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[Mar. 9th, 2004|11:24 am]
Whole lotta labia.
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Yesterday was a day off. Mostly because I felt like lukewarm ass. Usually after my days off I'm a bit sluggish but I ramped up my speed pretty fast this morning and maintained it pretty well. I felt last night's chianti hit me and start coming out of my pores at about 17min. but still did ok. Hit my 2mi. mark at 24:28. Kept running and hit my 3mi. at 37:15. I went for 3.5mi. just walking most of the last half mile. Made me late for work but so did putzing around in the bathroom and whinging about my burn while in the shower and stuff like that.

I'm hitting some fantastic times and I'm really pleased about that. Also, YAY! I have a running partner! With Cait and Matt both out of town it was going to *suck* doing this alone.. just because I do this as a personal challenge doesn't mean I don't like having someone at the finish line to treat me like I just ran the Boston Marathon or someone beside me reminding me that I'm not the only girl who spits. The only downside is that she's usually faster than me but I think I might be outpacing her now. That's fine.. I'll keep her moving faster and she'll keep me from hurting myself.

I've got another workout today and I think that might be abs and some yoga in the back room.


Dinner with Mike was lovely. He's funny and sweet and has a wonderful snarky sense of humor. He lets me laugh a lot and he and Matt just adore each other. We finished the evening with coffee and scones at Borders. I was unable to resist the allure of books but I kept myself to just one embarrassingly embarrassing (really) purchase what we shan't be talking about any further.

That being said, I need book suggestions. I'm not a huge science fiction fan but (like with fantasy) I'll read it if it's out of this world (think Miles.. think Neil Gaiman).. I've pretty much exhausted the Single Girl Fiction genre, especially of the Brit variety. I'm looking for stuff I might have missed in every genre, every type. Stuff that you guys love but you're convinced that people overlooked. Just fiction for now, I'll hit you up for the non-fiction later.

Today will be luxuriously slow in the office, I'll be tigging (oh YES! I WILL! *fist*) and I'll be answering the mandc100 challenge and the contrelamontre thing that I neglected last week? It's going to become something over at Jack's place.. nothing major.. I just thought he ought to get some fresh air today. I've been neglecting him while I was funky/sick/tired/weeping-into-my-tea/jealous-of-LA and that's not fair to him. Or me. I get bitchy when I'm not writing. (many of you might not have noticed this. Just trust me, bitchier than usual)

I am feeling.... better. Much, actually. Some good sleep, some real quality snuggling, and the knowledge that I'm catching up on some serious practical matters in my life has me feeling better. Cait and I are going to a bellydancing showcase down in VA on Thursday and I've got GBS coming up next week. (must dig concert shoes out of storage unit) In order to prepare for this Caitlin and I are going to indulge in a strict regimen of reading our books and eating Wendy's tonight. I know this training system seems daunting, we're used to the strain. Watch as we flex our mighty page-turning fingers. Grrrr!


Ye Olde Questione: Do you feel you have much impact of the lives of people you come in contact with? Can you think of someone who, over a short period of time, significantly influenced your life? For contact you may count LJ entries, comments, friending.. if you'd like. Or not.. do you consider that coming in contact?
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From: berreh
2004-03-09 08:31 am (UTC)
Do you feel you have much impact of the lives of people you come in contact with?

Not really. I'm sure my friends can feel my presence in their lives, but I'm not really the "impact" kinda girl.

Can you think of someone who, over a short period of time, significantly influenced your life?

Several. Most of them will read this entry. :) I do count LJ as contact -- for some of us, it's more tangible contact than most RL friendships. I would venture to say that some people here have impacted me greater than anyone else in my history.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-03-09 08:38 am (UTC)
Berry! Did I mention yet how much I loved your version of LA? That spam entry on Sunday? I laughed my butt off. *glances back* well.. not all the way off. I love your sense of humor.

That being said, I think you have a bigger impact than you might suspect. I do. Honest. Pinky swear. On me at least.
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From: aelane
2004-03-09 08:45 am (UTC)
In my work, I feel like I impact people's lives. I fully understand how hard it is to put yourself through school, so I try to be helpful and encouraging even when I don't have a monetary solution to a student's problem. I try to know the resources that are available within our school and beyond to help students get through. It's the only way this job is bareable, knowing I may be changing people's lives by encouraging them to finish school

In my personal life, I'm not sure if I do or not. I try very hard not to be confrontational or bring misery into other people's lives. I don't know that I really influence anyone with it, but I try to show others respect (from store clerks and waitresses to my professors) and hope that my conduct at least doesn't lessen them in anyway.

I have been influenced by many people in many different ways, both here in fandom and in my personal and professional life. Not always a good influence either--as in, they were doing something that I don't agree with and so am influenced to find a better way. It still influences me though. Then, of course, there are those who have helped me become a better writer, which has had a great affect on my life and how I think of myself.

