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My dear witch - new entries will be added daily (I hope??) at least while I have good access to the interwebs.


Friday July 5/13


Anything from Villainess that strikes your fancy, either from their update or from the GC? Not especially.


Thursday July 4/13


If I wanted to include something for your fluffball, what would be good, and what should I stay away from? little furry mice, catnip, they like cat treats as well. Nothing really to stay away from particularly.


Would homemade treats be something you'd like for your dog/cat? Sure - I don't know if they cats would eat them, but we could try.


If you get a long weekend this weekend... what are you doing with it? Staying in? Going out? Family? Friends? If you don't get a long weekend, are you OK with that, or a little sad? (If you are Canadian, apply this to last weekend). The manbeast and I went hiking in one of the dune parks. It was nice!


Would you be interested in getting a kombucha starter and instructions on how to use it to easily make your own fermented, probiotic tea drink? No thanks.


Wednesday July 3/13


Anything interesting from the new Paintbox Soapworks update for you? I like the Sorbettos in general and always like to try new flavors. I'm not so picky about her scents as they don't really stick with me after I shower.


What about recycled sari silk yarn, witches and witchees? still not a yarnie!


Sooo, the Blooddrop update (Aviary and Summer Simplicities). Anything you'd like from there? I have tried very few Blooddrop perfumes. On a check through the list, the following blends look interesting to me: Kea, Kestrel, Apricot Yoghurt and Orchid look like they could be wins!


DEAR FIBER AND YARN PEOPLE: I am going back to Paradise Fibers today. They have like almost every type of fiber roving and dye and stuff available. If you're a spinner and have any fiber wishes, what would you like? Dyed or natural? Do you need dye? colors? brand? Not a yarnie.


Tuesday July 2/13


Every package has to have something blue in it. Blue can also be used to describe more risque humor...how would you rate your general sense of humor? Are you strictly PG-13, R-rated, NC-17? NC-17 humor is fine by me!


Do you like puzzles? What kind? Jigsaw, word, etc I talked about this on the thread, but I love puzzles. My favorites are crosswords and logic puzzles. I also have a fondness for jigsaw puzzles - early on in our relationship, the manbeast and I used to sit together and assemble them as part of a date night. We'd buy one of the cheapo ones at the Barnes and Nobles near our house and desperately look for a surface big enough for assembly.


Monday July 1/13


I know Canadian chips can be different than others, how does "dill pickle" or "ketchup" sound? Not so good, actually. :P


If you were getting a custom Haus of Gloi blend, what four notes would you choose? Summer notes listed here and you can click through to the whole list from there. Blood orange, lychee, fig, white amber.


QUESTION! Do you like Kickstarter? Are there any projects up that you really like? Sure, but I tend to pick and choose. There is nothing I'm desperate to back at the moment.


QUESTION! If you have an Etsy wishlist, what are your top 5 favorite things on there? The price is unimportant, not because I'm rich, but because I'd like some inspiration.


(1) This coat: https://www.etsy.com/listing/111889535/custom-made-woolen-coat-with-round?ref=col_view

(2) This mug: https://www.etsy.com/listing/62798499/half-agony-half-hope-persuasion-jane?ref=col_view

(3) This necklace (love her stuff): https://www.etsy.com/listing/95104583/20-off-use-coupon-code-wedding-lotus?ref=col_view

(4) This cushion cover: https://www.etsy.com/listing/85616823/vintage-map-cushion-pillow-eco-friendly?ref=col_view

(5) This bag: https://www.etsy.com/listing/27316950/marigold-ambrosia-luxury-silk-tie-silk?ref=col_view


Festival this week -- includes an "encampment" and an art faire. any interest in trinkety things from the encampment or cards/prints from local artists Sure - I love trinkets!


How do you feel about glitter? does loose glitter make your skin crawl or would you bathe in it? hmmm, no thanks.


Do you want/need/like/collect journals? If so, do you prefer lined or unlined? I only journal online, so this would likely be a waste.


