chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Default)

I'll try not to repeat too much from my profile page.

I'm a slightly genderqueer married woman Of a Certain Age. I have a husband of more than 30 years, a grown daughter in a PhD program on the Left Coast (definitely a nerd like her folks), and various family members in my nearby area, which is Washington DC and environs (specifically, Takoma Park, MD, a/k/a The People's Republic of Takoma Park).

I have been a member of various fandoms since I was an 8-yr-old following the space program with my dad and reading the "Spacecat" books. In middle school and high school, I was a huge Tolkien and Star Trek:TOS nerd, and things went on from there. In college, I discovered D&D, and I still play tabletop RPG (Numenera, most recently) about once a month in a group that includes The Mr., his brother, and friends we have known for years.

I work as a web content manager (and to some degree, a systems analyst) on the intranet portal of a medium-sized organization. We're in the middle of porting a 4500-item site from Rhythmyx to Drupal.

I'm Jewish, liberal, and have fought depression for years (mostly with meds and meditation). I'm also a two-time cancer survivor.

I lock various posts. If you are interested in my health issues (including depression), my fic writing projects, the manga Saiyuki, or the remodeling job we're starting on our 1920s house, let me know, and I will add you to the applicable filter.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

16: One of your favorite classical songs

Songs? Surely they mean "classical pieces"?

And dude, I don't listen to classical.

It's kind of weird, in retrospect, because I went to the state art and music camp, where I was an art major, for several years, and I was exposed to a lot of music performed by my fellow campers, some of the best young musicians in the state of Maryland. But none of it seems to have stuck.

On the other hand, in college, I used to listen to movie scores, especially by John Williams ("Star Wars" and many others), for hours.

Maybe you all have some pieces to recommend that I try?

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

Haven't done a meme in, like, forever. I narfed this one from [ profile] oonaseckar.

Using only song names from one artist/band, cleverly answer these questions. Pass this on to 15 people (hey, you guys, do it if it strikes your fancy - that's all!). Try not to repeat a song title.

Pick Your Artist/Band: Billy Joel

Describe yourself: All About Soul

How do you feel: And So It Goes

Describe where you currently live: Sometimes A Fantasy

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Zanzibar

Your favorite form of transportation: Downeaster "Alexa" [ETA: a "downeaster" is a type of boat, usually a fishing boat ... but hey, it's a boat)

Your best friend is: Uptown Girl (my sister Amy, in this case)

You and your best friend are: Keeping The Faith

What’s the weather like: Scandinavian Skies

Favorite time of day: This Is The Time

If your life was a TV show, what would the title be: A Minor Variation

What is life to you: Everybody Has A Dream

Your relationship: A Matter Of Trust and/or You're My Home

You Fear: I Don't Want To Be Alone

Whee! Hey, I have an alternative call to action for you: link me to a meme that you particularly enjoyed doing, on your journal. Thanks muchly!

chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)

This is [ profile] telophase's fault.

ereader test
Source: Staples eReader Department

According to them I read 683 words per minute. But I really can't keep that up for very long.

chomiji: Akari, the shaman from SDK ... more to her than you might imagine  (Akari - autumn colors)

Growing Up Gender Nonconforming

I wasn't in exactly the same place as the author was: I always considered myself a girl. But I didn't think I was very good at being a girl. And mostly, I didn't want to improve at it, either. I didn't want to be other people's idea of a girl. My poor mother, daughter of a garment industry family, really never did understand it. She'd take me shopping for clothes, and I'd go hide under one of the garment racks with a book.

The one period in my life that I tried hard to be gender conforming was when I was a new mother. I really didn't like it. No matter how hard I tried, I didn't seem to have much in common with the other mothers I met.

Most of the time when I feel like being girly, I do it by myself, for myself. This includes shopping for clothes and very rarely, cosmetics. Makeup, for me, feels like a lie. I don't think it's a lie on other people, mind you! But for me, it's a lie.

I do like jewelry, though. But it has to be smallish and folk-arty or simple and not get in my way. Earrings are good.

chomiji: Gojyo from the manga Saiyuki, with the heart and letter K from the King of hearts in a deck of cards (Gojyo - hearts)

Self, although you identify strongly with the 20-something guys in your favorite reading material (of various types), you are actually a 55-year-old woman who has been off her game for the past few months because of health issues.

