On the bright side, LaTeX is fun and at least I have an excuse to consume a steady string of americanos.
In other news, nothing crawled up my leg last night and I am going to a picnic at a brewery for lunch. So there.
When you get dressed, do your underthings generally match?
I do not wear top-underthings so this is not an issue for me
I do not wear bottom-underthings so this is not an issue for me
The barriers in place before a girl who decides she does not want to become a mom are formidable. First of all, such a stance inevitably is a rejection of one’s own mother, to some degree. Coming to terms with the fact that one does not want to be a mom, like one’s mom, can be a difficult psychological maneuver — particularly since the weight of cultural pressures are strongly against this choice. And once a girl or woman decides that she prefers not to have children, she must defend herself over and over and over again. I can say from lifelong experience that no one believes a girl who claims not to want to be a mom. It’s very frustrating when perfect strangers presume to know one’s innermost desires without even asking! As a child, I recall adults asking my brother what he wanted to be when he grew up, listening to him sagely, then turning to me and flatly declaring, “I know what you want to be: a MOMMY!” And when I denied this desire, I have always been told, with a patronizing “what-a-silly-girl!” smile, “Oh, you’ll change your mind!” I was told I would change my mind when I grew up; then I was told I would change my mind when I met the right man; then, that I would change my mind when I settled down; that I would change my mind overnight when my “biological clock” suddenly started ticking; that I would change my mind when my friends had babies; even that I would change my mind after I had tenure. When confident assertions of my hidden maternal nature proved inadequate, the appeals to conscience began. I was told that I must have children for the sake of my future old age, for the sake of the human race, for the sake of perpetuating progressive values, for the sake of passing on my own intelligent genes (this last from my mom).
1. What the funniest book you've ever read?
I read a lot of Terry Pratchett and I don't think I can pick a funniest book. (The Twilight series has been pretty hilarious, but I don't think it's intentional.)
2. What's the scariest book you've ever read?
Probably The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, though Parable of the Sower comes in close.
3. What's the most difficult book you've ever read?
Atlas Shrugged was torturous--it took me a month and a half. The Silmarillion was rough too, mostly because I had to finish it in a week for a class. I've also been slogging through the Twilight series armed with sparkly gel pens, but if I was not *ahem* annotating the books I definitely wouldn't make it through.
4. What's the most shocking book you've ever read?
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Mirakami blew my mind.
5. What book made you cry more than any other?
Probably Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which was a little embarassing because I read it during a very long day spent in various doctor's offices while waiting for my mom during The Summer of The Leg.
6. What book gave you nightmares or bad dreams?
For me, movie-watching tends to correlate with bad dreams more strongly than book-reading, but I do have strange dreams after reading interesting books. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle resulted in seriously weird dreams, as did Parable of the Sower and The Zombie Survival Guide.
7. What book inspired you to change your life?
I've never read a book that inspired me to change my life!
8. What's the most romantic book you've ever read?
Cold Mountain. Swoon. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville was touching, too.
9. What's the most adventure-filled book you've ever read?
Most recently, The Scar by China Mieville, but I'm a fan of George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series (he'd better finish it soon, he's getting old).
10. What book carried you off into a land of imagination more than any other?
I love a believable world in fiction! READ ALL OF THESE:
Sunshine by Robin McKinley (all of Robin McKinley's fairy tale interpretations are amazing, and Sunshine is not based on a fairy tale but it has vampires!)
Perdido Street Station, The Scar
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
He, She, and It by Marge Piercy
Beauty by Sheri S Tepper
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson