A few more questions

So, the other day Sadje over at Keeping It Alive nominated me for one of those awards that WordPress does.  Now, I don’t do awards, but somehow the little widget that was on my sidebar that informs people of this got erased so she missed it. No harm, no foul. As I said, I don’t do awards, but I do answer questions… so I’ll answer her questions, because why not? ^_^

lives matter less1. What is your biggest pet peeve?  I abhor rudeness in any way, shape, and form. And I hate it when anyone in this world believes they are better than other people simply because they were born in a different situation. I didn’t ask to be born into this world poor, and it damned well doesn’t make me any less of a person than someone who was born into this world rich. Not one person asked to be born the color that they are, and the color of one’s skin has no bearing at all on their character other than it plays into their ethnic identity — where they come from, and who their tribe is.  Other than that, individual character and personality are all about the circumstances and environment and only slightly about genetic makeup.  But my basic point is. I have a fundamental belief that no one on this planet is inherently better than anyone else, and therefore rudeness is always uncalled for. And yes, I’ve been rude myself. I’m only human after all, and I have bad days. I am a hypocrite. Sue me.

willow tree2. Where did you get your name?  Well, I’ve blogged (link to old blog) about where I got my current name, Willow, and a bit about my birth name before. But I’ll give y’all the short story, for anyone who hasn’t heard it. 🙂  I wasn’t born with the name Willow, but a different one. A series of unfortunate events, which I won’t get into for obvious reasons, forced me to go into hiding and change my name. I was attending a small college in Mississippi and it was 2AM on morning. I was trying to get a paper done and I kept misspelling the word “within” to “withing”. Curious, I looked up “withing” to see if it was a word. It is, it means “willow twig” or some such. I’d been looking for a new name that wasn’t anywhere near my own, and I liked the idea of Willow as a name, and adopted it online. After a few years of being Willow online, I became Willow in real life. It suits me.

drama of willow3. If you could change your name, what would it be? So, you might have noticed that my blog name is “Patience of Willow” that’s because my next chosen name (should I need to change it again) is/was Patience.  The thing is, dear reader, most people who change their names in nefarious circumstances tend to go with names that are similar to their own or with different spellings of their names — Someone named Catherine might change her name to Katherine,  Katrina or Cathleen, or something similar. And many people will keep their last name, or go with, say their mother’s maiden name, so Joseph Black will go with Joshua Black or Jacob Brown. No, dear reader, if one has to go into hiding they need to chose a name that’s nowhere near the name they were born with (or were using at the time). So, Willow is nothing like my birth name, and Patience is nothing like Willow. Of course, now that I’ve said I’ll change it to Patience, I’ll have to think of something else should the need arise. ^_^

4. What was your favorite TV show as a kid? I’m gonna be honest with you. I didn’t have one.

Belinda BNW5. Do you have any weird habits? Yep. A lot of them. 🙂 The one that comes to mind right now is that I play video games — mostly Skyrim and Fallout 4.  I mean, video games, at my age… really! But I do. And I enjoy it.  But not only to I play the aforementioned video games, but I modify the hell out of them. I actually spend more time modifying Skyrim and Fallout 4, than I do playing them. And, according to Steam (the website that hosts these games), I have played nearly 2,000 hours of Skyrim — including the old version and the new version. That, dear reader, is not counting the hours I played on the console. And I’ve played just under 950 hours of Fallout 4.  So think about that… I spend more time modifying the games than I do playing them… I can spend up to a week adding and removing mods for about twenty hours of play before I’ll ditch the whole setup and start over again. I just want a game that looks beautiful, plays smoothly, and sounds pretty — and doesn’t crash or freeze. Is that too much to ask??? (Yes. Yes it is. But I’ll keep trying, dammit!)  I also like to take screenshots of my games — both Skyrim and Fallout 4 and play with them in Photoshop.  I don’t do anything with the finished product other than show them off here or put them on my computer as back ground, but hey. It’s fun.

6. Do you like fall scents/tastes? The season — Fall — smells like rain and mold if you’re going to be honest. It’s the season where everything starts to die and rot. That being said, I like Fall because I have no problems with death. That being said, my lungs have a problem with all of the mold in the air, and I often have difficulties breathing when it comes to going outside in the Fall. I love the rain though, and the fact that it starts to get cold this time of year. I love the wind when it blows the leaves around, the fact that it gets dark early, and the overall feel of Fall. It’s my favorite of the four seasons. Yes, dear reader, I do have a favorite. 😛  As for scents/tastes — those are all fabricated by shopkeepers and change with each generation.  I do like apple cider though. But the apple cider from my youth isn’t the same as the apple cider today. So there’s that.

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7. What is your favorite holiday and why?   I don’t really have a favorite. I mean, I used to love all of them, and I would celebrate them as they came and went — the Christian ones when I was Xtian, the Pagan holidays when I was Pagan, and the secular ones just because… I mean I used to go up to my co-workers (when I worked and say, “Hey, today’s [insert date here], we should celebrate. You know why?” To which they’d reply, “No, why?”  And the answer would always be, “Because it only comes around once a year.”  But the older I get, the less I celebrate much of anything, so, yeah… Maybe… just maybe, I’m in a funk because we’re so far away from any neighbors, and I’ll get my celebrating ways back if we move to a more populated area. But who knows? Time will tell.

8. Do you prefer writing it down or typing it up? If I’m writing a note, I prefer pencil. If I’m writing calligraphy, I prefer a pen. If I’m writing a blog, I prefer to type on my computer because if I use pencil an/or ink and hold it up the the screen, no one will see it.

9. Netflix or cable? I’ve never used Netflix… I have an account — okay it’s my husband’s account — but I haven’t used it. I have tried out Hulu once, and I used Amazon Prime when I had it. I like that I can binge watch Korean dramas (Watched most of this one the other day) through them whenever I’m in the mood (can’t do that on cable). I’m not *often* in the mood, but it’s nice to know that I can.

10. If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life? If money was no problem, I’d tell Doug to quit his job, and we’d pretty much live a quiet, peaceful life somewhere as hermits. Maybe travel now and again to scratch that travel itch that I have (but he doesn’t). If it was just me and money didn’t matter, I’d be living in an RV and traveling the United States and Canada. Just me and whatever pets I have. Not exciting, no. But I’m not an exciting person.

11. What is your favorite thing about yourself? I’m pretty awesome all over. 🙂

Just for fun:

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6 thoughts on “A few more questions

  1. Melanie B Cee

    Ha! Always learning something new about the Patient Willow…;) Your explanation of name changes is great….that said, I can’t imagine not being “Mel”. If I had to change it (witness protection or stalkers on the level you’ve had them ((apparently)) ) it’d take a long time before I stopped responding if someone said “Mel”. Good job and great answers!!



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