[Error: unknown template qotd]To quote my favourite Muppet holiday special:

It's cold enough to freeze your Winnebago!

I should know. I was outside today and while it wasn't snowing heavily or anything, the wind just made it miserable. I was so happy when I got inside again. Ah, the joys of living in Canada.
[Error: unknown template qotd]During the weekday? Surprisingly, only once a day. The company I work for has crazy internet filters, so I can't access anything like personal e-mail or social media sites. I have to catch up with the world when I get home.

I'm used to it now, but it drove me nuts in the beginning. Now I pass the day by reading stuff on wiki sites.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Heh, [livejournal.com profile] newnumber6 and I were sort of talking about this last night.

While things like guns and chainsaws seem like the obvious answer, here's the thing to keep in mind: you need to reload them. Guns need bullets and chainsaws need gasoline. And in any sort of apocalypse, you'll be on the run, so you can only carry so much or find so much while on the move.

So I'm going to say my weapon of choice would be a crowbar or perhaps a baseball bat (or a cricket bat). No reloading, no skill required, and either are relatively light. And it can take a lickin' and keep on tickin', so to speak. You don't even need to keep them sharp, unlike a sword. Blunt force trauma might not kill a zombie outright, but you can at least knock them out of the way. And both have some reach, putting some space between you and a potential zombie bite.

Hmm, I'm putting more thought in this than I need to. :-) I blame hours and hours playing Left 4 Dead.

Incidentally, my sister owns both a crowbar and a cricket bat. I know where I'm going if a zombie apocalypse happens.
[Error: unknown template qotd]It's not really my resolution, it's my company's resolution, but I plan to walk 1500 kilometers (or 932 miles if you prefer) in a year.

When I say it's my company's resolution, I should explain. They're holding a contest to see who can walk 1500 kilometers in year to celebrate 1500 years of something or other. All that's really important is a) they're giving out free pedometers b) there are prizes. Yes, nothing motivates like free things and prizes! ;-)

Or the company is telling us that we're all fat and need to get some exercise.

I walk to work every day, if the weather's right, so I think I already have a head start on most people. I'm not thinking I'll win anything, but it will be cool to see how many kilometers I walk in a year.
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Okay, not really, but some days it feels like that. But my major one is nuts and peanuts. Deathly allergic. It's so bad that just the smell of peanuts can make me break out in hives. Fun. :-P Upside, my mom is a mean baker. Her homemade baked goods are awesome.

I'm also allergic to dust, pollen, hay, and any animal covered in fur. Seriously. Dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, etc. It's the dander; leaves me barely able to breathe sometimes. Dog slobber also makes me break out in hives. Of course, this doesn't stop me from petting dogs and cats. I can't help myself; they're so cute and fluffy.

This is why K-9 is the best pet ever, in my opinion. No fur, no slobber, and he's got a laser in his nose. :-)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I'm going to split this question in two: Favourite hand drawn Disney movie and favourite CG Disney movie.

Favourite old school animation Disney movie has to be Mulan. Asian Disney Princess! Also, she's not the damsel in distress. She dresses up as a soldier and goes off to save the empire. And her horse is pretty hilarious, too. I can remember seeing the movie in the theatre with my mom, though mostly because I kept asking her what all the Chinese characters meant and she kept having to tell me she had no clue. Runner-up: Lilo and Stitch. Why? Because Stitch is cute and fuzzy. :-D

Favourite CG Disney movie, or in other words, favourite Pixar movie, is, hands down, WALL-E. I really enjoyed Finding Nemo and The Incredibles but WALL-E wins the prize because of the story. The majority of the story is told without any dialogue. You just have these two robots who manage to convey more emotion than the human characters in the movie. I think that's just an awesome feat of writing. Also, WALL-E is pretty much the geek and EVE is the kick ass girl. :-) An honourable mention for Up and its opening sequence. It tugs at your heartstrings and it does it without any dialogue, too.
[Error: unknown template qotd]I played the bad ass-ed instrument of them all: the French Horn!

Seriously, don't mock the French Horn. Ewan McGregor used to play the French Horn, too. :-)

I was a band geek all through junior high and high school, so six years total. I can't remember a thing about how to play a French Horn anymore (this seems to be a theme with me), but I do have fond memories of band class and band trips. I think Band was my favourite class, besides Creative Writing. And I do believe that the French Horn is the laziest instrument in the band. I remember reading once that the French Horn has the least amount of material to play in an orchestra. Considering the amount of time I spent in band practice listening to my band teacher harp on the trumpet players, it's so true.

Oh, and I learned how to play the trumpet for one year when I was in jazz band. So I guess that's two instruments.

Random factoid: a French Horn case makes an impromptu seat if you're waiting for the bus. Same for a trumpet case. And a tuba case is perfect for lounging in the sun. Trust me. :-D
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Ooh, I totally have to answer this. So, got a BA in General Humanities. Don't even need it for my job.

I bet no one has any idea what General Humanities is. That was always the fun part, trying to explain it, when people asked me what I was studying. "Well, it's general, you know, about humanities." *insert confused nod* I think the best explanation I ever came up with was it's like a general English degree, only the classes were from all over the Humanities department. I took English classes, Canadian History classes, Philosophy (bleh), Chinese, even a Film class. I think I had a broader range of classes to choose from, compared to my friends. That always made it interesting.

Heck, I even took a Creative Writing class and it counted towards my degree. Fiction writing, for credit!

Of course, none of it prepared me for a PA job in the oil and gas sector. Good to know my university days were worth my time. ;-)
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I think this needs to read "what other foreign languages did you know?" Because I've learned two other languages and I've promptly forgotten both of them.

