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Switch Witch Spring 2011 Q&A

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Baked Goods? Yea Nay? Yes please!

 

If not Baked goods and you are changing eating habits..a book of recipes perhaps that will help the new eating lifestyle? I really prefer my recipes online (allrecipes.com is my favorite) so I can change quantities, print them out, get them dirty, etc. Or view them on my ipad while I'm cooking! I'd love Meilin's e-books for crockpot recipes and garlic and other things!

 

Here's a question If you were to make an order RIGHT NOW (Not that any of you will make any bpal orders until SW is over, because you do NOT want to mess up any plans your witch might have!) What would you order (from lab, forum, DD, TradingPost, etc) I would probably order Lemon Scented Sticky Bat or some of the BPTP Courtesans. And Spanked. And anything that I haven't ordered yet, like the new LE bath oils and room spray.

 

Do you like cooking seasonings, like the kind you can get in ounces sizes? If so, things you'd love to try out? I'm pretty set on seasonings right now but maybe some really interesting ones would be fun? I always see all of the different colored/variety salts and speciality things but don't purchase them.

 

Do you like any particular kinds of green or back teas or coffees that could also be gotten in bulk? I usually prefer black tea. My favorite right now is an anise black tea that my friend sent me from Germany!! I'm sure it could be purchased in a larger size (mine is 2oz?) but I'm not sure where from. I usually buy my teas in smallish quantities from the yummy local tea stores.

 

Favorite snack foods (and can they be from bulk section as well?) Lately my fav snack foods are the fruit/nut mix from Costco. Except I pick out the walnuts because I really don't like them! But the dogs do. I also do a lot of cheese (cotswald, sage darby, or something else tasty in the snobby cheese section), crostini, and sliced sausagey things. Or chips and mango peach salsa. Or ... another thing the BF brought home -- Cadbury's Mini Eggs!! OM NOM NOM. And beef jerky. And the crunchy green beans from Trader Joes.

 

What level of nudity are you fine with on items? It depends on the item I guess! I have no room for artwork yet, but when I do I will probably be getting BDSM themed artwork for the bedroom. In which case nudity is perfect.

 

I know the ?aire asked about gently used books and if you like garage sales, but would you like other kinds of gently used items that may have come from a garage sale? I fine with gently used items of almost everything. Underwear or socks? No thanks! ;)

 

Would you rather have HUGE list of things your witchee wants to try or just a highlight list? Everything. The more you have on your list, the more likely it is that I will have it!

 

Tim Tams? Yum! The black forest ones were spectacular and so were the toffee ones. The chocolate creme ones I'm iffy about. Caramel is good.

 

If someone were attending Disney on Ice (Toy Story 3) with a bunch of Girl Scouts, would you want a patch/souvenir? No thank you.

 

E-goodies? Er?

 

Mix cd's? I still have about 6 mix cd's that I haven't listened to yet from other sources. I'm really picky about my music I guess.

 

Is there any "classic" literature (Hemingway, Dickens, Elliot, Bronte, Hugo, Wilde, etc.) that you would like to add to your collection? I downloaded about 500 onto my kindle application on my iphone/ipad. All freeeeeeeeeeee!

 

So how does everyone feel about receiving ebooks? I *would* actually like the Song of Ice and Fire and the Wheel of Time books. Because I read those over and over and over and over and my first edition copies are going to be destroyed.

 

candles and/or aroma melts: I don't actually use melts that much (I would like a melt warmer that you PLUG IN, rather than one that you put a tea light in) but I would never say no to more candles and melts.

 

Get your music player, what are the first 13 songs on Random?

(This is my LastFM channel since my ipod is at home.)