Does the idea of wearing a plant as jewelery give you the warm fuzzies or the heebie jeebies? warm fuzzies!


Gourmet popcorn, yes/no? What do you like: glazed, savory, candied? Nuts or not? Any flavors you wouldn't like (like Bacon CHeeseburger, Pizza, Watermelon, Root Beer Float, Hot Chili Dark Chocolate)? Or if any of those sounded interesting, how weird is weird enough? No popcorn for me, thanks.


Question: I make my own hair gloss, would you like some detangling and very shiny hair gloss made by me? This is a 'cone rich blend, not the least bit natural. Sure, I'd give it a try!


Thursday June 27/13


I live near the Brown and Haley outlet - makers of Almond Roca and Mountain Bars - would you want anything from the outlet? For nut-haters, they have nutless Roca For the no-sugar folks they have sugar-free as well.

Sure - just keep in mind the restrictions in my questionnaire. No gluten, and if possible, no processed sugar.


I also have an Oberto jerky outlet local to me - any wants there? Noms. I like jerky.


How do you feel about home-canned goods? More noms. I am all about home-made things - jams, salsa, dressings, chutneys, pickles, whatever. Just no gluten. :)


Do you like BPTP clothing? Yes.

What size do you wear of:


Baby-doll T's Usually XXL? Although I'm kind of between sizes right now and the XXLs are getting big.

Regular T's I don't much like the regular Ts - mens T-shirts fit me REALLY oddly because my boobs are big. The only men's t-shirts I buy are "slim fit" or uni-sex as they tend to stretch over my boobs and hips without making it look like I'm wearing a tent.

yoga pants I've never bought them, but probably XXL as well.


Also, what is your favorite lunacy (or non-lunacy) T-shirt that you don't already own? Hmm, not sure. I can tell you that I DO own Candles Moon 2012, Weeping branches Moon, Hungry Ghost Moon 2011 (my favorite) and Singing Moon 2012. I don't buy too many because I find them a bit expensive for a t-shirt as I like the tissue tees. It has to be a design I REALLY resonate with.

Or other clothes from BPTP? Not that I can think of - I have the District shirt and I love it.


What else do you love from the Trading Post site, and need to have? I like the room sprays and hair glosses very much. Lets see, I haven't tried any of the recent release of hair glosses, but I've tried everything from the first two releases. Both of the Lady of Pain hair glosses look great. I love the room sprays as well, and have a couple of my wishlist. I haven't tried any of the Lady of Pain sprays, and they all look fantastic. The candles I'm actually a little meh about - I loved my halloween candle from two years ago, but did not like the one I ordered this year and I haven't ordered any other. Again, they are a little pricey for me and nothing has really stood out as a YES YES YES. I am not interested in the soap (dries my skin) and I'm not into baths and since I found the glossing sprays from Haunt, I don't use the bathoils as moisturizer any more, so I'm probably good on that count as well.


Is there a particular movie genre that you like (Fantasy? Drama? Romantic Comedy? Musicals? TV-Series, etc), and what format would you prefer: DVD, Blu-Ray, or something in the cloud (like Amazon, iTunes, Flixster, etc)? I like all kinds of movies. I have a bunch of things on my amazon wishlist (go back into the tunnel of time, dear witch!) that I still would like to get. I prefer DVD format. If there is some movie that I simply must see, that you think I'd love, well I am up for it. If you want to send me something digitally, that's fine too - I have amazon prime viewer and itunes. We also have an apple tv, so we can stream from itunes straight to the television. While I have librarything for my books, I don't have a good catalogue of my movies. I do have a letterboxd account (username is sophiawestern - http://letterboxd.com/sophiawestern/films/diary/), but it is sadly out of date especially as I watched a crap ton of movies on all of my long flights this summer. I'll work on updating it though - I've been meaning to do it anyway as I like organization. :)


Following up on the Adagio question from earlier, what are you top five wishes, for teas and blends? I have no wishes as my tea knowledge is limited. If you would like to educate me, dear witch, I wouldn't say no. I like smoky flavors, vanillas and fruity teas. I do not like plain green tea.


