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From erunameundomiel Dec. 3rd, 2008 @ 01:28 pm

What is says about you: You are a creative person. You appreciate friends who get along with one another. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines.

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Why don't we all try this... Oct. 24th, 2008 @ 12:20 am

Solution to the economic crisis. Says to the American one, but I think it can be applied globally? :D ;)
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Omnivore Food Meme Aug. 25th, 2008 @ 12:16 am
 I'm forgetting what the LJ post page looks like - yikes, that's alarming!
I am still alive and ticking :P

Here is the Omnivore Meme, stolen from hitharien

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would not normally consider eating.
4) Make recommendations of specific places/products when possible.

The VGT Omnivore's Hundred:

1. Venison - tasty kind of sweet thin slices of deer (i believe they were smoked?)
2. Nettle tea - I like this a lot. Nice with some honey.
3. Huevos rancheros - is this the Mexican farmers' breakfast?
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile - no but did have Alligator in Florida... tastes like chicken!
6. Black pudding - Did have the Polish take on this, blood sausage...not a fan.
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp - not a fan. It is traditionally eaten as one of the 12 dishes for Polish Christmas Eve. I've had the live one swim in my tub in Poland couple of times too before it was deadified and transformed into a dish :P We do other fish now. I dont like many freshwater fish in general (but trout fried with some butter...mmmm)
9. Borscht - haha, but for us its spelled Barszcz, silly meme folks! Mmmm with mushroom dumplings (uszka)
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho - wasn't a huge fan the few times I had this... kinda meh.
13. PB&J sandwich - weird and I dont eat this regularly at all :P
14. Aloo gobi - love it and recently started making my own version as I am craving it
15. Hot dog from a street cart - many times. The Toronto ones when I was in Grad school. I love the polish sausage one from a Polish lady's hotdog cart in one of our Lakshore parks here... or in front of our Polish supermarket....Guilty pleasure!
16. Epoisses (Cheese)
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - black currant, red currant...
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream - I love the Polish version I grew up with... havent tasted one like that anywhere in Canada, and I dont know if they still make those old fashioned good ones in poland too
21. Heirloom Tomatoes - Im not sure what we're talking about here...
22. Fresh wild berries - mmmmm fresh wild blueberries and wild strawberries (poziomki) from Polish forest.... I dream of the wild strawberries and crave them intensely (they dont have them here.)
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese - thats one type of Polish cold cuts... not a big fan
26.  Raw Scotch Bonnet Pepper - dont know what this is
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters  - not a fan as of yet
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda [vegetable dip - olive oil, butter, garlic & anchovies]
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float - they look gross :P I dont like root beer and mixing any non-dairy / non alcohol liquid with ice cream doesnt appeal to me :P
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - without the cigar, obviously
37. Clotted Cream Tea -  sounds interesting
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O - hahaha jello shots? yes.
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried Goat 
42. Whole Insects
43. Phaal - dont know what this is
44. Goat's milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more - from a bottle my mom bought for the BOTTLE itself (an elephant, from hand blown glass). The nasty stuff is now stuck in some old Napoleon brandy bottle. EWWW. Tastes like soap/rubbing alcohol and smoke flavour.
46. Fugu  -  I have trust issues. I would not trust any chef to prepare it :P
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel  - particlar MMMMM for unagi - barbecued eel used in sushi
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut - dont know what the deal is, I like Tim Horton's (our Canadian Donut mogul) better :P Not a big donut person anyways. TOO SWEET!
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi [pickled Japanese "plums" (related to apricots). Very tart.]
53. Abalone
54. Paneer - love it and will try to make by myself soon :)
55. McDonalds Big Mac Meal - ewww
56. Spaetzle - not sure what it is, though I've heard my mother talk about it I think as some Austrian/German thingy... maybe type of noodles?
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine[French fries in cheese curds and gravy] - Of course I've had it, I live in Canada! :) 
60. Carob chips - but I did have Taro chips!
61. S'mores
62. Sweetbreads - what is this? I assume its some type of sweet bun/pasty? I had many of those :P 
63. Kaolin -  dont know what this is
64. Currywurst - is this a curry sausage?
65. Durian [fruit]
66. Frogs’ legs 
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake -mmmm
68.  Haggis - I have had the Polish version of tripe soup many times, not a fan
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost - the what?
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu - dont know what this is
77. Hostess Fruit Pie - not sure what special type that is :P
78. Snail - love the garlic butter garnish, but I hate the chewy texture. Not a fan. I dont like chewwwwy seafood (with the exception of well made calamari) or escargots for that reason...
79. Lapsang souchong [tea]
80.  Bellini - mmm could use one now!
81. Tom yum - mmmm
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare - I had rabbit, I think thats similar enough. I had it under the perception that it was chicken. It tastes kinda like chicken. I dont have it and wont have it anymore, but solely for psychological/humanitarian reasons.
87. Goulash
88. Flowers  - mmm in Hawaii!
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam  - many types of canned luncheon meat in Poland, similar to spam
92. Soft shell crab - in Spider Rolls (sushi maki)
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano [dark, rich, spicy chicken mole]
96. Bagel and lox 
97. Lobster Thermidor - I dont know what Thermidor is. I did have lobster, and enjoy it much... mmm with butter.
98. Polenta - nothing special
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Movie meme answers... Mar. 21st, 2008 @ 01:49 pm

For those quotes that you peoples didnt guess (I think this was enough time! ;) ) from the movie meme posted eariler...

