Notes: I have Asperger's Syndrome, major depression and anxiety, and especially social anxiety. So sometimes I disappear for a while to sleep and avoid computers and people. I try to stay out of forums when I am depressed so I don't whine.
Where does everyone like shop for witching goodness? Mah first time.
What is your favorite pumpkin goodness? pumpkin bread (and pumpkin ginger bread), pumpkin cheesecake, baking sugar pie pumpkins with olive oil and serving soup in them.
What's your favorite part about Fall? Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, kettle korn, NMBC, decorating, cooler weather, changing leaves, parties, spices.
Do you like office/school supplies? If so, what is your favorites? gel pens, silver pens, sharpies, sticky pads, anything purple or scented
What's your favorite Halloween candy? caramel apples, caramels, vanilla tootsie rolls, dark chocolate ghiradelli squares... I really like chocolate hedgehogs (from Rogers in Victoria BC) and hard candy sticks or candy canes flavored like Clove. *nom nom nom*
Will you be participating NaNoWriMo? If so, is there anything you'd like to have for that? No
What is one item that you've wanted forever, could have afforded, but have never gotten and why (haven't you gotten it!)? "New Rock" boots... because there isn't any place local to try them on and their store in Las Vegas was closed the one time I went there. I could order them from Fashion Nation in Denver and have them shipped to me, try them on, ship back if they don't fit, etc. but that is so much work!! My boyfriend went that route so I just eye his enviously.
What Halloween scent are you most looking forward to? fearful pleasure
Tattoos! Do you have em? Do you want em? Whatcha got or getting? I have a gargoyle on my right calf. would like more -- an ankh somewhere, maybe one of my dogs (or both), alice in wonderland playing croquet with a flamingo and hedgehog, friesian, bats, ravens, friesians, more gargoyles..
Reduce - REUSE - recycle. Do others feel the same? Yes.
What is your favorite crafting supply? Rubber stamps, origami paper, yarn.
Weigh in...Are you right or left-handed? right
Any period of time that you love? arthurian
If you have a garden/planter box, what do you grow? Right now I am growing what was given to me free by my friend who teaches horticulture at a high school: mint, thyme, basil, tomatoes, peppers, catnip, ivy, butterfly bush, oregano, alyssum, geraniums, lavender, lilacs, etc. When I had my own house I had over 60 varities of roses, 11 of lavender, and tons of herbs and highly scented flowers. I like useful, edible, or scented plants. Ornamental, not so much. I always harvested and dried herbs, rose petals, etc. to use in my soap or for making scented pillows or other items.
What incense scents do you prefer? I used to burn all kinds of resin and stick incense but my boyfriend is allergic to just about everything so I no longer burn any. *weep*
Do you decorate for Halloween? What sort of decorations? Dress up for Halloween? I do try to decorate for Halloween -- I have mostly candle holders (black cat tealight holder, some tealight haunted houses and trees, spider web shades for tealight lamps, etc.) We always carve pumpkins. I like to get corn stalks, bales of straw, and do scarecrows in the yard if we are motivated. We have a coffin (real) that we put out in the front yard with an arm or something hanging out. Yes, we usually dress up and of course have to go out to the goth and fetish halloween nights.
Bats, cats, skeletons, monsters, vampires, witches or what other ghoulies do you prefer? Do you like horror flicks? Bats, skeletons, gargoyles, maybe some black cats. yes.
Who here prefers stylus and ink to ballpoint? Anyone invested time and effort into calligraphy or proper Victorian writing? Used to, but they never get used now. I type. And send electronically most of the time.
What about stationery? Need some? What styles do you like? Not really, unless it's for rubber stamping.
Crossword puzzles? Other pencil puzzles? I am good at them, but do not like to do them much. I play games on the computer, not with a pencil.
Favorite artist? Local. and hard for me to pin point. Most of the art I own is made by friends. I did enjoy the Van Gogh exhibit at the Smithsonian.
Favorite poet? Again, most of the poetry I own was written specifically for me or collections by people I know.
Halloween. Do you like it kooky or creepy? Both!! Creepy moreso I guess.
Reserved or Raunchy? I am totally both -- but it depends who I'm with. If I don't know (or like) people, I'm pretty reserved.
Earth, Wind, Fire or Water? Earth, then Water.
Tea or Coffee in the morning? Tea at home, coffee at work.
Fruity snacks or chocolate? chocolate covered fruit, especially apricots and raisins!!! or frozen chocolate covered bananas.. or chocolate dipped strawberries... or just chocolate. except honey crisp apples, which are to die for.