Do you have anything that you do ritually, every summer? Travel? I usually spend the first weekend of August in Spokane, WA with my mom's side of my extended family. I also travel to Spain each summer, although this is a more recent thing.


What are your top five wishes from ThinkGeek? I have a wishlist there - email address LTallman@gmail.com.


Seen anything lately that makes you go OH HOLY FUCK THAT'S AWESOME!!? When I was SCUBA diving in Thailand, one of the other people had a dive log book that had plastic page protectors in it. Little plastic page protectors for the log sheets. That is BRILLIANT. I always forget my log book so I have a million loose pieces of paper from the various dives I've done and I'd love to get some kind of small binder with protective pages for them all. Her binder had a cute fishie design on the outside too.


Do you like audiobooks? If so, do you have/would you like to try Audible? (I'm an addict, myself.) I do not like audiobooks.


Chocolate: Love? Hate? Allergic? If love, what are your faves? Dark chocolate - the darker, the better! Noms.


Wednesday June 26/13


Do you have any long trips coming up? If so, could you use things to occupy yourself? So many, but you already know that, dear witch. Ebooks are the best present for me for travel.


I'm going to Jungle Jim's next week (it's basically a massive international food gasm in Ohio, look it up); would anything interest you? I leave this to your discretion, dear witch! If you think there's something I'd like, go for it!


Name three things that you could use, but might not necessarily think to get for yourself? Plain, thin headbands (to hold back fly aways), ball point pens with a fine tip, a magnetic grocery list pad that sticks on the fridge (those are the things that popped into my mind as stuff I've wanted most recently!)


Does anything from the TP Etsy update interest you? I bought a bottle of horticultral spray and that's the only thing.


I just found out Oreo is launching ones with watermelon flavor in the USA only. Is it something you would enjoy? Ew.


What are the three BPALs you would most like to receive - one GC, one not-hard to find LE, and one HTF LE from your dreams? GC: Czernobog; LE: maybe Arana, or Passion Flower SN; HTF: Jingo Kogo. Or more Antique Lace (although that's greedy as I have a bottle). Or Siberian Musk SN


If you don't consider yourself in a "fandom" (and I get that ... I don't really go overboard on my liking of any TV show/Movie/etc), are there any TV shows or Movies that you really like and/or watch regularly or any actors/actresses you wouldn't leave standing in the rain (unless you like looking at them sopping wet, in which case ... well, nevermind)? I think I covered my television likes and dislikes in my questionnaire. As far as actors/actresses - I'm not really one to fawn on celebrities. I typically prefer the characters they play in various movies and television shows to themselves.


So, dear witchee, would you like some Tw*twaffle soap or scent or lotion? No? Yes? I'm not sure - I think perhaps I need to check the thread to understand this.


Has anyone asked about tattoos? Do you love them? Hate them? Have any? Want any? I have two - a compass on my ankle and a moon rising over water on my back. I frequently think about getting more.


Tuesday June 25/13


If you knit/crochet, what sizes of needles do you need? I do not knit or crochet.


What styles of artwork do you like? I like all different stuff - my taste is really eclectic. I posted some photos of my apartment in the thread, but here is a guest pass for a more inclusive set on flickr so you can get a sense of my style. http://flickr.com/gp/lissaphoto/516n11/


If you cook, would you be interested in-hand made spice mixes/rubs? Sure!


Would you like mexican vanilla or silver rings/necklaces? Yes and yes.


The Conjure Oils update (http://conjureoils.com/emporium.htm) looks absolutely fabulous...I didn't know she made soaps and candles and whanot. Is there anything from the Oddment Emporium you would like? The dry perfume sprays sound awesome. Midnight, Heliophobe and Fire Dragon Parasol appeal to me the most, although I've never tried Conjure Oils.


What is your favorite color? red


What is your favorite season? spring


If you could live anywhere in the world and money was no object, where would it be? Barcelona.


Monday June 24/13


Do you have any symbols or totems that are meaningful to you? Not really. I do like penguins an awful lot.


