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[Error: unknown template qotd]Oh, God. Dozens, from rocket scientist Willy Ley to a bevy of science fiction writers to hockey legend Bobby Orr to Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, I've met or gone to college with more than my share of famous people. I've even had people fangirl *me* for being a famous quilt historian, which amuses me no end.
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Less than $20,000, including credit card, mortgage, and car loan (which will be paid off by January).

I am incredibly lucky, and don't I know it.
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My Life and Weird Times.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]After I paid the requisite taxes, I'd pay off all my debts, give donations to my church, the ACLU, NARAL, and the local Democratic party, and take a year long leave of absence to write a novel.
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How would I know? I haven't dated in thirty years, and thanks to IE, I probably never will again.
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That no matter how bad the bullying got, and how stifling the home environment, that someday I would leave and find my own way in the world.

In short, "it gets better."
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Check the local merchants, then go to the police. It's not mine so I would never feel right using it.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I wouldn't participate. I'd either ignore it completely or bring protesters to shame them into donating food and/or money to the local food bank.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]The inner strength that came from 18 years with a narcissist. The emotional scars are another matter entirely.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Arts and entertainment, as a reviewer. I'd get into concerts for free and get to hear great music. What's not to like?
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[Error: unknown template qotd]1. Yes.

2. Over and over.

3. I never was able to forget because he kept betraying.

4. We split.

5. Years later I'm still having people come up to me and tell me more.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]"The Rose" by Bette Midler. I cannot stand that song anymore.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]A bagel (probably onion) with cream cheese and a cup of hazelnut coffee with cream.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Not a chance in the world. I've been in places where death took place, and literally run screaming.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]"Ellid" (pronounced el-id) was my very first Internet handle, back when IE and I were playing around on Twinkle and Chat at UMass. He was enamored of a book whose main character was called "Bevan," and since Ellid was Bevan's girlfriend, he started referring to me as Ellid on-line. I adopted it as my LJ handle because it seemed like the right thing to do, plus it was a way of reclaiming the name for me, not as an adjunct to him.

Would I change it? I've considered going with SarahD or SDavies because so much of my flist is SCAdian, or something to do with quilts, like "Impruneta." At this point, though, it's not worth the hassle.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Shove Siren off the bed, turn on the light, shove my glasses on my face, and spit out my nightguard. Then I get up, stagger into the bathroom to perform my ablutions, and drink a glass of water regardless of whether I feel thirsty or not.

Then I feel ready to face the day.
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If it was someone from Cleveland or Blacksburg, I'd shrug and move on. If it was Lisa Bernardi, who made my life a living hell for seven years and was a major reason I haven't lived in Pittsburgh since 1982, I'm not sure. My high school classmates have assured me that she never comes to reunions and has dropped out of sight, but I'm not willing to spend the money to find out because the mere thought of ever seeing her again, anywhere, at any time, leaves me incoherent with rage.
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Pay off my credit cards, the home equity line, and the loan on Sapphy, make a few charitable donations, then go to Italy for a couple of weeks.
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Florence. Beautiful, magical, history-crammed Florence. The cradle of the Renaissance, the home of the Medici, source of chianti and bistecca, birthplace of humanism.

I would go back in a heartbeat and would stay forever if I could.
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