Would you accept art? um, yes.
Antiques or Brand New? antique wood furniture (such as steamer trunks and cabinets) and depression glass, yes. antique couches, not so much.
What keywords do you use when searching for items for yourself on Etsy? "twilight -edward -cullen -stephanie -meyer -bella -jacob -forks", twinkle, gargoyle, bat, raven, pit bull, friesian, jolly roger, nmbc, etc.
Are there any of y'all who are allergic/sensitive to having natural fibers on your skin? I prefer natural fibers over synthetic.
What was your favorite ghost/scary/campfire story growing up? Don't think we had these. I went to a bible camp that sang non-scary songs around the campfire. And my parents didn't tell scary stories when we went camping (with a camper or to a cabin.) I feel so deprived.
Bugs? Do you like 'em or not? ick! bugs! they have their place -- outside.
i haz no imp storage. do you? I use ammo cases.
What would you tell yourself 6 months in the past about 2008 so far? Quit making the same mistakes over and over. And buy more Mead Moon, dang it.
If you had one minute of fame, what would you do/say in the spotlight? btdt a few times (usually with my horse). I prefer not to be in the spotlight. depends on the issue -- nowadays I'd probably defend pit bulls or something.
Robots versus zombies: who wins? Robots.
What would zombie say? unnnhhh
Where are a few of your favorite places? Book stores, tea and coffee shops, chocolate shops, stonehenge, barns, feed stores, dog supply stores, snoqualmie falls, woods with lakes or rivers, the pacific ocean, rain forest on the olympic peninsula (see woods with lakes or rivers), leavenworth... I really like everywhere we went in Italy and Spain and would love to go back. And I really want to visit Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, etc.
Out of curiosity, all the fall babies who are celebrating their birthdays during the round - who are you, and when is your bday? Me me! September 12th.
What is one (only one) object that you collect, that totally goes against your personality or beliefs? Depression glass (and neodymium glass in general) doesn't really fit my personality but I collect it!! Tiffin Twilight, Heisey Alexandrite, Duncan Dawn, Canterbury Heatherbloom, Fosteria Wistera, etc.
Are you a soap addict? Anything you like to avoid in soaps (goat's milk, lye, dyes, etc...) or any particular scents you like or brands you want to try? Yes... but I have so much soap because I make my own. I prefer non-detergent soaps (ie, cold process hand made). Goat milk is good. Shea butter and cocoa butter are good. Olive oil based are good (but preferably milled two or three times or they are really really soft.)
Do you like kilts and would you wear one? Yes! I'm right by Utili-kilts! But I've never bought one for some reason. I would totally cross dress in a ulti-kilt.
What's your favorite book? I can't choose ONE... Harry Potter series or the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.
What size socks do you wear? How about hat size? size 10? that is my shoe size. I don't wear hats anymore. Unless I'm in a horse show or wearing a knitted hat. Or I have some tweed "newsboy" sort of hats that I wear if my hair looks like crap and I'm in a hurry.
Do you read comics? Which ones do you love and which can't you stand? No, but I do read graphic novels. Sandman! Watchmen! I have a set of "Amethyst" that someone gave me, because my domain name for a long time (until I caved and sold it) was amethyst.com.
Symbols that are meaningful to me? To you or to me? To me: Ankh, wadjet (eye of horus), celtic knots (raven, epona, ferrets, dogs), claddagh...
By nature are you a morning lark or a night owl? night owl
What's your favorite type of music to hear live, rather than recorded? acoustic
What is your favorite autumnal-seasonal drink? mulled / spiced wine & mead, caramel apple cider
Do you knit/crochet? Do you need any supplies? Yes, more knitting than crocheting. Always.
What are your two favorite etsy shops? Let's say strangeling and meinoel (one of my friends) although I have quite a few "favorite sellers" on my list.
Are you active on any other boards/forums? If so please specify where and your username there. Yes. My user names are almost ALWAYS Twilight, Miss Twilight, or Twilight Eyes. I've been using that name since 1986. (Been online since 1984.) LJ - miss_twilight, ravelry - misstwilight, etsy - misstwilight, facebook - shari walker, myspace - shari walker (miss twilight screen name), *added* miss_twilight on librarything. Added my THINK GEEK wishlist too.
What is everyone's favorite Halloween song?! This is Halloween (NMBC)
How many of mah fellow witchies play video games? Platform? Do you like used games? Me! WII, XBOX 360, PC. Used games, yes! I like racing games and fantasy -- Zelda. I play Ultima Online. I still love DOS games (infocoms, nethack, etc.)