I think this is the most I've ever typed the word influenced in one go :)
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-03-09 08:53 am (UTC)
I think anyone who's ever worked a menial job appreciates when someone takes the time to treat them with respect. And I know that my financial aid counselor at university made my life a lot easier, I still remember her.. so you're doing such great work there... :)
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[User Picture]From: slightlytricky
2004-03-09 08:48 am (UTC)
Wot book. precious? Tell us tell us do!

I don't know if I've influenced anyone. I have definately bullied people into doing.. but that's not exactly the same as influenced. Influenced with prejudice?

There are a LOT of people that have influenced me on LJ and at work. People that make me want to be a better person. Too many to list here right now. I'll give it more thought.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-03-09 08:55 am (UTC)
it's a romance novel. by my favorite romance novelist. i have a favorite romance novelist. let us not discuss this further.

And you've absolutely influenced people.. impacted them. There are things I'd never have dared doing without your encouragement. It seems like they're silly things but they're helping me stretch skills that have nothing to do with my writing. Helping me grow and trust my instincts and talents. *hugses*
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From: berreh
2004-03-09 09:04 am (UTC)
I don't know if I've influenced anyone.

*see above comment*
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-03-09 09:05 am (UTC)
Seriously. Later we'll beat her. Or love-bomb her. Or something. Silly Tricky.
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[User Picture]From: marginalia
2004-03-09 09:21 am (UTC)
only forward, by michael marshall smith. it's gotta be good stuff - i wrote a monaboyd drabble in that 'verse. and i'm not a scifi girl in general either.

hrrrm. other than that, i'm totally YA and graphic novel brain lately.

and goodness. don't ask depressing questions. i'm convinced people forget about me the minute i leave the room. or the internet. not fishing! fact!

i wonder how we're defining a short period of time. no one stays around for a particularly long time, because i'm crap at keeping in touch with people. partially because i assume if they can't see me they don't remember who i am :P
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From: starfishchick
2004-03-09 12:02 pm (UTC)
*clings*
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-03-09 12:49 pm (UTC)
That book looks absolutely fascinating.. I've been reading the Amazon stuff and must now have it. Lord love ya. *kisses on your head*

And I don't forget about you. You're over my shoulder with every word I write. In that good way, not that creepy way. ;)
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[User Picture]From: marginalia
2004-03-09 04:58 pm (UTC)
*stalks . .uh . . from very afar*

only forward is the book that my dear art_geek presses on everyone. she even buys lending copies now :)
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[User Picture]From: insidian
2004-03-09 09:33 am (UTC)
Thing the First: Books

Dunno what you've read and not read, so I'll throw some names and titles yer way and hope one of them is unfamiliar and/or intriguing:

Ursula K. LeGuin: Benevolent Grandmama of the SciFi realm. Check out "A Wizard of Earthsea" and subsequent books in that series, "Three Hainish Novels", and let us not forget "The Left Hand of Darkness." "The Dispossesed" is pretty awesome, too.

Robin McKinley: One of the books I loved to pieces as a bookish teen was "Beauty", a lovely re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. Robin retold that story a couple more times after, but this was my favorite.

George R.R. Martin: You *are* reading his series, yes? You *are* waiting with baited breath for him to get off his fat ass and finish the fourth book, right? You're not? SHAME! Find "Game of Thrones" first. Then you shall be one of us.

Phillip Pullman: Okay, I'm fairly sure you've read "His Dark Materials", because everyone has by now and knows it's going to be a movie scripted by Tom Stoppard. Still. A great read.

Thus ends Briefly The SciFi/Fantasy Sid Thinks Everyone Should Read. Besides LotR, of course, but that goes without saying.

Thing the Second

*squee!* Can't wait for tigging. And are you using the Barrett-bunny for the Jack-speak, nee contrelamontre? 'Cause if not, he's tugging at my synapses for attention, and I'll need to let him out.

Thing the Answering of Questions

Er. Sometimes I do, I guess. Mostly I hope I don't.

And sort of. Mr. Snelling, my high school history teacher, started a philosophy course that I took mostly because Mr. Snelling was awesome. Over the course of the semester, I learned how to think. A lot of who I am and how I deal with things comes from that course, Mr. Snelling, and Marcus Aurelius. Mr. S is still who I argue with in my head about politics. He was a staunch Republican, him, but he recognized a good argument when he saw it.
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From: starfishchick
2004-03-09 12:04 pm (UTC)
Yes yes yes with the George R.R. Martin.

Vampires and light horror? Try Tanya Huff - the Blood series. More high fantasy, with horror later? Huff again - the Quarters series. I can give you the books in order, if you like.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-03-09 12:54 pm (UTC)
George R.R. Martin: You *are* reading his series, yes?

*hides* Everyone I know is reading this series.. they're like "OMG! READ!" and they call them "The Evil Books" because they suck your brain. With pressure like that I'm loathe to admit that I couldn't get into the first one. But I'll try again. Honest. Cait's got 'em. DO you know, I actually haven't read a thing you suggested but since you usually have your finger on the pulse of most of my favorite books there's no reason for me not to dive into them. I'll get to it.

