes? Or imp cases? Maybe an imp case (portable little one), but I'm all set on boxes.   Houseplants and/or things to put them in: thoughts? I have managed to keep a money tree alive for several years, but I'm still convinced I have a black thumb. I would take a new pot for my little money tree (doesn't need to be larger than 6 inch diameter) but I don't need one necessarily. No living green things though. I will kill them.   Do you read graphic novels/comics? Which ones? I read the Serenity ones, and Spiderman ones. I've wanted to get my hands on the ones that Joss Whedon wrote for the X-Men.   How about everyone else-what jewelry do you wear everyday-or do you change jewelry all the time? Lately, I've been wearing a Serenity piece that Stellans gave me and also my Fleur de Lis pendant and chain that my sister got me from a street vendor in New Orleans.   How about a short - or longer - piece of fanfic? Usually I hate fanfic, but if it was written by my witch herself I would be THRILLED. Maybe something involving Firefly or Twilight. Slash welcome; again only if written by my witch.   What is the weirdest and/or most practical thing you are not buying for yourself right now? It's not weird but it's practical. Storage and organizational things like files.   Would you like handmade piece of calligraphy as a gift? Oooo. I so cannot do calligraphy so I have great admiration for those who can.   How do you feel about homemade pet treats? I feel a little nervous about homemade cockatiel treats because so many different foods that are harmless to other animals can kill them.   Gifts for SO? If you really wanted to. But Eric doesn't lust after anything material other than books.   Lush you are lusting after? Any and all non-super-floral bath bombs! Also, their Breath of Fresh Air toner.   If you have children, would you want something included for them? Not applicable.   Are you lusting after anything from Villainess? Any smooches or body butters. Anything dessertlike or fruity.   Bubble bars or bath bombs? Both? Neither? Bath bombs!   How you feel about the single mug tea filters? The kind that have a mesh or ceramic filter that fit right it the mug? Love these. I have one already though.   Shoe size? 8 1/2 (U.S.)   CD scents I am interested in/hoarding? Really anything except for Theodisius (sp?)   Melty vs non-melty treats? Melting is not a problem as it is cold here and probably will stay cold for several months.   Socks? I love socks but can rarely find 100% cotton.   What I covet at the checkstand: Orbit sugarless gum. Butterfingers. Starburst.   Is any witchee opposed to "naughty" gifts? If no opposition where is the line drawn? I am all for the naughty. Anything that is legal is okay by me.   Maple syrup: Y/N? Oh yes.   Who are your favorite Disney characters? Jack the Pumpkin King, Zero.   So what's everyone's favorite BPTP nail color? Blood Countess  

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meh

I have been awake for over an hour, but the boyflame is fast asleep, and my pet bird, Zephyr, who is usually crying to be let out of his cage at this time of day, was silent this afternoon. I lifted his cage cover and after long minutes of being mostly unresponsive to me he tried to bite me through the cage. Grumpy. So, since he is so sleepy and obviously miffed at having his cover removed (even though it's 3pm here), I recovered him, turned out the lights, and am now restlessly shifting in my computer chair. I don't like being silent and stuck in one place at the beginning of the day. I'm hungry, but making food would wake the bird again. My apartment is a mess, but I cannot clean it yet with the boyflame asleep. And no, the mess is not his. He was neat and organized before I met him. Now 99% of the clutter and mess in the apartment is my doing, so I don't think it unfair for me to be the one who cleans the apartment. I generally don't touch his stuff. We do our own loads of laundry as well.   You would think me sleeping in until 2pm would alleviate the worry of waking anyone. But we're all night owls here, except my job keeps me from being able to completely live the night lifestyle, since at least half my shifts necessitate me waking up at 8am, which, yes, is early for me.   My muscles are sore and my head is foggy. I have to get up early for work tomorrow, so already I feel like my day is half gone and I haven't even had a sip of water yet or accomplished anything other than reading the Winternet news headlines and catching up on my BPAL. I feel dehydrated but what I want most is a mug of tea, and that will only dehydrate me more.   Why do I feel like dren? My ears are plugged, my sinuses blocked, and my breathing labored due to this frelling cold I can't shake. I have now had these symptoms (congestion of sinuses, ears, and lungs) for over a year. I have only been able to afford visiting a doctor once, who said it was an ear infection and gave me a prescription strength decongestant and a bottle of antibiotics that did absolutely NOTHING. I have never had to deal with any kind of physical weakness for so long and it seems to be putting my life on hold.