What kind of music (genres, please) do you like? Darkwave, industrial, gothic.
Have any of you ever received a book from a Witchy and loved it so much you ended up buying a copy for a later Witchee? mah first time.
What kinds of eye shadows do we all like? shimmery or sparkly! matte is boring. urban decay, mac, smashbox, bare minerals. anything with good lasting power that doesn't irritate my contacts.
Do you like lip balm? If so, do you like tinted, glossy, sparkly, pearly or just plain lip balm? Yes, I am addicted to lip balm. I prefer plain because I haven't found any sparkly or pearly lip gloss type things that doesn't get gummy or nasty -- or make my lips chapped. My favorites right now are the Burt's Bees honey and the clove. If I could FIND THEM FOR SALE locally, I'd get the Ayurvedic Lip Balm by Better Botanicals in Rose-Mint or Cardamom.
What are some of the SW gifts/finds from past rounds (or you can just name a gift in general that you found for someone if this is your first round!) that you are the most proud of in terms of your sleuthing skills? mah first time
And, secondly, what is something you've been searching for but just can't find? a type of green chili (in a jar) that we used to buy in Texas. I'll have to go home and grab the jar to get the brand name. They were sooo good on hot dogs and hamburgers.
Who here is a complete, over the top, Alice In Wonderland fanatic? Does me wanting to get a tattoo with Alice make me a fanatic? I have some cool AiW computer games too -- I should dig out my boxes from the shed and see if I can find them.
Are you a Trekkie? If so, which series do you prefer? Do you have a favorite character? Ugh, I loathe and detest Star Trek. Probably because my dad and brother forced me to watch it in the 70's and I was quite the sullen child when bombarded with things that I don't enjoy (yay Aspergers!)
Do you have phobias? Not especially... unless it involves things crawling on me. If I'm, for example, in a moving car and a spider leaps on me, I'll freak because I can't get away. If I can just brush it off me or move away from it, it's fine. But enclosed space with things crawling on me? No thank you.
How do you like your mix CDs? Random? Stuff you know you'll like? Stuff I know I'll like genre wise.
Would you rather get food or jewellery? I rarely wear jewelry so I would guess food. Unless it's a super cool anklet or bracelet or something.
Do you like children's toys, such as jacks, those little things you tilt around to get the ball in the right hold (wtf are those called?), the aforementioned caplet dinosaurs, cap guns, etc?: I shop at Archie McPhee. I have all the kiddie toys I could use and more.
English candy/tea/marmite or other stuff that you love and can't easily get outside of England? Some chocolate (we usually order it from England via web site, see chocolate thread) and I really used to love Cadbury's chocolate but the stuff here in the states is NASTY. My favorite - Flake and Fruit & Nut. And Carmello.
Fanfic as a gift* - yay or nay? Your fandom? Slash preferences?*well, a virtual gift obviously. You know what I mean. Sure! Harry Potter, Song of Ice and Fire. Slash preferences? Um, not a huge slash reader but have read some for amusement. Not sure of question.
Any beaders here? Need beading supplies? Negatory.
Do you like making up your SW packages around a theme, or prefer to mix it all up? No idea, mah first time.
Band-aids: do you like the fun and funky ones? Yes! As noted above, I shop at Archie McPhee so I get pirates, devil ducks, black cat, unicorns, etc. Yay! I almost wish I got cut more so I could wear them.
What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you? Being almost run over by car full of people, then threatened with a switch blade by a pregnant girl, yelled and screamed at by said group of people, and then backhanded by big guy -- in broad daylight at Green Lake park in Seattle. They wanted my parking place but I wasn't leaving yet -- just letting my car cool off with the doors open. Let's just say that they all went to jail. And then they kept saying it was my fault because I was obviously racist and they shouldn't have come to a "white" area. *boggle* OH. Yeah. And I used to work for a bank. When I was at a branch installing some software for the manager, they were robbed. That was scary. Especially since the gun went off and someone fell to the floor - everyone thought they were shot. The guy was trying to zip the bag of money closed with the gun in his hand when the gun went off. After that he ran out the back door with money flying everywhere behind him. And then we were interviewed for hours and hours by the FBI. Good times.
How do people feel about receiving baked goods/kits to make said goods? Or other cooking items? I love baked goods but I don't eat splenda or other artificial sweeteners. I prefer organic when possible. And hopefully everyone uses sanitary cooking practices!!