This means that if you are suddenly struck by the fact that there is a waist-high counter in front of the primping mirror in the women's restroom at work, and there is absolutely no one around, and you wonder whether you can still clear that counter with a front snap kick, your body is not going to appreciate it when you try it to see.

The ligament on the lower inside of my left knee (the medial collateral ligament, I think, from the diagram I found online) is only just a little bit sore this morning, although I was hobbling for a bit last night. (And yes, I did clear the counter with my kick. Go me — you silly person you!)

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Default)

Oh yay! Thanks, [personal profile] scribblemoose!

A - Age: 54
B - Bed size: King size.
C - Chore you hate: All of them. Because you can't stop doing any of them.
D - Pet's name: No pets right now. :-( Biscuit the dog and Strega the cat are visiting with us, though.
E - Essential start to your day item(s): Fresh blueberries. Yes, I'm picky.
F - Favorite color: ALL THE COLORS except muddy greeny browny orangey tan things. Yes to intense reds, roses, blues, purples, emeralds, teal to peacock, soft grey, black, chocolate brown, etc.
G - Gold or Silver: Silver
H - Height: 5 ft 5½ inches. I'm shrinking. It's sad.
I - Instruments you play(ed): Guitar, recorder, bamboo flute, tongue drum (to be fair, I just noodle formlessly on the latter).
J - Job title: personnel classification: IT Specialist; functional title: Intranet Content Manager.
K - Kisses or hugs: Hugs. Snuggly, full-body hugs.
L - Living arrangements: With my Mr. (and sometimes our college girl daughter) in a beat-up 1920s vintage house with lots of character
M - Mood: Is this mood I like, or mood I am now? I like contented and calmly happy. I am anxious and scattered.
N - Nicknames: cho, Ruthless, Ruthefluss, Ruthie (family only, most of these)
O - Overnight hospital stays other than birth: Butt surgery (don't click if you're squeamish, although it's just a verbal description), 5-day wait for a bed for an angioplasty, giving birth to my daughter, observation for angina. More recently everything has been done as an outpatient procedure.
P - Pet Peeves: people being pretentious about educational and certification qualifications at work ... especially our personnel training group, which styles itself a "university" and calls the department heads "deans."
Q - Quote from a movie: Why a movie? Not everyone watches movies. OK, this one: "I want my father back, you son of a bitch." Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride, of course.
R - Right or left handed: Right.
S - Siblings: Two younger sisters, one born to us, the other by mutual agreement.
T - Time you wake up: 6:30 by alarm on weekdays (sometime the Mr.'s morning routine wakes me before then); 8 or 9 on weekends.
U- Underwear: Jockey Elance Bikini briefs in 100% cotton. Usually pastels.
V - Vegetable you dislike: Hmm? Okra, maybe.
W - Ways you run late: "I'll just finish this one more thing ... ."
X - X-rays you've had: Loads and loads, plus ultrasounds and MRIs. Teeth, wrist (broken at age 8), feet, boobs, ladybits.
Y - Yummy food you make: Pot roast, matzoh ball soup, baked cup custard
Z - Zoo favorite: Fennec fox. So adorable!

That was an amusing way to waste 15 minutes!

chomiji: Akari, the shaman from SDK ... more to her than you might imagine  (Akari - autumn colors)

It's been a bad couple of weeks to be a geek woman, what with the Readercon Creeper (see linkspam) and before that hit, the CNN article about how good-looking young women in skimpy costumes aren't really geeks (see Scalzi's blog, which has a link to the original piece).

Among the comments on the Scalzi "Who Gets to Be a Geek" piece was something that crystalized for me some uneasy feelings I'd been having myself about the recent co-evolution of geekdom in general and the women who are part of it. One commenter stated:

Speaking personally: I used to think that geek culture was one of the few places that I, as a non-femme fat chick, would find acceptance. It was exciting to know that I didn’t have to look like a bikini model in order to make friends and potentially find partners. Unfortunately, now that there really ARE bikini models running around in my spaces, I’m feeling more and more marginalized. My one refuge from my culture’s violent reinforcement of body standards is evaporating, and it’s upsetting.

I don't want to feel as this commenter does. But in my heart, I sometimes feel that way, even though I know it's wrong.

