I am borrowing a brilliant notion from [livejournal.com profile] wyliekat. (It's okay, I've left a plate of cookies in its place while I have it! *winks*) She divined this brilliantly positive notion and I now present this offer to you.

"Post Christmas and depths of January I think we all need a bit of cheering up. So...reply to this post, and I'll tell you one reason why I like you. Then, if you'd like, put this in your own journal, and spread the love."

Consider the love spread... with clotted cream and sweet lemon curd on a home-made scone!
miladycarol: (CA at Rhodes)
( Jan. 4th, 2007 08:45 pm)
Well, I'm supposed to be updating and editing the latest version of the Biz Plan, but G has absconded with the laptop upon which the latest version resides. So, while I'm waiting, I present...

1. Do you have any pets? If so, how many, and what are their names?
I currently have two Maltese, Morgana Faye and Aldina Marie, plus a husband and a housemate. They count, right?

2. What was your very first pet? Do you remember its name?
My first pets were fish. The only names I remember from that original lot were the two corydoras named Ugg and Mugg. I loved them for their clowntastic exhibitions.

3. Is there an animal you would never have as a pet?
I'd say the animals I would adopt fit in a very narrow margin. I'm far too responsible to bring an animal home that I can't care for properly and give it a proper environment.

4. What common pet have you always wanted but never had? Why not?
When I was young, I wanted a turtle. I was all set to receive one as a gift when some news story came down the wire that turtles carried some kind of disease, or something. I can't remember exactly what it was, but my Mom thought it suddenly a very bad idea. I then embarked on my long love affair with tropical fish. A 10 gallon tank of 6 fish quite suddenly turned into four tanks (30gal, 20, 10 and 2.5) and a major lust to breed. This is why I no longer have any fish. If I have one tank, somehow, overnight, the house will be full of tanks and I will be breeding brine shrimp, snails and plants to make them happy. Each tank will have an exceedingly precise eco system tailored to that breeds needs right down to the substrate. The tanks will surely take over the majority of the house and I will spend easily 10 hours a week caring for their needs. It's a sickness, really. It's best not to start. Some people have issues with alcohol or drugs. I am a fish-o-holic. *hangs head in shame*

5. What wild animal (extinct or not) would you own if you didn't have to worry about its adjustment or the cost of captivity?
I've always fancied a dinosaur. I would, of course, only consider a small theropod, probably the size of the Comsognathus (2' long, 6-8lbs.), but I'd prefer an herbivore (I have the puppies to think of). I'd consider a Lesothosaurus, but they require dry, arid places and that's not Oregon. Ah well, my life-long lust for a pet dinosaur running about the house may never be realized... largely, I suspect, due to their, um, extinction. *wink*
miladycarol: (Default)
( Nov. 2nd, 2006 11:33 am)
Okay, I took the accent test that everyone is taking and was shocked at how few questions were asked. Honestly, I can't imagine trying to pinpoint an accent with a few vowel sounds. Plus, there were many accent areas that were not covered as an option, in my opinion.

I also feel that, regardless of how we actually speak, we have an idea of what sounds "right" based upon how others speak. Some of us base it upon our childhood accents like those of our parents, other base it on the evening news that speak what I term Middle American. I call it that because it is the most enunciated, least area accent influenced American accent we have. It also has the least character, to me. So, if I were to have been slapped with a Northeast accent, it would have been because that's how my parents spoke to me in my formative years. To be more specific, they spoke to me with a Rhode Island accent specific to the Greater Providence area (because the smallest state is simply packed with accents that, much like London, can differ greatly from one neighbourhood to another within a few blocks).

I'm a bit of a Zelig. I pick up the accents of those around me all too easily in many ways. I recognize that some of my vowels in certain words readily reflect that accent, but most of them don't. When I was in Texas with Mom, I found myself speaking to them in a bit of their drawl and returning to Mom's house and speaking to her with her Rhode Island accent. I'm funny that way. *wink*

Having said that I feel the test is mightily inaccurate, having never lived in the Great Lakes area and, succeeded in dangling a participle or two in so doing, I hereby post my results.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Northeast
The Midland
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Take More Quizzes
miladycarol: (Default)
( Aug. 3rd, 2006 09:36 pm)
Because I'm winding down from all the cleaning and fun in the park this afternoon...a few questions to know me all the better... )


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