Covenant - We want Revolution

VNV Nation - Illusion

Dead Can Dance - The way an Eel Feel Eels

Dave Gahan - Kingdom (Digitalism remix)

Martin Gore - Never turn your back on Mother Earth

XTC - Mayor of Simpleton

Thomas Dolby - Radio Silence

The Cure - Close to Me

Apoptygma Berzerk - Love to Blame

Depeche Mode - Strangelove

Minerve - Clear

Bruderschaft - Forever

Anything Box - Carmen

 

LiveJournal: miss_twilight

Twitter: mstwilighteyes

Ravelry: misstwilight

FaceBook: I'm on the GUSP page and the TeamBPAL Fan page. You'll know my real name when you get my form.

 

Do you need another bpal box? If so what would your fantasy one look like? Sadly I could use a couple more. I have a couple nine drawer Ikea Fira and four tea boxes but I'm spilling out everywhere. My fantasy one is on my etsy wishlist! http://www.etsy.com/listing/46068735/mamas-little-secret

Would love another nine drawer Ikea fira but the last time I saw them on ebay they went for $60+ plus like $25 S&H. Ikea has discontinuned them for some odd reason.

 

Do you have any blogs you regularly read?

Anything that shows up on my google reader...

 

the world has given you the day off. You hear that, no chores, responsibilities, or budget you have to follow. What would you do in those 24 hours? probably sleep. I never seem to get enough sleep. oh wait, no budget? like I am rich? I would probably shop online at yarn stores, bpal, villainess, etc. and then go to europe. or do the shopping on the plane to europe.

 

Astrological charts and interpretation/ reports? would be cool except I don't know what time I was born.

 

Do you enjoy gardening? If so, what kind of stuff do you grow? Vegetables, flowers? Lavender, sage, rosemary, thyme (no, not the song!), mint, etc. Many varieties of all. Love edibles. Used to have about 75 different types of roses but had to move and leave them all behind. Where I'm living now doesn't have enough sunlight or soil that is well drained enough for herbs or roses. *sniffle* I love anything that is highly scented. Dianthus, chocolate cosmos... I love bonsai (I had a 30 year old bonsai wisteria but when it turned into a stick in the window - I kept it outside of course - my "then new puppy" Jake chewed it off. :( Would love to grow veggies, but again - water table is WAY too high and not enough sunlight.

 

Booze? Yay or Nay? what kinds? I prefer tawny port, ice wine, and sweet mead. vanilla rum or vodka. starbucks cream liquor. butterscotch schnapps. baileys. girly drinks.

 

Steampunk inspired items? Yay or nay? yes, but prefer silver/pewter over bronze/copper/gold. have a lot of steampunk inspired patterns to knit. have many steampunk items on my etsy wishlist. need goggles.

 

Favorite Artists - Jasmine Becket-Griffith's Notre Dame fairy/gargoyles. Omar Rayyan's "The Favorite", "Croquet", "Fluffy", and "The Faerie Child". (all on my etsy favorites!) I have some artwork (originals) from my friends, some prints from Van Gogh, Patrick Nagel, Gorey, and varied artists. I don't usually like EVERYTHING by one artist, it's more like one or a few piece wills speak to me and I'll want just those. Love artwork with ravens, bats, friesians, pit bulls, gargoyles, hippocampi, dark and gothy, celtic, etc. Would love some really nice BDSM pony artwork or large framed photo prints.

 

Do you like those little crocheted dolls? You know the ones! They have a Japanese name! GAH! If so, who needs to be emulated as one? Yes, I like Amigurumi. A Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow) Amigurumi would be cute! I have the most darling pit bull one from dixiehellcat!! I have a ton of patterns for various amigurumi on my ravelry and Loopy Ewe wish lists.

 

Pirates vs Ninjas vs Zombies - who wins? Which do you love most? I love pirates the most. They should smell the best too, like the sea and sky, wood, leather... (I expect my pirates to bathe regularly and not drink too much rum.)

 

Do you like wearing things in your hair? If so, what kind (snap clips, scrunchie, headband, etc), how big & crazy (lowkey, bigger the better), and colors. I have mostly shaved hair but I do wear a plastic toothy headband to keep my bangs out of my eyes at work and I have some barettes/clips on my etsy favs. I would love to have more dreadfalls -- need a big wide cloth headband and some goggles to go with them. I have some black and white yarn dreadfalls but they are really heavy and don't stay on well. colors? black, purple...