Would you enjoy oil or vinegar flavored with herbs grown at home? Strange and exotic spices with recipes to try? Cookies made with carnation petals? It would depends on how the carnations were grown -- no pesticides!! But yeah, I love exotic spices and cool recipes. Oil and vinegar flavored with herbs is fun.
What are your pet's names, and what are they named for? Jake Blues should be obvious -- he just needs a brother named Elwood. Lela was already named when I adopted her and she knew her name, so no changing it. Howie was dropped off by the local ACO at the boyfriend's house and he howled for three days straight (and then lost his voice), so was dubbed How(l)ie.
How do you scent yourself? Do you layer soaps, moisturizers, etc. or do you go straight to slathering your bod with BPAL? I use aveda shampoo usually, which is all scented with essential oils in a blend ("pure-fume") - the blend depends on what shampoo you're using, or you can personalize one. Then I use scented shower gels (usually Lush) but I haven't noticed that they actually stay on my skin -- I can never smell them after I get out of the shower. I usually use a Lush powder (silky underwear or candy floss) OR a BPAL bath oil after the shower, depending on how I feel. Then depending on what I put on (oil or powder), I pick some scent to wear on my wrists and inside elbows. Sometimes neck. And I usually wear honey or vanilla scented hand lotion.. sometimes coconut.
Do you/how do you scent your world? Candles, incense, diffusers, potpourri? None of the above? I use candles, essential or perfume oil in my ultrasonic fountain, essential or perfume oil mixed with water on a burner (is this a diffuser?), sachets in drawers with clothes, bpal room and linen sprays, etc. I used to use incense but my boyfriend is allergic to smokey things.
BPAL is such a scent-ual experience. What are your other tactile, aural, or olfactory pleasures (I was going to say, "And let's keep it clean", but what's the use fun in that?!?) I like to curl up with soft fuzzy blankets/slippers, so I like my house and room to be somewhat on the cool side. Love to have my shoulders and neck massaged but only if using the right kind of oil, otherwise my skin chafes easily. Hmmm aural... most sounds bug me except white noise, unless I am listening to them purposely (like music I like or watching a movie.) If someone else is listening to music or watching a movie and I can't get away from it, I get very very angry and tense. Part of my asperger's syndrome I think. And I am very very scent oriented, so I almost always have to be scented or have a candle burning or my fountain on. But nasty scents make me throw up very easily. I love fresh cold air when you can smell snow or wood smoke, warm nights when the honey suckle or jasmine is drifting through the air...
If you drink coffee (and make it yourself) do you use a French Press, regular filter basket coffee maker, Espresso Machine, Percolator? I use a french press or a "Toddy" cold brew system. Unless I'm at work, in which case I use the espresso machine. Someday if I have a larger kitchen I'll get another espresso machine for home -- my previous boyfriend took mine when we parted ways.
What movie soundtracks (or scores) do you love? NMBC!!!! Tank Girl, Some Kind of Wonderful, V for Vendetta, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, almost anything by Danny Elfman, Wedding Singer, Hackers... that is all I can think of without looking at my mp3 files. (I thought of another one -- Pan's Labyrinth!)
what kind of indulgences do you really really want, but can't seem to make yourself buy? Maybe out of character, or a part of yourself you're busy denying? HALLOWEEN (and other holiday) DECORATIONS!! artwork, jewelry, rose bushes, herbs, a bicycle, a motorcycle, a smart car, new clothes & accessories, a new computer, wii fit, rock band, gargoyles, cd's, dvd's, un-necessary makeup, etc. I pretty much only buy dog food, dog treats, dog toys, BPAL, gas, food, and pay bills. And decant supplies, shipping supplies, etc.
My questionnaire is chock-a-block with ideas for Witching me on the cheap, and without sending "stuff for stuff's sake". And I just came up with another one--make me a Pandora, Finetune, or Last.fm station you think I might like! What manner of affordable Witchery might you covet? I have no idea what Pandora, Finetune or Last.fm are. If I'm going to listen to music online, I usually either remote into my home computer and listen from there or I listen to one of my friend's radio stations (www.d23radio.com or the like.) I have a hard time being enabled with new music.
Affordable witchery -- I like all sorts of hand made things, notes, post cards, e-mail, links, whatever. I'm easy.
Does your cell phone have a place to attach charms? No, I have an iPhone.
What is your favorite art movement and/or style? ie impressionist, surrealist, art nouveau, etc. not really into art enough to know the different movements or styles off the top of my head.
