I don't do well with lables, and am kind of hard to describe. While my kids were all young I was a full-time school volunteer (PTA president for years). Devoted to my kids, who are now all adults and yet they still seem to need me sometimes. Am married to a cop, we are pagan and I have many tattoos (he has one). I am have sort of an addictive personality, and when I start on something (like a huge cross stitch project) I am compelled to finish it. I am also really detailed oriented, but I am a slob at times. See, hard to describe!
Hmmm, good topic Cecilia; I'm sure we'll learn a lot about each other here! Already I'm fascinated about the entries so far- Trudie that sounds like a great idea to listen to talking books while you stitch, I absolutely hate the TV and won't keep one in the house and I'm always lamenting that I don't have enough time to read AND stitch, so that could be the perfect solution! Is there a lot of variety of the type of books you can listen to? And Julie, it's been ages since I've heard anybody describe themselves as pagan, not since I was living in Ireland I guess. Do you mean in the sense that they do in thst they follow the cycles and rituals of the moon etc. or do you mean some kind of modern spin on agnosticism or atheism? And I know what you mean about your dislike of isms, I've lived in many different places and found a home among many different cultures, so I'm pretty resistant to the idea of stereotypes myself.
As for me, I'm very much a detail person as well. I'm a professional translator (FR-EN) so it's basically my job to be as nitpicky and perfectionistic as is humanly possible. I'm not obessessive compulsive but I can be a little on the fanatical side of 'how things should be'. Living with a messy man helps that! I'm also pretty creative, love reading, writing, painting, dancing, singing, acting, have a few unpublished novels in the bottom drawer and a dillion poems. I love learning foreign languages (can never speak too many) and will travel till the day I die. I also really love animals and nature, want to own a big farm some day and live happily ever after. Pretty much all my tastes in music etc. are about 50 years behind the current generation, I was born in the wrong era and would just DIE to be at a live Beatles concert in their heyday.
Yep, I think that's pretty much me, in a really summed up, abbreviated kind of way.
Now, just wait till Rife gets a hold of this thread!
[quote="Alanna"]Hmmm, good topic Cecilia; I'm sure we'll learn a lot about each other here! Already I'm fascinated about the entries so far- Trudie that sounds like a great idea to listen to talking books while you stitch, I absolutely hate the TV and won't keep one in the house and I'm always lamenting that I don't have enough time to read AND stitch, so that could be the perfect solution! Is there a lot of variety of the type of books you can listen to?
LOL Allana there are 4 633 at the Brisbane City Library for you to choose from. Trust me ist the only way to stitch and read
Trudie on your advice, I took myself off to the library this very day (I'm a spring-into-action type girl) and got out two audio books- Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood and Scheherazade by Anthony O'Neill. I can't wait for stitching time tonight!!! Thanks a million!
Alanna, pagan, as in the sense that I am not christian. More a nature based belief system, very ecclectic. I have Native American, Mexican, and Irish heritage, so I draw from all of those. I am very aware of the where the moon is and what she is doing (my dentist now asks me about when it's a good time to get fillings, have a root canal, etc). I have said that I am "out of the broom closet" and have been most of my life. The kids joke that I am a "sand witch" because I love the beach/shore so much. The soltices and equinoxes are our holidays.
I really envy your gift of languages. With my learning disabilities I am lucky when I get english right!
quote:Originally posted by Alanna Trudie on your advice, I took myself off to the library this very day (I'm a spring-into-action type girl) and got out two audio books- Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood and Scheherazade by Anthony O'Neill. I can't wait for stitching time tonight!!! Thanks a million!
Good Choices Allana. Hope you enjoy them. You will become hooked. Iam not a TV watcher either
quote:Originally posted by Alanna Now, just wait till Rife gets a hold of this thread!
As if throwing down the gauntlet was needed... as always, my reputation precedes me - but if you met me in person, you might have a hard time believing it's me 'course, that's mostly because I use a lot of bad words when I actually speak out loud - old habits, military training, easily understood, etc.
