About Me

Online, I call myself Neshomeh. It's a Yiddish word that means 'soul'. Go figure: my school had a Yiddish-English translator dictionary. I like the sound and spelling of the word. It makes me think of... well, me. And that's what this page is about. Who am I on the other side of the screen? For the curious, in simple factoid-format, here you go.

Name: Eleanor

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Hair: Dark brown, but not so much so that it could be mistaken for black.

Eyes: Dark brown again.

Skin: Light olive. Half the time I look sort of pink-bronze, the other half I look sort of white-green. O_o

Height: 5'4 1/2" or so.

Weight: Hovers around 115 lbs.

Location: Michigan, U.S.A.

Religion: Unitarian-Universalism.

I normally wear glasses.
  Me, 2003

There, anyone out to get me can find me now. {= P
Now some random points of interest, favorites, and... anti-favorites?

Star Sign: Gemini

Moon Sign: Aries

Ascending Sign: Capricorn

Zodiac Sign: The Ox

Word to Describe Me: Changeable.

Pet Peeve #1: Wilfully ignorant people.

Pet Peeve #2: Closed-minded people.

Pet Peeve #3: When I KNOW I know the word I want to use, but I can't for the life of me remember what it is. Does this ever happen to you?

Biggest Fear: Radiation and subsequent illness. On a more practical scale, spiders.

Greatest Love: Music

Best Feeling: The glory of experiencing a beautiful sunset; the rich, fresh smell of a wild field; the majesty of indomitable mountains; the infinite depth and power of ocean and sky; wonderful music.

Worst Feeling: Waiting. When I feel like I can't do anything because something else might happen. I get that a LOT.

Favorite Colors: Green, red, blue, brown, silver. Earth and water colors.

Least Favorite Colors: The only colors I really dislike (by themselves) are unnatural shades of orange and pink. In combination, green should NEVER come near pink, orange, or purple unless in a flower.

Favorite Food: The fresh-from-the-garden home-cooked kind. Increasingly harder to get these days. Sushi is always a treat. Chocolate, dark, goes without saying.

Least Favorite Food: Specifically, I don't know. In general, I dislike hot/spicy and instant food.

Favorite Drink: Tea, Earl Grey. Spice Chai comes a close second, followed by milk, water, and root beer. I can't stand coffee unless it's got plenty of other stuff in it, but then it gives me horrible sugar jitters and I don't enjoy that, either.

Least Favorite Drink: Grape juice.

Favorite Alcoholic Drink: No alcohol for me. Too much risk for alcoholism in my family.

Favorite Smells: Woodsmoke or bergamot as in Earl Grey tea. The world after a rain. A stable. Leather. Spring. Cedar or pine wood. Cat fur. Coffee. Bacon. Baking. My grandparents' house. Candles. Books, especially old ones. Wholesome smells.

Least Favorite Smells: Cigarette smoke. Gasoline/car exhaust. Acrid, unnatural smells.

Favorite Sounds: Music - instrumental, symphonic, cultural, or New Age. Never pop, rarely anything on the radio. A purring cat. Thunder, but not the crackly, snapping kind. Wind in the trees. The ocean.

Least Favorite Sounds: Small, repetitive noises.

Favorite Movies: "Monty Python" movies, "Evolution," and "Kingdom of Heaven." I can't decide about "The Phantom of the Opera" yet--there is so much good and so much bad! They messed up the LotR and Harry Potter movies too much for them to be favourites of mine.

Favorite TV Show: Farscape. I don't care what they do to it, I love it. Currently, I'm following House M.D. and Heroes. I have also enjoyed X-Files and Pretender, but they changed X-Files too much and as far as I know Pretender is off the air. The best anime I've ever seen is Fullmetal Alchemist, but I didn't watch it on TV.

Favorite Musical: "The Phantom of the Opera," "Jekyll & Hyde," and "The Secret Garden" are all very high in my estimation.

Favorite Cartoon Character: Dur... well, if anime counts as cartoons, then... um.... What, you want me to pick just ONE member of the FMA cast? Well, forget it. You're crazy. Bugger off already!

Favorite Subjects: Science and English. Anything that falls under one or both headings will probably captivate my interest for some period of time.

The following (and some of the above, actually) have been borrowed from an e-mail
survey-thingie sent to me by an online friend of mine. Enjoy.

Do you do drugs?: Hell no. I like my brain very much, thank you.

Have you been kissed?: Yup. {= 3

What kind of shampoo do you use?: Some sort of Pantene Pro-V. It works. I'm happy.

How many TV's are in your house?: One

What car do you wish to have?: I like the VW Beetles...

Where do you want to get married?: Dunno. Place?

If you could change anything about yourself it would be: My lack of ability to string a coherent sentence together in conversation.

Have you ever given someone a bath?: Yep - the kids I used to babysit. Also my cat.

Have you ever bungee jumped?: Nope, though I think I would jump out of a plane (with a parachute) given the chance.

Have you ever broken the law?: If you count removing stray pieces of polished glass from a craft store, but seeing as they were just lying about on the floor, I think I was doing more good than harm.

Have you ever made yourself throw up?: No. No point to it.

What do you have for breakfast in the morning?: I love oatmeal. Otherwise, whatever looks interesting.

Living arrangement?: I'm going to be sharing a suite-style dorm with people at college next year.

What book are you reading now?: Y'know what? I read books too fast to bother with updating this question all the time.

What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?: Mostly turn off the alarm clock. I also like to see what I can remember of my dreams.

How many rings before you answer the phone?: As many as it takes me to go to the phone, check the caller ID and see if it's for me or if the person it is for is home. If neither, I let the message machine get it.

What's the most important thing in life?: Life

Do you like to drive fast?: Jet-ski, yo!

Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?: Not lately. Does a boyfriend count?

Storms cool or scary?: Neat. Inspiring. One can derive energy from a storm. They have plenty to spare.

Meet one person dead or alive?: Um... do they have to be real people? If not, let me get my list.... (Seriously, I can think of a few people I'd like to meet. Shannon, Elin, Tea, Blayze... I'm thinking of you.)

Do you eat the stems of your broccoli?: Yeah. It's food, isn't it? For more thoughts on broccoli, see my essay Broccoli Enigma.

If you could have any job, what would it be?: Author and craftsperson--maybe an herbalist. I'm shooting for book editor.

Have you ever been in love?: Yes, I have. Am, in fact.

Is the glass half empty or half full?: Contains 50% of total capacity. Mind you, this 50% could be in the middle of the glass.

What's under your bed?: Dust. And stuff?

Say one nice thing about the person who sent you this: Shannon doesn't give himself enough credit. In other words that fit the requirements of the question, he is intelligent as well as wise, talented, and very good to be around, at least on the internet. As I don't know him in person, that's the best I can do. {= )

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?: Ensure my continued existence until my first novel sells. I like to sit on money. It doesn't mean anything until I find something to spend it on, and I don't find that an easy task.

*-;-* F i r s t T h i n g T h a t C o m e s T o M i n d *-;-*

Red: Fire, passionate feelings of love, hatred, or what-have-you.

Zebra: Black and white. Horses. Africa.

Socks: Fuzzy.

Greenland: Middle-earth.

Coffee: Hot chocolate.

KIMM-AY!: What the hell? Someone pretending (badly) to be a ninja.

DIE: Where's my d20?!

If it isn't mine, it belongs to someone else. If it isn't someone else's, it belongs to me.

This page last updated 3.23.08