Do you have a case for your mp3 player/digital camera? If you would want one, what size is your digital device? yes, I have cases.
For tea drinkers, do you bag it or prefer loose I like both! I prefer bags for ease of clean up but fresh loose tea in an air tight container is less likely to be stale.
Does the weather change where you are, as in, does it get cold in the winter? Anyone need homegrown scarves, hats, mittens, etc? I'm a knitter and know way way too many knitters who are always giving me things, so I'm quite covered (literally) with scarves, hats, mittens, etc. The only thing I really want that no one has made me yet is a Kitty hat. (knitted hat with kitty ears.)
Who are your forum buddies? People you know well enough online or IRL to help your Witch pick out stuff for you? Pixiepetal on the forums (she is a very quiet lurker) lives with me and we've known each other since high school (so for over 20 years now, dang we're old.) She should have an inkling of what I like.
If you could bring back any TV show from cancellation what would it be? Don't watch TV. I would kill it all. Well, ok, maybe I would bring back Red Dwarf or Twin Peaks. I was unhappy with the Twin Peaks ending.
I wonder if my witchee would like a blanket type thing. Would you? Blanket type thing? I <heart> NMBC blankies. And any blanket that is soft and fuzzy.
What's your favorite "I know it's bad for me but I can't help myself" treat? Chocolate or sugar in general.
Very important question: Are you planning on buying anything off your BPAL and/or other wishlists during the round? I think I am planning on getting lunacies, halloweenies, and carnavals before they are gone.
Do you wear a watch? If so, what kind/style? No. I like time pieces that clip onto things but otherwise I have a computer or a phone, I don't really need a watch attached to me as well. Plus I'm allergic to all sorts of metal.
How do you feel about having a donation made in your name to something?If you like that idea, what types of organizations/groups would you want the donation to go to? Any animal organization (preferably a bully breed rescue) that is a NON KILL SHELTER (humane society is a kill shelter) and something not affiliated in any way with PETA (they want to exterminate pit bulls specificially and companion animals in general.) So something like BAD RAP or PBRC would be fantastic.
What's your favorite animal? mythical or?? Unicorns for mythical, and a toss up between horses (friesians)/ferrets/pit bulls/dolphins for non.
What one (or two, if you really must) BPAL bottles are you most longing for? Underpants, Pumpkin King
If you could have dinner/drinks/coffee with any 3 living people that are not your family/friends already, who would they be-? I'm pretty anti-social with high social anxiety. I would rather not be in a situation where food was involved with people I don't know, let alone half of the people I know. Drinks or coffee might be ok because alcohol might relax me a bit and coffee can be short and quick (think god for 2-4oz cups.) That being said... Neil Gaiman, Emma Thompson, Martin Gore.
If you have pets, is there a SPECIFIC toy they like to play with; brand and size? Is there a treat/cookie they eat? What brand and size? Jake and Lela both like Jolly Ball brand Romp & Roll balls, large size. (Ball with a rope through the middle.) Lela likes Planet Dog orbee balls (tennis ball sized.) For cookies, they eat Plato Smart Dog Treats in salmon or duck. For training I do Simon and Huey tiny training treats. I used to do garlic and honey but I don't think they make those anymore. They love their Bully Sticks (natural dried beef tendon, not really a "brand" associated with them.) My dogs can't have a lot of wheat, corn, grains, etc.
What's your ringtone? Precious by Depeche Mode
Just to throw a silly question out there...Munsters or Addams Family, y'all? Addams Family
What think you about receiving tea accessories and/or miscellany (like mugs, cups, saucers, strainers/filters, honey, natural sweeteners [like stevia])? I collect Starbucks City Mugs (20 oz) but otherwise have enough mugs, strainers, filters, etc. I can never have enough honey though -- I get it locally by the gallon. I think I have two gallons right now... but my boyfriend still buys me more when he has to drive across the state.
How do you feel about copies of music or dvd's that your witch might have that you might enjoy? Not just mixes, but whole copies? Archival copies are wonderful.
Say, witches, I have a question about birthdays. do you expect/rely on other people to plans birthday outings and activities? No, I'm the one who does all of the planning in my relationship it seems.
Tarts? Yes/no? I have a partylite aroma-melts burner. If that burns tarts too, sure.
I'm wondering if my witchee would like to try these types of things (like the caramel with sea salts or chocolates with chilis/bacon/salt etc.)? I have probably tried most of them! Fran's Sea Salt caramels are the best, imo. Boehm's does a good chili pepper/chocolate. Vosges for chili pepper hot cocoa and bacon/chocolate bars (in the shape of flying pigs even.)
