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1: Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says:

...the word "psychic" to refer to all sorts of mental...

The full sentence from that: "Modern psychologists, by the way, still use the word psychic to refer to all sorts of mental activities, including the perception and/or manifestation of Jungian archetypes of the collective unconscious."

Oh no, Jungian archetypes! Run away! And this isn't a textbook, it's a book on liturgy by Isaac Bonewitz.

2: Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first?

To the left, the pullout on my desk, knocking over a tape measure. To the front, the keyboard tray.

3: What is the last thing you watched on TV?

Discovery Magazine on the Science channel last night. I fell asleep.

4: WITHOUT LOOKING, guess what time it is:

2:13 PM

5: Now look at the clock, what is the actual time?:

2:43 PM
Heh, cool, I'm half-adjusted to the time change.

6: With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?

Alyria laughing at cartoons in the bedroom, the progressive/adult alternative music channel on cable. I don't watch it, I listen to it, so my previous TV answer still stands. Right now, a Natalie Merchant song is finishing up and a John Mayer (ick) song is coming on. Can someone explain to me the appeal of John Mayer? I confess to having issues with the name, but I don't like his music either, so his popularity is a mystery. Then again, I think Dido's "White Flag" is the latest anthem to codependence, so my tastes aren't those of the population at large.

7: When did you last step outside?

Saturday. Went to the airport to see gypsy on her layover heading from Portland to Florida for Passover. Overdid it hiking the main terminal and haven't done much moving since. I may have stepped outside for a few minutes a couple of times yesterday, but haven't today.

8: Before you came to this website, what did you look at?

Reading email, reading LJ, and listening to some more Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie. I multitask.

9: What are you wearing?

Very ratty and stained pinkish T-shirt with Kokopelli on it and the slogan "Kokopelli's music lives in the heart and makes it sing." It's one of my favorites, but will probably be trashed after the move. And madras shorts, and my new Tevas which actually support my arthritic feet.

10: Did you dream last night?

Yes, about going to a Science Fiction convention with Weird Al Yankovic and someone else famous but I didn't know why. I had lots of things autographed by him, though, and Weird Al was jealous and wanted to buy them. I think I was about to sell them to him (we're REALLY broke so it even seeps into my dreams) when Doug woke me by taking my hand. Once it registered it was Doug and not Weird Al, I woke up.

And that's a relatively mundane dream for me.

11: When did you last laugh?

Probably at something in dot_cattiness or metaquotes. I try to laugh every day, even when I'm going insane.

12: What is on the walls of the room you are in?:

A space tryptich about 20 years old, a key holder that holds leashes and graduation tassels and not a single key, pictures of Alyria, a holographic picture of a rose, the control panel to a security system that hasn't been used in years, a card with the Emile Zola quote "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud." It seems to fit me. Over the front door is a Chinese lucky money envelope and a cutout cat looking like it's going to jump off the doorsill, next to the door is a unicorn mirror that belongs (or belonged) to gypsy, two unicorn pictures, two dragon pictures, one of which my mother needlepointed, a picture of a pair of small gryphons, one colored like a cardinal and one like a blue jay, a calendar, and my ordination through Hearthstone.

13: Seen anything weird lately?:

Um, yeah. It would be harder to come up with something mundane. I guess watching a 30 cu yd rolloff get filled and removed from my driveway in the process of moving qualifies on the mundane weirdness level. Getting a friendship destroyed by tactical nuke would be another.

14: What do you think of this quiz?:

It's mildly more interesting than a lot of the quizzes, and I have work I should be doing, so it's a great procrastination tool.

15: What is the last film you saw?:

Finding Nemo on DVD. I haven't been to a movie theater in ages.

16: If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first?:

I'll try to keep this short. I'd pay off my student loan and put a chunk in Alyria's college fund. I'd make my own college fund so I wouldn't have to depend on loans, grants, and scholarships. I'd pay for someone to move us. And the four of us would find a bigger house we actually fit in. I'd send some money to my family, even my psychpathic liar of a brother. Then I'd invest so that we can do what we want with our life instead of what we have to in order to survive. Maybe I'd get that alpaca ranch and start a fiber business. There's also a local yarn business for sale for less than 200K -- I might look into that.

I'd tell Doug to quit driving buses and go back to school full time.

I'd find a good gathering space for the Pagan communities in the area and set up a trust to fund it and employ an administrator. I might be that adminstrator for a stipend, but it would be nice to be able to pay someone for their work in the Pagan community for once.

I'd start a pagan food bank on the level of the ones the Christian churches can afford to do.

17: Tell me something about you that I don't know:

My first dog was a dachsund named "Peanuts." We had lots of cats when we were growing up, and they either ran away or got run over so I thought the natural life span of a cat was 6 months when I was younger.

18: If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?:

Get the government out of marriage completely. Marriage is a sacred contract between the parties involved and their belief system, and the government has no business regulating it.

19: Do you like to dance?:

I like to dance; my arthritis doesn't.

20: George Bush: is he a power-crazy nutcase or some one who is finally doing something that has needed to be done for years?:

He's just plain evil. The power-crazy nutcase is Cheney and his string-pullers.

21: Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?:

Her name is Alyria Rose Peterson and she turns 10 in May.

21: Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?:

We're done producing babies, but if Alyria had been a boy, his name would have been Jason Oak Peterson. Both names have one unique and one more common name, and both middle names are plants. So when the kid was older they could decide which name they wanted to use, or do like I do and use my first name some places and my middle name other places.

22: Would you ever consider living abroad?:

I'd love to travel but I think I'll continue to live in Colorado. This feels like home to me. The only places I can imagine emigrating to wouldn't take me (Australia has a weight limit and New Zealand doesn't let anyone in.) If our freedoms continue to be trampled, we may wind up moving to Canada, although that could mean the loss of a spouse, as I think getting K out of Colorado would be very difficult. On the other hand, times would have to be pretty tough for any of us to leave this state, so anything is possible at that point.

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