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Hair - My hair is a definite talking point. :-) When it's down, I get lots of comments on it by complete strangers. When it's braided, I also get many comments, though fewer. Lots of people ask me why I have it so long. The answer is various. One, I like long hair. Two, I'm curious to see how long I can get it to grow. Three, long hair is so much easier to deal with than short hair. It currently falls below my butt - about a third of the way down my thighs. Next goal is knee length. It's a LOT of hair. :-) I trim it every two or three months to keep it thick and healthy at the ends, and wash it about once a week. It is usually braided, as it does tangle quickly.

When I eventually cut it, I will donate it to Wigs for Kids. It is not dyed and is a dark honey colour.

I think long, well-cared-for hair is sexy, and it makes me feel very feminine, and a little old-fashioned.


Motherhood - The single greatest blessing and responsibility in my life. It's an intense, overwhelming, and completely amazing experience. I'd be lying if I didn't admit to occasionally missing the freedom of being child-free (usually about 6am on a weekend), but the overwhelming majority of the time it's a hugely positive experience.

I've been very lucky in that I was a very selfless person to begin with, so adapting my life around another's needs hasn't been the huge adaptation it is for many people.

I wouldn't trade this trip for anything.


Teaching - My vocation. I can't imagine doing anything else. It's a huge part of my life and who I am... and I am looking forward to having a class where I can really get down to teaching, encouraging, and helping students explore their world and learn how to think.


Vancouver - The most beautiful place on earth. You have to be used to rain and grey, so those with SAD are not likely to enjoy it, but those things lead to the gorgeousness that is this city. Daily, I look around and wonder at how lucky we are to be able to live in a major city that is in a place of such natural beauty.

Housing prices are insane though. :-D But we have AWESOME food, and are such a multicultural area.


Gaming - A major source of socialisation and relaxation for me. I love playing in games and interacting with the characters of my friends, and I have also tried my hand at running a few games. I find myself getting a little lost while GMing, though... I try and have complex plots going and sometimes the interactions get a little convoluted and I have trouble keeping track of them.

Memage.

Jun. 21st, 2009 07:53 am
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Reply to this meme by yelling "Words!" and I will give you five words that remind me of you. Then post them in your LJ and explain what they mean to you.

Words from [livejournal.com profile] morlith

Kids - I have a very sweet, opinionated one sitting in my lap at the moment. I have always wanted to be a mother, and am very pleased to have been granted the opportunity. I also believe that kids are a responsibility I have to the world... intelligent, thoughtful, tolerant people should be having children in order to increase the number of intelligent, thoughtful, tolerant people in the world. We need more of those.

I guess you could say that kids are almost my whole world. I work with them all day, then come home and work with my own. I love them for their willingness to examine the world, and their out-of-the-box thinking. I debated between a career in social work and teaching and in the end chose teaching because I felt that I could do more good for the world, and reach more people, through teaching than through social work. 28 kids x 30 years = 1140 children on whom I have the opportunity to have a direct and lasting impact.

I'd like a second child, but that seems unlikely at this time. I still hold out hope for a change of opinion on the part of my husband, but that seems more and more unlikely. Luckily, we have some excellent friends with a kid around his age, and he has a cousin only a little younger than he is as well.

To me, kids are a sacred and vital charge - a terrifying, awesome, and amazing opportunity.

Geek - Unabashedly so. My geekery initially ran to books and literature... I used to CONSTANTLY have my nose stuck in a book... where I devoured fiction at a truly astonishing rate. It was my escape, and I don't so much read a book as live it. I don't see the words, as such, when I read... I see the story unfolding like a movie on the screen of my mind. Then, in my early 20s, I was introduced to RPGs... Liveaction RPGs first, then sit-down pen-and-pencil ones. That meshed well with my tendency to, in my imagination, write extra characters into books for me to be so I could interact with the stories. Suddenly, I WAS one of the characters in a book. It rocked.

I am a WoW geek too, now. Other than books, my geekery tends to be introduced to me via the male romantic relationships in my life. My husband got an account first, realised I'd probably really enjoy it despite never having been a computer-game kinda gal, and poked me into playing. Loving it... and especially enjoying the friendships found within the guild.

To me, geek means intelligence. It means the ability to examine situations and be passionate about them even if they aren't mainstream media.

Canuck - Proudly so. There's things Canada gets wrong, but it has a lot of things that it does very right. Of course, like all Canadians, when I think Canada, I think my province. :-D So sometimes my view of "Canada" is a little more specific than reality.

We have our flaws, but to me Canada is a place of tolerance and diversity of which I am very proud to be a daughter.

Dice - Hehe... dual meanings here. Gotta love rolling a mitt-full of dice while playing an RPG. I have my own favourite set - 10 white d10s that role insanely well on anything lore/occult/history related. They are the bane of the story-tellers, as frequently my success margin is so high my characters just "know" what would have been a game's worth of painstaking discovery. :-D

I also ascribe the word dice to cooking... because I do a lot of that. One of my ways of showing people I care for them is to feed them. This leads to a nice intersection between game dice and food dice in that I make dinner for our RPG group on our gaming nights. Hehe.

At a certain level, Dice to me means love. The enjoyment of family-of-choice.


Sage - Another dual meaning here. :-D My initial reaction to Sage is to see it as it refers to a person. A Sage is wise. Their advice is considered and takes into account as many factors as possible. Their actions attempt to follow the best path they can identify, even when it isn't the most comfortable. A Sage sees what is truly important and tries to keep those things first in their minds and to pass that knowledge on.

I aspire to be a Sage. To be the person people turn to for advice because my advice is worth taking.

I also go back to food with the word. :-) Sage is an excellent herb to pair with light meats like chicken or fish. I find the smell of it raw/dried mildly nauseating, but it does impart a very pleasant flavour to food dishes.
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Reply to this post, and I'll tell you one reason why I like you. Then put this in your own journal, and spread the love.
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"Comment and I will tell you why I'm thankful to have you on my friends list. Or just thankful for you in general. And then post in your own journal if you would like to share the thankfulness! "
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I was surprised at how many I'd read... 39 in total. I guess the benefits of doing a minor in English. And of taking 19th Century Novels as a course. Hehe.

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