How do y'all feel about honey and maple? And different flavored honey, not just the standard kind? Honey and... maple? Um. I like real honey and real maple. So I would guess it would be ok? I love all types of honey. Creamed honey goes wonderfully on sandwiches, although I prefer it not to be "flavored" (no espresso, strawberry, etc.) -- the different pollens are fine of course. I prefer darker honey, but not black. Black is good to cook with, but I have a huge container of it right now. My least favorites are probably clover or alfalfa, just because they are so common around here. Wormwood isn't bad.
What is your favorite thing to do on a cool fall day? Horseback riding or geocaching with the dogs and then curl up by the fire with a good book, some tea, and the snuggly dogs. (the latter is my favorite thing to do just about anytime. although sometimes it's the fan instead of a fire.)
Who likes pirates? My boyfriend's name is Roger. Back in the day (15 years ago?) he drove a monster truck called the Pirate Pete. Our boat is named "The Jolly Roger". Yes, we like pirates.
What are your feelings about Dia De Los Muertos? I'm from the Pac NW and haven't ever really celebrated it and I know next to nothing about it.
What do you think about the Nightmare Before Christmas? If you have read the rest of my questions you will know that I LOVE it.
Do you play a musical instrument? Does Guitar Hero count?! I have played the flute and the violin. And was in chorus for many years. I've always wanted to play the piano but never had lessons. I taught myself guitar a few years back but then the person who gave me the guitar wanted it back.
What do you think of Irrelevant Disturbing and Surreal Crawdad Dream? Love it? Hate it? Kicking yourself for not getting a bottle? It's ok, I neither love nor hate it. I bought two bottles and traded one away for some inquisition stuff.
If candy is sent, would you prefer small amounts to a Halloween sized bag? It depends on the candy! A whole bag of vanilla tootsie rolls? sure! A whole bag of hard candy mixture? meh.
Do you like notes in your soaps or bath stuff that you don't like in your perfumes? If so which? Hm, not that I can think of.
Do you like floral soaps or bath stuff? If so, what florals work and what don't? I really like rose soap and buttercream (but it has to be a good genuine rose - synthetic stuff not so much.) Flying fox works for me well too (jasmine, ylang, honey?), various lush bath bombs that I'm sure have florals but I can't think of any off the top of my head. Right now I have some triple milled french lavender soap out.
What's in your Netflix or Blockbuster queue, do you want any new Netflix/Blockbuster friends, if so how do we find you on there? I don't do either Netflix or Blockbuster. I don't have a lot of time to watch movies or tv... when I do rent one, they're only $1 / night at work or the grocery store. When I DID do Netflix and Blockbuster trials, they just didn't have enough movies on theirs lists that I found interesting (that I didn't already own.)
Would you enjoy art based on original Graveyard photography? HECK YEAH. (See Etsy favorites.)
What other perfume companies (besides bpal) have you been curious about? NOOOOOO no enabling!!! I get possets and cobalt blends frimps all the time in swaps and I pretty much pass them on immediately... I am AFRAID! AFRAID I TELL YOU. I did get an ebay lot with some CB, Possets, and Arcana (with a bunch of BPAL of course). I really like the Arcana one. And I'm kind of curious about "the girls love vanilla" (is that possets? I can't even remember because I run screaming -- I don't have any more veins!!)
Stance on Joss Whedon and his enterprises? I enjoyed Firefly. I watched it all in one (or two or three) sitting(s) from my friend's dvds. I think I missed a few episodes because of passing out. I may someday make a Jayne hat. I didn't watch any of his other shows.
Has anyone tried ice wine before? Do/did they enjoy it? I *love* Ice Wine and Tawny Port.
Does anyone here do anything with grave rubbings? The only time I've done grave rubbings have been for scavenger hunts. (Bruce & Brandon Lee and Jimi Hendrix are all close to me.)
Legwarmers? Armwarmers? I wear wrist warmers!
What makes everyone stand out from the Switch Witch herd? This is my first round, so I am not sure?
If you are into the original Nintendo system, what 3 games would you want that you don't have? I never had the original nintendo. I had the original atari 2600 (and the 400 and 800, which is when I started programming, before we got the 8088 pc.) Now I have a WII and an XBOX 360. And a Super Nintendo and SN64. I always want more Zelda games.
What is your favorite category of the GC? Neil Gaiman, Stardust.
