September 18th, 2012

lunadelcorvo: (Autumn Golden)
Snagged from [ profile] hope_guides_me (I'm guessing this is a 'bold if it's true' thing, based on what she bolded.)

I am a boy.
I am a girl.
I am shorter than 5’4.
I think I’m ugly.
I have many scars.
I tan easily.
I wish my hair was a different color.
I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color.
I have a tattoo.
I want a tattoo.
I am self-conscious about my body.
I’ve been told I’m attractive by a complete stranger.
I have more than 2 piercings.
I have a piercing in a place other than my ears.
The rest here! )
lunadelcorvo: (Academic Terms)
I still, despite my resolve, have not been posting as much. For one thing, I don't really have much to add to the political discourse these days. I mean, really, the satire pretty much writes itself these days. And I have gotten a little burned out on it. One can only keep up the incredulity and outrage for so long. Call if outrage fatigue, if you will. Sadly, I think this is one reason the whackos get away with as much as they do. They spring something outrageous, everyone goes apeshit, so they wait out the uproar and then do it anyway.

Classes are going pretty well. It's funny how I have the same exact class as last fall, still with 1st semester incoming freshman, and it's a whole different dynamic. They talk! It's pretty wonderful, really. It's also funny how little different juniors are from freshman, which is somewhat less wonderful. Reading the first round of essays by my 300s was, I must confess, a bit of a let-down.

Then there's my own classes. Feels weird being a student again. Of course the fact that I am really in no sense in tune with this discipline doesn't help. Comm tends to lead the pack in trying to emulate hard science, which is a methodology I don't speak. I mean, I get it, and when it comes to things like global warming, reproductive legislation (how wrong is it that this is even a term?) evolution, etc., I'm all in favor of it. I'm just not convinced statistics, focus groups, and data tabulation have much use in studying Dante, ya know?....

Alas, just as I get typing a real entry, the alarm reminds me it's off to class..... Cheers, all!
lunadelcorvo: (Can it be A time now?)
(*Did you know at one point I thought this was pronounced 'me-me,' and I thought it was because 'memes' were usually posts about oneself....)

So, triva aside, this is one of those "What do you call things where you live" language memes. As a northern transplant to the almost-mostly-sorta south, I tend to have an odd mix of linguistic influences. But these fascinate me, so I'd love to hear your responses, too!
1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
Creek or stream, sometimes brook (never crick!)

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called.
Shopping cart or just cart

3. A metal container to carry a meal in.

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
Frying pan

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
Sofa when it was in the fancy living room you never sat in, couch when you lounge on it and play games (or loveseat if the 3 are friendly!) Funny thing, I can remember my grandmother calling it the davenport.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
Gutters & downspouts

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
Sub (sometimes hoagie when I was younger, not recently)

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.

12. Shoes worn for sports.
I usually specify by sport i.e.: running shoes, fencing shoes, basketball shoes, etc. (odd, considering I am not very sports-oriented)

13. Putting a room in order.
Pick up, clean up, or straighten

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
Sowbug, or potato bug

16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down.
Teeter-totter (I don't even know how to spell it, but that's what I grew up calling it! LOL)

17. How do you eat your pizza?
By hand, point first, mostly flat, except for a little bend to keep the goodies from falling off. Not folded!

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
Yard sale, garage sale, rummage sale (I use these interchangeably, with no real pattern I can discern)

19. What's the evening meal?

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
Water fountain, now. Spent the first 20 years of my life calling it a bubbler, though!

22. The name of the machine that gives you money from your bank account and the card you use to get it out?
ATM for the machine, Debit or ATM card

23. What you ask for at the end of a meal in a restaurant to find out how much you owe?

24. What you store your jumper cables and spare tire in?

25. Where you pick up medication?
Pharmacy or Drug Store

26. Where you get water from in the sink?

27. The highest setting on your car's lights?

28. Footwear made up of a sole and a single piece of material that goes across the top of your foot?

29. Eggs cooked where the yolk is still liquid?
Runny? I am NOT a fan of eggs, so I generally don't cook them.
So what are your linguistic quirks?



Things I need to remember:
• Asking for help is not, as it turns out, fatal.
• Laughing is easier than pulling your hair out, and doesn't have the unfortunate side effect of making you look like a plague victim.
• Even the biggest tasks can be defeated if taken a bit at a time.
• I can write a paper the night before it's due, but the results are not all they could be.
• Be thorough, but focused.
• Trust yourself.
• Honesty, always.

Historians are the Cassandras of the Humanities