That chalk art thing with powders is called kolam or rangoli. My grandmother used to do that each morning and evening outside the front gate and sometimes even on the street. She used to first spray water to get all the dust settled. The powder is finely ground rice flour. Some folk add color to the flour. During the date, birds and squirrels come and snack on the designs. Nowadays, people tend to do this only for festivals.
Do you kids read your LJ/Tumblr? I am guessing no since you post Christmas/bday gift plans. How do you ensure they stay away? I'm curious because you mention browsing Tumblr with them.
Well, I suppose I don’t do a lot to “ensure” that they stay away - if they really wanted to read my lj and/or tumblr and set out espionage style, they’d probably manage. As it is, 1. They just aren’t interested. 2. They know they have to ask to get on the computer and tell me what they’re gonna be doing (usually watching specific YouTube videos, turning on Pandora, or hopping on pbskids.org or nitrome for games) - we have one main computer in the middle of the house that they have access to. Annie has a netbook but it’s like…superfiltered with every control in the world and she basically just uses it as a jukebox.
Sometimes somebody comes to me and says “Let’s look up x/y/z” or “can we do a Harry Potter tag search on tumblr?” and we do, generally, but that’s not the same as them perusing my dashboard. Actually the only trouble I have with this kind of thing is that they tend to want to stand over my shoulder when I’m on the computer, talking to me, and sometimes I have to order them away because there are too many people I know who write/post really explicit stuff.
You seem more honest here than on eljay. It makes me wish there was a third tier of honesty I could find somewhere else on the 'net. Will you tell us something you would normally never share on the internet?
I’m honest both places. I share more of my personal autonomous bs thoughts here, but I also share FAR less of my reality…if that makes sense? I mean I’m not exactly lying when I talk about my kids or my brother or our dinner…but I know what you mean, I’m more likely to be open about sex or curse like a sailor over here.
Hmm. Well. I actually saw this one fanfiction story advertised enough places and recommended enough times that I read it even though I’ve been laughing at it and rolling my eyes at the premise for the last 3 weeks. And…it was kind of hot. And…it involved Fred and George Weasley, and LANCE BASS O_O
Did you not reply to any of the comments in your most recent post because you're disappointed/annoyed with the petty bullshit those people are fighting about in your personal journal? I never see any of those people commenting on your normal entries so I was wondering if it irritated you. I was intending to comment but I didn't want to join the port-a-potty battle of 2011.
Honestly I’m not sure who I agree with politically there, and don’t have the time/energy to get into a debate about it…I think I learn more and look less foolish if I just hear everybody out. I know the mercyorbemoaned woman personally and though she is over the top at times and has some very different opinions than me on many things, she does also make me laugh in threads pretty often. *shrug*