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Serenifly Tree

Kaylee: She is a mechanic and an engineer who loves strawberries, so a wrench, hammer, grease can, strawberry, or toolbox ornament would suit her.   Jayne: He is a mercenary, so a gun, a holster, a jayne hat, boots, or something like that would be good.   Book: He is a preacher. Well, books. Or prayer bead garlands, or a cigar (he likes cigars)   Inara: She is a Companion, so anything fancy or Indian or Eastern would be good. A lipstick, a necklace, a lute ( I think she plays)   Wash: He is a pilot and a goof. Hawaiian shirts and toy dinosaurs!   River: She is childlike and ethereal and strange. A rag doll, or anything weird... ooo a mind-bent spoon   Zoe: She is hardcore. A gun, A mustache (fan joke)   Mal: He is the captain. A gun, boots, a spaceship   Simon: A doctor's stethoscope (sp?), glasses, etc   General: Christmas balls that look like planets, western-themed stuff like little tin cups, or leather saddles, ornaments in red, yellow, and orange (the Serenity logo's colors), and Chinese-themed ornaments.

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Concerning the Title...

Ambition. It does'nt shame me to say that I have none. Aside from a general desire not to be a burden on anyone and to be a positive (or at least entertaining) influence in my community, I have no drive, no lofty goals, no metaphorical mountains to peak.   Naturally, it would be nice to be wealthy, or at least financially comfortable, but it's not a big priority in my life. As long as I can still afford BPAL every once in a while (and books, and the odd costume), I don't mind living paycheck to paycheck.   Don't get me wrong. I have passions in life. In these veins flows fiery dedication to certain pursuits. But there is nothing I could make a career out of. Or even successfully volunteer at.   I love to juggle (stage balls, chiffon scarves, pins, even torches), but though there have been phases in my life when I practiced consistently, I was never good enough to charge even a paltry fee at a children's birthday party. One certain-to-eventually-occur miscalculation with a flaming torch and WHOOSH, there goes little Billy's mass of cherubic curls.   Playing dress-up has always been one of my favorite past times, and was the only truly feminine element of my childhood. I was the proverbial tomboy. Even now that I'm a legal adult, I still spend hours of my leisure days floating around in frivolous knock-offs of Arwen gowns, reproductions of Anne Boleyn court gowns, saucy wench outfits, and feathered masks. But I can't draw, accessorize, or sew (and I've both attempted and studied all three), so costume designing is out.   Could I make an occupation out of testing BPAL oils? Wouldn't that be delicious? Although, to be skilled I'd have to study perfumery and train my nose to pick out specific notes. Scratch that. I'd rather just enjoy my own oils and enable all my friends.   The truth of the matter is, I'm a hedonist. To the core. I work to play, I don't play to work. Sensual pleasures obsess me, and the academic paths I follow don't lead to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, though they are rewarding in their own right. Still, I don't see a degree in my near future.   I see the value in saving the universe. Hey Beautiful, I recycle, reduce, and reuse. I donate to help natural habitats and to end world hunger. But I don't know what my purpose is, other than to delight in the simple pleasures, to look after myself and offer assistance to some others, to not step on any human or other creature (either figuratively or literally), to nourish my addictions to music, BPAL, Firefly and Serenity, and of course, making out with boyflames.   Mmm. Making out with boyflames.

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