How do you feel about Hello Kitty? I like the skeletal hello kitty look-a-like... I prefer gothy things really. Like Lenore the little dead girl. And Emily the Strange.
Do you like Mystery Science Theater 3000? Have you tried out (and if not, would you be interested in doing so) its weird little brother, RiffTrax? I watched MST3k every once in a while. Not a big TV fan. Not really interested in weird little brothers....
What will you like from Singapore? Candies? Food? Asian crafts/toys? Starbucks Bears!! From all over the world for that matter.
What is everyone's "luck" item? My dogs. Especially Jake. Too bad he isn't lucky for HIMSELF! (Torn CCL on both back legs, poor guy. Now he has metal plates and is BIONIC!)
Do you like art deco/nouveau - style prints? Um. I'm a comp sci major, not an art major. All this talk of styles is not within my personal dictionary.
What is one thing that, if you received it in the middle of all the hubbub, would make you smile and take your mind off of all you have to do for a bit? A smile from my boyfriend.
What would a perfume based on you small like? Vanilla, patchouli, sandalwood, lavender, and teeny bit of rose and clove.
Who here likes Wizard of Oz things? Not I. Although I would like to have the movie on dvd. I used to love it when I was a kid -- I am told tales of how I wanted to change my name to Dorothy. *shudder* I also enjoyed Wicked and Son of a Witch. I never did read all of the original W of O books but would like to someday. You can see from my library thing that I am collecting all of the children's books that my parents didn't have the money to purchase for me.
Do you often drink take away coffee in paper mugs? Actually, no. I make free espresso drinks (or french press, or toddy) at work, and I use my personal ceramic mugs. Sometimes I'll make a press or toddy at home but usually at home I just drink tea. I have lots of 16 & 20oz "to-go" travel mugs and one of the starbuck's grande sized ice drink travellers (clear, double walls, lid, straw) for days off. I also have seasonal mugs, both ceramic and travel. I'm about to get out of all of the halloween mugs.
Blood Moon update: I am ordering Blood Moon and I already ordered two each of the forum only scents. I'm ordering at least one each of the new MVJBA's for the Ravelry group.
How do you decide what to put in which package for your Witchee or how many packages to send? I am new -- so I am hoping to learn!!
If you were my witchee, would you be terribly offended if I sent you a box containing project "experiments" or random miscellaneous pretty bits of brainstorming that I thought you might like/wear? Offended?? Not at all!!!
How do you avoid popping an item for yourself into an order you're placing for your witchie? What??? Self restraint?? What is that??
Underpants? Do you like them? What's your style? Size? Um, Yes? But I don't think I would feel comfortable having people other than my boyfriend give me underwear.
What is your favorite? What tea would you love to try but haven't because of price or difficulty to get? One of my favorite teas is the Aveda tea. It's so spendy that I don't get it very often (I'm out right now.) My staple is just orange pekoe with honey.
BPTP Room Sprays...your thoughts? YUM!
Would you like to receive baked goods from your Witch? And if so, are there things you WOULDN'T like? mmmmmmm baked goods!!! I don't like things with nuts in them.
How does everyone feel about really green gifties? I was thinking of giving my witchee some of my handy-dandy "paper" towels (hand-sized, washable muslin squares--kinda like ultra-cheapo cloth napkins) in a kitchen-friendly decorative box, but I didn't want to seem preachy ("Stop using paper towels, you environment destroyer!"). Would y'all use something like that? I'm one of *those* people that shops at co-ops and whole foods. So yes, I would probably use those. I also knit my own dish clothes and use those instead of paper towels.
What craft (or crafts) have you been wanting to try but have no idea where to start? I have all of the items to get started on paper making ... screens, clamps, trays, towels, food processor, herbs, scents, colors, books... but I've never gotten off my butt and actually DONE it. I also have almost everything to get started with Stained Glass (patterns, glass, cutter ... just need the soldering iron and a workshop!!)
Would you appreciate some tunes in future packages? And if so, do you care if you get any CDs or mp3s you might have all ready? Or would you be able to find a way to post a list of things you're (a) looking for, or ( b ) all ready have? I have over 500 gigs of mp3 files. *gulp* I used to work in the music business and have thousands of cds that I ripped. Most of my newer stuff is mp3 only though. So, I don't know - tunes, not so good. I am overloaded in tunes. What I *need* is to be able to hook my ipod to my car stereo.
Polish goodies! Who wants them? Baked goods, candies, kielbasa, pirogies, magazines, you name it? I've never had polish candies. I love kielbasa! Never had pirogies -- are they like piroshky? I love the local piroshky (salmon, om nom nom) and borsht.
