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Thursday, October 07, 2004

My hovercraft is full of eels.

Last night after some web work, I settled down to watch Mythbusters, one of my favorite TV shows. Last night they covered whether someone could survive an elevator jump by dropping, and whether one could build a "levitating machine" (aka hovercraft) from common household items. It was a pretty cool episode - the hovercraft challenge took the form of a contest between the hosts, Adam and Jamie, to see who could build the *better* hovercraft from household items. I personally thought Jamie's was better - he used 5 leafblowers and a surfboard. I've also seen hovercrafts built from scrap on Junkyard Wars, another very cool TLC/Discovery offering. It's amazing to see what people can come up with when put to it. We are an ingenious species.

I've never been in/on a hovercraft, but I bet that could be kinda fun...

I've seen this meme on some friends' blogs, so I figured I'd lay mine out on the line too. So here goes!

1. What time do you get up?
Weekdays, somewhere between 6:30 and 7:00, depending on how many times I smack the snooze button.
2. If you could eat lunch with one person, who would it be?
Living or dead? There are various folks I wouldn't mind meeting for lunch. Dining with the Pope, the President, or the Queen of England could be cool. Or of those who have since shuffled off their mortal coil: Christ, His Mother, Richard III, Tolkien, or C.S. Lewis.
3. Gold/silver?
I'll wear either. Gold is more expensive, but doesn't tarnish. It's a trade-off.
4. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Y'know, I honestly don't remember. This year I've seen The Passion of the Christ, and Shrek 2, but I don't remember which order I saw them in.
5. What is your favorite tv show?
Hard to pick just one! I like Farscape, Mythbusters, Junkyard Wars, and various forensics shows. When I watch TV, that is.
6. What did you have for breakfast?
Raisin bran Total. And coffee.
7). Who would you hate to be stuck in a room with?
Any sort of violent criminal or sex offender. Or certain politicians.
8). What/Who inspires you?
God, my family, the beauty of creation...
9). What is your middle name?
I go by my middle name - Belinda.
10). Beach, City or Country?
Country. I have neither the complexion nor desire for beach, and large cities have too many people.
11.) Favorite ice cream?
Practically anything with chocolate.
12). Butter, plain or salted popcorn?
Kettle corn!
13). Favorite color?
14). What kind of car do you drive?
Saturn station wagon
15). Favorite sandwich?
Depends on where I'd be getting said sandwich. Though Philly cheesesteaks are good!
16). What characteristic do you despise?
What a broad question! Physical or personality? Mine, or another's?
17). Favorite flowers?
Roses (white or other non-red), violets, lavender.
18). What is your dream vacation?
Long, leisurely trip to the British Isles.
19). What color is your bathroom?
Fixtures are grey. Floor tile (which DsD and I laid ourselves, I might add) is grey with a blue design.
20). Favorite brand of clothing?
Whatever appeals. I couldn't give a rat's hindquarters about branding.
21). Where would you retire?
Somewhere NOT tropical!
22). Favorite day of the week?
Fridays or Sundays. Sundays I usually take it easy.
23). What did you do for your last birthday?
After work, my family and I went out to my favorite Irish pub, and I had a hard cider or two and an awesome dessert.
24). Where were you born?
A decent-sized city in western Virginia.
25). Favorite sport to watch?
Football or hockey.
28) Which detergent do you use?
Surf, Tide, All...whatever has the best price for a huge box.
29.) Coke or Pepsi?
Coke. Or RC.
30) Are you a morning person or a night owl?!
Neither, really. I'm more of a morning person than DH, but that's by necessity.
31) What is your shoe size?
Size 9. (Oh my darlin' Clementine...)
32). Do you have any pets?
I have two bettas at work - Smaug (red) and Midnight (blue), and DD has a betta at home - Violet (blue/purple).
33) Your favorite season?
Autumn or Spring. Definitely NOT summer.
34). What time is it?
35. Name as it appears on your birth certificate.
Nope, not giving that information up. If you're trying to steal my identity, you at least have to work for it.
36) Nickname?
MOM!, Bel, B, Blender...
37) Number of candles on your last birthday cake?
Didn't have a cake, but it'd have been 22 (hexadecimal).
38) Kids?
Yep - check the sidebar.
39) Hair colour?
Red. Specifically, the ginger/titian shade thereof.
40) Tattoos?
41) Eyes?
Two. Well, four since I'm currently wearing glasses. Ohhhh, you meant color! Blue/grey/stormy-sky/murky-water colored. Varies depending on mood, weather, and random other factors.
42) How much do you love your job?
Enough that I get up and come to work every weekday.
43) Favorite foods?
Raspberries, chocolate, steak, spinach, fettuccine alfredo... Food is good.
44) Been to Africa?
No, and frankly I have to real desire to go.
45) Been toileting papering?
Only on bottoms.
46) Have you ever been in love?
Oh, let's see...married for over a decade...that would certainly be a yes.
47) Been in a car accident?
Multiple, none of them my fault, and none requiring anyone's hospitalization when I've been behind the wheel.
48) Croutons or bacon bits?
Bacon bits
49) Favorite saying or phrase?
There are so many out there, it's hard to choose. Today let's go with "So many books, so little time".
50) Favorite restaurant?
Meg O'Malleys - local Irish pub.
51) Favorite non-alcoholic drink?
In terms of most-frequently ordered, iced tea.
52) How many times did you fail your driver's test?
Passed first time around.
54) Do you sing in the shower?
Not loud enough for anyone to hear.
55) At which store would you like to max your credit card?
amazon.com, or perhaps one of the available online needlework stores.
56) What do you do most when you are bored?
Boredom? Who has time to be bored? Downtime is spent reading, stitching, or on the computer.
57) Bedtime?
Generally somewhere between 11pm and midnight, give or take an hour.
58) Glass half empty or half full?
The glass is at precisely 50% capacity!
59) If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live?
Somewhere in the British Isles. Wales would work quite nicely.
60) What is your most annoying habit?
Probably grinding my teeth.
61) When was your last true vacation?
We went to Italy end of May this year.

That's all for today...enjoy!

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