 

Piercings? - ears?? - elsewhere? I had five holes in my ears (two in the lobes on each side and one up at the top) but I took them all out except one in each lobe. They're probably healed by now - I might need to get them repierced. I'd kind of like to get my nipples done (again) but then I think about how they never would heal. Oh! And my tongue is pierced. I keep forgetting about it since I don't really notice it. I have all sorts of body piercing jewelry on my amazon wishlist. Otherwise I don't really like dangly earrings, I only wear studs and the types of things on my wishlist.

 

Chocolate. With stuff in it? Are you more a plain chocolate lover, a chocolate and normal items lover (normal items being nuts, fruit, caramel) or do you like weird stuff in your chocolate? (weird stuff being curry, chilis, balsamic vinegar, floraly things) I am really bored with plain chocolate. I like interesting flavors in mine. I LOVE the Vosges Naga bar and the Dolfin Hot Masala -- CURRY! Love the Dolfin green tea jasmine. Don't really enjoy chili in my chocolate so much. I do like fruit and nut bars, caramel, lavender, rose, etc. Would love to try the Vosges italian truffles with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil, etc. I'm pretty snobby about my chocolate except for the Cadbury's Mini Eggs for easter. OM NOM NOM.

 

For those who like lipgloss, lipstick, tinted balms, etc, what colors do you wear (and warm? cool?) and do you prefer something sheer or more opaque? How do you feel about shimmer? I don't really wear a lot of tint or gloss, mostly just lip balm. Shimmer is ok! It's all about consistency for me... I don't like a balm to be sticky (gloss) or too slick. I do like the Lip Venom even though it's on the sticky glossy side. One of my favorite balms lately is Bunny Butt Apothocary (I get mine through the Soap Box Company.) I have been lusting over getting more from Better Botanicals for a while; they used to carry them at our local co-op but I can't find them anywhere (except online) now.

 

What's your favorite animal? Or is there one that's particularly significant to you? I don't have just one! Ravens, bats, Friesians, pit bull type dogs, ferrets...

 

DVDs, Blu-Ray, both, neither? Eventually I'll upgrade to Blu-Ray so I've started collecting them already.

 

Copied CD's or DVD's? :pirate: Arrrrrr!!

 

I'm going to Disneyland in a couple of weeks, is there anything I can get you? *drools and makes grabby hands at NMBC items!! (Nightmare before Christmas!)*

 

Sock Dreams? What kind? (anklets, footies, etc.?) yes! no footies, plz. I would kind of like some sock garters for thigh highs since my bpal socks tend to slip down. Y'know, the kind that go around at the top of the sock, not a garter belt. I like stripey socks but I like my socks to be a little on the thick side since I wear a lot of converse, docs, and unisex fluevogs. I don't wear very many girly shoes so thin socks tend to get holes immediately. I also prefer natural fibers to acrylics (I don't mind having a little nylon for stretch, but I prefer socks to be 70-80% natural fiber.)

 

Since this is a price capped round, would you rather get one "big" thing or lots of "little" things or don't care? I prefer quality over quantity (especially for things like candles, chocolates, yarn, etc.) but I believe you can find a lot of small reasonably priced things that are high quality. So I'll leave it up to my Witch! I'm hoping to do a lot of smaller yet high quality things for my Witchee because I think it's fun to get lots of little packages. But you know, it's also (for me at least) about the contact and knowing someone is getting to know you and paying attention to you. What? Attention hoar?? Sometimes I don't feel chatty back but I like being poked, even if it's just saying hi. Postcards and e-mail don't cost that much! ;)

 

Do you like pirate-related things? But of course! I love going to Archie McPhee and getting a ton of pirate-y things. I have the lunch box, apron, bath curtain, bath mat, garbage can, pirate devil duckies, mints, air fresheners, etc.