When you are having a really rough day, what do you like to do/have to make it a little brighter? Take a long shower, have a nice glass of wine, eat some dark chocolate and read one of my favorite books.


Would you like if your witch sent a regional pop/soda? If so, what type (Root beer, creme soda, cola, citrus-flavored, chocolate-flavored, etc...)? Probably no - unless you have Peartiser or Stoney Ginger beer. :)


Ninjas or Pirates? Ninjas!


Werewolves or vampires? Vampires!


Zombie or Cthulhu? um.... neither?


Do you want to receive one big package or a bunch of small ones? Digital stuff all at the end when the box should arrive or as we go? Whatever you wish, dear witch. The only thing I fervently hope is that we keep playing all the way to the end of the round. :)


Do you welcome knitted items? If so, what would you like most? (amigurumi, washcloth, socks, shawl, shawlette, scarf, wrist warmers, hat, etc.) Do you have any favorite fibers? How about any fiber allergies? Favorite color for knitted items? Sure, knitted things are fine. I have a lot of scarves, but could always use more hats or fingerless gloves. Michigan is cold.


Sunday June 23/13


Is there a Quote that resonates with you, or that you particularly like a lot. Would this be something you would like artwork made of for your walls or a shirt/bag/scarf? I love quotes in general and I collect them in various place. You can read some in my mostly defunct (and open) livejournal - http://users.livejournal.com/la_boheme_/. Some favorites:


Pity the poor in spirit who know neither the enchantment nor the beauty of language. - Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog


For the first time I actually felt like I owned my skin, like it was me and I was it. - Junot Diaz, The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao


How I wished sometimes that I could join him in his stark, right-angled world, where everything was either right or wrong and there was no doubt which was which. What unimaginable luxury, never to wrestle with whether or why, never to lie awake nights wondering what if. - Hillary Jordan, Mudbound


I am a restlessness inside a stillness inside a restlessness. - Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle


I am the outskirts of a town which isn't there, the lengthy commentary on a book that hasn't been written.- Fernando Pessoa


You have often begun to tell me what I am, but stopped and left me to a bootless inquisition. - William Shakespeare, "The Tempest"


Also, STARBUCKS, Yay or Nay? Anything you particularly like? Starbucks, yay! Not instant coffee, but anything else is good.


Is there someone on the forums (within SW or not) who knows you really well and might be able to help with stalking? you could try izile and Invidiana - both my real life friends from New York. Also Obsidienne who I have been friends with for over a decade.


If you happen to find out who yours is, how much would it bother you? My witch? Not at all! Last round, I accidently betrayed my identity ON THE FIRST DAY. #switchwitchfail


Do you use waxmelts or tarts? If so, which ones do you prefer? I have no tart burner, so no.


Do you enjoy drinking hot chocolate, and would you like stuff to make it with, or to add to it? Sure, cocoa is nice. I don't drink it much because of the aforementioned sugar restrictions.


Have you ever tried Spoonfudge? Would you enjoy it if your Witch would send you some? Which of the flavors would you like? I do not know what Spoonfudge is... (google) Looks good. Sounds kind of sugary though? If you think I'd like it, go for it.


What's your opinion on Moonalisa? Any favorites or products you'd like to try? I've never tried it, but everyone raves about it. If I should be enabled, go for it. The bodywash and/or conditioner probably appeal to me most as products I'd like to try. No on all of the bath brews and such as I don't take baths.


Are there any BPALs that you loved the idea of, the imagery - whether artwork or description - but which didn't work out for you? (I'm asking because if they did, you might mention them elsewhere, but if not, the imagery might be helpful) No so much, really. I'm into the bpal for the scents and I often don't pay much attention to the imagery. Although the new line of natural drawings on the bottles I do love.


