Why are you? I managed to survive birth, from Rh-incompatible parents, and several near misses with death as a child. I guess I'm here for a reason. I hope to do Their Will.
What is your favorite brand of chocolate? Callebaut makes the best gianduja, but there's always Nutella to tide me over. I adore the Chocolate and Raspberry Oranges and the Chocolate Raspberries as well, and miss Cocolat's LiquidAmber Truffles.
Do you drink coffee or tea? Espresso drinks (singletalllatte, lowfat, flat & hazelnut is my usual) and real teas. Earls Grey and Green (although The aux Legendes from Mariage Freres is the best I've had of the citrus greens), dragon pearl jasmine, Lapsang Souchong, Sencha, Harmutty & Harmali & Gingia estate Assams.
Who are your pets? Mithril of memory, 1975-1995, a shorthair cat in a grey suit. When Arthur was in Kindergarten, we had some silkworms. [they were fun]
I'd rather be: a dolphin would be nice...Why? I can't swim much, but it looks like such fun being them.
What is your favorite flower?
To look at: pansies, and the Perfect Moment rose: while it has little scent, and lots of thorns, it blooms after the frost, it's a collection of bright sunset colored petals, it dries whole on the bush (no hips), and in spite of major detractors for my choices in roses, I can't "shovel prune" it.
To smell: Lilacs, rose Intrigue (not the one aka Lavaglut), and yellow freesias are my favorite scented flowers--but it's hard to beat the Austin roses, fruit trees in blossom.
What is your favorite piece of music? Geez. I can't answer this one.
Instrumental--Tango to Evora (a town in Portugal) by Loreena McKennitt, Satie's Gymnopedie #1, Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite, Rodrigo's Concierto Andaluz (or the Concierto de Aranjuez) as arranged by Los Romeros, Albinoni's Adagio, the themes to Jeeves & Wooster, the 1980s BBC Pride & Prejudice, and the Wimsey series that featured Harriet Vane, JB Reel as arranged by Alasdair Fraser. The songs that move me most seem to be by Canadians, Scots, or Breton harpers.
What is your favorite painting? Millais' Mariana, unless you count my MiL's originals. Most of the PreRaphaelite paintings, and there were several paintings in the A Day in the Country travelling exhibit of French Impressionists that made me want to step inside. Also Holbein's work and Les Tres Riches Heures de Jean Duc de Berry.
Who was the best Dr. Who? Only one I really saw was Tom Baker, thus have no basis for comparison. My favorite Enterprise captain thus far was Jean-Luc Picard, although Dr. Bashir made me weak in the knees just watching that man's face move when he spoke. Patrick Stewart is nearly a force of nature.
If you had all the time and money you needed, what would you most like to study? Botany, esp. historical. Between wanting to know when various plants were discovered, and when they were brought to Europe or North America, and herbalism, and what went into their discovery and breeding. Fine carpentry would come second. Need to learn about the woods first.
Where would you most like to go? Where I have not yet been, including under the light of a different sun; and back to Scotland.
If you could change one and only one thing in the world, what would it be? More justice, less hunger--that redistribution of wealth thing makes sense towards these goals. All right, so these generations long hatreds could disappear as well.
If you could change one and only one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would have taken the hardest math class I could have when I came back to California in 8th grade, and learned how to ask for help with schoolwork. I might have been a pharmacist, or a few other things, had my maths levels not held me back. All right, not getting motion sick, and being a bit taller so's I could have made the astronaut corps.
How do you describe yourself spiritually? Yearning.
Do you feel that you have arrived or are still on the journey? Definitely on the journey, with plenty of milestones to pass yet.
I began seeking to learn about and to dedicate myself to Brighid-of-the-many-spellings this January. Another Goddess I seek to know better is Pomona--well, I went to Pomona College, in the midst of what used to be citrus orchards, and I seem to have fruits, nuts, and citrus in my garden, along with lots of roses. I will never have an anonymous, generic garden if I can help it.
I am a student of a NROOGD elder named Nette, and live in the midst of what used to be known as The Valley of Heart's Delight. These days silicon chips and their industries have supplanted the orchards.