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I'm not avoiding writing, really
Five questions, courtesy of dropsofviolet:

1. What was the best year of your life so far?

Every year has it ups and downs, you know? I could say last year, when we went on that amazing trip, but it was also the year my grandpa died, so how could I call that the best? Or 1996, when I graduated college and got married, but D and I never fought more than we did that year, I think. Moving to a new state and getting used to living together while looking for a job and trying to plan a wedding was just too much stress all at once.

So I'll kind of go around the question and say one of my favorite years was 1987-88 when I was in eighth grade. Eighth grade was my absolute favorite year of school. I had some really fantastic teachers, it was the last year I really enjoyed being in the band, I was on the yearbook staff which was dorky fun, I had some great friends, a guy who flirted with me in social studies class.... It was just the most fun I ever had in school. And I miss the 80s.

2. What do you look for in a new TV show, manga, or anime?

It's horribly indefinable. Just because I like one thing doesn't mean I'll like something similar. I love Buffy but otherwise have no interest in vampire stories. I was big into Star Trek: TNG in high school and college, but never got into any of the other Treks, and I'm not really big into scifi in general (I was as a teenager until I realized I was reading for the romance subplots--I switched to romance novels and was much happier). I guess first and foremost I look for good, solid, well-developed characters. I don't want perfect characters--I want characters who screw up but I can still root for. I want quality writing, especially dialogue. Story comes second, but there does have to be a story, most times. But then I also really like talky movies, where it's just two people talking, like Before Sunrise or Conversations with Other Women. But this is why I generally don't like action movies. Besides the fact that action sequences bore me to tears, the characters tend to be pretty cardboard.

Along with character and story, with anime/manga I look for pretty artwork. That sounds silly, but if something just looks ugly to me, I probably won't give it a chance.

3. What are the features of your ideal home?

A big bathroom. Seriously, we have this tiny bathroom, and the house we looked at last year had this huge shower, double sinks, garden tub, all that stuff, and I think we may have actually drooled. I'd also want a low-maintenance yard. I hate yard work. And we want enough space so that people can visit and stay with us but not so much that they won't leave.

4. What's your favorite genre to read?

I guess at the moment I like intelligent, non-shallow chick lit. I don't have much patience for female characters obsessed with fashion, dieting, or celebrity gossip, or who act completely pathetic about/around men. But I do sometimes read about dippy heroines, too. It's my brain candy.

5. What's your favorite meal?

This drives D nuts, but I could eat spaghetti every day. Anything pasta/Italian, I love. Especially with lots of cheese. Yummy.

Current Mood: good good
Current Music: secret--madonna

4 pathetic excuses or justify your existence
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: July 24th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pasta is more versatile than I thought. I'm experimenting much more with it, casserole, salad, antipasto, seafood and so on.

Mac and Cheese? I don't like it much myself but that may be because I haven't had the Grown Up Mac and Cheese.

Characters and dialogue and *Visual appeal... that gave me some new ideas:
True Tears (Visual Appeal > Story)
Still rec Mushishi (Character-centric)

Mayyyyybe Read or Die TV series
Oh, and always The Cat Returns, that Ghibli film not directed by that old guy who everyone worships.

mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: July 25th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
My grandma makes the best mac and cheese. It's pretty much a family staple, and everyone requests it when they visit her. I finally got the recipe and made it myself, and it turned out pretty good, but not quite the same. Didn't have that grandma magic, I guess.

I tried the Read or Die manga but it didn't really do anything for me. I'm just really weird about what grabs me and what doesn't. It's so hard to say. Right now I'm rereading W Juliet, and D says, "Why don't you read something new?" and I'm like, "Because I already know that I love this!"
blushingsigh From: blushingsigh Date: July 25th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I is teh liking meme!
It was just the most fun I ever had in school
You know my favourite 'romantic' stories are about lesbian romances which is alright but I wish those writers would write 'het' because you know if the naughty parts come up then at least I can be like, 'Hey, my ovaries like this.' I know, TMI but what am I here for XD.
Anything pasta/Italian, I love. Especially with lots of cheese. Yummy.
*wipes drool away from the corner for her mouth*
Also, I recommend the novel 'Sylvester' by Georgette Heyer. And why haven't you listened to/read 'Things I've learned from women dumped me'?
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: July 25th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know, TMI but what am I here for XD.

It's why I keep you around!

I read a Heyer once but found it a little... dry? It was called "Arabella" or something. Geez, it's been years ago. Maybe I'll try that one. And the other I've got on my wishlist, but I just got a ton of books this week that I really should read before I go getting anymore. D gets so annoyed with my buying books and not reading them, but it's an addiction! I'll think, "Ooh, that sounds good, and here's a 'buy 2 get 1 free table', so I have to get three even if there's really only one that I want," and then we just have books stacked everywhere. I'm getting better about it, though. Since I joined that bookswap site, I've given away a lot of books to make room for new ones.

And that ends my rambling for now. I'm in the process of caffeinating, and it makes me ramble.
4 pathetic excuses or justify your existence