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Doing some clearing out to try to get out of the bad habit of leaving my clean clothes almost permanently in the livingroom where I dump them after getting home from the laundromat. Just realized( anew---this has come up before a few times), I'm not really the hoarder that some perceive me to be. I just...cannot, apparently, make my brain believe, on a subconscious level, in the existence of objects outside my field of view, no matter how well I know it intellectually. Going through stuff, I have only a very few things I'm hanging onto from impractical sentiment or whatever, and a whole huge lot of things I bought multiples of because I put it away neatly out of sight----and thus out of my mind and memory forever. Going to go look at clear storage drawers( wish those things were cheaper!) and ditch the curtain that I put up because the closet door was busted long ago( doesn't match anything else in the room anyway. Maybe I should make a quilt out of it). I think I actually want some of the wire drawers from Ikea that I just saw online, they're more durable and actually cheaper than the plastic ones. Ikea is kind of a pain to get to, but if it works...Wire storage is what has enabled me to keep my office/sewing space in usable condition for the last two years or so, and it seems every time I try to use something else ends up in uncontrollable chaos.

Writer's Block: Say What?

What is the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked?

I seem to get a lot of them, but one of the weirdest I remember was when I was working at Thriftown years ago. Some guy came up and asked "So where's your pipe?" I naturally looked confused and asked for a repetition, and then finally for an explanation. He said "Well, I always got a thing for a hot gypsy woman smokin' a pipe! You're a gypsy, aren't you?" "Um...no..." I'm about as Nordic-pale as you can get, for one thing, and I was dressed in BDU pants, goth band t-shirt, ponytail and a retail apron at the time, nothing "gypsy" I could see at all---and if I had been, why would he assume I would just automatically smoke a pipe to fit his particular kink? 0_o

Another time I was selling incense, and had another weirdo come up and insist I tell him about what kind of high you get from each of them( none of them was that kind of "incense" at all!), "Because they wouldn't make it if it didn't get you high, now, WOULD they?!" He finally bought a bag of patchouli leaves in spite of my assurance it wasn't hallucinogenic and would probably make a lousy smoke. Ooo-kaayyy, have fun with your placebo-pot...:P

Writer's Block: ONTD Games Giveaway

Which video game character would you like to have as your real-life BFF? One random response will win a $60 Amazon gift card! [Full contest rules here.] Don't forget to share your favorite gamer moments on at 3 p.m. PST for Free For All Friday (FFAF).

Hm, seeing as there's a possible prize involved, I just have to try to answer, though there's never just one possible response.

Random gut instinct, who would I get along with best? answer: Vivi from FFIX or Emma from Front Mission 3

Who did I respond to most strongly emotionally? Canaan from Xenosaga( but he's a HOT guy, so I wouldn't want to be JUST friends)

Honorable mention: I actually have a friend who is so much like Meru from Legend of Dragoon it's hard to imagine the game creators didn't know her. It kept bugging me that they got her elemental attribution "wrong" because the real one is a Sagittarius and SO fits the "Fire" stereotype that it was weird to me they made her have ice magic.

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Yay! Big thanks to veil! I almost didn't find it because UPS got too clever trying to conceal it from thieves( though I guess considering what happened to you that might be wise!), but luckily with how much fuss the dog was making and that I'd heard the driver pull away while I was in the bathtub I knew they had to have left *something* and kept looking!

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I haven't done this previously because I worry it sounds like begging( and it is, but it's also way more about breaking the monotony and having an exchange than getting stuff), but I just filled a small box with stuff I already had for someone else and it made the blah season feel a little better, so...

Step One
- Make a post (public, friends locked, 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 friends friends, or just random journals, or [info]holiday_wishes/[info]wish_list) 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.

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