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Dec. 12th, 2008

Thesis is done, yay. However...I got in a car accident today!! It really sucked. :( Don't worry, no one was hurt and the damage to both cars was minor. I was driving down the road past the mall, she was turning right on the red light, and she failed to yield and ran into the Beast's passenger side.
When we got out of our cars, she yelled at me because she thought that I had a red light. I am 99.9% sure that I had a green, because
a)wtf, I'd notice if I had a red (and the car in front of me hadn't stopped, so at the very least I would have had a yellow)
and
b)I drive down that road more or less every day, and those lights are all synched. If you get a green light as you get off of the highway (which I did), the next five lights will all be clear.
Still, it has introduced doubt into my mind. I don't have a crystal clear memory one way or the other. And what if I really did run a red light without noticing it? That's really, really scary. Like, wtf self?
However, she warmed up to me a lot while we were waiting for the po-po to show up, and when he took our statements, she didn't dispute me when I said I had a green, so that's what went on the report. He did not give her a ticket for failing to yield, but I have no doubt that she'll be found at fault on the report.
Still, I'm feeling really shaky. So is poor Beastie. He's always been banged up on account of the hail damage, but the dent on his side is much more obvious, and there's some scraping. Aw. :(


Step One

- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.


Step Two

- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.
- You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.
- There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My Wishes:

1. LJ header/journal theme inspired by India.Arie’s “Video”, Jack Johnson’s “Breakdown”, or Kimya Dawson’s “Wandering Daughter.” I picked the image that's there now not because I liked the image itself, but because I liked the color scheme. However, I could be persuaded to go in a different color direction if that’s the way inspiration takes you. :)

2. Tobias/Rachel/Marco fic, to do with the theme of “competition.”

3. Okay, this one involves something physical....when I was living in England this spring, I got addicted to Options’ “Outrageous Orange” hot chocolate mix. I brought a whole bunch back with me, but I’m down to my last two packets! If there were any British folks who could find and send some, that would be incredible (I'm going to leave this post public, so I won't post my address, but e-mail me at wordplaysam@gmail.com if you want it).

4. A fanmix to any of my fics(with the exception of Theory of Relativity, which already has one)

5. Badass future Molly fic.

6. Download links to filk/wizard rock songs, particularly by Jonathan Coulton, Harry and the Potters, or Draco and the Malfoys. I recently downloaded “Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime,” “Christmas at Hogwarts,” and “All I Want For Christmas” (respectively...and of course I already had Coulton’s “Re: Your Brains”) as part of my gorging on Christmas music, and OMG, they’re HILARIOUS. I wasn’t even terribly even into Harry Potter, but every time I listen to wizard rock, it makes me laugh, so....
(BTdubs, if anyone wants me to upload any of those songs, or the only other Harry Potter track I have, Big Papa E’s “Harry Potter Emo Love Song,” let me know and I’ll do it)

7. An “I Love My Car” fanmix. Beastie’s a little mopey about being hit today and I’d love to put on some car-lovin’ music at the top of speaker volume. If it helps any, he looks like this, and yes, he is named after the X-Man.

8. A way to discover How I Met Your Mother without paying for it.

9. An animated icon of Mohinder ~*~becoming a butterfly~*~ as he comes out of the cocoon. Hopefully with a butterfly reference somewhere in the animation. Any other silly animated Mohinder/Sendhil (lol, that looks like I mean character-actor slash) icons would be great too.

10. I’d love for you to post your link to your holiday list in my comments. I’ve been kind of sporadic in my reading of my flist lately and chances are good I missed it/will miss it if you post it this weekend. It would be so much easier for me if you posted a link. :) And if you posted a link to anyone on your flist who I might not know who's doing it! That would be fun!


Also? I saw Milk tonight with Homeboy Phil, and it was really, really good. I highly recommend it. Everyone cheered when it was over.

Now that I'm almost done with school, I want to get back into fandom, with more writing and another shot at the fanvids. And finally finishing the OSSRZQ fanmix. Before Christmas, y'all, I swear. Also? In the next few days I want to post a review of "Veritable Badasses: KleenexCow's Guide To The Top Five Adventure Books That Will Make You Glad For Your Heater." Keep your eyes peeled. I also might post a Bollywood rec post soon, too.

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comixologist
Dec. 13th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
Re: Wish 8
Edited to keep the secret hidden - this post isn't FLocked, I think. This way, ONLY YOU SHALL KNOW. ♥

Edited at 2008-12-13 05:35 am (UTC)

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"Wandering Daughter" --Kimya Dawson

I am the wanderer's wandering daughter
wrestle the pestle for the sake of the mortar
i love as i breathe and leave as i live
my cast iron shield's a titanium sieve

and a castle that's built on confusion and doubt
is a nickel within and a dollar without
just when the shoes seem so big i can't win
i fill my own sneakers and take off again

i am the wanderer's wandering daughter
take all my pain and i mix it with water
it's sunny it's sweet and i don't purple stuff it
one day by the way i met little miss muffet

i blew my mind with the stuff that i taught her
i am the wanderer's wandering daughter
i said if a spider should sit down beside you
tell him your name and then tell him the truth

a great hairy spider appeared there and then
and the holes in my soul started letting in wind
i felt like a lamb being led to the slaughter
i am the wanderer's wandering daughter

she said i'm miss muffet i'm very afraid
but something inside me is making me stay
i know deep down that if i run away
i'll just meet more spiders and still feel the same

the spider he smiled and said how is this true
when i am so terribly smaller than you?
my web it just went in the way the wind blew
what i was in for i hadn't a clue

he touched her face gently with six of his legs
and licked from her chin a speck of curds and whey
when i was certain they'd both be okay
i tightened my laces and i walked away

as i walked away i was feeling excluded
wishing my impulses weren't diluted
the muscle i hustle is real for my friends
but the muscle i keep for myself is pretend

i am the wanderer's wandering daughter
travel the land and i live like a martyr
the things that i do aren't the things that i teach
if i spend my time practicing when will i preach?

i do what i must as you do what you oughta
i am the wanderer's wandering daughter
take all my pain and mix it with water
i am the wanderer's wandering daughter

i'm lost and alone and i'm fair and i'm free
you am what you is and i are who i be
what i'm lacking in strength i make up for in smarts
you keep your stability i'll keep my heart

fear finds october emotions are juices
beat around bushes and make up excuses
go out for ceruleans come home with chartreuses
snip and cut bonsais and turn them to spruces

miss muffet called me and she said don't cry
real friends are friends until after they die
still i romanticize all this disorder
i am the wanderer's wandering daughter
hop the next bus and run for the border
i am the wanderer's wandering daughter
give you my life if you give me a quarter
i am the wanderer's wandering daughter

so long it's been good to know ya
so long it's been good to know ya
so long it's been good to know ya
i've got to be moving along

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