I have always been detail-oriented; my best friend in high school still gives me a hard time because I used to have all of my music sorted alphabetically - how else do you find one cassette out of hundreds??I would still have my CDs and DVDs that way if certain members of my household (all of them) would stay out of them My 15 yo just cannot honestly believe that I can unload the dishwasher and know exactly how many glasses did not make it into the load - and then surmise that they have taken up residence somewhere in that pit he calls a room
I work in engineering, but I am not an engineer - can't do the math, nor care to (yawn) - a doesn't equal b, or there'd only be 1 letter in the alphabet . Engineers release their designs, and I'm the one that puts them in the right format and makes them presentable to the customer or manufacturer - putting the right address on documents, making sure the trademarked product lines are spelled correctly, the correct quantities of whatever. I also make the engineers' things work correctly in the system that we order and sell through - electrical engineers aren't very good about having rules to follow in order to make things usable, they are too higher-level thinking, I guess. Basically, in order to sell & ship our product, or identify it when it comes back from the customer, it has to go through me and Quality. I make all the changes happen when they need to happen, and communicate them to everyone who needs to know. And anything else that needs to happen in Operations. Which is a far cry from the archaeologist/anthropologist I wanted to be when I grew up. I then wanted to teach history, but I am wayyyy too confrontational to be in a public school situation But I also think it would be wonderful to be in a lab doing forensics - minute detail and documentation - that's me!
I am a readaholic, and it's not really a book unless it's over 500 pages - I live for 1000 page books! I read mainly historical fiction these days, but grew up and learned to read on Stephen King and that type, with a good bit of scifi/fantasy thrown in. I have tried to listen to audiobooks, but so far, I have been unsuccessful at finding any that I can stick with. My problem is that I tend to tune out a lot of voices speaking, especially women - on TV, on the radio, whatever - it has to be a really unique voice for me to catch everything being said. I also think I need the tactile experience of turning the pages myself. Every so often, I'll find something interesting read by someone I haven't tried, and give it a try - I'll find one eventually, then be bummed because they only have a couple of recordings
As for stitching, I enjoy kitting up and organizing almost as much as the actual stitching. I have my stash all accounted for on a huge spreadsheet - you can never have too many spreadsheets. But yet, I long for creative freedom, which the current trend in monochromatic samplers just feeds in me! I never looked twice at many of the country/primitive designs that were all that was available for so many years - that's why I latched onto TW designs with such a vengeance - that was the choice, country/primitive or ridiculously complex with fractional stitches & blends. And here I am at SQ, doing one of the Unicorn tapestries with the millefleur backgroud as my first art-to-XS piece!
I listen to hard rock and classical, though not usually in the same day. I am also very into the psychadelic 60s & 70s music, Jefferson Airplane and the Doors being a couple of my favorites. My 15 yo and I share some of the same taste in music, and I am trying to turn him onto Bach, Rachmaninoff, Orff, and current composers like J. Williams & Hans Zimmer, whose film work I can usually identify within the opening credits I do try to avoid the screamers that he picks up on the internet - the band has to actually have some musicianship and talent, as opposed to just cool artwork or bad words in their songs Wasn't much into the teenage angsty stuff even when I was an angst-filled teenager
I was once described by someone I went to school with like this: I talked like a stoner, but I was never at the parties; I took all the honors classes, but I was never seen in the library; I had a Varsity letter, but no one ever remembers what sport I played. I am the self-described Trivial Pursuit Champion of the Universe - except the 80's Edition - and try to know a teeny bit of something about everything Irritates my husband to no end - which is another goal I have And stitching is my sanity - or insanity, depending on if you're watching me go through a project organisation!
I told ya!
It's good to get an insight into your world, Rife, you're usually so shy about things .
I know what you mean about needing a special voice to capture your attention. As part of my language work, I also do voice-overs for French TV, language programs, pop songs, etc and the voice industry is a rather fascinating world. Job applications include questions such as 'use five adjectives to describe your voice that make it different from anybody else's', and they're very very particular about the type of voice they want, what age, what timbre, etc. My uniquely qualifying adjective is mellifluous.
Well, Trudie, I had my first stitching/book listening session last night and I'd say it went pretty well... considering. Considering? Well ofcourse, the only tape player in the house (when are they going to record books onto CD?) is part of the sound system in the living room - not easily transportable to my usual stitching place which is my bed. And of course we still haven't got that d#*%mn couch so there's nowhere to sit in the living room. I ooohed and aaahed about it for a bit and then just plonked myself down at the dining table and brought all my stitching stuff out from the bedroom. It wasn't all that comfy, but it wasn't all that uncomfy either. It took me a little while to really 'tune in' to the reader, he's a young suave sort, very theatrical and with a bit of grit, he could play the bad cop in a $2 western. The accent is a little gratingly American, it is Atwood; they could have chosen a Canadian (I'm getting much better at distinguishing these), but after a while you sort of get used to it. It's also pretty slow, so in the beginning it's frustrating, but then you let the whole theatre of it sweep you up and it's just like being at a play with all the lights turned out. So yes, I think I could get pretty used to this talking book thing. I was very disappointed at bedtime to have to stop the tape and put my crossy away!
In short, a great success!