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February 25th, 2008
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Ten Things I Love That Begin With the Letter
L. talktooloose gave it to me. Comment here and I'll give you a letter, too.

In no particular order:

1. Lesbians. This should come as no surprise to readers of my journal. I am very happy to be a lesbian, very happy to know lots of lovely lesbians, and adore lesbian culture and all things lesbianic. Well, on a good day, anyway :-).

2. Licorice Allsorts. I don't often eat - or wish to eat - candy. I can't eat chocolate, which cuts out large categories, and although I definitely have a sweet tooth, it is more of the fruit-and-pastry kind. But I love licorice allsorts during the rare times I get them. They just aren't eaten in this country. Now, that might make you think that you can't get them in this country, but actually you can. They have them at all the bulk candy places and they are absolutely dreadful! Since they aren't eaten in this country, they sit there for months until some fool buys them and breaks a tooth trying to eat the stale, hard item that only looks like the luscious yumminess that is licorice allsorts. So when I'm in Canada or the UK I buy them and eat them very slowly and enjoy every one. My grandparents used to bring them for me from Winnipeg when I was a little girl, so I'm sure some of the love is nostalgic. But they taste soooooo good.

3. Lemons. Lovely, juicy, sweet Meyer lemons. This variety is hard to find outside of California (I'm told they don't travel well) but so many people in that state have them in their back yards. They're both sweeter and at the same time lemony-er than the standard ones. I like to eat them like oranges. They also make any recipe with lemon in it taste 3.14159 times as good. I had a lover in San Francisco for a while and she had two Meyer lemon trees in her backyard. I used to come home with a bunch of lemons whenever I visited her. A California efriend of mine sent me a box of Meyer lemons from her backyard last week. I ate one as soon as I opened the box, and made a lovely lemon curd with another one.

4. Language. I'm fascinated by language, both spoken and written. I love to read and to write. Since beginning to write fiction a few years ago I've become much more attentive to use of language in fiction. A beautifully written sentence can make me happy all day!

5. Laptops. I live in a very small space (four of us in 750 square feet) and my kids and I all use computers regularly. We don't have room for anything but laptops. We had two that we shared - one that was in good shape and about a year old and one that was about three years old and very much on its last legs. I didn't know what to do with Doran going to school last fall, since he needed to take a computer. My first thought was that he would take the old one and the girls and I would share the new one. But there were two problems with that scheme: I didn't know how we'd manage with three of us sharing one computer, since we were already suffering some contention with four of us sharing two; and what happens when the old one gives up the ghost? So then I thought I'd buy a new one, give Doran the old one, and the girls and I would share two. But then we'd still have a problem when the old one died, meaning we'd go back to sharing one three ways. Still, buying a new laptop was a stretch - I couldn't buy two. What I did instead was to buy two refurbished ones and have the guy I bought them from refurbish our old one. All of that cost the same as getting one new one. So now we each have our own and they all work fine and should last at least a couple of years. My laptop is often the first thing I use in the morning and the last thing I use at night.

6. Law. I'm very interested in law in general, and the USAmerican legal system, in particular. At one point in my life I considered law school. I went so far as to choose out places to apply and to take the LSAT (my claim to fame: I got a perfect score). But this was when Doran was a small child and I was completely responsible for financially supporting him and my then spouse, as well as myself. It just seemed crazy, when I thought about it some more, for me to give up income for three years plus spend a good chunk of our savings in order to switch fields. So we had another baby and bought an apartment instead, but I have always followed developments in the law with interest.

7. Links. HTML is such a cool idea. All my life, when reading, I've wanted to stop and look up something referenced in the text. How wonderful that now we can, often!

8. Lunar Eclipses. What fun to see the moon disappearing, bit by bit, and know it's coming back!

9. Lepidoptera. I particularly love to see them here during their annual summer exhibit.

10. Lectures. When I first moved to New York, I was amazed at all the options of things to do. In particular, I was just overjoyed that pretty much any night of the week there was a lecture happening somewhere in the city on something I was interested in. I went to tons of lecture series, symposia, and just one-off lectures on everything from primate research to Jewish response to homosexuality to author's talking about their work. When the kids were little I didn't really have time for that kind of thing, but I'm doing it more lately. Last week I heard Susannah Heschel speak on Biblical Scholarship and the Rise of Racism and learned a lot.


Okay, who wants a letter? I've got a bunch to give out: 26, last I looked!

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From:opera142
Date:February 25th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
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I'll take one.
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From:mofic
Date:February 25th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
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Give me 10 things you love starting with W.
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From:mamajoan
Date:February 25th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Sure, why not, I'll take a letter. (Though I think you kind of cheated with #8. ;) )
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From:mofic
Date:February 25th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
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Then I allow you one semi-cheat, too. I give you the letter B.
From:bfmomma
Date:February 25th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)

me, too

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what a fun meme...

can I have a letter? (please no "x")
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From:mofic
Date:February 25th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)

Re: me, too

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LOL! on no X. Would it be mean to give you a Q? I'll play safe and give you M.

Edited at 2008-02-25 09:04 pm (UTC)
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From:talktooloose
Date:February 25th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Commenting, but not requesting a letter.

Great list! You write so eloquently about your own life.

I was being sneaky giving you "the L word" but I wanted to see where else it went! Lemons, butterflies, language, law... awesome.

We had a breathtaking lunar eclipse last week on a perfect clear night. We walked the dog through the heart of the period and everyone was out on their front steps. That was the best part! Community interest!
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From:mofic
Date:February 26th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
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Great list! You write so eloquently about your own life.


Why thank you! It's easier to be eloquent when it's a subject with which one is very familiar :-).

We had the same lunar eclipse but unfortunately it wasn't very clear here. Well, we get another one in December of 2010 so maybe it will be good weather then. Great about everyone on their stoops for the eclipse. Community astronomy!
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From:rae_1985
Date:February 25th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
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I'll take a letter. I'm about to fill out some memes I've been tagged for. What's one more, right? Plus this is always a fun one to do.
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From:mofic
Date:February 26th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
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Okay, you can have H.
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From:gaelushawk
Date:February 26th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
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Well, even if this means I will have to make my first entry in English, I'll take one. ::scared::
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From:mofic
Date:February 26th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
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Don't be scared. It's your first time so I will be gentle. I will give you a B, which is a very easy letter.
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From:raynbow_flyer
Date:February 26th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
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i'd like a letter please :-)
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From:mofic
Date:February 26th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
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Okay, you can have K.
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From:raynbow_flyer
Date:February 26th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
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i had a feeling when i asked for a letter that you would give me K. how bizarre!
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From:hitchhiker
Date:February 26th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
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between #2 and #4 you should enjoy the joke "Life is like a box of licorice - it takes all sorts" (:
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From:mofic
Date:February 26th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
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LOL! I never heard that one.

Do you want a letter? If so, I give you G.
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From:libgirl
Date:February 26th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
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I'm normally not any good at this, but I'll take a letter anyway. ;)
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From:mofic
Date:February 26th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
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You can have J.
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