Saturday June 22/13


Put your mp3 player/online music/itunes/etc on random and list the next 10 songs here:

1. In the Waiting Line - Zero 7

2. Turn Turn Turn - Byrds

3. Comfortably Numb - Scissor Sisters

4. Blah Blah - Kate Miller-Heidke

5. Riverboat Song - Ocean Colour Scene

6. You Oughta Know - Alanis Morisette

7. Blue and Sudden - Ten Mile Tide

8. Be Ok - Ingrid Michaelson

9. Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones

10. Case in Point - Andrew Bird


what is your favourite object, that you own, ignoring sentimental reasons for attachment? So I guess something you find beautiful, or fun, or incredibly useful. Probably done of my art. I love my giant poster of the birds in black and white (in my office over my desk).


How big is too big...for something to hang on your walls? If I'm painting you a pretty picture, are there maximum dimensions that you have/prefer? As you prefer - I love art and I can always find room!


Gift cards/vouchers - yay or nay? If you like them - which stores would you like one for? Yay! Wherever - online retailers are probably best as it's easy to redeem. Starbucks is always good too.


Is there anything from Australia you would like? eg: snacks (yes, you can ask for Tim Tams!), books, magazines, memorabilia? TIMTAMTIMTAMTIMTAM


Do you have any problems with swearing or particularly off-color humor? Fuck no!


What style is your sense of humour? Dry, sarcastic - I like "smart" humor, not slapstick humor.


Opinions on table top games, from cards and board games, to dice and rpgs. What do you like? What don't you like? Favorites? Any classics you like? Do you collect any? I like games, but no friends to play them with (boo hoo hoo - moving is hard!). My don't do any RPGs. My favorite games tend to be word games, like scrabble or scatergories or apples to apples.


What would you like from the most recent BPAL update? What are you planning on buying for yourself and what would you like to try? I didn't buy anything for myself, yet, not even decants. I will likely buy the Sweet Pea SN. There are a couple bottles I'd be interested in trying - Aurelia*, Calocyclas*, Desmonema, Epibulia, and Octopus*. The starred ones I'm pretty sure won't work, but I'm interested in trying anyway. (Aurelia has strawberry, which always smells fake to me, Calocyclas has sandalwood which usually smells like pencil shavings and Octopus is a salty aquatic which can be really hit or miss - especially with Rose geranium). If I were to order decants, those are the ones I'd do but I was thinking about waiting for some reviews this time since they'll be up for a couple of months. I had high hopes for A Tremulous Song and ordered a ton of decants and none of them were what I was really hoping for.


Is there a literary character you identify with? Even if it's not spot-on, just someone you found yourself having that "I identify with this" feeling? Not off the top of my head.


What are the three books you most want to read right now, and which you don't already have?

1 - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

2 - The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen

3 - The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway


Would you like something from Empire Edibles? The caramels look good.


Is there anything small you try to collect from everywhere you visit? Fridge magnets


Witchee, I know that SW isn't about what you get... but could you name one thing you would be heartbroken not to get and one thing you would be a-ok if it didn't make it in your box? (i.e. do you REALLY want perfume oil of some sort, or would you be totally heartbroken if there was no Lush in your box, etc A reveal!


Do you like tarot cards, pendulums and rune stones etc? If so, what type? I don't have any of the sort - I wouldn't mind something about how to read tarot and a deck. I'm certainly interested.


What fandoms do you belong to? I'm not much for the rabid fandoms.


What cheers you up? Books!


Who or where would you most want to haunt? Who would you least want to be haunted by? I don't think I'd want to be haunted. Maybe my grandmother? Because I'll miss her when she is gone. But honestly, I don't like to think about death very much because it terrifies me. TERRIFIES. ME.


What question do you hate to answer? How was your trip? As if I could possible sum up everything that happened in a trip with anything other than a long monologue or just "great".


What is the best compliment you have/could receive? I like it when people compliment my cooking or my driving as those are things that people in my past have made me feel bad about for no good reason.


Would you like anything from an European country? Any particular food or goodies, magazines, books, whatever would be available to your witch in his/her country. Sure, whatever you like.


Do you like bags? If so, what type (rucksack, clutch, shopping bag) colour and would you like/need a new one? I love bags. I prefer things with a long shoulder strap as I have issues with my shoulders and need to wear things cross body. Or clutches or wristlets are always good too. And shopping bags are a-okay, especially as I am an avid farmers market goer.