2. "If I wasn't such a bad woman on the page, I couldn't be such a good woman in life. "  - QUILLS (Madeleine speaking)

3. "Everybody's sin is nobody's sin, and everybody's crime is no crime at all." - KINSEY (Dr. Kinsey speaking)

6. "I had two big accidents in my life Diego, the trolley and you... You are by far the worse"  - FRIDA (Frida speaking to and about her hubby Diego Rivera)

7. "The most incomprehensible thing in the world to a man is a woman who rejects his offer of marriage. " - EMMA (Emma speaking to Mr. Knightley about Harriet Smith refusing Mr. Martin)

9. "I only give the food to the women, Mr. Black. Women make the homes, men just make wars... and hooch. Adam was God's first draft - He got it right with Eve. Tell that to your readers, Mr. Black. "  - THE CONSTANT GARDENER (Lorbeer to Black)

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...a thinking person's meme stolen from posttenebrasnin and 1mpenitent Mar. 14th, 2008 @ 02:00 am

a. Do you feel your ethnicity is a large part of your life?

b. What is your ethnicity?
I be Polish. I have an Austrian and Italian Great Grandmother on maternal and paternal side respectively, and there is some Hungarian way back in my maternal grandfather's family I think, so there is some spice in the mix, but largely its all very Polish.

c. Is your ethnicity distinct from your national identity?
Hmmm. Somewhat. While my "national identity" is still largely "Polish", there is a mix of the "Canadian" added to the national identity.

Do you speak the same language your grandparents spoke?


e. Great-great-grandparents?
Yes, mostly, with the exception of the Italian and Austrian bits. I can speak some German. I could apparently speak it well when I was a child but that got thrown by the wayside. I understand more than I can say. I cant write it or read it well :P... and I know some words and interesting phrases to throw around.
No Italian beyond whats common in pop culture knowledge Im afraid.

f. Do you have a feeling of solidarity or even simple recognition for people of similar backgrounds?

 g. What part does the perception of race play in your understanding of your own ethnicity?

I am aware that I am white. While I don't consider myself prejudiced, I still notice race. Part of that is having grown up in a purely white country from 0-11 years old I think.... but with time spent here in Canada its becoming less and less noticeable. 

h. Do you feel your ethnicity is a matter of "blood" or descendency or do you feel it is cultural?



a. Do you follow politics?
Not really, to be honest. I try to be a responsible citizen and kinda vote in the Canadian (and Polish sometimes) elections of all sorts, so I usually do some massive online research crash course when that time of year rolls around... and the odd time when an social/moral issue of high importance to me is loud in the news I then become polarized and a bit of a "politician".  I have some sense of what kind of social order I like, I hate fanaticism, and intensely dislike Bush :P

b. Are your politics similar to or wildly divergent from those your parents espoused when you were growing up?

Very different political settings. (Poland - communist when I was born, vs. Canada or even the Poland of today).  My parents, like me, tended towards more liberal worldviews so we have that in common I guess. While very aware of the dangers of Communism, I see the value in socialist systems. I appreciate that Canada has some of these qualities like universal healthcare. Im a bit of a hippie at heart that way. Not a fan of rabid, each-person-only-for-her/himself capitalism.

c. Do you feel your personal politics spring more from how you perceive your needs or from your personal morality? Something else? Tell me what you base your political decisions on.
Hmmm. Im inclined to answer "personal morality".

d. Do you feel that any political party or movement truly represents your values?

See above. Few things are "perfect" in life. The main thing is moderation and temperance. Anything taken to an extreme usually tends to be a crappy system.

e. Do you feel any particular political party is looking out for your interests?

I like the NDP in Canada. They never win in my regions but hey. This gets me accused of "commie" tendencies sometimes :P. Liberals are alright on principles (in action theyve been somewhat hypocritical lately)... I usually place the conservatives bottom of my list.

f. Have you studied history? How has this affected your political view?