I took French in elementary, junior high, and high school and the second I didn't need the class anymore, I stopped taking it. I was horrendous at it anyway. Conjugating nouns and verbs made my head hurt.

Then I learned Chinese in university and promptly forgot that, too. Chinese I enjoyed a bit more. It came in handy when writing Firefly fanfic. :-)

Oh, I also took half a semester of Latin. Does that count? It's a dead language but it's still a language. I enjoyed that more than French, but you still had to conjugate stuff.

If I had to re-learn one of these, it'd definitely be Chinese. And not just so I could make up amusing swears. :-D
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Since my other major goal of the day was to play a video game...

I used to think that my parents never let me and my sister play any computer and video games. We never had a game console growing up, just an old school Game Boy, and we barely had any good games. I just recently realized our parents let us play loads of computer games.

They were just educational.

Of course, at the time, we didn't know that. They were fun to play and who cares if we were learning reading skills, math, or history. The first computer game I ever played, to answer the question, was Reader Rabbit. I was probably, ooh, six? I vaguely remember the colours weren't that bright, probably a limitation of the graphics at the time. That was my first game. I eventually moved on to Treasure Mountain and the other games in that series. Those ones were all about math. I also have memory of watching my sister playing her computer games: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and all those games in the series, Challenge of the Ancient Empires, Operation Neptune, Time Riders in American History, etc. I recently looked into these games and wow, it was a trip down memory lane. Obviously, my parents were trying to foster some learning while also letting us have fun (I also think they secretly hoped my sister and I would become math geniuses or something).

And I like to think that it's because of these games that my sister and I are so into video games now. It's not that all different, really. You still get that same thrill from accomplishing a level or beating a one of the bad guys. So really, I should thank my parents for buying all those games. It would had been a boring childhood without them.
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Mass Effect 2. No surprise there. :-D

Another good one was Red Dead Redemption. Grand Theft Auto, but with horses. To be fair, that's not an accurate description. The game was very GTA like, but the story was just awesome. It is a game about redemption, just with lots of killing. And the ending? Whoa.

I can't say anything else really caught my attention. But next year? Mass Effect 3 and Portal 2, baby!
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My aunt's ginger shortbread cookies. Mmm...

She always sends a parcel around this time of year. And even though my mom is a mean baker herself and she has the recipe, it's just not the same. The cookies always taste best when my aunt makes them.

A close second would be Andes Chocolate Mints. They're one of the few chocolates I can eat and I always get a package in my stocking on Christmas Day from "Santa".
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Oh man, this is an easy one and I've mentioned it before, but it never gets old.

A Muppet Family Christmas!

I used to watch this one every year for ages, but then stupid YTV stopped showing it for some unknown reason. Thank goodness my sister owns a DVD of it, though it's a slightly edited version, which saddens me immensely, but hey, it's better than nothing.

I can't quite describe why I love it so much. It's nothing flashy, but there are so many great moments and lines. My sister and I can go the entire special quoting every line practically. "Watch out for that icy patch!" Sigh, good times.
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I write it. Not sure if I "love" it. I certainly don't hate it. It's an outlet for me mostly. I love to write but I'm too damn lazy to come up with an original world to write in. So, fanfic is a nice middle ground. Fully formed characters running around in worlds I enjoy already. I guess it's sort of a necessity then. I always try to get away with writing at work. It helps the day to go by faster. :-)

As for reading it, hey, that's fun, too. People are always coming up with stories that can't be explored or don't get explored in the source material. That's the cool thing about fanfic. It's a forum. People can write whatever they want.

I really don't get the professional authors who say, "Hey, don't write fanfic set in my fandom!" If no one is profiting from it, then what's the harm? But that's just me.
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Ah, this one is simple. Buffy Summers. I may be obsessed with other things right now, but Buffy was the first fandom I truly loved and appreciated. A character like Buffy proved a young woman could do awesome things and that was inspiring to young me when I started watching. And it's because of Buffy that I got into writing. Buffy fanfic was the first thing I ever wrote and posted anywhere. Thankfully, the website where I posted is gone so those early forays are lost to time. :-) I think that made a bigger impact on my life than anything. I don't know what I would be doing if I wasn't writing something every day. Probably bored out of my skull.

As for the memorabilia? Well, you should see my bookshelf. Filled with Buffy books and comics. And then there are the DVDs. And the action figures I have kicking around my closet. I even have an old folder full of articles about Buffy. I must have tore through every teen magazine known to man just to grab pictures. Sigh. Those were the days.
[Error: unknown template qotd]LJ gets points off for tagging this "dr. who" and not "doctor who". Shame on you, LJ. You do it right in the actual question, but you screw up in the tags. ;-) Seriously, I hate it when people write "Dr. Who" when they're talking about the show or the character. Does it say "Dr." anywhere in the opening credits? No. It's like people spelling Buffy's name wrong. It's right there in the opening credits; you used to see it every week.

Um, I suppose I could answer the question. I was thinking about it but then I saw the tag. I dunno, the only actor I had my heart set on was Tony Head, but I knew that was a long shot, considering he's on Merlin. Unless they decided to kill off his character, but that's more of a thing you'd do in a later season. And no particular reason why I would want to see him as the Doctor. I just love him from Buffy and hey, why not have him starring in another fan favourite show. :-D
[Error: unknown template qotd]Nothing. That's a sentence, isn't it?

Since I never got around to deciding if I wanted to do NaNoWriMo or not, I guess I'm sitting this year out. I am going ahead with the idea to write a bit of fic everyday though, just to see where it takes me. I did write about 1667 words today, just to see how bad it is, and it's not too bad as long as you have an idea of what you want to write. If you're just writing words I think it'll be difficult to make a daily quota.

Good luck to everyone who is participating in NaNoWriMo this year.


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