What's your favourite comfort food(snack or candy etc) and/or drink? Wine?


Would you be interested in someone writing out for you a favourite recipe, or finding or devising one which they think you'd like? If so, please provide your favourite ingredients, info on how you like to cook/store and use food, and any intolerances - unless all of these are in your questionnaire, or you don't like the idea. (I'm not saying I'd definitely do this, unless someone is keen, and it wouldn't be the only gift). I guess for other witches this might include something like a knitting pattern - not my thing but would you like that? Or indeed would you like a picture created for you (if so what kind) or a story written? (sorry if this feels a bit Spanish Inquisition!) I think my food preI ferences are pretty well laid out in my questionnaire and in these Q&As. Art I leave to my witch's discretion - I adore handmade things and can always find a place for them. I don't knit, so that wouldn't be so good.


If you knew you were going to live comfortably for say 800 years, what profession, calling or project might you pursue with some of your extra years, which you imagine you may not do in the life that you have? I'd be a professional photographer. I got into the hobby late® in life, when I was almost finished with college and already on a the track to be what I currently am. But I love it so very much, and I wish I could make it into a profession. When I was a little girl, I thought I wanted to grow up and write and illustrate children's books, so maybe I'd take photographs to go in children's books that I wrote. Or maybe I'd be an interior designer! I don't know, definitely an artist of some sort. Regardless, I feel pretty lucky, all in all, to be doing what I do. I gave up all of my twenties to pursuing a Ph.D., but I don't think I could handle working a desk job. And science pays better than art, sadly.


Is there any thing - an object, a donation on your behalf, some research done for you, whatever - that your witch could do about this that you would like? And if you can't think of a present, would you rather she/he (I!) didn't either and confined themselves to things you are already involved in? I'm not sure I have an answer here.


What colors/style is your kitchen decor? And do you entertain in your home? I posted some photos in the thread and you can check my flickr set. I do like to entertain, but I am sadly lacking in friends at the moment.


Are your ears pierced? Many times.


Do you like stuffies/stuffed animals/art doll type thingies? If so, any particular type you'd love to get? If you find something that you simply MUST get for me, it's perfect and it's meaningful, then I will treasure it. I don't collect stuffed animals though, so don't go out of your way to look for them.


Switch Witch is, of course, all about you.....but if your Witch was so inclined, are there wee little ones in your home that will get jealous and are just too young to understand why you won't share the love, who maybe need a touch of Witchee love all their own, to distract them while you hide all your lovelies?!? I am child-free by choice, however the man-child I live with does like to pick at foodstuffs my witch may send to me!


Thursday June 20/13


Do you read literature/culture blogs or websites of any kind? I'm thinking about anything that would help a putative witch to get a sense of what your current tastes in books, movies, games, genres, approaches to culture and literature and so forth are Let's see, I read Gawker and I read the AV Club.


How do you feel about traditional picnics (namely the intimate table for two variety)? Old-fashioned basket or something more utilitarian (cooler/insulated bag)? I like them, but I'm not much of a picnic-er.


If you were put in a room with 100 random other people the same age and sex as you, from your country, in what way do you think you would be different from the average? I need to come back to this one when I have more time.


Haus of Gloi did a Reverie update! Do any of them interest you? (Or anything else up currently?) The only product I've tried is the lotion in amber, which I like. I wish the scent were a little stronger in it - I get a lot of the base ingredients, but what I can smell smells good! I'd try some of the scrubs, for sure. You have my list of scent likes and dislike - do your best! I will say that nothign on the Reverie catches my eye, but the Beguiled in the summer scents for the scrub looks yummy.


Witchee, do you cook? Do you do all the cooking? Is it a chore or a pleasure? I do cook some, but the boy does more. It is a pleasure, usually. I like simple, tasty recipes that are quick to prepare. Bonus if I can sub ingredients to use up my CSA stuff!