Yes I've studied history.... My mother constantly accuses me of having a limited understanding of history and thus being one of those people "forced to repeat it" :P... but I think I'm just a little turned off by the deep seated, very polarized sentiments that stem from the difficult history of Poland sometimes. I like my "ignorance" in that it makes me slightly less prejudiced (I think) than some of the older generation Poles.
In short, yes I feel that studying history has had some moderate effect on my political views.


a. Do you feel sex is a moral issue?
Hmmm. Not really moral. More like, intensely psychological and spiritual oftentimes though. So I definitely believe it is more than just "physical" to me at least.

b. Do you ascribe an inherent value to virginity?

c. Do you feel that some sexual thoughts/feelings/or behaviours are acceptable for one gender but not for another?
er... NO

d. Is the "forbidden" somehow more sexually exciting for you
Yes :P (we're not talking some criminal activities here, but things that are somewhat "kinky" or "traditonally forbidden" do fuel the fantasy meter for me, ha ha. )

e. Do you tend to be more passive or aggressive sexually?


f. Do you think celibate people are "better" people or simply have less of a sex drive?
Thats an interesting question. Better? no. But I have thought about this in the past at length.  I am still not sure whether I really see any spiritual/moral value in celibacy. I can see some of the reasoning behind it, but I'm kinda torn between my Catholic upbringing and my more Pagan-like or Eastern-like philosophy tendencies of today.
I kinda think that there can be spiritual value in celibacy, but there can also be spiritual value in sexual expression.  The two (west vs east) worldviews have kinda pushed one or the other.
... but on the whole I think Im more of a hedonist / humanist and tend to think that there is value in sampling human experience to the fullest and enjoying our sexual sides instead of repressing them which just seems a little medieval.

g. Do you feel sex between two consenting adults can be "wrong"?

It can lead to negative effects in some situations, so it can be problematic in that way.  Its not a light issue, but I dont really think its a matter of right/wrong.The most salient example where it verges on morality for me is the issue of infidelity... but thats almost more about the deception and lies than the act of sex itself.

h. Do you believe there are any inherent differences between the minds of men and women?

Of course, and psychology has proven this.

i. Do you think strangers can have satisfying sex?
I'm not sure. I suppose, yes. Is every single person capable of having satisfying sex with strangers? No. But some are.

j. Conversely do you think it is possible to have sex with the same person for 30 years and still find it exciting and fulfilling? What about hot?

I think it is possible.


a. Do you cook?

Yes. Not as much as I'd like to but I do.

b. Do you feel the use of mixes and prepared foodstuffs is a moral question?

Moral? er... no? Thought-requiring and health conscious yes...

c. How often do you eat meals outside the home?
Ummm... I enjoy eating out :D... for a sit down meal Id say once every 2-3 weeks... for more fast lunches bought at work, maybe averaging out once a week..

d. How often do you have a sit down meal at home?

Most of the time.

e. Do you feel eating is a moral question? Do you feel you are a moral failure when take great pleasure from eating?

No... and no!... I find this question kinda weird and funny. Being the hedonist I am I think I take the opposite view and look at eating yummy food as an almost ecstatic experience sometimes. Gluttony? - bring it on *devil face*

f. Do you feel morally superior when you refrain from eating?

g. Do you ever pass judgement on strangers based on the items in their grocery carts?

A little bit sometimes yes. Not like "this person is evil cause they have those nasty processed powdered donuts in their cart"... but more like "eww... thats not the best kinda selection there..." Doesnt make me look down upon people but rather worry a bit about the general state of health in society.


a. Do you believe in a god or gods?


b. Do you feel your god/s is/are personal and are concerned with the minutiae of your daily life?

Hmmm.... not sure. Personal - yes I feel that at times. Aspects of divinity feel personal to me, but on a more basic worldview level I think its more of an omnipresent energy concerned with general concepts... not what I had for lunch :P

c. Do you think other people who believe as you believe are inherently better people than those who have different beliefs?

No. Except in cases of hard core proselytizing or fanaticism. That I believe is inferior and infringing on others' freedoms. 

d. If you could wave a magic wand and convert everyone on earth to your belief would you? Why? Why not?

No. The beauty of life lies in variety.  People are far too unique to be satisfied by a single belief system. I love Ghandi's quote that there are as many religions as there are people. I wholeheartedly believe that.

e. Were you converted from one religion to another?

Hm. Kinda. Not formally or anything. But while I grew up liberal Catholic, I dont really consider myself that anymore. I do incorporate parts of it into my spirituality, and don't harbour some intense hatred towards "what was fed to me", not like that. I think Im a convert from organized religion to a more free-thinking and ecclectic view of spirituality.  Though I was hardly in the "very organized" camp ever really...

f. Was your religion inherited, as in do you worship and believe in much the same fashion as your parents and grandparents before you?