 

Soaps? Be specific: if there are BPAL soaps you want to try or are dying for more of, tell all here! Also, any other companies people like or love? Villainess, maybe? Or Lush? What flavors??? I will admit that I would like to try the Snake Oil soap, as well as the one I can't pronounce.. Otherwise my soap coffers, as it were, are overflowing with bar soap. I make bar soap myself so I usually have a good supply on hand. (HA HA) I'm even totally good on shower gel. I would, however, love to have more scrubs, both oily sugar/salt and cleansing ones, like smacks. I love the Arcana scrubs, Villainess scrubs and smacks, Paintbox Soapworks Sorbettos (I have quite a few on my etsy list!), etc.

 

What periods of art do you love most? Like, if someone was going to get you a tapestry or a box or some other item, what period would you want it to most resonate with? the pinks and golds of Rococo? the clean geometry of Art Deco? The romanticism of Art Nouveux? The strange lines of Cubism? I was always the science geek, not the art geek. So sorry, I am not into periods and don't have any interest in knowing art by period or genre or whatever. I know what I like when I see it and I like a LARGE variety of things. But I'm pretty consistent with my likes and I think I've already stated them enough times and given examples of some pieces I like, pointed people to my etsy favs, etc. I tend to like things with hues of silver, grey, black, blue, purple, dark green, dark red/wine/burgundy, bluish pinks, etc. I am not a fan of *anything* that is mostly copper/bronze/gold/yellow/orange/brown or pastels. This goes for jewelry, clothes, yarn, art, cars, mugs, boxes, tapestries, etc. -- really it's pretty universal.

 

Would you like caffeinated lollipops? No thanks! I actually mostly stopped drinking coffee and only do a couple of mugs of tea a day. I don't really want to jack up my caffiene levels.

 

Would you want an invite to a site that is invite-only ex. Diaspora, Demonoid, etc. If so, what? No idea what those are. But if you think I'll like them, sure.

 

Pillows? What size/designs/colors would most interest you? I use a lot of "lap pillows" to rest my ipad/books/laptop/whatever on, and I usually have a pillow between my knees when I'm curled up on the couch. Plus the dogs and boyfriend are always stealing my pillows. So... large to cover the lap and firm to hold up things. Black, purple, silver are the ones that interest me most. It might be easier to look at what kind of pillows are available at places like Michaels or Joanns and then send a pillow case to fit such a beast, though. I don't think the pillows themselves are usually very expensive. I have pillows with Ravens and such on my etsy wish list.

 

purses? bags? What style/colors? I really like Namaste knitting bags in Eggplant or Black. But they're pretty spendy.

 

Decorative scarves for hair and/or creative accessorizing? What colors? No thanks, I'm a knitter, my friends are knitters, my family has knitters. Some have looms and do woven scarves. So I get a LOT of hand knit and hand woven scarves as gifts and I have a TON. Plus I'm more into shawlettes (smaller shawlettes worn as scarves) right now and I'm super picky about my yarn (yes, I am a yarn snob.) I guess this is a push button topic for me because people just don't get it and I keep getting store bought mass produced scarves (not hand made) as gifts. While I appreciate that someone thought of me and wanted to get me a gift, this is not it. Please! (The only exception would be really nice silk scarves that someone hand dyed for me or the HUGE scarves/stoles that are mostly black with purple, blue, or red celtic knot motifs that people sell at Renn faires or farmer's markets.) Of course if you really wanted to send me a hand knitted or hand woven scarf, those I would gladly accept. But I could probably use hand knitted socks or wrist warmers more. ;) Anything hand made or dyed is accepted with glee.

 

Would you like anything from Starring Fragrances. They make awesome hair stuff, natural deoderant, and home fragrance (and a ton of other stuff, those are just my favs)? If you love them and you think I would love them, I am open to trying whatever! With the exception of natural deoderant, that stuff never works for me.