Which reading level do you prefer to read in YA or Adult? Or even both? I like both. Good young adult literature is good.


Wednesday June 19/13 - part the second


Do you like sample sized things? Think lipgloss, mascara, bodylotion, scrubs, mini candles, and so forth. Sure, that's fine. I like to try things before I committ.


Have you tried Fortune Cookie Soap? What products or scents would you like? I have not, but see my previous comments as to bars of soap. Usually, I do not like.


Do you use solid soaps at all? If so, what kind do or don't you like? No thanks.


Have you ever tried Cocoa Pink? If you are curious about it, what looks interesting to you? I have never tried it, but the dry oil sprays, after sun glow and both of the scrubs look interesting! There are lots of scents the look good on the winter 2012 list - if you look at my list of notes I like, you can probably guess which appeal. :) For scrubs, I do like foody scents too. For perfumes, I prefer a little less foody.


Do you like Lush? If so, what is your favorite product that is currently available, also, what is a product that you love but has been discontinued? I do, but I don't buy it much. I like the Ocean Spray face scrub so so much.


Anyone a fan of Shiro Cosmetics? Any particular products? Eye shadow pigments in general? Never tried it!


Are there any companies, products, or items you boycott? Not aggressively. I try to stay away from products with palm oil, but I'm not consistent about it. I do boycott Chik Fil A (as my friend says - they serve up tasty bags of deep fried hate) and Walmart (aka the evil empire). Also, it's not a boycott per se, but it has been YEARS since I've eaten at any fast food establishment that isn't Subway. Ever since I was Super Size Me in the theater, I've stayed away from fast food. Pretty much, if it has a drive through, I probably won't eat there.


As I am in Japan, what sort of things would you like from there? Ooh, some nice origami papers would be most welcome!


Since FB and the FB Gusp group (and the BPAL Sorority which is quiet) have become gathering places...what are some of your favorite Facebook pages you like? Not sure I have any of these.


Wednesday June 19/13


If you could have one rare bpal which one would you choose? Jingo-Kogo.


Are you kinky? Not really.


Do you enjoy scented candles? Certain sizes that you like? What kind of scents or brands? I do enjoy scented candles! I like Witch City Wicks a lot, but basically any clean burning, soy kind of candle is good for me. I like a wide variety of smells too. Some fresher smelling ones might be nice as I have a lot of foodie ones (which I love!) but I tend to go for those in the winter.


Thoughts about South Africa? Have you been here, would you like to go? Would you like to receive anything South African?

I have been there. My favorite things from South Africa are not very exportable. I have dreams about drinking Peartizer again. mmmmmmmmmm, Peartizer. I also really like Stoney Tangawisi, which is sold all over east Africa and South Africa, bottled by Coca Cola, but sadly not available in the US. That's all I can really think of - I'm stocked up on other African bits and bobs.


Do you like Sockdreams? If so, what styles would you prefer? (You can also link your wishlist.) Yes, sock dreams is awesome! I love all the patterned trouser socks - I like to wear them in the fall. Not so big on thigh highs.


Do you need hair accessories? If so, what kind or color? Hmm, I'll pass on these.


What is your favorite shade of blue? Turquoise


Do you have any kitchen gadgets (a SodaStream, a Kuerig/Tassimo) that you want mix things for? Nope.


If you were to start learning something new (intellectual or craft or hobby), what would it be? Perhaps knitting.


What about candy? Do you have a sweet tooth? I covered this in my questionnaire, but I DO have a sweet tooth and I'm trying to stay away from most sweets. Dark chocolate would be welcome.


Do you have an e-reader? What kind? Would you like to get ebooks? I have a Kindle, and EMPHATIC YES on ebooks! Love them!


If your witch is an extremely crafty sort, and she were to send all kinds of homemade foody goodies and handmade crafty stuff - what are items you would NOT LOVE to receive. Please don't hedge on this one...some of us are serious crafters and will be making most of what we send! I'm open to pretty much anything! As I said in my questionnaire, I'd like the limit the baked goods, but that's about it. Do you worst! I love handmade things.


