Fluffy the polar bear. Actually it was more of a white teddy bear than an accurate representation of a polar bear, but whatever. When I outgrew her, I gave it to my younger brother. Once he outgrew it, we donated it. I can't remember where, exactly. She wasn't a very large teddy bear, but I loved her all the same.
Anyway, we were visiting this girl, having good discussions about all sort of things, spiritual and otherwise, when her brother passes by after waking up from a nap. With a snake around his neck. I didn't give it much thought other than "Cool. A snake." My sister... almost freaked out. She pointed out the snake, and suddenly the conversation took a rather different turn. Not only did he give us lots of interesting facts about snakes and caring for them as pets, he also let me hold both the snake around his neck, but another, smaller specimen that he had. I had held a snake before(a very large one that took several people to hold, but a snake nonetheless), but this was the first time I had volunteered to hold one, let alone two. My sister... well, she pet them, but was very much against holding them. She is very much like Indiana Jones in that regard.
Why do I bring this up? Becuase I was actually rather suprised by myself when I held those snakes. It had been years since I had even seen a snake, let alone held one. I have to say, I was quite proud of myself, because if I were 12, I would have been reacting to the snakes in a manner similar to my sister. The very large snake I held all those years ago helped me get over my natural squeamishness around them, but I had honestly expected never to hold another serpent in my life.
Let me tell ya though, my mom nearly freaked out when she found out when we got home. Having grown up in Kentucky, where there are more poisonous snake species than out west, I totally understand. Accidentally mixing up the words "cobra" and "python" didn't help either.
So now you know that I actually kinda like snakes. Never thought I would type that phrase, but there it is.
I don't collect anything at the moment, as I have no cash. However, I would love to collect scented candles. Especially ones from the Yankee Candle company.
I'm not sure how I got interested in scented candles. I am one of those people that love to watch campfires burn, and I like things that smell nice, so I guess that's how it started.
Whenever my sister and I come across a display of Yankee candles in a store, we play a little guessing game. One of us closes our eyes while the other gets a candle and holds it up to their nose to try and guess the name of the scent. It's kinda silly, but still enjoyable after all these years.
* How I feel about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.
However, I would like to mention that I actually told a tale at Ales and Tales Monday. It was basically a retelling of the ghost story Katara told in The Puppetmaster episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was rather well recieved for my first time. Yay me!
In other news, if you have yet to get The Last Airbender Rifftrax, at least go watch it on Youtube. Not only will you see how awful that movie is, but you will also hear comedy of a MST3K flavor.
Found it through seasonal_icons today, and I thought it would express my Christmas wishes perfectly. At least somewhat. They didn't have a Turbine Points for LOTRO option.
Speaking of LOTRO, I haven't really talked about this game a lot here. Well, now I shall remedy that. I adore this game. It's just plain awesome in nearly every aspect. The developers are understanding and patient with the players, the community is on the whole far more mature than other games I've played, and the game itself is easy to get the hang of and challenging enough to make you want to come back.
Monday nights are especially fun for me in game lately, ever since I joined The Lonely Mountain Band kinship(guild) on the Landroval server. Why, you ask? Because Monday nights is when our RP event Ales and Tales occurs. Officially starting at 10:30 EST(we start gathering about an hour beforehand), we tell tales(lore appropriate, of course), play songs(the in-game music system is awesome), and generally just hang out and have fun getting drunk off of virtual booze(the only booze I will ever touch). Seriously, drinking alcohol in game makes the screen go all double vision on ya. It's loads of fun and open to anyone on the Landroval server. The location changes from week to week. This week it will be at our recently appointed HQ in the Raglan neighborhood of the Bree-land Homesteads. Tons of fun are sure to be had.
In other news, having a cold stinks.
You know you lead a boring life when you can't think of anything you did yesterday that might interest total strangers on the internet.
Kingdom Hearts 30 Day Meme
Day 23: Preferred Incarnation of Xehanort
Gotta go with Oldynort here. The fact that he's voiced by Leonard Nimoy in English is just one factor. Oldynort is just so diabolical and despicable to me.
Day 24: Preferred Incarnation of Sora
Just plain old Sora. Sure, he's not always the brightest bulb in the lamp at times, but he is still very likable. As a little kid he's adorably nice and as a teen he is feircely loyal to his friends. He's also not angsty(no offense meant, Riku).
Mind you, he wasn't the only guy sailing back then, but he was certainly the most famous.
Kingdom Hearts 30 Day Meme
Day 19: Least Favorite Boss
Chernabog in KHI. Mostly because of that music. I've been scared of that music ever since I was a little girl. I can understand using it, but I'm sure that there wasn't a kid in the US who played that game that didn't have to start the boss fight over because of that music.
You've probably noticed by now that I have a new default userpic. This may lead you to believe that I am a Tolkien fan. You would be right on that count. My new catchphrase for commenting on awesome posts is going to be "Galadriel approves." Or not. Haven't really decided yet.
Kingdom Hearts 30 Day Meme
Day 8: Favorite World
In the first game it was Atlantica. However, once I heard that The Lion King was going to be in KHII, I went nuts! The Lion King is my favorite Disney movie ever!
Birthday was good. Had cheesecake. It was awesome.
Tomorrow my sis and I are going to Capitol Theater in downtown Salt Lake to go see The Lion King. I can't remember if I already said that(most likely yes), but it's still awesome!
Kingdom Hearts 30 Day Meme
Day 2: Least Favorite Character
As I said yesterday, I don't have a character that I actively hate. Master Xehanort is one that I absolutely love to hate, though. He's just so diabolical. The fact that he's voiced by Leonard Nimoy in English is pretty awesome, too.
So, my sis recently bought a PSP and Birth By Sleep. All three of us siblings have started playing it, and frankly, I love it. It's been years since I've played a Kingdom Hearts game, so this really means a lot to me.
Now, I am fully aware that it is just a game and that reality ain't nearly as spectacular. I've been out of La-la Land for some time, now, so I think I have a pretty good grasp on reality now. Why do I bring this up? Because in the past, me playing the game = major behavioral problems because the game kinda blurred the lines between fantasy and reality for me. Or it was just plain addicting. I'm leaning towards the latter. Besides, I've discovered Facebook in the interim.
You know, I remember the first time I ever played the first game. It was the music that really got me hooked. Utada Hikaru and Shimomura Yoko really know how to draw one in with music. I cried at the ending of the first game. I cried at the ending of the second. I'm sure I'll cry if I ever get around to playing Days. I guess I cried because I let myself get emotionally involved with the story line. And Birth By Sleep certainly has a storyline that provokes sympathy.
So yeah, kind of a random entry. No real progress on my fic. Still stuck on what my outfit will look like.
Fanfic is hard to write. For me, anyways. I can plan it all in my head wonderfully, but putting it on paper is a real struggle for me. It might be my medication interfering with my creativity. Then again, even when I wasn't taking meds I had trouble getting my ideas out.
Have I ever mentioned that I would love to learn as many languages as possible? Well, I have now. Japanese, Irish, Quenya, Na'vi, Swahili, Mandarin, just about every language out there. Except Klingon. As much as I am a Star Trek fan, Klingon is not at all euphonic to me.
Yeah, this entry is rather random. But the subtitle of this journal is "Random musings and ramblings," so what did you expect?