About incense: do you like sticks or lose incense? Have you got one of those devices to burn lose incense over a bit of charcoal? I have tons of stick, cone, spiral, and loose incense, as well as a sand bowl and self activated charcoal to burn loose incense and resins on... but I don't ever burn incense anymore because I have slight asthma and my boyfriend is allergic to just about everything under the sun. And now that summer is over, I won't be hanging around outside burning it either. What I use now as my favorite is an ultrasonic fountain/mist maker with essential oils in the water. The boy isn't allergic to most high quality EO's if they are not floral. (and the picture is NOT the one I have, but it IS the one I want!)
What's everyone's favorite fairytale and what are your favorite versions of it? Ooh Ooh. I love retold fairy tales. It would be REALLY hard to pick out my favorites. I shouldn't even have to mention Neil Gaiman because I think everyone on here knows about him by now. Stephen Brust's "The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars" is a sort of retelling of a Hungarian traditional fairy story. "Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary" by Pamela Dean is a retelling of a traditional Scottish ballad. Tam-Lin by Pamela Dean is excellent too, and of course "Snow White and Rose Red" by Patricia Wrede. One of the most haunting, I think, is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty called "Briar Rose" by Jane Yolen. Gregory Maguire's "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" (Cinderella), "Mirror Mirror" (Snow White), "Wicked" (Wizard of Oz.. ok not a fairy tale but close). I love Robin McKinley's "Deerskin" (Donkeyskin), "Spindle's End" (Sleeping Beauty), "Rose Daughter" (Beauty and the Beast), "Beauty" (Beauty and the Beast)... and of course I have the erotic "Claiming of Sleeping Beauty" series by Anne Rice (writing as A. N. Roquelaure) as well as tons of others. Sadly most of my books are in storage so they don't show up on my LibraryThing. Let's just say that when my library was together, I had a few bookshelves dedicated to fairy tales and a few more to "The Matter of Britian" (Arthurian lore.) And then all of my Cyberpunk, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and a small smattering of graphic novels (mostly Neil) as well as a teeny bit of "horror".
So how many imps/decants is officially 'you have gone overboard and your Witchee is going to expire from scent overload'? What? Overboard? Overload? Is that possible?
Who needs a recipe box? not me. I store recipes on the computer *or* on 8x10 in my binder with clear coated pages to slip the paper into to protect it from splashes and spills. (I is messy.) Or I use books. Not that I cook much right now since we moved into a MIL basement apartment with no counters in the kitchen and therefore hardly any working space to cook. I usually end up balancing things on the sink rim and they inevitably fall on the floor or into the sink and I curse and stomp up and down and give up. But the dogs are happy.
ANYONE ELSE want a home-made cookbook? I wouldn't say no! It would be kind of fun to have everyone submit their favorite recipes and do a BPAL or Switch Witch cookbook.
Favorite cartoons or animated films? NMBC (duh!), Ranma 1/2, James and the Giant Peach, Wallace and Gromit, Shrek, just about anything Pixar. The Tick! Earthworm Jim!
Your take on the election? In other words, would you enjoy campaign related gifts, or prefer to stay neutral? No politics or religion please.
Villians you sympathise with, or are interested in boinking? Mmm villians. I usually like female villains and am not really interested in boinking them or any other fictional characters (I guess I'm weird), but Alan Rickman is awesome in many roles, including Snape. I can sympathise with that character since I was always the outcast at school and spent all of my time with my horses instead of other people. Later figuring out that Aspergers exists helped some but it doesn't really make up for anything.
Your stance on the all important peanut butter issue: crunchy? creamy? allergic? chocolate? maple? go directly to nuttella, do not pass go? Creamy peanut butter, preferably roasted peanuts sweetened with honey. I go for the organic. I don't do corn syrup. I don't think I've had peanut butter with maple! I don't really like hazelnuts, so no nutella.
Who here likes to read historical fiction? If you do, what eras/people/countries intrigue you the most? I like Judith Tarr's historical fiction / fantasy. My fav is Arthurian though.
What sort of colors do you currently wear? Do you want to branch outside that? What would you like to try? I wear mostly black. I like wearing mostly black. Sometimes I wear white shirts. Sometimes I wear blue jeans. Sometimes I wear dark blue, dark purple, or pink. But mostly black.
Speaking of historical fiction, how does everyone feel about Sherlock Holmes? I've never actually read any. I have played a Sherlock Holmes infocom game....