 

Do you like poetry? I'm picky. :P

 

What types of scents do you like to scent your home? Which do you totally avoid? The boyflame hates foody scents and cinnamon type scents (I weep!) but plain vanilla seems to be ok. Even though I have a ton of the BPTP room sprays I don't use them a lot except on pillows and clothes; I don't want my dogs to have to smell them all the time and hurt their noses.

 

What are your thoughts on comics? Any you like? Any you have been wanting to try? Favorite characters? I'd love the Sandman collections in hardback... but those are way over the price range. :P And probably don't count as comics at that point. See below. Delerium is one of my favorite characters.

 

Ok geek check - what sort of geeky things do you do? Do you read comics/graphic novels? Are you obsessed with something (a TV show maybe?) Do you work in a geeky field? Do you play rpgs like Dungeons and Dragons? Would you like gifts related to any of these?

 

What kind of geeky things do I do? I play computer games... I've been playing Ultima Online for 11 years+ now? I love old dos computer games (infocoms, sierra, the ultima series, etc.) I downloaded monkey island 1&2 on my ipad and finished the first one while my boyfriend was away for the weekend. I knit! That seems less geeky and more mainstream these days though. I still call BBSes (well, now we telnet to them!) I haven't scripted for a while but I *can*. I would like to get more into camera geekery (my dad is the hugest camera geek on the planet and is always giving me his cast offs but I don't know much about them and haven't really taken the time to learn.) I organize all of my books, cds, perfume, etc. and document it all on spreadsheets, scentbase, librarything, etc. Did I mention that I'm Aspergers? I think that is probably the definition of geek. I used to go to all of the Sci Fi conventions but that dropped off because I moved away to Texas, then Colorado, and just kind of got out of the habit. Plus getting older = less energy & more responsibilities. sigh.

 

I don't read comics anymore.. I did read a lot of them growing up. I love graphic novels though. I think I don't like reading comics because they are too short and my attention span is much much much longer. Same reason I don't like to watch TV (except on dvd/netflix/on demand) - I don't like being interupted with commercials.

 

I'm not "obsessed" with anything geeky (am I??), for TV right now we are watching Dexter (streaming on netflix, again for me on S1/S2, first time for the boyflame), just finished watching all of Lost on Netflix streaming. Started to watch Dead Like Me but the bf didn't like it. I have all of Twin Peaks on dvd and most of Red Dwarf (up to S5?) and have been watching Red Dwarf streaming from Netflix at work since the BF doesn't like british humor (WTF?) When True Blood comes back on I'll have to watch that every time a new episode is out. oh!! And I'm very excited about A Game of Thrones coming to HBO next month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love those books. I want a Game of Thrones "Winter is Coming" girly babydoll with the raven!! I saw some on the HBO Store website.

 

I have worked in a geeky field as tech support or unix system admin since 1991 or so.

 

I used to play RPG's... D&D starting in 4th grade (that was before it was AD&D :P), Cyberpunk, Shadowrun, Call of Cthulhu, Paranoia, Paladium, etc. I met people when I lived in Toronto because I (1) called bbses and (2) played RPGs. Being a hot girl didn't hurt!! :lol: Some of my characters are used as NPC's in some Cyberpunk games and many of my Torontonian friends are listed as test players in the GURPS cyberpunk (I was as sick as a dog for many months and couldn't test with them.) Played Vampire: The Masquerade when it first came out and was part of the Seattle Camarilla originally but that didn't last too long because I couldn't stand most of the other people. :lol: I gave all of my game manuals to my son who is in college now and running many campaigns. He has tried a few of his campaigns out on me and Pixiepetal (my friend Lisa, she has an account here on bpal.org but doesn't read or post much.)

 

I do love geeky toys, I have a talking Tick doll, many Sandman & NMBC dolls & figurines, etc. I just don't have a lot of ROOM for things like that right now, so most of them are packed up in storage.

 

Anything with the Worm Moon update that you're already lusting after? Everything of course. I'll know more after Will Call tonight.