Cut for long navel-gazing stuffs ... definitely at the Teal Deer level )
chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Gojyo  - King of Hearts)

Once again, it's Five Things! These are from [ profile] rushthatspeaks, who asked me:

Cut for answers )
chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Default)

27 years and still ticking!

chomiji: Akari, the shaman from SDK ... more to her than you might imagine  (Akari - autumn colors)

On January 13, 1982, a plane crashed into the [14th Street Bridge in Washington, DC], killing all but four passengers and one flight attendant of the 79 people aboard the aircraft. Four motorists on the bridge also died in the accident. Pilot error and poor weather conditions were blamed ...

Rescue crews and ambulances struggled through traffic to reach the scene on that snowy afternoon. The federal government had released its employees early, and roads were jammed. Then came word about 30 minutes later that a crowded Orange Line train had slammed into a concrete pillar near the Smithsonian station.

The first fatal accident in the history of Metro would injure 25 passengers and kill three others.

- The Washington Post

I was about 18 months into my first full-time professional job that day, as a copy editor at the American Geophysical Union just north of Dupont Circle. AGU released its employees when the government did. My colleague Carole and I, who both lived in Arlington, Virginia, started home on the Metro. We could not make the transfer to the Orange line. Rumors flew around the crowded station platforms, and then the news about the plane crash started to get mixed into it. We bailed out of the crowded Metro station and walked to a nearby McDonalds for hot chocolate, and there the news started to come together. You must remember that almost no one had cellphones in 1982 and, even if they had, there were no online news services worth talking about. I think we may have eventually walked to Foggy Bottom, and picked up a train home from there.

chomiji: Kami-sama form Saiyuki with angel's wings and the caption, Angels we have heard on high ... (Kami-sama - angel)

Guess I ought to take down those 2009 cards and put them away, yeah?


We don't use the living room that much ... somehow, I just never got around to doing anything with them. They look festive, you know?

chomiji: Gojyo from the manga Saiyuki, with the heart and letter K from the King of hearts in a deck of cards (Gojyo - hearts)

1. I know your favorite pairing, but who is your favorite Saiyuki character (including Gaiden)?

Gojyo, hands down. He's a very comfortable fit for me as a point-of-view character - that desperate longing to belong and be loved, the fact that he's stuck always between two worlds. And his off-handed swearing and willingness to call people (even himself) on bullshit make me smile. Also, the fact that he doesn't have a special magical talent - except to always be the last man standing, and drag the others to safety.

2. How did you get into manga to begin with?

The Mr. was looking through the SF&F section of a bookstore near his office and getting increasingly disgusted with the selection. So he glanced at the manga section next over and asked the young store clerk what he'd recommend for someone who liked fantasy. He came home that night with the first volumes of Samurai Deeper Kyo. The rest is as blogged here on LJ!

3. If money and language barriers were no object, and you could live anywhere in the world, where would you want to live?

I'm living right where I want to live, pretty much! I grew up around here, and it fits me quite well. I love the varied population, the fact that we have so many great museums and restaurants from all cultures, the fact that I can buy Shabbat candles and sushi rice at the regular grocery, that no one blinks twice if I say that I'm leaving work early Friday because of Yom Kippur. The lush softness of the landscape, loud with birds and bright with flowers and butterflies, full of glens and dells with little streams flowing through, is a part of my heart. But if money were no object, I'd fix up the house. (I like to visit other places, but this is home.)

4. What was your first fandom, and how/when/why did you get into it?

Hee, what a question! It's a tie somewhere between Star Trek: the original series and LOTR. I found Star Trek on TV (to the disgust of my very girly best friend of the time, who preferred Lost in Space), and was given LOTR by my parents. By my early teens I had all of the meta-stuff that was available for both (David Gerrold's The Making of Star Trek, for example). I attended one of the last of the big NYC Star Trek conventions when I was 16. And in college, I had a card file of Elvish vocabulary and later reconstructed proto-Elvish for my historical linguistics teacher.

5. What's a favorite quote of yours? (I'm assuming there's no one favorite and what it might be might change over time.)

For a while now, it's been the Philip Pullman quote that I used as the title of my writing LJ: "'Thou shalt not' is soon forgotten, but 'Once upon a time' lasts forever."

