8 things

There’s an eight things meme circulating about that I’ve done many times before, but at ExPointOh there’s a whole new audience to reach, and Ben Martin tagged me. So here are eight things you don’t know about me.

1. I’m most well-known on the blogosphere as a contributing editor for the Episcopal Cafe. That crowd knows me as Gallycat.

2. I’m also semifamous as a retired lounge DJ and music critic from Philadelphia. Those folks know me as either deviathan or helcat.

3. I love karaoke.

4. My favorite Northern Virginia hangout is the Bilbo Baggins restaurant in old town Alexandria. I’m there more often than I should be, considering I live 70 miles away from it.

5. I have a 15-year-old son who’s living with his dad these days. We stay in touch through Facebook.

6. I used to play in a band at Mary Washington College. We won Battle of the Bands in 1989, party because we dressed up in country/western gear and then blew the crowd away with an awesome cover of “Just Like Heaven” by the Cure. I played keyboards.

7. It took me 16 years to earn my bachelor’s degree. I’m hoping my MPA program will go much more smoothly.

8. I’m a knitter. Actually, I’m a knitster. I took about ten months off because of a repetitive stress injury in my neck, but I’m back to it these days.

OK, that’s me, but I don’t really know 8 people in this blogspace yet so I’ll have to tag elsewhere, like in Facebook. But since I don’t know you, you can send me a link to your 8 things if you’ve done it already, or otherwise consider yourself tagged!


Eight Random Things Meme

I got tagged by Quaker Pastor, so here goes.

First, the rules. Then, the meme.

1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

3.At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1. Back in ’89-90, I used to be keyboardist in a band with Sean Michael Dargan and Wil Gravatt. Before we formed that band, Sean was playing in a band with future Pop-Up Video writer Chris Bonner.

2. I have really strong fingernails, and I can grow them significantly long without doing a thing to them. However, when I cut them shorter, the tips of my fingers are unusually sensitive and I have more trouble typing.

3. I *really* want to learn how to play the banjo. I’ll probably have to cut my nails, though.

4. As of this evening, I will be an award-winning writer.

5. I share my name with a b-movie horror actress whose most famous appearance was in the 1976 one-star cult hit, Blood-sucking Freaks: The Incredible Torture Show.

6. The best typo I ever caught was when a colleague nearly went to print talking about the important work of the Temple University’s Center for Public Policy. Except, “public” was missing a key letter. My favorite recent catch was when we had transposed some letters in an email address so that it was going to “Mafia Linda.”

7. If I have a celebrity crush, it’s on Nicole Kidman.

8. According to the wear pattern on my shoes, I’m bow-legged.

I have another meme coming up (an interview meme from Abuela Marty) that I’ll probably post tonight or tomorrow. In the meantime, I have to tag some people!

So I tag: Susan, Mike, Towanda, Jennifer, Mary Beth, Dean, Dani, Mom-Me and Sara.

This is all kinds of wrong…

For Christmas, I got a meme.

Maine Coon
You are a Maine Coon! You are larger than life, a
gentle giant. You are independent, but very
affectionate with your friends and family.

What breed of cat are you?
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Too funny. What is it about owners taking after their pets?

RevGalBlogPals: RevGal Friday Five: Snow Day

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RevGalBlogPals: RevGal Friday Five: Snow Day:
In honor of the first good snow I’ve seen this year, a Snow Day edition of the Friday Five:

1) Snow: love it or hate it?

It’s real pretty as long as I don’t have to be anywhere.

2) First snow memory
It’s a vague recollection of lots of snow memories at 214, which is what I call the house I grew up in.

3) Best Snow Day ever (actual or imagined)
In my home, at night, by a fire, watching it fall while knitting and cuddling. This never happens.

4) Best use of snow in a movie, song or poem
I have always loved “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” I know that seems a little obvious, but it just has always spoken to me. My ability to enjoy snow is always ephemeral, because it’s always getting in the way of things I _have_ to do.

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

5) What you are planning to do today, with or without snow
I’m at work, the snow is already melting, and thank heaven the feds gave its workers a two-hour window to get in to work, because the drive in this morning was effortless.

Goofy test results

That are surprisingly accurate.Especially my complete lack of grace in handling compliments. Dunno about terrific in relationships, though. Terrifying is just as true some days, I think.

The Maid of Honor
Deliberate Gentle Love Master (DGLMf)

Appreciated for your kindness and envied for all your experience, you are The Maid of Honor.

Charismatic, affectionate, and terrific in relationships, you are what many guys would call a “perfect catch”–and you probably have many admirers, each wishing to capture your long-term love. You're careful, extra careful, because the last thing you want is to hurt anyone. Especially some poor boy whose only crime was liking you.

Your exact opposite:

Random Brutal Sex Dreamer

We've deduced you're fully capable of a dirty fling, but you do feel that post-coital attachment after hooking up. So, conscientious person that you are, you do your best to reserve physical affection for those you respect…so you can respect yourself.

Your biggest negative is the byproduct of your careful nature: indecision. You're just as slow rejecting someone as you are accepting them.

ALWAYS AVOID: The False Messiah, The 5-Night Stand, The Vapor Trail, The Bachelor

CONSIDER: The Gentleman, someone just like you.

Link: The 32-Type Dating Test by OkCupid – Free Online Dating.

revgal meming

1. What is your favorite word?
i have to pick?!!?

2. What is your least favorite word?
I can't say it. It's an ethnic slur that profoundly bothers me.

3. What turns you on, creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Truth and beauty.

4. What turns you off?
Compared to truth and beauty, proselytizing and vanity.

5. What is your favorite curse word?
Rafe has inspired me to new levels of creative F-usage.

6. What sound or noise do you love?
The sound of a late summer thunderstorm.

7. What sound or noise do you hate?
People eating.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I'm not sure yet, but it involves faith.

9. What profession would you not like to do?
being the person who calculates what angle spaceships need to hit the
atmosphere and not burn up

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you
arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Good to see you again.

For all the saints…

this is pretty funny, given that I failed all the questions on Julian of Norwich on my Medieval English final. but it does make sense that I'd land a mystic literary figure. yeesh.

You are Julian of Norwich! It's all about God, to
you. You're convinced that the world has a
happy ending. Everyone else is convinced that
you're a closet hippie, but you love them

Which Saint Are You?
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