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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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impix gave me a D. I've restricted myself to nouns to prevent the list from getting out of hand.

Discretion: The trait I value most in others, and spend a great deal of mental energy trying to maintain myself. I dislike breaking confidence as much as I dislike discovering that it's happened to me. With very few exceptions, I put my trust in the saying, "Three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead." As a result, I have too many secrets.

Decanters: I love everything about them. I love their curves and the feel of cool glass in my hands. Their big heavy stoppers and the sound they make when you slide them out to sniff the brandy/port/sherry/Madeira. The refraction of light from their walls and the shimmer and sparkle of the liquid inside. The brass labels that are sometimes hung round their necks.

Dielectrics: Without them, none of this computer or internet stuff upon which I am not afraid to admit a certain component of my happiness depends would exist.

d20: Dice are wonderful to hold in general, but these are special because they invoke many happy hours spent playing role-playing games.

Diatoms: The images of phytoplankton that I saw when I was a small child ended up being part of the inspiration that drove me to become both a scientist and a painter. After reading to us about Van Leeuwenhoek and his wee beasties, my grandfather bought my cousin and me a microscope. I don't think a single corner of the garden, whether it was soil, plants, small insects or stream water escaped inspection. He sliced up thin slivers of roots and branches for us, since we were too small to be trusted with Xacto knives. The delicate structure and symmetry of cells never fails to mesmerize me.

Dim sum: Tiny packets of neatly wrapped tasty food that you eat with chopsticks. Delightful!

Dictionaries: Particularly ones that make idiomatic and cultural distinctions. The Dictionary of British Slang has saved me from putting my foot in it many times.

Dragons: I was born in the year of the dragon. According to the Chinese zodiac, I am a fire dragon, which has often been used by my family as an explanation of my terrifying temper, although I suspect my parents' example has a great deal more to do with it. . I adored the river dragons in Spirited Away. I own a few precious things that feature dragons, though I don't usually display them or wear them visibly. They're a private symbol for me. And now I have one less secret.

If you would like a letter, ask! I promise not to use X or Z unless you really want me to.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-03-20 14:28 (UTC)
Yes, and therefore, I think you should have a P. ARRR!
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[User Picture]From: gourou
2008-03-20 13:42 (UTC)
Count me in. From one dragon to another :-)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-03-20 14:29 (UTC)
You get an R, for "roaring."
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-03-20 14:30 (UTC)
Icon love. ♥

For you, I think B is best.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-03-20 15:50 (UTC)
I remember the gallery. It was eminently swoonworthy. The tattoos as well.

Yes, it's taken me about a week to get around to this one. I think that's record speed, actually.
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[User Picture]From: behsharam
2008-03-20 15:43 (UTC)
May I have one?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-03-20 15:48 (UTC)
Yes, you may have an H.
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[User Picture]From: angelcityblues
2008-03-20 19:44 (UTC)
I'd like one!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-03-22 14:32 (UTC)
I give you M.
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2008-03-20 22:11 (UTC)
i'd like a letter please.
in return i will attempt a six-word-sunday
(of course you're a dragon, makes perfect sense! not in the way your family interprets it, but in the broader sense...)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-03-22 14:33 (UTC)
In honor of six-word Sunday, I believe you should take S.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2008-03-21 02:29 (UTC)
Not asking for a letter (though if you give me one, I'll answer here. You know, eventually.) But!

Diatoms! Yes!

Yes! Yes! Yes!

My dad had a microscope when he was a kid. It was the only thing he held onto into adulthood. I had his old microscope when I was a kid. Diatoms were what did if for me, too. I still get giddy over microscopy (asbestos!) even if I have to take Excedrin 20 minutes before I start to keep the eyestrain headache from repeatedly donning and removing my glasses at bay.

And now I've pretty much decided to snag the microscope that they're planning to get rid of from work and put it in the kiddo's room. It'll be the first possession moved in, probably on Monday. And that will be awesome.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-03-22 14:35 (UTC)
I think the microscope is a fantastic housewarming present.

I haven't given a vowel yet. Will you take an "I"?
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