The contrelamontre thing didn't go up at Jack's place because there was too much nookie in it.. speak to me about the Barrett-bunny.
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[User Picture]From: insidian
2004-03-09 01:14 pm (UTC)
It seems everyone has that reaction at first. It's sort of like Fellowship that way. Once you get past the first hundred-odd pages, though, it's hard to put down. I'd keep trying to do other things, then think, "I'll just read to the next Daenerys chapter. After I finish that chapter, I'll do something productive." Then eight hours later I'd finish the book. Drugs, man. They're like drugs.

As far as Barrett-bunny, it's just the thingy about land vs. ocean I threw your way last week. I think I slash Bonden/The Sea.
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[User Picture]From: wilfulcait
2004-03-09 02:05 pm (UTC)
I've got them, but I haven't read more than one of them. I love Martin, but I can't get into these.

Now, his Armageddon Rag? His Fevre Dream? Loved them both. Bought extras to give to people I met on the street.

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[User Picture]From: baisleac
2004-03-09 09:45 am (UTC)
Do you feel you have much impact of the lives of people you come in contact with?

Yes... and no. I think I have immediate, short-term impact on people. I don't, however, feel that I have a long-term impact on people. With few exceptions, most people with whom I lose contact, don't remember me if they meet me again later. Then again, I can hope during the short-term I've done something that impacted them, but was unattributable. ::smile::

Can you think of someone who, over a short period of time, significantly influenced your life?

Many. And yes, I do consider LJ contact. 99% of my friends are online... and the 1% of RL friends... let's just say I met half of them on the 'net. ::grin::
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-03-09 12:56 pm (UTC)
It's funny that you say that. I have the same experience where people who've met me don't remember me later. And you've had an absolutely lovely impact on my life. :)
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[User Picture]From: wilfulcait
2004-03-09 02:07 pm (UTC)
Aha! "Impact," the noun. Yay!

"Impact," the not-really-a-verb, not so Yay.

This is your local grammar bitch notice for the day, complete with sentence fragments.
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[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2004-03-09 11:13 am (UTC)
I don't think I make much of an impact, at least not immediate. I have a very hard time making and keeping friends -- half of it is shyness, half of it wicked, tricksy false experience. Here's hoping whatever impact I do make/leave is a decent one—can't ask much more than that, right? :-) So many people have influenced my life over short periods of time—people here and elsewhere online, people in RL definitely. The one that jumps to mind is Keith Millman, the English teacher who changed my entire life. Without what inspiration he gave me, I'm nothing, you know. That sounds fluffier than I mean it to, but I think you understand what I'm getting at.

And all of you lovelies who poke and prod and love me to pieces have definitely made impacts. I don't know why you put up with the likes of me, but you do and I never, never forget that. I *facepalm* every day, I really do.

*rubs up against you*

I want to know about the embarassing book, yo. *pummels* It can't be worse than some of the stuff I've bought!
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-03-09 01:02 pm (UTC)
I don't think I make much of an impact, at least not immediate.

Later. I'll beat you later. Silly girl.

That sounds fluffier than I mean it to, but I think you understand what I'm getting at.

No, I absolutely understand. And it didn't come off as fluffy. Here's this person who gets you for an hour a day.. or three hours a week, or whatever, and they absolutely change your life. They say you're capable of things that every other input source is saying you're not. And not only that, they make you believe them. It's amazing.

Also, when you rub up against me like that we get all static-y and we're going to shock the next person who snogs on of us. clearly we should snog each other to get it out of the way

i bought a fluffy romance novel. i'm only mildly ashamed. i can't help it. jude makes me laugh. a lot. she has a sex scene in one of her novels that uses the phrase "wanna play sit on the tent pole again?" and i shot diet coke out my nose. yeah.. fluffy romance.

Oi! Recommend me books you brainy wench.
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From: starfishchick
2004-03-09 12:23 pm (UTC)
Do you feel you have much impact of the lives of people you come in contact with?

Not really. Some people have told me that my fic recs please them, but I don't really feel that I've really affected their lives all that much. I don't really think I'm active enough in fandom or funny or cool enough to really affect LJ-world. As jaci said, "Not fishing! Fact!"

Eric eats goat cheese because of me - does that count?

Can you think of someone who, over a short period of time, significantly influenced your life?

IRL, several someones. dramaqueen_23 and bruiseblue. Deborah at ChickLit, Ms. Dittmar (English teacher), Mr. Clements (senior Geography teacher), current boss Rob, gmajor.

Online? jacito, dorrie6, melly, kiltie, berry. Lots more but those are off the top of my head.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2004-03-09 12:45 pm (UTC)
See and I think your encouragement and your support has a great impact on me. Fact. :) And the more people who eat goat-cheese the better.

Most of those who've impacted me in a short time were teachers... My problem is that people tend to impact me within a week but then those who do that are the ones who hang around for years. Does that count as "a short time?"

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From: starfishchick
2004-03-10 07:22 am (UTC)
"Short" is relative, isn't it?

Thank you for saying that I affect you - you're sweet.

And yay for goat cheese.
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