delphipsmith: (save the liver)
One of my goals this year was to get out of the usual menu items that we have in regular rotation and try some new things. The best so far have been sweet potato-green onion pancakes with eggs, ham and pepper jam and Smitten Kitchen's crispy broccoli with lemon and garlic. Tonight I thought I'd try roasting some carrots and parsnips tossed with olive oil, sea salt, fresh-ground pepper, and herbs. I was pretty sure I'd had parsnips at some point in my life, and how bad could a root vegetable be?

Nowhere did any of the recipes I consulted warn me that for the first ten minutes roasting parsnips smell like melting plastic. Ugh ugh ugh.

We soldiered on, however, and in the end they...weren't bad. They needed butter (which is unusual, in my experiene, for roasted veg; perhaps I went too light on the olive oil?) and more seasoning. I also grated a little manchego on top because cheese, you know? The first bite was meh but then they rather grew on me, though I admit that could have been the butter, salt and cheese.

So all I can say is that where parsnips are concerned, I remain uncommitted.
delphipsmith: (books-n-wine)
Thanks to [profile] kellychambliss and [personal profile] therealsnape for this one!

Two names you go by:
1. Bobaggins
2. Bergé

Two parts of your heritage:
1. Optimism/cheerful outlook (thanks Dad)
2. Smarts (thanks Mom)

Two things that scare you:
1. Alzheimer's
2. Someone I love dying

Two things you are wearing right now:
1. my Roman glass earrings
2. comfy fleece pants

Two physical things that appeal to you:
1. A rainy day - the smell, the sound, the quiet peaceful feeling
2. Flannel sheets in the winter

Two of your favourite hobbies:
1. Reading
2. Book collecting

Two things you want really badly:
1. Trump to not have been elected
2. To get published

Two places you want to go on vacation:
1. England
2. Novia Scotia

Two things you want to do before you die:
1. Learn to make popovers (they never pop!)
2. See a manned mission to Mars

Two things you are thinking about right now:
1. Whether our ancient dog will poop on the floor tonight
2. Having another glass of wine

Two stores you shop at:
1. J. Jill
2. J. Peterman

Two people you haven't talked to in a while:
1. My best friend from high school
2. My brother

Two favourite websites:
1. New York Times / Goodreads
2. The Mary Sue / Smitten Kitchen

Two things you did last night:
1. Prowled Breitbart (I started doing this after the election, just to see what it was like; it's been...eye-opening)
2. Played Angry Birds

Two shows you like to watch:
It varies by mood. I love older shows like Mary Tyler Moore, Barney Miller, M*A*S*H, etc. At the moment Mr Psmith and I are re-watching
1. Friends
2. Mad Men

Two places you like to go to:
1. New York City or Chicago (tie!)
2. Used bookstores

Two favorite subjects in school:
1. History
2. English

Two favourite places to eat:
1. our local Irish pub, owned and run by a real Irishman
2. any Sunday brunch

Two people that who live in your house:
1. me
2. Mr Psmith

Two things you like about yourself (physically):
1. My feet, which are small and not bony
2. My boobs, which are just right

Two things you ate today:
1. Wasabi almonds
2. Homemade chocolate chip cookies

Two people you last talked to in person:
1. My mom
2. Various coworkers

Two people you last texted:
1. Mr Psmith
2. my nephew

Two things you're doing tomorrow:
1. reboxing original art for 200+ comic strips
2. having a double tall no-whip mocha
delphipsmith: (Luddite laptop)
Yay, I have successfully backed up my LJ over on DW!! For the time being I'll be staying over on LJ, but will cross-post so as to keep them both up-to-date. Not that I think anything will happen, but what with LJ's servers moving to Russia and a few other things, I just feel better having things backed up. Plus, y'know, I am an archivist so I kinda feel like I'm obligated :) I'm the same person over there as I am here, so if any of you are also on DW, please feel free to friend my DW account.
delphipsmith: (GilesLatin)
Nicked from [livejournal.com profile] kerravonsen. All questions must be answered with a single word.

1. Where is your (mobile) cell phone? dead
2. Your hair? silvering
3. Your dad? Trumping >:P
4. Your other half? out
5. Your favourite food? wine
6. Your dream last night? Picard!
7. Your favourite drink? wine
8. Your dream/goal? publication
9. What room you are in? kitchen
10. Your hobby? words
11. Your fear? dishonor
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? retired
13. Where were you last night? worrying
14. Something that you aren't? thin
15. Muffins? YESSSS!
16. Wish list item? simplicity
17. Where you grew up? red-state
18. Last thing you did? munched
19. What are you wearing now? jammies
20. Your TV? pernicious
21. Your pets? ancient
22. Friends? absent
23. Your life? complicated
24. Missing someone? always
25. Car? topless
26. Something you're not wearing? out
27. Your favourite store? book
28. Your favourite color? blue
29. When is the last time you laughed? today
30. Last time you cried? today
31. Who will redo this? you
32. One place that you go to over and over? Hobbiton
33. One person who emails you regularly? wendy
34. Favourite place to eat? alfresco