Somewhat still yes. Im not disowning my Catholic heritage... but I dont think I have the same views as my grandparents necessarily.

g. To what extent are your religious beliefs cultural? Or to put it another way are they the prevailing beliefs and customs of your social set? Is your religion "normal" for your area?
Im not sure how to answer this. In Canada I dont really feel religious pressures... I think spirituality can be a very personal thing though and I start out with the assertion that "fitting in" in terms of religion in your area or social class isnt really a goal that should be aimed for...
Thats not what should dictate spiritual leanings (consciously at least).
In the Polish community here and/or in Poland I do feel somewhat out of place at times as most folks are more Catholic than I am.

h. Does the god of your understanding play favorites or does it love everyone more or less equally?

No favourites. I think that force is beyond judgment and petty favouritism.

i. Does the god of your understanding condone killing?

No, but its not super clear cut. I dont believe killing someone is always wrong. Mostly when I answer this i think of suicide issues - I don't look down on people who do this, and I do believe that euthanasia should be acceptable when chosen by the person for valid medical/suffering reasons. In terms of homicide (besides assisting with euthanasia which I think is ok), I'm a bit more polarized and tend to think the higher powers out there dont like that concept most of the time. I can understand it sometimes and don't necessarily equate someone who kills with EVIL, but I just dont think its the best solution for pretty much any case of altercation or discord. 

j. Does the god of your understanding play favorites with one gender over the other?

Hmmmmmmmm. Tough question. When I think about this seriously and objectively - NO.  ... but I do have a feminist streak and what I take as historical scars and injustice make me lean towards a more feminine spirituality than the "traditional".  I have a deeper connection with female emmanations of the divine. The whole Goddess deal...  when intellectually considering the issue, I think the ultimate ONE force out there isnt gendered, its a combination of both.

k. Does god as you understand it care if teenagers masturbate?

er... no? I'd almost think the "god" condones this and encourages it, in that it promotes normal healthy development of peoples... and silly moral directions to restrict it make me sad. 

l. How does your god feel about sex?
Its to be enjoyed but not taken really lightly. It can be a profoundly spiritual experience.  Its part of being human and as such something good and natural?

m. Same sex marriage?

I and my understanding of the divine have no problems with this. Love is love :)
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Ken Lee.... Mar. 14th, 2008 @ 01:31 am
You must watch., I have no further comments.
Witness the glory that is Ken Lee (and no, we're not talking some Kung Fu movie star.) Watch.

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Feeling: blahblah
Musical selection: ...was "Ken Lee" seconds ago...

Another one stolen from erunameundomiel Feb. 17th, 2008 @ 08:14 pm

Album cover meme:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first article title on the page is the name of your band.

2. http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.

3. http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4.Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post it in your own journal.


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Movie Meme stolen from erunameundomiel Feb. 17th, 2008 @ 05:54 pm
1. Pick 15 of your favourite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Fill in the film title once it's guessed.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions

1.  "...The world moves for love. It kneels before it in awe." evenstarnikki The Village

2. "If I wasn't such a bad woman on the page, I couldn't be such a good woman in life. "

3. "Everybody's sin is nobody's sin, and everybody's crime is no crime at all."

4. " Then, I was inspired. Now, I'm sad and tired. After all, I've tried for three years, seems like thirty, seems like thirty..." rdeosg Jesus Christ Superstar

5.  "He gave me water, and the heart to live. What has he done to merit this? " Raf (I'll write the name here even though he doesnt COMMENT to do it properly :P) Ben-Hur.

6. "I had two big accidents in my life Diego, the trolley and you... You are by far the worse"

7. "The most incomprehensible thing in the world to a man is a woman who rejects his offer of marriage. "

8. " I have no desire to make windows into men's souls. " savepureness  Elizabeth 

9. "I only give the food to the women, Mr. Black. Women make the homes, men just make wars... and hooch. Adam was God's first draft - He got it right with Eve. Tell that to your readers, Mr. Black. "

10. "I took poison from a witch. I slept with you and your friend, and gave myself to your lust and ungodliness, and all for nothing! All for nothing! No baby, no baby. Where is my baby, Arthur?" savepureness Mists of Avalon

11. "People change in the maze. Oh, find the cup if you can. But be very wary; you could just lose yourselves along the way. " historychick49 HP and the Goblet of Fire

12. "Mmm... Murdered by pirates, heart turned out and eaten, meet Victoria... I can't quite decide which sounds more fun... "  erunameundomiel Stardust

13. "She is tolerable I suppose, but she's not handsome enough to tempt me".  1mpenitent Pride & Prejudice

14. "Have her then, but you're a lordly fool. She's been plucked since I saw her last, and not by you... it takes a woman to know it. "  torn_soul Shakespeare in Love

15. "If only you had been born a man, what a Caesar you would have made."  historychick49 Gladiator

Current Location: home
Musical selection: Chopin

I bring you... "animal phone"... Feb. 14th, 2008 @ 07:35 am

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Stolen from torn_soul Jan. 18th, 2008 @ 09:49 pm

Clicky to make my city grow :)


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