 

If your Witch lived near you, would you be happy or creeped out to get a "coupon" for a service like cleaning help or babysitting or dogwalking or coffee out with your Witch or something like that? Would you be creeped out if a local minion personally delivered a package to your house from a far-away Witch? No, I wouldn't be creeped out. I'm usually one of the local minions delivering things!! :) However I do have a lot of depression and anxiety, so I'm not always "up" for going out and being social.

 

Household/kitchen goods/gadgets? I could use another Swissgold Tea Filter. Anything I want is under my "Cooking" wishlist on Amazon. Ninja cookie cutters.. Skull & Crossbone egg/pancake mold... skeleton hand condiment set.. bone spreaders.. skull cupcake pans.. all edges brownie & lasagna pans.. ingenuiTEA tea maker, electric kettle, just to name a few. I can always use measuring cups and spoons.

 

Do you have a favorite fabric? If someone were to make you a fabric item, would you prefer it be out of any fabric? Silk and velvet are definitely favorites. Really high thread count cotton for pillow cases. It depends on the item?? However, if it were yarn-y, my favorite would be MCN (merino cashmere nylon) for non-socks, and merino with a little nylon for socks. or Merino-silk blends. Or heck, merino silk cashmere blends.

 

 

Let's say I have a pair of something you collect, would you like one of them and we have matching things? That would be super sweet! When I was younger the "best friend" matching rings/necklaces/whatever always intrigued me but I was a loner and didn't have a best friend to share such a thing with. My horse wasn't really interested.

 

What three things are you craving right now? Right now? I'd like a cupcake, a winning mega millions ticket, and to go home and go back to bed. I guess that's not really "craving" other than the cupcake.

 

paper goods, anyone need? including resume paper, and formal stationery as well as casual cards. no thanks.

 

What is a scent that you've been trying to find even a sample of for a very long time to no avail? (What bottle would you die to get your hands on - even a partial?) Pumpkin King or Noir, just to see what the fuss is about.

 

Is there anything in your life that you'd like advice or a "selfhelp" book for?: (ie finances, eating healthier, meal planning) Nah. I would have said Beekeeping for Dummies if asked last week, but I already bought it. :)

 

Violette Market Update is up. Do you covet anything from it? Haven't even looked. I haven't been able to afford new Villainess or Arcana from the latest updates and am not really a huge Violette Market fan. Easier just not to look.

 

What is your favorite type of wine? Would you be interested in trying something new? In that case, is there anything you really DONT like? Ooooo how about dessert wines? Favorite type of wine is ice wine and tawney port (I think I already answered this somewhere.) With mead being my favorite really, although it's mead - not wine. Close enough!! I have tried to get more into wine and will work with my wine snob friends and do pairings with dinner or with fruit/cheese/bread/chocolate and I tend to like those, but I really just don't drink very often. I wish I could have more wine with "dinner" but since I work graveyard I can't have anything with dinner (breakfast?) and I don't feel like drinking a glass of wine when I get home at 8am. So I have it on special occasions. :) I have some lovely huckleberry mead that I've been saving. For staples I usually get Chaucers Mead, Warre's Warrior Special Reserve Port, Graham's "Six Grapes" Port, etc. mostly because these are plentiful and inexpensive. I can't remember which ice wines I buy, I would recognize the bottle. I usually buy from Costco or from the grocery store because, again, inexpensive. When I visit my friends in Portland who run Cocoa Velvet, I usually go along to the wine tastings that they participate in - they do pairings with their chocolate. The farmer's market has a booth with delightful spiced blackberry wine that I adore. I'd be up for trying something new, especially a new dessert wine.

 

Easter Candy - do you like it? If so, what types? I love the Vosges chocolate bunnehs (especially Naga but I haven't looked to see if they have that flavor this year, I can just get the candy bar after all.) Cadbury mini eggs!!! Starburst jelly beans.

 

What scent(s) are you petrified of getting DC'd? Snake Oil! O. Most of my favs are LE anyway (sigh.) Usually the GC's I love are for more than just scent: Baku, GRR, Bitch, TAL's, etc. so it would be really bad if any of those were to disappear.

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