Rara Avis

8 July 2016 06:23 pm
delphipsmith: (BuffyVlad)
[livejournal.com profile] ladyoneill posted her results on this quiz, so I figured I'd take it too. I did the "official" Myers-Briggs Type Inventory as part of a management-training (ugh) thing at work years ago, at which time I was an INTP (3% of population). Of course one does get slightly different answers depending on the test; this one said I was an INTJ (female INTJs are only 0.8% of the population). Clearly my I and T are very strong, while apparently I'm becoming more judgmental in my old age.

What's fun about this one is that it looks not only at your actualized type (who you are) but also your preferred type (who you wish you were) and your attraction type (what kind of personality you're attracted to). It will surprise exactly no-one who knows me that who I am is also who I'd like to be.

Oh, and also "Combining laziness and dishonesty is the quickest way to get on ISTJs' bad side." So much yes to that.

Jung Explorer Test
Actualized type: ISTJ
(who you are)
ISTJ - "Trustee". Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time- honored institutions. Dependable. 11.6% of total population.
Preferred type: ISTJ
(who you prefer to be)
ISTJ - "Trustee". Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time- honored institutions. Dependable. 11.6% of total population.
Attraction type: INTJ



(who you are attracted to)
INTJ - "Mastermind". Introverted intellectual with a preference for finding certainty. A builder of systems and the applier of theoretical models. 2.1% of total population.

Take Jung Explorer Test

personality tests by similarminds.com
delphipsmith: (George)
There is a meme circulating: put the letters of the alphabet into your search window and write down the first auto-complete for each. Other people get all kinds of interesting things ([livejournal.com profile] shyfoxling got "dg33fb led connectors" for D and "skankin' pickle" for S, which I don't know what it is but it makes me giggle). When I do it I get precisely what you'd predict if I were, say, George F. Babbitt: A = amazon, B = best buy, and so on down to Y = youtube and Z = zillow.

What does this mean? Why is my browser so conventional, so dull, so uninteresting? Let the record show that I have never searched for zillow in my life, and really who needs to google Amazon when you can just type in "amazon.com"?

I did notice today that if I type "what is" into google, the first autocomplete is "what is a caucus". No surprise there; it's a very unfamiliar concept to most Americans, even if you have had it explained to you as a child by a Dodo.

Edit: Ah, I believe I have sussed it out. It's because I do private browsing and clear my cache every time I close my browser. This means my search history never gets stored, so all google has to offer me is the most popular search for a given letter.

So my browser isn't boring, I'm just very very secretive :)
delphipsmith: (BuffyVlad)
Rereading Gone With the Wind for about the thirteenth time and loving it, as always. However, for the first time I really noticed some of the ages mentioned, and was a bit taken aback. Gerald O'Hara is 43 when he marries Ellen Robillard, who is only 15. Suellen O'Hara's "beau" Frank Kennedy is 40 and she's 14. And Rhett Butler is mentioned as being 30 or 35 at the beginning of the novel and Scarlett is only 16.

For some reason this never struck me before, but even for the 1860s this seems rather a wide age disparity.
delphipsmith: (all shall be well)
Antonio Gramsci did not like New Year's Day:

I want every morning to be a new year’s for me. Every day I want to reckon with myself, and every day I want to renew myself. No day set aside for rest. I choose my pauses myself, when I feel drunk with the intensity of life and I want to plunge into animality to draw from it new vigor...No spiritual time-serving. I would like every hour of my life to be new, though connected to the ones that have passed. No day of celebration with its mandatory collective rhythms, to share with all the strangers I don’t care about. Because our grandfathers’ grandfathers, and so on, celebrated, we too should feel the urge to celebrate.

And there is something to be said for that. But I still love New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, with its feeling of freshness and potential. I think there is something good about choosing a specific time to reflect on what has passed and what is to come, and to think seriously about how one hopes to shape the next twelve months of one's life.

We had a lovely, mellow New Year's Eve finishing up our Firefly marathon and then watching the first Star Wars movie. Both made us rather melancholy, Firefly because it was cancelled so early and so abruptly, with so many stories left untold, and Star Wars because they all look so damn young. Still, it was great fun to watch the young and dashing Han Solo swash his buckles across the galaxy, and cheer for Captain Reynolds and crew as they fight their way through Reavers to get the truth out about Miranda. It occurred to us both that Captain Reynolds bears more than a passing resemblance to Captain Solo, even down to the stripes on his trousers. And of course the aforementioned dashingness. Big damn heroes, both of them.

