Ask me meme

Dec. 9th, 2008 03:26 pm
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The problem with LJ: We all think we are so close, but really we know nothing about each other.

So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.

(Since this is an public entry, I won't be answering any questions that aren't appropriate for a public audience, content-wise and privacy-wise.)


Meme from [livejournal.com profile] rumorofrain.

Date: 2008-12-09 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cartoonmayhem.livejournal.com
What is your favourite possession that has no value to anybody but yourself? That you would be extremely upset if it got lost or stolen?

Date: 2008-12-09 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
As in emotional value, a few pieces of jewelry that were gifts from my boyfriend or family members (I generally appreciate the cheaper ones more than the expensive ones), and the ashes of Peeper and Gabe.

As in useful items, the thumb drives I use for work. I don't back them up frequently enough. :-P

Date: 2008-12-09 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freakylynx.livejournal.com
This may not get an answer, but I was curious way back when so I'll ask it anyways. What did you see in Craig in those early days?

Date: 2008-12-09 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
Funny, considerate, similar tastes in music, similar values in life, intellectual, scientific. One of the reasons we were doomed as a couple though is that his values in life were always a bit more centrist than mine. It's not that he minded my values, but he wouldn't think to stretch them and was surprised when I asked him to do so. I must say I forget now why we actually broke up, other than just "stresses of grad school." He and his wife are VERY compatible in their values, and I think they made an excellent choice in each other.

Date: 2008-12-09 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] czarina69.livejournal.com
Where do you teach?

Date: 2008-12-09 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
At a community college (aka junior college, aka 2-year college) in New England. More than that I am unwilling to say in an unlocked post, my apologies. I've already had a student run across me on LJ, I don't want more. :-P

Date: 2008-12-09 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennekirby.livejournal.com
Did you intend to teach at CTY for more than one year?

And, relatedly: what was your policy on friending CTY students on LJ? I know you don't want your current students finding you, so did that same kind of reasoning factor into how you decided to friend students you met there?

Date: 2008-12-09 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
1) When I applied to CTY, my situation was that I'd recently learned that I was being kicked out of grad school, and I was panicked because my world had been turned upside down and I had no clue what I was going to do (or how I would even feed myself, though I've always known I could go back "home" to my parents if I had to). T$ came across the CTY job application online, and suggested I apply as a stop-gap, and I did so. When applying I had no thoughts further than surviving another few months.

Between accepting the CTY position and starting at CTY, I did interview for quite a few permanent jobs, mostly teaching, some year-round. I accepted the offer for my current job over the cellphone while standing in the parking lot at LAN.

At the end of the first year (2004) of teaching at CTY, I knew I wanted to come back, but also knew I probably couldn't take a whole year. After the second year (2005) I decided to try a different summer camp for the next one, and the subsequent two years I've kept myself busy with summer classes. I've always felt returning again was a possibility, but I didn't want to oust my former TA who now teaches the course, so this recent idea to apply as dean as grabbed me.

2) I do not believe any of the former CTY students I've friended here were students of *mine*. I think most of them weren't even students at CTY while I was teaching there. The former CTY students I've friended here were mostly b/c they were friended by people I knew face-to-face as other CTY instructional staff, and I found their blogs interesting in their own right.

There are some former students of mine in my current job that I am still friendly with in real life, though primarily as a mentor-student relationship, not a friendship. If I found those people on LJ I might friend them, but (due to my paranoia) I see no reason to seek them out.

I am actually uncertain how I feel about actually becoming friends with former students. One particular concern I have is that I more readily make friendships with guys (but more lasting ones with girls), and because of this I worry about there being attraction involved - I do not want to have to deal with that sort of awkwardness. I've already had a current student ask me out on a date, I'd rather not face that with any former students. Maybe it's a bit paranoid of me, and maybe it ends up isolating me a bit from people in real life, but I'm not certain. It certainly bears more thinking on my part.

Date: 2008-12-09 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] l0stmyrel1g10n.livejournal.com
where did you go to college?

also, do you and T$ have any sort of long-term commitment plans, i.e. marriage or civil union?

Date: 2008-12-09 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
1) Alfred University, in Western NY, famous for ceramic art and ceramic engineering. At my high school it also had a reputation of being a "financial safety" - i.e., they gave lots of merit-based scholarships.

2) Not at this time. We see no need for the fuss and are happy with our lives as they are. We have no need for the benefits of marriage or civil union at this time, though that could change in the future.

Date: 2008-12-10 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marquiswildbill.livejournal.com
Would you tell me something about yourself that you think I would find interesting and that you think i don't know about you. Feel free to respond elsewhere if you don't want to share it here.

Date: 2008-12-10 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
Um. I have never changed a diaper. Did you know that one?

I either don't have many secrets, or else I bury them so deeply that I forget I have them...

Date: 2008-12-10 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spazzy444.livejournal.com
....I think you're the only other person I know that has never changed a diaper.

Date: 2008-12-10 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
ORLY? Let's find out. I know a few others IRL.

Date: 2008-12-10 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seekingferret.livejournal.com
Is Grand Unified Theory of Love gearing up for another Hunt?

Date: 2008-12-10 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
Of course we are! :) As I'm sure Just for the Halibut is too. We're currently debating shirt styles. :-P

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