Dancing Round the Fire
To start with, I'm a bellydancer. (No, really?) I'm still learning, although dancing around campfires to pounding drums with friends and family is pretty free-form. We like to dance when we go to SCA events, but we aren't a troupe or anything. I really want to learn fire-spinning. I've tried it, but I'm a real tyro and will be learning this forever. My drumming isn't bad - I have a beautiful doumbek and also a Celtic frame drum called a boudhran. I also play harp.
I'm a geek-girl. A P&P RPG gamer-girl - right now we're doing Iron Kingdoms, which works with 3.5 D&D. We haven't tried Pathfinder yet - it's on the list. I'm a real old-school gamer so not so much 4th Edition. Not much of a video gamer either, although I inherited my older siblings' original NES. I haven't surrendered that yet to the younger sibs, although I let them play with me sometimes. When my sibs and I were growing up, the 'rents would play computer games with us, but they were mostly puzzle games like Myst and, um, I think it was called Syberia. I grew up with gamer parents, who started us with AD&D and progressed up. Dad's always been our GM, although my uncle has done it a few times (he's terrible at it.) One of Dad's friends owns a gaming shop, so we have a lot of modules and minis and stuff. And Dad introduced me to superheros with Champions when I was about three. My first superhero team were crayon colours. <grin>
I'm engaged. That happened on my birthday last Halloween. I'm lucky to have the best fiance in the world. He's respectful, loving, compassionate and he has a good sense of humour, which he needs to be able to deal with my family, which is large and loud and boisterous. And very tight-knit. So if he can cope with them, we're set. We're still working on a date since I have college to finish.
I like volunteering - I work with a local women's shelter by doing toy drives for the poor kids caught in the tragedy that is spousal and child abuse. I also do work with the local food bank. Oh, and I also volunteer time with the local rape crisis center, answering phones and connecting people to counselors. Yeah, I've considered becoming a social worker to help more, but I don't know that I could handle it full-time. Growing up, my parents took my sibs and me to do work with Habitat for Humanity - that was fantastic, especially seeing the looks on the people's faces when they saw the house we built for them.
My favourite flower is the white Casa Bianca Lily. I'm going to have tons of them in my wedding. Probably with lots of orange blossoms, lilies of the valley and a couple white roses (for my grandma). My sister Violet will be my best maid and I guess Julian's brother will be his best man. And we'll go with the colours of a summer sunset. Probably in June in a few years. I still can't believe we're getting married...
I also love cooking. I'm the designated baker for the family. I'm good with pastry and cakes. I love Ace of Cakes - Duff is my kind of baker! I've considered going into baking, but there are so many things I want to do that picking just one is so hard. But, I don't know - maybe Vi and I will open our own coffee shop or something. Something Artsy!
My family does a pirate haunt every year for the neighbourhood. My older sister Rose doesn't much bother anymore, but the rest of us kids all have parts and help with the build and everything. And there's always a big party afterwards. And it's my birthday! A bunch of the people that I work with in community theatre show up and help, too. I do costumes for the shows and custom costumes for people for events. October is my busy season.
I do lots of things - I'm always busy. I love people and helping people is the best. I love my Julian and my family and my life. So, jump in and talk to me - if I'm here, I'm always willing to make new friends!