The last eighteen months have been a real roller-coaster for me and mine, and I am devoutly hoping that 2016 will be a more serene period. I also hope to do more writing -- yes, I say this every year, and so far have failed, but that doesn't mean I give up on it as a goal. I also plan to take a page from [livejournal.com profile] teddyradiator's book: "to keep my zen, to play more, and to cherish my friends."

Many hugs and warm wishes to all for the new year!
delphipsmith: (Sir Patrick Captain)
Everyone's doing it, so I might as well too. Since all the other questions were about movies and tv, I stuck with movie/tv characters for #3. Unsurprisingly, it was hard to limit myself to five (you'll notice that I cheated a bit on the first one...), although in the case of five favorite characters I actually had a tough time coming up with five. There are a lot of characters I like, but very few stand out above the others as favorites.

1) 5 Favorite Movies
(a) Gigi
(b) A Fish Called Wanda
(c) About Last Night
(d) The Heiress / Witness for the Prosecution (tie)
(e) Anne of the Thousand Days / A Man for All Seasons (tie)

2) 5 Favorite Television Shows
(a) Star Trek (original series)
(b) The Office (UK version)
(c) Buffy the Vampire Slayer
(d) M*A*S*H
(e) Twilight Zone (original series)
Note: I binge-watched both Mad Men and Breaking Bad recently and could hardly force myself to stop watching so as to get some sleep, but it's too soon to know whether they'll be long-term favorites.

3) 5 Favorite Characters
(a) Spock
(b) Spike
(c) Jean-Luc Picard
(d) Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins
(e) Sally Albright
Note: I wanted to include Stephen Colbert, but I wasn't sure if he's a character so much as a persona. Regardless, he's definitely one of my favorites.

4) 5 Favorite Stars
(a) Audrey Hepburn
(b) Michelle Pfeiffer
(c) Maggie Smith
(d) Patrick Stewart
(e) Alan Rickman

5) 5 Things that make you smile
(a) Unexpected gifts
(b) Christmas (even though I'm an atheist)
(c) John Cleese, in any role
(d) Puns/clever wordplay
(e) Kittehs being kittehs
delphipsmith: (George scream)
My god am I glad the last two months are over. Major projects behind or plunging into crisis mode at work (again, or still, depending on your point of view), a visit to my mom (which was lovely but included much discussion of legal/estate stuff, which always depresses me), a conference whereat not only was I on the Board of Directors but I had to teach a brand new workshop I'd never taught before, my godson graduating high school (there is NO WAY he is that old, it's impossible), taking on co-mod responsibilities for my online writing group, an overflow of editing work for my freelance clients, Marvin the laptop died and I had to migrate my entire life onto Marvin II...arrgghh. I'm sure there were other things but I must have blocked them out in a vain attempt at mental self-defense. They'll probably surface later and cause me to leap up screaming at some awkward moment. In the middle of dinner, say, or while at the theatre.

Somewhere along the line, though, I did manage to watch the last season of Mad Men -- what a wild ride that was! -- and last night I finally got caught up on Wolf Hall. I want to have Mark Rylance's babies.

Now all I have left to do is finish my [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptfest fic which is due in nine days, get ready for my trip west for [livejournal.com profile] nursedarry's dad's 100th birthday (!!), and write a paper for a conference in August. It'll be like shooting fish in a barrel.

And of course I have to catch up on what's new with all of YOU, my flist. So, what's the single most interesting thing that's happened to each of you in the past two months, since I abandoned you all in the middle of March? Tell, tell!
delphipsmith: (busy busy busy)
...because a Certain Someone (::waves at [livejournal.com profile] teddyradiator::) likes keys and I found these on Etsy and had to share:

Keys of Azhar
Keys to Atlantis

I devoutly hope to be back on LJ more regularly in another week or so. I have been so busy with freelance work, regular work, co-mod duties for my writing group, prepping for teaching a workshop in a couple of weeks, and getting everything settled for my upcoming two weeks of vacation that I have had zero time for anything else. Not only have I not posted here, I have not even had time to read and so have no idea what's going on with y'all (though I did catch [livejournal.com profile] shiv5468's post about the hoo-ha fairy which made me laugh immoderately). I hope everyone is well and happy.

In other news, it's actually really truly finally spring here!!!!!!
delphipsmith: (GrampaMunster)
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust


This was harder than I thought. There isn't much I do every single day, but here we go. Note that these are in no particular order -- just because I list "Have a glass of wine" as item 3, that doesn't mean that I do it at breakfast.

1. Get up. Can't avoid that one. Wish I could.
2. Brush my teeth (OK, every once in a while I miss that one, but we'll say 99.9% of the time is good enough).
3. Have a glass of wine (see above).
4. Feed the dog -- either in the morning or at night, but at least once (Mr Psmith takes the other feeding).
5. Pet the cats. If I don't, they become obtrusive and rude.
6. Check my email.
7. Say to myself, "I should write more."
8. Read something (book, email, story, memo from my boss, wine label...)
9. Eat something chocolate.

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