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Default)

I have no idea what I'm going to do with this account yet, but here it is, and here sit I.

chomiji: Hakkai from Saiyuki, smiling forcefully, with the caption I'm so happy I could just puke! (Hakkai - so happy (not!))

Or at least, I think I have.

Apparently, some people get a nasty, bitter metallic taste in the back of their mouths after eating certain batches of pine nuts (pignolia).

The green bean appetizer at our new local pizzeria place has pine nuts. I had some on Sunday night and ate the leftovers two or three days later. And now I have this distinctive, gronky metallic taste back around my molars and tonsils. It's not like a sinus infection, which I have had before.

Here, have some links about this:

It can last for weeks, some say ... .

chomiji: Gojyo from the manga Saiyuki, with the heart and letter K from the King of hearts in a deck of cards (Gojyo - hearts)

Of course, to me, the Four Questions start with Ma nishtana ha-lailah hazeh ... . However, the meme has something a little more personal in mind! It goes like this:

  • Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."
  • I'll respond by asking you four questions so I can satisfy my curiosity
  • Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
  • Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions

lady_ganesh asked me:

  1. Who's your favorite character to write?

    Has to be Gojyo from Saiyuki! I think he lets the inner me come out and play.

  2. What's your favorite offline hobby?

    The Young Lady heard me ask this outloud and said it has to be reading. I'll add photography - although that goes online once I post the pix to Flickr.

  3. Do you go to conventions? (I can't remember.) Is there one you want to go to?

    I do like to go to cons sometimes. I used to run tournaments at gaming cons. Now I hang out and take pictures of people in costumes. I've gone to Katsucon the last couple of years and hope to do so again in 2010.

  4. What's your favorite fannish possession?

    After the actual books and manga themselves, it has to be my big print of this picture (pefectly worksafe; click on the image once you get there so you can see the whole thing properly). telophase drew/painted this for me! I won her in a charity auction, and asked for something with four mysterious shop keepers from manga/manhwa. We have this framed and hanging in the dining room.

chomiji: Chibi of Mibu no Hotaru from Samurai Deeper Kyo, in a swimsuit and in flames (hotaru-too hot!)

On the way to the Metro this morning, I saw a tiger swallowtail butterfly. I haven't seen one in years. The cicadas were shimmering and simmering zim-zim-zim from the trees. The August Moon hostas will be coming into bloom: my late father called them August lilies and told me that they bloomed especially for my birthday. I knew he was joking.

August: the dog days of summer, when time seems to stand still. And this year I will be 51 years old. And ... I hate hot weather.

(More frivolously: it's dead easy to find a picture of a dog wearing sunglasses on Flickr Creative Commons.)

chomiji: Yukimura from Samurai Deeper Kyo, smiling and clapping his hands. Caption: Happiness (Yuki-happy)

For all my fellow MBTI fans out there:

Your result for The Brutally Honest Personality Test...

Pollyanna- INFP

So, you want to make the world a better place? Too bad it's never gonna happen.

Of all the types, you have to be one of the hardest to find fault in. You have a selfless and caring nature. You're a good listener and someone who wants to avoid conflict. You genuinely desire to do good.

Of course, these all add up to an incredibly overpowered conscience which makes you feel guilty and responsible when anything goes wrong. Of course, it MUST be your fault EVERYTIME.

Though you're constantly on a mission to find the truth, you have no use for hard facts and logic, which is a source of great confusion for those of us with brains. Despite this, in a losing argument, you're not above spouting off inaccurate fact after fact in an effort to protect your precious values.

You're most probably a perfectionist, which in this case, is a bad thing. Any group work is destined to fail because of your incredibly high standards.

Disregard what I said before. You're just easy to find fault in as everyone else!

Luckily, you're generally very hard on yourself, meaning I don't need to waste my precious time insulting you. Instead, just find all your own faults and insult yourself.

Cut for links to the other 15 MBTI types, according to this quiz ... )

Take The Brutally Honest Personality Test at HelloQuizzy

chomiji: Ikkaku form Belach, with the caption Let Me Explain via Interpretive Dance (ikkaku-explain)

Reply to this meme by yelling "Words!" and I will give you five words that remind me of you. Then post them in your LJ and explain what they mean to you. These are the words given to me by redbrunja:

Saiyuki, underwear meta, breast cancer, timed writing, East coast )

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