Witchee dear, do you like video games? Are there any you want to play? Do you have a large library? Not much of a gamer.


Do you have something you do, without fail, as a personal daily habit/ritual? (Examples: pen-and-paper journal keeping, tea/coffee drinking, morning yoga, nightly bedtime reading. I'm kind of thinking on things that would be dear to you and might need small supplies or could use certain extras. ) My morning coffee. It's not really a ritual per se, but the day isn't quite right if I dont' have it.


Do you wear nailpolish? What colors do you tend to go for? What are your favorite brands? Are you open to trying indie brands? Yes, and I like OPI a lot. I'm open to any colors!


Name three BPAL scents you have tried, but are dying to get more of. Elf v4, Siberian Musk SN, Dream of Fisherman's Wife


Do you still write real letters on nice stationary to people you like/love? Occasionally. I do like stationary a lot.


Have you ever tried anything from Paintbox Soapworks? Which products or scents would you prefer? Yes, but it's been a while. I like the sorbetto scrubs.


Do you like/have space to garden? If so, what do you grow? No garden for me, sadly. I do have some indoor plants - I like to grow herbs and cacti.



Monday June 17/13


Dr Who? Nope, no thanks.


How much do you like lipbalm? Flavored or unflavored? What are your favorite brands and flavors? I am not a lipbalm girl, I'm afraid. I like a good medicated blistex when my lips are chapped, but otherwise I go bare lipped, or with gloss.


Do you like and wear lipgloss? If yes, what colours? I do like lip gloss. I prefer kinds that are relatively sheer, or lightly tinted in a natural kind of color and not sticky.


For those of you whose wishlists contain only BPALs, are there any other perfume companies you like or would like to try out? I mentioned this in my questionnaire AND my wishlist has other companies, but I really like Nocturne Alchemy, Arcana and especially Haunt products. I've never tried Moonalisa. I have one bottle of Violette Market and one or two of Possets and I've gotten samples here and there, but I have not tried anything extensively. I like the companies though, so if there is something you think I'd like, go for it! I've also gotten samples here and there of Solstice scents and while nothing has jumped out at me thus far, I'm not opposed. I'm not big on villainess perfumes - they smell great, but do not last at. all. on my skin. Must be her carrier oil or something.


Your feelings on Adagio teas: If you've never had anything from them, would you be open to trying them? If you HAVE had them and like them, name some favorites blends. And if you had them and dislike them, can you name a few *other* tea companies you're into? I have not tried any Adagio teas. I am not a huge tea drinker. When I drink it, I prefer whole leaf and not bagged, mostly. I'm pretty open - the only thing I know I dislike is plain green tea. Things I know I especially like are Tazo's Vanilla Rooibos tea, Tazo's Passionfruit tea and Bigelow peach herbal tea. I've tried a bunch of stuff at Teavana and I always like what they have out to sample, but I rarely purchase as it is so expensive. I do have a loose tea drainer dealy and a measurer and canister from Teavana from the one time I bought some tea there.


What about coffee? Would you like to get coffee send to you? Whole bean or ground? What are some varieties and/or flavors you enjoy LOVE coffee. Prefer whole bean, prefer not fruit flavored, or hazelnut. Other than that, sky is the limit!


Who is your favourite female of all time? Historical, literary, ANYTHING, and why? Oh, I don't know that I can choose a favorite, period. I always favor the sort of badasses though - for historical, people like Queen Elizabeth I or Eleanor of Aquitaine who managed to do a lot despite the shitty lot of women in the middle ages. I'm also a big fan of Rosalind Franklin who totally deserved a slice of the Nobel Prize with Watson and Crick.


If you were a Disney princess you would be?: I would not wish to be a disney princess. They all end up married as teenagers!


Would you like a seashell from Florida? No thanks.


What craft project do you currently have on your docket or that you want to start? And that craft goodies would be welcome? I don't get my craft on much, I must say. I don't know that there are many craft supplies that would be welcome. When I have time, I make books but I haven't exercised that craft in a while.

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